Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – Reviews – #Dragons – Janice Spina, #Little Miss History Barbara Ann Mojica, #Redhair Joyce Murphy

Welcome to the update for authors in the Reading Room with recent reviews for their books.

The first author with a review is Janice Spina for Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 5: Drago Does A Good Deed

About the book

In Book 5 of this magical series of Drystan the Dragon and Friends, Drago finds a way to do a good deed when he sees a rabbit in need. Each of these books will feature a new dragon and a poem. Children will learn letters and colors with these colorfully illustrated pages. Each dragon’s name begins with the letter ‘D.’

Drago is a dragon who is completely white.
He is not happy that he can’t fly at night.
He is mean to his fellow dragons anywhere in sight.
To be a different color he wishes with all his might.
Drago learned to be kind to others every day.
He is now orange, thanks to Delfina, who changed him this way.

One of the reviews for the book

Kindle Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars Scary things can be nice  Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2021

Poor bunny is afraid of the big scary dragon, but Drago is a friendly dragon & helps the scared bunny. Love the illustrations. Another easy to read children’s story with a good moral to be nice to all creatures, even those smaller than you!  

A small selection of children’s books by Janice Spina

Read the reviews and buy the books:Amazon US – and :Amazon UK – Follow Janice: Goodreads – blog:Jem’s BooksTwitter: @janice_spina

The next author today is Barbara Ann Mojica with a recent review for her latest book…Little Miss HISTORY Travels to INDEPENDENCE HALL & The Museum of the American Revolution

About the book

The United States Constitution is the oldest federal constitution in existence. This document, along with the Bill of Rights, lays out the rights and responsibilities of its citizens. The Founding Fathers embraced the principles of the Enlightenment and a vision of liberty and justice for all. Trace their footsteps at Independence Hall and the Museum of the American Revolution.

One of the recent reviews for the book goodreads

Nov 25, 2020 Alicia Ortego rated it it was amazing

Inspiring and educational book for young readers! “Independence Hall” is a great combination of historical details and interesting drawings + photos that tells about America’s fight for independence.

Readers will love interesting facts about Independence Hall and Continental Congress. Our children have to learn more about History and this book can do this in an entertaining and inspiring way – just what modern kids need.

I think parents can read this book aloud for younger readers explaining some words and it will even turn it into a useful family time.  

A selection of books by Barbara Ann Mojica

Read the reviews and buy: Amazon US – And Amazon UK – Follow Barbara Ann : Goodreads – Blog: Barbara Ann Mojica – Twitter: @bamauthor

The next author with a new release is Joyce Murphy with her debut children’s book The Girl with the Flaming Red Hair.

About the book

A fun picture book in verse celebrating girls with red hair.

Meet Rosie Red, the girl with the Flaming Red Hair as she skips, hopidy, hops through her fun-filled life. Every day is just one big adventure after another!

This illustrated short story book is my tribute to children born with red hair, who like me, make up only 2% of the world’s population. It is a celebration of a child’s diversity captured in a colourful, vibrant picture book for girls.

The story unfolds around Grandma, Rosie’s patient older sister, her trickster little brother, fun parents, her exasperated teacher and friends who first stare at her and are then won over by her fun, charm and zest for life.

The Girl with the Flaming Red Hair is an enjoyable children’s rhyme book – a story of a little girl and her life experiences and day to day activities expressed in verse. It will appeal to children who enjoy rhyme books by Julia Donaldson and Rachel Bright and the occasional nursery rhyme.

This would make an excellent starter book for early readers. At the same time, toddlers, kindergarten and preschool children can use this book for early learning as it provides a repeating word pattern which helps children, who are only just beginning to learn to read, discover themselves and the relationships with those around them. It also includes fun facts about red hair and is perfect for children two years and older.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Amazon Customer 5.0 out of 5 stars Magical story book for children of all ages  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 March 2021

I’m very proud to have this book by a fellow Carrick-on-Suir writer in my possession. It is a rhyming tale of a little girl with – as the title tells us – a glorious crown of flaming red hair, making her part of a very special group of people to whom the author herself also belongs. With gorgeous illustrations throughout, this tale recounts the happy daily life of the titular little redhead, loving and mischievous, as she interacts with her siblings, grandmother, parents, teacher and friends. Reading this book brought me right back to my childhood and to the days of first discovering the joy of reading. Recommended wholeheartedly for kids from 1 to 92.  

Also by Joyce Murphy for Children

Please note for Irish Readers to buy Kong and the Magic Jungle you will need to go to Amazon Germany (don’t ask – Amazon is crazy) Amazon Germany

Read the reviews and buy both children and poetry books: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – follow Joyce: Goodreads – Blog: Joycie Reilly Poetry – Twitter: @JoycieReilly


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




33 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – Reviews – #Dragons – Janice Spina, #Little Miss History Barbara Ann Mojica, #Redhair Joyce Murphy

  1. If nobody notices I will read children’s books in the future. It’s just too good to dream yourself into this world. When you close the book cover, all evil is gone immediately. 😉 Thank you for remembering, Sally! Have a nice afternoon, and fingers crossed for the elections in Scotland. Michael


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