Friday, February 24, 2017

No Rise Cinnamon Rolls {gluten free}

No Rise Cinnamon Rolls.  Yeast Free, Gluten Free, Easy and Quick to Make.  I love these rolls, and I especially love this breakfast/dessert now that I am gluten free.  Recipe, bread, rolls, dessert, breakfast, fun, simple, everyday ingredients www.alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.com

When I have a 2 year old who always wants to "hep" aka help in the kitchen I need recipes that are easy to make and 2 year old sous chef friendly.

For the past 6 weeks I've been on doctor orders to be strictly gluten free.  I have Hashimotos, a thyroid auto-immune disease.  Even though, I tested negative for Celiac, the doctor told me that those with Hashimotos will often have a gluten sensitivity.

I'm not going to lie, these doctor orders have been tough.  I've been gluten free before, but being strictly gluten free is a game changer.

Just this week we went to Zupas, a favorite restaurant of ours for their soups, salads, and sandwiches.  Plus, my kids love the chocolate covered strawberries.  I got a salad thinking that would be an easy gluten free meal, but I was definitely wrong.  The workers had no way of knowing if the dressings were gluten free.  A salad without dressing is just depressing.  

With this diet change I've still wanted to make some of my favorite comfort foods.  I've made cookies, bread, and brownies; however, these No Rise Cinnamon Rolls have by far been my favorite.  

No Rise Cinnamon Rolls.  Yeast Free, Gluten Free, Easy and Quick to Make.  I love these rolls, and I especially love this breakfast/dessert now that I am gluten free.  Recipe, bread, rolls, dessert, breakfast, fun, simple, everyday ingredients www.alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.com

These cinnamon rolls are delicious.  Add the fact that they don't need any rise time makes this recipe a winner.e.  On this recipe, I've made them with a gluten free all purpose flour mix,with xanthan gum already in there, and organic all purpose unbleached flour.  This recipe is rare in the fact that you can use either flour and it tastes delicious (or so my husband said they both taste delicious).  

These No Rise Cinnamon Rolls are a little more dense than your normal yeast cinnamon rolls, but these yeast free cinnamon rolls only take 45 minutes of your time + baking time.  That alone is a game changer.  

With this recipe, anyone can make cinnamon rolls from scratch.  Yum!

No Rise Cinnamon Rolls - Yeast Free, Gluten Free
Recipe: Alohamora slightly adapted from Gluten Free on a Shoestring
Active Time: 45 minutes
Inactive Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 rolls

Ingredients: 
Rolls:
3 1/2 c. flour (gluten free all purpose flour or regular unbleached flour)
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c. sugar
6 Tbsp butter, softened
2 eggs, beaten
1 c. milk, room temperature

Filling: 
1 c. brown sugar
2 Tbsp cinnamon, ground

Glaze:
1 c. powdered sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla
1-2 Tbsp milk

