Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Cute and Fun Counting Book - My Review of One Christmas Bear

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Written and Illustrated by: Anne Vittur Kennedy

I had the chance to read and review another fun Christmas book today. One Christmas Bear talks about various animals in a fun, counting style. I think that either one of my baby nephews would enjoy this book.

One Christmas Bear  -     By: Anne Vittur Kennedy

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are really cute and fun.

Who This Book is For:

This is great for babies through about three years old.

What I liked:

I like the counting style of this book. I think it will help my one-year-old nephew as he starts to talk and eventually learns to count.

The pictures are fun to look at.

I like the sparkly cover and the fun that it adds to the whole book.

What I didn’t like:

There is not really anything that I dislike about this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think that this is a fun book.

I give One Christmas Bear 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookLook. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Cute Little Christmas Book - My Review of Really Woolly Christmas Blessings

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Written by: Bonnie Rickner Jensen
Illustrated by: Donna Chapman

I love checking out children's books of all kinds, and I was happy to have the chance to read and review Really Woolly Christmas Blessings.

This is a Christmas book that tells the story of Jesus' birth and that goes beyond that with poems about Christmas trees and gifts.

Really Woolly Christmas Blessings  -     By: Bonnie Rickner Jensen

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are cute and fun.

Who This Book is For:

This is a good book for babies and toddlers, and some kids who are a little older may like it.

What I liked:

The style in which this is written is fun.

The pictures in the book are enjoyable to look at.

Each page of the book includes a Bible verse.

What I didn’t like:

One of the verses that is used on one of the pages is highly irrelevant and completely taken out of context. I wish that they had just left that one out, as it will confuse children.

My conclusion:

Overall, this is an okay book.

I give Really Woolly Christmas Blessings 3 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookLook. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Colorful and Cute but Too Simple - My Review of A Box of Awesome Things Matching Game

Published by: Clarkson Potter
Created by: Wee Society

I was excited to have the chance to check out a new game and review it. I thought that the A Box of Awesome Things Matching Game looked fun, and I thought that it would be something new and interesting. I guess I failed to read about the game fully before it arrived.

Basically, this is a memory game. Yes, the things that you match up to play the game are kind of cool and funny - such as s'mores and helicopters - but the overall game is just memory. Most people have at least one memory game in their home if they have young children.


Who the book is for:


The box says that the game is for ages 3 through 103, but I would narrow it down a bit. I think that this is good for 3 through 8 or so.


What I liked:


The box is very colorful and fun, and a cute size, too.

The pictures on the card are fun and simple.

This could be educational, as it will introduce children to words like lava and argyle.

This game offers a fresh take on an old classic.

What I didn’t like:


This game is just too simple. There are so many other memory options out there.


This is not a game for adults unless they are playing with the simple purpose of entertaining a child.

My conclusion:


Overall, this wasn't what I thought it would be.

I give A Box of Awesome Things Matching Game 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Blogging for Books. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Fun, with a Good Message - My Review of I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat

Published by: Tommy Nelson
Written by: Max Lucado
Illustrated by: Shirley Ng-Benitez

I have nieces and nephews who have big fears. The majority of my nieces and nephews are more fearful than the kids around them. I was excited to read and review I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat with the hope of sharing it with them.

I enjoy Max Lucado's adult books, but this book was not really written in a way that makes it seem like something from him. It is a good book, but a lot more simple than his other books - both his children's ones and adult ones.

I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat: A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave  -     By: Max Lucado    Illustrated By: Shirley Ng-Benitez

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are fun and colorful.

Who This Book is For:

This book is good for any kids who struggle with fear. I think it is appropriate for about age two through eight.

What I liked:

This book is fun to read and yet it has a message, too.

The pictures are fun to look at.

I like that this book tackles fear.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing in particular that I didn't like in this book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think that this book will make a fun gift for my nieces and nephews.

I give I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookLook. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

A Fun Cookbook Focused on a Great Dip - My Review of Queso!

Published by: Ten Speed Press
Written by: Lisa Fain

Queso is delicious, and I thought that a cookbook focused on that dip would be one that would be interesting and fun. I was happy to have the chance to read and review Queso!



Who the book is for:


This book is something that any fan of queso will be able to appreciate. It is great for beginning cooks who want to try new recipes and for those experienced cooks who are looking to cook more varieties of a great dip.


What I liked:


The size and shape of this book is fun, I think.

This book is one that will sort of stay open when you lay it down and have it opened to a specific recipe.

There are pictures in this book.

This book shares recipes from the past as well as new ones.

This book gives a sort of history on queso.

What I didn’t like:


There is nothing in particular that I did not like in this book.

My conclusion:


Overall, I thought this was a fun cookbook.

I give Queso! 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Blogging for Books. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

An Interesting Read, a Little Weird - My Review of The Space Between Words

Published by: Thomas Nelson
Written by: Michele Phoenix

I recently read Of Stillness and Storm by Michele Phoenix and I loved it. When I had the chance to read and review The Space Between Words, I was excited to try out another book from the author. This one was much different from the other, but still interesting.

This book tells the story of a woman who is injured in a terrorist attack and the journey that she sets out on as she is moving on from that. This is a book that looks at history in a new way, as the woman in the story learns about a people from the past.

The Space Between Words  -     By: Michele Phoenix

Who This Book is For:

Those who are interested in history will find this book especially enjoyable.

What I liked:

This book shares a part of history that I do not remember reading before.

The characters in this book are likable.

The story in this book is interesting.

This book kept my attention throughout the whole thing.

There is a bit of a hopeful message in this book.

What I didn’t like:

There are some weird elements in this book. Things that I would call "new age". I was thrown off by those.

There is not as much of a Christian message in this book as I was hoping to find.

My conclusion:

Overall, I thought that this book was interesting but a bit weird.

I give The Space Between Words 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookLook. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fun Gift - My Review of Do One Thing Every Day that Makes You Happy

Published by: Clarkson Potter Publisher

I love giftie books. Books that can make others happy and that are fun choices for birthdays and Christmas. I was happy to read and review Do One Thing Every Day that Makes You Happy because it sounded like that kind of a book. I was not disappointed with this one.

Who the book is for:


This book is for anyone who wants to live a happy life. Anyone who is looking to bring more joy into each day can benefit from this book. This book is good for teens through adults of all ages.


What I liked:


First of all, I love the color and appearance of this book. It brightens my life just from me seeing it.

I like the size and shape of this book.

I appreciate the inspirational and happiness focused quotes.

I like that there is space for the date to be added to each journal entry.

I like that there is space for a person to write about their life and their happiness.

What I didn’t like:


I feel like this book is kind of hard to hold open and use.

My conclusion:


Overall, I thought this was a fun book.

I give Do One Thing Every Day that Makes You Happy 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Blogging for Books. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.