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BLOG TOUR | Skunk and Badger by. Amy Timberlake

Welcome to the Skunk and Badger blog tour! This one is a little different from the books I usually feature on this blog but I couldn’t pass up on the illustrations in this book. Look and their faces!

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: Skunk and Badger

Author: Amy Timberlake

Illustrations: Jon Klassen

Format: eBook (NetGalley)

Pages: 136

Publication Date: 9/15/20

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

Categories: Middle-Grade Fiction, Animals

Disclaimer: **I received this book free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

Wallace and Gromit meets Winnie-the-Pooh in a fresh take on a classic odd-couple friendship, from Newbery Honor author Amy Timberlake with full-color and black-and-white illustrations throughout by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen.
No one wants a skunk.
They are unwelcome on front stoops. They should not linger in Important Rock Rooms. Skunks should never, ever be allowed to move in. But Skunk is Badger’s new roommate, and there is nothing Badger can do about it.
When Skunk plows into Badger’s life, everything Badger knows is upended. Tails are flipped. The wrong animal is sprayed. And why-oh-why are there so many chickens?
Newbery Honor author Amy Timberlake spins the first tale in a series about two opposites who need to be friends.
New York Times bestselling author/illustrator and Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen completes the book with his signature lushly textured art. This beautifully bound edition contains both full-color plates and numerous black-and-white illustrations.
Skunk and Badger is a book you’ll want to read, reread, and read out loud . . . again and again.

  • The illustrations are what caught my eye in the first place. I love the facial expressions of Badger and Skunk, the drawings really capture their personalities.
  • The characters Badger and Skunk are so different that living together comes with some challenges. Badger is set in his ways and Skunk is a flurry of energy. I like how the story shows how people with different personalities can learn to get along if they try.
  • This is perfect for middle grade readers but as an adult, I enjoyed it a lot too.
  • The ukulele scene had me! I live in Hawaii, so when Badger started belting out a Hawaiian tune, it made my heart melt and smile.

Skunk and Badger is so full of charm! I love how they eventually resolve their problems. It just goes to show that even with differences we are also alike in a lot of ways.

💕 ~ Yolanda

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Monthly Wrap Up: May 2019

Another month is done! Wow, I can’t we are in June…I’m not ready for the second half of the year. I think I did pretty good this month despite not reading anything before the GoT finale. 😂 Here’s what I read:

In Bloom by. Katie Delahanty – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Lady Smoke by. Laura Sebastian – ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
Pretty Reckless by. L. J. Shen – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Beau & Bett by. Kathryn Berla – ⭐️⭐️1/2
Rule by. Ellen Goodlett – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Bluestocking by. Christi Caldwell – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
What The Woods Keep by. Katya De Becerra – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Breakout by. A.M.Rose – ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
Spin by. Colleen Nelson – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Four Dead Queens by. Astrid Scholte – ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
Some Like it Scandalous by. Maya Rodale – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Rebel Born by. Amy A. Bartol – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
Kingdom of Exiles by. Maxym M. Martineau – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Memory Thief by. Lauren Mansy – ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Brazen and the Beast by. Sarah MacLean – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Children’s Books:

I did manage to review some Children’s Books – I read so many of these to my kids, I haven’t been able to keep up with reviewing them. I will probably be moving all my Children’s book reviews to a new blog to keep things separate. Stay tuned with that!

Stinky Science by. Edward Kay – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Boy From The Dragon Palace by. Margaret Read MacDonald – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Bye Bye Big! by. Margaret Read MacDonald – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Look Inside Space by. Rob Lloyd Jones – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Llama Llama Mess, Mess, Mess by. Anna Dewdney – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’m caught up on my NetGalley reads, just waiting to get approved for a few books. Since I’ll be waiting on that, I can catch up on the hardcover books I have waiting on my shelf and books I borrowed online as well. 😄 There are a few books I am really looking forward to reading in June. 🤗

Happy reading everyone! And hello June…😘

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Children’s Book Review: Stinky Science

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Author: Edward Kay

Illustrator: Mike Shiell

Format: E-book

Pages: 44

Grade Level: 3-7

Age Range: 8-12 years old

Categories: Science

Disclaimer: **I received this book free from Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

Book Blurb:

This book about the science of smells takes a funky subject and makes it fascinating — and hilarious! It starts with the basics, from the reason why things stink to how our sense of smell works (hint: it has to do with the six million scent receptors way up inside our noses). Then come some specifics such as how and why smells are closely linked to memories, descriptions of some of the stinkiest stinks on Earth and information about the chemicals that smells are made of. (Young readers finally learn why feet and some cheeses can smell the same!) Altogether, the book offers a complete tour of everything olfactory, while also being a compendium of the best-of in the gross-out category. Poop, rotting flesh, b.o.: what more could a nose-y kid ask for?

