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Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2018

By January 15, 2018 Books, Memes, Reviews, Writing

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Bookish Goals is the theme for Top Ten Tuesdays this week, at its new home over at ThatArtsyReaderGirl. And my bookish goals are very similar to the ones I made in previous years, with just a couple of changes.

  1. Work on my challenges – that covers many goals
  2. Read (and discuss the books we read) with my kids more
  3. Write more (those story ideas I have had since forever never made it to paper or well, the laptop)
  4. Update my book lists on my blog (TBR/completed/others) – create a new page and link to reviews wherever they are; Also update on goodreads/pinterest/bookstagram(this last one will be new to me)
  5. Start on the review of a book as soon as I am done reading it – at least a few comments/notes so I can work on it later – if I don’t then it just is not the same
  6. Find interesting bookish things – anything to do with books – and post about them (blog/pinterest/bookstagram)
  7. Write comments on my blog/goodreads for other books I have read before but not reviewed
  8. I will not continue to read books if I find them uninteresting even after 50 pages (changed from 33 before, because have noticed that some books tend to start slow). (Note: also depends on the total number of pages in the book – so this can change relative to the size – 50 pages will apply to books having around 250 pages, for my reading)
  9. Interact more with other book bloggers – one reading challenge and commenting on top ten tuesday posts/other book review posts is my plan to start on this
  10. Have fun reading and blogging and reviewing and doing all that I have stated above


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Magic Monday: Children’s Book Reviews and Short Stories

By January 15, 2018 Books, Memes, Reviews

This post goes towards It’s Monday What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA at Teach Mentor Textsand for the Ultimate Blogging Challenge as well as Just Jot It January. This also goes towards the NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge and the Short Story Reading Challenge – Deal Me in 2018.

For the Short Story Reading Challenge – Deal Me In 2018, here is a short short-story this week again (but not intentional – the pick of the cards!).

The Card: 6 of Spades

The Selection: Leo Tolstoy’s ‘The Three Questions

Here is the goodreads description: The story takes the form of a parable, and it concerns a king who wants to find the answers to what he considers the three most important questions in life. When is the best time to do each thing? Who are the most important people to work with? What is the most important thing to do at all times?

My thoughts: This story provides the answers to the questions posed by the king in the story (and also asked by many of us very often). Through this story, he illustrates the importance of the present moment, of mindfulness (of the whys, wheres, whos, whats, and hows of the present moment), and to simply do good. A beautiful quick read that can be appreciated by all.

Another book that I discovered after I read this story and was trying to find out more about this was an adaptation of the story for children (with a replaced character set and no violence) – named, well, The Three Questions [Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy] – by Jon J Muth. I have to yet read this adaptation but it looks and sounds like it would make a great gift (and books are my favorite books to give and receive), so I will be checking this out soon!


Epic Cardboard Adventures by Leslie Manlapig

Series: Capstone Young Readers
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers; Combined edition (March 1, 2018)

Goodreads Description: The creator behind the blog Pink Stripey Socks brings her crafting talent to cardboard! With these easy-to-make, imagination-growing cardboard crafts, kids can put on a show, travel back in time, and even rocket to outer space!

My  thoughts: This book contains many creative ideas – using, as the title says, cardboard.  And while cardboard in its many forms (cartons, paper towel tubes, toilet paper tubes, other) is not the only material needed, many of the other materials are ones you will likely already have at home! Plus, you can put those Amazon shipping cartons to fun use! A helpful material list for each craft and step-by-step photographic instructions help the reader work towards a cool end result – be it something just pure fun, a costume, playtime use, games, props to put on shows, and more. My favorite sections were those on Ancient Egypt (could be because of our recent visit to the amazing local museum here – a travel post on that to come in the next couple of weeks!), space (our Kennedy Space center visit?), and the section ‘Put on a Show’ which includes crafts for a rock concert, puppet show, and carnival fun among others.  Displaying the end results of my creations?? In a future post – coming soon!!

Note: While some crafts can be completed by kids by themselves, many of the crafts will need an older kid or adult help/supervision to complete. But – be warned, this can be addictive for those who love creating – like my DD and me (and my DH will not be a happy camper as he prefers cardboard boxes and used paper towel holders in the recycle bin usually!) This book while, will appeal more to younger kids, creative ‘uns of all ages will have fun exploring these ideas…

Rating: B+
Reading Level: Ages 7 to 11
Reread Level: 5/5


Disclaimer:Thank you to NetGalley and to the publishers for sending me a digital review copy of the book – Epic Cardboard Adventures. I was not compensated for my reviews. My thoughts were in no way influenced by the author or publicist. They are my personal opinions formed when I read these books.

