Read to Your Baby Every Day: 30 classic nursery rhymes to read aloud by Chloe Giordano, Rachel Williams

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Publication Date : March 5th 2019
Publisher : Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
Read Date : April 9th 2019
Genre : Parenting / Children’s
Pages : 64
Stars : ★★★★ /5

Science tells us that babies develop best when they are spoken to, sung to, and read to. Introduce your baby to a world of words and pictures with these 30 classic nursery rhymes from the Mother Goose collection and beyond paired with images of Chloe Giordano’s delightful hand-embroidered illustrations on cloth.

Even when they’re tiny, the sound of their parents’ voices helps babies make sense of the world and feel comfortable with new people and places. This treasury gives you the opportunity to rediscover just how useful (and calming) these best-loved nursery rhymes are in one, handsome volume.

Bond with your baby and help them grow as you recite and sing these timeless rhymes:

Hey, Diddle Diddle; Baa, Baa, Black Sheep; This Little Piggy; Hush Little Baby; Hickory, Dickory, Dock; Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star; Little Bo-Peep; Pussy-cat, Pussy-cat; Row, Row, Row Your Boat; The Itsy Bitsy Spider; London Bridge; Mary Had a Little Lamb; One, Two, Buckle My Shoe; Humpty Dumpty; Rub-a-dub-dub; Pat-a-Cake; I Saw a Ship A-Sailing; Old MacDonald; Rock-a-Bye Baby; The Wheels on the Bus; I’m a Little Teapot; This Old Man; Jack and Jill; The Muffin Man; Little Miss Muffet; The Owl and the Pussy-cat; Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush; Old Mother Hubbard; Pop! Goes the Weasel; Are you Sleeping? 

My baby is used to watch most of rhymes in YouTube. She loves colors and music. I admit, I’m terrible singer. I’m used to reading to her random things, sometimes, novels too but this was first time I sang her rhymes and I must say it was fun reading to her.

She loved Twinkle Twinkle, Baa Baa Black Sheep, Humpty Dumpty, Old MacDonald, Are You Sleeping, and The Wheels On The Bus.

All rhymes were cute and nice, some I knew and some were new to me. They were short, took little time for me to finish. I didn’t read her everyday, like title suggests, I read all of them in one day. 😜

If you don’t remember all rhymes from your childhood and you want to sing to your kid with a colorful book and cute illustrations, I recommend this book. It can be a nice gift for new mommies.

As I was playing some rhymes on YouTube before I read this book, I could see some rhymes in this had lesser verses, some had only 1 verse.

overall, it was good collection, with beautiful art and vibrant colors . It is best gift for new mommies.

About Author :

Chloe Giordano began to sew in the last year of her illustration degree at the University of the West of England, and since graduating in 2011 she has continued to experiment with freehand embroidery, using sewing thread and hand dyed fabrics to make her work. Originally from Buckinghamshire, she now lives and work in York. Clients include Penguin, Vintage Books, Bloomsbury, Liberty and the BFI. Read To Your Baby Every Day is her first book.

Australian-born Rachel Williams studied creative writing before becoming an editor and publisher of children’s books. She is the author of many books for children, including Atlas of Animal Adventures and Illuminature. She lives and works in London.

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One Very Odd Teacher by Robbie Yates @Shalini_G26 @robbie_b_yates

Hey Book Lovers! Today I’m happy to share review and excerpt of refreshing children fiction- One Very Odd Teacher by Robbie Yates as part of blog tour, organized by Shalini @ Digital Reads Blog Tours. Many thanks to Shalini for tour invite and to author for providing eARC.

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One Very Odd Teacher by Robbie to Yates

Publication Date: September 23rd 2018
Read Date: September 30th 2018
Genre: Children’s Fiction / Middle grade / Mystery
Pages: 82
Stars: 5/5

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The humming noise got louder. Adam willed himself to focus. He had to finish his math test.

Suddenly, the noise became unbearable. He glanced up.

Mrs Murphy was inches away, leaning over another kid’s desk. Was the noise coming from her?

