Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Review: Pictures of Farm Animals (Picture Books For Curious Tots) by Amy Rogers

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Pictures of farm animals have been loved by tots and young children for generations. This book of stunning photos of farm animals brings the farmyard right into your child's bedroom. The high quality of these images show the animals in their natural settings.
With the wide availability of children's picture books online, providing your tots with the kind of books they deserve is easier than ever before.
All of the farm animals illustrated in this book are accompanied by age appropriate comments to increase your child's knowledge in a subtle way.
If you are passionate about stimulating your children's curiosity and increasing their knowledge in a fun and interesting way then my "Pictures of Farm Animals" is the right 'picture book for you.

Review: Moody Monsters by Jackie Jeffrey

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Moody Monsters uses short and simple text to describe and teach young children the many moods we feel from time to time. Adorable and colorful cartoon monster illustrations are used to make learning the words fun.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Review: My Favorite Animal: Cobras by Victoria Marcos


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Learn all about cobras in this informational picture book. Kids ages 4-8 will enjoy learning about cobras through beautiful photos, engaging text and fun questions to test comprehension throughout the book.

Review: Cute as a Bug Count with Me 1, 2, 3 (A Learn to Count Book) by Jackie Jeffrey

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Cute as a Bug Count with Me 1, 2, 3 is a book for children ages baby to 4 years old. This book teaches the numbers one through ten. See the ladybugs, ants, butterflies, grasshoppers, beetles and more. The creative illustrations of little bugs in the garden make this book fun and educational. Your child will learn important concepts such as number and word recognition. You will have fun practicing basic counting skills with your baby, toddler, or preschooler.

Review: My Busy Book by Moira Butterfield

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"One day I'll ride a bicycle. I'll tour the jungle, too. There's one more thing. If it's ok...Can I do it all with you?"
A charming and lively rhyming story with a difference. Extra finding games and talking games at the back of the book help make the reading experience enjoyable, and encourage your child to take learning steps. A perfect companion for 'My Happy Book' by the same author and illustrator team.
Little Star Books are created by children's book professionals Moira Butterfield and Gerald Hawksley. For more about our books plus regular free downloads and play ideas, come visit us at www.littlestarbooks.com!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Book Blast: Beenie's Search by: J.J. Schousboe

Beenie's Search by J.J. Schousboe

Title: Beenie's Search
Author: J.J. Schousboe
Publication Date: March 20, 2014
Publisher: Friesen Press
Pages: 48
Recommended Ages: 3 to 8
Book Description: Join Beenie, the friendly bear, as he searches for his family after hibernating for the long winter. Spring arrives and Beenie discovers that he is all alone. In search of food, friends and his family, Beenie gets side tracked and lost. When he remembers what he was taught by his parents, he overcomes his fears and sets off in the right direction. Beenie's Search teaches young readers the importance of listening and following directions as they join Beenie in his adventure.


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J.J. SchousboeJJ Schousboe migrated from the lovely island of Trinidad, in the Caribbean. She has been writing poems as a teenager and began writing stories for her children. A preschool teacher since 2007, JJ currently lives in Largo, Florida.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Review: Excavate! Dinosaurs by Jon Tennant

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The ultimate gift for dinosaur-loving kids ages 7 and up! With fun text and colorful illustrations, paleontologist Jon Tennant explains the anatomy, habits, and diet of 12 dinosaurs from the Cretaceous, Jurassic, and Triassic eras and then provides pop-out pieces of their skeletons for kids to assemble into stand-up paper models. However, the pieces are mixed up! Before the puzzles can be completed, kids must apply their new knowledge about the dinosaurs to figure out which pieces go together. Kids will love the challenge of sorting out which bones belong to which dinosaur -- just like real paleontologists do!

