Welcome to the Children’s Reading Room where authors of books suitable up to 12 years of age can share their work and reviews.. Some authors will also have a listing in the Cafe and Bookstore with their adult books.
This Reading Room is for Children’s books and Early Teens (12 years old)…It is very difficult to market and books at the current time without physical launches, particularly for children’s books which many tend to be print only.
Getting into the Reading Room
If you are already an author in the main bookstore then I will automatically share your children’s books in this directory.
If you are not already in the Cafe and Bookstore please email me with the following to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Link to Amazon for the book ( and even if you have just one book please set up an author page on both Amazon US and UK as English speakers across Europe use that site) as this is an essential marketing tool and makes it a great deal easier for people like myself who are promoting your work) Also if you have a central book link site on your blog or website that is useful. I can only promote your book effectively online if it is on Amazon and even more so if it is also in Eversion.
- I will need an author profile photo or image and your official author’s bio. Please send any images attached to the email not inserted into it.
- You main social media links including website, blog, twitter, facebook, linkedin, and goodreads . Links in full please not short links, I will do that when they are inserted into the post.
- Goodreads is an essential site for an author, particularly now with Amazon’s policy of only allowing you to post a review on your country of origin. In recent months Amazon has been updating reviews and sharing them on multiple sites which is helpful. On Goodreads you don’t have to have bought the book from Amazon (so bookstores and other online bookshops) and also you don’t have to spend £50 or $50 for the right to review a book that you have been sent as an ARC or gifted! This means that reviews from around the world can be posted and seen by potential readers.
- In my experience of promoting authors in the last 20 years, it is not as effective if you do not have some presence on social media and a central page on Amazon or Goodreads where readers can connect with you and see all your work together in one place.
- If you do not have at least two social media accounts then you are limiting your book marketing potential.
What I will do.
- I have 45,000 + connections around my social media platforms of Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Goodreads, Pinterest, and Facebook and I will automatically link the post to those sites and also boost again during the day.
- The post will be included in the weekly round up on Sundays.
- Your books (up to 7 covers of recent books) along with your profile photo, book covers, links to Amazon and your main website will then be put into the bookstore.
- You can then be included in the reading room updates which will go out once a week with any new releases and with exceptional reviews (for the reviews would suggest leaving six weeks between being included in an update)
- Your books will stay in the Reading Room automatically for six months and after that as long as there are new books or current reviews within the last three months.
I love promoting other authors and I am very happy to do so as a FREE service but it does take considerable time during the week to compile and promote posts with several authors work. It makes a difference when authors participate in the process. Also it works best when authors in the Reading Room share other author’s updates from time to time. If you feel that you don’t have the time to participate in your own promotions or from time to time support the other authors in the cafe, then perhaps this promotion is not for you.
I also ask authors to individually respond to comments from readers of their promotions including in the weekly updates, as it does encourage both engagement and sales.
One of the great reviews for the book
This book is about Rafaela and Julieta, twelve-year-old Venezuelan twins who fight most of the time, but they still love each other. Julieta hates her freckles with a passion and would do most anything to get rid of them as they make her the butt of jokes and the object of a lot of teasing at school. But she learns to stand up to bullies when she stands up to someone who is bullying a classmate of hers.
The sisters are Scouts and have been taught to always be honest and truthful. Like all humans though, they don’t always live up to those standards, not even with each other. When a trick is played on Julieta, she is convinced that her twin is behind it, and without investigating to find out whether or not she is right, she takes her revenge.
Julieta and Rafaela’s uncle comes for a visit. Even though he has stage 4 cancer, he is financially better off than their parents. Besides paying for braces for the twins, he has brought something of great value to them: toilet paper.
The plight of those in Venezuela is brought to light in several different ways, but it isn’t dwelt on nor are political statements made. I just want to say that I cannot imagine having to go to many stores and being able just to find two rolls of toilet paper to purchase. In another part of the book, one of the prizes is a roll of toilet paper. Those situations broke my heart.
Parts of the book made me laugh. The names of the girls’ Scout leaders—Baloo, Bagheera, and Raksha—amused me. I love Rudyard Kipling’s 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝐽𝑢𝑛𝑔𝑙𝑒 𝐵𝑜𝑜𝑘, so much so that one of my cats has been blessed with the name Bagheera.
