Monday, January 6, 2014

Magic Monday - The Magic of Books, as always!

The Cow in Patrick O'Shanahan’s Kitchen – This is a cute book that illustrates where food comes from and sure to endear kids to good food.  They might even want a farm of their own after going through the pages of this book.
A surprise awaits Patrick in his kitchen as he goes down to eat his breakfast. As he and his cat help his dad prepare breakfast, he learns the fun-way where the ingredients for his breakfast come from - be it milk, eggs, or syrup.
Diana brings her farm to life in this book with her delightful story accompanied by equally delightful illustrations by Heather Knopf.
This book will be a good addition to your shelves.
Rating: B+
Reading Level: 4 to 8 years
Reread Level: 3.5/5

Boy Meets Dog – I loved playing word ladders (though not sure I used this name for the game) as a kid. I even love it now. The author tells a wonderful story while showing kids how word ladders can be played and we can use this book to encourage kids to make up their own word ladder stories, thus building creativity, vocabulary, spelling, and more!  
So many ways to have fun: most creative stories with a set of word ladder pairs, shortest word ladders win a prize, longest ones too(!), make varied word ladders with same word pairs, etc.
Rating: B+
Reading Level: 4 to 8 years
Reread Level: 3.5/5

Mind Benders: Cool! I have loved puzzles forever and other than reading, this has been one of my favorite ways to spend my time (yes, not too many physically active ways to spend time for me other than dance!) This book definitely delivers mind bending puzzles of different kinds – word, logic, number puzzles. The whole family has spent time poring over the puzzles in this book and figuring out everything - we have brought out spoons, crayons, toothpicks, and more as we tried to solve the puzzles for fun family nights...
Definitely a book for everyone to enjoy.
Rating: A
Reading Level: 6+
Reread Level: 4.5/5

Ten Birds Meet a Monster: Younger readers will enjoy how the birds come up with innovative ways to create monsters when they meet one that scares them and also how one bird finally overpowers their monster! And what they do when they discover who(what) their monster is. This will definitely encourage kids to, like the birds, use everyday items for play and fun, rather than needing more ‘toys’. I especially love the ink sketches here.            
Rating: B
Reading Level:upto 8 years old
Reread Level: 3/5

Disclaimer: Thanks to NetGalley for a eARC of the books - 'Boy Meets Dog' and 'Ten Birds Meet a Monster'; and thanks to Edelweiss for eARCs of the books - 'Mind Benders' and 'The Cow in Patrick Shanahan’s Kitchen'.These are my honest opinions of the books.

Linking these books to What are you Reading? From Picture Books to YA at Teach Mentor Texts and
What are you reading? @Book Journey

These books also go towards a couple of challenges I signed up for this year:
Picture Books Challenge @ Book Dragon's Lair
NetGalley/Edelweiss Books Challenge @ Falling Into YA

For Monday Musings, just some regular book musings

Many magical books ago, I had decided I need to finish reading and reviewing the books already on my list of books to be read and reviewed before getting more books from all the wonderful places I get my books from. But that was millions of moments ago and many books have been got, borrowed, downloaded since then. Now, I need to check back on the books that got missed starting with today’s post of book reviews

Also mingling in at Monday Mingle.


  1. I think I've seen a copy of Ten Birds previously. This one must be an addition to what-must-now-be-a-series. :) The word game adventure picture book also caught my eye. I also loved playing with words as a child. Will look into that one.
    Have a great reading week!


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