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Book Review: Mama Graciela’s Secret by Mayra Calvani

21 Nov

Mamá Graciela’s Secret

Publication date: October 10, 2017

Written by Mayra Calvani

Illustrated by Sheila Fein

MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing

http://www.maclaren-cochranepublishing.com

36 pages, 3-7 year olds

Reading guide at: www.MayrasSecretBookcase.com

 

Description

Mamá Graciela’s TENDER, CRUNCHY, SPICY bacalaítos fritos are the best in town…

Local customers (including stray cats!) come from all over the island to enjoy her secret recipe. But when the Inspector discovers that Mamá secretly caters to so many cats and he threatens to close her tiny restaurant, Mamá must come up with a plan to save it—and all of the animals she loves.

Available on Amazon.

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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.

Mamá Graciela’s Secret is a wonderful story about Mamá Graciela’s love for animals. She has to make a decision about what to do when the health inspector says they’re going to have to shut down her restaurant because of all of her cats. I like how her husband says he will support whatever she decides. She comes up with a solution that works out for everyone.

The illustrations are beautiful with vibrant colors that will keep the attention of young children. The story teaches about love of both animals and people. It also teaches about making decisions that are creative. It’s a great book to read aloud!

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About the Author

Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her children’s picture book, Frederico the Mouse Violinist was a finalist in the 2011 International Book Awards; her anthology Latina Authors and Their Muses was a First Place winner at the 2016 International Latino Book Awards; her nonfiction book, The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing, was a Foreword Best Book of the Year winner. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications like The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, Bloomsbury Review, and others.

She lives in Belgium with her husband of 30+ years, two wonderful kids, and her three beloved pets. When she’s not writing, editing, reading or reviewing, she enjoys walking with her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family. www.MayrasSecretBookcase.com

 

 

 

About the Illustrator

Born in Queens, New York and living in Los Angeles since 1987, Sheila Fein has always been inspired by the changing world around her. Earning her BA in Design from Buffalo State College of New York, her concentration was on drawing, painting, printmaking, and photography. Sheila’s education as an artist has taken her everywhere from Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia to Bath University in England. Today, Sheila Fein runs two figurative workshops, Imaginings Sketch in LA and People Sketchers in Thousand Oaks. She has been featured in numerous collections, magazines, books, solo and group exhibitions. Her paintings and drawings reside in public and private collections. Sheila loves to make the imagination of others a reality and has done so through her commissioned Fein Fantasy Portraits and Interactive Paintings. In addition to being a fine artist Sheila works as an illustrator. She just completed the book “Mama Graciela’s Secret” for Maclaren-Cochrane Publishing.

 

 

ISBN Dyslexic Font Version:

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**This book also has version printed in the Dyslexic font, the typeface for people with dyslexia. Go to http://www.dyslexiefont.com to find out more about the typeface.

 

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Book Review: Monsters Love Worms by Darla J. Cullen

10 Nov

 

Morchella, a monster, wants her own pet Annelid, but her parents say no. When her mother is injured and Morchella chooses to care for her, she is rewarded with a surprise.

Available on Amazon.

 

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.

Monsters Love Worms is an adorable children’s book about Morchella. She’s a young monster who wants her own pet worm. Her parents don’t believe she’s responsible enough to have a pet because she gets sidetracked whenever she is supposed to be doing chores. When her mom is injured, she has to step up and take care of things for a while, which is appreciated by all. 

This book has colorful illustrations, many full-page, and it is easy to read for young children. It’s a cute story and it teaches about being responsible. I also liked Morchella’s appreciation of the nature around her.

 

About the Author

Darla J. Cullen imagines a world where all children learn how loved and cherished they are. Her life mission is to create enjoyable content for children that helps them feel the love of God. Fun and joy and love is what she is going for.

