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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Coloring Book

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice Coloring Book

On 9/6 Michelle Woods wrote: The Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice Coloring Book is wonderful, even the cat loves it!The book has two features that really set it apart from any other coloring book: perforated pages (perfect for hanging up your art or sharing coloring time with others) and a wide variety of types of pictures to ... Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice Coloring Book illustrated by Julianne St. Clair

Michelle's Rating:

5 Stars

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Candy Apple Blessings

Candy Apple Blessings

On 8/8 Michelle Woods wrote: Candy Apple Blessings celebrates all of the fun things that happen in the fall. It is a 20-page board book with shiny foil accents on the cover. Each spread covers a different fall topic and a five line stanza where the first three lines rhyme. The fourth line is a single word repeated three times, ... Candy Apple Blessings illustrated by Maddie Frost

Michelle's Rating:

4 Stars

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Big Trucks

Big Trucks

On 7/31 Michelle Woods wrote: Big Trucks Getting the Job Done Together is a Touch-and-Feel Trucks book, published by Tommy Nelson, the children's imprint of the Christian publisher Thomas Nelson. It is a 12-page board book illustrated by Sergio De Giorgi.The front cover features Tipper, the dump truck with rubber wheels to feel. ... Big Trucks Getting the Job Done Together illustrated by Sergio De Giorgi

Michelle's Rating:

4 Stars

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Create!

Create!

On 7/6 Michelle Woods wrote: True to its name, Create! A Girl’s Guide to DIY, Doodles, & Design breaks it’s content up into those three categories. The 28 DIYs include Pom Pom garland, felt-flowered mirror, cross string art, and my favorite, book page embroidery. The 11 doodles include how to create your own hand-lettering ... Create! A Girl’s Guide to DIY, Doodles, & Design

Michelle's Rating:

4 Stars

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Go to Sleep, Sheep!

Go to Sleep, Sheep!

On 5/20 Michelle Woods wrote: Go to Sleep, Sheep illustrated by Sydney Hanson “The silly sheep in Bedtime Barnn don’t want to go to bed! Will they ever tire out?” Go to Sleep, Sheep is described as being a book to relax children who insist they are not sleepy. The pages describe in cute rhyming stanzas how the four young sheep ... Go to Sleep, Sheep illustrated by Sydney Hanson

Michelle's Rating:

5 Stars

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Really Woolly I Love You, Little One

Really Woolly I Love You, Little One

On 5/11 Michelle Woods wrote: I Love You, Little One by Bonnie Rickner Jensen, illustrated by Donna Chapman is a padded board book in the Really Woolly brand.It features 19 spreads each with a title that begins with “I Love You” and then roughly describes a theme, such as “I Love You to Love Others” and “I Love You When ... I Love You, Little One by Bonnie Rickner Jensen, illustrated by Donna Chapman

Michelle's Rating:

3 Stars

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Finding Gobi for Little Ones

Finding Gobi for Little Ones

On 3/27 Michelle Woods wrote: Finding Gobi for Little Ones is a 24-page board book. The pages are flimsy board for older children, which the publisher suggests is appropriate for ages 4-8. Notably, this is the same range as the paper children's book version, Gobi: A Little Dog with a Big Heart.All versions of this book (also including ... "Finding Gobi for Little Ones" by Dion Leonard, illustrated by Lisa Manuzak

Michelle's Rating:

5 Stars

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Night Night, Farm Touch and Feel

Night Night, Farm Touch and Feel

On 2/28 Michelle Woods wrote: Touch and Feel Night Night, Farm is a 10-page board book. The front and back covers are very sturdy and the inside pages are sufficiently sturdy. You won’t have to worry about this book getting bent or ripped, which is good given the touch and Feel style is usually for very young children. The title ... Touch and Feel Night Night, Farm by Amy Parker, illustrated by Virginia Allyn

Michelle's Rating:

4 Stars

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ICB Prayer Bible for Children

