A Family Fun Game in a Book – You’re Pulling My Leg! Junior by Allen Wolf

You're Pulling My Leg! Junior Book
You’re Pulling My Leg! Junior

I accepted this book for review, something I’m not doing much anymore since I’m so limited on reading time, because it’s a book AND a game and that sounded like a great combination to me. This was everything I’d hoped it would be. I’d hoped that it would help Gage learn more about how to tell a story and it so did in a fun and creative way. He absolutely loved it and Jason and I loved watching his mind work. He was also good at guessing whether we were telling the truth or lying. I felt like he got so much out it that I counted it for some school time this week 🙂

How it works… The book gives you the ‘cards’ with three stories to choose from. Card one choices are a job you would like to have in the future, something silly you have done, and an animal you thought might bite you. The storyteller secretly flips a coin (not provided) to figure out whether to tell a truth or a lie. They tell the story and the players individually vote on if it true or false. The storyteller gets a point for anyone they fool. Then the next person tells the story and so on until someone gets 21 points and wins the game.

This is based on the board game and put into book form just in time for those 2020 Zoom calls! It was nice to be able to throw it in a suitcase and take it with us on our road trip. There are variations on the rules you can try. Each 3 cards even has a place where you can record funny highlights so the book can become a memory book of happy times the more times you play.

Reactions from the boys. “I loved it! It was so much fun. Can we play again tomorrow?” “I loved being creative and telling stories. Educational for kids.”

I recommend this for any family with kids. Kids learn what makes a good story, how to decide what to risk (they risk 1, 2, or 3 points each time), and how to come up with a story quickly (something Gage often struggles with). We’ll be making this a weekly family fun activity!

Morning Star Games has more fun games I want to check out.

You’re Pulling My Leg! Junior

Thanks to PR by the Book for the complimentary copy.

With Gage – The Haunted Castle by Geronimo Stilton

Title: The Haunted Castle (Geronimo Stilton Series #46), Author: Geronimo Stilton

Every Friday Gage will choose his favorite book from the school week and write a short review of it. Sometimes he’ll write two if his teacher makes him 🙂

The Haunted Castle by Geronimo Stilton, 128 pages, published 2011

Geronimo Stilton (author) is the pseudonym for Elisabetta Dami from Italy

The book is fiction since Geronimo is a mouse.

This is book #46 out of 65.

Geronimo goes to a ceremony at the castle but he doesn’t know what it was. Two mice fall in love and more. I really liked the Stingysnouts, Geronimo’s family because they were crazy. I liked the part where Geronimo figures out that the ceremony is fake. I like the end where Geronimo faints. I would recommend this book to kids who like mouse stories.

Mom’s honorable mention…

Explorers: Ancient Egypt

Explorers: Ancient Egypt by Jinny Johnson. This was a nice precursor to our Ancient Egypt studies. Heavy on the photos and text in small, easy to read bites. This is not comprehensive in any way but a starting place to generate interest.

With Gage – Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe

Bunnicula

Bunnicula. Written by Deborah and James Howe and illustrated byAlan Daniel. Finished 8-7-20, 5/5 stars, children’s literature, 144 pages, pub. 1979

Oh, how I loved Harold and Chester. And the Monroes. And everything else. This book is a warm blanket on a cold winter’s night. There was humor and intelligence for both you and a child. I appreciated some of the humor more than Gage did, but Chester’s antics had him laughing. A children’s book not to be missed.

Gage’ thoughts…

Bunnicula was a bunny found at the Dracula movie by the Monroes. Chester (the talking cat) thought he was a vampire because he was turning vegetables white, was out of his cage at night, and slept all day. Chester tried starving him, putting a steak (instead of a stake, lol) on his chest. and doused him with water. Chester was right, but not in the way you think. Harold (the talking dog) tells the story.

August & September 5 Word Movie Reviews and Money for Charity

You know the drill, add your 5 words (or less!) to mine in a comment and earn $1 for charity. Once we get to $100 the person with the most reviews will choose the charity. Click here to see the past winners, the charities they chose and the other reviews you can add to. Anyone is welcome to join in at any time.

We’re at $53 right now.  Your charity could be next 

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri poster.png Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, 2017 (Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Peter Dinklage, John Hawkes)         Grade A

Hard lines softened and disappeared.

