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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Book Review: 101 Things and Places.......

101 Things You Gotta Do Before You're 12!
Author: Joanne O'Sullivan
Interest Level: Anyone under 12

About This Book: This is an idea-packed book for the under-12 set that’s a sure cure for boredom. From exciting outings to creative activities at home, it’s crammed with stuff that’s amazing, amusing, and inspiring. Plus, this list lets kids take the lead—they can use it as a springboard for their own discoveries. So what tempting things are on the game plan? Well, how about visiting a crazy festival, like the UFO Encounter in Roswell, New Mexico? Or competing in a wacky contest—perhaps the U.S. Open Sandcastle Competition? Closer to their own backyard, enterprising youngsters can build a tree house, learn to cook a special dish, or trace their family roots. Whatever they choose, this is a fun and challenging to-do list—and, as a bonus, kids get stickers to mark what they’d like to do and what they’ve done.

101 Places You Gotta See Before You're 12!
Author: Joanne Sullivan
Interest Level: Anyone under 12

About This Book: To children, the world can seem huge, filled with exciting places to visit and new things to experience. But how can they start uncovering the many treasures that await them? This fun and informative guidebook—the first in a new series—invites kids to embark on an exhilarating scavenger hunt that opens their eyes to things they’ve never imagined before. And there’s no need to go far or plan a big, expensive vacation to see this great stuff. In fact, some of the places may be quite close to home. They can take a peek at what actually goes on at their parents’ office, experience another culture’s cuisine at an ethnic restaurant, immerse themselves in the beauty of nature at a wildlife preserve, or get the inside scoop on what really happens backstage at the theater…or even in the teacher’s lounge! And the ideas are just general enough to provide a gentle push in the right direction, while allowing young dreamers to use their imagination and fill in the specifics. In addition to tons of fun facts, lists of little-known sites, and more than 250 color photos, there’s a bonus fold-out map of North America and stickers, so youngsters can mark where they’ve been.

Why It's On My Bookshelf: Every kiddo under the age of 12 needs these books. They are super duper cool. Recently, I was at a friend's house and her 8 year old daughter was immersed in a book for most of the evening. I asked her what she was reading - 101 Things To Do Before You're 12! It was so sweet to hear her talk about the things she wanted to do that were inspired by the ideas in the book. And guess what - these are POSITIVE FAMILY VALUE ideas (oh, and they are fun and creative). How can you not love that?!? The point is it gets kids thinking and brainstorming about POSITIVE (I'll say it again) things to do in their lives. Bye bye video games, TV, and computer. Children need healthy outlets that provide motivation and inspiration. These are fabulous gifts and parents will thank you and kids will LOVE them. My nieces and nephews will all get copies for sure. Boredom be gone!


  1. Hi Roxanne-
    Thanks for the review! I have a new blog called the Wanderlists where I extend the ideas from the books. Please stop by and check it out!


  2. Joanne:
    I will definitely check it out. I love those books. So great for kids. I'm going to ask our librarian to please carry them in the school library.
    Thanks for writing such amazing books for kids!