Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – Share your Children’s book reviews – #PictureBooks with Jennie Fitzkee Part Three – Upper grade books for older children.


Welcome to the new series where you can share your reviews for any children’s books you have read recently and posted on your blog, Amazon, Goodreads or any other online bookstore. If you would like more details here is the post that explains how it works: Showcasing Children’s books

Recently Jennie Fitzkee shared part three of her recommended books from the summer and I am sharing some of the books that she featured along with her reviews.

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 Part Three – Upper grade books for older children.

I had a double-dose of Patricia MacLachlan books. Lucky me! After reading Prairie Days See Part Two I read her chapter book, My Father’s Words.

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My Father’s Words, by Patricia MacLachlan

I didn’t think there could be a book as wonderful as The Poet’s Dog. There is! Simple words can have a mightily powerful impact on the reader, if they are carefully crafted by a master writer. My Father’s Words is a story told through the voice of Fiona, older sister to Finn. Their Dad is a psychologist, makes runny eggs, plays basketball, and sings “Dona Nobis Pacem.” He’s a great all-around guy who is unexpectedly killed in an accident. Is the book sad? No, it is about finding the way, ‘the eternal fitness of things’. The many words their Dad spoke become part of a labyrinth, with unexpected turns.

Fiona is trying to make sense of everything. The boy next door often stops by; he tells Fiona some of the words her dad said, words she had never heard. Finn is just plain angry, and Fiona wants to help him. They decide to volunteer in an animal shelter. The dog that no-one can reach is drawn to Finn. He sings to the dog his father’s song, and the dog responds. When a woman who was at the scene of the accident arrives at the house with her little boy and dog, Finn has a revelation, and the story ends in a surprising way – it brings down the house. Does the dog at the shelter stay with Finn? No, far better. I couldn’t put the book down. If you love dogs and have a warm spot for children, read this book!

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

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A Nest for Celeste and Another Quest for Celeste, by Henry Cole

These two books combine history and adventure, with Celeste the mouse. She lives on a plantation in the south in the 1800’s and encounters many adversities, including two ‘bully’ rats. When company arrives for an extended visit, it is John Audubon and his young apprentice, Joseph. Joseph is quiet and homesick, and takes a liking to Celeste – she spends her days in his pocket and learns much about birds and drawing, watching Audubon and helping Joseph paint backgrounds and flowers.

Along the way, she watches Audubon as he pins his birds in order to make perfect drawings. Celeste rescues and befriends one of his birds, Cornelius. In an effort to find him food, she is swept in a storm, looses her way, meets Lafayette, and learns the value of friendship. The story’s adventures and subtle lessons never let up.

The sequel is equally fascinating. Celeste unexpectedly leaves the plantation in a bale of cotton packed on a wagon. She ends up on a riverboat and meets old Rosebud the dog. When the riverboat became snagged by tree limbs under water, it sinks, and Celeste must save herself. With the help of a turtle she makes it to shore, and her adventures begin. After befriending squirrels and beavers, she is finding how to survive in the woods. While she sleeps in a hickory tree, along comes a boy with an axe, young Abe Lincoln. He sees Celeste, smiles, and takes her home.

Celeste helps Abe with his many chores, and also helps him to learn how to read and to write. From the book Abe borrowed that became ruined, to her many forest friends secretly helping Abe, the book is full of adventures. Celeste must decide where home really is. She has come from a plantation to a riverboat to the woods, making friends along the way. What will she choose to do? I highly recommend these books, for Henry Cole’s delightful writing and storytelling, and for the history they tell.

Henry Cole’s author page for link to both books and their reviews: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

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Amanda in Alberta, by Darlene Foster

Amanda lives in Calgary, Canada. Her life is in cowboy country and the rugged, beautiful lands of Alberta – prairies, badlands, and the rockies. Amanda’s best friend, Leah, lives in England, and comes to Alberta to visit Amanda.

Amanda and Leah see the Calgary Stampede (a rodeo), go on a cattle drive, visit Buffalo Jump, and the dinosaur museum. These adventures are intertwined with a mystery- Amanda finds a stone, which people seem to want, one cowboy in particular. Amanda is curious about the markings on the stone and is determined to learn more. She is the modern day Nancy Drew, and her sleuthing proves to be both dangerous and exciting at times.

Throughout the book, the reader is engrossed in the story, learning about history and Canada, and solving the mystery of the stone. Amanda and Leah have further adventures in Darlene Foster’s outstanding Amanda series. I am looking forward to reading the newest book in the series, Amanda in Holland, and solving a WWII mystery. If you love Nancy Drew, this book and the Amanda series is for you!

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

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Stella Endicott and the Anything-Is-Possible Poem, by Kate DiCamillo

The latest book in the ‘Tales from Deckawoo Drive’ series is Stella’s story. On the first day of second grade, she meets her teacher – with a lovely middle name. Stella is smitten with names and words and stories, as she is a beautiful dreamer.

