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


My Big Yellow Balloon

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.

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48 pages

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Giveaway Ends Feb 20th, 2015

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Winner is #3 – Lavonne Yates

January 30, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

5th Annual Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop. 2015


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5th Annual Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop

January 16th to 26th

Co-hosted by Reviews by I’m A Reader

There will be 1 winner for this Hop USA ONLY

You have to be a subscriber to enter

Prize Pack is 3 Children’s books.

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Weather: Whipping Up a Storm! (Basher)

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Planet Earth: What Planet Are You On?

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Dinosaurs: The Bare Bones (Basher)

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This giveaway close at midnight on January 26th and the winners will be selected at random.org and post January 27th 2015.

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Thanks to all that took part in this giveaway.

Winner is #31 – Seyma Shabbir

January 15, 2015 Posted by | Free Giveaways, Giveaway Hops | , , , , , | 37 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: The Phony Farkleberry #1. Ends Jan 31st


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The Phony Farkleberry (Twisted Oak Amateur Detectives #1)  by Michael Scott Miller

 

About the Book: When a painting by legendary artist Thomas Farkleberry is stolen from the art gallery where Tyler’s mother works, Tyler’s mind races to the whispered conversation he overheard on the night of the big gala. But when his mother dismisses Tyler’s suspicions, he and his friends, Melanie, Amanda, Tubby, and Dontrelle, decide to take the investigation into their own hands. Can they crack the case before their parents discover what they are up to?

http://www.michaelscottmillerauthor.com/

 

My Review: The author, Michael Scott Miller, does a good being descriptive in each chapter of the book to enable young readers understand the story.  I also like the diversity in the main characters which is needed in more stories for our youth. A mystery develops when a forgery is discovered at the local art museum. The schoolmates turned detectives set out to solve the mystery.  Each friend utilizes their unique strength to help. There was several questionable methods in which some of the kids gathered information to solve the mystery, like hacking into the network.  Overall, a good story.

 

 

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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About the Author: Michael Scott Miller says there is no greater compliment than when his readers say they became emotionally invested in his characters.

Michael found the inspiration for his first novel, Ladies and Gentlemen…The Redeemers, from the talented but poor musicians that stake out territories and collect change from passersby in the subways of Philadelphia. This story of a band, cobbled together from down-and-out musicians, has been described as “a lesson in persistence, perseverance, salesmanship, and faith,” and as “a fun, feel good story.”

In Michael’s second novel, The Book of Sylvia, a city girl from London and a priest in rural England confront their inner demons as they attempt to solve a mystery together. This novel  has been described as “a journey of self-discovery cloaked in a mystery,” and “a wonderfully  fun tale.”

Following these two novels, Michael decided to pursue a dream of creating a book series for children.  This creative journey led to the release of the first three books in the Twisted Oak Amateur Detectives series.  Along the way, Michael developed a deep bond with his characters–Amanda, Melanie, Dontrelle, Tubby, and Tyler–and he is excited about taking them on more adventures. To read more click on the link http://www.michaelscottmillerauthor.com/about-the-author.html

 

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Winner will be selected by Random.org

Giveaway Ends Jan 31st, 2015

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

This Giveaway Has Ended

Winner is #1 – Colleen

Thanks to all those that took part in this giveaway.

January 12, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 29 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Return to Fern Valley. Ends Jan 15th


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About the Book: The Fern Valley Kids are back in twelve new and exciting adventures. Join Mildred and Roberta Cornstalk as they discover a clue hidden inside a library book. Peek into the window of a secret cottage with the lovely Betsy Woolrich. Find out what Jason Curlytail builds from a box, what Alice Redfeather does when she gets locked out of the house, or how Nathan Gruff copes with the news of a new baby.
My Review: Return to Fern Valley is a collection of short stories relating to the animals that live in Fern Valley. You have Roberta and Mildred Cornstalk who are curious chicken by nature and love to read, Betsy Woolrich a cheerful little sheep, Jason Curlytail who comes from a large family of diverse pigs, and many more. This is a book children will enjoy reading. Follow these wonderful animals as some of them discover hidden clue inside a library book and can’t wait to solve it. While Betsy is pleased that her new home would still be near all of her friends. And many more stories.

I love the exciting details and imagination of each story. This is a book that teaches valuable lesson. It is full of stories that children can relate too. I highly recommend this book for children starting to read chapter books.

 

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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Giveaway Ends Jan 15th, 2015

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Winner is #1 – Brenda

December 29, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Christmas Book Spotlight/Giveaway: Santa Claus vs The Aliens. Ends Jan 18th


Santa Claus vs The Aliens

Santa Claus vs The Aliens by James Cardona

 About the Book: When Edwin cuts his finger, dripping a few drops of blood onto a bone-colored tracking device he becomes a target of a group of aliens that think he holds the secret to the human race’s defeat. The only person who seems to know what to do is a fat man wearing a Santa Claus suit and he somehow seems to know just a little too much. Who is he and why does he know so much? Where did the aliens come from and what are they after? Can a Fourteen year old wandering the cold, empty streets of Manhattan late on Christmas Eve and an odd character dressed as Santa Claus stop the aliens, save the planet and discover the true meaning of Christmas?

