Family Magazine

Kids' Books: Anastasia's Picks

By Thismomloves @ThisMomLoves
I receive tons of great (and some not-so-great) children's books to review, and I usually focus on titles that best suit my daughters' ages and interests.
Recently I decided that some of the books for older kids deserve a mention, so I have enlisted my beautiful, avid-reading nine year old niece "Anastasia" (she got to choose her pseudonym!) to take a look and make some recommendations to my readers.
Here are her first picks, in her own words.
"Saltwater Taffy" by Eric delaBarre
Kids' Books: Anastasia's Picks
Saltwater Taffy is about five friends who try to find the lost treasure of Jean Lafitte (the great pirate). However they discover that the treasure is being happy and spending time with your family and friends. Happiness is not money. True happiness is spending time with those whom you love. {Yes, she really wrote "whom".} The part I liked best was when the friends realized what the treasure really was. The part I didn't like was when the children were almost caught trying to get revenge on somebody. (I hate it when children or anybody gets caught doing something bad!) I think 7 to 11 year olds would find this book particularly interesting.
**********
"Just Grace and The Terrible Tutu" by Charise Mericle Harper
Kids' Books: Anastasia's Picks
"Just Grace and The Terrible Tutu" is about a girl (Grace) who tries to make a toddler like her friend (Mimi), because she thinks the toddler hangs around her too much. The drawings in this book are cartoonish and look like they are hand-drawn by a younger girl. The headings seem to me like the girl is almost writing in a diary, as if it's a nonfiction story even though it isn't. I liked the part in the book when the girl named Grace has an idea...because she is NOT very good at hiding her secret idea! I didn't like the part where Grace's friend Mimi was acting very strange. I think 6 to 9 year old girls would enjoy this book.
{This is part of the "Just Grace" series...it's always nice to get kids hooked on a good series.}
****************
My thanks to Anastasia for her thoughtful contribitions to this post!
Disclosure: I received these books for review purposes. Opinions here belong to my niece, "Anastasia".

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Kids Books: Anastasia's Newest Picks

    Kids Books: Anastasia's Newest Picks

    My nine year old niece "Anastasia" (her self-chosen pseudonym) has both the honour and the responsibility of reading and reviewing books that come my way which... Read more

    By  Thismomloves
    FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Kids Popping Parents’ Prescriptions

    Do you have prescription pills in your home? Are those drugs locked up? Drug abuse prevention experts now recommend keeping all your medication locked up so tha... Read more

    By  Slattenk
    FAMILY, PARENTING
  • Southbank with Kids

    Southbank with Kids

    We went to London last Saturday. It has been ages since we last went, Defne cannot even remember anything about it. We preferred to go by train. It's only a... Read more

    By  Smilinglikesunshine
    FAMILY, PARENTING, SCHOOLING
  • Dang, My Kids Are Cute

    Dang, Kids Cute

    Today, I'm wearing my "Twins Aren't for Sissies" t-shirt, which I love. But really, some days twins just melt your heart. By the way, this is the adorable... Read more

    By  Hollyshaun0528
    FAMILY, PARENTING
  • The Best Pets For Kids

    Best Pets Kids

    When choosing a pet for a child, there are a couple key things to consider. First of all, you’ll want to choose a pet that is easy to care for because, chances... Read more

    By  Alison_wood
    FAMILY, PARENTING, PETS
  • Getting Creative with Kids

    Getting Creative with Kids

    Welcome to the August Carnival of Natural Parenting: Creating With KidsThis post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted b... Read more

    By  Smilinglikesunshine
    FAMILY, PARENTING, SCHOOLING
  • Drug Patches and Kids

    Drug Patches Kids

    I have heard of the patches that contain pharmaceutical medications like painkillers and birth control, but I never realized how dangerous they are for kids. Read more

    By  Newsanchormom
    FAMILY, PARENTING

Magazines