Friday, April 6, 2018

Blog Tour: Snickety Dickety Doo by Danica-Lea Larcombe


SNICKETY DICKETY DOO by Danica-Lea Larcombe, Children's Fiction, 90 pp., $9.61 (Paperback) 


Title: SNICKETY DICKETY DOO
Author: Danica-Lea Larcombe
Publisher: Blurb
Pages: 90
Genre: Children’s Fiction
George, Fiona and Marni find a tin of bubbles, not just any ordinary bubbles but planets. The planets shrink the children and take them to faraway lands. The children have many exciting adventures and try not to let their secret be discovered.  They learn about different cultures, currencies and languages, and are inspired at school.

In Series Two, George, Marni and Fiona continue their adventures around the world in the planet bubbles. They narrowly escape being killed by some monks in Turkey, find a little companion in Paris and visit royalty in Monaco.

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It wasn’t just a small piece of tin.  Curiosity got the better of her and Marni decided she better keep digging around.  She could see the edges now and it looked like it was a tin box of some sort.  Marni suddenly forgot about her wish and dug frantically to get the box out.  It was quite a light box of about medium size.  It was not painted and there was no writing on it. 
“What on earth could be in it?” Marni wondered.
It had a small padlock but this was rusted and broke off easily.  She opened the lid carefully to find nine individually wrapped balls, or so she thought.  She unwrapped one of the balls to find it was not a ball.  In her hand it shone like a bubble, and was soft and tender to touch.  It had little feet and hands and was the colour of the sun.

 “Oh my”, Marni whispered, “It has got a face!” 
The bubble’s eyes were closed and the mouth still.  On the other side it had the shape of a door, but there was no door handle.  How odd.
Marni looked at her watch quickly. It was six o’clock which was tea time and her parents would be calling her any minute.  She hastily re-wrapped the ball and closed the tin.  She put her secret wish down the hole and filled it up with the dark brown coloured soil. 
Somehow Marni made it back inside the house and into her bedroom without anyone seeing the box.  She could not wait to show it to George and Fiona but it would have to wait until after tea.  Her hands and knees were filthy dirty now, and her father questioned her. 
“What have you been doing? You look like a gypsy”. 
“Oh, just helping Fiona in the garden” Marni lied. 
Dinner was always a silent occasion in the Dimond household, and you got your knuckles rapped if you spoke.  Which Fiona did quite often. 
Marni wished tea time would hurry up and finish but she had to wait for the compulsory pudding first.  It would either be apple crumble or apple strudel with ice-cream.  Her mother baked wonderfully, but never seemed to want to try new recipes.  Now they were all allowed to leave the table because everyone had finished but the dishes still had to be dried and put away after her mother had washed them.  It was the height of the summer and daylight savings time meant that sunset would not be until about 8.30pm.
“George, Fiona, come into my room.  I have something to show you” Marni said.  “Quickly then” grumbled George.  “I want to finish my hut”. 
“Ooh what is it?” asked Fiona. 



Danica-Lea Larcombe has a B.Sc (Environmental Health), a Grad.Dip in Education and has taken courses in Journalism, Travel Writing, and Photography. She is currently undertaking a thesis in Biodiversity and Human Health, and lives with her Japanese Spitz Bella.
                                                                                       

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Book Feature: The ABCs of Living Green by Theresa A. McKeown





THE ABCS OF LIVING GREEN by Theresa A. McKeown, Picture Book/Tweens, 56 pp., $17.95 (Hardback) 


Title: THE ABCS OF LIVING GREEN
Author: Theresa A McKeown
Publisher: The ABCs of Everything, LLC
Pages: 56
Genre: Picture/poetry book for children and tweens

“The ABCs of Living Green” completes the ABC trilogy of picture books focused on raising happy, healthy, conscious children in body, mind and spirit. Written from the voice of Mother Earth, every letter of the alphabet and corresponding word gives readers a multitude of fun ways to be mindful not only of the planet we all share, but of the people with whom we share it. A book that focuses on the beauty and fulfillment of stepping up and doing our part in taking care of the environment and each other, “The ABCs of Living Green” is truly a book for the enlightened child of the 21st century.

