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Author/Books Spotlight. Giveaway: The Shenanigans Series Book 1. History in the Faking. Ends Apr 14th


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The Shenanigans Series Book 1. History in the Faking by Andreas Oertel

About the Book: Life is getting more dismal by the minute in the town of Sultana, Manitoba. Thanks to a dry season that nearly dried up the river, no one wants to camp there anymore. There aren’t enough tourists to keep the local restaurant busy and, if Cody’s best friend’s mom loses her job there, the family will have to move away. Cody, his best friend, Eric, and Eric’s twin sister, Rachel, concoct an elaborate hoax that transforms this tiny town into a hotbed of activity-a hoax involving an “ancient Egyptian” tablet discovered in Sultana. Soon the tourists come flooding back, but Cody, Eric, and Rachel discover that they should have been more careful about what they wished for. This quirky caper will appeal to children aged eight to ten.

 

 

Andreas Oertel

About the Author: Andreas was born in Germany, but lived most of his life in Canada. He’s travelled all over the world and had a hundred different jobs — everything from rickshaw driver to health inspector — but his favourite occupation is writing.

His middle grade fiction is critically acclaimed and has been nominated for several awards (Silver Birch Award, Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award, Charlotte Award). Andreas spends much of his free time visiting schools, and in 2012 and 2013 he was Writer in Residence at Lac du Bonnet’s Centennial School. To read more http://www.andreasoertel.com/biography.html

 

 

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Book Review/Giveaway: Little Jimmy Says, “Same Is Lame” Ends Apr 8th


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Little Jimmy Says, “Same Is Lame” by Jimmy Vee

Little Jimmy is a small guy with a BIG mission… help people realize how special they really are. Why is everyone trying so hard to fit in when there is so much uniqueness to celebrate? Jump in and follow the miniature ringmaster through his circus-inspired world of weird, where normal is ordinary, and ordinary is boring. In these fun-filled pages you’ll discover what makes you unique and why being different is actually cool. So hurry, hurry! Come one, come all! Step right up. Kids of all ages, shapes and sizes are welcome and special in Little Jimmy’s wondrous and wacky world. Read this book and prepare to be amazed at what you see in the mirror the next time you take a look!

 

My Review: Little Jimmy is a five feet tall man. Little Jimmy Says, there is always an advantage of being tall. Tall people can hang pictures high up on the wall and some can dunk a basketball. But being short has its advantage too, like going under the limbo stick, wrestling and playing hide and go seek.

Whether you are made fun of wearing glasses, born small or big, having big or small nose, hair or no hair, having birthmarks or scars, doesn’t make you a freak but unique.

The message in this book is very encouraging not only for children but for adults. Discover why being different is actually cool. Being different should make you feel proud. So no matter what, just remember that you are unique and that being different has its advantages. As Little Jimmy puts it “Same is Lame”. The illustrations by Mike Motz are bright, bold and colorfully which helps tell the story.

 

 

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

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Little Jimmy

About this author: Jimmy Vee is known around the world as the Five Foot High Marketing Guy. He is living proof that big things really do come in small packages. He is a savvy CEO, a loving husband, a funny father, a bestselling business book author, a sought-after advertising copywriter, a wannabe musician, a master magician, a stand-up comedian and a stiff-lipped ventriloquist. https://www.goodreads.com/LittleJimmyVee

 

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Book Review/Giveaway: A Bird On My Hand. Ends Mar 23rd


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About the Book: A child watches the chickadees by Grandma’s cabin and sees those eating sunflower seeds from Grandma’s hand. Will the chickadees back home ever learn to take the seeds from a human hand? Will the child ever have the patience to let them? A lovely story of enjoying the wild things, A Bird on My Hand has charming illustrations from a chickadee’s point of view.

My Review: This is the story about a young boy who visited his gramma at her cabin. His gramma is known as the Chickadee lady because she calls out to the birds “Chickadee-dee” come to me. One by one, the birds fly out toward her to eat from her hand until all the sunflower seeds are gone.

