The Dyno Dinosaur Family Presents: Waves of Kindness Review

The Dyno Dinosaur Family Presents: Waves of Kindness

This picture book shows children the power of kindness. Sister Dyno wants to be able to spread kindness to others, but she doesn’t know how. She thinks that she is too young to be able to make a difference in the world. Mother Dyno shows Sister Dyno that every little action she does can make a difference in the world and make people happier. These waves of kindness spread from person to person until everyone is happy.

I loved this metaphor in this book and I think it could be useful for both children and adults. The illustrations were colorful and bright, and the story was educational for readers of all ages. I definitely think that you could use this book to teach your child about kindness and spreading generosity to others. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a picture book about family, kindness, and happiness.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 books.

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Bobby and the Monsters Review

“Bobby,” Mom said, “it’s time to sleep
and dream of things that are nice —
kittens and puppies, new toys, ice cream,
and pie, but just one slice!”

“But, Mom, I’m scared to go to sleep,
monsters are here every day.
One always makes a lot of noise
and never goes away.”

One evening Bobby confessed that he is afraid to sleep in his bed. It is a quite often situation for little kids. Their vivid imagination creates a genuine fear about what is waiting in the darkness of the room. Bobby’s Mom treats with understanding to his feelings and peculiarly calms him. She makes up a story that makes son smile and ready to sleep.

What is this story about? Just start to read, and you know it.

It is a cute little story will entertain children and make a good time with parents before sleep.

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This adorable picture book teaches children not to fear the monsters under the bed while still allowing their imaginations to grow. Rather than telling your child that there are no monsters under the bed, this book gives those monsters names! They don’t mean to trick you, they are just looking to play at night, and you can tell them that you are trying to sleep and they will go away. They are very playful creatures, not mean scary monsters trying to eat you.

I loved the illustrations in this short book. Even though the entire thing was only around 11 pages, I spent a lot of time looking at the detailed colorful monsters. Viktoriia Mykhalevych is the illustrator, and she did an amazing job. I felt the monsters come to life off the page from the cute rhymes and the unique drawings.

This book is just short enough that it could be a great bedtime story and is simple enough that a child learning to read would be able to read it on their own. Definitely a way to teach children to read while still allowing them to be entertained by the pictures. The pictures even fit perfectly onto my Kindle, meaning buying the book paperback or electronically will not change the overall experience.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a cute and colorful picture book to read.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Review: 5 out of 5 books

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Harry Moon Professor Einstone ARC Review

9781943785315.pngHarry Moon is excited to present his science project to his class, but to his surprise, his beloved science teacher has been replaced with a new substitute named Professor Einstone. He doesn’t believe in magic, and Harry realizes that something is off when he asks his other teachers about the new substitute. They all have glassy eyes, and they never answer his questions. When even more changes come to his school, Harry knows that something is up. The adults don’t seem to want to do anything about it, so it is up to Harry and his friends to save his school!

I loved Honey Moon when I read one of her stories a few months ago, so it was interesting to see their world from Harry’s point of view. I liked seeing their family dynamic, and how supportive they are of each other. Even when Harry and Honey are fooling around and cause a homemade volcano to erupt in their living room, their father is upset, but then admits that he only really got upset because of his hard day at work. In my opinion, I would have been upset anyways to have disgusting homemade lava all over the living room, but it was still nice to see such a positive family dynamic.

Can I just say how much I love the world that the Moons live in? Even though Sleepy Hollow they have a mostly-normal lifestyle, there is magic and strange things happen from time-to-time. This allows Harry and Honey to have the strange adventures that they do, but they are still normal kids going to school at heart. I would have loved to read this book as an elementary-middle schooler because I could relate to the kids without feeling like I was relating to fake fantasy characters. Not to mention the book is around 200 pages, making it a perfect size of a book for a kid who loves to read and doesn’t feel like reading Rainbow Fairy books but isn’t old enough for larger books with more difficult subject matter.

