Spotlight: Dad You’ve Trumped by Andrew Rogerson

Title: Dad You’ve Trumped
Author: Andrew Rogerson
Illustrator: Christopher Dodd
Genre: Picture Book
Publication Date: 14th May 2020
Page Count: 34
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

This is the story of how a dad tries to explain away his moments of flatulent indiscretion to his daughter Poppy who is five. These are real moments. They are real excuses!

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About the Author

Andrew is 52 and lives near Liverpool with his wife and family. He has always loved theatre and music and runs a youth theatre for The Arts Project based in Widnes, Cheshire. He sometimes plays double bass in a band called The Chimps. His youngest daughter is the subject of the books in the Poppy and Dad series of books.



Book Review: Brilliant Baxter at the Funfair by Carol Cordrey

Title: Brilliant Baxter at the Funfair
Author: Carol Codrey
Illustrator: Tim Bulmer
Genre: Picture Book
Publication Date: 7th May
Page Count: 20
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

An exciting visit to the Funfair for Eliza, her grandmother, Grinny, and their much loved Labrador, Brilliant Baxter. This story’s easy rhyme and vibrant illustrations are certain to delight both children and adults.

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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.

Brilliant Baxter is a cute children’s story about Eliza, her grandmother, and her dog, Brilliant Baxter, going to the fair. Initially, I was surprised that Brilliant Baxter is a dog but they are lucky to bring him along because he can sense danger.

The story is fun to read not just because of the contents of the story but because of the rhyming verse, which will keep the attention of young children. The illustrations will also keep their attention because they’re bright and colorful.

If you’re wanting a short, cute, well-illustrated story that includes a pet, Brilliant Baxter is a good one.

About the Author

Carol Codrey has a strong history within the art world, starting out as an Art columnist before becoming an Art Editor for Sheengate Publishing Ltd. For Guildford Borough Council she created and marketed the annual Guildford Calendar for five years. She was also an Art Columnist and Critic and then Art Editor for Run Wild Media Ltd. She was on the judging panel for the annual international Wildlife Artist of the Year competition for five years. She has also written art features for the Home supplement of the Financial Times, the NADFAS Magazine – now re-titled The Art Society Magazine – and the National Trust Magazine. She has been repeatedly invited to be the sole judge of the Post Office and British Telecom Art Club’s annual art exhibition. She is a longstanding member of the Royal Automobile Club and has written varied features about the Club’s art collection for its members’ magazine, Pell Mell & Woodcote. She was also the founder and co-creater for six years of the annual and unique London International Ice Sculpting Festival.

During the past eighteen months, Carol has fused her experiences of family life with her combined love of writing and art. The results are a series of short story books for young children, written in rhyme and illustrated by a successful artist and illustrator who has brought the characters to life. The books are ideally suited to children of pre-school age as well as to early readers as she is very enthusiastic about encouraging all children to develop a love of language and art. Carol is married and has two adult daughters.


Book Review & Giveaway: Alycat and the Tournament Tuesday by Alysson Foti Bourque

Book Title:  Alycat and the Tournament Tuesday by Alysson Foti Bourque
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  32 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   March 17, 2020
Content Rating:  G

A “Mom’s Choice Award Winner”! Alycat’s brother, Bugsy, is playing in a golf tournament with some of his friends, and wants to use his lucky ball to win the game. But when Alycat forgets his lucky ball at home, Bugsy learns what luck is really all about. Can Bugsy win the tournament without his lucky ball? Alycat and the Tournament Tuesday is part of the Alycat Series:

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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.

What a cute story! Alycat’s brother Bugsy has a lucky ball for when he plays golf. On their way to a golf tournament, Alycat realizes that she brought the wrong ball for him, but she draws on it to make him think it’s his lucky ball. Bugsy plays well without the lucky ball and realizes after he finds out what Alycat did, that he doesn’t need one after all.

This adorable story with colorful pictures teaches that luck isn’t as important as practice and hard work. Also, at the end there is a page called, “Alycat’s ABCs of Golf.” It lists a word that is related to golf for every letter of the alphabet. Such a fun way for children to learn new words! And adults, too. There are a couple of words there that I didn’t know.

