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.

Doggie Went A-Courtin’

Title of book: Doggie Went A-Courtin’

Time length to read: 3-4 min

Age Recommended: 4-8

Author: Angel Wheeler

Illustrator: Nicolas Lonprez

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

Price: $2.99 (Amazon Kindle)

Happy Wednesday! Today I bring you a book that is an adaptation to the traditional song, Doggie Went A-Courtin’ by Angel Wheeler. I personally have never heard the song this book is an adaptation to, but the book was very creative. It’s about a dog that goes to court a cat, and then decide to marry. For their wedding, who else do they invite but the prairie dog, a shy bobcat, and many more friends. You will be rhyming along with this cute story.

Like I mentioned above, I have never heard of the adaptation of the song, but I did think that the story itself was very cute. It had the perfect rhyming to it that went along great with the story. The illustrations, done by Nicolas Lonprez, were actually done really well. They had that classic look to the book and the pictures went along great with all of the pages of the story. The only thing that I would like to seen improvements wise to this book would be try and make the fonts a little consistent. They kind of went from big to small on different pages, and on some pages, they were hard to read in some spots. If they were perhaps moved to a different location on the page, I think it would be a lot easier to read. Other than that, I had no complaints. A very cute, and catchy book that any child and parent would enjoy reading together. This book is only available on Amazon Kindle right now. So if you have a kindle, take a look at this book. :)

 

 

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.”

Stories of Kye: Kye from Galloway

Title of book: Stories of Kye: Kye from Galloway

Time length to read: 3-6 minutes

Age Recommended: 6-8 years old

Author/Illustrator: Andra De Bondt

Best place to purchase: iTunes App Store  and Amazon (Kindle) (Click words for direct link)

Price: Free (iTunes) $0.99 (Amazon Kindle)

Hello everyone! With a new week, comes a new book! The book I am brining you today is actually a virtual e-book through the iPad. Stories of Key: Kye from Galloway, by Andra De Bondt, is about a royal cat named Kye. That’s right, you read that right, a royal cat, that lives in a palace with his family in Galloway castle in a kingdom called Faraway. In this story, Kye must get the help of his friend, Princess Butterfly, in order to receive some magical boots that will help him. But with only so much time till the boots disappear, will Princess Butterfly get them in time? Read it to find out and see! :)

Honestly, when I heard that this book was an iPad 3-D book, I was very curious about it. I have never read or seen a virtual 3-D book, so I was anxious to check it out. All I can say was that it didn’t disappoint; in fact, it was actually really cool. Whenever you would tilt the screen of the iPad, you could definitely see the 3-D effect that it had with the story. Not only that, but this story has an option narration option, in case you just want to sit back and enjoy the book. The illustrations, also done by Andra De Bondt, were very interesting to me when I first saw them. As I kept reading and turning the pages on my iPad though, the more creative the illustrations were to me. They were a mix of what looked like hand drawn and colored images, mixed with real looking backgrounds. It just made the story pop, especially with the 3-D effect of it all. This book is and exclusive 3-D book for the iPad. In order to view and read the book, you go to the iTunes app store and download the app, and then open it and enjoy. The book is also available through Amazon as well, for all you Kindle readers out there. I don’t think the Kindle has the option to view it as 3-D however.

I was really impressed with this book. I’m not one to ever judge a book by it’s cover, however, lets just say this one far exceeded my expectations of it. The creative story of Kye and his adventures, along with the effects, illustration, and work that went into making this iPad app book, is definitely worth a read. Want to know the best part about this book on the iTunes app store? It’s FREE! Seriously, I have had great luck in reviewing books that are free to the readers lately and let me tell you, if you want a different kind of children’s book experience, take the time to look at this.

It doesn’t end here, Kye continues with his adventures in two other book apps in the iTunes store. Those are also only $0.99 each. So have an iPad? Kids? Or maybe just an adult with a kid lit fetish like myself? Check this one out for sure! It’s definitely on my “read again” list. :)

For more information on this book, or the other adventures of Kye, check out the website here.

