Book Review: Love is my Superpower by Alicia Ortego

Have you heard the question, “Mummy, do you love me?” or “Who do you love the most?”

It’s never easy to answer, especially to a little one who thinks your heart belongs only to them.

Bowen is the centre of his parents’ world. But what will happen when baby Bella comes into that world? Will his parents still love him, or will their hearts belong to someone else? Through fun interactions with his mum, Bowen will realise that his heart is big enough to love more than one person at a time.

‘Love Is My Superpower’ will help your children understand how powerful love is.

This book will help your kids in many ways. They will learn:

  • that there are many different loves,
  • that their heart can love more people at the same time,
  • that love means also loving all animals, plants, and everything else that makes up our wonderful world,
  • that love is healing and kind,
  • that love can be spread and shared,
  • that the most important thing is to love yourself.

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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. 

Bowen has a baby sister and worries that his parents won’t be able to love both of them, but his mom says that isn’t going to be a problem. She explains that we can love many people at the same time. He learns we all have a love light that we share with others, such as him making friends with his grumpy neighbor, kissing his baby sister goodnight, and many other things that continue to spread his love light to friends and family. He realizes that sharing love and making others feel better makes us feel good.

Love is my Superpower has a good story, it has great illustrations, and it’s told in rhymes. It explains how we can love more than one person and that our hearts are big enough to love many people. It also teaches about sharing our love and making others feel better. There is even a heart at the end of the book for children to list who and what they love.

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.

Book Review: My Way to Good Manners by Elizabeth Cole

Finding relatable kids’ books on manners can present a challenge, but this lovely story presents parents with a good choice for preschool-age children as well as elder ones. Learn more about how Melissa’s story could help any child.
This children’s book about manners follow the story of Melissa, a charming young girl. Her manners are lacking at the story’s beginning, and no one wants to play with her on the playground. Over the course of the manners book for kids, she learns about being polite.
This book teaches:

  • Social skills for kids
  • Social norms
  • Kindness
  • Empathy

The children’s book about respect uses a social story that boys and girls can both appreciate. Etiquette book for kids contains a straightforward problem and solution storyline that small children enjoy.
This kids’ book about manners is also suitable for learning to read. Kids’ behavior book features a paired rhyming scheme to encourage kids to read along with their parents. This detail makes the book on behavior for kids a great addition to an early reader’s library.
The manner book for preschoolers also includes lovely illustrations while teaching etiquette for kids.
This kid’s book about respect makes learning etiquette for children more accessible with a relatable story. Book of kid manners teaches everything from table manners to polite phrases and emphasizes the importance of manners to being kind.

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My Review

I have read a few of Elizabeth Cole’s books in the My way: Social Emotional Books for Kids series, so I was pretty sure that this would be another great children’s book. I wasn’t disappointed.

Melissa has bad manners. In fact, they’re so bad that her classmates won’t play with her. When Melissa comes home upset, her mom suggests she works on having good manners, but she isn’t sure how to change. Her mom makes her a list which she uses all the time to find out the right thing to say or do. She realizes that having good manners isn’t difficult and that if she is nice to others, they will be nice to her. Eventually, the good manners become habit, and she doesn’t need the list anymore.

The story is told in rhymes and the illustrations are cute and colorful. It helps children to learn about good manners and ways to be nice rather than rude or obnoxious.

About the Author

Being a mother of two kids Elizabeth Cole very well understands that childhood is a great period of life filled with a tremendous amount of different and often changing emotions. Since the time Elizabeth received her master’s degree in psychology from University of New Orleans in 2008, she fully devoted herself to the research of kids, understanding their needs as well as their true emotions. Her five years period of working as the school teacher very much improved Elizabeth’s knowledge and motivated her even stronger. Finally, all of her experience inspired Elizabeth to write a series of children’s books.

Learn more at ecole-author.com or email Elizabeth at elizabethcole.author@gmail.com!

Book Review: What if Animals Were Balloons? by Elizabeth Fequiere

What if Animals Were Balloons? is a fully illustrated children’s book that follows four animal friends and their unexpected journey beyond the skies after suddenly being turned into balloons.

We wanted to make this book even more engaging so we included coloring pages at the end of the book.

