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Book Review: Changing Places by Anne K. Edwards

19 Jun

Changing Places, by Anne K. Edwards

Age level: 4-8

Price: $1.99

Pages: 14

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A black cat named Whiskers encounters a snake that has lost his home when he goes outside to see the world.

 

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.

Changing Places is about a cat and a snake who decide to trade places for the day. After their day of adventure, they each decide they’re happier in their own home.

This is a cute book for children that teaches them a little bit about cats and snakes but also teaches that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. It’s short but it’s a good story.

 

About the Author

Anne K. Edwards enjoys writing tales for children when she’s not focusing on a mystery. Some stories are ideas taken from little misadventures of her cat who actually did fall off the porch and land on a large blacksnake as it was sunning itself. Both were more than a little surprised.

 

 

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Book Review: Theodore and the Enchanted Bookstore by K. Kibbee

17 Jun

 

Theodore and the Enchanted Bookstore: Tale of the Spectacular Spectacles

By K. Kibbee

Genre: Early Chapter Book {ages 6-10}

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Living life as a bumbling breadbox with fur, was hardship enough for Theodore the Corgi, but when the young dog finds himself cold and alone in a frightening animal shelter, it’s clear that his struggles have only just begun. 

Labeled “unadoptable,” by shelter staff, Theodore mires in the gloom until a kind-eyed stranger with a pocket full of handcrafted jerky and a quirky smile, rescues him with the intent of making Theodore the newest addition to his curious Bookstore. Though overwhelmed at first, Theodore soon finds both his new friend and the odd bookstore are welcoming hosts, despite the Corgi’s run of clumsy mishaps. And while Theodore’s formerly dull and lonely life fades to memory, a new, adventurous one blooms before him—for hidden amongst the dusty stacks of books and things at the Enchanted Bookstore, waits a peculiar little man with a set of the most magical, Spectacular Spectacles imaginable.

 

My Review

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

Theodore and the Enchanted Bookstore is about a dog, Theodore, whose owner gives him to the pound because he keeps running into things and making messes. He’s severely depressed that his beloved owner has abandoned him. He’s lucky when one of the boys who works at the pound realizes that Theodore is going to die because he won’t eat so he asks a bookstore owner to see him and maybe take him for the bookstore.

Theodore’s new owner Sam is patient and caring and even though Theodore runs into things sometimes, he caring and understanding. When Sam realizes that Theodore needs glasses he orders him some but somehow Theodore receives magical spectacles and what happens is a big surprise.

This is a cute story for young readers and teaches how important owners are to their dogs and how important it is to be patient with dogs. I was a little disappointed at the end. It could have been the perfect beginning to a story. 

 

 

About the Author

(Kristine) Kibbee is a Pacific Northwest writer with a fascination for all things literary. Kristine’s passion for creative writing began in her early youth and led her to the doors of Washington State University, where she earned a degree in Humanities, with a focus in Professional Writing. Kristine followed her scholarly pursuit of writing with published works in The Vancougar, The Salal Review Literary Review, Just Frenchies magazine, and S/Tick Literary Review. She is presently a regular columnist for Terrier Group magazine.

Kristine’s novella, “The Mischievous Misadventures of Dewey the Daring,” was her first and only self-published release, and is still currently available on Amazon.com. Her middle-grade fantasy novel, “Whole in the Clouds,” was released in November 2014 and is being re-released by Incorgnito Publishing Press, with additional material, in October of 2016. The first installment in her YA fantasy series, “Forest of the Fae-Devlin’s Door,” was released in early 2016 with Incorgnito.

Kristine anticipates following the release of book two in the “Forests of the Fae” series (“The Raven Queen”) with a third and final installment, which will tentatively come to print in early 2018.

