Tag: Macmillan’s Childrens Publishing Group

A Story of Immigration and Inspiration | Watch Me

“Watch Me is an inspiring children’s story about how immigration has made a country great. The diverse skills and cultures that we are surrounded by is what makes us all great!” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

Joe came to America from Africa when he was young. He worked hard in school, made friends, and embraced his new home. Like so many immigrants before and after him, Joe succeeded when many thought he would fail.

In telling the story of how his father came to America, Doyin Richards tells the story of many immigrants, and opens the experience up to readers of all backgrounds. Here is a moving and empowering story of how many different people, from different places, make us great. Acclaimed artist Joe Cepeda brings the story to life with beautiful paintings, full of heart.

#MelAndNikkiReview

Watch Me truly encompasses what many people of all backgrounds faced when immigrating to another country. As a daughter of immigrants, I saw the struggle to create new roots in a new country and to work twice as hard to succeed for your family.

My parents came to Canada with nothing and built a life here. I am incredibly proud that they did it and they never lost faith that they could. This is why this story really grasped at my heart strings as to see Joe succeed when everyone thought he couldn’t is a great message.

The author, Doyin, describes his own father’s journey in this captivating story with simple text and breathtaking illustrations. Joe came to America and worked really hard even when people doubted him. He became a doctor and creating roots that you can see his family is very proud of.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 5 stars out of 5! 

“This land is your land. This land is our land. There is enough for everyone.”

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

About the Author

Doyin Richards is the author of the pictures books I Wonder: Celebrating Daddies Doin’ Work, and What’s the Difference? Being Different Is Amazing as well as a book for adults, Daddy Doin’ Work: Empowering Mothers to Evolve Fatherhood. He’s been interviewed by Today (and is a charter member of Today’s parenting team), NPR, USA Today, The New York Times, and CNN, among others. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their two daughters.

About the Illustrator

Joe Cepeda is the award-winning illustrator of more than thirty books for children. Born and raised in East Los Angeles, he lives in LA, where he is also the president of the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that this book was provided in exchange for an honest review and we do not make commission off of book sales. All opinions expressed are our own.

5 More Sleeps ‘Till Christmas

5 More Sleeps ‘Till Christmas is the perfect story to further build the exciting countdown to Christmas! The magical of Christmas is alive and well in the beautiful book where all the kiddies will want it read everyday until the BIG day! A must read!” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

“Just 5 more sleeps ’til Christmas! Can you believe it’s here? I know that Santa’s coming soon. ’cause I’ve been good all year.”

Everyone who grew up celebrating Christmas remembers the excitement that built up to the most magical day of the year. But why not make the last week before Christmas more fun by counting how many sleeps until the arrival of Santa and his reindeer?

Accompanied by the beautiful and energetic artwork of Rich Deas, enjoy the humor of Jimmy Fallon as he prepares readers for the most exciting week of the year in this new holiday tradition for your family – 5 More Sleeps ’till Christmas.

#MelAndNikkiReview

5 More Sleeps ‘Till Christmas is Christmas magic perfection! A great story to lead up to the big day and everyone can relate to the excitement one feels waiting for Santa to arrive.

This book became a family favorite and very quickly in our home. You can’t help but admire the beautiful illustrations and the dash of humor throughout. The countdown was impeccably done and it had me remembering how it was for me as a child as I waited for the big day. We just absolutely loved this book from beginning to end.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview we give it, 10 sleeps out of 5! It is a must read and we highly recommend this story to all. We will be taking this book out again each day as we countdown to Christmas.

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

About the Author

Jimmy Fallon is the author of #1 New York TImes – bestselling children’s books Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA, Everything Is MAMA, and This Is Baby. The holiday season is his favorite time of year. Fallon lives in New York City with his wife, Nancy, their two daughters, Winnie and Franny, and their dog, Gary. They listen to holiday music year-round per Jimmy’s request.

About the Illustrator

Rich Deas is a designer, an illustrator, and a senior creative director at MacMillan Children’s Publishing Group in New York City. He has designed hundreds of book covers and is the illustrator of 10 Fat Turkeys and Cock-a-Doodle Dance! He resides in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, with his wife and two sons. They are all already counting down the sleeps until next Christmas.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that this book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own. Please note that we do not make commission off of book sales.

 

Nico Bravo And The Cella Dwellers

Nico Bravo And The Cella Dwellers is the second book in a series and brings back all the favorite ancient myths and legends with an epic makeover.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

Got a problem? The seasoned staff at Vulcan’s Celestial Supply Shop—a kid named Nico Bravo, a sphinx named Lula, and a unicorn named Buck—have got just the thing for you in their inventory of magical merchandise.

