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Book Review: Scampy Doodle and the Reindeer by GJ Barnes

5 Dec

Title: Scampy Doodle and the Reindeer
Author: G J Barnes
Illustrator: Chris Sorensen
Release Date: 4th December 2017
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 24
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43020585-scampy-doodle-and-the-reindeer

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Scampy-Doodle-Reindeer-G-Barnes-ebook/dp/B07KC2NY77

 

Scampy Doodle is a happy go lucky black dog who has a strong nose for adventure.

It’s Christmas Eve and Scampy Doodle is fast asleep when he is woken by a strange noise coming from the chimney. Discover what happens when he goes to investigate and gets the greatest surprise of his life!

 

 

My Review

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

What an adorable Christmas book! On Christmas Eve, Scampy Doodle is awakened by Father Christmas. He and his reindeer are having a few small problems so Scampy Doodle helps them out and in the morning, he gets a surprise in his stocking!

Not only is this a cute book for Christmas time but it is a good way for children in the US, where I’m located, to learn about some of the differences and similarities on how Christmas is celebrated in different countries. Father Christmas is called Santa here but the biggest difference I noticed is that whisky is left for Father Christmas instead of milk!

I recommend Scampy Doodle and the Reindeer but it does need a good edit.

 

 

 

About the Author

As my daughter got older we used to (and still do) tell each other stories in the car about our family dog Scamp. Scamp had been neglected as a puppy and was rescued by my parents and became our family pet.

He was a little bit crazy (he used to try and get up on the table to lick up crumbs after a meal) but he was always happy to see you and always there for a cuddle whenever anyone needed one.

In many ways he was more like a human being, standing up on his back legs, drinking cups of tea out of a cup off the coffee table.

So I decided to write some of our stories down to share with others, the first one being Scampy Doodle and the Reindeer.

 

Website: https://www.scampydoodle.com/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/scampyd

 

 

Book Review: How Santa Changed by Karl Steam

24 Nov

Santa wasn’t always a jolly old fellow. He was young and made plenty of mistakes too. But most have forgotten this part of his life, the part that explains so much. Few have heard the story of how Santa changed. 

Think you know Santa? Think again. Discover what Santa was like when he was young and the events that helped him become the jolly man we like so much. 

How Santa Changed is a story that explains many of the familiar things we associate with Santa Claus and Christmas, such as:
Why does Santa use reindeer to pull his sleigh? 
Why do elves help him make toys? 
Why does Santa have a white beard?
Why does he walk with jolly and cheer?

Mrs. Claus is not left out either. If readers pay close attention, they will discover some of the strategies that helped her become the most famous baker in history.

This book contains timeless lessons for both children and adults. It’s a holiday story that loved ones will want to read year after year.

 

Free kindle download Nov. 24 and 25 and Dec. 23 – 25

 

 

 

 

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.

How Santa Changed is a children’s book about how Santa became the Santa we know today. According to this story, he started out making toys and delivering them himself. As he got older and the world’s population grew, he had to get more help. As Santa grew, so did Mrs. Claus. When they first got married, her cookies didn’t taste very good but over the years, she perfected her recipe. Once she did that, Santa never had a flat belly again.

The text is cute and rhymes and the illustrations are colorful and very well done. How Santa Changed is a great book for children to read this time of year. It’d also be a good book for parents to read to younger children because the illustrations will keep their interest. 

 

 

 

About the Author

Previously a junior high school teacher, Karl Steam is now the author of the Kids vs. Nature series. Other works include Purple Pup and How Santa Changed. He lives in the Upper Midwest, with his wife and four children.

Websitewww.karlsteam.com

 

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