Monday, May 26, 2014

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - Piper Reed, Navy Brat


As we honor the men and women who have kept our country safe and continue to do so, I thought today's choice for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday would be perfect. Enjoy!

by: Kimberly Willis Holt and Christine Davenier
Christy Ottaviano Books, an imprint of Henry Holt and Company 2007

From the back cover:

Why Piper wishes she'd never moved from San Diego:
     1. She had a tree house there.
     2. She didn't have to share a room.
It’s not easy being the middle child, especially when your dad is a Navy Chief. Meet Piper Reed, a spunky nine-year-old who has moved more times than she can count on one hand. From Texas to Guam, wherever Piper goes, adventure follows, inspired by her active imagination, freewheeling spirit, and a bit of sister magic.

This is the first book in the Piper Reed series about the middle child of a Navy Chief. I loved this first book and would recommend it and the other Piper Reed stories to all young girl readers, especially those who are fans of Clementine or any other early chapter book series. The writing is simple and easy to understand, but doesn't talk down to the reader. Piper and her sisters, Tori and Sam, have a typical relationship and reading these books will give those who don't have family members in the military a glimpse into their lives. Piper is full of spirit and fun to read about.  Other books in the series include:

Piper Reed, Clubhouse Queen
Piper Reed, Party Planner
Piper Reed, Campfire Girl
Piper Reed, Rodeo Star
Piper Reed, Forever Friend

Thank you for stopping by today!  And thank you to all our servicemen and women for protecting us and our country.

Monday, May 19, 2014

A Picture Book Monday - Big Pigs

I'm back today with a funny new picture book I bought last week. It is by one of the SCBWI Michigan co-RA's, Leslie Helekoski. Leslie is a fantastic author and illustrator who I greatly admire. She has been a tremendous encouragement to me as a writer and I'm very happy to share her brand new book on my blog.

by: Leslie Helekoski
Boyds Mill Press 2014

From the jacket flap:
Mama Pig loves her little piglets - all three of them. 
But her piglets don't think they're little!
In fact, they're determined to prove just which one of them is the biggest.
Three brothers.
One challenge.
Let the mayhem begin!

This book is fun from beginning to end. The illustrations are cute and the verbs Leslie uses are silly and fun to read out loud. Sweet Pea, Nibbles and Clean Bean are great names too! Kids will love having this book read to them over and over and parents won't mind!  

I hope you all have a great week. Next week I hope to share a Marvelous Middle Grade Monday book for you again.