His gramma tried to teach him how to hold out his hand steady while feeding the birds. “…. Make sure you don’t pull away and scare my birds,” she said. So he learnt how to feed the chickadees by hand. And when he returned home to the city, he filled the feeder with sunflower seeds and watched as the chickadees flew in and started eating the seeds. He was able to get the city chickadees eating right out of his hand, too.

This is a great educational book for children learning how to teach birds how to eat from your hand. The last few pages in the book gives information of which chickadees live near you, how to talk to them softly, how to hold your hand out flat.

How long chickadees live? How they survive sub-zero nights? How tiny their eggs are? This is a must for classroom teaching.

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

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Book Review/Giveaway: Before I Sleep I Say Thank You. Ends March 23rd


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Before I Sleep I Say Thank You by Carol Gordon Ekster and Illustrated by Mary Rojas

About the Book: Would you like to start a new bedtime tradition that underscores the importance of gratitude? Read Before I Sleep: I Say Thank You with your children to begin a nightly routine of saying five things you are grateful for before bed. It will add sweetness and joy before your little one falls asleep. http://www.carolgordonekster.com/

My Review: This is a story about a little boy whose favorite part of the day is tuck-in-time. When night falls, he brushes his teeth and get ready for his mom to take him to bed. He like pretending that she is the train and his is the caboose as they sing “Choo-choo!” on the way to his room. While in bed, his mother tucks him in nicely and they take a moment to think about their day. Mom talks about her gardening and not stopping to help Ms. Nelson and promised next time to stop and help her. And he said he was sorry he didn’t pick up the tomatoes when she asked and promised to cooperate the next day. They talked some more about their day with family and friends, and then together they thanked God for their day, and what He has given them.

What a great way for a child to end their day. By reflecting on their day, recognizing God’s blessings and grace and letting God know how grateful they are for his many blessings. I highly recommend this book for every home. Adults can learn from it too.

Great illustrations by Mary Rojas which helps tell the story with warm and bright colors.

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

Carol Ekster

About the Author: Carol Gordon Ekster’s first published children’s book, Where Am I Sleeping Tonight?-A Story of Divorce, Boulden Publishing, 2008, was inspired by one special former student who lived the schedule described in the book. It was an About.com Readers’ Choice 2012 finalist for Best Children’s Book for Single Parents. Another of her stories was in Library Sparks magazine, February 2010. Her second book, Ruth The Sleuth and The Messy Room, was picked up by Character Publishing, for their first list, and came out December 2011. It was awarded the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval in 2012. Her newest picture book, Before I Sleep: I Say Thank You with Pauline Books and Media released January 1, 2015. Her first e-book, Hip Hopping Books, will be out March 2015 as part of a digital library with Schoolwide, Inc. Carol retired after teaching 4th grade for 35 years. She starts her day exercising and doing yoga, then works on her writing and book promotion. She loves to discuss using picture books with all elementary grade students and has presented about this at conferences. She is excited that her writing gives her another way to communicate with children. http://www.carolgordonekster.com/About_Carol.html

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Book Author Spotlight/Giveaway: The Sparks. Ends March 21st


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The Sparks by Kyle Prue

“A crackling read. Feud: The Sparks builds a vivid world that is at once other worldly and relatable. Characters spring from the page in a de ft twist on mythology that belies Kyle Prue’s young age. He’s a voice to be heard.” Scott Bowles, USA Today Could you forgive your sworn enemy if it meant saving your family, legacy and beloved city from the hands of an evil power? The Vapros, the Taurlum, and the Celerius: three dynasties bound by an ancient promise, and given superhuman abilities to protect the city of Altryon from the dangerous world beyond its walls. Centuries of fighting, however, have turned the families against each other. A powerful emperor now rules and each family has suffered heavy casualties in the feud. Sixteen-year-old Neil Vapros desperately wants to become an assassin in order to impress his overly critical father. Despite a failed mission, Neil learns that a new sinister threat has awakened. This mysterious new power will shatter the established order and threaten not only the very lives of these powerful families, but also the once great city of Altryon. http://kyleprue.com/books/

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About the Author: The Sparks is Kyle’s big debut. The first book in this action packed trilogy, was conceived late one night when Kyle had insomnia. At just 16 years old, Kyle spent the summer writing the first installment of the trilogy. Kyle is currently working on the second book in the series, The Flames.