The plot of this book moved smoothly, and there were no plot holes that I noticed. Even though there was fantasy, there was nothing too scary for younger kids. I ended up laughing by the end and cheering on Harry and his friends throughout.

There was character development as we got to see Harry’s father go through different stages in his job. I won’t say too much about that, but he definitely changed a lot in this story. Harry stayed the same mostly, but that was fine as he still experienced different things with his friends.

There are illustrations in this novel, but they do not take over the pages. I love how the pictures were drawn, as it reminded me of reading the old children’s mystery novels such as Cam Jansen or Jigsaw Jones. It was hand-drawn, which might influence kids to try to draw their own scenes for the book, making it even more interactive.

I did not see any editing errors in the advanced version of this novel, so the final version should be nothing less than perfect!

I would recommend this book to children aged 7 and up. It would definitely benefit advanced readers who are not ready for tougher subject matter but would like larger books to read. It would also help older children still struggling with reading to read a book with semi-simple words but a non-babyish plot.

I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 stars

Lala Feels Blah-La Blog Tour Plus Review

LALA FEELS BLAH-LA by Tela Kayne, Children, 28 pp., $8.89 (paperback) $3.99 (Kindle)

 

Title: LALA FEELS BLAH-LA
Author: Tela Kayne
Publisher: The Virtue Agency
Pages: 30
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Welcome to LaLa’s World: Where kids learn how to be the change!In this newly released children’s book, “LaLa Feels Blah-La,” a young
girl and her stuffed bear wake up feeling blah for no apparent reason.
LaLa’s mom teaches her to be mindful of her feelings and turn her mood
around with the flip of a coin. Perfect for young readers, LaLa Feels
Blah-La , teaches children to be more mindful of their feelings and
manage their mood swings.

My Review

This children’s book with beautiful illustrations teaches young readers how to deal with waking up “on the wrong side of the bed.” LaLa, like many young children, doesn’t know why she suddenly feels crabby and snappy. Her mom teaches her that she is in charge of her own moods and that she can change her own mood easily like the flip of a coin. It might seem like a small thing, but for a young child, it might help them to understand how their minds work in simple terms. It will encourage them to choose to have a good attitude and being generally positive rather than being negative for no reason. Lala’s mother is loving and patient with her as she learns to deal with her emotions in a positive way.

Also, can I just take a moment to talk about how amazing this art is! It is bright and cartoon-like, and it really brings life to the story. I think it alone would be enough to keep young readers interested.

I would recommend this book to adults looking for children’s books that discuss attitudes and emotions.

I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Lala
wakes up and feels rotten, but she’s not sure why. She’s not sick, and the sun
is shining. Lala is blah-la.
She
stomps downstairs for breakfast. 
Stomp,
stomp, stomp.

 

 

 

 

As the daughter of a librarian, Tela Kayne grew up reading countless
literary works of all genres in quiet corners of the local library. She
developed the love of writing at an early age, penning theatrical
productions that were performed in the family living room for an
audience of loved ones. She officially began her creative career as a
young actress in Atlanta, having appeared on stage in a variety of roles
including Puck of Midsummer Night’s Dream and Alice in Alice in
Wonderland.After graduating college Summa Cum Laude from the University of
Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and working a short
stint in the “real world,” she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career
in film. After securing her Screen Actor’s Guild membership through
appearances on television shows like G vs E, The Parkers and Get Real as
well as films like Down to You, Almost Famous, and Disney’s The Kid,
she decided to garner more behind-the-camera experience. She secured
internships at Scott Rudin Productions, one of Hollywood’s most prolific
and demanding producers and Mostow Lieberman Productions (U-571) at
Universal Studios. She soon accepted a paid position with executive
producer Chris Sievernich and discovered her love of screenplay
development, running the coverage department for Kinowelt USA and
assisting in the development of projects like Nurse Betty, The Wedding
Planner and Welcome to Collinwood. After several years of working in
Hollywood, she returned home to Atlanta in 2001 to focus on a career in
strategic marketing.As president and founder of The Virtue Agency, an integrated content
development and marketing agency, Tela has spent the last fifteen years
writing content and maximizing brand exposure and engagement for
clients. She has authored articles that appear on MarketWatch (WSJ),
Yahoo! Finance, MNN.com, EWG.org, and HealthyChild.org. She is also
entering into the literary world with the release of LaLa Feels Blah-La, Book 1 of her debut children’s series, LaLa’s World.

