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Press Release: Wattpad’s Annual Writing Competition is Now Open

August 2nd, 2022 by

 

Wattpad’s Annual Writing Competition Opens With 

New Prizes Including Publishing Deals, TV and Film Adaptations and Cash

Submissions for the annual Watty Awards are now open to writers across 9 languages and 12 genres

 

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Wattpad, home to a social storytelling community of over 94M people from around the world, is fueling the next generation of literary creators through its annual writing competition, the Watty Awards. Submissions for the 13th annual awards are now open, giving aspiring writers the opportunity to bring their stories to the mainstream and kick-start their careers. 

This year’s awards are the biggest yet, with over 500 prizes being handed out including three publishing deals, several TV and film adaptation deals with Wattpad WEBTOON Studios, and multiple cash prizes of $5,000

Amongst the publishing deals being awarded is The Wattpad Books YA Award, which considers stories across all genres in the YA category that showcase an original point of view and strong underlying storytelling. 

And for the first time this year, Anna Todd, New York Times best-selling author of the Wattpad-originated After series, will be selecting the inaugural winner of The Frayed Pages x Wattpad Books Award. This award will consider book-length fictional stories that explore the complexities of love.

The Watty’s have been a source for global Wattpad hits on bookshelves and screens. Several past winners have gone on to become notable publishing and entertainment successes!

Past Winners:

Beth Reekles

 Beth Reekles who authored the hit Netflix film The Kissing Booth

 

V.S. Santoni

V.S. Santoni’s I’m a Gay Wizard which is currently in development as a series from Wattpad WEBTOON Studios

 

Ariana Godoy

 

Ariana Godoy, Wattpad superstar author of the Netflix sensation A Traves de Mi Ventana, won a Watty Award in 2012 for her novel, My Wattpad Love

 

Writers can submit stories until August 19, 2022 and the winners will be announced on November 19, 2022.

Kid Review: Peanut Gets Fed Up by Dana Wulfekotte

June 27th, 2022 by

 

About This Book:

 

Peanut the stuffed penguin does everything with Pearl. That means napping and playing, but it also means getting drooled on and dragged around. One day, Peanut has had enough, and she decides to slip out of Pearl’s backpack. At first, life without Pearl is all Peanut ever dreamed of. Freedom! Independence! But then it gets rather lonely.

Peanut begins to wonder if Pearl has found a new favorite toy. Luckily, Peanut could never be replaced, and Pearl shows up just when Peanut needs her the most.

With insight and humor, author-illustrator Dana Wulfekotte chronicles what happens when a stuffed animal ventures out on their own. The simple text and expressive artwork shine a new perspective on growing up and what it means to be a friend. Peanut Gets Fed Up is an irresistible read-aloud that will charm children, parents, and your favorite stuffed animals.

*Review Contributed by Sara Perrera, Staff Reviewer*

 

Even Stuffed Animals Have Feelings

 

Sometimes spending too much time with a person can start to feel stifling. This is what Peanut the penguin experiences in Peanut Gets Fed Up. He is a stuffed animal that Pearl has owned since she was a baby. He was there with her on all her firsts, such as her first step and first words. Although Peanut is an extremely well-loved stuffie, sometimes he doesn’t like being with Pearl, such as when he gets caught in the rain or his arm rips.

As the grass always seems greener on the other side, Peanut wonders what life would be like without Pearl. It would allow him to do whatever he wants when it suits him. Peanut makes the great escape but soon realizes how much he misses Pearl. At the end of the story, Pearl and Peanut are reunited, and Peanut appreciates his life.

I was drawn to this book’s sweet illustrations and found the story being told from Peanut’s perspective engaging. Peanut’s frustrations were relatable and I really enjoyed how in the end Peanut understood that Pearl was someone he can always depend on.

 

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Middle-Grade Review: Behold Our Magical Garden by Allan Wolf

June 27th, 2022 by

 

About This Book:

 

Witty and inspiring, Allan Wolf’s upbeat poems are poised to cultivate a new crop of gardeners, aided by Daniel Duncan’s bountiful illustrations.