DiCamillo writes the teacher’s words, “Class, I want you to know that I believe in listening closely and speaking softly and singing loudly. I also believe in examining mysteries.” I was struck. These words show up again and again in the story – just in the right place.

Horace Broom is mister-know-it-all. He is annoying. When the class begins to write poetry, the reader is reminded of Stella’s favorite quote, “Anything is possible.” The class poetry assignment is writing a poem with a metaphor. Stella and Horace clash over Stella’s poem. They argue, and they’re sent to the Principal’s office. On the way, the long and dreaded walk, Horace is a wreck, Stella is strong, and they get locked into the janitor’s closet. What happens next while they’re trapped makes the stars align, literally and figuratively. This is a perfect book! Kate DiCamillo is a master at bringing the most important pieces of childhood into focus.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US  – And: Amazon UK

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The Trumpet of the Swan, by E.B. White

This book stands alone in it’s popularity and reviews. Every summer I treat myself to reading a childhood classic, one I never read. This year it was The Trumpet of the Swan. Louis is a trumpeter swan who was born without a voice. His father, in determination to help his son, steals a trumpet so Louis can have a voice. The course of events that ensue, and how Louis deals with a trumpet, and also his father’s well intended thievery, are written as only E.B. White can do. I am so very glad I read this book. It was a great pleasure. If you missed it like I did, I highly recommend reading the book. It’s never too late.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

About Jennie Fitzkee

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It’s the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That’s what I write about.

I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease’s bestselling book, “The Read-Aloud Handbook” because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.

Connect to Jennie – Blog: Jennie Fitzkee – Facebook: Jennie Fitzkee – Twitter: @jlfatgcs

 

My thanks to Jennie for permitting me to share her children’s reviews and I know she would love your feedback. thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author updates – #Wartime D.L. Finn, #History Barbara Ann Mojica


Welcome to the Children’s Cafe and Bookstore with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

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D.L. Finn has recently joined both Cafe’s with her books and today I would like to showcase Elizabeth’s War.

About the book

It’s April of 1917, and World War I has reached Elizabeth’s family on their wheat farm in North Dakota. Although the battles are being fought overseas, the war has affected her in ways she couldn’t have imagined. Elizabeth is thrust into a new role after her brother and father leave the farm to do their part in the war. And she’s only eleven years old!
Having almost died as a toddler, Elizabeth has been babied most of her life. Now she must learn to help out around the farm; cooking, cleaning, and tending to the garden and livestock. No longer can she run from her responsibilities, as she did when her horse Rosie was giving birth. There were complications during the delivery, and Elizabeth panicked and froze. The foal didn’t make it.
Elizabeth faces her biggest challenge yet as a huge Christmas Eve snowstorm rages outside, cutting her family off from any help; and her mother is about to have a baby! Her brother and sister are laid up with chicken pox. Does Elizabeth face her fears or run from them? Can she help her family, who need her more now than ever? Or will she retreat like she did when Rosie needed her?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Mar 17, 2020 Maretha Botha rated it Five Stars it was amazing

Elizabeth’s War by D.L. Finn is the fourth book I’ve read by this author who writes in diverse styles – short stories, poetry and memoirs, and now, this children’s book in the historical fiction genre.

Elizabeth is eleven years old in 1917 and lives a protected life on her parents’ farm – she almost died as a three-year old – thus her parents and even her siblings dote on her, and she does not seem to be given any real responsibilities even though farm life at the time would have dictated differently. Her mother and older sister, Pearl, protect her and make excuses for her. All this change once her father and eldest brother join the war, and suddenly, Elizabeth has to face a few challenging situations over the next year and a half. She learns to cook, knit and catch a baby (all very hilariously told by the author), and she also deals with the loss of a good friend.

Plusses for me: The author shows the reader much – not just telling a story – inviting readers into Elizabeth’s world with good scene setting and dialogue combination, creating a living-in-the-moment scenario. I love natural and fluent dialogue supported by good scene setting, i.e. showing, making the characters alive and thus involving the reader emotionally. I love this writing style where becoming part of the story and living in the moment, enhance reading pleasure. Dialogue throughout is natural and fluent, and looking from a Middle Grade reader’s point of view, language is easy to follow, but still suitable for older ones who prefer clean uncluttered stories.Historical fiction for children – not an easy genre to execute successfully – is challenging in that it is difficult to know how much background fact is needed without boring them with information overload while setting the different scenes. In my opinion, the author did an excellent job.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

Other children’s books by D.L. Finn

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow D.L. Finn: GoodreadsWebsite: D.L. Finn Author –  Facebook: D.L. Finn Author – Twitter: @dlfinnauthor

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

Christine Calabrese, Indie Author 5.0 out of 5 stars Independence FOR ALL!  Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2020

This beautifully illustrated book is makes a perfect introduction to the study of the American Constitution, American Revolution, American Founders, George Washington, Founding of the American Navy, The Boston Massacre, The Boston Tea Party, The Structure of American Government with three branches, Ben Franklin and more. The book has a lovely glossary which looks like it was printed on parchment paper. The book is a teaser, an introduction if you will for greater study into any of the previous topics, reading a book like this is a wonderful way to open the mind and spark curiosity. Of course is you are visiting Independence Hall, this book is a MUST! Illustrations are gorgeous!