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Every child remembers a teacher who was a little bizarre, prickly or ill-tempered. Some teachers, though, are very odd indeed, and warrant some closer attention…

This quirky chapter book will thrill kids who are adventurous, brave, and a little bit cheeky!


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After recess, Mrs Murphy handed out a math test. The day got immeasurably worse.

Adam dropped his head into his hands. He knew he was going to fail.

“During this test,” Mrs Murphy announced, “you’ll need to use the TrooCo pencils from your stationery packs. You aren’t allowed to help others, and you must keep your eyes on your own work. Anyone caught copying will get a zero on the test, and a visit to Principal Sharley.”

She moved closer to where Adam and Jennifer sat. She peered at Adam pointedly. “I don’t think I need to remind you that we will all be doing this silently.”

She handed out the tests and Adam searched in his pencil case for a TrooCo pencil. He found one just as the test slid onto his desk.

He glanced at the first page. It looked incomprehensible. He sighed, wrote his name at the top, and shot Jennifer a desperate look. She shrugged her shoulders, already a few questions in.

Adam stared at Question 1. It began with a picture of a donut.

A teacher needs to chop a donut into thirty pieces, the instructions said. Every child in the class should get the same-sized piece. Draw a diagram to show how it can be done.

Adam frowned. What sort of teacher gives each child one thirtieth of a donut? he thought.

He strummed his fingers on his chin, trying to figure out what he had to do, but a high-pitched hum was distracting him. Adam forced himself to ignore the noise and concentrate on his test.

Under Question 2, there were several identical cartoon socks. The question was about sorting them into groups of three. Who groups their socks in threes? Adam thought, rolling his eyes. They belong in pairs!

The high-pitched humming sound got louder. Adam willed himself to focus.

The answer to the sock problem was on the tip of his tongue when the humming became unbearable. He glanced up.

Mrs Murphy was inches away, leaning over another kid’s desk. Was the noise coming from her?

Adam frowned. Mrs Murphy shuffled over to another part of the room, and the humming faded. He looked over at Jennifer, trying to make eye contact. But Jennifer, diligent as always, was engrossed in the second page of the test.

He kept staring at Jennifer, hoping she’d feel his eyes on her and look up. All of a sudden, the humming sound became louder again, ringing in his ears like an angry mosquito.

Adam looked up. Mrs Murphy was standing right in front of him, her eyes fixed on his. The hum was deafening. “Keep your eyes on your own work, Adam,” she said. Adam nodded, gulped, and stared back down at his test, hoping she’d go away.

From that moment onwards, every time Adam glanced up from his test, Mrs Murphy was staring right at him. He tried as hard as he could to keep his eyes on his paper, but the noise was making it impossible to think. His score on this test was going to be abysmal.

Once the test was finally over, and Mrs Murphy had gathered up all the papers, he leant over to Jennifer. “Please tell me you heard that!” he whispered.

“Heard what?” she asked, raising her eyebrows. Her freckles jumped across her face.

“That noise, during the test. That weird humming.”

Jennifer shook her head. Melodramatically, she touched Adam’s forehead, checking for a fever. Adam rolled his eyes.

“I’m not going crazy,” he said. “I heard something. It was bizarre.”

Sure you did,” said Jennifer, crossing her arms. “It’s lucky it’s nearly home time, kid. I think you need some rest.”

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One Very Odd Teacher was children fiction revolving around adorable Adam who had very odd class teacher, Mrs Murphy, who gives him creeps. One Odd nightmare and odd sounds around Mrs. Murphy made Adam suspicious about his teacher. As the day passes he observes very peculiar things about his class teacher that lead to an investigation which turned out the biggest scandal in the town.

Adam was very average yet clever and observant class 5M student with artistic as well as detective ability. His voice in the book was fun to read and many young reader will find themselves relating to him. His parents were also supportive, I liked to hear the stories they shared from their school days. His best friend Jennifer was smart and I liked the way she eventually supported Adam in exposing truth.

Author has wonderful storytelling ability. The book was written in witty tone that made me chuckle throughout the book. In just short pages there was creepy teacher, a suspense, sleuthing mystery, adorable protagonist and creative characters. There was everything you would want in children’s book.

