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The Lost Christmas | Book Review

“A Christmas confection from the brilliant creator of the Lost House and The Lost Picnic!”

Synopsis

It’s time to decorate the tree for Christmas — but Grandad can’t find any of his ornaments! The hunt for the missing decorations takes the children up and down in Grandad’s bric-a-brac-filled house and out into a winter wonderland. And when every ornament is on the tree at last, Grandad has a wonderful holiday surprise in store.

#MelAndNikkiReview

The Lost Christmas is a tricky seek-and-find book that embraces the beginning of the Christmas season – decorating! This book is great to get the family all geared up the festivities with the first step to start it all. 🙂

We enjoyed the storyline as decorating is one of our favorite parts of Christmas and we can relate to misplacing some décor as we go along. 😉 The story is just sweet and we love how it shows the bond between grandchild and grandparent. The illustrations are vibrant as neon colors are used to bring the story to life. However, we did find it difficult to find the items on the pages. If you have some great seek-and-find little ones, then this is a great book for them.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReciew, we give it 4 ornaments out of 5! We enjoyed it and the seek-and-find concept was neat. Even though we couldn’t find many of the items. I guess we need to practice some more. 😉 There is an added surprise at the end and it is to seek out one more ornament back in the book. Therefore, make sure to go all the way to the end!

If you would like to purchase your own copy, click here.

About the Author

B.B. Cronin, an illustrator originally from Dublin, Ireland, is the author of The Lost House, which received a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators, and The Lost Picnic. His work has appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Times, and on the covers of Penguin Classics, among many other publications. He was honored by a one-person show at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin in 1998. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, with the illustrator Juliette Borda and their two children. He divides his time between his kitchen, living room, and his stuido. To learn more about the author, 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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There’s an Elf in Your Book Brings Witt and Fun

“There’s an Elf in Your Book is witty, fun and asks the biggest question on all our minds…Did we make it on the nice list?” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

Ho, ho ho! There’s an elf in this Christmas picture book by bestselling children’s author, YouTube star, and musician Tom Fletcher!

Do you have what it takes to make Santa’s Nice List? An elf is here to test you in Tom Fletcher’s newest participatory read-aloud. Don’t let the elf trick you into being naughty! Just follow his instructions to sing Christmas carol, clap, burp…Hey, wait a second! Children will be delighted to participate in this satisfying holiday tale.

#MelAndNikkiReview

There’s an Elf in Your Book had us all participating in story time with this witty tale. Nikki was very excited when she saw it and needed to have it read to her right away. Since I wasn’t available at that very moment, the task was left for daddy dearest to read. 🙂 They both really loved reading it together and even my husband had a great time (that is the best compliment ever!). It became a family favorite instantly as my family was bragging all about it. Therefore, I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to read it too as I needed to join in the fun.

I have to admit that my family was right and their praises of the book were true. It was witty, fun and interactive! Since Nikki was an expert by the time I read it with her, she tried tricking me along with the mischievous elf. However, never fear as Momma Braga passed the test and I did in fact make it to the Nice List. 😉 It is a wonderful and uplifting story for little ones. We loved the story, illustrations and even the tricky elf.

You will have a blast reading this book with your child and just in time to get everyone in the Christmas spirit! Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview we give it 10 elves out of 5! It had us jingling with laughter.

This book is recommended for children ages three to seven and if you would like to purchase your own copy, click here. You won’t regret it! 😉

About the Author

Tom Fletcher loves Christmas! He’s a successful children’s author for various age groups, a YouTube star, a proud daddy, and a McFly band member. He has also collaborated with Greg Abbott on There’s a Monster in Your Book and There’s a Dragon in Your Book, which Kirkus Reviews called “an energetic and laugh-filled read-aloud.” Tom lives in England with his wife, author Giovanna Fletcher, and their three sons.

About the Illustrator

Greg Abbott is an illustrator and designer who lives in West Sussex, England. In addition to children’s books, he has created art prints, apparel, toys, greeting cards, and other merchandise.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

Momma Braga

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

The Crayons’ Christmas | Book Review

A brand new Crayons’ book from the #1 New York Times best-selling duo Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers, just in time for the holidays.

