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Book Spotlight/Giveaway: The Boy Who Could See: The Golden Seal. Ends Nov 7th


The Boy Who Could See

CALE THORNSBE – The Boy Who Could See: The Golden Seal

Cale Thornsbe had always known he was adopted under the most mysterious circumstances. Although he loved his new parents very much, he treasured the only link he ever had to his true identity – a blurred out golden seal. Throughout his childhood he was teased for his unusual accent, snow white hair and thick glasses only to find out what they really meant as his thirteenth birthday approached. He was the last seer of two worlds and the only barrier left to keep the evil King Etmus from taking over this world by force as he had done in his own. From the tallest invisible bull to the smallest forest pixie, Cale must learn who he can trust as his senses and visions heighten. His lovable and completely clueless parents are kidnapped, but who really has them? Cale Thornsbe has no choice but to find the answers as the seal begins to reveal itself and the journey never taken is brought to his doorstep.

 

Click on the link to read a samplehttp://www.booksbycassie.com/Cale_Thornsbe.html

 

Series: Chronicles of the Last Seer

Cost: Paperback $6.29
Paperback: 148 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (September 9, 2014)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1500956783

ISBN-13: 978-1500956783

 

 

 

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About the Author: Born in Alton, Illinois in 1973, Cassie Williams began writing over ten years ago and enjoys creating stories in different genres. Her first novel, RETURN TO PINE STREET: Renee Walker’s Haunting, is based on a haunted house she lived in when she was in Junior High. Although the concept of the book is made up – her returning to the house during hypnosis – it was her fear as an adult of moving into another haunted house that gave her the idea to write the book. Cassie enjoys spending time with her three grown children and two grandchildren. She looks forward to penning the many ideas in her head and hopes that each of you will find something in her stories. “My goal is to make the reader feel something… anything. If they haven’t, then I haven’t done my job.”  http://www.booksbycassie.com/

 

 

 

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October 20, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , | 6 Comments

Book Review: Oddrey Joins the Team


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Oddrey Joins the Team Written and illustrated by Dave Whamondr

About the Book: Oddrey’s back for a third adventure, this time bringing her exuberant spirit to the soccer field. Maybelline encourages Oddrey to join the school team, the Piccadilla Bees, and it’s not long until their big game against the Quagville Crushers. The Bees struggle to find their stride, but Oddrey is convinced she has a solution. True to form, she thinks that if her teammates bring their own individual talents — dancing, karate-kicking, and cartwheeling — to bear on the problem, they may just have a shot!

 

My Review: Oddrey loves to play sports. She likes to come up with ways to enjoy the games, like balancing on a ball while spinning another with one finger. Her friend Maybelline asked her to take part in their school soccer team against Quagville Crushers, but how can she when she plays soccer differently than the other kids. At practice, Oddrey showed the kids style of playing soccer. What an interesting technique said the coach. Now Oddrey must come up with a plan to defeat the other team. Will her plan work?

Every kid will enjoy reading this book as it’s full of fun and good ideas on how to make up your own game. The illustration by the author helps bring the characters to life with bold and bright colors. A fun read for every kid’s class.

 
Age Range: 4 – 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Owlkids Books (August 12, 2014)

 

 
FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Owl Kids Books in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

 

 

 

About the Author Dave Whamond is the award-winning author of My Think-a-ma-Jink and a regular contributor to chickaDEE and OWL magazines. He also has a syndicated cartoon strip called “Reality Check,” which appears daily in a number of North American newspapers. He lives in Calgary.

October 19, 2014 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Spotlight/Giveaway: Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer. Ends Nov 5th


Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer

 

Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer by Ali Maier

 

A sister and brother, forced to write in the summer, and share ONE journal? Ugh.

This is exactly what happens to 10-year-old twins Maggie and Max Pruitt. When Mom comes up with a plan for them to keep a summer journal, Maggie and Max can’t believe it. Worse yet, they have to share!

Through their writing, Maggie and Max find out they have very different (and hilarious) views about growing up, family and life – a conclusion they only discovered because, as Max and Maggie say, “Mom Made Us Write This.”