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Review & Giveaway: Alycat and the Monday Blues by Alysson Foti Bourque

28 Sep

Book Title: Alycat and the Monday Blues by Alysson Foti Bourque
Illustrations by: Chiara Civati
Category: Children’s Fiction, 32 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: Sept 12, 2017
Tour dates: Sept 18 to Oct 6, 2017
Content Rating: G (appropriate for all audiences)

 

Book Description

Alycat wakes up with the dreaded Monday Blues and is certain that nothing will go right. But when a mishap sends her astray, she discovers that helping a friend will help her discover her own hidden talent—curing her Monday Blues.

 

My Review

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

It’s Monday morning and Alycat doesn’t want to go to school. She admits to her mother that she has the Monday Blues and her mom makes it clear that she has to go whether she feels like it or not. Alycat is also worried about finding a talent for the talent show on Tuesday and her mom tells her that she’ll figure something out, she always does.

Alycat’s mom is right, she does figure something out with her friend Spotty. She ends up happy that she went to school and the next day they’re a hit at the talent show.

Alycat and the Monday Blues is not only a cute book with bright and adorable pictures but it also teaches children that we all have talent. It’s a good book to help children learn about self worth.

 

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 About the Author 

Alysson Foti Bourque is the author of the Rhyme or ReasonTravel series, and the multi-award winning Alycat series. Alysson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a law degree from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge. She believes that there is an Alycat in all of us, encouraging our imaginations to guide us through new opportunities and adventures.

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Book Review: Henry and the Hidden Treasure by BCR Fegan

4 Aug

Henry and the Hidden Treasure is an imaginative adventure a young child has in defending his pocket money against his little sister. Henry constructs elaborate defensive measures that he is sure will stand up to the clever ambitions of Lucy. Little does he know, Lucy has a few tricks of her own.

With a focus on introducing children to the use of ordinal numbers, Henry and the Hidden Treasure also draws out some important qualities of being a kid – such as creativity, the value of listening to parental advice, and of course, being nice to your sister.

Available on Amazon, B&N, Publisher.

 

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.

What an adorable children’s book! Henry and the Hidden Treasure is about a boy who wants to hide his money from his sister instead of putting it in the bank, which his parents want him to do. He has such a wonderful imagination that his “treasure” is definitely secure, or so he thinks. 

The illustrations by Lenny Wen are colorful and will keep any child’s attention. They go along with Henry’s imagination very well. There’s not a lot of text, but there’s just the right amount to teach children the power of imagination and the use of ordinal numbers. This would be a fun book to read aloud. I may have to get a copy of this book for my niece for Christmas. She’ll love it!

 

About the Author

BCR Fegan is an award-winning author who has written a number of fairy tales and fantasies for children and young adults.

Raised on a small hobby farm only minutes from some of Australia’s greatest beaches, Fegan grew up inspired by the power of natures ambience. From the intensity of the frequent summer storms, to the overwhelming serenity of a lonely beach in the early hours of the morning. His ravenous appetite for both reading and writing soon saw him drawing on the transformational influence of the world around him to craft short stories, poems and picture books.

As time wore on, Fegan also found inspiration in the magic and depth of authors and compositors like Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault. He was mesmerised by the potency of small but beautiful phrases that were carefully carved from the minds of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Robert Frost. He grew to appreciate the worlds meticulously created by David Eddings, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis.

Eventually, he began to forge his own complete works. Weaving his own magic, piecing together his own phrases and crafting his own worlds. Agonising over plots that would inspire, characters that would be loved and circumstances that would delight. In time, his efforts saw a number of children’s books and young adult fiction produced. Through the efforts of TaleBlade Press, these works are now being published with that same careful dedication.

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Book Review: Bravo and Elphie by Hagit Oron & Or Oron

24 Jul

 

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Bravo, Elphie’s new pet, is stuck on top of the red slide.
Elphie never climbs the red slide. It’s so high, its goes all the way into the sky.
But now he needs to brace himself and gather up his courage to rescue Bravo.
Good thing he never leaves the house without his cape!
Join Elphie and Bravo on this colorful bittersweet adventure.