Edward Kay is an award-winning children’s television writer and science writer. Here he uses his knack for knowing what kids like to create an entertaining, laugh-out-loud book that’s thoroughly researched and full of up-to-date facts. It offers strong curriculum links in the life sciences, particularly the human body structure and systems, and molecules and organisms. Adding to the fun are the funny comic-style illustrations by Mike Shiell on every page. (Yes, of course, there’s farting!) Kids may not even notice they’re learning science! A glossary and index round out this terrific book.


Thank you to Kids Can Press and Edelweiss+ for giving me a free e-arc of this book to read.

My 6 year old son is a very curious boy who seems to be asking me questions non-stop about space, sea creatures that live in the deep, bacteria, you name it! Obviously, I am no expert in these subjects. I saw the title of this book and knew it would answer some of his questions. I also thought I could learn a few things. Another reason I requested this book is that my son needs to read and log 25 non-fiction books per school quarter. He reads a lot of fun fiction books but it’s harder for us to find fun non-fiction books.

When I was done reading it to him, he asked if the author wrote more books and that I should buy them if he did. The book was funny yet informative and the illustrations were hilarious. We learned about body odor, foot odor, cheese that smelled like foot odor, smells that come from animals. We even learned about poop smell – the grosser the funnier for my son. 🤷🏻‍♀️ He is younger than the recommended age level for this book but he understood most of it and if he didn’t it was easy for me to break it down for him. This was a fun, informative and enjoyable learning experience for both my son and I.

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Children’s Books – Mini Reviews:

Here are three books I got for my 6 year old son at the Hawaii Book and Music. We enjoyed all of them. 😄

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: The Boy From The Dragon Palace

Author: Margaret Read MacDonald

Illustrator: Sachiko Yoshikawa

Format: Paperback

Pages: 32

Categories: Japanese Folklore, Wishes

Book Blurb:

One day, a poor flower seller drops his leftover flowers into the sea as a gift for the Dragon King. What does he get in return? A little snot-nosed boy—with the power to grant wishes! Soon the flower seller is rich, but what will happen if he forgets the meaning of “thank you?”


I picked up the paperback, autographed copy of this book at a recent book festival. I love the cover and thought it would be perfect for my 6 year old son. We read it together and we laughed a lot. It’s a retelling of a Japanese folktale about a boy who would blow his nose and basically grant wishes. A snotty nosed genie! 😂 The illustrations are very beautiful and the lessons taught in the story are about greed and being ungrateful. My son and I loved this book!

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My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Title: Bye, Bye, Big!

Author: Margaret Read MacDonald & Gerald Fierst

Illustrator: Kitty Harvill

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 36

Categories: Animals, Circle of Life

Book Blurb:

BIG BIG Frog snaps up little little mosquito. But BIG BIG snake snaps up little little frog. And so the chain continues…until BIG BIG man is zapped by little little mosquito. BIG print and easy to read text, fun to read aloud or to pour over on your own. Kitty Harvill’s bright papercuts leap off the page.


I got the autographed copy of this hard cover version at a book festival and what caught me eye was the colorful cover. Also, I wanted a book my son would have fun reading by himself. This is simply worded and repetitive enough that he wouldn’t find it too challenging to read. He also loves animals, so this was perfect for him. I read it to my 2 year old daughter and she actually told me to stop it. I think because the animals were getting eaten by the bigger one, similar to There Was An Old Woman Who Swallowed A Fly. She was scared for the animals, I think. But when I read it to my son again, she listened and actually laughed this time. The illustrations are nice and big!

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My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Title: Look Inside Space

Author: Rob Lloyd Jones

Format: Hard Cover

Pages: 14

Categories: Space

Book Blurb:

This is a great fun flap book packed with interesting information about space, and the amazing things that float through it – stars, moons, comets, and the planets of our solar system. Each double-page spread has a stunning colour illustration, and several flaps to lift to find out more about what’s going on in the scene – such as what goes inside the International Space Station, how astronauts visited the Moon and what they did there, as well as the history of astronomy, from Galileo to the Hubble Space Telescope.