 

Kristine regularly engages on a variety of social media platforms and can be followed:

On Twitter @K_Kibbee

On Facebook: facebook.com/KKibbeewrites

 

Publisher’s Info:

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Book Review: Dominick and the Dragon by Anne K. Edwards

16 Jun

Dominick and the Dragon, by Anne K. Edwards

Age level: 4-8

Price: $1.99

Pages: 42

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Dominick is a little boy fascinated by dragons. When he finally meets one named Elvis that wants to eat everything, including him, he has to find a way to outsmart him. His adventure proves a boy can be smarter than a dragon.

 

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.

Dominick and the Dragon is a cute children’s book about two boys who tease their younger brother and tell him that dragons live in Dark Forest behind their house. When Dominick sees a dragon near their backyard, he’s surprised that there really are dragons and he realizes that his brothers didn’t really know much about dragons.

Dominick has a scary adventure with the dragon and his wife but his brothers don’t believe him. Will he ever be able to prove that he met dragons?

This is a fun fantasy for young children with cute illustrations. 

 

 

About the Author 

Anne K. Edwards enjoys writing tales for children when she’s not focusing on a mystery. Some stories are ideas taken from little misadventures of her cat who actually did fall off the porch and land on a large blacksnake as it was sunning itself. Both were more than a little surprised.

 

 

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Book Review: Snickety Dickety Doo by Danica-Lea Larcombe

2 Jun

George, Fiona and Marni find a tin of bubbles, not just any ordinary bubbles but planets. The planets shrink the children and take them to faraway lands. The children have many exciting adventures and try not to let their secret be discovered.

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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.

Marni finds a tin when digging in their yard and when she opens it, she finds little wrapped up balls. But when she and her siblings open them up, they turn out to be bubbles in the form of the planets. These planets are alive and they take the children to faraway lands. All they have to do is say Snickety Dicket Doo! These children are inquisitive and often find themselves in scrapes but the ability to go home whenever they want usually helps to get them out of those scrapes.

Snicket Dickety Doo is a fun book to read and encourages children to use their imagination as well as teaching about different places around the world. The copy I received didn’t have pictures but I’m hoping the final copy does have them because they would add a lot to the text. I also suggest getting the book edited because there are a lot of punctuation errors.

 

About the Author

Danica-Lea Larcombe has a B.Sc (Environmental Health), a grad.dip in Education and has taken courses in Journalism, Travel Writing, and Photography. She currently works full-time as an environmental health officer and lives with her small Maltese X dog near the beach.
Danica’s first travel narrative was self-published and titled ‘Pushing the Boundaries: A Mission to See the World’. It is for sale via Lulu.com and Amazon.com. Over 100 books were sold via bookshops in Perth. Newspaper reviews were very positive.
This second book was also hand written as a travel diary whilst travelling the world for six months, but with quite different countries and experiences than the first. Danica was successfully elected a mentor for six months from the NZ Author Society for this book after the full manuscript was written.

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Book Review: Mystery at Manatee Key by Nancy Stewart

10 May

 

Title: MYSTERY AT MANATEE KEY
Author: Nancy Stewart
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Pages: 36
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

 

 

 

 

 

Bella and Britt love to explore along the beach and at more remote places like Manatee Key as well.  It is there that they discover a manatee smuggling ring. 

The manatees have already been netted, so the girls must act fast!  But a kidnapper snatches Bella, hustling her into their hideout.  When Britt sneaks a look in the window, she discovers that the ranger is being held, too.  Now it’s up to Britt.  But what can a single girl do?

Mystery at Manatee Key is available at Amazon.

 

My Review

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

This is a short and cute story about Bella and Britt, two girls who like to explore along the beach. One day they notice a baby manatee all alone and discover a manatee smuggling ring. When Bella is caught by one of the villains, Britt needs to act fast.

Children will enjoy this book which has mystery and adventure as well as cute illustrations. It teaches about the loyalty of friends as well as the real problem of poaching. It would be a great choice for elementary school age children.