Review: Billy and Monster's Golden Christmas (The Fartastic Adventures of Billy and Monster Book 5) by David Chuka

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They're back! 
Discover what new adventures Billy and Monster get up to in the latest episode in this exciting series. 
It's almost Christmas and Billy's looking forward to his present from Uncle Leland from England. On Christmas day, Billy isn't too excited when Uncle Leland gives him a golden pen but gives Cousin Bob a big monster truck. How could Uncle Leland do this to him? Billy's not a happy bunny and his ingratitude makes Uncle Leland sad and his Dad mad. 
A game of hide and seeks plunges Billy into a world filled with snow, happy monsters and houses made of chocolate. 
You will love reading this story to your loved ones as they get to learn the most important thing about this special holiday season. Expect funny illustrations, laugh out loud moments and touching moments in this funny book for kids. 
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Book Blast: The Heroes of the Himalayas by: Lars Gugnard

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Have you ever gotten hopelessly lost in a strange land? Talked to an elephant? Ridden a magic carpet? Been jailed by an angry parrot? And discovered that you have the power to change the world?
Zoe & Zak hadn’t either. But that was before their lives were turned upside down by a mysterious creature called the Ghost Leopard. Now, they find themselves attending a strange school high in the Himalayan foothills, where nothing is what it seems and anything is possible. The Zoe & Zak Adventures contains the first three full books of the middle grade fantasy adventure series, where two semi-normal kids begin to live absolutely extraordinary lives. In Book One, The Ghost Leopard, Zoe & Zak take their first trip to India where they learn that they’ve been chosen to protect a mythical creature from a terrible fate. In Book Two, The Yogi’s Curse, Zoe & Zak are back in India, this time to attend Moonstock Academy, a strange and sometimes frightening boarding school where weird events seem to occur on a regular basis. And in Book Three, The Tiger Temple, Zoe & Zak take on their second semester at Moonstock and their most terrifying challenge yet. If you love to laugh out loud, if you like adventure, and if you’re dying to go on the wildest ride on this side of the Himalayas, pick up the Zoe & Zak Adventures today.

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Book 1: Zoe and Zak and The Ghost Leopard

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"Love Love Love! This book had me from the first chapter. This book overflows with top-notch character development, culture, adventure, and FUN!" ~ Sunshine, Bubbles and Books
"This is adventure with a capital ‘A’ and the kind that middle grade readers will love." ~ Word Magic: All About Books
"Once Zoe and Zak are off on their adventure, the pace never lets up. There are constant dangers lurking all around them and they are pretty much constantly fighting for their lives. Throw in some really interesting mystical creatures and you have a recipe for a great MG novel!!" ~ Best Kids' Reads
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Book 2: Zoe & Zak and the Yogi's Curse

Yogi's Curse by Lars Guignard

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"Lars Guignard keeps up the pace with this second installment in the Zoe and Zak Adventure series. I recommend this series to tweens and teens who love a great adventure steeped with magic and mysticism. Ages 8+." ~ Mother Daughter Book Reviews "Fantasy, action, adventure, wonderful characters and some fun mysteries has me hooked... 5 Stars!" ~ Brooke Blogs I loved the faster pace of this second book. Zoe & Zak's adventures kept me turning pages to see what was happening next. " ~ Carpinello's Writing Pages
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Book 3: Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple

Tiger Temple by Lars Guignard

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"Zoe and Zak’s adventure in the Tiger’s Temple nerve-wracking and enjoyable all at the same time! Magic flies high in this story. Guignard continues not only to entertain his young readers but also to educate them on the exotic culture of India. Readers learn about everything from food to mythology. I love all the magic and mystery in his books, and you can’t help but love Zoe and Zak with their self-destructive behavior." ~ Jump Into a Book
"The great thing about this book, besides the fun adventure, is the exposure kids will get to different cultures, mythologies, and ways of life." ~ Nik's Picks
"Lars Guignard’s writing is easy to read and the story flows well and he has a great sense of humor. Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple is another must read for readers of all ages. I can’t wait for more books in the Zoe & Zak series! " ~ Bound 4 Escape
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About The Author: Lars Guignard

Lars GuignardPrior to writing novels, Lars Guignard wrote for film and television. As a teenager he attended boarding school in the Indian Himalayas and his experiences there provided the inspiration for the "Heroes of the Himalayas" series which now include: Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard, Zoe & Zak and the Yogi’s Curse, and Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple. He lives in the Pacific Northwest where he dodges bears and cougars while hiking & skiing the magnificent Coast Mountain Range. For news about new releases, please join his email list by contacting the author: Zoe&ZakAdventures@gmail.com

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Book Blast and Giveaway: Apple Pie for You and I by Denise Mistich

