Book Review: The Lost Boy by Ian Campbell & Tim Constable

Title: The Adventures of Billy Bog Brush: The Lost Boy
Author: Ian Campbell & Tim Constable
Release Date: 15th August 2019
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 40
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing
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Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adventures-Billy-Bog-Brush-Lost-ebook/dp/B07V3P74BB

While Billy is out for a walk, he comes across a lady who is looking rather worried. Offering to help, he discovers that her son hasn’t come home for his tea when he should have. Billy, who knows all the places where the local children go to play, suggests that he could look for him, which leads to an adventure involving various people and places in his home town, Flushington! In this intriguing story Billy once again demonstrates his willingness to help others and work out a way to do something which at first seems beyond him.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy.

Billy Bog Brush is always willing to help others. In The Lost Boy, a neighbor’s son is missing, so he offers to look for him. Billy Bog Brush finds the boy stuck in a treehouse and unable to get down. With the motto “I Can Do This!” Billy tackles the problem and comes up with a solution to help the boy get down. Talk about a hero!

The Lost Boy is not only a cute story, but it teaches children the willingness to help others as well as working out solutions. It also has some fun drawing activities at the end of the book.

Although Billy Bog Brush is kind of odd (he has a toothbrush head), I recommend his stories. They’re cute and educational.

About the Authors

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 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 www.billybogbrush.co.uk

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BBBAdventures

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Book Review: There’s a Giraffe in my Bath by Louise Andrews

Title: There’s a Giraffe in my Bath
Author: Louise Andrews
Release Date: 9th July 2019
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 20
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Summary

When four toy animals come to life, they become unlikely friends. The toys try to help each other out in a fun bath time adventure. But they might just need some extra help..! There’s A Giraffe In My Bath! is the first story for children between the ages of 3 and 6 by Louise Andrews. Illustrations are by Nick Roberts.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47315093-there-s-a-giraffe-in-my-bath

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Theres-Giraffe-Bath-Louise-Andrews-ebook/dp/B07RZ5B3BH/

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy.

There’s a Giraffe in my Bath is for young children. It has cute, colorful pictures that will keep the attention of youngsters. It also has rhyming verse about a child’s toys having difficulties at bath time. It’s a fun story to read!

I look forward to reading There’s a Giraffe in my Bath to my grandson as soon as he’s old enough. It says it’s recommended for ages 3 to 6 but I think children as young as 2 years old would like this because it’s short with good illustrations.

About the Author

Louise Andrews is a mum to two young boys, whose love for taking all manner of toys in to the bath inspired this story. This is the first book written by the author, who particularly enjoys creating rhyming stories for her children. What started as simple stories to entertain her children has become a passion for creating exciting stories for children everywhere.

The great news is that there’s more to come from Louise. There’s a Giraffe in my Bath has sparked the imagination and led to another children’s book which is currently being written, with more ideas for future books too.

Louise has always had a love of books and still finds time to read all types of fiction. Her favourite authors include; Jodi Taylor, JK Rowling, Maeve Binchy, Katherine Arden, Ben Arronovitch, Jill Mansell and Daphne Du Maurier. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier is Louise’s favourite book.

With two boys to look after (3 if you include the husband!), spare time is at a premium. But when she finds time, Louise enjoys exercise classes, discovering new box sets to binge on, music, cooking (and eating!) and, of course, reading and writing books.

Twitter: http://twitter.com/author_andrews

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/louise.andrews.58152559

Book Review: Famous Cars & Trucks Coloring Book by Mila Ryan

If your kids love all sorts of interesting cars and are into coloring then this coloring book is for you! The coloring book for kids from the age of 2 to 8 (toddlers and preschoolers) and for both boys and girls.

In this coloring book there are one of the best cars and trucks for you and your kid to spend an interesting time or even let them enjoy it by themselves.

In this coloring book you will meet with one of the coolest cars and trucks for you and your kids to spend a colorful and wonderful time or even let them enjoy it by themselves.

In COLORING BOOK Famous Cars and Trucks there are important tools to prepare your child in the early years.

As well as being your child’s favorite occupation it can improve the way he or she holds a pencil, which leads to better handwriting but not only that, your child’s imagination will expand as well motor skills, stimulation, color awareness and etc.

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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.

This coloring book has some cool cars and trucks that young children would enjoy coloring. I think having one or two word descriptions on each picture would make it even more interesting, as well as a learning tool. I like that there is a blank page between each picture to color so that children can color or write their own pictures or ideas.

 

 

About the Author

Hello everyone,
My name is Mila Ryan. I’ve been working for over 10 years as a professional illustrator on books for children. Recently I decided to work on my own to create books for children. 
My goal is to produce books which not only interest children but the parents as well. They will be created with a specific purpose which is childhood development. My intent through these books is to help children learn basic colors, animals, alphabet, words and the motivation to concentrate.
If you enjoy my work please leave a review below. I’m always looking for ways to improve my product offerings and would love to hear from you.

Book Review: Where Wishes Grow by Chris Sarracini

 

Title: WHERE WISHES GROW
Author: Chris Sarracini
Publisher: Brownridge Publishing
Pages: 56
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Where Wishes Grow… is the story of eight-year-old Maggie, a pensive and courageous dreamer, whose big heart starts to break when her grandmother becomes bedridden and sick with no recovery in sight. Fortunately Maggie has some wishes in mind to breathe life into Nana and is about to learn the secret for making them come true.
Watching Nana’s health fail has been difficult for Maggie and so now much of her time is spent dreaming up wishes for ways she can help her. Maggie conjures up three wishes for Nana she desperately wants to come true: for Nana to see again to enjoy her favorite beautiful things, for her to walk again to visit her favorite places, and for her to speak again so that she and Maggie can sing their favorite songs. The problem is, with wishes this important, Maggie wants to be sure she can realize them; wishing upon stars that may be long dead or relying on birthday candle hoopla just won’t cut it. Thankfully, Maggie’s mother knows the secret for turning wishes into reality…you’ve got to write each wish down and then go plant each one in just the right place. And, as Maggie discovers, retelling the story of how each wish was planted turns out to be the most magical part.

