Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Review: That'll Do, Pippin! by Anne Kaufmann





THAT'LL DO, PIPPIN! 
by Anne Kaufmann
Brownridge Publishing
Pages: 68

Children’s Picture Book






Pippin and Nigel are two charming puppy brothers who live on a wonderful farm. They are best buddies and do everything together. They are full of mischief, energy and fun! Pippin is the smaller puppy who wants with all his heart to be like his brother Nigel. Nigel is brave. Nigel is strong. Nigel is smart. One day, the puppies escape from their yard into the woods where they experience many adventures. Nigel is always there to help and protect Pippin. Then Pippin solves a dangerous problem all by himself and learns that it is okay just to be Pippin.

This story teaches young children the importance of believing in themselves and that they each have their own wonderful gifts and abilities.


 
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MY TIDBITS

Dog fans (and who doesn't like dog stories?) will enjoy Pippin's adventures as he learns more about himself and how to find courage.

Pippin and his best friend/brother, Nigel, are left on the farm alone while the family is underway. The two dogs gets along well but are opposites in so many ways. While Nigel is playful and spontaneous, Pippin is quieter and more careful. When the two go out on an adventure, especially Pippin learns something unexpected.

Pippin is a sweet dog and Nigel grabs the heart. Young readers will enjoy their antics, worries, problems, desires and fun as they hit the world from a dog's perspective. The tale flows nicely and makes a wonderful bedtime read as well as a tale beginning readers, who are a little more sure of themselves, can hit on their own. The illustrations are lovingly done and fit very well with the tale. Add excitement and a wonderful lesson about learning to step passed fears to pursue a dream, and it's a cute tale young listeners and readers are sure to enjoy.













Pippin had a wish. He wanted to be like Nigel. Nigel was brave. Nigel was strong. Nigel was smart. Everyone admired Nigel.























 











Anne Kaufmann is both the illustrator and author of the Pippin and Nigel adventure series for young children. She is the also the author of “Glenn Gould: Sketches of Solitude.” Anne is a former teacher librarian. She studied English Literature at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Toronto. Her passions include music, books, animals and creating nature journals. She has shared her life with dogs, horses, cats and birds.A nature lover, she spends many hours exploring the forests north of her home and walking her dogs, Indy, Maya and Pippin. She loves spending time with her horse, Aria. Some of her favourite childhood memories include summers at her cottage on Lake Simcoe, settling back on the family couch reading while listening to her dad’s weekly String Quartet group, playing with her dogs and wishing for a horse. She is currently working on the third book of the Pippin and Nigel Adventure series and  a historical fiction novel on the great Canadian horse and Kentucky Derby winner, Northern Dancer. She lives in Ontario, Canada.





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Monday, June 17, 2019

Kotumikud - The Oldest Secret In The World by Greethel Reeds


KOTUMIKUD
The Oldest Secret in the World
by Greethel Reeds
Children's Story Book
ages 3 to 10
26 pages





Have you seen this new children's eBook illustrated by a talented 13-year-old? This story has been the oldest best-kept secret in the world, until now.

This book is for people who believe that you can get or be anything in life if you have the courage to dream, believe and act accordingly.

Kotumikud are mysterious creatures who visit children in the spring, summer and autumn when the elves are resting. They help children with their everyday problems boosting their confidence and encouraging them to follow their dreams.

Kotumikud is an amazing picture book full of adventures, heart-warming life lessons and fun characters. The story is simple and easy to read. Captivating illustrations made by a talented 13-year-old girl tell the story right along with the written word.

The engaging tale promotes positive self-esteem in kids as it shows them that the world is full of endless possibilities. It encourages toddlers to use their imagination and think of all the things they can accomplish in their life.

Easy readable font and captivating story makes it great for grownups - they will love reading it over and over to kids.

Psst! Want to know another secret? The second book is already in the making. The adventure continues!
 







And here she is...


The story of Kotumikud goes back many many moons to the time when Greethel Reeds was 25 and working in a kindergarten as a substitute teacher. It was time for a nap, and she didn’t feel like reading a book to the kids. She wanted to tell them a story of her own instead so she told them about Kotumikud.