 

In our garden, can you see?
A grand adventure? And it’s free!
A green delicious fantasy?
Behold our magical garden.

There’s a lot more to gardens than meets the eye! In this collection of buoyant poems filled with fun facts, young nature enthusiasts and budding gardeners are called on to help solve a mystery by the compost bin, join a Wild West–style standoff between some good bugs and a few bad ones, interview the sun to find out what happens when it drinks a glass of water, and learn the fancy names of plants to spice up dinner conversation. They’ll be spurred to grab their own gardening tools, drop in some seeds, encounter a few insects, gather fresh vegetables, and find a whole lot of magic. Allan Wolf’s playful poems and Daniel Duncan’s whimsically detailed, welcoming illustrations combine in a charming celebration of the many wonders and lessons to be learned from a school garden. For further inspiration, engaging notes on the poems and an author’s note on jotting down observations can be found in the back matter.

 

*Review Contributed by Bethany Wicker, Staff Reviewer*

 

Magical Insight to Gardening

BEHOLD OUR MAGICAL GARDEN is a collection of poems written to inspire children aged eight and up to explore all of the amazing things gardening has to offer. The content ranges from seeds, to vegetables, incorporating the watering of each root and the part the sun plays, and to the creatures surrounding gardens including bugs and birds. Each poem is unique in its own style instead of them being uniform, which is more appealing to the reader because you never know what’s coming next. Some rhyme. Some don’t. But they all stick to the gardening theme and the magic nature has to offer.

The illustrations are cute, colorful, and whimsical and provide entertainment to the educational text. There are notes about each poem in the back of the book to give the reader more insight into the author’s writing. My favorite one is “Poetree” because it’s well written and the words take the shape of a tree, including its roots. This unique style shows the creative mind the author has and the time he put into his work to make it truly magical.

Final Verdict: I would recommend this to fans of poems and gardening or for those children who are new to gardening and want to give it a go. It’s an inexpensive way to learn about nature and to delve into one’s creative side.

 

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Kid Review: The Sun in My Tummy by Laura Alary

June 24th, 2022 by

 

About This Book:

 

The cooking of a healthy breakfast moves from parent-child bonding to an eloquent conversation about energy, the growth of plants, and the miraculous ways the sun’s light nourishes us all.
It began with the sun,
Who showers the earth
With heat and light―
Tiny packets of energy.

How does a home-cooked breakfast give a little girl the energy she needs for a brand-new day? In gently expressive language, her mother takes readers on a journey into the earth where sleepy seeds are tickled awake and grow into golden oats; into blueberry patches, where green leaves break apart water and air to build sweet sugar; and into a pasture where sun becomes grass, becomes cow, becomes milk.

Author Laura Alary’s free verse breaks big ideas into child-sized pieces, making Sun in My Tummy an accessible introduction to the concepts of matter and energy, and how the sun’s light becomes fuel for our bodies through the food we eat. Andrea Blinick’s mixed-media illustrations pair the cozy and homelike with the glowing and dramatic as she takes readers from the kitchen to the farm field and to the sky and back. A concluding Author’s Note shares further information about photosynthesis for young readers.

*Review Contributed by Karen Yingling, Staff Reviewer*

 

Oatmeal, oatmeal in the pot!

 

As someone who is a BIG fan of oatmeal (even though I cook it in the microwave), I loved this in depth look at how oatmeal gets to the point where it is bubbling away in a pot on the stove, waiting to be eaten! From sleepy seeds in the earth to hungry plants, we see how the oats grow. The journey of blueberries is also followed, with great attention to how the plants produce their own food and how seeds are spread. Milk also gets some attention, with a fun picture of a cow swimming in the little girl’s cereal bowl, because of the grass that cows consume.

While there is more technical detail about photosynthesis in the author’s note at the back of the book, this is a good introduction to the concept of plants harnessign the sun to make energy for themselves, and also energy to pass on to human consumers. The idea that a bowl of oatmeal, blueberries, and milk all contain the sun is a happy way to think about nutrition, and perhaps a good way to entice reluctant eaters. Alary’s language is very poetic, and the book reads more like free verse than a science text.

