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Book Review: The Alphabet Game by Gita V. Reddy

19 Feb

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

5 Dec

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



Short Story Review: The Forest Painter by Diane Mae Robinson

1 Dec

A magical fantasy short story by the author of the multi-award-winning The Pen Pieyu Adventures series.

The changing of the seasons has arrived when a young fairy is unwillingly thrown into the role of The Forest Painter. Aura never learned the art of forest painting. Now, she must paint the forest with autumn colors before the frost queen’s arrival or Majestic Forest will be lost forever to the frost queen’s icy touch.

Join Aura in this fantasy tale as she tries to save the autumn.

Available on Amazon.



My Review

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

I have read several books by Diane Mae Robinson and enjoy her writing so when this short story was available for free a while back, I downloaded it and then kind of forgot about it. I found it again today and read it in just a few minutes since it’s only 12 pages long, but it was a few minutes well spent.

Aura is the new Forest Painter but she thought she had all the time in the world to learn her craft so now she’s in a frenzy trying to get the forest painted for autumn before the frost queen shows up. When Aura realizes she’s out of time, she asks for Boreal’s help just in time.

The Forest Painter is beautifully written and it’s easy to imagine the Magic Forest and Aura and Boreal’s forest painting. It also teaches about a couple of the seasons, procrastination, and asking for help when needed. It’s definitely a great story for children and adults who like fantasy to read when they have a few minutes.



About the Author

Diane Mae Robinson is a multi-award winning children’s fantasy author and non-fiction author with fourteen international book awards and one provincial award for The Pen Pieyu Adventures series and, her latest release, The Dragon Grammar Book. 

The author lives in central Alberta, Canada. She enjoys riding her horses, playing with her dogs, visual arts, visiting Maui often and, of course, writing. Diane is also an artist, art teacher, writing instructor, children’s book editor, and an international short story competition judge.

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“Find your wings and Fly.” DMRobinson

Author website: https://www.dragonsbook.com
Blog site: http://dragonsbook.com/blog/
Blog site: http://www.dianemaerobinson.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Diane-Mae-Robinson/265979866785967

Book Review: The Adventures of Billy Bog Brush: The Fire Brigade by Ian Campbell & Tim Constable

29 Nov

Title: The Adventures of Billy Bog Brush: The Fire Brigade
Author: Ian Campbell & Tim Constable
Release Date: 4th December 2018
Genre: Children’s Book
Page Count: 26
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing


It is a lovely day in Billy Bog Brush’s neighbourhood. Billy is wondering what to do with himself, when he hears his neighbour, Mrs. Brown, screaming for help. Billy springs into action! Billy races to the scene where he finds Mrs. Brown’s house is on fire and she is locked out. Billy must use creative thinking to find a key. Will Billy manage to get the key before the fire brigade arrives? In this sweet children’s story about courage and helping others, Billy learns how much fun it can be to be a hero!

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36862752-the-adventures-of-billy-bog-brush

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adventures-Billy-Bog-Brush-Brigade-ebook/dp/B07KBWW9SR



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.

Billy Bog Brush is having a good day until he hears his neighbor calling for help. Her house is on fire and the door is locked! Billy decides he must help and because he’s so small he can get into her house through the cat door. Unfortunately, the key to the house is on a hook and he’s not tall enough to reach it. The way he figures out step by step how to get the key is amazing and shows great analytical thinking. It’s a great way to teach children to try to think ahead when they’re planning on doing something, especially in an emergency situation!

The illustrations were different but children would probably enjoy them. I do wish there were more illustrations.

At the end of the book are several blank pages with suggestion on things to draw, such as Mrs. Brown’s cat. It’s an awesome way to help children to use their imaginations.



About the Authors


Ian Campbell

Ian Campbell is a senior storeman for the MOD. Born into a military family, he has lived in Germany, Northern Ireland, and the United Kingdom. His first book, A Walk with God, was published in 2011.