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9x11 pan, or one a little larger like 11x13.  For gluten free, I used a coconut oil spray.  For regular flour I used a baking spray. 
  2. In a stand mixer or medium to large bowl add the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar mix it all to combine.  You can use a whisk, large fork, or your dough hook.  
  3. Add the softened butter, beaten eggs, and the room temperature milk.  If you forgot to get your milk to room temperature you can microwave your cup of milk for 20 seconds to warm it.  
  4. Using your dough hook, or stir to combine, the dough until it is mixed well, smooth,and not too sticky.  You can add a couple tablespoons of flour at a time until the dough is easy to handle and not sticky. 
  5. Tear a piece of parchment paper that is approximately 12 inches long, aka I make mine just an inch or so longer than the length of a piece of paper.  This will make a 12x15 inch rectangle.  Add flour to the paper, and turn your dough out on the paper.  
  6. Sprinkle some flour, a couple tablespoons, on top of the dough and on your rolling pin to prevent the dough from sticking while you roll it out.  Roll your dough out to the 12x15 inch rectangle aka, the size of the parchment paper under neath.  
  7. In a small bowl, make the filling.  Use a fork or spoon to combine the 2 ingredients. 
  8. Pour the filling out onto the dough and use the back of the spoon to spread the filling evenly out onto the dough.
  9. Starting on the shorter side of the rectangle roll the dough away from your into a tight roll. 
  10. Using a serrated knife slice the roll into 12 equal pieces.  I like to cut the roll in half, and then cut each half into half making fourths.  I then take each fourth and cut three rolls.  Cutting it this way allows me to easily cute 12 rolls. 
  11. Place each roll into your prepared pan, picture shown above.  Your end pieces will look best if you place the uneven side down. 
  12. Bake your rolls at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until you get a slight browning on the edges. 
  13. Begin mixing the glaze when you pull the rolls out of the oven. In a small bowl, add 1 tablespoon of milk to the cup of powdered sugar.  Add about 1/2 a teaspoon at a time to the glaze, stirring between each addition, until your frosting glaze reaches your desired thickness.  I usually end up adding an extra 1/2 a tablespoon of milk so that the glaze can be drizzled from a spoon.
  14. Once your rolls have cooled for a few minutes you can pour your glaze on and enjoy them warm.  These Yeast Free Cinnamon Rolls are the best warm. 
  15. Enjoy! 
  16. I like to cut all of the rolls and separate them to store them in an air tight container in the refrigerator. 
  17. These cinnamon rolls, like most, are best warm.  If you are taking one of your leftover rolls from your fridge be sure to place it in the microwave for 30-45 seconds to warm thoroughly. 
  
Happy Yeast Free No Rise Quick to Make Gluten Free if you desire Cinnamon Rolls. Yummy! 

Monday, February 20, 2017

March Book Three gets 5 Stars {non-fiction, graphic novel, printz award}


March Book Three  by John Lewis is an award winning graphic novel series about the civil rights movement. Includes Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X and the Freedom Bridge March.  Powerful book. Printz, Coretta Scott King award.  Great book and series.  YA Literature, Teens, adults, all should read this book. Alohamora Open a Book www.alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.comThis book has it all.  One President of the United States dies, another gives powerful speeches and help make big changes in the country.  With it being Black History Month as well as President's Day I felt this book was an absolute must to share with you today!   

Police arrests, murders, determination, perseverance, equal rights, voting, the Freedom March, and so many more shocking events occurred during the civil rights movement.  I absolutely loved March Book Three, and I completely understand why it won the Printz Award, Coretta Scott King Award, and 4 other major awards.

March Book Three by John Lewis is well deserving of these awards, and honestly one of the best books I've read.  This book, is the third and final book in the March series telling the complete civil rights movement from John Lewis' experience.  

I give March Book Three 5 out of 5 Stars.  The pictures are fantastic, the story line is great, the pace is quick, the words are powerful, and the events are inspiring.  I learned so much while reading not only this book, but the entire series.  It is a must read for sure, and I am so glad I have it in my personal library.

At the very beginning it took me a second to remember what SNCC stood for b/c book three didn't overlap with the second book.  There is so much I really liked about this book.  I loved that the writing had the perfect balance of facts to teach and dialogue to keep the story going.  

I really enjoyed John Lewis' view on JFK's death and the fear he had with Johnson becoming the President.  I think his feelings are relatable to how many feel any time a new President begins his presidency. I was shocked of the events as well as the aftermath from the Freedom Summer, and I was inspired by Fannie Lou Hamer's speech as well as President Johnson's speech.  I was in awe of the fight, dedication, and perseverance Lewis and many other's had to complete their march from Selma to Montgomery.  I was shocked the FBI was wiretapping the Freedom Democratic Party and MLK.   To be honest, I learned so much reading this book and series.  

I absolutely think every one high school aged and up should read this book and series.  It is powerful and inspiring.  I loved that Lewis connected the first and last book with the reason for writing these books.  Lewis is brilliant, funny, and I'm so glad he wrote this book.     

