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Kid Reviews By Child Author Kristina Cardoza

How to Slay a Dragon by Bill Allen

Summary
How to Slay a Dragon by Bill Allen is a fun, action-packed fantasy you’ll definitely love! Greg Hart
, besides the fact that he’s one of the scrawniest boys at his school, is a normal boy in a normal world with a normal life.

…Until now.

Greg is being taken to the fantasy world of Myrth, and if it isn’t bad enough being on a medieval planet with ogres, trolls, and witches, he is named in a prophecy (as Greghart, though, not Greg Hart) and it is foretold that he is to slay a dragon to save the princess!

Can Greg make it through the crazy mix-up without being scorched to ashes?

About the Author
Bill Allen may be described as an unusual man who has accomplished an unusual many deeds. In fact, it has been said that if you total up all the things he claims to have done, he cannot possibly be less than seven hundred years old.

No one knows if this is true. All that is certain is that for much of that time he’s been living in Melbourne, Florida with his wife, Nancy, writing software by day and, well, mostly sleeping by night. Every now and again he writes stories, too. [from http://www.billallenbooks.com/author.htm]

My Opinion
The story was really fast-paced and exciting–I protested when I had to stop reading and go to bed! The story showed that you can do anything as long as you have the courage. Greg showed his courage in the end with the dragon. I was surprised in the ending, too–it had a surprising, unexpected twist to it–but was fascinated by Greg’s way of fulfilling the prophecy! (Hint: You will NOT expect what’s coming. :])

**I received a copy of this eBook for free from Bell Bridge Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I received no other compensation.**

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Big Birthday by Kate Hosford

Summary
Big Birthday by Kate Hosford is a peppy, fun sequel to Big Bouffant that kids are sure to love! A creative young girl named Annabelle is tired of BORING birthdays at the zoo! (She emphasizes this by “yawning at the monkeys and the baby kangaroo.”) She wants something new and different this year…maybe like…a birthday ON THE MOON!? See how her crazy outer-space birthday bash turns out in Big Birthday! 🙂

About The Author
The author, Miss Kate Hosford, the author of Big Bouffant and Big Birthday, is a children’s book author from New York. When she was younger, she would experiment with different hairstyles for fun–which lead to later to writing a story about a unique little girl named Annabelle who wanted a rare bouffant hairstyle! Ms. Hosford is coming out with another book, too: Infinity and Me. To learn more about her, visit http://khosford.com/about-kate/.

My Opinion
The book was delightful and showed that you can use your imagination for anything! Annabelle isn’t an ordinary girl, which is something children can learn from–be yourself! I loved the beautifully crafty, colorful, and childlike illustrations–they really went with the lively plot of the book! However, when I started reading the eBook the pictures were taking a very long time to load on the iPad. I also noticed that, in some areas of the story, the words’ rhyme and rhythm seemed to stop flowing correctly, for example:

“They hired and astronaut,

Experienced and smart,

Who rented them a rocket ship,

Guaranteed to start.

They shot into space

With gravity pulling on everyone’s face.”

 The last sentence doesn’t flow. Otherwise from a few areas that didn’t flow, the story was great!

**I received a copy of this eBook for free from Lerner Publishing Group through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I received no other compensation.**

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