Tim Constable

Tim Constable works as a data analyst. He is also a musician, in the Coventry Cathedral choir as a boy, then later composing and playing in his own rock band. As a graphic artist, he has designed logos and flyers for various organizations.




Website: https://gare78.wixsite.com/website-4

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BillyBogBrushICTC/







Book Review: How Santa Changed by Karl Steam

24 Nov

Santa wasn’t always a jolly old fellow. He was young and made plenty of mistakes too. But most have forgotten this part of his life, the part that explains so much. Few have heard the story of how Santa changed. 

Think you know Santa? Think again. Discover what Santa was like when he was young and the events that helped him become the jolly man we like so much. 

How Santa Changed is a story that explains many of the familiar things we associate with Santa Claus and Christmas, such as:
Why does Santa use reindeer to pull his sleigh? 
Why do elves help him make toys? 
Why does Santa have a white beard?
Why does he walk with jolly and cheer?

Mrs. Claus is not left out either. If readers pay close attention, they will discover some of the strategies that helped her become the most famous baker in history.

This book contains timeless lessons for both children and adults. It’s a holiday story that loved ones will want to read year after year.


Free kindle download Nov. 24 and 25 and Dec. 23 – 25





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.

How Santa Changed is a children’s book about how Santa became the Santa we know today. According to this story, he started out making toys and delivering them himself. As he got older and the world’s population grew, he had to get more help. As Santa grew, so did Mrs. Claus. When they first got married, her cookies didn’t taste very good but over the years, she perfected her recipe. Once she did that, Santa never had a flat belly again.

The text is cute and rhymes and the illustrations are colorful and very well done. How Santa Changed is a great book for children to read this time of year. It’d also be a good book for parents to read to younger children because the illustrations will keep their interest. 




About the Author

Previously a junior high school teacher, Karl Steam is now the author of the Kids vs. Nature series. Other works include Purple Pup and How Santa Changed. He lives in the Upper Midwest, with his wife and four children.



Book Review: Mr. Finley’s Amazing Umbrella by Chris Divine

15 Nov





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.

Mr. Finely’s Amazing Umbrella is creative and beautifully illustrated. It teaches children about the different areas in the world that are in serious need of rain as well how amazing it feels to help others.

With all of the vibrant colors, it would definitely keep the attention of a young child. Older children who can read will enjoy it too because the text is simple and the illustrations are not only colorful but a little quirky. I would suggest an edit though since there are quite a few errors.



About the Author

Hi, my name is Chris Divine and I live in the South Wales valleys of the U.K. A Plasterer by trade I’m also a singer/songwriter which is my passion. I have won awards for some of my songs but soon after my daughter was born I started reading her bedtime stories and soon progressed to telling her my own stories which she loved. I thought the stories were good enough for other children to enjoy so I set about having beautiful illustrations done by a professional illustrator.

The stories I put in print are a fairytale, enchanting and educational, about animals, the environment and how we live today. They are magical and catch the imagination of children.

Book Review: Little Monsters it’s time to go to bed! by Olivia Longray

14 Nov

Do your kids not like to brush their teeth or go to bed? Neither do little bacteria monsters! They live in the mouths of adults and children and they like to play all day and all night. How can you put them to bed and put things in order in your mouth?

This bedtime story will introduce your children to amazing creatures that are so easy to make friends with. You’ll learn to put the monsters to sleep with a toothbrush, dental floss and affectionate words.

Little monsters, it’s time to go to bed!
Perfect for ages: 3, 4, 5, 6 and up

This children’s picture book is beautifully illustrated in happy and bright colors.



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.

Little Monsters it’s time to go to bed! is a cute way to teach young children the importance of brushing their teeth before they go to bed. It has brightly colored illustrations that will keep the attention of young children. It’s the best kind of book for young children: it teaches an important lesson with a cute story and colorful illustrations. After reading this book, children should be excited to brush their teeth at night!



