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LEGO Book Reviews

This is a great book that helps you add movement to your LEGO creations. It is designed to help those with the "LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox" set (#17101) take their creations to the next level. That set includes 847 pieces, and is designed to be a fun robot building...

20 Ways To Draw a Tree – Book Review

20 Ways to Draw a Tree has ideas for drawing items from nature, like ferns, acorns, flowers, shells and more and lots of space is given to practice and have fun. Each natural object has twenty variations of different styles and amount of detail. I enjoyed looking at...

Loving Family Books

I hesitate to use the words "Instant Classic" -- but not when a children's book is as wonderful as this! Nowadays, it seems like our children (and grandchildren) are away from us more and more often. The demands of work, and distance we all seem to have to move away...

The Thing About Yetis 

There is so much to love about The Thing About Yetis. The story describes the different sides that people (and yetis) have — loving winter AND summer — and why that’s a good thing. It has some really good messages, like learning to be flexible and the limits of...

The New Neighbors Review

Years ago, I remember seeing a study which found prejudices increased as the size of a group increased. That is a big part of what this endearing "children's" book is about. It is a fast-paced story of an apartment building filled with different kinds of animal-people...

Mario and the Aliens

What a charming book this is! I found the story to be truly delightful and well written. It tells a compelling story that will go further convincing your children to play outside more often than endless threats of device-time-outs or stern lectures about how things...

Spend It! (Moneybunny)

My family loved the earlier book in this series, "Earn It," which helped children learn about cause-and-effect in earning and saving money. This delightful book takes that further and looks at prioritizing our resources which, like cause-and-effect can be a little...

Baby Dragon, Baby Dragon! Review

I don't know about every child, but some of ours have had such a difficult time getting to sleep. Their fear-of-missing-out was just too much, and they'd fight to stay awake no matter how tired. So I'm delighted with this charming book which, among other things, shows...

Carl and the Meaning of Life

Beautiful watercolor painting illustrations, along with a truly important moral, elevate this charming and thoughtful book. It follows a lowly earthworm on its journey to find a purpose and motivation to his life. On his simple journey, he eventually realizes how...

Great Job, Mom! Book Review

What a wonderfully designed book -- and with such an important message, too. I worry a bit that today's children may take their parents for granted more than ever, even while parents feel constrained to do more and more for their families. At the same time, I don't...

Just Like Brother Book Review

Almost since birth, our littlest has found her older sister the most fascinating thing/person in the world. She spends much of every day watching and copying her. That's all good, and her older sister is (usually) patient enough that it isn't a problem between them....

High Five Book Review

My kids LOVE this book. It's a simple premise, presented cleverly with a witty and interactive element that my children find continually fun and engaging. The basic concept is that there is a high-5 contest that the reader is encouraged to compete in. So they get to...

You’re Missing It! – Book Review

I recently saw a study reported which said that, more and more, children resent their parent's smartphone use. And, voila, here is a wonderful children's book which illustrates the frustration of children and all of life's enjoyments that their parents are missing out...

Children’s Book Reviews

What a delight! It is very well written with a warm and engaging story, driven by a central question of what would a village of snowmen would do for fun on Halloween? As revealed in the charming illustrations, filled with wonderful scenarios, is they'd make an ideal...

Don’t Let Them Disappear Review

I thought I knew all the facts about all the exciting animals the world has to offer. You probably do, too. But quick, what is the world's largest cat? Are you sure? This simple fact had me stumped, just like so many of the facts -- featuring endangered animals --...

Amazing Asian Kids Book Reviews

Sometimes, kids have a tough time reconciling what they can do, or are expected to do, with what they actually want to do. This book addresses those issues very well. In a society that is, rather than being very conservative or something, are instead, a village of...

Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! Book Review

What a delightful book! An instant classic, "Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend!" is a warm and loving introduction to letting go of the past to embrace the possibilities of the future, or as the narrator tells explains, "Goodbye to today... is hello to tomorrow. Because...

An Evil Princess and a Brave Knight Book Review

They say that play is the "work" of children and from those experiences they can learn a great deal -- including "resilience." Yet I remember, during my education coursework, that the way we were told to distinguish between fighting and friendly roughhousing was to...

Max’s Box: Letting Go of Negative Feelings Review

What a wonderful, eye-opening book! It helps young children to learn about not carrying their feelings, emotions, and memories around as a burden. Instead it helps them to think positive thoughts and let go of the negative. Here, Max is given a box by his parents. He...

To the Moon and Back for You Review

For some of us, having a baby was almost an accident. But for others, it's been... a struggle. And yet, those struggles leave us more in love with our precious children than we can hardly describe. yet that's what this beautiful book does. It describes a variety of...

Fun New Kids’ Book Reviews

This is a lovely book. The illustrations are a delight, drawn and watercolored around each cream-colored page. The gentle text is less a story than a character description. Actually, its really a listing of what Ruby likes -- red shoes, gardening, quilts, and her...

My Lantern and the Fairy Book Review

Although this illustrated children's book is directed at bilingual homes, or those trying to be, it is as charming a picture book as I've reviewed in years. It is very well done, and a real accomplishment for children's literature. The writing is warm, fun, and...

The Gift Inside the Box Review

This is an enlightening children's book on generosity. With my own children, some seem to grasp the concept so well, and easily share with others, almost from day one. Yet for others, it's a concept that always seems to elude them. Even when they learn, by rote, that...

Bad Dog Book Review

Bad Dog Book R In about 250 words, and many visual gags, this simple -- and simply delightful -- book offers so much to love. The hand-written typeface tells a first-person story where a little girl -- expecting a dog for a present, is given a cat, instead. Yet she...

Junie B. Jones Jingle Bells

I'm no statistician, but I'm pretty sure that 60 million Junie B. Jones fans can't be wrong! This is a deluxe re-print of the 25th book in the series. It's all presented in a high-quality, hardback binding. There are 10 new, full-color illustrations featuring the...