Book Review: Coloring Books for Kids & Toddlers

This book makes a nice gift for ages 3 to 5 years.
63 coloring pages in total, on single side pages.
•Each image is printed on a separate page to prevent bleed-through.
•Children’s artists have hand-drawn unique illustrations that are beautiful and fun.

 

 

My Review

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

This is a great coloring book for youngsters. The stated age is for 3-5 years, and I think that is spot on. Some of the pictures to color are simplistic for younger children and some are a little more complex for children a little older. Examples:

 

 

 

 

 

The back of each picture is blank so that colors won’t bleed through onto other pictures but it also allows pages to be torn out and displayed places such as the refrigerator…or maybe even sent to loved ones who don’t live close. 

If you’re looking for a fun coloring book for a toddler or young child, this would be a good one. It has a range of pictures to color from Christmas to summertime and from animals to flowers.

 

 

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: Clod Makes a Friend by David J. Pedersen

 

Book Title: Clod Makes a Friend by David J. Pedersen
Category: Middle-Grade Fiction, 174 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Odysia Press
Release date: March 2018
Tour dates: March 26 to April 13, 2018
Content Rating: PG (There is no bad language, but there is one “boss fight” scene.)

 

Book Description:

Best Friend Ever?

Bullies love to hate Clod. Not just because he’s bigger, clumsier, and uglier than his classmates – he’s also the only student in his school without magic. In a world where all magic is possible and everyone else is born with great gifts to do amazing things, Clod is alone.

Living with his mum in a broken-down cottage on barely enough, the only thing Clod has to play with is the clay she occasionally brings him. Bleak is an understatement. More than anything, Clod wants a friend. The only way that’s going to happen, is to make one himself.

After an angry visit from the worst of the bullies, his teacher Learned Yugen, Clod’s clay sculpture of a little girl comes to life and introduces herself as Ada. For a clay girl barely the size of his hand, she has more confidence and courage than he knows what to do with. Every adventure she leads him on gets Clod into trouble. She may be the friend he wants, but is she the friend he needs?

After many years, and too many pranks, Yugen becomes convinced that Clod is tainted by the evil slowly infiltrating the Kingdom of Pag. Especially when Ada isn’t the only one Clod can bring to life.

Clod Makes A Friend is a bittersweet fairy tale for all ages from David J. Pedersen, author of the Angst series of fantasy novels.

 

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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.

According to Clod’s teacher, everyone has magic and he can tell what magic they have. The only reason he wouldn’t be able to tell what type of magic someone has is if they’re evil so he has decided that Clod has evil magic since he can’t sense it. Clod doesn’t think he has any magic until he makes Ada out of clay.

As Clod grows up, the only friend he has is Ada. He’s bigger than everyone else, doesn’t look like they do so they call him ugly, and he has no magic (they think). Poor Clod is bullied all of his life but once he has Ada, it doesn’t bother him quite as much.

Clod Makes a Friend is a fantasy for middle grade readers but older readers will enjoy it too. I like that it isn’t only fiction but it teaches about bullying, self esteem, and not judging others if they’re different. 

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About the Author

 
 
David J. Pedersen is a native of Racine, WI who resides in his hometown Kansas City, MO. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has worked in sales, management, retail, video and film production, and IT. David has run 2 marathons, climbed several 14,000-foot mountains and marched in The University of Wisconsin Marching Band and written 4 fantasy novels. He is a geek and a fanboy that enjoys carousing, picking on his wife and kids, playing video games, and slowly muddling through his next novel.

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Book Review: Which is p and Which is q? by Gita Reddy

Grandpa brings a box of wooden letters for Minki to practice her ABCs. He spells out words and Minki picks out the letters from the set. She enjoys doing this except that she isn’t able to tell p and q apart. So when Grandpa spells out p-i-g, she picks q, i, and g. For q-u-e-e-n she picks p,u,e,e,n and for q-u-i-l-t, she takes out the letters p,u,i,l,t.
Because Minki has so much trouble with p and q, she throws them out of the window. This annoys p and q. They stomp away to Word Fairy and announce they are never going back. 
With p and q missing, many words become meaningless. Now nobody can say ‘please’ because it has turned into ‘lease.’ The police station and the post office can’t function and the queen must go into hiding!