March Book Three  by John Lewis is an award winning graphic novel series about the civil rights movement. Includes Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X and the Freedom Bridge March.  Powerful book. Printz, Coretta Scott King award.  Great book and series.  YA Literature, Teens, adults, all should read this book. Alohamora Open a Book www.alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.com

In regards to the series as a whole, I would have to give the entire March series 5 stars.  It's all well done, connects so well to one another, very informative as well as entertaining. and all around great.  I personally love that Lewis wanted to make this a graphic novel.  I think it reaches a wider audience and the pictures provide the reader with a valuable and necessary connection to the story and the events.  

My reviews of March Book One and March Book Two can be found at the links provided.  You definitely need to read this non-fiction series in order, and you most definitely need to give this series a read.  It's fantastic!   

Amazon has the following book review from School Library Journal: 

"In the final installment in the trilogy, Congressman Lewis concludes his firsthand account of the civil rights era. Simultaneously epic and intimate, this dynamic work spotlights pivotal moments (the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL; the Freedom Summer murders; the 1964 Democratic National Convention; and the Selma to Montgomery marches) through the lens of one who was there from the beginning. Lewis's willingness to speak from the heart about moments of doubt and anguish imbues the book with emotional depth. Complex material is tackled but never oversimplified—many pages are positively crammed with text—and, as in previous volumes, discussion of tensions among the various factions of the movement adds nuance and should spark conversation among readers. Through images of steely-eyed police, motion lines, and the use of stark black backgrounds for particularly painful moments, Powell underscores Lewis's statement that he and his cohorts "were in the middle of a war." These vivid black-and-white visuals soar, conveying expressions of hope, scorn, and devastation and making storied figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Fannie Lou Hamer feel three-dimensional and familiar. VERDICT This essential addition to graphic novel shelves, history curricula, and memoir collections will resonate with teens and adults alike."

This series is superb, and though I wouldn't have anticipated it winning the Printz Award (the best book for young adults) this year, I am so glad it did.  It is well deserving.  

Have you read the March trilogy yet?  What did you think? 

Happy Powerful Inspiring and Such a Valuable Historical Graphic Novel Reading



I received this book from Myrick Marketing in exchange for my review and honest opinion.  All of my thoughts, opinions, and words are my own.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Sun is Also a Star gets 4 Stars {ya lit, printz honor, contemporary literature}

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon is a Printz Honor book, and the second book of hers that I've read.  I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.  It was good, but it wasn't great.  I felt Everything Everything was better.  Though, I think she as an author has many great things and books to come in the YA market.  Alohamora Open a Book www.alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.com ya lit, teen read, high school, Printz Award, young adult, romance,

"What a difference a day makes." That alone is the perfect sentence to describe Nicola Yoon's new book, The Sun is Also a Star.  

A day can determine if you meet someone, go to college, be deported, enjoy a good book, or a myriad of other events.  A day really can make such a difference for good or for bad; the key is what we do with that day.  

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon won a Printz Honor Award this year; basically she got 2nd place for one of the best books for young adults/teen that were published in 2016.  

This is the second Yoon book I've read, and her second book.  Everything Everything  was published almost two years ago, and I just found out a movie based on the book, that shares the title, is going to be out this year.  I love Book Based Movies; I guess that is probably why I wrote my thesis on it.

I really enjoyed Everything Everything, and I should probably write an official review of it since I read it over a year ago.  I thought the story line was creative, the character development was well done, and I really found myself cheering for Maddy.  If you liked The Fault in Our Stars you should definitely read Everything Everything. 

Sorry about that book review interruption.  Let me get back to the Printz Honor winner at hand.  I give The Sun is Also a Star 4 out of 5 stars.  I liked it, I really did.  I felt the diversity and the immigration/deportation issue to be poignant and relevant.  I felt the story line was fun, romantic, creative, pushed complex issues, and all around great.  I really think it deserved the honor award, and b/c of the complex issues it presented I see why it was awarded a Printz Honor.  

