Book Review: Rocket Red by Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson

Book Title:  Rocket Red: A Little Ant with a Big Dream by Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  32 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Waterhole Productions LLC
Release date:   November, 2021
Content Rating:  G. This children’s book is for everyone.

Rocket Red is a little guitar-playing, singing ant who dreams of becoming a big rock star. His mom, the queen ant, disapproves! She believes his job is to work and feed the ant colony. The only one who seems to believe in him is his pal, Beebop Bea.

​One day, delayed by practicing with his Lucky Bug Band, Red finds himself all alone and in a dreadful jam. Can his music somehow save him?

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My Review

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

This picture book is one of my favorites so far this year. It’s the story of how Red realizes his dream of becoming a rock star. The illustrations are colorful and enhance the story.

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Since Red is an ant, every time the word ant shows up in a word, it’s highlighted and there is a little picture of an ant (so cute!) I didn’t realize how many words there are with “ant” in them.

After the story, there is a page with fun facts about ants. And, for children who enjoy coloring, puzzles, and games, there’s an activity book available to go along with it. My grandson is just 3, but he loves to color so we’ll do that and save the games until he’s a little older.

About the Authors

Cheryl DaVeiga is an award-winning children’s book author and singer/songwriter residing in New Jersey. After a career in business, Cheryl’s passion for music caught up with her, and she began writing and recording children’s songs as her alter ego, CADi Grace. She then moved on to adult songs, including an ASCAP award-winning veteran’s anthem, the featured song for the State of Alabama Bicentennial Celebration, the theme song to the philanthropic Where Angels Play Foundation, and a NJ Arts’ pick for top NJ summer songs. She’s also written songs for artists on critically acclaimed albums. Cheryl’s collaboration with Nashville songwriter Dave Gibson gave birth to a new adventure–writing children’s books, each with an accompanying song. Their Mom’s Choice Gold, Purple Dragonfly- award-winning, and Readers’ Favorite five-star rated debut children’s book, War at the Ice Cream Store, their Midwest Book Review highly recommended, and Readers’ Favorite five-star rated follow up, Rocket Red: A Little Ant with a Big Dream, and Cheryl’s newest release, The Prickly Problem: Dr. Pete the Porcupine, are featured on their online home for Kids: BiffBamBooza.com. Cheryl has numerous new children’s books on the way.

Dave Gibson is a singer/songwriter and children’s book author who resides in Nashville, Tennessee. A fixture on the Nashville music scene, Dave penned six #1 hits for artists such as Alabama, Tanya Tucker, Confederate Railroad, and Montgomery Gentry, as well as numerous other well-known country hits. He also won the Academy of Country Music’s (ACM) Best New Group award for his own Gibson/Miller Band. One of Dave’s favorite projects is his collaboration with songwriter/author Cheryl DaVeiga to write children’s books and songs. Their Mom’s Choice Gold, Purple Dragonfly award-winning, and Readers’ Favorite five-star rated debut children’s book, War at the Ice Cream Store, as well as their Midwest Book Review highly recommended, Readers’ Favorite five-star rated follow up, Rocket Red: A Little Ant with a Big Dream, are featured on their online home for Kids: BiffBamBooza.com.

