Kid’s Book Review: The Door To Time by Pierdomenico Baccalario.

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This is book one of the Ulysses Moore series.

When Julia and Jason move into a new home, they notice the house has many rooms and mysteries. The kind of mysteries like a chair moving when you are not looking. While playing, Jason falls from a cliff and finds a mysterious box in a little hole in the rock face. In this box is a coded message that sends the children on an adventure trying to figure out what it means.

Rating: 8/10 – I did enjoy this book quite a bit but there was a lot of problem solving and not much action.

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Kid’s Book Review: Listen Slowly by Thanhha Lai

 

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Mai is sent to Vietnam with her grandmother in hopes of finding what happened to her grandmother’s husband after the war. When she arrives, she meets a young girl her age named Ut, who she immediately doesn’t like. During her grandmother’s quest, Ut and Mai have fun moments and become good friends.

Rating: 7.5/10 – The girls ate snails and they described that very clearly. Because I have pet snails and care about them, it was a little upsetting to me. This book was very descriptive of Vietnam and gave me a good idea of what it might be like there.

 

Kid’s Book Review: “A hero for Wondla” by TonyDiterlizzi

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This is book two of the series. It has been awhile since I posted about book one because someone else had it checked out at the library. If you would like a refresher, here is the review of book one.

Eva Nine continues her search to find humans around the globe. When Hailey brings her to a human city, Eva begins to realize that there is a big secret and something bad is going on. When she tries to escape, she finds out who is behind it all. This book also has many illustrations drawn by the author which are very descriptive and beautiful. They help me to imagine the amazing world this author creates.

Rating: 8/10 – I like the series so far, and I look forward to the next book.

 

 

 

Kid’s Book Review: “The Spiderwick Chronicles – The Wrath of Mulgarath” by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

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This is the fifth book in the Spiderwick Chronicles series.

Soon after outwitting the dwarves to escape, they find their home is in ruins. Mulgarath had taken their mother and the book! Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace, with the help of Byron the Griffin, Thimbletack, and Hogsqueal set out to save their mother.

Rating: 6/10 – They killed dragons in this story. Very sad.

 

 

Spanakopita!

This dish is a regular in our household. Kid is usually the chef as he loves making it. There isn’t a formal recipe, we just mix eggs, feta, kale (or spinach), chevre, garlic, salt, and pepper and put the mixture into filo wraps.

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Be sure to brush lots of olive oil on the pastry to keep it from sticking. It also gives it a nice flavour and texture.

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Bake at 350F. We know it is done when it is this colour.

 

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Kid’s Book Review: “The Spiderwick Chronicles – The Ironwood Tree” by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

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This is the fourth book in the Spiderwick Chronicles series.

After some strange events at school, Mallory goes missing. The children find out who is behind all the mischief, and that there is a much bigger problem going on.

9/10 – There is a very sad part in this book also, and I feel the story would be much more fun and just as powerful without it.

Kid’s Book Review: “The Spiderwick Chronicles – Lucinda’s Secret” by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

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This is the third book in the Spiderwick Chronicles series.

Simon is rescued and the creatures are trying to steal the book. The children want answers so they go to their Aunt Lucinda, who tells them a very interesting story.

Rating: 9/10 – It’s a short book, and interesting, though definitely a “middle book”. It might have been better to have this story line as one big novel.