Bergers Book Reviews

Christmas Fun Sticker Activity Book

Christmas Fun Sticker Activity Book
Author & Illustrator: Simon Abbott
Publisher: Ticktock Books
Genre: Children / Christmas
ISBN: 978-1-78325-184-1
Pages: 64
Price: $8.99

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The anticipation of Christmas can be hard for little ones to bear. So it’s a good idea to keep them occupied while waiting for Santa’s arrival. The Christmas Fun Sticker Activity Book is the perfect answer to their impatience. With plenty of puzzles, reusable stickers, and images of Santa and his reindeer, kids will enjoy Christmas for weeks preceding the holiday.

Keep this book on hand, along with plenty of hot chocolate and cookies, Christmas music, decorations and lights, and your kids will really enjoy the holiday season.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

November 22, 2014 Posted by | children, holiday | Leave a comment

Turkey and Mr. Bear

Turkey and Mr. Bear
Author: Jessika Daly
Illustrator: Terdell L. Johnson
Publisher: Yourmom206
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-0-692-23251-4
Pages: 28
Price: $19.99

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Turkey is excited because tomorrow is Thanksgiving and there will be cake and presents and a big party. But when he shares his enthusiasm with Mr. Bear, he finds out that those things happen on his birthday, not on Thanksgiving. Running through each of the holidays and events over the course of the year, Turkey keeps coming back to Mr. Bear, only to find out that, once again, he’s mistaken.

Mr. Bear only shakes his head each time saying, “Silly Turkey.” Finally, Turkey comes back and asks about what will really happen on Thanksgiving. Mr. Bear’s parting line is priceless, and I won’t spoil the fun by revealing it. But kids will roar with laughter when they hear what he has to say.

Thanksgiving is all about the turkey, and we know this story can’t end well. But since Turkey and Mr. Bear concludes with a humorous line, kids won’t dwell on what might happen to Turkey, and can simply enjoy the joke. This book is pure Thanksgiving fun.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

November 18, 2014 Posted by | children, holiday | Leave a comment

The Great Reindeer Rebellion

The Great Reindeer Rebellion
Author: Lisa Trumbauer
Illustrator: Jannie Ho
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
Genre: Children / Christmas
ISBN: 978-1-4549-1356-6
Pages: 32
Price: $6.95

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It’s the week before Christmas, and Santa is frantic. The reindeer are on strike and decide they won’t be pulling his sleigh this year. So Santa decides to hire some new staff. Surely there are other animals who would be willing to help!

But poor Santa doesn’t anticipate the many problems he’ll run into as he attempts test runs with his new crews. Dogs, cats, elephants, and kangaroos all try hard, but just can’t handle the job. What can Santa do?

Using rhyming verse in the style of “Twas the night before Christmas…” this wacky book details Santa’s frustrations in attempting to replace his striking reindeer. Kids will giggle with delight over the silly predicaments the replacement animals find themselves in. But all ends well, as Santa and the reindeer finally come to an agreement.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

November 15, 2014 Posted by | children, holiday | Leave a comment

A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas

A Pirate's Night Before Christmas
Author: Philip Yates
Illustrator: Sebastia Serra
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
Genre: Children / Christmas
ISBN: 978-1-4549-1357-3
Pages: 32
Price: $6.95

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Twas the night before Christmas aboard the Black Sark…” These pirates aren’t waiting for Santa Claus – instead they are hoping for a visit from Sir Peg. Riding a sleigh pulled by eight giant sea horses, and sporting an eye patch, peg leg, and hook, Sir Peg is a sight to see. But he comes bringing joyous gifts to all the crew.

With the same rhyming cadence as the original, A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas is an alternative and fun Christmas Eve read. Kids of all ages will enjoy it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

November 11, 2014 Posted by | children, holiday | Leave a comment

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Pop-up book)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Author: Lisa Marsoli
Illustrator: Keith Andrew Finch
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
Genre: Children / Christmas
ISBN: 978-1-62686-197-8
Pages: 12
Price: $19.95

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“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” first appeared on television in 1964. In celebration of its 50 year anniversary, the original story has been reproduced in this pop-up book. These beloved characters – Rudolph, Yukon Cornelius, Hermey the elf, and the Abominable Snow Monster, as well as many others – are all recreated with actual images from the TV special.

