Friday, December 30, 2016

Review: The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm by LeVar Burton, Susan Schaefer Bernardo, Courtenay Fletcher (Illustrator)

23720749Title: The Rhino Who Swallowed A Storm
Authors: LeVar Burton and Susan Schaefer Bernardo
Illustrator: Courtenay Fletcher
Published: Oct. 7, 2014
Publisher: Reading Rainbow
Pages: 32 (print)
Genre: Children ages 4 on up
Review: ebook from library
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When little Mica Mouse is scared by thunder booming outside her cozy home, Papa Mouse reaches for just the right story to comfort her. Hugging her close, he begins to read The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm. In this poetic book-within-a-book, a happy little rhinoceros is overwhelmed by a storm that sweeps away everything he loves. Swallowing the storm just makes him feel worse, so Rhino sets off on a whimsical journey toward healing. Along the way, he meets many friends, including a kind spider, a brave kangaroo, a wise tortoise, and an uplifting whale. With their help, Rhino lets go of the storm inside and learns to see the light in a world turned gray. Mica Mouse is soothed by the story and Papa’s gentle reminder that even though bad things sometimes happen, the world is full of people who care.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Review: Splat the Cat: The Name of the Game (Splat the Cat) by Rob Scotton

22922180Title: Splat the Cat: The Name of the Game
Author: Rob Scotton
Published: June 19, 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 32(print)
Genre: Children ages 3 on up
Review: ebook
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Splat the Cat's friends Spike and Plank are coming over to play games. Splat is excited to play with them . . . until everything starts to go wrong! First he trips and falls in Mouse, Mouse, Cat—and then he can't find a good hiding spot in hide-and-seek. Readers will delight as Splat finds a way to have fun in the end.
The Name of the Game is a perfect story for kids just learning to read, with bright, vivid illustrations and an easy-to-follow text full of Splat's signature humor!

Review: Camilla and Chilli by Lou Silluzio, Mariska Adriani (Illustrations)

Title: Camilla and Chilli
Author: Lou Silluzio
Illustrator: Mariska Adriani
Published: Feb. 2, 2016
Publisher: Domjaf Media
Pages: 40 (paperback)
Genre: Children ages 4 on up
Review: ebook provided by author
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Do you have a young child who is scared of dogs? This delightful tale follows the story of a young girl who is terrified of dogs but who learns, in time, how wonderful it can be to overcome her fear.
Camilla loves to feel the wind in her hair when she runs. But there is one thing that threatens to stop her running altogether ...
DOGS! Big dogs, little dogs, hairy dogs ... Camilla is scared of them all!
Can Camilla overcome her fear of dogs? Let's find out!

Review: Dakota, the Flying Ballerina by Lou Silluzio, Mariska Adriani (Illustrations)

Title: Dakota, the Flying Ballerina
Author: Lou Silluzio
Illustrator: Mariska Adriani
Published: Feb. 2, 2016
Publisher: Domjaf Media
Pages: 36 (paperback)
Genre: Children ages 4 on up
Review: ebook provided by author
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Three-year-old Dakota dreamed of being the best ballerina in the world, but never in her wildest imaginings did she think she'd sprout wings and start to fly!
What happens to this beautiful little flying ballerina as she sails around her neighbourhood? Will Dakota remember which way is home?

Review: Sunny The Snail- And a Colorful Crayons: Inspiring Children's Book about being creative by Karmen Sanda

25681922Title: Sunny The Snail and Colorful Crayons
Author: Karmen Sanda
Published: May 27, 2015
Publisher: Studio Sanda
Genre: Children ages 4 on up
Review: ebook
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Follow the adventures of Sunny the Snail
This is a wonderful children's book about a baby snail Sunny who wanted to be different and his
family who understood..
Sunny is the youngest and the smallest among his brothers and more than anything else he wants to be
different. And by being different he also helps his mommy and finds joy in his life by helping others.
What possibly can a little snail do to be different? Lean back and find out what Sunny does in this lovely picture book.

