Bergers Book Reviews

Rock Collecting for Kids / Rock Log

Author: Dan R. Lynch
Publisher: Adventure Publications
Genre: Kids / Nature / Geology
ISBN: 978-1-59193-773-9
Pages: 144
Price: $12.95

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Rock collecting is a simple and fun hobby for kids. Rocks comes in so many interesting shapes and sizes, from soft to hard, and have some spectacular colors. They’re so easy to find in backyards, school yards, and parks. Kids can also buy polished stones and split open rocks that reveal the crystals and rings hidden inside.

Rock Collecting for Kids helps kids identify the cool rock they’ve found, while Rock Log gives them a place to record it. Each log entry makes a note of time, place, description, and a place for a drawing of the rock. Fun facts are included in the side margins.

Budding geologists will enjoy this rock collecting set. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

July 12, 2018 Posted by | children, nature | Leave a comment

Dinner for Dinos: Gulp, Guzzle, Chomp, Chew

Illustrator: Ben Whitehouse
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Children / Board book
ISBN: 978-1-4003-1214-6
Pages: 20
Price: $9.99

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The dinosaurs are having a picnic dinner party! They shop for the meal items, prep the food, and eat their fill, before enjoying a very restful sleep.

The dinosaurs demonstrate cooperative efforts as they prepare their meal together. They display good manners in setting a table properly and eating a large amount of food without burping. They explain how important good food choices are in growing strong. And they express gratitude for their meal in saying grace before eating.

Dinner for Dinos is a fun board book that kids will enjoy reading over and over again. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

June 27, 2018 Posted by | children | Leave a comment

Bless This Home

Author & Illustrator: Robin Pickens
Publisher: Quiet Fox Designs
Genre: Journal / Christian
ISBN: 978-1-64178-000-1
Pages: 128
Price: $7.99

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Bless This Home is designed to inspire. Filled with Bible quotes, artwork, and questions to think about, this lined journal gives us the space to record our thoughts and prayers.

This beautiful hardcover book is affordably priced and would make a great gift.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

June 26, 2018 Posted by | Christian, journal | Leave a comment

Reading Glasses

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Reading a good book is more enjoyable when you can easily see the print.  So if you’ve reached the point in your life where you need a good pair of reading glasses, might have what you’re looking for.  I was given a sample of the three pairs below, and I really liked them.  They have an amazing assortment of designs and styles, and the prices are very reasonable.  Just choose your favorite style and your preferred strength.




June 25, 2018 Posted by | miscellaneous | Leave a comment

Mary Had a Little Lizard

Author & Illustrator: Kayla Harren
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-5107-1635-3
Pages: 40
Price: $16.99

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Mary has a little lizard who isn’t content to wait at home while Mary goes to school. So he sneaks into her backpack, gets loose in the classroom, and causes havoc.

Mary Had a Little Lizard is told completely through illustrations, with no words. Kids will be able to “tell” the story themselves, as they study each image. They can see the empty backpack calling the lizard to sneak inside, watch him as he looks inside Mary’s lunch sack, wondering if he plans to have a snack, and giggle as he eyes the paints, knowing there will soon be trouble.

Mary’s lizard is cute, little critter, and the reader knows he has no intentions of causing mischief. He simply misses Mary and wants to be with her. Any child who loves animals will adore this fun story.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

June 22, 2018 Posted by | children | Leave a comment

My Prayer Journal

Author & Illustrator: Joanne Fink
Publisher: Quiet Fox Designs
Genre: Christian / Journal
ISBN: 978-1-64178-003-2
Pages: 128
Price: $7.99

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Keeping a record of our prayers is a wonderful way to see God at work in our lives. My Prayer Journal is a beautiful hardcover book designed for making notes of our own prayers.

There are three main sections to this journal. The first few pages are available to record our prayer list: the name of the person, the date, and the reason. The next section is a series of journal pages, offering us the opportunity to reflect on gratitude, specific prayer requests, adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication. The last section is a calendar for listing important birthdays, anniversaries, and other dated items. Throughout the journal, Joanne Fink’s religious artwork adorns the pages.

