Review: I Think It’s a Rock

Title: The Golden Peacock
Author: Peter W. Collier
Publisher: Createspace
Release Date: December 2011
Length: 23 pages
Ages?: 3-5
Genre: Children’s Literature

Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon

This was my very first story written for children. It is written for a younger (3-4) age group. I feel more comfortable writing for older children, but that doesn’t mean it is any less amusing, plus it holds all the values of what I believe a bedtime story should include. When constructed in free unrestricted rhyme, while reading along, children quickly begin to retain portions of each story.

Once the child begins reading independently, these stories act as memory assisting templates to guide the beginning reader through their first reading selections.
The reading successes of a child will fuel additional comprehension activities and help to jump start reading skills that greatly motivate the young reader. The length of this story is designed to be between 5-10 minutes, to act as a short break or bedtime activity.

***** Review *****

What IS this in my shoe? thought Mac.

It could be a rock…

Or it could be a bee…or a spider…or…

Mac uses his imagination to come up with this increasingly silly and crazy things that could be in his shoe. And quiet an imagination he’s got!

This is a quick and funny read for young readers getting ready to begin reading chapter books.

Sunday Post (March 29)

Sunday PostThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things received, and share news about what is coming up on the blog for the week ahead. To get in on the Sunday funday, see the rules here: Sunday Post Meme.  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

This week was back to school! Monday morning our servers were down, so I had no lesson plans and couldn’t prep until 5 minutes before school started. Aaaahh! All week I also had to go to our sister middle school and teach intervention for 2 hours every day after regular school day. Whadda week!

 

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~ This Week on G1000W ~

  • Review ~ I Think It’s a Rock
  • Review ~ Owyn Owls Very First Winter
  • Review ~ Boo & Doo Save the Day
  • Review ~ Dragons Love Milk
  • Top Ten Tuesday ~ 10 Characters You’d Like to Check In With
  • Review ~ Furmaid
  • Review ~ The Super Duper Princess Heroes: How It All Started
  • Review ~ Who’s Coming for Dinner, Little Hoo?
  • Review ~ The Dragon Who Couldn’t Breathe Fire
  • Review ~ Billy and the Monster Who Loved to Fart
  • WWW Wednesdays
  • Thoughts on Thursday: Etiquette When Responding to Authors
  • Review ~ Just Desserts
  • Review ~ Voyage with the Vikings

 

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Review: Tommy Goes Trick or Treating

Title: Tommy Goes Trick or Treating
Author: Emlyn Chand
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Release Date: October 2012
Length: 48 pages
Series?: A Bird Brain #4
Genre: Children’s Literature

Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon

This children’s picture book, with full color illustrations by artist Noelle Giffin, is for kids 3 to 6 years old. Tommy is a mischievous little woodpecker who loves to fly to the edge of the forest and watch the people in the nearby suburb. One evening, something strange and exciting happens-people emerge from their houses wearing costumes and carrying colorful buckets with smiling faces on them. What’s even crazier is that they shout a special codeword while standing outside of each house, and are given delicious-looking candy. Tommy simply must join in the fun. He and his friend, Michael the raccoon, fashion their own costumes and head off to join in the festivities. Thanks to Tommy’s knock-knocking beak and Michael’s quick paws, the duo is able to heist many a candy bar from the unsuspecting homeowners and children. But are they missing out on the true spirit of Halloween? There’s only one way to find out: join Tommy and Michael in their trick-or-treating adventure, in this special holiday edition of the color-illustrated Bird Brain Books.

***** Review *****

Tommy stretched his wings and prepared to take flight, only…something incredible happened before he could flitter away! Little humans emerged from their homes carrying bright orange buckets with big goofy smiles. Something about the little humans looked different than usual.

Tommy the woodpecker and Michael the racoon are fascinated by the phenomenon of Halloween. The little humans are all dressed up strangely and are going to each house.

Tommy and Michael want in on the Halloween action, but their first attempts don’t work out so well. They come up with a plan: they have to get in costume too!

The pair fashion a great system for Tommy to knock on the door with his beak and Michael snatches the candy and runs away. They hid their loot under a bush.

Eventually they get a little greedy with the candy, and after visiting all the houses they still want more.

He proceeded to dive-bomb another happy-go-lucky group of trick-or-treaters.

After they’ve amassed an insane amount of candy, they dig in!

They ate one candy, two, three, seven, fifteen…

They realize they’ve missed out on the true fun and festivity of Halloween. They learn a couple of important lessons about Halloween and candy.

Review: The Pirate and the Star

Title: The Pirate and the Star
Author: Michael Yu
Publisher: Fat Moon Books
Release Date: October 2012
Length: 20 pages
Series?: no
Genre: Children’s Lit

Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon 

Mom always has the perfect bedtime story for her little pirate, Timmy. Tonight’s no different. She tells him the story of a great Pirate and his adventures with a wishing Star. From saving an explorer trapped in a jungle filled with dangerous animals; to outwitting a Troll guarding an imprisoned princess, this enchanting adventure will surely capture your heart.