Review: The Alphabet Game - an interactive ABC Book for Kids. by Gita V. Reddy

29865783Title: The Alphabet Game
Author: Gita V. Reddy
Published: April 25, 2016
Pages: 39
Review: ebook provided by author
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The Alphabet Game combines technology with the traditional way of teaching. The child learns to recognize alphabets by looking for them in a word. Rather than repeating the alphabets in the same order, which can become monotonous, this book encourages the child to think, and to participate.
There's more. In addition to The Alphabet Game, you can create a few more games of your own.
However, this ebook can also be used as a regular alphabet reader.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Review: Waffles and Pancakes A Lesson in the True Meaning of Christmas by Cindy Springsteen

23630302Title: Waffles and Pancakes A Lesson In the True Meaning of Christmas
Author: Cindy Springsteen
Published: Oct. 16, 2016
Pages: 48
Genre: Children ages 5 on up
Review: ebook
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Waffles and Pancakes are two hamsters, from the same pet store, that went to their new homes on the same day. They also happen to be the best of friends. In their first adventure, their owners became best friends, too. Together the four learned the lesson of true friendship. In their second adventure they learned how to handle bullies. Now Waffles and Pancakes, along with their owners, are about to learn another lesson, A Lesson in the True Meaning of Christmas. When Hurricane Sandy threatens to ruin Christmas, Danny, Griffin, Waffles, and Pancakes gather their friends and try to find a way to help. Together can they find a way to save Christmas? When Santa sees their act of kindness, what does he do to surprise them all? Find out when you read this heartwarming story of friendship and love.

Review: Mr. Harrison Is Embarrassin'! (My Weirder School #2) by Dan Gutman, Jim Paillot (Illustrator)

20196203Title: Mr. Harrison is Embarrassin!
Author: Dan Gutman
Illustrator: Jim Paillot
Pages: 112
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: June, 21, 2011
Genre: Children from third grade on up
Review: ebook from library
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My Weirder School weirder than ever!
Mr. Harrison, the tech guy at Ella Mentry School, can fix anything: computers, phones, pencil sharpeners. He can also build anything, like a solar-powered umbrella. What a nerd! But when the power goes out in the school, everyone is yelling and screaming and freaking out in the dark. Can Mr. Harrison save the day?

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Review: "Billy and the Ear Elves": by Ayala Saar

24936603Title: Billy and the Ear Elves
Author: Ayala Saar
Published: Feb. 12, 2015
Illustrator: Kathleen Sue Mallari
Pages: 38
Genre: Children ages 4 on up
Review: ebook provided by author
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Billy really loves eating ice cream! He likes it a little too much!

One afternoon he politely asked his mother for an ice cream scoop. He waited that his mom would say all right , but his mom told him to eat an apple instead!
Billy didn’t like her answer one bit. He was willing to do just about anything to get it.
He was so angry that he forgot all about having good manners and started to scream!

But Mom has a secret defense against tantrums: the magic Ear Elves.
What will Billy do about them?
What could possibly work better than a tantrum?

Read the book find out whether Billy had ice cream that he so likes. This colorful book is excellent as a bedtime story for early learners and beginner readers.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Review: Night of the Living Dummy (Goosebumps #7) by R.L. Stine

3107398Title: Night of the Living Dummy
Author: R.L. Stine
Published: May 1, 2008
Publisher: Scholastic Books
Pages: 160
Genre: Children ages 9 on up
Review: Paperback
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Discover the original bone-chilling adventures that made Goosebumps one of the bestselling children's book 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!
Discover the fan-favorite thriller and chiller that first introduced the world to the wooden face of fear. The puppet who pulls all the strings. None other than Slappy the Dummy!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Review: The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

420282Title: The Polar Express
Author: Chris Van Allsburg
Published: Oct. 28, 1985
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Pages: 32
Genre: Children ages 2 on up
Review: ebook
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The Polar Express is a treasured holiday tradition. This lavish gift set includes a CD audio recording read by Liam Neeson, a keepsake "All Aboard" ornament, and a note from author Chris Van Allsburg.
Awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1986, The Polar Express has sold more than 7 million copies, become a classic holiday movie, and been translated into stage productions that take place across the United States during the holiday season.

Review: Miss Child Has Gone Wild! (My Weirder School #1) by Dan Gutman, Jim Paillot (Illustrator)

11267008Title: Miss Child Has Gone Wild (My Weirder School #1)
Author: Dan Gutman
Illustrator: Jim Paillot
Published: June 21, 2011
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 117 (print)
Genre: Children ages 7 on up
Review: ebook from library
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My Weirder School weirder than ever
The third grade has won a weird contest, so they get to go on a field trip to the zoo. That's how they meet Miss Child, the weirdest zookeeper in the history of the world. She thinks animals are smarter than people She thinks elephants can paint pictures She keeps snakes in her pockets for fun Guess who's going to wind up in a cage with a lion?

