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May Saves the Day by Laura Gehl

5 out of 5 🌟 Savoring every page
May is a businesswoman and she's working in her own company - Word Saver Inc. where she literally saves the day. Her main job is helping people with something she's really good at, the words. There's also Stu who badly wants to become her sidekick but does a businesswoman need one?
The book is showing May saving the day by changing the letters in dangerous words. It is a similar concept to 'Words' World' where everything is built out of letters. Just after her first adventure, my son was trying along with May to solve the next literacy puzzle. That book was a lot of fun for both of us!  I love how inclusive this title is by showing black girls as entrepreneurs and a boy in the wheelchair playing along with everyone else without any acknowledgment of his disability.
'May Saves the Day' is a hilarious book about word games, independent females, and the power of teamwork. It shows that even the most successful people can use …
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Mahatma Gandhi by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, illustrations by Albert Arrayas

5 out of 5 🌟The Father of India Little People, Big Dreams are short children books about exceptional people who changed the way we’re looking at the world now. They're enjoyable pieces of non-fiction to savor along with your tiny humans. I love biographies of people who dared to be different, and these short books are one of my favorites. Each book in the series is illustrated by different artists with their unique style that even non-art-savvy like me can appreciate. 'Mahatma Gandhi' is painted by Albert Arrays with pencils and watercolors and his images fit perfectly into a very tea-like climate of British colonies from a century ago. The story itself depicts the life of Mohandas (who then became Mahatma Gandhi) as an activist who made his non-violent fight towards India freedom. Even if this short book is destined for children, it contains a lot of information concentrated on an encyclopedic-style page at the end. Most importantly, everything is put in a simple and small …

Little Cities: San Francisco by DK

4 out of 5 🌟Toddler's city guide  ‘Little Cities’ is a series of board books for the youngest readers about the major US cities. The books focus on the main tourist attractions and landmarks. Illustrations are informative but simple, and they remind me of infographics in educational pamphlets.
The ‘San Francisco’ book is brief but full of knowledge that fitted into only ten pages. It tells about the most famous city sites and day trips one cannot miss when visiting the city. This volume doesn't include the page about food like the other books from the series.
Overall, it’s a good work to engage children's curiosity about the city before and during the trip.
Many thanks to the publisher DK and NetGalley for the digital ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

Zombies of the World by Ross Payton

A Field Guide to the Undead4 out of 5 🌟 Let's talk pseudoscience 'Zombies of the World' pretends to be a non-fiction encyclopedia of the undead around the world. The book consists of a few parts. My favorite was field guide, where (just like in other field guides!) each species is described with a schematic picture, characteristics, range of occurrence, and conservation status (yes, some of them are endangered species!). There are also zombie encounters in history, a survival guide, chapters about the science of undead, social studies, and many more. As a consequence, this title is an eclectic mixture of everything that is currently known about zombies in the universe created by Ross Payton and it's served with grave seriousness that makes me laugh more than once.
I greatly enjoyed the illustrations of each zombie species with their cartoonish gruesomeness. Since the book is a mixture of sources, also graphical design differs from chapter to chapter, and the rest of the…

The Secret Explorers and the Lost Whales by SJ King

4 out of 5 🌟 Learning if fun! 'Secret Explorers' is a new series about a group of children from around the world with scientific expertise in various topics from space through dinosaurs to volcanos. Each volume brings a new mission to resolve with the help of the most knowledgeable explorers in a particular topic. 'The Lost Whales' book takes place in the South Pacific Ocean and the chosen explorers for that mission are Connor the marine expert, and Roshni the space explorer. As always, the role of sidekick will be revealed during the mission.
'The Secret Explorers' are packed with action and useful information about the given topic. At the end of each book, there are a few pages with iconographic and schemas to sum and explain all the scientific data used in the story, the glossary, and a quiz to test the knowledge. In 'The Lost Whales' readers get to know about... yes, whales but also the ocean's ecology and global warming that poses a real danger …

The Secret Explorers and the Comet Collision by SJ King

4 out of 5 🌟Science in action 'Secret Explorers' is a new series about a group of children from around the world with scientific expertise in various topics from space through dinosaurs to volcanos. Each volume brings a new mission to resolve with the help of the most knowledgeable explorers in a particular topic. 'The Comet Collision' takes place in outer space and the chosen explorers for that mission are Roshni the space explorer, and Ollie the rain forest expert. Why a rain forest specialist in space? That would be explained during the mission!
'The Secret Explorers' are packed with action and useful information about the given topic. At the end of each book, there are a few pages with iconographic and schemas to sum and explain all the scientific data used in the story. In 'The Comet Collision' readers get to know about Saturn and its moons, space probes, and our solar system. My kid is a science-geek he really enjoyed that aspect of the book. Also,…

Goldie Vance Vol. 1 by Hope Larson, Brittney Williams, and Sarah Stern

5 out of 5 🌟Escapist Wonderland Goldie Vance is living and working along with her father at Crossed Palms Resort in St. Pascal, Florida. On paper, she's responsible for valet parking but in the meantime, she works as a detective along with her coworkers solving the cases that arise in the hotel. In volume one they're facing the mystery case of Mr. Ludwig and his missing jewelry.
While this novel is designed for the younger audience, I found it a captivating easy-read that brightened up my mood almost instantly. The storyline is fast-paced and funny with multiple plot twists. And oh, the illustrations! The very first thing that came to my mind after opening 'Goldie Vance' for the first time was 'OMG! This is so cute!' (sic!). The cheerful illustrations created by Brittney Williams and colored by Sarah Stern have a bright and colorful style that reminds me of girlish cartoons.
Recently, a few people have asked me about a 'feel-good book' that would cheer th…