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.

MY REVIEW

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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Book Review: The Living God (The Living God, #1)

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️

Author: Kaytalin Platt

Format: E-book

Pages: 300

Publication Date: May 21, 2019

Categories: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Magic

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

Book Blurb:

The Living God is foretold to bring about the destruction of the world in order to rebuild it into a paradise. Some worship and welcome His coming, other’s fear Him and would do anything to stop it. The Living God follows the internal struggle of two mages, Saran and Keleir, as they confront their fears and attempt to find meaning in the hand that life has dealt them. Saran seeks to overthrow her crazed father and salvage what is left of her country before it falls into complete ruin. Keleir is cursed with a Rauke’s soul, an ancient creature who is only able to survive by merging with an unborn child upon entering our world. Saran and Keleir are touched by fate, gifted with the ability to sense each other, and destined for a future that neither care to know. When Saran’s magic is stolen, she must confront a life without the ability to manipulate time, struggle to see the rebellion finished, and keep Keleir from becoming The Living God. 

MY REVIEW

Thank you to Inkshares and Edelweiss+ for this free e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

Let’s start with the good: I love the cover, it’s a beautiful color palette. And I’ve been reading a lot of epic young adult fantasy books lately, so why not one more?

This was not for me. The beginning starts off with Saran D’Mor, who is a princess, and she is in the middle of a battle. She is helping rebels fight against her father the king. I thought a fast start was promising but instead it left me confused, like I missed book one, though this is the first book. Keleir is introduced right away, and he was interesting. He is a mage with an Oruke inside him, which is like a demon and it makes him very dangerous. Right away Saran and Keleir are established as lovers. But for punishment her father binds her magic which is a problem because she is the one that keeps Keleir’s Oruke at bay. Yikes.

This world Saran lives in is very complex and interesting. There are Gods and mages. Saran is a Time Mage but there are other types of mages as well, like fire mages and lightning mages. I liked how they could open a gate and teleport from one place to another. And then there are other worlds also or parallel worlds. Three to be exact which are called The First, The Second and The Third. I thought that was fascinating.

But the biggest problem I had with the book is I didn’t care about the story. I didn’t connect to the characters. I kept picking up the book and putting it off. I struggled through this one. Unfortunately, this one was not for me but I’m sure there are many fantasy lovers who would enjoy this fascinating world.

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 REVIEW

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.

Book Review: Beau and Bett

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️1/2

Author: Kathryn Perla

Format: E-book

Pages: 256

Publication Date: June 25, 2019

Categories: Beauty and the Beast Retelling, Romance, Young Adult

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

Book Blurb:

After Beau LeFrancois’s mother wrecks Bett Diaz’s luxury SUV, his family faces an impossibly large bill—with no car insurance to help pay it. To pay off the debt, Beau spends his weekends working at the Diaz Ranch.

Beau’s prepared to work, but he’s definitely not prepared for the infamous temper of Bett Diaz, also known as “The Beast” at school. As Beau learns the secrets behind Bett’s tough exterior, he finds himself falling for her . . . until he catches Bett in a lie.

A contemporary twist on a classic fairy tale, Beau and Bett is a timely story of family, friendship, and the power of speaking out and standing up for yourself.

MY REVIEW 

Thank you to Edelweiss+ for the opportunity to read this free e-arc for an honest review.

Beau and Bett, is a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast, minus the magic and minus an actual beast. This time Bettina Diaz, is the “Beast” in personality and Beau is Belle, which I thought was a cute twist. I thought the book got better in the middle where Beau and Bett spend more time getting to know each other. That’s where the story finally caught my interest.

Beau is a really good kid who is trying to help his family. He’s hard-working and seems like a pretty chill guy. Bettina is misjudged, she comes off like the materialistic rich girl. But she’s a lonely girl who loves the farm she lives on and finally makes a friend in Beau. I love that Beau didn’t give up on her.

This is a pretty straight forward contemporary retelling with no real surprises. Beau and Bett is a quick read, and a light-hearted young adult romance novel.