Sunday, November 26, 2017

Oh Susannah: It's in the Bag (Early Chapter Reader Books - Oh Susannah series) by Carole P. Roman


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Title: Oh Susannah: It's in the bag
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Mateya Arkova
Pages: 44
Genre: Children ages 7 on up
Review: paperback provided
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk




It all begins with homework trouble and an invitation to a sleepover that she doesn’t want to go to. Would you want to go to a sleepover in a creepy house? Rather than dealing with her problems, Susannah stuffs them into her backpack. But how much can a backpack take? Will she be able to confront her worries before the backpack bursts? Or will she just continue to hide them away?
Join Susannah and her friends in this story sure to charm busy young readers everywhere.

The Adventures of Bubba Jones (#2): Time Traveling Through Shenandoah National Park by Jeff Alt, Hannah Tuohy (Illustrations)

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Title: The Adventures of Bubba Jones #2
Author: Jeff Alt
Illustrator: Hannah Tuohy 
Pages: 189
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Beaufort Books
Published: Aug. 25, 2016
Review: Paperback received by author 
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 



After Inheriting legendary time travel skills from their Papa Lewis, Tommy "Bubba Jones," and his sister Jenny "Hug-a-Bug," embark on a Shenandoah National Park adventure to solve a family mystery.From the moment they reach the park entrance, the excitement begins.As they follow the clues, they travel back in time hundreds, thousands, and millions of years and come face to face with extinct creatures, endangered species, the areas first inhabitants, past presidents, former park residents, and some of the park founders.They travel deep down into mountain hollows, high up onto Talus mountain slopes, and discover more about the Shenandoah than they ever imagined.Explore the Shenandoah with Bubba Jones and family in a whole new way."

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Ruby Eye book 2 by L.G. Miles and Amy Miles

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Title: The Ruby Eye (book 2)
Author: L.G. Miles and Amy Miles
Published: Sept. 11, 2017
Pages: 128
Genre: Children, ghost
Review: ebook provided by author
Buy Links: Amazon , Amazon.uk



A curse that will be broken.
A soul eager to be released.
A mystery unraveled.

When three young friends discover that the Trickster Ghost has found a way to break the curse, they must risk it all to keep him trapped or darkness will be unleashed on their unsuspecting town.

Join Tommy, Jack, and Becky in THE RUBY EYE.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

To Dream of Dancing by Z.W. Mohr and Aaron Damon Porter

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Title: To Dream of Dancing
Author: Z.W. Mohr and Aaron Damon Porter
Published: Feb. 1, 2016
Publisher: Desdemona's Dreams LLC. 
Pages: 64
Review: Book received by author 
Genre: Children ages 10 on up
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk



11 year old Desdemona has grown up in a world where dreams are as real to her as the waking world is to everyone else. Raised by her two aunts, Lulu Ann and Lulu Bell, in an old Victorian house in the small town of Remsy, she goes on adventures with her guardian and confidant stuffed bear named Teddy. All of a sudden Desdemona’s dreams, that have always been very important to her, start invading the waking world and she is faced with the conundrum of why this is happening.
Upon awakening from a long night filled with a nightmare where her dream of dancing, personified by a ballerina, has been captured, Desdemona confides in Teddy and then has to make her way to Grayson Drab Elementary School. At school she’s treated as an outsider, more and more so with every passing year. The children around her have slowly stopped using their imaginations as much, and often don’t play any games that require them. Desdemona is ostracized for being considered a day dreamer and receives no solace on the playground or in the classroom with her strict teacher Ms. Kaputski. It’s in the classroom where she fades off again into the dream world and once again encounters The Maestro.

As she faces off against the mad Maestro, that has captured Desdemona’s dream of dancing, the grave importance of her task becomes very real. If her dream perishes as the Maestro’s slave then Desdemona will never want to dance again, and that isn’t something she’s about to let happen. The Maestro won’t give up Desdemona’s dream of dancing unless the song he’s creating is finished so he challenges Desdemona to help find a suitable ending to his masterpiece. This offer is given with the catch that Desdemona will have to be his slave as well if she doesn’t find the ending within the hour. When Desdemona wakes up back in class she realizes that she has pulled something out of the dream world with her. This astonishing discovery is overshadowed by the fact that she must finish the Maestro’s song.