 

 

 

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 Little Butterfly and The Shy Girl

Title of book: The Little Butterfly and The Shy Girl

Time length to read: 7-10 min

Age recommended: 6 and up

Author: Lora Mela

Illustrator: Carly Demond

Publisher: Lora Mela Creations

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

Price: $0.99 (Kindle) $6.50 (Paperback)

Hey Everyone! I hope you are all having a great start into March. :) Today I bring you a really cute book. The Little Butterfly and The Shy Girl, by Lora Mela, is about the adventures a little girl takes with a butterfly, who helps boost her confidence and gets her out of her comfort zone a little. The little girl is very shy, and has the little problem of blushing all the time. No matter what she does, her blushing won’t go away and she lacks confidence. Until one day she comes across a little colorful butterfly. The butterfly has come to help her so that she doesn’t feel the need to blush anymore and helps her build her up postively. The little butterfly takes her on adventures that help her, and turn her from a little shy girl, to a little confident girl.

I thought this book was really creative way to portray building up confidence, especially in children. The story is great for young children that are looking for that boost. It shows them that they really can feel comfortable being who they are and they are meant to shine. I read the book on the Kindle, and it was really easy to view and access. The illustrations, done by Carly Demond, were very colorful and bright and could catch any child’s eye. The only improvements I could see that could help this book would be to have more of the illustrations on the pages. The pictures were colorful, but I think it would really make the book stand out a little more if they were a bit bigger. Other than that, I thought it was a very cute and creative book. Perfect for any child that needs that little confidence boost. So if you are looking for that next book that’s a perfect going to bed book, or just an after school read, I’d check this one out, especially if you have a Kindle. The book is only $0.99!

 

 

 

 

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.”

Emma and the Princess

Title Of Book: Emma and the Princess

Time length to read: 3-5 min

Age recommend: 3 and up

Author/Illustator: Peter Steinberg

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

Price: $5.99 (kindle book)

 

Today I bring you a very cute kindle book! So all you kindle readers out there looking to add a great children’s story to your collection, you may want to check this one out. :) Emma and the Princess, by Peter Steinberg, is about a little girl named Emma who finds during bedtime that she can’t sleep. In search of adventure, she looks out the window to the castle in their village and wonders if a Princess still lives there. So with her red cape, sword and shield, she wanders out to the village searching to see if the Princess is still in the castle. When she enters the castle, she finds the Princess is indeed there and learns that an evil goblin has been going around stealing things. The Princess’ crown,  a golden pretzel, are just a couple of the things the goblin took. Emma then sets off to find the Goblin, and to get the things back which he has stolen. Will she be successful in finding the goblin and getting back the things he has stolen from the Princess and the people in the village? Check out this book and find out!

When I first looked at this book, I already knew I was going to like it. The illustrations, also done by the author Peter Steinberg, were very colorful, but simple, and very inviting. It looked like something you would see on a children’s cartoon show. The illustrations were very well done to match the story, and displayed every scene perfectly. The story itself was very creative. You do not find very many stories where the little girl is the one that wants to be the hero and save the day. I found that it sends a very good message to children that you can be anything you want to be, and to not let your fears hold you back.

So if you are looking for a great book for your kids that is on the kindle, this would be one of the books I highly recommend you check out. It is the perfect story to tell your kids right before they go to sleep.

 

 

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free electronically, 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.”

Lily Lemon Blossom: Welcome to Lily’s Room

Title of Book: Lily Lemon Blossom: Welcome to Lily’s Room

Time length to read: 2-4 min.

Age recommend: 3-6

Author: Barbara Miller

Illustrator: Inga Shalvashvili

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

Price: Free (Kindle versions) $8.58 (Paperback)

So today I am sharing a book that I discovered while looking through the Amazon Kindle store. Yep, I finally got a kindle for Christmas (I can hear the “Hallelujah” chorus already 😉 ) and I saw this book and had to check it out. Lily Lemon Blossom: Welcome to Lily’s Room, by Barbara Miller, is just one of the books in the series Lily Lemon Blossom. In this book, Lily takes you on a little tour throughout her room and shows you the various activities that her imagination takes her throughout a day in her room.

I thought this book was really cute. It is a good read for really young girls and toddlers as well. While there is really no specific moral value/lesson in the book, I found that it still shows that having a creative imagination can keep you happy, and that’s something important to remind kids today. I wouldn’t recommend this book to older children though, as it is more focused on the younger ages for reading.

The illustrations, done by Inga Shalvashvili, are beautifully colored (in pink mostly). Inga does a good job of really bringing the story of Lily to life with the details she puts into the illustrations.

So if you are looking for a good book (more so for young girls) then I would highly recommend checking this one out. And if you have a Kindle, it’s free, so why not check it out? But if you’d like a paperback copy, that is available as well. Just check out the “Best Place to Purchase” link above. :)

For more information about the author and the series you can visit: www.lilylemonblossom.com 

 

 

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. 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.”

