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Book Review: The Adventures of Mitee Mite by David John

22 Jan

 

Title: THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE SERIES
Author: David John
Publisher: Mitee Mite
Pages: 120 pages total in series
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

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Building on a desire to teach children about time, shapes, measurements, and money, author David John created THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE series. In the same way that many of us learned our ABCs, the book and app (available on Google Play and iTunes) collection helps young readers learn how many seconds are in a minute, the number of sides different shapes contain, and more, using a catchy tune that captures their attention and motivates learning.

Focusing on children from age 3 to 11 years old, THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE book and app series offers its readers a dynamic female superhero, Mitee Mite, as their guide through the often tricky terrain involved with mastering time, shapes, measurements, and money. In her matching red cape and boots, Mitee Mite, accompanied by her alarm clock sidekick, Terry the Ticker, activates her superpowers by using her manners, respecting others, and accurately answering questions in the games she encounters during her adventures.

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The five books in THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE book and app series include The Time Frame Game and The Time Frame Game Advanced, which break down seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, and years to teach readers the fundamentals of time. The Measuring Game explores the components of feet, yards, and miles, as well as cups, pints, quarts, and gallons. Mitee Mite teaches kids about currency in The Money Game and dives into a colorful world of triangles, squares, hexagons, and more in The Shape Game. The companion song for this series (available at www.miteemite.com) helps kinds absorb the skills in an enjoyable and interactive way.

           

The idea for THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE book and app series came about when David was faced with a dire challenge. “One day as I was babysitting my friends’ children, and not having any idea what to do, I made up fun games to help them learn,” David revealed. The goal of the series is to expose children to a variety of lessons in a manner that is fun, relatable, and memorable. David says, “Mitee Mite was created to help give children a head start on the basics of time, measurements, shapes, and money.”

David’s daughter, whom he calls his “Little Mite,” is the inspiration for the main character and the themes of the series. David’s desire to teach his daughter the basic skills featured in THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE book and app series has expanded into the goal of sharing these lessons with other children through his “You Buy, They Read” program. “We plan to give away one book for every one bought to kids in need.” In addition, David will donate $1 for every $2 of the gross sales of apps to teachers “who are going into their own pockets to buy supplies.”

 

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My Review

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

Mitee Mite looks like a little super hero. Each of these small books focuses on something important for children to learn: time, measuring, shapes, and counting money. The first page has a question and four possible answers and Mitee Mite shows the answer on the next page. For example: How many seconds in a minute? 10 30 70 60. On the next page, Mitee Mite shows 60. 

The books are cute and colorful. I love these kind of children’s books that they will love and learn at the same time! I’m going give these books to my niece. She’ll love them!

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About the Author

David John is the author of The Adventures of Mitee Mite book and app series. The series follows the adventures of superhero Mitee Mite and her sidekick, Terry the Ticker. The five titles in the series are The Time Frame Game (Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-0-2; Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-6-4), The Measuring Game (Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-2-6), The Money Game (Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-4-0), The Shape Game (Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-3-3), and The Time Frame Game Advanced (Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-5-7). Complementary apps for each book are available on Google Play and iTunes.  The companion song is available at the website:  www.miteemite.com.

David lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his wife and daughter. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing hockey, and creating new stories for The Adventures of Mitee Mite book and app series.

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Book Review: Mama Graciela’s Secret by Mayra Calvani

21 Nov

Mamá Graciela’s Secret

Publication date: October 10, 2017

Written by Mayra Calvani

Illustrated by Sheila Fein

MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing

http://www.maclaren-cochranepublishing.com

36 pages, 3-7 year olds

Reading guide at: www.MayrasSecretBookcase.com

 

Description

Mamá Graciela’s TENDER, CRUNCHY, SPICY bacalaítos fritos are the best in town…

Local customers (including stray cats!) come from all over the island to enjoy her secret recipe. But when the Inspector discovers that Mamá secretly caters to so many cats and he threatens to close her tiny restaurant, Mamá must come up with a plan to save it—and all of the animals she loves.

