Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Published: August 30, 2016
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
When a plague isn’t all that kills…
As a lethal plague sweeps through the land, Ani Mells is shocked when she is unexpectedly captured by the governor’s wardens and forced to submit to a test for the deadly Scourge. She is even more surprised when the test results come back positive, and she is sent to Attic Island, a former prison turned refuge — and quarantine colony — for the ill. The Scourge’s victims, Ani now among them, can only expect to live out short, painful lives there. However, Ani quickly discovers that she doesn’t know the whole truth about the Scourge or the Colony. She’s been caught in a devious plot, and, with the help of her best friend, Weevil, Ani means to uncover just what is actually going on. But will she and Weevil survive long enough to do so?
This book was awesome!! In a world of all the same stories being published over and over again, changed only with new character and setting names, I found a book that is unique! It’s a very simple story but it’s not like anything I’ve read before.
The world that Nielsen has created is a beautiful place with interesting people and fascinating dynamics. The River People, those who are believed to be ignorant and dirty, vs. the townsfolk, Grubs vs. Pinchworms. I identified very strongly with the misunderstood minority. Yeah ok, a little dramatic, I know, but as a Southerner, I completely understand being misunderstood and labeled as ignorant. Lies are told about my ancestors and my heritage and I know the frustration very well.
Ani is such a great heroine! She’s smart, she’s cunning and she’s not afraid to do whatever it takes to survive. Weevil is an awesome guy and I’m totally happy with him, wouldn’t change a thing! 😊 And of course, every story needs a character that you love to hate! So there’s Della! She’s snobby and bratty and spoiled, and I loved hating her! The government conspiracy is simple, yet genius and works really well until Ani shows up to throw a wrench in everything. This was a really easy read, yet kept my attention through the very end! I recommend this book to anyone looking for a unique read or to any tween or teen looking for an interesting book!
Author: Paul Gully
Illustrator: Delores Gully
To be Published: March 6, 2018
Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: February 8, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
A Giant Headache is the biblical story of David and Goliath in a rhyming, fun format. The story teaches about the courage and strength we receive from God when we trust in him completely. Each page is beautifully illustrated and includes scripture references from 1 Samuel 17:1-49.
The Big Flood is the biblical story of Noah and the Ark in a rhyming, fun format. The story teaches about how much faith Noah had to build such a big boat to carry so many animals in a flood only God told him about. Each page is beautifully illustrated and includes scripture references from Genesis 6 – 9.
The books end with a Salvation page for your child to fill out with their name for a personal commitment to Christ.
I don’t read and review many children’s books as I have no children and feel I can’t give a proper review on them; but these two children books are from the Bible and you can’t go wrong with it. This one review is for both A Giant Headache and The Big Flood. They are both written by Paul Gulley and illustrated by Delores Gully, a husband/wife team.
The beginning of each story mentions the book and verses of the Bible the story is from. The sentences are short and rhyme, which makes the books fun. The stories are written where young children can understand what is going on. The illustrations are bright and colorful with attention to detail. They will definitely appeal to children.
A Giant Headache also shows children how David stood up for what he believes and facing adversity. Headache can also be used as a lesson against bullying.
The Big Flood also shows children to listen to God despite the unknown (“What is rain?”)and to work together. It also shows that God will take care of you, never leave you, and to trust in Him.
Both books end with a Salvation page where children can learn the ABC prayer and mention John 3:16 for accepting Christ to begin their walk with God.
These books will serve as a great outreach and introduction to some of the Bible stories for young children.
Special thanks to the publisher Broadstreet Publishing Group for granting me copies of both books via NetGalley.[Top]
Standalone Sunday was started by Megan over at Bookslayer Reads.
What is Standalone Sunday?
Each Sunday bloggers feature a standalone book (one that is not part of a series) that they loved or would recommend. The standalone can also be one you want to read. There is so much focus on books that are part of a series that standalone books seem to be forgotten. They can be just as great as book series!
My selection for this week is Christmas related:
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The ultimate Dr. Seuss Christmas classic — no holiday season is complete without the Grinch, Max, Cindy-Lou, and all the residents of Who-ville!
“Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot . . . but the Grinch, who lived just north of Who-ville, did NOT!” Not since “’Twas the night before Christmas” has the beginning of a Christmas tale been so instantly recognizable. This heartwarming story about the effects of the Christmas spirit will grow even the coldest and smallest of hearts. Like mistletoe, candy canes, and caroling, the Grinch is a mainstay of the holidays, and his story is the perfect gift for young and old.
And don’t forget to celebrate Grinch-mas this Christmas season, the annual holiday tradition inspired by How the Grinch Stole Christmas that encourages readers to grow their hearts three sizes by doing good deeds!
This is a story we all know. We all grew up with the book and or the animated movie. Jim Carrey stars as the Grinch in the live action movie. This is a book all children should read at Christmas! I know I have great memories watching the animated movie.[Top]