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The Fog | Book Review

“Warble was a devoted human watcher.”

Synopsis

Warble is a small yellow warbler who lives on the beautiful island of Icyland, where he pursues his hobby of human watching. But on a warm day, a deep fog rolls in and obscures his view. The rest of the birds don’t seem to notice the fog or the other changes Warble observes on the island. The more the fog is ignored, the more it spreads. When a Red-hooded Spectacled Female (Juvenile) appears, Warble discovers that he’s not the only one who notices the fog. Will they be able to find others who can see it too? And is the fog here to stay?

#MelAndNikkiReview

The Fog is a great children’s book that addresses the environment which is so great. It teaches children that we should be asking questions when the environment is changing quickly and to not ignore it. It is evident in this book that once we question it, things can change.

Nikki enjoyed the book too and just wondered if the little girl ever found her way back home. Nikki was relieved that Warble was able to keep asking about the fog and to finally get an answer. We both enjoyed the inside cover and back page as it lists all the different people that Warble watched. The descriptions for each are humorous and we appreciate that.

Above all, The Fog is a great children’s book especially for children ages four to eight. We loved the concept around the environment and the illustrations were beautifully done. Therefore, we give The Fog 4.5 stars out of 5!

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

About the Author

Kyo Maclear is a Blue-Hooded Word Gatherer whose sweet-whistled song has been known to attract and repel her offspring. In spring and summer, this chocolate-loving female can be found flitting about city parks and waterways. In the colder months, she is best spotted in bookshops, libraries and cafes. Common activities include restless foraging and picture-book making. Originally a migratory species, Kyo enjoys her current nesting ground of Toronto.

About the Illustrator

Kenard Pak is a Black-Coiffed Noodler whose magical scratchings consistently beguile human species far and wide. Formerly found pecking away in animation companies, he is now most often observed diving into picture books. Ken can be spotted primarily in foggy San Francisco with his nesting mate and three feline companions.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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

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Hair Love | Book Review

“Sometimes, love looks like braids, puffs, and twists.”

Synopsis

Zuri’s hair lets her be her. It coils and kinks to perfectly match a princess tiara or a superhero cape. But an extra-special day calls for an extra-special style!

Comb in hand, Daddy steps in to help Zuri find the perfect fit. With heartwarming text and radiant illustrations, Hair Love celebrates the curls that are uniquely yours, the bond between dads and daughters, and the joy that fills you up when you get to express yourself freely.

#MelAndNikkiReview

Perfect book for Father’s Day as Hair Love highlights the relationship between father and daughter. A children’s book full of love as a father gives his daughter the most unique hair style for a very special occasion. This book will have your heart melting as you see their adorable bond.

We just adored it from beginning to end and I have to admit that I wish my hair was that awesome! Books that reflect dads mean so much to us as we don’t see many of them out there and dads are very important people in a family. I think having dad work on his daughter’s hair is so special and sweet. We will be reading this book on Father’s Day to Nikki’s dad so that he has more confidence in his ability to do Nikki’s hair. 😉

This children’s book is a debut from former NFL wide receiver Matthew A. Cherry and the illustrations were done by New York Times bestselling Illustrator Vashti Harrison. They make a great duo in Hair Love. The story flowed beautifully and the illustrations are a perfect addition to this children’s book. We are sure this book will appeal to many children and dads as I know we loved it.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview we give it 10 kinks out of 5! We recommend this book for children ages four to eight or anyone who loves a good dad and daughter book. 🙂

If you would like to purchase a copy, please 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.

Babymoon | Book Review

“Shhh…we’re on our babymoon.”

Synopsis

Inside the cozy house, a baby has arrived! The world is eager to meet the newcomer, but there will be time enough for that later. Right now, the family is on its babymoon: cocooning, connecting, learning, and muddling through each new concern. While the term “babymoon” is often used to refer to a parents’ getaway before the birth of a child, it was originally coined by midwives to describe days like these: at home with a newborn, with the world held at bay and the wonder of a new family constellation unfolding.

