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Fantastic Happy Tales

This is a charming new collection of children’s stories that are educational and entertaining, with fun illustrations. The animals in this series of short stories – from Freddie Fox to Tommy Toad – play a key role in teaching children about their environment and other important life lessons.

Excerpt from the book:

“The hive was busy.  Spring flowers in full bloom and it was time to find the best of the bunch.  “‘Bee’ back before nightfall,” Beatrice called out to her entourage of eager pollen collectors.

“Will do,” they buzzed, hoping to find the best pollen for themselves.

It was midday in the garden of Terry Tortoise and Massie the field mouse, when the sound of buzzing caught their ears.  “Careful,” Massie whispered, not wishing to interrupt their buzz-ness. “They are making honey,” she explained to Terry her latest friend and pupil.

“I see no honey,” he answered, having previously peaked into a hive, “It’s sticky and runny.”

“It’s a long story. I will have to explain later, I have much to do,” she added taking his hand.

About the Author

L. J. Greatrex was born one of three siblings in a small village, having only moved around the same village three times with just a small break when living in West Kirby on the Wirral. Her career began with General Electric and progressed through to the financial sector of the steel industry, spending the most recent years with a classic car parts company.


Over many years travelling the globe with family and friends, the ideas developed and are used in the Hackers Trilogy of novels which includes Conscious Revenge, Payback and Just Deserts. This series has grown, with a further six hacker books, adding Without a Doubt, Doubt Revisited, Informed Decision, Dark Forces, Misconception and Last Resort, which completes the series.  L. J. Greatrex has also written A Penny’s Eye View which is a collection of inter-related short stories.

“Fantastic Happy Tales” by L. J. Greatrex is available from Amazon at:

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The audiobook version of “Fantastic Happy Tales” will be released soon.

Press/Media Contact Details:

Darin Jewell (L. J. Greatrex’s literary agent)
Managing Director
The Inspira Group Literary Agency
darin@theinspiragroup.com
tel. UK +208 292 5163

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Enemies United

William of Normandy set sail to arrive in England in October 1066 to take the throne and force his right above the Saxon King Harold. Successful in the battle and taking the crown his army of well-trained knights were rewarded with lands.

Mostly of lands that no longer had a Thegn, this is a story of how an elderly ailing Thegn where his lands were gifted to one of William’s most loyal knights Gilbert Bayeux, the struggle and lengths afterwards to protect his grandchild and how the two enemies united to bring peace to Alder-Sea and its villagers along with all of England. The child was disguised as a serf, the knight was intrigued and drawn to the boy’s beautiful lavender blue eyes.

Excerpt

  “This way, we will have carried out your grandfather’s wishes. You heard your Lord Gilbert. He intends to place you in some kind of work after they bury George,’ he said sternly, hoping that Guy would understand why he was insisting on the time being now. Godfrey knew if he left it until after the burial that Gilbert would place Guy in some sort of meaningful employment and that he would soon find out their secret, and had he not knelt along with George and Guy and sworn allegiance at Gilbert’s feet? No, he would sooner spirit Guy away than be looked on as a traitor. Godfrey was sure that his new master was a good man. He was torn by his pledge to George and although he liked and respected Gilbert, his loyalty was stronger to George.

The soldiers arrived and carried George to the chapel. Guy and Godfrey followed them to watch that George was laid in state in a caring manner, Guy being careful to whisper, ‘Sleep well, master.’ Godfrey stood and saluted him with his sword. One of the soldiers reported to Gilbert that there had been a suspicion of tears in Godfrey’s eyes as he left the chapel and that the boy Guy was struggling with the Lord George’s death. Strange for a boy so young.”

About the Author

Barbara Anne Machin was born in 1940 and is the youngest of eight children. She is married and has one son, and recently celebrated her diamond wedding anniversary. She has always been interested in writing but has never attempted to publish before. A friend and her husband encouraged Barbara to send her trilogy of stories to a publisher. She writes more for a hobby and has worked all her life and still works part-time.  She has held many managerial positions in large companies and does not like to be idle.

This is Barbara’s sixth book.  She has written “A Beloved Cousin” (2019), “Shadow of Guilt” (2020), “Don’t Look Back” (2020), “The Crime that Never Was” (2020) and “Nowhere to Hide” (2020).

