Tag: Young Readers

The Fabled Stables: Willa the Wisp

The Fabled Stables: Willa the Wisp is a magical world that offers so much imagination and one-of-a-kind creatures that will have your young readers wanting more adventure.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

Auggie Pound is eight years old and has the greatest job of all time: he cares for all the animals in the Fabled Stables. The Fabled Stables house the rarest creatures in existence — all of them one-of-a-kind. Auggie’s job is to care for these creatures, as well as track down and safely capture endangered magical beasts in the wild. Some mornings, he arrives to find an empty stall with the name of a new creature to rescue. One day, the Stables rearrange themselves out of the blue, creating a new stall. The sign over the gate says, “Wisp.” But what is a wisp and where is it? All Auggie can see is a moonlight swamp stretching out before him. Then a hungry HOWLLLLLLL rings out in the darkness. It’s up to Auggie to go into the swamp to find the wisp before it’s too late.

#MelAndNikkiReview

The Fabled Stables: Willa the Wisp is an amazing novel for young readers and it is just the beginning of what we are calling a magical series.

A great and whimsical adventure awaits your young reader as the immerse in the story of Auggie. There are unique and amazing creatures and of course we can not forget the Wisp. However, you will need to read the story to find out what exactly a Wisp is. ūüėČ

Nikki truly enjoyed the story as it reminded her how much she loves animals and going on magical missions. Therefore, it is no surprise that we give this review 5 stars out of 5! 

A magical mission awaits for you…Are you ready?! ūüôā

For your unique young reader, this would be the perfect chapter book. If you would like to purchase a copy, click here.

About the Author

Jonathan Auxier¬†teaches creative writing and children’s literature. He is the author of¬†Peter Nimble¬†and¬†His Fantastic Eyes.¬†His second book,¬†The Night Gardener, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, the Silver Birch Award and the CLA Book of the Year for Children Award. His third book,¬†Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard, received four starred reviews and was shortlisted for the Sunburst Fantasy Award in Canada. Most recently,¬†Sweep¬†was the winner of several awards, including the 2018 Governor General’s Award. Auxier grew up near Vancouver and now lives in Pittsburgh with his family.

About the Illustrator

Olga Demidova was born and raised in Russia. She studied at the Moscow Art Institute of Applied Arts. Olga started work as an animator, but her tremendous passion for illustration changed the direction she works in. Now she works with publishers from all over the world and has published books and apps in Russia, Belarus and the USA, mostly for children.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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

The Princess in Black and the Giant Problem

“With a noisy giant crashing around the kingdom, the Princess in Black uses the Sparkle Signal to call ALL her heroic friends together – for the biggest adventure yet.”

Synopsis

The Princess in Black is ready for her snowy playdate with the Goat Avenger and the Princess in Blankets. It’s a perfect day to build snow monsters and battle them for practice. But just when they’re about to wage battle, a huge foot smashes their snow monster, “SQUASHY!”

It’s a giant, and it’s smashing everything in its path! The giant is too strong for the three friends, so the Princess in Blankets has an idea: it’s time to light the Sparkle Signal and summon help. With a rising crescendo of a plot and delightfully surprising ending, the latest adventure in the¬†New York Times best-selling series features all the Princess in Black’s friends as heroes for the first time.

#MelAndNikkiReview

The Princess in Black and the Giant Problem is the perfect adventure that will have you wanting more! We just loved it from beginning to end! The authors combined our love for princesses and superheroes into one Рso awesome! We loved the idea that anyone can be a superhero especially working as a team. Fantastic message for young readers.

This book is recommended for children ages five to eight and is great for the young readers to truly embrace in the reading world. It is a great introduction to chapter books for young readers. We will be using this book to help Nikki really hone in on her reading skills and this is a great way to use all the bookmarkers that we have. ūüôā

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview we give it 5 stars out of 5! The storyline is great and the illustrations help bring the story to life. A must read for all young readers.

If you would like to purchase this book for a young reader, click here.

About the Authors

Shannon Hale and Dean Hale are the award-winning husband-and-wife team behind the Princess in Black series, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Shannon Hale is also the author of Newbery Honor Book Princess Academy as well as the New York Times best-selling graphic novels Real Friends and Best Friends, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Shannon Hale and Dean Hale live in Salt Lake City, Utah.

About the Illustrator

LeUyen Pham¬†is the illustrator of the Princess in Black series as well as many other books for children, including¬†Pat-a-Cake¬†by Mary Brigid Barrett,¬†God’s Dream¬†by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams, Aunt Mary’s Rose¬†by Douglas Wood, and¬†Real Friends¬†and¬†Best Friends¬†by Shannon Hale. LeUyen Pham 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. Please note that we do not make commission off of book sales.

Girl on a Motorcycle

Girl on a Motorcycle¬†will empower young readers and see the world for the beautiful it is.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

One day, a girl gets on her motorcycle and rides away. She wants to wander the world. To go…Elsewhere.

