Review: Be Quiet!

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Be Quiet!

Author: Bryan T. Higgins

Publisher: Disney Hyperion, 2017

Source: Personal Purchase

Be Quiet! is a wordless picture book. At least, Rupert the mouse is thinks it is supposed to be one. His friends, Nibbs and Thistle, love the idea. They think it should be a visually stimulating book, filled with plenty of strong-but-silent characters. The trouble is this: they just can’t stop talking about it.

In actuality, this book is filled with lots and lots of words – and just as much fun. Nibbs and Thistle might be mice, but I am sure everyone will be able to visualize plenty of folks (and maybe even themselves) in their places. The illustrations add to the entertainment. Be sure to check out the end papers when reading this book. It will provide plenty of amusement for both the reader and the listener.

If you are not familiar with Higgins’ work, be sure to check our Mother Bruce and Hotel Bruce.

Review: The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine (and Giveaway!)

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The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine

Author: Frank L. Cole

Publisher: Delacorte Press, 2017

Doug Castle of Castle Corp. from Beyond (Beyond, California, that is) has held a contest. Winners will get the chance of a lifetime: a new type of roller coaster ride – the Adventure Machine – which promises plenty of thrills and chills.

And the winners are…. (drum roll, please):

  1. Trevor Isaacs, a thirteen-year old who is frequently in trouble
  2. Cameron Kiffling, world’s smartest eleven-year old who is just a bit hyper (well, maybe more than a bit)
  3. Devin Drobbs, an obnoxious thirteen-year old gaming genius with an equally obnoxious, photo-snapping father
  4. Nika Pushkin – a milk-shake-drinking Russian girl with a way overprotective grandfather (who happens to be very, very rich)

This ride is much more than it seems because the Adventure Machine taps into its riders’ minds to have a thrilling – and entirely out-of-mind – experience. The prime attraction of this ride is the Terrorarium, a name which gives just a hint of what is to come. And any number of deadly things – black holes, saber-toothed tigers, and miniature moose (???) – are lying in wait for the unsuspecting contestants.

What the winners and their parents don’t realize is that the Adventure Machine ride has a secret. And to make this story even more of a page-turner, each of the riders has a secret, too. (I’d love to tell, but no spoilers!)

With four unique children, one dangerous and scary ride, and a few unexpected characters thrown into the mix, this story gives just what the ride promises: plenty of thrills and not overly grisly chills to keep readers racing for the end.

Here is my own little surprise: another contest! Win a copy of The World’s Greatest Adventure Machine. Simply follow Two BookWorms Blog and leave a comment to be entered into a drawing. Share this post for an extra entry! The winner will be announced on Friday, September 22. Good luck to all who enter!

 

Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

 

Review: Chomp!

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Chomp!

Author: Brady Barr

Publisher: National Geographic, 2017

There’s a lot more to teeth than you might imagine. Chomp! gives us that information. Predators of all kinds are divided into categories: grippers, slicers, crushers, and gulpers.

First let’s meet the grippers. This group includes animals like the African Lion, the Tasmanian Devil, and the Nile Crocodile. These guys all kill their prey with a strong bite, but each animal listed has their own unique hunting adaptations and strategies. For example, the Tasmanian Devil’s “jaws open extra wide, to around 80 degrees (about the same as a T. rex) (pg. 11).

The next group are the slicers, animals whose teeth operate like a set of steak knives. Included in this category are the Alligator Snapping Turtle, the Great White Shark, and the Komodo Dragon. The Great White Shark is known as “the “bite and spit” predator. The Great White “attacks at high speed to cut and slice with a huge bite.” They also have protrusible jaws, which means they can spit their jaws out ahead of themselves for an even bigger bite (pg. 38).

Then we have the crushers who chomp away at their food. Humans are part of this group, as are the Gila Monster and the Grizzly Bear. Gila Monsters have the additional assistance of a deadly venom that uses grooves in its teeth for the venom to flow into the wound (pg. 63).

Lastly, we have the gulpers, those animals whose table manners don’t include much chewing. Animals in this group include the American Bullfrog, the Nurse Shark, and the African Rock Python. Unlike the Great White, the Nurse Shark sucks up its meals like humans would suck up a milkshake (pg. 82). Talk about diversity within a species!

Added to all of this fascinating information are Barr’s personal experiences with the animals. I have to admit – I couldn’t do his job. I am especially thankful for books like this one where the information is shared, and I can enjoy it in the comfort of my nice, safe home! Great photos and a snappy style makes this book a winner.

 

*Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Review: NG Kids Ultimate Space Atlas

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National Geographic Kids Ultimate Space Atlas

Author: Carolyn DeCristofano

A couple of weeks ago I recommended the National Geographic Kids United States Atlas. The Ultimate Space Atlas is yet another invaluable resource for your child’s personal resource library.

It includes a ton of information like seasonal maps of the Northern and Southern night skies and details on each of the planets in our solar system and the Milky Way. There’s also information on less-common space stuff like oort clouds and nebulas.

