Secrets Of Topsea: The Many Tales Of A Friendly Town

A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always By The Ocean! Our last Disney•Hyperion book for the month is A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always By The Ocean! This beginner chapter book for ages 8-12 is perfect to encourage young readers.  This is not your typical story as secrets are divulged.  After all when you move to […]

Charlie & Frog: An ASL Adventure

Charlie & Frog A Mystery The key to this book is friendship.  Honestly even though there is a mystery to be solved, without the rock solid combination of Charlie and Frog (a girl not an amphibian) the whole book would fizzle out.  There is the added bonus that Frog is deaf and thus helps Charlie […]

Burning Magic: A Perfect Ending

The Final Shadow Magic Novel Confession time, I thoroughly enjoyed reading the entire trilogy of Shadow Magic.  This is exactly the type of book I searched for when I began devouring chapter books.  The entire series is whimsical and macabre but without being nightmare inducing.  Burning Magic takes our heroine and hero and drops them into […]

Celebrate February With Groundhug Day!

February’s Perfect Book By far, this is the perfect story for February.  Not only are you getting Valentine’s Day but also Groundhog Day! Both holidays are really seen together, but this time all of the animals want Groundhog to celebrate Valentine’s Day with them.  Only what if he sees his shadow? Then he won’t be […]

Papillon Goes To The Vet

Papillon Is A Cat Papillon is the fluffiest cat.  This is a cat so fluffy he floats.  He is perhaps one of the most adorable picture books characters I’ve ever seen. This white fluffy ball bounces around the pages.  Written by A. N. Kang, this is the second adventure of Papillon.  I must say that the […]

Munchem Academy Is Going To Steal Your Heart

Munchem Academy Series Munchem Academy is a newer series.  The second book: Munchem Academy: The Girl Who Knew Even More, is another foray into how Mattie Larimore eventually becomes the world’s greatest thief. You may be hesitant at that premise, but you should know that this is not just a context of good or evil.  […]

Suspect Red The Best Historical Fiction

Suspect Red Suspect Red is the perfect example of historical fiction. This novel by L. M. Elliott has the perfect balance of research and speculation.  Adding to the tension are pictures and facts from the time period that are from the story.  Nothing else can drop you into the paranoia of the Cold War faster […]

Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker

Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker There are definitely some great first chapter books to be found.  Beatrice Zinker Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes is perfect for young kids.  Beatrice is a little bit of a rebel or an outcast.  She is not a traditional kid by any means.  Beatrice after all prefers to think upside […]

Disney on Ice Let’s Celebrate Review

Wednesday night I had the opportunity to attend Disney on Ice at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. It’s always interesting to attend cause you get to see Disney in a whole new light and lets face it going to the ice capades is fun no matter what age you are! This show focused on a […]

Delivery Man in Theaters November 22nd

We were able to see The Delivery Man this summer.  We were not entirely certain what to expect from this film.  We do like Vince Vaughn in general but the plot is unlike any other.  A man finds out that he is the biological father of 533 children after having donated to a sperm bank […]

Disney Rockin’ Ever After on Ice @ Allstate Arena

This past Wednesday night we went to see Disney’s Rockin’ Ever After at the Allstate Arena.  I have to say for a week night and the show not starting till 7 pm, the place was packed!  I was surprised to see it so packed as the show was 2 hours long and my parents never […]

Disney On Ice: Rockin’ Ever After

  Disney on Ice is coming to the Chicago area!  I don’t think I’ve ever been to a live Disney show, so this will be an adventure.  You’ve got two opportunities to check it out in the Chicago area and tickets include free parking!  Now you haven’t got an excuse not to take the kids. […]