My Prayer Journal is not only a beautiful record of our prayers, but it’s also priced right. This journal is perfect for prayer warriors, and would make a great gift.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

June 13, 2018 Posted by | Christian, journal | Leave a comment

Shanlia & the Magic Pixie Dust

Author: Joanne Lécuyer
Illustrator: David Girard
Publisher: Topsy Books
Genre: Children / Fantasy
ISBN: 978-1-927353-12-7
Pages: 99
Price: $14.99 (Canadian)

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Shanlia is an inchberry fairy living near the magical Ennyar Forest. When Grandmother Ishella sends her on a mission through the forest to deliver a message, she’s beside herself with excitement, and immediately summons her friends to accompany her. Along the way, they discover a mysterious pouch, which Shanlia feels she must return to its proper owner. Despite her friends’ warnings, she opens it and finds herself under a pixie dust spell.

In order to reverse the spell, she must find the originators and ask to be restored to normal. But pixies aren’t very cooperative, and things will not go as easily as she would like. Good thing Shanlia is resourceful and able to turn a bad situation into good.

Shanlia’s curiosity and desire to do the right thing when she finds the pouch get her into serious trouble. But rather than falling into despair, she immediately sets out to fix the situation. And even when things seem hopeless, Shanlia never gives up. Instead, she keeps a positive attitude and makes some new friends. Shanlia & the Magic Pixie Dust is an uplifting story with a great role model for kids.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

Bergers Book Reviews spent some time chatting with Joanne Lécuyer. Please be sure to read what she has to say!

June 12, 2018 Posted by | children, fantasy | Leave a comment

I Am the Boss of this Chair

Author: Carolyn Crimi
Illustrator: Marisa Morea
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-4549-2322-0
Pages: 32
Price: $16.95

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Oswald Minklehoff Honey Bunny III is the boss of this chair. He’s also the boss of the toilet paper, the back door, meals, the toy mouse, and his fluffy pillow with the golden tassels. So when the new kitten, Pom Pom, arrives and takes over Oswald’s turf, he’s very unhappy.

One day the cats begin to play together and Oswald has a revelation. Maybe he could share some things with Pom Pom. Even his chair. But there’s no way he’s ever going to share the fluffy pillow with the golden tassels!

Kids will giggle over Oswald’s determination to keep everything to himself, and smile when he finally realizes the joy in sharing with Pom Pom. I Am the Boss of this Chair is a really cute story with fun illustrations. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Beger

June 5, 2018 Posted by | cats, children | Leave a comment

The Mystery Beneath Midville Museum (Cedar Creek Mystery #3)

Author: Anne Loader McGee
Publisher: Vendera Publishing
Genre: Middle grade / Mystery
ISBN: 978-1-936307-40-1
Pages: 156
Price: $9.99

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Mallory Gilmartin is troubled by some unusual events at the Midville Museum. But when she’s hired by one of her classmates to find out why her mother is being laid off from the museum, Mallory knows something fishy is going on. Who is the strange guard that keeps eyeing her suspiciously? What secret activity is happening in the basement? Does the moving ushabti statue have anything to do with it?

Mallory’s extrasensory perception will be called on when an unexpected visitor appears during the night. But how can she solve the mystery while also helping her visitor complete her journey?

The Mystery Beneath Midville Museum is the third book in the Cedar Creek Mystery series featuring Mallory Gilmartin and her friends and family. Mallory is well-known for her ability to pick up things others can’t see or hear. Although it might be nice to read these books in sequence, casual readers will have no trouble following this story without reading the first two books. I highly recommend this fun series.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

May 29, 2018 Posted by | mystery, tween | Leave a comment

The Beloved Word: A Scripture Journal

Author & Illustrator: Joanne Fink
Publisher: Quiet Fox Designs
Genre: Christian / Journal
ISBN: 978-1-64178-026-1
Pages: 128
Price: $7.99

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This blank journal features the artwork of Joanne Fink along with 30 inspiring Bible verses interspersed throughout the book. Soft watercolor enhances the line drawings appearing in the corners and on the margins of the pages. Sturdy hardcover binding and lined pages make for an easy and enjoyable writing experience. This beautiful book is perfect for faith-based notes and journal entries.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

May 18, 2018 Posted by | Christian, journal | Leave a comment