My favorite section is for the amateur astronomer. If you’re curious about ways to make your own personal observations or learn more about astronomy, this is an excellent resource to get started. And, as always, I think the trivia challenges and games found at the end of the book are not only fun but may give young readers the desire to learn more.

 

*Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

August 2017 Round-Up

 

Check out my reviews for the month of August! You can find links to all of these reviews in the Index!

Let me know in the comments below what books you want me to review next!

Review: Odd Dog Out (And Kevin Giveaway Winner!)

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Odd Dog Out

Author/Illustrator: Rob Biddulph

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2017

Source: ARC

In Odd Dog Out all the dogs are just the same except for one. She marches to the beat of a different drummer. While the others seem all prim and proper, she’s unique with a funky cap and colorful ribbons twisting around her body. However, the fact that she is different makes her sad. Shouldn’t she be someplace where she fits in?

She decides to leave and go to another town (Doggywood) where the other dogs are more like her. In fact, they are just like her. She thinks that this must be the ideal place for her. That is, until she meets someone who is also different – and his opinion of his dissimilarity gives our doggy friend a new perspective.

And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for: I am excited to announce this week’s giveaway winner. Congratulations to Susan at Susan Loves Books! You’ll receive a full set of all of Rob Biddulph’s books, including Kevin!

Well, that’s the end of the Rob Biddulph book reviews (for now – I certainly hope to enjoy more of his work!)

 

*Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opnions are my own.

Reminder: Kevin Giveaway!

Kevin coverRemember: today is your last chance to enter the giveaway to win your own set of books by Rob Biddulph! All you need to do is follow Two BookWorms Blog and like one of this week’s posts for a chance to win.

I’ll be announcing the winner tomorrow – best of luck! 🙂

And don’t forget to share YOUR imaginary friend drawings to celebrate the new release of Biddulph’s latest book, Kevin! I loved this drawing below – how fancy!

 

Cherry Lou - Gwen

Review: Blown Away

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Blown Away

Author/Illustrator: Rob Biddulph

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2014

Source: ARC

For those of you who loved Sunk!, here is another Penguin Blue adventure.

Penguin Blue has got a brand new kite and a wonderfully windy day to try it out. The problem is that the wind is a little more than Penguin Blue can handle. Alone, anyway.

Penguins Jeff and Flo try to help – but end up going along for the ride, too. Wilbur the seal and Clive the polar bear (in his raft, of course) try to weigh in, but once again to no avail. The group sails along until they spot a soft-looking island where they drop off.

The island is a nice place and the adventurers make new friends, but it is not home. Unfortunately, they are stranded – or are they? I love the little twist that gets them back to their polar home. And the little stowaway? But no, once again no spoilers – you will just have to get the book and look for yourself.

Don’t forget! There’s a giveaway going on this week where you can win your own copy of all of Rob Biddulph’s books! All you need to do is follow Two BookWorms Blog and like any of this week’s posts for your chance to win. Best of luck!

 

*Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

 

Review: Sunk!

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Sunk!

Author/Illustrator: Rob Biddulph

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2017

Source: ARC

Since this week is devoted to reviewing Rob Biddulph’s picture books, and I am still so into the pirate theme mode, I am going to dive into the book Sunk!

Penguin Blue and his penguin friends Jeff and Flo are off on a pirate adventure. Along comes Polar Bear Clive with his raft, so the friends can set sail looking for treasure. Alas! The raft gets punctured and our friends could be in real trouble. Down they drop in the deep, blue sea – only to discover a real pirate galleon.

One of the things I love about Rob Biddulph’s books is the humor. I love how when they are sailing the seven seas, the seas are so conveniently numbered. I love how the captain of the sunken galleon is Captain Walker Plank. And yes, I love the surprise way in which they get home (no spoilers – you will just have to get the book and look for yourself.)

And speaking of getting the book: don’t forget the giveaway that is going on!

 

*Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Review: GRRRRR!

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GRRRRR!

Author/Illustrator: Rob Biddulph

Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2015

Source: ARC

Fred is the three-year champion of the Best Bear in the Wood Contest. He is great at fishing, hula-hooping, scaring humans and especially growling. He’s got the loudest GRRRRR of all. All his prizes and medals give him a lot of comfort.

Then along comes a new competitor: Boris. Rumor has it that Boris has it all, including the loudest GRRRR. Fred isn’t worried – at least not until he loses his roar! He searches high and low. Other woodland friends help with the search, but Fred’s GRRRRR is not found. The competition goes on, with unexpected results for both Fred and Boris.

For more information about Rob Biddulph: http://www.robbiddulph.com/

Don’t forget! I’m hosting a giveaway on Two BookWorms Blog all throughout this week. All you need to do is follow the blog and like any of the posts throughout the week to win a set of Biddulph’s books for yourself! Winner to be announced on Friday. Best of luck!

 

*Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.