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Other devicesBarnes & Noble

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

 

Thank you for dropping by today and I hope you will be leaving with some books… thanks Sally.

 

Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – Share your review – Darlene Foster reviews The Jigsaw Puzzle King by Gina McMurchy-Barber


Welcome to the series where you can share your reviews for any children’s books you have read recently and posted on your blog, Amazon, Goodreads or any other online bookstore. If you would like more details here is the post that explains how it works: Showcasing Children’s books

This week a review for children’s author Darlene Foster for The Jigsaw Puzzle King by Gina McMurchy-Barber

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About the book

When you’re new in school, all you want is to fit in. When eleven-year-old Warren and his family move to a new city, his twin brother, who has Down syndrome, attracts too much attention for Warren’s liking. Bennie’s different and doesn’t care about it. But while Bennie may be oblivious to those who are curious or uneasy with him, Warren notices every smirk, comment, and sideways glance.

Warren is weary of flip-flopping between trying to be just like everyone else and being the protective brother of a boy with special needs. Sometimes he thinks his life would be easier if he had no brother. But what he really needs is to stop worrying about what other people think

Darlene’s review for the book on Goodreads

Feb 17, 2020 Darlene Foster rated it Five Stars it was amazing

A great middle-grade book about brothers, twin brothers. Warren has made it his life mission to look out for his twin brother, Bennie, who has Down Syndrom. But when Bennie wants to enter into the talent show at their new school, Warren is determined to stop him before he embarrasses both of them. The characters of Warren, Bennie, and their classmates are very real 21st-century eleven-year-olds. Kids will love this book filled with cool stuff like hockey, peanut butter, and stink bombs. I enjoyed the references to familiar places in the Vancouver area. When Warren has to choose between his family and the cool kids, he finds himself in a sticky situation. This book is perfect for tweens and adults like me, who love tweens

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Twitter: @ginamcmurchy

A selection of other books by Gina McMurchy-Barber for YA

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US –  And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads

Books by reviewer Darlene Foster

About the book

Amanda is delighted to show Leah around Alberta during her visit from England. They take in the Calgary Stampede, go on a cattle drive, visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, spend time with the dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum and explore the crazy Hoodoos.When Amanda finds a stone with a unique mark on it, she doesn’t think it’s important until everyone seems to want it – including a very ornery cowboy. Is this stone worth ruining Leah’s holiday and placing them both in danger?Spend time with Amanda as she explores her own country while attempting to decipher the mysterious writing on the stone and keep it from those determined to take it from her.

A recent review for the book

tpolen 5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful!  Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2020

This is my first time ‘meeting’ Amanda and while there are several books in the series, I chose this one because I traveled to Calgary earlier this year and visited some of the places mentioned in the description.

What a delightful story! Amanda is excited to spend time with her friend, Leah, and show her around during her holiday with Amanda’s family. I really enjoyed ‘re-visiting’ some of these places with them, while also learning new facts. Being a dinosaur nerd (I love that great aunt Mary is a paleontologist), I wish we’d been able to visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum and see the World’s Biggest Dinosaur – maybe on our next visit.

Amanda is intelligent, feisty, and adventure-loving, and her inquisitive nature soon draws the girls into a mystery which results in some perilous situations. They run into some pretty unsavory characters while trying to learn more about the markings on the stone.

The author does a wonderful job of blending educational facts with a mystery and adventure that will thrill young (and older!) readers. These are quick reads I’d highly recommend, and I look forward to traveling with Amanda to more destinations.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

Also by Darlene Foster

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Darlene Foster, Buy: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Website/BlogDarlene Foster WordPress – Goodreads: Goodreads – Twitter: @supermegawoman

 

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books for the younger members of the family.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author updates #Reviews Dawn Doig, Emily-Jane Hills Orford and Wanda Luthman


Welcome to the Children’s Cafe and Bookstore with recent reviews for authors on the shelves.

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The first review is for Dawn Doig and Marisa’s First Fishing Trip (Big Shoe Bears and Friends Book 2) which will be translated into French and Spanish

About the book

Marisa is flying to Gramma and Grampa’s house for a visit. One day, Grampa takes Marisa fishing for the first time. What did she catch? Who was there watching all along – can you find him? What an adventure!