Positive, creative and fun for classrooms and families! -Mrs. Jane Jagielo, 4th Grade Teacher. http://mommadeuswritethis.com/

 

Series: Max and Maggie Journal
Paperback: 208 pages

Publisher: Erie Island Media; 1st edition (October 15, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0989375501

ISBN-13: 978-0989375504

Cost $8.75 @amazon.com

 

 

 

AliAbout the Author

Max & Maggie creator Ali Maier knows a great story. As an avid volunteer, hands-on mom and former teacher, Ali has spent years working with children, experiencing their life stories and crafting her own.

Ali grew up in Pennsylvania with her parents and an older sister. Separated by only 17 months, Ali and her sister experienced many of the same events, teachers and friends, as well as all of the fun and challenges that come with sibling relationships.

Today, Ali and her husband have two children who are close in age and share the same kind of close relationship (and the same kind of challenges!).

The most important part of Ali’s life is her family. She is blessed with a loving husband, children, parents and extended family that are a constant source of love and laughter.

Mom Made Us Write This shows a unique and funny understanding of the loving (and not-so-loving) relationship between close siblings and their family. http://mommadeuswritethis.com/about/

 

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October 17, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Book/Author Spotlight – Giveaway: The Misshapes: The Coming Storm. Ends Oct 30th


The Misshapes

Polis Books  features The Misshapes (The Coming Storm) by Alex Flynn

Some people have powers.
Some people do not.
And some people just might change the world.
Sarah Robertson is one of those people.

Doolittle Falls is no ordinary town, and fifteen-year-old Sarah Robertson is no ordinary girl – she can control the weather with her emotions. But in Doolittle Falls, where superheroes walk the streets (and fly over them), Sarah’s third-rate powers aren’t enough to secure her a spot in the prestigious Hero Academy, not to mention the fact that her recently vanished mother has become the town’s most notorious Supervillain and the archnemesis of America’s favorite Hero, Freedom Man. Instead of acceptance to the school of her dreams, Sarah is marked as an outcast with powers – a Misshape.

Sarah is stuck at public school, with a ragtag group of fellow Misshapes and the happily ordinary Normals. Determined to fly under the radar, Sarah’s forced into a special class for Misshapes, where she meets other people with odd powers: a kid who shoots paintballs out his eyes, a girl who can talk to the animals (the squirrels never have much to say), and a boy who is followed around by backup-singer ghosts, The Spectors (like all girl groups, they are obsessed with the postman).

Despite this setback, Sarah is determined to take charge of her powers and win a place at Hero Academy with the rest of the superhero elite. Yet the path to Hero greatness doesn’t exactly run smoothly. Her brother’s recent rebellious streak is starting to wear thin, she has an intriguing (and smoking hot) new mentor, and an unexpected romance blooms with the Romeo to her Juliet, Hero dreamboat, Freedom Boy. Sarah is ecstatic when a mysterious figure offers to fulfill Sarah’s dreams of joining the Hero Academy, until she learns he has been stoking anti-Misshape sentiment in the town that endangers everyone she cares about. When Doolittle Falls comes under threat of annihilation, Sarah will learn just how powerful she’s forced to choose between her friends and the destiny she’s always wanted.

And she may just kick some Supervillain butt in the process.

Read on for an excerpt from THE MISSHAPES:

PROLOGUE

I don’t remember how old I was the first time I saw a man fly. I was very small; I remember that much. My arms were tightly locked around my dad’s neck. He was giving me a piggyback ride through our perfectly ordinary town center.

It was a crisp and cold fall day. Our heads craned upward as we tried to name the various clouds in the sky, giving them shapes, personalities, and identities. Mom still lived with us. I didn’t know about her abilities yet.

I can remember pointing to one cloud and told Dad it looked like my teddy bear Winston. Dad tried to say something in return but the sound of an airplane drowned him out. Or so I thought. A gust of wind plastered my shirt to my small body. I felt my head rip forward as something brushed against it.A man. He was in the air, just clearing the tops of people’s heads. His feet pointed behind him like an Olympic diver and his arms pointed forward, ending at balled fists.

He was headed straight toward Old Mrs. Galloway. The old woman shuffled slowly down the sidewalk, juggling her grocery bags, a cane, and an enormous purse. She wobbled like a top that was ready to fall over.