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Beyond the Green Review

Beyond the GreenThis book transports readers back to the late 1970s, where Indian/Native American children whose parents were not able to care for them were simply given as foster children to white families. Even if there were viable biological grandparents or aunts and uncles for the child, the government thought that it would be better to take them off of the reservation entirely. This meant that if the parents ever became able to reclaim the child as their own, they would essentially be ripping that child from the only family that they have ever known.

Britta’s family took in Dori when she was only 5 months old and has raised her for the past 4 years. Eleven-year-old Britta has become used to having two younger sisters, and they seem to all be perfect together. Dori’s birth mom was unable to take care of her because she was an alcoholic, but now she has gotten her life back together and wants to take her daughter home. Britta doesn’t think that Irene is going to be a good mother to Dori because she barely knows her and she used to be an alcoholic, what’s saying that she won’t fall back into old habits? Britta is determined not to let Irene into her or her sisters’ lives and will stop at nothing to save her baby sister.

This story truly revolves around the theme of family. Britta has known her family to include Dori, and her mother has always treated Dori as a third daughter. Dori was never a burden and never stood out to them as being “different”, yet she is the only one who has to leave her family and return to her “real mother”.

Even though Britta’s family would probably not think of themselves as being prejudiced, Britta is prejudiced to some extent towards Dori’s birth mother. She believes that since Dori’s mom is an alcoholic, she will always be a “drunken” Native American woman. She doesn’t think that she is worthy of having her angelic little sister. She has to work through this deep-set hatred she has for this new woman for taking her little sister away from her family.

This book has excellent character development and world-building. I didn’t even realize that the novel was supposed to be historical fiction until I got to certain parts of the story that dated themselves.

I believe that this book could be useful for preteens to read, especially if they have foster sisters and brothers who always have the chance of being called back to live with their birth parents. It teaches them how to work through their initial grief and help their younger sibling through the changes that they will have to go through after completely changing houses.

I would recommend this story to anyone looking for an inspirational children’s book about foster families and dealing with change.

I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read In 2018

Top Ten Tuesdays are a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl!

1)Off & Away

This picture book was colorful, adorable, and had a wonderfully diverse storyline! I re-read it often, just to sit and enjoy the art.

2)The Forest Beyond the EarthThis was, by far, one of the most unique dystopian novels that I have read in a long time. Even though Wisp was 12, she was mature for her age (in most ways), and the book had YA to NA levels of action and suspense.

3) Temple of Sorrow (Stonehaven League #1)This was the first LitRPG novel that I had ever read, and I am currently working my way through the second in this series. Some LitRPG novels are cringy or have boring storylines, but this one had just enough action and adventure to keep me engaged while simultaneously maintaining an intricate and delicate storyline.

4)Soraya: A Wielders of Arantha PrequelThis was one of the longest prequels that I have ever read, and I instantly fell in love with the characters. I have been slacking on my reviews of the actual Wielders of Arantha series, and so I aim to tackle that soon!

5) EnlightenedThis book created a unique world where souls have to attend school before they are allowed to continue in the afterlife. Earth is a school for these souls, and the humans on earth are just the reincarnations of the same souls. The souls do not remember their past lives while they are on Earth though, only regaining the memories when they die and go back to school. I loved this book and even finished the second novel in the series, even though I haven’t gotten the chance to write the review yet.

6) The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women

This is a sad but true nonfiction novel about girls who suffered horrible, painful deaths after working in the “safe” factories that painted the faces of watches and clocks with radium to make them glow. It made me think about what other dark secrets industries might be currently hiding about how safe their facilities or products are.