“Enemies United” is available to purchase in hardback from Amazon UK at:

This novel is also available to purchase in paperback at:

The book can also be downloaded as an e-book from:

Press/Media Contact Details:

Darin Jewell (Barbara Machin’s literary agent)
Tel. 020 8292 5163
E-mail: darin@theinspiragroup.com

Book Review & Giveaway: Mickey on the Move by Michelle Wagner

Book Title:  Mickey on the Move by Michelle Wagner
Category:  Children’s Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   Jan, 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.


Book Description:

In this bighearted book, the real story of a young boy with deafness in his ears is aided by his mother and teachers in navigating new school experiences. Mickey is just like everyone else, except he wears cochlear implants and has to do things just a little differently than most. This charming tale reminds us that we can all find happiness if we lean on and support each other.


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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.

Mickey on the Move is the story of a boy who is deaf but with cochlear implants, an amazing mom, good teachers, and a close friend, he has a happy life and goes to school and is involved in other activities just like any other kid.

This story is not only an inspiration, but children will enjoy it while learning about Mickey and that he is a kid just like them. The illustrations are colorful and will help keep the attention of younger children.

What a wonderful book to share with children! I definitely recommend Mickey on the Move.

About the Author

Born and raised in Chicago, Michelle Wagner was always a very positive and outgoing woman. Her energetic love for children and zest for life was admired by everyone who knew her. Michelle is a realtor whose career background involved restaurants and always helping other people. She has dedicated time and support to charities and events to help other children with hearing loss and assist families as they work through the different approaches to raising a special needs child in a typical environment.

connect with author: website ~ instagram

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Book Review & Giveaway: Journey to a New Earth by Zeiny Sher

Book Title:  Journey To A New Earth: Penelope Panda and Kobi Koala Discover A New Earth by Zeiny Sher
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  30 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Zeiny Sher
Release date:   Oct 30 2020
Content Rating:  G. This children’s book is for everyone.

Penelope Panda and Kobi Koala Discover a New Earth is an exploration in preservation through connection. Penelope and Kobi are connected through life changing events, which helps them learn how to love and preserve the earth, and how to deeply connect with each other and others along the way.


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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.

Journey to a New Earth is a sweet story about Penelope Panda helping Kobi Koala who was lost. They learned that we are all connected and that there is light in all of us and all around us. In their New Earth, everyone came together, connected with each other, and renewed the earth.

The illustrations in this book are gorgeous. All of the different animals and bright colors kept my grandson’s interest. The story is sweet but the concept is a bit much to expect young children to grasp.

About the Author

Zeiny Sher is a children’s book author whose journey began while writing a journal of life’s little love and connection experiences for her three-year-old daughter and one-year-old son. With a very close-knit family, Sher has always been passionate about the universal connection we all have and teaching this to the younger generation. She has coached teenage girls on self-esteem and self-worth. Sher enjoys meditation in nature, CrossFit, Safari holidays and baking with her little ones.

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Book Review & Giveaway: M.C. Plays Hide & Seek by Eva Grayzel

Book Title:  MC Plays Hide and Seek: An Empowering Story for Healthy Children Who Care About a Person Living with Cancer by Eva Grayzel
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  64 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   Jan 5, 2021

Content Rating:  G for everyone.

M.C. is a cancer cell who shares just enough information about the nature of the disease to promote dialogue and minimize fear. The scary part of cancer is the unknown. Learn about doctors who look for cancer. Understand feelings children experience and learn ways to cope. Empower children with knowledge and how to make a difference. M.C. Plays Hide & Seek strengthens communication and builds emotional health.


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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.

Eva Grayzel wrote this book after she had cancer because she felt that it would have been great if her children had had a book like it. It is meant to help children to deal with cancer in someone they care about. It’s well-written, and the video below is of her reading M.C. Plays Hide & Seek. She has so much energy and good vibes as she reads it (and yes, I did notice that it’s backwards).

M.C. Plays Hide & Seek tells children that it’s important to share their feelings by talking, drawing, or in writing. It doesn’t matter how, it’s just important to do it! Also, no feelings are “wrong.” Some may feel sad while others feel angry. It’s even possible to not feel anything at first because of the shock of it all.