Apple Pie for You and I by Denise Mistich

Title: Apple Pie for You and I
Author: Denise Mistich
Illustrator: Daniel Bulleri
Publication Date: November 13, 2013
Publisher: Apple Pie Books
Pages: 32
Recommended Ages: 3 to 8
Book Description: Apple Pie for You and I is one fantastically colorful and happy little children's book! Kids love to count the pieces of the pie as these hilarious critters gobble them down. They also get a little lesson in grammar and find out what happens when they eat too many slices! Message from the Author: This project was a lot of fun and I know your children are going to love it. I simply wrote a poem about raccoons eating an apple pie. Illustrator Daniel Bulleri brought the story to life. Grab a copy and enjoy it with your little ones. The book is available as a Kindle e-book and the paperback is coming soon!

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Denise Mistich   Author Denise Davidson Mistich, co-founder of Apple Pie Books, writes poems and stories that inspire children to think. She is also a minister and host of The Healing Room, Christian Radio for the Whole Woman.

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 Illustrator: Daniel Bulleri

The Illustrator, Daniel Bulleri, is a graphic designer and graduate of Chico State University. Other published work includes Your Magical Laugh, written, illustrated and published for the most important people in his life...his own children.
 

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Book Blast: Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend by Cheryl Carpinello

Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend by Cheryl Carpinello

Title: Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend 
Author: Cheryl Carpinello 
Publication Date: March 30, 2009 
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Pages: 122 
Recommended Age: 7+

Summary (Amazon):
At the dawn of Camelot, one young girl is about to take her place beside the greatest king in England's history. She is a mere child of twelve. But in these medieval days, this is the age when childish things must be put away and greater responsibilities accepted--all in preparation for a betrothal of marriage. For young Lady Guinevere, on the advent of her thirteenth Birth Day, the whole idea is quite unbearable. After all, what could be better than spending her youth playing with her best friend Cedwyn, roaming the grounds around the castle looking for mythical creatures or hunting rabbits? However, the wizard Merlyn--her teacher and friend--knows that destiny has a way of catching up with a person. His arrival sets in motion a series of events that will lead Guinevere to her destiny whether she is ready for it or not.

** Finalist Pre-Teen Literature: Dan Poynter's 2011 Global Ebook Awards **

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"The story is a nice balance between action, elements of magic and fantasy, and important life lessons, all woven within the historical context of medieval times. This was an enjoyable and educational read and I would recommend Guinevere to tween girls and boys." ~ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
"Cheryl Carpinello's 'Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend', is a unique introduction into Arthurian Legend focusing on the life of the young princess. It is perfect for tweens interested in this genre. While most young people aren't royalty, they will likely relate with the emotions associated with wanting independence while struggling with the responsibility that comes with it. ~ Vine Voice, Amazon Customer
"'Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend' is an interesting and well-written tale told in a way that will appeal to middle school aged readers, especially girls but boys too, who can relate to the idea of wanting independence yet struggling with the obligations that come with it. The euphemistic "darn it" is used a few times, and there are some references to drinking ale. But those who really like to read the Arthurian legends should enjoy this fun peek into Guinevere's early life. In addition, it illustrates the important lesson that situations may arise in life when we must choose doing our duty rather than just doing what we want." ~ Wayne S. Walker for Home School Book Review, Amazon
"An interesting read for the 8- to 14-year-old, this book skillfully integrates vocabulary and information about life in medieval Europe without verging on preachy or textbook-like. While it will most definitely interest the bookish child with an unquenchable thirst for history, it will also amuse those with a penchant for adventure-- or unicorns. ~ Thomas, Amazon
"…an outstanding job detailing the escapades of the Princess and her young friend, Cedwyn. Carpinello keeps you turning those pages with her descriptions of the dangers and adventures that are ribboned throughout the entire story. Wizards, unicorns, and dragons are a few of the mythical creatures you will encounter in this enchanting book. I am excited to give this to several of my grandchildren to read! ~ Penny Estelle, Amazon
"Refreshing and fanciful, a perspective on Guinevere that people don't consider, what with the focus on Arthur's childhood. The rural homespun castle and kitchen are illuminating of the time. Guinevere's adventurousness, as a girl who will someday be surrounded by courageous knights, is well-imagined. The detail is delightful at times. Storyline with bards and Merlyn is clever and in the tradition of the Arthurian legends. ~ Katherine L. Holmes, Amazon
 

