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Maisy’s Series | Book Reviews

Maisy is a beloved mouse that has many adventures and you can follow along in many of her books. We got a chance to review three from the series and are excited to share them with all our readers in our #MelAndNikkiReview!

Synopsis

Maisy’s Farm

Maisy and her friends are headed to the farm! Join her as she drives a tractor through the fields, gathers eggs from the henhouse, and milks a cow. But the farmyard fun doesn’t stop there: a pop-up play scene at the back of the book has press-out pieces of Maisy, Cyril, and their new farm animal friends, along with a red barn awaiting hours of play as little ones imagine life on the farm.

Maisy’s at Home: A First Words Book

Wondering what toys Maisy likes to play with at home? Just look for the tab that shows a puzzle piece and turn straight to the page. Who are Maisy’s favorite pets? Find the tab with a fish on it and discover some animals both expected and surprising. From Maisy’s living room (look out for the cactus!) to her bathroom, whether she’s eating or making music or dressing up, the names and pictures of things in Maisy’s house will be delightfully familiar to little readers.

Maisy’s Day Out: A First Words Book

What kinds of things does Maisy see when she goes outside? Turn the tab with a soccer ball on it to find the park, with swings and a skateboard. The tab with a chicken on it takes you to Maisy’s favorite farm, with a horse, a sheep, and more. There’s so much to explore on the beach and in the sea, on sunny days and rainy ones, on trains and in fire engines and all sorts of things that go. Naming everyday things is always more fun with Maisy leading the way!

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The Maisy series is always an adorable read and a learning opportunity for your little ones. These three mentioned above are no exception as each story offers a child the chance to learn while on the latest Maisy journey.

The hard books are amazing for little ones to hold and they do not get bent or ruined (always a bonus in my books). The illustrations are adorable and the stories are just as great. We especially love the feature of the tabs – so amazing!

Therefore, we are rating the series 5 stars out of 5!

Any of these books would make a great addition to your little one’s library and reading line-up. If you would like to purchase any of the books mentioned above, please click on the links below.

Maisy’s Farm

Maisy’s at Home: A First Words Book

Maisy’s Day Out: A First Words Book

About the Author

Lucy Cousins is the creator of the beloved Maisy series. She is also the author-illustrator of the widely acclaimed Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year, as well as I’m the Best, Hooray for Fish!, Hooray for Birds!, and a picture book series about Little Fish.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

 

*These books were provided in exchange for an honest review.

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Soccer School Series | Book Reviews

A perfect series for the soccer fan in your life!

Synopsis

Soccer School Season 1: Where Soccer Explains (Rules) the World

Coaches (and authors) Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton cleverly use the lens of soccer to immerse kids in math, geography, biology, and more. Loaded with awesome true stories and science, the first book in the Soccer School series is illustrated throughout with cartoons that will have young soccer fans laughing out loud. Quizzes at the end of each chapter keeps readers on their toes as they learn some truly weird trivia, like the hidden meaning behind a team’s uniform colors, how you might play soccer on Mars, or even the most opportune time for players to go to the bathroom. Entertaining and informative, this book is sure to score a goal with soccer fanatics everywhere (when they’re not on the field, of course).

Soccer School Season 2: Where Soccer Explains (Saves) the World

Soccer School is back in session and ready to defend its goal: to explain the world through soccer.

Coaches Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton return with even more proof that soccer can be used to teach kids about pretty much anything. The second book in their funny, fascinating series is full of facts about the most popular sport in the world, from history to language, design to psychology. When did women begin playing soccer? Why do lefties have an advantage on the field? Which soccer stadium was built in the shape of a crocodile? Perfect for soccer players, fans, or just plain curious kids, this series is packed with information and amusement in equal measure. Goal!

Soccer School Season 3: Where Soccer Explains (Tackles) the World

This third book in the Soccer School series poses many intriguing questions for soccer fans: What color are Cristiano Ronaldo’s pajamas? How many bones are there in the human foot? And why is that dodo alive and kicking? With funny cartoons and multiple-choice quizzes, this is the perfect way for young fans to learn how to score with their head. Coaches Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton kick off another season of Soccer School in this book packed with awesome true stories, real science, and fascinating facts. At this school, everything is about soccer!

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Now I might be a little bias on this series as I use to play soccer as a kid and love the sport. Therefore, it is no surprise that I loved all three books in the series. What was most appealing in all three books is the ability to tie in the sport with other subjects and vice versa. The skills learned in sports can be applied to every day life and I love how each books reflects on that. It is really brilliantly written – bravo!

