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Nighty Night and Good Night

Nighty Night and Good NightTitle: Nighty Night and Good Night
Authors: Michael W. Smith and Mike Nawrocki
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-76701-5

“This cute (and sleepy) adventure leads the Nighty Nights to discover that when you’re having trouble falling asleep a lullaby might just do the trick,” the inside flap states in Michael W. Smith and Mike Nawrocki’s children’s book, Nighty Night and Good Night.

~ What ~
Part of the Nurturing Steps series, this twenty-four-page jacketed hardbound targets children ages four years old and older. With no scary scenes, it is a nice story about a group of stuffed animals helping a little boy fall asleep. Sophomoric colorful illustrations on white backgrounds grace the pages.

After a page that includes a space to write in the owner’s name, presenter, and date, this tale involves a little boy who is tucked into bed after saying his prayers with his mom, but he cannot fall asleep. As his three stuffed animals come to life, they try to help him doze off by suggesting to count sheep, fluff his pillow, and yawn, but the young child is still not sleepy. When the three critters start singing a lullaby, the boy drifts off to a peaceful rest.

~Why ~
Having three grandchildren under the age of five, I love reading them bedtime stories when they visit and spend the night. I like that this story is quaint, short, and simple. Having a professional recording artist write the lullaby that includes the Lord’s protection is appreciated and helpful.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with God may not understand why it is necessary to spend time daily praying to God as the mother and child do nightly. Some may not have internet access to listen online to the lullaby included at the end of the book. Others may think the drawings are too simplistic and lack details.

~ Wish ~
I wish there were a way to hear the lullaby when the book is opened to the specific page as it would be easier to hear the song than to read it.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a calm bedtime book that helps produce sleep, this may be a good choice as it contains a lullaby.

Thanks to Zblog Squad for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/nighty-night-and-good-night-michael-w-smith/1127764854

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Create! A Girl’s Guide to DIY, Doodles & Design

Create!: A Girl's Guide to DIY, Doodles, and DesignTitle: Create: A Girl’s Guide to DIY, Doodles & Design
Author: Ashley N. Mays
Publisher: Zonderkids
ISBN: 978-0-310-76316-1

“Whether you’re an aspiring designer or you just want to try a fun new craft with friends – Create! Will bring out your inner artist,” the back jacket states in Ashley N. Mays book, Create: A Girl’s Guide to DIY, Doodles & Design.

~ What ~
Part of the Faithgirlz series, this one-hundred-and-forty-four-page paperback targets girls eight to twelve years old, especially those who are creative and like making things. As a collection of more than fifty projects, it comes complete with color photographs and instructions. Published by a Christian organization, it contains few religious references.

After an introduction, the book is divided into three sections: DIYs, doodles, and design, ending with an index of materials, listing what can be made from them. Covering two to six pages each, the creation begins with a descriptive title and heading; materials are listed in used order and followed by numbered directions. Often a highlighted “Jazz It Up” area is for added ideas and suggestions.

Some of the crafts include soap box prayer kit, pom-pom magnets and push pins, book page daisies, DIY counter organizer, paint chip word banner, Bible verse poster, blue jean tote bag, glitter button earrings, DIY no-slip socks, and duct tape red rose bouquet, bag, and Bible cover.

~ Why ~
This book offers many fun crafts for preteen girls who get bored easily and need stimulation or ideas for something to do. My favorite were the Altoid tin mini emergency kit, hollow book storage, how to draw a butterfly three ways, doodle a dress, shirt, and pants for paper dolls, and fabric scrap flip-flops.

Why Not ~
Girls who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not like the references to Him throughout the pages, but they are not obtrusive. Those who are not creative may not like the activities; many of which can be found online or on YouTube.