Available on Amazon.

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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.

Mamá Graciela’s Secret is a wonderful story about Mamá Graciela’s love for animals. She has to make a decision about what to do when the health inspector says they’re going to have to shut down her restaurant because of all of her cats. I like how her husband says he will support whatever she decides. She comes up with a solution that works out for everyone.

The illustrations are beautiful with vibrant colors that will keep the attention of young children. The story teaches about love of both animals and people. It also teaches about making decisions that are creative. It’s a great book to read aloud!

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About the Author

Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her children’s picture book, Frederico the Mouse Violinist was a finalist in the 2011 International Book Awards; her anthology Latina Authors and Their Muses was a First Place winner at the 2016 International Latino Book Awards; her nonfiction book, The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing, was a Foreword Best Book of the Year winner. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications like The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, Bloomsbury Review, and others.

She lives in Belgium with her husband of 30+ years, two wonderful kids, and her three beloved pets. When she’s not writing, editing, reading or reviewing, she enjoys walking with her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family. www.MayrasSecretBookcase.com

 

 

 

About the Illustrator

Born in Queens, New York and living in Los Angeles since 1987, Sheila Fein has always been inspired by the changing world around her. Earning her BA in Design from Buffalo State College of New York, her concentration was on drawing, painting, printmaking, and photography. Sheila’s education as an artist has taken her everywhere from Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia to Bath University in England. Today, Sheila Fein runs two figurative workshops, Imaginings Sketch in LA and People Sketchers in Thousand Oaks. She has been featured in numerous collections, magazines, books, solo and group exhibitions. Her paintings and drawings reside in public and private collections. Sheila loves to make the imagination of others a reality and has done so through her commissioned Fein Fantasy Portraits and Interactive Paintings. In addition to being a fine artist Sheila works as an illustrator. She just completed the book “Mama Graciela’s Secret” for Maclaren-Cochrane Publishing.

 

 

ISBN Dyslexic Font Version:

DY HC 978-1-365-86154-3 DY SC 978-1-365-86156-7

**This book also has version printed in the Dyslexic font, the typeface for people with dyslexia. Go to http://www.dyslexiefont.com to find out more about the typeface.

 

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Book Review: Monsters Can’t Sleep by Michael Gordon

17 Nov

A little boy stays alone in his bed at night. He listens to weird noises that are coming from under his bed and assumes they belong to something very scary. He remembers that mom always tells him to be brave. He turns the light on and looks under the bed.  There is a cute monster under his bed eating cookies. The boy is wondering what is he doing there? 

Warning: Cuteness Overload! 
This book contains illustrations of a cute monster. Lots of them. Enjoy these little sweeties, perfect alongside beautiful rhymes. 

You and your kids will love this book…grab it now while it’s still available at this discounted price. 

Available on Amazon.

 

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.

Monsters Can’t Sleep is a cute picture book for children. The illustrations are accompanied by rhymes which are about a boy who is scared of monsters under his bed. When he looks, he realizes that the monster under his bed is adorable and hungry. Having this monster under his bed will help him sleep better!

This is a fun book with colorful illustrations that will keep the attention of children, as well as help reassure them that they don’t have to be scared of monsters.

 

About the Author

Michael Gordon is the talented author of several highly rated children’s books including the popular Sleep Tight, Little Monster, and the Animal Bedtime. 

He collaborates with famous Kids Book Press that creates picture books for people of all ages to enjoy. Michael’s goal is to create books that are engaging, funny, and inspirational for children of all ages and their parents.

 

 

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Book Review: Monsters Love Worms by Darla J. Cullen

10 Nov

 

Morchella, a monster, wants her own pet Annelid, but her parents say no. When her mother is injured and Morchella chooses to care for her, she is rewarded with a surprise.

Available on Amazon.

 

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.