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13 Board Games For Those Days of Bored(om)

By January 11, 2018 Everything Else, Family, Learning, Reviews

There are days when you want to cozy up in that little nook, with a cup of something hot (my choice – some peppermint tea or hot chocolate!), and read a book. Or you could still stay in that nook – the slightly larger cozy nook of your home – and play board games with the rest of the family to drive away bored (om). For those days, I have some suggestions that my kids always bring out and love to play (and if mom and dad join in, all the better)

From strategy games that we are still learning the tips and tricks of (like Forbidden Island) or classic strategy games like Battleship to geography games (Scrambled States and Do You Know Where You Are?); from games that require focus (like Jenga) to games of luck/throw of the dice (like Sorry); from classic favorites like Monopoly and Uno to word games like Story Cubes and Taboo – this list covers all of them. (And you might notice the absence of Scrabble – well, that is another favorite too!)

  1. Forbidden Island
    A strategy game top-rated by Mensa, and pretty popular on Amazon, this game does need you to think ahead and strategize. We are still learning the tricks of the game, each time we play.
  2. Qwirkle Board Game – 
    Another strategy game where a little bit of luck is involved too – this can be played by people of all ages – line up tiles matching shapes and/or colors to score higher with smarter matches
  3. Scrambled States of America
    How well do you know your states? Find the Sunshine State; the state that shares borders with the maximum # of states; a state that begins with A; questions on cards range from the obvious to the harder and you learn your states definitely in this fun game
  4. Story Cubes
    This game can provide hours of fun while engaging your imagination. Perfect to come up with story ideas if you are ever facing a writer’s block. A family favorite that all of us play at all odd hours of the
    day. This game is simply put, genius!
  5. Uno 
    Well, you know!
  6. Jenga 
    What is the highest tower you have built ever? Be truthful! Are you a Jenga champion? (I am not!)
  7. Sorry
    We grew up playing games similar to this in India and another perfect game to pass the rainy-days away
  8. Monopoly
    For hours and hours (sometimes over days) of building your business empire, this is it! And hoping we don’t land in that spot with all those houses and hotels built!
  9. Taboo
    Have you played this game? This is definitely one that tests your vocabulary and your attention to what you are saying…
  10. Battleship
    I played this game for the first time on a computer screen of years ago (with those bright green ships and tanks to help you win your battle)! It was smart then and is smart now.
  11. Connect 4
    A family favorite now for years…this might be our 3rd or 4th Connect 4 box..
  12. Do You Know Where You Are? World Challenge Edition
    Another geography game that is really a smart one. Bought on a whim, this is one game that I love playing and am glad I bought it.
  13. Hedbandz
    This is certainly popular (and while we stood in the lines at Disneyworld this last month, the app version of a similar game – Charades – was played often; and by so many people waiting in line that sometimes we stopped playing our game and watched the others spout their clues!)

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Children’s Book Reviews: Know-Nonsense Indeed

By January 8, 2018 Books, Reviews

rock can beA Rock Can Be (Millbrook Picture Books)
by Laura Purdie Salas (Author),‎ Violeta Dabija (Illustrator)

Just like the previous books in the series, ‘Water Can Be‘, and ‘A Leaf Can Be’, this book is simply magical. As before, Laura Purdie Salas and Violeta Dabija have unfailingly managed to create the wow factor with ease. Pithy text and beautiful illustrations blend seamlessly to show the reader that a rock is not just a rock, but can be so much more. At the same time, they continue to educate with the book using appended text to explain words in each page as needed, and with an appendix of useful and interesting information (history of hopscotch, anyone?). A gift for young and old (that rock-enthusiast in your family will appreciate this book, no matter the age).
Rating: A+
Reading Level: Ages 5 to 8
Reread Level: 5/5

Everybody's SomewhereEverybody’s Somewhere
by Cornelia Maude Spelman
Quarto Publishing Group – Seagrass Press

This book has colorful, adorable illustrations and rhyming text which make it easy reading. It will help those littles who worry when people they know and love are away, as well as wonder about other someones and somebodies like them who are well, somewhere else. It helps teach them that there are people just like us all over the world, make them familiar with concepts of time, place, and distance.

Notes: Amazon’s page for this has teaching points for teachers, parents, and caregivers from the publisher which will definitely be useful.