~ Wish ~
It would be helpful if a time frame were provided for each craft.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book for a creative female pre-teen, this one will be enjoyed with its many different ideas.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/create-ashley-mays/1127970040

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Amkov Kids Creative Camera

 

 

YOUNG KIDS CAN TAKE PHOTOS

~ What ~
Made of durable silver plastic with green, orange, and blue highlights, this digital camera is for children 5 to 9 years old. Having the measurements of 5.9 by 3.5 by 1.6 inches and weighing about 10 ounces, it can take photos using an included SD card. Little assembly is required of inserting the enclosed 3 AAA batteries. A USB cable, lanyard, and instructions are included in a gift box, ready for giving.

~ Why ~
Having an almost 5-year-old granddaughter, I think she will love being able to take her own photos when she goes to the museum, zoo, or does other activities. I like that this is a complete set, so all she has to do is learn how to access the picture-taking part on the menu screen. There are several framed picture screens with characters that can be added to the photos. It is thoughtful that a 8G card and batteries are included.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like that this camera only has an off/on button, 2 arrow buttons, X button, and one to press to take the photo. There is no zoom or light attachment, so some photos may be grainy or dark. There has to be an inserted SD card for the camera to work. In testing it, I found I had to use my new batteries to get the screen to work. It is hard to turn it on (a video screen appears when it is on).

~ Wish ~
While I like the 2 side handles of the camera that fits small hands, I think the machine is complicated for beginner photographers. I wish it was easier to unscrew (I had to use my own small-bit screwdriver) to access the SD card and batteries.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s camera that works with an SD card, this may be a good choice if your child is patient and can learn its features quickly.

Thanks to Amkov for this product that I am under no obligation to review.

This product can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078CQMQBP

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Ten Little Night Stars

Ten Little Night StarsTitle: Ten Little Night Stars
Author: Deb Gruelle
Illustrator: Gabi Murphy
Publisher: Zonderkidz
ISBN: 978-0-310-76212-6

“Ten little night stars,
More fun than counting sheep.
I’ll dream of skies filled up with stars
As I close my eyes to sleep,”
Debi Gruelle ends her children’s book, Ten Little Night Stars.

~ What ~
At twenty-two pages, this board book with a padded front cover with gold lettering and stars targets children ages four to eight years old who enjoy calming bedtime stories. With no scary scenes, it is a simple tale about counting stars as animals get ready for bed.

Written in rhyme with some complicated wording, this story begins with a baby elephant taking a bath and seeing one star out the window. A momma bear helps her cub groom, with two stars now appearing out the window. With a lion putting on pajamas, a koala snuggling with a toy, a monkey climbing into bed, a hippo being read a book, a bear praying, a raccoon being kissed, and an elephant being told goodnight, the stars increase to ten, ending with the elephant being fast asleep.

~Why ~
Having 3 grandchildren under age 5, I think each will enjoy the colorful illustrations with baby animals getting ready for bed with most scenes including a parent. I like the cute animals depicted and that the stars are localized and can be counted on the opened pages.

~ Why Not ~
Although there are only two three-syllable words, advanced readers may find the book sophomoric and childish. I think it targets the three- to six-year-old beginner reader more accurately. The lion club may be mistaken as a bear, but there is an included tail if you look for it.

~ Wish ~
With saying prayers as a nighttime routine, it would be thoughtful if the wording included God or Jesus.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book that not only focuses on going to bed but also teaches counting to ten, this is an excellent choice.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This product can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ten-little-night-stars-deb-gruelle/1125895451

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It’s a Jungle in Here

It's a Jungle in HereTitle: It’s a Jungle in Here
Author and Illustrator: Kristie Wilde
Publisher: Wilde Art Press
ISBN: 978-0-9974828-2-9

“Whether you stand out or blend in, are loud or quiet, however you are … God is especially happy with how He made you!” Kristie Wilde ends her children’s book, It’s a Jungle in Here.

~ What ~
Third in the Joyful Creation series, this unnumbered twenty-eight-page paperback targets children three to eight years old, especially those who like learning about God’s animals of the jungle. With no scary scenes, the book has colorful watercolor pictures that are broadly illustrated on every page.