Monsters Love Worms is an adorable children’s book about Morchella. She’s a young monster who wants her own pet worm. Her parents don’t believe she’s responsible enough to have a pet because she gets sidetracked whenever she is supposed to be doing chores. When her mom is injured, she has to step up and take care of things for a while, which is appreciated by all. 

This book has colorful illustrations, many full-page, and it is easy to read for young children. It’s a cute story and it teaches about being responsible. I also liked Morchella’s appreciation of the nature around her.

 

About the Author

Darla J. Cullen imagines a world where all children learn how loved and cherished they are. Her life mission is to create enjoyable content for children that helps them feel the love of God. Fun and joy and love is what she is going for.

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Review: The Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Curse

5 Nov

Pepper Neely is no stranger to dangerous situations. In The Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Magic Thief, the young gnome defeated an evil witch who was stealing magic from the Familiars that Pepper took care of. She wouldn’t have survived without the intervention of a pack of werewolves, who endured painful, fiery spells to save Pepper’s life.

Now Pepper is determined to repay the werewolves for their sacrifice, no matter what it takes. She decides to break the centuries-old curse that keeps them in wolf form. At first, she keeps her plans a secret, but it’s not long before Pepper realizes she will need all the help she can get to end this curse. Magic is everywhere as enemy witches cast dangerous spells to stop Pepper.

Pepper and her family must trust the local witches and work together with them to fend off the deadly spells, find the curse, and break it—before the hostile witches get the best of them.

Available on Amazon.

 

 

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 the second book in the Supernatural Pet Sitter series. I didn’t read the first book in the series but this one stands on its own.

The main character Pepper is a gnome. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book about gnomes that put them in a positive light but this book changed that, at least for now. These gnomes are a lot like humans but they’re magical and helpful.

Pepper decides that she needs to try to lift the curse on the local werewolves since they saved her life as well as her brother and her best friend. The witches aren’t happy since they’re the ones who cast the spell centuries ago. Will Pepper be able to lift the curse? Will she and her family even survive?

I was impressed with the way Pepper’s family is portrayed. They’re loving and supportive in all that Pepper does. She is so responsible for her age and continues to learn about her heritage and abilities.

This book is well written for young readers but is a good magical read for anyone. It is a great fantasy with many magical creatures and has all of the elements of a good adventure.

 

About the Author

Diane is a Tennessee transplant, animal rescuer, and nurse. Dog Gone is her debut novel, born from years of hearing animal rescuers say about animal abusers, “If only I could get my hands on that person…” Diane is assisted by her many rescue dogs.

 

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Book Review: Melvin the Sad…(ish) Robot by Joshua Margolis

9 Oct

 

Children’s book
Date Published: 11/1/16

Publisher: Mascot Books


Melvin is known for being a sad…(ish) robot. But, as he finds new friends and experiences, he may just figure out how to be happy…(ish).

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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.

Melvin the Sad…(ish) Robot is a children’s picture book about Melvin the Robot who is okay, going to school and coming home every day but he’s lonely. One day he sees a Ladybug Robot and he says hello to her which is very unlike him. She agrees to meet him later but he waits and waits and she never shows up. As he’s going home, he runs into his friend (his only friend?) who has several pets in tow. Melvin agrees to adopt one and suddenly he’s not so lonely any more.

This is a great children’s book. Not only does it teach that many of us are lonely but that there is something we can do to combat that loneliness. It also teaches that it’s okay to step out of our comfort zone. The pictures are creative and interesting and had to have taken some time and thought to make them. They’re great! I love the toaster dog!

 

About the Author

Joshua Margolis is a sculptor, photographer, and author from Oakland, Ca. His work has been featured in many galleries and studios. He was the de Young Fine Arts Museum artist in residence for the month of July 2014, where he brought his monsters and robots project to sculpted life. Melvin the Sad…(ish) Robot is the first story of its kind to incorporate Joshua ceramic sculptures into a real world setting, creating a unique visual narrative.