When their Scout troop visited Russia, Julieta and a couple of the other scouts sneaked off the bus because they had to go to the bathroom. When they arrived back to where they left the bus, it was gone. How much trouble will they get in? Julieta being lost in a foreign country brought to mind the time I became separated from my classmates while on a school trip touring the Smithsonian Institution.
Not only are those who read My Twin Sister and Me introduced to Scouting, they also see how the sisters learn to handle bullying, manage their anger, and face their fears.Being able to relate to certain situations in this book made it even more enjoyable for me.
One of the reviews for the collection
This book was great! It made me relive all the grossest parts of my childhood. I laughed a lot and made faces I haven’t made since living at home with my 3 older brothers. I loved it and so did my kids!
One of the recent reviews for Sir Chocolate and the Ice Cream Rainbow Fairies.
Treat yourself to a delightful confection of rhyming poetry, photos of creative fondant, all ensconced in a playful story featuring fairies, rainbows, and fanciful flavors of ice cream.
The author, who works in high finance by day, gives expression to her creative side in this book, tasty Sir Chocolate and the Ice Cream Rainbow and Fairies Story, part of a series. Recipes are included in this book with colorful photos, including cheese and bacon scones, fudge balls, and strawberry jelly cupcakes.
I can imagine parents and grandparents enjoying baking the recipes or simply reading the rhymes together. Excellent gift idea!
A review for Wombat Digs In.
This is an adorable book for small children about a wombat who is struggling to keep up with some of the other animals including the kangaroos who can bounce, the possums who can climb, and the fruit bats who can fly. Wombat is feeling a little dejected, but when Baby Koala falls out of the tree, Wombat’s own special skill of digging comes to the forefront. This little book is illustrated with simple and bright pictures that small children will love.
A recent review forThe Wizard, The Girl, and The Unicorn’s Horn: The Chronicles of Geo Book One
An ancient evil power is encroaching on the world of Geo, blanketing the land in shadow and stealing villagers. The story tracks the daring adventures of three groups, two off to destroy the shadow, and one simply trying to survive. They all ultimately come together for a final battle.
One narrative follows the wizard, the protector of Geo. He joins with some rambunctious goblins who lead him through the mountain’s tunnels to Land’s End, the barren home of the shadow and its packs of demon wargs (wolf-like creatures). At the same time, Elyysa, a young girl with a magical past, allies with Geo’s wise trolls who collect tolls at the many bridges. She too heads for Land’s End and carries with her a powerful unicorn horn. The third narrative focuses on the villagers who find themselves swept up by the shadow and stranded in a cave. They must make their way through dangerous passageways to the surface.
The story is simply told with a steady pace and vocabulary that a middle-grade student would be able to handle … but there is quite a bit of tragedy in the caves, including the deaths of children and families, and significant violence during the warg attacks. For these reasons, I’d steer this read to mature middle-graders, preteens, and young teenagers who enjoy a fantastical tale of adventure and can deal with the scary and sad moments. (My 7-year-old grandson couldn’t handle it, but grammy enjoyed it!)
A really fun book with cute animations for children that will improve their vocabulary and send their imagination into orbit
My review for Lulubelle Loves to Bake September 4th 2021
This is a great sized book for children A4 with big print and beautifully illustrated by the author.
Lulubelle definitely has a sweet tooth and all the recipes are favourite deserts and cookies that children will be immediately drawn to and offer an opportunity for some fun baking sessions in the kitchen with mum or dad.
Some of my personal favourites are Perfect Pumpkin Pie and Zucchini Muffins…although I wouldn’t say no to Kitchen Sink Cookies either.
Each recipe is accompanied by Lulubelle and her friends, suitably attired to complement the particular recipe, and a rhyme for a child to read and learn, featuring the letter of the alphabet featured.
A great idea for a cookbook and perhaps Lulubelle might follow it up with an A-Z of easy savoury dishes that will introduce them to other foods as well as the format is terrific.
Bright, colourful and full of rhymes and recipes adults and children alike will enjoy reading as they prepare and eat the treats. A recommended read.
One of the recent reviews for Tree Fairies
Daniel and Colette are holidaying in the redwood forest when they discover some real fairies! This is a sweet, magical tale with an important message to impart about how important it is for us to look after our world, recycle, nurture and not be greedy like poachers (and other uncaring people,) who have no respect for nature, or the damage they can do to the natural world by their carelessness.