In this short tale, it is stressed that God made many unique and different animals, and we are also divinely and individually created by Him. Focusing on the jungle, butterflies, big cats, small frogs, huge elephants, hard-to-find chameleons, loud birds, quiet okapi, and various monkeys are beautifully depicted, showing their different features and characteristics. At the end of the book are eight educational paragraphs with more drawings of each animal as well as four written out Bible verses and the author’s biography.

~ Why ~
Having read and reviewed two prior books in this series, I was impressed again with the illustrator/author of this book. I like how she reminds us how God created and loves us all, no matter how different we look or act. I appreciate the detailed, intensely colorful artworks that keep a young one’s attention, while sometimes searching for hidden animals. Due to the illustrations’ backgrounds, the pictures encourage further dialogue about creatures that live in the jungle.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books about God and His creations will not appreciate this book. Beginner readers may struggle with some of the two- and three-syllable words.

~ Wish ~
I wish more children’s books like this were available for young ones to be taught the wonderful attributes of God and His amazing creations, including us.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a children’s book that shows several different jungle animals, this contains beautiful pictures while honing in on the Almighty’s creative hand and His love for us.

For more information on this book: http://wildeartpress.com/its-a-jungle-in-here.html

Thanks to Book Crash and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/its-a-jungle-in-here-kristie-wilde/1128067126

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Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo’s Ice Worm Intervention

Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo: Ice Worm InterventionTitle: Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo’s Ice Worm Intervention
Author: Oneeka Williams M.D.
Illustrator: Valerie Bouthyette
Publisher: Mascot Books
ISBN: 978-1-68401-841-3

“The Ice Worms are emitting feelings of gratitude and joy and the Arctic animals are extremely grateful,” Dee Dee Dynamo’s sidekick orb flashes on his screen after the young surgeon refreezes the ice in Oneeka Williams’s children’s book, Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo’s Ice Worm Intervention.

~ What ~
This numbered thirty-two-page oversized hardbound targets ages six to twelve years old, especially those interested in the Earth and global warming as it relates to ice worms. With no scary or violent scenes, it does contain complicated words that beginner readers will need help understanding or pronouncing.

The story is about a young girl from the Island of Positivity who visits Alaska with her friends for the Cordova Ice Worm Festival. They meet Toby, a smart autistic kid who knows a lot about climate change. When Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo and her crew are called into action, they learn from Toby about the ozone layer, troposphere, greenhouse effect, and the long-eye-lash-looking ice worms that may die due to the glacial temperature heating up. In the end, Dr. Dee Dee spins her magic to refreeze large areas of ocean ice to save the worms and Arctic animals.

Having colorful and expressive illustrations, the tale incorporates educational pages regarding the discovery of ice worms, the Earth’s atmosphere, greenhouse gases, effects of climate change, map of ice worm locations, aspects of autism, and the habit of positivity. Added at the end are a glossary of twenty-six words, thirty-seven learning words, and resource guide.

~ Why ~
The story contains scientific information on climate change that even adults can glean knowledge when reading it to a child. Although the tale is fictitious, it is educational and instructional, teaching young ones about protecting our planet. I had never heard of ice worms before reading this book, so I was intrigued to find they are located in five places around the world, including the Cascades near where I live in Oregon. I love that the story’s information could be used in a classroom or as a book report about the environment and what we humans can do to protect it. Another plus was the additional data included at the end of the book.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not want a complicated read with lots of wording and teaching concepts on every page will pass on this one as it is geared toward older children. Young ones or those visually challenged may be overwhelmed with the busyness of its contents, but it offers plenty of information.

~ Wish ~
I wish more educational books for children were available that taught and instructed within its story, although the surgery mentioned is make-believe.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for another engaging, intellectual children’s book about Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo that explains our planet, global warming, and autism, this is an excellent teaching tool for young ones. Watch it, you may learn a thing or two too; I did!