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Follow the Tour

Sep 13 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 13 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / giveaway
Sep 14 – The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / guest post / giveaway
Sep 14 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Sep 15 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / guest post / giveaway
Sep 15 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI  / giveaway
Sep 15 – Character Madness and Musings – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 16 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / giveaway
Sep 16 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Sep 19 – sharingiscaringbookblog.wordpress.com – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE
Sep 19 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / giveaway
Sep 20 – Splashes of Joy – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / giveaway
Sep 20 – sharingiscaringbookblog.wordpress.com – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM
Sep 21 – @sarahs.bookstack – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE
Sep 21 – Splashes of Joy – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Sep 22 – The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / author interview / giveaway
Sep 22 – @sarahs.bookstack – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI  
Sep 23 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / giveaway
Sep 23 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Sep 26 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Sep 26 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Sep 26 – sharingiscaringbookblog.wordpress.com – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI  
Sep 27 – RebeccaReviewedIt – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / author interview / giveaway
Sep 28 – RebeccaReviewedIt – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Sep 28 – Regally Written – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE
Sep 29 –
 Literary Flits – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sep 29 – Paws.Read.Repeat – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / author interview / giveaway
Sep 29 – Reading is My Passion – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / giveaway
Sep 30 – Regally Written – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM
Sep 30 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI  / giveaway
Oct 3 – Just Another Mother With Books – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE
Oct 3 – Mel_literate – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE
Oct 3 – Reading is My Passion – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Oct 4 – Captive Dreams Window– book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / giveaway
Oct 4 – Just Another Mother With Books – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM
Oct 4 – Paws.Read.Repeat – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Oct 4 – Reading is My Passion – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI / giveaway
Oct 5 – RebeccaReviewedIt – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI / giveaway
Oct 5 – Just Another Mother With Books – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI
Oct 6 – Regally Written – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI
Oct 6 – Paws.Read.Repeat – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI / giveaway
Oct 7 – Captive Dreams Window– book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Oct 7 – Mel_literate – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM
Oct 7 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI / giveaway
Oct 11 – Mel_literate – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI
Oct 11 – Captive Dreams Window– book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI / giveaway

New Release: Hugo and Daddy’s School Adventures by Ric Hart

This is the fifth and final book in the ‘Hugo and Daddy’ series and it marks a major milestone for author Ric Hart who started the series following the birth of his son Hugo, shortly followed by the sad death of Hugo’s mummy Jade. This episode sees Hugo starting primary school and Ric could not be prouder… “To see Hugo starting primary school felt like a million miles away four years ago, but I did it, I got here, and I’m proud of every step.”

The book shares the journey of Daddy taking Hugo to school for his first day at primary school and sees them turning what can be quite an overwhelming experience for children into something to embrace with confidence. Ric sees his books as a way of turning negative trauma into positive magic for Hugo and hopes that, when he grows older, Hugo will see how Daddy turned those tragic years into something beautiful for him.

Ric says to Hugo: “I hope you enjoy our latest and final adventure. Who knows what the future will bring, but I’m embracing it with love, joy and inner peace with our wonderful boy, Hugo Jaden Hart.”

About the Author

Ric Hart, who lost his wife, Jade, shortly after she gave birth to their son, Hugo, has become a respected book author. Within a year of losing Jade, Ric ran a marathon in her memory. He then turned to writing children’s books and poetry at the start of the pandemic in 2020 to help him work through his grief. Over the last two years, Ric has published four children’s bereavement books which form the ‘Hugo and Daddy’ series. His fifth and final children’s book entitled Hugo and Daddy’s School Adventures is now available to pre-order before the publication date of 1st September 2022.

Now four years of age, Hugo is starting primary school in Misterton, England in September. Ric is very excited launching his final children’s book as it marks a milestone for him and for Hugo. The net proceeds from this book will be donated to Misterton Primary School.

Ric says, “I’ve left a legacy for Jade, myself, and also for Hugo to carry forward throughout his life and I’m so proud of that. I know my journey through writing will spark strength, confidence, and hope throughout Hugo’s life. One day whenever he’s lost, worried, unsure, I hope what I did will inspire him to become an amazing person as he grows older.”

