Smarter Than a Monster: A Survival Guide by Brandon Mull & illustrated by Mike Walton -- Review
About the Book
No monster wants you to read this book. The more you know about monsters, the more you will know how to defeat them.
Little kids have big fears, which they often imagine to be scary creatures, like monsters. But this book helps explain how knowing "Monster Facts" can help kids outwit them.
Want to avoid monsters?
Fact: Monsters love dirt and grime, so when faced with two kids, the monster will choose the dirty one every time.
And if toys and clothes are all over the floor, you may get ambushed by a mess-loving monster.
Survival Tip: Take baths and keep your room clean.
Smarter Than a Monster will arm young readers with practical advice in this innovative and imaginative parenting tool that teaches common sense and positive and healthy habits.
About the Author
Brandon Mull is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Fablehaven, Beyonders, and Five Kingdoms series. A kinetic thinker, Brandon enjoys bouncy balls, squeezable stress toys, and popping bubble wrap. He lives in Utah in a happy little valley near the mouth of a canyon with his four children and a dog named Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Brandon loves meeting his readers and hearing about their experiences with his books.
About the Illustrator
Mike Walton has been a professional illustrator for more than twenty years. He earned his B.A. in Illustration from art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He’s worked in animation, comic books, web comics, trading cards, and all manner of media throughout his career. Smarter Than a Monster is his debut children’s book. He currently resides in Southern California and considers himself a nerd who loves visiting Disneyland attending the San Diego Comic Con.
A fabulous bedtime story, this book is funny and absolutely adorable. This book encourages children to do day-to-day activities such as brush their teeth, clean their room, take a bath, etc. all while keeping the scary monsters away. The pictures in this book are marvelous. They are bright, fun, colorful and entertaining bringing to life this delightful story. Author Brandon Mull and illustrator Mike Walton have created a fabulous book that young children will absolutely love!
Genre: children’s, fantasy, picture book
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Publication date: October 1, 2019
Number of pages: 32
A review copy of this book was provided by Shadow Mountain. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
A Candle in the Window Film Review
About the Film
John's family is struggling to face Christmas without his loving wife. However, six-year-old Emily is full of faith. Even though her older sisters try to gently lower her expectations, the young girl truly believes her mother will visit on Christmas Eve. In fact, she is so certain her mother will come that she puts a candle in the window to guide her mother on her journey home. Before she passed away, their mother made sure the most cherished holiday traditions would still be there—beautiful handmade dresses, new patent-leather shoes, and a lovingly crafted doll for little Emily. But on the way to a Christmas Eve celebration, the doll is lost, and Emily is heartbroken. Emily—and her grieving sisters—need their mother more than ever. Inspired by true events, A Candle in the Window is a beautiful reminder that our loved ones never leave us and prayers really do get answered—especially when you have the faith of a child.
Isabella, Ava & Sophia Jarque – play the daughters
The film A Candle in the Window is based of a true story written by Michele Ashman Bell.
The faith of a young child is extremely powerful and miracles are just a prayer away.
This move is a reminder that some of our family and loved ones may be on the other side of the veil, but they are watching over and protecting us and are closer than we think.
This movie is a reminder that the faith of a child is powerful and that our family on the other side of the veil are closer than we realize, always there watching over and protecting us.
Genre: holiday, family
A review copy of this film was provided by Covenant Communications. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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