With all of that said, I only gave it 4 stars b/c it was just good; it wasn't great in my mind.  I actually enjoyed Yoon's first book a tad more.  I enjoyed the reason for the title, The Sun is Also a Star, and how that was explained.  It was deeper, and perfect for an English paper analysis.

In the book, I thought the survey was cute.  I liked that it was a romance, but completely realistic.  I liked that the characters followed their dreams.  I liked the ending and that it wasn't your perfect unrealistic ending.  I liked the complexity of the relationships with the families situations and viewpoints as well as the interracial dealings.  I liked Daniel as a character and I liked Natasha as a character.  I thought Yoon did a great job writing this story, and I'm glad I read it.  

I would definitely recommend this book to boys or girls in high school, but probably only if they were readers.  I don't think this is a book for a reluctant reader.  I don't remember anything being highly inappropriate.  There wasn't any sex, but there was reference to it if I remember correctly.  There was some language, but I would say it was a pretty clean read.  

The Sun is Also a Star is a great story.  It wasn't amazing in my mind, and it didn't have the wow factor.  However, it was really great, and the realistic love story of sorts made it perfect for this week.  I just had to share it with you.  

Go check this one out, or give it a listen.  It's a good audiobook as well.  

Amazon has the following book review from School Library Journal: 

"It is Natasha's last day in New York City, where she has lived for 10 years. Her family, living as undocumented immigrants in a small Brooklyn apartment, are being deported to Jamaica after her father's arrest for drunk driving. Natasha is scouring the city for a chance to stay in the United States legally. She wants the normal teen existence of her peers. Meanwhile, poetic Daniel is on his way to an interview as part of his application process to Yale. He is under great pressure to get in because his parents (who emigrated from South Korea) are adamant that he become a doctor. Events slowly conspire to bring the two leads together. When Daniel and Natasha finally meet, he falls in love immediately and convinces her to join him for the day. They tell their stories in alternating chapters. Additional voices are integrated into the book as characters interact with them. Both relatable and profound, the bittersweet ending conveys a sense of hopefulness that will resonate with teens. VERDICT This wistful love story will be adored by fans of Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park and by those who enjoyed the unique narrative structure of A.S. King's Please Ignore Vera Dietz."

Is young adult realistic fiction/contemporary fiction your cup of tea? It's my favorite genre so I gravitate to these types of books. 

Did you read The Sun is Also a Star? If so, do you think it was Printz Honor worthy?  As always, I love to hear your thoughts.  

Happy Diverse Complex Contemporary Fiction Award Winning reading!

  

Monday, February 13, 2017

My Lady Jane gets 4.5 Stars {ya lit, historical fiction, fantasy}

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows is a fantasy historical fiction set in England during the Tudor time.  Fun, light hearted, creative, unique story and read.  4.5/5 stars in my book review of this fantastic book.  Definitely go check it out.  YA Literature, Teen Reeds, YA Lit, fun, fast read, magic, history, so much to enjoy. www.alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.com

I wasn't sure if I was going a little crazy, hadn't had enough sleep, or the latest book I finished was captivating.  To be honest, it's probably a little of them all, but for sanity sake I'll just say that My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows was a well writing fabulously fun story.  

It's not every day you look at a bird and think Edian, aka a person, that turns into an animal. However, after walking out of Physical Therapy one day last week Edian came to mind after seeing a bird on my car.  

I give My Lady Jane 4.5 out of 5 stars.  This book has great character development, the writing is funny and well paced, and the story is creative, interesting, and unique.  Plus, I am really baffled and impressed that three different authors wrote this story.  The writing seemed quite cohesive, and that is usually not the case when it comes to multiple authors. The only way I think they pulled it off so seamless was having each author write the different chapters from the different character viewpoints.  However, the writing style seemed all very similar.  Basically, I was impressed.  