About the Author

Olivia Longray, born September 06, 1980, is а journalist and author who loves her family and the surrounding world. Perceives life as a gift given to us for self-improvement, creative work and growing in love.

Books have always been a big part of my life. As a kid, I cherished a dream about becoming a librarian or a journalist. I grew up, got a degree in journalism, started to work as a reporter in the news agency, was an editor and a TV producer. After my baby boy arrived, I tried to write a children’s book. The writing process filled me with immense (overwhelming) joy and true sense of artistic self-expression. Then came a book for grown-ups. It was the story of the weigh-loss journey of my husband that marked the start of a healthy life for our family. Now I feel blessed that I have my family, our morning jogging and healthy meals, travels and this big amazing world.

Book Review: Don’t Call Me Princess! by Kate Evans

5 Nov


A children’s picture book which takes down the concept of ‘princess’. A sassy child narrator chooses six well-known fairy tales involving princesses. With simple rhyme and lively pictures she takes the stories apart with incredulous humour and charm. This is a book to inspire children of all ages and adults to to think beyond the superficial.

Well-known cartoonist Kate Evans takes a punchy pop at six ‘classic’ fairytales: The Princess and the Pea, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel and The Little Mermaid.



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.

Kate Evans uses classic fairy tales to present the idea that girls don’t have to be rescued by a knight in shining armor. It’s a good concept to introduce to girls, and Kate Evans has found a good way to present it. Most of the illustrations are great (the one on the title page makes the girl look scary though). 

The text is good and is appropriate for the age that it’s directed at. The one thing I noticed was that it rhymes sometimes, almost rhymes other times, and then it doesn’t rhyme at all. It would be just as good if there wasn’t an attempt to rhyme at all.

My favorite paragraph says it all: “Women do all kinds of things while wearing lovely clothes, but please don’t call me Princess ‘cos I’m never one of those. My mum is not a Queen, you see. My dad is not a King. Instead of being a Princess…I can be anything!”

I have a niece who is the perfect age for this book and I’m giving it to her over the holidays. She’ll love it!




Book Review: My Sister is a Monster by Agnes Green

3 Nov

Sometimes, the scary thing that goes bump in the night is none other than your new baby sister!
“My Sister Is a Monster” is a tale of an older brother coming into terms with a new addition to the family; a family who is oblivious to the little monster living under their very roof.

Between all the kicks, screams, weird smells, and messes, this brother comes to find a new friend who he can go on all kinds of adventures with.
And before he knows it, apprehension and even fear turn into what this story is all about: unconditional love.




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.

My Sister is a Monster is a cute book about a little boy who has a new baby sister. He doesn’t understand why this little monster gets so much attention from everyone. All it does is poop and scream. As his little sister gets older, though, he learns to love her and realizes that she’s not such a monster after all.

This is a cute story with colorful pictures and rhyming text. It would be fun to read to young children but is a must-read for children who are about to have a baby brother or sister. My Sister is a Monster could help them understand that what seems to be an attention grabbing monster will soon be a sibling that they will truly love.



About the Author

Agnes Green is a passionate children’s book author, poetess, and mother, known for her uplifting, engaging storylines and relatable, lovable characters. To Agnes, children really are what her life is all about (her family, vocation, aspirations).

From her early childhood, Agnes had an affinity for the written word, which was fueled by her vivid imagination. About a decade ago, when searching for her oldest son’s first books, she decided to transform her passion into a vocation

Currently, Agnes serves as the Founder of the soon-to-launch independent publishing house, April Tale Books. Her debut book is in entitled “Today I’m a Monster.” In the near future, she will be releasing “The Perfect Potty Zoo” and “Ellie’s First Day in Class.” As a dedicated mother, she is a proud part of Parent’s Club, when kids and parents create crafts and read together.

When she isn’t crafting children’s stories, Agnes Green enjoys dancing, practicing yoga, and going on adventures. She also has an avid interest in psychology. Above all, she cherishes spending quality family time with her three beautiful children (a 10-year-old, 4-year-old, and 15-month-old). More often than not, her children influence her new story ideas and inspire her to be her best version daily. 


