Book Review: Today I Am Mad by Michael Gordon

Kids feel emotions in big ways! Here’s a great story for helping kids manage their feelings.

Help children learn to identify and regulate their emotions
Anger is a normal, healthy emotion.
Behaving badly doesn’t make you bad
Teaching your kids to deal with disappointment
Learn to tame your temper
Teaching kids about empathy, kindness, and compassion

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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.

Today I Am Mad is for young children and teaches about anger and how to handle it. I remember feeling angry when I was young but not knowing why made me feel guilty for my anger. Teaching young children that it’s normal to feel angry sometimes and it’s okay is a great idea. Of course, they need to learn how to deal with that anger. Counting to 10 was mentioned which one good way to help.

Poor Josh is having a rough day but he deals with his anger well. The next day he even comforts another child who is on the receiving end of someone else’s anger. It’s a wonderful lesson to teach, although (sadly) because of today’s climate, children might need to be warned to be careful about hugging others.

Today I Am Mad not only teaches dealing with emotions but it will keep the interest of young children. It has colorful illustrations and rhyming text.

 

 

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.

Book Review: Dancing Fairies by Jenny Way

Title: Dancing Fairies
Author: Jenny Way
Release Date: 5th March 2019
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 20
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

 

Follow the adventures of the Dancing Fairies as they dance and play every night and day!

See them fly over hills, in gardens, on window sills and in the treetops! Join them and their animal friends having fun in the rain and sun. Watch them as they paint flowers – it doesn’t take them hours!

You will be amazed and enthralled by their beauty and that’s not all! These little fairies are amazing and a delight!

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43850984-dancing-fairies

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dancing-Fairies-Jenny-Way/dp/1912562987

 

 

My Review

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

The illustrations in Dancing Fairies are bright and colorful and children will enjoy looking at them. For every short verse, there is an illustration on the page beside it which I like. The text was okay, aimed at very young children, which coincides with the pictures. It did seem that some of the words were used just because they rhymed, for example, “oh little fairy so pretty and true, please make sure you don’t slip on the dew.” Fortunately, even though parents might notice this, I think children will still enjoy it.

 

 

About the Author

Jenny Way is a former Reflexologist, Reiki Master, & Animal Communicator. She is also a Vegan. Animals and nature are hugely important in her life. Owner of Suki the Shih Tzu who is a very much loved and a thoroughly spoilt member of the family.

Writing is a fairly recent love in her life she has written over 40 poems & 7 songs, she loves reading her poems out in the poetry cafe Covent Garden.

She is adept at many things including being a Green belt in Karate, a florist, Sales assistant and manager, Bank Clerk, Telephonist, she also had her own cake making business.

Her uncle said of her, you have so much “Joie de Vivre” and it shows in the diverse amount of things she has achieved along her path in life.

She is a keen collector of many things that adorn her home. She loves decorating, nature walks and keeping fit. She is also a keen gardener and her garden is covered in flowers. She also loves parties, going to gigs, eating out, and a favourite thing she loves to do is cuddle up on the sofa with hubby and dog watching a movie. She is also a huge Sci Fi addict and loves fairies and angels. Hence her new children’s book called “Dancing Fairies”

Where she transports the reader to a beautiful fantasy world full of colour & treats for the eyes.

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/author_way

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Anna & Evan meet Charles Darwin by Tanya Hutter & Lina Daniel

Title: Anna & Evan meet Charles Darwin
Author: Tanya Hutter and Lina Daniel
Illustrator: Karin Eklund
Release Date: 28th February 2019
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 30
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

 

Join Anna and Evan on a magical adventure to the Galapagos Islands where they meet Charles Darwin, discover unusual animals and learn some interesting scientific facts.

This engaging and educational book is ideal for young children to encourage curiosity and interest in the natural world and science.

The project was supported by L’Oréal UK and Ireland For Women In Science Fellowship.

The Department of Chemistry at Cambridge tweeted: https://twitter.com/ChemCambridge/status/1095236077911187456

 

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44016125-anna-evan-meet-charles-darwin

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anna-Evan-Meet-Charles-Darwin-ebook/dp/B07NJGGB5C

 

 

My Review

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

Anna & Evan meet Charles Darwin is a great children’s book that I enjoyed reading and even learned a few things myself. I didn’t realize that the same type of animal can be different in order to adapt to their environment, although it does make sense. For example, “African elephants have large ears to help them cool down because Africa is so hot…Asian elephants live in a cool jungle and have small ears.” There’s also information about Charles Darwin and at the end is a short biography of his plus a short dictionary of some of the words.

The illustrations are colorful but what I like the most is that there are quite a few animals illustrated and they are labeled.  Anna & Evan meet Charles Darwin also encourages the use of imagination. When Anna and Evan are at the zoo, they whisper a spell which takes them back in time and to the Galapagos Islands. 

