Blog Tour: Vacation for Dexter!

Thank you to Blue Slip Media for the free review copy. All opinions are my own!

Lindsay Ward has done it again! Her Dexter series is so cute, and Vacation for Dexter is no exception. In this third book, out April 16th, Dexter and his owner are going on vacation! The only problem? They have to fly on an airplane, and Dexter is scared. He has to learn how to be brave on the plane, and that at the end of the flight is a really fun family vacation.

This is a great book for all kids, and especially kids (or adults, ahem, like me) who have some anxiety about traveling or flying. It shows that it’s ok to be afraid, but that you can be brave too! And who doesn’t want to be brave and get an awesome beach vacation at the end of it? And snacks. Snacks are definitely essential on airplanes.

My 7-year-old and I love the Dexter books, and this one is just as good as the first two!

National Siblings Day!

Thank you to Blue Slip Media for the free copy of I Used to Be Famous. All opinions are my own!

Happy National Siblings Day! I don’t have a sibling, but I love watching the sibling relationship my two boys have. (Well, sometimes I don’t love watching them annoy each other on purpose, but that’s just part of it!) In honor of Siblings Day, Blue Slip Media sent me the sequel one of my favorite picture books, I Am Famous, about fabulous Kiely and her paparazzi family. In I Used to Be Famous, Kiely isn’t quite the paparazzi darling she once was due to the arrival of her baby sister, Abby. Kiely has to figure out how to share the spotlight instead of stealing it all for herself.

This is such a sweet book, and it’s perfect for younger kids and new moms of two (or more)! It’s a fun way to show how there’s enough love and attention to go around for all siblings, and sharing the attention is ok. I hope Becky Cattie and Tara Luebbe have another one planned in this series!

No children or books were harmed in the making of this tug of war photo! (o:

What My Kids Are Reading: April 5, 2019

Thank you Barbara at Blue Slip Media for the LOST books and Valerie at Running Kids Press for the Jack & Max Stalwart book. All opinions are my (and my kids’!) own!

Well, I haven’t done one of these posts in awhile! Life has been so busy, and while my kids have definitely been reading, they go through books at home and school too quickly for me to keep track of. But I finally nailed down a few they’ve been loving lately, and I wanted to share them with you!

Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures 10: Showdown at the Alamo

When my 2nd grader had his own Flat Stanley project to complete over Spring Break, he started reading as many Flat Stanley books as he could. (He even got mad when it looked like Stanley wasn’t quite flat in one of the pictures-“He’s supposed to be FLAT! Why isn’t he flat here?”) So when we visited the Alamo, I had to pick this one up! We don’t find a lot of kids’ books set in San Antonio, and this is a really fun one! If you have an early reader or a kid who just loves Flat Stanley, this is another great book in the series.

Lost in the Antarctic: The Doomed Voyage of the Endurance

Lost in the Amazon: A Battle for Survival in the Heart of the Rainforest

My 4th grader loves, loves, loves historical fiction and literary non-fiction. He’s already read all of the I Survived books, so when he started the LOST series by Tod Olson, he was immediately hooked. (When Blue Slip Media sent Lost in the Antarctic before it’s publication date, he grabbed it right out of the package, said I was so cool, and then I didn’t see the book again until he finished it. At least I can still impress my kids?) These books are so good for older readers. They’re extremely entertaining and informative. What kid doesn’t like learning more about history and the world in a way that doesn’t involve a textbook?! I highly recommend the LOST series for kids about 10 and up who like exciting adventure stories!

Secret Agents Jack and Max Stalwart: The Fate of the Irish Treasure

Both of my kids love the Jack & Max Stalwart series, and this book is no different! (Can you sense a theme here of what my kids love? History, world information, adventure . . . ) Ireland is one of my favorite places, so I was really excited to see this book when it came out in March! Through the brothers going on perilous adventure, kids will learn about Dublin, The Book of Kells, Trinity College, and more about Ireland in this book. This is a brilliant series, especially for kids who have trouble focusing on slower books, and it’s great for a lot of ages!


Blog Tour: It’s Not Easy Being a Superhero

It’s Not Easy Being a Superhero: Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder
Thank you to Pink Umbrella Books for the free review copy. All opinions are my own!

In my opinion, all kids are superheroes. Seriously. They have to deal with a lot sometimes! But some kids might have a harder time seeing themselves as superheroes than typical children. Kelli Call’s It’s Not Easy Being a Superhero is for them, and for whoever else wants to learn about what it’s like to have very special powers.

From the publisher:

Unlike most superheroes, Clark’s superpowers aren’t a secret. And instead of just one, Clark has five superpowers he must learn to control: super hearing, super sight, super smell, super taste, and super feeling. He uses his five superpowers to defeat sensory triggers, and his arch-nemesis Igor Ance.  This beautifully illustrated picture book helps parents, teachers, students, and friends understand what it’s like for these superheroes who have sensory processing disorder and the tricks they learn to control their powers.

This book is absolutely amazing. If you have a child with SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder), they will see themselves in Clark, and recognize their own superpowers. If you don’t have a child with SPD, this book will help them to understand what SPD is, why those kids are special, and what they can do to support those special powers. This is such an empowering book, written in a large comic book format, which makes it easy for all ages to read and comprehend. I truly think this book should be in all libraries, both at school and home. Every child deserves to see someone like them in a hero role, and It’s Not Easy Being a Superhero gives kids with SPD that opportunity. This book is wonderful!


Blog Tour: It’s Not Hansel and Gretel

It’s Not Hansel and Gretel (It’s Not a Fairy Tale)
Thank you to Blue Slip Media and Two Lions for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own!

Josh Funk is one of my favorite children’s authors, and he’s hit it out of the park again with It’s Not Hansel and Gretel, the second in his It’s Not a Fairy Tale series. My kids and I loved the first (It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk) and this one is just as funny, well-written, and well-illustrated!

Hansel and Gretel are in their own fairy tale story. The only problem is that they refuse to listen to their narrator, and keep trying to go on a different path than the traditional story dictates! Gretel wants her name first in the title, they don’t want to waste bread crumbs, and they don’t think there’s any way a person who has a home made of sugar could be evil! The narrator keeps trying to get them back on the correct plot, but not without a struggle!

These books are genius, in my opinion, and so much fun to read out loud to kids! The characters outright argue with the narrator, and the narrator is hilariously frustrated that they just won’t listen. My kids (ages 7 and 10) both thought this book was funny, and my 7-year-old reads it to himself several times a week. And can we talk about the illustrations for a minute? Edwardian Taylor’s illustrations are amazing, filled with cartoonish candy, jokes, and other fairy tale characters hidden throughout. There’s no way a child won’t be entertained by this book!

It’s Not Hansel and Gretel is perfect for the younger and elementary school crowd, but it’s also a book you won’t get tired of reading to your kids or students. I can’t wait to see which fairy tale Funk chooses to twist next! (Hint: I think there’s a wolf and a little girl with a red cape involved!)


There are extra materials for kids on Josh’s website!

Josh Funk