Category: Children’s books

The Tooth Fairy VS The Easter Bunny

“The Tooth Fairy VS The Easter Bunny is the perfect story to treat your little ones this Easter season!” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

Blue is a Tooth Fairy, and he’s ready for his next mission! All he has to do is collect a lost tooth, leave a coin in exchange, and return to the Tooth Fairy Command Center. Easy! But when he gets to the house, he realizes it may not be so simple. That’s because it’s the night before Easter! The Easter Bunny is there to do¬†his job and he makes it clear that he works alone. Can Blue convince the rude rabbit to let him stay, or will he have to hop out in a hurry?

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The Tooth Fairy VS The Easter Bunny takes us to an epic battle between Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny. A fun, creative story with illustrations to match is what you can expect from this great children’s book. It even offers that dash of humor that will have you and your little ones giggling. The battle is fierce and you wonder who will come out the winner. At the end, everyone is the winner as new friendships are formed. What better way to truly win a battle, but to rise with friends by your side.

We definitely loved this story and as a parent I have to say that I love the detail that the tooth fairy has left a coin under the pillow. It sure is much more manageable then the twenty dollars that some tooth fairies have been leaving behind. ūüėČ Also loved the letter with photo that Blue and the Easter Bunny left behind for Veda and her brother – perfect detail to complete the story.

“I love how the Tooth Fairy saved Easter and it was a happy ending for everyone.” – Nikki, Age 5

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 10 Easter eggs out of 5! It brought creativity to the magical world of tooth fairies and bunnies that will have you reading it over and over again. It certainly got us “eggcited” for Easter as we celebrate as we social distance this year. But this book sure did bring us some great joy!

This book is perfect for Easter as it will offer the giggles you need after eating all those Easter treats! If you would like to purchase a copy, click here.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange of an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

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Teddy Bear of The Year Warms Our Hearts

“Teddy Bear of The Year is the perfect children’s story and it warmed all our hearts (including our teddy bears).” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

The teddy bears’ picnic gets a modern twist in this warm and fuzzy picture book about a young teddy bear who learns that small acts of kindness can make a big difference.

Ollie is a regular bear with a regular job. He listens to his girl’s stories about her days, he snuggles her to sleep and he is there waiting when she gets home from school. Just your typical teddy bear stuff. So when he is whisked away to the annual teddy bears’ picnic, he feels insignificant compared to the other bears who do daring and daunting things: sleepovers, hospital stays–even a night in the lost and found!

After small talk with a regional stuffing manager, a department of cuddling official¬†and a stitchery inspector; a stop at the snack table; and even some team building activities, it’s time for the teddy bear service awards . . . and Ollie feels even more small and unimportant. But he soon learns that it’s not just the big things that matter, it’s the little things too.

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Teddy Bear of The Year¬†is truly a “beary” great children’s book. You can’t help but fall in love with this story and Ollie who realizes an important lesson – no act of kindness is too small!

After reading this story, I turned to Nikki and asked, “Do you have a favorite teddy?” Nikki replied with excitement and said, “I have many and they all mean so much to me.” As she went through her teddy bears, I noticed they all had a special story and they truly have been there to comfort her when she needed them most.

Like Bubblegum who is her pink teddy that she made with her grandma as an award for being so brave at the hospital when she got really sick a couple of years ago. Then there is Elsa the bear who helps comfort her during any bad dreams that she has. There is also Mikey the teddy bear that Nikki created for her daddy when he stayed at the hospital last year after hernia surgery. Each teddy bear had its own story and they are all loved equally.

This story allowed us to look at our own teddy bears and reflect on the stories each could tell in their own teddy bear picnic. We are sure they could all win Teddy Bear of The Year as they are so beary special.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 10 bears out of 5! We loved the illustrations as it truly brought the story to life. This book was full of heart, kindness and an appreciation for our teddies who do so much for us all.

