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Book Review/ Giveaway: Wordsworth and the Dragon. Ends May 3rd


Wordworth and the Dragon

 

Wordsworth and the Dragon by Scotti Cohn, illustrated by Christina Wald

About the Book: The Kingdom of Atoz is thrown into a panic when the letter C disappears from the Royal Alphabet. No one can say or write the letter, and it has vanished from all the books in the kingdom. Sir Clooney becomes Sir Looney. A sign in a bakery window offers “akes” and “fresh baked pie rust.” The librarian, Lord Reading, tries to recite his favorite poem but the lines come out all wrong. “A terrible rime has been ommitted!” he wails. A young page named Wordsworth believes that the letter C was stolen by a dragon. Seeing a chance to prove himself worthy of knighthood, he heads into the Forest of Spells to fight the dragon and recover the missing letter. Wordsworth isn’t acting alone. He has the help of Phrasia, the local witch; Klause, a goat-like creature called a cavabok; and his friend, Princess Rho, who has a secret power. But will that be enough? What will happen when Wordsworth has to face not only a dragon but a gang of large, mean creatures called muddletonques? Who will protect him? http://www.scotticohn.com/

 

My Review: Wordsworth is a Page for the King of Atoz, King Omicron. Wordsworth is working toward becoming a Knight.

When the royal alphabet letter C was stolen the King wanted to know how as the royal alphabet is three feet tall and made of the heaviest wood in the kingdom, and is guarded night and day in the tallest tower. The King asked Sir Clooney to summon all the knights to hunt down the thief. This was a terrible day for the kingdom of Atoz. People are unable to speak or write the letter. The word crime becomes rime, Sir Clooney becomes Sir Looney, Cookies becomes ookies, and everyone in the kingdom started pronouncing words without a C. And they were making sounds they had not made before.

Wordsworth is convinced that a Dragon must have stolen the letter C from the Royal Alphabet and so he plans out on his own quest to find the Dragon and recover the stolen letter. Was Wordsworth able to find the letter C? Did a dragon really steal the alphabet?

I really enjoyed reading Wordsworth and the Dragon and I think every child will love reading it too. The pencil like illustration by Christina Wald helped bring the story to life. So if you are looking for a book full of adventures, then pick up a copy and take a trip with Wordsworth. I highly recommend this book.

 

 

 

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

Pages: 80

 

 

 

 

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April 14, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , | 22 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Let’s Talk About Love. Ends April 30th


Lets Talk about Love

Let’s Talk About Love written and illustrated by Camy De Mario

About the Book: A cute puppy and a young boy come from two different places, but somehow they find their way into each other life…

 

My Review: A mixed breed puppy named Love lives on an island in the Bahamas. His home was a smelly dump on top of a hill sleeping in a cardboard box. While he was out looking for food a big wave swept him out into the ocean. As he was struggling to swim back to shore a sea turtle rescued him and carried him back to the shore. Love was so grateful that the turtle saved his life. While out the next morning looking for food he came across a young dolphin trapped in a fish net. Love started to bite through the net to set the dolphin was free. The dolphin was so grateful that he helped Love find a way to be adopted by a family.

There is also another story about a boy name Joel whose home was destroyed by a powerful earthquake and his family did make it out alive. He had no family and no home. Read about how Love met Joel and how they found a family and a home.

This is a very touching and educational story. The illustrations are colorful and bold which helps bring the story to life. I highly recommend this book for classroom reading.

 

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Pages: 38

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Book Review/Giveaway: Zodiacts. Ends April 15th


Zodiacts GJ

Zodiacts: Gemini Jamboree by Donna McGarry

As the Moon whips through the sign of Gemini, The Zodiacts, a whimsical family of stars, travel to Mercury for an action-packed intergalactic expo. While there, fun-loving Starrkitty and her friends picnic, play games, and rock out. A true Gemini’s dream getaway weekend.