One of the recent reviews for the book

Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2020

The book is adorably illustrated, with likable characters. Grampa takes Marisa on her fishing trip, where she patiently waits for the fish to bite. After a few comical near misses, Marisa learns that her time with Grampa was more valuable than bringing her trophy home. At first, I thought this was going to be a lesson in patience and perseverance, but turned out to be more of a heart-warming recollection of a special memory with Grampa. Perhaps it was both?

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

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 –  WebsiteDawn Doig – Twitter: @Shoebears

The next review is for the third book in the Piccadilly Street SeriesMrs Murray’s Home by Emily-Jane Hills Orford

About the book

Home is where the heart is, or so they say. It’s also been said that a home is a person’s castle. But home is also with family and friends. Mrs. Murray longs for home, the family home, a castle an ocean away. The Brownies also crave for home, the same castle Mrs. Murray considers home. And Granny? Mary’s Granny hasn’t been home since she was Mary’s age. It’s time to visit the homeland, Scotland. Mary’s excited to tag along with Granny, Mrs. Murray and the Brownies. And then there’s the witch. The one they thought they’d killed. And the treasure. The one they had found. And it all ties together, for better or for worse. Join the adventure in book 3 of the popular “Piccadilly Street Series”

One of the recent reviews for the book

May 20, 2020 Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews rated it four stars really liked it

What an absolutely charming book! This is the first of the series I’ve had the chance to read, but it will by no means be the last one. In fact, I have already ordered the first two and can hardly wait to read them. However, it is not necessary to have read the first two books in order to enjoy this third volume. I was never lost, but would like to see how Mary gets involved with Mrs. Murray and the Brownies (what fun they are… there were some moments when I literally laughed out loud at some of the antics).

Ms. Orford has the ability to draw the reader in and let them feel like they are right there in the moment with the other characters. The action was non-stop and kept me on the edge of my seat as Mary strives against her greatest enemy.

Thanks for a wonderful read, Ms. Orford. I’m looking forward to Mary’s next adventure

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

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 today is Wanda Luthman with a recent review for the latest in the Franky the Flamingo series of books. Franky the Fearless Flamingo.

About the book

Franky is back with his 4th book in the Franky the Flamingo series (although each is a standalone book so you don’t have to have read previous books to understand this one).

Franky the Fearless Flamingo rescues the helpless wherever he does go.

In this tale of strength and compassion, a mean crab owes a debt as his ration.
The little sea turtle that he hurt, he later helps with kindess, his new passion.

The crab learned to use his strength for good to help someone in need, just because he could.

Franky the Fearless Flamingo is a hero for helping a mean crab learn the important lesson of empathy.

A recent review for the book

The Franky tales have always been delightful fare for all ages and the newest installment “Franky The Fearless Flamingo” delivers another rousing fun one with underlying premises to all ages. Franky happens to be around when a big mean crab decides to play around with a young turtle. Franky steps into protect the youngster by steering the meanie into a new direction. “Franky The Fearless Flamingo” is also the longest so far and a nice addition to the arc of Franky stories

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Wanda Luthman

Read the reviews and buy: Amazon US – and: Amazon UK – follow Wanda: Goodreads – Blog: Wanda Luthman WordPress-  Twitter: Wandalu64

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you are leaving with some books under your arm.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – Share your review – Sam the Speedy Sloth by Matthew Ralph reviewed by Barbara Ann Mojica


Welcome to the series where you can share your reviews for any children’s books you have read recently and posted on your blog, Amazon, Goodreads or any other online bookstore. If you would like more details here is the post that explains how it works: Showcasing Children’s books

This week children’s author Barbara Ann Mojica shares here review of Sam the Speedy Sloth by Matthew Ralph.

About the book

Sloths are slow, right? Think again! Packed with colorful rainforest and animal illustrations, this rhyming picture book follows Sam The Speedy Sloth as he goes on a jungle adventure. This is a sloth book like no other.

Sam’s Mom hugged him and looked at her son. “There’s no one like you. You’re the only one. Comparing yourself to others, won’t get you far. Learn to love how unique you are.”

Challenging the other rain forest animals to a race, Sam learns some important life lessons along the way about being unique, self-confident and not comparing yourself to others. Children will also find a bunch of fun learning activities, including spot the difference, a word search and even fact files for the jungle animals in this book.

Perfect for all children of all ages, who will love listening to Sam’s adventure, which makes Sam the Speedy Sloth ideal for bedtime stories, group reading, or one-on-one with loving parents or grandparents. It is also perfect for special occasions and makes a cute birthday, Christmas or baby shower gift.

Barbara’s review for the book

Sam is an unusual sloth. Unlike the rest of his species, Sam does not enjoy sleeping or staying inactive. One day he searches the rainforest for a playmate.

He meets Tammy the Toucan, Amy the Armadillo, and Oscar the Otto. Each has a favorite game, but they do not share the same set of skills. Will they be able to find a game in which each can use their unique talent to excel?