#MelAndNikkiReview

Babymoon is the perfect gift for an expecting parent as it pays tribute to the wonder and emotion of a family’s first quiet days with a newborn. I loved the message in this book and love the concept of a babymoon. The first couple of days are so important to just spend it alone to really get to know each other. All new expecting parents should read this book and have it part of their story time with their little one. Time flies by and the first few days are precious days to enjoy.

Beautifully written and illustrated! It truly touched my heart to read and it is a must read in my books. Therefore, we give this book 10 babymoons out of 5! It is recommended for children ages two to five but we recommend it for everyone who is expecting! 

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

About the Author and Illustrator

Hayley Barret says that fond memories of her own days spent nesting and cocooning with her husband and each of their newborns inspired her to write Babymoon. She lives in eastern Massachusetts.

Juana Martinez-Neal is the author-illustrator of the Caldecott Honor Book Alma and How She Got Her Name and the Pura Belpre Award-winning illustrator of La Princesa and the Pea and of La Madre Goose: Nursery Rhymes for Los Ninos, both by Susan Middleton Elya. Juana Martinez-Neal was born in Lima, Peru, and now lives in Arizona.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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

 

Count on Me | Book Review

“But there are infinite ways to see the world…”

Synopsis

Some people see the beauty of the world through art.

Some people see the beauty of the world through music.

Our heroine sees the beauty of the world through…math?

Other’s don’t understand her passion, but she doesn’t mind. There are infinite ways to see the world. And her way is through math.

#MelAndNikkiReview

Count on me is such a special children’s book that gives us a different perspective of how one little girl views the world and that is through math. It was so insightful and fantastic to read. I am sure many other children view the world through math eyes and many of them grow up to do amazing jobs that require a lot of math skills. I personally was not the strongest student in math but I truly admire those who are and this is why I loved this book. It encourages math and it lets children see the world through a different lens.

Beautifully written and illustrated! Loved that we get to take a look at the little girl’s math notebook as it really allows us to see how she sees things. Great added touch!

Therefore, we give Count on me 10 Polygons out of 5! Fantastic children’s book especially for children ages three to seven.

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

About the Author

Award-winning artist Miguel Tanco is a children’s book author and illustrator. He teaches illustration and organizes creative workshops in Spain, where he was born and raised, and in Italy. He has published over forty children’s books, including Great Dog; You and Me, Me and You; and The Story of Cyrano de Bergerac. He lives in Milan with his wife, Federica, and their two sons, Pablo and Javier.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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

Where’s Waldo? Exciting Expeditions

Where’s Waldo? Now in travel-size and just in time for summer vacation! – Momma Braga

Synopsis

On the road again? Planning a vacation? Be sure to pack this compact compendium full of things to spot, story games to play, and puzzles to create, featuring the elusive Waldo and his wily friends. Want a creative challenge to boot? Check out the writing prompts for making up your own stories, plus bonus journal pages inviting you to record your own travel escapades and a creative story game with twenty-four cards. Move over, Waldo – there’s more than one intrepid traveler in town!

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Always loved Waldo and trying to find him in all his travel adventures. Now we can take him with us on our own summer adventures and we can write them all down. Love how this book is travel-size and it is full of puzzles, searches and prompts for writing about your own adventures.

Where is Waldo? But where is Nikki?

This book inspired us to do our own searching game as Nikki decided to hide herself and the book in some of her toys which we featured in the photo above. Can you find the book and Nikki? 😉 Waldo always brings lots of fun when we are looking for him and this book offers so much more activities for a child to do. If a long travel time is required to your summer vacation plans this year then this book would be great for the trip as it would keep your child entertained.

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give Where’s Waldo? Exciting Expeditions 5 Waldos out of 5! A classic character in travel-size fun full of activities and dare we say learning (shhhh!). This book is recommended for children ages five to nine and it is perfect for your summer vacation plans!

There she is!

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

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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

Now? Not Yet! | Book Review

“Peanut wants to swim NOW, Moe says NOT YET! A sweet and cheerful book about overcoming differences.”

Synopsis

Peanut and Moe are back, this time on a camping trip.

