Thursday, December 31, 2015

Saving Grace (Love Under the Big Sky #2.5) by Kristen Proby

This was a short sweet novella about love at first trip.

Grace Douglas is clumsy with a capital C, so to help her learn to ski her friends get her skiing lessons for the weekend. What's the worse that can happen?

Jacob Berkley owns a lovely ski resort and is about to meet the woman of his dreams. All that's needed is for her confuse him for an instructor and have a little mishap.

It's a short feel good love story; although I will say that I would have loved it to be a little longer.

Rating 4 out of 5 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Caillou: The School Bus by Marion Johnson

This was a sweet short story about a little boy that is very excited about one day riding the school bus.

The story was short and cute, little readers will enjoy this one. The writing is simple that early readers will enjoy.

Rating 5 out of 5 

Monday, December 28, 2015

Caillou Waits for Santa by Anne Paradis, Eric Sevigny

Like any child awaiting the arrival of Santa, little Caillou wants to stay up all night. But like all children he doses off and doesn't wake until morning to find that Santa has come to visit.

This delightful short story is an enjoyable tale for young readers.

Rating 5 out of 5 

Sunday, December 27, 2015

A Kiss From Kringle (Frosty's Snowmen, #2) by Rhian Cahill

One super funny short holiday romance.

Leah Ward plays small switcheroo and takes her sister's place on her first day of work when her sister has to tend to her sick daughter.

Chris Kringle sees Leah and BAM, it's love at first sight. Soon Chris is making declaration of love and seeing a future with kids and the whole nine yards.

The characters were hilarious; Leah was very practical and thinking "okay, you're attractive, lets see where this goes". Chris on the other hand is just plain crazy adorable; he's always saying sweet things and going on about how his grandpa told him that when he met grandma it was BAM, love at first sight.

I liked this one, very light hearted, just one small thing; who names their child Chris Kringle. Can you imagine in school.

This is a nice holiday romance, with loads of laughs.

Rating 5 out of 5 

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Terrible Terrible by Gabriela Rubio

1661067This was an interesting read, the story runs in parallel in both English and Spanish.

The story follows two little boys that are fighting over who is better, a bear or a tiger. 

Both boys argue the same points in their own language for their animals and in the end they come to realize that both animals are great and they should be friends.

Rating 4 out of 5 

Friday, December 25, 2015

Hometown Christmas Carol by Barbara Miller

This short holiday novella plays like a modern Christmas Carol. 

Two former sweethearts get to bring some Christmas cheer to their town with a very message full Christmas play.

It was such as sweet holiday read.

Rating 5 out of 5 

Thursday, December 24, 2015

What Color is Bear's Underwear? by Todd H. Doodler (Illustrations), Todd Harris Goldman

10878463This was such a funny way for children to learn basic color and the days of the week.

Children had so much fun reading this one. 

For some reason the thought of underwear makes the little ones laugh.

Rating 5 out of 5 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Secret Santa Baby by Robin Covington

I absolutely loved this lighthearted short novella. 

Nice guy Nicholas Boone is tired of finishing last and this year he is going all out to win Tessa Stoneman's heart.

Once upon a time Nicholas missed his chance, but now that Tessa is single, he's gonna win her heart with a lot of Christmas magic.

Rating 5 out of 5 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Second Chance Christmas by Ellen Butler

Major Colton Evans was minding his own business when he gets accidentally injured in a bar fight and who does the hospital call, his ex Emma Taylor.

At first Emma is super angry; how can she not be the last time they parted it was in less than ideal terms.

From this point on, the story is about reconciling and getting a second chance at love around the Christmas holiday.

My only issue with the story was that they got over all their issues in two seconds; like one minute it's "I hate you" and the next it's "I love you."

Rating 4 out of 5 

The Snowy Day (Peter #1) by Ezra Jack Keats

310258This lovely classic is fun for children of all ages.

A whimsical tale of the joys of first snow has delighted children since 1962. 

Granted here in Southern California, we've never had a snow day, or at least not in my lifetime; yet I can still say that this tale is a delight.

This tale reaches down to the whimsical innocence of youth.

Rating 5 out of 5 

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Babar the Magician (Babar) by Laurent de Brunhoff

1557005This was a nice story, it was fun and entertaining.

Barbar has been learning magic and decides to put on a magic show, but not everything goes according to plan.

With a trick gone a-rye, Barbar and his audience are off to wake up a floating magician's assistant.

Rating 5 out of 5 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Dig Those Dinosaurs by Lori Haskins Houran, Francisca Marquez (Illustrations)

16190501I would recommend this book for three year old children. 

The sentences are very basic and highly repetitive that slightly older children become annoyed with constantly repeating "dig, dig, dig".

Rating 3 out of 5 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

David Gets In Trouble (David) by David Shannon

Poor little David, he's always getting in trouble. Even the best of intentions tend to lead to chaos.

What's worse is his mom never believes in "it's not my fault", so that leaves David in trouble.

The story is fun and whimsical.

Rating 5 out of 5 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth, Laura Huliska-Beith (Illustrator)

This was a fun counting book. 

The story starts off with ten little ladybugs, but soon they disappear; the children loved trying to guess what happened to them.

Rating 5 out of 5 

Friday, December 11, 2015

The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman, Gris Grimly (illustrator)

Leave it to Neil Gaiman and Gris Grimly to bring you the alphabet in the most creative and spectacular way.

Be aware this isn't your typical alphabet book, but it's fun and incredibly illustrated. It has a bit of a dark twist in the art, yet it's amazing.

Rating 5 out of 5 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs Board Book by Byron Barton

This book was a nice book to get little kids acquainted with dinosaurs.

Children will love this one, although, be prepared for a million questions about "can a T-Rex beat that dinosaur". 

Rating 4 out of 5 

Monday, December 7, 2015

I Will Take A Nap! (Elephant & Piggie #23) by Mo Willems

Gerald is dying to take a nap, but Piggie is being a little too loud.

Will poor Gerald ever get his nap? 

There's only one way to find out ...

Rating 5 out of 5 

Friday, December 4, 2015

Me and Meow by Adam Gudeon

This story was supposed to be cute, a little girl and her cat, however, it failed to engage the children in the reading group.

The illustrations were alright and for that I'll say the book is okay.

Rating 2 out of 5 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Rainbow Fish Colors/Colores by Marcus Pfister

This was a nice book for children 2 to 4 who are learning their colors. 

The book is made of board, so you don't have to worry about a little pulling.

The book very colorful so it engages the children. It was even better because it came in English and Spanish so children can learn their colors in two languages.

Rating 5 out of 5