Rating: A
Reading Level: Ages 5 to 8
Reread Level: 4/5

WORLDS BIGGEST FARTThe World’s Biggest Fart:  Rafael Ordóñez Cuadrado, Laure du Fäy (Illustrated by)

While my daughter, who is almost 12 and my 15 yo teen found this book hilarious, I reacted like a typical adult (female) to this book with a ‘gross, enough already’ and hoped nobody gets any ideas from the book! Based on the previous statement, I would like to say that this book will be enjoyed by kids (and non-kids) of all ages who enjoy jokes of the bodily-noises kin. For the others, they will be mightily curious as to what this book is about while finding the humor corny (though not offensive).

Rating: B+ based on an A (from my kids) and B- (from me)
Reading Level: Ages 5 to 8
Reread Level: 4/5

The Know-Nonsense Guide To series by Heidi Fiedler (Author),‎ Brendan Kearney (Illustrator): The below three books in the series are all aimed at teaching concepts in a fun way. While my favorite one has to be the one about grammar solely based on its subject matter, each of them manage to cover a broad range of information in a 64 page illustrated book which is not overly wordy. The quirky illustrations and humorous examples help the reader understand the concepts in a totally fun way!

My thoughts on each of these books are below:

know nonsense guide grammarThe Know-Nonsense Guide to Grammar: An Awesomely Fun Guide to the Way We Use Words! (Know Nonsense Series)

This book teaches not only the basic rules of grammar, but also throws in a healthy dose of literary devices. I actually learned something new in this book (though I have always followed this rule without actually knowing it) – the sequence of adjectives in a sentence (when there are multiple adjectives).  This book will be a great classroom addition.

Rating: A
Reading Level: Ages 8 to 12
Reread Level: 5/5

know nonsense guide measurementsThe Know-Nonsense Guide to Measurements: An Awesomely Fun Guide to How Things are Measured! (Know Nonsense Series)

Not confining itself to just the more common measurements of length, volume, mass, and time, this book also explores intensity (of sound, spice, windchill – to name a few). Again, the book teaches while entertaining using fun illustrations and cool definitions.

Rating: A
Reading Level: Ages 8 to 12
Reread Level: 5/5


know nonsense guide money

The Know-Nonsense Guide to Money: An Awesomely Fun Guide to the World of Finance! (Know Nonsense Series)

Do you know your bitcoins? If your child (or a total newbie to money) asks to define what earning power means or how/why we need to budget, then this book will help!  It explores money in five sections: What is Money?, Earning, Saving, Spending, and Borrowing. A perfect introduction to the complex world of finance for anyone, and for teaching how to use money responsibly for the young ones!

Rating: A
Reading Level: Ages 8 to 12
Reread Level: 5/5


This post goes towards It’s Monday What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA at Teach Mentor Texts and for the Ultimate Blogging Challenge as well as Just Jot It January. This also goes towards the NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge.

Thank you to NetGalley and to the publishers for sending me a digital review copy of the books – A Rock Can Be, Everybody’s Somewhere, and The Know-Nonsense Guide To Money.
Thank you to Edelweiss and to the publishers for sending me a digital review copy of the books – Everybody’s Somewhere, The World’s Biggest Fart, The Know-Nonsense Guide To Measurements, and The Know-Nonsense Guide To Grammar.
I was not compensated for my reviews. My thoughts were in no way influenced by the author or publicist. They are my personal opinions formed when I read these books.

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Reading Challenges…..short stories read, and problem solving strategies

By January 7, 2018 Books, Reviews, Writing

Short Story Reading Challenge – Deal Me In 2018

The Card: 4 of Spades RANDOM CARD

The Selection:A View from the Bridge‘ by Cherokee Paul McDonald selected from the book ‘The Norton Sampler Short Essays for Composition’.

Reading this super short story made me marvel at how much can be said in just a couple of pages. While I wondered at how the little boy was left alone on the bridge, I also appreciated the independence (and thus confidence) this would build in him for later.  McDonald uses a combination of dialog and detailed descriptions to let the reader know what is happening, visualize what he is seeing (and be the eyes, for the boy and the reader), and to feel (irritation initially for how brusquely the author treats the little boy, sympathy for that boy, and later a little warming towards McDonald as he helps the boy in his fishing and describes the catch to him, and finally admiration for the boy himself).

