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

Book Review: Lonely Crocodile by Alex May

Have you ever seen such a cute crocodile as on the cover of this book? This story happened to one crocodile named Croco. He was different from his brothers and sisters. Croco loved fruits and wanted to find a friend more than anything else.Rhyming touching story will not leave you and your child indifferent. This book is about friendship and kindness.To create this story an author was inspired by the drawing of her 4 year old daughter.  

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My Review

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

The Lonely Crocodile is Croco, and he wants to have a friend to play with, but everyone is afraid of crocodiles. His brother explains that crocodiles are mean and meant to be alone, so Croco will never have any friends. Instead of giving up, Croco decides to pretend he’s not a crocodile. What will happen when his new friend finds out he’s really a crocodile?

This is a cute rhyming story with vibrant color illustrations by Nina Gvozdeva. It also contains an important lesson for children to look at what is on the inside of a person, not the outside. It would keep the interest of any 3-7 year old, and I plan on saving it to read to my grandson when he’s a little older.

The picture that inspired Alex May’s story (drawn by her daughter when she was 4 years old).

About the Author

Alex May is a mother of a nice 6 year old girl. All the stories she creates are inspired by events from the life of her child. Her books for children are full of meaning and humor. Her beautiful illustrations and magical stories not only stimulate the imaginations of young children but also inspire and educate them.

Alex May is dedicated to helping parents teach their children great values and life lessons in an easy to understand manner.

Book Review: Lily Doesn’t Want to Sleep by Alex May

This is a story about a little girl called Lily. One night, last summer, she had just gone to bed, but she could not sleep. Well, the truth is, she did not want to sleep and that was it!
Will little Lily finally fall asleep? 

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My Review

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

Lily doesn’t want to go sleep and decides that her bed is uncomfortable. She tries out other places that the animals around her home sleep and realizes that her maybe her bed isn’t so uncomfortable after all.

This is a cute bedtime story with colorful illustrations by Nina Gvozdeva. It also teaches the different ways some animals sleep. I’m sure it would keep the interest of any 3-7 year old, and I plan on saving it for my grandson who’s not quite old enough yet.

About the Author

Alex May is a mother of a nice 6 year old girl. All the stories she creates are inspired by events from the life of her child. Her books for children are full of meaning and humor. Her beautiful illustrations and magical stories not only stimulate the imaginations of young children but also inspire and educate them.

Alex May is dedicated to helping parents teach their children great values and life lessons in an easy to understand manner.

Book Review: The Dream of the Tortoise by Nyako Nakar

Title: The Dream of the Tortoise

Author: Nyako Nakar

Release Date: 30th April 2019

Genre: Picture Book

Page Count: 36

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45360211-the-dream-of-the-tortoise

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dream-Tortoise-Nyako-Nakar-ebook/dp/B07QP2GB4C

 

Summary:

This is the story of a tortoise with very big dreams.

 

 

My Review

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

The Dream of the Tortoise is about a tortoise who has always dreamed of swimming in the ocean. With the help of a glow-worm, she makes it to the ocean but when she tries to swim, she sinks to the bottom and almost dies. Fortunately, there are a couple of turtles who save her. 

She talks to a wise old tortoise who tells her what she needs to do, but no matter how much she tries, she fails and almost dies. Finally, she figures out how to swim and spends the rest of her night living her dream.

The Dream of the Tortoise is a cute story with nice illustrations. Not only is it cute but it teaches children to reach for their dreams.

 

 

 

About the Author

When I was a child, I had many problems in school. I had a hard time concentrating and committing things to memory and was hyperactive – characteristics that would be recognised today as typical of someone with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

I sat as far back as possible in the class and while the teacher talked and talked about things that I didn’t understand, I drew – though from a distance the teacher may have thought I was making notes on what he was saying. Quite often the teacher noticed and punished me or expelled me from class.

I had a lot of imagination and that helped me to create many different stories.

Later, after studying graphic design and working in advertising, I changed course and decided to dedicate myself to theatre and dance. I studied at the Theatre Institute of Barcelona and soon after I joined The Lindsay Kemp Company, where I worked for many years and in parallel created my own theatre company.

In the 1990’s I left the theatre and immersed myself once again in graphic design, starting to work on 3D computer design programmes.

I am also very interested in the world of meditation and healing and I travelled all over the world, getting to know other cultures and investigating Shamanism, especially in India and Mexico. I conducted many workshops in Spain on how to use silence to encourage creativity.

Today I continue to love the world of drawing and children’s stories and I have many drawings and writings to edit in the future.

Since 2017 I have lived in London and found the peace and tranquillity to work and to make my dreams come true.

 

Website: http://www.nyakonakar.com/start.html

 

 

 

 

Book Review & Giveaway: A Christmas Story of Light by Ora Smith


God’s light shines in all of His creations, from the Star of Bethlehem, to the angel proclaiming Christ’s birth, to the Son of God Himself—the light of the world.

