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Marvin’s Monster Diary 3 – Raun Melmed, Caroline Bliss Larsen & Arief Kriembonga (illustrations)

★★★★ ½ This week in a few words: Thrilling. Memorable. Dangerous. Hilarious. Marvin the Monster has figured out how to deal with distractions at school and difficult social situations...but he's never had to deal with Summer Camp. Marvin goes to a local camp with a lot of friends from his school and meets some new ones… Continue reading Marvin’s Monster Diary 3 – Raun Melmed, Caroline Bliss Larsen & Arief Kriembonga (illustrations)

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Buy the Avocado Toast: Crush Student Debt. Get Paid. Have the Life You Want! – Stephanie Bousley

★★★★ ½ I was so overwhelmed with what I owed that I could barely function. Stephanie Bousley graduated her first round of college with about 10k in debt. ...I thought that having a successful career was a formula...get into a good school, work hard... And she had it pretty much all paid off when she realized that… Continue reading Buy the Avocado Toast: Crush Student Debt. Get Paid. Have the Life You Want! – Stephanie Bousley

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Five Sisters by Stephanie Campisi & Mădălina Andronic (illustrator)

★★★★★ The woods had grown up around them thoughtful and wise, but the family they desperately wanted had not. A husband and wife couple spent their entire lives caring for their forest. They desperately wished for a child but nothing they did make a difference. One night, the husband - desperate - made a plea to the forest.… Continue reading Five Sisters by Stephanie Campisi & Mădălina Andronic (illustrator)

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Marvin’s Monster Diary 2 (+ Lyssa!) – Raul Melmed, Caroline Bliss Larsen and Arief Kriembonga (illustrator)

★★★★ Sometimes I see something across the room and my mind totally runs off in another direction in a pair of Sneaky, Squeaky Sneakers, Marvin Monster is the same as every other monster his age - he loves learning and playing - except he sometimes has troubles paying attention. He learned about ST4 (Stop Take Time… Continue reading Marvin’s Monster Diary 2 (+ Lyssa!) – Raul Melmed, Caroline Bliss Larsen and Arief Kriembonga (illustrator)

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The Munchy Munchy Cookbook for Kids – Pierre Lamielle

★★★★★ Ahhh! This was so stinking cute - I still cannot get over how much I LOVE this cookbook. This book is designed to get kids into the kitchen and to foster their creativity. It starts with a (surprisingly helpful) overview of the responsibilities and dangers associated with cooking. Not only does it tell them what to… Continue reading The Munchy Munchy Cookbook for Kids – Pierre Lamielle

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Fairy House – Debbie & Mike Schramer

★★★★ ½ Artists Mike and Debbie Schramer have been crafting and creating fairy houses for the past thirty years. They use mostly found objects to piece together wonderfully unique and stunningly beautiful fairy homes, gardens, furniture and many, many more. For years, people have asked HOW in the world to the Schramers make such intricate pieces...well ask no longer, for… Continue reading Fairy House – Debbie & Mike Schramer

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Bad Day Ice Cream: 50 Recipes That Make Everything Better – Barbara Beery & Kathryn Thompson

★★★★★ Think of this book as a list of "whine pairings" - just the right spoonful of sugar to help the yucky medicine of your bad day go down and, hopefully, stay down. Bad Day Ice Cream is truly the perfect book for any terrible occasion. Because, face it, bad days happen. And they happen a lot. And bad… Continue reading Bad Day Ice Cream: 50 Recipes That Make Everything Better – Barbara Beery & Kathryn Thompson

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Lit for Little Hands: A Christmas Carol by Brooke Jorden & David Miles (Illustrator)

★★★★ ½ Bah! Humbug! A classic Christmas story re-imagined for the little ones. One of my family's Christmas traditions is to watch (yet another) version of A Christmas Carol (ironically, despite watching almost a dozen different versions, I have yet to read the original.) But let me tell you - this edition is abso-freaking-lutely adorable… Continue reading Lit for Little Hands: A Christmas Carol by Brooke Jorden & David Miles (Illustrator)

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The Gifts of the Animals – Carole Gerber & Yumi Shimokawara

★★★★ The gentle beasts of sky and earth prepare their stable for Christ's birth. Everyone knows that in a little stable in Bethlehem, Christ is born...but what happened before that? How did the manger get its straw? Was there a little pillow for His head? In this sweet and charming Christmas tale, we learn how the animals… Continue reading The Gifts of the Animals – Carole Gerber & Yumi Shimokawara

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Why Evergreens Keep Their Leaves – Annemarie Riley Guertin

★★★★★ As she slept, a strong gust of wind shook her from her cozy nest...Little Redbird tumbled out and fell onto the cold, hard ground. Poor little Redbird is injured just before winter sets in and she is desperate. "May I live in your warm branches until spring returns?" She tries a silvery-white birch, an oak… Continue reading Why Evergreens Keep Their Leaves – Annemarie Riley Guertin