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Theresa McKeown spent over two decades in the entertainment arena before embracing her true passion of writing children’s books. After producing hundreds of hours of television for a host of cable and network outlets, Theresa is now on the path of what she considers her highest calling.
Theresa and her sisters have created “The ABC’s of Everything, LLC”, a family endeavor solely focused on publishing several series of children’s books, digital content, and educational curriculums.  All will be written and produced with an awareness of the true possibilities that children of the 21st century can realize.

As an author, Theresa is dedicated to estimating rather than underestimating the wisdom of children. Her philosophy is that kids are fully adept at understanding nuance and meaning and it’s not necessary to talk down to them.  She is dedicated to creating a new paradigm in the children’s book world by introducing work that fully embraces the insightfulness, perception and unlimited intellectual potential of today’s youth.

Her books are meant to plant the seeds of education and awareness early in a child’s development, knowing full well that children will ultimately blossom into the best versions of who they are meant to be.

In her role as producer, Theresa traveled worldwide, filming from locations as diverse as the White House, NORAD, the Pentagon, FBI headquarters, maximum-security prisons and from the top of the World Trade Center.  Along the way she “tail-hooked” onto an aircraft carrier in the Pacific, yachted through South America with jet setters and chased bad guys with the LAPD in a helicopter.  She survived both OJ Simpson trials, shot live from heart of the LA Riots and drove through a wall of flames during the Laguna fires.  Yet, with a background like this, building a community to celebrate children promises to be the most exciting adventure of all.

As George Elliot once said, “It’s never too late to become who you might have been”.
…Words this author has taken to heart.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Blog Tour: Biker Frog Series by C. Kindler






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         I have lived in Wisconsin for 23 years. I was born and raised in Arlington Hts., Illinois. I am a single mother of three children. I spent most of my life working and caring for my children. After, the youngest one graduated from school, I gave thought to writing a book. I was always told that I had a wild imagination, so, I decided to put it to good use. I absolutely love to read, and surround myself with books. I especially love to read adventure thrillers.
C. Kindler has authored three children’s books, The Adventures of Biker Frog and Lady White Bear: New Beginnings, The Adventures of Biker Frog and Lady White Bear: The Hermit and The Adventures of Biker Frog and Lady White Bear: Revenge of the Widow. Books 1 and 2 each won second place in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards.




When Biker Frog rides up to the pond he calls home on his self-built solar-powered motorcycle, he has no idea that his life is about to change forever. After showing the motorcycle off to his friends at the pond, he takes off on a new journey. Shortly, into the journey, he sees a magnificent, black deer with glistening gold antlers and hooves blocking the road. He serves to miss the deer causing him to lose control and crash. When he wakes up, he finds himself in a magical land of different times. There he meets the brave Lady White Bear, who has mistaken him for a powerful warrior. His motorcycle is believed to be a magical beast created by a spell. Soon, Biker Frog will find himself in the adventures of a lifetime, along with Lady White Bear. There is magic, danger, and new adventures throughout the land, and the two will gather friends from all parts of the land.
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Biker Frog is happy about his decision to stay at the castle. He and his solar-powered motorcycle, the Beast, are ready to help Lady White Bear in any way they can. As a royal knight, it is Biker Frog’s duty. As Lady White Bear’s friend, it is an honor to help.

Despite the peace in the land, Biker Frog and Lady White Bear stumble upon a big mystery when they find King Tae captured in a web in the Crooked Tree Forest. Samoen, a fifteen-foot-tall black widow spider, has imprisoned him. To stop Samoen’s rampage and save the kingdom, Biker Frog and Lady White Bear will have to find a sorceress and raise an army!

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Biker Frog is a long way from his old frog pond. In his previous adventures, he has traveled to the land of Notellis and met the brave Lady White Bear and her father, King Dannis. Biker Frog and Lady White Bear have saved Notellis twice from danger and disaster. Their latest adventure will take them out of Castle Bearmor and into the Witchlok Mountains.

Biker Frog, now Sir Biker Frog, thanks to King Dannis, has taken Lady White Bear and their friends Gomer and Henry to shop in a local village. It is there that they first hear the legend of a mysterious hermit. It immediately captures Lady White Bear’s imagination, and she insists that the group venture into the mountains to find the hermit’s cave.

Biker Frog realizes that Lady White Bear wants to trick King Dannis so he won’t worry about her. He reluctantly goes along with the plan, but both will find out that their quest is a lot more dangerous than they had imagined. Will the four friends get out of the mountains alive, or will the hermit prove to be too strong a foe?