Another book festival find at the Usborne books tent – my son is into all things space, so I had to get this book for him. It was flaps in the book which makes it a but more interactive. We went through this book together and I learned some things as well! We loved the illustrations and facts about planets, black holes and more. It’s a great book for kids who are interested about space!

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Children’s Corner Book Review: Llama Llama Mess, Mess, Mess

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Author: Anna Dewdney

Format: E-book

Publication Date: August 27, 2019

Categories: Helping, Cleaning Up, Children’s Fiction

Disclaimer: **I received this book free from Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own**


My family and I love all the Llama Llama books. So this one is no exception, it’s a great book teaching young ones how they can help to clean up their space. I need to read this book to my kids every day and maybe the message will someday stick. They sure don’t listen to ME when I tell them the house is a mess, mess, mess and to help me clean up! 😂 This is a perfect edition to the whole Llama Llama series with it’s classic illustrations and a topic that is on going in any household.

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Monthly Wrap Up: April 2019

I think I did pretty good this month despite all the holiday events my family and I were busy with. I’ve read a lot of children’s books too but haven’t had time to write reviews for them. I’ll be adding more of them for May. So here’s what I read in April:

The Moon is a Silver Pond by Sara Cassidy – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Children’s Fiction)

Repeat by Kylie Scott – ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Honor Bound by. Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Gamer’s Guide to Getting the Girl by. Kristine Scarrow – ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Priory of the Orange Tree by. Samantha Shannon – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Thirteenth Guardian by. K.M. Lewis – ⭐️⭐️1/2

Voice of Dominion by. Melanie Cellier – ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe by. Ally Condie – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

In Bloom (The Brightside Book 1) by. Katie Delahanty – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (review coming soon)

I also read these titles on NetGalley. But I’ll post reviews of these books near their publications dates:

  • The Storm Crow – by. Kalyn Josephson 😍
  • Spin the Dawn – by. Elizabeth Lim 😍
  • The First Girl Child – by. Amy Harmon 😍

Hope you all had a good reading month! Happy READING 😘

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Children’s Book Review: The Moon is a Silver Pond

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Author: Sara Cassidy

Illustrator: Josée Bisaillon

Publication Date: September 10, 2019

Category: Children’s Fiction

Disclaimer: **I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**


My kids (2 and 6 years old) and I read this together. I requested this book to read because I am that parent who runs outside when there is a full moon and we sit outside to enjoy the view. I knew they would love this book. We enjoyed the beautiful illustrations and it was written simply enough for my kindergarten son to read himself. I liked how it showed us the “moon” in everyday things, like a button or apple pie. This book is great for toddlers and early readers to encourage them to use their imaginations.

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Children’s Book Review: Summer Days Fall Days

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Author: Kate Colley

Illustration: Dale Nigel Gobel

Publication Date: September 24, 2019

Categories: Flip Book, Seasons, Children’s Book

Disclaimer: **I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**


This book had me at “flippable book”! I always engage my kids in these book reviews, and my daughter saw the ice cream on the cover and was immediately excited. Now, because I read this book to her on an iPad as an e-book, she lost interest by the time I went to flip the book. But if this was a physical copy, I have a feeling this would be added to our night reading pile because it’s colorful with large pictures, it’s short and it flips. I enjoyed the flipping part to the Fall Days section, because we live in Hawaii, we don’t really experience fall but that doesn’t stop me from showing my kids how autumn is experienced around the world. Overall it’s a great book! I’d buy a physical copy for my child and it would make a great gift for other children as well.

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Book Review: Little Bear Wants to GROW

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Author: Judith Koppens

Illustrator: Suzanne Diedren

Publication Date: April 19, 2019

Categories: Children’s Fiction, Growing Up

Disclaimer: **I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**


This book is perfect for my two year old daughter who is enamored by cute, fuzzy creatures. I read this book to her and she smiled happily when she saw the Little Bear. From an adult’s perspective, the book’s illustrations are charming and colorful. I chose it for my daughter because of the cover and she’s a two-year old, so lately I keep telling her she’s a big girl now, especially because she just gave up her pacifier. This book covers the concept of “growing” for children in a sweet-mannered, simple way. It’s perfect for toddlers who might be wondering why adult’s keep talking about them growing up all the time.