***** Review *****

Timmy fancies himself a pirate, but it is bedtime, and mom has the best pirate bedtime story.

The Pirate asks the Wishing Star to grant him a wish, but the Wishing Star sends the Pirate on an excursion of adventures. His final task is to save an imprisoned princess.

By the end of the story, little Timmy is fast asleep from mom’s tale.

The illustrations that accompany the story are beautiful. A great bedtime story indeed!

Feature Follow Friday (March 27)

Alison Can Read Feature & FollowIt is the Friday Feature Follow!

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee’s View and Alison Can Read.

Here are the general rules to Follow Friday:
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The Question:

Have you ever been to BEA? If not, what’s stopping you? If you have, what was your best experience there?

My Answer: 

I have never been to BEA. Mainly what’s stopping me is the amount of days I’d have to take off of work. I would have to get special approval from the school board to take off that many days consecutively….and it’s right toward the end of the school year, so the answer would probably be NO. 😦 

There are two secondary things also keeping me from going to BEA. One is that I haven’t done the research I need to do in order to attend and get the best bang out of the experience. The other is that it’s expensive, and I don’t know enough people well enough to split the cost of a hotel room.

Have you ever attended BEA? If not, why haven’t you? Leave a comment with your response and your Friday Follow. 

Review: Bear and Bunny Go to Dreamland

Title: Bear and Bunny Go to Dreamland
Author: Emily Thomson
Publisher: Createspace
Release Date: May 2014
Length: 34 pages
Ages?: 0-8
Genre: Children’s Literature

Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon

How do you get to dreamland, Bear?” asked Bunny. How DO you get to dreamland when it is late and you are tired? Bunny thinks you might take a car, a train, a plane, or a hot air balloon. But Bear knows better. Show your little kids how to fall asleep at the end of a long day with this charming children’s story that is sure to become a favorite. Children of all ages will love to answer the question, “How do you get to dreamland?

***** Review *****

Bunny is curious about how to get to Dreamland, and what to take. Do you take a suitcase? Go on a train? Hot air balloon? HOW do you get to Dreamland?

Bear reassures Bunny each step of the way through his curiosities, and in the end shares the secret with Bunny.

I noticed the colors used in the illustrations were muted and softened, which make reading and viewing this book before bedtime a wonderful choice. The muted colors do not act as a stimulant to draw children back out of dreamland.

Review: A Giraffe Called Ned

Title: A Giraffe Called Ned
Author: Elizabeth Purcell
Release Date: July 2013
Genre: Children’s Literature

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In this delightful seven-page picture book, great for beginning readers, Ned the Giraffe eats only jelly — which causes his spots to turn blue!

His friends show him how to eat a more healthy diet, using the food pyramid. Once he starts eating right, his blue spots go away and he feels better, too!

***** Review *****

Poor Ned.

He’s a giraffe that only eats jelly.

Then his spots turn blue! And he doesn’t feel good to boot!

His friends help him realize he can’t eat just jelly. He needs a healthier, balanced diet by using the food pyramid.

This is a great book to use to teach young children (especially if they only like one or two foods) to eat a wider variety of things.

Review: Julio Bunny and the Foreign Lion

Title: Julio Bunny and the Foreign Lion
Author: Nicoletta Casta
Publisher: KiteReaders
Release Date: March 2014
Length: 30 pages
Series?: Julio Bunny series
Genre: Children’s Literature

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There’s a new character in town! Meet Lenny the Lion! Join Julio Bunny and his friends as they graciously welcome Lenny to their town and learn about their new, foreign friend. This heart warming tale demonstrates the power of hospitality and kindness, and shows that even though you may not speak the same language, you can always make a new friend!

***** Review *****

The foreign lion does not speak the language. He carries a striped suitcase with a little serpent in its pocket. He feels all alone and begins to cry.

Tommy Mouse knows just what to do! He takes the lion to Julio Bunny’s house.

Julio Bunny and all of his friends make the lion feel welcome, but the lion has something important to go do…he just doesn’t know how to tell them!

The mail arrives and but who do they find in the Evening Journal but their new friend! They learn his name is Lenny and he is a very important person that needs to hurry off somewhere.

Julio Bunny and his friends rally around newcomer Lenny and help him get to a very important date!

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Alice’s Portrait

I’m excited to share the cover reveal of Alice’s Portrait by Juliette Harper, the third book in the Lockwood Legacy series. This is an adult contemporary mystery that is also very focused on family, small town and ranch life as well as some clean romance.

About the Book:

A year after Kate, Jenny, and Mandy Lockwood inherit The Rocking L, the sisters try to concentrate on their collective and individual futures. In the previous book in The Lockwood Legacy series, Baxter’s Draw, the women made startling discoveries about their father’s secrets, but are mistaken in their belief that everything has now come to light. In Alice’s Portrait, the ghosts of Langston Lockwood’s past once again confront his daughters, forcing them to re-evaluate their understanding of their father and of what it means to be a Lockwood.

