#BookReview Happy Animals by Gerald Hawksley

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This book was a super cute picture book about happy animals!

Happy cats, dogs, and frogs are just some of the ridiculously adorable animals showcased in this book. I really liked the cartoon-y art that was featured within the book. The colourful pictures gave the book a friendly and fun feel, which makes it perfect for the target audience.

There is a rhyming scheme, which seems a little forced at times. Dogs, frogs, tree, three, etc. Despite this, I think the book was a fun book for the younger age group (one year to five years maximum, in my opinion). It’s definitely easy to read along with, and could be read in a silly song to make the book more fun and interactive.

For a picture book, it’s rather long! It’s well past 20 pages of colourful pages with happy animals.

Overall, I think this book is very sweet! It’s the perfect book to introduce young readers into the world of literature! I’d also recommend this book to a kindergarten or daycare class learning animals, because it’s fun and colourful enough to make a lesson out of.

Five out of five stars!

I found this book for free on BookBub.

 

Check out this book on:

Goodreads – Happy Animals

Amazon.com – Happy Animals

Amazon.ca – Happy Animals

 

Check out more books by Gerald Hawksley on Goodreads.

 

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#BookReview The Lonely Balloon by Gemma Mallorey

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The Lonely Balloon is a super cute, children’s novel with absolutely fantastic pictures!

This book doesn’t have a rhyming scheme, which was a nice change. The lack of forced rhyme made me appreciate this book more so than I expected too!

The book follows a beautiful, green balloon as it soars up high! The balloon meets birds and flags as he makes his way up to the sky – but he is oh so lonely! He was super happy when he played with children, and lucky him that a child was carrying him around! The balloon begins to make new friends in the child’s bedroom as he slowly deflates.

The theme of this story is a strong, well thought out one – even if you don’t see yourself as “beautiful” or “perfect”, it doesn’t matter! You can still not be at your best and be friends with other people! Those friends will love you despite your flaws.

I did really like the illustration style. It was similar to water colour, but with sharp corners for the buildings. It was simple on the eyes! The simplicity was just beautiful, since it didn’t try to overdo itself with crazy, in-depth pictures yet it was so elegant with it’s style and colours at the same time.

I really enjoyed this short story! I’d highly recommend it for it’s beautiful theme and fantastic artwork. It’s an excellent children’s read, perhaps for bedtime? Either way, it’s a must read picture book from this reviewer!

Five out of five stars!

 

Find out more about this book:

Goodreads – The Lonely Balloon

Amazon.com – The Lonely Balloon

Amazon.ca – The Lonely Balloon

 

Find more books by Gemma Mallorey on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15468133.Gemma_Mallorey

Find more books by the illustrator, Cleoward Sy, on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7707424.Cleoward_Sy

 

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#BookReview Unhinged by Richard Clark

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Unhinged by Richard Clark is a sweet, short read that I’d highly recommend!

This must read has an incredibly adorable and important theme to share! Pile on the breath-taking pictures and you’ve got yourself a real winner! The book is barely 15 pages, so this would be an excellent bedtime book! Storytime will never be the same if you introduce the excellence and expertise of Richard Clark into your children’s library!

What if there were no walls and doors and everyone could roam free? In the mind of a child, it’s a beautiful tale about not blocking anyone out. If you view the story in the eyes of a child, it is the perfect lesson to be learned! We are all connected and enjoy our freedom! There is so much to see and do outside of the walls we’ve created for ourselves! Physical, mental or psychological!

Five out of five stars! I truly love this breathtaking tale!