After a few days, one of the parents asked her about it. She was looking for the book
because her young one kept asking for it at home. Greethel was surprised, humbled and delighted at the same time, but it hadn’t even crossed her mind to write it down.

After 8 years she had an extraordinary experience which made her realize something
utterly important: it’s us sitting on the driver’s seat of our lives; it all happens because we
want it, or fear it. We are in control — no-one else. Our thoughts have such power, and we
need to be aware of it to live the best life possible. It was a revelation.

The first time Greethel thought about writing the story of Kotumikud into a book was when she had Grant-Konrad, her son. She started writing on a plane from Tallinn to Toronto and drafted
majority of it while tripping in Canada and US.

Her message to all the children is very simple: we create the lives we live. Our truest wishes
will come true. And our job as parents is to raise the kids with an understanding that the
world is full of endless possibilities. There are literally no limit.


“Hope you enjoy the story of Kotumikud as much as I have. And, always remember to dream big, act accordingly and believe in yourself” she says with a smile.


Amazon Author's Page:  https://www.amazon.com/Greethel-Reeds/e/B07PZC9CGS/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0 
Book's website  https://kotumikud.business.site/ 
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Friday, June 14, 2019

Review: Superbuns! by Diane Kredensor


SUPERBUNS!
Kindness is her superpower
by Diane Krednesor
Aladdin
Picture Book
40 pages ages 4 to 8





For fans of Fred Rogers in Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and Be Kind, a little bunny, who dreams of being a superhero, proves to her know-it-all older sister that kindness really is a superpower.

Some superheroes can leap tall buildings in a single bound, some can crawl up a wall, some grow wolfsharp claws, and some have superhuman speed. And Superbuns? Her superpower is being kind. Super kind. She can’t help but be kind: watering a neighbor’s daisies; helping a friend cross the street; feeding a hungry goldfish.

Superbuns’s older sister Blossom is a super know-it-all who doesn’t believe kindness is a superpower. Not one bit. And all this kindness is slowing them down on their way to Grammy’s house, where a yummy carrot cobbler awaits.

But the sisters are being followed by a little fox, and when Blossom learns the fox is not after their cobbler but is lost, she discovers kindness really is a superpower after all.
 




 MY TIDBITS

With two great ears to hear and tons of heart, Superbuns shows that kindness might be the best superpower of all.

Buns, alias Superbuns, is a sweet, little bunny girl, who has no doubt that kindness is her superpower. She's ready to help anyone in the neighborhood in need. Too bad her older sister, Blossom, doesn't see things that way. She's convinced that kindness isn't a superpower by pure definition, and Blossom knows a lot of things. But thanks to a cobbler and a fox, maybe Blossom's opinion will change.

Superbuns is hard not to adore. While the first page points out the important attributes she possess to bring out her superpower in the best ways, it's her heart which draws attention. And her lovely cape. Young listeners will easily identify with her as she hops through the neighborhood, ready to help those in need. And when her sister nags, it's impossible not to feel for Superbuns...something many young listeners will also identify with.

The sisterly relationship makes for a realistic and entertaining tug-a-war, but never goes to extremes. Even when the two bunny girls are a little at odds, it's clear they share a special bond. As for the message on being kind, that rings out loud and clear. And while Superbuns hits being nice as a superpower, the deeds she does are simple. It shows young listeners that they can become superheroes of kindness too.


And here she is...

