Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Frizzy the S.A.D Elf

Here's a little taste of a new book just in time for the upcoming holiday seasonI am delighted to be joining in with a Book Review Blitz for “Frizzy the S.A.D. Elf” by Dorothea Jensen, a delightful rhyming tale that is perfect as a read-aloud book at Christmas-time.

Frizzy the S.A.D. Elf by Dorothea Jensen


About the Book

Title: Frizzy the S.A.D. Elf (Santa’s Izzy Elves #4)
Author: Dorothea Jensen
Illustrator: Shayne Hood 
Publication Date: August 2, 2014
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 34 
Recommended Ages: 4 to 10

Summary:  Santa’s Izzy Elves stories are not your usual picture books – older kids who enjoy playing with words and rhythmical verse will love them, too. One reason for this is that although their stories are told in verse echoing the famous 19th century poem: A VISIT FROM SAINT NICHOLAS, Santa’s Izzy Elves are definitely 21st century, with electronics galore!

FRIZZY, THE S.A.D. ELF is the fourth of these poetic tales. In this story, Frizzy, one of Santa’s Izzy Elves, styles the hair of Christmas dollies, but misses them dreadfully when Santa takes them away on Christmas Eve. (She suffers from S.A.D.: Seasonal Affection Distress.) Frizzy decides she needs to change her job so she doesn’t get so attached to the toys she works on. She starts making something completely different but soon finds that her plan isn’t going to work out exactly as she intended!

Santa’s Izzy Elves have won a number of literary awards.  Dizzy, the Stowaway Elf received Honorable Mention in the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards and has been Story Book Approved.  Plus, the e-book editions of Tizzy, the Christmas Shelf Elf and Blizzy, the Worrywart Elf both received the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award, honouring “the best in family-friendly media”.
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What People Are Saying About Santa’s Izzy Elves

Book 1 (Tizzy):  Tizzy, The Christmas Shelf Elf is a clever holiday read-aloud story featuring two excited siblings who sneak down early Christmas morning and discover a very special surprise.  Only through their discovery of the magic of books do they find a way to send Tizzy back home.  Kudos to the author for highlighting the importance of books!  I recommend this book to be read aloud to children ages 5 and older.” ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
 
Book 1 (Tizzy):  “This is a delightful and cleverly written rhymed poem, sprinkled with echoes of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” with a similar rhythm and rhyme scheme but not a slave to it.” ~ 5 Star Review, Carolyn P., Amazon
 
 Book 2 (Blizzy):  “Such a wonderful mystery and perfect for pre-readers and those getting ready to read. Jensen has a very creative personality put to good use while developing this series about Santa’s elves.” ~ 5 Star Review, Gene G., Amazon
 
Book 2 (Blizzy):  “Any kid would love this poetic bedtime story.” ~ 5  Star Review, robinsm, Amazon
Book 3 (Dizzy):  “I love the story and especially the artwork in this book. A great read for my children for the upcoming Holiday.” ~ 5 Star Review, Ben L., Amazon
 
Book 3 (Dizzy):  “If you haven’t read this series, you are missing out! The Izzy Elves are awesome, and the Dizzy story is really our family favorite so far.” ~ 5 Star Review, BookLover, Amazon

About the Author: Dorothea Jensen

Dorothea Jensen

Dorothea Jensen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Carleton College, and a Master of Arts degree in Secondary Education from the University of New Mexico. She is the author of The Riddle of Penncroft Farm, an award-winning novel for young readers about the American Revolution. Named an International Reading Association’s Teachers’ Choice Selection soon after publication, it is read in schools throughout the United States. More recently, Riddle earned a first prize in the historical fiction category of the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Award, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published an e-book edition in 2014, twenty-five years after its original release.
Deedy recently completed A Buss From Lafayette, another historical novel for middle graders. She is now working on a new story, set in seventeenth century Massachusetts, called A Scalp on the Moon.The fifth Izzy Elf story, featuring Bizzy, is also in the works.
For more information about Dorothea and her books, please visit http://izzyelves.com/ or  http://www.dorotheajensen.com/

About the Illustrator:  Shayne Hood

Shayne Hood is a professional animator and illustrator. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree at the California Institute of the Arts.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Bingo Summer by Dawn Malone

I am pleased to be joining in with Mother Daughter Book Reviews for another of their fab reviews. This time the review is for the middle grade book , “Bingo Summer” by Dawn Malone. I know that you'll love it as much as we did.

