The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser.

This is a great story for ages 7 to 10.

It is 304 pages!!! So, this is a serious read.

It is the story of a family who lives in a brownstone — it is the only home they’ve known . . . But the landlord decided not to  renew the lease which got all of the Vaderbeekers to work together to save their home.

It’s a good read I recommend.

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Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Series

This is a wonderful series your 3rd to 7th grader will love!

It all begins when Mr. Lemoncello, the eccentric inventor of video and board games returns to his hometown to build a library. He brings with him the most amazing puzzler of them all.

Seventh grader, Kyle Keeley wants to be the winner of Mr. Lemoncello’s latest challenge but it will take skill, wit and teamwork to come out on top.

Great characters and the homey feel of family game night.

If you get one . . . you have to get them all!!

These books are great!!

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The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris

Listening to the rain . . . it is gently lulling me to sleep . . . 

But . . . I want to do a fun product review of the book The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris.

I was drawn to the colorful cover and how I felt drawn into the image. Being a papercrafter and getting more into making cards, I found the cover art quite intriguing. I wanted to do something equally “magical” and intriguing with the stamp and dies I have . . . Perhaps to make a card or for a mini-album story of my own . . . alas I digress . . .

This is a fun read for ages 8 to 12 years. If your child is a Lemony Snicket and Pseudonymous Bosch (love the names) fan, then The Magic Misfits is right up their alley.

The Magic Misfits are a diverse group of kids . . . they are unique and interesting . . . they come from different economic levels, same sex parents and one of the kids has a disability. This makes for a delightful set of new found friends who set out to solve a mystery.

I do love this book. I understand it is the first in a series . . . something for children and adults to anticipate.

I believe The Magic Misfits is a great book and a must read . . . even reluctant readers will find this book hard to put down.

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Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

I thought since the weather is what it is, this is excellent reading weather for young and old.

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate is about a neighborhood Wish Tree.

Neighborhood residents would write out their wishes on paper, rags, even socks and gently tie them to Red’s branches.

The Wishtree is for ages 8 to 12 years or grades 3 to 6. I found it fun with many subtle lessons. It is a heartfelt tale that younger children may enjoy hearing.

I believe it is a must read on a cold gloomy day.

You can purchase it in many formats: Kindle, Hardcover or as an Audiobook.

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I could go on and on and on, but this is a good place to stop. It is best for you to explore the books your children would enjoy. Just click any of the pictures and you can shop to your hearts content.

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Happy New Year 2018!!

It is always amazing to me how quickly 365 days can go by . . . It is now 2018!!

You may be anticipating Valentine’s Day. Or maybe St. Patrick’s Day. How about Easter? Maybe, you’re thinking about Halloween . . . I know it isn’t for a long long time . . .

The thing is, it is never too early to get started on a Father’s Day project . . . or one that would be excellent for Halloween . . . perhaps both, if the “father” is a fan of the old TV series The Munsters.

Yet, this is a free printable template of the Munster’s family car . . . 

She is quite lovely and may take some time to complete. So, it is best to begin now . . .

It’s not the putting together that seems to be the issue, but the cutting out of all the pieces that takes the time . . . but you have plenty!!

And, you may want to make more than one of these beauties.

I do love 3D models of various items from TV Series to Movies to templates for card fronts . . .

You may not believe this, but I was looking up a template for a castle . . . I just wanted the basic design . . . nothing fancy. It was for a card front . . . and then this Munster Koach caught my eye.

Just click the image to the right and you’ll be taken to place where you can download the PDF of the parts and the instructions. It would also be nice to give a donation for this classic card as a thank you for the grand wokmanship.

I have to get to work on my castle . . .

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