Book Review: Humongous (& Cool) Words for Kids by SB Hilarion

After immersing themselves in mantras in I AM Manifesto, young siblings Hao Finley and Sabine Yi Lee are on their journey of seeking knowledge from around the world. In Humongous (& Cool) Words For Kids, these philomaths not only learn about words from their own and other cultures and countries, they absorb new facts about stuff they thought they knew. Name the subject, they’re sharing: science and math (big, uncomplicated check!), different languages (“oui, sí, shì” check!), environmental awareness (layered-atmosphere check!), etiquette (thank you, check!), music (treble clef check!), international cuisine (lots of yummy checks!), and many more. All shared with wit.

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My Review

I chose to read this e-book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is a good learning tool for kids. It lists words and their pronunciation which is always helpful (I remember my dad getting tickled when I was a kid and I said something about the Cher-O-kees and dun-GAR-ees in the same sentence).

Each word contains a good definition, sometimes quite detailed. Within the definitions are new words that include definitions. It sounds confusing but it works. I’m not sure why the pronunciations are listed first and the definitions are listed separately though unless it’s to give the child an incentive to repeat the pronunciation.

The words are listed in alphabetical order which seems to be the best way to list them. At the end of the book, there is a chapter called “Potpourri.” Why weren’t they included with the rest of the book? The words were interesting, but I kept thinking I must have missed something.

Overall, this is a good book to help kids learn new words. I sure learned a few new ones!

About the Author

SB Hilarion is the author and main illustrator of the nonfiction educational books in the Raising Young Scholars Series. The author of I AM Manifesto, and Humongous (& Cool) Words For Kids, she enjoys sharing new things that she learns. After all, that’s what a philomath would do. Hilarion lives in New Jersey with her husband and children, plus some groundhogs and deer who refuse to pay rent.


Book Review & Giveaway: To Be a Child by Debra Schoenberger

To Be A Child by Debra SchoenbergerGive a child a cardboard box and his imagination will turn it into anything but!

Today, it is less common to see children playing in the streets, especially in urban areas. The plethora of ready-made toys should make any child happy.  What usually happens is that the box the toy came in becomes the toy!

This book documents children at play (and at times at work) from 10 different countries. A child’s ingenuity never ceases to amaze me and I hope you will share these images with your children as well.  


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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

To Be a Child is the perfect coffee table book. It is full of amazing photos of children taken by Debra Schoenberger. In each picture, she captures a moment in a child’s life, whether they are playing, learning, or dancing, it is a joy to see children loving life they way all of us should.

There are no words in this book except to tell where the photos were taken. It is proof that it doesn’t matter where children grow up, they all experience the same emotions.

To be a Child is a book to pick up over and over to enjoy the photos of children, whether it brings back memories of your own childhood or just to enjoy the skills of an amazing photographer. I received an ecopy of this book but plan on buying a hard copy to share with friends and family.


Author’s Bio

Debra SchoenbergerDebra Schoenberger aka #girl with camera

“My dad always carried a camera under the seat of his car and was constantly taking pictures. I think that his example, together with pouring over National Geographic magazines as a child fuelled my curiosity for the world around me.

I am a documentary photographer and street photography is my passion. Some of my images have been chosen by National Geographic as editor’s favourites and are on display in the National Geographic museum in Washington, DC.  I also have an off-kilter sense of humour so I’m always looking for the unusual.  Plus I usually have a lot of scars on my knees.

​(le sigh…)

I live with my creative director, Miss Pickles (my budgie) in Victoria, BC, Canada.

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Book Review: Girls Who Choose God by McArthur Krishna & Bethany Spalding

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AUTHOR: McArthur Krishna & Bethany Spalding

Page Count: 48 *Hardcover 10 X 10

Publication Date: August 18, 2014

Book Description

From Eve to Esther, from the Samaritan woman at the well to the widow with her two mites, many women in the Bible have made courageous choices. All through the ages, women have chosen to help, to solve problems, to stand up for others, to strengthen families, and to follow God no matter what. Girls Who Choose God invites young readers (and those who love them) to make important choices of their own, following the examples of great women in the scriptures. With breathtaking illustrations, beautifully told stories, and insightful discussion questions, this delightful book is perfect for sharing, reading aloud, and drawing children into the scriptures.


I received a free copy of this book for an honest review,

Girls Who Choose God is full of stories of women from the Bible from the Creation to the Resurrection. Each of these women made a difficult choice and the authors ask which would you do?

At the end of each story is the scripture that that story was based on. There are also beautiful and colorful pictures to go along with each story.