A loud baritone bellow of “Never fear!” came from the flying man.

I screamed.  To read more click on the link http://www.polisbooks.com/books/the-misshapes/

Age Range: 10 and up
Grade Level: 4 and up
Series: The Coming Storm
Hardcover: 304 pages

Cost $12.96 @ amazon.com

Publisher: Polis Books (October 7, 2014)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1940610311

ISBN-13: 978-1940610313

 

Author

About the Author: Alex Flynn is the pseudonym for the writing team of Stuart Sherman and Elisabeth Donnelly. They met at a clandestine book club in Boston, where they broke into a fortified tower in order to discuss literature. They like garrulous Irish writers, Pushing Daisies, Axe Cop, and anything involving The Tick. Their secret lair is currently in a hollowed-out volcano in Brooklyn. In addition to co-writing The Misshapes, Donnelly is a cultural journalist who has written for the The New York Times Magazine, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Paris Review Daily, GQ and many others. She is currently an editor at Flavorwire. Sherman is a bioethicist, health policy analyst and a former contestant on the game show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”

Visit Alex Flynn at http://www.themisshapes.net or follow on Twitter at @The_Misshapes.

About Polis Books

Polis Books is an independent book publisher aiming to deliver all the service and professionalism of a trade publishing house, with the innovation and speed necessary to thrive in a rapidly-changing book market.

Using our knowledge of the ever-changing marketplace, marketing and social media, as well as a deep respect for the communities that love and appreciate commercial fiction, Polis Books aims to introduce readers to brand new voices, as well as reinvigorate the careers of talented authors who deserve a wider readership. We will be publishing a mixture of new and previously published books from contemporary writers across all platforms, retailers and e-retailers. We publish books in both print and digital, evaluating each potential acquisition to determine its appropriate publication format. We publish print originals, reissues, and digital originals and reissues. Our goal, upon acquisition of a digital original, is to have our books available wherever ebooks are sold within just a few months, slashing the traditional model which can take upwards of two years. With print, we position our books to maximize distribution potential across all outlets and retailers.  http://www.polisbooks.com/about/

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Giveaway Ends October 30th, 2014

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October 16, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop. Ends October 31st


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Welcome to Spooktacular Giveaway Hop October 15th – 31st

Hosted by I am a reader, not a writer

There will be 1 winner for this Hop USA ONLY

Prize Pack is 2 Children’s books

The Zombie Chasers

The Zombie Chasers #5

Galaxys

Galaxy’s Most Wanted by John Kloepfer

Case File 13 #2 Making the Team

Case File: Making the Team

Case File 13 #3 Evil Twins

Case File: Evil Twins

Select 2 Books from the list above

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Giveaway Ends October 31st

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This giveaway close at midnight on October 31st and the winner will be selected at random.org and post Nov 1st  2014.

October 14, 2014 Posted by | Free Giveaways, Giveaway Hops | , , , , , | 26 Comments

Author/ Book Spotlight: Case File 13 series #2 & 3 by J. Scott Savage


Case File 13 #2 Making the Team

 

Case File 13 #2: Making the Team by J Scott Savage

About the Book: With thrills, chills, and laughs on every page, plus a boy-girl rivalry that will leave you in stitches, this is one frighteningly funny book you don’t want to miss. In this second book in a middle grade series that’s “sure to please young readers looking for a thrill” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), three monster-obsessed friends must take on a mad scientist who is literally stitching together a Frankenstein-esque football team.

Nick, Carter, and Angelo are back to monster business as usual. They’re even filming a monster movie for a school project on Building a Brighter Tomorrow. (There’s a connection there somewhere, they swear.) But when a new private school arrives in town boasting a football team that’s inhumanly good, the boys start to suspect they may have a real monster mystery on their hands. And what’s worse, they may need help from their girl rivals, Angie, Tiffany, and Dana, to get to the bottom of it.

Jacket Copy

You hold in your hands a most frightening file.

Through extensive research and firsthand accounts, I have compiled everything you need to know about case file 13. In this book, you will find the next grisly adventure of three boys whose monster knowledge led them down a path so dark, so dangerous—

Excuse me, aren’t you forgetting about the three girls who knew way more about monsters?