Overall, this story is a fun read.  My Lady Jane is definitely a stretch to be called a historical fiction, but I actually loved the stretch and the creative twist on the history of the English Tudor time.  Any one high school age and up, boys and girls alike, could enjoy this story if they have an interest in fantasy and/or alternative history stories with humor and romance thrown in there as well.  

This is a clean read with no language, but there is a situation where characters are naked for a time after changing form from an animal.  They also mention love and sex, but the use the word "consummate" and refer to it being a "very special hug."

There were many times in reading this story that I laughed out loud and truly enjoyed the creativity.  The narrator notes are fun and don't take away from the story.  Some of the notes told the reader that people could die, or them being the type of narrators that wouldn't kill a dog.  I like that Jane at the end picked a frying pan to fight guards and others in the tower; it reminded me of the movie Tangled.  I thought it was funny when the author wrote that Edward was the inventor of the arm stretch over a girl's shoulder.  I found it interesting how the author included why Mary was known as Bloody Mary got her name, and that she turned into a Donkey aka an Ass to never be seen again.  Really, the entire book was witty and fun, but yet it still taught me more about the English Tudors.  


The only reason I took off a half a star in my ratings was because I found a typo/editing mishap on page 458.  It says "who win will" when it should read as "who will win."  I feel that if I find an error in the editing that the editors went too fast and that does reflect on the story in my view.  

Amazon has the following book review from School Library Journal: 

"In real life, Edward VI and Lady Jane Grey died young in 16th-century England. Here, Edward and Jane get another chance at happiness thanks to the irrepressible imaginations of the authors. Adventure, intrigue, humor, and romance abound—so, too, does high fantasy. England is a place where people (including royalty) are either EÐians (those who can shape-shift) or Verities (those who cannot). Because many Verities believe EÐian magic is evil, they set about to obliterate it. EÐians retaliate. Also, someone keeps poisoning the king's food. The plot, then, involves Edward, Jane, and their allies trying to figure out how to keep peace in the kingdom, find out who is poisoning the king's food, and restore Edward to the throne (he is presumed dead and gads about incognito for part of the book). EÐian "facts" are woven in with such subtle assurance that they come across as a genuine part of English history. For instance, the year the volatile Henry VIII discovered his leonine animal form and devoured the court jester is known in the kingdom's collective memory as the Year of the Lion. Wisecracks are prevalent, which would be grating after a while if the characters did not fairly sparkle with the complete array of honest human qualities. Readers will need to know the basic backstory of Lady Jane Grey and Edward VI. VERDICT A great choice for those who enjoy lighthearted, alternative history adventures and romance."

Though, I disagree with the end.  Readers do not need to know any backstory; you may actually enjoy it more if you don't know the backstory.   

Have you read My Lady Jane?  What did you think? 

Happy Humorous Alternative History Young Adult reading!  

    
This book came with one of my Owlcrate boxes last summer.  For my review of that box click here

Friday, February 10, 2017

Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker Applesauce- No Sugar Added {healthy, allergy free}

5 Minute Applesauce in your Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker has no sugar added, easy to make, and the best healthy treat you'll ever have.  Kids, moms, and adults love it.  Gluten Free, Nut Free, Dairy Free, Allergy Free, amazing, delicious, quick and easy. Alohamora Open a Book http://alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.com/

I've really been trying really hard to eat healthier, but I can't get past that dang sweet craving.  The sugar is just too dang powerful.  
  
The good news this warm Homemade Applesauce that takes 5 minutes to cook is the best thing you'll ever eat, there's no added sugar but it is oh so sweet, and it is healthy. 


5 Minute Applesauce in your Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker has no sugar added, easy to make, and the best healthy treat you'll ever have.  Kids, moms, and adults love it.  Gluten Free, Nut Free, Dairy Free, Allergy Free, amazing, delicious, quick and easy. Alohamora Open a Book http://alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.com/

This applesauce recipe makes tired and exhausted mom's swoon and children shout for glee.  Add the fact that you make it in your Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker so it's ridiculously easy to make and it's a win win of a recipe. 