If you would like to purchase your own copy, click here. Remeber to cuddle with your teddy bears as you read this story as they will love it too! ūüėČ

About the Author

Vikki VanSickle is the author of the acclaimed Clarissa books, including¬†Words that Start with B,¬†Love Is a Four-Letter Wordand¬†Days that End in Y. Vikki‚Äôs most recent middle grade novel,¬†Summer Days, Starry Nights, has been called ‚Äúsummer reading at its best‚ÄĚ and was a finalist for the Red Maple Award. After obtaining an MA in Children‚Äôs Literature from UBC, Vikki‚Äôs career began in bookselling at The Flying Dragon Bookshop, which earned her the 2011 CBA Young Bookseller of the Year award. Currently Vikki balances writing with her duties as the Marketing and Publicity Manager for Young Readers at Penguin Canada. Vikki lives with a cat named Barb who would prefer not to have to share the house with a sasquatch.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

Jasmine Green Rescues Series

“Jasmine Green Rescues is a new chapter-book series that will capture the animal lover’s hearts and just anyone who loves great stories.” – Momma Braga

Jasmine Green Rescues Series Synopsis

Meet Jasmine Green, an aspiring veterinarian who adores animals, in a heartwarming new chapter-book series.

Jasmine Green loves animals. Her mother is a veterinarian. Her father is a farmer. And her brother and sister are…well, they’re mostly annoying. But being in the Green family means seeing and taking care of animals all the time. In the first two books of the series, author Helen Peters and illustrator Ellie Snowdon introduce clever, caring Jasmine and some lovabale animals while capturing the beauty and bustle of a family farm. Reminiscent of James Herriot’s and Dick King-Smith’s classic stories, yet thoroughly modern, the Jasmine Green series is perfect for animal-loving readers.

“A Piglet Called Truffle” Synopsis

While helping her mom on a house call, Jasmine visits a new litter of piglets and discovers a forgotten runt hidden underneath its brothers and sisters. Poor little piglet. It’s so tiny that it can’t even drink! Its owner refuses to rescue it. So it’s up to Jasmine to save the pig…secretly. What will happen if someone finds out?

“A Duckling Called Button” Synopsis

While walking in the woods, Jasmine and her best friend, Tom, find a nest of orphaned duck eggs. The eggs need lots of care. Hatching them is hard work. Can Jasmine keep the eggs warm and safe? With a little love and luck, the Green family farm will have a fluffy duckling friend for life.

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Jasmine Green Rescues has found a soft spot in my heart! These first two books in this new series, Jasmin Green Rescues, is absolutely wonderful. Both books had a great storyline and full of love for animals. Such sweet stories and I really love Jasmine Green which you can’t help but love. By the end of both books, I wanted a Duck named Button and a Pig named Truffle! ūüėČ

To me personally the book gave us the message on the importance of rescuing animals especially those in trouble and adopting animals from the shelter. That message is so important as adopting should always be the first place to find your furever friend. Reading the books reminded me of the love we had for our late cat, Lily who we adopted and loved so much. I know when we are ready for a new one, we will be taking the adoption route.

If you are looking for a sweet series for your young readers to be immersed with, then I would recommend this one. I loved the extra touches added to the books such as the Q&A on the back with the main character Jasmine and it also gives you a sneak peak at the next upcoming books in the series. It makes me excited to see the next books in the series and I know they will be just as great especially since I loved the first two.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give this series 5 stars out of 5! A must read for all young readers aged seven to nine.

To purchase a copy of A Piglet Called Truffle, click here.

To purchase a copy of A Duckling Called Button, click here.

About the Author

Helen Peters is the author of numerous books for young readers that feature heroic girls on farms saving the day. She grew up on an old-fashioned farm in England, surrounded by family, animals, and mud. Helen Peters lives in London.

About the Illustrator

Ellie Snowdon is a children’s author-illustrator from a tiny village in South Wales. She has a master’s in children’s book illustration from Cambridge School of Art. Ellie Snowdon lives in Cambridge, England.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

Morning Sunshine!