Kyle is a high school student at Seacrest Country Day in Naples, Florida. Kyle splits his time between Naples and Los Angeles, where he is an actor with Snow Entertainment. Kyle loves to do Stand Up Comedy and trains at Second City in Chicago. Check out some of his youtube videos for a good laugh. Kyle is currently writing, directing and acting in his new web series, Mockalypse.

Q&A with Kyle Prue, author of The Sparks,

Book One in the Feud trilogy

Where did you get the idea for the Feud series? 

This is a coming of age story for young adults and I am a teen in that demographic. Everyone struggles to find their path in life and my characters are all struggling with not wanting to let people down and to find their way; forgiveness and hope is a part of that journey as well. One night, at the age of 15, I had terrible insomnia and I couldn’t sleep. I was thinking about the different personalities of my siblings and myself and how we will all follow different paths. That gave me the idea to create three different families loosely based around our differing personalities. I decided it would be fun to take these families and place them in a fantasy world where the obstacles we all face could be magnified to a whole new level. I wrote out the plot for the three books that night.

What drew you to write YA Fantasy?

I wanted to write for me. Recently, I’ve hit an “in-between” zone where it’s harder for me to find books I want to read. I wanted to write something that I would want to read and that would appeal to other kids my age. I wanted to appeal to boys who have lost interest in reading and I also created strong female characters that girls will love.

When did you first start writing? 

Like a lot of kids, I was bullied in middle school. I doubt you will ever find a kid that says, “I rocked 7th grade! That was the best time in my life.” I was short and fat and had a bowl haircut with braces. This was not a great time in my life. But I discovered I could come home and pick up a pen and create a whole fantasy world that I could control, when the rest of my life felt out of control. I learned that I loved to create characters because their potential is limitless.

I was lucky because I learned to use writing as an escape at an early age. I was in a multi-age program from 1st-3rd grade where I had the same teacher for three years. She had an experimental writing program where she gave us an hour a day to write in our journals. She told us to just write freely and not worry about punctuation or grammar, just let the creativity flow. So by the end of that program, I had a stack of notebooks filled with an adventure series. I also did a series called Three Rings that I wrote from the age of 12 to 14 when middle school was really rough. It was a 200-page manuscript. It wasn’t good, but it was good practice.

What are your other interests besides writing? 

I love stand up comedy because like writing, it requires an ability to look at the world in a unique way and find the humor in that. I’m a varsity swimmer for my school. I’m involved with mock trial, I’m in a number of plays every year, I started an improv club at my school and I’m really involved with our film club—we spend our weekends writing scripts and filming. We are currently working on a web series called “Amockalypse” that I’m really excited about. I pretty much gave up on sleeping after middle school.

I understand you still have the acting bug. What are you doing now? 

Currently, my whole focus is on college auditions. I’m crazy enough to be applying for programs where thousands of kids audition and they literally accept only six boys. So it’s kind of like trying to win the lottery, but I’m giving it my best shot. As I mentioned, I’m writing, directing and acting in my web series and we are launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund that this week. I spent last fall in LA and I was so lucky to take acting classes and perform improv at LA Connection. It was like what I imagine grad school is like. I spent 40 hours a week in acting classes and seminars—and still had to keep up with schoolwork online. It was intense but amazing.

What’s your favorite part of acting? Favorite thing about improv?

My favorite part of acting is initially stepping into the shoes of a character and just beginning to break them in: finding out what they want, how they talk, how they move, etc.

My favorite part of improv is when you are easing into a scene and the really good lines just start flowing, especially when you’re working with a talented partner.

Were you a big reader as a kid?

In 5th grade, I started at a new elementary school when I moved to Naples. They had a reading contest for whoever read the most books. I ended up reading like 200 books, which was a bit of overkill as the next highest kid read about 75 books, but apparently I’m more competitive than I realized. I just really wanted to beat this girl in my class who told me she was a better reader.