Which is p and Which is q? is a fun story about an important issue. 

Children between the ages 3 to 7 make occasional letter reversals while reading or writing. This is more likely to happen with letters that are mirror images of each other – like p and q, b and d, n and u. It doesn’t mean the child is dyslexic or has a learning ability. With practice and some clues, as the letter shapes become more familiar, children get over the confusion

Which is p and Which is q? is an engaging tale parents/ caregivers and children will enjoy. It teaches several things in an entertaining way:
1. How to make learning fun.
2. It is normal to make mistakes.
3. Children learn by practice.
4. Actions have consequences : Minki’s action makes p and q go away. Because p and q are miffed, words and sentences are in disarray!
5. One can learn from mistakes.

This is an ‘anytime and for every one ’ story, suitable for playtime or bedtime, and one that girls and boys will both enjoy. 
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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.

This is a cute story for children who are learning their letters. It has colorful illustrations and a fun story to keep children’s attention. 

When p and q run away, they found out that there are many words that are upset because they no longer make sense. Please, police, and queen are only three of the important words affected so p and q realize that they can’t just run away and leave everything in disarray!

Which is p and Which is q? is another good story for children by Gita Reddy.

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About the Author

Gita V.Reddy is a writer of fiction for middlegraders and adults. She enjoys thinking up tales of different genres. She has written mysteries, adventure, fantasy, science fiction, and even an animal tale for children.

She wrote and illustrated her first picture book for kids in August, 2015. She plans to write a few more because the experience was very satisfying.

Ms Reddy was born in India, is a post graduate in Mathematics, worked in a bank for twenty-six years, is married to a physics professor, has a son doing research in neuro-electronics, and loves literature. Yes, her life is as mixed up as the multiple genres she writes. 

She enjoys painting and spending time with her family, and LOVES walking in the rain.

She also writes under the name Heera Datta

Visit her website: www.gitavreddy.com

 

 

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Africa’s Big “Five” Wildlife Animals by Anna Othitis

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Welcome to Angelic Airlines! Are you ready to take to the skies? Children come join us this time on a wild adventure with Captain Frankie on Angelic Airlines as we travel across the world to learn about, visit and see Africa’s Big “5” Wildlife Animals. Captain Frankie is waiting for you to book your ticket, safely stow your bags, and open your eyes to these amazing animals in the savannahs of Africa. Most of these beautiful animals are about to become Extinct. We have to save our Wildlife animals, this earth belongs to them as well. My First Travel Books. This is another one of Anna Othitis’s trip with Captain Frankie. Originally from Zimbabwe, Africa, her travels have taken her a far across the world.

Your Captain Frankie Welcomes You Aboard
Angelic Airlines

 

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 My Review
I love these books! In the past, I read The Seven Wonders of the World and The Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and was impressed with the presentation of information that would normally not keep the interest of youngsters. This one is a little different in that animals seem to keep the attention of children easier, but this is still a great book for teaching about some of Africa’s animals.
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In Africa’s Big “5” Wildlife Animals, Captain Frankie from Angelic Airlines takes the children to see wildlife in Africa. He has a friend on the ground this time to help show them the animals. Each section has a blurb about the animal, then interesting information (did you know that an elephant’s tusks are teeth?), and questions at the end about what they just learned.
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Anna Othitis has done a great job once again with Africa’s Big “5” Wildlife Animals. Not only does it teach children about Africa’s animals, but they’ll enjoy learning and will probably want to read it over and over.
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“This would make a great present to give a child at any time of the year and is sure to give them hours of entertainment and get those minds thinking and asking questions which can lead to further exploration!” – review from Miki’s Hope

“Great for kids and their parents alike. Mine were enthralled! They leafed through this book again and again, marveling over the pictures, poring over the maps.”– review from Amazon



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Welcome aboard Angelic Airlines. This is your Captain Frankie, and I will be flying you to Africa’s Wildlife National Parks, the biggest being the Serengeti. We will visit, discover and learn about Africa’s “Big Five” Wild Animals. 


