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The Maisy Files Book Blast

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast (February 17 to 18, 2015) for the second book in “The Maisy Files” mystery chapter book series by Elizabeth Woodrum, “Maisy and the Money Marauder”. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Book 1, you can grab a Kindle copy for FREE from Amazon February 17 and 18, 2015!

Maisy and the Money Marauder by Elizabeth Woodrum

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Odd Sock’s BIG Scottish Adventure by Melinda Kinsman

Odd Sock's BIG Scottish AdventureThe Mystic Princesses looked up from reading Odd Sock’s BIG Scottish Adventure to talk to PJ for a moment.

“PJ you have to take us hiking with you like Odd Sock went with M,” Janna said.

“Yes,” Breanna added. “Janna and I have seen mountains and waterfalls, but the others haven’t.”

“But first, you have to make sure and go over all the hiking rules with us like M does for Odd Sock,” Harmonie said a little cautiously. She was a city girl from New York and wasn’t sure about crossing rivers using just three ropes.

“Oh, and I forgot to say that I was happy when M explained the saying ‘take nothing but pictures leave nothing but footprints,'” Janna added. “I wish people would do that in my home, Yellowstone National Park.”

“We will be okay,” Coral said. “Just think of all the fun we could have if PJ were to take us on vacation the way M took Odd Sock.”

“Aren’t we supposed to go to Yellowstone some time?” Catie asked.

“Finish reading your book for now, and I’ll think of when to take you hiking,” PJ answered as she smiled at the girls.

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Little Green by Arnold Rudnick

Little Green

The Mystic Princesses are on a reading streak this week. They’ve just finished reading Little Green and are chattering away as normal.

Janna started the discussion by saying, “Any book with animals, fish and birds is cool!”

“I agree,” Coral said. “I liked it even though it was meant for younger children.”

Harmonie said, “Books teaching children self-acceptance and acceptance of others could help bring about peace.”

“Yes,” Catie added. “Children would know that everyone is important and has a place in our world.”

“And the book has beautiful pictures, too.” Breanna said.

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Tell Me How You Say Good Night by Teddy O’Malley and Angie Dickens

Tell Me How You Say Good Night

Tell Me How You Say Goodnight

The Mystic Princesses love to read. And their latest venture was a picture book called Tell Me How You Say Good Night geared toward younger children. But that did not stop the princesses from sharing their opinions about the book.

“I’ve always wanted a puppy!” Harmonie said. “This book has so many cute puppy pictures. How will I ever choose which kind of dog if I get to have one?”

“The book made me want to take a nap,” Janna said.

“Yes!” Breanna agreed. “I did too. That means it will help children fall asleep at night.”

Catie said that she liked the different languages and thought that it made something educational fun, as well.

And Coral summed up their book club discussion by saying that she thought small children would love to read that book at bedtime every night.  She finished by saying, “I wish we’d had that book when I was younger.”

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Our Poems for Kids by Melinda Kinsman

Our Poems for KidsCatie turned off her Kindle and turned to the other Mystic Princesses who were smiling because the book was so cute. They’d just finished reading Our Poems for Kids (Top of the Wardrobe Gang, Book 3), a rhyming picture book, by Melinda Kinsman. “So, what did you think,” Catie asked the others.

“I liked ‘Row, Joe, Row,’ Coral said. “People need to learn to swim if they are going to be near the water.”

Breanna chimed and said that “Rhythm and Rhyme” reminded her of when she would hula dancing.

“I loved ‘Wild Child!’ because I love to be outdoors,” Janna said as she glanced at her hiking boots.

Harmonie said that “Do You Have What it Takes” was her favorite because it was a happy poem that tells kids they can do what they set their minds to do.

And Catie finished their book club discussion saying, “Of course, as a painter, I love colors. That made ‘The Paint Box’ and ‘My Boots are RED Boots!’ a lot of fun for me.”


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Book Blast: Destiny and Faith Go To Twincentric Academy

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating this Book Blast on behalf of author Jourden Cleghorn who writes under the pen name of Teddy O’Malley.

Jourden was recently involved in a serious automobile accident resulting in severe injuries just days after her new book, Destiny and Faith Go To Twincentric Academy, was published in May 2014. The indie author community has come together to support this young author/illustrator during this challenging time. Please read below to see what you can do to help in a small way.

Destiny and Faith by Teddy O'Malley

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Destiny and Faith Go To Twincentric Academy! by Teddy O’Malley

“PJ, we loved Destiny and Faith’s Summer Adventures,” Catie said. “But we read the books out of order. The first book is Destiny and Faith Go To Twincentric Academy! Please, please, please buy us that one, too!”

“You girls know that I love when you read. I’ll download it right now if you write a review as soon as you read it.”

“Okay. We promise,” Catie said as the girls hurried to get their ereader.

Destiny and Faith Twincentric Academy 5-18-14 8 PM EST“A school for twins is cool,” Janna said starting the conversation after the princesses read the book. “What did you think, Catie?”

“Destiny and Faith are bi-racial, and they still get to fit into the school because they are twins.”

“Yes, everyone wants to have friends,” Coral said. “I liked that they switched twins. How about you, Breanna?”

“I might have thrown a fireball near Jourdonna’s and Jourdana’s feet. They were so hateful!”

“You know you can’t do that!” Harmonie said. “Besides, you are missing the main point of the story. People need to learn to get along with other, even if they are different.

“I know. They just made me so mad,” Breanna said.

“Harmonie’s right,” Janna said to wrap up the discussion. “I want to read more books by Teddy O’Malley. Let’s find PJ and ask her to buy them for us.”

