Book Review: Super Simple Baking for Kids by Charity Mathews

Share your love of baking with your children ― the super-easy, kid-friendly beginner’s cookbook.

When it comes to baking, even the littlest hands are eager to start mixing up tasty treats. Super Simple Baking for Kids equips new bakers with the most fun and easiest-ever recipes to whip up. Cookies, muffins, and cakes galore are sure to leave even grown-ups asking for more.

Beginning with the basics, kids ages six to eight will learn key baking skills like how to separate eggs or knead dough. When these techniques are mastered, they can cook up over 55 super yummy recipes with confidence. (If only they were old enough to do the dishes!)

This kids baking cookbook includes:

  • Kids Baking tutorials―Kids learn all about equipment, safety, and skills they need to be successful in the kitchen.
  • Easy as 1,2,3―Recipes use 5-10 ingredients max, no fancy equipment, and are labeled in degree of easiness.
  • Fun foods―Making eating just as fun as baking with sweet and savory recipes like Rainbow Sprinkle Whoopie Pies, Apple-Cider Doughnut Cake, Soft Pretzels and more.

The sweetest treat you’ll find in this kids baking cookbook is even better than something you can eat―it’s the memories you’ll cook up.

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My Review

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

Super Simple Baking for Kids is more than a cookbook for kids ages 6 to 10. It begins with the basics of baking, explaining simple things that a parent may not even think of having to explain. It continues to teach basics throughout the book as needed.

On the left side of the pages are tips. Many of the tips are just instructing to have an adult do something that could be harmful to a child such as removing something from the oven. Other tips are interesting and useful. I even learned how to make buttermilk!

At the end of the book are conversion tables and a difficulty index for the recipes. They’re rated by 1, 2, or 3 muffins.

I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet but I plan on doing them with my grandson when I can. This book is a great learning tool and teaches baking basics to children. What a great way to spend a couple of hours with a child.

About the Author

CHARITY CURLEY MATHEWS is a former executive at HGTV.com and MarthaStewart.com, who’s now a family food writer and speaker, contributor to Food Network, and founder of Foodlets. com, a website full of kid-tested recipes and ideas for teaching kids to love real food. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and four small kids on a tiny farm, currently home to two naughty Lab rescues, eight chickens, two bunnies, and 100,000 bees.

Book Review: The Alphabet for Life by Fran Norris

An alphabet book with a difference! Who said A is for Apple? Why not A is for Acceptance?! Let’s learn the alphabet using words that will inspire and empower everyone to thrive in life! Packed with fun illustrations and thoughtful quotes and themes, The Alphabet For Life is a unique children’s book the whole family can enjoy and learn from for a lifetime.

Information about the Book

Title: The Alphabet of Life
Author: Fran Norris
Release Date: 29th October 2019
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 30
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48571802-the-alphabet-of-life
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Alphabet-Life-Fran-Norris-ebook/dp/B07XH2C6YY

My Review

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

The Alphabet for Life is not your typical ABC book. Instead of A is for apple, B is for ball, etc., this book uses inspirational and empowering words such as A for acceptance and B for balance (such as a balanced life). Each letter also has a quote by an author, philosopher, etc.

Many of the words, as well as the ideas, are a bit advanced for a 4-7 year old. As long as an adult is present to explain, this could be a good book for children to learn. And the cute, colorful illustrations will help to keep their attention. I think a child would benefit from having both The Alphabet for Life as well as a typical ABC book.

About the Author

Fran Norris is a mother of two living in Devon. Like most parents, her daily life largely involves coming up with creative approaches to making the good-for-you stuff enjoyable and appealing to children. She believes that education should nurture our natural curiosity and empower each individual to reach their fullest potential. Inspired by the playful way children approach any task, from brushing their teeth to eating toast, Fran is convinced that fun should be at the core of all learning.

As a former scientist, Fran approaches life as a wonderful experiment and loves to question everything. Her children provide a never-ending source of mystery and challenges to be solved. Creating THE ALPHABET OF LIFE reconnected Fran with her love of drawing and painting, encouraging her to work as an illustrator now.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frannorrisillustrations/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/alphabet4life

Book Review: Rangeela Tales by Gita V. Reddy

Navjyot rescues a near-to-death parrot and wins his trust. The parrot, Rangeela, has exceptional skills. He can speak and understand human speech. Instead of flying free, he chooses to live with Navjyot provided he promises to keep his talking skills a secret. Very soon they become the best of friends and have loads of fun, adventures, and sometimes, spats.
Rangeela Tales is a series of stories about the duo, and also about Navjyot’s nosy cousin, Nimi, and her black cat, Robber, who is on a mission to end Rangeela’s existence.

