Saturday, April 8, 2017

Review: Evergreens Story by Ada N Letelier, Antonia Acuna (Illustrations)

22978868Title: Evergreens Story
Author: Ada N. Letelier
Illustrator: Antonia Acuna
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Agency
Pages: 36
Genre: Children four on up
Review: Paperback sent from author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 



Evergreen is a sad little tree that doesn t understand her purpose in life. While the different seasons bring many changes to the forest, Evergreen remains the same, year in and year out. This all changes when a family comes into the forest and takes Evergreen home with them. It is then that Evergreen undergoes a transformation that leaves her reveling in the joy and knowledge that she too is very special and beautiful, just like her friends left behind in the forest. This heartwarming children s book is fun to read all year, but is especially meaningful during the winter season. EVERGREENs STORY is Ada N. Letelier s first children s book. Her love of books, especially children s books, began and grew during her thirty-plus years as an early childhood educator in the public schools of New York City. The inspiration for her book came from reading uplifting stories to her students by authors such as Maurice Sendak, Leo Lionni, and Ezra Jack Keats. All had a lesson to teach, but in very unique ways that very young children could relate to. She hopes her story of the Evergreen will teach children the value of purposefulness. She believes we are all here for a purpose and one must not lose sight of this, no matter what.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Review and Interview: From Ant To Eagle by Alex Lyttle

32202503Title: From Ant To Eagle 
Author: Alex Lyttle
Published: April 1, 2017
Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing
Pages: 257
Genre: Middle Grade
Review: ARC provided by author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 




My name is Calvin Sinclair, I'm eleven years old and I have a confession… ...I killed my brother.
It's the summer before grade six and Calvin Sinclair is bored to tears. He’s recently moved from a big city to a small town and there's nothing to do. It’s hot, he has no friends and the only kid around is his six-year-old brother, Sammy, who can barely throw a basketball as high as the hoop. Cal occupies his time by getting his brother to do almost anything: from collecting ants to doing Calvin’s chores. And Sammy is all too eager - as long as it means getting a "Level" and moving one step closer to his brother's Eagle status.
When Calvin meets Aleta Alvarado, a new girl who shares his love for Goosebumps books and adventure, Sammy is pushed aside. Cal feels guilty but not enough to change. At least not until a diagnosis makes things at home start falling apart and he's left wondering whether Sammy will ever complete his own journey... 
From Ant To Eagle.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Review: Ellie Camps Under The Stars by Ellie and Marci Fair

33354097Title: Ellie Camps Under the Stars
Author: Ellie and Marci Fair
Published: Jan. 1, 2017
Publisher: Pacochel Press
Pages: 44
Children ages 4 on up
Review: Paperback provided by author
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Ellie the Elephant and Pudgy the Penguin have captivated readers in five previous books. The newest addition to the Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elephant series follows the friends as they go camping and explore nature.

Ellie and Pudgy have fun planning their camping trip in the mountains and solving problems once they get there. They set up a tent, go for a hike, play games, make s'mores, and look at the stars. During their trip, Ellie and Pudgy talk about the importance of having new experiences and being mindful of their surroundings.

Marci and Elle Fair have written a charming story for every child with a cherished stuffed animal. Thirteen-year-old Elle knows what children like to read in a story and has helped create an unforgettable new journey for Ellie and Pudgy.

Included in the back of the book is a guide to help parents teach their young readers about the importance of appreciating and conserving the environment. Eco-conscious families will appreciate gentle suggestions about reducing their environmental impact and enjoying nature.

Review: One To Ten Squirrel's Bad Day by Carole P. Roman

32827452Title: One To Ten Squirrel's Bad Day
Author: Carole P. Roman
Published: Nov. 22, 2016
Pages: 37
Genre: Children ages 4 on up
Review: paperback provided by author
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Squirrel is rushing along a tree limb when she trips, losing all her acorns into the rushing water of the river below. Angry and frustrated, she doesn't know what to do. Her good friend, Rabbit, lends both a sympathetic ear as well as a solution. Rather than get angry, Rabbit tells her, rate the problem on a scale of one-to-ten. By identifying and realizing the true importance of the issue, the issue may not seem so overwhelming. Adorable forest creatures help the sad squirrel put everything into perspective so he does not to get stuck in a rut over something that may not be a big deal after all.