 

 Leo Limelight Lunacy

Zodiacts: Leo Limelight Lunacy: Dance of the Dueling Divas by Donna McGarry

Donna McGarry’s Zodiacts: Leo Limelight Lunacy: Dance of the Dueling Divas introduces the five to eight year old crowd to the creative energy of the Leo Moon. The action begins when the irrepressible Starrkitty discovers her competitor, Lola Leo, headlining a solo show. Kit is fit to be tied and scrambles to produce a rival spectacle. When she discovers that some aspects of show biz, such as costuming and sound mixing, are best left to the experts, Kit goes Aquarian and assembles a stellar crew to help her shine. Which leading lady will steal the limelight under this attention craving Moon? Merging celestial imagery with verbal whimsy, Zodiacts: Leo Limelight Lunacy humorously explores themes of egomania and self-absorption.

 

A Whimsical Introduction

Zodiacts: A Whimsical Introduction to Celestial Beings by Donna McGarry

Zodiacts: A Whimsical Introduction to Celestial Beings introduces young folks to the concepts of astrology in a light-hearted, whimsical manner. Follow the Moon as she weaves her way through the constellations, illuminating the stars and their loony behavior. Merging surreal visual imagery with rhyming text this is a fun bedtime read for the younger set.

 

My Review:

Zodiacts Gemini Jamboree: This book introduces the zodiact sign Gemini having fun. When the moon is in Gemini that’s the time to catch up with friends, play a games, a day to try something new, a visit to the shops and many more. The illustrations are creative and unique with interesting rhymes which help tells the story.

 

Zodiacts a whimsical introduction to celestial beings is an accurate title for this book. Depending on which galaxy the moon visit she finds out their loony behavior, because their mood is affected by the whims of the moon.

It is interesting to find out that Leo feels daring and brave when the moon is in Aries or when the moon is in Capricorn its time for structured plotting and scheming. An interesting read that would hold any child’s attention.

 

Zodiacts: Leo Limelight Lunacy: Dance of the Dueling Divas: When the moon is in Leo it is time to have fun, time to put on a show, time to stand up proud and be full of confidence. With rhyming dialogue this book is creative and will hold any child’s attention.

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of these books from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

 

Donna McGarry

 

About the Author: Donna McGarry is an artist and astrologer. She’s had a life-long passion for the Moon and constellations. Her interest in astrology began in her early teens. Her Zodiacts series was created with the hopes of sharing her love of the cosmos with young readers. Donna lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her aging, bossy, controlling, leonine Shih Tzu, Gizmo.

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Book Review/Giveaway: A Rainbow of Birds. Ends April 19th


A Rainbow od Birds

 

A Rainbow of Birds by Janet Halfmann and illustrated by Jack Foster

About the Book: Birds have their legends just like people do, and baby birds love to hear the stories. Papa Cardinal, whose job it is to pass down bird ways to his chicks, tells them the story of how birds gave the world the rainbow. It’s a tale of fun and squabbles and magic! Suggested age range for readers: 3-8

 

My Review: Have you ever wondered about the rainbow in the sky, or how does the colors of the rainbow stay up high in the sky? Well, a rainbow of birds by author Janet Halfmann gives an insight.

While waiting for the summer rain to stop, Papa Cardinal tells his chicks a story about how birds get livelier after the summer rain and soar high in the sky. He went on to say how the cardinals flew from one end of the sky to the other, forming a band of beautiful bright red. Next in line are the robins with their orange breast, the yellow warblers, the parrots, the blue jays, the indigo buntings and the purple martins all lined up to form the rainbow of birds. The chicks were so excited to see the magic in the sky as the sun peek out of the sky.

This is a well written story by the author Janet Halfmann with bold vibrant color illustrations by Jack Foster. At the end of the story, Janet Halfmann included the rainbow facts and fun, the rainbow’s name, rainbow stories, how to make a rainbow outdoors/indoors and many more. I love that the book is full of fun and imagination for kids. I highly recommend this book for classroom reading.

 

Pages: 20

 

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Book Review/Giveaway: A Sandy Grave. Ends April 15th


A Sandy Grave

Pump Up Your Book Presents A Sandy Grave Virtual Book Publicity Tour & Giveaway.

 

A Sandy Grave by Donna M. McDine, illustrated by Julie Hammond

 

About the Book: The anticipation of summer vacation can put anyone in a great mood with the excitement of adventures especially at the beach. But what is a group of friends to do when they discover mysterious men poaching whale teeth at the beach?