Elizabeth Fequiere is the best-selling author of The Problem with the Male Gaze. She has authored over 20 books and self-published them through her company, Liz Fe Lifestyle. Before she started writing, Elizabeth received two bachelor’s degrees from the University of North Florida in English and Political Science. After that, she discovered her passion for philanthropy and got her Master’s in Public Administration from Texas A&M International University. She has previously published two other children’s books, Breakfast for Bouncy and The Moon, the Stars, and the Comets, now available on Amazon.

Seattle based illustrator and designer, Azusa McWilliams, has had a passion for art since she was very young. Her favorite hobby has always been drawing and painting but she’s spent the past several years honing in her digital illustration skills. Azusa graduated from the University of North Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. She works professionally as a designer where she is able to incorporate many of her illustrative works, but she continues to do digital illustration as a hobby. Some of her children’s illustrations have been used in mailers sent to children across the globe.

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.

What if Animals Were Balloons? starts with animals in a zoo suddenly turning into balloons which I thought was a cute fantasy for children to read. However, when they went into space, it seemed like the author was trying to teach about the planets. There was too much fantasy interlaced with reality though for anything to be teachable.

The illustrations are beautiful with bright colors and are the high point of the book.

The ending of the book didn’t make much sense, and it’s not a happy ending. It’s more like a cliffhanger. There are several pages to color at the end, which is a plus. Unfortunately, even with the illustrations and coloring pages, I won’t be reading this to my grandsons.

About the Author

Liz Fe began as a lifestyle blogger and social media influencer. She worked with various brands until she decided to launch a campaign for women empowerment in the form of a digital publication that has transformed into what LFL is today.

Liz started writing professionally part-time while in law school and decided to drop out to pursue her passion full-time. She officially started LFL in the summer of 2017 and it has grown and expanded to the brand it is today.

Liz Fe Lifestyle is a highly dynamic startup that has quadrupled its reach in 2022.

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Book Review: The Gobberwobbly by Kate Buss

A young boy befriends a furry sock-eating monster in this quiet tale of childhood and growing up.

Who do you blame when all your socks go missing? It couldn’t possibly be that a ferocious sock-eating monster has snuck into your closet. But if one has and you manage to catch him, if you give him food and shelter and treat him kindly, he may just be tamed.

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My Review

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

The Gobberwobbly is a sock-eating monster that lives in the closet but is kind when you take care of him. He eventually grows up just like we do, though, and moves on. I wish I could find our Gobberwobbly!

This book teaches about being kind as well as learning to let go when it’s time. The illustrations are adorable and go well with the story.

About the Author

Kate Buss grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago. She received a degree in art from the College of William and Mary. She has written and illustrated several of her own books and illustrated books for other authors. Kate lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with her husband and daughter.

Book Review & Giveaway: Lulu and Malek sail off to sea!

Book Title:  Lulu and Malek Sail Off to Sea! by June Foster and Rob Scheer
Category:  Children’s Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 32 pages
Genre:  Children’s Book
Publisher:  Hubble & Hattie
Release date:   August 23, 2022
Formats Available for Review: print-softback (USA)
Tour dates: Jan 9 to Jan 27, 2023
Content Rating:  G.  The book is designed for children between 3-7 years of age.

Book Description:

Adventurous friends Lulu and Malek make fantastic discoveries, take care of our planet, and meet new friends as they explore the wonders of the world under the sea. With vibrant illustrations and endearing characters, this fun-to-read rhyming book is sure to be a children’s favorite that they will want to read over and over again! Add this fun-filled and inspiring book to your home or class library! It will be enjoyed by children who love adventure, a good laugh, and want to learn more about the sea and conservation.

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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.

Lulu and Malek are friends who go to the beach to meet a whale. Before playing with the whale all day, they clean up all of the trash on the beach. They have a fun day and don’t have to take a bath since they spent all day in the ocean!

Lulu and Malek sail off to sea! is a cute book about friends who go on an adventure and meet many other animals and see fish, coral, and even a shark. It also teaches about taking care of the earth through picking up trash. It’s told in verse and the illustrations are colorful and adorable. It’s a book children will like, and I can’t wait to read it to my grandkids.

