Review: Dinner for Dinos by Ben Whitehous

Dinner for Dinos: Gulp, Guzzle, Chomp, Chew

Dinner for Dinos by Ben Whitehouse

June 5, 2018 – Thomas Nelson

20 pgs. – Children’s Fiction, Humor, Inspirational

Purpose: Review, #offmybookshelf

Source: Publisher, Booklook

3 stars 

I was given a copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest opinion. 

This is a cute story that introduces table manners to little ones.  Dinosaurs are a universal favorite, and the pictures are bright and fun.  The second and fourth lines of the story rhyme, and the entire story has its own rhythm. My son liked flipping through the book and looking at the pictures, picking out the images that he could identify. Though this is not one of my son’s favorite books, it is one that he enjoys. I am glad that we have this one in our collection.


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June Wrap-Up

In the middle of June I decided to do a 5N5 TBR so that I would balance my time between both my print and digital shelves. And if you have checked in recently, you  know that I suck and changed some of those books. My monthly wrap-ups will consist of books that do not fall under the 5N5 (classics, audios and read alouds). But for June, these are the books that I read that will not be covered in the first 5N5 wrap-up (coming soon!) *Click the image to go to Goodreads*

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America 4 Stars This is an essay collection that I listened to on audio book. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl 5 Stars –  A celebrity memoir that I listened to on audio. This was funny, real and made me interested in her work. Definitely recommend.

As the Tide Comes In 3 stars – Christian fiction, contemporary with romance. I enjoyed this one.

FIYAH Literary Magazine, Issue 6: Big Mama Nature 5 Stars- A science fiction and fantasy magazine focusing on works by black speculative fiction authors. I love this magazine and would definitely recommend.

Little Sister Is Not My Name (Sassy, #1)  4 stars – This is a book that I read aloud to my daughter. We enjoyed it, and I thought that it was a cute story with substance. I am looking forward to continuing on with this series.

The Sasquatch Escape (The Imaginary Veterinary, #1) 4 stars – This is a book that I read aloud to my son, we enjoyed it. An adventure with imaginary creatures. Will definitely continue with the series.

Solo 5 stars – A novel told in verse. I listened to this on audio and really enjoyed it. This was my first book by Alexander, but it won’t be my last. I will be adding his collection of books to my own library.

I Can Only Imagine: A Friendship with Jesus Now and Forever 4 stars – A kids book that I received for review. It was cute, the pictures were bright and it had a good message. (Christian fiction)


Twintuition: Double Trouble 4 Stars- Enjoyed it and will continue the series.

Sky in the Deep 4 stars – Listened to the audio, will definitely read more form this author.

A Study in Honor 4 stars – A review book that I requested. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait for the next one.

Sea Creatures from the Sky 5 stars – A children’s book sent to me for review. I loved it. Pictures are beautiful and a brand new perspective.

My So-Called Bollywood Life 5 stars – I listened to this on audio, one of those books that you listen to at just the right time. I enjoyed and will be looking for more from this author.

Dragons and Marshmallows (Zoey and Sassafras Book 1) 3 stars Another book that I read aloud to my daughter. It was cute and we will be continuing the series.

The Poet X 5 stars –  I listened to this one on audio and loved it. I will be adding this one to my personal library as well. It was fantastic!

Well that’s it for now. The rest of the books that I read will be in my 5N5 wrap-up. And I am hoping that July’s monthly wrap-up won’t be this long with the new format.


What did you read last month?

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Book Haul Revisit (1)

I watch a lot of  Booktube, and maybe you do too. If you do, you’ve probably seen several booktubers do this. But I saw it first with Books and Lala.

But because I haven’t been tracking my incoming books until this year, I can’t revisit everything. My online purchases are tracked for a year with Books-A-Million, so that’s what I’m using. In July of 2017,I bought 6 books. My intentions are to pick at least one of the books to read each month. Books purchased were:

Heroine Worship (Heroine Complex, #2) The Shadow of What Was Lost (The Licanius Trilogy, #1)

32968540 The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth, #3)

How to Train Your Dragon (How to Train Your Dragon, #1) How to Betray a Dragon's Hero (How to Train Your Dragon, #11)

Out of these six, the only one that I have read is How to Train Your Dragon by  Cressida Cowell.  3 books come later in the series, so I know that I won’t get to them this month.  That leaves either Akata Warrior or The Shadow of What Was Lost to pick from. Both of which I want to read, and both of which I could read for the O.W.L.S.

But I think I am going to go with . . . . (drum roll please). . .

Akata Witch!

Honestly, it has been on my TBR for the longest and it is shorter than The Shadow of What Was Lost by a lot. And I have a lot of books that I am trying to get through this month.

What about you? What are some books that you’ve purchased but have yet to read? Tell me in the comments!

Always Shine!


Sunday Share 7/01

So I’m gonna try share bookish purchases/mail more regularly. I know I said I was trying to not buy books (except pre-orders) this summer. But Books-A-Million was having a sale and I’m weak.  Most were for my kids, but I found a few treasures, like the choose your own adventure zombie apocalypse book! Here they are:



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How I Will be Reviewing Series

I enjoy reading series and most of my favorites are long ones. But, reviewing them are hard. They tend to become annoying with repetition since I do my best to not include spoilers. So, unless I have received a specific book for review, this will be my method for rlseries review.

I will do an individual review of the first book and talk about that specific book and whether or not I will be continuing it. When I have finished it I will then come back and talk about the series as a whole.  Since I jump in and out of series for various reasons, it may be some time for the series wrap ups.

I have a few first in series reviews coming, but I will organize them into series that I’m actively reading.


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Children’s Book Review: I Can Only Imagine by Bart Millard

I Can Only Imagine: A Friendship with Jesus Now and Forever

I Can Only Imagine: A Friendship with Jesus Now and Forever by Bart Millard

March 13, 2018 – Thomas Nelson

32 pgs. – Children’s Fiction, Inspirational, christian

Purpose: Review, #offmybookshelf

Source: Publisher

5 Stars 

I was given a copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.

This was another beautifully illustrated story that we received this month. The pictures are bright and fun. The story takes you through a series a questions that allows you to reflect on what you know about Jesus and imagine what it would be like to be with him daily, in the small ways.  It is very appropriate and engaging for kids. My daughter enjoyed looking at the pictures and my son enjoyed the rhythm of the story itself.


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Children’s Book Review: Sea Creatures From the Sky by Ricardo Cortes

Sea Creatures from the Sky

Sea Creatures From the Sky by Ricardo Cortes

April 3, 2018 -Akashic Books

48 pgs. – Children’s fiction, animals, sharks

Purpose: Review, #offmybookshelf

Source: Publisher

5 stars

I was given a copy of this book, free, in exchange for my honest opinion. 

I saw this in the Akashic Books catalog and was intrigued. Mainly because my son loves sharks. This is a beautiful children’s book that is not only full of wonderful illustrations, but has a unique story. This is a shark’s first encounter with man -written from the shark’s perspective.  Seeing how most people are afraid of sharks and often think of them as monsters, it is interesting the voice that Cortes chose to give the shark. Because that is not the impression that we are left with. This was fun and both of my kids enjoyed it.

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