5 Minute Applesauce in your Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker has no sugar added, easy to make, and the best healthy treat you'll ever have.  Kids, moms, and adults love it.  Gluten Free, Nut Free, Dairy Free, Allergy Free, amazing, delicious, quick and easy. Alohamora Open a Book http://alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.com/

Pressure Cooker Applesauce
Recipe: Alohamora
Active Time: 10 minutes including peeling time
Inactive Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:
8-12 apples depending on size
1/4 c. water
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/8-1/4 tsp cinnamon, ground

Directions: 
  1. Peel and core your apples.  I personally love this tool, but if you want to go old school that is fine as well.  As far as what kind of apples to use you can use any type you'd like.  I like to do a combination of a couple different types.  I did a combination of Braeburn and Pink Ladies and it was amazing.
  2. As soon as you peel and core the apple throw it in the pressure cooker.  You can do as many apples as will reach the Max Line in your pressure cooker.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, seal your pressure cooker, and cook it at Manual setting for 5 minutes.  When time is complete do a natural release, aka don't force the steam out, for 10-25 minutes then quick release the remaining steam.  
  4. When you've natural released it for 10-25 minutes (the timer on front is an easy way to see how long it's been natural releasing) do a quick release.
  5. Then open up your pressure cooker and blend the cooked apples with an immersion blender (or put them in your blender) until the applesauce reaches your desired consistency. 
  6. Enjoy your healthy treat warm or cold.  It's amazing either way. 
  7. Store your applesauce in a sealed container in the refrigerator.  


Happy Healthy Sweet Applesauce eating




Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Trouble Makes a Comeback gets 4.5 Stars {ya lit, contemporary fiction}

Trouble Makes a Comeback by Stephanie Tromly is the 2nd book in the Trouble series. Fun series, fast read, a touch of mystery and romance and a lot of unrealistic but fun action in this 4.5 out of 5 star rating book review. YA lit, high school, teen reads. Alohamora Open a Book http://alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.com/

I read Trouble is a Friend of Mine, the first book in this Trouble series a year ago.  I enjoyed the contemporary fiction/realistic fiction book with a touch of mystery, romance, and some action.  All in all, it earned 5 stars b/c I thought it was an all around creative and fun read.  

I just finished listening to (love Audiobooks for my commute, computer work at work, or even housework during nap time), Trouble Makes a Comeback by Stephanie Tromly and I have to say I found it fun, crazy, and a bit unrealistic at times (but that makes it fun).  It's a fun fast read with a touch of romance and mystery.  Some say it has a Breakfast Club or Veronica Mars feeling, but since I never really watched those movies/shows (I know, shame on me) I couldn't give feedback.  However, I will say this fun fast mystery like book reminds me of Meg Cabot's Size 12 is Not Fat or Ally Carter's Gallagher Girl Series

I give Trouble Makes a Comeback 4.5 out of 5 stars for my book review.  I thought it kept to the same crazy unrealistic story line of Digby and Zoe, and I loved that it was such a fast read/listen to.  I really liked that even though it had been a year since I read the first book I didn't feel lost during the beginning.  There seemed to be enough references to the first book to jog my memory, but it still didn't repeat too much of the first storyline.  Well done sequel!  Overall, I felt it was a good second book in the series and give accolades to Tromly for a job well done.  

The only reason the book didn't score with the perfect 5 star rating like the last one is b/c I didn't think the story line was as tight as the first book.  The high school drama seemed accurate, but the mystery part of the story didn't quite seem solid enough to make it even somewhat believable.  

All in all, I will definitely want to read the next in the series, but I won't go out to buy the book series for my personal collection.  However, public and high school, middle school even b/c it is a clean read, libraries should definitely have it in their collections.  It's a solid read, and perfect for fans of Ally Carter or Meg Cabot.  

Amazon has the following book description to give you a better idea of the story line. 

"Now that the infuriating and irresistible Philip Digby has left town for a lead on his sister who disappeared years ago, Zoe Webster is looking forward to a quiet spring semester. She's dating a cute quarterback, hanging out with new friends, and enjoying being "a normal." Which is of course when Digby comes back. He needs Zoe's help, and not just to find his sister.

