Friday, June 23, 2017

Review: The Bad Guys: Episode 1 by Aaron Blabey

The Bad Guys: Episode 1 (The Bad Guys #1)
by Aaron Blabey 
Originally Published July 1st, 2015 by Scholastic Australia
144 pages 

Reading Level - Ages 7 and up 

Find The Bad Guys here:

Barnes & Noble 

Summary from

They sound like the Bad Guys, they look like the Bad Guys . . . and they even smell like the Bad Guys. But Mr Wolf, Mr Piranha, Mr Snake and Mr Shark are about to change all of that! Mr Wolf has a daring plan for the Bad Guys first good mission. The gang are going to break 200 dogs out of the Maximum Security City Dog Pound. Will Operation Dog Pound go smoothly? Will the Bad Guys become the Good Guys? And will Mr Snake please spit out Mr Piranha?


Quick Review:

It has been awhile since I have delved back into the world of Children's Fiction and Middle Grade and I am so glad that I started with this book. :) The cover of The Bad Guys is what catches your attention first. I just love the bright orange and the black lettering and how it makes you want to pick up this book! 

The Bad Guys is a great book to pick up for your young one or yourself (I know I enjoyed it). The story is funny and the characters are kind of charming in their own way. They each have their own personality which makes it pretty fun to read aloud. I would know because I forced my mom and sixteen-year-old brother to listen to me read it. ;) I think we were all laughing at some point in this book. The humor is a great fit for someone of any age. 

The illustrations were some of my favorite parts as well. I loved the expressions that went along with the attitude that these characters had. It really helped to tie everything together. This book is written/drawn in a sort of comic like style with not too many words on each page. But it's fairly easy to read especially if you are giving this to a young reader. 

I definitely recommend this book and I am looking forward to finding out what's in store for these four friends! If you like funny characters and a comic-like style, then this book is for you or for the young reader in your life. Read aloud to your young reader and you'll be sure to have fun!


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Throwback Thursday Post #1

Hello, Young Readers! Today is my first Throwback Thursday post and I'm excited to keep it going. Throwback Thursday is just something that I'm calling these posts where I show you some of my favorite children's/middle-grade books from my past. I was read to quite a bit when I was younger and once I learned how to read, I couldn't stop. I have a whole lot of picture books, small chapter books, and series that I'd love to look back at so I thought I'd do a weekly post.

Let me know if you've read some of these with your Young Readers or if you've read them yourself as a Young Reader! Do you have any favorites you remember? Let me know!

Love You Forever 
by Robert Munsch 
Illustrated by Sheila McGraw

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Summary from Goodreads:

An extraordinarily different story by Robert Munsch is a gentle affirmation of the love a parent feels for their child--forever. Sheila McGraw's soft and colorful pastels perfectly complement the sentiment of the book--one that will be read repeatedly for years.

I loved when my parents would read this to me when I was younger! This was actually one of the first books that I would re-read over and over. There was a sort of comforting feeling I got when I would read or listen to those lines.  I still feel nostalgic when I read it, to be honest. :) 

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 1, 2017


Welcome to The Young Readers! The Young Readers is a book blog that will be dedicated to Middle Grade and Children's fiction. 

My name is Vanessa and I have been blogging and reviewing books over at my YA book blog, Cross My Heart and Hope to Read, for several years. I recently decided to pile more onto my plate and split my current blog into three different ones. And that is how The Young Readers came to be! 

 I wanted a book blog that would be a safe and fun place for the younger (and maybe not so young) readers of the world. I first came to love reading when I was very young and I'd love if one of my reviews or bookish posts created a young reader! 

So if you are a person that enjoys Middle Grade or Children's books or if you have any children nearby that love to read, then this is the place for you. I'm looking forward to this latest journey and making some new friends along the way.

Young Readers Unite!