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Kid Reviews By Child Author Kristina Cardoza

Starring Jules #1: Starring Jules (as herself)

SUMMARY:

Starring Jules #1: Starring Jules (As Herself) by Beth Ain is a cute and fun read for kids! Jules Bloom is a fun, spunky girl that has just broken her friendship with the fancy-pants Charlotte Pinkerton, and she’s trying to let another bloom with the new girl, Elinor…BUT, along the way, Jules is selected to be in a mouthwash commercial because she has “pizzazz,” as superstar Colby Kingston says. She’s really excited, until it turns out that the mouthwash is orange flavored–which is puke flavor in Jules’ mind! Will Elinor and Jules be BFFs like she imagined? And will she flunk the commercial just because of the flavor?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

“I was born in Hershey, Pennsylvania. (Yes, that Hershey—the one with all the chocolate!) But then my family moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania where I got to grow up across the street from my best friend, ride bikes after school, and get wet to my ankles in the creek in my neighborhood, trying to save frogs from being swept away. Then some things like junior high and high school happened and I was a cheerleader and a soccer player and a math-homework-avoider and a soap-opera watcher and an inventor of crazy-delicious after school snacks, and I was all kinds of other junior high and high school things. And then, I was lucky enough to go away to college, near the great city of Boston, Massachusetts where I learned a lot and met loads of interesting people and where I made very good friends with a lot of people from New York who dragged me back to New York City with them and well, that was the end of that.” (from http://www.bethain.com/BIO.html)

MY OPINION:

This book is really fun! It kind of reminds me of Junie B. Jones–but I’m not saying the author is copying, I’m pointing out that this should become a hit too. 🙂 This really sounds like Jules is real!–well, actually, she IS based on Ms. Ain’s daughter Grace, which makes it even better. I love the fact that Jules is going to be famous–I mean, who doesn’t want to read about a child star?! I just know all the younger girls are going to LOVE this! 😀 (Plus the fact that there…just isn’t a bad Scholastic book. That’s just not possible.)

★★★★ 4/5 stars!

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

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Worry Wart by Lisa Kildahl

Worry Wart is a good story to teach a good lesson. Chloe Lore is a very worrisome girl–that’s all she ever thinks about! After worrying WAY too much, she grows a “worry wart” on her nose–and she wants it to go away. In this cute story, watch Chloe as she figures out how exactly not to be such a worrywart.

Lisa Kildahl received her BA in Economics at Oakland University in Rochester Hills Michigan. With over 15 years of business experience, she has a diverse background including underwriting at John Hancock, employee benefits analysis at Johnson & Higgins and most currently working with The Fisher Agency. [from http://parablesandbooks.com/authors/lisa-kildahl/]

This book is pretty cute. I love the pictures–are they clay? It’s also great that a moral is incorporated into the story. However, I don’t feel as if this is the most attention catching book for young children–nothing particularly crazy, funny, or interesting happens in the book. It’s just about a girl who finds out how not to worry…well, I’m not saying it has no plot, (I mean, it’s not every day you see a girl who gets a wart on her nose from worrying!) it’s just that it’s not very stand-out-ish.

Overall, I would rate this book 3.5 stars.

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

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Zombie Kid Diaries: Playing Dead by Fred Perry

Zombie Kid Diaries: Playing Dead by Fred Perry is about Bill Stokes, your average video-gaming, homework-hating sixth grade boy who dreams of becoming a pro gamer–but one day his mom comes home from work all slow and groggy, and because she works for various companies testing out different medicines, (like a guinea pig) she comes home like this a lot. This time, it’s different though–she’s turned into a zombie! The next day, Bill notices a few things different with himself…and then he finds out that he is a zombie too! Bill is having LOTS of *fun*, juggling puberty, middle school, and being zombiefied all at once…


Fred Perry is a writer/comic book artist for Antarctic Press. He is best known for his series Gold Digger, and besides that, he has books on drawing and another zombie book, The Littlest Zombie. To learn more about Mr. Perry, you can go to his Facebook page.


Zombie Kid Diaries was a good book! The storyline was really original–no more of the dead coming back to life, just mysterious zombiefying drugs. I’m actually surprised that Bill  could focus on gaming, with all the stuff going on in his life, you know? It was well written too…Oh, and I have to say, the drawings are really cute too. 4 stars! 😉


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

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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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