Children’s Author Claressa Swensen Made Me An Offer I Couldn’t Refuse

Children’s Author Claressa Swensen Made Me An Offer I Couldn’t Refuse

The lovely author Claressa Swensen made me an offer I couldn’t refuse this week. The offer was to read children’s books and let her know what I think. Well, I happen to love giving opinions and reading children’s books. Below are three books she shared with me.

My girl’s loved the middle book the best. I guess they could start their own blog to tell you about it, but I thought it would be a little faster for me to let you know on here.

Dino Dino Doing Homework by Claressa Swensen

This book is reminiscent of the Llama Llama Books by Anna Dewdney. I say that as a huge, huge compliment as we really love those books around these parts. The rhyming scheme feels natural and leads you through the story in a sing song happy way. When reading to my daughters I slipped effortlessly into the characters and the flow of the story while reading aloud.

The moral of the story was (spoiler alert) that you should do your homework before all the playing. This is definitely a book we will revisit when we get back into the school year. I absolutely love the illustrations. The simple, bold pictures and colors feel like a relief to my eyes. That seems an odd way to explain, but it just brings me joy the way the layout of words and pictures go.


Teensy The Littlest Fairy by Claressa Swensen

There she is! Our favorite little lady!

This book turned out to be the favorite of my daughters (4 and 6) in the three we read by this author. I was happy to see the range Claressa Swensen has when we moved into this book. This story was not rhyming. The main character named Teensy was displeased with her size.

I thought that I knew the direction this story was going and it threw me a little curveball. How fun to still get surprises from a children’s book at my (slightly older) age. The story encourages eating vegetables and it actually packs a nice bit of info on the different tastes.

Again I have to take a moment to give the illustrator a pleased shout out. My girls fell in love with the fairy drawings, the caterpillar, and the butterflies. We were pretty excited by this book.


Nap Time With Harry by Claressa Swensen

This book was a happy story about twin siblings and their dream car friend Harry. I very much liked the encouragement this book had to sleep. To be fair I am a huge fan of sleep, so there was a natural appreciation for this book right off the bat.

Honestly my daughters were wanting to read about Teensy again while I read this aloud. I really wanted them to be taking notes on how happy Tony and Tina were about nap time. I can’t fault them for still thinking about their new friend Teensy. Having been introduced to a few new character friends today it’s only natural to pick favorite.

I don’t know if I mentioned this previously, but the illustrations are a stroke of genius. A great team up with the author. I look forward to reading this one a few more times. This story is a good send off to bed time with the rainbow slide and Harry. We talk often about happy things we are going to dream about to keep any scary dreams away. This book brilliantly gives us some more things to imagine as we drift off.

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Author Claressa chatting up Teensy the Fairy.
Author Claressa chatting up Teensy the Fairy.
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My Big Tree Children’s Book

My Big Tree Children’s Book

Sometimes having this blog pays off with really neat opportunities. Today is one of those days. A lovely lady named Maria has written a children’s book and she allowed me to read the book to my daughters. I got to review it. If I could go back in time and tell my younger self who adored reading that I was going to get to do something like that– I might not have been so sad about how slow I ran the mile for the physical fitness test. Time travel was not to be back then, but today for you a review of the My Big Tree Children’s book.

Here is my review on this book:

“My Big Tree is a new favorite book at our house. This story has seamlessly woven together a plot including animals, colors, counting, and an important lesson. I read this book with both my four year old and six year old daughters. My six year old was able to read it to me and my four year old enjoyed counting out the characters. I am a sucker for a book that grows with the children to keep them learning.

The message was fantastic. The grass is not always greener, and this was an easy way to help the kids see. The whimsical illustrations perfectly paired with the “voice” in the writing to meld into the perfect story that I will love reading with my kids over and over again.

This book reminded me of my favorite book when I was younger called The Poky Little Puppy’s Counting Book. I loved counting out the different critters and objects in that book to my mom. I saw the same joy from my children when reading this book.

There is no doubt in my mind that this book has earned its place as a favorite in our family and I will be on the look out for additional books from Maria Ashworth to add to our library. ”

Also if you want some more info please click here for a cute little trailer for the book.
Book will go on sale August 9th. Book will be available from the publisher, Amazon, B&N along with brick and mortar. Ask your bookstore to order if not available. 
 A magnetic story board to accompany the book is available at her website. 


My Big Tree
My Big Tree Back Cover with a picture of that lovely Author!
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IMDB Top Movies reviewed by The Unplugged Mom:

IMDB Top Movies reviewed by The Unplugged Mom:
Top movies reviewed by the unplugged mom
Almost makes your head hurt just thinkin’

IMDB Top Movies reviewed by The Unplugged Mom:

I have been tasked with viewing some movies that were listed as the top movies by IMDB. I’m going to be straight with you. I have two kids at home. They don’t sleep. I don’t sleep. I haven’t showered in two days and I have spit up in my hair from last Thursday. That’s right Shower resistance spit up. It’s a thing. Don’t look at me like that.

In order to meet the deadline I have written the below reviews. I am lucky that the titles are pretty easy to figure out without all the time waste of watching them.

If you are out at a cocktail party (first of all I hate you for being able to do that), and second I will guarantee these reviews to get the conversation flowing at said party. Trust me.


Shawshank Redemption- There is a golf course called Shaw where the husband shanks his drive. Redemption is sweet when he gets a touchdown on the next hole.


Godfather- The Godfather brings the most inappropriate gift to the baptism. A horse head. There are a lot of side eyes and people are unsure how to proceed. In the end the only thing to do is to eat and drink the punch. It’s the punch recipe with sherbet in it. Yum!


Godfather 2- that same God Father has another baptism to go to, but this time the kid pees in the water. It’s a horrible deal and people wonder if they should stop including him in the baptisms. Luckily most of the family is done having children for now.


Dark Knight- Ok this one I actually watched. It’s Christian Bale. And that voice. This was about how when we get married he is going to wear that suit and sweep me away to Hawaii. We will ride unicorns there. Can you imagine Bat Man playing a ukulele? I totally can.


Pulp Fiction- Like when you give your daughter orange juice. And there is pulp in there, and she realizes it so you make up a story like: The store was out of pulpless even though they had it, but you just didn’t pay enough attention. So it’s fiction about pulp. No one likes to be called a liar.


Would I watch them for the first time again? I certainly would. And you should too. They were fantastic.

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