This charmingly illustrated picture book teaches children about animals of the South American jungle. They also learn that individual differences are not a roadblock to friendship and shared activities.

This book is a good choice for preschoolers as well as primary grade readers. In addition to the tale, readers are challenged by interactive activities like finding the hidden fruits, spotting the differences in pictures, word scrambles, and a fun fact pages on each of the animals featured in the book.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Matthew Ralph

About Matthew Ralph

Matthew Ralph is a best-selling children’s book author who lives in London, England.

When he is not busy writing his next book, he enjoys drinking tea, eating fish & chips and waving at The Queen.

Read all the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Website: Matt Ralph Writer – Follow Matt: Goodreads – Twitter: @mattralphwriter – Facebook: Matt Ralph the Writer

The reviewer Barbara Ann Mojica is celebrating the release of her latest history 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.

Head over to buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Other devicesBarnes & Noble

A selection of books by Barbara Ann Mojica

Barbara Ann Mojica, Buy: Amazon US – And Amazon UK – Follow Barbara Ann : Goodreads – Blog:  Barbara Ann Mojica – Twitter: @bamauthor

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed this amazing selection of children’s books from Matt and Barbara… thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore Update #Reviews #Monkey Donald Lloyd Jr. #Pirates Jann Weeratunga


Welcome to the Children’s Cafe and Bookstore with New releases and recent reviews for the authors on the shelves.

If you are a children’s author with books suitable up to the age of 12 years old then please check out how you can add your books to the Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – FREE book marketing.

The first 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 

Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2020

Loved reading this cute story with my child. Monkey wanted to become friends with toad, however toad was afraid it won’t work, because they are so different in size and in habits. But money quickly convinced toad to give it a shot, and both strike a beautiful friendship. A great book about the power of friendship and about accepting others.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Read reviews: Goodreads

Connect to Donald Lloyd Jr.- Amazon Author Page: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Facebook – Donald Lloyd  – InstagramDonald Lloyd Author –   Twitter@DonaldLl0yd

The next author today is Jann Weeratunga with a recent review for Polly’s Piralympics: Paralympics for Pirates (Polly’s Piralympic Games Book 3)

About the book

The Pirates compete in their own Paralympic Games – the Piralympics. Meet Polly the Parrot and the multicultural pirates from across the world. Bagpipe-playing Scottish Pirates; Abba-singing Viking Pirates; Tattooed Maori Pirates; Yellow-turbaned Indian Pirates, Guitar-playing Cowboy American Pirates and Vuvuzela-blowing Zulu Pirates as they all compete for GOLD.

Polly’s, one-armed, one-legged, one-eyed, Pirate’s armed with their new prosthetic blades, arms and wheelchairs compete in – walk the plank diving, climb the rigging gymnastics a three-legged race plus more. Find out why coconuts don’t make good footballs and follow the Pirate chefs in their own Masterchef Competition.

One of the recent reviews for the book

R Shaltiel 5.0 out of 5 stars fun chapter book for middle grade kids  Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2020

In this book, Captain Hake and his ship mates find a treasure map. They get to the island and they find there wheelchairs and Treasures. Polly, the parrot had a great idea, let’s share it with the rest of the pirate ships and have a week of competitions.
This is a fun book, and it has also lots of humor in it. This book is part of a series.

I recommend this book for ages 8-12.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US –  And: Amazon UK

A selection of books by Jann Weeratunga.

      

Jann Weeratunga buy: Amazon US –And: Amazon UK –  Follow Jann: Goodreads – Website: Kids Books Without Borders – Twitter: @Jannweeratunga

 

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope that you have found some books to take with you.. Sally.

Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore Update -#Release #History Barbara Ann Mojica, #Travel Darlene Foster, #Cheetahs Patricia Furstenberg


The first author today is Barbara Ann Mojica who is celebrating the release of her latest history 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.

Head over to buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Other devicesBarnes & Noble

A selection of books by Barbara Ann Mojica

One of the recent reviews for FDR.

May 30, 2020 K.r. Morrison rated it Five Stars

Another great tale! As always, Ms. Mojica has combined the abilities of young people and adults alike into her stories. Not everyone can weave a historical tale into something that all ages can enjoy.

She had me at the first picture of the interior of Hyde Park. What’s not to love about sweeping staircases?

She gives a short history on Roosevelt’s life, along with his accomplishments and the contributions he made for the betterment of society, followed by a short tour of the house Roosevelt lovingly called home.