Ric decided all his books would help special charities: Way – widowed and young – benefited from his autobiography Pupy Love, written in lockdown in 2020. The bereavement charity, Cruse, benefited from his first children’s book Hugo and Daddy’s Night-time adventures, which become a top seller on Amazon within its first six months of launch, remaining in the top 50 bestsellers for months. The Children’s Bereavement Centre in Newark, England benefited from Ric’s next two books, Hugo and Daddy’s Superhero Adventures and Hugo and Daddy’s Thailand Adventures

“Hugo and Daddy’s School Adventures” by Ric Hart will be available in paperback from all major book retailer from 1st September 2022 including Amazon:

and The Book Depository:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Hugo-Daddys-School-Adventures-Ric-Hart/9781803811604

as well as Waterstones:

https://www.waterstones.com/book/hugo-and-daddys-school-adventures/ric-hart/jacqueline-tee/9781803811604

Press/Media Contact Details

Grosvenor House Publishing
Tel. 020 8339 6060
E-mail: info@grosvenorhousepublishing.co.uk

Book Review and Giveaway: The Prickly Problem by Cheryl DaVeiga

Book Title:  The Prickly Problem: Dr. Pete the Porcupine by Cheryl DaVeiga 
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  44 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Waterhole Productions LLC
Release date:   January, 2021
Content Rating:  G. This children’s book is for everyone.

Quirky, magic-potion-making Dr. Pete the Porcupine finds himself in a sticky situation, perplexed by a terribly tricky case. Beloved by his desert neighbors for always fixing their prickliest problems, has Dr. Pete finally found a prickly problem he can’t solve? Follow Dr. Pete through this heartwarming tale as he and his desert friends learn the power of compassion, kindness, and friendship.

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My Review

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

Dr. Pete is a porcupine who treats the ailments of all of his neighbors. Each ailment is followed by a hug. When his neighbors ask him to try to stop Jack the cactus’s mean comments, he’s not sure he can help. Is Jack just plain mean, or does he need compassion?

I love this story! It teaches about compassion and kindness and porcupines! At the end of the story there is a page dedicated to “Fun Facts About Porcupines.” Did you know that a group of porcupines is a prickle? There are other fun facts listed that I didn’t know.

The illustrations are amazing and colorful which will keep the attention of young children. There are also some fun words such as prickly and flim flam jam. This is one of those books I see children reading over and over.

About the Author

Cheryl DaVeiga is an award-winning children’s book author and singer/songwriter residing in New Jersey. After a career in business, Cheryl’s passion for music caught up with her, and she began writing and recording children’s songs as her alter ego, CADi Grace. She then moved on to adult songs, including an ASCAP award-winning veteran’s anthem, the featured song for the State of Alabama Bicentennial Celebration, the theme song to the philanthropic Where Angels Play Foundation, and a NJ Arts’ pick for top NJ summer songs. She’s also written songs for artists on critically acclaimed albums. Cheryl’s collaboration with Nashville songwriter Dave Gibson gave birth to a new adventure–writing children’s books, each with an accompanying song. Their Mom’s Choice Gold, Purple Dragonfly- award-winning, and Readers’ Favorite five-star rated debut children’s book, War at the Ice Cream Store, their Midwest Book Review highly recommended, and Readers’ Favorite five-star rated follow up, Rocket Red: A Little Ant with a Big Dream, and Cheryl’s newest release, The Prickly Problem: Dr. Pete the Porcupine, are featured on their online home for Kids: BiffBamBooza.com. Cheryl has numerous new children’s books on the way.

connect with the author:  

website ~ facebook instagram ~ twitter bookbub ~ goodreads

Giveaway

Enter to win a signed copies of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR. PETE THE PORCUPINE, ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM, and WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE (one winner/USA only) (ends Oct 18)

