Thursday, November 6, 2014

Armchair Cybils: A Few Easy Reader Nominations



The Armchair Cybils is hosted by Amy @Hope is the Word.





HMH Books for Young Readers (September 2, 2014) 176 pages

My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Thoughts:

Don’t let the cover fool you. This book is perfectly great for boys, too!

Maisie lives with her grandmother, and together they run a boardinghouse, though Maisie’s part is mostly cleaning and running errands. She adores Detective Gilbert Carrington and is convinced she has the detective skills to someday help him. When money is discovered stolen and Maisie’s friend has been falsely accused, she sets to work to find the real culprit.

I’m a sucker for lower class books set in London, especially mysteries, so I was thrilled about the possibility of sharing that world with my boys. I loved it, though I’ll hold off a couple of years to share it with them.

There’s just so much to love within this too brief little mystery. There’s fun characters, friendship and loyalty, humor, and the cutest little dog there ever was. The pictures are also a pure pleasure, with the perfect amount of sweetness. My reading heart jumped from joy at seeing the “map” of the boardinghouse in the front of the book.

I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

*I was provided a review copy through Amazon Vine.

Purchase Link:

The Case of the Stolen Sixpence (Maisie Hitchins)






Random House Books for Young Readers (October 14, 2014) 96 pages

My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Thoughts:

In Emma and the Blue Genie, Emma takes a walk one night when she can’t sleep. She finds a genie named Karim, but he’s much smaller than she imagined, and he has no magic. A powerful genie has stolen the source of his power…a nose ring. Emma and Karim set out on a mission to retrieve his nose ring.

I’m always on the lookout for books with genies in them, because they’re not overly common. I was thrilled to get the chance to read this one, and hopeful that it could be one I could share with my boys(6 and 3) soon. I’m even more thrilled that it passed the test, and will promptly go on our reading list. (I'm hoping to watch Aladdin first.)

Emma and the Blue Genie has a fairy tale quality to it. It has beautiful FULL color illustrations liberally spread throughout the story. The ending makes me believe that this is the first book in the series, so I’m eagerly waiting to see if that’s true.

It was purely a pleasure to read Emma and the Blue Genie!

*I was provided a review copy through Amazon Vine.

Purchase Link:

Emma and the Blue Genie






Candlewick (August 26, 2014) 96 pages

My Rating: 3.5/5 stars

My Thoughts:

Grasshopper LOVES the Mercy Watson series by Dicamillo! When I saw this one at the library, I quickly added it to our stack of books. We ended up reading it in 2 sessions, but it might have benefited us to break it up a bit more.

I think the fact that I told Grasshopper Mercy was at the end of the book was the only way he made it through to the end. He was ready to give it up. His love for Mercy won out, though. Once he realized this was connected(even if slightly) to his beloved Mercy books, he ran to the bookshelf and pulled them off, and then gazed through them admiringly. ;) His favorite part was the end, though. If you've ever read the Mercy books, then you know how this one ends, too. Grasshopper *expects* that ending now!

As far as my thoughts, I thought is was super corny, but also super cute. It's kind of a sappy, heartwarming little story.

Honestly, the only thing about this book that would give me hesitations as far as recommending to others is the large amount of (made-up) slang language used. Words of profanity have never been purposely spoken from my mouth. (I don't count the time as an innocent child speaking a word I didn't know.) ;) BUT, I DO use slang language. (I know some people consider them the same, so if you're one of them, definitely don't read this book with your little ones.) Still, I wasn't comfortable reading them, and therefore, I ended up skipping over most of them. (Yep...I realize how hypocritical that seems.) The ones I did say made Grasshopper laugh, which I imagine was the purpose of them. All of that to warn you that you might want to look through the story a bit before reading it aloud.

It was still a sweet story, though!

*Thanks to our local library for loaning us this book.

Purchase Link:

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume One



3 comments:

  1. The one that catches my eye is `Leroy Ninker Saddles Up`

    Enjoy!!

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  2. ooo. Rather curious about that Leroy Ninker book as Bookworm1 also devoured the Mercy Watson series. I'm on the fence about slang. I use it, of course, and don't mind the kids reading/hearing it as long as it's still within the realm of polite. (And also as long as after hearing it their own way of addressing people is still done in a respectful manner.)

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  3. How did I miss this post?!? All three of these are unfamiliar to me titles. We've enjoyed Mercy Watson, too, so I'm sure this one would be a winner, too. Thanks for the reviews!

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