Rangeela Tales- Book 1
1. Rangeela Finds a Home
2. Rangeela Says No to Adventure
3. Rangeela Flies Away
4. Rangeela and Robber
5. Rangeela and the Bully
6. Rangeela and the Diamonds

Rangeela Tales- Book 2
1. Rangeela and the Old Foe
2. Rangeela Plays his Part
3. Rangeela and Robber Again
4. Rangeela to the Rescue
4. Rangeela Saves the Day
6. Rangeela is Furious.

Rangeela Tales- Book 3
1. Rangeela is Good Old Birdie
2. Robber Wins this Round!
3. Rangeela Gets a Shock
4. Double Trouble
5. Rangeela is Lost

My Review

I chose to read these books after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I’ve read several children’s book by Gita Reddy and they’ve gotten better and better over the years. The Rangeela Tales are adorable children’s stories about Navjyot and the parrot, Rangeela. For now, Rangeela is staying with Navjyot but he’s made it clear that he’s a free bird, not a pet. Oh, and Rangeela can carry on a conversation!

It’s obvious Rangeela really likes Navjyot because he stays in spite of Robber, the cat that belongs to Nimi, Navjyot’s cousin. Robber is determined to catch Rangeela.

Books one through three are Navjyot and Rangeela’s adventures. I like how they work together. Sometimes Navjyot rescues Rangeela and sometimes it’s the other way around. These are great stories for young children and will encourage them to use their imagination.

About the Author

Gita V.Reddy lives in Hyderabad, India, with her husband and son. She writes fiction for both adults and children. Her books for children are written when she takes a break from writing for adults and vice verca. 

She enjoys thinking up tales of different genres and has written historical fiction, women’s fiction, and recently has made a foray into regency romance.

For children, she has written mysteries, adventure tales, fantasy, science fiction, and also a fable. 
In addition to writing, she is interested in art and has illustrated three picture books. 

Gita Reddy also writes under the pen names of Heera Datta and Jessica Spencer (for regency romance.)

Ms Reddy is a post graduate in Mathematics. In an earlier life that she voluntarily quit in 2011, she was senior manager in a bank. 

To know more about her and her writing journey, please visit her website, https://www.gitavreddy.com.

Book Review: Lonely Crocodile by Alex May

Have you ever seen such a cute crocodile as on the cover of this book? This story happened to one crocodile named Croco. He was different from his brothers and sisters. Croco loved fruits and wanted to find a friend more than anything else.Rhyming touching story will not leave you and your child indifferent. This book is about friendship and kindness.To create this story an author was inspired by the drawing of her 4 year old daughter.  

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My Review

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

The Lonely Crocodile is Croco, and he wants to have a friend to play with, but everyone is afraid of crocodiles. His brother explains that crocodiles are mean and meant to be alone, so Croco will never have any friends. Instead of giving up, Croco decides to pretend he’s not a crocodile. What will happen when his new friend finds out he’s really a crocodile?

This is a cute rhyming story with vibrant color illustrations by Nina Gvozdeva. It also contains an important lesson for children to look at what is on the inside of a person, not the outside. It would keep the interest of any 3-7 year old, and I plan on saving it to read to my grandson when he’s a little older.

The picture that inspired Alex May’s story (drawn by her daughter when she was 4 years old).

About the Author

Alex May is a mother of a nice 6 year old girl. All the stories she creates are inspired by events from the life of her child. Her books for children are full of meaning and humor. Her beautiful illustrations and magical stories not only stimulate the imaginations of young children but also inspire and educate them.

Alex May is dedicated to helping parents teach their children great values and life lessons in an easy to understand manner.

Book Review: Lily Doesn’t Want to Sleep by Alex May

This is a story about a little girl called Lily. One night, last summer, she had just gone to bed, but she could not sleep. Well, the truth is, she did not want to sleep and that was it!
Will little Lily finally fall asleep? 

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My Review

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

Lily doesn’t want to go sleep and decides that her bed is uncomfortable. She tries out other places that the animals around her home sleep and realizes that her maybe her bed isn’t so uncomfortable after all.

