Reviews written by MG Buehrlen

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December 09, 2013 (Updated: December 09, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0
I've been bitten by the Doodle Bug

I specifically requested this book for review because I wanted to up my doodle skills. I think I've been stuck in the same doodle rut since high school, marking the same tired design in the margins of my notebooks for years. It was time for some pizzazz. ...

October 10, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
Kids Nonfiction
What an excellent resource!

If I had this book as a kid, I would've gotten lost in it, day in, day out. Oh, who am I kidding? Readers are going to get lost in this book no matter what their age. This hardcover book is printed in large format which...

August 15, 2013 (Updated: August 15, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Can I live in this world, please?

What I loved: It's been a long time since I felt like a book was written just for me. How did April Genevieve Tulcholke know all the ways to stir my inner gothic hipster? How did she know I used to dress in my grandmother's clothes and pretend I...

August 06, 2013 (Updated: August 06, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Young Adult Fiction
Daaaaaaaang.

What I Loved: McEntire is back with her feisty, witty, and at times wildly inappropriate characters. This time, there's a new girl in town, Hallie, and she's not the type to sit at home quietly and behave herself. In fact, she's even harder to handle than...

April 22, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Kids Fiction
Hits you in your soul region

I was so excited to read BETTER NATE THAN EVER because I'm a huge fan of musical theater. As a kid, I'd gone through the wringer during auditions numerous times, so I knew I'd be able to relate to the protagonist, Nate. I thought I was in for a light-hearted...

April 20, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Charming Springtime Collection

I will forever and always recommend golden books to anyone looking for picture books. The illustrations are timeless, the stories a mixture of classics and folktales. This spring-themed collection includes Home for a Bunny, Where Do Giggles Come From?, The Little Red Hen, Two Little Gardeners,...

April 20, 2013
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
Handy little guide

Highly recommended for children who love learning about dinosaurs. This pop-up pocket guide includes colorful illustrations, definitions of dinosaur-tastic terms, and plenty of facts and interesting trivia. While the information is brief, amounting to about 2 or 3 sentences about each dinosaur, the guide is comprehensive...

April 20, 2013
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0
Gives me the willies!

This pop-up reference book all about insects would be great for the insect fan in your life. I'm not so big on creepy-crawlies, so the illustrations gave me the willies. I guess that proves how accurate the drawings are! What I loved: The layout of this...

March 28, 2013 (Updated: March 28, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
Kids Nonfiction
Beautiful and Educational

What I loved: Peruse any picture book aisle at any bookstore and you'll see no shortage of biblical passages paired with colorful illustrations, making the bible accessible for young ones. But where most of these picture books leave off, Psalm 23 adds a valuable element I haven't seen before....

March 28, 2013 (Updated: April 09, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0
Wanderlustful

What I loved: Having never been to Rome, there is very little I know about the city outside what I learned in school and saw in films. This adorable little pop-up guide book shows you where each great attraction is located in the city and what each one is...

December 16, 2012 (Updated: December 16, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0
Kids Fiction
Adorbs!

For fans of Caroline Jayne Church's lovable baby books, this cloth version is a winner. There are only a few pages, but little ones will enjoy handling the book themselves, seeing themselves in the mirror on the front, and gazing at the cute baby faces while learning where to locate...

December 16, 2012 (Updated: December 16, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
2.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Cute Companion to the Song

What I liked: For those who know how the song goes, this sweet little board book might be a nice addition to your nursery or daycare library. The light and airy watercolor illustrations pair well with the shiny gold foil on the front and back cover. The story...

December 16, 2012
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
Draw Your Own Adventure

Illustrator Christine Roussey's scribbly, accessible style welcomes even the smallest child to doodle within these pages. My Beastly Book of Tangled Tinsel has the potential to keep a child busy for hours while they engage in a myriad of naughty and nice activities. The nicer options...

December 12, 2012
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
4.0
Learning Value 
 
3.0
Kids Nonfiction
Basic Bio

What I loved: This is a great primer for newer, younger Bieber fans. Brooks and Hodgin take us through Justin's brief history, then catch the reader up on where Justin is now. The writing is conversational and age-appropriate. The large print and simple sentences will snag an early reader's...

December 12, 2012 (Updated: December 12, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
5.0
Kids Nonfiction
Lots of Fun!

What I loved: You can't go wrong when you pair photos of everyone's favorite boy band with lots of quiz questions, lots of trivia, and two mad libs stories to boot! I don't know much about One Direction, but after reading this book, I pretty much aced the quizzes....

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