Were you drawn to a certain genre as a kid?

When I was younger, I really disliked reading. My mom would read me the books that my brother liked and I just never got into them. One day she was at the bookstore picking out books for us, and she mentioned to the owner that I didn’t seem interested in reading and he asked her about my personality and interests. He recommended that she try some fantasy books for me. She brought home a few of those books and from then on, all I did was read and write. I love young adult fantasy.

 

Were there certain authors that you really liked?

I’ve always loved Rick Riordan, and every kid in my generation loves JK Rowling. My mom started guarding the Harry Potter books and reading them aloud to us, because otherwise I would read one whole book in a night and then tell my siblings what happened. We would barely leave the house until we had finished each book. Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series has been phenomenal.

How have those writers influenced your writing?

I think Rick Riordan introduces and writes characters very well, which is something I kept in mind, because I have a group dynamic with my book. But I really like the way JK Rowling set up the overall plot and carried it through, intertwining a lot of different elements. She knew how to set up a big, epic adventure and finished it beautifully. That is what I hope to do with this trilogy.

Do you work with an outline or do you just write? Do you ever get stuck? 

Normally, I have a basic idea of where the story is going when I start writing a chapter. But there have been times when I am writing the chapter that I suddenly decide to take it in a new direction. Sometimes I struggle with writing a chapter or a character in the book, so to overcome that I’ll take a break and work on another project.

Do you have a favorite character in The Sparks?

It alternates a lot. In general, I’ve always been a fan of characters that are only around for one book and that are very big and eccentric. I really like Michael Taurlum because he’s kind of the epitome of what’s wrong with the Taurlum family and he’s just such a child. So it was really interesting to write about him and make him such an aggressive, haughty character.

If your book was made into a movie, which actors would be cast as the main characters?

I’ll try my best at this one. (Disclaimer: this would be one expensive movie . . . )

Neil: Brenton Thwaites (or Kyle Prue, if Brenton Thwaites is not available)

Saewulf: Michael Fassbender

Darius: Luke Bracey

Lilly: Alexandra Daddario or Emma Watson

Rhys: Dane DeHann

Jennifer and Victoria: Teresa Palmer

Bianca: Leven Rambin

Michael: Chris Hemsworth

Carlin: Mark Strong

The Emperor: Benedict Cumberbatch

Jonathan: Rico Rodriguez

Sir Vapros: Mads Mikkelsen

Quintus: Jonah Hill (Cameo Role)

What can you tell us about the challenges of getting a book published? 

I went to the New York Pitch Conference and Writer’s Workshop and got the opportunity to pitch my book to Random House, Penguin and McMillan Press. Each requested the manuscript (it was the most requested manuscript at the conference!), so I felt like I had a sound idea. The conference director advised me to use the publisher interest to try to get an agent. So, I began the process of sending query letters. I got some good advice from the agents I talked to. One advised me to hire a well-respected editor, as publishers expect manuscripts to be perfect, so I did that. Then another agent took the time to really ask me about my goals. I wanted the book to be read by as many people as possible and I wanted to get it published in a timely manner. She explained that—if I was lucky—the publishing process would take 3-5 years. She recommended that I meet with a small, independent publisher with a good reputation. They could meet my timing needs and I would have more input in the process, ensuring that I could retain some creative control of the final product. I met with the publisher she recommended (Barringer Publishing) and we hit it off immediately. So far, I’ve been thrilled with the process.

I’m hoping to publish Book 2, The Flames, in late summer 2015.

Do you have advice for other high school students wanting to write a book? 

Yes, never stop writing. Write, and write and write, until you’ve got something that you like. Don’t be afraid to have a very rough copy of something. The editing process is terrible and long and arduous, but it’s something you have to do. What matters is getting something on paper and then really shaping it into what you are looking for.

Is there anything you would like to say to your readers and fans? 

Thank you for sharing this journey with me. The series only gets better and more intense from here and I can’t wait to see what you guys think of it all.

Tell us where we can find your book and more information about you.