Contact Information

Website: http://www.Joshuamargolis.net

Instagram: @clayandwine

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Joshua-Margolis-Ceramics-284046127600/

 

 

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Book Review: Sweet T and the Turtle Team by Cat Michaels

7 Aug


About the Book

Title: Sweet T and the Turtle Team
Author: Cat Michaels
Illustrator: Irene A. Jahns
Publication Date: July 2017
Publisher: 2101 Ink
Number of Pages: 72
Recommended Ages: 6 to 11
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Summary

It’s nesting season for loggerhead sea turtles on North Carolina’s Gull Island. Nine-year old Tara (or Sweet T as her family sometimes calls her) is determined to see hatchlings make it safely from their nests to their ocean home.Summering on Gull Island with Great Aunt Mae could be tons of fun, but T is having a hard time making new friends with island children, let alone finding kids to help her monitor a sea turtle nest.There’s little sister Jenna, but Jenna is, well, little. Fuzzy is around, too, but Jenna’s blue stuffy rabbit gets lost all the time. Besides, a toy bunny can’t help protect turtle nests.Tara befriends Billy, a moody island child. He teaches her skimboarding and shows her the best shelling spots. But Billy stomps away when she asks him to read the “Turtle Team Guide” and join her in saving baby sea turtles.What’s up with Billy? He’s nice one minute and grumpy the next. And why does he refuse to join T’s Turtle Team? T can’t figure him out.

A tropical storm threatens Gull Island just as the sea turtle nest is ready to hatch. T must abandon the nest and prepare for bad weather.

  • Will Sweet T and her friends keep safe from the storm?
  • Will the sea turtle nest survive angry ocean waves?
  • Will Billy reveal his secret?

Dive into adventure, fun and secrets on Gull Island with “Sweet T and the Turtle Team” to find out!

“Sweet T and the Turtle Team” is the third book of the Sweet T Tales Series of chapter books for early and reluctant readers by Cat Michaels, MS., Ed. With a glossary, comprehension quiz, sea turtle hatch photo gallery, and discussion questions, “Turtle Team” delivers powerful messages about protecting marine life while helping young readers empathize with children who struggle to read.


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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.

Sweet T and the Turtle Team is a chapter book for young readers. It’s about a girl who is on Gull Island with her family during her summer vacation. It starts out kind of boring but she soon makes friends and becomes part of a Turtle Team and her vacation turns out to be a fun adventure.

Cat Michaels has a great writing style that is simple enough for children to read but I enjoyed reading it as well. Occasionally, there was a page titled, “Texts from Kristen.” Kristen is T’s sister and stayed home with their dad. The texts are a great way to “modernize” the story. There are also watercolors throughout the book that help to enhance the story.

The best part of Sweet T and the Turtle Team was learning about turtle nests. On a nature channel, I saw turtles emerging from their nests and the dangers they faced while heading toward the water and even once they got into the water. I had no idea that there were teams that helped them on their journey! It was interesting to read about the turtles and to see the photos of the baby turtles at the end.

Sweet T and the Turtle Team has it all: a great story, nice illustrations, and an opportunity for children to learn about turtle nests and dyslexia. At the end, it has photos of baby turtles, questions to answer, and a glossary of text terms.

 

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Author, blogger CAT MICHAELS, M.S., Ed., has more than two decades of experience helping students from kindergarten to college with learning disabilities and Asperger’s syndrome.

Her chapter books and Sweet T Tales series for beginning readers tell of every day life with a twist of magic and mischief. Cat’s books encourage young and reluctant readers to use their imagination and solve kid-sized dilemmas as they enjoy reading.

Cat lives in North Carolina with her family, where she enjoys digital photography and graphic design, creates pocket gardens, works out as often as she can, and writes.

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Book Review: Henry and the Hidden Treasure by BCR Fegan

4 Aug

Henry and the Hidden Treasure is an imaginative adventure a young child has in defending his pocket money against his little sister. Henry constructs elaborate defensive measures that he is sure will stand up to the clever ambitions of Lucy. Little does he know, Lucy has a few tricks of her own.

