The Mystery of the Lost Recipe and The Mystery of the Lost Uniforms #books #childrensbooks #IamReading

Book reviews are always one of my favorite reviews to do for authors. I love finding out about each author and their interests. Children’s books especially intrigue me as I am a licensed child care provider, but, when I was contacted to review a couple books about healthy eating AND exercise I was all in. I am always looking for new ways to incorporate this concept to the children at an early age.

While I was waiting for the books to arrive I did a little research about the books and the author that I was about to review. Jerome Jones is a teacher and a coach to school aged children from elementary to high school. While teaching in Utah he was inspired to start writing children stories. “The Mystery of the Lost Recipe” and “The Mystery of the Lost Uniforms” were written while Mr. Jones taught a 4th grade class about nutrition and exercise.

On a Thursday morning while putting my sons, Jayden and Gavin, on the bus I remembered that I had completely forgotten to get the mail Wednesday afternoon. I walked to the mailbox and there was a manilla envelope address to me. When I opened it I was absolutely excited. Every time I get a new review and it arrives it’s like Christmas for me. I opened the package and was amazed at the quality of the books that Mr. Jones had created. Not only had he sent his two hardcover books, he also sent stickers for the kids. My sons each took one before they got a chance to read the book (remember they were waiting to board the bus) and was excited to tell their friends about the new story adventure they would surely go on when they got home.

The Mystery of the Lost Recipe

After my sons got on the bus to go to school I decided that I would do a little experiment to see how well the different age groups would take to the books. When I was doing research I saw Mr. Jones was a elementary to high school coach and teacher, so I thought I would see how well my early childhood children would like the books as well as my elementary aged sons.

While waiting for my daycare children to arrive I was flipping through the book. The illustrations were amazing! Jose Galeano did an impeccable job creating bright and vibrant illustrations to go with Mr. Jone’s books.


My daycare children arrived and were excited to hear that we were going to change up the lesson plans for the day and learn about Abby and Tommy, the main characters and mystery solvers in the book. During story time I read to the children, “The Mystery of the Lost Recipe.” The ages of the children are 1, 2, and 3 who were attending care at the time.

I started reading the book and was honestly expecting the children to eventually lose interest (not meaning this in a mean way, just because the children are so young and the books are pretty long) and move away from the circle. I was quickly proved wrong, even the 1 year old stayed to hear the story of Abby and Tommy solving the lost recipe issue. The children actually stopped me part way through to tell me they loved lasagna and blueberries on their waffles sounded yummy. After I was done reading the book, the 2 and 3 year old wanted to take the book and read it again!

whole crewreading








Later on that day my sons got home and were excited to go on a new adventure and find out about these new books that they told their friends about with their new stickers (which are plastered on their planner they are required to take back and forth to the teacher daily). Gavin started first and with help read through “The Mysteries of the Lost Recipes” and grabbed “The Mysteries of the Lost Uniform” without missing a beat. Jayden was there to help him read and finish the second book but both of the boys literally devoured both of the books. I was very excited to see how anxious they were to find out what happens in both of the books. Both Jayden and Gavin give “The Mysteries” books a big thumbs up.

JaydenThe Mystery of the Lost Recipe

If you are interested in checking out these books for your children (or maybe you run a daycare too!) I would highly recommend them to anyone. These books are bright, colorful, and very well written to keep the children engaged and learning. The next day at daycare we had blueberries for a snack and the kids continued to talk about Abby and Tommy and what other mysteries they might solve.

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Are There Monsters in My Closet? #bookreview by Jack Batcher


    WAHMReviewer – Melissa McClure

Books are my weakness, especially children’s books. I have a library in my daycare home and am a strong believer in the importance of literacy. Every child loves a good story read to them. When I was browsing Facebook and saw that Are There Monsters In My Closet by Jack Batcher was up for review I quickly pounced on the post and I was the lucky reviewer who got selected to do the review!

Are There Monsters in My Closet.

I contacted Jack via email and he quickly responded enthusiastically to my email regarding the review. Within a matter of a few days he emailed me back and already had his book in the mail heading my way. I was so excited I told my kids about our new book that was coming and they were just as excited to receive the book as I was. Each child, whether they are my own boys or my daycare kids, cannot wait for story time; a new book added to our collection… exciting!

Always check for Monsters

Jack’s book arrived while I was out of town for a few days and when I got home I had a wonderful package waiting for me on my counter (who doesn’t love to come home to a package?). I opened up the package and much to my surprise I had an autographed copy of the book! Both of my boys immediately wanted the book. They were flipping through the pages and smiling at the beautiful bright illustrations. It was late at night so I told them they had to go to bed that we would share the book with the daycare kids at story time the next day. With a bit of a struggle I finally got them to agree that they had to wait just a little longer to hear the story.

The day as finally come

FINALLY! The day has come! As the daycare kiddos were eating a snack, we just couldn’t wait any longer so I read “Are there monsters in my closet?” to them while they ate. This book is so well written that it was easy to do “voice changes” for the kids and act out the story a little bit while reading. All the kiddos love a good “scared” or a loud “monster” voice.

The story starts out with a little boy named Calvin who hears noises….but where are they coming from? Are they outside noises? Nope……. Did something get into his room?………….It’s definitely in the closet, but what is it?!?!? It has to be the monsters in his closet that his sisters warned him about………


The children’ couldn’t keep their eyes off the book, even the 1 year old little boy that comes. By the time that I finished the story the kids were begging for me to read the story again. Needless to say I ended up reading the story 2 more times after the original reading. Then the kids carried the book all over the house and “read” the book to each other, usually turning to the page that had the “monster” on the page.

   Thank you Jack

Roughly 9 years ago Jack’s sister Cheryl was due to have her third child, Calvin, join their family along with her two daughters Brinna and Melody. This thought sent Jack’s memories into motion. He remembers playing pranks and other tricks on his family members thus leading him to the idea of this book.

Jack started his search in 2004 to find the perfect illustrator that could give him the illustrations that would make his story really come to life. Almost 10 years later after many ups and downs he met Charles Berton at The Artist Pad in Smithtown in 2013. Charles like his story and agreed to do the illustrations for “Are there monsters in my closet?”

On May 25, 2013 the book was finally published.

Jack’s book is available through his website at http://www.jackbatcher.comas well as Amazon.

Also while you are out surfing the web for Jack’s book, check out his Facebook page ( and give it a “like” while you’re there.