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Sep 13 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 13 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / giveaway
Sep 14 – The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / guest post / giveaway
Sep 14 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Sep 15 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / guest post / giveaway
Sep 15 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI  / giveaway
Sep 15 – Character Madness and Musings – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 16 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / giveaway
Sep 16 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Sep 19 – sharingiscaringbookblog.wordpress.com – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE
Sep 19 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / giveaway
Sep 20 – Splashes of Joy – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / giveaway
Sep 20 – sharingiscaringbookblog.wordpress.com – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM
Sep 21 – @sarahs.bookstack – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE
Sep 21 – Splashes of Joy – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Sep 22 – The Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / author interview / giveaway
Sep 22 – @sarahs.bookstack – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI  
Sep 23 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / giveaway
Sep 23 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Sep 26 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Sep 26 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Sep 26 – sharingiscaringbookblog.wordpress.com – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI  
Sep 27 – RebeccaReviewedIt – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / author interview / giveaway
Sep 28 – RebeccaReviewedIt – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Sep 28 – Regally Written – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE
Sep 29 –
 Literary Flits – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Sep 29 – Paws.Read.Repeat – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / author interview / giveaway
Sep 29 – Reading is My Passion – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / giveaway
Sep 30 – Regally Written – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM
Sep 30 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI  / giveaway
Oct 3 – Just Another Mother With Books – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE
Oct 3 – Mel_literate – book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE
Oct 3 – Reading is My Passion – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Oct 4 – Captive Dreams Window– book review of THE PRICKLY PROBLEM: DR PETE THE PORCUPINE / giveaway
Oct 4 – Just Another Mother With Books – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM
Oct 4 – Paws.Read.Repeat – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Oct 4 – Reading is My Passion – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI / giveaway
Oct 5 – RebeccaReviewedIt – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI / giveaway
Oct 5 – Just Another Mother With Books – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI
Oct 6 – Regally Written – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI
Oct 6 – Paws.Read.Repeat – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI / giveaway
Oct 7 – Captive Dreams Window– book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM / giveaway
Oct 7 – Mel_literate – book review of ROCKET RED: A LITTLE ANT WITH A BIG DREAM
Oct 7 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI / giveaway
Oct 11 – Mel_literate – book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI
Oct 11 – Captive Dreams Window– book review of WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: MUSTACHIO PISTACHIO VS BULLY VANILLI / giveaway

Book Review: Maya Makes Money by Diya Garg

Maya’s stroll through the market led her to a beautiful purple bicycle. She really wants it, but alas, her parents can’t afford it. She starts brainstorming ideas to earn money by involving her helpful friend, Neha, and her enthusiastic brother, Mohan. Learn financial concepts with Maya as she embarks on an entrepreneurial journey of ups and downs while trying to earn money to buy the bicycle. Will Maya succeed in achieving her goal? Author DIYA GARG wants you to enjoy Maya’s journey while learning the concepts of finance used in day-to-day life.

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My Review

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

Maya Makes Money is a comic book that teaches children about finances. It starts with Maya wanting her mom to buy her a bike, and her mom explains that there are bills that have to be paid. She suggests that Maya find a way to make money so that she can buy the bike herself.

Maya does as her mom suggests. She starts small by making money helping others. She also learns to watch for bargains when shopping for her mom.

Then, Maya has a big idea and although her first business venture seems to go well, she actually loses money. With her second business venture, she’s a success. And as she learns about starting a business, investing, getting donations, employees, profit, advertising, and everything else that goes with starting a business, the reader learns these things as well.

I wish this book had been around when I was a kid. My friend and I were always trying to think of ways to make a little money, but we had no idea how to even get started.

About the Author

Diya Garg has a keen interest in the financial world which inspired her to develop ‘Maya Makes Money’ to spread her knowledge about financial literacy. She has a penchant for math and a passion for art. She is a TEDx speaker and the founder of an organization known as ‘Know Your Money’ which aims to educate children about finance.

Book Review & Giveaway: Rusty Goes to Water World by Joe Fisher

Book Title: Rusty Goes to Water World (The Adventures of Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine) by Joe Fisher
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 4-8), 36 pages
Genre:  Children’s Fiction
Publisher:  Angler Publishing
Release date:   August 2021
Content Rating:  G for children.  

The townspeople of Someport-by-the-Sea want to honor Rusty for saving them during the “Summer Like No Other” so the Mayor Himself decides a park should be named in Rusty’s honor. But, finding the right place is not as easy as it sounds. Then when students at Sea Stone Elementary take Rusty on their end of year celebration at Water World things don’t go as planned.