I strongly believe that her series is the number-one choice for those looking to instill the love of history into their children

Barbara Ann Mojica, Buy: Amazon US – And Amazon UK – Follow Barbara Ann : Goodreads – BlogBarbara Ann Mojica – Twitter: @bamauthor

The next author today is Darlene Foster who received a lovely review for Amanda in Alberta

About the book

Amanda is delighted to show Leah around Alberta during her visit from England. They take in the Calgary Stampede, go on a cattle drive, visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, spend time with the dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum and explore the crazy Hoodoos.When Amanda finds a stone with a unique mark on it, she doesn’t think it’s important until everyone seems to want it – including a very ornery cowboy. Is this stone worth ruining Leah’s holiday and placing them both in danger?Spend time with Amanda as she explores her own country while attempting to decipher the mysterious writing on the stone and keep it from those determined to take it from her.

A recent review for the book

tpolen 5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful!  Reviewed in the United States on September 23, 2020

This is my first time ‘meeting’ Amanda and while there are several books in the series, I chose this one because I traveled to Calgary earlier this year and visited some of the places mentioned in the description.

What a delightful story! Amanda is excited to spend time with her friend, Leah, and show her around during her holiday with Amanda’s family. I really enjoyed ‘re-visiting’ some of these places with them, while also learning new facts. Being a dinosaur nerd (I love that great aunt Mary is a paleontologist), I wish we’d been able to visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum and see the World’s Biggest Dinosaur – maybe on our next visit.

Amanda is intelligent, feisty, and adventure-loving, and her inquisitive nature soon draws the girls into a mystery which results in some perilous situations. They run into some pretty unsavory characters while trying to learn more about the markings on the stone.

The author does a wonderful job of blending educational facts with a mystery and adventure that will thrill young (and older!) readers. These are quick reads I’d highly recommend, and I look forward to traveling with Amanda to more destinations.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

Also by Darlene Foster

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Darlene Foster, Buy: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Website/BlogDarlene Foster WordPress – Goodreads: Goodreads – Twitter: @supermegawoman

 

The final author with a review is Patricia Furstenberg for The Cheetah and the Dog

About the book

Here is a cheerful picture book with sweet rhymes that celebrates diversity and promotes friendship, sure to resonate with families – particularly non-traditional ones and with the fans of Michael Jackson’s “Black or White”.

When a cheetah cub and a puppy dog bump into each other while chasing the same prey, it is only natural for them to play together until sundown; and the next day; and the following one.

The two animals care for each other so much that they even rescue their respective packs, thus becoming an African tale.

Inspired by the true story of Kasi, the orphaned male cheetah, and Mtani, the female Labrador, which struck a remarkable friendship and remained life-long friends, “The Cheetah and the Dog” is a glorious celebration of curiosity, respect for life, and unconventional wisdom, a heart-warming, fun read that belongs on any family’s bedtime shelf.
Similar books: “The Lion and the Dog”, “The Elephant and the Sheep”

One of the recent reviews for the book

I bought “The Cheetah and the Dog” for my granddaughter’s birthday. She loves books, and I knew the subject of a dog and cheetah, and the colorful pictures would appeal to her. I read it after it arrived and loved the flow of the rhyming words. A sweet tale that’s based on a real dog’s relationship with a cheetah with a lesson in friendship, no matter what your differences are. Then, after the story, there are facts and photos of cheetahs, which is a wonderful bonus. I can’t wait to share it with my four-year-old grandchild. I’ll be buying more of Ms. Furstenberg’s children’s books as gifts.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK

A selection of other books by Patricia Furstenberg

Read the reviews and Buy:Amazon US – and: Amazon UK Blog:  Alluring Creations Follow Pat: Goodreads – Twitter: @PatFurstenberg

 

If you are a children’s author with books suitable up to the age of 12 years old then please check out how you can add your books to the Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – FREE book marketing.

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you have found some books to take away with you.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – Share your review – Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space by Toni Pike, Reviewed by D.G. Kaye


Welcome to the series where you can share your reviews for any children’s books you have read recently and posted on your blog, Amazon, Goodreads or any other online bookstore. If you would like more details here is the post that explains how it works: Showcasing Children’s books

Today I am sharing a review for Brody Cody and the Stepmother from Outer Space by Toni Pike.. reviewed by D.G. Kaye

About the book

Brody Cody is almost eight years old and definitely, absolutely, positively does NOT want a mother. His mother died when he was a baby but life with his dad is just perfect.

Brody is horrified when his father goes away to a publishing conference and returns with a wife, Pandora Smith, who is a children’s author. His life spirals out of control as he is forced to eat healthy food, do his homework and help with some chores.

Even worse, he and his friends suspect that his new stepmother might be an alien from outer space.

The review on May 22, 2020 D.G. Kaye rated it Five Stars

This was a pleasant diversion in the children’s genre from this author whose books I’m used to reading in the mystery/thriller genre, but was delighted to read how the author crossed genres. Pike did a wonderful job with this story about a little boy growing up with his dad, just the two of them after Brody’s mom died in an accident when he was a baby, living like boys with no rules. That was until Brody’s dad falls in love with a new woman while out at a business conference and marries her, and Brody’s life of lounging, junk-food eating and lack of household rules are forever changed.