This is the true story of the first woman to ride a motorcycle around the world alone. Each place has something to teach her. Each place is beautiful. And despite many flat ties and falls, she learns to always get back up and keep riding.

#MelAndNikkiReview

Girl on a Motorcycle is the empowering story every little girl should read. Inspired by a true story, we are taken on a world journey exploring the different cultures and people. It is amazing to read how a woman travelled the world on her own with the view that the world was beautiful.

Such an empowering and impactful story for young readers. You learn so much of Anne-France Dautheville as the author includes a beautiful bio and photos of her. The author also includes a note of what inspired her to write this story.

“What I wish for all young citizens of the world, for every human being on this incredible planet, is the ability and freedom to travel, to wander, and to lust for elsewhere, to meet people, to experience through their own eyes and hearts that the world is beautiful and good.” – Amy Novesky

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 5 motorcycles out of 5. If you would like to purchase a copy to empower your little one, click here.

About the Author

Amy Novesky is the author of Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois, which was a Bologna-Ragazzi Award winner and a Kirkus Reviews Best Book, as well as Me, Frida, winner of the Pura Belpre Honor Award for illustration. She lives outside of San Francisco with her family.

About the Illustrator

Julie Morstad¬†is the award-winning illustrator of¬†The Dress and the Girl; Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova;¬†and¬†Julia, Child,¬†which was a Governor General’s Award finalist. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her family.

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.

 

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!

#MelAndNikkiReview

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! ūüėČ

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.

Jorie And The River Of Fire

A.H. Richardson does it again in the third installment of her series with Jorie And The River Of Fire.

The synopsis states: “Jorie and her best friend are summoned by the mysterious white cate Snowka to undertake the journey to the enchanted land of Cabrynthius beneath the Tarn to face the daunting task of finding the Great Wizard who has disappeared and feared kidnapped by the wicked Lord Fodomalk. Armed with the Magic Stones, they face a frightening land full of fiery volcanoes and unpleasant creatures, where their courage is tested. On the up-side of the Tarn, the grownups have an adventure or tow of their own. Come along with Jorie and Rufus in another unforgettable adventure as they dive back into the dark mystic waters of the Tarn.”

Jorie and the River of Fire by A. H. Richardson is another amazing fantasy packed with adventure and imagination. It seems that with each book, it gets better and better.

 

For this #MelandNikkiReview, we give it¬†5 Fires out of five for it’s new revelations, characters, and the sense of danger in the story. It keeps you in suspense as you follow the main characters on their quest. In this book there is also a romance storyline between Rufus’ grandfather and Jorie’s aunt and that is a great touch to the series.¬† The chapters are easy to read and flows beautifully. It is full of action and lessons that we can all learn from. We would recommend this fantasy novel to anyone over the age of nine.¬† This is the third book of the series and is a great series!

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

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

 

 

 

 

 

* Please note that the product was given in exchange for an honest review. Views expressed in this review are of Momma Braga and were not influenced by the company.

Jorie And The Gold Key An Adventuresome Enchantment

A.H. Richardson transported us to a magically place in Jorie And The Magic Stones and she doesn’t disappoint in her second book in the series titled, Jorie And The Gold Key.

The synopsis states: “Foll0w the brave, light-hearted Jorie and Rufus as they spend a second summer of adventure in the magical land of Cabrynthius under the Tarn. Their challenge: use the Gold Key to reclaim the magical stones stolen by the evil Lord Fodomalk. Meet Master Nigel, a snooty boy who accompanies them. And re-meet all the mystical creatures of the realm – from the Great Wizard Grootmonya to the prisoners of Shyloxia. You met them in Jorie and the Magic Stones; now revisit them in this new tale of adventuresome enchantment.”

Jorie and the Gold Key by A. H. Richardson is another amazing fantasy packed with adventure and imagination. In this book it takes us off into a rich world where friendship, loyalty and trust are key.

I always love books that teaches and provides us with messages. In Jorie and the Gold Keys, it teaches friendship. This book articulates beautifully on how to get along and learn to trust others as Nigel learns to work alongside Jorie and Rufus. I simply loved how friendships formed in the book when no one believed that it could.

For this #MelandNikkiReview, we give it¬†5 Gold Keys out of five for it’s intriguing characters with hearts of gold, vivid descriptions, and unique story line. The chapters are easy to read and flows beautifully. It is full of action and lessons that we can all learn from. We would recommend this fantasy novel to anyone over the age of nine.¬† This is the second book of the series as there is one more book in this series. So far it is a great series!

Make sure to see like Jorie and the Gold Key Facebook page and if you would like to purchase this intriguing novel, click here.

Special thank you to A.H. Richardson for signing my copy as it was so sweet!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

 

 

 

 

 

* Please note that the product was given in exchange for an honest review. Views expressed in this review are of Momma Braga and were not influenced by the company.