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April 20, 2014

Insight Kids' Books Review

Disclosure: Complimentary products were received for review purposes.

Insight Kids, an imprint of Insight Editions, offers a great selections of titles for eager young readers, and my kids were lucky to get some really cool books from the Spring 2014 catalog.

Launched last year, Insight Kids brings the quality and values exemplified by our parent imprint to children's publishing. Designed to inspire and delight children of all ages and adults alike, our books are packed with stunning visuals and innovative interactive features by high-caliber authors and illustrators.



Piggy Island Heroes (Rovio Entertainment, $10.95)
What happens when the wacky King Pig decides he wants the new weathervane on Professor Pig's roof for himself? Or when Chef Pig desperately needs to find something that looks like an egg for the King's birthday? And exactly what goes on in the mines of the city when the sun sets and darkness creeps in?

Starring the porky antagonists of the Angry Birds, this delightful collection of exciting stories invites readers to enter through the gates of the Bad Piggies' city and learn all there is to know about its dastardly residents.

Stella and the Hunt for the Jade Egg (Rovio Entertainment, $14.95)
In this entertaining adventure, Stella, the spunkiest of the Angry Birds flock, takes center stage. When the jade egg from Matilda's powerful necklace goes missing, it's up to Stella and Bubbles to rescue it from the Bad Piggies' grasp! Red thinks the colorful duo is too young to handle the responsibility, but they are determined to prove him wrong. Disguised as pigs, they sneak into Pig City to retrieve the special egg. But soon the whole city is on high alert, and Stella and Bubbles must figure out a way to find the egg, steal it back, and escape the clutches of the pigs! Fun, colorful illustrations accompany this clever story about not letting grumpy naysayers like Red bring you down. Young readers will love this daring tale of bravery and wit!


All Kinds of Beliefs (Sheri Safran, $12.99)
As a child's experience becomes ever more international, so will their exposure to the world's religions. Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism-all these and more are celebrated and explored in this hands-on book. Through pop-ups, flaps, and fold-outs, a child learns things like that a Sikh boy may wear a romala, or a Muslim girl a hijab over her hair. All Kinds of Beliefs demystifies what goes on inside a church, gudwara, wat, mandir, and mosque in terms that children can understand-and with colorful illustrations that will delight their parents too! Along with an extra-large religious festivals poster, this book is as useful as it is fun to read.

All Kinds of Fears (Sheri Safran, $12.99)
Everyone fears something at some time. Different children find the scary in different things, and this book covers the entire range-from fears of things to places and experiences. Whether your kid squeals at spiders and bugs, or shivers in the dark; or hates trying new things or staying overnight somewhere other than home, All Kinds of Fears addresses the concerns with a lighthearted approach. Fears of being criticized, being different, or being bullied are also covered in this book, which teaches children that it's okay to be afraid sometimes. What's most important is to talk about the fears and try to understand them. In addition to colorful drawings and flaps, removable "Fear Tickets" offer helpful suggestions for confronting and overcoming whatever fear is at hand.


My oldest son LOVES Angry Birds and Bad Piggies, so he was very eager to read Piggy Island Heroes and Stella and the Hunt for the Jade Egg.  He really enjoyed these books, and I think these are must-have books for any Angry Bird fan!

 
My youngest two sons really enjoyed All Kinds of Beliefs and All Kinds of Fears.  Not only were these books very informative, but they were very interactive as well.  Not only did parts of the book pop-up, but the kids could also lift flaps, spin a wheel, and more.
I also enjoyed how the books were conversation starters to discuss with my sons their own beliefs and fears.


There are other books in the All Kinds of... series that I think my kids would love!

Insight Kids offers a variety of books that young readers would enjoy.

You can check out the Spring 2014 catalog here.

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