 

 

Book Excerpt

A dark animal circled slowly in the shallow water of Manatee Key. Walking closer, Bella whispered. “A baby manatee. And it has a patch of white near its snout.” Britt frowned. “But where’s the mother? It must be hungry. We should tell the ranger.”

“Yeah,” Bella said. “This one’s too young to be without her mom. Let’s go.”

The friends worked their way through the jungle-like brush back to their bicycles. Britt took the lead. “It’s really hot, but we gotta make time.”

After a twenty minute ride down dusty paths leading to the main road in their coastal town, they reached the ranger station. “It’s quiet in here today,” Bella said.

The ranger’s assistant glanced up from his reading. “Hi, girls. Can I help you?”

“We need to see the ranger and report an orphaned manatee,” Bella said.

He frowned. “She hasn’t come in today, and that’s not like her. I’ve called her phones. Nobody answered. And no one’s seen her. Have you by any chance?”

“No,” they answered at the same time.

“Well, it’s a mystery,” he said. “I won’t call the police yet. But I’m getting worried. Now, about that manatee. Can you take me to it?”

“Sure,” Britt said. “If you can bring us back to town. We rode our bikes here.” He nodded. “Of course.”

 

About the Author

Nancy Stewart has been an elementary school teacher and a professor of education.  Having lived in London for ten years, she was a consultant to the University of Cambridge. She is the author of the Bella and Britt series picture books and the authorized biography of Katrina Simpkins, a young girl whose life was forever changed by Winter, the dolphin (Guardian Angel Publishing.)  Her writing of One Pelican at a Time was featured on the PBS special, GulfWatch in 2011.  Nancy’s YA-LGBT novel will be published by Interlude Press autumn of 2017.  She is a member of the Rate Your Story organization as a critique judge.

 

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Book Review: The Grumpface by B.C.R. Fegan

8 May

Title: The Grumpface
Author: BCR Fegan
Illustrator: Daniela Frongia
Publisher: TaleBlade
Publication Date: May 1, 2017
Pages: 32
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About the Book

The Grumpface is a poetic fairy-tale that tells the story of Dan, an inventor who ventures into a forest looking for a rose. Instead he finds the mysterious Grumpface who threatens to hold him captive unless he passes some difficult challenges. What follows is a humorous adventure that neither Dan nor the Grumpface could have anticipated.

The Grumpface is a tale in the spirit of any grand adventure. It is about a clumsy young inventor’s quest for love and the challenges he must face to find it. It is also a tale of bravery, absurdity and happiness, and the power of these qualities over negativity and sheer grumpiness.

Every parent will be acquainted with their own little ‘grumpface’ now and then. This story stands as a small piece of hope – that no matter how ingrained the grump, there will always remain in every one of us a smile or a laugh just waiting to come out.

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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 Grumpface is a fairy tale about Dan, a young inventor who wants to woo a girl who sells flowers but he is too shy to talk to her. He decides he must find her a rose because she doesn’t have any. He wanders into Grumpface’s part of the forest and is challenged to perform tasks to be able to return  home. Poor Dan does his best but fears he will never see his love again.

This is a story of hope and  perseverance as well as humor and bravery overcoming grumpiness and negativity. The Grumpface is a good story to teach children the importance of being hopeful and positive like Dan, rather than grumpy like Grumpface. It also has vibrant illustrations and the text is in verse, both of which will keep the attention of children.

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About the Author

BCR Fegan is an Australian author who has written a number of fairy tales and fantasies for children and young adults. He is inspired by stories that resonate deeply with our desire for adventure, yearning for magic and search for meaning.
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Book Review: God’s Easter Miracles by Lee Ann Mancini

27 Mar

 

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God's Easter Miracles Book Cover

 

  • Publisher:GLM PUBLISHING (February 1, 2017)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:0997332514
  • ISBN-13:978-0997332513

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Paul, Jimmy, Brian and the whole town witness God’s Easter miracles in this unique story. God’s Easter Miracles highlights God’s love and provision to His children. The lessons learned are not only about Jesus’s resurrection, but also awareness of treating children with Autism with love and respect, and taking care of God’s creations.

