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A SLUGS & BUGS Story: Are We Still Friends?


When I saw this book as an option for review, I couldn’t resist. Between the name of the series and the colorful illustrations, I was hooked.


Are We Still Friends? by Randall Goodgame, is a fun, playful story about friendship.

The friends, Sparky and Slug are getting ready for a picnic with the rest of their friends. But when Slug sees the delicious pizza flavored chips Sparky brought, he couldn’t resist trying just one.

I won’t give away the rest of the story, but this book teaches a great lesson about telling the truth and the importance in trust, especially in friendship.


As I said in the beginning, the colorful and playful illustrations caught my eye right away.

The illustrations are detailed, yet simple; colorful, yet blends well together; and creative, yet straightforward.

I love the way the illustrator made the characters so memorable and unique.


I (and my kids) highly recommend this book. Not only for the content and the illustrations, but for the strong, godly message to tell the truth, and to love and forgive our friends.

Forgiveness and trust are key to any successful relationship.

Meet the Author

Randall Goodgame is a singer/songwriter and the creative force behind the family music brand Slugs & Bugs. He has recorded eight solo albums and contributed to numerous others.

He has written songs for VeggieTales, Caedmon’s Call, Andrew Peterson, Jason Gray, Jill Phillips, and Eric Peters. Randall and his family call Nashville home, but he also began touring in 2010 to bring Slugs & Bugs to families nationwide.

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He Numbered the Pores on My Face: Hottie Lists, Clogged Pores, Eating Disorders, and Freedom From it All


When I first read this title and subtitle, I had to do a double take. There is a big difference between the light-hearted hottie lists to the heavy enslavement of eating disorders.

The title got me. It is so intriguing, I had to read more.


He Numbered the Pores on My Face, by Scarlet Hiltibidal, is a must read for any teenager, or young woman struggling with insecurities about herself.

Hiltibidal creates the most creative descriptions of people, places, and events.

She generates creative, unique, and comical examples and illustrations, to make get her points across.

Since He Numbered the Pores on My Face, is a chapter book, there were few illustrations.

However, they were used to enhance the effectiveness of the book. I also thought the chapter heading artwork was quite effective.

The book is well-crafted for a teenage audience, and is quite relatable for young adults as well. Hiltibidal includes humorous content to keep the book light-hearted, interesting, and fun.

Eating Disorders

In addition, Hiltibidal describes her personal struggles.

As a teenager, she struggled with an eating disorder.

I liked how her description of her struggle went from harmless to dangerous, giving a play-by-play how she got to that point.

Most importantly, Hiltibidal is very clear how dangerous eating disorders are.

Not only that, she backs up her conclusions with Scripture. Hiltibidal exposes the lies of Satan with the truth of Jesus.


Even as a young adult, this book made an impact on me.

I highly recommend this book for any young woman, teenager or adult.

Hiltibidal’s writing is humorous, relatable, and I couldn’t put it down!

Don’t miss out on this hilarious, meaningful read!

About the Author

Scarlet Hiltibidal is a very professional wife and mother to her family in Middle Tennessee.

She loves sign language with her daughters, nachos by herself, writing for her friends, and dreaming of being a famous chef while spilling the cheese dust from the macaroni box on the kitchen counter and using it anyway.

She treasures the freedom of resting in the work of Jesus and hopes to help others rest as well. Her book Afraid of All the Things released in January 2019.

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Scarlett’s Spectacles: A Cheerful Choice for a Happy Heart


Scarlett’s Spectacles, by Janet Surette, is one of the most delightful children’s books I have ever read!


The main character, Scarlett, has a problem. She can’t seem to help whining and crying about the little things.

Her mom explains, in the image below:

Interestingly, the message of this book hits home for me, as an adult.

As I too wear glasses, it was exciting to see an author portray children wearing glasses in a positive light.

Not only that, I too struggle with seeing the glass as half empty instead of half full.

It was a refreshing reminder to be thankful for the good God has given, instead of whine about the negative.


Before I chose this book to review, I was immediately drawn to the illustrations! I couldn’t resist the chance to read it!

As you can see, the illustrations are detailed, fun, and colorful. The pictures enhance Surette’s message immensely.

Additionally, I enjoy the realistic quality of the illustrations, and yet there exists a dreamy feel, as if the reader has entered into a delightful, fantasy world.


As a fellow author, I highly recommend this book to any parent, who would like to teach their children how to be thankful, and enjoy the good life God has given to us.

Scarlett’s Spectacles is well written, well illustrated, and has an inspiring message for all kids.

To the author, Janet Surrette, and illustrator, Shane Crampton, a job well done! I look forward to reading books from you both, in the future.

Meet the Author

Janet Surette is mother to Taylor the Strong, Avery the Good, and Scarlett the Loud.

Janet combines the skills of being a Christian speaker, author, and blogger with the wisdom of motherhood to produce winsome messages that engage parents and children alike through rhyme, compelling imagery, and a bit of spunk that crafts timeless messages into memorable resources that instruct and delight.

Janet divided her formative years between the United States and Canada, and though she loves living in Barrie, Ontario, she is comfortable on both sides of the border.

You can learn more about Janet at

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“The Great Lemonade Stand Standoff” by Art Rainer

The Great Lemonade Stand Standoff, by Art Rainer, is the beginning of three grand adventures!

This is the first book in The Secret Slide Money Club series, and is focused on teaching kids the importance of handling their money, according to the “Master’s Money Plan – Give, Save, Live!”

This chapter book is great for any young, adventurous reader. My kids wouldn’t let me put it down!

The illustrations add so much to the story, and the author even includes a challenge break, with interesting facts, and a money challenge for the reader, to apply what they have learned.

“Give, Save, Live” and read this book today!

Art Rainer is the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He holds a Doctor of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University and an MBA from the University of Kentucky. Art lives in Wake Forest, North Carolina with his wife, Sarah, and their three children. (1).


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“Great & Small Prayers for Babies”

Great & Small Prayers for Babies, by Pamela Kennedy, illustrated by Anna Abramskaya, is a fascinating book for babies.

The focus on thankfulness to God is so inspiring, and the interactive flaps make it one of the favorites at our house.

The texture of the pages is shiny and smooth, as well as the perfect size for little ones to hold.

The animals paired on each page and flap, aren’t predictable, keeping the child (and the adult) attentive.

I would highly recommend this book for any young reader, with a five-star rating.