Get real, Angie. It’s not his fault you girls are so forgettable.

No fighting! You all showed bravery in the face of ghosts, grave robbers, and even mad scientists in this volume alone, and that proves you’re all extraordinary.

It’s just that the boys are more extraordinary.

Nick!

Are we quite finished? Now, let’s see, where was I . . .

You hold in your hands a most frightening file, chronicling the adventures of three awesome boys whose superio monster knowledge made them way cooler than the girls. This is the second volume. Read on if you dare. . . . http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062133311/case-file-13-2-making-the-team

 

 

Case File 13 #3 Evil Twins

 

Case File 13 #3: Evil Twins by J Scott Savage

About the Book: With thrills, chills, and laughs on every page, this gruesomely funny book will leave you seeing double!

In this third book in the acclaimed middle grade series that is “sure to please young readers looking for a thrill” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), three monster-obsessed friends accidentally unleash an army of evil twins onto their hometown.

Nick, Carter, and Angelo have defeated the Zombie King, taken down a mad scientist, and, toughest of all, even learned to cooperate with their monster-loving girl rivals. But when the three friends head on a camping trip with Nick’s parents, a fateful hike in the woods leads the boys to a creature that can change its shape at will and even mimic the boys’ voices. Carter sneaks the little guy into his backpack and takes him home, and so the trouble begins. And in this frighteningly funny adventure, trouble always comes in twos. . . .

Starring a trio of characters young readers will want for their own best friends, it’s easy to see why School Library Journal raves about this series’ “blend of mystery, realistic fiction, action, and humor will appeal to a wide variety of readers.”

 

Jacket Copy

You hold in your hands a very creepy chronicle.

I have solved countless clues and numerous riddles, all to bring you the answers you seek regarding case number 13. Now, in this file, you will find the next chilling chapter in the adventures of Nick, Carter, and Angelo, three monster-obsessed boys whose trip into the woods turned so ghastly, so foul—

Hold up, Mr. B! We don’t want to scare them away. I thought the camping trip was pretty rad, all in all.

But Nick, aren’t you forgetting about the Sasquatch footprints, the lost homunculus, and—scariest of all—the Evil Twins themselves?

Nick? Who’s Nick? Oh, right, that’s me. . . . I’m not a doppelgänger of Nick at all, I swear.

Uh-oh. Tell you what, “Nick,” you stay right here, and I’ll be right back.

No problem . . .

You hold in your hands a very excellent chronicle, following the adventures of three unsuspecting boys whose trip into the woods turned out just like we planned. This is the third volume. Read on if you dare. . . . http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062133373/case-file-13-3-evil-twins

 

Illustration by Doug Holgate

Pages: 272

List Price: 14.99 USD

Ages: 8 to 12

 

J Scott Savage

 

Bio: Recently, J. Scott Savage took his family on a much-needed camping trip to an undisclosed forest. The trip must have been restful because he is now getting twice as much done. In an odd twist, he also now claims to have eight children: Good Erica, Evil Erica, Good Scott, Evil Scott, Good Jake, Evil Jake, Good Nick, and Evil Nick. His wife, Jennifer, was recently spotted at Disney World and Disneyland on the same day. And Pepper barks twice as much. This is the third volume in his Case File 13 series.

 

October 13, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Spotlight: Galazy’s Most Wanted by John Kloepfer


Galaxys

Galaxy’s Most Wanted by John Kloepfer and illustrated by Nick Edwards

Aliens Attack! When science camp buddies Kevin, Warner, Tara, and TJ summon alien life to earth, they quickly find out that not all extraterrestrials come in peace. Can they stop an alien takeover and save the world in time to win the Invention Convention? John Kloepfer, author of the popular Zombie Chasers books, has done it again. Galaxy’s Most Wanted is full of sidesplitting descriptions; a fast-paced, silly plot; a cast of diverse and endearing characters; and a slew of creepy-crawly aliens oozing off the page. With out-of-this-world black-and-white illustrations by Nick Edwards throughout, the first book in this new series is going to blast off! Meet the Characters: Kevin: Science genius. Physics, biology, chemistry, you name it, Kevin can do it. He’s the brains of the operation, leader of the crew. Warner Reed: Kevin’s best friend and resident cool dude. He’s the guy to see if you’ve got a 2 a.m. junk food craving—but you’ll pay top dollar for his top secret stash. Tara Swift: Not only is Tara supersmart and great at building things out of next to nothing, she’s also in an all-girl punk band and the best drummer in the universe. (It’s true—just ask her.) TJ Boyd: Computer problems? He’s your man. TJ’s a regular computer-programming prodigy. He’s not much of a talker, though. Word around the campfire is that he damaged his voice box in a botched robotics experiment.