Synopsis

‘Tis the season for all of us to write our holiday wish lists. But everyone – even the crayons – know the best presents are the ones that you give. In this unique book, readers get to see how Duncan, the crayons, and their families celebrate the holidays. With real, folded letters from the Crayons that you can pull from their envelopes and read, games, punch-out ornaments, a poster, and a pop-up tree, this book is the perfect gift for fans of The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home.

#MelAndNikkiReview

The Crayons’ Christmas brings Christmas joy with many amazing surprises for young readers. It was one of Nikki’s ultimate favorite parts of the book! Every time we turned the page she would excitedly say, “Wow! Another surprise! I wonder what the crayons are sending this time?!” By having these surprises, it truly brought an interactive component to the story and we absolutely loved it. To us, it was like keeping the story fun going even after the story was done.

Not only does The Crayons’ Christmas bring the interaction out for your little ones but it brings that lovable humor that you can expect from The Crayons’ Series. It had me giggling all the way. 😉 Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give The Crayons’ Christmas 10 crayons out of 5! It brings humor, fun and the Christmas spirit all in one beautifully illustrated children’s book.

“This book is full of Christmas fun!” – Nikki, Age 5

If you would like to purchase your own copy and in time for Christmas, click here.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

Momma Braga

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

Peppa Pig and The Christmas Play

“Peppa Pig and the Christmas Play will show you the power of a promise in the most adorable way.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

It’s holiday time, and Peppa Pig and her friends are busy getting ready for the Christmas play. Everyone has a part to play – elves, snowflakes, the tree, the shining star, even the Christmas nurse! Peppa is happy to be the Christmas fairy, but what she really wants is for Santa to come to the show. He said he would when she saw him at grocery store.

With the play about to begin, there’s no sign of the special guest, but Madame Gazelle says the show must go on. Will Peppa take the stage? Will Santa keep his promise?

#MelAndNikkiReview

Peppa Pig and the Christmas Play brings our favorite characters from Peppa Pig for some holiday cheer and fun. We loved the addition of the jolly man himself, Santa! Best of all they learn the power of a promise and that is truly magical!

“Santa never lets anyone down.” – Nikki, Age 5

If you have a Peppa Pig enthusiast in your home, then this is the perfect book for them. You also get a bonus with this book as it includes a coloring poster inside the jacket. So the holiday fun continues with Peppa!

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

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

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

Momma Braga

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

Maisy’s Christmas Party | Book Review

You’ve got mail! When Maisy invites her friends to a holiday party, she receives several pull-out gifts that she’s happy to share with fans.

Synopsis

The holidays are coming, and Maisy’s friends are thrilled to receive invitations to her party. It will be fun to play games, tell stories, sing carols, and eat treats! Dotty, Eddie, Cyril, Tallulah, and Charley all send thank-you notes to Maisy, each with a little something she might enjoy. And Maisy has something to give to her readers as well! Kids will be excited to reach into the envelope pockets to find:

  • An ornament
  • A simple gingerbread recipe
  • A book of jokes
  • A.small advent calendar
  • A puzzle
  • And a Christmas card from Maisy!

#MelAndNikkiReview

Maisy’s Christmas Party is absolutely adorable and the perfect addition to a little one this Christmas.

“I love opening the envelopes in the book and see all the surprises.” – Nikki, Age 5

Nikki loved seeing the surprises in each envelope and to be honest, so did I. It reminded me how the littlr things like writing a letter can add to the Christmas spirit. Maisy also gives all the readers a special surprise at the end too! Therefore, make sure to write the child’s name at the end to make it extra special when you are reading it. 😉

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give Maisy’s Christmas Party 10 Gingerbreads out of 5! It won’t disappoint your little one and remember to enjoy the holiday season with your loved ones.

If you would like to purchase your own, click here.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga

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

The Shortest Day | Book Review

“So the shortest day came, and the year died…”

Synopsis

As the sun sets on the shortest day of the year, early people would gather to prepare for the long night ahead. They built fires and lit candles. They played music, bringing their own light to the darkness, while wondering if the sun would ever rise again. Written for a theatrical production that has become a ritual in itself, Susan Cooper’s poem “The Shortest Day” captures the magic behind the returning of the light, the yearning for traditions that connect us with generations that have gone before – and the hope for peace that we carry into the future. Richly illustrated by Carson Ellis with a universality that spans the centuries, this beautiful book evokes the joy and community found in the ongoing mystery of life when we celebrate light, thankfulness, and festivity at a time of rebirth. Welcome Yule!