Through this light, He illuminates darkness, gives us guidance, and shows us how to love one another.


Experience the rich artwork and inspirational messages of A Christmas Story of Light this holiday season and let God’s light bring you the brightness of hope.

 

 

 

 

 

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 illustrations in A Christmas Story of Light are absolutely gorgeous. Children and adults alike would enjoy them throughout the season. The message that the author conveys about Jesus being the reason for Christmas is a great one and can never be told too often. I’m not sure what age this book is supposed to be for but even with the beautiful illustrations, it won’t keep the attention of children. There are a lot of words here for children to read or to listen to. Even so, I may get a hard copy of this book for Christmases to come just for the illustrations.

My favorite page:

 

 

 

About the Author

Ora is an artist, genealogist, seamstress, lover of a good book, traveler, antiquer, upcycler, and history buff. She’s one of those people who always has a project she’s excited about. Although she’s lived in Arizona since 1986, she spent her early life in Lake Tahoe, California, where her passion to write blossomed on a tranquil riverbank with a beautiful backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
She recently received her Master of Arts in Nonfiction Creative Writing at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. She also writes children’s books and historical fiction. In 2013, she placed first in a short-story writing contest sponsored by Writers Unite to Fight Cancer, in partnership with the Virginia G. Piper Creative Writing Center at Arizona State University. Her historical novel, White Oak River, won first place in the 2017 Phoenix Rattler Contest sponsored by Christian Writers of the West (an ACFW affiliate).
Ora’s been a wife and mother for more than thirty-six years, raising four sons and one daughter. She has the three cutest grandchildren in existence.
For more than twenty years Ora’s taught family history research at conferences and to individuals. Read an article she wrote for the online magazine, Almost an Author, about “Using Ancestor’s Stories in Fiction.” Also visit her blog, Writing About Ancestors, to learn how you can write about your ancestors.
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As a mother, genealogist, artist, and faithful follower of Jesus Christ, Ora blends her understanding and unique skills to create faith inspired stories that she hopes will give others an added testimony of God’s goodness.

 

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Book Review: Mr. Finley’s Amazing Umbrella by Chris Divine

MR FINLEY LOVES CAR BOOT SALES. ONE FATEFUL DAY AND ONE LUCKY FIND LATER AND MR FINLEY HAS THE CHANCE TO BRING PEOPLE HOPE. WILL IT WORK?

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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.

Mr. Finely’s Amazing Umbrella is creative and beautifully illustrated. It teaches children about the different areas in the world that are in serious need of rain as well how amazing it feels to help others.

With all of the vibrant colors, it would definitely keep the attention of a young child. Older children who can read will enjoy it too because the text is simple and the illustrations are not only colorful but a little quirky. I would suggest an edit though since there are quite a few errors.

 

 

About the Author

Hi, my name is Chris Divine and I live in the South Wales valleys of the U.K. A Plasterer by trade I’m also a singer/songwriter which is my passion. I have won awards for some of my songs but soon after my daughter was born I started reading her bedtime stories and soon progressed to telling her my own stories which she loved. I thought the stories were good enough for other children to enjoy so I set about having beautiful illustrations done by a professional illustrator.

The stories I put in print are a fairytale, enchanting and educational, about animals, the environment and how we live today. They are magical and catch the imagination of children.

Book Review: Goodnight, Monster Jim by Dominic Velasco

Is your toddler in need of a positive bedtime story to immerse in a good night sleep?
Are you on the lookout for a positive children´s book that will relax, entertain and educate your kid when night comes?
Positive, funny, colorful and with eye-catching printing,Goodnight Monster Jim will take your little angel to a fascinating travel to the world of dreams.
 

A Whole World Of Dreams Opens Up! 

Follow together the adventures of naughty Monster Jim in his quest for happiness, through a motivational kids’ book that teaches, inspires and guides through example! 
The quality printing and the eye-catching, imaginative pictures make this positive book a must-read for toddlers and young boys and girls and an excellent gift choice. 
It is a short and easy-to-read inspirational book for kids that will teach your little adventurer perseverance, discipline and confidence to pursue their dreams.

Purchase Link: https://www.amazon.com/GOODNIGHT-Childrens-Goodnight-Children-Learning-ebook/dp/B07C337Y1F

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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.

Goodnight, Monster Jim has some adorable and colorful illustrations as well as a positive message. It teaches that we should pursue our dreams, and we can achieve them if we work hard. I do suggest a good edit, though. There is repetition and there are a couple of grammar/punctuation issues. 

This picture of Jim and his mommy is an example of the cute illustrations: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author

Dominic Velasco, a man who loves children and, even more, likes to create different colorful books for them.
Dominic came up with the idea that he can create wonderful books for children and their parents. In accordance with this, he decided to create a company KidBooks to produce various children’s books in a variety of genres.