This story taught me the importance of observation and of detail, and how important words are. At the same, this story does not fail to be emotionally appealing. The single line that caught my attention here: as McDonald starts describing the fish to the boy, he pauses to ask him “Do you know what I mean by colors?”.  And I learned a new figure of speech – metonymy!

It also made me wonder how I would describe any everyday object to someone who could not see it, or had only heard about it, and did not know what it was at all.

This also brings me to another book I read for the Strategic Reading Challenge – ‘The Book of Think’ on problem solving. This book is geared towards kids (and also can be read by adults to help explore problem solving’s basics) and a little dated in some of the examples it presents (1976) but it does help open up our mind about how we can look around us and at ourselves, observe more closely, and approach problems in different ways to help reach the solution.  This book, while being dated (which can’t be helped as was published in 1976), does have a cool variety of exercises that it prompts the reader to do, which will help increase our observation powers and problem solving abilities.

A writing prompt for you, my readers, based on this post:  Pick some everyday object (maybe a favorite jacket or your purse) and describe it with details so others can picture it as close to real as possible.


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Reading Challenges Week One Updates..

By January 6, 2018 Books, Reviews

So this is a quick update on my challenges, most of the reading is in progress, and reviews for the ones completed will be up tomorrow.  I will also put up suggestions for my reading challenges on Monday. Go ahead and sign up for the ones I am hosting, if you have not already. Check them out – #7 and 8 in the list below.

  1. Short Story Reading Challenge – Deal Me In 2018– Week One, using the random card generator, I got the 4 of Spades – which was the short story ‘The View from the Bridge’ by Cherokee Paul Donald. This was in a book I picked up at the library on a whim – ‘The Norton Sampler: Short Essays for Composition’ by Thomas Cooley.
  2. What’s in a Name 2018–  The first book I have picked to read will overlap with the Old School Kidlit challenge as well – ‘The Wind in the Willows’. Not yet started reading this one (or rereading since I read it when I was, well, years ago, I can’t recall)
  3. Old School Kidlit Reading Challenge – The first book I have picked to read, which will go with my Reading by the Month Challenge is ‘Twenty One Balloons’. I had this book in my own bookshelf forever now (picked at a library book sale) and finally will start on reading it.
  4. 2018 NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge –  The first reviews for this – coming up with my Magic Monday blog post next week.
  5.  Strategic Reading Challenge. – The books I have lined up for this are in my google doc already. One overlaps with my Continental Reading Challenge. However, the first one I am reading is ‘The Book of Think (or How to Solve a Problem Twice Your Size)’
  6. Book Blog Discussion Challenge  – depending on the other books I finish, I will put up my post for this challenge.
  7.  Continental Reading Challenge – see #5
  8. Reading by the Month Reading Challenge  – see #2
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2018 Reading Challenges

By January 3, 2018 Books, Learning, Reviews

Today’s post is my list of reading challenges this year. Last year, I did not do as well on completing them but here I go again (and this year, I am hosting a couple of challenges as well so hoping you will join me in those as well). This also goes towards day 3 of UBC – a fun way to keep myself motivated to blog and to meet wonderful bloggers.

Reading challenges do inspire you to read (well, of course!) – over the past few years, joining these challenges meant I discovered new genres, widened my scope by reading out of my comfort zone and enjoyed great new books from around the world.

Here is my list of challenges

  1. Short Story Reading Challenge – Deal Me In 2018– From last year’s signup post – I love reading short stories for as long as I can remember. Some of my favorite authors include O’ Henry, H.H.Munro, Oscar Wilde, Poe, Hawthorne, as well as  Rabindranath Tagore and Munshi Premchand. My love of short stories will make this challenge a breeze, hopefully! — this challenge was gliding along smoothly for a while until at one point, it was like a brake was applied…This year, however, I am trying again – I am reusing my list from last year, only replacing the stories I read already with newer ones.  In the cases where I have picked an author, I will select a different short story by the same author if I had completed it last year.
  2. What’s in a Name 2018– This is a challenge I have participated in the past (failed at last year however:( ). Looking for books that satisfy this challenge is half the fun  And I hope to get a diverse set of books this year to read for the same.
  3. Old School Kidlit Reading Challenge – Kidlit is another of my evergreen favorites (since the time I was a kid!) and with my kids reading classics as part of their school reading, I am re-reading old favorites and discovering new ones so this challenge was one I definitely wanted to add to my list. And retrying this year after failing last time. There are no themes this time around just a goal for number of books. I am going to use the themes from last year as a guideline but with no specific month assigned to them and my goal is 6 books.
  4. 2018 NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge –  Redoing this one as well with hopes for success because I am still lagging behind in reviewing my NetGalley and Edelweiss books. Will aim for the Gold here this time – 50 books.
  5. Now, this challenge might be the challenging one for me to do and I will try to see how best I can work on this -my plan for this is currently at least pick two of the five choices provided per month. But it is definitely going to help broaden my reading – Strategic Reading Challenge.
  6. Book Blog Discussion Challenge – Having signed up for so many challenges, I decided this would be a good place to find others like me … so here is looking forward to this challenge as well. I will aim for the Discussion Dabbler Level for now.
  7. And last but not the least, my own challenges : Continental Reading Challenge
  8. And Reading by the Month Reading Challenge

