Terry Treetop Makes New Friends Review

*Disclosure: I received a free eBook in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own honest opinions.*

Terry Treetop Makes New Friends by Tali Carmi is a book from the Terry Treetop series. This series of books aims to be entertaining and educational.

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In this book Terry Treetop attempts to find new friends to play with him in his new tree house. He goes around a meets several farm animal friends but each one is busy until he meets Kitty. Also, this is not really related but I think that Kitty looks a lot like Marie from The Aristocats.

The storyline of the book is cute. I think that it would best be suited for kids up to age 6. The children will enjoy reading about the animals that Terry Treetop meets. They will also get a look at what each animal provides. The illustrations are also colorful and kids will enjoy looking at them.

JT Says:

I liked the book. Kitty was so cute. The Kitty part was my favorite. I liked when he climbed trees. I want to climb trees.

One of JT's favorite pictures. He liked all the pictures with Kitty.

One of JT’s favorite pictures. He liked all the pictures with Kitty.

If you’d like to take a look at Terry Treetop Finds New Friends you can check it out on Amazon.

Also, feel free to check out a review on another Terry Treetop book- Terry Treetop and the Lost Egg.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Gerbs in the House: The Dilly Dally Bedtime Routine


*Disclosure: We were given a free electronic copy of the book in exchange for a review. All opinions are our own honest opinions.*

The Dilly Dally Bedtime Routine is part of the Gerbs in the House children’s books by Lydia Lukidis. The book combines both illustrations and photos of real gerbils in mini sets. The illustrations are by Heather Cook and the photos are by Bailey J Thompson.

About The Book:

Mocha says it’s bedtime, but Petri wants nothing to do with it! Reading books, singing lullabies and juggling plates are only a few of the things Mocha does in an attempt to tire his son out. Although Petri is entertained, he still refuses to sleep. He just wants to dilly dally! Worn out by his son’s shenanigans and silly antics, will Mocha ever get Petri to bed before losing his marbles?

My Review:

We loved this book. It was entertaining, adorable, and funny. This book was a rhyming book and if you’ve read any of my other picture book reviews you might know that I love reading rhyming books. They are so much fun. We really enjoyed looking at the pictures in this book. The boys thought the gerbils (and the sets) were really cute. Connor kept pointing out all the mini things they had like a mini TV, a mini Cat in the Hat hat, and a mini skateboard. They also loved the mini furniture.

Besides the pictures, I also loved the storyline and it’s a really familiar one. Mocha is Petri’s dad and he is trying to get him to go to bed. He reads him a bedtime story but Petri needs more. I think many parents will be able to relate to this story; I know I can. Even though the boys have a snack before bedtime Connor sometimes wants another one… after he’s brushed his teeth. Then JT usually wants water and a stuffed animal and then one more stuffed animal. Sometimes Connor will want a stuffed animal too because he wants to have the same thing as his brother. However, after reading The Dilly Dally Bedtime Routine the boys were ready to go to sleep. They both said the book made them want to go to sleep. First I did have to show them a video of Michael Jackson doing the moonwalk though because Petri did the moonwalk in the book and they didn’t know what that was. After that though they fell asleep right away. The boys and I really enjoyed The Dilly Dally Bedtime Routineand I recommend checking it out. I think everyone will have fun reading this book.


Connor Says:

I liked the book. I thought it was funny. The funniest part was when Petri was doing the moonwalk in the silly blue dress. I really like the pictures. I thought the gerbils were cute.

JT Says:

The gerbils were cute. The blue dress was funny when Petri was wearing it and moonwalking. The picture where Mocha was wearing a clown hat was really cute.

About The Author:

Lydia is a story teller and a magic maker. She is a multidisciplinary artist with a deep passion for writing and creating. After receiving her Bachelor degree in English Literature from McGill University, she has been writing books, short stories, poems and plays for over two decades. So far, fifteen of her children’s books and eBooks have been published, and she has toured the world with five of her marionette plays. In addition to her creative work, she also writes educational and curriculum based texts for children and is a workshop facilitator.

Thanks for reading and you can take a look at The Dilly Dally Bedtime Routine at Gerbil Meets Mouse.

The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck Review

  Welcome to my stop for The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck: Magic and Mayhem blog tour. The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck by Stan Swanson is a middle grade fantasy and the tour runs October 13-17 with reviews & author interviews. Make sure to check out the tour page for the full schedule.
Below you’ll find a summary of the book as well as author information and my review.

The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck
Things are not as they should be in Pennywhistle. Enchanted toasters are not toasting, enchanted sprinklers are not sprinkling and Hobart Hucklebuck’s origami messenger birds are suddenly attacking him. Someone seems to be draining the power from all of the enchanted items in the village. But who could it be and why have they implicated Hobart’s grandfather? The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck: Magic & Mayhem follows Hobart and his friends, Specks Spacklethack and Rosie Rumpleskirt, as they try to solve this mystery and free Hobart’s grandfather from the Tower of Tribulation on Mumblemonk Mountain. The trio’s investigation into the mysterious happenings on Druid Lane gets them into hot water more than once and ultimately brings them dangerously close to disaster not only for themselves, but the entire village of Pennywhistle.


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My Review:

The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck was such a fun read. It’s very entertaining and grabs your attention from the very beginning when in first chapter a slice of bread refuses to go into the toaster. The bread is only the first of the disobedient enchanted objects and you’ll find yourself curious to learn what is causing the items to not work. I think the mystery is set up really well and will keep you guessing all the way till the end.

The book introduces us to a whole range of different characters. Each character has a fun name like Mortimer Moosefeather, Wicksford Waxenbee, and Pickwick Pratfall and most of them own an interesting magical shop. Besides being full of fun names the book is also full of fun phrases as well. I highly recommend reading The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck. The fun and magical story will keep you entertained and excited to read more. While the book is recommended for ages 8-12 I think it is a fun read for anyone age 8 and up.

Connor Says:

“I really like it and the names are funny.”
Connor enjoyed the book from the beginning and laughed throughout the entire first chapter when the bread wouldn’t behave. He enjoyed hearing all of the names and was excited to continue reading to find out what would happen next.


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Stan Swanson is a Bram Stoker award finalist and author of eight books including Horror High School: Return of the Loving Dead (the first book in a young adult horror series co-written with Araminta Star Matthews), Wind Up Hearts (a romance novella with a hint of steampunk), Forever Zombie (a collection of short stories), Write of the Living Dead (a highly-praised writing guide written with Araminta Star Matthews and Rachel Lee) and Return of the Scream Queen (co-authored with Michael McCarty and Linnea Quigley). He is also editor/publisher for Dark Moon Books and Dark Moon Digest. Upcoming titles include Dead Sparrows (a collection of apocalyptic poetry), The Methlands (a horror novel co-written with award-winning author Joe McKinney) and The Misadventures of Hobart Hucklebuck: Pandemonium in Pennywhistle.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out the rest of the stops on the tour.