Category: children

Two Sisters: prattle tales of playful girls by Laura Wright LaRoche




10 little stories starring two little girls, 6 year old Addy and her younger sister, 4 year old Izzy. The girls have very different styles, Izzy always wears dresses and Addy’s favorite color is green. They do have one thing in common, they love to torment each other.



In each of the stories entitled Butterfly, Sticks, School Day, Mushroom Hunting, Her Party, Fishing, Garden, Zoo, Rainy Day,  and Vacation, Addy and Izzy are together (except School Day when Addy is at her first day of grade 1 and Rainy Day where Izzy is at home with her mom while Addy is at school) and each wants things her own way and will do whatever it takes to get her way even if it means tattling, hitting, crying or lying.



The stories are well written and at times, humorous and the descriptions of the girls is very well done.  However I don’t necessarily see the girls as playful. To me they’re spoiled brats that say and do whatever they like while their mother is absolutely oblivious. If my children were young, I’m not sure if I would want them to read this book, they had enough of their own bad ideas.



I won this book through GoodReads giveaway and my review was unsolicited.

Looking For Love On Mongo Tongo

Looking For Love On Mongo Tongo by Margaret J. McMaster

Book Two of the Babysitter Out of Control! Series




Mrs Chairbottom is on her way to babysit 8 year old Stewart and she’s stuck in traffic. Stewart convinces his parents to leave so they won’t miss their flight, they are off on vacation. Stewart knows he won’t get into trouble, at least not til Mrs. Chairbottom gets there. She’s a walking trouble magnet and she’s bringing Petey her parrot, and that means double trouble!


When Mrs. Chairbottom arrives, she’s using a cane. She received it after falling in some hedges while doing a ‘Save the Whales’ marathon. After momentarily forgeting Petey the parrot in the car, and having to listen to him squawk, Stewart knows this is going to be a long week!


When Stewart sees Petey he’s shocked by how he looks. Talk about your bad hair day! He asks Mrs. Chairbottom about it and she launches into the story about how Petey fell in love on Mongo Tongo with one of the wild parrots there and is so love struck that being away from her is causing him to lose all his feathers. Stewart asks Mrs. Chairbottom if this could make Petey sick, like die from it sick.


Suddenly Mrs. Chairbottom has a plan! She, Stewart, Petey and her driver/attendant Ronald are going to fly to Mongo Tongo and find Petey’s girlfriend. What could possibly go wrong?


This is a wonderful children’s story that would appeal to both boys and girls. Its 57 pages long, so wouldn’t be intimidating for children that aren’t really book lovers. The story is quick paced, easy to read and has beautiful color illustrations. The touches of humor, action and friendship will definitely appeal to children.



I received my copy through GoodReads and my review was unsolicited.

Strike: The Hero From The Sky

Strike: The Hero From The Sky by  Charlie Wood



Tobin Lloyd is a 17 year old practical joker, who thinks not of how to save our country, but how to keep out of trouble for his latest practical joke. His buddies, Jennifer Robins and Chad Fernandes, have had his back for years but its senior year, time to look to the future, think about being an adult. But Tobin’s still far too busy having fun to worry about what lies ahead, except for maybe being a game show host, that’d be cool.

Imagine then waking up in an alien land, on an alien planet, with alien buddies AND if that’s not enough for you, being told of alien super heroes and alien super villains.

How can Tobin and his friends, both old and new, cope with all the changes. And just what is so important about Tobin that makes everyone want him on their side?

A great action, fantasy, YA romp with overtures of super heroes and super villains. I would love to see this as a graphic novel!



This to me is more of an older child or teen book, however as I am not sure what level of violence you deem acceptable for your children, I would consider looking the book over first. I believe there is worse on regular television, but as I said, there is violence. Good moral story, good teen roll models.



I received this through a LibraryThing Giveaway

J.P. Trouble J.P. Trouble  by  Ryan Hill


What better recommendation for a children’s book than laughter and happiness from a child.

Little Johnny Lippett just moved to a new town. He has no friends, no pets and even worse, he is too late to catch the school bus and has to walk in rain all the way to school. He slips and falls in the mud…could his first day in a new school get any worse?

Johnny’s teacher notices he isn’t paying attention in class, and sends him outside to take down the flag. He hears a little whine and finds a stray brown dog trying to stay dry. The dog sniffs at Johnny and likes what he smells, bubble gum and hot dogs. Two mean little girls take the dog away from Johnny when he brings it inside the school. The dog is afraid of the little girls and wiggles away from them. The brown dog runs outside and disappears in the rain. Johnny is very sad and worried about the puppy.

When Johnny’s mom arrives after school to pick him up much to his surprise the stray brown puppy is with her in the car! The brown dog had followed Johnny’s bubble gum and hot dog scent home and had barked until Johnny’s mother opened the door. Johnny’s mom asks if Johnny would like to keep the dog though she worries that it will be full of trouble.  Johnny is delighted and names the dog Just Plain Trouble.

When I received this book, I took it over to my granddaughter’s house to read it to her.  She laughed at Johnny when he fell in the mud, was angry at the two mean girls, and was really happy that Johnny and J.P. Trouble got to be together. She loved it!



The wonderful illustrations in the book are by Stacy Evans. The illustrations are boldly colored, and tell the story the words on each page tells.

I received this book from GoodReads giveaways and was asked for an honest review.

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