Thanks to the author for this complimentary book that I freely am evaluating.

Check out the author’s website at www.drdeedeedynamo.com

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dr-dee-dee-dynamo-oneeka-williams/1128080820

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Go to Sleep, Sheep!

Title: Go to Sleep, Sheep!
Illustrator: Sydney Hanson
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1027-2

“Just as Mama says good night,
She hears a quiet call.
‘Maaa,’ the smallest sheepy says,
‘I love you most of all!’” states the near end of the children’s book, Go to Sleep, Sheep!

~ What ~
At twenty pages, this cut-out board book with sparkled words and moon on the front cover targets children ages two to five years old. With no scary scenes, it is a nice story about sheep making excuses as they get ready for bedtime. Full page color illustrations of cute animals cover the pages.

Written in four-lines of rhyme with some complicated wording that covers two open pages, this short tale from Sunshine Farm has four lambs being told by their mother that it is time to head to the Bedtime Barn. They are not ready for settling down, asking instead for five more minutes to play or time to eat a snack, drink water, be read a story, keep the light on, or have a tickle fight. When their mama cuddles with them and they say their prayers, the littlest sheep tells her mother she loves her. In the end, all the barnyard animals are safe and snug as they fall asleep.

~Why ~
Having grandchildren, I like how this book is the type to cuddle up with them when they visit and it is time for bed. Through the rhyming, it offers ways the sheep try to stall the inevitable bedtime routine. I like how one of the sheep has glasses and another wears a bow. The sheep drawings are colorful and easy to understand, including bunnies, chickens, horses, pigs, goats, cows, and a cat.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like books that mention God may not approve of this book, but He is mentioned only one time toward the ending. Due to the two- and three-syllable wording, it should be read out loud to beginner readers.

~ Wish ~
Since the mother does not respond at all to her young ones’ suggestions, it may promote a child using the same tactics to avoid going to bed.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a bedtime reading book that is calm, this is a good selection, but it may give a young child ideas how to delay going to bed.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/go-to-sleep-sheep-thomas-nelson/1126657531

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I Can Only Imagine

I Can Only Imagine for Little Ones: A Friendship with Jesus Now and ForeverTitle: I Can Only Imagine
Author: Bart Millard of MercyMe with Laura Neutzling
Illustrator: Sumiti Collina
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
ISBN: 978-1-4003-2133-9

“Thank You, dear God, for keeping me close.
Being with You is what I like most.
We know You. We love You. We’ll be there together.
Each day will be happy in heaven forever,”
rhymes Bart Millard of MercyMe with Laura Neutzling in his children’s book, I Can Only Imagine: A Friendship with Jesus Now and Forever.

~ What ~
This unnumbered thirty-two-page oversized hardbound targets children four to eight years old, especially those who like reading or listening to rhymes about God, Jesus, and Heaven. With no profanity or scary scenes, the Christian book contains colorful, expressive illustrations on every page. Due to some complicated wording, it would best be read out loud to beginner readers.

In this short story that covers four to six rhyming lines per each opened pages, a little boy imagines what God and Heaven are like as he goes through his day. From waking up and wondering if he will wear a scratchy robe in eternity and getting combing his messy hair to eating breakfast, enjoying the outdoors, playing with friends, listening to the Bible being read, and more, he ponders if the Almighty deals with the same situations. While considering God and His Son, the boy lets his imagination explore many facets of God and beyond.

~ Why ~
This is a thoughtful book for the child who is starting to understand there is life after death. I like that the boy continually questions if God can do the same things he can and how God is different than we are. The colorful drawings are detailed and expressive, easily keeping the attention of young ones.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not appreciate this book. Some may think it “dumb downs” God when the boy asks if His tummy grumbles, if He loves to play ball, and if He has a pet. Beginner readers may have issues with some of the two- and three-syllable words.