Stow your bags overhead, take your seats and fasten your seat belts for our take off on a smooth flight together on this wondrous journey through Africa’s sunsets and sunrises—such colorful and flaming skies.
Into the plains and wilderness we go! 



It is a lovely sunny day today and I hope you enjoy your flight. 


Make yourselves comfortable, we have lots of healthy drinks and meals for you. 

Oh, and children, do not forget to put on your safari clothes and special safari hats.”

 

My First Travel Books series 
 Book 1: My First Travel Book
 Book 2: The Seven Natural Wonders Of The Earth
 Book 3: The Seven Wonders of the World
Book 4: Africa’s Big Five Wild Animals
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Anna Othitis lived and was raised in the beautiful land and country of Zimbabwe, Africa (home will always be home. She left all of her life long memories, endless charity work and good people behind vowing that she will continue supporting the needy children in her land Zimbabwe, Africa and beyond. After traveling long and short distances from the East coast to the West coast twice she and her family eventually found their sense of belonging and final settling destination in New Jersey, USA.

Her husband George, sons Johnny, Elia and Frankie encouraged her to write her first children’s book titled “My First Travel Book”, inspired by Frankie (Captain Frankie), who is graduating from his Masters degree in Aeronautical Science and beginning his career as a professional pilot. Anna’s favorite saying is “Be Bold Be Brave”.

She was inspired to write her children’s books with a vision to link up the children Africa and of the world on Angelic Airlines to so many beautiful places of interest and popularity on our wonderful planet Earth with all its beautiful some natural and some man made creations and resources. One of the beautiful natural wonders featured in her books is in her birth land of Zimbabwe “The Mighty Victoria Falls” All of her books educate our children and widen their scope of interest in the amazing surroundings, creations and nature to appreciate and look after our environment for many generations still to come.

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Book Review: #BabyLove: My Social Life by Corine Dehghanpisheh

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#BabyLove: My Social Life is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Corine Dehghanpisheh. It is recommended for modern day moms.

 

Synopsis

“Click.” “Tap.” Tag and Post. An adored baby tells a modern tale about life in today’s digital world. #BabyLove: My Social Life highlights the social phenomena of sharing daily activities using technology and social networks.

 

My Review

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

#BabyLove: My Social Life is a delightful children’s book about the life of a baby in our modern world of social media. It is so true! As an adult, I was entertained and I know young children will like the bright and colorful illustrations.

This would be a great book for new parents who love those phones!

 

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Other Reviews

“A charming modernization of the traditional bedtime tale.”- Reviewed by Kirkus

“#BabyLove: My Social Life, is a clever and entertaining look at raising children in the age of social media… The author’s story flows beautifully, and her illustrations are brightly colored, cheerful and humorous… Dehghanpisheh’s wry and subtle humor is evident throughout this story that will entertain adults as well as the children they share the book with. #BabyLove: My Social Life is highly recommended for tech-savvy parents and their babies.” – Reviewed by Readers’ Favorite

#BabyLove offers a hipster view of contemporary parenting. Beneath the story of technological trendiness, however, lies a more enduring portrait of nurture and joy.” – Reviewed by Foreword Clarion Reviews

 

#BabyLove was published in July 2015 and is available for sale on Amazon.

 

About the Author

Corine Dehghanpisheh Corine Dehghanpisheh is a children’s book author and illustrator. Her inspirations for writing and illustrating come from everyday life.

She was a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient and a Next Generation Indie Author Finalist for her debut children’s book Can We Play Again?, which was published in March 2012. Her inspiration for this book came from her work as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NYC.