“Morning, Sunshine! A beautiful story using haiku’s to describe nature that surrounds us as the sun rises to start a new day. A must read story with your little ones.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

As we all wake up, the outside world bustles with life! Discover new facts about familiar creatures – from fluttering moths and scurrying beetles to shy foxes and humming bees – as they go about their morning activities. In the city, the countryside, and the suburbs. Nature can be found everywhere!

A series of haiku takes readers on a close-up, observational look at the amazing abundance of nature right outside our homes. Each stanza focuses on an aspect of the natural world or a creature going about their daily activities as the sun begins to rise. Alongside the haiku, informative text goes into depth about each subject – from how much honey a bee can make to the size of a hummingbird’s egg. Instructions to help kids create their own haiku poems, a unique form of poetry from Japan, as well as a glossary add value for a STEM and Core Curriculum book that can be enjoyed both in the classroom and at home.

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Morning, Sunshine! made our reading time so much brighter. We truly enjoyed reading and learning as we went through the book. The book is fun to read especially with the Haiku format.

What is Haiku?

“Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry with seventeen syllables or beats, usually in three lines. The first line has five syllables, the second seven, and the third five. One way to find how many syllables a word has is to clap them out.”

We felt that the haikus used made the book that more special and we love how the author included instructions in the back on how to create your own. So I took it to the test and created my own Haiku and since I work in the construction industry, I thought I should create one of the field.

That was my fun attempt and now we will take what we have learned and apply it to our daily adventures to see what else we can come up with. Once you get the hang of it, it truly is simple to do. All you need to do is watch the world around and be inspired to write what you see following the pattern above with the syllables.

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On one side of the page there is the Haiku and then on the other side you have an amazing description of the creature. I think the most interesting piece for me was learning about moths, it was absolutely fascinating to learn that they have markings that warn potential predators to stay away. Nikki’s favorite was learning about snails and how their mucus helps protect them from sharp objects they might slide over. It was just an amazing story to read and the book also provides a glossary in the back – very helpful!

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview we give it¬†10 sunshines out of 5!¬†This book offers so much learning for children and parents. We loved reading it so much and the illustrations are absolutely perfect.¬†If you would like to purchase a copy of Morning, Sunshine! Click here. Great children’s book for children ages four to eight as it offers so much learning opportunities.

About the Author

Keely Parrack came from the United Kingdom to the United States for fun twenty years ago, and liked it so much she’s still here doing what she loves best: writing poetry, picture books, and young adult novels and motivating kids to love reading and to be confident creative writers. Her work has been published in The Christian Science Monitor, The Contra Costa Times, Patch, Spider magazine, and Mothering.com, and her short story (written under the pen name Keely James) “Listening to the Leaves” appears in the anthology Simple Pleasures of Friendship: Celebrating the Ones We Love. She has been a science and language arts specialist and teacher at an elementary school in inner-city Nottingham, UK, a children’s center director in San Francisco, and the coregional advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, San Francisco North and East Bay. Parrack now fills her time working for her local indie bookstore, tutoring kids in creative writing, and designing haiku cards for her friends and family. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, son, and a very demanding cat.

About the Illustrator

John Bajet is currently a designer on the Cartoon Network Show Tom & Jerry; art director at Renegade Animation; and the illustrator for Baby Shark, Planting Seeds of Kindness, If We Can Do What Animals Do, and Bigger than Baseball.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange of an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

Kaia and the Bees | Book Review

“A story of bravery and how important our bees are. A great story for young children.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

Kaia is the brave type. Like the hottest-hot-pepper brave. But there is one thing that scares her: BEES! And right now, thousands of beed live on her roof because Kaia’s dad is a beekeeper. Her dad says that the world needs bees and that’s why they are beekeepers. But only he goes on the roof, not Kaia – unless she can find a way to be the brave girl she always says she is. Against a sunny city setting, author Maribeth Boelts and illustrator Angela Dominguez depict Kaia’s small courageous steps – and her tiny insect neighbors – with great empathy and charm. Buzzing with storytime potential, Kaia and the Bees is an honest and relatable tale about bravert and compassion, as well as the importance of bees to our world.

