Friday, November 15, 2019

Review: Inky Makes New Friends by Riley Morgan

by Riley Morgan 
Illustrated by Elona Bezooshko
Picture Book
40 pages
ages 3 to 7

Your kids will sleep much better!...and you will too...Inky Ink is a small and cute splashy creature made out of ink. He is looking to make friends and playmates but gets rejected because he seems weird and dirty. The book follows Inky in his quest to make new friends and feel loved and accepted.

It's a cute, weirdly funny and socially sensitive tale of friendshipThe author displays a unique understanding of the child


Finding new friends, especially unexpected ones, takes an unique and entertaining twist.

Inky is a bit lonely but as he runs into other lonely characters, he slowly learns that friends can come in all forms...even the type he doesn't expect.

This book is all about opening up to those, who nobody else might pay attention to. Inky is lonely, but it's not hard for him to find friends once he reaches out. His first friend is a bit dirty. His second a bit big. Nobody wants to be friends with them either, and yet, this is where Inky finds the best friends ever. It's a great message, which is brought across in a clear way without ever feeling preachy. 

The text is simple enough to use as a read-aloud even to younger listeners. A couple of times, there's a page with just a little more text, which is written in with energy and shows how fun friendship can be. The illustrations are bright and don't vary too much. They do bring across the characters nicely and accompany the text well.

It's a sweet read especially the younger end of the age group will enjoy.

Cover Reveal: Chaos Theory by Susan Harris

I'm thrilled to help shout-out the official cover reveal for a brand new young adult vampire series by best-selling author Susan Harris! CHAOS THEORY is the first book in THE SANGUINE CROWN series, which releases on May 20, 2020. CHAOS THEORY brings vampires back in popular form as this new series pays homage to the classics, while breathing fresh and revitalized life back into the genre.

Watch the fun video cover reveal from Melanie's Muses! (because who doesn't love videos?)

“Finally, a new series for fans of Vampire Academy to sink their teeth into.” —Melanie’s Muses

CHAOS THEORY by Susan Harris

Available in retailers everywhere on May 20, 2020!
Everything you thought you knew about vampires is wrong… The vampire race is on the brink of extinction, and their fate now rests on the shoulders of an unlikely pair. Ryan Callan might be a badass seventeen-year-old with a mouth as sharp as her sai, but surviving the loss of her parents has come at the cost of isolating herself from everyone—even her best friend, Crowned Prince Nickolai. When Nickolai is sent to integrate with the humans, Ryan is tasked with watching over him and ensuring his safety. But when a rogue vampire threatens to reveal the existence of vampires to the world, Ryan and Nickolai must put aside their differences to keep their world a secret. Now, thousands of human lives are at stake… and so is the entirety of vampire kind. Perfect for fans of Vampire Academy by Richelle Meade and Slayer by Kiersten White, Susan Harris’s young adult vampire romance is here to prove that vampires are back, and they’re more enticing than ever. Future installments in The Sanguine Crown series by Susan Harris include: Chaos Theory (Book One—May 20, 2020) Butterfly Effect (Book Two—Fall 2020) Additional novels in the series to be announced soon.

What do you think?

Leave us a comment or two to tell us what you think about the new cover for Chaos Theory, and the series premise. We're excited about bring vampires back in 2020!
And here she is...

Susan Harris is a writer from Cork in Ireland. An avid reader, she quickly grew to love books in the supernatural/fantasy and Dystopian genre. She writes books for young adults and adults alike. When she is not writing or reading, she loves music, oriental cultures, tattoos, creepy snow globes, DC shoes, stationary, anything Disney, Marvel movies, psychology and far too many TV shows. If she wasn't a writer, she would love to be a FBI profiler or a PA for Dave Grohl or Jared Leto.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Review: Daddy, Can You Hear Me? by Thomas Davison

by Thomas Davison
Illustrated by Samuel Simmons
Joy Publications
Picture Book
ages 4 to 8

This keepsake is intended to be the first-step in the healing process between father-child or child and father. If you ever had the need to say, "I Love You" then this keepsake is a must.

The inspirational words and beautiful illustrations, combine to make this more than just another ebook, but a lesson in love.


This is a beautifully illustrated and touching book, which will especially ring with children who have lost their fathers, no longer see them, or do not meet with them very often. But then, even children who are regularly around their fathers will feel the warming love.

