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Book/Author Spotlight: Stick Cat. A Tail of Two Kitties


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A brand-new series from Tom Watson, featuring Stick Cat!

There’s a new pet in town.

Stick Cat.

It’s a big day in the big city for Stick Cat and his best friend, Edith. There are treasures to hunt, songs to sing, pigeons to catch, and naps to take. But way up on the twenty-third floor, danger lurks just around the corner. Terrible noises and violent crashes trap a desperate man in the building across the alley. Stick Cat will need to navigate his way across the alley—and around Edith’s peculiar ways—to attempt a rescue.

With Tom Watson’s trademark combination of laughs and adventure, Stick Cat’s high-wire act is sure to please cat lovers and Stick Dog fans everywhere. http://stickdogbooks.com/index.php/stickcat

 

 

 

 

 

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About the Author: Tom is the author and draws the original sketches for all the Stick Dog stories. He lives in Chicago with his wife, daughter and son. They also have a dog named Shadow. Tom did not want to name the dog Shadow. He wanted to name him ‘Put Your Shirt On.’ It’s a long story. Sometimes when Tom is visiting schools, he shares the story.

Tom’s first jobs out of college were in politics. He worked for U.S. Senator John Glenn and as the Chief Speechwriter for the Governor of Ohio. He has also worked in marketing and advertising. He likes writing books for kids a lot more than writing speeches and other things for grown-ups. He thinks kids are way smarter than grown-ups.

He LOVES writing the Stick Dog adventures.  http://stickdogbooks.com/index.php/stickcat_the_author

 

 

 

 

 

June 21, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book/Author Spotlight/Giveaway: Saga of a Princess. Ends July 1st


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About the Book: Lana is a curious Jamaican princess who travels the world to learn about its people and cultures. While visiting Novgorod a Russian city, Lana learns about the saga of Efanda a brave Viking princess who once lived there. Princess Efanda was at home with her husband Prince Rurik when a group of men arrived from Novgorod a troubled city across the sea. Rurik is offered and accepts the throne of Novgorod but wants Princess Efanda to remain at home until he returns for her. Efanda insists on traveling with Rurik but he thinks that the journey is too dangerous. Efanda sneaked away and managed to make the turbulent journey across the sea. While on his way to Novgorod, Rurik runs into his wife and is stunned to know that she made the trip he initially thought was too dangerous for her. http://www.sagaofaprincess.com/about-the-book.html

 

  • Paperback: 30 pages
  • Publisher: Judith Martin (May 23, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692683291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692683293
  • Cost: $6.87 @ amazon

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Judith Martin is the author of Pantheon of Beauty children’s book series. Ms. Martin’s books combine her love for fashion, geography and world cultures. Each book takes the reader on an enchanting journey to a different country around the world where they are introduced to goddesses, empresses, queens and princesses. Judith’s aim is to help build the self esteem of young girls while educating them about the world at the same time. http://www.sagaofaprincess.com/about-judith2.html

 

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#4 – Jessica Haight

June 17, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Book/Author Spotlight: Darkmouth. #1 The Legends Begin


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About the Book: Darkmouth: The Legends Begin is the first book in a spirited tween fantasy series that Kirkus Reviews called “Ghostbusters meets Percy Jackson as written by Terry Pratchett.”

For generations, Finn’s family has protected Darkmouth from the fierce magical creatures known as Legends. Now the Legends are plotting a major attack, and it’s Finn’s turn to defend his hometown. So it’s too bad he’s the worst Legend Hunter in history.

The world’s unlikeliest hero is also its only hope in this middle grade series full of madcap adventure and mythological creatures—perfect for fans of How to Train Your Dragon and The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.  https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062311252/darkmouth-1-the-legends-begin

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Darkmouth (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Cost: $16.99

 

29/01/2015 Pictured here is Shane Hegarty at the signing of his debut children’s novel, Darkmouth, in Eason O’Connell Street. Hegarty’s book, Darkmouth, is currently on sale in Eason stores nationwide and online at www.easons.com retailing at €11.99. Picture Andres Poveda For further information, please contact:  Kristin Fox @ Wilson Hartnell 087 221 1916 / 01 669 0030 kristin.fox@ogilvy.com

 

About the Author: Shane Hegarty was born and raised in Skerries, Ireland, where he now lives with his wife and four children but no pets since an unfortunate incident with the family goldfish. He is a journalist with the Irish Times as well as the author of Darkmouth #1: The Legends Begin. https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062311252/darkmouth-1-the-legends-begin

June 3, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Faith Footprints with My Grandchild. 52 Devotions, Activities, and Reflections


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Faith Footprints with My Grandchild: 52 Devotions Activities, and Reflections. By Dr. Mary Manz Simon

About the Book: During a season of life when grandmothers appear to lose so much—our hair, our health, even our pets—God gifts us with a child. We have another opportunity to view life through the eyes of a child, and as a result, each new day overflows with possibilities.