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Kaia and the Bees has buzzzed right into our hearts with this tale.

We loved the storyline as it not only provides the important conversation of bees and the importance of them but it shows how compassion can make a difference in the way we look at things. We also love the illustrations in the book too. Such an important tale to tell to our young children. Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 5 buzzes out of 5! Such a great story to really help the conversation on how we can protect the bees!

This story is perfect for children ages four to eight. If you would like to purchase a copy for your reading lineup, click here.

A Note From The Author

In becoming beekeepers, our family developed an empathy and deep appreciation for bees. We saw them at both their very strongest – making honey, pollinating plants, and raising their young – and as they were weakened by some of their many challenges, such as modern-day chemicals in the environment, lack of forage, and changing weather patterns. It was worth the occasional stings to know that we were doing something good for the world around us and making our bees happy and productive, too. Kaia and the Bees was written to celebrate honeybees, increase understanding and awareness about them, and, in turn, decrease a common fear. Bees need our help and protection, and we need the bees!

About the Author

Maribeth Boelts is the author of many books for young readers, including Happy Like Soccer, illustrated by Lauren Castillo, and Those Shoes and A Bike Like Sergio’s, both illustrated by Noah Z. Jones. Maribeth Boelts lives in Iowa.

About The Illustrator

Angela Dominguez has created many books for young readers, including Maria Had a Little Llama/María Tenía Una Llamita, a Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Honor Book. She also illustrated Mango, Abuela, and Me, written by Meg Medina, also a Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Honor Book. Angela Dominguez lives in New York City.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

Home Base: A Mother – Daughter Story

Home Base¬†is the perfect mother daughter story that will leave you with all the empowering feels!” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

A young pitcher steps up to the plate. A hardworking mom interviews for her biggest job yet.

Girls and women aren’t always welcome in the worlds of baseball and bricklaying. But with practice, the right gear, and a whole lot of determination, this intrepid mom and daughter thrive under pressure. Readers get to see their parallel narratives unfold in tandem, coming together at the end for a sweet reward: ice cream!

This heartwarming story was inspired by Barbara Moore, who retired in 2014 after more than 40 years of bricklaying. When she started in 1973, she was Baltimore’s only female bricklayer. She, along with Mo’ne Davis, the first girl to pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series, were among the incredible women in history that author Nikki Tate researched for this book.

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Home Base: A Mother-Daughter Story is a heartwarming, empowering and inspiring for all children.

We just love when publishers know us so well and send us the perfect book that offers so much inspiration! We love seeing women in roles that normally they do not fulfill and the little girls who break gender boundaries. To us this is a home run!

This book is fun to read with radiant illustrations. We love how the narrative is the comparison of the mom and daughter’s day which are very similar, even though the tasks are different. In the end, they accomplish their goals and get a much deserved ice cream. Who doesn’t like ice cream after a hard day’s work?!

After reading the story to Nikki, she turned to me and said that this book reminds her of me and her. I turned to Nikki and asked what she meant.

“Mom you work in construction and I love wrestling. Not many girls do but we do and we are good at it.” – Nikki, Age 5

Loved how Nikki compared this story with ours as it meant she felt it relatable. Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview we give it 10 stars out of 5! Bravo for an amazing story to inspire current and future generations of women.

This book is great for children ages four to eight. If you would like to purchase a copy, click here.

About the Author

Nikki Tate was born in Birmingham, England, and spent her childhood roaming the globe. She is the author of more than three dozen books for children. Over the years, she’s worked as a book reviewer, a bookseller, a professional storyteller, and a farmer. Nikki’s home base is in the Rocky Mountains, but she loves to travel, particularly if she can find a rock to climb or an ocean to sail.

“I raised my daughter on my own and learned firsthand what a challenge it can be to pursue an unorthodox career,” said Tate. “As a result, I’ve always been inspired by the stories of other single women raising strong daughters. When I first learned about Barbara Moore, the first woman bricklayer in Baltimore, I knew I wanted to write about this still-less-than-common profession.”