Peanut says, “Let’s swim.”
Moe says, “Not yet. Time for a snack!”
Peanut says, “Now!”
Moe says, “Not yet! Time to set up the tent!”
Peanut says, “NOW NOW NOW!”
Moe says, “NOT YET!”

Can these two friends come together and save their camping trip?

#MelAndNikkiReview

Now? Not Yet! is the perfect book that showcases overcoming differences. This book is also a shining example of how one can be impatient and this rings true in our home currently. Therefore, we could really relate well to it. When we can relate it means that we adore it a lot more.

We love the dialogue between Peanut and Moe as it was easy to follow especially for young children. The illustrations were also well done and it helped tell the story beautifully. At the end of the day, the most important is the message. Sometimes good things come to those who wait and it makes it extra special. This is a lesson that we are currently teaching as Nikki’s favorite words are: Now, When, and Are We There Yet? Slowly she is learning to be patient and to meet us somewhere in the middle so that we can all enjoy ourselves.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview we give Now? Not Yet! 5 dives out of 5! A fun, full of heart and a great lesson to be learned is what can be expected with this book. It is recommended for children ages three to seven.

“I like Peanut! He is just like ME!” – Nikki, Age 4

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

About the Author

Once upon a time, Gina Perry picked wild blueberries, floated on lakes in her inner tube and was always on the lookout for a real moose in the woods. Now she writes and illustrates books for young readers from her New Hampshire home, where she lives with THREE monsters: her husband and two kids. She is still on the lookout for moose.

 

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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

 

Judy Moody and Friends: Searching for Stinkodon

“Surprises are in store as Stink excavates his backyard in search of a relic from an extinct beast – and Judy lends him a little sleight of hand.”

Synopsis

Mega-chomp! Stink wants to make the find of the century. He’s on a dig, digging quest in his backyard to find a tooth from a sabre-toothed cat, otherwise known as a Smilodon. Why not? Two kids in Michigan found a mastodon bone in a backyard stream, and a girl in Great Britain found a pterosaur bone. It could happen! But Judy thinks the chances of finding a sabre-toothed anything in the Moody backyard are one in a gazillion million. Will Stink make a discovery before their whole backyard caves in?

#MelAndNikkiReview

Judy Moody and Friends: Searching for Stinkodon is exactly what you can expect from a Judy Moody book – awesome! Absolutely adored it from beginning to end and so will your newly independent reader.

The story flowed beautifully and had a great storyline! The illustrations are captivating and makes the read even more enjoyable. I loved Stink’s determination and motivation to find a tooth from a sabre-toothed cat. Now I am not spoiling the story as you will have to read to see if anything is found. But it truly was a great adventure to read.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview we give it 10 Smilodon smiles out of 5! 😉 If you would like to purchase a copy for your new independent reader, click here.

About the Author

Megan McDonald is the author of the popular Judy Moody and Stink series for older readers. She has also written many other books for children, including two books for beginning readers: Ant and Honey Bee: A Pair of Friends at Halloween and Ant and Honey Bee: A Pair of Friends in Winter. She lives in California.

About the Illustrator

Erwin Madrid has worked as a visual development artist for the Shrek franchise and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa well as creating conceptual art for video games. He is also the illustrator of The Scary Places Map Book by B.G. Hennessy. Erwin lives in California.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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

Leaf It to Dot | Book Review

“When Dot goes on a scouting trip with Dad, her tablet helps her spot incredible things – but it’s awesome to see nature with her own eyes, too.”

Synopsis

Dot and her dad are on a Rangeroo Scavenger Hunt with her best friend, Hal, and her dog, Scratch. Dad loves being outdoors with the trees, birds, and fresh air. Dot loves looking things up on her tablet. When Dad sees an owl flying by or spots moose tracks, Dot has her eyes on her screen and misses them. But she’s a wiz at using photo recognition to ID them and check them off her scavenger hunt list! Maybe old-school hunting plus tech-savvy skills make a winning team?

