I Should Have Never Joined A Gang Review

Picture books are a way for authors to tell a story to people of all ages through powerful images and compelling almost-poetic writing. This book truly tries to reach out to the readers, leading them in the shoes of a young boy who gets wrapped up in the wrong crowd. He simply wants to fit in and have popular older friends in the neighborhood, but then a drive-by shooting turns his entire life upside down. The main character doesn’t understand how those who promised to be his friends would beat him as a part of an “initiation,” and he starts to realize that those who claimed to be his family were truly just using him. But by then, it might be too late.

Although this book is a picture book, it is definitely not appropriate for young kids. It has a few graphic pictures/scenes that would just be too much for an elementary schooler. A middle schooler might pretend to dislike the picture book, but the message will definitely stick. Even I am thinking about it hours later as a college student. I do think that some of the best good that this book could do would be to teach adults the mindsets behind some gang members. The kids hanging out in front of the liquor store aren’t hardened criminals, they are kids who are on the wrong path and who think that they are having fun with their friends. Maybe more adults will have more sympathy after reading this simple picture book.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for an eye-opening story of the truth about many gangs.

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

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 books

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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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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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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