ICB Prayer Bible for Children

On 2/17 Michelle Woods wrote: The Prayer Bible is an International Children's Bible (ICB). The cover designs are metallic gold and there is a cloth blue ribbon bookmark.Though it has "large readable type" that is much easier to read than an adult bible, it is still probably only 10-point font. The pages are thin as in most Bibles, ... The Prayer Bible ICB Review

Michelle's Rating:

4 Stars

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With Love, From Me to You

With Love, From Me to You

On 1/26 Michelle Woods wrote: With Love, From Me to You is a board book that shows how to love one another in various situations and also how God shows love to us.A polar bear mail carrier visits a new little animal each spread of pages, encountering animals who are sad, shy, and angry, delivering letters sealed with hearts. The ... With Love, From Me to You by Mary Manz Simon, illustrated by Corinna Ice

Michelle's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Austen Escape

The Austen Escape

On 12/30 Michelle Woods wrote: The Austen Escape is the fourth Katherine Reay book I've read, and unfortunately I did not find it as enjoyable as previous books.Mary goes on a Jane Austen–inspired trip to England with her friend Isabel to stayin Bath, acting and dressing as though they belonged in one of Jane Austen's novels. ... "The Austen Escape" by Katherine Reay

Michelle's Rating:

3 Stars

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One Christmas Bear

One Christmas Bear

On 10/18 Michelle Woods wrote: "Two tiny mice get a ride, and off they go!Two funny foxes making angels in the snow."One Christmas Bear is a 20-page board book with a unique cut-out shape. Though it is a board book, it is not as thick as many others and the pages can still bend and flex. It is a counting book that follows a polar ... "One Christmas Bear" written and illustrated by Anne Vittur Kennedy

Michelle's Rating:

4 Stars

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I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat

I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat

On 10/6 Michelle Woods wrote: I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat is an adorable children's book about a skittish cat who has a prayer to repeat to help make it not afraid anymore. Written by Max Lucado, the text is funny and a joy to read. It follows several repetitions of the cat saying, "I'm not a scaredy-cat...except when:" and gives two ... "I'm Not a Scaredy-Cat: A Prayer for When You Wish You Were Brave" by Max Lucado, illustrated by Shirley Ng-Benitez

Michelle's Rating:

5 Stars

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Finding Gobi: Young Reader's Edition

Finding Gobi: Young Reader's Edition

On 9/17 Michelle Woods wrote: I'd really enjoyed the children's book Gobi: A Little Dog With a Big Heart by Dion Leonard, illustrated by Lisa Manuzak, so I was excited to read the young readers version, Finding Gobi: The True Story of One Little Dog's Big Journey. Both books tell the story of an ultra-marathon runner, Dion, meeting ... "Finding Gobi: The True Story of One Little Dog's Big Journey" by Dion Leonard

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2 Stars

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Gobi: A Little Dog with a Big Heart

Gobi: A Little Dog with a Big Heart

On 8/27 Michelle Woods wrote: Gobi: A Little Dog With a Big Heart is an adorable children's book that shares the true story of a stray dog who runs with ultra-marathon runner through the Gobi desert.Rather than focusing around a conflict, this book instead focuses on the power of friendship. The biggest challenge the runner and dog ... Gobi: A Little Dog With a Big Heart by Dion Leonard, Illustrated by Lisa Manuzak

Michelle's Rating:

5 Stars

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Precious Moments Little Book of Bible Stories

Precious Moments Little Book of Bible Stories

On 8/8 Michelle Woods wrote: Precious Moments Little Book of Bible Stories is a small padded-cover board book. It contains 16 stories, ranging from "The Beginning" to "Jesus Lives!" and "Tell the Good News!" Each story is given a name, the Bible chapter or chapters it is based upon, and a short paragraph, while the opposite page ... "Precious Moments Little Book of Bible Stories" by Jean Fischer

Michelle's Rating:

