• The Basement.. Robbie’s Rite Of Passage

    The Basement

    Are you looking for a great tween/early teen book? Are your kids looking to step into the unknown world of thriller or suspense books? Do you need a great book to read this Halloween season? Then this would be the book that needs to be at the top of your to read list.

    This book came at just the perfect time; not only is it close to Halloween, it is my girls fall break, and it is close to my daughters Tink birthday. Over here in the Ryan home, we are big on Halloween. Mostly cutesy side of it, with little ones in the home it is hard to get to scary. I thought that with Tink getting a bit older, she would enjoy something a little bit of a scare. Reading something to get her imagination going a bit.

    That is the understatement of the century. My daughter, who LOVES bed time and sleep, I would catch up late at night reading with a flashlight under her covers. I could just not get her to put the book down. She dove right into this book, and loved it right from page one. Tink was thrilled that the book just jumps right into a story, right into what is going on. It grabbed her attention and never let it go.

    From the back of the book:

    “A kid should not be aware of his own heartbeat, he thought.

    Robbie is an ordinary boy in the city who struggles with the desire to prove himself to his friends, his enemies, and himself. When Robbie’s father, a stubborn man, is determined to teach his son through tough love, witnesses Robbie being bullied, he forces Robbie to face his fears. Robbie is then sentenced to a frightening challenge- staying in the basement for a single night. But what lies in the dark recesses of the basement? Will Robbie make it out alive and well? Will the urban legend about the terrifying creatures that hide in the dark basement prove to be true? And more importantly, will Robbie prove to his friends and his father that he is brave enough to take on the challenge?

    The Basement is a tale of angst, teamwork, and solutions, treasure hunts and adventure, and facing fears. It is a focus on the small world of one group of preteens and the very real and wondrous world they face.”

    All of the characters are very relatable. Everyone from the father (everyone has someone in their life that they are always trying to impress), to Robbie (at one point we just wanted to prove ourselves), to all the side characters. Even though the author does not lay a ton of background information about them, they become relatable. They become important, not just to the  story but to you.

    If you would like more information about The Basement, click below.

    What is your favorite book? Do your kids enjoy this type of thriller/suspense type books? At what age did you start to let them read them?

  • Top 5 Undiscovered Children’s Books

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    Do your kids love to read? If they are anything like mine, they love to have YOU read to them. And let’s be honest, that gets old fast. Reading the same book over and over, night after night; makes me pull me hair out. Maybe you are a better mama, and this doesn’t bug you. You just love the snuggle quiet time with your little one, regardless of the mind numbingness (yes I totally just made up a word) of reading the Three Little Pigs, for the one hundred millionth time. Not me, I can’t handle it. So to avoid ruining this very special time, by reading the same book yet again, here is my list of:

    Top 5 Undiscovered Children’s Books!!!

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    Book 1-
    Penguins Can’t Fly
    By: Katherine Sully 

    I love this book!! In fact, I love it so much you can check out an entire post dedicated to just this book here. It is about two little penguins over coming their own obstacles while discovering their friendship. Seriously, there is nothing not to like about this book. AND we liked it so much that, I went out and found other books by her. (Spoiler alert, they are all just as cute)

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    Book 2-
    Lucky Bamboo
    By: Katherine Sully

    Here is another AMAZING book by Katherine Sully. It is about Little Panda (Yes I have a thing about black and white animals. Once I find a really great one on zebras, you bet there will be a post in it too. Suggestions are needed.) being told not to eat the lucky bamboo. He can’t help himself, and has just a small nibble to see how it tastes. The story is about how he makes up for this wrong doing. 

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    Book 3-
    Bobby Knows Best
    By: One guess….. Katherine Sully

    Last one by this author, then I promise to get some other authors a chance. All of the other bunnies have scary stories to tell about run ins with the fox. Bobby wants a story to tell of his own. So he sets out on a fox hunt. This is probably the shortest of the books, good for those nights you are just ready for the kids to go down. But it is a cute story, that my girls love.

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    Book 4-
    Little Bear Won’t Sleep
    By: Christine Swift

    This is one of my girls favorites. Little Bear decides that he doesn’t want to go to bed. Mother bear, being the amazing mother that she is, agrees to let him stay up all night. They for a walk through the woods, meeting all kinds of new animals and making all kinds of new friends. It is a cute story on the different types of nocturnal animals, and why they are up at night but not during the day.

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    Last But Certainly Not Least
    Book 5-
    Mr Wrinkles
    By: Robert Pearce

    I have not yet read this one to my little princesses, maybe tonight. Mr Wrinkles is the oldest, wisest elephant in Africa. He knows everyone, and just about everything. One day on his way to the waterhole, he gets stuck. Oh No! But he doesn’t panic, soon all the animals in Africa are there to help him. But how are they going to unstick a huge elephant?

    How about you; are you a mama that can read your loving child whatever they want even if you have read it every day for months or do you need to switch it up? What are your favorite children’s books? 


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