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Cheryl Carpinello AuthorI love the Ancient and Medieval Worlds! As a retired English teacher, I hope to inspire young readers to read more through my Quest Books. Please follow me on this adventure. Hook up with me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, and Google. Also please visit my other sites: Carpinello's Writing Pages where I interview childrens/MG/Tween/YA authors; my home website Beyond Today Educator, and The Quest Books where I've teamed up with Fiona Ingram from South Africa and Wendy Leighton-Porter of England/France/Abu Dhabi to enable readers to find all of our Ancient and Medieval quest books in one place.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Book Review: Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt and Tony DiTerlizzi

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"'Will you walk into my parlor,' said the Spider to the Fly..."
is easily one of the most recognized and quoted first lines in all of English verse. But do you have any idea how the age-old tale of the Spider and the Fly ends? Join celebrated artist Tony DiTerlizzi as he -- drawing inspiration from one of his loves, the classic Hollywood horror movies of the 1920s and 1930s -- shines a cinematic spotlight on Mary Howitt's warning, written to her own children about those who use sweet words to hide their not-so-sweet intentions.

Book Blast: The Bravest Squirrel Drives A Race Car by Sara Shafer

The Bravest Squirrel Drives a Race Car by Sara ShaferTitle: The Bravest Squirrel Drives a Race Car
Author: Sara Shafer
Publication Date: November 7, 2014
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 96 
Recommended Ages: 5 to 12 

Book Summary: When his baby cousin Zander runs away, Chaz finally has a chance to live his dream of rescuing someone and proving his bravery. But Zander doesn't want to be rescued, and he certainly doesn't listen.
When the little squirrel crawls into a race car, Chaz follows him, expecting they will hide from the humans until the race is over. But Zander doesn't stay hidden, wanting to try everything the humans do.
When the race car spins out of control, Chaz is the only one who can save them. If he's not brave enough, not only will they crash, he'll lose Zander forever.


The Bravest Squirrel Series:
1. The Bravest Squirrel Ever
2. The Bravest Squirrel in the Forest
3. The Bravest Squirrel in School
4. The Bravest Squirrel Drives a Race Car

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The Bravest Squirrel series by Sara Shafer  

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"Totally awesome book!! You are brave to be an author!" ~ reader Valerie D., age 9
"A wonderful children's book. I am passing mine on to my youngest grandson. He will enjoy this story." ~ Susie, Amazon
"I liked how the squirrels act. They were funny. It was a really good book. I think other kids that are reading chapter books should read this." ~ Gaea, 12 year old reader
 

 Author

Sara ShaferWhen two squirrels moved into Sara Shafer’s attic, she went on a quest to figure out what they were doing. She knocked on the ceiling, and they scratched back. Imagining what they thought and felt, she wrote The Bravest Squirrel Ever and then continued their adventures with The Bravest Squirrel in the Forest, The Bravest Squirrel in School, and The Bravest Squirrel Drives a Race Car. Although her attic is currently vacant, the squirrels outnumber the humans in her neighborhood and could decide to take over at any moment. She watches for signs of invasion as she plots more stories of squirrel bravery.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Book Blast: Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy by Lisa and Michael Cohn

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Title: Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy
Authors: Lisa Cohn & Michael Cohn Illustrator: Heather Nichols
Publication Date: December 6, 2014
Publisher: Canines and Kids Publishing
Pages: 39 
Recommended Ages: 3 to 8 

Book Summary: From an award-winning Mom-Son team featured on the Today Show, Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy is a contemporary boy-and-dog book. Bash's dog, Lucy, helps coach his soccer team, and Lucy leads the team to the championships. But Bash is overcome with jealousy when Lucy enchants a team of Special Olympics kids who say they want her to coach their team. Can Bash overcome his jealousy and learn to share Lucy with kids who say they need her? This is Book Two in the Bash and Lucy series, following Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence, a Mom's Choice Silver Award winner and finalist, USA Best Book Awards. Co-uthor Michael Cohn, age 6, has appeared on the Today Show, on SiriusXM Radio, in Disney's Babble, in The Oregonian and other media.