Good Points

Blinick’s illustrations are very sunny, with yellow being used to good effect when the sun is shining. The little girl and her mother, who are dark complected, have expressive faces, and the trees and plants are rendered in exuberant greens. A small dog, bees, and a variety of birds make for more movement and interest on the pages. I’m always a fan of lots of details in picture books. When reading out loud to a small child, it’s good to have plenty of objects to locate on a page to increase vocabulary.

There are lots of children’s books about food, from the amusing Jory John’s The Food Group series and Funk’s Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast, as well as books connected to specific foods, like Anderson’s I LOVE Strawberries, Sriram’s Dumpling Day or Saeed’s Bilal Cooks Daal, but I don’t know that I have seen one that focuses on the science of how the food grows and the nutrition it provides. It’s never too early to introduce STEM subjects to young readers, and this is a great title for a budding young scientist. I just wish it had been around when my own children were young; I would definitely have preferred this in the rotation over the silly Daisy Lee Ate the T.V. or Baby Blue Cat and the Whole Batch of Cookies!

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Kid Review: Daddy Speaks Love by Leah Henderson

June 20th, 2022 by

 

About This Book:

 

A moving tribute to the joy and grounding that fathers bring to their children’s lives.

 

What does a daddy do? From day one, this daddy speaks love to his little one. And along with that love, his words and actions speak many other things, too: like truth, joy, comfort, and pride. Like many dads, he answers a million questions and tries to make sure that days are full of fun adventures, giggles, and hugs. Dads are good at scaring away imaginary monsters, and honest about how to confront the real ones too. They set an example for the future, speaking out for equality and justice, while sharing lessons from the past. But most of all, daddies encourage their young ones to fight for a better world, with the comfort of knowing their dads are right beside them. Daddy Speaks Love speaks to that everlasting bond between children and their fathers and is a perfect gift for special occasions including Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, baby showers, and more!

 

*Review Contributed by Connie Reid, Site Manager*

 

A Soulful depiction of the Father/Child relationship

 

What I Liked: This book was inspired by Gianna Floyd after her father, George Floyd’s tragic death in 2020. The use of watercolor makes this a more soulful and thoughtful rendering of the bond between fathers and children. I like that it represents fathers and children of different ethnicities. It highlights that a father is there to protect and teach his children. He is there to answer questions and give his children room to learn from mistakes. The emotion in the book becomes more powerful when it then directs the audience that a father is also supposed to teach about heroes and the future and to stand up for unity, trust, and pride so that we seek change that leads to true equality.
Final Verdict: This book celebrates the special role of a father to his children. It encompasses many examples of his job as a teacher and protector. It also seeks to inspire change and is a good addition for those seeking Black Lives Matter literature for younger children.

 

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Featured Review: The Good Hawk (Joseph Elliott)

June 18th, 2022 by

 

 

About This Book:

Agatha is a Hawk, brave and fierce, who protects her people by patrolling the high walls of their island home. She is proud of her job, though some in her clan whisper that it is meant to keep her out of the way because of the condition she was born with.
Jaime, thoughtful and anxious, is an Angler, but he hates the sea. Worse, he’s been chosen for a duty that the clan hasn’t required for generations: to marry. The elders won’t say why they have promised him to a girl in a neighboring clan, but there are rumors of approaching danger.

When disaster strikes and the clan is kidnapped, it is up to Agatha and Jaime to travel across the haunted mainland of Scotia to Norveg, with help along the way from a clan of nomadic Highland bull riders and the many animals who are drawn to Agatha’s extraordinary gift of communication. Thrilling and dark yet rich with humor and compassion, this is the first book in the Shadow Skye trilogy, written by a wonderful new voice in fantasy and introducing a welcome new kind of hero.

 

 

*Review Contributed by Stephanie Augustine, Staff Reviewer*

What a story. There was just so much enjoyable about this book. I practically finished the whole thing in a day. The atmosphere was so well described out that I could imagine Agatha and Jaime’s journey. In stories like this, I really appreciate the fantasy factor. It’s so subtle integrated that it honestly feels like apart of the everyday real world. The pacing was fast and definitely set up for the rest of the series.