Bingo Summer by Dawn Malone

About the Book

Title: Bingo Summer
Author: Dawn Malone 
Publication Date: May 7, 2014
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 173
Recommended Ages: 10+
Summary: 
On her thirteenth birthday, Summer Haas scratches the lottery ticket her mom tucked into her birthday card and the down-on-their-luck family become instant millionaires. Then the attention gets crazy in their small Illinois town, and the family moves north to ‘disappear’ in the Chicago suburbs. Summer’s new home might as well be on the Moon, it’s so different from where she used to live.
Suddenly, Summer is a candidate for student council, trades her t-shirt and jeans for mall-brand clothes, and throws a party for her entire grade even though she didn’t invite a single guest. Everyone wants Summer to be someone other than herself, including the super-popular Suri who Summer hopes will be her new best friend. There’s Mara who wants Summer to forget about competing with her for third base when softball season comes. And Summer just wants to avoid Dink and Anna even though she has more in common with them than she wants to admit.
But when Mara discovers how Summer’s family made their millions, and threatens to tell the whole school, Summer needs a friend more than ever. Can Summer fit in AND stay true to herself?

 My Review

A super book for any junior high library. Appeals to teenage girls who will be able to empathise with the characters. A lovely read.

What People Are Saying

“Good grapes, but this is a fun story that was well-written. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Librarian Sheryl, Amazon
“Bingo Summer was nicely written, kept your attention, and is a great book to have in a junior high library. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Kathy, Amazon
“Dawn Malone is a great writer whose lively writing style and interesting details make the book fun to read. A charming book that is perfect for middle school girls. ” ~ 5 Star Review, JadeBlue, Amazon
“I loved this book! I thought the author did a fabulous job of weaving a great YA book that readers will remember. Believable characters and just really great writing. ” ~ 5 Star Review, M.Z., Amazon

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About the Author: Dawn Malone


Dawn Malone
Dawn Malone is an author and former newspaper reporter. She has written on a wide range of subjects, from a creole cooking school in New Orleans to award-winning irises in a Wisconsin greenhouse. Writing those articles and working other odd jobs over the years – cake assembly line worker, yogurt seller, substitute teacher ? helps her develop the quirky characters that populate her stories. Her work has appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal, the Chicken Soup for the Soul Think Positive for Kids edition, and Highlights for Children. When she’s not writing, Dawn loves hiking when someone else carries her backpack. She lives in central Illinois.

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Thursday, 9 October 2014

Mother's Love Can Conquer Any Fear

I am delighted to be joining in with a Book Review Blitz for the picture book “Mother’s Love Can Conquer Any Fear!” by Subhash and Sujata Kommuru. .

 

Steeped in Indian culture, this is a uniquely and whimsically illustrated picture book featuring an unexpected twist at the end of the story.

Mothers Love Can Conquer Any Fear - cover - Kommuru books

About the Book

Title: Mother’s Love Can Conquer Any Fear!
Author: Subhash Kommuru
Illustrator: Sujata Kommuru
Publication Date: October, 2014
Publisher: Kommuru Books
Pages: 32
Recommended Ages: 3 to 8

Book Description: Shastriji is a wise old chicken who always has an answer for How…. until comes the vile crow Kaalia who is up to no good. All of Shastriji’s ideas to deal with Kaalia one after other backfires. What if the right question was not “How” but “Why”? Could there be an end to the tyranny of Kaalia?

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What I thought

A delightful read that celebrates the strength of a mother's love. There's also a message there about bullying. The book is wonderfully illustrated and simply written to appeal to young readers, who sit on the edge of their seats hoping that Kaalia will get his come uppance. I used it as a platform for a PHSE lesson on bullying but it's a wonderful shared read, and easy enough for children to join in with.

 

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Mothers Love Can Conquer Any Fear - inside page 1 - Kommuru Books
Mothers Love Can Conquer Any Fear - inside page 2 - Kommuru Books

About the Author & Illustrator: Subhash & Sujata Kommuru

Subhash and Sujata Kommuru
Subhash and Sujata Kommuru hail from India. They migrated to the United States along with their memories of childhood and youth. Now that they are parents, just like every immigrant they crave to introduce their child to the culture and values of their upbringing. Yet it is challenging to teach something while you are in the midst of adjusting to a different culture yourself.
Subhash and Sujata both work in different disciplines and have different styles and backgrounds, but it is the upbringing of their son that brings them on the same page. That exact place where they meet is captured and reflected in their stories, where Subhash can express in words, and Sujata can illustrate them beautifully. Where he puts it in black and white, she adds colour to it. You get the idea!
These stories are their attempt to share a glimpse of their childhood days with their son. He is their inspiration to write short stories that have meaning to them and provide teaching in some shape or form.