 

You can find out more about Unhinged on:

Goodreads – Unhinged

Amazon.com – Unhinged

Amazon.ca – Unhinged

 

Check out  The Lost Treasure of Loma Grande, by Richard Clark on:

Goodreads – Loma Grande

Amazon.com – Loma Grande

Amazon.ca – Loma Grande

 

 

Find out about Richard Clark’s book HughTube, on:

Goodreads – Hugh Tube

Amazon.com – HughTube

Amazon.ca – HughTube

 

Check out another book by Richard Clark, The F.L.U.B Club on:

Goodreads – The FLUB Club

Amazon.com – The F.L.U.B. Club

Amazon.ca – The F.L.U.B. Club

 

Find out more about Pandora’s Lunch Box: Don’t Open by Richard Clark on:

Goodreads – Pandora

Amazon.com – Pandora

Amazon.ca – Pandora

 

Check out the author Richard Clark on:

Twitter – @RClarkBTD

www.mybestfriendsecretagent.com

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Check out another amazing book by Richard Clark My Best Friend Is a Secret Agent:

Goodreads – Secret Agent

Amazon.com – Secret Agent

Amazon.ca – Secret Agent

 

Find out more about another book by Richard Clark, 8th Grade Fugitive on:

Goodreads – 8th Grade Fugitive

Amazon.com – 8th Grade Fugitive

Amazon.ca – 8th Grade Fugitive

 

Find out more about A Dog of My Own by Richard Clark on:

Goodreads – A Dog of My Own

Amazon.com – A Dog of My Own

Amazon.ca – A Dog of My Own

 

 

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#BookReview I Don’t Want to Eat Bugs by Rachel Branton

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I Don’t Want to Eat Bugs is absolutely adorable!

The art style in this book is more cartoon-y than “artsy”, but it stands out really well! That gives it a unique feature that really stands out, in my opinion. While that may turn some readers away, the details in this book were fantastic! Just on the first page – the stuffed animals were breathtaking and almost real (in a cartoon sense). I really liked the style!

There is NOT a rhyming scheme, which is a really nice change! This story is just a story! It let’s the words flow whatever way the author desired, instead of trying to stick to a rhyming scheme.

I thought the adventure Lisbon (our main character) goes on is really cute. The bird, cat and dog were all cute companions for Lisbon to learn from. The lesson about eating the food that is made for you (and not just random bugs and mice… do kids do that?) was something I haven’t seen for a long time!

The final pages where it has a little activity was also an incredible touch! I always liked having activities in the book as a kid to make the book more fun, so seeing the activity page warms my heart. The activity itself is finding certain items in the storybook, if anyone is curious.

I think this book is adorable! I might have pushed the idea or theme behind the book a little more, but it was still fun and cute!

Four out of five stars!

I found this book on Bookbub!

 

Find this book on:

Goodreads

Amazon.com – I Don’t Want to Eat Bugs

Amazon.ca – I Don’t Want to Eat Bugs

Find out more about Rachel Branton on:

Goodreads – Author

http://teylarachelbranton.com/

Twitter – @Teyla Branton

Find more of the illustrator Tim Petersen’s work on:

Goodreads – Tim Petersen

 

If you enjoyed this review, check out another you might enjoy! #BooKReview Hercufleas by Sam Gayton

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#BookReview Bella’s Very Wonderful Day

 

This book is seriously the cutest I’ve ever seen! The cover alone is so adorable!

The moral of the story – that a bad day can be good if you change the way you look at it – is the best theme I’ve seen in a long time! It’s such an important lesson to teach children (and adults!) that I can’t help but highly recommend this book. It’s a short and sweet book (it’s a picture book with about 15 pages), so it would be an excellent bedtime read! Or something short to keep everyone busy for a few minutes!

Bella’s day seemed to be going really wrong in this story, but with a little bit of imagination she was able to see the good in things! The art that goes along with the book is absolutely STUNNING. It’s full of bright and fun colours and is super imaginative! The illustrator deserves a lot of props for how beautiful the pictures were! I’d pick up the book just for the artwork, but the added theme makes it an absolute must read and recommendation from this reviewer!

Overall, I thought this book was oh so sweet! If you are having trouble deciding what book to read, you should definitely pick this one! I can’t give it enough praises! Sophie Carmen has done an excellent job with this little book!

Five out of five stars!

I found this book via BookBub!

