Friday, March 18, 2016

Not My Favorite Berenstain Bear Book - My Review of Mother's Day Blessings

Published by: Zonderkidz
By: Mike Berenstain

I enjoy checking out all of the new Berenstain Bear books as they come out, so I was happy to have the chance to read and review The Berenstain Bears Mother's Day Blessings.

This book tells about a Mother's day surprise that Brother and Sister Bear plan for their mother.



The illustrations:

I love the illustrations in all Berenstain Bear books, including this one. I like the detailed pictures, all that there is to look at.

How strong is the book?

This is a paperback book but  seems relatively strong.

Who the book is for:

The back of the book says four through eight, and I think that is pretty appropriate.

What I liked:

The illustrations are fun.

The characters are great.

The book is interesting enough.

What I didn’t like:

The story's kind of random and doesn't really have much to it.

The book doesn't really have a message.

My conclusion:

Overall, I thought this book was okay, but I've read better.


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.

The Berenstain Bears in a Fun Form - My Review of Bear Country Fun Sticker and Activity Book

Published by: Zonderkidz
By: Jan and Mike Berenstain

I have a four-year-old niece who loves activity books. I chose to review Bear Country Fun Sticker and Activity Book with her in mind. The Berenstain Bears are always fun to read about, and this book uses them as characters in a variety of activities.



The illustrations:

I love the illustrations in all Berenstain Bear books. I like the detailed pictures.

How strong is the book?

This is an activity book, a paperback, but it seems to be relatively strong.

Who the book is for:

The back of the book says that it is for ages four through eight. There are some activities that I know my four-year-old niece will be able to handle on her own, but there are others that she will definitely need help with. I think that the book would be best for six or seven year old kids.

What I liked:

There are a variety of fun activities in the book - mazes, color by numbers, search and finds, and more.

What I didn’t like:

There is not much that I don't like in this book. It's all fun for kids, and most of the activities can be completed with help.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think that my niece will like this book.


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.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Not Really for Beginning Readers but Still Fun - My Review of The Princess Twins and the Birthday Party

Published by: Zonderkidz
By: Mona Hodgson
Illustrated by: Julie Olson

I have a tradition of giving my nieces and nephews each a birthday book on their birthday, and I was happy to have the chance to read and review The Princess Twins and the Birthday Party because I knew that my niece would love to receive it for her birthday in June. She loves princesses and will be learning to read soon, so I was excited to get this for her.



The story:

This book tells about a pair of twins and how they celebrate their birthday with friends.

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are fun in a simple way. They could be cuter, but I think that kids will like them.

How strong is the book?

My copy is a sturdy hardcover.

Who the book is for:

This book is supposed to be for beginning readers, but I'm not sure how young of kids will be able to actually read it on their own.

What I liked:

The story is simple and cute.

The pictures are fun.

The idea behind creating a princess beginning readers book with a message is a good one.

What I didn’t like:

I really don't think that the words in this book are simple enough for beginning readers. The story is simple, but not simple enough for those who are just learning to read.

My conclusion:

Overall, I think that my niece will like this book.


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.

Cute with a Good Message - My Review of God is Watching Over You

Published by: Zonderkidz
By: P.J. Lyons
Illustrated by: Tim Warnes

I enjoy checking out all kinds of children's books, and I especially like padded board books. I love the way that they feel, and they always seem to be the cutest, overall. I was happy to have the chance to read and review God is Watching Over You.



The story:

This book focuses on a sheep and his parents, and it tells about how God is always watching over the little guy.

The illustrations:

The pictures in this book are cute. I like the baby sheep and I like the look of him and his parents together. I like studying the pictures.

How strong is the book?

This seems to be pretty sturdy. It is a board book with a padded cover.

Who the book is for:

This book is great for babies and toddlers, though children who are a bit older than that might like it, too.

What I liked:

I like the cute pictures.

I like the simple story.

I like the message that God is always around.