Meet Lisa and Michael Cohn, a Mother-Son writing team who created "Bash and Lucy" to help (then) 4 year-old Michael cope with the death of their family dog, Lucy. They have become media darlings, including being featured in The Daily Mail in the U.K. and making an appearance on The Today Show! "Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy" is their latest release.


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"This is a sweet story that teaches young readers not only about dealing with jealousy, but how dogs help kids with special needs. In the book, Bash, the boy who is the main character, learns how to help others, in spite of feeling jealous. Beautiful, expressive illustrations!" ~ 5 Star Review, Kristi H., Amazon
 

About the Authors: Lisa Cohn and Michael Cohn

Lisa Cohn and Michael CohnWriter Lisa Cohn and her 6-year-old son, Michael Cohn, have appeared on the Today Show, SiriusXM Radio, AM Northwest and Disney's Babble, in addition to the Oregonian and other media. Their first book, "Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence," received a Mom's Choice Silver Award and was a 2013 USA Best Book Award finalist. Lisa and Michael's aim is to share with children their love of dogs, books and writing! Learn about their school visits, dog blog and book reviews by Michael and friends by visiting www.BashAndLucy.com

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Review: Thank You for Giving Me You by Tanya Turner

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Every child is a great blessing! A baby brings so much joy. The presence of a baby brightens a home and enriches the life of the people who are part of the baby’s life.
“Thank You for Giving Me You” is a wonderful poem that expresses thanksgiving for the gift of a baby to a family. The poem describes the parent’s happiness over the baby, and the promise of unconditional love for the child.
“Thank You for Giving Me You” is a sweet poem with beautiful illustrations that will melt the heart of its readers.

Book Blast: The Nancy Cat by M.R. Shields

The Nancy Cat by M.R. ShieldsTitle: The Nancy Cat
Author: M.R. Shields
Illustrator: Martin Paterson
Publication Date: November 15, 2014
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 140 
Recommended Ages: 8+ 

Book Description: Agent Rose is a secret Agent and the best in the business. Everyday he has to deal with the dangerously impossible, the risky and improbable. When tasked with infiltrating a super maximum security vault, Agent Rose calls upon help from an unusual source.. The Nancy cat! A fantastic little story for children aged 8+.

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M R Shields  M R Shields is a Children's and Young Adult fiction writer from Perth, Scotland. He is best known for his 'Chronicles of Astoria' Young Adult series and loves creating stories that make children smile or laugh, and not necessarily in that order.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Book Blast: The Big Brass Band by Pam Bonsper

The Big Brass Band by Pam Bonsper Title: The Big Brass Band
Author: Pam Bonsper
Illustrator: Jessica Ziegler
Publication Date: August 18, 2014
Publisher: AroSage Publishing
Pages: 32 
Recommended Ages: 3 to 8 

Book Summary: A parade! Watch from the sidelines, as a little fellow follows the magnificent marching band go by. He is overcome by the sounds of the big brass band, and every instrument is his favorite. How can he decide which instrument he will play? Will it be a bassoon, a drum, a tuba? In this delightful rhyming tale about a parade, a band, and a boy, Pam Bonsper and illustrator Jessica Ziegler take us on a very loud, decision-making journey while we learn the names of the instruments in a marching band. But be aware...your children may want an instrument after reading this book! Which instrument will they choose?

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The Buzz About the Book

"The poetry in the book is lyrical and when read out loud you feel the music of the band. This will draw a child's attention and introduce vocabulary that is sure to stimulate. Really like the colors and emotion in each page. Well done! " ~ 5 Star Review, kmhorgan, Amazon
"Poems help improve a child’s reading skills and also their ability to remember passages. The author has cleverly used these techniques to enhance her tale and mesmerize her readers." ~ 5 Star Review, Susan D., Amazon
"'Watch out. The Big Brass Band is about to march straight into your heart! " ~ 5 Star Review, S.J. Teer, Amazon
"My grandson made me promise to read it to him every night. Could anything be better than that - encouraging children to read and give them knowledge about instruments in a band?" ~ 5 Star Review, Juliet A., Amazon
"The best part of this book was reading with my son and seeing his excitement for music and all the possible instruments he could play. We have been talking about them all morning." ~ 5 Star Review, Joshua C., Amazon
 

Author

Pam Bonsper, Author
 Pam Bonsper has been a free-lance writer for many years. Her articles have appeared in numerous periodicals and professional publications. She is currently a feature writer for Coastal Canine magazine. Pam also enjoys writing children's poems and stories and has been published in The Bee HiveMexican World, Happy Times and Classmate and Bumples.com. She has now published her first children's rhyming book and will launch her new Friends and Feelings Series in December. She lives with her husband in Carmel Valley, California and is inspired daily by her two young grandchildren.