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Fluffy Friends Forever by Curran Geist and Meghan Traynor

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Title: Fluffy Friends Forever
Authors: Curran Geist and Meghan Traynor
Published: June 2, 2014
Publisher: Self
Pages: 45
Genre: Ages 5 on up (but you need to read to younger kids)




Bobo is just your average Chihuahua. She has a blast eating treats, cuddling with her owners, and playing with toys. Unfortunately, this little Chihuahua has a problem. She has a sister named Lupe, who also likes all of Bobo's favorite things.

And Bobo doesn't like to share.

In this heart-warming adventure, Bobo must learn the values of friendship and giving. The bond between these two fluffy sisters is put to the test when they both want the same toy. When barks turn to tears, how will Bobo and Lupe find their way back to each other?

This adventure (based on a true story) unfolds in beautiful color photography. It is a tale for the small and big, young and old, fluffy and a little less fluffy, and for the kid in all of us.

Hooray for Mommy by Beatrice Masini

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Title: Hooray for Mommy!
Author: Beatrice Masini
Publisher: XIST Publishing
Pages: 22
Published: Jan. 15, 2018
Genre: Children ages 2 to 5
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and publisher
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 





Three Cheers for Mommy!
Celebrate moms in this beautiful book from Beatrice Masini and Guilia Zaffaroni! In this sweet story narrated by a young girl, the child shares everything she loves about her mom. Even though her mom is not perfect like some moms, living with her is an adventure. With funny observations and heartfelt realizations, Hooray for Mommy is a celebration of moms everywhere.
Perfect as a Mother's Day story time selection, this book is a heartwarming addition to any collection.
Part of the Hooray for Family series, this book was originally published in Italy. Featuring charming insights about Mommies, Daddies, Grandmas and Grandpas, each of the Hooray for Family books celebrates families in a delightful way.
Xist Publishing is proud to present the Hooray for Family books in their first English publication editions. By bringing beloved stories from diverse cultures to new audiences, Xist Publishing celebrates childhood in all its beautiful forms. We hope your children will enjoy these stories and discover a lifetime love of reading and love for all the people and creatures of the world.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

The Dogs by Allan Stratton

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Title: The Dogs
Author: Allan Stratton
Published: Sept. 2, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 272
Genre: Middle Grade/Ghost
Review: library book
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 




Out of the corner of my eye, I catch something moving by the barn.
When I look, it disappears. Wait. There it is again, at the cornfield.

Some movement, some thing.

Mom and I have been on the run for years. Every time he catches up with us, we move to a new place and start over.
But this place is different.
This place is full of secrets. And they won't leave me alone.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

A Song of Four Seasons by Helen H. Wu

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Title: A Song of Four Seasons
Author: Helen H. Wu
Publisher: Self
Published: Dec. 28, 2017
Pages: 21
Review: ebook
Genre: children ages 5 on up
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 





Four teddies take young readers throughout the year. Each season brings new surprises and happiness. The charming illustrations are the perfect complement to this dynamic and singable story to the wonders of the seasons.

A Firefly Tale (Fun Rhyming Children's Books) by Lily Lexington

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Title: A Firefly Tale 
Author: Lily Lexington
Published: Aug. 19, 2012
Publisher: Self
Pages: 24
Review: ebook
Genre: Children ages 5 on up
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Maisy the firefly has a job to do each summer. One warm summer's day at dusk she finds a new girl to play with. Without warning she is captured by the girl and put in a jar to be her friend forever. What will Maisy do and how will she ever escape?
The story ends with a great lesson about friendship and respect that all parents will resonate with.
- Beautiful, color illustrations that will captivate your young child.
- Rhyming lines help engage your child and sustain interest

Thursday, January 4, 2018

If You Were Me and Lived in...the Ancient Mali Empire (If You Were Me and Lived) by Carole P. Roman

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Title: If You Were Me and Lived in....the Ancient Mali Empire
Author: Carole P. Roman
Published: June 7, 2017
Pages: 80
Genre: Children ages 8 on up
Review: paperback from author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 





Join Carole P. Roman as she travels back in time to visit the exciting Ancient Empire of Mali in Africa during the 1300s. Learn about the varied customs and cultures. Travel to the past to discover what you would eat and do for fun. See the land and its rich history through the eyes of a youngster like you. Don't forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair time traveler.