Nico’s enemy is finally revealed: Ahriman, God of Evil! Ahriman is fed up with Nico thwarting all his heinous plans and sends a shapeshifter named Orcus to Vulcan’s Celestial Supply Shop on a covert mission to take Nico and his crew down.

Orcus mistakenly unleashes a dangerous ‘Misery’ from the God of Misfortune’s pouch, threatening everyone in the Supply Shop, but also discovers the missing link between Nico, the Unicorn Wars, and Reality itself! What will happen to Nico and his friends when all their troubles converge in a desperate battle for the fate of the Universe?

#MelAndNikkiReview

Nico Bravo and the Cella Dwellers is the second book in a series and brings back all the favorite ancient myths and legends with an epic makeover.

This middle-grade novel series brings adventure and hilarious comedy throughout. We just loved it and you can never go wrong with a novel series with a comic feel. It makes reading that much fun! 😉 It is a great fantasy graphic novel and it is great for kids eight to 12.

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give Nico Bravo and the Cella Dwellers 5 stars out of 5! The Nico Bravo series is a great graphic novel with action, adventure and comedy. This series is great for kids who love mythology. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

If you would like to purchase this awesome novel, click here.

About the Author

Mike Cavallaro is from New Jersey and has worked in comics and animation since the early 1990s. His comics include Eisner Award – nominated Parade (with Fireworks), The Life and Times of Savior 28 and Impossible Incorporated (written by J. M. DeMatteis), Foiled and Curses! Foiled Again (written by Jane Yolen), Decelerate Blue (written by Adam Rapp), and Nico Bravo and the Hound of Hades.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own. Please note that we do not make commission off of book sales.

V is For Voting | Book Review

“V is for Voting is the perfect book to inspire all ages on the importance of voting.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

V is for Voting is an engaging ABC book that introduces kids to concepts like social justice, civil rights, and democracy. Featuring Kate Farrell’s playful rhyming text, Caitlin Kuhwald’s bold art, and thoughtful material for further exploration, the book is a beautiful, and crucial, addition to every young reader’s library.

#MelAndNikkiReview

V is For Voting is a great children’s book to truly inspire the little ones of the importance of voting. No one is ever to young to learn how our voices can be heard with using our right to vote.

Voting is something that has always been important in our household and it was something that my parents always told me that I need to do once I was the legal age to vote. It is a duty that I am proud to do and vote every election year.

This book encompases all the importance of voting in ways that children can relate. We loved how the alphabet was used to make the points easier for kids to comprehend. We also love the illustrations that were beautiful and diverse.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 5 stars out of 5! “V is for voting to make your voice heard!”

If you would like to purchase this great book to inspire your little future, click here.

About the Author

Kate Farrell believes that every vote counts! She is a writer and an editor who lives in New York City. V is for Voting is her first picture book.

About the Author

Caitlyn Kuhwald has a BFA in illustration from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and an MFA in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Her work has appeared in various magazines, DVD covers, and books, including Who Did It First? 50 Scientists, Artists, and Mathematicians Who Revolutionized the World. She lives in Los Angeles. V is for Voting is her first picture book.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga

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

Show-How Guides: Paper Airplanes

“Master the art of paper airplanes with this show-how guide that provides step-by-step illustrations on how to create many paper airplane styles.” – Momma Braga

Show-How Guides

Show-How Guides are joyful primers for curious minds – collectible, visual, step-by-step handbooks that teach the skills every kid should know! This pocket-sized 101 series introduces kids of all ages to the perennial talents, hobbies, skills, and hands-on activities they’ll treasure for a lifetime. Each book includes a curated collection of essential skills and every step is illustrated, allowing kids to truly and easily master the basics, regardless of how they learn. Finally, fun and friendly tutorials you can understand at a glance! Show-How Guides are an affordable stocking stuffer, birthday gift, or impulse buy.

#MelAndNikkiReview

Show-How Guides: Paper Airplanes is a great book for children to learn how to make paper airplanes. We love how this guide provides illustrations with step-by-step tutorials on 11 essential airplane models.

We took it to the test and tried one out ourselves and we went with the Eagle style which is featured below. After a few tries we got it! It is perfectly ok to feel frustrated at first but never give up. We didn’t give up and we loved the result. By the end, you will feel like an expert.

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give this guide 5 planes out of 5! Get off to a flying start and get started today! If you would like to purchase your very own Show-How Guide, click here.

About the Author

Keith Zoo is an illustrator living near Boston, MA. For the past decade, he’s been the Lead Artist at FableVision Studios, working on a full range of things, from character design to animation layout, interactives and design. When he’s not there, he loves spending his time drawing monsters, goblins and other silly things.

