Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan ..

Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow by James Howe

3.5 Nuts One day, many years after I thought the series was over, I found myself standing in a bookstore staring at the cover of Bunnicula #7: BUNNICULA MEETS EDGAR ALLAN CROW. I couldn’t believe it! My favorite  kids series had another book! Of course I bought it immediately. BUNNICULA MEETS EDGAR ALLAN CROW is […]

October 27, 2018
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The Skull of Truth by Bruce ..

The Skull of Truth by Bruce Coville

5 Nuts You know that one kid that couldn’t tell the truth if their life depended on it? Meet Charlie, the main character of THE SKULL OF TRUTH, my favorite book in Bruce Coville’s Magic Shop series. I was the weird kid in grade school that loved Shakespeare long before most of my peers had […]

October 26, 2018
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Bunnicula Strikes Again by J..

Bunnicula Strikes Again by James Howe

3.5 Nuts Of all the BUNNICULA books this supposedly final (another book came along years later) book in the series is probably the most forgettable. Yes, I know, sad right? But of each of the other books in the series I have very specific memories, moments that made me feel this or that emotion. This […]

October 25, 2018
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Jennifer Murdley’s Toa..

Jennifer Murdley’s Toad by Bruce Coville

3.5 Nuts *gasp* A Magic Shop book that doesn’t hit over 4 nuts? What is the world coming to? JENNIFER MURDLEY’S TOAD used to be my least favorite book in the series. Currently it waffles between this and JULIET DOVE, QUEEN OF LOVE. But when I originally read the series that book did not exist […]

October 24, 2018
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Return to Howliday Inn by Ja..

Return to Howliday Inn by James Howe

4 Nuts When you think of young readers stories I doubt the first things that come to mind are Citizen Kane and Shakespeare. Nor do you likely think of ventriloquists or classic literature. And yet somehow Howe manages to reference all of these things in his direct sequel to HOWLIDAY INN. RETURN TO HOWLIDAY INN […]

October 23, 2018
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Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatc..

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville

5 Nuts This was my very first introduction to the Magic Shop series, and indeed Bruce Coville’s books as a whole. I remember sitting in my elementary school listening to my teacher read to me about a boy and his dragon. As I got older and read more dragon books, this was always the one […]

October 22, 2018
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Nighty-Nightmare by James Ho..

Nighty-Nightmare by James Howe

5 Nuts Of all of the Bunnicula stories in the main series and the spin offs this little gem, NIGHTY-NIGHTMARE, is my favorite. All of the Bunnicula books make great Halloween reads for kids but if campfire style scary stories are your thing, this is what you want to read in October. As per usual […]

October 21, 2018
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The Monster’s Ring by ..

The Monster’s Ring by Bruce Coville

4 Nuts As Halloween draws near I’ve been thinking more and more about my childhood Halloween traditions. School Halloween parties, trick or treat, and of course the telling of supernatural tales. When I was young there were two series that I loved to read at Halloween, BUNNICULA by James Howe and the MAGIC SHOP series […]

October 20, 2018
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Marine Biology by G.L. Carri..

Marine Biology by G.L. Carriger

4 Nuts Well now this is unexpected. I’m still not really clear if these SAN ANDREAS SHIFTER books are in the same canon as Parasolverse or not but I find myself hoping that it is. Even if it’s not, this little prequel is telling me that I’m probably going to love it anyway. MARINE BIOLOGY […]

October 16, 2018
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Competence by Gail Carriger

Competence by Gail Carriger

4 Nuts WHAT DO YOU MEAN I HAVE TO WAIT!? Yes my friends, this is the end of the Parasolverse binge. Not because the author has ended the stories in the universe, oh no. There are more to come. BUT NONE OF THEM ARE OUT YET! COMPETENCE is book 3 of 4 in the Custard […]

October 15, 2018
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