You can find more info on my website, http://www.kyleprue.com, Facebook http://www.facebook.com/kyleprue, Twitter@KylePrue and Instagram @KyleStevenPrue.

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Book Spotlight: Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The Long Haul. #9


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About the Book: A family road trip is supposed to be a lot of fun . . . unless, of course, you’re the Heffleys. The journey starts off full of promise, then quickly takes several wrong turns. Gas station bathrooms, crazed seagulls, a fender bender, and a runaway pig—not exactly Greg Heffley’s idea of a good time. But even the worst road trip can turn into an adventure—and this is one the Heffleys won’t soon forget.  http://www.wimpykid.com/books/book9/

 

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My Review: This is the 9th book in the Wimpy Kid series. And the family embarks on a road trip. Would it be a fun trip to Disney World or visiting their aunt Loretta in a nursing home. This trip was full of adventures which made the story interesting to read. Was the trip a total disaster? Well, loosing their credit cards, money, having to deal with a noisy and troublesome baby pig, sleeping in a dirty motel which smelled like mildew, carpet covered in weird stains and their room reeking of smoke would suggest so.

Would Greg and Rodrick behave themselves on this trip or get into mischief or would it turn out to be a great road trip? Overall, it was an interesting read that kids will enjoy reading and laughing about.

 

 

Cost: $7.75 @ amazon.com

Reading level: Ages 8 and up

Hardcover: 217  pages

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from Abrams Publishers in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

 

 

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Author/Book Spotlight. Giveaway: The Dreamer’s Lotus: Book One of The Lucidity Series. Ends Feb 20th


DreamersLotus_BookLayout_Full_Brighter The Dreamer’s Lotus: Book One of The Lucidity Series by Mike Dickenson What if you could speak directly to nature? What if it spoke back? A young outcast followed by crows finds a flower in the forest one night – it is the Dreamer’s Lotus, a powerful hallucinogen that opens the mind to the meanings of the symbols. This can be helpful, especially when you live in a world where everything is symbolic. Corvus suspects the Elders of The White Village have rewritten the meanings of the symbols somehow. They say the forest is a perilous place, a land of madness and illusion. They might be right, after-all, inexplicable things have been seen there… They say the boy is a bad omen, part of a prophecy that will destroy the village. Only a brave and curious girl is willing to help him, even though she knows he is playing a dangerous game. If Corvus finds what he is seeking they will kill him, but he has to know the truth. Why is he the only one who can hear the voices in the forest and why is he followed by the most feared sign of all? The Dreamer’s Lotus holds the answers, but if he consumes it, the crows will be the least of his concerns. Pages: 206 Cost: $12.89 @ amazon For reviews visit Amazon.com   Mike+Dickenson   About the Author: My biggest shifts in writing have come to me during times of tremendous inner-change. Most of this change has been self-induced and has almost always involved travel. After graduating with a degree in English Education at Montana State University, I left Elko, Nevada on a hitchhiking adventure which would culminate in Argentina almost two years later. This journey gave me a much needed perspective about our world and where we are going, both globally and individually. My experiences have shown me that humanity yearns for positive change, that people are inherently good, and that anything is possible. Our perception of the world can transform our reality before our eyes, and it is this message that permeates my novels and films. My writing is part satire, part literature, part humor, part parable. In an effort to change this world for the better, I strive to create works of fiction that both inspire and captivate others to find their truest potential. http://www.mikedickenson.com/author/

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Author/Book Spotlight. Giveaway: Paddling to Winter


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Paddling to Winter by Julie Buckles

About the Book: A Couple’s Wilderness Journey from Lake Superior to the Canadian North.

Julie Buckles and Charly Ray built a wood and canvas canoe, exchanged marriage vows, and paddled away from their front yard, planning to travel 2,700 miles to the Arctic Ocean and winter over in a tiny cabin. What a honeymoon! Told in Julie’s page-turning style, their story is full of humor and humility, rapids and relationships, love and life.