While I really enjoyed the world and the story telling, it was the characters that truly made me involved. Agatha. Oh my goodness, I would defend her until my dying breath but I wouldn’t need to because she is strong herself. Her personality is amazing and just so pure. Even though she makes mistakes she is true and devoted to her clan. I really appreciated the way her disability was presented through the book. It really added to her character and I couldn’t imagine her any other way. Jaime was amazing as well and such a good counterpart to Agatha. It makes complete sense how and why they compliment each other and I cannot wait for the rest of their journey.

FINAL THOUGHTS
Overall, The Good Hawk by Joseph Elliot was a surprisingly good find. I’m so glad that I started this series and I cannot wait to continue it. This story is so unique and I love the subtle fantasy theme to it. This is definitely the beginning of their journey and it’s clear that this first book is the set up. I’m so intrigued on the rest of the series. While I loved the writing and world building, it really was the characters that stole the show, especially Agatha. She was such an amazingly written character and I loved her personality. Jaime was a great counterpart for Agatha and I definitely am rooting for them to bring their clan back together.

AUDIO REVIEW
NOTE: The narration does not affect my rating of the book
Holy audio. I absolutely loved this and the narrators killed it. Narrating in a Scottish accent to really bring the story to life was an amazing touch. Fiona Hardingham is one of my favorite narrators and wow… she is so talented. The way she gave Agatha such a distinctive voice… I’m definitely finding a way to listen to the rest of these on audios. If you are a beginner to audiobooks though, this might be a little rough. I would recommend reading along or just going straight with the physical edition. But those who love audioboooks — do it. NOTE: I guess there are 2 different versions. One where Fiona narrates the whole thing and one with Fiona and Gary Furlong. I did the dual narration and loved it!

 

 

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What’s New In YA June 14, 2022

June 14th, 2022 by

 

June 14, 2022

 

The Edge of Summer (Erica George) 

 

 

 

  • Publisher: ‎Poppy
  • Reading age: ‎14 years and up
  • Grade level: ‎9 and up

 

 

Fans of Sarah Dessen and Morgan Matson will be swept away by this big-hearted novel about one girl navigating first loss and first love during her summer on Cape Cod.

Saving the whales has been Coriander Cabot and her best friend Ella’s dream since elementary school. But when tragedy strikes, Cor is left to complete the list of things they wanted to accomplish before college alone, including a marine biology internship on Cape Cod.

Cor’s summer of healing and new beginnings turns complicated when she meets Mannix, a local lifeguard who completely takes her breath away. But she knows whatever she has with Mannix might not last, and that her focus should be on rescuing the humpback whales from entanglement. As the tide changes, Cor finds herself distracted and struggling with her priorities.

Can she follow her heart and keep her promise to the whales and her best friend?

 

Rise of the Vicious Princess (C.J. Redwine) 

 

 

 

  • Publisher: ‎Balzer + Bray 
  • Reading age: ‎13 – 17 years
  • Grade level: ‎8 – 9

 

The first in a YA political fantasy duology about a fierce princess determined to bring lasting peace to her kingdom regardless of the cost to her heart—from C.J. Redwine, the author of the Defiance series and the New York Times bestselling Ravenspire series. Perfect for fans of These Violent Delights, And I Darken, and Ash Princess.

Princess Charis Willowthorn is the dutiful sword of Calera. Raised to be ruthless and cunning, her only goal is to hold her war-torn kingdom together long enough to find a path toward peace with their ancient foe Montevallo, even if the cost is her own heart.

When violence erupts in the castle itself, nearly killing the queen, Charis must assume her mother’s duties and manage both the war and her kingdom. But as an unseen enemy begins sinking Calera’s ships, Charis realizes a threat much greater than Montevallo is coming for her people. So she forms a plan.

By day, she is Calera’s formidable princess intent on forging an alliance with Montevallo. By night, she disguises herself as a smuggler and roams the sea with a trusted group of loyalists, hunting for their new enemies. And through it all, she accidentally falls in love with the wrong boy.

But her enemies are much closer than Charis realizes, and her heart isn’t the only thing she has left to lose.

 

The Blood Traitor (The Prison Healer #3) (Lynette Noni) 

 

 

  • Publisher: ‎Clarion Books 
  • Reading age: ‎13 years and up
  • Grade level: ‎8 – 9

 

Lynette Noni is a masterful storyteller. A must-read for any fantasy lover!” —Sarah J. Maas, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

She’d failed them. All of them. And now she was paying the price.

Kiva thought she knew what she wanted—revenge. But feelings change, people change . . . everything has changed.

After what happened at the palace, Kiva is desperate to know if her friends and family are safe, and whether those she wronged can ever forgive her. But with the kingdoms closer to the brink of war than they’ve ever been, and Kiva far away from the conflict, more is at stake than her own broken heart.

A fresh start will mean a perilous quest, forcing mortal enemies and uneasy allies together in a race against the clock to save not just Evalon, but all of Wenderall. With her loyalties now set, Kiva can no longer just survive—she must fight for what she believes in. For who she believes in. But with danger coming from every side, and the lives of everyone she loves at risk, does she have what it takes to stand, or will she fall?

 

Breaking Time (Sasha Alsberg)

 

 

 

  • Publisher: ‎Inkyard Press
  • Reading age: ‎13 – 17 years
  • Grade level: ‎7 – 9

 

Perfect for fans of Outlander… A lush story of star crossed lovers and time traveling assassins.”
– Laura Sebastian, New York Times bestselling author of Ash Princess

Fate brought them together. Time will tear them apart.

When a mysterious Scotsman suddenly appears in the middle of the road, Klara thinks the biggest problem is whether she hit him with her car. But, as impossible as it sounds, Callum has stepped out of another time, and it’s just the beginning of a deadly adventure.

Klara will soon learn that she is the last Pillar of Time—an anchor point in the timeline of the world and a hiding place for a rogue goddess’s magic. Callum believes he’s fated to protect her at all costs after being unable to protect the previous Pillar, his best friend, Thomas. A dark force is hunting the Pillars to claim the power of the goddess—and Klara and Callum are the only two people standing in the way. Thrown together by fate, the two have to learn to trust each other and work together…but they’ll need to protect their hearts from one another if they’re going to survive.

The Silence That Binds Us (Joanna Ho)

 

 

  • Publisher: ‎HarperTeen 
  • Reading age: ‎14 – 17 years
  • Grade level: ‎9 – 12

 

Joanna Ho, New York Times bestselling author of Eyes That Kiss in the Corners,has written an exquisite, heart-rending debut young adult novel that will inspire all to speak truth to power.

Maybelline Chen isn’t the Chinese Taiwanese American daughter her mother expects her to be. May prefers hoodies over dresses and wants to become a writer. When asked, her mom can’t come up with one specific reason for why she’s proud of her only daughter. May’s beloved brother, Danny, on the other hand, has just been admitted to Princeton. But Danny secretly struggles with depression, and when he dies by suicide, May’s world is shattered.

In the aftermath, racist accusations are hurled against May’s parents for putting too much “pressure” on him. May’s father tells her to keep her head down. Instead, May challenges these ugly stereotypes through her writing. Yet the consequences of speaking out run much deeper than anyone could foresee. Who gets to tell our stories, and who gets silenced? It’s up to May to take back the narrative.

Joanna Ho masterfully explores timely themes of mental health, racism, and classism.

“An ornately carved window into the core of shared humanity. Read and re-read. Then read it again.” —Nic Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin

“Powerful and piercing, filled with truth, love, and a heroine who takes back the narrative.” —Abigail Hing Wen, New York Times bestselling author of Loveboat, Taipei

“A held-breath of a novel that finds courage amidst brokenness, and holds a candle to the dark.” —Stacey Lee, New York Times bestselling author of The Downstairs Girl

“Ho confronts racism with care and nuance, capturing the complexities of grief and growth. A poignant call to action.” —Randy Ribay, National Book Award finalist for Patron Saints of Nothing.

