Book Review: A Christmas Kindness by Cheryl C. Malandrinos

Title: A CHRISTMAS KINDNESS
Author: Cheryl C. Malandrinos
Publisher: 4RV Publishing
Pages: 52
Genre: First Chapter Reader

BOOK BLURB:

Eight-year-old Robert is eager to share his wish list with Santa at the mall on Christmas Eve. When he meets Glenn, who only has one request for Santa, Robert is confused about what he should do. Can he cast aside what he wants and ask Santa to bring his new friend a special gift?

My Review

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

A Christmas Kindness is about Robert, a normal boy who wants normal things for Christmas: a bike, a train, and a radio-controlled car. When he meets a boy around his age who only wants a picture of himself with his sick brother, Robert realizes that there are more important things than toys.

This is a sweet Christmas story for children who are just beginning to read chapter books. At the end, it has questions, games, and suggestions on how to be kind to others during the holidays. What a great story for children at Christmas time!

PRAISE

It is not often that a simple children’s book can nearly bring me to tears, but this one succeeded. There is nothing better than reading a story at Christmastime that reminds you that there are still good people and good kids in the world. This is one heartwarming Christmas story that you and your kids can read and enjoy. It will remind you of the true meaning of Christmas, and I believe that the author’s purpose is accomplished.

– Ruth, Amazon Reviewer

Robert can’t wait to see Santa. He’s got a pile of stuff he wants to ask for. Then he meets Glenn in line, and Robert himself gets to play Santa. I was touched by the main character’s transformation after he came in contact with someone in real need. The glow he walks away with can’t be bought, and he’ll never find it under the Christmas tree, but it’s the heart of the season that he’s found. Nicely illustrated, enjoyable story for readers of all ages. 

– Jude, Amazon Reviewer

Book Excerpt:

“Oh, when will we get there?” whispered Robert from the backseat of his mother’s car. He fiddled with the pull on his coat. The wipers brushed aside the snow falling on the windshield.

As they arrived, lines of cars streamed in and out of the mall parking lot. Robert peered over his mother’s shoulder and saw her white-knuckled grip on the steering wheel. She huffed as she scanned the parking lot for an empty space. He wiggled around, but his seat belt kept him secure.

Inside the mall, Christmas music and the tinkling of jingle bells tickled Robert’s ears. With his mother, Robert weaved through the crowd of shoppers. He smelled fried food from Burger Mart. The sweet scent of warm chocolate chip cookies from the bakery made his mouth water.

Robert’s shoulders drooped when he saw how many kids waited to see Santa. There were babies, some crying and struggling to get out of their mother’s arms. Little kids, many younger than eight-year-old Robert, clung to their father’s pants or jumped up and down as they waited their turn.

“This is going to take forever!”

About the Author

Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of four children’s books including, A Christmas Kindness, released by 4RV Publishing. A member of SCBWI, she is blogger and book reviewer. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two daughters. She also has a son who is married.

Visit Cheryl online at http://ccmalandrinos.com and her children’s book blog at https://childrensandteensbookconnection.wordpress.com.

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Book Review: All the Things Santa Claus Will Never Do by Noé Carlain

Can you imagine what would happen if Santa forgot to take his GPS with him on Christmas Eve and got lost delivering the presents? In this silly look at Santa Claus in a number of worst-case scenarios, kids and parents alike will laugh out loud at the million and one little things that could go wrong, from Santa having to pull his sleigh himself because the reindeer are tired, or getting the presents mixed up so you accidentally end up with Grandma’s new hat instead of the toy you wanted. While not everything may always go as planned, one thing is for sure—Christmas magic will always prevail. Even if Santa loses his suspenders or stops to take a selfie with his reindeer, kids know you can always count on him because Santa will never forget where you live—just make sure you stay on the nice list this year!!

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My Book Review

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

I read All the Things a Teacher Will Never Say and thought it was a book that kids would think is hilarious. This one didn’t seem as funny to me. They’ll get a kick out of some of the things, like Santa forgetting to wear his suspenders. The illustrations are crazy, so children will probably enjoy them too.

This is a book that may be read once or twice around Christmas, but I don’t see it being a year-round favorite.

About the Author

Noé Carlain is not a dinosaur, yet he has two heads and four hands to write better. He lives near Orleans, has two sons and a daughter. He loves good wine and good food, he is even at the head of a Belgian chocolate traffic that he abuses more than reason. One of his heads is bubbling with ideas, the second brings poetry, love and emotion. You guessed it: behind Noé Carlain are two monsters, uh, confirmed writers… They are Carl Norac and Alain Grousset.