It is relatable and fun to read. The illustrations in all three books really tie everything in nicely and is a valued touch. Each book contains facts, quizzes and offers so much knowledge for a young reader. So much to learn in each book and your young reader will love each book as much as the next.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we are rating the series and we give it 5 penalty kicks out of 5! 😉

These books are ideal for children between the ages of seven and 10. If you would like to purchase any of these books click on the links below.

Soccer School Season 1

Soccer School Season 2

Soccer School Season 3

About the Author & Illustrator

Alex Bellos

Alex writes about math, science, and soccer. He is the author of Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life in addition to being the ghostwriter of soccer superstar Pele’s best selling autobiography. Alex Bellos lives in London.

Ben Lyttleton

Ben is a journalist, newscaster, and soccer consultant. He is the author of Twelve Yards: The Art and Psychology of the Perfect Penalty Kick. He lives in London.

Spike Gerrell

Spike is an illustrator and cartoonist whose work has been published in the Guardian, New Scientist, and the Independent. He lives in London.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

 

*These books were provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Believe A Pop-Up Book Of Possibilities

“A pop-up book showing and reminding us of the possibilities.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

All of life’s wonderful possibilities are just a page turn away in this elegant, inspirational pop-up book from master paper artist Robert Sabuda. Inspiring words accompany six striking pop-up spreads, making this book the ideal graduation gift for kindergartner and college student alike. Celebrate life’s journeys while looking forward to bright new horizons.

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A pop-up book of this elegance is a first for us on the #MelAndNikkiReview and we feel so honored to have been able to review it. Each page is breathtaking and the phrases are inspirational. We just loved this book very much that we highly recommend it to all.

We give Believe A Pop-Up Book of Possibilities 10 stars out of 5! It is innovative, inspiring and simply breath taking. It is recommended for children ages five to eight but as we mentioned previously, it would be great for anyone.

We received a Q&A that was done with the author, Robert Sabuda that we are sharing some of it as we loved getting the authors perspective.

Believe is not only a beautiful book physically; it also contains a multitude of beautiful and inspiring sentiments. What inspired you to share this hopeful message?

“There have been countless times when I wasn’t sure I could overcome life’s challenges. I hope that Believe will remind readers that they’re not alone and to continue forging ahead through life.”

Throughout the book, the theme of possibility is evoked when an image, like an acorn or a paper airplane, is followed by a 3-D pop up of what that thing could be, like a towering tree or a rocket soaring upward. How did you develop the text and visual pairings to communicate this message?

“When faced with a challenge, I sometimes feel kind of small – but hopefully not for long! I understand and recognize that life can be a little scary when you feel small. Being able to visualize yourself into something bigger, something better, really appeals to me. The ideas just seemed to flow out of me when I remembered what it was like to feel small and then how great it felt to move on and become big again.”

What do you love the most about being an artist, author, and paper engineer?

“I love the fact that I’m a bookmaker and that the creative fruits of my labor can be shared by millions!”

To purchase a copy of this amazing book, click here. You will not regret it and the person receiving it will appreciate it! 🙂

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

 

* This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Little Fish and Mommy | Book Review

“Join Little Fish and Mommy Fish for a special day as they play beneath the waves.”

Synopsis

Little Fish loves Mommy Fish very much, and young readers are invited along on a special adventure with them under the sea. Bouncy rhyming text follows the two from one page to the next as Mommy Fish teaches Little Fish to swim, blow big bubbles, and say hello to all their friends.

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Little Fish and Mommy is a heart warming tale of mommy and her child spending the day together. Their journey through the sea can be relatable to all of us as our adventures with our children are always special. It truly is an adorable story for toddlers and moms. The illustrations are captivating for a very young reader and we love the fish shape of the book too!

This is a perfect book to show mommy how much she means to her little one and the beauty of these books is that it can be given at any time of year. Showing mommy how much you love her can be done all year round. 🙂

“The Little Fish loves his mommy as much as I love you mom!” – Nikki, Age 4

Nikki can relate to the Little Fish as I know that every adventure we go on she loves especially if I am with her. Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview we give Little Fish and Mommy 5 fins out of 5!

If you would like to purchase this great book, click here.

About the Author

Lucy Cousin is the creator of the beloved Maisy series. She is also the author-illustrator of the widely acclaimed Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year, as well as I’m the Best, Hooray for Fish!, Hooray for Birds!, and a picture book series about Little Fish.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed her belong to Momma Braga.

Peppa Pig and the Family Reunion

“Tag along for family fun with Peppa!”

Synopsis

Everyone is gathering at Peppa Pig’s house for a family reunion!