​Just as Mr. Spritz the Manager of Water World is about to close the park because of an equipment failure, Rusty, with the help of Fireman Jim and Mike the Deputy Fire Chief, once again saves the day and in the process finds a new home in a water park that bears his name.

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My Review

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

Once again, poor Rusty the old fire engine is forgotten even though he’s a hero. Some children still remember him, though, and want him to go to the water park with them. Rusty saves the day again, but this time, he’ll be remembered!

Rusty Goes to Water World is another fun book for children, best read aloud to younger children because there is a lot of text. The illustrations are great with bright colors.

About the Author

After successful careers in market research and public health consulting, Joe now writes fulltime from his home base in Sanibel Island, Florida. 
Like his career, his writing is wide ranging from academic books to works for the trade including: 

  • Killer Among Us: Public Reactions to Serial Murder,  
  • The Next Breath: New Life After Near Death 
  • His work has earned praise from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, The Library Journal, The Miami Herald and the New England Journal of Medicine among others. 

Recently, Joe jumped to the world of children’s picture books with the series The Adventures of Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine

  • Book 1 – Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine 
  • Book 2 – Rusty Goes to Water World 

A third book in the series, Rusty and Calliope, is in development.  
In addition, a fourth children’s book, Ospreys in the Outfield: A Sanibel Story will be available in the fall 2022. 

connect with the author: website ~ facebook goodreads

Giveaway

$25 STARBUCKS GIFT CARD
courtesy of the author of
THE ADVENTURES OF RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE
(2 winners)

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Aug 22 –Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / guest post / giveaway
Aug 22 –Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / giveaway
Aug 22 – Faith and Books – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / giveaway
Aug 23 –Book Zone Reviews – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / giveaway
Aug 23 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of RUSTY GOES TO WATER WORLD / giveaway
Aug 24 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / giveaway
Aug 24 –icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / giveaway
Aug 25 –A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of RUSTY GOES TO WATER WORLD / giveaway
Aug 25 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of RUSTY GOES TO WATER WORLD / giveaway
Aug 26 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / guest post / giveaway
Aug 26 –icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review of RUSTY GOES TO WATER WORLD / giveaway
Aug 29 –Captive Dreams Window – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / author interview / giveaway
Aug 29 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / guest post / giveaway
Aug 29 – Faith and Books – book review of RUSTY GOES TO WATER WORLD / giveaway
Aug 30 –Lisa’s Reading – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / giveaway
Aug 31 –Paws.Read.Repeat – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / author interview / giveaway
Aug 31 –Book Zone Reviews – book review of RUSTY GOES TO WATER WORLD / giveaway
Aug 31 –Sandra’s Book Club – book review of RUSTY GOES TO WATER WORLD / giveaway
Sep 1 –Library Lady’s Kid Lit – book spotlight of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / author interview / giveaway
Sep 1 – Library Lady’s Kid Lit – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE /  giveaway
Sep 1 –Splashes of Joy – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / giveaway
Sep 1 –Captive Dreams Window – book review of RUSTY GOES TO WATER WORLD / giveaway
Sep 2 – Reading is My Passion – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / guest post / giveaway
Sep 2 – Library Lady’s Kid Lit – book review of RUSTY GOES TO WATER WORLD / giveaway
Sep 2 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of RUSTY GOES TO WATER WORLD / giveaway
Sep 5 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / author interview / giveaway
Sep 6 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / guest post / giveaway
Sep 6 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of RUSTY THE FORGOTTEN FIRE ENGINE / giveaway
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Book Review & Giveaway: Rusty The Forgotten Fire Engine by Joe Fisher

Book Series Title: The Adventures of Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine by Joe Fisher
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 4-8)
Genre:  Children’s Fiction
Publisher:  Angler Publishing
Release date:   May 2017,  August 2021
Content Rating:  G for children.  

