Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty

I was excited to get back into the Serafina books. It has been more than three years since I first read and reviewed Serafina and the Black Cloak so I ‘reread’ the book by listening to the audiobook before listening to Serafina and the Twisted Staff. It was worth the time. Cassandra Campbell, the narrator for the Serafina series, is genuinely talented. She made the books come alive as she is a master with pacing, dialects, accents, and characterization. Campbell gave a completely professional reading of the stories.

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God Loves Daddy & Me written by Bonnie Rickner Jensen and illustrated by Laura Watkins

God Loves Daddy & Me and it’s companion book God Loves Mommy & Me just bring a smile to my face.  God Loves Daddy & Me points out positive attributes of a God honoring father loving his child as THE Father loves them both.  Laura Watkins’ illustrations bring such light and adorableness to the story.  The raccoon daddy and child are so cute!  You’ll love that the child is not stated as being male or female so daddy and son or daddy and daughter work equally well. 

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Silly Elephant: Peace with Bees by Nadh Poduri - book review and GIVEAWAY!

Peace with Bees is such a brightly colored, beautify illustrated book.  It draws you right in.  The elephants are adorable but I absolutely love the bees and how Poduri has them experiencing miscommunication, like that you find when playing the telephone game.  So funny.  Another personal favorite part of the story is when Poduri uses one of my mom’s oft used sayings to help get across a moral point.  “Two wrongs don’t make a right!”

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The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

The Most Magnificent Thing is one of the most visually stunning books that I have seen in a long time.  The fantastic illustrations, the layouts of each page, even the font draws you in.  Quirky, unique, and fun!

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Channing O'Banning and the Rainforest Rescue written by Angela Spady and illustrated by Tammie Lyon

Fourth-grader Channing is one fast, run-on sentence. I love it. She is a little whirling dervish; quirky, zany, but a wee bit jealous.  She has a bit of an issue with misplaced blame as most fourth graders tend to do.

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Parable Treasury by Liz Curtis Higgs

I am so grateful that God is forgiving when I do or say stupid things.  Things that are not fully thought through.  Inerrant things.  That is what I had done in this review...I had given approval to a book which didn't earn it due to its use of scripture out of context.

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InvisiBill by Maureen Fergus illustrated by Dušan Petričić

As a mother, I believe InvisiBill is a great story to read with your children and to spend a few moments discussing. We all feel invisible sometimes and this story is a good reminder to parents to set aside family time without allowing distractions. It is also good for a child to hear that other kids feel the same way and that they truly are loved even when they don't feel like it.

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