It’s time for Peppa’s family to get together, and Grandpa and Granny Pig are the first to arrive. Once Auntie Pig, Uncle Pig, Cousin Chloe, and Baby Alexander show up, the whole family is there. Peppa wants to teach the baby how to speak, but all he says is “goo-goo.” It’s a little loud with so many people under one roof, but what matters is celebrating one another – that’s what family is all about.

#MelAndNikkiReview

We are Peppa Pig fans so it is no surprise that we loved this book! Peppa Pig and the Family Reunion has all the beloved characters from Peppa Pig and a few more from the family. We loved the importance of spending time with family that the story tells. A message that we hold dear to our hearts ourselves.

I haven’t been to many family reunions; however, Peppa Pig’s family sure knows how to do one that is super fun! Makes me want to join their party myself. 😉

Since Nikki is a huge Peppa Pig fan, I sat down with her to really get her thoughts on the book and this is what she had to say.

“I loved the book so much. You know that Peppa is my favorite. But the best part is spending time with your family. I love my family too!” – Nikki, Age 4

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview we give Peppa Pig and the Family Reunion 10 oinks out of 5! Nikki finds that this is a fair rating for her beloved character and I would have to agree with my little one. We can’t forget to mention that the paper flap cover includes a coloring poster – talk about fun!

If you would like to purchase this great book, click here. Perfect for children ages two to five or a fan of Peppa Pig! 😉

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed her belong to Momma Braga.

Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince | Book Review

“An exciting new adventure starring half-mermaid, half-girl Emily Windsnap!”

Synopsis

Traveling home by cruise ship should be a relaxing break after Emily’s last adventure, but things take a turn when the ship is overtaken by a pirate king and his crew. After the pirates collect everyone’s riches, they steal something even more valuable: Aaron, Emily’s boyfriend. The pirate king’s eldest son takes Aaron captive, forcing him to help guide the pirates to the legendary Trident’s Treasure. So Emily dives into action and joins the younger son’s crew in hopes of saving Aaron.

But while experiencing life on the waves, Emily is surprised to find herself not only enjoying the pirate life, but actually bonding with the crew – especially Sam, the pirate king’s son. Between helping Sam unravel riddles to beat his brother to the treasure and making sure that her friends are safe, Emily realizes that she needs to be true to herself. Will she cast aside her mermaid life to join her new friends, or will she find a way to follow her own path?

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I am in love with this latest Emily Windsnap adventure in this charming series. Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince is such a great book! It offers young readers the perfect balance of adventure, fantasy, mystery and a dash of romance. This would be a book I would have definitely be reading in middle school.

The characters are all intriguing and the storyline is just amazing. I love how this adventure empowers Emily and it is such an important message for young girls to read (don’t want to spoil it so you will have to read it!). 😉

“From now on, I would be myself, and if anyone didn’t like it – well, that was for them to deal with, not me.” – Emily

I have become a fan of #EmilyWindsnap and am now going to try to read the other books in the series. We recommend this book for ages eight to 12 or if you just like a great fantasy book filled with mermaids, pirates, adventure and a bit of romance.

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, I give Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince 5 fins out of 5! 

If you would like to purchase this great book, click here.

About the Author

Liz Kessler is the author of the best-selling Emily Windsnap series and the Philippa Fisher series; the novels North of Nowhere, A Year Without Autumn, and Has Anyone Seen Jessica Jenkins?; the young adult novel Read Me Like a Book; and a series of early readers about Poppy the Pirate Dog.

About Emily’s latest adventure, she says, “The inspiration for this story came during a book tour when I was discussing ideas for future adventures Emily might have. My publicist mentioned that I hadn’t written about pirates yet. ‘What about a pirate prince?’ she asked. I was immediately excited about the idea and spent a year having fantastic research trips on tall ships.”

Liz Kessler lives with her partner in Cornwall, England.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed her belong to Momma Braga.

For All The Stars Across The Sky | Book Review

“For all the stars across the sky,
Big and little and bright,
Here’s a wish from me to you
Before we say good night.”

Synopsis

Every evening, when the sun is fading and it’s time for pajamas and climbing into bed, Luna and her mama play a game. They close their eyes and make a wish, for all the stars across the sky.

“I wish that we could fly like birds!” says Luna. And soon she and her mama are on an imaginative journey over mountains and fields, then deep beneath the sea, until they return home together to Luna’s own bed.