 

EXCERPT:

The lifeguards had their arms extended and attempted to move the crowd back. The tallest lifeguard said, “People, please stay back. The authorities will arrive to examine the whale to determine the cause of death within the hour. The whale must have died at sea and washed ashore.”

 

My Review: Leah, Nicole and Hayley were looking forward to having fun at the beach during their summer vacation. As they make their way to the beach they saw a huge whale washed up ashore surrounded by a lot of people.

 

Then they notice two men in filthy clothes, hanging out on the sand dune. Something didn’t seen right, why would they be burying their bag in the sand? And when Leah heard that the police will stand guard to keep poachers from stealing the whale’s teeth she wanted to know why? Her father explained that “A poacher is a person or group of people who try to hunt or steal fish illegally and sell for money”. The girls must do what they can to help the authorities capture the two poachers.

 

Poaching has traditionally been defined as the illegal hunting, killing or capturing of wild animals, usually associated with land use rights. This is a well written story to not only educate kids but adults as well. The warm water colors illustrations by Julie Hammond helps tell the story. I highly recommend this book for classroom reading.

 

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

Pages: 25

 

Donna McDine - The Golden Pathway

 

About the Author: Donna McDine is an award-winning children’s author, Honorable Mention in the 77th and two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competitions, Literary Classics Silver Award & Seal of Approval Recipient Picture Book Early Reader, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention, Global eBook Awards Finalist Children’s Picture Book Fiction, and Preditors & Editors Readers Poll 2010 Top Ten Children’s Books ~ The Golden Pathway.

Her stories, articles, and book reviews have been published in over 100 print and online publications. Her interest in American History resulted in writing and publishing The Golden Pathway. Donna’s 2013 releases of Powder Monkey and Hockey Agony and the 2014 release of A Sandy Grave will be joined by an additional book to be published by Guardian Angel Publishing, Dee and Deb, Off They Go. She writes, moms and is a personal assistant from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the SCBWI, Children’s Literature Network, and Family Reading Partnership. 

Visit Donna online at www.donnamcdine.com or her blog at www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com

 

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Book Review/Giveaway: I Don’t See Heaven. Ends April 11th


I Don't See Heaven

 

I Don’t See Heaven by Jennifer Adan, Illustrated by E.A. Morando

About the Book: Isabella is so excited to fly on an airplane with her mother, father, and baby brother. As the plane takes off the ground and soars into the sky, Isabella presses her nose against the window. She wants to see everything! But as the plane glides through the clouds, suddenly Isabella sits back in her seat and starts to cry.

Isabella is so sad. She thinks she will see her grandpa in heaven from high up in the sky, but he is nowhere to be found. As her mother and father try to comfort her, Isabella soon learns the secret to feeling better.

“I Don’t See Heaven” is the story of a little girl’s journey to the truth as she learns an important life lesson about how to keep love alive after a death. Isabella is so sad. She thinks she will see her grandpa in heaven from high up in the sky, but he is nowhere to be found. As her mother and father try to comfort her, Isabella soon learns the secret to feeling better. I Don’t See Heaven is the story of a little girl’s journey to the truth as she learns an important life lesson about how to keep love alive after a death. http://jenniferadan.com/projects/i-dont-see-heaven/

 

My Review: Isabella was so excited to be flying on a plane as she will be able to see Heaven and her Grandpa who has passed away. But when she didn’t see Heaven or her grandpa in the sky she started to cry.

I liked that Isabella’s mother made her understand that even though she can not see Heaven as it’s a very far place that even an airplane ride can not be taken to heaven. She made Isabella understand that she can feel grandpa by closing her eyes and remembering all the good times they had together.

This is a story that gives a really good explanation about how children can cope with the loss of a loved one.

 

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

Pages: 24

 

Jennifer Adan

About the Author: Jennifer Adan’s journey began in San Mateo, California, when she was 10 years old. During a fifth-grade history class, Jennifer secretly wrote her first song unaware that it could lead to a career.  At age 15, she revealed her talent by playing her parents a song she’d written for them for their 25th wedding anniversary.  In addition, she let them know there were 100 more songs where that one came from.