When Brody proceeds to tell his best friend Kyle about his new stepmother, he also mentioned that Pandora had two different colored eyes. The boys were convinced she was an alien from outer space, especially since Kyle is convinced he saw a UFO while star-gazing. Between her two different colored eyes, her healthy cooking and creating new house chores, the two boys are convinced Pandora is from outer space.

I found this book a delightful read. Reading a children’s book through adult eyes, we can see how cleverly the author has woven in the good changes Pandora has brought to Brody’s life, despite the fact that some of these changes were so foreign to Brody, and how he eventually learns to happily adapt and realize how wonderful it really is to have a new mom

Head over to buy the book:  USA  –  UK  –  Australia  –  Canada

Also by Toni Pike

 

Buy the books: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK –  Follow Toni:Goodreads – Website: Toni PikeTwitter: @piketoni1

Books by reviewer D.G. Kaye

One of the recent reviews for P.S. I Forgive You on Goodreads

Jul 29, 2020 M.J. Mallon rated it Five Stars it was amazing

This is a very personal account of the author’s experiences of coping and coming to terms with the emotions experienced after the death of a narcissistic mother. D. G Kaye’s mother is herself a product of the terrible parenting she experienced as a child. My own mother struggled with many heartbreaking problems as she grew up. She overcame these and was and continues to be a wonderfully caring mother. I have a deep, unbreakable bond with her which I also have with my daughters.

As I continued to read further into this memoir I kept on comparing our circumstances. How sad and damaging such an uncaring, selfish parent is to her children. How can a mother behave in such a way? P.S. I Forgive You is an important read for all of us. This memoir is about letting go, releasing the emotional turmoil which begun in childhood.

It is a compelling read. It courageously deals with the extremes of family relationships. Relationships are complex and difficult even in what I would deem to be ‘normal’ families. There are many who struggle to understand or relate to their son or daughter, sister, brother, wife or husband.

But this memoir takes those problems to a whole new level that no one should have to experience. After such a damaging upbringing, D. G. Kaye has suffered but has learnt to forgive. She lives a happy, fulfilled life. That is a wonderful testament to her strength of character and her can do attitude.

I’d recommend this memoir to us all whatever our circumstances.

D. G. Kaye – Buy: Amazon USAnd: Amazon UK – BlogD.G. WritesGoodreads:D.G. Kaye on Goodreads – Twitter: @pokercubster – Facebook: Debby Gies

 

I think you get the idea of how this works and it would be great if you could help promote children’s books by sharing your reviews with us.. just put the link to one or two in the comments and if I need more information from you I will ask you to email me..

 

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you are leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – 20th – 26th September 2020 – Community, #Streisand, #Canberra, #Waterford, Books, Reviews and funnies.


Welcome to the round up of posts on Smorgasbord you might have missed this week.

Well what a week.. from the headlines to the weather it has been one rollercoaster of a ride with nobody quite sure where the ride is going to end.. even those holding the reins!

Thankfully things around our virtual world seem to be maintaining normality however I would like to mention two people who are firm favourites here with guest posts and their books.

Mary Smith and Sue Vincent were due to meet up in the last few weeks in Scotland but for both of them shock medical news has become a priority for the present. Both of them have posted about their diagnosis and I link to them here. Unfortunately due to Covid restrictions they cannot enjoy the level of physical support so necessary during their treatment. Both are wonderfully strong and resilient, but you can never have too many friends, even in the virtual world on your side. If you too are friends with them please head over to keep in touch and let them know we are there now and as they continue to blog during their treatment. Two amazing women.

Sue Vincent – A bit more than a break

Mary Smith – Cancer Diary

On the home front.

I am still in the middle of getting my next release ship shape… longer than I intended as I have been, like most of you lacking in some focus on the creative side in the last few months. I have however begun to apply myself more and I am scheduling a couple of weeks ahead at the moment which gives me some breathing room. I am so grateful for William Price King, Debby Gies, Carol Taylor and Silvia Todesco for their weekly and monthly contributions and whilst I am not accepting individual guest posts at the moment, I hope to do so in the New Year.

If you are an author in the Cafe and Bookstore it would help me enormously if you could let me know as soon as you have a date for any new releases so I can include in the Cafe Updates in a timely fashion. Either on pre-order or available is fine.

My intention is to increase my reading time which is as important to me as writing.. and hopefully you should see more book reviews each week on a more consistent basis. I have just ambitiously added another 10 books to my TBR and looking forward to some great reading.

Thank you very much for all the support you give every week and it is much appreciated as it keeps me motivated.  Just heading into my 9th year of blogging and 8th year as Smorgasbord Blog Magazine.. doesn’t time fly when you are having fun….

Time for the posts from the week….