I like that feelings are discussed, but I also think explaining that cancer can hide in the body for a long time and that it can affect any organ in the body is also important. There is so much that adults don’t think to explain to children when they’re dealing with a serious diagnosis. Also, the different types of doctors are defined. Some of those doctor names can be so long and confusing, it’s nice to know what the adults are talking about!

Finally, in M.C. Plays Hide & Seek there are pictures of people having a good time because kids need to know that they and their loved one can still have fun together. Cancer won’t stop that!

For parents, at the end of the book is a Quick Reference Guide about things that were discussed. There’s also a section about why to tell children about the diagnosis, and I think it is absolutely right: children are intuitive and will know something is going on, sharing will minimize their fears, hiding your diagnosis promotes secrecy, anger and resentment.

I definitely recommend M.C. Plays Hide & Seek for children who have a loved one with cancer.

About the Author

Eva Grayzel is a motivational speaker, storyteller, and cancer survivor. When her children were five and seven years old, she was diagnosed with cancer. Their fear of losing her was deep, real, and suppressed. When she got a second chance at life, she created the Talk4Hope book series to help children understand cancer and make it less scary.

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Book Review: How the Dinosaurs Accept the Dragon by Amanda Evans

Being different is never easy. But could a special secret save the day?

When Mama T-rex discovers a strange, red, glowing egg, she decides it will make the perfect birthday present for Rex’s 6th birthday.

But when Secret the dragon emerges from its shell he has a hard time fitting in to his new surroundings. He just feels…different.

Rex and the other dinosaurs love martial arts, movies and Bronto Basketball; but Secret dreams of fire and princess rescues!

Embarrassed and confused, Secret goes in search of his real identity and discovers that the world isn’t always a kind place. To make matters worse, he’s about to start Paleo Preschool without a single friend!

Will Secret be able to embrace his differences and find his purpose in a dino-dominant district?

A heart-warming tale of self-acceptance and individuality, told with loveable animal characters and beautiful illustrations that will appeal to young readers.

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My Review

How the Dinosaurs Accept the Dragon is a cute book about a family of dinosaurs who unknowingly adopt a dragon, and they name him Secret. He knows he’s different, and he wants to find out who he really is. He and Rex go on a quest but are unable to figure out who he is.

Finally, when there’s a blizzard, Secret is able to start a fire to warm up everyone in the preschool. After that, he’s not only accepted by the dinosaurs in the preschool, but his teacher reads about dragons and his classmates give him and MVD, the Most Valuable Dragon award.

This is an adorable book with bright and colorful illustrations. Both the pictures and the story will keep the attention of youngsters.

About the Author

Amanda grew up loving books of all kinds and she is so happy to spend life writing books that kids of all ages can enjoy.

Amanda finds that life is a series of wanderings and likes sharing her thoughts with the world.

Book Review: Scavenger Art by Lexi Rees

Scavenger hunts are fun.

Drawing is fun.

Put them together for ★ SCAVENGER ART ★

This unique art-based activity book includes 52 scavenger hunts designed to

✓ encourage curious minds
✓ spark creativity
✓ practise mindfulness
✓ develop drawing skills

Perfect for ages 6 to 12.

Purchase Links

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1913799042/

US –  https://www.amazon.com/dp/1913799042/

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.

Scavenger Art puts scavenger hunts and art together. It’s a great book that will give kids something fun to do while teaching them creativity. What a great book to get for bored children during the holidays, summer vacation, or a lockdown.

The book has several sections: My House, My Stuff, Outside, People, Faces & Bodies, Nature, Eating, and Birds, Insects, & Animals. Each section lists instructions for a scavenger hunt and a page to draw 9 pictures of items found. Here’s an example from the My House section:

This is a great book that will keep kids entertained for hours. I’m going to have to get one for my grandkids when they’re a little older!

About the Author

Lexi Rees was born in Scotland but now lives down south. She writes action-packed adventures brim full of witch-doctors, fortune-tellers, warriors and smugglers, combining elemental magic with hints of dystopia. She also writes fun activity books for children. 

Her fantasy adventure, Eternal Seas, was awarded a “loved by” badge from LoveReading4Kids. The sequel, Wild Sky, is available now. 