NetGalley Review: Dream Big by Kat Kronenberg

30817596Title: Dream Big
Author: Kat Kronenberg
Published: Jan. 10, 2017
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group
Pages: 48
Genre: Children
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 




One by one, Caterpillar, Tadpole, and Flamingo gaze up at the night sky and wish upon a star for their wildest dreams. Baboon, who can’t help but overhear, insists these dreams could never come true. But when he sees Caterpillar turn into a winged butterfly, Tadpole into a dancing frog, and Flamingo into a beautiful pink bird, Baboon realizes that a transformative power exists between these stars and the animals once they truly believe in themselves and their dreams. When Baboon tries out this secret, CATCH-M, his Magical, Mystical, Wished-Upon Star, whooshes down from the heavens to wham! ignite the courage in his chest too, and what happens next is fantastic!
Inclusive of an Arts/Activities resource section, this richly illustrated book demonstrates that together we can all be inspired to identify and pursue our dreams, no matter how big or impossible they may seem. Dream Big is the perfect heart-warming gift of encouragement for anyone starting a new phase in their life or a great send-off for grads—preschool, high school, college, and beyond!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Review: Santa's First Vegan Christmas by Robin Raven

32885270Title: Santa's First Vegan Christmas
Author: Robin Raven
Published: June 27, 2016
Publisher: Vegan Publishers
Pages: 34
Genre: Children ages 4 on up
Review: ebook provided by author
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This year, experience the holidays with a story of love, peace, and compassion! Meet Dana, a forthright and fun-loving reindeer who lives in the Arctic. On Christmas Eve, she meets Santa Claus, who has come looking for reindeer to pull his sleigh. Dana gently opens Santa's eyes to how we can be more kind to animals. Together they take off on a journey around the world, spreading far more than holiday cheer and giving far more than presents. By the time the sun rises on Christmas Day, things will never be the same!

NetGalley Review: I Want That Love Tatsuya Miyanishi

Title: I Want That Love
Author: Tatsuya Miyanishi
Published: Nov. 20, 2016
Publisher: Museyon Inc.
Pages: 40
Genre: Children ages 4 on up
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and publisher
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Although Tyrannosaurus storms around saying that power is everything in the world, he realizes he is getting weaker with age. After his tail gets bitten in a run-in with Masiakasaurus, some young Triceratops nurse him back to health. Touched by their innocent hearts, Tyrannosaurus begins to feel love for these new friends–even though he might have eaten them under different circumstances! So when two Giganotosaurus attack the group, Tyrannosaurus fights them off, holding the children tightly to his body, and sacrificing himself in order to protect them from the Giganotosaurus. The third title in this acclaimed series, I Want That Love explains that love is far more important than power.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Cover Reveal: Bartholomew Buggins by Crystal Marco

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Title: Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings
Author: Crystal Marcos
Illustrator: Marie Marcos
Number of pages: 32
Recommended ages: 4+
Expected Release Date: April 2017


 A humorous Children's rhyming picture book by Award-winning author Crystal Marcos about a distinguished little zombie who just want to be your friend.

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 Award-winning author Crystal Marcos has been a storyteller her entire life. As the oldest of five children, she had to do a lot of entertaining. She lives on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State with her husband, daughter Kaylee, and toddler son Jaxon. Crystal is the author of Middle Grade Readers, BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale and HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE, Young Adult Novel, Novus (The Cresecren Chronicles, Book 1), and Children’s Picture Book, Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings.



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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Book Blast: Dream Horse Adventures Series by Susan Count



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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?



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Title: Selah's Sweet Dream (Dream Horse Adventure Book 2)
Author: Susan Count 
Genre: Children's Fiction 
Number of Pages: 198 
Publisher: Hastings Creations Group 
Release Date: December 15, 2015


 American Horse Publications - FIRST PLACE - Equine Fiction..... Feathered Quill - GOLD Award..... Readers Favorites - GOLD Award..... Twelve-Year-Old SELAH (Say-la) aspires to be an equestrian superstar. That would require a horse. HER DILEMMA: Grandpa wants nothing to do with horses. THEN: Selah sees buzzards circling the grasslands behind Grandpa’s farm. They are stalking a horse trapped in wire and Selah is its only hope. DANGEROUS: The horse is wild and defiant - jeopardizing Selah’s dreams. FOILED: The legal owner searched for the horse for two years and wants it back. BUT: Selah is confident that God will provide her heart’s desire. MEMORIES: Grandpa shows Selah a video, from long ago, of a phenomenal equestrian. Selah declares that she wants to be like her and Grandpa explains the rider was her grandmother. HOPE: A world renowned horse trainer offers to train SweetDream and Selah. FOILED AGAIN: Her parents could ruin everything unless Sweet Dream’s unruly behavior ruins it first. LOST: Selah’s opportunity to mirror the equestrian talent of her renowned grandmother evaporates when the horse causes mayhem at the trainer’s facility. NEVER GIVE UP: Will Selah gather her courage and face up to the trainer to save her aspirations?

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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!




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Monday, January 30, 2017

Review: Theft at the Fair and Other Stories (It's a Mystery) by Gita V. Reddy

18498493Title: Theft at the Fair and Other Stories (It's a Mystery)
Author: Gita V. Reddy
Published: Jan. 20, 2014
Pages: 60
Genre: Children ages 10 on up
Review: ebook provided by author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 


Age Group: 9-12
'The Theft and Other Stories', starts a new series, ' 'IT's A MYSTERY! As the name suggests, the books in this series will have short stories based on mysterious happening and of course, brilliant solutions.
This book has four stories.