With a focus on introducing children to the use of ordinal numbers, Henry and the Hidden Treasure also draws out some important qualities of being a kid – such as creativity, the value of listening to parental advice, and of course, being nice to your sister.

Available on Amazon, B&N, Publisher.

 

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 children’s book! Henry and the Hidden Treasure is about a boy who wants to hide his money from his sister instead of putting it in the bank, which his parents want him to do. He has such a wonderful imagination that his “treasure” is definitely secure, or so he thinks. 

The illustrations by Lenny Wen are colorful and will keep any child’s attention. They go along with Henry’s imagination very well. There’s not a lot of text, but there’s just the right amount to teach children the power of imagination and the use of ordinal numbers. This would be a fun book to read aloud. I may have to get a copy of this book for my niece for Christmas. She’ll love it!

 

About the Author

BCR Fegan is an award-winning author who has written a number of fairy tales and fantasies for children and young adults.

Raised on a small hobby farm only minutes from some of Australia’s greatest beaches, Fegan grew up inspired by the power of natures ambience. From the intensity of the frequent summer storms, to the overwhelming serenity of a lonely beach in the early hours of the morning. His ravenous appetite for both reading and writing soon saw him drawing on the transformational influence of the world around him to craft short stories, poems and picture books.

As time wore on, Fegan also found inspiration in the magic and depth of authors and compositors like Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault. He was mesmerised by the potency of small but beautiful phrases that were carefully carved from the minds of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Robert Frost. He grew to appreciate the worlds meticulously created by David Eddings, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis.

Eventually, he began to forge his own complete works. Weaving his own magic, piecing together his own phrases and crafting his own worlds. Agonising over plots that would inspire, characters that would be loved and circumstances that would delight. In time, his efforts saw a number of children’s books and young adult fiction produced. Through the efforts of TaleBlade Press, these works are now being published with that same careful dedication.

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Book Review: Bigfoot by David Michael Slater

10 Jul

 

Mysterious Monsters: Bigfoot

By David Michael Slater

Genre: Early Chapter ages 6-10

 

About the Book

The Mattigan kids don’t believe in things that go bump in the night. After all, their dad is famous for proving such things are impossible. But, when their long-lost Grandpa Joe shows up with his Mysterious Monsters journal, begging for help, the siblings find themselves drawn into a search for Bigfoot.
 
Along the way, they’ll have to deal with meddling babysitters, suspicious psychics, a YouTube disaster, and their furious father. To solve this mystery, Maddie, Max, and Theo must rethink what’s possible — and make lots of peanut butter and banana sandwiches. 

Available on Amazon.

 

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.

Mysterious Monsters: Bigfoot is a fun book for children. The Mattigans live in an old mansion and their dad is famous for proving there is no such thing as psychics, bigfoot, aliens, and anything else that hasn’t been 100% proven. The children are used to having a sitter now and again while their dad is on assignment.

As soon as their dad leaves this time, his long-lost father shows up. He tells Maddie, Max, and Theo he left when their dad was young to find monsters and prove that they existed. He hasn’t been successful so far but Bigfoot is supposed to be in their forest and he wants them to look for him since he’s in such poor health. Theo runs into the woods to look for Bigfoot and Maddie and Max have to find him before he gets lost. Theo isn’t all they find, though.

Bigfoot is a delightful story with funny illustrations that children will enjoy. The dialogue is great and what fun it is to have a children’s book with a couple of twists.

 

 

About the Author

David Michael Slater is an acclaimed author of books for children, teens, and adults. His work for children includes the picture books Cheese Louise!, The Bored Book, and The Boy & the Book, as well as the on-going teen fantasy series, Forbidden Books, which is being developed for film by a former producer of The Lion King. David’s work for adults includes the hilarious comic-drama, Fun & Games, which the New York Journal of Books writes “works brilliantly.” David teaches in Reno, Nevada, where he lives with his wife and son. You can learn more about David and his work at www.davidmichaelslater.com.

 

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