You can also join in and read along in any or all of these reading challenges, just click on the links above for more information on the challenges themselves and to sign up.

2018 Reading Challenges, Here I come! And my list of books as well as progress will be tracked in this google spreadsheet.

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Quotes, Nutcrackers, and Slime: Book Reviews

By December 11, 2017 Books, Reviews

Book reviews for all these books go towards the weekly It’s Monday What Are You Reading meme over at Teach Mentor Texts.

Reading is always magical for me, whether I am reading the newspaper, or a novel like ‘Cutting For Stone‘, or Adam Scott’s really insightful and sparkling with humor book that says you can succeed (book review for this yet to come!). And reading children’s books has its own special place in my heart and my mind. While some books are picked solely because my kids are reading them and we can read them together (like a recent re-reading of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ which my son is reading as part of school required reading or the reading together of ‘Little Women’ with my daughter), others are picked simply because…

And today’s books are the ones I picked simply because, and then had my daughter (who is all of 11, and a knightess in her own right) read them with me. Here are our thoughts on the books.

Zen Pencils - Inspirational Quotes for Children Review

Zen Pencils – Inspirational Quotes for Kids

Today I am glad.

Q: Why?

A:This delightful book led me to discover the Zen Pencils series and Gavin Aung Than!

Our thoughts: This book motivates, encourages, teaches, and of course, inspires. It is like a graphic novel version of a modern Aesop’s Fables with short stories that have a moral. In this case, the moral is the inspirational quote. The book includes quotes from many different personalities, such as Rabindranath Tagore (am so glad of this inclusion), Marie Curie, and Winston Churchill.  The accompanying graphics for each story and quote are like, well, peanut butter and jelly (while others are like pepper and salt, and so on..). Each quote and illustration has its own uniqueness while lending to each other. It is difficult to pick one favorite quote from a book that manages to teach without preaching, and addresses topics like racism, learning to love who you are, and more. This quote by Thoreou definitely made me happy and its whimsical illustration made me want to pick up my sketchbook.

Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.

zen pencils quotes for kids review

Rating: A

Reading Level: While some of the graphics might be a little scarier for really younger readers, this book will be a great book for kids 7 and above (and adults as well).

Reread Level: 5/5



Delightful Secrets of the Nutcracker ReviewDelightful Secrets of the Nutcracker
by Julian Adair
Concierge Marketing Inc.
Adair Publications

Book Description: Many have heard the traditional story of The Nutcracker. However, few know the story behind the legend of ‘The Hard Nut’, the spell cast on young Frederick by the Rat Queen herself, and how the spell came to be lifted. This story is a glimpse into the great legend told in a way you’ve never heard before.

Our Thoughts: Christmas and the Nutcracker seem to go hand in hand. My first experience with the Nutcracker was at a production of the same at the city by the bay – Mark Foehringer’s Nutcracker Sweets. This is aimed towards younger audiences (at under 50 minutes play time) and was totally captivating and fun. Coming back to the book – every retelling of The Nutcracker has always charmed me, and this book is no different. Bright canvas style, Victorian-era paintings pop out of every page and seamlessly follow the storyline.

Rating: B+

Reading Level: 7 years and above

Reread Level: 4/5

slime book reviewThe Slime Book

Our thoughts: This book is a collection of slime recipes, both edible (about 4 of the 30 featured) and non-edible. The recipes are not that different from each other, just a variation of the couple of basic slime recipes featured in the book. It does contain tips, interesting science facts, and the variations mentioned are fun.

While this book failed to meets its mark at our home, with me and my daughter, who is the acknowledged slime-expert, in our house, I think it will help those who are new to the making of slime, especially younger ones.

Rating: C

Reading Level: 5 – 9 years old

Disclaimer: Thanks to NetGalley for providing the digital review copy of these books featured today.

