Friday, September 30, 2016

Review: Yamboo the Closet Monster: A Bedtime Story to Help Preschoolers Conquer Their Fears by Alma J. Wilson

25886754Title: Yamboo The Closet Monster
Author: Alma J. Wilson
Published: July 8, 2015
Pages: 12
Genre: Children ages 4? on up
Review: ebook provided by author
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At bedtime, Kevin is frightened when Yamboo comes out of the closet. He calls for Mama to help, but she doesn't believe in monsters. Luckily Cornelius, sent from the Realm of Fairy Guards, comes to the rescue. He defeats Yamboo in fierce battle, and is sent away. Kevin can sleep peacefully now, with Cornelius standing guard.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Book Blast: Anokhi Dosti by Subhash Kommuru


Title: Anokhi Dosti (The Magic of Friendship)
Author:  Subhash Kommuru
Publisher: Kommuru Books
Pages: 42
Genre: Children’s Fiction

Mom's Choice Award GOLD Recipient

Does a smile or a laugh have trans-formative power? It does in a special place called Tadoba. Anokhi Dosti is a book written in Hindi and is a remarkable tale of the trans-formative power of companionship, particularly for someone who is lonely and never really had the gift of laughter.

Guaranteed to get a giggle out of kids, Anokhi Dosti also provides plenty of opportunities for readers to connect with the characters in richly detailed, mesmerizing illustrations.

This Award Winning picture book is perfect for read-aloud fun and is also appropriate for beginning readers. This book is written in Hindi using Hindi script.


Annokhi Dosti is available at Amazon or pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble

Subhash and Sujata hail from India. They migrated to the United States along with their memories of childhood and youth. Now that they are parents, just like every immigrant they crave to introduce their child to the culture and values of their upbringing. Yet it is challenging to teach something while you are in the midst of adjusting to a different culture yourself.
Subhash and Sujata both work in different disciplines and have different styles and backgrounds, but it is the upbringing of their son that brings them on the same page. That exact place where they meet is captured and reflected in their stories, where Subhash can express in words, and Sujata can illustrate them beautifully. Where he puts it in black and white, she adds color to it. You get the idea!
These stories are their attempt to share a glimpse of their childhood days with their son. He is their inspiration to write short stories that have meaning to them and provide teaching in some shape or form.

Shobhan’s latest book is the children’s book, Anokhi Dosti (The Magic of Friendship).
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Review: Deep Trouble (Classic Goosebumps, #2) (Goosebumps #19) by R.L. Stine

2021422Title: Deep Trouble
 Author: R.L. Stine
Published: May 1, 2008
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 144
Genre: Children ages 8 on up
Review: Paperback
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Discover the bone-chilling adventures that made Goosebumps one of the bestselling children's books series of all time!
Something scary is happening in GOOSEBUMPS HORRORLAND, the all-new, all-terrifying series by R. L. Stine. Just how scary? You'll never know unless you crack open this classic prequel!
In DEEP TROUBLE, find out why Billy Deep and his sister, Sheena, are afraid of dark lagoons, coral reefs, and anything that appears to be half-human, half-fish!
Now with all-new bonus materials including real-life shark tales and more.

Review: If You Were Me and Lived in Middle Ages by Carole P. Roman (Goodreads Author), Mateya Arkova (Illustrations)

31152089Title: If You Were Me and Lived in Middle Ages
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Mateya Arkova
Published: July 9, 216
Pages: 98
Genre: Children ages 9 on up
Review: paperback provided by author
Buy Links: Amazon, 

Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in her exciting new series. Learn what kind of food you might have eaten during the Middle Ages, the clothes you might wear, what your name could be, and children did for fun. If You Were Me and Lived in...does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture. So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY: Beyond The Lines by Claudia Whitsitt

Title: Beyond the Lines
Author: Claudia Whitsitt
Publisher: Claudia Whitsitt
Publication Date: February 27, 2016
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
Number of Pages: 260

The Dream Girls—Hattie, Crackers, and Beverly Jo—are back with the same determination and resolve they displayed in Between the Lines. This time, it's Crackers who has a dream. She has oodles of talent, can outshoot any guy, and she wants to be the first girl on the boys' basketball team. Everybody knows she's the best player at school. The problem is, the rules say: No girls allowed on the team. Ever. But the Dream Girls have challenged old-fashioned notions before, and they're not about to give up now. Beverly Jo rocks the world with an ingenious plan, Hattie sets the wheels in motion, and Crackers gives her all. For this threesome, nothing is impossible.

What others are saying...