4 Stars

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Princess Prayers

Princess Prayers

On 8/1 Michelle Woods wrote: Princess Prayers is a 26-page padded cover board book. The cover also has glitter in select places, giving the book a really nice first impression. Each spread of pages includes a prayer and a picture. On the left page, there's a two stanza rhyming prayer and a Bible verse that the prayer is based ... "Princess Prayers" by Crystal Bowman

Michelle's Rating:

4 Stars

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Jesus Loves Me

Jesus Loves Me

On 6/4 Michelle Woods wrote: Jesus Loves Me! A Sing-Along Book is a children’s board book containing three verses of the song Jesus Love Me. It is 20 pages long of thinner weight board pages. It opens so that the pages can lie flat, which is really nice since the pictures always are across the entire spread. The pictures feature ... Jesus Loves Me! A Sing-Along Book illustrated by Gynux

Michelle's Rating:

4 Stars

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All Things Bright and Beautiful

All Things Bright and Beautiful

On 5/30 Michelle Woods wrote: All Things Bright and Beautiful: the Lord God Made Them All is a padded board book with a handled spine. I can definitely see young ones carrying around this book full of colorful illustrations and glittered pages. It is described as a rebelling of a well-loved hymn. The story starts and ends by ... "All Things Bright and Beautiful" illustrated by Dawn Machell

Michelle's Rating:

5 Stars

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Remember To Forget, Revised And Expanded Edition

Remember To Forget, Revised And Expanded Edition

On 5/3 Michelle Woods wrote: Levi hasn't spoken since the sudden death of his girlfriend, Delia. After months of therapy, there was no improvement on his depression, or his refusal to speak. Out of ideas, his mother decides that he should move from Australia to go live with his father in Maine. Levi is rude, sarcastic, and even ... Review: "Remember to Forget" by Ashley Royer

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3 Stars

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The Berenstain Bears Bear Country Fun Sticker and Activity Book

The Berenstain Bears Bear Country Fun Sticker and Activity Book

On 4/4 Michelle Woods wrote: The Berenstain Bears Bear Country Fun Sticker & Activity Book is a thin, 32-page paperback perfect for entertaining that 4-8 year old in your life. There's a variety of activities, most of which can be enjoying without reading, though younger children may need help with the instructions.Activities ... Review: "The Berenstain Bears: Bear Country Fun Sticker & Activity Book" by Jan & Mike Berenstain

Michelle's Rating:

5 Stars

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Veggie Tales Bible NIrV

Veggie Tales Bible NIrV

On 2/28 Michelle Woods wrote: VeggieTales Bible is specifically designed to be engaging and accessible to a younger audience, while still being a full Bible. It is not simply a collection of VeggieTales Bible stories.A few key features set this bible apart:Spread throughout the Bible, there are 8 full-color VeggieTales comics that ... Review: "VeggieTales Bible: New International Reader's Version"

Michelle's Rating:

5 Stars

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Veggie Tales Bible NIrV

Veggie Tales Bible NIrV

On 2/28 Michelle Woods wrote: VeggieTales Bible is specifically designed to be engaging and accessible to a younger audience, while still being a full Bible. It is not simply a collection of VeggieTales Bible stories.A few key features set this bible apart:Spread throughout the Bible, there are 8 full-color VeggieTales comics that ... Review: "VeggieTales Bible: New International Reader's Version"

Michelle's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Newsmakers

The Newsmakers

On 2/17 Michelle Woods wrote: In The Newsmakers, serious reporter Erica Sparks lands a job at Global News Network, the fast growing news station in the country. Her determination and drive quickly set her apart as she lands the most improbable of interviews. Whentragedy strikes, Erica's right place at the right time launches her ... Review: "The Newsmakers" by Lis Wiehl with Sebastian Stuart

Michelle's Rating:

5 Stars

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Whispers in the Reading Room