Granpa Guff: The Accidental Astronaut

Title of Book: Granpa Guff

Time length to read: Varies (Middle grade chapter book)

Age recommend: 9 and up

Author: G. Guff

Illustrator: Azahar López de los Monteros Giner

Publisher: Fort Guff Press

Best place to purchase: Smashwords or Amazon (Click words for links)

Price: $4.83 (Kindle version) $18.00 (Paperback) $4.97 (Smashwords)

Today I am excited to share a book with you all that is out of this world, literally! The book Granpa Guff: The Accidental Astronaut, by G. Guff, is about two young boys and their Grandpa. While sitting on the Golden Gate Bridge, stuck in traffic during a bad storm, Grandpa Guff decides to tell his grandsons about the story of how he once traveled on a N.A.S.A rocket ship, and the crazy adventure he has while on the trip. From barking Mexican spiders, eating tubes of food paste, to traveling to mars. This book is filled with adventures that will wanting to have your read the next chapter instantly.

G. Guff does an excellent job of portraying the two grandsons reaction to his story while it was being told. The detail in his writing makes it very easy for readers to picture the story. Also, the book has some pictures in it, which visually help portray the story itself. This book is a great read for parents who are reading to their kids, or children around ages 9 and up who are looking for a comical chapter book that will keep them laughing till the end. The illustrations, done by Azahar López de los Monteros Giner, are very detailed and the colors match the  various situations in the story perfectly.

Anitabook.com says “This book is filled with animated drawings and lots of imagination.  You will have to read to see if Granpa gets untied and NASA saves the ship, or if the spiders take over and things don’t go so well.”

So if you are looking for a great middle grade chapter book that will take you to adventures and beyond, I would recommend this read. You’ll find yourself laughing along the journey, as Granpa Guff ventures off to into space.

I had a chance to do an author interview with Granpa Guff himself. Get to  know him in the interview below. I hope you all enjoy!

Author Interview with Granpa Guff:

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Well…. I am the oldest and some say the grumpiest living resident of Fort Guff, Guff County, Guffsylvania, the only state that has been completely forgotten and dare we say ignored, due to fighting against both the North and the South in the Civil war.

I cannot remember how old I am as my birth certificate was destroyed in the great courthouse fire of 19 something or other. I have lived and worked all across the country and visited every continent on this planet. I was the first man to walk on Mars although NASA continues to deny it.

What do you do when you are not writing?

As the founder and President of the #RacconsOutNow movement, I am always on the Twitter, drumming up support and tirelessly fighting the good fight for a critter free America. You may also find me on Pinterest, Facebook and WordPress.

I keep busy with practical jokes on my neighbour although, he is prone to retaliate, still… it keeps life interesting, Fort Guff can be a mite sleepy at times.

At the weekends, I tend to spend time cleaning up after my grankids in the kitchen, watching movies and reading, we also take time to work on projects together. Some of them are even successful.
 What inspired you to write your first book?

A discussion regarding what type of sauce goes on what type of pasta, sounds crazy, but it’s true.
How did you come up with the title?

Through what can only be described as an almost fatal case of exasperation and alliteration.
Where do you get your ideas?

I like to think that the poet Ted Hughes put it far more eloquently than I ever could in his poem called “The Thought Fox”.
Is there a message in your book that you want readers to grasp?

Reading can be fun and should be practiced in an enjoyable way together with parents and grandparents until all these falling literacy levels we keep hearing about start rising again. Catch them when they are young with funny and imaginative stories and you’ll convert them into readers for life. Also stay away from Mexican Barking Spiders, no matter what, do not let them get within a country mile of your person.

 

What books have most influenced your life most?

Well, I suppose there are three if truth be told: My mother’s old cookery book, she could only read the pictures and not the text underneath so, we had to learn to read pretty quick, before we all starved to death. The telephone book and the yellow pages as we used to stand on it to access the cookie jar on the top shelf.

Finally I suppose I’d have to say the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, for too many reasons to list here.

 

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write, rewrite and write again, accept the rejections and keep going, never, ever, ever give up, no manuscript should die dusty and alone underneath your bed.

 

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

Thank you all for your kind words and gracious emails and please do keep sending the cookies.

 

Stay tuned for more books from this old guffer and his grankids in 2013.

 

 

 

 

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.”