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The City Kittens and the Old House Cat by Mrs. D.

The City Kittens and the Old House Cat by Mrs. D.The Mystic Princesses just read another book by Mrs. D. called The City Kittens and the Old House Cat.

Janna looked at the others and said, “I love the kittens, Mickey and Jack. They are so mischievious.”

“Yes, and so cuddly,” Catie said. “What did you like about this book, Harmonie?”

“That the old house cat, Nyda, learned she needed to get to know the kittens before deciding whether to like them or not.”

“I agree,” Coral said. “Nyda only saw that the kittens had a fancy carrier and appeared to be spoiled. She didn’t know that they’d been homeless and hungry before being adopted.

After Breanna said she liked the message of adopting pets so that they could have a nice home, Harmonie added one last thought. “Adoption and acceptance aren’t just for pets. They are important for people, too.”

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Butterflies: Miniature Beauties of the World by Reno’s Mom

Butterflies Miniature Beauties of the World What girl doesn’t like butterflies? The Mystic Princesses are in awe of Butterlies: Miniature Beauties of the World by Reno’s Mom.

“This book is magical,” Breanna said.

“Yes, it is so colorful,” Harmonie agreed.

“The butterflies are so beautiful.” Janna said softly. “They are like flying flowers.”

“You would say that,” Catie said teasingly to Janna. “I have to agree with you, though.”

“I’ve never seen anything like these pictures.” Coral said. “I want to see the butterflies like these in real life, too.”

“I’ll see what I can do about that,” Janna replied laughing.


Butterflies: Miniature Beauties of the World is a picture book written with a high level of information about butterflies. The princesses recommend that you read it with your children to help them with some of the concepts and vocabulary. It is very educational with fantastic illustrations.

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Sticks N’ Stones and the Garden of Phea by Angela Burkhead

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Sticks n Stones and the Garden of Phea by Angela BurkheadTitle: Sticks n’ Stones and the Garden of Phea | Author: Angela Burkhead | Publication Date: February 6, 2014 | Publisher: Maple Hill Publishing | Pages: 152 | Recommended Ages: 9+

Summary: Rather than spending one more day amongst the humiliating remarks to the amusement of her fellow peers, Emily Fickeltin runs away. Or, rather, walks away. Emily is misunderstood and disliked but what seems to be every other child her age and on top of it all, she is overweight. Perfectly pleasantly plump, her mother calls her, but Emily feels far from perfect. Her attempt to escape her pain leads her to discover a hidden place with new hope for friends and acceptance. Stumbling into Phea’s garden, an eccentric woman skilled in the arts of gardening and imagination, Emily finds she is not alone in her troubles. Phea and her friend rabbit have a past of their own they wish to run from and together the three battle their innermost demons as their world crumbles around them. Will they ever discover peace and acceptance? These lost and disheartened souls must find who they are before they are all lost forever.



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Jacqueline The Great! Runs for President! by Christin Berger


coverfinal.inddExcitement is in the air. The princesses just read Jacqueline The Great! Runs for President! by Christin Berger.

“What if one of us were the first female president?” Breanna asked.

“That would be so cool!” Janna replied.

“That’s a long time to wait,” Harmonie added.

“Yes, but I agree with what Jacqueline says,” Coral replied. “Girls can do anything they want to do.”

“And she has a boy for her Vice-President,” Catie said. “That’s because girls and boys should be treated equally.”

“We can dream of the day when a woman is president,” Janna said. “Or we can work to make it happen.”

“President Harmonie, come quick!” Coral teased. “Can you please help bring peace to the world?”


Jacqueline The Great! Runs for President! is the second book in the Jacqueline picture book series aimed at empowering girls without denigrating boys. It is great for both young girls and boys.

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The Battle for Princess Madeline by Kirstin Pulioff

The Battle For Princess Madeline by Kirstin Pulioff

The princesses finished reading The Battle for Princess Madeline by Kirstin Pulioff. It is the second book in the Princess Madeline series.

“Ooh, I liked this book even better than the first,” Harmonie said. “Because Princess Madeline learns more about her mother.”

“Well, I liked it because it talked about fire breathing dragons,” Breanna said.

“Of course, you’d like the dragon, since you throw fire balls,” Coral replied.

“I bet I could throw one at the dragon and make it leave the Kingdom of Soron alone,” Breanna added.

“Maybe that’s not the real answer,” Harmonie said quietly.

“I like these books so much, I think they should be made into movies!” Catie said.


The Battle for Princess Madeline is the second book in the Princess Madeline trilogy. It is a middle grade fairy tale that adults will love, as well. The princesses liked it so much, they recommended that PJ buy the series for her niece’s birthday present.

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Mrs. D’s Picture Books Blast

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Carlo the Mouse Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse by Mrs DTitle: Carlo the Mouse Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse | Author: Mrs. D | Illustrator: Chanoa | Publication Date: October 21, 2013 | Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing | Number of pages: 33 | Recommended age: 4+

Summary: Grab your boots and hold on to your hat, because you are in for an exciting trip! The new series of Carlo the Mouse has been born. Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse is the first in a series of books on Carlo’s adventures. Each book will give readers an entertaining look into the life of a little mouse born inside a hospital’s walls. Clever, curious, and very impatient, Carlo the mouse dreams of the world outside the hospital. His parents teach him how to follow the rules and how to survive on his own, but Carlo’s insatiable desire for adventure constantly gets him in trouble. Will the little adventurer manage to survive when he leaves home? You’ll find out in Mrs. D.’s next books on Carlo the mouse. Let your imagination soar in this full series of Carlo’s adventures!


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