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Blog Tour/Giveaway: A Tale of Light and Shadow, Book 2: Secrets of Neverak. Ends Sept 13th


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A Tale of Light and Shadow: Secrets of Neverak

About the Book: Henry Vestin always believed that, despite being a carpenter with no training in swordplay or survival, he could lead Isabelle and his friends to safety. He thought he could defy an emperor and protect Isabelle from harm. He was certain that love and friendship would help them survive.

He was wrong.

The second volume in the Tale of Light and Shadow series follows Henry and his friends after the disastrous battle at the Iron Pass. Horrors await the band of travelers in strange new lands. Crippled and broken, Henry must rely on his friends more than ever. New allies and foes find them at every turn, but which are friendly and which are deadly? Isabelle, now a slave in Neverak, finds herself surrounded by enemies, uncertain about the fate of her friends, and relying on only herself to survive. The Emperor moves forward with his plans of conquest, spurred on by the Seer’s dark prophecy, but he has not forgotten those who defied him.

Return to the world of Atolas, where swords and daggers extend life or end it, where feuds and friendships influence kingdoms and courtships, and where magic is feared by all but a few.

 

About the Author: http://www.jacobgowans.com/about-jacob-gowans.html

 

  • Series: Tale of Light and Shadow (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing; First Edition edition (July 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609079787
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609079789
  • Kindle: $15.19 @amazon
  • Print: $17.09 @amazon
  • Audible: $27.54 @amazon
  • MP3 CD: $44.95 @amazon

 

A Tale of Light and Shadow by Jacob Gowans https://mymcbooks.wordpress.com/?s=Jacob

 

http://www.shadowmountain.com/book/a-tale-of-light-and-shadow-secrets-of-neverak/

 

Giveaway Rules

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There will be 1 winner  

This Giveaway is Open to the USA Only!

Winner will be selected by Random.org

Giveaway Ends Sept 13th, 2015

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

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August 28, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Anatomy of a Misfit


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Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

 

About the Book: In this Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower tale, narrator Anika Dragomir is the third most popular girl at Pound High School. But inside, she knows she’s a freak; she can’t stop thinking about former loner Logan McDonough, who showed up on the first day of tenth grade hotter, bolder, and more mysterious than ever. Logan is fascinating, troubled and off-limits. The Pound High queen bee will make Anika’s life hell if she’s seen with him. So Anika must choose—ignore her feelings and keep her social status? Or follow her heart and risk becoming a pariah. Which will she pick? And what will she think of her choice when an unimaginable tragedy strikes, changing her forever? An absolutely original new voice in YA in a story that will start important conversations—and tear at your heart.

Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blond hair—the third most popular girl in school. Inside, she’s a freak: a mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if local chatter is to be believed, vampire DNA (after all, her father is Romanian). But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauer, first most popular girl in school, will make her life hell. So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can’t get involved. It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd. So what if that nerd is now a black-leather-jacket-wearing dreamboat, and his loner status is clearly the result of his troubled home life? Who cares if the right girl could help him with all that, maybe even save him from it? Who needs him when Jared Kline, the bad boy every girl dreams of, is asking her on dates? Who?

Anatomy of a Misfit is Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Anika’s hilariously deadpan delivery will appeal to readers for its honesty and depth. The so-sad-it’s-funny high school setting will pull readers in, but when the story’s dark foreboding gradually takes over, the devastating penultimate tragedy hits like a punch to the gut. Readers will ride the highs and lows alongside funny, flawed Anika — from laughter to tears, and everything in between.   http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062313645/anatomy-of-a-misfit

 

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (September 2, 2014)
  • Cost: $11.24 at Amazon

 

 

My Review: I really don’t know what to say about this book as I hate giving bad reviews. So my two stars says enough.

 

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.

 

 

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About the Author: Andrea Portes is the bestselling novelist of the critically lauded adult novel, Hick. The book was her debut and has since been made into a feature film starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Alec Baldwin, Blake Lively, Eddie Redmayne, and Juliette Lewis. Bury This, her second novel, was published in January 2014 by Soft Skull Press. Anatomy of a Misfit is her third novel, and her first for young adult readers.

Andrea grew up shuffled around between such disparate locales as Nebraska, Brasília, Texas, Rio de Janiero, Baltimore, North Dakota, California, Wisconsin, and North Carolina. Finally, Andrea was granted relief from this nomadic existence when she was accepted to Bryn Mawr College. She attended on full scholarship and later graduated cum laude, with a major in English literature. She then earned her master’s in fine arts degree from UC San Diego.

After her relentless education, Andrea moved to the neighborhood of Echo Park in Los Angeles, where she spent years mostly getting into trouble. It was in this period of vague nothingness that Andrea penned her debut novel, in longhand in three notebooks. Currently, she lives in the neighborhood of Los Feliz, in Los Angeles.

August 26, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Book Review: Arbordale Publishing 2015 Collection


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This Land Is Your Land by Catherine Ciocchi, illustrated by Cathy Morrison

Take a trip around the world to discover a wide variety of Earth’s landforms and geological features through the rhythmic verse in This Land is Your Land. On the journey encounter plains, plateaus, and rolling hills. Find out how a stream can make a canyon or lava creates an archipelago. Read aloud and discover new terrain with the flip of each page. http://www.catherineciocchi.com/#!books/cnec

 

My Review: Follow Author Catherine Ciocchi, as she takes you around the world and discover the variety of Earth’s landforms with its geological features. What a great way for children to discover how lands are formed by massive movements like weather, wind, water and more.

Learn that where land meets sea, there’s a coast; sandy beaches cover most lands. Some of the highest mountains peak are capped in snow and cooler than the base. Read about the plateau, canyon, tranquil valley, volcano lava and many more. The last four pages includes learning activities: Earth Movers, Landform Sorting, Landform Matching, and Map Skills.

The illustrations by Cathy Morrison show great geographic details. Colors are bold and bright with clear text. I recommend this book for classroom teaching.

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Arbordale Publishing 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: Born and raised in New York in the beautiful Hudson River. She is the youngest of 6 children in the Muller family who spent alot of time camping and hiking in the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains. Her father, George and her mother, Ruth, taught her 3 brothers ad 2 sisters to appreciate the wonders of nature. I was fascinated with Earth Science in high school so much that I went on to study geology and I’m happy to say that I am an Earth Science teacher today.   Rhyme is something else I love and use it to explain science concepts to my students. It takes a lot of practice and perseverence to get a rhyme just right. Fifteen years ago, I joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Through this organization, I was able to find a fun local writer’s group. This dynamic group  has established another organization called Children’s Writers of the Hudson Valley. Being part of this group has inspired and motivated me in my writing. Every writer needs the support of a writer’s group. http://www.catherineciocchi.com/#!bio/c1ktj

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Achoo! Why Pollen Counts by Shennen Bersani

About the Book: Spring has arrived and pollen is in the air. Baby Bear does not like the pollen—it sticks to his fur and makes him itchy and sneezy. He’s allergic! Achoo! He just wishes the pollen were gone. But when his friends gather to tell him why they need pollen, Baby Bear learns that pollen is good for the forest and provides food for many animals, including him!

My Review: It was interesting to know that pollen is good for the forest and also provides food for many animals. Some types of pollen are light and float in the air, while some are heavier and cling to flowers. Many insects ear pollen, the spiders catch pollen in their web and eat it for dinner. The bees use pollen and nectar to make beebread. Ladybug snack on pollen in the fall, they find that it has plenty of protein to help them hibernate in the winter.

Also, it’s interesting to know that pollen floats high in the cloud. It clings to water, freezes, and form ice crystal. They grow, fall and form snowflakes. Pollen makes some humans and animals sneeze but it also provides food for many animals.

The last 4 pages include learning activities from understanding allergies, flower parts, pollination process, bees are the great pollinators pollinator matching – animals spreading pollen from flower to flower. Great illustrations which helps tell the story.

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Arbordale Publishing 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: Shennen Bersani is a children’s book author and illustrator. Interests: She love the ocean, and drawing, and bike riding. She is an avid reader, researcher, writer, and painter. http://www.shennenbersani.com/

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Fibonacci Zoo by Tom Robinson

About the Book: When Eli and his father visit an unusual zoo, they count the creatures in each exhibit. Eli sees one alligator, then one bison, and next two camels. Soon a number pattern emerges and Eli thinks he can predict how many animals will be in the next exhibit. Explore the zoo with Eli as he runs ahead to test his hypothesis.

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About the Author: Tom Robinson is a high school math teacher with more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. He wrote Fibonacci Zoo to introduce young readers to numbers and patterns. Tom is also the author of The Everything Kids Science Experiments Book, The Everything Kids Magical Science Experiments Book, and Forcing Out: A Guide to Better Physics Fitness. Tom lives in Chelan, WA, with his wife and two children.

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Wandering Woolly by Andrea Gabriel

About the Book: Little Woolly leaves her mother behind as she chases a toad down to the river. When the glacial ice breaks, she is swept away in the rumbling, rolling water. Now alone, the mammoth calf struggles to survive. She must sneak past cave lions, bears, saber-toothed cats and humans. Exhausted and afraid, she must even hide from stormy weather as she fights her way back to her herd. How can she find them? Will she ever get back? http://bigbearillustration.com/books/

My Review: Wandering Woolly wondered about her surrounding and beyond. She makes her way down to the river to splash water over her head when suddenly the ice splintered and toppled off the glacier throwing woolly into the rolling water sweeping her away from her family. She tried to call out for her mother, but the mammoths couldn’t hear her. The water swept her pass a hunting lion and a giant beaver. Back on land, she came across bears, humans and their hunting dogs and the saber-toothed cats. She desperately needs to get back to her mother and aunties. Was Woolly able to locate the other mammoths? You need to buy the book to find out.

The last four pages include learning activities. Learn about the Ice Age, about mammoths and elephants, the Clovis people as they were the first humans in North America and the extinct ice age animals that Woolly met along the way.

This is a very good educational book. Teaching kids the importance of having to stay close to their parents and that wandering off doesn’t make them safe.

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Arbordale Publishing 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: Andrea Gabriel lives in Bellingham, Washington, where she spends a lot of time making pictures for kids and grown-ups alike. In addition to a busy studio schedule, she loves illustrating books for children and presenting in the schools. http://bigbearillustration.com/about/

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About the Book: Gorillas using iPads, lemurs finger painting, squirrel monkeys blowing bubbles…these primates are pretty smart! Could you make the grade in Primate School? Learn how diverse the primate family is, and some of the ways humans are teaching new skills to their primate cousins. Author Jennifer Keats Curtis is once again working with organizations across the country to share fun facts about primates through this photo journal.  http://jenniferkeatscurtis.com/projects/primate-school/

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About the Author: Children’s author Jennifer Keats Curtis wants to help bring children closer to the animals in their own backyards. By diligently researching her topic and interviewing real experts, including children working to help preserve and protect local wildlife, the long-time journalist has developed a knack for teaching young children about important ecological issues and what they can do to help. To read more http://jenniferkeatscurtis.com/about-the-author/

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About the Books: What are some things we can learn about animals from the shape of their mouths, beaks, or bills? What can we infer about animals with sharp teeth compared to large, flat teeth? Are there any animals that don’t have mouths? In this second book of her “Animal Anatomy and Adaptation” series, award-winning nature photographer and environmental educator Mary Holland shares fascinating animal mouths with readers of all ages.    http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/bookpage.php?id=AnimalMouths

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About the Author: Mary Holland, naturalist, wildlife photographer, columnist, and author, resides in Hartland, Vermont. Mary’s work in environmental education has included directing the state-wide Environmental Learning for the Future (ELF) program for the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, being a resource naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, designing and presenting Knee-high Nature Programs for libraries and elementary schools throughout Vermont, and compiling Vermont’s Rare Bird Alert for the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. In addition to writing a natural history newspaper column and magazine articles, Mary has written and photographed a children’s book, Milkweed Visitors, which introduces young and old alike to the insects that visit a milkweed patch.

http://www.arbordalepublishing.com/bookhome.php

 

All books listed are

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Arbordale Publishing
  • Ages: 4-8
  • Cost: Paperback $9.95

 

Giveaway Books  (2) for Merry

 

 

August 18, 2015 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Author/Book Spotlight: The Forget Me Not Summer by Leila Howland


 

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The Forget Me Not Summer by Leila Howland,  Ji-Hyuk Kim (Illustrator)

About the Book: This charming story about the summer three California sisters spend on Cape Cod is perfect for fans of The Penderwicks and The Mother-Daughter Book Club. Full of moments both humorous and reflective, The Forget-Me-Not Summer is a story about three girls facing their fears, adjusting to change, and learning how to band together as the strongest version of themselves: sisters.

Though Marigold, Zinnia, and Lily Silver couldn’t be more different, they’re all excited about their various plans for summer vacation. Twelve-year-old Marigold is hoping to get her first kiss from her big crush, while Zinnia, eleven, will most likely spend her time in Marigold’s shadow. And little five-year-old Lily, though angelic, has a knack for stirring up mischief wherever she goes.

But any expectation of summer fun comes crashing down when the sisters’ parents send them to Cape Cod to visit their aunt Sunny. Small-town life is not what these L.A. girls had in mind. They must adjust, however, to things like sharing a room and living without a TV. With the help of Aunt Sunny’s zany disposition and yummy brownies, though, the girls are quickly won over, and before Marigold, Zinnie, and Lily know it, they’re cracking lobster shells at clambakes, making new friends, and even organizing a local talent show.

 

Jacket Copy: Sisters Marigold, Zinnia, and Lily Silver can’t wait for summer even though it’s warm all year in L.A. Twelve-year-old Marigold, an aspiring actress, has boys on the brain and is hoping to become more than friends with her crush. Zinnia, eleven, having failed at trying to tame her unruly curls, has plenty of time on her hands during summer vacation and will most likely spend it in Marigold’s shadow. Five-year-old Lily, whom everyone adores, is content to play with her beloved nanny all day. But when their parents announce they’re sending these California girls to their aunt Sunny’s house on Cape Cod for several weeks, it’s a complete disaster.
They’re forced to adjust to a much simpler way of life—no TV, no Wi-Fi, and, worst of all, sharing a room. Could their summer get any more awful? While at first reluctant, Marigold, Zinnia, and Lily are charmed by their warmhearted and quirky aunt Sunny, whose cheery attitude is contagious. Resolving to make the most of their situation, the sisters decide to spice up this quiet town by organizing a local talent show. As they start to make friends—like Peter, the Red Sox–loving sailor boy with an eye for Marigold—and see the magic of the Cape, the summer becomes one of firsts, fun, and plenty of sun . . . all while they learn how to band together as the strongest version of themselves they can be: sisters.

http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062318695/the-forget-me-not-summer

Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22934470-the-forget-me-not-summer

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Cost: $11.39 Hardcover $9.99 kindle @amazon
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 5, 2015)

 

 

 

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About this author: LEILA HOWLAND loves to read, explore L.A., and have funny and meaningful conversations with her friends and family, especially her brother who calls from Washington D.C. whenever he’s waiting for the bus. A lot gets discussed in those phone calls, but they tend to end abruptly when the bus shows up. She can really cut the rug, but wishes she could sing without people covering their ears. A graduate of Georgetown University, Leila spent five years acting in New York where she was a company member of the award-winning Flea Theater in Tribeca. It was a lot of fun and she often talks about “getting back into it.” The closest she has come was a stint as an extra on The Young and the Restless in 2010. Leila now lives in Los Angeles with her husba LEILA HOWLAND loves to read, explore L.A., and have funny and meaningful conversations with her friends and family, especially her brother who calls from Washington D.C. whenever he’s waiting for the bus. A lot gets discussed in those phone calls, but they tend to end abruptly when the bus shows up. She can really cut the rug, but wishes she could sing without people covering their ears. A graduate of Georgetown University, Leila spent five years acting in New York where she was a company member of the award-winning Flea Theater in Tribeca. It was a lot of fun and she often talks about “getting back into it.” The closest she has come was a stint as an extra on The Young and the Restless in 2010. Leila now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son. http://www.leilahowland.com/about/

July 10, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Author/Book Spotlight: The Hero’s Guide To Being An Outlaw. Book 3


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Book Spotlight: The Hero’s Guide To Being An Outlaw by Christopher Healy

About the Book: The League of Princes returns in the hilariously epic conclusion to the hit series that began with Christopher Healy’s The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, which the Los Angeles Times called “one of the more clever, hilariously successful incarnations of the current literary rage to rip apart and rewrite fairy tales.”

Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You think you know those guys pretty well by now, don’t you? Well, think again. Posters plastered across the thirteen kingdoms are saying that Briar Rose has been murdered—and the four Princes Charming are the prime suspects. Now they’re on the run in a desperate attempt to clear their names. Along the way, however, they discover that Briar’s murder is just one part of a nefarious plot to take control of all thirteen kingdoms—a plot that will lead to the doorstep of an eerily familiar fortress for a final showdown with an eerily familiar enemy.  http://christopherhealy.com/the-heros-guide-to-being-an-outlaw/

Pages: 529 pages

Ages: 8-12

Cost: $16.99

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Book received from HarperCollins

My Review: A book full of adventures, pirates, heroes, fairy tales and mythical creatures. A book both teen and adults will enjoy reading.

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.

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About the Author: Christopher Healy was born in the quaint Northeastern town of New York City. It was there, while still an infant, that Christopher chewed the pages of his very first book. Later, he learned that the squiggles on those bound-together pieces of paper had meaning. And thus, a lifelong reader was born.

Even in his youth, Christopher knew he would someday be a writer. And he wrote numerous Tables of Contents to prove it, a few of which sounded like they might have been pretty great books had he ever written the stories to go along with them. It would be quite some time before Christopher actually got the chance to write for a living. And his career took many detours in between: cashier, actor, toy store shelf-stocker, person who types things from one place into another place, haunted house zombie, person who checks the spelling of celebrities’ names, etc. Eventually, he cobbled together a tiny little video game review — and it actually got published. Thus, a writer was born. To read more click on the link below.

http://christopherhealy.com/about-me/

June 22, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book/Author Spotlight. Giveaway: Witches Protection Program. Ends July 6th


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Witches Protection Program by Michael Phillip Cash

Wes Rockville, a disgraced law enforcement agent, is given one last chance to prove himself and save his career when he’s reassigned to a 232 year old secret government organization. The Witches Protection Program. His first assignment: uncover a billion-dollar Cosmetics company’s diabolical plan of using witchcraft for global domination, while protecting its heiress Morgan Pendragon from her aunt’s evil deeds. Reluctantly paired with veteran witch protector, Alastair Verne, Wes must learn to believe in both witches and himself. Filled with adventure, suspense and a rousing good time, Michael Phillip Cash creates a tongue-in-cheek alternate reality where witches cast spells and wreak havoc in modern day New York City. http://www.michaelphillipcash.com/home

 

Pages: 238

Cost: $10.59 @amazon

Read 5 star reviews at @amazon and goodreads

Blog: http://www.michaelphillipcash-officialblog.com/

Check out Michael’s other books:

Stillwell: A Haunting on Long Island,

The Flip,

The After House,

Brood X: A Firsthand Account of the Great Cicada Invasion,

The Battle for Darracia: Books I, II. III Anthology,

The Hanging Tree.

Coming Soon: Pokergeist

 

 

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About the Author: Born and raised on Long Island, Michael has always had a fascination with horror writing and found footage films. He wanted to incorporate both with his debut novel, Brood X. Earning a degree in English and an MBA, he has worked various jobs before settling into being a full-time author. He currently resides on Long Island with his wife and children.

 

 

Giveaway Rules

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There will be 1 winner  

This Giveaway is Open to the USA Only!

Winner will be selected by Random.org

Giveaway Ends July 6th, 2015

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.

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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 #4 – Benita

 

 

 

 

June 19, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Book Review: Bible Dominoes


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Bible Dominoes. With Storybook inside.

About the Bible Dominoes: This domino game helps children to learn about the Bible and Jesus while playing! It also encourages communication, sharing, counting, and matching skills. The pieces are large and colorful, so they’re easy to pick up, and the pictures are clear. The set includes 28 dominoes with a mixture of Bible story characters, numbers, and animals to match, as well as instructions and a story booklet explaining the stories featured on the cards. A useful resource for home, school, or Sunday school. – See more at: http://www.kregel.com/childrens-activities/bible-dominoes/#sthash.7WmoD5sF.dpuf

 

My Review: This bible game is fun for kids which helps to develop their counting and matching skills. The dominoes are bright, colorful, and sturdy. Inside the box set includes 28 dominoes with a mixture of Bible characters, numbers, and animals to match and a story booklet explaining the stories featured on the cards.

Overall, kids between the ages of 3 and 7 will find it fun to play with and learn as well.

 

 

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.

June 1, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Kregel Book Review | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Stick Dog. VOL 1, 3 and 4


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Stick Dog by Tom Watson.  A really Good Story with kind of Bad Drawing. VOL 1

When Stick Dog gets a whiff of hamburgers grilling at Picasso Park, he knows he has to get one. Along with his stray dog friends – A Dalmatian named Stripes, a Dachshund named Karen, a mutt named Mutt and a Poodle named Poo-Poo – Stick Dog embarks on an epic quest to snatch those fantastic-smelling burgers.

It’s not an easy task. On the way, Poo-Poo gets attacked by a squirrel, Karen gets lost and Stripes becomes convinced that the family at the park is really a band of super-warrior humans.

What they need is a plan – but Stick Dog’s friends are, umm, not very good at coming up with realistic burger-snatching strategies.

Using teamwork, patience and skill, the question is this: Will Stick Dog guide them safely to a delicious dinner? http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780062110787#

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Stick Dog Chases a Pizza VOL 3

In Stick Dog Chases a Pizza, Tom Watson’s hilarious follow-up to Stick Dog and Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog, Stick Dog returns with the same crazy crew. This time these canine friends have discovered a newfangled flavor—and it’s even more delicious than hamburgers and hot dogs. It’s pizza! And they won’t be satisfied until they get some slices of their own. But it won’t be that easy. There’s a kitten to rescue, a plan to make, and the messiest—and most dangerous—game of catch they’ve ever played. Pizza is on the menu, but only if their mission succeeds. Perfect for fans of Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the previous Stick Dog books. http://www.harpercollins.com/books/9780062278050

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Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream. VOL 4

The Stick Dog series continues in author-illustrator Tom Watson’s hilarious Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream. In the follow-up to Stick Dog, Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog, and Stick Dog Chases a Pizza, Stick Dog and his pals are back, but this time the temperature is rising and they’re all feeling the heat. They need cold, cold ice cream on this hot, hot day. It will take all of Stick Dog’s smarts to guide his friends to a scrumptious ice cream feast. They’ll battle a water-attacking machine, discover rainbow puddles, and chase the strangest, loudest truck they’ve ever seen. But there’s a looming threat to their mission—Stick Dog gets spotted by a human. And the police are on his tail. If he’s captured, Stick Dog may never see his friends again. If he escapes, it’s ice cream for everyone. Perfect for fans of Big Nate, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and the previous Stick Dog books. http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062278074/stick-dog-dreams-of-ice-cream

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Cost: $12.99

My Review: Like I say in my past review, If you enjoy reading the wimpy kid series you may want to try something different. The Stick Dog series by Tom Watson are hilarious. In vol 1, Stick is always super hungry. Follow Stich Dog and his friends on a quest to find the perfect Hamburgers! But how will they ask the humans for hamburgers . Kids will enjoy reading this book.

In Stick Dog Chases a Pizza, Stick Dog and his friends found that Pizza was even more delicious than hamburgers and hot dogs.  As they went about looking for a Frisbee to play they came across a cardboard pizza circle with delicious smells. After tasting what was left on it they  devise a plan on how to get some pizza.

In Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream, the weather is getting hot and Stick Dog and his friends are feeling the heat and need to cold down. They hear an ice cream truck and decided to get themselves some. Poo-Poo sat down on the end of the seesaw, it sank down and he slide down the seesaw. After many attempts to get into the truck and failed, Stick Dog finally concludes that he will jump into the ice cream truck using a seesaw while his friends sat at the end of the seesaw. He rose as high as the board would lift him  to the exact height of the truck’s window. Will he be able to get his friends some ice cream or would he get caught?

The Stick Dog series are fun books for the kids. The illustrations are helps tell the stories.

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.

 

May 30, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: I Hate to Read! Ends June 16th


I Hate Books

I Hate to Read by Rita Marshall and Etienne Delessert

About the Book: Victor Dickens hates to read, and nothing can change his mind. Or can it? How about a parrot with a peg leg? Or a rabbit with black barn boots? Or a field mouse with gold coins? Anything can happen on the whimsical, wonderful night when a little boy with a stubborn hatred of books discovers that printed words can take on lives of their own. Reissued here with a text crafted for even younger readers, I Hate to Read! won the 1993 Benjamin Franklin Award upon its original publication. http://gonereading.com/product/i-hate-to-read-by-rita-marshall/

 

Pages: 32

Ages: 5 and up

 

 

My Review: Have you tried to get your child to read and they just want to do other things like play video games? Well, meet Victor Dickens a stubborn boy who wear his helmet when skateboarding, combs his hair for the class picture, like to share with his dog, Page. He is good in math and science but fails in ABCs. Victor just hates reading.

So why he was pretending to read while watching Television, some characters started to crawl out of the book. First it was a crocodile in a white coat asking him to jump into his pocket. It’s time to read said the crocodile, it’s story time. But Victor told him that he hate to read. And that’s how his adventure started with each character from the book giving Victor an invitations to encourage him to read. With each adventures, Victor started to find reading interesting as he read each page, he just hated the story to come to an end. This will be a great addition to the school and home library.

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Gone Reading International 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 16th, 2015

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May 29, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , | 9 Comments

Book Review: The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Noah’s Ark.


9781419713613

Noah’s Ark. Adapted by Linda Falken from Genesis, Chapter 6-9.

 

About the Book: Children and adults will love this beautiful retelling of Noah’s Ark and the massive flood that destroyed the earth. The story is illustrated with paintings and drawings in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Featured artists include Gustave Courbet, Marc Chagall, John Henry Dearle, Lodewijk Tieling, Aurelio Luini, Giulio Bonasone, Jacob Bouttats, and Joseph Anton Koch. The book concludes with a note about each artwork.

Side note: The waters rose and lifted up the ark. And the high hills that were under the whole heaven were covered. The waters rose higher until the mountains were covered, too, and all the earth was flooded as if by one sea. The timeless tale of Noah and his wooden ark housing two of every creature on earth is given new life through beautiful pieces of art from the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as other world-renowned museums….  http://www.abramsbooks.com/Books/Noah_s_Ark-9781419713613.html

 

  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (April 14, 2015)
  • Cost: $12.97 @ amazon

 

 

My Review: Noah’s Ark features full-color reproductions of paintings from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s own collection. The story is retold with selections of drawings and paintings by famous artists such a Marc Chagall, Gustave Courbet and others.

In Genesis 6-9, God saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth and that men’s human heart was only evil. But God saw that Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people and he walked faithfully with God.

So God told Noah that He was going to destroy both men and the earth. To save Noah and his family, God instructed Noah to build an ark of cypress wood and to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female.

We all know the full story. But these artists have captured the bravery, drama and humanity of the flood and Noah’s faith in God by featuring them in their paintings and drawings. The paintings and drawing in this book brings to life the story of Noah’s Ark.

 

 

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

 

 

About the Author: Linda Falken was an editor for many years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

 

About: The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 and is the largest art museum in the United States, with a permanent collection containing more than two million works. It is located in New York City.

 

 

 

 

May 24, 2015 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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