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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.

Where Wishes Grow is a sweet children’s book about Maggie, whose grandma had a stroke and now has difficulty talking and is blind and bedridden. Her family is taking care of Nana and Maggie wants her to get better. She starts talking to her mom about making wishes and when she tells her mom that the wishes are for Nana to get better, Maggie’s mom says she has a secret. She knows how to make wishes come true. She has Maggie write the wishes down and plant them in specific places. After Maggie plants each wish, she comes home and she tells her story of planting the wishes. I like how Maggie’s mom sends her to plant her wishes in places that are important to Nana. 

This book is beautifully written and illustrated. It addresses children dealing with illness in the elderly and teaches that it’s normal to be sad when someone is sick. The best lesson from this book is that wishes can come true especially if they truly come from the heart.

 

 

 

About the Author

Chris Sarracini has been working in the comic book and film industries for over 15 years. In addition to writing for a number of successful comic book favorites including TRANSFORMERS, STREET FIGHTER and DARK MINDS, his own creations include FATE OF THE BLADE and CASA NOSTRA. As a screenwriter, he has worked with Universal Pictures, Disney and Nasser Entertainment. His most recent publication is the children’s picture book WHERE WISHES GROW… 

Chris lives with his family in Toronto where he continues to create and write.

Website Address: www.chrissarracini.com

Twitter Address: www.twitter.com/chris_sarracini

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Brooklyn Astronaut by Jermain Smith

Brooklyn Astronaut is about a eight year old African American boy named Jamuel, who wants to travel to outer space when he grows up. Jamuel raised in a two parent home goes with his mother, Rebecca, to meet his father, Eddy, at the Brooklyn Science Museum on a summer afternoon. On there way to the Science Museum, Rebecca stops by all of Jamuel’s friends houses so they can also join in the fun. On everyone’s arrival to the science museum, Eddy has one of his coworkers show Jamuel and his friends a tour of the museum. This is where Jamuel learns what it takes to become an astronaut. Jamuel parents are very proud that their child is not only fun with friends, but also has taken an interest in being the world’s next future scientist.

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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.

Brooklyn Astronaut is a difficult book to review. It has good ideas: it reinforces the idea that friends can be any color and from any background, it teaches a little about space and the moon, and it encourages children to want to go to a museum. I also think the dream at the beginning of the book was fun and cute and kids of any age would enjoy it.

Unfortunately, Brooklyn Astronaut should focus more on one age group. It’s listed for the ages 8-12 but the length of the book and font size are more appropriate for younger children. The pictures are colorful and different (I like different) and are more for younger children as well, but there aren’t pictures on some pages so younger children could easily lose interest. There are too many long sentences for younger readers too, so I’m at a loss as far as a good age for Brooklyn Astronaut

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About the Author

Brooklyn Astronaut is a family oriented book series, supporting our next generation of kids to dream and to dream big. Brooklyn Astronaut is independently published by the author, and owner CEO of Smith Prudent Reads LLC.

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Book Review: The Angry Dragon by Michael Gordon

George has a pet dragon called Joe. Joe always gets angry when he doesn’t get what he wants, or when things don’t go his way. Little boy tries to show his friend, that being angry is not normal. In the end, Dragon understands that treating others with kindness is the best way to go. 

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

Available on Amazon

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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.

The Angry Dragon is about George and his friend Joe. Joe gets upset easily when George tries to tell him the right thing to do or if something doesn’t go his way. Through patience and kindness, George teaches Joe that being angry doesn’t help the situation.

The illustrations in The Angry Dragon are cute and colorful and will keep the attention of young children. The text is in rhymes and teaches youngsters that being angry isn’t the best way to deal with things. There are even a couple of pages at the end for children to color. This is definitely a book that young children and their caregivers will enjoy!

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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: Go to Sleep! by Marion Adams

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Go To Sleep!

Tansy the sheep can’t go to sleep. She’s forgotten how to do it! But when she follows the barn owl’s advice and starts counting sheep, she realises that something is wrong … The award-winning bedtime story with a humorous twist that children will love!

Purchase Links:

http://full-media.co.uk/product/go-to-sleep-marion-adams/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Go-Sleep-Marion-Adams/dp/0993079474 (UK site)

 

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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.

Poor Tansy can’t sleep. She asks her mom and then her sister how to fall asleep because she’s forgotten how. The barn owl finally tells her to count sheep but that surely doesn’t help! In fact, it causes a ruckus!

Go To Sleep! is an adorable book for children with colorful pictures. It also encourages children to use their imaginations because Tansy is good at using her imagination. It’s definitely one I’m planning on reading to my granddaughter. 

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About the Author

Marion Adams has been writing for as long as she can remember, usually for fun and sometimes for money as well. She started her career as an in-house copywriter with a publisher and now works as a freelance proofreader and editor. It’s her dream job because she’s paid to read all day (and eat dark chocolate). Over the years, she’s written all kinds of things for both adults and children, some serious and some less so, with published work including magazine stories, articles, poems, plays and non-fiction books.

Marion lives in Devon, UK, and when she’s not reading or writing (or eating dark chocolate), she loves going for walks on the wild moors where her picture book Go To Sleep! is set.

Social Media Links – Twitter: https://twitter.com/Marion_author

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marionadams_author/?hl=en

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marion-adams-7ab52a71/

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