Book Review: Carols & Yule Perils by Trixie Silvertale

Mitzy Moon can’t wait to cut her own gorgeous Christmas tree. But her forest adventure loses its thrill when the pristine blanket of snow reveals a blood trail. And her heart thuds when the crimson droplets lead to a body, bringing her Yuletide festivities to a deadly end.

When her only employee becomes the prime suspect, Mitzy is forced to take the case. But even though she enrolls her eavesdropping Ghost-ma and a spoiled feline to help unwrap the evidence, each uncovered clue only seems to dig a more messy, murderous hole.

Can Mitzy unstick herself from the tacky case, or is her festive fun about to turn fatal?

Carols and Yule Perils is the sixteenth book in the hilarious Mitzy Moon Mysteries paranormal cozy mystery series. If you like snarky heroines, supernatural intrigue, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Trixie Silvertale’s twisty tinsel-clad tale.

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My Review

Dead bodies seem to show up when Mitzy Moon is around. When she and her boyfriend, Erick, go looking for a Christmas tree, that’s what they find. As usual, she and her sheriff boyfriend work on the case together. He gave up trying to keep her out of a case a long time ago.

While they’re working on the case, there’s a lot of drama going on with her grandma. I didn’t think Isadora had any more surprises up her sleeve but Mitzy uncovers something that her grandma was planning on taking to her grave. Or the other side, I guess. What a shock! I was in tears more than once.

I love how the relationship with Mitzy and Erick is progressing…slow but steady. They’re perfect for each other. He’s so patient with all of her quirks and the never ending drama!

I always like when Mitzy’s family is in the forefront. Her stepbrother is home for the Christmas break, and Christmas Eve dinner is spent with the whole family (plus one or two), and it’s both touching and funny. Trixie Silvertale always knows how to bring humor to any situation. Although this book stands on its own, I recommend reading all of the books in order to get the most out of the series.

About the Author

Trixie Silvertale grew up reading an endless supply of Lillian Jackson Braun, Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew novels. She loves the amateur sleuths in cozy mysteries and is obsessed with all things paranormal. Those two passions unite in her Mitzy Moon Mysteries, and she’s thrilled to write them and share them with you.

When she’s not consumed by writing, she bakes to fuel her creative engine and tends to her herb garden.

Website: http://www.trixiesilvertale.com

Book Review & Giveaway: Bobos Babes Adventures: A Magical Halloween by Karen M. Bobos

Book Title:  BOBOS BABES ADVENTURES: A MAGICAL HALLOWEEN by Karen M. Bobos
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-10),  30 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book, Fairy Tale
Publisher:  Bobos Babes, Ltd.
Release date:   September 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone. It’s a children’s Halloween-themed book about magic and sisterhood.

Book Description:

It’s Halloween time in the land of Harmony, and the Bobos Babes are ready for some fun!

When Angel Scarlett, Fairy Cora, and Princess Daphne visit Lily the Ladybug’s Boutique to look for Halloween costumes, they find Lily has left aside three special masks for them. The ladybug informs the sisters that they must wait until noon on Halloween to try on the mysterious masks but assures them they will have the best costumes in all of the land of Harmony.

The sisters can hardly wait, counting down the minutes on Halloween until they can don their curious masks. When the time comes, they learn their secret masks are enchanted, and the girls are magically transformed into the costumes of their dreams.

​After a fun outing Trick-or-Treating, the little monster, witch, and ghost — or sisters — agree that this was the best Halloween of all.


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My Review

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

Angel Scarlett, Fairy Cora, and Princess Daphne are the Bobos Babes. They’re sisters and they’re getting read for Halloween. When they go to Lily the Ladybug’s Boutique, they are given magical masks that make this their best Halloween ever!

A Magical Halloween is told in rhyme and the illustrations are fantastic with bright vibrant colors. The different costumes in the illustrations are creative and will encourage children to use their imagination. This is definitely a good book to read for Halloween or any time during the year.

About the Author

Karen M. Bobos began writing poetry and stories at the early age of ten. She is a life-long Chicagoan who now raises her family in the downtown area. During the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic, Chicago also became a city of unrest. Trying to keep her three young daughters in a world of magic during such scary times, the Bobos Babes Adventures were born. Her goal was to create a world of Harmony for her family and hopefully for others to escape, even if only for a moment.

The first book of the series, The Case of the Giggles, was published in December 2020. The Missing Egg launched in March 2021. The Lion’s Secret was published in June 2021, a tribute to her mother and late father’s incredible love story.  The Lovey That Came to Life and The Bobcat Birthday Party will be releasing in the upcoming months.​

connect with the author: website ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads

Giveaway

Enter to win a signed copy of Karen Bobos’ BOBOS BABES ADVENTURES: MAGICAL HALLOWEEN! (one winner/USA only)

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