"BEYOND THE LINES is a refreshing story of true friendship." - Lori (Amazon)

"A delightful story of true friendship" - David (Amazon)

"Great characters, superlative writing and the sense of being dropped into the mist of a Dream Girls meeting makes "Beyond The Lines" a wonderful book." - DJ (Amazon)

"Beyond the lines is a beautiful story of friendship." - (Amazon)

Claudia Whitsitt spent a lifetime teaching special education and writing before becoming a full-time author. She believes in the power of friendship, small acts of kindness, and paying it forward. Nothing makes her happier than spending time with her children, which includes not only the five she raised but the countless students who touched her life over the years.


Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice Giveaway ends: September 27, 11:59 pm, 2016
Open to: Internationally
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY: Stones Faces An Alice and Friends Books by Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks


Title: Stone Faces: An Alice and Friends Book
Author: Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Publication Date: July 12, 2016
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Number of Pages: 66

 Stone Faces is the story of a ten-year-old girl named Alice who notices one day that her parents’ faces have turned to stone. Soon afterward, they tell her they are going to get divorced and, in reaction, she allows her own face to turn to stone because she doesn’t want anyone to know how much this hurts her. It is easier to deal with her friends when her stone face is in place, but she also begins to find herself alone more and more. While on her summer vacation at her aunt’s house on Cape Cod, she sees a stone on the beach in the shape of a laughing man’s face (called Mr. Happy Man). She soon discovers that this stone can talk and that it has friends among the other beach stones, who play games in the sand when people aren’t around. Together with Mr. Happy Man and his friends, Alice develops an ingenious scheme to help her parents resolve their differences. Their plans are thrown awry when a woman finds Mr. Happy Man in the sand and walks off with him. Alice decides to rescue the stone and sneaks into the woman’s house where she learns that the woman is actually a witch.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Review: Ellie's Fun Day at the Farm: The Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elephant, by Marci Fair (Author), Cornelia Murariu (Illustrator), Elle Fair (Editor)

31396131Title: Ellie's Fun Day at the Farm
Author: Marci Fair
Published: Aug. 1, 2016
Publisher: Pacochel Press
Pages: 42
Genre: Children ages 2 on up
Review: Paperback provided by author
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Ellie and Pudgy--characters based on Elle's two favorite stuffed animals--have had many grand adventures. Now, in the fifth installment of the Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elephant series, the curious duo decides to take a look at the origins of the food they eat every day.
This decision takes them to a farm and garden where they get a chance to ride on a big red tractor, feed a bottle to a baby goat, sit on eggs to keep them warm, and take part in many other hands-on experiences that will delight both children and parents. Readers will learn about different types of farm-grown food, meet many friendly, real animals, as well as laugh at the use of animal sounds in the story.
At the end of the day, Ellie and Pudgy settle in for a snack made from all the different foods they found at the farm. Their unbreakable friendship and sense of adventure are sure to encourage young readers to use their imaginations when it comes to their own favorite stuffed animals!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Rice & Rocks by Sandra L. Richards, Illustrator Megan Kayleigh Sullivan

Title: Rice & Rocksl
Author: Sandra L. Richards
Illustrator: Megan Kayleigh Sullivan
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Publication Date: August 23, 2016
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Number of Pages: 32


  Tradition takes flight in Rice & Rocks, a picture book celebrating culture and diversity. Giovanni's friends are coming over for Sunday dinner, and his grandmother is serving rice and beans. Giovanni is embarrassed he does not like 'rice and rocks' and worries his friends will think the traditional Jamaican dish is weird. But his favorite Auntie comes to the rescue. She and Giovanni's pet parrot, Jasper, take him on a magical journey across the globe, visiting places where people eat rice and rocks. This exciting story celebrates the varied traditions of every culture while also highlighting the delicious similarities that bring us all together.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Blog Tour: I Have Faith by Davin Whitehurst, Tiffany Brown (Illustrations)

Title: I Have Faith
Author: Davin Whitehurst
Publisher: Childlike Faith Publishing
Pages: 26
Genre:  Children

Are you ready to get your child excited about faith? “I Have Faith” puts your child right in the footsteps of Danny as he begins to learn about faith. Danny and his older brother have been wanting a dog, but both know their parents don’t think they are ready for a dog. When Danny’s mom begins teaching him what the bible says about faith, he puts his faith into action. After praying and releasing his faith for a dog, doubt and even his best friend keep telling him that he will never get a dog. Over time Danny never loses his faith in the promises of God and finds that God is faithful and that faith works. Come along on this journey that is a real life event that took place in the author’s life as a child.

This book has great illustrations that support a wonderful story about finding faith in God. As you are teaching your child about principals in the bible; this book will help you teach faith. What a wonderful experience it is when we can see our children begin to develop their faith in God, and grow from a tiny mustard seed to a firmly planted tree. The back of the book has a parent/child discussion which will help children gain understanding in faith and some scriptures that Danny’s mom used to get him excited about faith.

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