This is a great way for children to learn about some of the women of the Bible. It is written for children, encourages them to think about making choices, and has the pictures that will help keep the interest of younger children.

About the Authors

McArthur Krishna inherited her grit from her Utah pioneer great-grandmothers. With a master’s degree in communications from BYU, she co-owned Free Range, an award-winning marketing  business focused on telling social justice stories. In 2011, she moved to the Magic Land of India and started writing books. More of her stories can be found at


Bethany Brady Spalding likes to stir things up in the kitchen and in the community. She has founded programs to promote health and nutrition in the USA, South Africa, and India. Bethany currently leads a regional coalition in Richmond, Virginia, to create a healthier food environment for at-risk children. She loves to cook and climb mountains with her husband, Andy, and their three adventurous girls.

Book Review: Fetch by Adam Glendon Sidwell

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Author: Adam Glendon Sidwell


Book Summary:

A story for anyone who has ever been loved by a dog or given one a home.

At least nine sunsets away, there is a place where dogs can do what they want. But they are not all the same, and when a special one has the courage to fly, he finds something unexpected beyond the tenth horizon.



I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

This children’s book is full of beautiful and colorful illustrations. It also has a cute story about dogs, where this special dog came from, and his friendship that kept him on Earth but the pictures are what caught my eye.

This would be a good book to read to younger children. The illustrations would definitely keep their attention. 


About the Author:

Adam-201x300In between books, Adam Glendon Sidwell uses the power of computers to make monsters, robots and zombies come to life for blockbuster movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, King Kong, Pacific Rim, Transformers and Tron. After spending countless hours in front of a keyboard meticulously adjusting tentacles, calibrating hydraulics, and brushing monkey fur, he is delighted at the prospect of modifying his creations with the flick of a few deftly placed adjectives. He really enjoyed writing 81,854 less words in his new picture book FETCH than he wrote in his first EVERTASTER novel, and hopes that you will like the ones he picked. Besides, FETCH has pictures.

Adam has also been rightfully accused of writing the upcoming novel CHUM.




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Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Sir Princess Petra’s Talent by Diane Mae Robinson


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Author: Diane Mae Robinson

Genre:  Children’s Fantasy

Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, LLC

Publication Date:  September 24, 2013


Sir Princess Petra has already proven she is a kind and noble knight. This, however, does not please the king and queen—they want her to behave like a princess and forget this silly knight nonsense of hers! 

But when the king writes a new rule in the royal rule book that requires her to attend Talent School and acquire a princess talent certificate or suffer the spell of the royal magician, Petra, reluctantly, agrees to go. But who could have guessed what Sir Princess Petra’s Talent would be?



I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.

This was the first time I’d read about Princess Petra but the beginning of the book has a prologue that gave background information and explained how Princess Petra became a knight; so, although I hadn’t read the first book, I had no problem getting caught up.

What an adventure! This would be a fun book to read aloud to children. The descriptions of all of the characters are colorful and would be good for helping children to use their imaginations. I especially liked the cute names of the characters and kingdoms.

There are also some age appropriate lessons in this book. Princess Petra is her own person. She does what she believes to be the right thing and doesn’t worry about what others think. She doesn’t want to be a princess, she wants to be a knight. When she goes to Talent School, she doesn’t pick a course that would be expected of a princess, she picks one that interests her even though she’s discouraged from doing so. On the other hand, her friend, who is a prince, decides he wants to learn to knit.

Sir Princess Petra’s Talent is a great book! It is available at Tate Publishing, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.

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Review: The Bunny Buffet by Emily Elizabeth Housley, Michelle Lanoue (Illustrations)


Title: The Bunny Buffet

Author:  Emily Elizabeth Housley

Illustrator: Michelle Lanoue

Genre:  Children 

Publisher:  Createspace

Publication Date:  August 20, 2013

Description: Inspired by Sandra Boynton and Dr. Seuss, The Bunny Buffet is a rollicking, fun-loving visit to a bounty of delights for bunnies…your backyard! Join the O’Shay bunny family on their tour of a backyard buffet as they show you all of the treats they enjoy. Written in rhyming verse, this book will teach children how to pronounce both easy and challenging words while they view the stunning illustrations. Sure to delight readers of all ages; there’s something here for everyone. Not to be missed!     


This is a cute children’s book that anyone would enjoy reading. It’s not just in rhyming verse, every verse in the book rhymes. It also has great illustrations. 

My favorite verses in the book were: “I hope you forgive the wordplay, I had to convince you someway, There was absolutely no time to delay, You wouldn’t want to miss this soiree!” How cute is that?

I definitely recommend this book especially if you have small children. It would be a fun book to read to your child. Available on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.