This is a book that would be a good addition to any child’s library. It’s educational, encourages creativity, and will keep the attention of children.

 

 

About the Authors

As a young girl, Dr. Tanya Hutter couldn’t imagine that she would end up being a leading scientist in nanotechnology and chemical sensing, and a Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. Currently, she lives in Cambridge with her husband and their two curious children that inspired the book.

 

Lina Daniel has been always interested in science and medicine, eventually becoming a chemist and a pharmacist, and currently working in the pharmaceutical industry. With her husband, she is raising three enthusiastic boys. They all share a passion for scientific experiences, engineering novelties, fun historical facts, travels and adventures.

 

Tanya and Lina have been close friends for over two decades. The fact that they are both raising young children enhanced their desire to encourage kids to learn about science, and finally, drew them to write their first illustration book for small children. Hopefully, this will be the first one in a series of books about notable scientists and engineers.  

 

Website: https://www.ch.cam.ac.uk/outreach/anna-evan-meet-charles-darwin

Twitter: http://twitter.com/HutterTanya

Twitter for L’Oréal UK: http://twitter.com/LOreal_UKI

 

 

Book Review: The Secret Life of Moles (and their friends) by Liz Burgess

Title: The Secret Life of Moles (and their friends)
Author: Liz Burgess
Release Date: 28th February 2019
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 40
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

 

Liz Burgess has always held a keen interest in nature, especially small furry mammals!

Long fascinated by their secret activities at home in her own back garden, and the fields surrounding it, she decided to explore this special underground world, and find out more about moles and their other little friends. Liz Burgess lives in South Yorkshire and The Secret Life of Moles is her first book for children.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44015942-the-secret-life-of-moles

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Life-Moles-Liz-Burgess-ebook/dp/B07NJ4VR79

 

 

My Review

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

The Secret Life of Moles is the story of a mole family that has outgrown their field so one of the children and his friends decide to find a new field to live in. Unfortunately, it’s actually a person’s garden but with the assistance of other animals in the yard, the moles are able to move in.

This is a cute story and explains how and where moles live but it would not keep the attention of a 5-year-old. There are a few sketches but no colorful pictures to keep a child’s attention. I do think it would be a good book for 7 or 8-year-olds to learn about moles.

 

 

About the Author

Liz Burgess lives in South Yorkshire has enjoyed a varied career, including working for a UK Environmental Charity, the latter 10 years as a Director. She had always had a keen interest in nature especially small mammals, activities in her own back garden and the surrounding fields inspired her to write the Secret Life of Moles. Any reference to a moles natural behaviour in The Secret Life of Moles is correct according to Liz’s small amount of research. All the drawings were been done by Liz in pencil and ink.

At the age of 68, Liz enjoys hiking, birdwatching anything to do with wildlife. She has done quite a bit of foreign travel, including rain forests, jungles and was fortunate to see a ‘tiger’ in the wild. Liz retired at 60, previous to this she worked for an environmental charity for 28 years. Mainly involved with operational developments but she does have a background in Human Resources and Employment Law.

 

 

Book Review: Looking for Splasher by Nancy Walker

Looking for Splasher gives children an insight into Tasmania’s natural habitat with its peculiar and diverse animals. It is both educational and engaging.

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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.

Looking for Splasher is a short children’s book about a young Tasmanian Devil who is missing after playing hide-and-seek with her siblings. Kookie Kookaburra gathers several animals to help find her.

The pictures in this book are kind of cute and the story is okay although there isn’t much excitement even though Splasher is missing; there are a few things children can learn about Tasmania especially the animals that live there. Looking for Splasher is cute to read once but not a story children would want to read over and over. It could be a little more exciting and even though it’s short, it needs to be edited.

 

Book Review: The Alphabet Game by Gita V. Reddy

This is how it works. All the letters in the words have sounds. For example, if you start at a word, Zebra and ask the child to identify any letter in it, say B, a click on B will take you to B for Bear. A click on any letter in Bear will take you to that letter page. This way the child’s attention is engaged for a longer period and he is refreshing all his letters in a fun way.

The book also doubles as a regular ABC book.

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.

I have read several books by this author and this is my favorite so far. It can teach the ABCs just like any other ABC book but it can also be interactive and teach them in a different way. For example, you can click on any letter in the Table of Contents, such as W. When you click on W, “W is for WOLF” with a picture of a wolf comes up. Below the picture, it tells you to click on the letter F in WOLF and it goes to “F is for FISH.” Each page also gives the option to go back to the Table of Contents.

This is a great tool for learning the alphabet but is also fun to read after the alphabet is learned!

 

 

About the Author

Gita V.Reddy is a writer of fiction for children 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.

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 trying her hand at new things and spending time with her family, and LOVES walking in the rain.

Visit her website: www.gitavreddy.com.

Book Review: Scampy Doodle and the Reindeer by GJ Barnes

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

 

My Review

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

About the Author

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

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

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

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

 

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/scampyd