Kid’s Book Review: The Seven Wonders – Lost in Babylon

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This is book 2 in the series. When Aly, Cass, and Jack realize Marco is missing, the Kurai Institute sets off to try and find him. They find Marco near a river and he has found a wormhole where he believes is where the second Loculus is. The four children go through the wormhole and find that they are not in the modern world anymore.

Rating: 7/10 – There were some really slow parts in this book, and they didn’t reveal any answers until the very end. Besides this, it was well written and an interesting story.

 

 

Kid’s Book Review: How to Steal a Dragon’s Sword by Cressida Cowell

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Hiccup and the other warriors-to-be have one final test to climb Angry Mountain to reach Flashburn’s Palace. There, they will compete in the sword fighting tournament to achieve higher ranking. When they arrive, something is wrong. Nobody is there except a witch who happens to be the mother of Alvin the Treacherous.

Rating: 1/10 – The entire storyline was drawn out and slow. Every time it showed any sign of getting better, it would take a nose dive. The villains are horrible and there is so much negative drama that I found it depressing at every turn.

Kid’s Book Review: The House of Mirrors by Pierdomenico Baccalario.

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This is the third book in the Ulysses Moore series.

Now that the children are home, they learn that Ulysses Moore isn’t the only one who has one of the keys to the newly discovered doors. Now they must follow him back in time to try to get the key before Oblivia does.

Rating: 8.5/10 – I enjoyed this book a little more then the rest of the series. A lot of the mysteries from the previous books came together in this story.

 

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.

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.

 

 

 

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 Seeing Stone” by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

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This is the second book in the Spiderwick Chronicles series.

Simon gets captured by goblins, so the children need to go and find him. Jared discovers a stone that has a hole in the middle, and when he looks through it, he can see all the fairies and other magical creatures. The children depend on these creatures to help them find Simon.

Rating: 9/10 – There was a part of this story that upset me that I didn’t feel was necessary for the story line.