After doing some research, Jennifer joined the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and West Coast Songwriters Association (WCS).  Both organizations provided contacts and educated her on the art of songwriting as well as the music business.  After winning a songwriting contest by Jeffrey Steele, she came to Nashville to work with him and meet other talented songwriters.  Steele convinced Jennifer to make the cross-country move to Nashville away from her family in order to chase her dream.  Now, she has celebrated the success of a number one hit for Blake Shelton “She Wouldn’t Be Gone” http://jenniferadan.com/

 

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Book Review/Giveaway: 2014 Spring Collection Titles from Arbordale Publishing. Ends Mar 31st


The Shape Family Babies

The Shape Family Babies by Kristin Haas, illustrated by Shennen Bersani

About the Book: Mr. and Mrs. Shape are expecting a baby, but they are surprised when three arrive! The first is just like Mother Rhombus, the other just like Father Rectangle, the third baby is a different shape. What should her name be? Go on a geometry naming adventure as all the shape family relatives weigh in. Will Cousin Triangle, Aunt Hexagon or Grandma Rhombus have the right angle? http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=ShapeFamily

 

My Review: Mother Rhombus and father Rectangle were looking forward to the birth of their child wondering whether their child would look like any one of them. To their surprise, they had three children. The first child looks just like mother and the second child just like his father but the third child has four right angles and four equal sides but what would they call her. They decided to call on their family to help them out.

Cousin Triangle thought they could name her Polygon. Cousin Trapezoid suggested they name her Parallelogram. Aunt Hexagon proposed that she be named Quadrangle. Uncle Pentagon recommended the name Quadrilateral. Grandpa Rectangle said since she is part of her parent Rhombus and Rectangle she should be called Rectombus. Grandma suggested Rhombangle.

Finally their great grand aunt Octagon told them that the child is the spitting image of great, great grandpa Square as her four sides were equal. They named her Square.

I like the educational value of this book as children can learn about different shapes apart from square, circle and rectangle. There are 4 pages of learning activities where children can learn about the different shape parts, quadrilaterals and name that shape. The pages have simple and bold colors illustrated by Shennen Bersani. I highly recommend this book for classroom teaching.

Pages: 32

Ages: 4-8

 

 First Fire

First Fire: A Cherokee Folktale by Nancy Kelly Allen, illustrated by Sherry Rogers

About the Book: Why are ravens black? Why do screech owl eyes look red in light? How did we get fire? You’ll find the answers to those questions in this retelling of a Cherokee pourquoi folktale. The earth was cold and dark but the animals could see fire coming from the tree on the island. They tried to fly or swim to the island to bring back the fire heat and light. What happened to some of the animals? Which animal brought it back and how? Animals in the book include: hoot owl, horned owl, racer, raven, screech owl, and water spider. http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=FirstFire

 

My Review: First Fire is based on a Cherokee folktale about how animals tried to obtain fire from a burning bush. According to the story when the world was new the days were windy, crisp and cold as the earth had no fire to keep the animals warm. One day, a sycamore tree was struck by lightning on an island and started to burn. As the hoot owl, horned owl, racer, raven, screech owl, and water spider watched the puffs of smoke from the tree they knew that they needed that fire. But they have to cross the river to bring back the fire. The animals made an attempt at bringing the fire back but were unsuccessful that the fire changed most of their appearance. But only one was able to bring the fire back successfully. Which animal brought it back and how? You have to buy the book to find out.

There are 4 pages of learning activities where children can learn about Cherokee then and now, their territory, fire and many more. I really like the illustrations by Sherry Rogers which helps to tell the story. I highly recommend this book for classroom teaching.

Pages: 32

Ages: 5-8

 

 A Beavers Busy Year

The Beavers’ Busy Year by Mary Holland

About the Book: Along a stream a dam pops out of the water. Beavers are busy at work! These aquatic mammals have unique traits that aid them in building the perfect lodge to raise young beavers and keep predators away. Mary Holland’s vibrant photographs document the beavers’ activities through the course of a year. Do these beavers ever take a break? Follow along as they pop through the winter ice to begin the busy year of eating bark, building dams and gathering food just in time for winter to come again. http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=BeaversBusy

My Review: Interesting read for animal lovers. Learn to spot a Beaver at bank lodge, floating food leftovers, chewed bark, beaver dam and more.  The author’s photos are vibrant and help tells the story. I highly recommend this book for classroom teaching.