About the Illustrator

Katie Kath graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with an MFA in illustration. Some of the books she’s illustrated for children have been recognized by folks like the Bank Street College of Education, the New York Public Library, the Children’s Book Council, and the Junior Library Guild. Katie’s home base is North Carolina, where she plays with her dog and cat, draws cartoons, and counts the days until Christmas.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

My Best Friend | Book Review

“My Best Friend has tickled our hearts pink with love! A beautiful story of early friendship that we felt we could relate perfectly to. A must read!” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

MY BEST FRIEND, is a delightful story about first friendships by Caldecott Honoree Jillian Tamaki and New York Times bestselling author Julie Fogliano!

My Best Friend is truly a classic in the making. Julie has captured the spirit of young friendship with an incredible sensitivity to how children feel and play and speak. Jillian has brought this pitch-perfect story to life with lush, hand drawn illustrations, and a limited palette of soft warm colors bursting with energy and emotion. Together, they have created a sweetly earnest, visually stunning celebration of the magic of friendship.

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Friendships are so important to build especially at a young age. We have always encouraged Nikki to build great friendships which have taught her to share, to be kind and to love others. The power of friendship is amazing.

This is why we felt that we could relate to this story as it tells the story of friendship. We thought it was so neat to be told from the child’s perspective and I felt like I was watching my own daughter making friends. I giggled at the end when the little girl says I don’t know her name. That is exactly how my daughter made friends when she was younger. Everyone was her best friend but she didn’t know any of their names.

We just loved this book from beginning to end. When I asked Nikki for her deep five-year-old thoughts, this is what she said. “This book is just like me. This is how I make friends all the time. And you know your best friends because you like playing together and you draw each other.”

In honour of her friendship with her best friend, Nikki thought it was best to give this book to her. I thought it was so sweet and we gave our book so that they can look back and say this is a book about their friendship. There is nothing more special then to have your first best friend at school. We can all use a best friend no matter what stage of our lives. This book reminded me of the amazing friendships that I cherish to this day.

Nikki’s best friend, Julia

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview we give it 10 stars out of 5. We highly recommend this children’s book as the story is written perfectly from the child’s perspective and the illustrations are images of art.

If you would like to purchase this book, click here. We think this would make a perfect gift to give to a best friend. We sure did! ūüôā

About the Author

Julie Fogliano is the¬†New York Times¬†bestselling author of¬†and then it’s spring¬†and¬†if you want to see a whale,¬†as well as the poetry collection when green becomes tomatoes¬†and the picture books if i was the sunshine¬†and when’s my birthday?¬†She is the recipient of the 2013 ezra jack keats book award, and her books have been translated into more than ten languages. Julie lives with her husband and three children in the hudson valley. When she is not folding laundry or wondering what to make for dinner, she is staring out the window, waiting for a book idea to fly by.

About the Illustrator

Jillian Tamaki is an illustrator, comics artist, and teacher living in Toronto, Ontario. She is the co-creator, with her cousin Mariko Tamaki, of the young adult graphic novel this one summer, which received a caldecott honor and a printz honor. She makes books and comics for people of all ages, including they say blue, a picture book about looking and thinking.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

Friday Night Wrestle Fest

“Are you ready to wrestle?!¬†Friday Night Wrestle Fest sure brings out our inner wrestlers to centre stage as we read this adorable story. Full of love, fun and a whole lot of family time. Truly a beautiful piece in celebrating family and their particular interest in wrestling!” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s Friday night, and these kids are ready to wrestle! Join Dangerous Daddoo as he dishes out some serious moves to get the kids ready for bed. But what happens when Flying Mom Bomb gets home from work? Are the kids toast?

A bedtime book inspired by WWE professional wrestling that will definitely wear kids out before they go to bed. This brightly colored picture book follows a family as they get their kids ready for bed with their signature moves — the Flying Mom Bomb, the Jumpin’ Jellyflop, and the Clear-the-room Diaper of Doom!