Zoe can either choose to stay on her current path toward popularity, perfect SAT scores, and Princeton, or she can take a major detour with Digby, and maybe find out what that kiss he stole from her really meant. Digby and his over-the-top schemes always lead somewhere unexpected and Zoe's beginning to learn she might just like jumping into the unknown. When it comes to Digby, for Zoe at least, the choice might already be made."



Do you have a favorite contemporary fiction author? Meg Cabot and Sarah Dessen are definitely near the top for me. 

Happy Fun Crazy YA Literature Reading with a Touch of Romance and Mystery! 
Win! 


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Thorfinn and the Rotten Scots gets 4.5 Stars {middle grade fiction}

Throfinn the Nicest Viking and the Rotten Scots by David MacPhail gets 4.5 out of 5 stars in my book review of this middle grade fiction series. If you like silliness, and books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, this is the book for you.  Funny book series boys in 2-4th grade would really enjoy. Alohamora Open a Book http://alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.com/ second grade, third, fourth

I have another Thorfinn book for you.  This one is technically the third book in the series, but the Thorfinn the Nicest Viking series does not need to be read in any order. 

Thorfinn the Nicest Viking and the Rotten Scots by David MacPhail starts off funny; the very first sentence made me laugh.  The details with the map, illustrations, and even the "mostly true facts" on the timeline are great. 

I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars in my book review.  Thorfinn and the Rotten Scots will be especially loved by boys; even boys that don't like to read will enjoy this one.  This book has funny writing and phrases, a fun story line, plot driven story line, fun interactive games to extend the book at the end, trading cards, and fun pictures.  It's a great book and a fun reading experience.   
   
Throfinn the Nicest Viking and the Rotten Scots by David MacPhail gets 4.5 out of 5 stars in my book review of this middle grade fiction series. If you like silliness, and books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, this is the book for you.  Funny book series boys in 2-4th grade would really enjoy. Alohamora Open a Book http://alohamoraopenabook.blogspot.com/ second grade, third, fourth

I personally think this book would be best suited for 2nd through 4th grade, but the publishers think 1st through 3rd grade.  I would only go down to 1st grade in this book if a child is a great reader, comprehends well, and can infer.  If you have a high reading 1st grader then this could be a good fit and series to read.  

Amazon had the following book description to give you an idea of the story line.  

"Prepare yourself for the wrath of the Norsemen! That is, if you don't mind and it's not too inconvenient...Everyone knows Vikings are ruthless barbarians whose idea of a good time involves pillaging, plundering and feasting. But Thorfinn is no ordinary Viking! He is always polite and happily offers to wash the dirty dishes. Too bad his dad is Harald the Skull-Splitter, Village Chief and the roughest and toughest Viking of them all. On a raiding voyage to Scotland, Thorfinn and his friends Velda and Oswald are kidnapped by Ranald MacRanald, chieftain of the Clan MacRanald, and imprisoned at his crumbling fortress, Castle Mad Dog. Ranald tries to ransom the 'fierce Vikings' but little does he know that his methods of 'torture' (making the Nicest Viking sew with the women and clean the castle from top to bottom) are actually Thorfinn's idea of a brilliant Scottish holiday! Will Chief Harald the Skull-Splitter come to his son's 'rescue' before Thorfinn drives the Rotten Scots crazy with politeness? Thorfinn the Nicest Viking is a funny, illustrated, action-packed new series for young readers who love Horrid Henry and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, set in a world where manners mean nothing and politeness is pointless!"

What do you think?  Are you going to give a fiction Viking book a read. 

Happy Middle Grade Fiction Silly Viking reading!

Definitely give this book and series a check-out.  They are great reads, and would be fun to read along with your child.  


I received this book from Myrick Marketing in exchange for my review and honest opinion.  All of my thoughts, opinions, and words are my own.