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Better Late than Never - $200 September Giveaway


Welcome to the $200 September Blogger Appreciation Giveaway 2014 hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews. Renee over at MDBR works tirelessly to bring us the very latest reads, and I am privileged to have been helping her along over the last few months. I've come across some storming books as well that I've been delighted to have been able to share with you.

OK, so I'm a little late posting about the giveaway, but you still have today and tomorrow to get your entries in.

The giveaway is open internationally, which means that your prize will be worth around £123 pounds sterling, $228 Australian dollars, $223 Canadian dollars, 158 Euros or 7830 Russian rubles. So what are you waiting for...? Start clicking those Rafflecopter buttons now for your chance to win. It's a large Rafflecopter, but don't be put off. Grab yourself a coffee and click away - it really will be worth it if you win. And if you don't, well, you'll have found yourself a heap of new friends.

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Lobo Goes to the Galapagos - Book Review and a Chance to Win a $100 Amazon Giftcard

Lobo Goes to the Galapagos by C. L. Murphy

About the Book

Title: Lobo Goes to the Galapagos (The Adventures of Lovable Lobo)
Author: C.L. Murphy
Publication Date: August 27, 2014
Publisher: Peanut Butter Prose
Pages:32
Recommended Ages: 3 to 7
Summary: Lobo returns in this adventure, sweeter and a bit salty this time. This lil' wolf pup finds that there's nothing like a little sea air to bring out the best in him and his unlikely tag-alongs. Take a trip to the Galapagos with Lobo and his right-hand raven, Roxy, as they help an injured, new feathered friend return home. Lobo faces some fears and witnesses the joy that comes from helping others in this "birds of a different feather DO flock together" tale.  

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What People Are Saying

"Who knew geography and learning about animals could be this much fun? Lobo Goes to the Galapagos is my new favorite children's book and is highly recommended. " ~ Jack Magnus, Readers' Favorite
 
"While Ms, Murphy's uniquely whimsical and vibrant illustrative style is perfectly suited for the wild, tropical feel of this colorful book, and easily captures young readers' attention, there is also a subtle, quiet beauty to the storyline's overarching themes of friendship, trust, perseverance, and goodwill. Lobo's tenacious and giving spirit are delightfully captured in this fifth installment of puppy-fueled fun. In fact, it's sincerely so easy to fall in love with "Lovable" Lobo that I'd happily follow this well-meaning, big-hearted, wolf pup to the very ends of the earth!" ~ 5 Star Review, Indie Author Girl, Amazon
 
"What an adorable story! I read this to my nephew and he couldn't stop giggling at the silliness of Roxy as well as Lobo's cute friends Bobby, Sunny, Coconut and Sandra. The author was very clever in portraying a tale of friendship, adventure and excitement that is sure to enthuse young minds around the world." ~ 5 Star Review, Gina D., Amazon
 

About the Author: C.L. Murphy

C.L.Murphy

While new to the children’s book writing and illustrating scene, C.L. Murphy (Cathy) has been doodling her way through life since she won a school wide poster contest in the third grade. She’s had the pleasure of working as an artist in residence, creating cartoons and painting murals with the children at local elementary schools. She adores the wonder and curiosity of young children. She feels that creating picture books is something that she was destined to do, after years of filing away so many ideas, while raising her two sons. She is a member of SCBWI. She lives amongst the wildlife in an enchanted forest in the beautiful Oregon wilderness with her husband and menagerie. She has always appreciated nature and animals have always played a major role in her life. The inspiration for the Lovable Lobo character came from a wolf that she raised for over 14 years. Check out her book series and discover that you, too, will find Lobo lovable.

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Prize: One winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash prize (winner's choice) Contest Ends: October 23, 11:59 pm, 2014 Open: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. The winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by C.L. Murphy and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions - feel free to send and email to Renee@MotherDaughterBookReviews.com.


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