 

Book Reviewhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23453140-santa-claus-vs-the-aliens?from_search=true

 

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: SJI; 1st edition (June 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985028467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985028466
  • Cost:  $6.99

Books by author – http://www.jamescardona.com/All.html

 

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About the Author: James Cardona received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Delaware with a minor in Religious Studies.
He enjoys all things creative including the typical things such as drawing, painting, music and creative writing; and the not-so-typical such as building robots and writing computer code.
James has written five books and is planning on writing many, many more.
He also loves tinkering with computers, electronics and building robots and is a mentor for FIRST Robotics FRC Team 316.
James also helps organize and run the PSEG Salem County Math Showcase which he created back in the year 2000, a math competition for students from grades four through eight, typically attended each year by approximately 500-600 students.  http://www.jamescardona.com/james_cardona_bio.html

 

 

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Giveaway Ends Jan 18th, 2015

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Winners are #1 – Ronda G and #3 – tmy56

Thanks to all who took part

December 24, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop. Ends December 31st


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Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop
Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Bookhounds

December 21st to 31st

2 winners for this Hop.

 3 Books each

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Winner will be selected by Random.org

Giveaway Ends Dec 31st, 2014

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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.

 

To win more books please check out the other OVER 100 blogs taking part by clicking on the link below to enter more goodies.

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This giveaway close at midnight on Wednesday, December 31st  and the winners will be selected at random.org and post January 1st 2015.

This Giveaway Has Ended.

Winner will be posted Jan 1 @ 12 noon.

Winner #39 – BookLady

Winner #35 – Holly Letson

Thanks to all that took part.

December 20, 2014 Posted by | Free Giveaways, Giveaway Hops | , , , , , , | 45 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Animal Teachers. Ends Dec 14th


Animal Teachers

Animal Teachers by Janet Halfmann, illustrated by Katy Hudson.

What’s a great way for kids to learn about learning? Tell them how animal parents teach their young! What’s a great way for kids to learn about learning? Tell them how an otter takes swimming lessons, or how a chick learns to peck! Short entries portray how twelve different animals are taught various “lessons.” Loads of information about nature is offered in brief, kid-friendly explanations paired with striking illustrations.

My Review: Question, who taught you how to do things? Let me answer that question. Your parents, grandparents, your teachers and others taught you things. So who teaches the animals? Funny if the answer was, they read books, or got their information about life from checking the internet. The author is about to give us a peek into some animal lessons.

As you read each page, you will learn how a chick takes food from Mama Hen’s mouth and how she drops seeds around their feet. Learn how Kangaroos defend themselves as Mama Kangaroo teaches her young ones boxing by pushing their front paws and kicks with their big hind feet. Read about the Beaver as they learn how to build, the drinking lesson by the elephants, the shouting lesson by the Prairie Dogs, and the fishing lesson by the bears and many more. The animals need these skills to handle the environment they live in.

This is a great educational book that introduces children to the animal’s way of life. This book is a great resource for the classroom teaching as it gives more animal facts at the end of the book.

The book is beautifully illustrated with watercolor like images by Katy Hudson who did a great job by portraying how the teachers shows the learners how to use the skills they learned.  I love Janet Halfmann’s books and will always recommend them for not only classroom reading but as part of children’s home library. If you’re going to have one good book on the shelf, it should be a Janet Halfmann’s book.

  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Hardcover: 36 pages

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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Giveaway Ends Dec 14th, 2014

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Winner is #7 – conniepsaunders

November 26, 2014 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Blog Tour/Giveaway: A Tale of Light and Shadow by Jacob Gowans. Ends Dec 6th


A Tale of Light and Shadow

A Tale of Light and Shadow by Jacob Gowans

About the Book: Enter Atolas, a world where swords and daggers both extend life and end it, where magic is feared by all but a few, and where feuds and friendships influence kingdoms and courtships. Henry and Isabelle have secretly sworn to marry despite his lowly station. Though Henry is but a carpenter, his devotion drives him to commit an unthinkable act that may cost both of them their lives. At the same time, a secret, dark prophecy has set in motion events that will affect not only them, but the thrones of rulers throughout all of Atolas, threatening to eclipse the world in shadow. But all is not lost while hope remains in the guise of an unlikely hero and the strength of friendship.

  • Series: A Tale of Light and Shadow
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain (September 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609078721
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609078720

For reviews check amazon.com

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About the Author: Jacob Gowans is a dentist currently working in Utah. He is husband to a beautiful wife, and father to four cute children. He shuns all pets. When not working or writing, he enjoys watching sports, reading, running, acting, listening to a variety of music, kissing his wife, internet shopping, and chasing his kids around the house. He is passionate about board games, both old and new.