Book Review & Giveaway: A Rainbow in Her Pocket by Amanda Jayne

2 Nov


A Rainbow In Her Pocket by Amanda Jayne
Publisher:  Waldorf Publishing (October 15, 2018)
Category: Children Ages 3-7, Picture Book,  Animals, Social Themes (Emotions and Feelings
Tour dates: Oct-Nov, 2018
ISBN: 978-1642048308
Available in Print and ebook, 32 pages





Have you ever seen a sheep standing tiptoe on the ears
of a very tall giraffe while a crowd looks on and cheers?
And have you seen an owl helping them to tug
a rainbow from the sky, like a multi-colored rug?

This is the story of Mala the rhino who can’t help feeling blue after her friend moves away. Her friends, an owl, a sheep and a not-so-humble giraffe get together with sun and create a crazumptious plan to show Mala that blue is as beautiful as all the other colors. This colorful story of friendship, love and loss will delight children while encouraging them to embrace their emotions in a healthy way.






Guest Review by Sal

This is such a cute and engaging book for children.  I read it with my 4 year old niece.  It’s a great book for teaching kids about colors and identifying animals but it also teaches about emotions, including sadness.  I really like the way Amanda Jayne teaches children about emotion using color.

Mala the rhino is sad because her good friend the gorilla went away.  Her other friend tried to cheer her up but couldn’t.  They consulted the cloud and the sun and they came up with an idea on how to cheer her up.

A Rainbow in Her Pocket is a well written picture book and the illustrations are creative and vibrant.  The book is popping with color!  It teaches children that all emotions are normal, even sadness.  I highly recommend you read it with children.  It was so much fun reading it with my niece and my sister told me that she wants to read it every night before bed now.  It would also make an excellent gift to a child in your life.  I give it 5 out of 5 stars.





Praise for Rainbow In Her Pocket 

“A delightful story with so much heart. A gorgeous book for all ages!” – Tej Steiner, author of ‘Waking Up With Everyone Around us’. USA”

“Truly glorious! This book shares the wisdom that all feelings are not only of value, but make us who we are, in all our splendor – if we are only able to see. Amanda Jayne, in her tale, beseeches us to see.” – Natalie Prior, Child and Adolescent Therapist, UK.

“I would love to share this wonderful story with my kindergarten students and can use it to teach across our curriculum.” – Caprice Allen, Kindergarten Teacher, USA

“At last, a beautiful children’s story with depth. Amanda Jayne has cleverly managed to weave the importance of friendship, understanding and acceptance of the self and each other in a heartwarming rhyme. We loved it!” – Diane Bundy, Businesswoman and Mum, UK




About the AuthorDescription Rainbow In Her Pocket by Amanda Jayne

Amanda Jayne is a teacher, heart circle coach and a holistic health practitioner who is finally getting around to writing those books she has always wanted to write. As a child, Amanda found safety, comfort and a gateway to imagination in the books she read, and the desire to create this for others is what led her to begin writing books for children.

In an effort to help young readers see the magical pictures and colors she imagines, she decided to have a go at illustrating them herself.

In the past, Amanda Jayne worked in the mental health field and in 2009, after gaining her masters in Spiritual Psychology, she became passionate about the importance of emotional and self-cultivation in the midst of a world filled with overwhelming mental stimulation. Amanda has a love of travel, exploring other cultures, trees, art and eating dark chocolate.

‘A Rainbow In Her Pocket’ is Amanda Jayne’s first children’s book.  She is also the author of a travel adventure book, ‘Close Encounters Of the Traveling Kind’. .After living in Bolivia, Japan and the USA, she now lives in a quiet corner of Kent in the UK.

Website: https://www.amandacjayne.com/author
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/amandacjayne
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/amandajayneauthor
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/amandacjayne/


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