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Book Review: The Dream of the Tortoise by Nyako Nakar

7 May

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

 

 

 

 

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

18 Dec

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

15 Nov

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

1 Aug

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.

 

Book Review: LaLa Feels Blah-La by Tela Kayne

9 Jul

 

Title: LALA FEELS BLAH-LA
Author: Tela Kayne
Publisher: The Virtue Agency
Pages: 30
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

BOOK BLURB:

Welcome to LaLa’s World: Where kids learn how to be the change!

In this newly released children’s book, “LaLa Feels Blah-La,” a young girl and her stuffed bear wake up feeling blah for no apparent reason. LaLa’s mom teaches her to be mindful of her feelings and turn her mood around with the flip of a coin. Perfect for young readers, LaLa Feels Blah-La , teaches children to be more mindful of their feelings and manage their mood swings.

 

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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.

LaLa Feels Blah-La is about a morning when LaLa wakes up in a bad mood. She’s grumpy and she wants to stay that way. Her mom, however, doesn’t want that and explains to LaLa that she doesn’t have to be grumpy; she is in charge of how she feels.

Not only does LaLa Feels Blah-La have colorful full page pictures that will keep the attention of youngsters, but it has a cute story that includes a message. It’s the perfect kind of children’s book! This one is going to my granddaughter.

 

 

Book Excerpt:

Lala wakes up and feels rotten, but she’s not sure why. She’s not sick, and the sun is shining. Lala is blah-la.

 

She stomps downstairs for breakfast. 

 

Stomp, stomp, stomp.

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About the Author

 

As the daughter of a librarian, Tela Kayne grew up reading countless literary works of all genres in quiet corners of the local library. She developed the love of writing at an early age, penning theatrical productions that were performed in the family living room for an audience of loved ones. She officially began her creative career as a young actress in Atlanta, having appeared on stage in a variety of roles including Puck of Midsummer Night’s Dream and Alice in Alice in Wonderland.

After graduating college Summa Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and working a short stint in the “real world,” she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film. After securing her Screen Actor’s Guild membership through appearances on television shows like G vs E, The Parkers and Get Real as well as films like Down to You, Almost Famous, and Disney’s The Kid, she decided to garner more behind-the-camera experience. She secured internships at Scott Rudin Productions, one of Hollywood’s most prolific and demanding producers and Mostow Lieberman Productions (U-571) at Universal Studios. She soon accepted a paid position with executive producer Chris Sievernich and discovered her love of screenplay development, running the coverage department for Kinowelt USA and assisting in the development of projects like Nurse Betty, The Wedding Planner and Welcome to Collinwood. After several years of working in Hollywood, she returned home to Atlanta in 2001 to focus on a career in strategic marketing.

As president and founder of The Virtue Agency, an integrated content development and marketing agency, Tela has spent the last fifteen years writing content and maximizing brand exposure and engagement for clients. She has authored articles that appear on MarketWatch (WSJ), Yahoo! Finance, MNN.com, EWG.org, and HealthyChild.org. She is also entering into the literary world with the release of LaLa Feels Blah-La, Book 1 of her debut children’s series, LaLa’s World.

 

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Book Review: The Angry Dragon by Michael Gordon

19 Jun

George has a pet dragon called Joe. Joe always gets angry when he doesn’t get what he wants, or when things don’t go his way. Little boy tries to show his friend, that being angry is not normal. In the end, Dragon understands that treating others with kindness is the best way to go. 

Warning: Cuteness Overload!
This children’s book contains illustrations of a cute dragon. Lots of them. Enjoy these little sweeties, perfect alongside beautiful rhymes. 

Available on Amazon

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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 Angry Dragon is about George and his friend Joe. Joe gets upset easily when George tries to tell him the right thing to do or if something doesn’t go his way. Through patience and kindness, George teaches Joe that being angry doesn’t help the situation.

The illustrations in The Angry Dragon are cute and colorful and will keep the attention of young children. The text is in rhymes and teaches youngsters that being angry isn’t the best way to deal with things. There are even a couple of pages at the end for children to color. This is definitely a book that young children and their caregivers will enjoy!

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Joe and George

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About the Author

Michael Gordon is the talented author of several highly rated children’s books including the popular Sleep Tight, Little Monster, and the Animal Bedtime. 

He collaborates with famous Kids Book Press that creates picture books for people of all ages to enjoy. Michael’s goal is to create books that are engaging, funny, and inspirational for children of all ages and their parents.

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Go to Sleep! by Marion Adams

29 May

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Go To Sleep!

Tansy the sheep can’t go to sleep. She’s forgotten how to do it! But when she follows the barn owl’s advice and starts counting sheep, she realises that something is wrong … The award-winning bedtime story with a humorous twist that children will love!

Purchase Links:

http://full-media.co.uk/product/go-to-sleep-marion-adams/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Go-Sleep-Marion-Adams/dp/0993079474 (UK site)

 

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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.

Poor Tansy can’t sleep. She asks her mom and then her sister how to fall asleep because she’s forgotten how. The barn owl finally tells her to count sheep but that surely doesn’t help! In fact, it causes a ruckus!

Go To Sleep! is an adorable book for children with colorful pictures. It also encourages children to use their imaginations because Tansy is good at using her imagination. It’s definitely one I’m planning on reading to my granddaughter. 

