Friday, March 8, 2013

Pet Projects: Turkeys Lifting Schooldesks are Progressing with Pixie Dust


We hope you have had a wonderful week and that your weekend ahead is happy and fun.

Our Week in Review:
Thank you for reading and sharing,

Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Book Review: A Fun Science Fiction Book for Tweens and Free Books on Kindle

Thank you for stopping by, today. 

We have some fun news for you. Our book, The Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets, is FREE (and only 99 cents on other days) on Amazon Kindle today only (March 6, 2013). Click here now to get your copy and be sure to tell your friends! 

Guess what? It doesn't stop there as the fun book that Cool Mom reviewed for us is also free today and tomorrow (information and dates below). 

Well, I need to get a treat (or two) and you need to read today's review. So I will go now.

Have a great day!

~Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge (and Stanley)
Title: Escape from the Forbidden Planet

Author : Julie Anne Grasso

Illustrator: David Blackwell

Year Published: 2012
Description (from Amazon): Caramel Cinnamon thought the worst day of her life was the day her grandparents, the King and Queen of the Elves of Cardamom went missing. She was wrong! The day she spills sticky toffee syrup onto her father's computer, that's when her worst nightmare begins. She finds herself marooned on a forbidden planet, sent there by an evil clone with a very sticky secret. Caramel is desperate to escape. If she doesn't she will lose her dreams of returning to Cardamom to become a healer like her Mum. Luckily, she has a secret of her own and the lives of her family and friends depend on it!

Suitable for children aged 9-12

An accident as a child leaves Caramel Cinnamon, of the planet Cardamom, with a bad leg that continually chips away her confidence. Caramel is forced into an adventure that takes her to a forbidden planet. We cheer for her as her confidence builds while she and her new friends find a way to assist Caramel's family - and the Universe.

I really enjoyed this book. It is a super fun read and even more importantly (as a mother) a clean read. I admit it took me a few chapters to become familiar enough with the science fiction/fantasy lingo to follow it easily but once I had that in my head, the book had my interest and it never lost it. Escape from the Forbidden Planet is truly an entertaining book.

Caramel is a lovely character who discovers amazing qualities in herself. Learning to trust them is her biggest challenge and when she does, really cool things happen. 
I found myself chuckling at Alexander222 and his helper "Lex" as Alexander worked to gain the attention of the Clone Council to make himself known on his planet, Ishqwartz. 

I give Escape from the Forbidden Planet  four stars out of five. It is a great read; extremely creative and leaves you hungry for both food and more of Julie Grasso's story.

I purchased this as an e-book but may have to buy the print version for our home shelves - I am still partial to print books.

Overall, nicely done Julie for creating a fun and creative book that I have no doubts my 9 year-old precocious daughter will enjoy AND that I will give to her without hesitation to read. 

Clean Read? Yes.

Ages: The Amazon description states "Suitable for children aged 9-12." I would venture to guess that younger children would enjoy having this book read to them.

Where to Purchase the Book: Great news! Escape from the Forbidden Planet is currently available for FREE on Amazon today AND tomorrow (March 6 & March 7, 2013). Hop on over right now to download your own copy of this book. This book also is only 99 cents after the promotion. A fantastic value!

Connect with the Author Online:
Julie Anne Grasso's Website
Julie Anne Grasso's Facebook Page
Julie Anne Grasso's Twitter Account
Julie Anne Grasso's Blog
Follow Julie Anne Grasso on Goodreads

Get the Recipe For Sticky Date and Chocolate Cake with Caramel Cardamom Sauce 
 A special thanks to Julie and Renee for the recipe link.

Disclosure: I downloaded the Kindle copy of  this book, Escape from the Forbidden Planet, on one of its free days. I received no monetary or in-kind compensation for my honest review.

The Reviewer: Hi! I am a homeschooling mother to one precocious tween daughter. Most of my reading consists of preparatory reading for upcoming history, math, science, geography, literature, (you get the idea) lessons. However, sometimes I am lucky enough to fit in a book just for fun and will review these "fun" books for my dear friends, Stanley and Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge. You may call me Neighbor Girl's Mom or Cool Mom. 

Next Planned Book Review: Quicksand - The Mysterious Disappearance of Dakotaroo by Krista Michelle Breen

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Katrina's Word of the Week with Audio: Progressing

Happy Monday!

We are testing out SoundCloud this week with Katrina's Word of the Week. What do you think?

If the above file doesn't appear, click here to listen to it on SoundCloud.

Thank you for reading and sharing,

Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge