Book Review & Giveaway: Amal the Thirsty Gamal: A Christmas Tale by Robert Schorr

Book Title:  Amal the Thirsty Gamal: A Christmas Tale by Robert Schorr
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book 
Publisher:  Mascot 
Release date:  July, 2021
Content Rating:  G.

Book Description:


The charming tale told in Amal the Thirsty Gamal is for every young person who might be anxious about how they are viewed by those around them (and yes, camels care about that too!). For so long, our little hero has been hearing taunts and jeers and thinking negative things about himself, his looks, and especially his little hump. But—oh, brace yourselves! — because Wise Men are traveling with Amal’s special caravan, and when one of them speaks up around the campfire one night, everything changes for little Amal!

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I love it when I read a children’s book and learn something new! Like Amal, I learned that you shouldn’t believe everything you hear about camels. In Amal’s case, it did wonders for his self esteem.

Knowing what is at the end of the caravan’s trip, I am excited to read this to my grandchildren. There is a lot of text for youngsters, but the rhyming and the bright colors of the illustrations should keep their interest.

I like this story of Amal that not only teaches that being different is okay, and sometimes even better than being “normal,” but also has the Christmas story included. And such a great ending for Amal!

About the Author

Robert Schorr resides in San Clemente, California, with his wife Sharilyn and their family nearby. For 26 years, he served as Senior Pastor at Calvary Chapel Old Towne in Orange, California. Prior to that, they lived in Asia for 17 years. He is devoted to his Savior, to Sharilyn, his children, flying, hiking, fly-fishing, Chinese, and writing. He loves any story that makes someone special, and he knew, a long time ago, that little Amal had one to tell.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Harvey the Hippo by Abby Pete

Up in the sky… Is it a bird? A plane? No, it’s Harvey the hippo floating by! 

As all hippos do, Harvey liked to eat a lot of food. But, unlike other hippos, Harvey liked to eat all kinds of food, especially treats and he liked to eat a lot of them. He ate so many treats that he floated up to the sky and around the world. He got to see many interesting sights but after a week of fun travel and not eating a thing, he got so thin he floated right back into his zoo where his family and friends, and a mound of lettuce, were waiting for him.

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From the Growing With Love Series from Loving Healing Press 

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Harvey the Hippo is an adorable book with cute illustrations and rhyming text. Harvey’s overeating has big consequences and it’s an important lesson for children to learn early. This is the perfect way to teach children not only not to overeat, but about what foods are considered healthy.

This is a fun book to read to children. The only thing that would make it better is if the illustrations were a little bigger. It would be fun to read it to a group of kids if they could see the pictures.

I definitely recommend Harvey the Hippo. Children will love his trip around the world and learning about all of the exciting places there are to see.

Praise for Harvey the Hippo

“Harvey the Hippo brings new delight to the body of read-aloud literature for young children. The rhythm of the poem is sure to engage the ear of many a three to six-year-old, and the vibrantly tinted illustrations are pure confection to the eye. Thank you, Harvey, for nourishing the inner life of the young child!” –Toni Seidl, child psychotherapist 

“As a pediatrician, I see the effects of unhealthy food choices on children every day. Harvey the Hippo is a fun, beautifully illustrated story that opens the door for families to discuss with young children how food choices affect their bodies”. –Jamie Pinto, pediatrician 

“Our daughters loved the rhyming words, illustrations, and lessons learned about eating well in Harvey the Hippo. It was fun to join Harvey on his trip around the world. We were able to discuss geography, different cultures, and foods. This book will serve as a touchstone for our family to remind all of us to eat well and only enjoy treats in moderation.” –Martha and Paul Sharkey, Founders, Today Is A Good Day 

 

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About the author

In a time long ago, Abby Pete retired from teaching English and started a family and a catering/takeout food business in central Pennsylvania. Years passed and she moved to Philadelphia, bringing her family, but not her business, with her. There she decided to pursue another of her interests, animals, and became a docent at the Philadelphia Zoo, where she can happily talk about hippos as well as the other animals in the collection. She has never actually seen a hippopotamus fly. She has four grandchildren, two of whom eat well and two do not.

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About the illustrator

Leslie Pontz is a fiber sculptor with a masters degree in Fine Arts from Syracuse University where she did her thesis on children’s art, and was the recipient of two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts as an Artist-in-residence. Leslie has shown internationally in invitational and juried exhibits in France, Brazil, Ireland, and Venezuela as well as throughout the U.S. She is the recipient of several awards for her work, which is featured in many private and public collections including but not limited to the Kamm, Best Western, Chestnut Hill Hotel and Philadelphia Museum of Art collections. Leslie lives with her husband Curt in Philadelphia, PA. Their five grown children have given them eight grandchildren.

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Book Review: I Miss School by Ryan Reaves

Book Title:  I Miss School by Ryan Reaves
Category:  Children’s Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7),  24 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Dawn Reaves
Release date:   Feb 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.


Book Description:

“I Miss School” is written by a child, for a child. In this heartwarming and honest story, kids will understand that their feelings about the pandemic are normal and it is perfectly acceptable to feel a range of emotions related to not going to in-person school. The book instills hope for kids that brighter days are ahead.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I Miss School is written by Ryan Reaves, a six-year-old who misses school and activities because of the pandemic. Children who read this short but cute book will realize that it’s normal to miss school and friends. It is also beautifully illustrated with bright colors.