7) The Hate U GiveThis was my second time reading the novel, and I plan to read and review it again before the movie comes out. It is powerful and entertaining simultaneously, and I would recommend it for all.

8)Warcross (Warcross, #1)

This could count as a LitRPG novel as well, which is why I think I liked it so much. I won’t say too much about it, but I loved the world-building and the characters. I can’t wait for the second series installment!

9)Soulbound (Engineered Magic, #1)This book tells the events of Freya Snow’s Kingsguard from Damon’s point of view. It is full of spoilers for that novel so I would suggest that you read the Freya Snow series first.

10) The Gnosis MachineI typically don’t like science fiction, but this one was really enjoyable for me. I don’t really know how to describe it, there is just so much going on in this universe. It’s sort of a story about a machine going out of control, but at the same time, it’s not. I just have to say that you should read it for yourselves!

All Is Assuredly Well Blog Tour Plus First BrisBookNook Giveaway!

Professor Gore & Maestro Wilson’s

WOW! WOMEN ON WRITING TOUR

OF

All is Assuredly Well

Tour Begins July 2nd

Book Summary

All is Assuredly WellKing Phillip the Good and his husband, The Most Excellent Don Carlos Emiliano Felipe de Compañero y Campañero, live sedate, uneventful lives until King Phillip dreams of having a baby girl. Structured around The Hero’s Journey, King Phillip must follow his mentor, the Blue Star, and encounter allies (a newt and a bluejay) and overcome gatekeepers (a biting fish and a bear) as he completes a series of tasks to prove himself worthy of becoming a father. Once proven, the Blue Star presents him with a baby girl in the middle of a fairy circle of a thousand different flowers in a thousand brilliant hues.  He returns home to present Baby Milliflora to his husband, and the loving husbands joyfully become loving fathers.

 

My Review:

I loved this picture book! It is important for all children to see themselves and their families represented in literature. This book could be a modern fairy tale and be relatable to children who have been adopted into families with two dads or two moms. It shows the family like they are normal, rather than trying to make them “special” and alienating them from other families. The illustrations are beautiful and in an old-fashioned style, which is sure to bring children in. There was only one thing that I thought might have been an error, but then after re-reading it, I realized that it was fine. This book was amazing from start to finish, and I definitely want to see more from these authors!

I would recommend this novel to lovers of diverse children’s picture books.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars

Genre: Children’s Books

Publisher: Camille Lancaster Literary Children’s Books

ISBN: 978-0-9998880-0-1

All is Assuredly Well is available as an ebook and print at Amazon.com.

 

Giveaway

Paperback Copy of All Is Assuredly Well!

This giveaway will run until July 30th, and I will be posting about it a lot! As this is my first ever giveaway, I hope everything goes well! Thank you all for supporting me.

About the author, Professor Gore

Professor Gore’s proudest hours were spent in Federal Court testifying as an expert witness and plaintiff against the city she loved. The city commission had passed an amendment that banned Heather Has Two Mommies and Daddy’s Roommate from the children’s section of the public library. A storyteller, Professor Gore is delighted to contribute to the canon she once defended.

About the Author, Maestro Wilson

Co-author Maestro Phillip Wilson is a retired band director, music teacher, composer, and arranger. A poet at heart, his love for word play and ear for rhythm and meter lend themselves well to the lyrical art of storytelling.

About the Illustrator, Angie F. M. Trotter

Artist Angie F. M. Trotter holds a BA in Religion and Fine Art. Her pen and ink illustrations are an amalgamation of icons, illuminated manuscripts, stained glass window design, and her spiritual life. Her work has been compared to the masters of the Golden Age of British book illustration. 