As in previous books, God’s Easter Miracles establishes characters that children can relate to, while capturing their imagination and touching their hearts in a loving way. Written in a fun and endearing way, God’s Easter Miracles also provides interactive entertainment by including hidden symbols for children to locate throughout the book.

 

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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.

What a special book! You would think that fish celebrating Easter and miracles might be odd but it shows that everyone is special in God’s eyes.

God’s Easter Miracles is a good book to read to young children because it has a lot of bright colors that will keep their attention. It also teaches the importance of sharing, treating everyone the same, and trying to live as Jesus would.

Now is the perfect time to get this book to read during the Easter season!

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Lee Ann Mancini Author PhotoABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lee Ann Mancini’s desire is for children to begin to know and love Jesus from an early age. This passion led her to seek out books for her own children that portrayed an active relationship with Jesus in a relatable way. She knew communicating God’s truth through captivating words and compelling illustrations is a crucial part of establishing that foundation.

An adjunct professor at South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary, Mancini holds a master’s degree in Christian studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School as well as Knox Theological Seminary. She holds a board position with the Florida Authors and Publishers Association and the Alexandrian Forum and maintains memberships with organizations such as the Christian Small Publishers Association and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.

Mancini is an active member in her local community, visiting schools to share the Adventures of the Sea Kids series with children, as well as speaking to women’s groups about the redemptive power of the Gospel represented through the types of brides of the church. Learn more about Mancini and the Adventures of the Sea Kids at glmpublishing.net.

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: Mary’s Song by Susan Count

2 Jan

BeachBoundbooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the children’s adventure book, Mary’s Song by Susan Count. The tour will run December 12, 2016 – January 2, 2017.

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About the Book

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Title: Mary’s Song (Dream Horse Adventure Book 1)

Author: Susan Count Genre: Children’s Fiction

Number of Pages: 122

Publisher: Hastings Creations Group

Release Date: October 20, 2016

Available on Amazon

 

Book Description

Mary’s heart breaks over the pending destruction of a beautiful, but damaged filly. When life is not fair, the courageous challenge the obstacles. Twelve-year-old Mary was disabled at the age of four by the same virus that took the life of her mother. While she longs to have a horse of her own, she’s limited to reading horse books. A talented artist, she spends her days on a blanket in the grass sketching the horses at the farm next door. She falls in love with one of the foals and is outraged to learn the filly is considered worthless as it was born lame. Mary befriends and enlists the help of twelve-year-old Laura, whose family owns the horse farm. Against the better judgment of the farm manager, a brief reprieve is negotiated for the foal’s life. The girls conspire to raise money to save her, but time is running out. Sadly, it appears the expensive surgery the foal needs has little chance to correct her problem anyway. Mary isn’t about to give up. She sacrifices what she holds dear, including the trust of her papa, to gain her heart’s desire. Will she lose everything in her struggle to save the foal?

 

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.

Mary’s Song is a sweet story about a disabled twelve-year-old girl, Mary, who makes friends with Laura, the girl next door. When Laura tells Mary that her favorite foal is probably going to be put down, Mary makes it her mission to save the foal. She doesn’t understand how a lame horse can be considered worthless. Does that mean she’s worthless because she’s lame?

The characters in Mary’s Song are realistic. The girls come from very different families, but they’re typical twelve-year-olds who don’t always follow the rules and tend to get into mischief. Mary is strong and determined and Laura is a good friend. Together they make a great team. Mary’s dad is too protective although it’s understandable. He’s already lost his wife and he doesn’t want Mary to get more injuries to her already damaged legs. Laura’s parents, on the other hand, are too busy to pay much attention to what she does. 