About the Authors

Just a bit about me. I live in Arizona, but for most of the year, I travel across our beautiful earth as a deckhand and yoga instructor in the yachting industry. I love the serenity of the sea, exploring treasured caves, hiking through lush green forests, immersing myself in different cultures, and meeting new friends. I recently launched an online retail store (www.yachtieinspired.com) that offers conservation and yachtie inspired designs through my Sea Our Love and Silent Whispers Collections. You can also purchase a Personalized Signed Copy of my books on my online store, or please visit junenfoster.com to learn more!

​My co-author, Rob Scheer and I have completed two beautifully illustrated, heartfelt children’s books. Rob is the Founder and CEO of Comfort Cases. Since 2013, Comfort Cases set out on a mission to eliminate the use of trash bags and provide children entering the foster system with brand new essential and comfort items. To date, Comfort Cases has positively impacted over 110,000 children, and has recently opened a chapter in the United Kingdom. For each book purchased of Lulu and Malek Sail Off to Sea, we will donate one book to Comfort Cases.

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Giveaway

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LULU AND MALEK SAIL OFF TO SEA

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Book Review & Giveaway: Blooming Rose Blasts Off by Lauren Piland

Book Title:  BLOOMING ROSE BLASTS OFF! by Lauren Piland
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   Jan 10, 2023
Format available for review:  print-hardback (USA), PDF
Tour dates: Jan 10 to Jan 30, 2023
Content Rating:  G for all kids.

Book Description:

Rose loves to write, draw, and play―but what happens when she has to face a project she’s never done before?! With encouragement from her best friend, Brady, and some brainstorming with Dad, does Rose’s rocket launcher project turn out to be less than stellar or out of this world?!

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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.

I can relate to Rose. I remember having an art project in 6th grade that I kept putting off because I didn’t know what to do, and I became more and more overwhelmed. Like Rose’s dad, my mom helped me figure out what to make.

I read Blooming Rose Blasts Off to one of my grandsons. He’s almost 4 years old, and I can’t usually get him to sit still to read a whole book, even if it’s a picture book. He sat through the whole thing! Then he went to certain pages and wanted me to read them again! That was so exciting! Kudos to Lauren Piland.

This is a great story with a lesson for children, and the illustrations are realistic and colorful. It’s a great addition to any child’s library. I can’t wait to read it to my other grandson who likes to be read to.

About the Author

As a former second grade and elementary art teacher, Lauren Piland is a Louisiana native turned Texas homesteader who knows the importance of engaging read-alouds both in class and at home. After taking a step back from the classroom to raise her second child, she realized the gap some campuses face between the undersupported emotional struggles of students and the overwhelming responsibilities of teachers. “When we can use tools such as books and relatable characters to open up those more meaningful conversations, both at home and in the classroom, it aids in that process of peeling back layers of getting to know each other better and building trust,” says Piland. “Children need to feel seen, feel heard, and feel protected. And we do that by tapping into our emotions.”

Piland also wanted to further support teachers by including ready-to-use, curriculum-based exercises to go along with each book that focus on learning objectives such as reading comprehension strategies, vocabulary building and word mechanics exercises, writing prompts, whole group projects and STEM exercises with differentiated versions for students in Pre-K all the way to fourth grade.

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Book Review: Giant Island by Jane Yolen

In this wondrous book by award-winning fantasy author Jane Yolen and award-winning fantasy illustrator Doug Keith, two children and a dog explore the coves and caves of a tiny island. Under the watchful eye of Grandpa, the kids are thrilled to discover a huge surprise: the craggy rocks, tufted grass, and wind-swept trees on Giant Island are much more than they seem. Jane Yolen’s text entrances readers with hints of age-old magic, and pays tribute to mystery, curiosity, and friendship. Doug Keith’s paintings invite readers to discover the giant secret for themselves. Visit Giant Island, where fantastical adventures await.

My Review

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

Two children go to Giant Island with their grandpa and don’t understand why such a small island is called Giant Island…until they explore while Grandpa is fishing. They have a great time playing and exploring, and they have a big secret when it’s time to go home!

Giant Island is an amazing book that children will want to read again and again. The story is a great fantasy, and the illustrations (paintings) are wondrous. They help to tell the story especially at the end. Such a fun read!