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Friday Night Wrestle Fest is the perfect bedtime story, especially for our family. As many of our loyal readers may already know how much we love watching wrestling. Therefore, when we got this book we screamed for joy (literally!). Now since we do know wrestling, this book was put to the ultimate test to see if it will pass our expertise review. Did they make it?

We sat down together as a family to read this book together before bedtime. Usually it is only once of us taking the reading routine before bed but this time we thought it would be best if we all took part in it. As we read the story, we couldn’t help put feel the excitement that we feel when we watch WWE wrestling. It was full of action, laughs, and loads of family fun. I think that is what we loved best about the story; it brought family together. I have to admit that their bedtime routine had me very tired from just reading it and I don’t think I can pull wrestling moves before bed. But it did inspire Nikki to tackle her dad and put him in a headlock (yeah that is normal in my home). They both giggled together as my husband “pretends” he can’t get out of it and Nikki feels empowered. It was very sweet to say the least!

We absolutely loved it and it is engaging for all families; not just those who love wrestling. It is truly an entertaining book to read! The illustrations are also so creative and it does beautifully in capturing the action-filled moves of this very energetic family.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, our family gives it¬†10 cod fish kisses out of 5!¬†Entertaining book to surely help tucker out the most energetic little ones. We just can’t get enough of it. The story is told as the announcer and I love trying to change my voice to make it even more exciting like they do on TV. Just great family fun in book form!

As a special treat, we thought we should share little Nikki when she was 1.5 years old watching WWE wrestling. In the video she clearly gets upset when her favorite wrestler, Roman Reigns is doing so well in his match. It is truly one of our favorite family videos and the start of her obsession with wrestling. Enjoy! Remember to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more of our videos.

This book is perfect for children ages three to six. If you would like to purchase this book for your little one, click here.

About the Author

J.F. (Jenny) Fox has worked as a children’s book editor and freelance writer for two decades and has adapted and ghostwritten more than seventy books for children. Jenny lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and two sons.

About the Illustrator

Micah Player is the picture book author-illustrator of Chloe, Instead and the Lately Lily series. He is also the creator of the bestselling Around the World Puzzle and its follow-up, the Around the World Matching Game. Born in Alaska, Micah now lives in Utah with his wife, Stephanie, and their two kids.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

Facts VS Opinions VS Robots

“Facts VS Opinions VS Robots…oh my! This delightful and fun book really puts things in perspective. A creative way to have children understand the difference between a fact and an opinion. Bravo!” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

Do you know the difference between fact and an opinion? It can be a hard thing to understand. Some things are facts — like the number of robots in this book. Other things are opinions — like which robot would make the best friend, or which robot dances best. And sometimes to tell the difference between a fact and an opinion, you need to wait to get more information — that’s because facts can be proven true or false, and opinions are things you feel and believe — but that you can’t prove.

Mike Rex introduces young readers to the very important distinction between facts and opinions, and he reminds us that it is nice to listen to one another’s opinions, and to stand up for the facts!

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Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots is robotastic! Who doesn’t love a book with robots giving us some life lessons?!

I know we love it! A superb way to explain the difference between fact and opinions. Such an important topic to discuss and one that we were so glad to have read with our five-year-old. We love the questions within the book that allows us as parents to ask our child the question and discuss it fully. It was an amazing exercise to do. We even used some of our own examples to see if we could tell the difference.

Momma Braga: “Purple is the best color in the world. Is that a Fact or Opinion Nikki?”

Nikki: “That is your opinion Mom! Not everyone likes purple and that is ok.”

Far to say that Nikki got the concept of facts vs. opinions and to respect others opinions. I think that is our favorite message in the book! As it is written: “You see, when we respect the opinions of others, we can all get along.” Yes we can and we just love it!

This book is great for children ages five to eight. If you would like to purchase a copy for your reading lineup, click here.