Susan Count’s writing is easy to read and I definitely recommend it for children and middle school readers. Mary’s Song is about of friendship, faith, heartbreak, love, and, of course, horses!

 

What others are saying…

“An excellent and engaging book from start to finish. A must read.” – Amazon Review

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“Susan Count knows how to write about horses, family, friendship, love, faith, and sacrifice. Her true-to-life characters easily engaged me in wanting to know more about them and how their conflicts would be resolved.” – Geoffrey W.

“A genuinely touching story about friendship and recovery. I strongly recommend this to anyone looking for a good horse book perfect for middle age girls!” – Amazon Review

 

 

About the Author

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One day…I began to write with no preconceived ideas about anything. I’d read what I had written the day before and add another scene to the adventure. No one could have been more astounded than I was when it turned into a book. The whole process gave me great joy and restored my spirit after a season of loss. My motivation was my desire to bless one particular young lady with a story to show her a love relationship in a family, with the Lord, and with a horse. I truly thought the story would remain in a drawer until she was old enough to read it. Surprise. I write at an antique secretary desk which belonged to the same grandmother who introduced me to horse books. The desk has secret compartments and occupies a glass room with a forest view. Bunnies and cardinals regularly interrupt my muse, as do my horses grazing in a clearing. Though I am a rider and lover of horses, I make no claims of expertise in any riding discipline. I hope that my research keeps me from annoying those who would know. The only thing more fun than riding might be writing horse adventure stories. Saddle up and ride along!

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Book Review: How to Eat Your ABC’s by Theresa A. McKeown

22 Dec

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“How to Eat your ABCs” is the first of many books aimed at motivating both children and adults alike to fall in love with the world around them as well as the world within. This first in a series of educational books is focused on the joys of eating fruits and vegetables. Narrated by BuzzBee (a happy healthy honeybee who just adores kids), this book of rhyme has every letter of the alphabet represented by a farm-fresh food.

Available on Amazon.

Check it out on Goodreads.

 

My Review

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

This is a great book for children! First of all, it teaches the ABCs. Second, the words it teaches are all fresh, healthy foods, such as A is for apple, B is for berries, etc. There are even words for Q and X! I never heard of xoconostle but it is a fruit that comes from cacti. So there are even words in here for adults to learn.

The illustrations are bright and colorful and will keep the interest of a young child. And the text is in verse so it’s fun to read. I definitely recommend this book for children who are learning their ABCs.

 

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Book Review: Bear with Bear by Hagit R. Oron

7 Dec

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Nine-year-old Bear is set on having a critter as a pet. After failed attempts to adopt beetles and snails, he has to settle on a book with pictures of bugs. This is a great opportunity for him to annoy his little sister, Penelope, who is afraid of bugs.
When his parents decide to bring home a cat to help Penelope with her nightmares, Bear helps Kitty find her wild side. As a consequence, Penelope’s nightmares get even worse!
Over-tired Mom is about to give in on the snake debate, which seems to be a perfect solution for all, but Bear has other plans…

 

My Review

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

What a cute story! A boy named Bear is fascinated with insects and wants a pet snake. He tries to keep a maggot (yuck!), beetles, and other creepy crawlies but his parents explain that these creatures aren’t meant to be pets.

Bear’s parents decide to try a kitten as a pet for his sister Penelope. They bring the kitten back after it doesn’t work out. I understand that keeping a kitten that the children won’t care for is responsible. On the other hand, giving up on the kitten so quickly doesn’t send the best message. They then got a dog and the kids decided to keep the dog, especially since it had ticks which Bear found great. In fact, he wanted to keep the ticks more than the dog!

This book was cute and the illustrations are bright and colorful. At the end, the author explains where different parts of the story came from: some are pure imagination and others are actually based on things the author experienced. Both parents and children will enjoy the end which is both interesting and informative.

I definitely recommend this book for children. It would be a good book for parents to read to children, also.

Available on Amazon.

 

 

 

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