Alycat and the Tournament Tuesday is a good book to get for young children, and I have a feeling it’s one of those that they’ll want to read (or want you to read) over and over again.

About the Author

Alysson Foti Bourque is the author of the award-winning Alycat series. Alysson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Juris Doctor degree from the Southern University Law Center.

After practicing law for six years, she traded in writing trial briefs for writing children’s books. Alysson enjoys public speaking opportunities at schools, conferences, and festivals nationwide. She hopes to inspire people of all ages to follow their dreams and believe in themselves wholeheartedly.


The Alycat Series has won several prestigious awards including:
Three Mom’s Choice Awards®
Benjamin Franklin Digital Award, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)
Best Book Award Finalist
NY Big Book Award
Reviewed by Midwest Book Review
Southern Festival of Books Panelist
Louisiana Book Festival Featured Author

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Book Review: Owly Trilogy by Orla Kelly

These short animal action and adventure stories set in a magic forest capture the very essence of childhood. Set in the world of forest animals who start off as strangers and enemies but who learn: to recognize the value of each other, the collective power of teamwork, about caring for and looking after each other, about the magic healing power of nature, taking care of the environment, and making the world a better place. This is a forest story and is wonderful to read at nap time or bedtime or anytime for children of all ages. Because they capture children’s imagination they teach so much about imagination and play.

“As a mother, I strongly believe we need to nurture our children but yet equip them with life skills and social skills that will help develop them personally,” says Orla.

These books teach children life skills and are positive, uplifting and teach children through the story about bravery, overcoming challenges, looking out for each other, helping each other, appreciating all the good things in our lives, taking care of our environment, and making the world a better place to live.

Lovely books for bedtime stories for children ages 4-8.

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.

The stories of Owly and his friends have messages that are good for children to learn: being kind to others, helping others, being thankful for what we have, and trying to make the world a better place.

Unfortunately, I’m not sure what age these stories would appeal to. They’re too wordy for young children and they have no illustrations. Older children might find them too immature for their taste. The stories also are in need of editing.

I think with some editing and/or beta reading, these could be transformed into fun and informative books for youngsters.

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Book Review: Five Minutes, Alfie by Lily Mae Walters

Alfie snuggles down in bed,
dreams still in his little head.

He dreams he’s a king going out for a ride.
“A dragon sleeps in front of the gate,” they cried.

How will they succeed in waking him up?
By helping each other and lots of luck.

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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.

Five Minutes, Alfie is about Alfie whose mom has told him he has five minutes to get up. Like many of us, he falls back asleep and dreams…but what a dream! He’s a king and there’s a dragon asleep in front of the gate. How will they get out?

This book is cute and it kind of rhymes. The illustrations are bright and colorful and my favorite part of Five Minutes, Alfie. This would be a fun book to read to youngsters.

About the Author

Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also stare in the Josie James series.

She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books.

Lily Mae lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local  places and even her old school in her stories.

Family and friends mean the world to Lily Mae and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series.

Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling.

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Book Review: The Big Book of Wild Cats by Rachael Smith

Explore the wonderful world of wild cats―an encyclopedia for kids

Did you know that wild cats can be found on every continent except Antarctica? That’s right―there’s a whole world of wild cats to discover in this standout among animal facts books for kids! The Big Book of Wild Cats is packed with life-like illustrations, colorful photos, and fascinating facts about wild cats.

Everything animal facts books for kids should be, this book has in-depth information about all 37 species of wild cats. Discover details about each one’s appearance, habitat, social structure, hunting habits, and how they raise their young. Whether you’re writing a school report or just want to learn about wild cats, you’ll have a roaring good time with The Big Book of Wild Cats.

All animal facts books for kids should include:

  • Cats by continent―Unlike other animal facts books for kids, this one has illustrated maps showing which wild cats live on each continent around the globe.
  • Endangered cats―Find out ways you can do your part to help endangered wild cats like tigers and snow leopards.
  • Helpful definitions―Discover an easy-to-understand glossary for some of the more advanced words in this exciting choice among animal facts books for kids.

Bring the excitement of wild cats into your own home (safely!) with facts and pictures you won’t find in other animal facts books for kids. The Big Book of Wild Cats has it all!