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About the Author

Marion Adams has been writing for as long as she can remember, usually for fun and sometimes for money as well. She started her career as an in-house copywriter with a publisher and now works as a freelance proofreader and editor. It’s her dream job because she’s paid to read all day (and eat dark chocolate). Over the years, she’s written all kinds of things for both adults and children, some serious and some less so, with published work including magazine stories, articles, poems, plays and non-fiction books.

Marion lives in Devon, UK, and when she’s not reading or writing (or eating dark chocolate), she loves going for walks on the wild moors where her picture book Go To Sleep! is set.

Social Media Links – Twitter: https://twitter.com/Marion_author

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProofreadMarion/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marionadams_author/?hl=en

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marion-adams-7ab52a71/

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Book Review: Sarah’s Shadow by Nick Jones

22 May

 

If you could change something about yourself, would you do it? When Sarah Simpkins is teased about her shadow in the school playground, she finds herself wishing she didn’t have one. That night she has the chance to make the wish come true. But will losing her shadow really make her happy?

Purchase Links:

https://full-media.co.uk/product/sarahs-shadow-nick-jones

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sarahs-Shadow-Nick-Jones/dp/0993079490  (UK site)

 

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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.

Sarah’s Shadow is a colorful children’s book about Sarah Simpkins. She made a wish that her shadow would go away because some of the kids on the playground teased her about it. And it worked! Her shadow waved goodbye and left. Will this make her happy? Will the kids stop teasing her now?

Sarah learns the hard way that we need to think before we make a decision based on feelings. Being teased or bullied is a terrible feeling and poor Sarah just didn’t want anyone to make fun of her anymore. Getting rid of her shadow, though, probably wasn’t the best choice.

I definitely recommend Sarah’s Shadow as reading for children. It teaches children to use their imagination, it’s fun to read, and it has great illustrations.

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About the Author

Nick Jones is an author based in Cheshire, UK, but originally from Bristol. He has written a series of joke books and an illustrated children’s book. His first joke book, Gagged and Bound, was written during the summer of 2014 and was published by Full Media Ltd later in the year to critical acclaim, garnering positive reviews from numerous book review websites such as Reader’s Favorite and The Bookbag. A follow-up, Gagged and Bound 2, was released a year later and received a similarly positive response, and in 2017 Nick returned with the third instalment. Nick returned with a very different book, Sarah’s Shadow, in December 2017. He has several new books in the pipeline including two picture books and a children’s joke book.

Social Media Links – Twitter: https://twitter.com/nickjonesauthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NickJonesAuthor

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nickjones.author

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nickjonezy/

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Book Review: Mr. Snuffles’ Birthday by David Greaves

4 May

Title: Mr Snuffles’ Birthday

Author: David Greaves

Illustrator: Emily Wallis

Release Date: 1st May 2018

Genre: Picture Book

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Format: Paperback

 

Summary:

‘It was a wonderful day for snuffling for truffles,

‘What a birthday treat!’ thought Mr Snuffles…’

 

Adults and children of all ages will delight in following Mr Snuffles’ frustrating woodland quest for his beloved truffles. But is Mr Snuffles on the right scent?

Beautifully illustrated by Emily Wallis, David Greaves’ Mr Snuffles’ Birthday is a glorious celebration of language, friendship and truffles: a tale to be treasured and to read aloud together time and time again.

Available on Amazon and Amazon UK

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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.

Poor Mr. Snuffles is having a bad birthday. As he’s walking through the woods trying to find a truffle thief, he passes all of his good friends who are going to a surprise birthday party. Of course, it’s his but he doesn’t realize that and is upset that he wasn’t invited, especially since it’s his birthday too!

Mr. Snuffles’ Birthday is a cute book with a lot of colorful illustrations and rhyming verse that young children are bound to enjoy. As an adult, I enjoyed it and look forward to reading it to my granddaughter. 

An example of the awesome illustrations:

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About the Author

Born in Yorkshire in 1985, David Greaves’ warmth and generosity of spirit, and his love of travel and adventure led him to make friends around the world with people from all walks of life. His strength of character and devotion to achieving his goals was shown in his achievements as an ultra-marathon runner and Iron Man triathlete. It was also shown by his determination to finish this book, and nine others, after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (ALS) in June 2015, just after his thirtieth birthday. In the fifteen months after his diagnosis he got married to the love of his life, climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, raising over £12,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, and travelled through East Africa before settling in Newcastle upon Tyne. As David lost the use of his arms and speech he finished his collection of children’s books using revolutionary Eye Gaze technology which allowed him to type by tracking the movement of his eyes. David passed away peacefully at home in September 2016. Mr Snuffles is David’s first book and his wife Philippa and family intend to honour his memory by eventually publishing all of his completed works.

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About the Illustrator

Emily Wallis is an illustrator who uses traditional hand-drawn techniques. She completed her MA in sequential design and illustration at the University of Brighton. She lives in London, UK.

 

Website:  http://emilywallis.com

Instagram: https://instagram.com/emilywallisillustration/

Facebook: https:// facebook.com/EmilyWallisIllustration/

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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:

DY HC 978-1-365-86154-3 DY SC 978-1-365-86156-7

**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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