Powerful. One of the best.  Michelle


Enola Holmes poster.jpeg Enola Holmes, 2020 (Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, Sam Clafin, Helena Bonham Carter)     Grade A-

So much sister Sherlock fun!

Delightful! Perfect fourth wall breaking.   Michelle


The Kissing Booth 2 poster.jpg The Kissing Booth 2, 2020 (Joey King, Joel Courtney, Jacob Elordi, Taylor Zachar Perez, Molly Ringwald)   Grade B

Satisfying follow-up to fun original.


21BridgesPoster.jpeg 21 Bridges, 2019 (Chadwick Boseman, Sienna Miller, JK Simmons, Stephan James, Taylor Kitsch, Keith David)   Grade B

Detective on hunt in NYC.


Da 5 Bloods poster.jpeg Da 5 Bloods, 2020 (Delroy Lindo, Jonathan Majors, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Chadwick Boseman, Melanie Thierry, Jean Reno)                               Grade B-

Veterans in search of  Vietnam fortune.


How It Ends (film).png How it Ends, 2018 (Theo James, Forest Whitaker, Grace Dove, Kat Graham, Mark O’Brien)  Grade C-

Our world is maybe ending?

Didn’t live up to expectations.   Michelle

Last Gage reviews from September Challenge

Gage successfully completed the book-a-day challenge in September. Woohoo! I found it increasingly difficult to keep up here and on IG near the end, but we made it. I do plan on having Gage pick a few favorite books of the week and review them here on Fridays. I think we can both manage that.

Thank you all for reading and commenting. It has meant a lot to Gage 🙂

To save time and aggravation I’m posting our last Instagram posts with the book pics.

I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James, 32 pages, published 2020.

I adored this book. A love letter to African American boys about everything good they are and all of the great things they will become. It did not specifically name a race, but all of the gorgeous illustrations were of black boys. I read this story to Gage twice telling him that it was the way I felt about him and he felt that. A nice thing to pick up when your boy is having a bad day.

Gage’s thoughts…

What do you think sums up this book?

“I am not what they might call me, and I will not answer to any name that isn’t my own. I am what I say I am.” (a quote from the book)

Did you like this book?

I loved it.

I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 by Lauren Tarsis, art by Haus Studio, 112 pages, pub. 2010.

Gage’s obsession with the Titanic and her sister ships continues. This one, while long, was a fast graphic novel read.

Gage’s thoughts…

Historical fiction means the events are true the people are not real.

George, his sister Phoebe, his aunt Daisy, Enzo, and the Scar-faced man were made up. Mr. Andrews and Captain Smith were real people.

My favorite character was Mr. Andrews because he made the Titanic.

The new thing I learned was that the Titanic had escape ladders.

I recommend this to people who like the Titanic.

Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson, illustrated by Sean Qualls, 40 pages, published 2015.

Emmanuel was born in Ghana, West Africa with only one good leg, but he didn’t let that stop him. Forced to support his mom and siblings at a young age, he did all he could until his mom passed. Then he decided to raise awareness for people with disabilities by biking across Ghana. This is an inspirational story about a man still living and fighting the good fight.

Somehow I have misplaced Gage’s notes on this. If I find them I’ll come back and ad them.

The Fog by Kyo Maclear, art by Kenard Pak, 42 pages, published 2017.

This book could go deeper of course, I believe it is a story about climate change?, but I think it’s a cute picture book for younger kids about the power of working together. We did tie this to our earlier book of Why We March.

Gage’s thoughts…

My favorite person is number 673 Red-Hooded spectacled female (juvenile). There was a bird who liked to go people watching. Fog comes and the bird can’t see people. The person sees the girl and they sent out boats asking Do you see the fog? They floated it out to sea and they waited for a reply but none arrived. They finally get replies and goes away.

Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented by Tanya Lee, art by Steven Salerno, 40 pages, published 2018.

Gage loves Monopoly. I did when I was a kid, too, although I have less patience for it now. He did like learning about the real story, although I don’t think he was all that terrible interested and zoned out. I liked the story more than he did 🙂 A woman makes the most popular game in the world and made men rich.

I asked him what new things he learned.

Gage’s answers…

Lizzie Magie made the first Monopoly game. The longest Monopoly game was 1,680 hours.

The man had the name Rich Uncle Pennybags until 1999.

The boat, thimble, and a wheelbarrow were the first pieces. Then they added a penguin, rubber ducky, and t.rex.