Available on Amazon.

 

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book from the author for an honest review. I had read Elphie and Dad Go on an Epic Adventure earlier this year and was happy to read this one as well because I was impressed by it.

Bravo and Elphie is a great book for young children. The colors are so bright and really catch your eye. The story is also a good one. Elphie gets a pet rat, named Bravo, from his mom and they decide to go to the park to play. Poor Bravo gets stuck at the top of the slide. Elphie has never gone down the slide because it’s so scary but he has to save Bravo!

Elphie learns an important lesson about facing his fears. Even though he was scared going down the slide, he was able to do it. What a great lesson for young children to learn!

Bravo and Elphie is a cute story that will keep the attention of young children because of the story and the colorful pictures.

 

About the Authors

B12vcCTIG0S._UX250_Hagit R & Or Oron are a mother and daughter who love to create, imagine, laugh and have fun together.
Hagit R is an electronics engineer. She writes computer code by day, but when she takes off her suit she lets her imagination run wild. Really, it takes her to such weird places, words aren’t able to describe.
Or is a graphic designer by day and an illustrator by night. Imagination is the biggest tool in her toolbox. Really, it’s as big as a continent.
Together they are an undefeatable team. Their mission is to bring joy and happiness to kids and parents all around the world.
How? One picture book at a time.

 

 

Book Review: Elphie and Dad go on an Epic Adventure by Hagit Oron

17 Feb

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But dad is cautious.
Is Dad going to join Elphie on his quest or is the trip to the shop going to be dull and boring?
Join Elphie and Dad to find out!

“Elphie and Dad go on an epic adventure” is a fun beautifully illustrated book that addresses kids and parents alike. It shows how you can transform everyday chores into exciting adventures.
Bonus! Free gift for every buyer: an illustrated booklet with an extra-special-epic-adventure chocolate milk recipe for kids and their dads to make together.

Available on Amazon.

 

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book from the author for an honest review.

Elphie and Dad go on an Epic Adventure is a great book for young children. The colors are so bright and really catch your eye. The story is also a good one. Elphie’s dad wants to go to the store to get milk so that they can make chocolate milk. Elphie wants chocolate milk but he doesn’t like going to the store because it’s boring, so he decides to make it into an epic adventure.

Every time Elphie tries to do something on the way to the store, his dad tells him it’s too dangerous or he might hurt himself. Then, when Dad is distracted by his cell phone, Elphie does almost get hurt! Both Elphie and Dad learn an important lesson. Elphie learns that it’s important to listen to Dad. Dad learns that there are more important things than talking on the phone. On the way home from the store, Dad and Elphie DO have an epic adventure together!

Elphie and Dad go on an Epic Adventure is a cute story that will keep the attention of young children. It not only teaches lessons to both the parent and the child but also inspires creativity.

Book Review: The Poofiest Pong by Katherine Graham

7 Jul

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The Poofiest PongTitle: The Poofiest Pong
Author: Katherine Graham
Publisher: Katherine Graham
Pages: 18
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Format: Kindle

How do you measure the poofiness of your pongs? This is a question that baffles Max, the budding inventor. But with the help of his pong-o-meter and his little brother’s farts, Max and Billy are well on their way to blasting off for an adventure in outer space.

For More Information

The Poofiest Pong is available at Amazon.

 

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

This is a book that boys will love. I have 3 sons and they all think farts are hilarious: the louder and the stinkier, the better. Even now that they’re in they’re twenties, I think they’d have fun reading this book. 

The Poofiest Pong is mostly about farts but it is also encourages children to use their imagination. Max is a young inventor who is capable of making a pong-o-meter that measures farts. Once he verifies that his little brother has the poofiest pongs, he decides to use that pong power to blast off into space. The boys go on an exciting adventure all with the help of Billy’s powerful farts!

I think children, especially boys, would get a kick out of this book.