~ Wish ~
While I understand the writer’s point of reference coming from a child’s viewpoint, I hope parents can explain that eternity will fall short of what any of us imagine.

~ Want ~
If your child is asking questions about God and Heaven, this would be a good choice to start the dialogue about eternity, but it does not give the plan of salvation.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for the complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book will be available after July 10th, 2018 at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/i-can-only-imagine-for-little-ones-bart-millard/1128018685

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Absurdimals

Title: Absurdimals
Author: Gwendolyn Javor
Illustrator: Melissa Aker Spears
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 978-1-981879601

“If being an Absurdimal means you can be who you want, we ALL want to be Absurdimals too!” a tiny mouse tells Lola in Gwendolyn Javor’s children’s book, Absurdimals: Lola Goes to School.

~ What ~
This unnumbered thirty-page paperback targets children ages five to eight years old who enjoy a story about acceptance. With no scary scenes, it contains some complicated wording for beginner readers. Colorful, simplistic, illustrations cover all pages.

In this book, Lola is a one-of-a-kind animal – a belephant that is part bunny and part elephant. When she goes to school, no one accepts her, especially the elephants who call her names. Rejected, she meets Principal Howard and is told that no matter our differences, there is love in all of us and we should love ourselves for those differences. At school the next day when she is called an Absurdimal, she tells everyone she loves being a belephant. Other animals join in, wanting to be who they are. In the end, all the animals accept each other and who they are, even when a Dock and Frat enter the classroom.

~ Why ~
I like that this book promotes being who you are no matter if confronted by others. It portrays that a person does not have to be like everyone else but can have a unique identity, characteristic, or personality and still be accepted by others.

~ Why Not ~
While the story concentrates on someone being different in appearance, it does not mention those who feel undervalued on their commonality, timidness, or shyness, which can also be a challenge when someone wants to be loved or noticed. Beginner readers may struggle with some of the three-syllable words.

~ Wish ~
As a Christian, I wish the book mentioned that God loves each of us and has made us who we are for a special reason.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a fun book about a belephant who wants to be accepted by others as a absurdimal, this may be a good choice.

Thanks to Westwind Book Marketing and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/Absurdimals-Lola-School-Gwendolyn-Javor/dp/1981879609

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Number ONE World Facts

Childrens Book :  Number ONE World Facts (Great Book for Kids) Knowledge Book Series) (Boosting Brain Power) (Age 4-12)(Bedtime & Dreaming) by [TheBrothers]Title: Number ONE World Facts
Authors: The Brothers
Publisher: Amazon Digital
AISN: B00GCOPCD8

“Humans have one nose, one head, one tongue, one mouth and one heart,” the Brothers write in their children’s ebook, Number ONE World Facts.

~ What ~
This twenty-page ebook targets children ages four to twelve years old and their parents who like learning about interesting facts. With no scary scenes, the book contains some complicated wording for beginner readers. Beautiful color photographs are on most pages.

This book focuses on intriguing, fascinating, and unique facts about things that have the number one in them. From animals, insects, birds, sea life, and the human body to foods, actions, and a famous painting, there are educational tidbits that will delight and engage young to old.

~ Why ~
I like that this book promotes learning through the number one, following it up with visual pictures to view. One of its best features is that it is educational as a young reader can learn bizarre facts about the world around us. It is a fun read, even for adults as they read to young ones.

~ Why Not ~
Beginner readers may struggle with some of the three-syllable words. Others may wish there were more books like this, and there are with the number two and three already published and offered.

~ Wish ~
Having the book in print format would be ideal.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an interesting, exciting ebook of unusual and notable facts, this will make an excellent choice for the child in your life who wants to learn more. Don’t be surprised if you learn a thing or two yourself!

Thanks to the authors for this purchased book that I am under no obligation to review.

This product can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/number-one-world-facts-thebrothers-publishing/1117662300

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