#MelAndNikkiReview

The Shortest Day is a great book that celebrates winter solstice. It is written beautifully with illustrations to accompany it perfectly. It gives us the best explanation of solstice that can be understood by children. We also love how the poem, The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper is in its entirety on the last page.

This book is a great tool to teach children (7 years+) about the solstice. At the solstices, the sun reaches its highest or lowest point in our sky, giving us the longest or the shortest day of the year; at the equinoxes, day and night are almost equal. Spring equinox, summer solstice, autumn equinox, winter solstice; round and round they go.

We just enjoyed this story immensely and therefore, we give it 5 stars out of 5! This book is a classic and you will enjoy it too.

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

About the Author

Susan Cooper wrote “The Shortest Day” for John Langstaff’s Christmas Revels, where it is performed annually across the country. She is the author of the classic fantasy sequence The Dark Is Rising, which includes the Newbery Medal winner The Grey King, as well as many other books for children and adults. She lives on a salt-marsh island in Marshfield, Massachusetts.

About the Illustrator

Carson Ellis is the creator of the Caldecott Honor Book Du Iz Tak? and the New York Times bestseller Home. She is also the ullustrator of The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket and Dillweed’s Revenge: A Deadly Dose of Magic by Florence Parry Heide, and she collaborated with her husband, Colin Meloy, on the best-selling Wildwood series. Carson Ellis lives outside Portland, Oregon.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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

Gigantosaurus Series Takes A Chomp On Reading Time

If you have a little one in your home, you may have encountered The Gigantosaurus TV series. If not, let us give you a little bit of the low down. 😉

About the Series

The Gigantosaurus TV series is based on the best-selling book by world-renowned author Jonny Duddle and developed and produced by Cyber Group Studios, made its U.S. debut in January 2019 to rave reviews. Airing on Disney Channel and Disney Junior, the show invites young viewers on the prehistoric adventures of four curious young dinosaur friends – Rocky, Bill, Tiny and Mazu – as they explore the mystery of Gigantosaurus, the biggest, fiercest dinosaur of all. Every imagination-inspiring episode follows the group on a quest where they face individual fears and work together to solve a problem. As the inquisitive Mazu, playful Tiny, timid Bill, and courageous Rocky aim to learn more about Gigantosaurus, they discover they each have something to learn from him, too!

Now you can take this animated series into story time as they are releasing some great books that you will adore to read. We got a chance to review three books in the series and here is what we learned.

The Story of Gigantosaurus

When Mazu, Rocky, Bill, and Tiny – four young dinosaur friends – set off on a Gigantosaurus hunt, they’re in for a wild adventure. They search far and wide, through jungles, rivers, and more, meeting all kinds of dinosaurs along the way. Eventually, unbeknownst to them, they end up inside the mouth of the very dinosaur they fear the most! With the humor, engaging text, and bright, colorful artwork, this title is the perfect introduction to the world of Gigantosaurus.

#MelAndNikkiReview

The Story of Gigantosaurus is definitely the perfect introduction as it allowed us to enter the world of Gigantosaurus and get to know all the characters. We loved getting to know each character and the qualities they bring to their group of friends. The illustrations are bright and fantastic! They truly bring the story to life and the animated series to book form. Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 5 chomps out of 5! If you would like to purchase this book, please click here.

Gigantosaurus Don’t Cave In

Who’s afraid of a dark and scary cave?

Don’t go into the cave! A Shriekosaurus, the dinosaur that Rocky, Tiny, Mazu, and Bill are afraid of (even though no one has actually seen it) lives there. That’s good advice, but with Gigantosaurus in pursuit, they have to take cover somewhere. Once inside the cave, the four friends might as well explore. There are scary shadows and a very loud roar. How will they find their way home? The adventurous dinos, and readers, are in for a real treat when the secrets of the cave are revealed.

#MelAndNikkiReview

Gigantosaurus Don’t Cave In is absolutely adorable and we love the ending when they finally find out who Shriekosaurus is (we won’t spoil it here).  You definitely can learn so much from these amazing four friends and they learn so much from one another. In this book, they all learn that we can all be afraid, even the bravest one. We have to mention that we love the stickers and empty pages that are included in the book. You can have a great time creating your own scenes with the stickers! Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 5 Dino-mites out of 5! If you would like to purchase this book (comes out on November 5, 2019; however, you can pre-order), please click here.

