Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Reviews – #Ghosts Toni Pike, #Butterflies Bette A. Stevens

Welcome to the Children’s Reading room with books for children up to the age of twelve years old.

The first author is Toni Pike who is receiving great reviews for her recent release .Brody Cody and the Haunted Vacation House (Brody Cody Series Book Two)

About the book

Brody Cody loves his new stepmother but is surprised to hear that she is expecting a baby. To celebrate, his parents take Brody and his friends away for a week to a very spooky house in the Blue Mountains, owned by the elderly and even spookier Mr Sludge.

Very strange things start to happen, and the friends soon become convinced that the house is haunted. They love scary stories and know all about ghosts, but will they be able to solve the mystery?

A hilarious adventure for children aged 6-9.

It would be best to read the series in order. Book 1 is BRODY CODY AND THE STEPMOTHER FROM OUTER SPACE.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Mar 14, 2021 D.G. Kaye rated it Five Stars it was amazing

This is the second book in the Brody series where in book 1, Brody gets a new stepmom, and now she’s pregnant and Brody isn’t sure how he feels about a baby in the house after he’s been an only child all his young life.

To surprise Brody, his dad and stepmom, Pandora, decide to rent a holiday house for a family vacation and Brody is allowed to invite a few of his good friends to join in. When they arrive, the place looks nothing like it did in pictures, a rundown big old house that needs some TLC. But the family didn’t mind, they were there already so Pandora and the kids got cleaning up the place and the owner, old Mr. Sludge, gave them a tour of the property.

The kids were eager to go for a walk through the bush and were warned if they got lost to stay where they are. They were sure they wouldn’t be lost because smart Kyle left tape marks every few meters so they can find their way back. But somehow the tape mysteriously disappeared. The kids continue to be spooked by weird happenings. They find open kitchen drawers in the middle of the night when they go down to grab a late snack. Another night they hear the front door slam, and Mr. Sludge introduces them to an air raid shelter from the long ago past that the kids are invited to play inside, and warned not to close the door.

Brody is convinced there’s a ghost – or ghosts in the house and has nightmares of ghosts. The children decide collectively to stay on guard the next night to try and capture the ‘ghost’. They decide to all wake at midnight to wait for the ghostly shadows to appear out in the backyard and listen for the rustling noise they’ve been hearing nightly in the kitchen. And their plan worked! They followed the noises leading down to the kitchen. And what they found? I cannot tell you this. You will have to read the book!

This book was an entertaining read. Although the story centers around the ‘ghostly’ findings, it’s not a scary book for children, rather a mini mystery for kids, and quite enjoyable for adults too. 

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

Also by Toni Pike for children

 

Connect to Toni: Buy the books: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – Follow Toni:Goodreads – Website: Toni PikeTwitter: @piketoni1

The final author day with a lovely book that introduces the wonder of nature to children is Bette A. Stevens with Amazing Matilda: A Monarch’s Tale

About Amazing Matilda

(Ages 4-11 + grownups love it too) Friendship, patience and persistence are among the lessons learned in this gem of a tale featuring an amazing monarch butterfly.

This award-winning picture book adventure follows the monarch butterfly’s life cycle as Matilda embarks on a quest to make her dream of flying come true. Matilda emerges from her egg on a milkweed leaf—she stretches and yawns and knows she wants to fly. Sparrow tells her to follow her dreams. Toad and Rabbit laugh at a creature without wings who wants to fly. You’ll be as amazed as Toad and Rabbit are as you follow Matilda from egg to imago. Science, art and wise lessons for children—all wrapped up in a tale the kids will want to read/hear again and again!

One of the recent reviews for the book

This is a beautifully illustrated children’s book about a sweet little caterpillar named Matilda. She embarks on her transformation to a lovely Monarch butterfly but focuses on one big wish hoping it will come true. During her journey, she finds encouragement from three new adorable animal friends. And they gladly share their wisdom which conveys a deeper message: to persevere, be patient, and never give up – fundamental lessons for all ages. Stevens also illustrated this delightful book, which adds an impressive layer to her talent and skill as an author. But reading about Matilda’s metamorphosis isn’t only for the youth; this wonderful and educational story will also be enjoyed by those who have been reading for decades and decades. I highly recommend Amazing Matilda, A Monarch’s Tale for all ages!

Read the reviews and buy the book : Amazon US – And : Amazon UK

Also by Bette A. Stevens for Children

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Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon US – and : Amazon UK – Follow Bette:Goodreads – Blog:4 Writers and ReadersTwitter: @BetteAStevens

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.

79 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Reviews – #Ghosts Toni Pike, #Butterflies Bette A. Stevens

  1. Thank you so much, Sally, for sharing Debby’s lovely review, and warmest congratulations to Bette. What a wonderful surprise to put me with such stellar company – you are so kind and generous. Toni x

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  2. Reblogged this on Toni Pike and commented:
    The wonderful Sally Cronin has generously shared D.G. Kaye’s review of Brody Cody and The Haunted Vacation House in the Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room. Congratulations also to Bette A. Stevens for the fabulous review of The Amazing Matilda.

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  3. Congrats to Bette and the beautiful review from Lauren. I too enjoyed Bette’s book before I gifted it to my little grand niece. And thanks Sal, for sharing my review for Toni’s book which I thoroughly enjoyed ❤ ❤

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  4. Reblogged this on Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author and commented:
    The awesome Sally Cronin has shared Lauren Scott’s wonderful review of AMAZING MATILDA along with D.G. Kaye’s fabulous review of Brody Cody by and The Haunted Vacation House by Toni Pike in Sally’s Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room today. I hope you’ll stop by Sally’s to take a peek.. Thanks so much, dear Sally–you rock! ~ Bette Stevens

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