Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Book Giveaway: The Babysitter's Backpack

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Summer is finally here and your teens may need some tips on running their very own babysitting service to earn extra money. All they will need to know is right here!

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The Babysitter's Backpack
Rebecca Rissman and Melissa Higgins
BIBLIO:2015, Capstone Young Readers, Ages 12 and up, $12.95
REVIEWER:Kristi Bernard
FORMAT: Young Adult
ISBN: 9781623701345

Babysitting has been a first time job for many teens. Here is a guide that can help readers learn how to treat babysitting like a real business. This guide also has everything a babysitter would need to know to help keep the kids they care for safe and busy.  This guide has four chapters that will cover everything from basic rules, safety tips, running the business and activities for the kids. Chapter one for example introduces basic rules every sitter should know, such as how to be a good and responsible leader. Sitters should be role models, respectful, good at communication, and caring. Readers will also learn tips on safety and how to be aware of their surroundings. Inside the pages readers will also find a handy babysitters checklist.

When looking at babysitting as a business they will learn how to manage money, how to find just the right customers by asking certain questions during an interview by reviewing the list of suggested questions. Readers can get tips on what to carry in a backpack that could potentially become a briefcase. It can hold a journal, planner or calendar, small bills, homework, a book or crafts and activities. Sitters will also learn different ways to play and interact with the children even those who have some behavioral issues.

This guide is a great idea and has mini quizzes to test a reader’s knowledge throughout the chapters. Wonderful photography that depicts its audience show examples of what teens will learn. Cool cartoon characters are found inside the pages too. If you think this tool is for new sitters you might be wrong. This guide, more than likely, has information for parents, clients and even sitters with experience.

Authors Rissman and Higgins have put together an excellent resource for caregivers. This modernized guide to the all too familiar world of babysitting is a must have. Parents and teens will both approve and find this guide has loads of information that will help them learn more about the business of babysitting.


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Friday, May 22, 2015

Book Giveaway: With a Friend by Your Side

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A wonderfully visual perspective on friendship!
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Title: With A Friend by Your Side
Author:  Barbara Kerley
PhotographyVarious
Publisher:  National Geographic Society
ISBN: 9781426319051

Review:

We all have a sidekick. It can be a person, pet or even a favorite toy. The best part of having and being a friend is having someone to share with. These pages are filled with wonderful photography. Author Barbara Kerley has always valued the importance of friendship. Readers will see first-hand by viewing the stunning images of what friends do together. Readers may even recognize similarities in some of the things they do and share with their friends or family. Short sentences put rhyme and focus to what readers will see, therefore connecting the vibrant photography to the meaning of friendship. For example, one image shows a young girl dressed in pink sharing an ice cream cone coated with sprinkles with a large white dog with black spots. Another image has three boys sliding down a muddy slide. The words turn the readers focus to friends being brave together. Another photo shows two girls sitting on the floor in the aisle at a library sharing a favorite book. There is lots to see and ponder.

Author Barbara Kerley wants readers to see and feel what it means to have and be a friend no matter what you like to do. Sharing is caring and this heart felt view into the meaning of friendship would be a very important reminder or tool for any library.

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Book Giveaway: The Luck Uglies Book #2

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Title: The Luck Uglies: Fork-Tongue Charmers
Author:  Paul Durham
Illustrations:  Petur Antonsson
Publisher:  Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780062271532

Review:

The Luck Uglies sequel has arrived. In case you missed the first one, Luck Uglies are a secret society. In the prequel readers were introduced to Rye O’Chanter and her fight to save her town from Bog Noblins which were swamp creeping beasts, with the help of the Luck Uglies, of course.

Rye was brave as ever on the night of Silvermas with Good Harper Killpenny, who drove the mud sleigh filled with all the coins collected from villages to give to the poor, when they encountered a band of mysterious robbers. Rye learned that she was face to face with a Luck Uglie known as Slinister. This group of bandits is known as Fork Tongued Charmers and Slinister is their leader. They wear masks, put black soot on their lips and around their eyes, in addition to, splitting their tongues as a sign of commitment. Rye is recovered from the woods by her father, Harmless, who is the High Chieftain of all the Luck Uglies. Harmless took Rye to the familiar Grabstone, her father’s secret place on the cliffs off the shore. During the storm a family friend, Folly, is discovered cold and wet on the rocks. Folly told them about recent events that brought her out into the storm to warn them. Rye’s mothers shop had been burned and her family considered to be outlaws. They stay with Folly and her family at their crowded inn. Eventually forced to leave, Rye and the group journey to Pest, the place where her mother and father met and where she will see her grandfather again. Once there, Rye sees vast poverty and fighting amongst the villagers. Rye is worried about her father and the fact that Luck Uglies are loathed by the people of Pest. After spotting ships from the shore, Rye knew she and her group would have to come up with a plan to fight and defeat the soldiers and the Fork Tongued Charmers.

Author Paul Durham has created another exciting adventure readers will enjoy. Mystical characters and a fight for freedom and justice will have readers engaged. This fast paced read is great for a classroom read-a-loud.  Each chapter also has wonderful black and white illustrations that give insight to the reader. The back of the book has “A Seafare’s Guide to Mumbley-Speak and Other High Isle Chatter, which is similar to a glossary of terms. Parents and teachers will want to add this to their list of recommended reads.

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