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

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2) by J.K. Rowling

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Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J.K. Rowling
Published: Dec. 8, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Inc
Pages: 341
Genre: Teens, Magic, Fantasy
Review: Hardback
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 



The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he's packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.
And strike it does. For in Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls' bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley's younger sister, Ginny. But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone, or something, starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects: Harry Potter himself?

Monday, September 18, 2017

NetGalley Review:Kuma-Kuma Chan's Travels by Kazue Takahashi

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Title: Kuma-Kuma Chan's Travels
Author: Kazue Takahashi
Publisher: Museyon
Published: Sept. 11, 2017
Pages: 52 
Genre: Children
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and publisher
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 



In the third book in the Kuma-Kuma Chan series, the title character flies off to a south sea isle where he lies in the sun and drifts into a lazy snooze. He climbs to the summit of a mountain and views the sunrise while drinking a cup of hot chocolate. Instead of physically setting out for one place or another, Kuma-Kuma travels freely all over the world - inside his head. Once again, Kuma-Kuma Chan charms as he exemplifies the joy of a simple, peaceful, life. With its spare text and delightful illustrations, this small-format picture book invites readers to explore their own imaginations and create their own travels.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

NetGalley Review: Stolen Words by Melanie Florence, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

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Author: Melanie Florence
Illustrated: Gabrielle Grimard
Published: Sept. 5, 2017
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pages: 24
Genre: Multi-cultural, Ages 4 on up
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and publisher
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk  


The story of the beautiful relationship between a little girl and her grandfather. When she asks her grandfather how to say something in his language, Cree, he admits that his language was stolen from him when he was a boy. The little girl then sets out to help her grandfather find his language again. This sensitive, beautifully illustrated picture book explores the intergenerational impact of Canada's residential school system, which separated young Indigenous children from their families.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Celebrate! Mommies and Daddies by Sophia Day


Title: Celebrate! Mommies and Daddies
Author: Sophia Day
Published: June 15, 2017
Publisher: MVP Kids Media
Pages: 32
Review: book provided by author
Genre: Children ages 3 on up
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 


Join our MVP Kids® and their families as mommies and daddies offer loving support throughout the day. Whether heading to daycare, falling off a bike, adding a new sibling or settling into bed, our MVP Kids® help teach that we can remain secure in our parents love. Single moms, dads and two parent families alike will enjoy the sweet expressions of I love you in each of the MVP Kids® heritage languages.

Celebrate! Thanksgiving by Sophia Day


Title: Celebrate! Thanksgiving
Author: Sophia Day
Published: Aug. 1, 2017
Publisher: MVP Kids Media
Pages: 28
Review: book received by author
Genre: Children ages 3 on up
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 

Join our MVP Kids® in Celebrate! Thanksgiving as they role play significant characters and events from the historic first Thanksgiving. Then bridge history into a lesson on thankfulness as our MVP Kids® express gratitude for friends, food, family and more as they enjoy the typical sights and experiences of a traditional American Thanksgiving celebration.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Celebrate! Going to the Dentist by Sophia Day


Title: Celebrate! Going to the Dentist
Author: Sophia Day
Published: June 15, 2017
Publisher: MVP Kids Media
Pages: 28
Genre: Children ages 3 on up
Buy Link: Amazon


Join our MVP Kids® in Celebrate! Going to the Dentist as they go through the routine of a dentist visit. From start to finish, we will learn about what goes on during a dentist visit in hopes of calming nerves and relieving fears of going to get our teeth cleaned!

Celebrate! Mealtime by Sophia Day


Title: Celebrate! Mealtime
Author: Sophia Day
Published: December 15, 2016
Publisher: MVP Kids Media
Pages: 22
Genre: Children ages 3 on up
Review: book provided by publisher

Join our MVP Kids® in Celebrate! MealTime. We will learn about good mealtime manners, being helpful, eating healthy and other simple lessons for toddlers. Follow the families of several of our MVP Kids® as they go through their day interacting with food and family.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Review: Sleepover Zoo by Brenda Kearns

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Title: Sleepover Zoo
Author: Brenda Kearns
Published: Jan. 27, 2015
Publisher: Self
Genre: Children ages 5 on up
Review: ebook provided by author
Buy Link: Amazon



Toni only wants one thing: To get through 6th grade at her new school without everyone finding out that her family is crazy — and there’s a zoo in their basement. When the most popular girl in school insists that Toni have a sleepover, it looks like Toni’s dream of being normal is about to be smashed.
Toni tries to get her new friend, Meghan, to help — but Meghan’s first visit to Toni’s home ends badly, thanks to a surprise encounter with frozen mice. Then a missing snake and bossy parrot only make things worse. If Toni can’t get out of this sleepover, the whole school will find out her family is not normal.
This wacky tale is packed with fun, feathers and friendship — and a sleepover that no one will ever forget.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Celebrate! Going to the Doctor by Sophia Day