You can find more about All is Assuredly Well and the authors and the illustrator online:

www.AllisAssuredlyWell.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/All-is-Assuredly-Well-355497344947289/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AssuredlyWell

 

Blog Tour Dates (in Chronological Order)

July 2nd @ The Muffin 

Grab a morning treat over at Women on Writing’s blog The Muffin and read our interview author Professor M.C. Gore and enter to win a copy of the book All is Assuredly Well

http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/

July 3rd @ Mari’s #JournalingPower Blog

Author Professor M.C. Gore will be a guest writer over at Mari’s #JournalingPower blog where she talks about writing the hero’s journey.

https://www.createwritenow.com/journal-writing-blog

July 5th @ Mommy Daze: Say What??

Come by Ashley’s blog Mommy Daze: Say What?? where she shares her thoughts on Professor Gore and Maestro Wilson’s book All is Assuredly Well.

http://adayinthelifeofmom.com/

July 6th @ Coffee With Lacey

Get your coffee over at Lacey’s blog Coffee With Lacey where she shares her thoughts on the book All is Assuredly Well

http://www.coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com/

July 7th @ Cassandra’s Journey
Stop by Cassandra’s blog where she interviews author Professor Gore about her book All is Assuredly Well. 
http://cassandraulrich.blogspot.com/

July 8th @ Madeline Sharples Blog

Author Professor Gore is a guest writer over at Madeline Sharples blog where she shares her thoughts on alchemical literature and how it affects her thinking as a writer.

http://madelinesharples.com/

July 9th @ Bri’s Book Nook

Stop by Briennai’s blog Bri’s Book Nook where reviews Professor Gore and Maestro Wilson’s book All is Assuredly Well

https://brisbooknook.wordpress.com/

July 10th @ Break Even Books

Come by Erik McManus’ blog Break Even Books to find out what he had to say about the book All is Assuredly Well.
https://breakevenbooks.com/

July 10th @ Georgia Ball’s Author Blog
Come by Georgia’s blog where she features a blog post written by Professor Gore about how the author found her illustrator and who she is.
http://georgiaballauthor.com/category/book-review/

July 12th @ Mommy Daze: Say What??

Professor M.C. Gore will be a guest writer over at Ashley’s blog Mommy Daze: Say What?? where the author describes her experience on the witness stand as an expert witness when the city of Wichita Falls, Texas banned Heather Has Two Mommies and Daddy’s Roommate.

http://adayinthelifeofmom.com/

July 12th @ George Ball’s Author Blog
Come by George Ball’s blog where she shares her thoughts about Professor Gore & Maestro Wilson’s book All is Assuredly Well.
http://georgiaballauthor.com/category/book-review/

July 14th @ A Storybook World

Professor Gore is a guest writer over at Dierdra’s blog A Storybook World and she’ll be writing about how her local writers’ club convinced her to self-publish, and why/how she started her own micro-publishing company (including how a MAJOR publishing company editor she pitched to told her that she would buy the manuscript, but not the illustrations because she had a “completely different vision” for the book).

http://www.astorybookworld.com/

July 15th @ The Late Bloomers Blog

Come by Gigi’s blog The Late Bloomers blog where she shares her thoughts on Professsor Gore and Maestro Wilson’s book All is Assuredly Well.

http://thelatebloomersbookblog.blogspot.com/

July 16th @ Auden Johnson’s Blog
Stop by Auden Johnson blog to read Professor Gore’s guest post on her supernatural experience involving her Advanced Graduate Statistics professor and how that relates to this book.
https://www.audenjohnson.com/

July 17th @ Coffee With Lacey
Come by Lacey’s blog and read her interview with Professor Gore, one of the authors for All is Assuredly Well as well as with the illustrator of the series, Angie F. M. Trotter.
http://www.coffeewithlacey.wordpress.com/

July 19th @ The Writing Dreamer
Come by Jessica’s blog where Professor Gore will be a guest writer and will be talking about how a workshop on screenwriting made her a better story writer.
http://wolfdreamer25-myjourney.blogspot.com

July 22nd @ Just a Place to  Drop My Thoughts
Stephanie will be reviewing Professor Gore & Maestro Wilson’s book All is Assuredly Well. Come by and see what she thought about this impactful book!
https://stephaniemathis.blogspot.com/

