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Jun 27, 2015 - discovery kids 1000 awesomely gross disgusting facts bookMy child, Jenny, is now 9 years old. She’s always been an avid reader and our home is full of books. Once upon a time, she used to love Barney and Dora and Thomas the Tank Engine. She loved Clifford, Little Critter, and Pinkalicious. She loved Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew and she loved Geronimo Stilton. In recent years, her taste in books has certainly diversified. Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and quiz books have become favourites.

Of course, let’s not forget gross books like this Discovery Kids 1000 Awesomely Gross and Disgusting Facts Book.

Oh yeah…this one was a home run from the minute she saw the front cover. – Continue Reading

May 18, 2015 - klutz twisted critters pipe cleaner book

Today I’m letting my big kid, Jenny, take over on the product reviews. Read on to find out what she thinks about this Twisted Critters book from the folks at Klutz. Why do it all myself when she’s perfectly capable of it too? Take it away, Jenny!


Hi, I’m Jenny from and today I’m posting about a book that I have called Klutz Twisted Critters Pipe Cleaner Book. It is a cool book and you can do many pipe cleaner things with it. – Continue Reading

Apr 11, 2015 - brain workout bookAll brains need exercise. After all, the brain is a muscle. If you don’t use it, it just won’t work as well as it should.

Check out this Brain Workout book by Tide Mill Media. I see a lot of these brain books for children but adults can certainly benefit from them too. In fact, while I’m not likely to pick up a brain book for myself I’ll easily grab one for my big kid because she loves to work on all the different puzzles. The best part is, if we do them together, we both benefit! – Continue Reading

Mar 10, 2015 - mother goose unplucked bookFunny humorous books with a quirky side are very popular in our home right now. Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid (not so much now), Geronimo Stilton, Roald Dahl, are just some of the books that litter our home.

See this Mother Goose Unplucked book? It is one book of many we own that are written by Helaine Becker. This Mother Goose Unplucked book has everything my kid craves in a funny book. It’s full of ridiculous comics, activities, odd facts, recipes, riddles, brainteasers and the best part is, they’re all inspired by familiar nursery rhymes. – Continue Reading

Jan 30, 2015 - scholastic childrens thesaurusCopyright© 2015 All Rights Reserved.

A thesaurus. You know what it is, right? You know, that book that contains a bunch of words. No no, not the dictionary. That has a lot of words too but that book usually tells you what the words mean. A thesaurus groups words that have similar meaning together in one place. Instead of saying ‘mad’, the thesaurus will give you other words like ‘angry’ that you could use.

Sounds simple enough, right?

No, it’s not. You see, as a child you learn about words. You learn words have meanings. You learn to spell words and string them together to make a coherent sentence which then becomes a coherent paragraph and finally a coherent story of some sort.

Every child needs a good thesaurus because it helps to build their vocabulary and extend their ability to write creatively. Imagine your favourite story rewritten to only use the word ‘sad’ whenever a ‘sad’ emotion was needed. Now, imagine that same favourite story embellished with words like ‘distraught’ ‘agony’ ‘upset’ ‘unhappy’ ‘gloomy’ and so on. As an adult, this might seem simple enough for you but for a child, that’s not an easy feat.

That’s the power of a good thesaurus. It gives children access to new words and new ideas. It also empowers children to write and be free with their writing.

Recently, my big kid received a thesaurus as a gift. The Scholastic Children’s Thesaurus is a beautiful hardcover book, carefully organized and illustrated to make synonyms appear approachable and fun. – Continue Reading

Jan 13, 2015 - worst case scenario survival handbookCopyright© 2015 All Rights Reserved.

Yes, you read the title correctly. The title of this children’s book is “The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Extreme Junior Edition” by David Borgenicht and Justin Heimberg which I thought was an appropriate book to feature given that we’ve all successfully navigated the first work/school week of 2015. While this may not count as an extreme survival situation, this book certainly packs enough chuckles to get us through the rest of the month.

The best part is: “The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Extreme Junior Edition” also happens to pack a lot of very useful information so you can chuckle and learn at the same time!

This book is most definitely not a snore. – Continue Reading

Dec 7, 2014 - book - cloudy with a chance of meatballsCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

My child loves reading. Our home is littered with books. Our entire family loves books so it should come as no surprise that while she may love her chapter books, there are certain children’s picture books that have withstood the test of time.

The book, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” written by Judi Barrett, is one of her absolute favourite books.

There is something incredibly magical about a favourite book. When my big kid was much younger, she would read this book every single day. She’d have the hubby and I read it to her. She’d discuss all the little subtle details in every illustration and be absolutely mesmerized by the book.

In our home, we regularly rotate the books that are on the shelves. We store some away and bring back loved books that have been waiting in boxes. I have stored this book, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” away and my daughter is quite happy to read everything else that is available on her book shelves but every time she spots it, she eagerly says, “OHHHHH, I love THAT book. I want to read it!!” – Continue Reading

Nov 6, 2014 - little miss scatterbrain sets off for the sunCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Books, how can you not love them? Our family loves reading and our home is filled with books. My big kid is currently interested in Big Nate, Calvin and Hobbes, and she’s got a number of chapter books that she’s reading but there is no denying the draw of a familiar picture book.

Allow me to introduce you to Little Miss Scatterbrain, a children’s book by Roger Hargreaves. Little Miss Scatterbrain is just one character amongst many in the Little Miss and Mr. Men series. Each book usually features one character and a number of events that take place. For this particular book, Little Miss Scatterbrain takes center stage.
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Oct 12, 2014 - alexander whos not going to moveCopyright© 2014 All Rights Reserved.

My child loves to read, always has, always will. Between the hubby, my collection, and my daughter’s every expanding collection of good reads we could probably open our own book store. Books are such a gift to the mind, body, and soul.

Over the years, my child has had many favorites and although she’s moved on to Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and other chapter books, there’s no denying the appeal of a really good picture book. We still have many EVERYWHERE and their stories never dull.

Ever hear of Alexander? There are a few titles by Judith Viorst and they all revolve around the same theme. Poor Alexander seems to have a lot of bad days and no matter how he tries, the days often times are just bad or in some cases, there’s at least some sort of resolution in the end.

Take this children’s book, “Alexander, Who’s Not (Do you hear me? I mean it!) Going to Move”. We’ve had it for a long time and it’s one of many books that get rotated on to our bookshelves. After all these years, my daughter still loves it.

Why? – Continue Reading

Jul 4, 2014

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Hello all! As promised, here’s my big kid’s post on a children’s book titled, “There’s a Frog in my Throat”. Read below and enjoy!

From Jenny:

My name is ct5bo. I live in a tissue box. I have 20 million brothers and 2,000 sour keys. I like to only eat keyboards with the letters ‘huioytrf’ and I only like to sleep in something that smells like ‘giddy up’.

Okay, that ISN’T true! My name is not ct5bo! My name is Jenny and I’m going to post about Gah! ‘There’s a Frog in my Throat!’. I don’t have a frog in my throat but there’s a book by Loreen Leedy and Pat Street called “There’s a Frog in my Throat”. It is about idioms. Idioms are these sayings like ‘she clings like a barnacle’ and ‘hogwash!’ – Continue Reading

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