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from Callisto Publisher’s Club. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The first thing The Big Book of Wild Cats does is list wild cats from the biggest to the smallest. In case you were wondering, tigers are the biggest and can grow up to 10 feet long and weigh between 220 and 660 pounds. For some reason, I always thought lions were bigger, but they’re not. The smallest are wildcats which grow from 16 inches to 36 inches long and weigh between 6 and 18 pounds.

Next it explains the fastest cats, the cheetah being the fastest of course. But it also lists the runners up.

Most of the book is divided into Big Cats and Small Cats and each section lists size, life span, food they eat, sounds they make, what they look like, where they live, their social structure including the raising of their young, hunting habits, skills, and more. Most of the cats have a section about their population because many are vulnerable and their population is threatened. Others are elusive and scientists aren’t sure how many there are.

At the end of the book are helpful maps and a glossary. It also explains about endangered cats and how you may be able to help.

I definitely recommend The Big Book of Wild Cats for all ages. It will give you hours of entertainment with interesting facts about wild cats of every kind.

About the Author

Rachael Smith is the founder and curriculum designer of Literacy with the Littles ( Through her blog, she shares crafts and activities for parents and teachers that are designed to help little ones develop a love of learning. In 2010, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and began her teaching career. Rachael is a former first grade teacher turned stay-at-home mom. She is a wife and mother of four little ones. She enjoys crafting, sports, traveling, spending time outdoors, and making memories with her family.

Book Review: The Story of George Washington by Lisa Trusiani

The life of George Washington for kids—a story about fighting for independence and building a country

George Washington became the first president of the United States of America and is known as the father of our country. He won the fight for American independence from England, but before that, he was a hardworking kid who enjoyed challenging himself in school and sports. He learned that overcoming challenges in his life would help make him a great leader.

Explore how George went from being an ambitious farm boy in Virginia to the most well-known founding father in American history. How will his revolutionary spirit inspire you?

This book about George Washington for kids includes:

  • See George’s progress—Unlike other books about George Washington for kids, this one has a visual timeline of his life so you can get a picture of his important milestones.
  • Helpful definitions—Discover a glossary with easy-to-understand definitions for the more advanced words and ideas in this book about George Washington for kids.
  • A lasting legacy—This unique book about George Washington for kids explains how he changed the world for future generations and you.

If you’ve been searching for fun, colorful books about George Washington for kids, look no further—this one has it all!

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.

Everyone knows who George Washington was, of course. This biography is for young readers though, and I was surprised how much I didn’t know about our first president. For example, his family grew tobacco but he changed the crop to wheat and also made whiskey and his family and slaves caught a lot of fish to eat and sell.

This is the second Biography Book for New Readers by Rockridge Press that I’ve read. They include extras that will encourage children to learn. Some of the words are bold which means they are in the glossary in the back. There are also maps, time lines, and graphics called “Myths vs. Facts.” Occasionally, there’s an arrow with “Jump in the Think Tank” suggestions, which encourage children to express how they might feel in the same situation. There’s a quiz at the end as well as additional Think Tank questions.

A good example of a myth is that George Washington cut down a cherry tree when he was young and confessed to it when he was asked. That was just a story made up after he died to show how honest he was.

It’s important to teach youngsters about historical figures like George Washington. This is definitely a book that should be in every child’s library.

About the Author

Christine A. Platt is a historian and storyteller of the African diaspora. She holds a B.A. in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida, M.A. in African Studies from The Ohio State University and received her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law.

Her debut novel, The Truth About Awiti, was published under the penname CP Patrick and won the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal for Multicultural Fiction. The Truth About Awiti is currently used in high schools, colleges and universities to teach the history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Christine’s highly anticipated children series, Ana & Andrew, will be published on December 15, 2018 (ABDO Books/Calico Kids).

Christine currently serves as the Managing Director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University under the leadership of National Book Award-winning author, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. She is a proud member of the Association of Black Women Historians and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. She is also an Ambassador for Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Additionally, Christine is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

You can follow Christine on Instagram via @theafrominimalist, where she interacts with thousands of friends and fans on minimalism and, of course, books.