This time around, we are not new moms, perched on the edge of a sometimes frightening and challenging path into the unknown. Now, we are life veterans. We bring wisdom, experience and a clear sense of what is important. A gift of time to a grandchild becomes a gift we give ourselves, and the season of grand parenting also ushers in a new stage of our personal journey with Jesus.

Faith Footprints with My Grandchild provides inspirational Scriptures, devotional thoughts, and prayers for grandmothers, along with simple Christian lifestyle activities to do with a grandchild. Let your faithwalk leave footprints in the sand for your grandchild to follow. Better yet, walk beside your grandchild and grow in faith together. http://www.marymanzsimon.com/books.html

 

Hardcover: 160 pages

Cost: $14.99

 

 

My Review: Foot prints with my Grandchild is a great inspirational book that no only gives encouragement but tells how grandmothers are given a second chance, a gift from God. They are not new mothers because they now have the experience on how to look after and bring up a child. They have the wisdom, knowledge and the clear sense of what is important.

Now she has the time to nurtures the faith of the next generation with words of encouragement and inspiration. This book is listed with specific prayer themes, scriptures, a To Do with Grandchild activities and a page to record and reflect.

According to the book:

Having  a grandchild gives grandmothers another source of delight. Also, the arrival of a grandchild signals the beginning of a new season of life. By no longer forcing on old age, but they can make the most of every moment and opportunity to spend with their grandchild. Grandmothers draw on the past to help their grandchild focus on what is important with the help of the Bible.

I will recommend this book for Christian lifestyle activities to do with a grandchild.

 

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.

May 28, 2016 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review/Giveaway: You Made Me a Mother. Ends June 17th


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About the Book: In this beautiful celebration of motherhood, the universal message of unconditional love for a child shines through. Laurenne Sala’s heartwarming text, accompanied by New York Times bestselling artist Robin Preiss Glasser’s charming illustrations, creates a firsthand look at the powerful bond between mother and child from pregnancy to birth and beyond.

I felt you.
You were a pea.
Then a lemon.
Then an eggplant.

 

  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (March 8, 2016)
  • Cost: $15.99

 

 

 

 

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About the Author: Laurenne Sala lives in Los Angeles, where she likes to look at the ocean and wonder what is on the other side. She thinks that riding a bicycle down a hill is the best feeling in the world. And that eating a big bunch of blueberries is right up there too. She has written all sorts of things, but none as fun as this, her first picture book

 

My Review: This book is about the celebration of motherhood, and it captured the unconditional love a mother has for her child/children perfectly. From the first kick in her belly, to her eating healthy, talking and singing, to getting the baby crib ready for when he/she enters the world. Then baby arrivals and he/she is healthy with 10 toes. Mom isn’t always prefect and can get nervous, but she does what she can to make sure baby is happy, rocked to sleep and fed.

The illustrations by Robin Preiss Glasser shows the bond between a mother and child from pregnancy to birth and beyond. A great gift for new mothers.

 

 

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

 

 

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Giveaway Ends June 17th, 2016

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Winner is #1 – latanya t

 

May 26, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

Book Review: My Toddler Bible


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My Toddler Bible by Juliet David and illustrated by Chris Embleton-Hall

 

About the Book: Fans of Chris Embleton-Hall’s cheerfully distinctive artwork will be eager to see this new Bible! Twenty stories–nine from the Old Testament and eleven from the New–are retold in a concise and friendly manner in a rounded, easy-to-read font. Very, very bright, and very, very fun! http://www.kregel.com/childrens-bibles-and-reference/my-toddler-bible/

 

  • Age Range: 3 – 5 years
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Candle Books (April 27, 2016)
  • Cost: $12.99

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My Review: My Toddler Bible contains the Old and the New Testament. The table of contents The old Testament has 9 stories starting with, In the Beginning, A Wonderful Garden, Noah and the Great Ark, Abraham Moves Home, Joseph and His Brothers, The Baby in the Basket, David and the Giant Bully, Jonah Learns a Lesson, Daniel and the Lions and Jonah Gets the Message. The New Testament has 11 stories, Good News for Mary, Old and New Kings, Jesus Helps a Little Girl, The Boy Who Gave Jesus His Lunch, The Searching Shepherd, The Loving Father, The Stranger Who Cared, A Farmer Sow Seeds, Two Builders- Two House, Jesus the King and Jesus Lives!