What I liked most about the book was Adams’s detailed notes on Mrs. Murphy, Adam and Jennifer’s friendship, their snooping and brilliant plan, and the way they executed it. Both Adam and Jennifer were brave and sharp-witted and I liked how they took cautious steps after discovering the secret and kept their suspicious eye on everyone.

This book tells how smart and observant kids can be, how adults underestimates their ability and sometimes takes advantage of kid’s innocence to gain something.

Overall, it was fun, entertaining, suspenseful mystery that kids would love to solve. I highly recommend this book to all young readers.

 

Author Bio:

Robbie Yates Author Image.jpgRobbie Yates is an author from Melbourne, Australia. He likes cocoa, cheeky poetry, and eating all of the red jellybeans before anybody else can get to them.

In his free time, Robbie likes to read ridiculous and wacky kids’ fiction. He also likes practical jokes and terrible puns.

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Book Link:

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#BlogTour #Review: The Beedog: An Insect Discovery in Portugal by Addie Broussard @TwoUmbrellasPls @rararesources

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Hello Book Lovers! Today I’m happy to be part of the Blog tours for The Beedog: An Insect Discovery in Portugal by Addie Broussard, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources. Please check out book details review and attractive illustrations below. Don’t forget to follow posts by participants of the tour.

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The Beedog: An Insect Discovery in Portugal  by Addie Broussard

Publication Date: 7th June 2018

Publisher: Two Umbrellas Media

Read Date: August 24th 2018

Genre: Children’s science book

Target age: 4-8 years

Pages: 42

Stars: 5/5

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An award-winning picture book that will get little ones excited about science.

While building a unique sandcastle, Cora and Manny spot a rather curious insect.
Soon, the little scientists keep a watchful eye on the insect’s movements, while learning about the natural environment along the way.

A great book for STEM education and home-school projects or just curious little ones who love science. Book extras include fun, printable activities related to science learning and research.


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A colorful scientific classroom book about the insect discovery on the beach by character of the book, Cora and many, who later research more about the insect and shares the information with their friends in school.

The opening of the book was great with two friends enjoying their day on beach in Portugal where an insect draw their attention and make them curious to know more about it. They didn’t know what it is called so gave it a funny name ’The Beedog’. I won’t tell you which insect it was you can take the hint from the cover.

Both kids did a good research and found out details themselves. I liked their observational and research skill. They used technology in smart way and prepared the series of question answers to share with friends. It gave a good bit of information to readers including the importance of scientific name and interesting facts on the insect and other rare types.

I liked the way author included travel, technology, beach, and learning info in fun way that attracts young readers and teachers to the book. What I loved most about the book was fun activity at the end of the book that will encourage kids to observe surrounding, research, Google things and make a notes on it just like characters in the book. There is also a game, a creativity page for kids who love to draw, questions that kids can answer from the picture book and creative writing prompts. Amazing, right?

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It was a fun way to teach kids. Teachers can imitate fun activity from this book and can teach kids about other insects, plants, animals, birds and many more things.

Overall, it was colorful resourceful educational book with fun way of teaching that all kids would love to read and learn. It is best book teachers can have in their classroom.


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Author Bio:

twoumbrellas-addie-profile-02.jpgAddie is an avid traveler, and once went on a solo journey to fifteen countries in one year. When she encounters something unique, she writes about it. Her first published picture book, The Beedog, is about a curious insect that she found in southern Portugal.

Addie began her writing journey when she was just nine years old, with a book called Doggienauts. That book has been updated and is set for publication in 2018. Addie is originally from the United States and is currently a full-time traveler. Home is where her suitcase is.

Illustrator Bio:

Joyeeta Neogi

Joyeeta is a children’s book illustrator who has worked with international authors and publishers. Her engagement with worldwide clients and multicultural themes has allowed her to create captivating original animal and child characters. Her art captures the expressions, movements and vibrancy of life within simple compositions to bring the author’s story to life. In her free time, Joyeeta is busy with painting and music. She loves to paint in oil and acrylic, and has also developed a passion for watercolor.