 

Greetings, Earthlings!

I am Min.

When Kevin Brewer and his science-camp buddies Warner, Tara, and TJ accomplish the impossible—summoning ALIEN LIFE to Earth!—they think it’s going to be all fun and games. And at first, it is. Their new Martian friend, Mim, has all sorts of awesome, otherworldly gadgets, and Kevin and his pals are having a blast.

But Kevin quickly finds out that not all extraterrestrials come in peace. A gang of interstellar predators is on a mission to capture Mim and destroy anyone in its path! Yet Kevin is not about to let his greatest scientific discovery be taken away that easily. Putting their planet-sized brains together, Kevin, Warner, Tara, and TJ must plot a way to stop the alien invasion and kick those intergalactic enemies out of this world! http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062231017/galaxys-most-wanted

 

 

My Review: Greetings Earthlings! Fun book for kids that love to read all about aliens.

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book HarperCollins Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

 

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Galaxy's Most Wanted

Galaxy's Most Wanted

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Pages: 224

List Price: 12.99 USD

Ages: 8 to 12

 

October 8, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: The Zombie Chasers. Nothing Left to OOZE!


The Zombie Chasers

The Zombie Chasers #5: Nothing Left to Ooze by John Kloepfer

 

About the Book: The living dead are back and they mean business in Nothing Left to Ooze, book five of John Kloepfer’s sidesplitting Zombie Chasers tween series, with illustrations by David DeGrand. Loaded with middle school shenanigans, fast-paced adventure, hilarious black-and-white drawings throughout, and—of course—a slew of brain-gobbling ghouls, The Zombie Chasers #5: Nothing Left to Ooze is the perfect pick for fans of the series and zombie aficionados everywhere!

After the original antidote wears off and millions of Americans suddenly rezombify, Zack Clarke and his crew of Zombie Chasers are on a mission to find a lasting cure. But to stop the undead for good, they’ll have to track down a brand-new Zombie Chaser first!

Hitting the road again, the Zombie Chasers set out on a zany international expedition where they’ll have to plow through abominable snow zombies on the Niagara River and outrun slime-drooling thrill-seekers at the biggest and best amusement park in the country! With rotting fairy-tale princesses and half-dead vacationers, it’s not just the Tilt-a-Whirl that will make them woozy. Can the Zombie Chasers end this carnival of frights before it’s too late? http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062230980/the-zombie-chasers-5-nothing-left-to-ooze

Pages: 224

List Price: 16.99 USD

Ages: 8 to 12

 

My Review: If your kids love reading zombie books then they will find ‘The Zombie Chasers’ fun to read. In book #5, Zack and his friends comes up with a plan to defeat the living dead for good, but first they have to track down a brand new Zombie Chase to get the job done. But first they will have to survive long enough to come up with a solution on how to stop the humans from being zombies. Illustrations by David DeGrand are funny looking and helps tell the story.

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book HarperCollins Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

 

 

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Biography

John Kloepfer began his writing career at five years old with a one-sentence short story: “And then one day the monsters came.” He lives in New York City, where he is preparing for a massive zombie invasion.

October 7, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review:Winter’s Coming. A Story of Seasonal Change.


Winter's Coming

Winter’s Coming: A Story of Seasonal Change. By Jan Thornhill and Illustrated by Josee Bisaillon.