The stories are retold to help younger readers understand God’s words and the characters in the story. The words are simplified and interesting, with just the right amount of words per page to keep a toddler’s attention.  Your child wouldn’t want you to stop read until you have read every page. The book is full of colorful and bold pictures illustrated by Chris Embleton-Hall that helps bring the stories to life.

Overall, it is a well written book that will capture the attention of any child.

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

 

May 16, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: The Lumpy Duckling: Another Weaver Tale.


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Book Review: Lumpy may be hefty with a misshapen mouth, but he’s funny and the most loyal friend Wheezy could ask for. When she meets Unwanted, she casts a wish for people to be able to see her best friend like she does. Her wish nearly kills him. http://www.kaistrand.com/middle-grade.html

 

  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (October 12, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616335491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616335496
  • Cost: $9.95

 

My Review: Eloise and Lumpy are good friends who are made fun of by the other kids. Eloise, or Wheezy as the kids called her wander off the road into the trees on the Hollerhead property to avoid being a spectacle. She jumped when she heard an unexpected voice. Then she saw a small blue creature who stepped into the sunshine. She screamed and told the creature to stand where he was. He introduced himself as Unwanted and famous. He told her that he can grant wishes. He said to her, just one wish in exchange for the bottle of chocolate milk. If she could make one wish what would it be? She would make that wish for her fat friend who was always eating candy. So she wished people would see Lawrence Nightingale like she does. So Unwanted granted her wish.

It turns out her wish didn’t quite go the way she expected. While they were out, Lumpy almost die, when he fell head first into the frigid water. He was taken to Paris as the hospital there has better equipment to handle his type of injury. Wheezy felt guilty and wonder if he would return. Would she be able to amend their friendships?

This book is very educational, we have to be grateful for what we have and who we are. We are not God, so we should be careful not to judge the physical appearance of others. And be careful what you wish for.

 

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.

 

 

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Kai Strand writes fiction for kids and teens. She was born and raised in the mid-west, where she inherited a wholesome outlook on life. She lived in California long enough to find a husband and have four kids. Now they live in Central Oregon, which boasts the bluest sky you’ll ever see and miles of hiking trails to enjoy it from.

Kai has a facebook page: Kai Strand, Author. But her favorite stall tactic from writing is answering email. If you have a question about her or her writing, email her at kaistrand.yahoo.com. http://www.kaistrand.com/about.html

 

 

 

 

April 27, 2016 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Giveaway: Guinness World Records. Ends April 16th


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Amazing Body Records

A brand-new Guinness World Records book for kids!

Amazing Body Records! is the ultimate book on the most hair-raising, tongue-wagging, head-turning world records. Meet the world’s hairiest family, the most tattooed man, the planet’s loudest burper, and many more amazing people whose unique talents and physical attributes have earned them a Guinness World Records title.

Guinness World Records chapter books present the stories behind the greatest records with full-color photos and 100 records per book. The easy-to-read text is organized into engaging chapters that will captivate the most avid and reluctant readers alike!

 

My Review: Want to take part in the Guinness World Record? Then learn how these people grew the longest nails, largest afro, the highest Mohawk spike, the longest beard, longest nose, shortest woman, tallest woman and more.

 

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Wacky Wheels

A brand-new Guinness World Records book for kids!

Buckle up! The Guinness World Record holders in Wacky Wheels cover all the vehicles that roll along. From the largest monster truck to the loudest bike horn, these Guinness World Records will rev the engines of imagination. Simple text and full-color photos will make learning about exciting topics fun for beginning readers.

Guinness World Records: Wacky Wheels is a Level Two I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help.

 

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Daring Dogs

A brand-new Guinness World Records book for kids!

Sit, speak, roll over. Surf, recycle, scooter? No, we’re not wagging your tail! Dogs of all breeds and sizes are impressive. From heroic rescues to zany tricks, the awe-inspiring pooches in Daring Dogs have gone above and beyond to earn their Guinness World Records. Simple text and full-color photos will make learning about exciting topics fun for beginning readers.

Guinness World Records: Daring Dogs is a Level Two I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help.

 

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Super Humans!

A brand-new Guinness World Records book for kids!

Super Humans! is all about the incredible people who push it to the physical limit. Whether it s swallowing the most swords, single-handedly pulling a 200-ton plane, or balancing for the longest time, these Guinness World Records holders show what we can achieve with a little courage and a lot of hard work. Every one of us has the ability to be a super human!