Diane Kredensor is the author and illustrator of the Ollie & Moon picture book series. She is also an Emmy Award-winning artist, director, and producer for her work on animated TV shows such as Pinky and the Brain, Clifford the Big Red Dog, and WordWorld. She runs Tricycle Films, where she has created, developed and contributed to programs for Nickelodeon, Warner Bros., the Disney Channel, PBS, MTV, and the Sesame Workshop. Diane happily lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her partner, their son, and two stinky cats. Visit her a t DianeKredensor.com



Thursday, June 13, 2019

Sneak Peek: Falling for my Nemesis by Tia Sounders




Falling For My Nemesis: A Sweet YA Romance 
by Tia Souders 
Sweet Water High, #6
 June 11th 2019
YA Contemporary, Romance












Spending time with my nemesis never felt so good.
Carson Brooks has been my enemy since the day he moved to town and tried to drown me in a rogue wave.
Not only are we enemies, but we’re not quiet about it either. We’re polar opposites. Where I’m a perfectionist and methodical in all things, he is carefree and the life of the party.
While Carson tries to trip me in the halls on a regular basis, I’m busy glaring holes through his disgustingly thick skull.
Oh, and did I mention I’m best friends with his little brother? Talk about inconvenient.
But it’s our senior year and my life is unraveling. My parents are at each other’s throats, I have yet to hear back about early admissions at the college of my choice, and I have no date to the Snowflake Ball. So, when Carson whacks me in the face with a basketball during gym class, I snap. I go for his throat–literally.
Now Sweet Water’s principal is giving us a choice: face suspension or find a way to work together on the holiday Angel Project.
Great. As if living in a warzone weren’t enough, now I have to spend time with the enemy.
But as tensions rise and we begin spending time together, I realize there’s more to Carson Brooks than his cocky exterior. Maybe I like him more than I thought. Maybe a little too much.


SNEAK PEEK

A burst of laughter from center-court stole my attention. I glanced over to see Carson cackling with Olivia, a basketball casually hooked under his arm, looking as carefree as ever.
I rolled my eyes and turned back to Harper. Typical. Of course he would be fawning all over someone like her. He was probably going to the dance with either her or Tasha, one of Sweet Water’s MG’s. They might be popular and beautiful, but they earned their nickname as the school’s Mean Girls for a reason. I couldn’t imagine if I showed up dateless. No doubt Carson would relish the opportunity to rub my solo-status in my face.
I could picture it now, those crystal blue eyes glittering menacingly under the disco ball in the gym, his hair dark and rumpled. Couldn’t get a date, Shorty? he’d say, and then I’d punch him.
Ugh. Why was I even thinking about him?
I crossed my arms over my chest and mustered a smile. “No worries. I’m sure I’ll—”
My words cut off at the sound of someone yelling, “Heads up!”
But it was too late. I wasn’t fast enough. I was too wrapped up in my own personal crisis to react before the basketball smashed into my face—wham!
I doubled over, my hands flying to where the ball had torpedoed into my eye socket. The pain was sharp—blinding. It took my breath away. Several seconds ticked by before I managed to straighten and inhale, blinking a few times, eyes watering as I searched my surroundings with my good eye like a pirate.
My gaze narrowed, knife-sharp, zeroing in on my assailant. None other than Carson Brooks stood right in my line of vision, a smirk plastered across his perfectly symmetrical pretty-boy face.
I dropped my hand from my throbbing eye and Harper gasped beside me, covering her mouth, mumbling a muffled, “Oh my gosh.”
I gave her a cursory glance—she wasn’t helping—before I returned my focus back to the court where Carson began to laugh. Not a chuckle, but a bent over at the waist, full on belly roll.
And I snapped.
My hands balled at my side, while I stormed the eight feet separating us to his spot on the court, my eyes blazing, fists at the ready. I was a woman possessed as I closed the gap. All of my problems culminated in the single moment he lobbed the basketball into my face, and I was sure it was him. I had never been more certain of anything in my life. It was always him prodding me, poking me, pricking his needle-sharp jabs under my skin.
My face throbbed where he struck me with the ball, and as I neared, he laughed even harder. It took him but a minute to absorb the fury oozing from my pores, and his laughter faded, morphing into his signature smirk.
I didn’t think. I could only react, and before I knew what I was doing, before common sense could prevail, my slender fingers wrapped around his puny neck.