Lily, a young snowshoe hare, is surprised to notice the leaves changing color in her forest home. She hears from a passing flock of birds that “Winter’s coming.” Lily doesn’t know who or what winter is, but it must be frightening. Why else would the birds be escaping south? And it must have an enormous appetite. Why else would the squirrel be hiding his food? And why would the caterpillar curl up and freeze as solid as an acorn? As Lily learns the ways in which her forest friends prepare for winter’s arrival, she becomes more and more worried about what she should be doing. Finally, the brown bear points out that Lily has been preparing without even knowing it: her fur is thickening and turning white to help her camouflage in the changing weather. This fascinating story introduces the ways in which different animals adapt to survive winter and is complemented by illustrations in a mix of collage, drawing, and digital montage. https://store.owlkids.com/store/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=514

 

 

Ages: 5-8

Pages: 32

 

 

My Review: Lily is barely 6 months old and has only notice green on the trees. So when the color of the leaves started to change it came as a surprised to her. She notice the animal where busy doing one thing or the other. Why are the birds getting ready to fly south, the squirrels drying mushroom, the turtles burying themselves in the mud at the bottom of the creek and many more.

They all told her that Winter is coming. To Lily, Winter sounds mysterious to her as she knew about danger but she hasn’t heard of Winter. Should she be running away from Winter? Then Lily met a bear who explained what Winter was all about.

This is a great book for lovers of animals. Learn about the animal and their environment Facts from the book. Read about how animals prepare for Winter. The illustrations by Josee Bisailon help to bring the story to life. I highly recommend this book for school libraries.

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Owl Kids publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

 

 

 

Jan Thornhill

About the Author: I was born in 1955 in Sudbury, but spent most of my childhood in southern Ontario where, encouraged by my artist mother and engineer/inventor father, I developed a life-long passion for both art and the natural world. I spent a lot of time exploring the fields, woods, ponds, and streams near where I lived, and was an avid collector of things I found. I brought home all kinds of treasures – skulls and fossils, bird feathers and empty nests, insects, snake skins, fallen leaves. Eventually I labeled everything and made a museum in the basement. I thought I’d get rich by charging a 5¢ entry fee…but my mum was the only one who paid! http://www.janthornhill.com/biography.html

 

 

October 6, 2014 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review/Giveaway: The Greedy King. Ends Oct 18th


The Greedy King

Aristoddlers Presents: The Greedy King, a Tale of Ancient Greece by Mitchell Biesemeyer, illustrated by Santiago Germano

About the Book: Does money make you happy? The Greedy King is certain it does. The Greedy King has so much treasure, he thinks he must be the happiest man who ever lived. When a wise man tells the Greedy King he is only lucky, events are set in motion that will change the world. Aristoddlers adapts true stories from Greek and Roman history into illustrated stories for children, sharing these ancient lessons with the next generation. This is the story of greedy King Croesus and wise Solon, and what it really means to be happy.

Page: 50

My Review: This story reminds me about Snow White and the Evil Queen. Just like the Evil Queen, the Greedy Kings wanted everyone to know how rich and happy he was. So he invited the wisest man in Greece to see his great life. “Have you ever met a happier man?” asked the greedy king. The wise man said, “I once met a farmer who worked hard every day. And he went on to tell the greedy king how the farmer gave food and money to those who needed it, and he lived a happy life. The Kind was confused and upset. The wise man gave more examples of what others have done and how they were the happiest that ever lived, because their lives were spent to save or help others. And he told the king that he is only lucky. The king was angry and demanded to know why he wasn’t the happiest man who ever lived. Wouldn’t like to know what happened to the Greedy King? Well, you just have to buy a copy to find out.

A lot of us can learn from this book that true happiness comes from doing what is good. Being greedy can make us happy for now, but true happiness comes from helping others.

The Greedy King is based on a story by an ancient Greek historian from the 5th century named Herodotus. His story was based as an account of the wars between Persia and Greece. He wrote his story as a warning to Greeks about the dangers of tyranny. The author retold the story of King Croesus and the wise man Solon. You can read more about this at the last page of the book. Santiago Germano did a wonderful job illustrating this story which help tells the story. I highly recommend this book.

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from talltails publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

About Talltails Publishing: Founded in 2008, Tall Tails Publishing House is a small press dedicated to providing entertaining and beautifully illustrated children’s books that inspire young people to explore the world around them. We are located in Oklahoma, and are always ready to support local authors and illustrators.  http://www.talltailspublishing.com

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September 30, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

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