Book Review & Giveaway: Are You a Pineapple? by Kathryn A. Zolman

Book Title:  Are You A Pineapple? by Kathryn A. Zolman
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   May, 2022
Format available for review:  print-hardback (USA), PDF
Tour dates: Nov 25 to Dec 16, 2022
Content Rating:  G. Suitable for everyone.

Book Description:

Kevin has a beautiful new puppy! But what should he name her? He wants to find a name that is unique, just like her. Kevin knows the puppy is special, but he’s about to find out just how smart she is when she helps Kevin choose her own 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.

Are You a Pineapple? is a cute story about Kevin who gets a new puppy. He asks the puppy if she likes different names, but she just seems bored until he says the name Pineapple! Then she gets excited and jumps on Kevin and gives him kisses. So, Pineapple it is!

Not only is this story cute, but the illustrations by Walter Policelli are realistic with bright colors that will keep the attention of children. It also teaches children to respect pets just as they should respect people.

Are You a Pineapple? is based on a true story, and it’s definitely a book that children will enjoy.

About the Author

Kathryn A. Zolman never expected to write a children’s book, but when Pineapple came into her life and she heard the story of how this sweet, smart dog got her name, she thought it would make a fun book for parents to read to their children. Pineapple is a Bull Mastiff, German Shepherd, Chow mix, and much like a real pineapple, she knows how to stand tall and is very sweet on the inside!

Kathryn is an avid dog lover. Along with her husband and daughter, they have raised three Doberman Pinschers, each with their own unique personality and character. Kathryn is an advocate for not only raising children to respect all animals, but also to be thankful for the pure joy that they bring to our lives. In writing this book, Kathryn seeks to spread a positive message and hopes it will help children express more gratitude in their lives.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Night of Mysterious Blessings by Sally Metzger

Book Title:  Night of Mysterious Blessings by Sally Metzger
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 5-8), 40 pages
Genre:  Picture Book/Early Reader
Publisher:  Elk Lake Publishing
Release date:   November 3, 2021
Content Rating: G. My book is rated G because it has a Biblical world view. 

Have you ever had great big tingly goosebumps? Or tossed and turned too long on a sleepless night? Have you ever seen tall shadows dance in your doorway? Or found a RELAX-let-go peace deep inside? In Night of Mysterious Blessings, you’ll share in the adventures of a boy and his beloved dog. Enter this curious, oh-so-mysterious night, and be amazed at what you see in the morning’s light. Best of all, uncover the priceless key to worrying less and smiling more.

​So many books stress God is always with us. How fantastic for a book to proclaim the Scriptural truth that God is also within. It’s a lifelong gift for children to discover God makes his home inside them while their hearts are open to receive the mystery.

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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.

Night of Mysterious Blessings is a splendid book for children. It’s the story of a boy who can’t sleep, and he gets a visit from the Sandman. He reminds the boy that God is always with him, and he doesn’t need to worry about things or be afraid.

The story is told in verse, and the pictures are amazing! This is my favorite kind of book. It’s fun for children to read, and at the same time, they learn something important. I’m looking forward to reading this one to my grandkids!

About the Author

As a teacher, spiritual director, and retreat leader, Sally Metzger has helped young people discover God’s boundless love for them for over 20 years. She developed and taught a course in faith formation for university students, religion teachers, youth ministers, and parents, and she is the author of two children’s books, Night of Mysterious Blessings and Jesus, Were You Little?

​Sally has a Master of Theological Studies degree, focusing on pastoral care, and is active in chaplain ministry. Her message: It’s Raining Grace! And through God’s power, we can find and joyfully fulfill our purpose in life. Sally is married to her high school sweetheart, cherishes her children and grandchildren, and enjoys outdoor adventures and travel.

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Book Review & Giveaway: My Cat is Blue by Sarah Sommer

Book Title:  My Cat Is Blue by Sarah Sommer
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  36 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:  October 2021
Format: Print – Hardback USA
Content Rating:  G – Children’s picture book featuring feelings of sadness and grief (loss of a pet), but no explicit content or language.

When someone you love is feeling down in the dumps, you try everything to help. But sometimes, you don’t have the cure, and those blues can even become contagious. It just might be the unexpected that allows you both to shed your blues and move toward a bright and colorful future.

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The family’s cat is depressed, and they can’t figure out why, so they take him to the vet. The vet says that it’s because the cat misses their dog that recently died. The prescription? A new kitten to give the cat a new friend.

This is a sweet story that rhymes. The illustrations are mostly black and white at the beginning except for the blue cat to emphasize the mood. Once he has a new friend and is happy, all the color is back in the illustrations.

My Cat is Blue will help children understand why others may be sad or upset when losing a pet. The one thing parents may not welcome is the solution!