About the Author

I was born on February 11, 1939 in New York City at Beth Israel Hospital, the first child of my parents, Isabel Berlin Yolen and Will Hyatt Yolen. Because my grandmother Mina Hyatt Yolen’s family, the Hyatts, only had girls, a number of us were given their last name as a middle name to carry it on. So I am Jane Hyatt Yolen, and my brother, Steven Hyatt Yolen, was born three and a half years later. Alas, we are no relation to the Hyatt Hotels, no matter how often I have tried to convince the staffs there.

I love being a writer. In 2018, I celebrated #Yolen365 in which my 365thbook (yes, that is a Yolen book for every day of the year) was published. Actually, 365 and 366 published on the same day. Since then, that number has grown to 378.

The first man I married, in 1962, David W. Stemple, is the only man I married. He and I have three children and six grandchildren. Alas, he died of cancer in March, 2006 after 44 years of a wonderful marriage. I live in Western Massachusetts right next door to my marvelous daughter Heidi (the little girl in OWL MOON). My sons live far away with their families, Adam in Minneapolis, Jason in Charleston, SC.  I also have a house in Scotland where I live about four months of the year. The rest of my life is all book talk.

For more about Jane Yolen and her books, go to her website.

About the Illustrator

Doug Keith attended the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art in New Jersey and graduated in 1974. He worked his way through ad agencies in the New York area for five years until an opportunity to relocate with an industrial design firm brought him to Seattle in 1979. A desire to start his own studio became a reality in 1982, and business has been growing ever since. Keith’s ability to work in a variety of styles and mediums has attracted clients such as Sports Illustrated, the Seattle Times, the Seattle Mariners, the Goodwill Games, local TV stations, restaurants and advertising agencies. Along the way, Keith has won an Emmy award for television graphics (KIRO-TV), a Society of Newspaper Design award (the Seattle Times), and national recognition for his innovative and amusing alphabet designs. Keith has found his love of sports (and sense of humor) invaluable in making the conventional alphabet more than just a group of letters. In his sports alphabets, players, referees, cheerleaders and fans bend and contort every which way to form all the letters. In each letter is a story which is commonly known to every sports fan, which explains why Keith’s work is just as at home in a boardroom as it is in a playroom.

Book Review: Pairs of People by Jeanne & Mark K. Shriver

In this lively, vibrant, and inspiring follow-up to the Christopher Award-winning book 10 Hidden HeroesNew York Times bestselling author Mark Shriver and his wife Jeanne Shriver help children learn about the power of numbers and how working together can make the world a better place. Pairs of People makes math fun and meaningful by showing how our service to others multiplies when people pitch in together.

The whimsical, rhyming text and colorful artwork from award-winning artist Laura Watson inspire discussion on such topics as friendship, leadership, and camaraderie while illustrating the basic concepts of multiplication.

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My Review

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

Pairs of People is about multiplying by 2, and the examples are of people who help others. It starts with one pair of people and goes all the way up to twelve pairs of people. Then it asks what 50 pairs of people could do!

Each pair of pages gives an example in rhyming text of what people can do to help others. At the bottom of the pages, it shows how many people are in that number of pairs (for example, 2 pairs = 4 people) and the math equation representing it as well (2 x 2 = 4). What a great way to teach children about community service and math at the same time!

The illustrations by Laura Watson also add to the overall story with realistic and colorful illustrations about the concepts presented. My grandson is only 2 years old, but he loves being read to, and I know he will enjoy this book for years to come. I can’t wait to share it with him!

About the Authors

Mark K. Shriver is president of Save the Children Action Network in Washington, D.C. Shriver created the Choice Program and is a former Maryland state legislator. His New York Times and Washington Post bestselling memoir, A GOOD MAN: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver, was published in June 2012 and received a 2013 Christopher Award. Shriver lives with his wife, Jeanne, and their three children, Molly, Tommy and Emma, in Maryland.

Jeanne Shriver lives in Bethesda with her husband, Mark. After working for Merrill Lynch and American Express, she left the corporate world after 10 years to raise their three children. She has served on several non-profit and independent school boards and is an active volunteer for several non-profits in her community.

