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The Unlucky Seed by Caroline Locher–Review by Bethanie

The Unlucky Seed by Caroline Locher

Children’s Picture Book


This is a cute little children’s picture book. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the book cover or I would put it on here.

I must apologize to Ms. Locher for getting to it so late. You know life, it sometimes won’t get out of the way.

This book is very reminiscent of The Ugly Duckling. The one exception to this book is it is about a little sunflower seed. It doesn’t understand why it seems to have to work so hard when all the other little seeds stayed in the little girl’s basket. It was a little sad, but turned out to be a great thing that it fell out of the basket. It became the strongest and most beautiful of all the other flowers.

It just goes to show that though we may struggle to find our place in the world, when we finally do, it becomes one of the strongest  and most beautiful of all.

Thank you Ms. Locher for sharing your sweet book with me.



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The Yummy Adventures of Celia and Cedric by Erin Kurt and Laara Exsnar–Reviews by Bethanie

This is actually a review post of three books:

The Yummy Adventures of Celia and Cedric: Amazing Apples; The Yummy Adventures of Celia and Cedric: Eat Dirt Balls; The Yummy Adventures of Celia and Cedric: Little Green Dragon

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Title: The Yummy Adventures of Celia and Cedric

Genre: Children’s Picture Books

By: Erin Kurt and Laara Exsnar

Illustrated by: Colleen MacIsaac


What cute little books. What better way to spend your day than having fun with friends. I loved the Celia and Cedric books. They are fun stories with yummy, nutritious snacks in them. The recipe for each snack is found at the back of the book.

As parents, we are constantly trying to get our children to eat healthier. What better way than to show our young ones how two friends have fun together and enjoy making and eating nutritious snacks together.

Each recipe looked good too, except for maybe the “Little Green Dragon”. Of course, that is my own opinion. It may taste really good. I will have to try it to find out.

I also love the “Nutrition Notes” at the end of each book. Parents can get a greater sense of the healthiness of the recipe then or at least an ingredient in the recipe. These were three charming little books and perfect for young children and their parents to read together. Thank you to Erin Kurt and Laara Exsnar for sharing their books with me. Happy Reading!!



I was given a copy of each book in exchange for a fair and honest review. No monetary exchange was made.

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The Gift of the Quoxxel by Richard Titus–Review by Bethanie

The Gift of the Quoxxel Richard Titus


The Gift of the Quoxxel by Richard Titus

Genre: Fantasy

Age Group: Middle Grades


What an imaginatively whimsical book. It was one of those that made no sense but still drew me into the story. It is unlike anything I have ever read.

Most books make sense and have some kind of storyline. This one really didn’t. Now, that is not to say that I didn’t enjoy it. Surprisingly, I did, with every strange and wonderful moment. Most read to get away from the real world. This book will definitely have you doing that. One, because you will be trying to figure out what is going on, and the other because it just transports you to this beautiful and colorful little island of Nibb.

There was nothing bad in it at all, except for  the character named Yill. He got on my nerves. He reminded me of a swarm of gnats buzzing around my head and face. I kept wanting to swat Yill away.

I was slightly broadsided by this book. There was a story, but there wasn’t a story. Yet, I still loved it. The power of words is amazing.

It is kind of hard to review a book that you cannot find a story in. At the same time, I didn’t want to put it down either. Any minute it would all come together. In a way it did. ❤


Pick it up and read it. Tell me what you think about it. Thank you, Mr. Titus! Happy reading!





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Doggie Went A-Courtin’ by Angel Wheeler–Review by Bethanie

Doggie Went a courtin

Doggie Went A-Courtin’: an adaptation to a traditional song
By: Angel Wheeler
Illustrator: Nicolas Lonprez

Children’s Picture Book
Cute adaptation from a long-time favorite song. In saying that, however, I wanted to be able to kind of sing it as I read it. When I tried, I couldn’t. It kind of made me sad.
From a children’s book standpoint, though, it was cute. The illustrations were beautiful and the book would be good for any child that loves rhyming stories and/or songs.

The one thing that was rather difficult for me, though, was the small black print in the written part. If I may make a suggestion, find a different color font and a bigger font or put the black print into a small white box. Other than that, the book was cute. Thank you to Ms. Wheeler for introducing this book to me.

Happy Reading,


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The Adventures of Mophie and Picholas–Book 1: A Very Strange Trip to the Park By: Joseph and Anthony Pandolfi–Review by Bethanie

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The Adventures of Mophie and Picholas

Book 1: A Very Strange Trip to the Park

By: Joseph and Anthony Pandolfi

Illustrated by: Sarah Minervini

Children’s Picture Book


What an absolutely charming little book. I still tried to call the two children in it Sophie and Nicholas as I was reading it, but corrected myself. I loved the story. Anything with dragons and magic kingdoms in it is always right up my reading alley. This was a sweet family story. Also something that children will enjoy. The illustrations were colorful, but small. Still they were fine for this charming little book.

What made it even better was a father and son wrote it together. I look forward to the next installment where I really hope to hear more about how they met Sylvester.

I would recommend this book for anyone who likes adventures in the park.

Happy Reading,



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Just the Facts, Ma’am, Just the Facts

I review all kinds of books. When I get requests to read children’s books, many times, although I may be in the middle of a large novel–as I am now–(Lily) Predator and Prey by James D. Horton–I will read a quick children’s book. These may sometimes appear in-between the larger novels that I have to assign dates to.

So, to the authors of the larger novels, please don’t think I have forgotten about your books. I promise I am working diligently to get these done.

Happy Reading,


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