After rushing out of the classroom and heading to the music room to use the instruments available to figure out an ending to the Maestro’s song, she runs into the music teacher Mr. Harrison. He’s one of the few characters at the school that Desdemona connects with because of how he relates dreamers to being the best music makers. After a short interaction with Mr. Harrison, Desdemona becomes painfully aware of how little time she has left to finish the Maestro’s song and rushes to try out different instruments that might help her find an ending. In the midst of running around the music room she inadvertently stumbles upon the one instrument that helps her finish the piece.

Desdemona returns to the Maestro’s lair and their final confrontation ends with her finishing his master piece and leaving the dream world with the dancer holding her hand. The story ends with her Aunts having a conversation about Desdemona’s triumph over the Maestro, even though it’s not unveiled as to how they could possibly know about this. What will happen next? Why can Desdemona pull things out of dreams? Who is she really? All of this will be unveiled in the volumes of Desdemona’s Dreams to come.

The Trickster by L.G. Miles, Amy Miles

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Title: The Trickster
Author: L.G. Miles with Amy Miles
Published: Oct. 23, 2016
Publisher: Amy Miles Books, LLC.
Pages: 45
Genre: Children ages 8 on up
Review: ebook provided by author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 




A curse passed down through the ages.
A soul trapped in limbo.
A mystery to be solved.

When three young friends decide to sneak out and spend the night in an abandoned house rumored to be the haunting place of the Trickster ghost, they will soon get more excitement than they bargained for...

Dragon Wars by Emily Fogle

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Title: Dragon Wars
Author: Emily Fogle
Published: March 2013
Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing
Pages: 284
Genre: Fantasy, middle grade
Review: Paperback received by author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 





Life is filled with changes, but sometimes even the most tragic events bring joy in the end, which is something Danny Warren learns when he joins the Dragon Wars.
Danny sadly loses his father in a hit-and-run auto accident and is forced to move to a different town. But his fresh start is a horrible one and Danny desperately wants to find a world he can belong to. One afternoon, after a particularly hard day at school, Danny finds a mysterious box hidden inside his window seat. He soon discovers that the box is his portal to Dorcian, the dragon world. Sadly, the once amazing world is in utter turmoil, and its inhabitants are suffering. Danny finds the one thing that can bring meaning and happiness back to his heart: saving those that desperately need his help. Together, one boy and six lone dragons, will defeat evil and wage the Dragon Wars.
And, in the midst of it all, Danny will discover that even the smallest person can make a huge difference when it matters the most.

Celebrate! The Holidays by Sophia Day


Title: Celebrate! The Holidays
Author: Sophia Day
Published: August 1, 2017
Publisher: MVP Kids Media
Pages: 32
Review: book received by author/publisher
Genre: Children ages 4 on up
Buy Link: Amazon 



Join our MVP Kids® as they experience the wonder and delight of the winter holidays. With a universal spirit of giving, they celebrate holidays from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Come along and see how experiencing others traditions can deepen friendships and promote empathy and understanding. Hoping, dreaming, wishing, sharing,
laughing, loving, giving, caring.
With all our friends, in their own ways,
Let s celebrate the holidays!

Celebrate! Christmas by Sophia Day


Title: Celebrate! Christmas
Author: Sophia Day
Published: December 15, 2016
Publisher: MVP Kids Media
Pages: 26
Genre: Children ages 4 on up
Review: book received by author/publisher
Buy Link: Amazon 




Join our MVP Kids® in Celebrate! Christmas as they perform in their community's annual Christmas pageant! Celebrated around the world, Christmas is an integral part of the holiday season for families of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. Through their playful sets and biblical script, our MVP Kids® teach us the central story to the Christian celebration of Christmas.
Behold, the angel Gabriel appeared to a virgin named Mary.
Do not be afraid, dear one. It s joyful news I carry!
You have found favor with God Most High and His promise of the Savior is true.
His plan of salvation will come in your time. The Christ Child will be born to you!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

