Book Review: A Wolf for a Spell by Karah Sutton #BookReview #Netgalley #MiddleGrade #ChildrensBooks #AWolfforaSpell

A Wolf for a Spell

by Karah Sutton

Pauliina Hannuniemi (Illustrations)

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From Goodreads:

The Girl Who Drank the Moon meets Pax in this fantastical tale of a wolf who forms an unlikely alliance with Baba Yaga to save the forest from a wicked tsar.

Since she was a pup, Zima has been taught to fear humans—especially witches—but when her family is threatened, she has no choice but to seek help from the witch Baba Yaga.

Baba Yaga never does magic for free, but it just so happens that she needs a wolf’s keen nose for a secret plan she’s brewing… Before Zima knows what’s happening, the witch has cast a switching spell and run off into the woods, while Zima is left behind in Baba Yaga’s hut—and Baba Yaga’s body!

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This Week’s Children’s Book Reviews: Stormy: A Story About Finding a Forever Home – The Addams Family – I Hate My Cats (A Love Story) – The Big Book of Beasts – Karl, Get Out of the Garden! – Winter Shadow #ChildrensBooks #BookReviews

Hey, guys! I haven’t posted children’s books for so long, but after chatting about it yesterday with a fellow blogger, I realized how much I’ve missed doing these. Hopefully you can find some books here for your children to enjoy. 🙂


Stormy: A Story About Finding a Forever Home

By Guojing

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Stormy is a must-read for any dog lover. We picked this up because we read the author’s other book The Only Child which quickly became one of our favorites.

This wordless picture book has the most captivating illustrations. You can expect the same colorful, eye-catching artwork from the cover throughout the entire book. The story is about a little dog who appears to be lost and homeless. He’s very fearful and unsure of human contact. A girl who runs into him at a park takes interest and tries to coax him with a ball, but to no avail. After a few days of persistence, the little dog finally follows her home and a rainstorm develops. What will happen to this poor little dog? Will the girl ever see him again?

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This book is beautifully illustrated and kept our interest from front to back. It never ceases to amaze me how an author can craft a story with no words–one so powerful that has such an emotional effect on people. The kids and I had a lot of emotion reading it and after discussing it, we ended up reading it multiple times again. This book deals with trust, fear, loneliness, love, perseverance, and kindness. It may be recommended for ages 3-7, but it’s truly a book for all dog lovers of any age.

We enjoy wordless picture books and this is definitely one we’ll keep. Highly recommend! We’ll always be on the lookout for more books by Guojing.

  • Age Range: 3 – 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (September 17, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1524771767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1524771768

The Addams Family: An Original Picture Book: Includes Lyrics to the Iconic Song!

By Vic Mizzy, Lissy Marlin (illustrations)
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This book is basically The Addams Family theme song along with some really cool illustrations. There aren’t many lyrics at all, so this is largely a picturebook. All my kids enjoyed it, and I appreciated the nostalgia because I grew up watching the show. This is really helpful to teach kids the song. If they’ve never heard it though, the audio would be best to go along with it.

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Book Review: Nordic Tales by Chronicle Books & Ulla Thynell (Illustrator) #NordicTales #ChronicleBooks #FolkTales #FairyTales #BookReview

Nordic Tales

By: Chronicle Books

Illustrator: Ulla Thynell

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My Review:

Nordic Tales by Chronicle Books and illustrated by Ulla Thynell is a beautiful collection of 17 folk tales from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark. Every tale varies in length, but most are fairly quick and easy to read.

The book is divided into three sections: Transformation, Wit, and Journeys.  Under each title, the author has included where it originates, and a few tales have more information attached at the bottom of the page for more clarification of a word used, or a historical fact; for example, the word jöjking is a Finnish word which means to sing songs.

Many of the tales in this book were unfamiliar to me, while others reminded me of tales from childhood; for example, “The Old Woman and the Tramp” was very similar to “Stone Soup” with the concept and the lesson it teaches of kindness and sharing. Another familiar tale was “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”. Most contain  folkloric characters we’re all familiar with including trolls, witches, dragons, giants, and talking animals of course. Some tales end happily, while others don’t.

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Book Review: Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran #BookReview #Retelling #2019ReadingChallenge #Fairytale

Snow, Glass, Apples

By Neil Gaiman

and Colleen Doran (Illustrator)

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My thoughts:

-Mild spoilers-

This Snow White retelling is totally reimagined and nothing like the original. In Neil Gaiman’s adaptation, Snow White isn’t the little innocent sweetheart we all know, but rather some type of blood-sucking monster. In addition, this retelling is told from the not-so-evil queen’s point of view…

“If it were today, I would have her heart cut out, true. But then I would have her head and arms and legs cut off. I would have them disembowel her. And then I would watch, in the town square, as the hangman heated the fire to white-heat with bellows, watch unblinking as he consigned each part of her to the fire. I would have archers around the square, who would shoot any bird or animal who came close to the flames, any raven or dog or hawk or rat. And I would not close my eyes until the princess was ash, and a gentle wind could scatter her like snow.

I did not do this thing, and we pay for our mistakes.”

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