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For All The Stars Across The Sky is now my ultimate favorite bedtime story. Filled with emotion, lyrical text and captivating art, it captured my heart. The story about mom and child taking a wish journey through their imaginations before bedtime is absolutely breathtaking. Bedtime is a precious moment between child and parent and the story truly captures it. This story is an ode to the unconditional love between parent and child.

Not many stories tug at my heart strings but this one did and I appreciate that. The ability to feel is powerful and bravo to the writer Karl Newson and illustrator Chiaki Okada for doing just that. Therefore, it is no surprise that for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give For All the Stars Across the Sky 10 stars out of 5! It is recommended for children between the ages of three to seven. However, if you want a beautiful bedtime story then this is perfect for any age.

 

“For all the stars across the sky,
Big and little and bright,
Here’s a wish from me to you
As we say good night.”

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

About the Author

Karl Newson writes for the children’s book blog The Mudwaffler and contributes to The Creative Attic, an online publication of illustrated poetry. For All the Stars Across the Sky is his debut picture book. He lives in England.

About the Illustrator

Chiaki Okada has illustrated books by authors from around the world, including her husband, Ko Okada. For All the Stars Across the Sky is her first picture book published in English. She lives in Japan.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

 

* The book was provided to Momma Braga in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

A Piglet Named Mercy | Book Review

“Every porcine wonder was once a piglet.”

Synopsis

Mr. Watson and Mrs. Watson live ordinary lives. Sometimes their lives feel a bit too ordinary. Sometimes they wish something different would happen. And one day it does, when someone unpredictable finds her way to their front door. In a delightful origin story for the star of the Mercy Watson series, a tiny piglet brings love (and chaos) to Deckawoo Drive – and the Watsons’ lives will never be the same.

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A Piglet Named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen is PURE. PIGLET. PERFECTION! We are in love with Mercy and all her adorable unpredictable ways. This is such a beautiful tale of a family who wanted a little more excitement and got exactly that when Mercy the Pig ended up on their doorstep. You can’t help fall in love with Mercy and feel happy for the family who takes her in with open arms.

The story flowed nicely and the illustrations complimented the book beautifully. It is a great reminder that families can be complete in the most extraordinary ways.

“But they did name her Mercy. She was entirely unpredictable. She was not at all ordinary. And she was very, very loved.”

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview we give A Piglet Named Mercy 5 Oinks out of 5! It is recommended for children between the ages of three and seven.

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

About the Author

Kate DiCamillo is the beloved author of many books for young readers, including the Mercy Watson and Deckawoo Drive series. Her books Flora & Ulysses and The Tale of Despereaux both received Newbery Medals. A former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, she lives in Minneapolis.

About the Illustrator

Chris Van Dusen is the author-illustrator of many books for young readers, including The Circus Ship and Hattie & Hudson, and the illustrator of the Mercy Watson and Deckawoo Drive series. He lives in Maine.

 

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

 

* The book was provided to Momma Braga in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Circle | Book Review

A children’s book that involves shapes, adventure, rules and a bit of imagination is what can be expected from Circlewritten by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen.

Synopsis

This book is about Circle. This book is also about Circle’s friends, Triangle and Square. Also it is about a rule that Circle makes, and how she has to rescue Triangle when he breaks that rule.

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Circle came right in time as Nikki has been learning her shapes in school. Therefore, she was extra excited to have this book read to her and she got to point out what shapes she was seeing in the story. We loved the storyline and the clever illustrations throughout.

By the end of the book, we got to use our imagination on what shape could have been on the other side of the waterfall. It was funny to hear what shapes Nikki thought it could be. We can see why this duo has been writing many great children’s books! We just adored Circle.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give Circle 5 shapes out of 5! We recommend this book for ages five to nine.

“I think the mystery shape is a Cone. A Cone isn’t scary because you can eat ice cream out of it.” – Nikki, Age 4

About the Author

Marc Barnett is the author of numerous books for children, including five illustrated by Jon Klassen: Square; The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse, an E.B. White Read-Aloud Award winner; Triangle; Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, an E.B. White Read-Aloud Award winner and a Caldecott Honor Book; and Extra Yarn, which received a Caldecott Honor and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Mac Barnett lives in California

About the Illustrator

Jon Klassen is the author-illustrator of I Want My Hat Back, an E.B. White Read-Aloud Award winner and a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book; This Is Not My Hat, winner of the Caldecott Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal; and We Found a Hat. He is also the illustrator of two Caldecott Honor books, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn, both written by Mac Barnett. Jon Klassen lives in Los Angeles.

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

 

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

 

-Momma Braga

 

 

* The book was provided to Momma Braga in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed her solely belong to Momma Braga.