When the Mayor Himself decides the town of Someport-by-the-Sea needs a new fire engine the Fire Chief picks a shiny, bright red one that has all the latest tools needed to put out fires. The new fire engine becomes the joy of the children in town and the pride of the fireman and townspeople alike.

But after many years the fire engine becomes old and worn until everyone begins to laugh and call it Rusty. Sad and forlorn Rusty is ignored and forgotten. Then during the 4th of July parade in a summer like no other Rusty saves the day in a most surprising and unusual way.

Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine tells the story of a fire engine and the fireman and boy who love him. It is a lighthearted and multi-layered story, richly told, that will appeal to children and adults alike.

Whimsical illustrations create an air of fantasy, drawing children into Rusty’s world while stimulating their imaginations as they follow Rusty’s journey from hero to outcast and back again.

​The surprise ending brings the tale to a heart-warming and satisfying conclusion that reveals all things have hidden value that is waiting to be released. Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine is a classic story of love, loss, transformation and redemption.  

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My Review

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

What a sweet story! The town’s new fire engine is named Reddy because he’s always ready to get to fires to extinguish them, but as he gets older, slower, and mostly forgotten, the townspeople rename him Rusty. Children will love how Rusty regains the favor of everyone and becomes a beloved hero and he even gets to head the parade every year!

Along with a good story, the illustrations are great with vibrant colors. There is a lot of text, so it would be best for this book to be read aloud to younger readers. There are also sections that are fun to read aloud such as “A bell that went Ding, Dong Dingity-dong (As if to say) Hold on. I won’t be long.”

I can’t wait to read this to my 3-year-old grandson the next time he comes over!

About the Author

After successful careers in market research and public health consulting, Joe now writes fulltime from his home base in Sanibel Island, Florida. 
Like his career, his writing is wide ranging from academic books to works for the trade including: 

  • Killer Among Us: Public Reactions to Serial Murder,  
  • The Next Breath: New Life After Near Death 
  • His work has earned praise from Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, The Library Journal, The Miami Herald and the New England Journal of Medicine among others. 

Recently, Joe jumped to the world of children’s picture books with the series The Adventures of Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine

  • Book 1 – Rusty the Forgotten Fire Engine 
  • Book 2 – Rusty Goes to Water World 

A third book in the series, Rusty and Calliope, is in development.  
In addition, a fourth children’s book, Ospreys in the Outfield: A Sanibel Story will be available in the fall 2022. 

connect with the author: website ~ facebook goodreads

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Book Review: Patience is my Superpower by Alicia Ortego

“Are we there yet?”, “How much longer?”.

You’ve probably heard it countless times. Kids are impatient, but it’s our job to teach them that waiting is worth it.
Waiting is not easy, especially for children.

Little Dan is an eight-year-old boy who likes to do many things besides waiting. When he finds out that he has to wait a whole week until he visits his grandparents, Dan becomes upset and very impatient. But through interacting with his grandparents, little Dan will learn that he can do and learn many things while he waits.
He will realize that waiting can produce delicious morsels like grandma’s pie or even new life like a chicken hatching from an egg.

“Patience is my superpower” is a children’s book about patience containing beautiful illustrations and charming rhymes.

It will help your little ones:
  • to turn the waiting into a time full of fun and productive activities,
  • to deal with their impulses and to control their reactions,
  • to understand that after waiting, some amazing things can happen,
  • to understand that waiting is an integral part of everyday life.

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You’ll be amazed how many things you can learn while you wait.
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Teach your children the importance of patience.

This fun picture book can be the first step towards your goal. Your kids will enjoy reading this story as they identify with little Dan and his daily struggles. This book is suitable for all ages and anyone who works with children.

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My Review

I’ve read several of Alicia Ortego’s superpower books and they’re all not only cute, but they teach a lesson. 

Dan doesn’t like waiting especially when he finds out he has to wait a week to see his grandparents! His granny explains that it’s important to be patient. She uses good examples such as having Dan take a bite of a fruit that isn’t ripe yet. She tells him we need to wait until it’s ripe.