About the Publisher

Odd Dot is a publisher of notification books with innovative formats for kids of all ages, with lists that range from STEM-oriented workbooks, to board books with wheels, and beyond. Combining fun and delightful artists with expert, knowledgeable, and creative authors allows Odd Dot to make joyful books for curious minds.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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

It’s Not A School Bus, It’s A Pirate Ship

“It’s Not A School Bus, It’s A Pirate Ship is a great adventure to get your imagination ready for a new school year.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

A boy overcomes his first-day-of-school fears by imagining It’s Not A School Bus, It’s A Pirate Ship! Set sail on the high-seas with him in this picture book adventure by writer Mickey Rapkin and illustrator Teresa Martinez!

The first day of school means the first ride on the school bus. But who will I sit with? What if no one talks to me?

Luckily this isn’t a school bus, it’s a pirate ship!

And this crew has one motto: “One for all and all for FUN!” So set sail on a voyage across the high seas! And prepare to make some pirate buddies along the way in this adventure about overcoming your anxiety.

#MelAndNikkiReview

It’s Not A School Bus, It’s A Pirate Ship is the great adventure that will get you ready for the school year.

The illustrations are vibrant and really bring the story to life. The storyline is full of imagination perfection and will help the little ones shake their school gitters away. Who would not want to travel to school in a pirate ship?! I know I would sign up for that! 🙂

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview we give it 10 ARRRRRs out of 5! A super cute children’s book that takes you on an imaginary pirate adventure. It also makes a great story for those who might be a little nervous to start the school year. We just love it!

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

About the Author

Mickey Rapkin is a journalist and screenwriter whose first book, Pitch Perfect, inspired the hit film series about cappella signing. Previously a senior editor at GQ, he is the author of Theatre Geek and has written for the The New York Times, ELLE, Bon Appetit, and National Geographic Traveler. He lives in Los Angeles when he isn’t surfing the high seas, matey! He is the author of It’s Not a Bed, It’s a Time Machine.

About the Illustrator

Teresa Martinez was born in Mexico. She was a very shy girl at school, and drawing helped her connect with other children. When she grew up she studied graphic design and started illustrating picture books. Now she lives in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, drawing for kids as she did during her school days, and that makes her happy.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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

You Are A Beautiful Beginning | Book Review

You Are a Beautiful Beginning gives children the ultimate confidence boost in story form that is captivating through words and illustrations. Perfection!” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

It is not the destination but the journey.

Inspired by this timeless adage, You Are a Beautiful Beginning combines lyrical storytelling and lovely art, blossoming into a celebration of self-love, friendship, and community. With delicate, evocative language and hidden depth, this meditative and magical picture book encourages readers old and young to discover their own endless potential.

#MelAndNikkiReview

You Are A Beautiful Beginning is a celebration of self-love, friendship and community that will appeal to readers of all ages.

The whimsical art will captivate everyone and the powerful message it brings out will be the ultimate confidence boost for a young person. Every story has a beginning and there really isn’t an end but a new beginning to the next story. It was simply a beautiful story

“It is not wishing to be different. It is learning to love being you. It is not the end of your story. It is a beautiful beginning, too.”

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give You Are A Beautiful Beginning 10 stars out of 5! A must read story with your little one and great story to have your young reader read it to you!

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

About the Author

Nina Laden is an award-winning, bestselling children’s book author and illustrator. Her many books include The Night I Followed the Dog, Peek-a Who?, When Pigasso Met Mootisse, Roberto: The Insect Architect, Once Upon a Memory, If I Had a Little Dream, and Yellow Kayak. When she is not writing or drawing, she paddleboards, takes long beach walks, hunts for agates, forages for mushrooms, makes jewelry, and cooks up a storm, amongst other things. Nina was born and raised in the New York City area and now lives on a little island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State with her husband, Booth, and their Siberian cat, Marley.

About the Illustrator

Kelsey Garrity-Riley is an illustrator living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She grew up in Germany and Belgium before moving to the US to pursue her love of art at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Kelsey’s picture books include Goldie Takes a Stand: Golda Meir’s First Crusade, Other-Wordly, Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face, and Frankie’s Favorite Food.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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

 

Three Squeezes Gives Our Hearts All The Feels | Book Review

Three Squeezes truly warms the heart as it reflects on the unbreakable bond between generations. A must read book for all generations and you may need a tissue.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

When you could neither talk nor stand, life’s hourglass still filled with stand, I gently held your tiny hand and gave it three soft squeezes.

When you awoke within the night and cried from fear and called for light, I held you safe with all my might and gave you three long squeezes.

Follow a father and his son from babyhood to baseball games to graduation and beyond in this loving saga about the unbreakable bond between generations.

#MelAndNikkiReview

Three Squeezes truly gives us the full picture of parenthood in the most beautiful way.

As we follow the parent journey of one dad, we see the bond that he shares with his son. We see how a father’s love is there through it all by his symbolic use of squeezes. These heartfelt gestures is then returned from son to father as he ages. Simply beautiful and tugs at heart strings.