This is a cute bedtime story with colorful illustrations by Nina Gvozdeva. It also teaches the different ways some animals sleep. I’m sure it would keep the interest of any 3-7 year old, and I plan on saving it for my grandson who’s not quite old enough yet.

About the Author

Alex May is a mother of a nice 6 year old girl. All the stories she creates are inspired by events from the life of her child. Her books for children are full of meaning and humor. Her beautiful illustrations and magical stories not only stimulate the imaginations of young children but also inspire and educate them.

Alex May is dedicated to helping parents teach their children great values and life lessons in an easy to understand manner.

Book Review: The Lost Boy by Ian Campbell & Tim Constable

Title: The Adventures of Billy Bog Brush: The Lost Boy
Author: Ian Campbell & Tim Constable
Release Date: 15th August 2019
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 40
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
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Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adventures-Billy-Bog-Brush-Lost-ebook/dp/B07V3P74BB

While Billy is out for a walk, he comes across a lady who is looking rather worried. Offering to help, he discovers that her son hasn’t come home for his tea when he should have. Billy, who knows all the places where the local children go to play, suggests that he could look for him, which leads to an adventure involving various people and places in his home town, Flushington! In this intriguing story Billy once again demonstrates his willingness to help others and work out a way to do something which at first seems beyond him.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy.

Billy Bog Brush is always willing to help others. In The Lost Boy, a neighbor’s son is missing, so he offers to look for him. Billy Bog Brush finds the boy stuck in a treehouse and unable to get down. With the motto “I Can Do This!” Billy tackles the problem and comes up with a solution to help the boy get down. Talk about a hero!

The Lost Boy is not only a cute story, but it teaches children the willingness to help others as well as working out solutions. It also has some fun drawing activities at the end of the book.

Although Billy Bog Brush is kind of odd (he has a toothbrush head), I recommend his stories. They’re cute and educational.

About the Authors

Ian Campbell is a senior storeman for the MOD. Born into a military family, he has lived in Germany, Northern Ireland, and the United Kingdom. His first book, A Walk with God, was published in 2011.

Tim Constable works as a data analyst. He is also a musician, in the Coventry Cathedral choir as a boy, then later composing and playing in his own rock band. As a graphic artist, he has designed logos and flyers for various organizations.

Website www.billybogbrush.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BillyBogBrushICTC/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BBBAdventures

Book Review: There’s a Giraffe in my Bath by Louise Andrews

Title: There’s a Giraffe in my Bath
Author: Louise Andrews
Release Date: 9th July 2019
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 20
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Summary

When four toy animals come to life, they become unlikely friends. The toys try to help each other out in a fun bath time adventure. But they might just need some extra help..! There’s A Giraffe In My Bath! is the first story for children between the ages of 3 and 6 by Louise Andrews. Illustrations are by Nick Roberts.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47315093-there-s-a-giraffe-in-my-bath

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Theres-Giraffe-Bath-Louise-Andrews-ebook/dp/B07RZ5B3BH/

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy.

There’s a Giraffe in my Bath is for young children. It has cute, colorful pictures that will keep the attention of youngsters. It also has rhyming verse about a child’s toys having difficulties at bath time. It’s a fun story to read!

I look forward to reading There’s a Giraffe in my Bath to my grandson as soon as he’s old enough. It says it’s recommended for ages 3 to 6 but I think children as young as 2 years old would like this because it’s short with good illustrations.

About the Author

Louise Andrews is a mum to two young boys, whose love for taking all manner of toys in to the bath inspired this story. This is the first book written by the author, who particularly enjoys creating rhyming stories for her children. What started as simple stories to entertain her children has become a passion for creating exciting stories for children everywhere.

The great news is that there’s more to come from Louise. There’s a Giraffe in my Bath has sparked the imagination and led to another children’s book which is currently being written, with more ideas for future books too.

Louise has always had a love of books and still finds time to read all types of fiction. Her favourite authors include; Jodi Taylor, JK Rowling, Maeve Binchy, Katherine Arden, Ben Arronovitch, Jill Mansell and Daphne Du Maurier. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier is Louise’s favourite book.

With two boys to look after (3 if you include the husband!), spare time is at a premium. But when she finds time, Louise enjoys exercise classes, discovering new box sets to binge on, music, cooking (and eating!) and, of course, reading and writing books.

Twitter: http://twitter.com/author_andrews

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/louise.andrews.58152559