Patience is my Superpower is a fun book to read, it has great illustrations, and it’s told in rhymes. Not only does it explain the importance of being patient, but it gives parents a lot of ideas of things for children to do while they’re waiting.

About the Author

A school teacher and an avid children’s book author, Alicia Ortego, has a wealth of experience spanning over 20 years working with children. Since she was young, Alicia had nurtured a passion for telling stories, which inspired her to start writing stories for children. She writes in a simple, easily understandable language, and an entertaining style that keeps children hooked to her books while learning vital lessons about virtues.

Alicia lives in New York and in her free time, enjoys spending quality time with her family and drawing.

Stay updated at her author website: www.aliciaortego.com.

New Release: The Water Boy and the Tomb by Elizabeth Heath

New rhyming children’s picture book entitled “The Water Boy and the Tomb” about the exciting discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb is published in the centenary year of its discovery

About the Book:

This is a beautifully illustrated story, in rhyme, of Howard’s search for the boy king’s lost Egyptian tomb. After many years of digging with his team of men in the stifling heat, it is a young boy who finally makes an historic discovery…

Excerpt

About the Author:

Elizabeth Heath grew up in London with her sister and parents, who had immigrated from Ireland in the late-50s. She had many opportunities as a child to visit the wonderful museums of London. Her father would take her and her sister for visits to these amazing buildings at weekends and she was always captivated by the many historical artefacts made available to her. Subsequently, she developed a real love of history.

She became a teacher nearly twenty years ago and it was during this time that she was introduced to the story of Howard Carter’s water boy as part of a teaching plan on Ancient Egypt. The anecdote of the water boy’s role in the discovery of Tutankhamen proved to be very successful with her class of Year 3 children, providing inspiration for lots of historical inference as well as many opportunities for creative writing. Sadly, the story of the water boy was not diarised by Carter, but Elizabeth believes the brief accounts that we do have lends itself to a more child-focused version of how a typical, bright and curious young Egyptian boy could have played his part in this historic event. The book is suitable for all primary-aged children, with younger children benefiting from having it read to them, while they will respond to the rhyming pattern with trickier words being explained to them.

Elizabeth really hopes that you enjoy the story, particularly in this the centenary year of Howard’s amazing discovery.

“The Water Boy and the Tomb” by Elizabeth Heath is currently available in hardback from Waterstones for £12.99 at: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-water-boy-and-the-tomb/liz-heath/jacqueline-tee/9781803811321

The paperback version of this book is also available from Waterstones for £7.99 at: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-water-boy-and-the-tomb/liz-heath/jacqueline-tee/9781839750281

This book is also available on all the major retail sites, but prices may vary.

Press/Media Contact Details:

Grosvenor House Publishing
Tel. 0208 339 6060
E-mail: info@grosvenorhousepublishing.co.uk

Book Review: You Are So Much More by Serena Tejpar

 

 

Research has shown that building resilience in the face of adversity or challenges helps children and young people develop effective coping strategies and improve long-term outcomes across a spectrum of illnesses. You Are So Much More reminds children who have gone through or are going through an illness or injury, that they are indeed so much more. Trauma survivor and medical student Serena Tejpar shares a story of inspiration, reflection, and encouragement that can be read over and over again.

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My Review

I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.

This is not a book for all children, but it is an absolutely amazing book for children are sick and are in the hospital. It is a great resource for parents to help children find strength and hope within themselves. At a time when parents are overwhelmed, this book can help them convey to their child that they are not just the illness, that they are a special person who has so much to offer.

The illustrations are realistic, colorful, and are perfect for the text. My favorite page: “You are a loving soul. A child. A little giggler. An explorer. A friend. The most mischievous little munchkin.”

This would make a great gift for someone whose child is ill.