 

Check out this book on:

Goodreads – Bella’s Very Wonderful Day

Amazon.com – Bella’s Very Wonderful Day

Amazon.ca – Bella’s Very Wonderful Day

 

Find more books by the author Sophie Carmen on Goodreads!
Or check out more books by the illustrator Fuuji Takashi on Goodreads!

 

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#BookReview The Bees (Down in the Garden) by D.C. Swain

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This story is full of soft, warm colours that was really nice on the eyes. The colours really complimented the sweet material written by D.C. Swain.

Some of the pictures are full pages, while others are only part of the page. It felt unique seeing the different styles, and I think it worked and didn’t feel out of place. One page was the written words while the next was the complimenting picture. I think the bees were really cute and really well drawn.

There is a rhyming scheme that works really well within the story. It felt like something I could sing along to, or make a song up for.

The moral of this story seemed to be all about bees! I know I was scared of them as a kid, and never was calmed of that worry. A book like this would have made me feel a bit more comfortable around the buzzing creates.

I’d definitely recommend picking this book up as a spring or summer read for the kidlets! It’s cute, fun and full of pretty pictures! It would be especially nice for those kids that are scared of bees or animals. It’s a definite children’s must read from this reviewer!

Five out of five stars!

I found this book via BookBub!

 

Check out  this book on:

Goodreads – The Bees

Amazon.ca – The Bees

Amazon.com – The Bees

 

Check out the author D.C. Swain on:

Goodreads – D.C. Swain

http://dcswain.com/

Check out the illustrator Anna Bonita on:

Goodreads – Anna Bonita

 

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Collection 1: #TopTens – Children’s Fiction Part 1

Welcome to my new collection of blog posts! This collection will be all about my favourite books in specific genres. My goal is to collect awesome books together to provide some new to-read novels for readers! There will be multiple parts to each collection since I have read so many good books by so many fantastic authors.

So to start us off, I’ve decided to introduce you to some epic children’s fiction novels. I’ve mixed in both chapter books and picture books for your children and middle grade enjoyment!

And here… we… go…

 

1. Unlimited by Kevin Miller

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Unlimited is a tale following a group of boys on a school field trip. These super smart boys embark on a journey to transmit a radio signal with their new radio station and creative show! But things go weary, since everyone is not totally impressed by this comedy/horror radio show over the airwaves…

This book is one of my top books of 2018 (and ever, to be honest). It blew me out of the water and really impressed me that it transcended the middle grade novel stigma! It was highly enjoyable and one of my top must reads. If you love adventure mixed with a pinch of comedy, then this book is for you!

Amazon.com – Unlimited

Amazon.ca – Unlimited

Briar’s Reviews #BookReview Unlimited by Kevin Miller

 

2. We All Fall Down by Eric Walters

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This tantalizing tale follows a ninth grade student named Will during the September 11th attacks. I read this book as a child and again recently as an adult. This book really impressed me with how it brought up the topic of such a tough time in history to children. I found it super respectful and a wonderful talking point. I’d highly recommend this book if you’re looking to explain one of history’s most tragic moments.

Amazon.com – We All Fall Down

Amazon.ca – We All Fall Down

Briar’s Reviews #BookReview We All Fall Down by Eric Walters

 

3. Hercufleas by Sam Gayton

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If you’re looking for an epic superhero tale, check out this super silly, teeny, tiny story! Hercufleas is a flea, and boy is he fantastic! This hero wants to help save the day from the big baddies, and they are much bigger than him! This middle grade novel is quite long, but is a truly remarkable read. It’ll keep you hooked, giggling and having a good time all throughout! I’d highly recommend this super fun book to introduce some very important themes, such as – it doesn’t matter how small you are, you can still do great things!

Amazon.com – Hercufleas

Amazon.ca – Hercufleas

#BooKReview Hercufleas by Sam Gayton

 

4. Ugly by Robert Hoge

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This motivational and inspirational tale is one of my most visited reviews on my blog! And for good reason! This truly unbelievable story is all about the author, Robert Hoge! He had a tumour on his face, which drastically changed his life – in both good and bad ways! His beautiful story is told perfectly for the eye’s and mind of a child, and it moved me! It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read and I will always recommend this incredible must read! Stories like this don’t come along too often!