Written with a flow of poetry, these pages celebrate fathers and help children remember the influence of fathers in their lives...especially as memories. The text is touching and written in a way young readers will understand. It hits upon moments which a variety of listeners will recognize. And that's one of the important themes in this book, as well. A large variety of cultures, races, beliefs and living situations are addressed in the artwork, while the text remains more all-compassing. It makes for a lovely read.

And here he is...

Thomas Davison is the father of four children, who tackles the difficult subject matter of a relationship between a child and an absent father in Daddy, Can You Hear Me?
This book explores the raw emotions experienced by both parties in the desire for love, hope and forgiveness can jumpstart the healing process to overcome this situation.
Daddy, Can You Hear Me? has a history in “Read to Me” programs for inmates and has been recognized in a Wall Street Journal article by Columnist Jeffrey Zaslow.  Endorsed by numerous librarians throughout the United States, this book is sure to become an important addition to any collection.  (Now available as an ebook on Amazon, iTunes Books and You can order copies right here)
A native of St. Paul, Minnesota he currently works in the Healthcare Industry and enjoys free-time writing and spending time with family.  His passionate desire to help heal societal relationship pain experienced by children, prompted the writing of this book

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Review: The Boring Books by Shinsuke Yoshitake

by Shinsuke Yoshitake
Chronicle Books
Picture Books
40 pages
ages 4 to 8

The Boring Book is a humorous picture book that follows the story of one particularly bored boy.

As the story progresses, our protagonist discovers there's actually more to boredom than what meets the eye—more questions, more theories, and heaps of humor.

This exploration of boredom from acclaimed author-illustrator Shinsuke Yoshitake
 playfully—and hilariously—unpacks the ways in which a seemingly stagnant state is actually a portal into a dynamic, life-enriching experience.

• Embraces the topic of boredom—an ever-so-popular kid complaint—and runs with it
• The unique comic format, fast pace, smart humor, and narrative approach makes it ideal for reluctant readers
• A universally hilarious book that will amuse children ages 5 to 8, as well as adults

In addition to banishing boredom, Yoshitake's distinctive illustrations promote visual literacy and show young readers what the process of creative thinking looks like.

This smart, laugh-out-loud picture book just might change your child's perspective on the state of boredom forever.
• A wonderful gift for parents, teachers, educators, librarians, caregivers, and anyone who has to answer to the statement "I'm bored!"
• Perfect for readers of early chapter books
• Great for fans of the Fox & Chick series by Sergio Ruzzier, Waiting Is Not Easy! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems, and I'm Bored by Michael Ian Black


Never has boredom been so exciting as in these pages and been as boring as boredom truly is.

This boy is bored. He's bored of playing with his toys and can't think of anything to do. So, he complains to his mother, who wants to know what he expects her to do about it. Suddenly, the boy wonders—why am I bored? And this opens up a very packed and 'boring' adventure.

I've heard the same complaint from one of my sons quite a bit lately and had to laugh as I read through this. So did he (even if he insisted he was bored at those times...with a smile) Step by step, a little boy uses his fantasy, things around him and even talking to others to figure out how not to be bored. And with each new moment, he's doing something unexpected and not sitting around with nothing to do. Young readers will easily relate with the boy...although, like my son, I doubt they'd ever admit it. But their smirks, rolls of the eyes and twitching lips make it clear that they understand this completely.

This boy has quite the imagination, too! Rolling in a giant doughnut is only the beginning of what turns out to moments where fantasy and play are unleashed, and new activities are discovered. It's fun to watch the boy, and these moments won't only bring a few smiles, but also a few ideas for young readers to do themselves.

And here he is...
Shinsuke Yoshitake is the author-illustrator of The I Wonder Bookstore and the creator of many award-winning picture books. He lives in Japan.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Review: Five Little Thank-Yous by Cindy Jin

by Cindy Jin
Illustrated by Dawn M. Cardona
Little Simon
Board Book
12 pages 
ages 0 to 5

Shaped like a handprint turkey art craft, this colorful rhyming board book is all about the important things to be thankful for on Thanksgiving!

Thank you for this food we share
made with tender love and care.

This Thanksgiving book of five important thank yous is the perfect way for parents to celebrate and share the meaning of the holiday with their child.