Journey with Rudolph, listening to the other reindeer laugh at his nose, meeting Yukon Cornelius, visiting the Island of Misfit Toys, and finally guiding Santa’s sleigh in the blizzard. This book has been recommended for children ages three and up, but adults may want to handle this somewhat fragile pop-up book for young children. All fans of classic Christmas TV programs will love this book.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

November 5, 2014 Posted by | children, holiday | Leave a comment

Spooky Sticker Activity Book

Spooky Sticker Activity Book

Illustrator: Simon Abbott
Publisher: Ticktock Books
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-78325-185-8
Pages: 64
Price: $8.99

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Halloween is coming, and it’s time to have some fun! The Spooky Sticker Activity Book will keep kids busy until October 31st. There are puzzles to solve, pictures to color and draw, and lots of reusable stickers to attach to the illustrations inside. Nothing too scary for young children – all the ghouls are smiling and friendly.

This enjoyable activity book would be a great addition to any child’s Halloween celebration.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

September 30, 2014 Posted by | children, holiday | Leave a comment

Little Star

Little Star
Author: Anthony DeStefano
Illustrator: Mark Elliott
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Genre: Children / Christmas
ISBN: 978-0736958592
Pages: 36
Price: $14.99

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An announcement is made in the heavens that a king will soon be born. The stars anticipate this wondrous event, preparing to shine brightly in celebration. But only the littlest star realizes this baby boy born in such humble and poor circumstances is the long-awaited king.

Shining with all the love Little Star can muster, he bathes the baby Jesus in warmth and light. But showing such love and devotion has consequences, and he fades from existence, never to be seen again.

Little Star is a great Christmas story with multiple layers of meaning. It provides a fairy-tale explanation of why the Christmas star was shining so brightly at the time Jesus was born, and is now no longer visible. But it also shows us how important Jesus is in our lives, and that we should never be afraid to give ourselves up in love for him. This littlest star knew who Jesus was, and was determined to let the whole world know. I highly recommend adding Little Star to your annual Christmas reading list.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

December 3, 2013 Posted by | children, Christian, holiday | Leave a comment

Peanuts (Kohl’s Cares for Kids)

A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Author & Illustrator: Charles M. Schulz
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Genre: Children / Christmas
ISBN: 978-07624-5145-6
Pages: 48
Price: $5.00 at Kohl’s

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The timeless Christmas classic is presented in a hardcover book format. No household should be without it!

Be Yourself!
Be Yourself!
Author & Illustrator: Charles M. Schulz
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-07624-5146-3
Pages: 48
Price: $5.00 at Kohl’s

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These Peanuts characters are happy doing what pleases them, showing kids that it’s great to be themselves.

Charlie BrownSnoopyWoodstockKohl’s Cares for Kids: Kohl’s sells kid-friendly cause merchandise, with 100 percent of the net profit donated to support kids’ health and education initiatives in communities nationwide. Since 2000, more than $231 million has been raised nationwide.

Shop online or visit a Kohl’s near you to purchase these great Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise items and help kids in your community.

Reviewer:  Alice Berger

October 22, 2013 Posted by | children, holiday | Leave a comment

The Bad Easter Bunny

The Bad Easter Bunny
Author: Isabel Atherton
Illustrator: Stéphanie Röhr
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Genre: Children / Easter
ISBN: 978-1-62087-500-1
Pages: 32
Price: $12.95

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After hauling his huge sack of candy to town, only to have the children greedily grab at it and knock him down, the Easter Bunny has had enough. Red-hot with anger, he declares himself the Bad Easter Bunny (BEB for short), and destroys his goodies. Then he runs through the town doing bad things. What will it take to transform BEB back into the nice bunny he used to be? Maybe the kindness of one little girl.

Anger and retaliation, repentance and forgiveness, and gratitude are all featured in The Bad Easter Bunny. Color also plays a part as BEB changes shades to match his moods. Ultimately, good overcomes evil, and BEB returns to his former generous self. As he finally realizes, “…being bad will not solve your problems and ‘thank you’ are the nicest words in the world.”

Reviewer: Alice Berger

March 19, 2013 Posted by | children, holiday | Leave a comment

Pigs in Love

Pigs in Love
Author: Teddy Slater
Illustrator: Aaron Boyd
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-4027-8621-1
Pages: 28
Price: $9.95

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How do pigs say “I love you” on Valentine’s Day? Not just with flowers and hearts – these pigs get creative! In fact, there are any number of ways to say “I love you.”

This sweet board book illustrates these various affectionate scenarios, with shiny foil throughout. A new version of a holiday favorite, Pigs in Love reminds kids that it’s always the perfect place and time to tell the special people in their lives that they love them.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

January 30, 2013 Posted by | children, holiday | Leave a comment