As I care for my daughter, I am also seeing my parents age. I can see the full circle that we go through in parenthood and this beautiful children’s book depicts. It is hard not to shed a tear by the end as we can all relate to the unconditional love a parent has for their child.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give three squeezes 10 squeezes out of 5! A children’s story that will tug at your heart strings and it will become a staple in a family’s home. A must read for all generations.

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

About the Author

Jason Pratt is a middle school teacher who grew up a short bike ride from the beach near Jacksonville, Florida, where he developed a habit of saying hello to everyone he passes on the street. When he is not writing or teaching, Jason can be found skiing, fishing, or paddling his kayak along Florida’s beautiful waterways. If you happen to see him there, please do say hello.

About the Illustrator

Chris Sheban has been awarded three gold and three silver medals by the Society of Illustrators. Some of the books he has illustrated are I Met a Dinosaur by Jan Wahl, Catching the Moon by Myla Goldberg, and What to Do with a Box by Jane Yolen. He also illustrated Someone Like Me by Patricia MacLachlan and The Other Ducks by Ellen Yeomans, both published by Roaring Book Press.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that this book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

 

Let’s Get Sleepy! | Book Review

“Let’s Get Sleepy is a must read for bedtime! A beautiful story that allows you to engage as you try to find Sleepy with every page turn.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

These cats are on an adventure to find that darn mouse named sleepy.

But Sleepy is a sneaky mouse – he’s hard to find. The cats will have to look everywhere: all over town, out by the beach, up in space, and even back in time with the dinosaurs! Can the cats catch that mouse? Even if they don’t, at the end of the day, they may just get sleepy after all.

Let’s Get Sleepy reminds young readers that the journey is more important than the destination – and that the most valuable treasure is a day richly lived with friends.

#MelAndNikkiReview

Let’s Get Sleepy is an amazing story that is beautifully told and illustrated. We love the use of cats in this adventure as their goal throughout their day is to find Sleepy the mouse. However, despite their great efforts they always seem to miss him. Even though they didn’t catch him, they do end up being “sleepy” after all.

We just loved the play on words and Nikki had a lot of fun reading the sentence “Let’s Get Sleepy.” By the second time reading the story in a row one night, she felt sleepy herself and it was an amazing parenting win for me! 😉 The detail in each page is impeccable and my favorite scene is the weekend parade where I noticed a flag that looks a lot like the Canadian flag (we noticed and loved it!). There is so much to appreciate in this children’s story that we always find something new every time we read it. Yes we have read it several times since it has arrived.

“My favorite part is looking for Sleepy! It was so much fun and it made me giggle when they couldn’t find him.” – Nikki, Age 6

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 10 paws out of 5! We love the rhyming text and of course the seek and find twist really made this into a glowing review. We do recommend to add this story to your reading lineup as your children will adore it.

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

About the Author

Tony Cliff is the New York Times – bestselling author and illustrator of the Delilah Dirk graphic novel series. He live in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he is a fifteen-year veteran of the city’s animation industry. His first major published work, Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, was nominated for Eisner, Shuster, and Harvey awards. He is strongly opposed to bios that conclude with one quirky attempt at humor.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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

I’m Sticking With You | Book Review

“I’m Sticking With You shows us that every relationship requires love, understanding and kindness. No matter what we go through, true friendship always finds a way through.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

Bear and squirrel are best friends. Wherever Squirrel goes, Bear follows. Bear vows to stick with Squirrel whether he’s grumpy or silly or mad – which is put to the test when Bear sinks Squirrel’s canoe. And catapults him from the seesaw. And breaks his favorite mug.

Finally, Squirrel has had enough. He tells Bear he needs his space – only to realize he has much more fun with his best friend around. Funny and poignant in equal measure, I’m Sticking With You shows that friendship always finds a way.

#MelAndNikkiReview

I’m Sticking With You will be stuck with us as we loved it a lot. A beautifully told and illustrated story about friendship.

Friendships are hard work even with a best friend. Sometimes there can be bumps on the road and we may feel like it’s best distance ourselves instead of working it out. Luckily, Squirrel was able to realize fairly quickly of the great friendship had with Bear. They were able to work through some friendship bumps and they realized how important they were to each other.

A great message for children as every relationship requires love, understanding and kindness.

“Sometimes you need to give your friends some space and that is ok too. You appreciate each other more.” – Nikki, Age 5

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 10 paws out of 5! It was bear-rific!

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

About the Author

Smriti Prasadam-Halls is the internationally bestselling author of more than thirty books for children, including I Love You Night and Day. She lives in England with her husband and three sons.

About the Illustrator

Steve Small is a designer, an animator, and a BAFTA – nominated director. He lives in England, and I’m Sticking with You is his first picture book.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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