 

About the Author

Katherine GrahamA journalist by training, Katherine Graham writes regularly for a number of South African magazines. She has published three children’s e-booksThe Dummy FairyAlfonso the Tooth Mouse and The Poofiest Pong. The Lemon Tree, which was longlisted for the Golden Baobab Prize in 2014, is due to be published by Penguin Random House next year. She lives in possibly the world’s most beautiful city, Cape Town, is married with two boys and a ginger cat, and loves peaceful, uninterrupted moments sipping tea and reading.

 

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Book Review: Manual for Marco by Shaila Abdullah

19 Feb

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ManualForMarco_coverTitle: A Manual For Marco: Living, Learning, and Laughing With an Autistic Sibling

Author: Shaila Abdullah

Illustrators: Iman Tejpar & Shaila Abdullah

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Date Published: February 1, 2015

About the Book

Pages from the diary of an eight-year old girl who decides to make a list of all the things she likes and dislikes about dealing with her autistic brother, and in doing so realizes that she has created A Manual for Marco.

 

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

I really like this book! It’s a children’s book narrated by Sophie, who has a brother named Marco who has autism. Sophie decides to keep a journal about the special and not so special things about Marco. She describes how Marco is different, such as his genius with numbers or that he hides things of hers or that he thrives on routine. What Sophie eventually realizes is that she has written A Manual for Marco.

A Manual for Marco is not only a good book for children to read to help them understand other children with special needs, but it’s also a good book for adults. It even has tips for parents at the end.

There are photos of the family that the book is based on at the end of the book and some information about the members of the family. I thought this was a good addition to the story. It makes Marco and his family more real.

 

About the Author

Shaila_AbdullahShaila Abdullah is an award-winning author and designer based in Austin, Texas. She has written five books: Saffron Dreams, Beyond the Cayenne Wall, My Friend Suhana, Rani in Search of a Rainbow, and A Manual for Marco. The author has received several awards for her work including the Golden Quill Award and Patras Bukhari Award for English Language. Several academic institutions have adopted her books as course study or recommended reading, including the University of California, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Indiana University, Boston University, California State University, and George Washington University.  Learn more about the author at http://www.ShailaAbdullah.com

Website: http://shailaabdullah.com/

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Review: The Bunny Buffet by Emily Elizabeth Housley, Michelle Lanoue (Illustrations)

4 Sep

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Title: The Bunny Buffet

Author:  Emily Elizabeth Housley

Illustrator: Michelle Lanoue

Genre:  Children 

Publisher:  Createspace

Publication Date:  August 20, 2013

Description: Inspired by Sandra Boynton and Dr. Seuss, The Bunny Buffet is a rollicking, fun-loving visit to a bounty of delights for bunnies…your backyard! Join the O’Shay bunny family on their tour of a backyard buffet as they show you all of the treats they enjoy. Written in rhyming verse, this book will teach children how to pronounce both easy and challenging words while they view the stunning illustrations. Sure to delight readers of all ages; there’s something here for everyone. Not to be missed!     

Review: 

This is a cute children’s book that anyone would enjoy reading. It’s not just in rhyming verse, every verse in the book rhymes. It also has great illustrations. 

My favorite verses in the book were: “I hope you forgive the wordplay, I had to convince you someway, There was absolutely no time to delay, You wouldn’t want to miss this soiree!” How cute is that?

I definitely recommend this book especially if you have small children. It would be a fun book to read to your child. Available on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Review: Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier

22 Mar

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 Title: Bear and Bee

 Author:  Sergio Ruzzier

 Genre:  Children ages 2-5

 Publisher:  Hyperion Books

 Publication Date:  March 2013

 Description: A picture book about a bear and a bee. The bear wants to find some honey but he’s afraid that he’ll run into a bee! He doesn’t realize he’s talking to a bee.

     

Review: 

What an adorable book! Not only does it have great pictures and a cute story, but it teaches a good lesson about misconception and unreasonable fear. If I had young children I’d keep this book for myself.

I highly recommend this book. You can order your new copy from Sleepygirl’s Used Books here.

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