 

The Sea Knows My Name (Laura Brooke Robson)

 

 

 

  • Publisher: ‎Dial Books 
  • Reading age: ‎14 – 17 years
  • Grade level: ‎9 and up

 

In this seafaring fantasy, a soft-spoken and empathic teen must chart her own course to rescue the ruthless pirate who raised her

If there’s one thing Thea Fowler has learned from her mother, it’s that the only way for a woman to survive in a man’s world is to make herself strong, invulnerable even. Strength, after all, is how Clementine Fowler survived after her world was washed away by ash and lava and became one of the most notorious pirates the world has ever known.

Unfortunately, Thea has inherited none of her mother’s ruthlessness and grit.

After a lifetime of being told she is a disappointment, Thea longs to escape life under her mother’s thumb. And when she falls for a handsome sailor named Bauer, she thinks she’s found her chance at a new life. But it’s not long before first love leads to first betrayal, and Thea learns that there’s more than one way to be strong.

Valiant Ladies (Melissa Grey) 

 

 

  • Publisher: ‎Feiwel & Friends 
  • Reading age: ‎13 – 18 years
  • Grade level: ‎7 – 9

 

 

Two teen vigilantes set off on an action-packed investigation to expose corruption and deliver justice in Valiant Ladies, Melissa Grey’s YA historical fiction novel inspired by real seventeenth century Latinx teenagers known as the Valiant Ladies of Potosí.

By day Eustaquia “Kiki” de Sonza and Ana Lezama de Urinza are proper young seventeenth century ladies. But when night falls, they trade in their silks and lace for swords and muskets, venturing out into the vibrant, bustling, crime-ridden streets of Potosí in the Spanish Empire’s Viceroyalty of Peru. They pass their time fighting, gambling, and falling desperately in love with one another.

Then, on the night Kiki’s engagement to the Viceroy’s son is announced, her older brother―heir to her family’s fortune―is murdered. The girls immediately embark on a whirlwind investigation that takes them from the lowliest brothels of Potosí to the highest echelons of the Spanish aristocracy.

 

 

Kid Review: Night Night, Little Digger: A touch-and-feel storybook by Nicola Edwards

June 10th, 2022 by

 

About This Book:

 

With a touch-and-feel element on each spread, this sweet board book introduces readers to Little Bulldozer, Little Tow Truck, Little Steamroller, and their friends as they settle down for bedtime. 

Join Little Bulldozer, Little Tow Truck, Little Streamroller, and their friends as they settle down to sleep. With a gentle rhyming text and a touch-and-feel element on each spread, this follow-up to Night Night, Dino-Snores is perfect for sharing at bedtime with little fans of construction and service vehicles!

 

*Review Contributed by Olivia Farr, Staff Reviewer

 

sweet and lovely bedtime read

 

NIGHT NIGHT, LITTLE DIGGER is a delightful, rhyming bedtime story. The book includes a touch-and-feel item on each page as well as a sweet rhyme about bedtime, shared between a caregiver and child construction vehicle on each page. Truck fans will love seeing the roller, forklift, excavator, garbage truck, crane, and more throughout the book. Soft colors along with cartoonish and adorable trucks make for a great bedtime read.

What I loved: This is such a lovely read that is sure to charm vehicle lovers. The rhyming text rolls off the tongue easily and smoothly, with a gentle read that is targeted for bedtime. Each of the baby construction trucks is put to bed on each page, with touchable items and smoothly read text. There is a lot of variety in terms of textures on the various pages, which creates a great variety of things for little ones to feel as the story is read. The board book format is great for little fingers to explore.

The illustrations are imaginative and so sweet, with cartoonishly adorable construction vehicles being lulled to sleep with their caregiver vehicles. The text works alongside this to provide a satisfying and lovely bedtime read.

Final verdict: A sweet and charming bedtime read, NIGHT NIGHT, LITTLE DIGGER is sure to delight construction vehicle fans with its great characters, touchable items, and rhyming text.