Whispers in the Reading Room

On 1/23 Michelle Woods wrote: "I would never stop you from reading whatever you like. I like that you are smart, Lydia. That is one of the things I admire about you.""You are the first person who has told me anything of the sort." Another excellent installment in Shelley Gray's Chicago World's Fair Mysteries series, Whispers ... Review: "Whispers in the Reading Room" by Shelley Gray

Michelle's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Beginner's Bible A Christmas Celebration Sticker and Activity Book

The Beginner's Bible A Christmas Celebration Sticker and Activity Book

On 12/13 Michelle Woods wrote: A Christmas Celebration Sticker & Activity Book is a 16-page paperback that includes more than 50 stickers. With the exception of the coloring pages, the other activity pages are brightly colored, which make for a very attractive book.Activities include using stickers to finish a picture, finding ... Review: A Christmas Celebration Sticker & Activity Book

Michelle's Rating:

5 Stars

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Precious Moments 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury

Precious Moments 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury

On 11/17 Michelle Woods wrote: "Let there be furry bunnies and fast cheetahs!" God said with delight. "Fill the land with wrinkly elephants and tall giraffes. Let the animals play on my earth!"The 5-Minute Bedtime Treasury is a 192-page padded hardcover book. There is a ribbon bookmark bound into the spine for an easy way to keep ... Review: "5-Minute Bedtime Treasury" by Precious Moments

Michelle's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Brontë Plot

The Brontë Plot

On 11/5 Michelle Woods wrote: In The Bronte Plot, Lucy Alling works at a reputable antique shop for with the owner, her mentor, Sid. She loves her job, but her favorite part is what she loving refers to as Book Day, where she takes care of all of the special edition, rare books. It's through these rare books that she takes an interest ... Review: "The Bronte Plot" by Katherine Reay

Michelle's Rating:

5 Stars

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The Beginner's Bible Wild About Creation Sticker and Activity Book

The Beginner's Bible Wild About Creation Sticker and Activity Book

On 9/10 Michelle Woods wrote: The Beginner's Bible Wild About Creation Sticker & Activity Book is a short, staple bound 16-page full-color book containing over 50 stickers.The activities include: tracing, drawing, connecting the dots, spotting differences between two images, coloring, matching male & female animals, maze, ... Review: "Wild About Creation Sticker & Activity Book"

Michelle's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Curse of Crow Hollow

The Curse of Crow Hollow

On 8/30 Michelle Woods wrote: Small town friends Scarlett, Cordelia, Hays, and Naomi ditch their own party to have a private camping trip up by the town's old mines -- an area that has been fenced off mad locked up since before they were born. Superstition, rumor, and small town gossip were enough to keep most people away from the ... Review: "The Curse of Crow Hollow" by Bill Coffey

Michelle's Rating:

4 Stars

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The Day Is Waiting

The Day Is Waiting

On 6/29 Michelle Woods wrote: The Day is Waiting is a collection of illustrations by the late Don Freeman, author and illustrator of Corduroy books I enjoyed as a child. This book is full of images that published posthumously with text written by a close friend and colleague of Freeman's. The illustrations are just as beautiful ... Review: "The Day is Waiting" by Don Freeman and Linda Zuckerman

Michelle's Rating:

4 Stars

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Princess Charity Sticker and Activity Book

Princess Charity Sticker and Activity Book

On 6/19 Michelle Woods wrote: Princess Charity is part of a five-book sticker and activity book series titled The Princess Parables. Each 16-page book focuses on one of five sisters and Princess Charity is the youngest.The activities are similar to the other Princess Parable books, but some types are unique to this book as well. ... Review: "Princess Charity Sticker & Activity Book" inspired by Jeanna Young & Jacqueline Johnson, pictures by Omar Aranda

Michelle's Rating:

4 Stars

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Princess Grace Sticker and Activity Book