July 23rd @ Cassandra’s Writing World
Check out Cassandra’s blog to find out her thoughts on Professor Gore & Maestro Wilson’s book All is Assuredly Well. Professor Gore will also be discussing her thoughts on why attending conferences and workshops are worth the money (and how to make the best use of your time at one).
http://cassandra-mywritingworld.blogspot.com/?m=0

July 24th @ Author Anthony Avina Blog
Come by Anthony Avina’s blog where he shares his thoughts on Professor Gore & Maestro Wilson’s book All is Assuredly Well.
https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

July 26th @ Author Anthony Avina Blog
Check out Anthony Avina’s blog where he will be sharing Professor Gore’s guest post on why she
selected Maestro Wilson as her co-author and how they worked together.
https://authoranthonyavinablog.com/

July 27th @ The Faerie Review
Come by Lily Shadowlyn’s blog The Faerie Review where she reviews the book All is Assuredly Well.
www.thefaeriereview.com

July 28th @ The Faerie Review

Make sure to catch Lily’s interview with author Professor Gore, one of the co-authors of All is Assuredly Well.

www.thefaeriereview.com

July 30th @ Books and Motivation
Come by Prakash Vir Sharma blog and read his interview with author Professor Gore.
www.booksandmotivation.wordpress.com

July 30th @ The Faerie Review
Come by Lily’s blog where author Professor Gore writes about fighting academic freedom after a student complained about Professor Gore’s class material about LGBQT class material.
www.thefaeriereview.com

Thomas Paine and the Dangerous Word ARC Review

Thomas Paine and the Dangerous WordThis picture book with a classic art style tells the story of Thomas Paine and how he came to write Common Sense. It is more of an older elementary school to middle school novel since the writing is a bit advanced and the topics more serious than a typical preschool picture book. Nevertheless, this would be a fun way to teach 5-7th graders about an important historical figure. To be honest, I didn’t even know much about Thomas Paine before reading this novel.

The plot tells the story of Thomas’ life, from birth to the time when he wrote Common Sense. I, as a nearly graduated senior, didn’t really know much about Thomas Paine. I knew about Common Sense, but I had completely forgotten who had written the book. Even if I had remembered, I would not have actually known anything about his life story. This picture book changes him from a dry historical figure to a person with a real story. He also shows that you don’t have to know what you want to do from childhood to be successful. He changed his mind several times in his life about his career, married different people, and failed several times before he finally became successful from writing that novel.

This book would educate readers about an important historical figure, and teach them that it is okay to fail. Just because Thomas wasn’t a decent tax collector doesn’t mean that he was a failure as a person. If he had just chosen to give up, he would have never been able to influence the American people with Common Sense.

The illustrations in this book were in a classic style that reminded me of old Charlie Brown. It fit the theme because the book is historical and the cartoons were historical. I think that they didn’t catch my attention and draw me away from the main storyline, but they weren’t boring either.

The story was also longer than a normal picture book, but this was important to be able to tell all of Thomas’ story. I don’t think that a young child would want to sit through all of it or think that all of it was interesting, but this would make for an interesting history lesson for an older kid.

I would recommend this book to older children or middle schoolers looking for a fun way to learn about a historical figure.

I received an advance copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Off and Away Blog Tour Plus Review

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Title: OFF AND AWAY

Author: Cale Atkinson

Pub. Date: June 5, 2018

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 48

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NTBD

How would you get mail if you lived in the middle of the sea? It’s Jo’s dad’s job to deliver it, taking bottles wherever they need to go. He always comes home with exciting stories to tell-but Jo is far too afraid to go out on the ocean herself. Until Dad gets a bad sea cold, that is. With no one but Jo to deliver the bottles, she must find her courage and set sail alone. As she embarks on her mission, her fears just might be replaced with new friendships . . . and grand stories of her own.

With beautiful, atmospheric art and endearing new characters by author-illustrator Cale Atkinson, this picture book is a treasure.

