Book Review of Bliss by Kathryn Littlewood

Bliss is the first book in a new series called The Bliss Bakery Trilogy by Kathryn Littlewood (you can read my review of the second book here). Bliss was a recommendation from a reader of this blog. If you would like to request a review, please fill out the Book Suggestion form. I’d love to review any book your kids want to read that you haven’t had time to preview – or a book that you think other parents would love to know about.

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Book Review of Nurse Matilda (Nanny McPhee) by Christianna Brand

What do you do when your children are naughty and all your hired help has run off in despair? You hope and pray that Nurse Matilda shows up on your doorstep!

Wonder what your kids are reading? Check out What My Kids Read for thorough book reviews! Nurse Matilda by Christianna Brand ~ What My Kids Read

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Book Review of Who Could That Be At This Hour? (All the Wrong Questions) by Lemony Snicket

Who Could That Be At This Hour? is the first book in a 4 book series called All the Wrong Questions by Lemony Snicket, author of the Series of Unfortunate Events (I reviewed the first book, The Bad Beginning here). What My Kids Read Book Review of "Who Could That Be At This Hour?" by Lemony Snicket. First book in "All the Wrong Questions" series.

It is written from the perspective of a 12-year-old boy who is learning to be a detective of some kind. You are not given all the details, and as the book progresses, you realize that you know less about the story than you thought you did. It is written in that gumshoe manner, where you only know what the main character observes and thinks.

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Book Review of Pippi Goes On Board by Astrid Lindgren

Thorough book review of Pippi Goes on Board by Astrid Lindgren ~ What My Kids Read Pippi goes on Board is the second book about Pippi Longstocking. Once again, she has unpredictable and outrageous adventures that her friends, Tommy and Annika, are shocked and thrilled to go along with. It is very similar to the first book, Pippi Longstocking, which I reviewed here. It would be a great read-aloud, since every chapter has funny stories that many ages would enjoy.

There was a movie based on this book, made in the 1960s. We have not seen it.

Parents should be aware that Pippi makes some bad choices that would be deadly for a normal child. She mixes medicine together and drinks it – saying they will find out if it is poisonous if she dies from it. Another time, she carries a pistol and shoots it into the air for fun several times. She also talks quite a bit about cannibals (her father is the king of some cannibals and returns to take her back to the island). Pippi and her father lie, or tell tall tales. They talk about practicing their lying, as if it was a skill that needed to be worked on.

Also, I read the version translated by Florence Lamborn. Other translations might have different language. I read one review of the book that mentioned Pippi’s father was the king of the negroes. In this translation, it is cannibals (which is disturbing to me to think those words are translated from the same word in these books!).

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Book Review of Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Book Review of Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer What My Kids Read Please note that this post contains Amazon affiliate links, which means if you buy through my links, I will receive a percentage of the sale. It doesn’t cost you more, but it helps us out. Thanks! 

Artemis Fowl is the first of a series of eight books by Eoin Colfer, with some extra books about the same characters (graphic novels and such). It’s about a 12-year-old boy, Artemis Fowl, son of  European crime lord, heir to millions, and “criminal mastermind.” Artemis plant to restore the family fortune back to billions by capturing a fairy and holding it for ransom. You follow both Artemis and the fairies throughout the book. Lessons are learned on both sides along the way, but the reader is left not sure of which side is actually right or wrong. It’s a fun book to read. Not a classic, but definitely entertaining. The morality of a main character s questionable. Liam is reading them, but it is definitely a test to see what he picks up on as far as the shaky moral ground of all the characters.

Parents should be aware that the entire book is full of fairies and magic. There are a few instances of the word “damn.” There is a very violent fight scene (a main character dies and is magically brought back to life), and a few specific brands of guns are mentioned. The father is missing (presumed dead), and the mother is half crazy with grief and spends her days drugged with sleeping pills.  The Fowl family is known to be the head of a criminal empire, so various crimes are mentioned.

While I was looking for a plot summary, I read on Wikipedia that the author described these books as “Die-Hard with fairies.” I think that captures the essence of this book.

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