Psion Beta was his first novel, followed by Psion Gamma, Psion Delta, and Psion Alpha. He is currently working on books in both the Psion series and his new series, A Tale of Light and Shadow, published by Shadow Mountain Publishing. He is also planning Unknown and Super Six, two more series. His favorite bands are Angels and Airwaves and The Killers. His favorite book is Alexandre Dumas’ The Count of Monte Cristo, and thinks the greatest film ever made is Dead Poets Society. He reads comics, mainly Spider-man, Batman, The Far Side, and Calvin and Hobbes.

He was raised in Papillion, Nebraska, graduated from Brigham Young University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in theater studies, and moved to Cleveland shortly thereafter. In 2011, he graduated from dental school at Case Western Reserve University.

He dreams of going to another country, seeing the Yankees play in every baseball stadium in America, and getting more involved in creating motion pictures. He would love to explore comic book and screenplay writing. He believes there is no greater responsibility than his family, and no better way to live than with love for all mankind.  http://www.jacobgowans.com/about-jacob-gowans.html

Blog Tour by http://www.shadowmountain.com/blog-tour-a-tale-of-light-and-shadow/

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Giveaway Ends Dec 6th, 2014

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November 16, 2014 Posted by | Blog Tour, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

5th Annual Gratitude Giveaways Hop. Ends Nov 30th


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Welcome to the 5th Annual Gratitude Giveaways Blog Hop Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

November 15th to 30th

This hop is to say thank you to my followers

I would like to say a big thank you to all those who visit and leave wonderful comments on my blog.

You are the best followers! I wish I could give everyone of you a free gift but I can’t. I can only do the next best thing below.

Gratitude Giveaway Blog Hop (US ONLY)

Hosted by I am a reader, not a writer

There will be 2 winners for this Hop (USA ONLY)

Each winner will receive any 3 Books

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Giveaway Ends Nov 30, 2014

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To win more books please check out the other OVER 150 blogs taking part by clicking on the link below to enter more goodies.

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This giveaway close at midnight on Sunday, November 30th and the winner will be selected at random.org and post December 1st, 2014.

This Giveaway Has Ended

Winners are #24-  annie page  and #32- Josy Herrera

Thanks to all who took part.

November 14, 2014 Posted by | Free Giveaways, Giveaway Hops | , , , , , , | 70 Comments

Kindle Edition Giveaway for Karmack by JC Whyte. Ends Nov 19th


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Karmack by JC Whyte

Everyone knows Curtis “Sully” Sullenburg is the toughest kid at Higgins Elementary. For years, he and his gang have tormented students and teachers alike with their pranks. And for the most part, they’ve gotten away with it. But all that changes when a strange little creature appears on the scene. From that point on, pranks start coming back like boomerangs, smacking Sully’s gang right in their fifth grade butts! Sully is the only one who can see this creature, which he names Karmack. The little guy claims to be a nature spirit whose job is to balance all the bad karma the boys have amassed over the years. Because if Karmack fails, these boys will undoubtedly suffer “dreadful, awful doom”. Just like that kid who shot at crows with his BB gun – one day he crashed his bike into a pigeon coop and emerged as the Abominable Snowman of bird poop! Yeah, that kind of doom. Sully soon realizes he must save not only himself but his friends from Karmack’s doom, even though they have no idea why they keep getting boomeranged! http://karmack.webs.com/for-kids

Karmack was honored to win a silver in pre-teen fantasy from the 2014 Literary Classics International Book Awards; also, a First Place in chapter ebooks from the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards! 

http://karmack.webs.com/

 

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About the Author: J.C. Whyte discovered her love for writing at the age of eleven when her 6th grade teacher told the class to write a poem about a sport. She knew her classmates would probably choose a popular sport like baseball or football, so J.C. chose to write a funny poem about golf. To her surprise, the teacher really loved it and encouraged J.C. to continue writing. So she did. Then that summer, students were told to choose 26 books from a reading list, read them and write a book report on each. BLAH! J.C. wanted to enjoy her summer, not spend it reading. Back then, she was a very slow reader and didn’t much enjoy the experience. Plus, kids didn’t have the fun books which are available today. But her wise teacher told J.C. she could write 26 stories instead of reading them. That was genius. J.C. didn’t actually write a full 26 stories, but she wrote at least one which made her teacher laugh out loud in class. And the teacher gave her an “A” on her summer reading assignment. J.C. never forgot that wise and wonderful teacher who let the budding author play to her strengths. So as a result, J.C. knew at an early age she wanted to become a professional writer. Yet when she reached college, she also understood that writing stories seldom paid the bills. So she got her degrees in Journalism and Communications Management. Then for many years she channeled her creative energies into the field of Public Relations. To read more https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7135956.J_C_Whyte

 

 

For reviews  http://www.amazon.com/Karmack-J-C-Whyte-ebook/dp/B00D91LYIY/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415188014&sr=1-1&keywords=9781771273350

 

Kindle Edition

Pages: 140

 

Kindle Edition Giveaway

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Giveaway Ends Nov 19th, 2014

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

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This Giveaway Has Ended

Winner is #5 – Liz Mays

November 5, 2014 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

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