Amazon.com – Ugly

Amazon.ca – Ugly

Briar’s Reviews Book Review: Ugly by Robert Hoge

 

5. Pandora’s Lunch Box: Don’t Open! by Richard Clark

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Richard Clark is the king of middle grade fiction (and picture books, but that’s in another list!). Pandora’s Lunch Box is a satire/parody of myth Pandora’s Box. This time around, Pandora’s Box is actually a lunch box! Pandora’s lunch box is suspenseful, magical and hilarious! If you’re looking for something you’ll be able to laugh at (due to unexpected adult humor through the satire of the myth) then I’d highly suggest this short yet sweet novel!

Amazon.com – Pandora’s Lunch Box

Amazon.ca – Pandora’s Lunch Box

Briar’s Reviews – Goodreads Review

 

6. Olive, the Other Reindeer by J. Otto Seibold

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Yes, I know, a Christmas book this early?! It’s never too early to prepare for the holidays! Olive, the Other Reindeer is my childhood favourite that I became instantly obsessed with! Remember that famous like.. “all of the other reindeer”? Well, what if that line was misunderstood?! Olive, the super, cute dog is ready to join in reindeer games with her unique skills! This short picture book will make your day and bring lots of goofy giggles!

Amazon.com – Olive, the Other Reindeer

Amazon.ca – Olive, the Other Reindeer

 

7. Bunnicula by Deborah & James Howe

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Another childhood favourite of mine (that we read almost every year in elementary school) is Bunnicula! This series is a fantastical novel that introduced me to horror (despite it not being that scary). This bunny with fangs has it’s own super, insane book that will blows your socks off! It’s unique and crazy – what bunny has fangs?! I’d highly recommend this series if you’re running out of good reads or want something a little different!

Amazon.com – Bunnicula

Amazon.ca – Bunnicula

 

8. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

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One of my favourite childhood authors was Robert Munsch, and perhaps his greatest book (in my opinion) is The Paper Bag Princess. I read this book over and over to my reading buddy and I kept my copy until it literally fell to bits because I read it so much! Princess Elizabeth is supposed to marry a prince when a dragon attacks! She must outsmart the dragon, all the while wearing a paper bag! This creative story is a picture book and it’s a definite must read that I highly recommend!

Amazon.com – The Paper Bag Princess

Amazon.ca – The Paper Bag Princess

 

9. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

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This is one of the earliest books I can remember from my childhood, and I still have it to this day! A little bunny is the main character of this picture book and all he wants to do is run away from his Mom! This story was published decades ago, but is still a classic! If you’re looking for a sweet read with lots of re-read value, and an instant classic – check this super cute book out!

Amazon.com – The Runaway Bunny

Amazon.ca – The Runaway Bunny

 

10. Grandma and the Pirates by Phoebe Gilman

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Grandma and the Pirates was my go to bedtime read as a kid. It’s hilarious and inspiring! Grandma makes some incredible noodle pudding, and it attracts some crazy pirates! They steal Grandma, and Melissa must save her! I always found this book to be so strong and made me feel like the hero at the end! Melissa was a smart girl who had to beat pirates! It’s a short picture book with lots of potential! I’m honestly surprised it has so few reviews on Goodreads to begin with! Everyone in my school had read this book a million times over back in my elementary school days! Check out what I declare the best book EVER and my instant classic from my childhood!

Amazon.com – Grandma and the Pirates

Amazon.ca – Grandma and the Pirates

 

 

That’s all for my first edition of #TopTens. I have more children’s books for another round, and many more genres to come – romance, horror, fantasy, etc. Let me know if you want to see a specific genre, or if you have book recommendations for me to read! If you have books I haven’t included, comment below and tell me what else to include!
I hope you enjoyed this and found some new books to read. Let me know how your reading adventures go!
For another day,

Briar

xoxo

 

Photos from Goodreads.