Monday, December 12, 2016

Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY: Mary's Song by Susan Count


Title: Mary's Song (Dream Horse Adventure Book 1) Author: Susan Count
Genre: Children's Fiction
Number of Pages: 122
Publisher: Hastings Creations Group
Release Date: October 20, 2016

 Mary’s heart breaks over the pending destruction of a beautiful, but damaged filly. When life is not fair, the courageous challenge the obstacles. Twelve-year-old Mary was disabled at the age of four by the same virus that took the life of her mother. While she longs to have a horse of her own, she’s limited to reading horse books. A talented artist, she spends her days on a blanket in the grass sketching the horses at the farm next door. She falls in love with one of the foals and is outraged to learn the filly is considered worthless as it was born lame. Mary befriends and enlists the help of twelve-year-old Laura, whose family owns the horse farm. Against the better judgment of the farm manager, a brief reprieve is negotiated for the foal’s life. The girls conspire to raise money to save her, but time is running out. Sadly, it appears the expensive surgery the foal needs has little chance to correct her problem anyway. Mary isn’t about to give up. She sacrifices what she holds dear, including the trust of her papa, to gain her heart’s desire. Will she lose everything in her struggle to save the foal?


What others are saying...

"An excellent and engaging book from start to finish. A must read." - Amazon Review

"Susan Count knows how to write about horses, family, friendship, love, faith, and sacrifice. Her true-to-life characters easily engaged me in wanting to know more about them and how their conflicts would be resolved." - Geoffrey W.

"A genuinely touching story about friendship and recovery. I strongly recommend this to anyone looking for a good horse book perfect for middle age girls!" - Amazon Review

One day...I began to write with no preconceived ideas about anything. I’d read what I had written the day before and add another scene to the adventure. No one could have been more astounded than I was when it turned into a book. The whole process gave me great joy and restored my spirit after a season of loss. My motivation was my desire to bless one particular young lady with a story to show her a love relationship in a family, with the Lord, and with a horse. I truly thought the story would remain in a drawer until she was old enough to read it. Surprise.

I write at an antique secretary desk which belonged to the same grandmother who introduced me to horse books. The desk has secret compartments and occupies a glass room with a forest view. Bunnies and cardinals regularly interrupt my muse, as do my horses grazing in a clearing. 

Though I am a rider and lover of horses, I make no claims of expertise in any riding discipline. I hope that my research keeps me from annoying those who would know. 

The only thing more fun than riding might be writing horse adventure stories. Saddle up and ride along!

Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize(winner’s choice) Giveaway ends: January 2, 11:59 pm, 2017
Open to: Internationally.
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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Review: The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas! (Dr. Seuss/Cat in the Hat) (Big Golden Book) by Tish Rabe, Joe Mathieu (Illustrator)

19472372Title: The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas!
Author: Tish Rabe
Illustator: Joe Mathieu
Publisher: Golden Books
Pages: 15
Genre: Children ages 4 on up
Review: library ebook
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This rhymed retelling of the hit PBS Kids holiday special The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas! is bound to become a cherished keepsake. Written in a style reminiscent of Clement Moore's 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, the book retells the story from the Cat's Christmas Eve Party through his various mishaps while attempting to return young reindeer Ralph home in time to pull Santa's sled. Along the way, readers are introduced to a herd of elephants with an uncanny ability to smell water; a pod of dolphins who can communicate across far distances; and a single-minded army of Christmas Island crabs—all of whom demonstrate how working together is the best way to solve a problem, and how being home for the holidays is the best place to be. A perfect gift for fans of the hit PBS Kids TV show The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!—and an ideal choice for reading aloud—this is a book the whole family can enjoy together!

Review: The Little Ladybug by Tiiu Sullakatko

19035922Title: The Little Ladybug
Author: Tiiu Sullakatko
Published: June 16, 2012
Pages: 20
Genre: Children ages 4 on up
Review: ebook
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A perfect bedtime story and children's picture book. This humorous, delightful story is about a little ladybug who is puzzled by her looks.
On her journey she meets many different creatures with their own little quirks that will cheer up the reader.
The book ends with a nice evening atmosphere that makes it a great bedtime reading!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Spotlight Tour and GIVEAWAY: The Spell Thief by Tom Percival

The Spell Thief
By Tom Percival
December 6, 2016; Hardcover, ISBN: 9781492646648

Title: The Spell Thief
Author: Tom Percival
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Join Red, Jack, Rapunzel, and Anansi in this fun fairy tale mash-up chapter book series!

Jack (of the beanstalk fame) and his magical talking chicken, Betsy, have always been great at making new friends, like their BFFs Red and Rapunzel. But when Jack spots Anansi, the new kid in town, talking to a troll in the Deep Dark Woods, he immediately becomes suspicious. Everyone knows that trolls mean trouble, and Jack will do anything to prove to the rest of his friends that Anansi is a troll spy. Even if that means using stolen magic!