And here she is...
Tia Souders is a city girl turned country. If life on a farm isn't interesting enough, renovating a century home with her hubs has kept her on her toes. There's nothing like discovering a fried squirrel in your furnace to make life fresh again.
She's an unapologetic wine-loving, coffeeholic with a sweet tooth. In-between wrangling her two children and drinking copious amounts of coffee, she reads and writes stories that tug on your heartstrings.
Visit her at tiasouders.com and join her newsletter for sneak peeks and more!

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Review: Peck - A Little Lovebird in a Big Land by Remi Nicole


PECK
A Little Lovebird in a Big Land
by Remi Nicole
Remstar Publishing
Picture Book
32 pages
ages 4 to 8



A little lovebird named Peck has been on a long journey to find love. His next stop is the big land of Africa where he encounters many animals who show him kindness and point him in the right direction. Thanks to the help of his new pals, Peck finds exactly what his heart was seeking.


 MY TIDBITS

With lots of love and new friendships, this cute bird learns a little more about Africa on the way.
Peck is a little lovebird on a journey to find love. Luckily, he has a friend to fly him across the ocean (his wings are very small), and there learns a little more about Africa while meeting a few new friends along the way. He might even find what he's looking for in this exciting place.

Peck is simply cute. His energy and adorableness radiates from every page, not only thanks to the lovely text but also the illustrations. This book invites younger readers with joyful characters in the bright illustrations and is sure to have them flipping through on their own. The text is a little heavy for the youngest listeners and even makes a great read for beginning readers who are a little more sure of themselves.

Basic information about Africa trickles into a fun tale. It's nothing too deep but does give a first glance at the continent.

I haven't read the other books in this series but would advise doing so. While this book isn't too hard to pick up and read as a stand alone, it seems to be a continuation of Peck's journey and builds from the other picture books in the series.


You can discover more about Remi Nicole and the Peck series here!














Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Happy Book Birthday, The Missing Alphabet by Elaine Kaye



Gregory the Boy: Hi everyone! My name is Gregory.

Sammy the Teddy Bear: *waves* Don't be scared, but I can talk, too. I'm Sammy.

Gregory: Sammy is my best friend in the whole wide world. We go on a lot of adventures together. Don't we, Sammy?

Sammy: Yup! Like the time when Gregory turned green at school.

Gregory: And you came to tell my friends and me about bulling.

Sammy: Someone had to.

Gregory: Then there was the time when you ripped your leg, Sammy, and Mom had to fix you up.

Sammy: *rubs leg* I don't want to talk about that.

Gregory: Let's not forget about what happened on Halloween night!

Sammy: We rode on a broom! *pretends to be an airplane*

Gregory: Now we have a brand new adventure to share with everyone.

Sammy: We do! But maybe we should let Elaine Kaye share the details about the story of The Missing Alphabet.

Elaine Kaye the Author: Thanks, boys!


NEW RELEASE FROM ELAINE KAYE:


The paper alphabet letters in Gregory Green’s classroom have gone missing, and it’s up to him and his friends to find those missing letters. They go on a hunt through the school, hoping to find them. They spot letters next to things that start with those letters, like B for Bananas in the cafeteria. But will they be able to find the entire alphabet?

The Missing Alphabet is a great story for children learning to associate letters with objects, and four activities throughout the book will further help children to get familiar with the alphabet.

General Age Range - Kids 5-8 (Story Picture Book)

EBOOK: Amazon / Nook / Kobo
PRINT: Amazon 


A GREGORY GREEN ADVENTURE SERIES:


“Bullying is not fun and, with colorful illustrations and interesting characters, the author handles the topic in a simple manner, giving a clear message about how the color of one's skin is not important." - Readers' Favorite (5-Star Review)

EBOOK: Amazon / Nook / Kobo



“Tutors and educators can use it in classrooms and school libraries for read aloud sessions.” – Readers’ Favorite (5-Star Review)

EBOOK: Amazon / Nook / Kobo
PRINT: Amazon / Barnes & Noble 





“This is a perfect story for children and it will make them imagine, dream, and become adventurous. The illustrations are whimsical and they bring out the spookiness and eeriness of the adventure.” – Readers’ Favorite (5-Star Review)

EBOOK: Amazon / Nook / Kobo
PRINT: Amazon / Barnes & Noble







And here she is...