About the Author

Michael Rex has written and/or illustrated over forty’s children’s books, including¬†Eat Pete, With Any Luck, I’ll Drive a Truck¬†(by David Friend), the¬†New York Times #1¬†bestseller¬†Goodnight Goon, The Runaway Mummy, Truck Duck,¬†and the Fangbone series (which has also been turned into an animated TV series). He has a master’s degree in visual arts education (K-12) and worked as a New York City art teacher for four years. He lives in Leonia, New Jersey, with his wife and their two sons.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

James Rhodes Playlist: The Rebels and Revolutionaries of Sound

“In a stunning and innovative performance, piano maestro James Rhodes introduces today’s readers to seven of the greatest composers of all time.”

Synopsis

Classical music isn’t generally thought of as edge-of-your-seat exciting, but for abused teen turned piano maestro James Rhodes, it was life-saving.

Open your mind to some of the most breathtaking and magnificent pieces of music ever created, and find out why the rebels and revolutionaries who wrote them are responsible for every track on your phone today. Discover their backstories and how each one shaped and defined classical music. Learn about the structure of an orchestra, the language of music, and the history of musical periods. With jaw-dropping artwork and avant-garde design, this visually exquisite celebration of classical music is a surefire hit for both first-time listeners and longtime fans. Budding aficionados will appreciate the online playlist featuring James Rhodes’s favorite selections.

#MelAndNikkiReview

James Rhodes Playlist: The Rebels And Revolutionaries Of Sound is a great book on seven composers who changed history and inspired millions.

Reading this book took me back to Grade 7 and 8 when I learned about these composers in music class. However, back then I didn’t appreciate what I was learning and the impact it had in our music today. This book helped piece all that together for me (many many many years later). Absolutely loved the rich history and the playlist that James includes in the book which is absolutely perfect. It is recommended to listen as you go through the book. You can check it out on Spotify or you can visit tinyurl.com/jamesrhodesplaylist to give it a listen. I loved it!

I loved revisiting each composer and learning some new things too. For example, that Bach is considetrd the Godfather of music as he poured his feelings into his music on a daily basis which inspired future artists to do the same. I have to admit that he is my favorite composer too.

This book offers so much knowledge in a fun way and I love how there is a language of music definitions in the back. It really helps anyone grasp the language of music which is so powerful. Therefore, I give this book 5 stars out of 5!

This book is great for ages 12+ and for those with a deep appreciation for music.

If you would like to purchase a copy, click here.

About the Author

James Rhodes is a best-selling author, TV presenter, and celebrated concert pianist dedicated to bringing classical music into the twenty-first century. His sell-out concerts at pop music venues, with no coats and tails in sight, are bringing classical music to new audiences worldwide. He is the first core classical pianist to be signed by Warner Bros. Records, the world’s largest rock label. Originally from London, he lives in Madrid.

Until the age of 14, James Rhodes had no formal music education, and at eighteen, he stopped playing the piano entirely for a decade. Since returning, Rhodes has dedicated himself to presenting classical music with an irreverent enthusiasm that appeals to younger and diverse audiences who might otherwise find it intimidating. Rhodes has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues; he has released seven albums, all of which have topped the iTunes classical charts; and written four books. James Rhodes has appeared in and made TV programs for the BBC, Sky and Channel 4 including his series James Rhodes: Piano Man, Notes for the Inside, and his two-part TV documentary Don’t Stop the Music which raised over ¬£1 Million of instruments for U.K. primary schools.

His Sunday Times and international bestselling memoir, Instrumental, was published in 2015. A brutally honest and compelling story, even in its darkest moments Instrumental remains “an impassioned tribute to the therapeutic powers of music.” A feature film adaptation of Instrumental, directed by James Marsh (The Theory of Everything) and starring Andrew Garfield (Breath, The Amazing Spider-Man) as James Rhodes, is slated for release in 2020 produced by Monumental Pictures with Lionsgate Films. For more information on James Rhodes, click here.

About the Illustrator

Martin O’Neil is an artist and illustrator who creates unique handmade images using a vast collection of found ephemera and photography. He develops his images through a subtle alchemy of collage, silkscreen, and photocopies. A constantly moving array of processes and media fuel his practice, which includes writing and experimental filmmaking. Martin O’Neill lives in London.

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