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Book Review: Santa's Countdown to Christmas, 24 Days of Stories by Kim Thompson, Illustrated by Elodie Duhameau

Santa's Countdown to Christmas by Kim Thompson, Illustrated by Elodie Duhameau was published on October 2, 2017 and is a book format of an advent calendar.  Told from the perspective of Santa Claus, the storyline chronicles what Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, the elves, and the reindeer do in preparation of Christmas on each day of December leading up to Christmas Day. I'd like to thank NetGalley and Crackboom! Books for giving me a copy of Santa's Countdown to Christmas in exchange for my honest review.  I was thrilled to be approved to read this book because I love Christmas and am a kid at heart. This picture book was well written and engaging.  The illustrations were phenomenal as well.  I even enjoyed reading it as an adult.  I wish I had kids of my own so I could buy it for them, but I guess I'll have to settle for buying it for family members and friends who have kids that believe in Santa Claus.  I'd recommend this book for babies through eight years old.  Reading

Book Review: Girl on Pointe by Chloe Lukasiak

Several years ago, I saw a commercial on the Lifetime Channel advertising a reality show about dancers and their moms called Dance Moms, and I was intrigued by it. So, I made sure to watch it when it came on, and I loved the show. I didn't even realize at first that I was watching the second season! (That's what I get for not having cable for a couple of years.) Chloe Lukasiak became my favorite dancer on the show because she was the underdog, and her mom, Christy Lukasiak was one of my favorite moms; the other moms that were my favorites were Holly Frazier and Jessalyn Siwa.

Fast forward to 2018 . . . I heard that Chloe had published her first book called Girl on Pointe. Since I loved Dance Moms so much, I decided to support Chloe by buying her book, especially since I felt like she was the underdog on the show. I finally made time to read her book this year.

I enjoyed reading Girl on Pointe because it gave some insight to Chloe's time on Dance Moms that I might not have read elsewhere. The fact that she kept those parts as positive as she could shows a lot of maturity for a young adult. It's also filled with little tidbits of her life and short stories and poems that she's written. What I enjoyed the most is that Chloe seems to be very grounded and hasn't let fame go to her head. She always seemed like a sweet girl on the show, and this book solidified that for me. Based on the book, I think Chloe's parents have done a really good job in raising her. She is definitely a good role model for other kids.

Four out of five stars is what I gave Girl on Pointe by Chloe Lukasiak. It's a perfect book for fans of the reality show Dance Moms. I definitely recommend it for kids, tweens, and teens.

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