She’s passionate about developing a love of reading and writing in children and, as well as her Creative Writing Skills workbook, she has an active programme of school visits and other events, is a Book PenPal for three primary schools, and runs a free online #kidsclub and newsletter which includes book recommendations and creative writing activities.

In her spare time, she’s a keen crafter and spends a considerable amount of time trying not to fall off horses or boats.

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Website: https://lexirees.co.uk

Twitter: @lexi_rees  or https://twitter.com/lexi_rees

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Book Review: The Homesick Fox by David Greaves

Exquisitely illustrated by Danielle Callaghan, The Homesick Fox is a melancholy tale with an uplifting ending, exploring feelings of isolation and loneliness in an urban fox which has lost its way and yearns for its spiritual home: the countryside. At last the fox can bear his solitude no more, and without knowing where his paws will take him, sets off on a journey into the night.

David Greaves’ poetic, multi-layered children’s story evokes ‘the call of the wild’, a mysterious and wondrous thing: but The Homesick Fox will also appeal to adults working in the ‘Big Smoke’ and pining for the quietude and slower rhythms of country life.

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My Review

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

The Homesick Fox is told in rhymes, and its rhythm makes it fun to read even though the story is sad to read at first. The poor fox lost his way and wandered into the city and there he stayed. The longer he lived in the city, the more despair he felt. Finally, he’d had enough and found his way back to the wild, and he felt at home at last.

The author does a good job at relaying how sad the fox is and wanting to go home, and then his hope as he hears another fox calling to him and encouraging him to come. The illustrations are beautiful, and I like the way that the fox stands out in each one.

The Homesick Fox is a children’s story, and it’s one that adults would enjoy reading to children. I look forward to reading it to my grandchildren.

About the Author

Born in Yorkshire in 1985, David Greaves’ kindness and generosity of spirit, and his love of travel and adventure led David to make friends around the world with people from all walks of life.

The stamina and strength of character demonstrated by David’s achievements as an ultra-marathon runner and Iron Man triathlete were also shown by his determination to complete a wonderful collection of children’s stories in verse, while living with the cruel limitations imposed by Motor Neurone Disease (ALS), diagnosed shortly after David’s thirtieth birthday in June 2015.

In September 2015 David married the love of his life, Philippa. They climbed Mt Kilimanjaro together, raising over £12,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, then travelled widely in East Africa before settling in Newcastle upon Tyne. As MND progressively deprived David of the use of his hands, and then the power of speech, he finished his collection of stories for children’s using revolutionary computer software that allowed him to communicate by tracking and translating into readable text the movement of his eyes. David passed away peacefully at home in September 2016. David’s wife Philippa and his family intend to honour David Greaves’ outstanding gifts as a children’s author by eventually publishing all David’s completed works.

Book Review: I Feel Angry by Aleks Harrison

Are you looking for a book that will help your kids manage their emotions better, pick up essential social skills and recognize anger in a healthy and positive way?

Anger is one of the most difficult emotions for children to manage. More often than not, a book is the best way if you want to teach kids how to handle their emotions and manage anger. This book is a practical guide for parents who want their kids to have better emotional health. 

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.

Max feels the telltale signs of anger when his dad says it’s time to leave the playground, when he’s tying his shoes, and when he’s at school. Each time, his dad (or his teacher) helps him to deal with that anger in different ways. Whether it’s by deep breathing, doing something else, or counting backwards, the suggestions work for Max and would work for most kids.

I Feel Angry not only has good suggestions for helping children deal with their anger, it also is presented in rhymes, and the illustrations are bright and colorful. The rhyming and illustrations will keep the attention of children. Books like this one are great. They are not only books that children want to read, but they teach as well.

About the Author

Aleks Harrison is a father of two children and the author of a series of children’s books about emotions and self-regulation methods. Alex writes books that help parents and teachers raise attentive, socially, and emotionally aware children.

The author collaborates with the best illustrators who help create exciting, fun, and inspiring books for children of all ages and their parents.


To contact the author, write to the following e-mail address: aleksharrisonwriter@gmail.com.

Book Review: Space for Kids by Melissa Quinn

What if a single book became the first step for your kid to discover science in its most trending branch – astronomy? What if there was a chance to entertain your little cutie pie who keeps asking “why?,” while also learning awesome facts?