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How To Start Your Own Blog, or How I Started Mine..

By November 29, 2017 Learning, Reviews, Writing

This is the end – the end of the beginning, I mean. Today is the end of the 30 Day Blog Challenge I have been on (not today, really, and I have not completed every module on the challenge but did go through all of them, honest). So, here are a few answers about the why, how, what of this challenge.

I have been blogging for years now (since 2010, in fact) and had been on blogger forever. It worked pretty well for me, ease of use, convenience, with many tools I could easily use along with my blogspot website that made me, well, pretty lazy, if I have to admit it, to move from that position of comfort. I was blogging just for the joy of it, and no other reason. And I am not saying that is wrong at all – it is what I did and still do – blog for the joy of it. I loved the look and feel of my blogspot blog but knew I needed to get my own website sooner or later.

But now I also know that if I apply myself (a little bit more than I am doing currently), I can grow my blog

  • to something more,
  • to something where I can derive a passive income at least,
  • and more importantly, to something where my readers leave with a smile on their faces and with something that helps them somehow.

When my thoughts were taking this turn,  along came a time, a few weeks ago, when I was looking for something different, and had more time on my hands suddenly. Somehow (well, maybe because of my google searches), a post appeared on my Facebook feed about the 30 Day Blog Challenge, and after looking into it, I decided to take the plunge and do the challenge.

This challenge takes you from the very beginning – the web-hosting and creating and starting a new blog, to themes, blog post ideas, building an audience, creating emails, ideas for how to make an income from blogging, and more. With a step-by-step guide using daily video lessons (about an average of 8 minutes each), and other accompanying resources and guides on how-tos, templates, etc, this challenge did make my journey from my blogspot blog to where I am today easier.

Will I be making money and posting income reports in the future?  Will I be that top-rated website in my niche (duh, I don’t have one niche, like my tagline says, I am a blog(ful) of niches)? Well, that depends completely on me, right? But, before I forget, the most important point, this 30 Day Blog Challenge (course/guide to setup your blog and more) is completely FREE!! And I should also point out that this is not a sponsored post in anyway but my way of saying thanks to this resource that got me off my lazy-couch and onto a learning journey. I have learned so many things over the course of the past month and more, not only from this challenge/course, but because I decided to start this new venture of mine (courtesy – this challenge!!), and so because of this challenge.

So, thank you to all of you at the 30 Day Blog Challenge..

From here – my blogspot site where I used a downloaded theme (which was beautiful and I still have by the way!)

My R and R Space blogspot blog

to here – my very own domain/my very own website where I created the header for it!! 

My blog

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Review: Monsters Galore (City Monsters Series: Search and Find Books)

By November 27, 2017 Books, Memes, Reviews

This review is for the books Texas Monsters and Washington D.C. Monsters from the City Monsters series from Chouette Publishing.

Our thoughts: Monsters are everywhere, in these books!! So now while you might be agreeing to the stories your little one is making about monsters under the bed or in the closet, you can also point out the monsters in these books and show them how cute they are. So, not really anything to fear but cute, friendly monsters that you can play hide and seek with. And in the process of finding the monsters that hide in each page (very cleverly, I should say), discover sights to see in each city and a cool fact or two as well on each page. All in all, a fun, informative read that is play as well.  This book is geared towards the younger readers (up to eight years old, but I have to say, I and my kids had fun looking for the monsters too, and they are 11 and 14 years old now:)) and will be perfect for teaching them about different cities (maybe before a visit to that city).

I have read a few of the books in this series already and these are the next ones (and am sure, more coming in the future that I will look forward to, even though I have kids who are 11+). My review about the initial books in the series (which also applies to these books) is here.

Texas MonstersTexas Monsters Review
A Search-and-Find Book
by Anne Paradis
Chouette Publishing
City Monsters


Washington DC Monsters Review

Washington D.C. Monsters
A Search-and-Find Bookby Rebecca K. Moeller, illustrated by Lucile Danis Drouot
Chouette Publishing
City Monsters




Rating: A

Reading Level: 3 – 8 years  (and all ages!!)

Reread Level: 4/5

Disclaimer: Thank you to NetGalley for providing digital review copies of these books.

Note: Both books go towards the ‘It’s Monday! What are You Reading?’ meme hosted over at Teach Mentor Texts. Check out other great reads for children by clicking on the link above.

I just finished reading ‘When the Moon was Ours’ and that review will come here next week.

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