I thought the dedication at the beginning of the book was great: “To Mommy and Daddy, I love you. Now you should go on a date!”

I definitely recommend I Miss School for young children.

About the Author

Six-year-old Ryan Reaves began writing her debut story “I Miss School” at five years old after yearning to return to her brick-and-mortar school during the covid 19 pandemic. She wanted to write the book for other kids, so they knew they weren’t alone in their thoughts and feelings and that we are all in this together.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Enigma by Chris Bennett

Book Title: Enigma (Road to the Breaking Book 2) by Chris Bennett
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +) , 514 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: CPB Publishing, LLC
Release date: February 2021
Content Rating: PG-13. Cursing, violence and war scenes, etc.

Book Description

“How can I call myself a man of good conscience, when I myself am no better than a slaver?”

It’s summer 1860, and former army Captain Nathan Chambers has returned home to Virginia to claim his inheritance: a large plantation with more than one hundred slaves.  Nathan wants no part of slavery and intends to sell the farm and all its slaves.  But even as he arrives home, enduring fearful and downcast stares from despondent black faces, he knows what he must do … and the price he must pay for doing it.

And then Evelyn arrives … strikingly beautiful, spirited, and intriguing, she is the daughter of an old family friend.  But the more Nathan is drawn in by her charms, the harder she pushes him away …

The Road to the Breaking Series is an epic tale of a young nation seething with debauchery, brutality, corruption, and political intrigue, unwittingly on the brink of a deadly precipice: the American Civil War.  In Book 2 of the series, Nathan Chambers has returned from the violent army life out West, only to face a heart wrenching Enigma at home.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I read the first book, Road to the Breaking, and was glad I had Enigma to continue the story because there wasn’t a resolution.

There are two main plots in this book. The first is about the horrid practice of slavery in America and Nathan’s fight to help the slaves he inherited from his father along with his plantation. He wants to do what is right but is having trouble not only with neighbors, but the slaves understandably don’t trust him.

The second plot begins about halfway through the book when Evelyn and her mother arrive at the plantation. Most of the second half of the book is about their budding romance.

The characters are well developed, and I like Nathan and his men as well as his mom and Megs, the slave who took care of him as a child. I still don’t know how I feel about Evelyn.

The author’s writing flows well. This book doesn’t have as much action as the first book but a lot more romance and politics. There is quite a lot of description – a little more than I like, but that’s a personal preference.

Like the first book, Enigma leaves some things unresolved. I recommend having all 5 books in the series before you start reading them.

About the Author

Chris A. Bennett grew up on the shores of Klamath Lake in southeastern Oregon. For a young boy it was a dream world of water, hills, forests, and abundant wildlife. His love for action and adventure morphed into a lifelong love for books when his Mom read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings to the family on a long road trip.

Chris’s thirst for adventure never faded and he began to live out his love of history onto the pages of his first book, Road to the Breaking. Once he started writing he just couldn’t stop and the result is The Road to the Breaking series; an epic journey across a young nation seething with debauchery, brutality, corruption, and political intrigue, unwittingly on the brink of an unimaginable disaster: the American Civil War.

Chris currently lives near Seattle with his wife Patricia. His three adult children Nick, Rachel, and Josh also live in the Puget Sound area.​

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Audiobook Review: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Author: Lewis Carroll
Narrator: Lynn Norris
Length: 2 hours 42 minutes
Publisher: Blackberry Publishing Group
Released: Mar. 12, 2021
Genre: Classics; Fantasy

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel by English author Lewis Carroll (the pseudonym of Charles Dodgson). It tells of a young girl named Alice, who falls through a rabbit hole into a subterranean fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children.

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My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy through Audiobookworm Promotions. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I had read Alice in Wonderland many years ago as a child so I was happy to listen to this version. I was sure I’d probably forgotten some of the things in the book, and I was right. I didn’t remember the pool of tears at all!

This is a great version of the classic. The narrator, Lynn Norris, has a good voice and has an excellent pace and timing. She does the various voices very well. I definitely enjoyed listening to her!

About the Narrator

Lynn gets it.  She’s an audiobook fan as much as a narrator.  And she cannot wait to be transported by a fabulous story and taken to another realm, or taught a series of fascinating new facts by a talented chronicler.  Her own fandom has become a master class study and informed her narration and performance in the audiobook ring. Lynn doesn’t really have a favorite genre of narration, though she’s becoming a favorite for Romance and YA authors. She also loves Mystery/Thrillers and finds herself really connecting to Stephanie Plum-type heroines.

Lynn’s lifetime of acting, improv and singing training lends itself smoothly to a hassle-free audiobook narration from someone who takes the time to be engrossed in the story, absorb the direction and deliver the desired performance on the first go. And her easy facility with accents and dialects infuses extra life into elaborate worlds of characters.  A fair amount of her catalog of audiobooks are from authors who’ve come back for sequels and additional book series.

A Voice Arts Awards-winning narrator, Lynn’s a 2021 Finalist for Independent Audiobook Awards in the Fantasy and Best Female Narrator Categories.

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