Pages: 32

 

A Cool Summer Tail

A Cool Summer Tail by Carrie A. Pearson, illustrated by Christina Wald

About the Book: When summer heats up, animals find ways to stay cool. In A Cool Summer Tail animals wonder how humans stay cool too. Do they dig under the dirt, grow special summer hair, or only come out at night? This sequel to the popular A Warm Winter Tail features many of same animals but this time, with their summer adaptations, offering an important “compare and contrast” opportunity. http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=CoolSummer

My Review: This is a sequel to A Warm Winter Tail. It tells how animals adapt to seasonal changes. Animals like red fox, painted turtle, black capped chickadee, black bear, white tailed deer, honeybee, grey squirrel, garter snakes and many more. Each animal ask the same question, “How do humans stay cool in the summer, Mama?”

The fox would like to know how humans stay cool in the summer, as they hang out their tongues and breathe fast in and out. Mama’s answer was that humans do not pant, puff or huff as they sweat through their skin when it’s hot.

The turtles slide into ponds and under awnings of fronds when it’s hot but humans swim in clear water to keep cool. And while the bears lie bottom up and spread out on cool ground, humans lay in soft beds. Grey squirrels lick their arms as a trick to make heat from their skin disappear, humans thinks it’s a bummer to use their wet tongue to keep cool. LOL! And many more!

There are 4 pages of learning activities where children can learn about the different animals and summer adaptation. Summer and Winter adaptation: Compare and Contrast and more. The illustrations by Christina Wald shows the humans trying to keep cool like the animals. The illustrations are colorful and bold. I highly recommend this book for classroom teaching.

Pages: 32

 

Daisylocks

Daisylocks by Marianne Berkes, illustration by Cathy Morrison.

About the Book: Daisylocks needs a home that is just right. She asks Wind to help her find the perfect habitat to spread her roots, and he accepts the challenge. Wind blows Daisylocks to the plain, the mountain and the wetland. She objects to each place one by one too cold, too hard, too wet. Daisylocks is not ready to give up! They try the humid rainforest and then the warm beach; those are not just right either. Will Wind find the perfect climate and soil for Daisylocks to place her roots and grow into a beautiful flower? http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=Daisylocks

My Review: Daisylocks is a story about a seed that doesn’t want to be planted in a garden. She felt that there must be a better place where she can live and thrive. So she asked the wind to help find her a better place by blowing the seeds from place to place until she was happy. Plants need a better place to grow. They need to absorb nutrients and water from a healthy soil and be free of weeds and rocks.

There are 4 pages of learning activities where children can learn about plants basic needs like the air, water, nutrients and sunlight. The different plant parts like flowers, leaves, stem, and root. The illustrations by Cathy Morrison are fantastic, rich in colors and helps bring the story to life.  I highly recommend this book for classroom teaching.

Pages: 32

 

Polar Bears and Penguins

Polar Bears and Penguins: A Compare and Contrast Book by Katharine Hall

About the Book: Polar bears and penguins may like cold weather but they live at opposite ends of the Earth. What do these animals have in common and how are they different? You might see them near each other at a zoo but they would never be found in the same habitats in the wild. Compare and contrast these polar animals through stunning photographs.  http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=PolarPenguins

Pages 32

 

Kali's Story

Kali’s Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue by Jennifer Keats Curtis, photos by John Gomes

About the Book: Follow the rescue of orphaned polar bear Kali (pronounced Cully) from the Inupiat village of Kali (Point Lay in English) to the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage to his new home at the Buffalo Zoo in New York with Luna, a female polar bear. This photographic journey beautifully captures the remarkable development of the cub, who initially drinks from a baby bottle, sucks his paw for comfort, and sleeps with a “blankie” as he rapidly grows into the largest land carnivore on earth. http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=Kali