Corine published her second children’s book, Buddy’s Dream, in November 2013, and her third children’s book, #BabyLove: My Social Life, in July 2015.

When Corine is not busy being creative, she is most likely having fun taking pictures of her family. Corine lives in Manhattan, NY with her husband and new baby.

 

Readers can connect with Corine on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

To learn more, go to http://www.booksbycorined.com/

 

Book Review: Dave the Brave Saw Fish by Nirit Littaney

25927459Title: Dave the Brave Sawfish

Author: Nirit Littaney

Genre: Children

Publication Date: July 16, 2015

About the Book

(from Goodreads)

Watch out! If you swim by too closely, Dave, the young sawfish, may just whack you with his nose! No one can deny he has a huge honker, but the thing that stands out about him most isn’t his appearance at all. Swim with Dave through an underwater journey as he encounters a scary situation and proves once and for all that looks aren’t everything.
This bedtime story for kids is the perfect way to send children off to sleep with a valuable lesson to dream about. Vivid illustrations of sea creatures and aquatic animals will captivate little readers and parents alike. Dave is sure to become one of your child’s favorite characters from a children’s book on Kindle.

 

Free on Amazon August 11 and 12!

 

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

This is an adorable book! Dave is a young sawfish who is sad because everyone at school makes fun of his long nose. His parents tell him that his nose is important and that he shouldn’t listen to the other children but he can’t help but have hurt feelings. When he is able to save the day with his sharp nose, everything changes.

The pictures in Dave the Brave Sawfish are colorful and it’s a cute story. The best part, though, is that it teaches children that it is okay to be different. We shouldn’t be sad if we are different from others because those differences are what make us who we are.

This is definitely a good bedtime or read aloud story.

Book Review: Candy’s Chocolate Kingdom by Nirit Littaney

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Candy's Chocolate KingdomTitle: Candy’s Chocolate Kingdom (Book 1: Kingdom Fantasy Series)
Author: Nirit Littaney
Publisher: Nirit Littaney
Pages: 26
Genre: Children
Format: Kindle

Meet Candy, the cute girl who loves chocolate so much she dreams about it at night. Grab some sweets and follow Candy though a Magical Chocolate Kingdom that fills her belly and teaches her an important lesson about limits, after something very unexpected happens in the delicious empire.
Though the vivid illustrations are sure to make your mouth water, Candy’s new understanding is the real treat even you can munch on!
Excellent for beginner’s readers and children ages 3-6. Book 1 in the Kingdom Fantasy series.

This book is great for quick bedtime story or to be read aloud with friends and family!

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Candy’s Chocolate Kingdom is available at Amazon

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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

Candy’s Chocolate Kingdom is a short children’s book that would be fun to read aloud. It’s about Candy, who loves chocolate so much that she eats as much as she can get. She even has a dream about a Chocolate Kingdom where everything is made of chocolate. That’s when she realizes that you can get too much of a good thing, which is the lesson of this book.

Not only is this a good story with a life lesson, but each page has a cute picture of Candy at home or in the Chocolate Kingdom. This is a great book for young children.

 

About the Author

Nirit LittaneyNirit Littaney is a fresh, imaginative author who weaves vivid images and important life lessons into endearing stories for children. After being confined to her bed for years by an incurable illness, Nirit experienced the same triumph of spirit that many of her characters undergo in their journeys through lands near and far.

Nirit’s commitment to personal and physical healing, along with her story-like travels around the world, have inspired her to pen inventive tales for families in search of humorous, insightful bedtime stories. She writes for children in hopes of making them giggle while they also learn a lesson or two.

Today, Nirit lives in Israel with her angel of a husband, who champions each of her new books as if he were the wide-eyed child she wrote them for. When Nirit isn’t dreaming up new characters, she works as a nutritionist, medical coach, and spiritual leader. She is eager to inspire and help others with the lessons her own challenges have taught her—and what better way is there than through books?

 

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