My Review: 

This book is an adorable tale of a little girl and her father who delivers bottles to the residents of the sea. Jo is scared of what might be out there, but she loves to hear her father tell her stories about it. When her father comes down with a sea cold, Jo sees the bottles starting to pile up. She realizes that it is up to her to get the bottles out to the residents of the sea, and so she has to start off on an adventure of her own.

Let me start off by saying that this is the first picture book that I have had the opportunity to review, and this definitely did not disappoint. For starters, the art. The art in this book was adorable, yet beautifully detailed at the same time. Every page gave me another beautiful image full of vibrant colors. I found myself showing the book to my family, just so that they could see how pretty the art was!

Secondly, I was happy that this is a diverse picture book. So few picture books have characters that come from different cultures or backgrounds, but this one proudly advertises a brown girl and her father. This would allow even more children who read this book to relate to the main character!

Even though this was just a fun picture book, there were several morals in this story. Jo thinks that monsters live in the ocean and so she has to overcome this fear to do her father’s job. This teaches bravery. She also learns in this book that the “monsters” she feared so much were actually quite friendly creatures. She also learns how to be independent by going off on her own without the help of her father, and succeeding on her mission.

This has been one of the most rich picture books that I have ever read, and I will definitely be re-reading it a few times just to admire the amazing art and story. Even if you are an adult, take a break and relax by reading this book!

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new picture book with morals and amazing art, or anyone looking for a relaxing story.

Overall Rating: 6/5

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About Cale:

Cale Atkinson is an illustrator/writer/animator currently residing  in Kelowna Canada. Believing in tea more than sleep, Cale is constantly working on numerous projects. His work can be found in children’s books, animated shorts, television, and games.

Cale’s always looking for new and exciting projects that challenge his skills and allow him to grow creatively.

Clients:

Disney Hyperion, Marvel, Tundra books (imprint of Penguin Random House), OWL Books, Grosset and Dunlap (Penguin), Disney.com, Pearson, American Greetings, Hyper Hippo Games, Lerner Books, Scholastic.

Cale is currently working on multiple projects, including two picture books he is writing and illustrating.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

6/4/2018- Little Red reads– Review

6/5/2018- Margie’s Must Reads– Excerpt

6/6/2018- BookHounds YA– Guest Post

6/7/2018- Bri’s Book Nook– Review

6/8/2018- Bookish Lifestyle– Review

Week Two:

6/11/2018- Beagles & Books– Review

6/12/2018- Jrsbookreviews– Review

6/13/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

6/14/2018- Peaceful Oblivion– Review

6/15/2018- Wonder Struck– Review

 

 

Honey Moon Shiver Review

Honey Moon has a sleepover with her friends, and she wants to show them her mother’s prized necklace. After taking it out if its hiding place, in a book, she shows it off to all of her friends and lets them try it on. The next day, she realizes that the necklace is gone. Her mother would absolutely kill her if she lost her prized necklace, and so she must do everything in her power to find it before her mom notices. With the help of Shiver, the owner of a new popsicle shop, she goes on a mission to find out who stole the necklace. Along the way, she learns lessons about lying and forgiveness.

I definitely have to read more books in the Honey Moon series, it is just so good! Honey is a strong-willed young girl with loving parents and an annoying brother, and she lives in the Halloween town of Sleepy Hollow. She is a fairly normal young girl, but her town is far from normal.

This book is definitely a good read for elementary schoolers and middle schoolers. I personally was a big reader at that age and felt sad that there were no long books made for people my age. This story is about 200 pages, which is long enough to feel satisfying for young readers but not long enough to be too intimidating. The subject matter is appropriate for kids of that age, and the moral of the story is definitely an important lesson for them.

The pacing of the story is excellent and it will definitely engage young readers. The words are simple enough for young readers to understand, but the story isn’t so basic that they will become bored. This book even discusses healthy eating, because the Shiver store has low-sugar all-natural popsicles that can be bought from a real-life company.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a sweet fantasy story with important morals, or for anyone who is looking for a new story for young readers.

I received an advanced copy of this book, and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5/5