Princess Grace Sticker and Activity Book

On 6/3 Michelle Woods wrote: The Princess Grace Sticker & Activity Book is one of five in the series that follows a princess and her sisters. It is a 16-page activity book and includes 50 stickers. The main "story" of the Princess Grace book is following her mischievous kitten, Poppy.Some of the activities were the same type ... Review: "Princess Grace Sticker & Activity Book" inspired by Jeanna Young & Jacqueline Johnson with Pictures by Omar Aranda

Michelle's Rating:

4 Stars

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Princess Joy Sticker and Activity Book

Princess Joy Sticker and Activity Book

On 5/20 Michelle Woods wrote: The Princess Joy Sticker & Activity Book is a short 16-page booklet, but packs a lot of different activities into its few pages. The book starts with a "Once upon a time..." two sentence story with a full color picture and clearly identified places to put six of the 50 stickers that come with the ... Review: "Princess Joy Sticker & Activity Book" inspired by Jeanna Young & Jacqueline Johnson with Pictures by Omar Aranda

Michelle's Rating:

4 Stars

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Deception on Sable Hill

Deception on Sable Hill

On 5/5 Michelle Woods wrote: IThough Deception at Sable Hill is the second of the Chicago World's Fair mystery series, I did not feel lost having not read the first novel. However, this book was so enjoyable I may have to go back and read it out of order!Eloise Carstairs is considered by many to be the most elligible bachelorette: ... Review: "Deception at Sable Hill" by Shelley Gray

Michelle's Rating:

5 Stars

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Only God Can Make a Kitten

Only God Can Make a Kitten

On 3/11 Michelle Woods wrote: Only God Can Make a Kitten is a delightful rhyming story book for ages 4-8, according to the back of the book.The story features a young, inquisitive boy asking his mother questions about who made things, from the ocean, to trees, to snow. His questions are posed in a concise four-line stanza, which ... Review: Only God Can Make a Kitten by Rhonda Greene and Illustrated by Laura Bryant

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5 Stars

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Tiny Bear's Bible

Tiny Bear's Bible

On 2/28 Michelle Woods wrote: Tiny Bear's Bible is a fuzzy covered book that toddlers are sure to love. The bears ears can be wiggled on the cover, which I know my niece will enjoy.Between the fuzzy covers are board book pages that tell twelve Bible stories through short one-to-two paragraph poems. After the poem, there is sometimes ... Review: Tiny Bear's Bible

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5 Stars

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Precious Moments: God Watches Over Me

Precious Moments: God Watches Over Me

On 2/15 Michelle Woods wrote: God Watches Over Me is a collection of poems and Bible verses, illustrated with Precious Moments drawings. It is a board book with a foam board cover, making it ideal for children like my niece who haven't learned to be gentle with the pages yet!Each page has a category of a place or time where God is ... Review: "God Watches Over Me"

Michelle's Rating:

3 Stars

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Two Renegade Realms

Two Renegade Realms

On 2/1 Michelle Woods wrote: Donita K. Paul's second installment in the Realm Walkers series, Two Renegade Realms lives up to the high expectations set by its quirky predecessor. One Realm Beyond introduced this great new fantasy world where realm walkers are individuals chosen by Primen (God) to protect the realms. The Realm Walkers ... Review: "Two Renegade Realms" by Donita K. Paul

Michelle's Rating:

4 Stars

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MindWar

MindWar

On 8/5 Michelle Woods wrote: Former high school football star Rick Dial is sought out by the government for his video game skills in MindWar by Andrew Klavan, the first of the trilogy.  With four months of doing nothing but playing video games after an accident left him crippled, he became the world leader in three different ... Review: "MindWar" by Andrew Klavan

Michelle's Rating:

3 Stars

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One Realm Beyond

One Realm Beyond

On 5/27 Michelle Woods wrote: One Realm Beyond is the first book (and currently only book) of the Realm Walkers series by Donita K. Paul.  Once young realm walkers have learned all they can under their mentors, they are free to roam the realms looking for a dragon companion.  Cantor thought that would be an easy task compared ... Review: "One Realm Beyond" by Donita K. Paul

Michelle's Rating:

5 Stars

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