Inspired by the construction paper Thanksgiving turkeys kids learn to draw with their hands, this novelty book has a collage art style that both adults and little ones will recognize and love!


This is a little book, which sums up the Thanksgiving spirit clearly, with warmth and a tad bit of fun.

Shaped like a hand and fitting to the shape of a simple turkey, this tiny book screams Thanksgiving. It includes five basic things to be thankful for, simple things which center around family and being together. It's easy for the youngest to understand and recognize some of the situations, and sturdy enough to be tugged around with the request to be read over and over again.

The illustrations are colorful, simple and yet hold tiny details listeners not only will be familiar with but will point out (like spilled sprinkles, a dog begging for food at the table, or a falling-off hat). The ending brings it all home with a message of confidence and love.

And here they are...

The Author...
Cindy Jin writes and edits books for children. She lives in New York City. 

The Illustrator...
Dawn M. Cardona is a self-taught illustrator who has been cutting out her intricate and playful illustrations by hand since she discovered her love for paper in 2004. She currently lives and works out of her home in Maine.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Review: T. Rex Time Machine: Dinos in De-Nile by Jared Chapman

T. Rex Time Machine, Book Two
by Jared Chapman
Chronicle Books
Picture Book
44 pages
ages 4 to 8

Two T. Rexes are whisked away by their time machine to ancient Egypt, where King Tut mistakes them for Sobek, god of the Nile. They are treated to glorious feasts and magnificent tours. But when the aliens land—they're in the middle of constructing the pyramids—and expose the supposed gods as mere dinosaurs, everyone's mad. Will the dinosaurs escape? This laugh-out-loud romp through time and space is perfect for storytime, bedtime, read-alouds, and guaranteed giggles!


Zanny silliness and quirky fun make these dinosaurs a pair to love and laugh with as the zip to Egypt and rub elbows with a Tut, which might not be so historically correct.

The two dinosaurs have landed with their time machine in Egypt. They're a bit confused, to say the least, but they meet Tut, who quickly informs them they are actually gods of the Nile and authors of his favorite comics. He takes them on his ship to show them more of Egypt and soon run into strange creatures...aliens. And that's when things start souring up.

Do not expect anything serious in these pages, and that's exactly what my son loved about it. These dinosaurs talk, are intelligent, and step from one quirky problem into the next. While there is a touch of history...kind of...the Sphinx and other buildings take on new meaning. And Egyptian life is not what you expect. The addition of aliens definitely caused an eyebrow raise, but hey, everything is possible, I guess. It's brings giggles and snorts and will need to be read more than once. And for those who are ready and willing, it's part of an entire series (this book being the second), which promises tons of silly fun.

And here he is...

Jared Chapman is the author and illustrator of many books for young readers, including Vegetables in Underwear, Fruits in Suits, and T. Rex Time Machine. He lives in Texas with his family.

Happy Print Release, The Temple and The Temple Twins by Emily Shore!

Clean Teen Publishing has not one, but two new print releases from Emily Shore today! THE TEMPLE, and THE TEMPLE TWINS, Books 3 and 4 in the UNCAGED SERIES by Emily Shore are finally available in print. Grab your copies today!


THE TEMPLE by Emily Shore

Book 3 in The Uncaged Series. 


Book 4 in The Uncaged Series.

Readers are calling THE UNCAGED SERIES—“A breath of fresh air;” “Beautiful and Frightening;” and “Captivating, haunting, and unapologetically honest.”



Emily Shore is a MN author with a B.A. in Creative Writing from Metro State University and was a grand prize winner of #PitchtoPublication, which led her to working with professionals in the publishing industry. She is signed with Clean Teen Publishing for her anti-trafficking dystopian The Aviary, first in the Uncaged Series. For every sale, proceeds return to trafficking rescue and to Emily and her husband's international adoption fund.

Throughout the years, Emily has connected with rescue organizations and survivors of sex-trafficking and injects the truths she's learned into her books for youth. She loves motivational speaking on the issue of sex-trafficking and always hopes for more speaking events in schools, churches, and libraries. Please contact her on her website if you are interested in hearing her speak.

Emily lives in Saint Paul with her husband and two daughters. They are currently in the process of adopting a little girl from India.

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