Pages: 32

 

Animal Helpers Aquariums

 

Animal Helpers: Aquariums by Jennifer Keats Curtis

Where else could you stay dry while visiting aquatic animals from around the world? Only in an aquarium can you visit and learn about all these different local and exotic animals. Aquarium staff care for and teach about these animals, as well as work to conserve and protect threatened and endangered species. Follow this behind-the-scenes photographic journal as it leads you into the wondrous world of aquariums and the animal helpers who work there. http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=AH_Aquariums

Pages: 32

 

Sea Slime

Sea Slime: It’s Eeuwy, Gooey and Under the Sea by Ellen Prager, illustrated by Shennen Bersani

Snails and sea slugs use Sea Slime. But, did you know that coral and clownfish need slime too? Marine scientist Ellen Prager takes us deep into the sea to introduce us to fascinating and bizarre animals that use slime to capture their food, protect themselves from harm, or even move from place to place in their underwater environment. http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=SeaSlime

Pages: 32

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of these books from Arbordale Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

 

Arbordale Publishing

Award-winning picture books that integrate Science, Math, and Geography . . . hardcover and paperback plus read-aloud eBooks with Spanish http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/index.php

 

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Book Review/Giveaway: S is for Smiling Sunrise. Ends March 25th


S is for Smiling

A New Take on ABCs! S Is for Smiling Sunrise An Alphabet Book of Goodness, Beauty, and Wonder by Vick Wadhwa

 

About the Book: This fun and educational picture book is for young learners – toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, early readers, and also for their young at heart parents and teachers! Along with reinforcing the alphabet, the book has been carefully designed to help improve vocabulary, comprehension and music skills through meaningful sing-along rhymes and colorful illustrations. The rhymes are enjoyable to sing-along, and support character development by focusing on positive words and concepts. Age Range 3 and up (Preschool and up). A free song version of the rhymes (mp3 audio file) is available at www.wordsbright.com, along with teaching tips. Mama Marlaine, founder of Parenting 2.0 and creator of The Life Skills Report Card, reviewed the book and said, Smiling Sunrises colorful illustrations, creative rhymes, and life-affirming messages are soul-nourishing, wholesome food for growing minds!

My Review: What a great concept. If you are looking for a new, simple, and effective way to teach your child the alphabet, then pick up a copy of S is for Smiling Sunrise. Kids would learn new words that would increase their vocabulary. And like the author states “it’s time to go beyond “A for Apple” and “B for Ball”. This book not only improves their vocabulary but helps with comprehension.

For example, “P is for Park and Playground. Places to have fun, Sit and watch, or go walk, hop, skip, jump, or run!”

V is for Virtues – Goodness in your heart. Caring, sharing and honesty. Learn well and be smart!”

This book is engaging and fun for kids and their parents with easy-to-sing along alphabet rhymes. The illustrations are bright and colorful and I highly recommend this book.

Ages: 3-8

Pages: 32

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

 

 

 Vick Wadhwa

 About the Author:  Vick Wadhwa’s first book (A New Take on ABCs – S is for Smiling Sunrise) was inspired by his toddler daughter, when he sensed that she was getting bored with her alphabet books, and was ready to learn some new words and concepts. Generally of a somewhat quiet and reserved nature, he managed to surprise himself and his family by coming up with a collection of fun (yet meaningful) rhymes, and then again when he tweaked the verses for singing, much to his child’s delight. Although he had never before considered writing a children’s book, he started having so much fun teaching the rhymes to his daughter that he had the urge to share with others.

Vick has a scientist background, with 20+ years experience in the fields of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. He lives with his family in Southern California, and is now dreaming up his next children’s book. http://wordsbright.com/about-vick/

 

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Giveaway Ends March, 25th

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Winner is #1 – tmy56

March 10, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Plants vs. Zombies: Brain Food. Ends March 16th


Plants vs. Zombies. BF

Plants vs. Zombies: Brain Food by Brandon T. Snider

Challenge your brains! Based on the bestselling game Plants vs. Zombies, this paper-over-board activity book is a must-have for fans and kids who like brainteasers. Brain Food is filled with puzzles, mazes, word scrambles, and more! With 224 pages of fun-dead activities, this book is sure to keep kids entertained.