Hitesh: Case 1 : The burglary has everyone puzzled. Hitesh, child prodigy, chess master, math whiz kid, says the thief came on a camel and used a ladder. The police Inspector finds this hard to believe but such is everyone faith in Hitesh that the inspector decides to question a group of camel drivers. What if Hitesh is wrong?
Shanta Tai Jasoos: An advertisement appears in all leading newspapers for the sale of Mr.Sarma's house but he does not want to sell his house! Obviously, a gang of criminals wants his house desperately. Shanta Tai, their maid of twelve years and the children, Dev and Deepa, decide to do something.
Theft at the Fair: Chitra and her cousins go to the fair and little Aarti, their two year old cousin, follows them.
Chitra is the oldest and it becomes her responsibility to take care of the younger ones. She does too, by keeping them together and keeping Aarti close. The fair is crowded and there are many sights like the Well of Death, the Hall of Mirrors, etc.
They return home and it is found that Aarti is missing an ornament. When she had followed them, she was decked up in all traditional finery for a family function. Chitra blames herself and feels the others do too. She is determined to find the thief for which she revisits the fair and its dangers too!
The Mother Goddess: A motherless boy, Jeevan, spends most of his time in the temple of Mother Saraswathi. To him the goddess is his friend and mother. So he is naturally devastated when the idol disappears from the shrine.He finds a clue that leads to the idol being recovered before it is smuggled out of the country, to be sold as an antique.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Children's Review: Super-Duper Monty by Gita V. Reddy, Abira Das (Illustrator)

29918857Title: Super-Duper Monty
Author: Gita V. Reddy
Illustrator: Abira Das
Published: May 13, 2016
Pages: 37
Genre: Children ages 4 on up
Review: ebook provided by author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 


Monty lives in a pond with his family and friends. He loves to hop, leap, and jump. Everyone calls him Leapfrog. One day, Monty takes a long leap and lands on the road, and into trouble.
Super-Duper Monty is a delightful book for kids. The story and the bright, colorful pictures will engage their attention, while gently giving valuable lessons about how they should treat other creatures, and the importance of natural habitat. The text is on the same page as the illustration, making it easy to read, and more enjoyable for kids.

Review: The Adventures of Zoe Flynn and Alex Everhart: The Disappearing River by David Mittan, Gail Mittan

33010764Title: The Adventures of Zoe Flynn and Alex Everhart The Disappearing River
Authors: David Mittan and Gail Mittan
Published: Oct. 1, 2016
Publisher: MakeThinkers
Pages: 81
Genre: Children ages 9 on up
Review: ebook provided by author
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The MakeThinkers. Team - an MIT graduate with two children, and his mom, a highly experienced, elementary school teacher - created this adventure story with fun challenges to help your children unlock their natural creativity & powerful critical thinking skills.

Each chapter takes less than 15 minutes to complete. It's perfect for parents to read to their children at bedtime, or for older children to read on their own.

Zoe Flynn and Alex Everhart live on Harriet street, in a quiet town near NYC. They are best friends and enthusiastic adventurers. When they find a magnificent, golden colored wooden box in the attic, their lives change forever! Inside the box are the Enchanted Sweaks of Yellowfield which take them on a fantastic journey into hidden lands with magical creatures right here in our world!

Read ten exciting adventures and solve the fun challenges at the end of each chapter to help Zoe & Alex find the disappearing river!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review: Zealy and Whubba Go Fishing (The Adventures of Zealy and Whubba #3) by Roe DePinto

30847425Title: Zealy and Whubba Go Fishing
Author: Roe DePinto
Published: June 27, 2016
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Pages: 50
Genre: Children ages 4 on up
Review: Paperback given by author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk



This third edition of the Zealy and Whubba first series spotlights on Zealy's ability to catch fish which is one of the most important facets of survival for any marine mammal. Eating fish is their lifesource. It is a skill that almost comes naturally to sea animals yet follows the process of a parent training their young, teaching them to grow and endure life's lessons. So, along with Whubba's help and her daddy's teaching, Zealy becomes a wonderful fisherman! Throughout this learning process, Zealy grows closer to Whubba, enjoying his sharing and caring and watchful eye, protecting Zealy as they play and have the greatest fun in the sun. Zealy loves every minute and looks forward to a new day with her sweetest friend, Whubba, when she can learn something else new in her brand new world of surprises! Enjoy these two precious characters and watch your little ones smile as they relate to the love and special caring that Zealy and Whubba portray in their everyday life- growing together, side by side. Follow their escapades through The Adventures of Zealy and Whubba, Series 1, with much more to come!