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Book resources at https://twoumbrellasplease.com

 

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the dragon of the month club by Iain Reading

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Publication Date: December 18th 2014

Read Date: April 2018

Pages: 237

Genre: Fantasy / Middle Grade

Star: 4.5/5

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The Dragon Of The Month Club is the exciting first installment in a new book series that tells the story of Ayana Fall and Tyler Travers, two best friends who stumble across an extraordinarily magical book and soon find themselves enrolled as members of a very special and exclusive club – The Dragon of the Month Club. 

On the thirteenth of every month a new dragon conjuring spell is revealed and the two friends attempt to summon the latest Dragon of the Month. The varieties are almost endless: Air Dragons, Paper Dragons, Fog Dragons, Waterfall Dragons, Rock Dragons, Tree Dragons – not to mention special bonus dragons for all the major holidays, including a particularly prickly Holly Dragon for Christmas. 

But one day when a conjuring spell somehow goes wrong Ayana and Tyler find themselves unexpectedly drawn into a fantastical world of adventure based on the various books scattered all across Tyler’s messy bedroom. Travelling from one book-inspired world to the next with nothing to rely on but their wits and a cast of strange and exotic dragons at their disposal they must try to somehow find their way home again. 

Drawing inspiration from some of literature’s most memorable stories – from 19th century German folktales to the streets of Sherlock Holmes’s London – the adventures of Ayana and Tyler bring these classic stories to life in delightfully strange and unexpected ways. Filled with fascinating detail and non-stop action these books will spark the imaginations of readers of all ages to inspire a life-long love of reading and seeking out books that are just a little bit off the beaten track.


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The Dragon of The Month Club was a middle grade fantasy, written in third person narrative and totally imaginary story that had everything in it that any kids would love to read – unusual and magical dragon conjuring book that actually conjures a dragon of various types (mentioned in blurb above), unexpected adventure into a literary world with daunting challenges like fighting sharks, riding through water fall and travel through scorching desert. Interesting, right?

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Ayana – New city. New school. No friends. And a bully in school – Heather van der Sloot (funny is I always read ‘soot’ instead of ‘sloot’ in her name all the time). Life was difficult for her until she met Tyler. She was curious, friendly, sensitive, and lovable girl. She just needed a bit more confidence to fight that bully in school because I felt she was quite brave and quick to act in book world. I loved her cute friendly relation with all the dragons. 

Tyler was smart and clever boy who loved to read. I liked the layout of his room scattered with book all over the place. I was amazed by his skill to remember all the book and the world in it. His feelings for Ayana was so pure and selfless which bonded their friendship even stronger.

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I loved that cover. Isn’t it cute?

This is my sixth book by Iain Reading after Kitty Hawk (KH) series. Writing was same- smooth engaging but here ends the similarity. This one is totally different from KH in all the aspects, so it was very difficult for me to come out of KH and set my mind into a totally new series. Book started with interesting introduction to main characters- Ayana and Tyler- and their unlikely friendship in library. I loved the way they met and their friendship throughout the book.

The world building was different. Books discussed in the story was all interesting, it took me along with characters through different settings right from German folktales to Chinese culture and to Sherlock Holmes’s London. I loved the way author blended Sherlock Holmes mystery with dragons. That was the best part in the story that everyone would love to read. The fun facts author added at the end of the book on the stories he covered in creating this world was amazing. I suggest not to miss it and as suggested by author I so need to read Sherlock Holmes series.

Dragons intrigued me more than anything else. There were all kind of dragons you can imagine in the book. None were scary fire emitting dragon, they were cute and kids friendly. ‘THE BOOK’ – Dragon conjuring book was also amazing with the categories, instructions, ingredients and also with some extra detail. I could see kids adding more of their imaginary creation of dragons after reading this book. I so loved Dune buggy and Mango that I wish to have my own pet dragon.

The shift from one book world to another was smooth and lil bit suspenseful, not too surprising or with twist, but it definitely kept me curious to see which world will come next and what character will face in the particular one. There was also a map of the world they gone through. End was most shocking and surprising. It was written so interestingly that it made me grumble when it turned into a cliffhanger.