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About the Author

Sarah Sommer is an award-winning children’s picture book author who blends her love for music, animals, and positivity in her books. Having trained in classical music and performed internationally as a professional clarinetist, rhymes and lyrics are an important part of her writing style. She is an advocate for animals, as seen in her work fostering German shepherds, and as a result, animals are always a central part of her stories. Sarah aims to include encouraging themes, such as helping others, in all of her narratives because we all need a little help sometimes.

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Book Review & Giveaway: Zippy’s Special Gift by Therese Van Ryne

Book Title:  Zippy’s Special Gift by Therese Van Ryne
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   Mar, 2021
Format available for review:  print (USA), pdf
Tour dates: Mar 15 to Apr 9, 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.


Book Description:

Zippy the Zebra doesn’t like her stripes. She doesn’t want to stand out! Follow Zippy as she embarks upon a thrilling adventure with her animal friends that helps her realize everyone is perfect just the way they are. Profits from the sales of Zippy’s Special Gift will be donated to one of Zebra Technologies strategic charitable partners, Bernies Book Bank, a non-profit organization that changes the story for under-served children and helps them read their way to a better life! Learn more at www.berniesbookbank.org.


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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.

Zippy doesn’t like her stripes but learns to accept herself as she is. By talking to her friends, she realizes that everyone is unique and that we should accept, even celebrate, our differences. What a fun way to teach acceptance to children.

Zippy’s Special Gift is a fun book to read! The text rhymes and the pictures are vibrant. The illustrations of the animals are adorable. I can’t wait to read this book to my grandson on Easter!

I like that the profits from the sales of this book will be donated to a charity that seeks to increase book ownership to under-served children throughout the Chicago area.

About the Author

Zippy’s Special Gift is Van Ryne’s debut children’s book. She currently serves as the Global Director of PR, Thought Leadership and Advocacy for Zebra Technologies. One of PR News’ 2019 Top Women in PR, Van Ryne also has experience as a journalist, editor and producer, reporting nightly from Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

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Book Review & Giveaway: War at the Ice Cream Store by Dave Gibson & Cheryl DaVeiga

Book Title:  WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE by Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  32 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson
Release date:   January, 2021
Content Rating:  G. This children’s book is for everyone.


Book Description:

The first of the Frank TL Frogg and Friends series, War at the Ice Cream Store tells the story of one night at the Frozen Frogg, when Mustachio Pistachio and his “flavorite” flavor friends teach Bulli Vanilli a lesson in kindness and acceptance.


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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 an awesome book! War at the Ice Cream Store uses ice cream personified to teach about bullying. Bully Vanilli is the best selling ice cream, and he is always bullying Mustachio Pistachio who is the slowest seller. All of the other ice creams and toppings get behind Mustachio Pistachio, and they teach Bully Vanilli that they are all needed, or he is just plain old vanilla. He even learns to be nice to Mustachio Pistachio.

The illustrations are adorable and have vibrant colors. The text is fun to read, especially during the war. My two favorite lines: “The Reeses loaded their pieces,” and “The M&Ms started rapping.” Reading the book is just the beginning of the fun. The website FrankTLFroggandfriends.com has a lot more, even a narrated multimedia version!

I definitely recommend War at the Ice Cream Store, and I can’t wait to read with to my grandchildren.

About the Authors

Cheryl is an award-winning songwriter, children’s song recording artist (as the cartoon character CADi Grace), and the co-creator of the puppet musical and comedy show, The Waterhole Bunch. After the success of The Waterhole Bunch, Cheryl along with co-creator Dave Gibson, spun off the main character, Frank TL (The Lucky) Frogg, into a children’s entertainment concept, Frank TL Frogg and Friends, featuring the puppets in a magical town called Lucky Fork, Tennessee. Frank TL Frogg and Friends includes books, songs, videos, games, and more for younger audiences. War at the Ice Cream Store is the first of the Frank TL Frogg and Friends children’s book series.

Dave is an award-winning Nashville-based songwriter, having written hundreds of hit songs for artists including Alabama, Montgomery Gentry and Marie Osmond. Dave’s own group, The Gibson/Miller Band, won the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award for best new group in the early nineties. He is the co-creator of the puppet musical and comedy show, The Waterhole Bunch. After the success of The Waterhole Bunch, Dave, along with co-creator Cheryl DaVeiga, spun off the main character, Frank TL (The Lucky) Frogg, into a children’s entertainment concept, Frank TL Frogg and Friends, featuring the puppets in a magical town called Lucky Fork, Tennessee. Frank TL Frogg and Friends includes books, songs, videos, games, and more for younger audiences. War at the Ice Cream Store is the first of the Frank TL Frogg and Friends children’s book series.


