Monday, August 22, 2016

Plays Music, Making Me Love It - My Review of Happy Birthday to You!

Published by: Worthy Kids/ideals
By: Michelle Medlock Adams
Illustrated by: Sandra Rodriguez

I have a tradition of giving my nieces and nephews a birthday book each time that they have a birthday, so I was super excited to have the chance to review a new option that I had not seen before.

Happy Birthday to You! is a simple book that plays music as you turn through it. This is something that my nieces and nephews will love!



The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are colorful and fun. Not as cute as some kids' books out there, but still fun.

Who the book is for:

This book is a boardbook, so I would think that it would be best for babies and toddlers, but... the cake on the cover of the book has four candles. I am giving this to my niece for her fourth birthday.

What I liked:

This book plays music!

This is a fun read.

This book is perfect for any birthday.

The illustrations are colorful.

The book is made in a fun shape.

What I didn’t like:

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

My conclusion:

Overall, I think this is a fun choice for my nieces and nephews.

I give Happy Birthday to You! 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from B&H/Lifeway. 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.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Simple and a Little Weird - My Review of How Big is Love?

Published by: B&H Kids
By: Amy Parker
Illustrated by: Breezy Brookshire

I always enjoy checking out children's books to share with my nieces and nephews, so I was happy to have the chance to read and review How Big is Love?

This book features a hedgehog who is questioning his mom in regard to how big love really is.



The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are really cute. I love the characters and the settings and everything about them.

Who the book is for:

This is good for babies and toddlers, and some older kids, too.

What I liked:

This book is simple.

The pictures are cute.

This is a padded boardbook, which I love.

Positive message.

What I didn’t like:

This book is a little weird - like, love is "even more than all the stars in the sky".

My conclusion:

Overall, I thought that this was an okay read.

I give How Big is Love? 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from B&H/Lifeway. 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.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Simple and Positive Read for Children - My Review of God Made You Just Right

Published by: Worthy Kids/Ideals
By: Jill Roman Lord
Illustrated by: Amy Wummer

I love checking out kids books, and I was happy to have the chance to read and review God Made You Just Right.

This book lets children know just how special they are. This book shares a simple message that reminds children that God made them in a good way.



The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are cute, though I've seen cuter. They are simple and fun.

Who the book is for:

This is a great book for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

What I liked:

I like the positive message.

I like the sturdy design.

I like the simple way that this book reads.

What I didn’t like:

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

My conclusion:

Overall, I found this to be a fun book for kids.

I give God Made You Just Right 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Worthy Publishing Group. 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.

Fun Book for Preteens - My Review of The Drawing Lesson

Published by: Watson-Guptill Publications
Written by: Mark Crilley

I chose to check out The Drawing Lesson because I thought that it might be something that my nephews and nieces would like. I thought that this was a book that the kiddos might like, and I found that it is a great book but probably not good for them just yet.

This book shares a story of sorts in a graphic novel form, and it uses that story to share drawing lessons with the reader.



What I liked:


This is the kind of book that is going to hook a reader, and it is something that will get those who are interested in drawing to practice their reading skills while learning.

The instructions in this book seem to be very helpful when it comes to drawing. There is a lot to learn through the help of this book.

What I didn’t like:

There is nothing in particular that I didn't like about this book, I just don't think that my young nieces and nephews will "get it" yet.

My conclusion:


Overall, I think that this is a really cool book.

I give The Drawing Lesson 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.

An Interesting Read - My Review of When Mountains Move

Published by: Thomas Nelson
Written by: Julie Cantrell

Set in the 1940's, I thought that When Mountains Move sounded like something that would be an interesting read, so I decided to read it when given the chance to review it.

This book tells the story of a young woman who is haunted by a bad past and who sets out to start a new future with her new husband. This woman must deal with various things from her past as she tries to make a new life.



Who the book is for:

This book is good for those who love historical fiction and for those who like to read about family drama.

What I liked:


There is a prolife message of sorts that I appreciated.

The characters and setting are interesting.

The story is written in an interesting way.

What I didn’t like:


There are some religious aspects of the book that I do not agree with - things that don't fit with my Christian faith.

Parts of the book toward the end are a little dark and gruesome.
My conclusion:


Overall, I thought that this was a different and interesting read.

I give When Mountains Move 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookLook Bloggers. 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, July 30, 2016

I've Been Published!

Today, I am doing something different rather than posting a review. I am sharing with you a book that I love - one that I wrote!

My younger sister and I have been writing together for a few years, and we recently had our first novel published through eLectio Publishing.

No Longer Broken is a story of forgiveness, of family, of hope. Please show your support and purchase the book and read it for yourself. We would especially love it if you left a review after you are done! :)

Thank you!


Find out more about the book on our author page!

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Hope-Filled and Interesting - My Review of With My Eyes Wide Open

Published by: Nelson Books
Written by: Brian "Head" Welch with Carol Traver

I enjoy reading about the real life lives of others. I enjoy reading about those who have come through things that were hard to face. I chose to read and review With My Eyes Wide Open because I thought that it sounded like something that would be interesting to me.



Who the book is for:

Fans of Korn will especially appreciate this book, but I found it interesting without having ever listened to the band. Parents will be able to relate to the book, and anyone who has come through - or is going through - any kind of struggles.

What I liked:


Brian is very open in the book about all that he has faced and all that he is still facing.

I enjoyed reading about the relationship between Brian and his daughter.

The whole book is interesting to read and kept my attention.

This book contains a hopeful message.

What I didn’t like:


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

My conclusion:


Overall, I thought that this book was a good one to read.

I give With My Eyes Wide Open 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from BookLook Bloggers. 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.