NetGalley Review: Polar Bear Postman by Seigo Kijima

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Title: Polar Bear Postman
Author: Seigo Kijima
Published: Nov. 1, 2017
Publisher: Museyon Inc
Pages: 32
Genre: Ages 5-7
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and publisher
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 





Milk is the polar bear postmaster of the forest. One day he receives a card that says “Please help!” It is from a red-crested crane couple whose chick has gone missing. Spring gives way to summer and Milk receives another post card—this time from a red-crested crane couple who live in another district telling him that they have been taking care of a lost crane chick and asking for help in finding its family. Milk is modeled on an actual polar bear living in the Kushiro Zoo in Hokkaido, who is so adept at walking erect on his two hind legs that visitors say he looks like a person in a bear suit. The bear is joined in this amusing story by a variety of animal species native to Hokkaido.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Mama, I Want to See God by Vanessa Fortenberry, Illustrator: Leah Jennings

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Title: Mama, I Want To See God
Author: Vanessa Fortenberry
Illustrator: Leah Jennings
Publisher: BQB Publishing
Pages: 30 (print)
Genre: Children ages 4 on up
Review: ebook provided by author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 



Do I look like God? Where can I see Him? Wanting to connect more with God, a child asks his mother these questions and more in this rhyming verse book. In answer, Mother's tender and patient responses model God's love. At the story's end, Mother has answered all of the questions, letting the child have a true connection with God. The purity of children and the spirituality of all cultures radiate in this touching story.

NetGalley Review: Happy Birthday! by Mamoru Suzuki

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Title: Happy Birthday!
Author: Mamoru Suzuki
Published: Oct. 1, 2017
Publisher: Museyon Inc
Pages: 32
Genre: Preschool ages 3-5
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and publisher
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 




The occasion of a birthday provide the opportunity to look back at the long days spent waiting patiently for the baby to be born, the special day it arrives, and the miraculous perfection of every stage of its growth. Soft, warm colors and cozy images are accompanied by a spare text that perfectly captures the all-encompassing love parents for their children. This birthday book will resonate with anyone who has loved a child. It is a gift that every child deserves.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY: How to Catch a Monster by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton




How to Catch a Monster by Adam Wallace & Andy Elkerton
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
A USA Today Bestseller!
Buy Links
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/2xJziV5
Book Depository: http://bit.ly/2xw4rv8

From the creators of the New York Times bestselling How to Catch a Leprechaun and How to Catch an Elf!

There's a monster in my closet,
with claws, and teeth, and hair,
and tonight, I'm going to scare him!
He lives just right through there... 
Get ready to laugh as a young ninja heads into the closet to meet the monster that’s been so scary night after night! But what if things aren’t what they seem and our monster isn’t scary at all? What if our ninja hero is about to make a friend of strangest sort?
Story Time Activity Kit

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Book Blast: Children's Classic Stories by Aniesha Brahma






This gorgeous treasury of ten classic stories is guaranteed to delight and entertain young children, bringing the magic of traditional stories to the new generation of children. Aimed at 8-12 year olds, each favourite fairy tale or story has been sensitively retold for young readers.
The series 'Children's Classic Stories' contains total 100 stories in 10 volumes. The stories in this collection show the consequences of greed, pride, and vanity, but also tell of the love that grows from a kind heart and a cheerful nature.

Volume 1 includes the following stories:
01. Little Red Riding Hood
02. Cinderella
03. Hansel and Gretel
04. Sleeping Beauty
05. Snow White and Rose Red
06. The Emperor's New Clothes
07. Rumplestiltskin
08. The Wise Little Girl
09. Goldilocks and the Three Bears
10. Rip Van Winkle




Aniesha Brahma knew she wanted to be a writer since she was six years old. She was schooled in Dolna Day School and went on to pursue B.A., M.A., and M.Phil in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur Univeristy. She currently lives in Kolkata, with her family and five pet cats. She is the author of All Signs Lead Back to You, When Our Worlds Collide, The Guitar Girl and The Secret Proposal. She compiled and edited the 10 volumes series, 'Children's Classic Stories' with love and great efforts.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Guest Post: Dog Trouble by Galia Oz





Title: DOG TROUBLE!

