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That Curious Sign on Aisle Nine

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Kyle Morey is a guy full of life and imagination, and he’s at it again in this clever children’s book! The author of Ask GodKyle is proving he is diverse and talented as an author.

In That Curious Sign on Aisle Nine a young boy goes to a pet shop and finds that he already has all the pets that are available…but there’s a sign on aisle nine that piques his curiosity. The pet shop’s secret is a purple gorilla, but the boy is warned not to poke his new pet. You know what kids do when they’re told not to do something, right? Well, the boy pokes his new, large, purple friend. What ensues is an adventure!

Your kids will be sitting on the edge of their seats as they find out what happens as this ferocious beast does what ferocious beasts do…all in a melodic rhyme that hearkens to those of Dr. Seuss.

I loved this book and I’m sure your children will, too! This is one of those books you’ll read over and over again.

*I was provided with a complementary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


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Prince Noah and the School Pirates


Prince Noah has learning differences (he’s based on the author’s son who has Down Syndrome). This story takes Prince Noah and his friends to school. They go to school on boats, and the boats are highly segregated. When the boats are all blown off-course by a storm, they’re captured by pirates and the children are all imprisoned — together. There, they use their various skills and abilities to work together to free themselves and thereafter they’re schooled all together.

As the mother of three kids with special needs, I love the premise of this book (that children shouldn’t be pigeonholed because of their differences), but the implementation in this case just feels ‘off’. Maybe it is the translation from the author’s native German, but the story just feels strange. The wording is awkward and choppy.

I’m really disappointed since I loved the original Prince Noah book. This one just didn’t do it for me.

I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Home For Christmas: Stories for Young and Old


Christmas is a time for tradition.  Time-honored traditions have a way of unifying our experience of the holiday in ways that few other things can. I started a few traditions when my children were young and we still find them comforting today. Still, I wish I had started more traditions…and reading from a book of Christmas stories daily as the days count down is a great way to get into the holiday spirit.

Home for Christmas is a delightful anthology of short stories with Christmas themes. The authors are familiar (Pearl Buck, Henry van Dyke) and less-familiar, but all are enjoyable and pleasant. Most are secular stories that capture the “spirit of Christmas” in subtle ways. The 20 stories are all great for reading aloud to children or adults and most are about 10 minutes of reading or less. I didn’t get the book until right before Christmas so I didn’t get to read it much in my run-up to the holiday, but I will next year.

I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for my review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.


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