I really like padded board books.

What I didn’t like:

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

My conclusion:

Overall, I think that this is really cute and fun.

I give God is Watching Over You 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.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Fun Way to Memorize Scripture - My Review of I Can

Published by: Tyndale Kids
By: Kathryn O'Brien
Illustrated by: Gillian Flint

I enjoy reading books that I will be able to share with my nieces and nephews, and that is why I chose to read and review I Can.


Who the book is for:

This book is good for babies and toddlers on up through school aged kids. The little ones might not be able to memorize the verse that is shared, but they will still enjoy the text.

What I liked:

I love the way that this book allows kids to memorize scripture in a whole new way. The Bible verse shared is spread throughout the book, with a single word added each time it is shared.

The pictures are really cute and fun.

The book is simple in the most perfect way.

What I didn’t like:

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

My conclusion:

Overall, I love this book and I am excited to share it with my nieces and nephews.

I give I Can 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Tyndale Blog Network. 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.

Love Coloring, and this Book! - My Review of Live Free An Adult Coloring Book

Published by: Bethany House
By: Margaret Feinburg

I am a big fan of coloring - I have been my whole life - so I was very excited when adult coloring books first became a thing. I didn't buy myself one, though, because I'm cheap like that. When I had the opportunity to receive Live Free An Adult Coloring Book to read, color in, and review, I was happy to have the opportunity to check it out.



Who the book is for:

Anyone who enjoys coloring, like I do.

What I liked:

I love the fact that this coloring book incorporates scriptures into the coloring pages. There are so many adult coloring books out there that are negative, focused on swear words, etc., and I thought it was cool to have one that is positive and filled with scripture.

I like the pictures that you get to color and the details on the pages.

I like the journal pages that are included in the book.

What I didn’t like:

One thing that I don't like about this book is the fact that it does not really open flat. It isn't the easiest to color in.

My conclusion:

Overall, I really like this book and am excited to continue coloring in it.

I give Live Free An Adult Coloring Book 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Bethany House. 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.

Not for Me - My Review of Cold Shot

Published by: Bethany House
By: Dani Pettrey

I enjoy reading all kinds of fiction, but I can be picky when it comes to suspense books. I look for books that have real heart to them, rather than reading books that are focused solely on an ongoing investigation.

Simply put, Cold Shot tells the story of a man and a woman who are pushed together as they are working on the same case.



Who the book is for:

Those who enjoy suspense that is very focused on the details of a particular case.

What I liked:

The first thing that pulled me to this book is the look of the cover. I like the modern print and color.

The characters are kind of like-able.

There could be a good story here, but...

What I didn’t like:

This book was so focused on the case, on the details of the guns involved, etc., that it became much too boring to me. I wish that all of that would have been cut down some.

I couldn't get into the book - probably because of the above.

My conclusion:

Overall, this book was focused too much on the case for me.

I give Cold Shot 3 out of 5 stars.

I received this book free to review from Bethany House. 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, March 1, 2016

Far-Fetched but Fun to Read - My Review of The Goodbye Bride

Published by: Thomas Nelson
By: Denise Hunter

I enjoy reading fiction of all kinds, and I have enjoyed other books from Denise Hunter, so I was happy to have the chance to read and review The Goodbye Bride.

This book tells the story of a young woman who has lost the memories of a portion of her life because of a head injury. She doesn't remember leaving her fiance behind, but he remembers what she did to him. This book is the story of the two of them finding love again.


Who the book is for:

This book is great for anyone who enjoys a touching romance.

What I liked:

The characters are fun to read about and they really become like friends.

The plot is interesting - if a bit far-fetched.

I like the look of this book.

This book is written in an easy to read way.

What I didn’t like:

Some might think that the relationship described in regard to the characters in the book is a bit... too physical for being in a Christian book.

My conclusion:

Overall, I found this book to be a fun read.

I give The Goodbye Bride 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.