Gigantosaurus The Lost Egg

Careful with that egg! Who knows what might hatch from it…

When Rocky, Tiny, Mazu, and Bill find a lost egg, they’re not sure what to do with it. Play ball? Probably not. The gang, with Rocky in the lead, sets out to find the egg’s family. Turns out looking after such a delicate thing isn’t easy, and asking all the residents of the Cretaceous jungle for advice is complicated. Some want to help care for the egg – but others want to eat it! When Gigantosaurus stomps onto the scene, everyone gets a big surprise – but it’s not as surprising as what eventually hatches from the little lost egg!

#MelAndNikkiReview

Gigantosaurus The Lost Egg is another adorable book and we love the ending when the egg finally hatches (we won’t spoil it here).  We love how they work as a team on their quest to find the egg’s family. They truly become attach to it to make sure they succeed in their mission and you have to admire them for that.

We have to mention that stickers are included in this book too and we love it! Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 5 Parasaurolophus out of 5! If you would like to purchase this book (comes out on November 5, 2019; however, you can pre-order), please click here.

There you have it! Three books to start of this series in a chomping and dino-mite way! We can’t wait to see what other adventures these four friends are going to go on. Make sure to tune in to Disney Channel and Disney Junior to check them out and don’t forget to take the series home for bedtime with these books.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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

Elbow Grease Is Back In A New Story

“Elbow Grease is back and bringing along the important message of team work. You can’t help but fall in love with Elbow Grease’s “Never Give Up” spirit and gumption.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

Elbow Grease may be little but he’s got grit and gumption to spare — and he’s back! It’s time for Elbow Grease to face off against the gnarly monster machine Motozilla. Luckily, Elbow Grease can count on his four big brothers to rev their engines and help him try to beat the beast! From multi-talented mega celebrity John Cena comes this exciting story about the importance of believing in yourself. Full of action-packed illustrations and characters kids will cheer for, this fun and fast-paced book proves that teamwork makes the dream work!

#MelAndNikkiReview

Elbow Grease VS. Motozilla is fantastic! We just love Elbow Grease especially when we were first introduced to him in his first book. The author John Cena and illustrator Howard McWilliam does not disappoint us with this second book in the series.

Team work is what drives this latest storyline and we loved how they creatively presented it. It was exciting, funny and overall a great read. I personally love the speech bubbles in the story as it offers us the comic feel and a dash of humor. The illustrations are also very well done and brings the story to life. Now on a side note to the author as I want to make sure he knows that his work has not gone unnoticed. One of Pinball’s (character in the book) fans looks exactly like John Cena but a female version. It literally had me laughing out loud and it was such a great touch to the book and for me it wasn’t hard not to notice. My favorite character in the book is Mel the Mechanic of course. 😉

Overall, Elbow Grease VS. Motozilla exceeded our expectations and we are so honored to add it to our book collection of great books. It shows us what hard work, dedication and team work can accomplish. Nothing is impossible if you have a great team by your side.

Now Nikki who is also an Elbow Grease fan decided it was time to do one of her special vlogs to tell us how she felt about it and a little extra more. We never really know what Nikki is going to say in her videos but that is what makes it fun and real! 🙂 Here is the opinion of a five-year-old which is the most important opinion on a children’s book. 😉

As you heard from Nikki, she gives it 6 out of 5! I give it 10 Motozillas out of 5! We truly have enjoyed reading this book and it has been on our reading daily line-up! Of course as per Nikki’s request, I need to read in character like the first one and that makes it much more fun for us all.

If you are looking for a fun book with an empowering message for children (ages three to seven) to learn, then this is the book for you. Or if you have a John Cena fan on your gift list, then this would make a perfect gift. Please click here to know how to purchase your very own.

About the Author

John Cena is a beloved entertainer and dedicated philanthropist. Inspired by Richard Scarry – one of his favorite children’s book creators – John wanted to tell a story that shared some of the most important lessons he has learned over the years. They are lessons that helped form his personal credo: hustle, loyalty, and respect.

About the Illustrator

Howard McWilliam is a cover artist for the U.S. and U.K editions of the Week and has illustrated dozens of children’s novels and picture books. He lives in Cheltenham, England, with his wife, Rebecca, and three young sons.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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

Suffragette: The Battle For Equality

A New York Times best-selling illustrator turns his talents to a lavish history of the women’s suffrage movement in the U.K. and the U.S. just in time for the hundredth anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment.

