Hidden Gems: Quest for the Great Diamond
By H. K. Boughazian
3 out of 5 stars
Gem’s parents are made of beautiful and colorful minerals, but Gem’s skin is plain gray rock. She is teased for her gray skin and leaves mineral school to go to the rock school where she tries to fit in. But when her rock friends find out that her parents are minerals, Gem loses her only friend. She sets out on a quest to find the Great Diamond, and ask him why she was born as a rock. She is joined by other misfits searching for answers, and they travel through exciting adventures across the country, until they discover the truth about rocks and minerals.
I loved the premise of this story! The world building is phenomenal, and so detailed with plants, people, and animals all made from different stone and crystals and minerals.
The characters are cute and I liked their friendships. The plot has good pacing and a simple storyline that is just right for a children’s book.Continue reading
by Scott Bedford
This book has a continual maze that takes you in one long line through cut-out portals in each page onto the next page and the next until you reach the end of the book at which point you will have drawn a line 607 feet (185m)long. “That’s four times the height of the Statue of Liberty!” Continue reading
by Sabrina Weiss
The illustrations are eye-catching, and I loved the art style. The colors are bright, and each scene is beautifully designed.
The only thing I didn’t like about this book was the way they presented scientific theories as if they were fact, and they wrote about widely-accepted but unproven ideas as if they were fact.
by Martin Widmark, Emilia Dziubak
This story is so whimsical and imaginative! I love the mellow story-telling and the rich writing. The story has a positive message that together we can overcome any obstacle and rescue ourselves if we work together.
by Sue Macartney
I loved this adorable book! Poor Benjamin gets so confused about his body image, but I love how he is curious and resourceful and he is willing to learn and accept his own wonderfully-created body. He tries to use trash to hide his wings and feet and shorten his beak, so there is also a good message about human trash affecting animals.
The best thing about this book is the rich wording and silly descriptions! Benjamin finds the old mirror and promptly calls it a “twink-um-doodle” because it twinkles in the sunshine. There are some fun descriptions as Benjamin “wobble-waddles” or “kick-flips, flap-slaps” or “churn-turns, worm-squirms” to get the pieces of trash off his body. It’s a delight to read aloud and sure to bring giggles and chuckles to little readers. Continue reading
I love the whimsy and silliness in this book as a child from each culture refuses to believe that there is a dragon, and we get to learn a fun saying from their homeland. Language is such a crazy thing, and often doesn’t make sense, but that is what makes it fun!
I love the cute illustrations! The artwork is colorful, and each page made me laugh and chuckle at all the ridiculous things going on in the background.
by James Berry, Anna Cunha
I am dazzled by the beauty and whimsy in this book! Afiya is a glorious little girl, dancing and laughing across each page. I love the sweet story that draws your attention to the beauty in everyday life and how precious each experience is.
The illustrations are truly special, with bright colors and misty lines. The artwork makes every little detail magical. Afiya herself is absolutely beautiful, with her pretty hair and pink cheeks and soulful eyes. I love her little earrings, and how she walks around barefoot like a dainty fairy. Continue reading
by Theo Heras, Renné Benoit
This book is so adorable! The little boy is so cute and cuddly. The story is very simple for little children, but has a charming plot.
I love the sweet illustrations with a soft art style.