 

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Raven Productions, Inc (September 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983518920
  • Paperback $13.50 on amazon

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About the Author: Julie Buckles was born in the driftless region of Wisconsin and raised on a 47-acre dairy farm. She now lives near Washburn with her husband, Charly (spoiler alert, they are still together), two children and a team of Siberian huskies. She studied history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles. Buckles has worked as a reporter and freelance writer and as an adjunct professor at Northland College, where she currently works in the communications office as the public and media relations specialist. She is a regular contributor to Lake Superior Magazine and WPR’s Wisconsin Life. “Paddling to Winter: A Couple’s Wilderness Journey from Lake Superior to Northern Canada” was published in September 2013 and was recently awarded the Next Generation Indie Award, the Independent Publishers Award, the Foreword Book of the Year in Adventure and the Eric Hoffer da Vinci Eye Award for cover design.  http://www.juliebuckles.com/p/presentations.html

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Book Review/Giveaway: My Yellow Balloon. Ends Feb 20th


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My Yellow Balloon by Tiffany Papageorge, illustrated by Erwin Madrid

About the Book: It all started at the carnival. That is where Joey makes a new friend: a bright yellow balloon. Joey and his beloved balloon do everything together, until the balloon accidentally slips off Joeys wrist and flies far, far away. What will Joey do without his special friend? Tiffany Papageorge has crafted a poignant tale of love, loss, and letting go that will serve as a comforting guide to children who are navigating the complicated emotions of grief. Rich, luminous illustrations by Erwin Madrid perfectly capture these timeless themes, making them accessible to even the youngest reader. Honest, unflinching, and ultimately reassuring, this book will resonate with anyone who has endured the darkness of grief, while offering hope for brighter days ahead.

My Review: This is a story about a boy dealing with the loss of his favorite Balloon. It also gives an insight to the meaning of grief and loss, and how children handle both.

The carnival had come to town and Joey was so excited that his parents could barely keep up with him. Then he saw hundreds of big, bright balloons and couldn’t wait to get one. The balloon man handled him a big bright yellow balloon with a string tied to Joey’s wrist. Joey spent every moment with the balloon playing until one day the balloon slipped off his wrist and floated away. He called for his big bight yellow to come back and watch it as it disappeared into the sky. Joey was angry, confused and sad for days and wish this balloon would come back. Not even a new toy will make him happy until…. You will have to buy the book to see if there was a happy ending.

This is a great book to help children with situations like this whether it’s their favorite toy, pet or a loss of a love one.

The illustrations by Erwin Madrid are wonderfully beautiful, bright and bold. The brightness of the colors help tells the happy days and the dark gray colors, the not so happy days which general help tell the story and bring it to life. I highly recommend this book for school libraries.

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

Hardcover

48 pages

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Book Review: My Little Life of Jesus (My Little Bible)


My Little Life of Jesus (My Little Bible)

 

My Little Life of Jesus (My Little Bible)

About the Book: My Little Life of Jesus introduces the story of Jesus’ life to 3-to 5-year-olds. It follows Jesus from His birth, being baptized by John, meeting the disciples and teaching them how to pray, telling His stories to people in nearby towns and villages, right through to His return to the heavenly Father. Illustrated throughout with adorable artwork from a popular Candle Books artist, there is also a map included to show the land where Jesus lived. This padded hardcover comes complete with a presentation page for gift or award giving.

 

My Review: My Little Life of Jesus is a story about the birth of Jesus to his death and resurrection. The contents starts with the very first Christmas, I will say the birth of Jesus since He was not born on Christmas day.   The accounts of Mary been visited by an angel, giving birth in Bethlehem and visited by the three wise men who brought him gifts.

Learn why Jesus came, not only to heal the sick but to spread the word of God. There’s a page in the book that shows a map of where Jesus lived, from Bethlehem, to Jerusalem, Jericho, Galilee, Nazareth and many more until his death.

I liked that the book gave more detail story about the life of Jesus unlike some others. I also liked the added scriptures to the story. The illustrations are bright and colorful which will make it easy for kids to read.

Overall, a great book by the author Karen Williamson.

 

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.

January 26, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , | 1 Comment

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