Chocolate Mixer

Title of Book: Chocolate Mixerchocolate mixer

Time length to read: 3-5 min

Age recommended: 6 and up

Author: Jason Armstrong

Illustrator: Vladimir Kirichenko

Publisher: Waldorf Publishing

Best place to purchase: Amazon (Click word for direct link)

Price: $3.99 (Kindle) $9.95 (Paperback) $3.46 (Audible) $19.95 (Hardcover)

New day, new book! And today I bring a book that helps children understand being multiracial, in a great way. Chocolate Mixer, by Jason Armstrong, is a story of a girl learning she is multiracial. The best way I can describe this book was actually a little summary on the back of the book, which I have included.

“While making her favorite snack with her Daddy, little Sofia makes an amazing discovery about herself! Her realization chances the way she sees this colorful world. Filled with wonder and questions, Sofia journeys into a world that isn’t just black or white, but a beautiful rainbow of colors.”

I really enjoyed this book. It kind of brought me to my own ethnicity. As I mentioned in my previous post, I am multiracial as well. My mother is from the Philippines and my father is a Caucasian boy from Idaho. I remember growing up, I did wonder at my young age why I looked different than my cousins, or why I looked a little tanner than my dad. A book like this will help children in the same situation understand what it means to be multiracial, and how cool and special it is. It will also help children that aren’t multiracial understand more about other children and people that are, so there are less questions and more understanding about it. There aren’t very many books out there that address this, so I thought this was a good informative book that children and parents can both enjoy and hopefully be more aware of being multiracial.

The illustrations in the book really fit the story well. Let’s just say without the illustrations, the story wouldn’t of been able to be brought to the life that it has.

So if you are looking for a good book that will help your kids understand more about being multiracial/multicultural, I recommend you check this out with them. I give it a big thumbs up! :)

 

 

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author, in exchange for a fair review and book spotlight. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

The Flute Player

Title of Book: The Flute Player

Time length to read: varies (chapter book)

Age recommend: 9 and up

Author: Shawn Mihalik

Publisher: Asymmetrical Press

Best place to purchase: Amazon or Asymmetrical site (click words for direct link)

Price: $5.00 (For Kindle Edition) and $9.00 (Paperback)

Today’s book is one that is filled with imagination. It is the first Young Adult book that I am featuring on the blog, however, I think it would be a great story to read to kids as well. The book The Flute Player, by Shawn Mihalik, is about a boy named Oliver. Oliver has been called to be the town flute player and bring joy through the songs he writes and plays to people in his village. Oliver however, doesn’t necessarily enjoy this calling he has. Then one day a girl named Alexandria comes into his life from a place he has never heard of and changes everything, for the better. I won’t give too much away, but I can tell you that this book is a page turner!

This book is great for older children that are starting to read more into chapter books. It has that perfect mix of fairy tale, mixed real life situations. The descriptions that Shawn Mihalik uses in this novella make it very to imagine everything like a movie of your imagination. The story was creative and had good life lessons in the story about helping each other out in different situations. So if you are looking for a really good chapter book read, I would highly recommend this book. You’ll find yourself wanting to keep on reading till you finish the book. To learn more about the author Shawn Mihalik, check out my Author Interview with him below. Enjoy!

Author Interview with Shawn Mihalik

 

 Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

 

I was born in San Diego, California, and moved to Youngstown, Ohio when I was young. Originally, I wanted to be a journalists, and even studied journalism in college before ultimately deciding that what I really wanted to do was write meaningful fiction.

 

What do you do when you are not writing?

 

All sorts of things. I read incessantly. I play the ukelele. I spend a lot of time exercising and doing things like hiking and rock climbing. There’s also always a good chance that, if I’m not writing, I’m thinking about something I should be writing.

 

What inspired you to write your first book?

 

When wrote the first draft of the The Flute Player, I was just a teenager, so the book was originally inspired by all your normal teenagery sort of things. But when I revisited and rewrote the book (almost five years later), I’d grown a lot, and what the book ultimately became was inspired by my own personal growth.

 

How did you come up with the title?

 

The title for this book was easy. It’s about a flute player, so that’s what I decided to call it. Although I’ll admit that there was a brief period of time where I  thought about calling it “The Flautist,” which is what a flute player is technically called, but it’s just too weird a word.
Where do you get your ideas?

 

I wish I could answer that, but The Muse told me if I ever revealed her existence to anyone, she’d stop giving me story ideas. Oh dear, I’m afraid I’ve said to much already.

 

Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?

 

I think there are a few messages that managed to sneak their way into the book, but the one that I most want readers to take away from it is that things are pretty awesome, when you really stop and think about it, and that you have the power to shape your own life (I tried to avoid saying that last part because it sounds so cliché, but it’s true.)

 

What books have most influenced your life most?

 

The answer to this question is probably always changing, or rather, always being added to, because I read so much, but two of the biggest influences on me, as a person and as a writer, have been Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace and Peter Pan by J.M. Barry.

 

Do you have any advice for other writers?

 

 My first piece of advice for writers, or for people who want to be writers, is always just to write. That’s the most important part of being a writer. Also, make friends with other writers.  

 

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

 

Yes, lots of things. In fact, I’ll probably have to write at least a few more books in order to say them all. But here I’ll just take the opportunity to say thank you. There’s little point in being a writer if you don’t have readers.

 

 

 

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free electronically, from the author in exchange for a fair review and book spotlight. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Picture Book Month

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Hello Everyone! I’m not sure if your aware that November is not only the month of Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales..but it’s also Picture Book Month! I month dedicated to sharing and reading your favorite picture books! Since I am a 2012 Picture Book Month Ambassador, I will be writing more posts than I usually do on picture books. So now’s the time for some suggestions! What are some of your favorite picture books and why? Your book just might appear to be featured in my blog! Feel free to l leave your suggestions below in the comments. Have a great picture book month! :)

Want more info on what Picture Book Month is all about? Check out the video below.