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The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle SchoolThe Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School by Fowler DeWitt
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages: 272
Ages: 7-10
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Publishers Summary:

Something strange is happening to the sixth grade—and it’s up to student scientist Wilmer Dooley to crack the case in this fast-paced novel full of humor and mystery.
If there’s one important thing Wilmer Dooley’s dad always says, it’s this: “Where are my car keys?”

Okay, maybe not that. He also says: “Observe!”

Wilmer has always known that the greatest science comes from the keenest observations. So when he observes his classmates looking a little green…and orange…and chartreuse-fuchsia polka-dotted…he knows that it’s up to him to find the cause of this mysterious illness—and the cure.

But with his arch nemesis, Claudius Dill, hot on his heels; the eagle-eyed biology teacher, Mrs. Padgett, determined to thwart his plans; and a host of fluorescent classmates bouncing off the walls at increasingly dangerous speeds, can Wilmer prove he has what it takes to save the sixth grade from a colorful demise before it’s too late?

Today I’m not sharing a review because this book is actually next on the Turkeybird’s evening chapter book reads. We have always read to both Littlebug and Turkeybird together and I often have shared middle grade stories throughout the day with the Turkeybird, but recently we started something different. I made the decision to read each night, just the two of us, a chapter or two out of a “big kid” book that the Turkeybird chooses.

It’s been a wonderful experience sitting down and focusing on just his thoughts and experiences on a book that’s “bigger” and one that he’s picked. I’d highly recommend doing this! Especially if you have a kiddo who doesn’t like to talk much about his day at school, I’ve been shocked by what I learn about his day during this time we spend reading just the two of us and I love it!

His first choice was The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes (we love it!) and the very next day The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School came in the mail and he begged to read it next. So I promise a full report on both when we finish up! Until then, enjoy this great giveaway and the trailer for this fantastic new series!

Giveaway!

Thanks to the generous folks at Simon & Schuster I have a fantastic prize package for one lucky There’s A Book reader! One reader will win Custom-made Contagious Colors Band-Aids and a copy of The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School (see the photo below)! In addition to this, I’ve received an additional two copies of the book here and I’m putting those up for grabs as well. Thank you Simon & Schuster! Please be sure to enter using the Rafflecopter form below and good luck! (Open to US residents only.)

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Find The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School by Fowler DeWitt at the following spots:
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Sleeping Beauty's DaughtersSleeping Beauty’s Daughters by Diane Zahler
Published by HarperCollins Children’s
Pages: 224
Ages: 8-12
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | ISBN10/ISBN13: 0062004964 / 9780062004963
Publishers Summary:

Princesses Aurora and Luna have grown up in a palace on a high cliff by the sea, carefully protected by their parents, the king and queen. No one visits, the girls can’t stray beyond the castle walls, and, curiously, all sharp objects are forbidden.

But accidents will happen—particularly when an old curse still has power. Soon, in spite of all precautions, Aurora is struggling not to slip into an enchanted sleep.

Frantic, the princesses accept the help of a young fisherman named Symon and embark on a daring ocean voyage to find their godmother—a fairy who may be able to break the spell. From fearsome beasts to raging storms to a vengeful enchantress, many dangers befall them, yet they must not give up . . .

For if Aurora sleeps, she will not wake for one hundred years.

Two sisters, both princesses, one with an unknown terrible curse and the other with a passion for adventure. When the terrible legacy of Sleeping Beauty is passed to her oldest daughter Aurora her parents do everything in their power to prevent it from coming to pass, but much like Sleeping Beauty’s own curse there is little that can be done to stop the future. The only hope the young Aurora has is the strength, adventure and bond with her younger sister Luna.

Diane Zahler has done it again! It’s so rare that an author can create a series of books that consistently blow you out of water. Each of the books in her Fairy Tale Princesses series has built upon the last in a way that has me excited and eager for the next book Zahler writes. That said, each is unique and individual in a way that leaves you completely satisfied after you’ve finished reading. And Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters may be my favorite thus far.

In reviews past I’ve commented about how much I enjoy Diane Zahler’s writing and the way she crafts her stories, this time I thought I’d speak more to the story. Perhaps it’s that I come from a family of three sisters, but I couldn’t help but instantly connecting with sisters Aurora and Luna. Their love-hate relationship, the humor and the hope they have for one another was genuine and incredible to read. With the added spin on the traditional story of Sleeping Beauty it made for a fantastic read to dive into for a few hours. Now, without giving too much away, both the original Sleeping Beauty and now her eldest daughter Aurora share the same curse of pricking their finger and falling to sleep for one hundred years. The comedy and adventure that ensues while Luna and their new teacher try to keep Aurora awake was perfect, all of it leading up to a magical fairy tale ending.

Within the pages of Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters by Diane Zahler readers will find magic, adventure, heart, comedy and much more to fall in love with. Characters Luna and Aurora are a pair you can’t help but connect with as you follow their journey to find a cure for the legacy their mother passed on. Without question I will be back again and again for Zahler’s writing, no matter the genre or age group she writes for. Diane Zahler’s books contain worlds of imagination, superb writing and characters you hate to be parted from and Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters is perhaps her best book to date.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 7 and up. Readers of all ages and genres will fall in love with the story of two sisters striving to save one another during their perilous journey to find a cure for their family’s curse. An absolute favorite!

The Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters Blog Tour Stops (Don’t miss these!)
August 28: Bookalicious.org
August 29: Manga Maniac Cafe
August 30: Icey Books
August 31: Green Bean Teen Queen
September 1: Mundie Moms

Check out our other reviews and an interview with Diane Zahler here:

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Munch! Cover Print FinalMunch! by Matthew Van Fleet
Published by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Pages: 14
Ages: 2-6
Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Powell’s Books | Indiebound | Book Depository | ISBN10/ISBN13: 1442494255 / 9781442494251
Publishers Summary:

Four clever pull tabs and seven tickleable textures put toddlers nose to nose with captivating critters as they demonstrate all different kinds of mouths and the amazing things they can do. Along the way, sounds, colors, and actions are introduced in a fun and interactive way. Matt Van Fleet’s books are sturdy and substantial and can be enjoyed by the entire family!

Matthew Van Fleet’s innovative books have been introducing children to basic concepts for almost twenty years. His unique formats invite toddlers to touch, press, pull, lift, and even sniff as they explore colors, shapes, numbers, letters, opposites, and more. His books include the #1 New York Times bestsellers Tails and Dog as well as the New York Times bestsellers Cat, Heads, and Alphabet. His books have sold more than three million copies. He lives with his family in New York state.

Littlebug is Feeling Chompy:

This book makes me laugh so much every time! The pig gets the hic ups and I get them all the time just like that. I didn’t know that alligators liked apples as much as the one in the book, but this alligator eats them all the time. His mouth even moves! I think the most funniest part is the part when the fish opens his mouth and has huge lots of fish in his mouth. Every time I read this I laugh and laugh and laugh, it’s super good!

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The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 2 to 5. Great for little hands that can do BIG damage to books. These not only teach, but hold up to the toughest of kiddos.

Watch this great video with author Matthew Van Fleet talking about how and why he’s developed these fantastic books for young readers:

Giveaway!

Thanks to the publisher, Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, one There’s A Book reader will win one copy of each of the books, MUNCH!, SNIFF!, and LICK! for their personal library! Be sure to use the rafflecopter form below and good luck!

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Sea Monster and The Bossy FishSea Monster and the Bossy Fish by Kate Messner and Illustrated by Andy Rash
Published by Chronicle Books
Pages: 36
Ages: 4-8
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Publishers Summary:

Being kind is a big job, but nothing’s too big for a sea monster. Not even taking on the new fish in school, who’s great… except when he’s pushing people around. This funny, charming twist on dealing with a bully will reassure and delight the smallest children and the biggest sea monsters alike.
Kate Messner writes books in upstate New York. She lives with her family on Lake Champlain, home of the legendary lake monster “Champ.” And yes . . . she believes.

TurkeybirdTurkeybird’s Back at It: Guess what? I just started my first day of first grade! I have a new teacher and I even get to go hug my favoritest teacher ever from last year still. I’m super excited about this year because I have lots of old friends and some new friends in my class, just like the Sea Monster in the story.

One time I had a friend who was a lot like the new kid in this story and it was super super hard for me to know why he was always doing things to make me sad and upset, but after I talked to my mom and teacher things started to get a little better. I really like Sea Monster’s idea to have a Friend Club! That sounds like a lot of fun and I think all my friends would like it a lot!

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Mom’s Two Cents: Sea Monster remembers how hard it was to be the new kid at a new school. When a new fish shows up he wants to be sure the new fish feels at home. This new fish is very different from Sea Monster though and before too long the new fish has Sea Monster wondering about his new friendship.

I’m constantly on the lookout for great books that help kiddos understand how to treat each other better. Books that show how bullying can be flipped on it’s head to create something positive and hopeful. Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish easily fits into that category. One of the things I enjoyed about the story the most was that it focused on a different kind of bullying, something more subtle and difficult for young kiddos to understand.

In many of the situations between the new fish and Sea Monster the new fish simply ignores his feelings by forcing what he wants to do on Sea Monster. Being pushy and not validating another person’s emotions or opinions is something that takes empathy and understanding. This is obviously something difficult for a four to eight year old (and sometimes even older) to have learned, especially if they come from a setting where it’s not actively taught. The beauty of reading, especially to children is this opportunity to create dialogue and ways to discuss situations and emotions without feeling threatened or upset.

Kate Messner has done a brilliant job of bringing to light a tough subject in a brand new unique way. Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish of course has some of Kate’s characteristic non-fiction elements that add another layer to this fantastic new story. Coming from a situation much like Sea Monster’s it was easy for Turkeybird to see and connect with the story, I only wish I’d had this book to read with him then but at least now we’ve been able to start some more great discussions about friendship, standing up for ourselves and being creative about how we interact with others. Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish by Kate Messner is a marvelous new story that young readers will no doubt benefit immensely from.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 4-8. Perfect for school age kids, especially at the start of the year and when new classmates arrive. Also, good for highlighting a different side of bullying in a way that will open up great dialogue with young readers.

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Giveaway!

Thanks to the publisher, Chronicle Books, I have one copy of Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish to giveaway to one lucky There’s A Book reader! Be sure to fill out the rafflecopter form below and good luck! Open to US/Canadian residents only.

Also, Chronicle Books is celebrating SEA MONSTER & THE BOSSY FISH w/ 30% off & free shipping until September 6th, 2013 using code SEAMONSTER!

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Find Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish by Kate Messner at the following spots:
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