Author: Galia Oz
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 144
Genre: Children's book for young readers, ages 8-12


Readers who have graduated from Junie B. Jones and Ivy & Bean will fall head over heels for feisty Julie and her troublesome new dog.
 
Julie has only had her dog for two weeks, but she is already causing all sorts of problems. For starters, she is missing! Julie suspects the school bully Danny must be behind it. But it will take some detective work, the help of Julie’s friends, and maybe even her munchkin twin brothers to bring her new pet home.

Wonderfully sassy and endlessly entertaining, the escapades of Julie and her dog are just beginning!

Julie’s adventures have sold across the globe and been translated into five languages. Popular filmmaker and children’s author Galia Oz effortlessly captures the love of a girl and her dog.

"A funny exploration of schoolyard controversy and resolution.” –Kirkus Reviews 

"Will resonate with readers and have them waiting for more installments.” –Booklist  

Saturday, October 7, 2017

From the Grave (Monster or Die #1) by Cynthia Reeg

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Title: From The Grave
Author: Cynthia Reeg
Published: May 4, 2017
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press
Pages: 216
Genre: Children ages 10 on up
Review: ebook 
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 


Monster is as monster does, but Frankenstein Frightface Gordon is totally the wrong shade of ghastly green—pale, baby blue, in fact—and he's more concerned with keeping his pants neat and tidy than scaring the pants off his victims. But when a new law is passed to rid Uggarland of misfits such as Frank, he must decide if he will become the monster his parents can be proud of or be the monster he can be proud of. Trusting the monsterliest monster he knows, Frank looks to the grave and his dead grandmother to make his choice, entering into an adventure that will either seal his doom or prove he is truly monster enough.

The Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Curse by Diane Moat

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Title: The Supernatural Pet Sitter (The Curse)
Author: Diane Moat
Published: July 4, 2017
Pages: 167
Genre: Children ages 9 on up
Review: ebook provided by author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 



Pepper Neely is no stranger to dangerous situations. In The Supernatural Pet Sitter: The Magic Thief, the young gnome defeated an evil witch who was stealing magic from the Familiars that Pepper took care of. She wouldn’t have survived without the intervention of a pack of werewolves, who endured painful, fiery spells to save Pepper’s life.
Now Pepper is determined to repay the werewolves for their sacrifice, no matter what it takes. She decides to break the centuries-old curse that keeps them in wolf form. At first she keeps her plans a secret, but it’s not long before Pepper realizes she will need all the help she can get to end this curse. Magic is everywhere as enemy witches cast dangerous spells to stop Pepper.
Pepper and her family must trust the local witches and work together with them to fend off the deadly spells, find the curse, and break it—before the hostile witches get the best of them.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The Tyler Files #1: Smarty Pants by Brian Rock (Goodreads Author), Joshua Dawson (Illustrator)

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Title: The Tyler Files #1 Smarty Pants
Author: Brian Rock
Illustrator: Joshua Dawson
Pages: 108
Publisher: First Light Publishing
Genre: Children ages 11 on up
Review: ebook provided by author


Wimpy Kid meets Gravity Falls!

Tyler is an average 5th grader, except for one thing. His pants won't stop talking!
How will Tyler make it through the day without becoming the school laughingstock? And how will he survive his pants' "off the cuff" remarks to the school bully (and to his secret crush?)
Packed with humor and excitement, Smarty Pants is the first in THE TYLER FILES series.
Bonus features include:
"Talking With Tyler:" Extend the story with a Q&A with the main character
"What If:" Allow your imagination to explore beyond where the story ends
"Jokes:" Find out what's so funny about pants
"Idioms:" Learn how to talk pants even if your pants can't talk