Synopsis

Imprisonment, hunger strikes, suffrajitsu – the decades-long fight for women’s right to vote was at times a ferocious one. Acclaimed artist David Roberts gives these important, socially transformative times their due in a colorfully illustrated history that includes many of the important faces of the movement in portraiture and scenes that both dignify and enliven. He has created a timely and thoroughly engaging resource in his first turn as nonfiction author-illustrator. Suffragette: The Battle for Equality follows the trajectory of the movement in the U.K. and visits some key figures and moments in the United States as it presents the stories of Millicent Garrett Fawcett, Emmeline Pankhurst, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Susan B. Anthony, and many more heroic women and men – making it a perfect gift for young readers of today. Dr. Crystal Feimster of Yale’s Department of African American Studies contributes a foreword that speaks to the relationship and differences between the British and American suffrage efforts.

#MelAndNikkiReview

Suffragette: The Battle For Equality is an empowering book full of history that we should all know. To say that I learned a little is an understatement as there was so much history that I don’t even remembering in school. Like did you know that suffragists are those who campaign for the right to vote, either for themselves or for others?! I did not know that word and now it is in my vocabulary.

This book takes us all the way back to 1832 to 1928 and you will want to dive right in to learn the reach history behind the right to vote for all. This comes at a great time when elections are in full swing here in Canada as it is a great reminder that we should all exercise our right to vote. After reading this book, you will see how hard it was fought to give us that right. Above all, we can learn a great deal from reading the history that is in this book and I love the bios at the end of the world of suffrage.

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

If you would like to purchase this book full of empowering stories, click here. This book is recommended for children ages seven to ten.

About the Author

David Roberts is the illustrator of The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman, The Dumpster Diver by Janet S. Wong, and His Royal Highness, King Baby by Sally Lloyd-Jones. He also illustrated the New York Times best-selling Rosie Revere, Engineer and the other books in the Questioneers series by Andrea Beaty. David Roberts has held a lifelong interest in the women’s suffrage movement. He lives in London.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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

Dasher Brings A Tale Full Of Hope, Love and Magic

“Dasher is a captivating tale that gives us all the feels of the Christmas Spirit with the story of Dasher.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

Dasher is an adventurous young reindeer with a wish in her heart. She spends her days with her family under the hot sun in a traveling circus, but she longs for a different life – one where there is snow beneath her hooves and the North Star above her head. One day, when the opportunity arises, Dasher seizes her destiny and takes off in pursuit of the life she wants to live. It’s not long before she meets a nice man in a red suit with a horse-drawn sleigh – a man named Santa. And soon, with the help of a powerful Christmas wish, nothing will be the same.

#MelAndNikkiReview

Dasher is a captivating tale that gives us all the feels of the Christmas Spirit with the story of Dasher. We have all heard of Rudolph but have you ever wonder about the other reindeers? I know that we have and now we get to read the tale of Dasher from this author’s perspective, Matt Tavares.

So what did we think of it? We loved it! Such an articulated tale full of hope, love and magic. A perfect combination for a Christmas story and one that should be told. We love hearing stories on other icons that may not have had any light shine on them previously. Good on Dasher for getting her spotlight! By the way, we love to know that Dasher is a female. For some odd reason, I always thought that Dasher was a male so this was great to learn. 😉

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give Dasher 10 stars out of 5! It is an absolutely beautiful story through words and illustrations. We truly recommend this book for children ages four to eight. However, this book is great for the child in every person who wonders how Santa’s great team of reindeers became the team who bring much joy to children around the world.

If you would like to bring this book to your collection and into your reading collection, click here.

About the Author

Matt Tavares is the author-illustrator of Crossing Niagara, Henry Aaron’s Dream, There Goes Ted Williams, Becoming Babe Ruth, and Growing Up Pedro, as well as Zachary’s Ball, Oliver’s Game, and Mudball. He is the illustrator of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Over the River and Through the Wood, Lady Liberty by Doreen Rappaport, The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup, and Jubilee! by Alicia Potter. Most recently he wrote and illustrated the modern Christmas tale Red and Lulu. Matt Tavares lives in Ogunquit, Maine.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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