Book Description

Keep your brain fresh!

Filled with mazes, word scrambles, hidden codes, and more, this is a one-of-a-kind chance to meet the fun-dead!

http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/books/Plants-Vs-Zombies-Brain-Food-Brandon-T-Snider/?isbn13=9780062294920&tctid=100

My Review: If you like crosswords and trivia then try out Plants vs. Zombies Brain Food fun activity book filled with secret messages, zombie squares, word search, scramblers, what’s the different?, match games, connect the dots, maze, tic-tac-toe and many more. Have fun, but try and keep your brain fresh!

Age Range: 6 – 10 years

Grade Level: 1 – 5

Pages: 224

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

About the Author: Brandon T. Snider was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the birthplace of Carmen Electra. As a writer he’s authored the best-selling Dark Knight Manual as seen in Entertainment Weekly, Time, Forbes and Wired. He’s also written for and appeared on Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer. Brandon has penned books featuring pop culture’s most recognizable icons such as Superman, Spider-Man and The Muppets. As an actor he’s appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Chappelle’s Show and Law & Order: SVU, as well as various commercials, stage productions and short films. Brandon lives in New York City where he’s a member of both SAG-AFTRA and the Writers Guild of America. Find out more @ http://www.cootiekid.com

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Winner will be selected by Random.org

Giveaway Ends March, 16th

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Winner is #6 – Sue Sattler

March 4, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Plants vs. Zombies: Plant Your Path. Ends March 16th


Plants vs. Zombies

Plants vs. Zombies: Plant Your Path Junior Novel by Tracey West

About the Book: It’s all fun and games until the zombies arrive.

In the Plant Your Path Junior Novel, you decide how to escape from the zombie horde or lose your brains. Based on the bestselling Plants vs. Zombies™ game, it’s time to take your brains into your own hands.

The choice is yours!

http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/books/Plants-Vs-Zombies-Plant-Your-Path-Junior-Novel-Tracey-West/?isbn13=9780062294944&tctid=100

My Review: Plants vs. Zombies is based on the bestselling game Plants vs. Zombies where the homeowner uses many varieties of plants to repel an army of zombies from eating their brains. But with Plants VS. Zombies Plant Your Path junior novel, allows you to decide how to escape the zombies.

The best part is that the reader can choose their own path. If you choose the right path by picking the right plant you can move on to another path. But if you pick the wrong path, the zombie will be waiting to eat your brain. LOL!

The illustrations make the book fun to read.

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

Age Range: 6 – 10 years

Grade Level: 1 – 5

Pages: 144

About the Author: Tracey West grew up in a small town in New Jersey. Every day, her brother Michael, sister Katie and she would play in the street with their friends on Walnut Avenue. They rode their bikes, played kickball and Ultimate Frisbee, or rode down the hill on sleds in winter time. On Saturday mornings, they were glued to the television set eating cereal and watching cartoons. In the summer, Tracey loved to walk across town to the library, take out as many books as she could carry, and read them all under a shady tree somewhere.

After high school, Tracey attended Rutgers University and studied English and Journalism there. She knew she wanted to be a writer, and journalism seemed to be a way to write and get paid for it. She worked on the college newspaper and even worked as a newspaper reporter for a little while, but when she graduated she got a job as an editorial assistant at a small publishing company. She learned a lot there about how books are edited, published, and sold. To read more click on the link http://www.traceywest.com/biography.html

Giveaway Rules

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

There will be 1 winner.

This Giveaway is Open to the USA Only!

Winner will be selected by Random.org

Giveaway Ends March, 16th

Comments like these would be deleted – Great contest, please enter me, Love to win this! This is so cute!

Mandatory: Leave a comment about the review below. Leaving a helpful comment relating to this book would be appreciated and valid to the giveaway.

Please HELP promote this book on your blog, twitter, pinterest or facebook. Thanks.

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Winners are selected via Random and notified by email. You have 48 hours to respond;

If no response, the prize is forfeited and an alternate winner is chosen.

This Giveaway Has Ended

Winner is #8 – Larissa B

March 4, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

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