I loved the activity for the kids as per the theme of the book at the end of the book. You can get more details on the website Dragon of the Month Club.

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My only concern was book jumped directly into dragons and book world with lesser detail on character’s life in real world specially Tyler. I couldn’t say I feel connected with characters.

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Overall, it was full of adventure, perfectly paced with detailed vivid description, uniquely world and creative dragons. I highly recommend this book to all middle grade kids and those who enjoy reading this genre.


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Author: Iain Reading

About the Author:

Iain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently resides in the Netherlands working for the United Nations.

Iain is the author of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series, The Wizards of Waterfire Series, and the dragon of the month club. To learn more, go to http://www.kittyhawkworld.com

Buy Here: Amazon.in / Amazon.com

*** Note: I received this book from the author via Kelsey @bookpublicityservices, in exchange for an honest review. I am glad I got chance to read this book. ***

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Saturday Short-Story Review: Alien (Mysterious Monsters #2) by David Michael Slater

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Hello book lovers! Today’s short story review is on Alien (Mysterious Monsters #2) by David Michael Slater.

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Publication Date: March 12th 2018

Publisher: Corgi Bits (Incorgnito Publishing Press)

Read Date: March 30th 2018

Genre: Children’s Fiction / Mystery

Pages: 108

Stars: 5/5

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With Bigfoot safely stashed in their basement, Maddie, Max, and Theo Mattigan are off to Las Vegas with their dad. His plan is to prove there are no aliens on the loose there. But now that his kids know that Mysterious Monsters are real, they’re making plans of their own. 

They’ll need clever disguises, well-hidden walkie-talkies – and more than a few broken eggs – to find out, once and for all, what’s hidden in the notorious Area 51.


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Alien, second in Mysterious Monster book series that started right from the end of first book Bigfoot, in which Mattigan kids got involved in conspiracy that did lot of damage to their dad’s image but it also changed their mind, now they believed in Mysterious monsters. In this book Mattigan kids wanted to help their father in solving the mystery of Alien rumors in Las Vegas and prove it all fake but with their own plan.

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Mattigan kids- Maddie (12), Max (10), Theo (8) – were again so smart, brilliant, more mature and different from other kids of their age. It was proved more than once during their hotel stay in Las Vegas. Their father, Marcus Mattigan was big skeptic who was hosting a show ‘Monstrous Lies with Marcus Mattigan’ proving that all fantasies and monsters are fake. I loved this adorable kids and their father. This was most fascinating family I ever read.

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Book was narrated again in third person mesmerizing story teller voice. The beginning, introductory chapter, was great with overview of Mattigans and their next adventure. I loved Mattigans’ illustration throughout the book. Max was great with putting puzzle together and was true spy in the book. Theo was such cute and innocent boy, this little guy was so charming and made me smile. Maddie’s motherly care for her siblings didn’t go unnoticed and again she was such impressive big sister and daughter. Their understanding  regarding their father’s skeptic nature and that he is not ready for facing the real monsters and accepting the truth of it was remarkable.

I loved Mattigans’ research on the aliens and rumors around it. Till the end of the book it kept me wondering whether Alien story was a real or not and what will happen if they found real Alien. This book had less twist and turns compared to first one, kid’s plan of capturing alien was unpredictable but who was the alien at the end, I could see it coming. Author did great with suspense and the twist just before alien’s mask was uncovered at the end was surprising.

Walkie talkie, spy kit, spy tips, teachable moments, and aliens will definitely pique interest of young readers. One of the moment that I truly love which was teachable moment for children and also showed maturity of Mattigan kids was gambling at casino and how Maddie and max phrased people playing there as ‘Zombies’.

End was great and this line so fits the end of the book,

“What happened in Vegas got out of Vegas.”

There is some family mystery as well which I’m sure will be uncovered in future books of the series and I’m looking forward to read more about Mattigan family and their monstrous adventure. I have a feeling by the end of the series Mattigans’ basement is going to be flooded with monsters. 😉

Overall, it was fun entertaining alien mystery that all kids would love to read.


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Author: David Michael Slater

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Illustrator: Mauro Sorghienti

Buy Link: Amazon.in / Amazon.com

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