Guinness World Records compilations are jam-packed with over 300 fun facts and full-color photos about all the record holders we can fit on one amazing theme! These books are perfect for Guinness World Records fans.”

 

My Review: We love superheroes, we even dress up as one. But wouldn’t you like to have super strength? Check out these individuals with their own super human strength and skills. Most interesting was Kanchana Ketkaew from Thailand who spent 33 days and night with scorpions. She was stung 13 times and lived.

 

 

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Wacky and Wild!

 

A brand-new Guinness World Records book for kids!

Some Guinness World Records have to be seen to be believed. Wacky and Wild! is packed with mind-boggling feats. You’ll meet a dog who likes to ride a scooter, an orchestra that plays with vegetable instruments, plus a man who owns more than 1,500 pairs of Converse shoes. When it comes to records on the zany side, sometimes the greatest asset you can have is an active imagination .

Guinness World Records Compilations are jam-packed with over 300 fun facts and full-color photos about all the record holders we can fit on one amazing theme! These books are perfect for Guinness World Records fans.”

 

 

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Biggest and Smallest!

 

A brand-new Guinness World Records book for kids!

Have you ever wondered how you size up to the tallest man in the world? How about the shortest woman? Biggest and Smallest! explores the biggest and smallest records on the planet, from huge hounds and dinky donkeys to supersized snacks and micromachines. For these Guinness World Records holders, size really does matter!

Guinness World Records compilations are jam-packed with over 300 fun facts and full-color photos about all the record holders we can fit on one amazing theme! These books are perfect for Guinness World Records fans.

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of these books 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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#5 – Eg Kaufman

#11 – Leela

 

 

March 23, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Book Review: Hillary Rodham Clinton: Do All the Good You Can


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An inspiring and meticulously researched middle grade biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton—First Lady, senator, secretary of state, and Democratic candidate for president in 2016.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is a true leader. Growing up in Park Ridge, Illinois, Hillary was inspired by the philosophy of John Wesley, who urged his followers to “do all the good you can.” Rising to prominence in 1992 as the First Lady of the United States, Hillary captured the world’s attention with her bold ideas and political forcefulness.

From her time at Wellesley to her life at the White House and beyond, Hillary has been at the forefront of huge change—and despite setbacks and political scandals, she has worked for good in the world.

Acclaimed author Cynthia Levinson creates a compelling and personal portrait of Hillary’s historic journey from her childhood to her service as secretary of state and beyond. Includes a timeline of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s life and an eight-page photo insert.  https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062387301/hillary-rodham-clinton-do-all-the-good-you-can

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Cost: $16.99

 

My Review: Hillary Clinton said , you will always find her on the front lines of democracy, fighting for the future. In this book about “Do all the good you can by” by Cynthia Levinson, I discovered something new about Hillary Clinton during her high school and college days. Standing up to bullies since she was 4 years old, joining the anti-communists club in school, convincing the school to hold a mock presidential debate and many more.

Among other things she has done growing up, when Governor Jimmy Carter of Georgia ran for president, he asked Hillary to help run his campaign in Indiana. She learned practical election skills, like how to budget and get voters to the poll. She spoke about Health Care reform in 1994, spoke at the Fourth United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in 1995. Sworn in as Senator for New York in 2001. Ran for Democratic president in 2008, and made the US secretary of state.

This is a book everyone would love reading even young teens. After reading you might want to vote for her. Pick up a copy today from amazon.com

 

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.

 

 

About the Author: Cynthia Levinson is the award-winning author of We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March, which received four starred reviews and was one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2012, and Watch Out for Flying Kids!: How Two Circuses, Two Countries, and Nine Kids Confront Conflict and Build Community. Cynthia worked in education policy and divides her time between Texas and Massachusetts.

 

March 21, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Spotlight: Galaxy’s Most Wanted. Into the Dorkness.


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Aliens Attack!

Kevin Brewer and his friends Warner, Tara, and TJ are having the best—and the worst—summer ever. After accidentally summoning one of the galaxy’s most wanted alien criminals to their science camp, they blasted the intergalactic bad guy back into outer space and saved the world.

For a nanosecond, Kevin is king of the universe. But then a new alien criminal duo invades Earth, bringing an army of extraterrestrial wasps with brainwashing stingers. Buzzkill!

Kevin and his buddies must gear up to save the world—again. But it will take a stroke of genius to outsmart these alien cons. Will the Extraordinary Terrestrials be up to the task?

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.

March 21, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , | 1 Comment

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