This is a collection of children’s stories:
The Teapot and The Kettle
The Last Unicorn
The White Rhino
The Lost Puppy
The Green Knight and The Dragon Warrior Save Santa
Each story has a really cute hand drawn picture that I think kids would enjoy looking at. My kids are getting a bit too old for these stories, but it might be a bit much for younger kids. I think if you give the stories a read, you’ll be able to tell if these bedtime stories will work for your children. Each story has an interesting fantasy twist that I found amusing. Overall, I think this is a fun book that middle-aged children would enjoy reading.
This children’s anthology is 5 short stories for bedtime:
The Wicked Witch and The Squirrels
The Treasure Fairy
The Wicked Witch, The Hacker
The Wicked Witch and The Switch
The Wicked Witch in Black and White
They include cute drawings that I find adorable and appropriate for a child to view. The stories themselves, while interesting are just too sophisticated for younger children and too juvenile for older children. With my children, I would have had to stop the story frequently to explain what a word meant and my older kids would lose interest. You know damn well the teenager would roll her eyes but what do they not roll their eyes about, lol. Anyway, each tale is interesting and I think these stories can appeal to certain children. I’d suggest you read a sample of this anthology to see if your children will enjoy it. My favorite story is The Wicked Witch and the Squirrels. It was really cute about the wicked witch stealing baby squirrel’s tales. Poor things! I like the plot, the characters and the overall vibe.
Title: The Concert Pianist
Author: Judy and Keith
Length: Novella, 68 pgs
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Mystery
TBR Reviewer: Jean
Rating: 3 Stars – A Good Read
They say true genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. But for 13-year-old Elizabeth Crenshaw, it's 100% fate. The spirit of aspiring pianist Lola Schumann lays trapped in a second-hand piano, and only Elizabeth can tell her story through the music that flows magically from the keys into her fingers.
The authors display some admirable musical knowledge in this story, which gave it a satisfying authenticity for this reader. However, the murder mystery within the story is the main event here, focusing on police detective Gareth Lomas and his cold case file on Lola Schumann. So much so, that the main character seems to be Gareth rather than Elizabeth, whom we are introduced to at the beginning of the story. The short length of this work doesn't allow for much detail into the Elizabeth's journey nor the backstory of Lola and detective Lomas' subsequent investigation. A full-blown Lee-Child-esque novel could almost be pulled from these pages, and I hope the author takes up that challenge someday.
That said, the quickness with which this story takes place gives the feeling of being written in a hurry too, leaving some mistakes and trite, too-expedient details in its wake. If they can get past those, mystery readers and music lovers will enjoy this imaginative story!
Title: Little Slave Girl
Author: Judy and Keith
Genres: Childrens, Fiction
TBR Reviewer: Amy
Rating: 3 Stars - A Good Read!
Nicole and James are given a reading assignment for the summer. As they start reading they realize they relate to the slave girl and take turns playing her character. Nicole goes away and ends up missing. Can the story give James clues to where Nicole is?
The story starts off interesting with the girls having to read over the summer for class. They chose Little Slave Girl which is about a young girl who is sold into slavery. I liked that Nicole and James really got into reading the story and could find similiarites between them and their character. The author did a great job drawing the reader in. While the story was intriguing I also feel that it taught a lesson which makes the story even better. I'm giving this story a three because I do wish it was a bit longer and I felt the characters could of been more.