Category: Book Reviews

Book Review: Octopus Soup by Mercer Mayer



Mercer Mayer has done a wonderful job with Octopus Soup. This particular story has been a hit with my son and daughter, ages 4 1/2 and 2 years old. First off, any purchaser should know that this book has no words. The colorful and very detailed pictures do an excellent job in explaining the story all on its own.

In this adventure, the reader follows the story of a young octopus whom gets a little to curious about a fisherman’s line and almost ends up…you guessed it, Octopus soup in a restaurant! The story was adventurous and it ended well. My entire family has spent fair amount of examining each of the pictures to find something new each time we’ve looked.

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Christmas in Apple Ridge: Three-in-One Collection {Book Review}


Christmas in Apple Ridge is a three in one collection containing The Sound of Sleigh Bells, The Christmas Singing, and The Dawn of Christmas. If you love Christian themed Amish romance novels, I promise you’ll probably enjoy this heartwarming holiday collection very much.

I can vouch once I started reading this collection it was hard to put them down! I really enjoyed how each of the stories were uniquely different and yet were all tied together beautifully by community and character. The author did a fantastic job in painting the Amish giving us a wonderful visual and taste ( there are full recipes in the books!) of the Amish community!

Many traits are shown and displayed out this book . I love that the characters are real and the story doesn’t stray from that fact with God all things are possible and will work out for the good for those that love and chose to serve him (even when we can’t really see it!). Having a second chance in the eyes of God is the greatest gift. In this readers realize forgiveness and knowing and accepting that gives us the chance to keep on living life and loving those around us.

Overall these books are a fun, light-hearted read. They were a bit predictable in how the stories came to pass but none the less, a joy to read. What girl doesn’t love to read a tenderly sweet love story? I’m looking forward to seeing what other great book Cindy has in store for her fans!

Buy it: You can purchase Christmas in Apple Ridge: Three-in-One Collection: The Sound of Sleigh Bells, The Christmas Singing, NEW! The Dawn of Christmas
at for print at $12.00 and for Kindle $9.99!

Disclaimer: My copy of Christmas in Apple Ridge was provided by WaterBrook Multnomah Press in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery {Book Review}

Authors: By Margaret Weitekamp with David DeVorkin,
illustrated by Diane Kidd, in association with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery is a must have title for any school or home library. If a child you know has wondered about what Pluto really is and why it isn’t called a planet anymore, this book will completely answer their questions in an entertaining and whimsical way. Though if your child never knew Pluto was at one point called a planet, this is a great lesson in history to fill them in on everything that has come to pass to date pertaining to Pluto! This non-fiction picture book is geared toward children ages 5-9 years old though could even be enjoyed and understood by younger children as well.

My take on this book overall is an extremely positive one. The information alone is right on level for children to understand everything they need to know about Pluto! My daughter whom is nearly five years old and currently is fascinated with science and astronomy really enjoyed this book. And after reading it to her, I know the information stuck. She randomly comes up to me and reminds me of things we read and she learned. For instance she was telling me just the other day how cool it was that an 11 year girl came up with the name for Pluto and it was neat kids could do big important things like that and maybe she could one day too!

The illustrations in the book are fun, whimsical, and will no doubt capture the attention of visuals learners quite well. My kids loved that the planets, moons, and icy world had faces with plenty of character. Near the end of this story there’s a section titled “The People and Telescopes Behind the Story” and in this section, there’s actual photos of the scientist, the stars, and more that are taken from the historically accurate source. There’s also a “Who’s Who” area that gives a little more information about the planets and people mentioned in the book as well as helpful “Glossary” too.

Readers and educators will like that there’s a list of suggested reading, website, & journals for young people to continue their studies of the icy world and planets in the solar system! As a homeschooling mom of two, I’m completely and utterly impressed with this title and will be highly recommending it!

Interested in Purchasing?  Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery is available for pre-order for $16.95 at Book will be available at most retailers and bookstores on March 12th, 2013!

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Abrams Books for Young Readers in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.