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Book Review & Giveaway: Dragons Don’t Dance Ballet by Jennifer Carson

Book Title:  Dragons Don’t Dance Ballet by Jennifer Carson
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  36 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Vinal Publishing
Release date:   December 8, 2020
Content Rating:  G for everyone.


Book Description:

Esmeralda Dragon works the spotlight at the Metropolitan Ballet, but what she really wants to do is dance. Encouraged by her friend Harold to audition, Esmeralda takes a leap of faith only to discover that she doesn’t quite fit in with the other ballerinas. But Esmerelda isn’t ready to give up–and neither is Harold! Dragons Don’t Dance Ballet is a whimsical picture book that challenges body image expectations and encourages little ones to go for their dreams.


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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.

Esmerelda Dragon isn’t your typical ballerina but when Harold encourages her to try out, he gives her the encouragement she needs. Even when the other ballerinas think that she’s failed, she learns that Harold was right.

What a fun book to read! The illustrations are vibrant and children will enjoy watching Esmerelda as she seems to dance off the pages. The story is sweet as well and teaches children that they should go for their dreams and that being different isn’t just okay, it can be great!

I definitely recommend Dragons Don’t Dance Ballet, and I can’t wait to read this to my grandson!

About the Author

Jennifer Carson lives in Michigan with her husband, four sons and many furry friends. She grew up on a steady diet of Muppet movies and Renaissance faires and would occasionally be caught reading under the blankets with a flashlight. Besides telling tales, Jennifer likes to create fantasy creatures and characters and publishes her own sewing patterns. Her artwork and patterns can be seen online at thedragoncharmer.com.

Jennifer’s work has been featured in national magazines including: Cloth, Paper, Scissors, Faerie Magazine, Soft Dolls and Animals, Teddy Bear and Friends, and Dolls United.Jennifer’s work has been featured in national magazines including: Cloth, Paper, Scissors, Faerie Magazine, Soft Dolls and Animals, Teddy Bear and Friends, and Dolls United.

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Book Review: The Day Teo Put His Toys Away by Laura Lane

Full of color with wonderful illustrations this book draw you into the story about cute small bear.
The main lessons of the story to teach children to help parents, to tidy up their toys and to keep their rooms clean.

Every page of this book provides parents with advice how to teach their children to be responsible and organized.

This cute story is intended to be read aloud to kids 3-5 years old.

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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.

Teo is a little bear who loves to play with his many toys, but when it comes time to put them away, he procrastinates. His parents come up with a great way to not only get him to clean up his toys, but they teach him that there are consequences to his actions (or non-action).

I love children’s books that teach a lesson and have a good story. I can see parents going a stop further and saying, “You don’t want to lose your toys like Teo almost did, do you?” What a great tool!

The Day Teo Put His Toys Away teaches a great lesson in a creative way, it has a cute story, and the illustrations on every page are vibrant and colorful.

About the Author

Laura Lane is writer and creator of children’s books. She is a wife, PhD and mother of two energetic boys who love books. She has been writing since she was in University. Firstly she writes scientific literature but then she became inspired to start writing and illustrating children books. She saw a need for a book that can help nurture the key traits in children: trust, patience, responsibility, empathy, self-reliance.
She loves kids and tries to spread messages of love, faith, hope, health, and happiness. She hopes that her stories help children to become the best that they can be.
When she isn’t writing she is baking amazing pies or traveling to new places together with husband and kids!

Book Review: Hello Dark by John Coxhead

Title: Hello Dark
Author: John Coxhead
Release Date: 26th May 2020
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 104
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Welcoming and becoming comfortable with the dark is such an important thing for children to learn. Simply by saying ‘Hello Dark’ has proven – in the author’s experience – to be a fun, engaging way of overcoming the worries and fears of the dark. This delightful story for children aged 5 to 8 can help support them at bedtime and during the day.

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53550570-hello-dark

Amazon Link:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hello-Dark-John-Coxhead-ebook/dp/B088WL38DC

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.

Hello Dark is a cute children’s book about a young boy who is afraid of the dark. When his dad realizes this, he teaches him to say, “Hello Dark,” whenever he has to go into a dark room. It works so well, that he teaches his little sister to do it, too.

This is a cute story that’s helpful, too (my favorite kind of book for young children). It gives a fun way to help children deal with fear of the dark. It has illustrations that will keep the attention of youngsters as well.

About the Author

John Coxhead’s first entrance into the world of Children’s writing is the heart-warming book Hello Dark.

This self-help tactic created by John Coxhead has been widely successful, a tactic using repetition, subliminal messaging and most importantly humour. Welcoming and becoming comfortable with the dark is such an important tactic, Hello Dark has proven to be a fun, engaging method that overcomes worries and fears of the Dark. Eradicating these issues, via repetition in different scenarios is key to this method. Please remember to repeat Hello Dark in normal day-to-day life allowing this to be subconsciously embedded.

