Monday, January 8, 2018

Mystery of the Min Min Lights - a Multicultural Children's Book Day Review

Disclosure: Janelle Diller of Pack-n-Go Girls sent me this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

It is hard to believe the Multicultural Children's Book Day is coming quickly. It is on January 27th and I am a co-host so be sure to come back and check out all the reviews at the link up!! 

Today I get to share with you one of the Pack-n-Go Girls Adventures. We had the pleasure of reviewing one a few years ago. So I was excited to get a new one to review. Today we are sharing Mystery of the Min Min Lights by Janelle Diller and illustrated by Adam Turner.

On this adventure is Wendy, a Chinese American girl from San Francisco. She is with her mother in Australia for six months. Luckily for her she befriends Chloe and Jack, the kids next door. They invite Wendy to their sheep station in the outback. While there they have a few incidents of seeing min min lights and are wondering what is happening to the missing sheep. Throughout the story Wendy (and the reader) is learning about Australia, the slang and the outback. This book is such a fun way to explore Australia from home. At the back of the book there is information about Australia including a map, facts, weather, food including a recipe, and a table of Australian slang and what it means. Then there are pages to record things like where to go, what to do, what to pack, etc. It is perfect for planning your own trip. 

I love how these books take diverse kids and have them explore a new country with a new friend in the country. There is always a mystery to solve and and adventure to be on. This one is a fun adventure in a place we would love to explore. Now at a young age Hazel wrote to a pen pal in Australia, so it is a country we have explored from afar. It is also a place we really want to visit at some point. 

We decided to try the recipe for easy lamingtons. We couldn't find the pound cake at the grocery store but used sliced butter cake. I used a bit of frosting to hold two pieces together and cut them into squares, but the cake crumbled when dipped into the icing for the lamingtons. We also had coconut flakes instead of shredded so the flakes stuck a bit much. 

They are not pretty, but they are delicious. All three of us enjoyed them. 

So if your 6 to 9 year old is ready for an adventure be sure to check out the Pack-n-Go Girl Adventures. You can travel to Australia, Thailand, Mexico, Austria and Brazil. 

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators. 

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.

2018 MCBD Medallion Sponsors

2018 Author Sponsors

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.
I am a CoHost, so be sure to check back on January 27, 2018 for the amazing link party where all the reviews are shared!!
TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm.
Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party!
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