About the Illustrator

As a freelance illustrator working in Toronto, Laura Watson has been creating whimsical illustrations for children’s books, educational materials, magazines and various retail applications since graduating from Sheridan College’s Interpretive Illustration program, in Oakville, Ontario, in 1995. Born and raised in the heart of the lovely Kawartha Lakes region in Peterborough, Ontario, Laura also studied Fine Art at York University and graduated with an Honours degree in Visual Arts. In the past few years, Laura has enjoyed illustrating several trade children’s books (most recently, My Evil Big Brother Packed My Lunch from Chronicle Kids) and countless school publications for subjects as diverse as poetry and math. Laura lives in the leafy Riverdale neighbourhood of Toronto with her husband, 11-year-old daughter, and 3-year-old redbone coonhound / lab rescue dog, and works in a converted backyard garage studio surrounded by a slightly unkempt garden. She enjoys the outdoors, runs often and spends as much time as possible at the beach hunting for sea glass.

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

Brutus and Scrump are playing tag.
Charlie watches from above.
Something is waiting to be found.
An adventure and new friends await.

This book includes a discussion guide and fun map skills for the reader.

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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 story begins with Brutus chasing his friend, Scrump the rabbit. When a squirrel, Charlie, sees this, he tries to stop Brutus, but they assure him that they’re just playing. Then Charlie joins in the fun until they find a collar which switches their focus to a mission to find the owner.

Brutus Finds a Collar is an adorable book that is fun to read. It teaches children about being friends with others who are not like them, to be helpful, and to not jump to conclusions. It has cute, colorful illustrations by Syranity Barker and even a map of the yard at the beginning. There is a discussion guide at the back for book clubs, schools, or parents. The only thing that keeps me from giving Brutus Finds a Collar 5 stars is that it needs proofreading.

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.

New Releases: Chattering at School and The Renegade

Chattering at School

The poems in this collection include fun narratives on the surface, while containing learning and teaching moments as the poems unfold. The book has lovely illustrations and is full of moral lessons.

The introduction to Chattering at School: Nature poems for children explains that these poems were written by a schoolboy aged 11 to 18 (1951-58) during his annual summer holiday visits to his grandmother on her small farm in Ireland. She had been his carer and guardian from the time of the German Blitz of London where he was born, and lived with her until the war ended in 1945. He then returned to his unknown parents, who had been unable to visit him in Ireland from the UK during the war.

Over 60 years later, the author of these poems – Edward Forde Hickey – discovered them (his own schoolboy attempts at writing poetry) lying in the attic and felt they were worth recording publicly.

About the Author

Edward Forde Hickey is a retired Headteacher and has written eight books to date, each with an element of folk culture.

Edward lives in Kent with his wife. They have three sons. During the years 1962 until 1998, he taught in inner city primary schools (laterally as a headteacher for 18 years). In early life, he was a pop star with Decca records (see ‘Eddie Hickey/Lady May’) and later sang with the Glenside Ceilidhe Band in The Galtymore Dancehall, Cricklewood (1965/1975).

Born of Irish parents during the Blitz of London, he spent his first five years of life nurtured and moulded by his grandmother in the foothills above Dolla, near Nenagh in County Tipperary. His grandmother is and always was his inspiration; she had a natural gift with words.

Edward has always been interested in folklore and the Irish past (its music, dance and literature). He was a champion Irish step-dancer. He taught and adjudicated it, even as far afield as in Australia, before dedicating himself to research into hillside communities in north Tipperary, from where he brought back tapes of original songs for The English Folk Dance and Song Society.

He keeps a small farm in the foothills of north Tipperary and visits it often.

Reviews

“This collection of poems about the natural world will stimulate children’s imagination and hopefully inspire them to get to know more about their environment and protect it. It should have wide general appeal for children of all ages; both for parents to read to young children and for older children to read themselves.” – Darin & Aimee Jewell

“Edward has a lovely style where he effortlessly combines the world of history, folklore and fiction. He manages to switch from humour to sadness and takes the reader willingly along with him.” – M. G. Darmody, Tipperary Studies Centre

“Chattering at School” by Edward Forde Hickey is currently available in paperback from Amazon at:

This poetry collection is also available to download in e-book format from Amazon at:

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