Elaine Kaye is the author of A Gregory Green Adventure series. She created Gregory Green after her son, who loved her homemade pea soup.

Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher's assistant in elementary schools. She currently lives in Florida, but has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home.

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Soul Survivor
Prequel to the Spirit Shield Saga
by Susan Faw
YA Fantasy 










An ancient feud that spills from the realm of the Gods. Four desperate agendas that cross the line. And a boy with a mysterious box is the world’s only hope.

Helga, demi-goddess of the underworld has but one true desire, a young man named Genii. But Genii belongs to her sister star gazing sister, Artio.

Obsessed with possessing Genii any way she can, Helga sets herself against her siblings. The vicious rivalry sets brother against sister and flesh against spirit, as they battle each other for ultimate control of the souls of the dead.

Helga summons a great evil, spawn of the underworld, which left unchecked, will sweep all life into the depths of the underworld, where Helga rules supreme.

In the epic battle that ensues, only one will be left standing, and if it is the wrong one, how will the world survive?

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Seer of Souls
Book One of The Spirit Shield Saga 

"A Rip-Roaring Series Opener!" - Kirkus Reviews


The time for hiding is finished. The dead are restless. Fate and destiny collide.

Twins Cayden and Avery Tiernan have grown up in isolation on the fringe of the realm. Gifted with forbidden skills, they hide their growing magical powers. Ancient prophecies speak of the ones with the power to depose the queen.

To protect her throne, Queen Alcina scours the land for evidence of magic, while the darker force she serves threatens the land with chaos. She is not the only huntress however. Primordial seekers discover the twins first but before they can escape, the death of a queen’s guard puts the entire village in jeopardy. To save their town, the twins flee, only to be dragged toward an unknown destiny. 

Guided by her gift, Avery senses lies and treachery where others see only truth. Dare she trust her instincts? For Cayden, an irresistible voice whispers to him. Does it belong to the souls of the dead and are they calling him home?

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Soul Sanctuary
Book Two of The Spirit Shield Saga 

A temple awakened. The forbidden mountain stirs.The dead are missing.


Snatched from her home by a Primordial Seeker, seventeen-year-old Avery is imprisoned by the people she intended to serve. In a desperate bid for freedom, she escapes, only to find herself racing against time to save those who seek to use her.
Driven by jealousy, the lust for power and the stain of ancient crimes, conflicting factions struggle to gain control of the magic of a Spirit Shield. Avery must dodge all who cross her path, for each group vies to control her actions.
Aided by the mythical creatures of her native land, she discovers that a true Spirit Shield is much more than a simple priestess. She must fight for control of the souls of the world, and in doing so must face her worst fear of all: family.

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Soul Sacrifice
Book Three of The Spirit Shield Saga 

The underworld writhes. Terror unleashed. Souls enslaved.


The Spirit Shields with memories returned are plunged into a conflict older than mankind. The pending battle pits family against spirit and flesh. The godlings face off for ultimate control of the souls of the dead, each with their own agenda, for there is no love lost between these siblings.

Helga, goddess of the underworld, tightens her hold on those who hold the key to ultimate victory. Meanwhile, Avery struggles to convince her sister Artio that unless they become allies they will fail in their misaligned quest. Cayden, with the aid of Brimstone, struggles to fulfill a destiny prophesied since their original deaths long ago.

Can four warring siblings find peace and forgiveness? Or will they battle to the end of the world, sacrificing all living souls in the conflict?

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Winner of the Dante Rossetti Grand Prize for Best Young Adult Fiction of 2016 (Seer of Souls, Chanticleer Reviews) and First in Category, Dante Rossetti Best Young Adult Fiction of 2017 (Soul Sanctuary, Chanticleer Reviews) Susan loves to bring new worlds and fantasy adventures to young adults and inspire them to join her on her make-believe journeys. She is actively crafting stories that sing in your memory. You can find Susan at www.susanfaw.com, on twitter @susandfaw or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SusanFaw.




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