“This book is so much more than a story, it is a message of strength and courage for children experiencing illness and hospitalization, for their parents and caregivers. The author refers to the reader in the first person and the narrative stimulates the internal resources of the child. Under the guidance of a caring adult, the book becomes a useful addition to children’s recovery process.” — Isabella Cassina, MA, PhD Candidate, registered Therapeutic Play Specialist and international speaker, author of The Magic Home: A Displaced Boy Finds a Way to Feel Better

 “I am thoroughly impressed with the children’s book, You Are So Much More. It is geared toward children experiencing long term hospital stays and reminds them that their illness or injury does not define them. While many outsiders often try to distract a compromised child with upbeat messages and avoid talking about the elephant in the room, Serena Tepjar acknowledges the child’s situation, even all of the bad parts, and then puts into perspective that there is more to the child than their medical condition. She is both realistic and supportive. Tepjar creates a self dialogue with positive messages the child can use, reminding them of their strength, resilience, and bravery. I am pleased to read a book written by such a medical student. Her empathy will carry her far as she exercises her skills in the life work of healing others.” — Laurie Zelinger, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S, Board Certified Psychologist, author of Please Explain Vaccines to Me

 “As a Play Therapist I am constantly working with children with chronic issues. I loved how You are So Much More focuses on the child and not the illness. I found it to be sweet, encouraging, uplifting and compassionate way of encouraging children with chronic illnesses to cherish themselves and cope with their emotions as they heal. At a time where many families are facing illness and hospitalizations it is a timely message that I am excited to share with the families I work with.” — Jill Osborne, EDS, LPC, CPCS, RPT-S, author of Sam Feels Better Now!

 “This book is an amazing resource for children and families who are struggling with medical trauma. Within the pages, the reader will find messages of healing and hope which is truly important when we sometimes forget that sun can follow dark days.” –Theresa Fraser, CYC-P, CPT-S, RP, MA, RCT, Trauma, Loss and Attachment Clinical Specialist, author of We’re not all the same, But We’re Family

 From Loving Healing Press www.LHPress.com

 

 

Enjoy these excerpts!

 

 


About the Author

Serena Tejpar (she/her) is a medical student at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto with a Master of Science in Global Health and a Certificate in Narrative-Based Medicine.

 Serena carries a passion for the intersection of health humanities and clinical practice. She was commended for her “commitment to improving the Canadian healthcare system and addressing inequities in healthcare systems worldwide” following her experience as a trauma patient after a near-fatal motor vehicle collision in 2015.

 She has received numerous awards and honours in recognition of her leadership, community service, and resilience including being named YMCA Ontario’s Young Woman of Excellence, Top 50 Emerging Canadian Leader, and a Young Director with G(irls)20.

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Book Review: Brutus Finds a Friend by Tif E. Boots

Brutus is a puppy in need of help. He can’t find his new ball.
Scrump is a bunny that was told to stay away from puppies.
Will Scrump help Brutus? Will Brutus find his ball? What adventure awaits?
Will a friendship be found? Open the book to discover what is waiting for Brutus and Scrump.

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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.

Children will love this book about a puppy and a bunny becoming friends. When Brutus loses his ball, Scrump helps him look for it once he realizes that he doesn’t have to be scared of Brutus.

The illustrations are cute and look like they were drawn by a child, although they’re better than anything I could do.

This is a great book that children will enjoy, but it really needs to be proofread. I don’t mention the need for editing or proofreading in my reviews unless it’s distracting to me.

About the Author

Tif E. Boots is a new author who wrote her first children’s book as a birthday present for her daughter. Many years later it has been shared with her sister, cousins, classmates and now you.

Tif was raised in Marana, Arizona and was working concession stands at county fairs in Arizona and Michigan with her family until she graduated from Marana High School in 2000. She became a mother and correctional officer in 2004. She then moved to Nevada, Missouri with her family where she was blessed with her second daughter and fell into a career of nurse’s assistant for Hospice.

Tif and her family relocated to Mulberry, Florida in 2017. In her free time Tif can usually be found on the water or at amusement parks spending time with family and friends and simply enjoying the life that God has blessed her with.