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Middle-Grade Review: The Sheep, the Rooster, and the Duck by Matt Phelan

June 10th, 2022 by

 

About This Book:

 

The very first passengers to ride in a hot-air balloon were a sheep, a rooster, and a duck in 1783. And while hot-air balloons are indeed wondrous, ten-year-old Emile is too busy being the fastidious caretaker of ambassador Benjamin Franklin’s château in Paris to think much about them.

But soon, young Emile finds himself right in the middle of a sinister plot. And right in the middle of the secret headquarters for France’s undercover guardians—the very same sheep, rooster, and duck that piloted the first hot-air balloon. If Emile can muster his courage and be bold, he may be the key to helping the heroes save both Benjamin Franklin and the world.

*Review Contributed by Mark Buxton, Staff Reviewer*

 

Saving the world once again

 

What worked:
This book stars three farm animals with exceptional abilities. I must admit, the title doesn’t grab my interest right away, but those three animals actually ride in Montgolfier’s hot air balloon back in 1783 and become world-famous overnight. The duck named Jean-Luc is a wise tactician, the sheep named Bernadette is an innovative designer, and the rooster named Pierre is a skilled and daring swordsman. Together, along with a young girl named Sophie, they form a team determined to stop any threats to French society.
The plot becomes a story of historical intrigue with spies galore. Emile runs Benjamin Franklin’s home in France, but he joins the animals when Franklin’s sketch of a devastating weapon might be used by an evil organization. Modifications of Montgolfier’s early balloons are frequently used to transport the animals across the lands. King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette actually ruled France during this time, and Count Cagliostro was an Italian charlatan. Cagliostro is the antagonist in this book and he fulfills the expectations of being a despicable scoundrel.
The black and white drawings contribute to the story and aren’t simply add-ons. They help to visualize the characters and setting and they’re used to illustrate several action scenes. They sometimes perform the same function as pictures in graphic novels. Their strategic placement and depictions of events allow the author to use fewer words and help the story move at a comfortable pace. Despite being over two-hundred pages in length, the book can be read quite quickly.
What didn’t work as well:
The plot and characters lack depth, but that’s the price to be paid in a fast-paced book. Situations arise and they’re dealt with swiftly and directly. The story may be full of spies and secret plans, but they’re obvious to readers and don’t include any unexpected twists. The end result is still a very entertaining and amusing adventure for young readers.
The Final Verdict:
The book can be read quickly and it contains the key elements of a delightful story. It has interesting characters, a major conflict, plenty of action, and a sprinkle of humor to keep readers engrossed. I’m not sure of future plans, but the door is open for a sequel. I recommend you give this book a shot!

 

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Kid Review: Indestructibles: Taste the Fruit! By Amy Pixton

June 9th, 2022 by

 

About This Book:

 

Indestructibles is the trusted series for easing little ones into story time. Beloved by babies and their parents, Indestructibles are built for the way babies “read” (i.e., with their hands and mouths) and are: 

  • Rip Proof—made of ultra-durable tight-woven material
  • Waterproof—can be chewed on, drooled on, and washed!
  • Emergent Literacy Tool—bright pictures and few or no words encourage dialogic reading
  • Portable—lightweight books can go anywhere, perfect for the diaper bag and for travel
  • Safe for Baby—meets ASTM safety standards

*Review Contributed by Olivia Farr, Stafff Reviewer*

 

great book introducing colors, made for babies

 

TASTE THE FRUIT! is a cute indestructible book made for babies. This book features a type of fruit on each page, labeled with the name and color (eg, red strawberries, orange orange). A special feature of this one is the high contrast backgrounds in black and white patterns behind each fruit.

What I loved: This was a great introduction to color and the names of fruits. The book is full of colorful images on high contrast backgrounds that will stimulate babies vision. Despite these intense backgrounds, the font is printed clearly on each page for parents to read and share. There are plenty of examples throughout the book, and some that babies are sure to recognize. Of course, the really cool feature of this series is that these books are also toys – they are lightweight so that they are easy for babies to hold, made to be chewed on, pulled, and go through anything babies want to put them through. These are a great choice for early reading as a result.

Final verdict: A high contrast book that introduces color and fruit, TASTE THE FRUIT! is a book for babies to sink their teeth into (literally)!

 

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