Excerpt:

Instead of fighting back, Langston took off his hat and ran a tired hand through his graying hair. “Don’t talk about Alice,” he said. “You don’t know enough to talk about her. As for your Mama, there won’t be any peace for me over what I did to her, but she’s at peace, Jenny. I can at least tell you that.”

“That’s supposed to make me feel better, Daddy? Really? I know Mama is at peace because she was a kind, gentle woman. As for you, I hope you walk the earth for eternity and enjoy your own tailor-made brand of hell.”

“I reckon I probably will,” he said, the words filled with tired regret. “I always thought if there was an afterlife I’d find my Alice, but she isn’t here. I probably deserve that, but it’s bitter gall, little girl. It’s bitter gall all the same.”

“I’ll ask you again. What do you want, Daddy?” Jenny said, her voice ice cold.

“What I want is for you to make your peace with it, Jenny,” he said. “You got my temper and my gifts. Those things come from me and there’s not a damned thing you can do about it. You’ve got real talent. Only thing I could draw was my Alice, but you see the world with clear eyes. My art came from anger and pain, but yours comes from your soul. Let that out, daughter. That’s what I want.”

“You don’t know a damned thing about my soul,” she snapped.

“The hell I don’t,” he said mildly. “I was like you once, before I let life drive me over the edge. Fiery, passionate, idealistic. Being like me won’t hurt you, Jenny. You’re too strong. Katie, she’s tough and capable; she’s a thinker and her heart is as big as Texas when she opens it. But you, daughter? You’d spit the devil in the eye and dare him to cart you to hell. God knows you spit me in the eye.”

“You drove me away from my home! I was 17. I was alone and scared but I had to get the hell away from you. Do you have any idea what that was like for me, Daddy?”

“You should thank God I drove you away, girl,” Langston said. “Everything you went through out there is why you can be here now. Lead your life, Jenny. You and that Baxter boy, you got a future. There’s no coincidence him being a Baxter, you just don’t realize it yet.”

“Damn you,” she said. “Josh is right. You are haunting us. Dead or not, tend to your own business.”

“The dead always haunt the living, girl,” he said, standing up. “You got a hell of a lot more ghosts to worry about than me. Deal with them.”

As he started for the door, Jenny said to his back, “Daddy, did you ever love me?”

Langston turned, his hat in his hand. “I loved all my girls,” he said. “Problem was, I hated myself too much to show it. Look under the bridge, Jenny. You’ll find what you need to know there.”

 

Don’t miss out on the first book, Langston’s Daughters, only .99 cents in ebook!

 

Baxter’s Draw, book two in the Lockwood Legacy is out now!
About the Author:

Juliette Harper is the pen name used by the writing team of Patricia Pauletti and Rana K. Williamson. Like the characters of their debut series, The Lockwood Legacy, Juliette is a merging of their creative energies.

Pauletti, an Easterner of Italian descent, is an accomplished musician with an eye for art and design. Williamson, a Texan from a long line of hardheaded Scots, knows the world of the Lockwoods like the back of her hand.“We decided to write under a pen name because neither one of us by ourselves could have created Kate, Jenny, Mandy, and their world,” says Pauletti. “Juliette is a little bit of us both. We want to be her when we grow up.”

“Patti teases me that I just don’t want to own up to writing a book with romance in it,” Williamson adds, “but that’s not true. I like the Lockwood women and the way they tackle everything life throws at them. And before we’re done, they’ll be ducking a lot. I imagine coming into the office every day and saying, ‘Okay Juliette, what’s going to happen now?’ She tells us, and we get it down on paper.”
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Review: Grandma Skype

Title: Grandma Skype
Author: Carmella Levi
Publisher: Createspace
Release Date: August 2014
Length: 25 pages
Ages?: 3-8
Genre: Children’s Literature

Find the book: Goodreads | Amazon

How do you keep in touch with a grandchild who lives on the other side of the country?
“Grandma Skype” is a heart-warming book, demonstrating the joys and realities of modern-day grandparenting.

Christopher’s Grandma, “Grandma Skype”, brings a great deal of warmth and love into his life, even though she lives on the opposite coast of the United States. His mother must explain to him that Grandma isn’t Skype, even though she’s just the touch of a button away.

***** Review *****

Christopher lives in New York. His grandma lives in Los Angeles. They don’t get to see each other, or give real hugs and kisses.

They talk to each other through Skype. In fact, Christopher thinks his grandma’s name is Grandma Skype. He doesn’t want to go to pre-school, he wants to talk to Grandma Skype.

Christopher is too young to understand the time difference between New York and LA. He wants to know why grandma is still in bed. Is she sick?

Grandma agrees to come for a visit. She’ll even go to pre-school with Christopher! Mommy explains that Grandma has to buy an airplane ticket, and it will take a long time for Grandma to get to New York.

Christopher is adamant that he will wait for Grandma to arrive for them to go to preschool together.

This is indeed a sweet and heartwarming story about families that live far apart from one another, and the ways we stay in touch and share our love.