Watching the night sky, Kimmy and Jimmy can’t help but wondering: what is out there in space? Find out about little astronauts’ adventures in space and how things they learned about our Solar System can be turned to fun home activities.

Your kid will love this space travel book, because:

  • it’s not wordy, but gives fun and handy facts about planets and outer space exploration
  • illustrations made professionally and with love
  • it gives an explanation what the night sky is, as well as a chance to use imagination with no limits

Buy this kid astronaut book NOW to introduce the space science to your little one without boring and wordy facts!

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.

Jimmy and Kimmy take a rocket to space and meet the planets. What a fun way to learn about them! The illustrations are colorful and cute. Each planet has a face and tells the children something special, such as the biggest planet, the hottest planet, the coldest planet, etc. It does all this without going into detailed explanations so children won’t tire of reading about them.

Space for Kids is definitely a book that young children will enjoy and learn from at the same time!

Book Review: The Story of Jane Goodall by Susan B. Katz

Discover the life of Jane Goodall―a story about curiosity, passion, and saving animals

Jane Goodall is a celebrated scientist for her studies of chimpanzees in the forests of Africa. Before she observed chimps and helped save them from losing their home, Jane was a curious kid who loved learning about animals. She showed people that women could be scientists, just like men, and fought to follow her dream of working with wild chimps. Explore how Jane Goodall went from being a young nature lover in England to the most important chimpanzee expert in the world.

This Jane Goodall chapter book for kids ages 6-8 includes:

  • Word definitions―Discover helpful definitions for the more advanced words and ideas in the book.
  • Test your knowledge―Take a quiz at the end of the book to make sure you understand the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of Jane Goodall’s life.
  • A lasting legacy―Learn about how Jane made the world a better place for future generations of both humans and animals.

How will Jane Goodall’s strong will inspire you?

My Review

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

I think everyone knows the name Jane Goodall and associates her name with chimps. There’s so much more to her life story than that, though, and this book fills in the blanks.

The Story of Jane Goodall is written for young readers, but I found it interesting as well. I recently watched a documentary about her, but there were still some facts in this book that I didn’t know.

There are some extras in The Story of Jane Goodall that are included in all of the books in this series, and they will encourage children to learn. Some of the words are bold which means they are in the glossary in the back. There are also family trees, time lines, and graphics called “Myths vs. Facts.” Occasionally, there’s an arrow with “Jump in the Think Tank” suggestions, which encourage children to express how they might feel in the same situation. There’s a quiz at the end as well as additional Think Tank questions.

It’s important to teach youngsters about Jane Goodall. She not only did some amazing work with chimps, but she did so when women’s options were limited as far as their careers. This is definitely a book that should be in every child’s library.

About the Author

Susan B. Katz is an award-winning, Spanish bilingual author, National Board Certified Teacher, educational consultant and social media strategist. As a former bilingual educator of over 25 years, Susan incorporates props, puppets and multimedia into her presentations making them interactive and engaging. Susan has eight published books with Scholastic, Penguin Random House, Barefoot Books and Callisto Media. MEDITATION STATION, about mindfulness and trains, comes out this fall with Bala Books (Shambhala). She has six chapter book biographies with Rockridge Press including THE STORY OF RUTH BADER GINSBURG, THE STORY OF FRIDA KAHLO, THE STORY OF JANE GOODALL and THE STORY OF ALBERT EINSTEIN. Scholastic published Susan’s book ALL YEAR ROUND and it was named “Best New Book” by The Children’s Book Review. She translated it into Spanish as Un Año Redondo. MY MAMA EARTH (Barefoot Books), won the Moonbeam Gold Award for Best Picture Book as well as being named “Top Green Toy” by Education.com. ABC, BABY ME! (Random House) debuted to rave reviews and sold out of its first print run in three months. ABC SCHOOL’S FOR ME (Scholastic) was illustrated by Lynn Munsinger and reviewed as “having verse that never misses a beat.” Susan is also the Founder and Executive Director of http://www.ConnectingAuthors.org, a national non-profit bringing children’s book authors and illustrators into schools and libraries as role models of literacy and the arts. Ms. Katz served as the Strategic Partner Manager for Authors at Facebook. When she’s not writing, Susan enjoys salsa dancing and spending time at the beach.

Her website is: www.susankatzbooks.com.