Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Reviews – #Bilingual Dawn Doig, #Ghosts Emily-Jane Hills Orford, #Friendship Donald Lloyd Jr.

Welcome to the Children’s Reading Room with some recent reviews for books on the shelves.

The first author with a recent review is Dawn Doig for her bilingual Counting with Adjectives in English and French.

About the book

The Big Shoe Bears and their friends are excited to be learning how to count in more than one language. Join them as they also learn some exciting new words (adjectives) used to describe them and their friends while they are doing different things. A wonderful early readers resource for children learning English and/or French.

Les Ours aux grands pieds et leurs amis sont ravis d’apprendre à compter dans d’autres langues. Joins-toi à eux et apprends aussi de nouveaux mots passionnants (adjectifs) utilisés pour les décrire eux ainsi que leurs amis en train de s’amuser. Une merveilleuse ressource pour des lecteurs débutants qui apprennent l’anglais ou une autre langue.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Len  5.0 out of 5 stars What a lovely bilingual book!  Reviewed in the United States on March 6, 2021

A selection of books by Dawn Doig which are available in several languages.

Read the reviews and Buy Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Dawn: Goodreads – Website: Dawn Doig – Twitter: @Shoebears

The next author today is Emily-Jane Hills Orford with a review for her latest release Mr. Murray’s Gun (The Piccadilly Street Series Book 4)

About the book

It’s been a year since Mary and Granny returned from their adventures in Scotland. Witch Penelope is still frozen, or so everyone believes, but strange things are starting to happen again. And there’s another ghost in the house, a male ghost with a gun. Is anyone safe? With Mary’s Halloween/birthday party coming up, the danger intensifies, and not just for Mary and her family.

One of the recent reviews for Mr Murray’s Gun

Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2021

It’s been a year since Mary returned from Scotland. She’s got a lot on her mind including starting 6th grade, dealing with her brother playing his rock music in the middle of the night, and the appearance of a mysterious gun. It can’t be Penelope, the evil witch who has tormented her for years… or has she somehow escaped her frozen existence? Mr. Murray shows up now and again, so Mrs. Murray promises to track him down. As Mary’s birthday party approaches, she’s determined to get rid of Penelope once and for all. She has a secret spell up her sleeve. Will Mary be successful in eliminating her forever or will Mr. Murray’s gun silence Mary for all eternity?

Mr. Murray’s Gun is an imaginative fantasy adventure. Don’t be fooled by the title because this book is so much more than a gun-toting ghost story. Mr. Murray’s Gun is about family, friendships, and fitting in at school. This is also about dealing with school bullies and being strong. It’s about seizing the magic within. There is a fair amount of bullying in Mr. Murray’s Gun and I found it distressing at times. I wish the author would tone down the bullying. It’s not needed to make a book appealing to kids and only magnifies the power bullies have. The plot moves at a good pace with plenty of mystery to keep the reader entertained. I especially enjoyed the horse scenes. I found the scenes dealing with Mary’s brother and his rock music quite amusing. If you’re a fan of Malfoy and his gang, you’ll love Mr. Murray’s Gun. If you love antagonists who can’t be stopped or killed, you’ll absolutely adore Mr. Murray’s Gun. 

Other books in the series

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Emily-Jane: Goodreads – Website: Emily-Jane Books – Facebook: Real People Stories – Twitter: @ejhomusic

The final author with a recent review is Donald Lloyd Jr. for his recently published The Adventures of Monkey and Toad: Two Remarkable Friends

About the book

Ever wanted to make a new friend but were not sure how? Have you ever met someone and instantly knew that you would be friends? “The Adventures of Monkey and Toad: Two Remarkable Friends” is a story about finding a friend, learning how to be a friend and realizing that a true friend can be anyone from anywhere!

One of the recent reviews for the book

Satya M 5.0 out of 5 stars My daughter loved this book.  Reviewed in the United States on April 9, 2021
Read and reviewed by my daughter.

I love beautiful picture books, and if you do too, you must read this funny story.

‘The Adventures of Monkey and Toad’ is a beautiful picture book about Monkey going out in search of a strange croak he heard. When he found the source of the noise, he saw that it was a toad.

Monkey was sure that they would be great friends, but Toad was hesitant because of their many differences. Will they ever get to know each other? Can they ever become friends? Read this cute picture book to find out!

I loved the colorful and engaging illustrations and the beautiful cover.

I recommend this book to children 3+ as it is a short, sweet, and funny book.

I give this book 5/5 stars as it is a great read.  

Read the reviews and buy the book:Amazon US –And: Amazon UK – Read reviews:Goodreads – Author Pages: Amazon US –And: Amazon UK – FacebookDonald LloydInstagramDonald Lloyd Author – Twitter@DonaldLl0yd


Thanks very much for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.


20 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Reviews – #Bilingual Dawn Doig, #Ghosts Emily-Jane Hills Orford, #Friendship Donald Lloyd Jr.

  1. Thank you so much for the mention, Sally. The ‘Big Shoe Bears and Friends’ series now has six books 🙂 My Cameroonian colleagues suggested that I publish some bilingual books and I followed their advice! More of my books are now available in French and some in Spanish, as well. As a teacher of English as an additional language, I do see that there is an advantage to having two languages together in one book! I hope your readers enjoy ‘Counting with Adjectives’. It was a lot of fun to illustrate! I always enjoy seeing the books that you have selected for your reading room and discovering new books for our school library!

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