#MelAndNikkiReview

Leaf It to Dot is a great book for young readers learning to read. This book is classified at a level 2 and it is recommended for children ages five to eight.

Loved the storyline and how old-school was mixed in with new-school. The lesson here is that both can work together to achieve a great outcome. I loved how the book had chapters which to me is a great introduction for new readers. The story flowed nicely; it was easy to read; and the illustrations were perfect. Overall, it was a very enjoyable read and perfect for that new reader in your home.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview we give it 5 hoots out of 5! If you would like to purchase a copy for your young reader, click here.

About Dot

Dot. is the award-winning animated TV series produced by Industrial Brothers in association with the Jim Henson Company and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Dot. airs on Universal Kids.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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

Animalicious | Book Review

“A delightful children’s book on the alphabet with some very unique animals.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

From A is for Anonymouse and I is for Incredibull, to K is for Kangarude and R is for Rocktopus, this ABC book will have readers laughing out loud as they learn the alphabet with animals they may never have seen — or even heard of — before.

#MelAndNikkiReview

“The world is full of animals of every single kind. This book contains some special ones that you won’t often find.”

Animalicious offers us a creative and unique world of some very special animals. You can’t help but giggle along as you meet some of them in the story such as the Vamoose (HeHe). Nikki helped read along by telling me what letter of the alphabet we are on next. Then I got the fun part and try to pronounce some of the unique creatures such as the Macawbre (Tip: I read the books before reading it to my daughter. This way I always sound smart!). 😉

We just adored this book as Nikki got to practice her letter recognition and we got to giggle along together. This was such a creative way to teach the alphabet and we loved it! We also loved the illustrations as it really allowed us to understand the creature so much better! 🙂

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 10 “Grabbits” out of 5! This book is recommended for children ages four to six. If you would like to purchase a copy, please click here.

“This is my favorite ABC book! I love all the animals.” – Nikki, Age 4

About The Author

Reed Duncan is a former instructor of writing and English. He was the long time partner of author-illustrator Anna Dewdney, and is a co-creator and an executive producer/writer for the “Llama Llama” animated television series. ANIMALICIOUS is one of several books that he and Anna wrote together.

Anna Dewdney was the author-illustrator of several bestselling books, including the beloved Llama Llama Red Pajama series. A teacher, mother, and advocate of childhood literacy, Anna was also a passionate gardener and runner. She lived in a restored 18th-century farmhouse in Vermont with her dogs and her partner, Reed Duncan. Anna passed away in 2016.

About The Illustrator

Claudia Boldt grew up in Cologne, Germany, studied at the Glasgow School of Art and then Kingston University, and now lives and works in sunny Los Angeles. Claudia’s illustrations appear in many newspapers and publications, and she has written and illustrated a number of books. Her absolute favorite animals to draw are sausage dogs.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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

Peg + Cat: Math in the Bath

The Emmy Award-Winning animated TV series, Peg + Cat, comes to us in this new children’s book called Peg + Cat: Math in the Bath: A Level 1 Reader.

Synopsis

Peg and Cat are in the bath. One, two friends in the bath. Seems like a great time to do some math! Readers can join old friends Peg and Cat as they engage with the concepts of counting and weight and directional terms such as under, over, and across. How many rocks will sink their boat? Short, repetitive lines and gentle addition and subtraction will make a splash with new and early readers.

#MelAndNikkiReview

We love the Peg and Cat TV series; therefore, it was exciting to read this book and have Nikki try to read along. We loved the simple story lines, short sentences, repeated words and phrases which helped Nikki learn to read. Also loved the math concept in the story too as Nikki really enjoys math. You can say that it was the perfect book at the perfect time for us. 🙂

This book has made a delightful splash into our reading line-up but best of all it is a book that Nikki can read on her own. Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview we give it 5 bubbles out of 5! This book is recommended for kids ages four to six. If you would like to purchase your own copy, click here.

About Peg + Cat

Peg + Cat is the Emmy Award-winning animated TV series created by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson and produced by Fred Rogers Productions. It has been honored with five Parents’ Gold Choice Awards from 2014 – 2018.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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