Illustrator


Jessica Ziegler is the author and illustrator of the StoryTots collection of customizable children's books, available at Storytots.com. She is also a cartoonist and writer for ScienceofParenthood.com, and an illustrated parenting humor blog.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Book Blast: The Mystic Princesses and the Whirlpool by PJ LaRue

Girls Powers-front cover for AmazonTitle: The Mystic Princesses and the Whirlpool
Author: PJ LaRue
Illustrator: Aristides Rodriguez
Publication Date: June 28, 2014
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 63 
Recommended Ages: 5 to 10 
Book Description: Join Exciting Princess Adventures and Learn Life Lessons Along the Way Have you ever wanted to ride a dolphin or dreamed of playing on a rainbow as if it were a waterslide? How would you feel if someone tried to kidnap you, and you were forced to move to Hawai'i to hide and live with people you don't know? That happened to Harmonie. Come meet Harmonie, her new Mystic Princess friends, and find out what happens when her enemies, the Children of Ares, find her again.

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The Buzz About the Book

"The Mystic Princesses and the Whirlpool has a delightful plot. P. J. LaRue uses mythological characters to tell a lively story of bravery and friendship. The book teaches important lessons on strengths and weaknesses, conservation and safety. This is the first book in the Mystic Princesses series, and I cannot wait for the next princesses' adventure to come. Young girls will love The Mystic Princesses adventure on their bedside table." ~ Kelly Santana, Readers' Favorite Book Reviews
"A lovely book for children with colourful pictures and any child who reads it will be looking for a sequel." ~ 5 Star Review, Diane, Amazon
"'The Mystic Princesses and the Whirlpool' is a confidence boosting book for children, giving them important information. It is the first in a series and I look forward to reading more about Harmonie and her friends." ~ 5 Star Review, Mary C., Goodreads
"This early chapter book is perfect for children ages six through ten. It does not portray wimpy princesses, but strong, respectful and independent female role models involved in many adventures in which they learn to overcome their weaknesses, act against bullying, and cooperate with friends and family to promote human welfare and peace. Short chapters interspersed with illustrations will maintain interest if the book is read aloud for younger children. Introduce your little princess to this one." ~ 5 Star Review, Barbara M., Amazon
"The short chapters would make this ideal for younger girls who are newer to reading Chapter Books. The colourful illustrations are excellent, and compliment this warm story nicely. A new series for girls, offering a fun way to learn valuable life lessons." ~ 5 Star Review, M.J. Kinsmen, Amazon
 

 PJ LaRue

PJ LaRuePJ LaRue wrote poetry in high school, but she discovered writing children’s books and short stories later in life. Her writing inspirations are hiking, photography and environmental consciousness, but she links these interests to much larger social issues. A person very close to PJ was molested as a child, making PJ passionate about providing child safety tips. And, PJ was bullied in the third grade by girls much larger than she, who demanded that PJ give them her lunch money. As a result, PJ is committed to spreading the word that bullying must be stopped.
One of PJ’s goals is to help educate children, parents and caregivers, in a fun way, using her children’s book series, The Mystic Princesses. Because PJ loves to travel, the princesses will visit many locales, learning about environmental concerns along the way.

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The Illustrator: Aristides Rodriguez

Aristides Rodriguez has worked with clients to create websites, social media graphics, print graphics, and logos. His print media projects include cards, posters and magazine ads. He is comfortable working with a team, but has also designed client projects independently. While in school, Aristides participated in job shadows to Central Florida design community members including Disney Event Group, Orlando, SeaWorld, Orlando, and large offset and digital printing companies. Currently, Aristides is a Winter Park Tech Advisory Board member.

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