Barbra Streisand part Two 1960s and 1970s

#Australia – The Great Fire of Canberra by Toni Pike

#Ireland #1930s – The Yards of Waterford

Chapter Eight – Human Language Lessons

It is 20 years since I wrote Just an Odd Job Girl and to celebrate I am giving away FREE Ebook copies and sharing the background to the real odd jobs that litter my career. This I am 14 and start my first paid job.

20th Anniversary #Free Book and Some of my Very Odd Jobs

Dental Surgery Part One

Dental Surgery Part Two

October 1985 – Trip to Seattle – Mountains and State Park

#Humour – In Search of McDoogal by Mae Clair

 

 

 

 

 

 

Past Book Reviews – #Mystery James J. Cudney, #Dystopian Terry Tyler

New Author on the Shelves -Age Group 7 upwards – #Ghosts Mrs. Murray’s Ghost (The Piccadilly Street Series Book 1) by Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Share your Children’s book review – The Case of the Mystery of the Bells: Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 6 by Janice Spina reviewed by Victoria Zigler

New Release #Fantasy Jemima Pett, #Review Robbie and Michael Cheadle

#Fantasy Charles E. Yallowitz #Reviews #HistoricalRomance Christine Campbell, #Poetry Bette A. Stevens

#Writers Pre-Order Lizzie Chantree, #Writers P.C. Zick, #Romance Jacquie Biggar

#Family Stevie Turner, Reviews #Anthology M.J. Mallon, #Crimethriller Don Massenzio, #Fantasy C.S. Boyack,

#NewReleases -#Dieselpunk Teagan Riordain Geneviene, #Crime Sue Coletta

Elements Collection Soap Bars

Essential Oils and Aromatherapy – An introduction to the therapy

Blood Pressure and the #Salt debate

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – September 22nd 2020 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Skinny Jeans and Anagrams… Posted on September 22, 2020 by Smorgasbord – Variety is the Spice of Life.

September 24th 2020 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Police dogs and Eye Tests

Host Sally Cronin- It’s all about Love…and laughter

 

Thanks very much for dropping by and I hope you will join me again next week… thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Author on the Shelves – Gloria The Summer Fun Bus by Sue Wickstead


Delighted to welcome Sue Wickstead to the Children’s Cafe and Bookstore with her award winning books.. today I am featuring her most recent release Gloria The Summer Fun Bus

About the book

A children’s picture book about a bus, a Playbus. The stories began with a photographic book about a real bus, with children asking questions it led to fictional stories.

What is a Playbus?

What does it do?

How is it different?

The photographic history book about the project, The ‘Bewbush Playbus’, was published in 2012.
The fictional tales began with ‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus’, Gloria is the new bus which delivered Play-scheme support over the long school holidays to children. Providing a safe place to play.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Susan Corcoran VINE VOICE 5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and informative  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 August 2020

The Summer Fun Bus, is a story about the power of play and imagination in the lives of young children.

From the first page to the last Gloria The Summer Fun Bus is bright and fun to read. It is the story not just of Gloria, but a young boy called Max, who goes on a journey from an angry child to one who learns to enjoy play and have fun. So many children grow up too fast and lose the love of playing and interacting with other children and this book reminds young readers what a wonderous experience it is!

The bright and fun illustrations attract the readers attention and bring the story to life. For many children words and pictures combined are part of the reading journey and to see them combined so well in this book is fabulous, because it makes it feel immersive. They can see Max going from angry to fun loving and see him enjoying dressing up with the other children, building a spaceship from blocks to they can fly to the moon and imagine doing it themselves.

Sue Wickstead’s writing and storytelling is all about creating a fun and informative experience for young readers. She takes them on a journey by combining great writing and illustrations that are bright and attractive. Gloria The Summer Fun Bus has all the elements of classic children’s book, great story telling, a wonderful understanding of what sparks a child’s imagination and a character that will become another firm favourite of children everywhere.

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US

A selection of other books by Sue Wickstead

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK –  And: Amazon US –  More reviews: Goodreads

About Sue Wickstead

Sue Wickstead is a teacher and an author and writes children’s picture books with a bus theme. She has also written a photographic history book about the real bus, which is where her story writing began.

Sue once worked with a playbus charity based in Crawley. This led her to write the photographic history book about the project. The ‘Bewbush Playbus’ book was published in 2012.

Sue then began to write a fictional tale about the bus. ‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus’, his number plate JJK261 gave him his name and has now been followed by six more picture books which all indeed have a bus connection as well as links to her teaching journey.
Gloria is the most recent book and is based on the summer play-schemes which operated during the school holidays providing a safe place to play and to meet other children.

Connect to Sue: Website/Blog: Sue Wickstead –  Facebook: Stories Sue –  Facebook: Teacher Page – Twitter: @JayJayBus – LinkedIn: Sue Wickstead

 

Thanks for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share Sue’s books.. thanks Sally.