As we get older and see so many things, our mind records images, along with emotion, matching feelings with moments in time, smells, feelings, fears, and sounds. When the mind captures a moment as an image or remembers a sound that it has seen or heard before, the feeling can repeat, as human our fight or flight mechanism is there for a reason, however we can overthink these feelings. Fundamentally changing the emotion that we related to different situations is key in changing the way you feel about a certain matter. Simply saying ‘Hello Dark’ will evoke happy, warm, family feelings of comfort and humour, allowing the mind to feel safe and changes your child’s mind in relation to the Dark with these warm feelings, replacing feelings of panic, fears and anxiety.

What has been a wonderful feeling is seeing so many children enjoying reading Hello Dark, but also the comments from Parents, Grandparent, Auntie ‘s and Uncles, Brothers and Sisters who have shared their experiences with John. Lastly, the highlight of this book is John’s Children, who firstly benefited from the technique created, but now want to tell others about Hello Dark. John will never forget the moment he and his partner overheard Freddie saying to his little sister Harper, ‘don’t worry Harper I know a trick, just say Hello Dark and everything will be fine’, followed by both of them saying Hello Dark, a moment filed with joyous emotion, they both smiled and that’s when he knew he had to write this book.

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Book Review: ‘Twas the Night by Marin

Title: ‘TWAS THE NIGHT
Author: Marin
Publisher: Fontreal
Pages: 32
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Book Blurb

‘TWAS THE NIGHT is a wordless book that “tells” a heartwarming and inspirational Christmas story. The illustrations gift each reader, young and young at heart, the opportunity to reimagine the Season’s wonder, and the freedom “to script” (if they choose to) their own lines to go with the images. Keep dreaming big!

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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 beautiful book! ‘Twas the Night is full of illustrations that will touch your heart. It tells a sweet Christmas story with no words. It would be a great gift for anyone of any age that can be enjoyed over and over.

I definitely recommend ‘Twas the Night. I also found the information about the author quite interesting.

About the Author

My name is Marin and I was a child a very long time ago. My father passed away when I was one year old. My mother remarried and I was raised by my loving (but strict!) grandparents. After losing their son, they were terrified by the thought of losing their grandson. For this reason, they didn’t let me play on the street, swim in the nearby pond or explore the forest with the rest of the kids. This was also the reason I learned to read and write long before I went to school. My grandparents surrounded me with books. Books became my imaginary parents and my fictional friends. Apart from my genetic building blocks, books also came to be the main component in my development as a creative, compassionate and competitive individual.

I studied nuclear physics, art, and literature, but I enjoyed art the most. As a young artist, I was eager to succeed, winning prizes from various countries. I later became a partner in an advertising agency and switched my attention to serving clients. My last award was somewhere in the early nineties – The Best in the West by Corel Draw Corporation.

Oh, a few more boring things about me: I do not drive, I do not drink carbonated beverages, I have never consumed food from McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC or any other fast food restaurant, I do not have a mobile phone, I have never used legal or illegal drugs (except Gravol when I fly), and I have never visited my GP (much to the disapproval of my wife).

I read. I read every day. I am what I am today because of books. This publishing house is my little “thank you” to all of them.

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Book Review: Wonder Walk by Ilham Alam

Get out there with the curious Johnny and his patient Mommy, in this colourful, rhyming book, celebrating all the wonders of the everyday world. What do they see? What do they hear? What do they talk about?

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My Review

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

Johnny and his mommy go on a walk and see many things that we see every day. He’s wide-eyed with excitement and full of questions that Mommy is happy to answer.

Young children will enjoy the rhyming verse and the vibrant colors of Wonder Walk. It’s a short, cute, and colorful book to read to youngsters.

This example is one of my favorite pages:

About the Author

ILHAM ALAM was born in Kuwait City, Kuwait, in 1986 to expatriate parents. She lived there until 1997 when she alongside her family emigrated to Toronto, Canada. It was in Canada, while attending elementary school, that she was recognized for crafting simple themes and weaving words into engaging stories, which she has continued to do ever since.

At the University of Toronto, Ilham followed her love of stories by pursuing a degree in English Literature. She also wrote for Canada’s largest student newspaper, The Varsity, at this time.

Wonder Walk is Ilham’s first published book. Her short story also appears in Just Words Volume II and the Canadian Literary Arts Magazine, Blank Spaces. She lives in Toronto with her family, which includes a 20lb cat named Beauty.

Ilham believes that in order to be a writer, one needs to be a voracious reader and experience diverse genres and styles of writing, as well.

You can follow Ilham on the following platforms:

INSTAGRAM: @storymummy86
TWITTER: @IlhamAl50397575