Tag: Children’s

Book Review: The Puppet’s Payback and Other Chilling Tales by Mary Downing Hahn

The Puppet’s Payback and Other Chilling Tales
Author: Mary Downing Hahn

Published: September 1, 2021
192 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

The author of wildly popular ghost stories, Mary Downing Hahn has created a group of tales for fans of her “scary but not too scary” books. Even the stories without actual ghosts are spooky. Each tale turns something ordinary—a pigeon, a white dress, a stranger on the bus, a puppet—into a sinister link to the supernatural. For the human characters, secrets from the past or careless behavior in the present can lead to serious trouble. All the stories have a young person as the central character, so all will resonate with young readers who enjoy the eerie, the creepy, and the otherworldly. In a concluding note, the author talks about how she came to write ghost stories.

Kim’s Review:

Another amazing kid’s horror book by Hahn! I really liked this anthology! The stories were all creepy and had me nervous without being too scary. This fits in perfectly with Scary Tales ( see our double review for the series here) and is a great way to introduce kids to horror. Perfect for Halloween!!

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Children’s Book Review: Funny Kids Book Set by Sheryl Green

Funny Kids Book: Interesting Facts, Knock Knock Jokes, and Would You Rather Games
Author: Sheryl Green

Published:  January 28, 2022
315 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: February 27, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

The Funny Kids Book is a 3-in-1 Book Bundle:

#1 Interesting Facts for Kids
Is picked with unusual and fun knowledge for the whole family.

Did you know?
Certain fish can cough.
Whale poo is an ingredient in some perfumes.
There are more pyramids found in Peru than in Egypt.
It is not possible for a human to lick their own elbow.

#2 Knock Knock Jokes for Kids
Is chock-full of kid-friendly jokes that will keep your friends and family laughing out loud.

Knock Knock
Who’s there?
Lemon who?
Lemon know when breakfast is ready.

#3 Would You Rather Games
Is the ultimate game book for parties, road trips, sleepovers and more.

Would You Rather?
be able to jump as far as a kangaroo
hold your breath as long as a whale?

Ideal for kids aged 6 to 12, the bundle is packed with fun knowledge, jokes and, games
that guarantees hours of fun for the whole family!

Take the first step to creating unforgettable and hilarious memories with your family and friends.

Jessica’s Review:

Funny Kids Book is a special edition of Sheryl Green’s work: It is three books in one for the kids!  It will be the cause of hours of enjoyment on the road or at home. 

‘Book One’: There are interesting facts that kids will remember and spout off whenever they want. Remember the little boy from Jerry Maguire: “Did you know the human head weighs 8 pounds????”  The interesting facts are in fact interesting, and adults might actually learn something! There are facts that are in their own appropriate section such as facts about the Earth, about famous places, funny facts you won’t believe are true, and more!

‘Book Two’: Knock Knock jokes that will keep the kids laughing.  These jokes are along the lines of the corny ‘dad jokes’ that you can’t help but giggle at.

‘Book Three’: Would You Rather? This one is a game that can be played with others. The questions gradually get harder and can cause one to think before answering (or not!).

This is a cute and fun novel suggested for kids ages 6-12. I received a pdf copy from the author to read and review. I enjoyed it, and a friend’s child is having a birthday coming up, I had to order a copy for him. I think he will enjoy it!  The outside cover is colorful, and the inside is set up nice. I only wish the inside illustrations were in color like the cover.

Many thanks to Sheryl Green for sending me a copy to enjoy!

Purchase Links:
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Book Review: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett

First Published: 1911
331 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description:

The plot centers round Mary Lennox, a young English girl who returns to England from India, having suffered the immense trauma by losing both her parents in a cholera epidemic. However, her memories of her parents are not pleasant, as they were a selfish, neglectful and pleasure-seeking couple. Mary is given to the care of her uncle Archibald Craven, whom she has never met. She travels to his home, Misselthwaite Manor located in the gloomy Yorkshire, a vast change from the sunny and warm climate she was used to. When she arrives, she is a rude, stubborn and given to stormy temper tantrums. However, her nature undergoes a gradual transformation when she learns of the tragedies that have befallen her strict and disciplinarian uncle whom she earlier feared and despised. Once when he’s away from home, Mary discovers a charming walled garden which is always kept locked. The mystery deepens when she hears sounds of sobbing from somewhere within her uncle’s vast mansion. The kindly servants ignore her queries or pretend they haven’t heard, spiking Mary’s curiosity.

Kim’s Review:

This book is a classic! Not the stuffy, hard to read type either. I remember the first time I read this book; it blew my teenage mind! Someone from my mom’s family gave me my first copy and I think I decided to read it when I didn’t have anything else to read. I was surprised by how much I liked it! Just recently, I realized how long it had been since I’ve read it, so I decided to read it again. It’s still a great story filled with wonderful characters and an amazing setting! Misselthwaite Manor is everything our gothic fantasy could desire! All the way down to mysterious cries throughout the halls and a mysterious recluse that stays hidden. I also love watching Mary grow into the little girl she was supposed to be from the beginning.

It’s not a parenting book but I think modern day parents could learn a lot from it. Overall, this is a book that everyone should read! I think kids would love it and I know it catapulted me into a deeper love of reading!

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