Title: Celebrate! Going to the Doctor
Author: Sophia Day
Published: June 15, 2017
Publisher: MVP Kids Media
Pages: 30
Genre: Children ages 2 on up
Review: book received by publisher
Buy Link: Amazon

Join our MVP Kids® in Celebrate! Going to the Doctor. Beginning with role-playing, we learn that doctors track our growth, help us feel better when were sick and manage long-term special needs. From the waiting room, well-checks, to the sick visits and specialists, our MVP Kids® help set up realistic expectations and ease anxiety about visiting the doctors office.

Celebrate! Flying Colors by Sophia Day


Title: Celebrate! Flying Colors
Author: Sophia Day
Published: Dec. 15, 2016
Pages: 24
Publisher: MVP Kids Media 
Genre: Children ages 2 on up
Review: book provided by publisher
Buy Links: Amazon



Join our MVP Kids® in Celebrate! Flying Colors during playtime in the beautiful outdoors of Patel Daycare. Their imaginations soar as they learn about colors from the birds and butterflies flying and fluttering around them.

NetGalley Review: It's Hard to Swim (Ellie the Wienerdog series) Life's Little Lessons by Ellie the Wienerdog - Lesson #2 by K.J. Hales

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Title: It's Hard to Swim (Life's Little Lessons #2)
Author: K.J. Hales
Published: June 6, 2017
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group/ Open Door Press, Inc. 
Pages: 17
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and Publisher
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 





Ellie the Wienerdog is back!
In Life’s Little Lesson #2, It’s Hard to Swim, readers are reunited with their favorite wiener dog as she is about to abruptly get her paws wet.
Romping on dry ground and chasing a ball are the activities Ellie believes dogs are built to do. However, one day as she is enjoying her canine fun, she chases her ball onto a dock and then finds herself cornered by her “people” who think it would be a good idea for her to take a little dip.
The drama builds as her mind goes into over drive imagining all the terrifying possibilities that could await her below the surface of the water.
Will she sink? Will she end up as dinner for a hungry shark or a monster fish? Or will she overcome her fear and discover all the fun that comes with trying something new? Her future hangs at the end of a dock with very dark water below . . .
Swim is a year-round Summer Fun read! Kids will love searching for all the hidden treasures in the vibrant, whimsical illustrations and grown-ups will love the timeless lesson that is shared through Ellie’s humorous tale.
The team of K.J. Hales and Serene Wyatt have done it again – thanks to the inspiration from Ellie the Wienerdog.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

If You Were Me and Lived In...Israel: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World

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Title: If You Were Me and Lived in Israel
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Kelsea Wierenga
Published: Nov. 2, 2016
Publisher: Chelshire Inc.
Pages: 36
Genre:  Children ages 5 on up
Review: paperback provided by author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 


Join Carole P. Roman when she visits the exciting land of Israel in the newest book of her informative series. Learn about the varied customs and cultures. Travel to the Middle East to discover what you would eat and do for fun. See the land through the eyes of a youngster like you and understand what life is like in this exciting place. Don't forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair world traveler

If You Were Me an Lived in... Cuba: A Child's Introduction to Cultures Around the World by Carole P. Roman

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Title: If You Were Me and Lived in Cuba...
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Kelsea Wierenga
Published:June 6, 2017
Publisher: Chelshire Ince.
Pages: 36
Genre: Children ages 5 on up
Review: paperback provided by author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 




Join Carole P. Roman when she visits the exciting island of Cuba in the newest book of her informative series. Learn about the varied customs and cultures. Travel to the Caribbean to discover what you would eat and do for fun. See the country through the eyes of a youngster like you and understand what life is like in this exciting place.

Don't forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair world traveler.

If You Were Me and Lived In...Germany: A Child's Introduction to Culture Around the World (If You Were Me and Lived) by Carole P. Roman


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Title: If You Were Me and Lived in Germany
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Kelsea Wierenga
Published: Feb. 2, 2017
Publisher: Chelshire Inc.
Pages: 36
Genre: Ages 5 on up
Review: paperback provided by author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 



Join Carole P. Roman when she visits the beautiful land of Germany in the newest book of her informative series. Learn about the varied customs and cultures. Travel to the central Europe to discover what you would eat and do for fun. See the land through the eyes of a youngster like you and understand what life is like in this exciting place. Don't forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair world traveler.