There are lovely descriptive passages as well as engaging dialogues of the fairies, wise talking trees, and dragonfly. And an amusing section with a kingfisher!
I particularly loved the parts with the trees (and dragonfly,) as I love redwood trees and dragonflies! Redwoods are such spectacular trees and have a special magical quality.
This is a lovely short tale with a considerable amount to say in a short magical narrative.
And there is also a lovely poem – The Little Fairies – at the beginning which I thoroughly enjoyed.
One of the reviews for Bubba Tails
Bubba Tails: From the Puppy Nursery at the Seeing Eye is a delightful story for all ages, told from the perspective of King Campbell, an older and more experienced Seeing Eye dog (trained to guide the blind). King Campbell appears at night to the puppies at the Seeing Eye School, and their mothers, and tells them stories about how he came to be selected for the school, his training process and meeting his forever mother. His stories help to allay some of the puppies own concerns and anxieties about the future when they undergo their training to be Seeing Dogs and eventually become companions to a blind person.
This is a most insightful book about how Seeing Dogs are selected, including the qualities they need to have to do this job, as well as the training process they go through before they are matched with a blind person. I say matched because that is exactly what happens, the person is paired with a suitable canine companion. I thought this was very interesting as I had never really thought about how close the relationship between a blind human and their Seeing Dog is prior to reading this book.
The second part of the story when Campbell meets his new forever owner was the most meaningful for me. It was a wonderful experience for me to learn about how the Seeing Dog and their new owner must adapt to working together. The Seeing Dog needs to learn to read their human owner’s body language and respond to subtle signals. The human must also learn to trust their dog and this is quite a difficult thing to do. I can understand that putting your faith in a dog, no matter how much you love it, must initially be difficult when you are unable to see and protect yourself. I loved reading about how this amazing trust developed between Campbell and his owner.
This is a book that everyone can read and enjoy for the story and also appreciate for its detailed insight into the relationship between Seeing Dogs and their owners, and also the world at large.
One of the Reviews for The Slapstyx on Goodreads
Even though this book was written for the 8 – 10 year age range of readers, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were well rounded – both the good and the not-so-good ones with well developed desires and motivations for their actions. The trouble the young sisters found themselves in was presented with enough humor I couldn’t decide if I wanted to laugh or shake the adults silly.
None of the characters were predictable until after you had gotten to know them a little bit, which is refreshing with younger books. Each of them had their own unique voice, which made keeping track of who was talking very easy.
The setting was well done. Even the fantastical elements highlighted the realism, rather than detracted from it. I have seen a picture of the house that inspired this story. Even without that picture, I could easily envision the surroundings and where everything was from the quietly written descriptions and the explanations presented in the dialogue. When the story entered purely into the fantasy realms, there was a definite sense of surrealism for the good guys, and a bit of dry humor to keep the darker aspects of the bad guys from being oppressive.
Through out, the dry wit displayed in Annabelle’s writing kept the plot fresh and interesting while the character driven plot twisted and turned through the ride of childhood’s unwanted interest, ability to get into things they shouldn’t, and frightening results. The pace of the story was well done, and had several places that could serve as a stopping point after a bed time read without interfering with the flow of the narrative should someone be reading this straight through.
The tone of the work handled the age appropriate language with grace, and never sounded condescending of a younger audience. Even the not-so-pleasant ingredients that make up some of the dirty problems were not just age appropriate, but done with the typical understated British humor. (Mind you, I’m American, so I may have missed some of the humor or found some that wasn’t intended.)
One of the recent reviews for Just Nuisance – The Sea Dog
If you love dogs, and who doesn’t, you will enjoy this lovely book. It would be a perfect book to read to a young person. Some great discussions about dogs would ensue. The story is based on a real dog, a Great Dane who was enlisted in the Royal Navy. The drawings are adorable and as the author says, “Any dog, from small to giant, holds a place in someone’s heart.”
One of the recent reviews for the book
On a scale of 1 to 10, this book is 100!!! “Feel Like Eggs?” by Jeff Goodman is a great new children’s book which I highly recommend for all ages to read, as perhaps now, more than ever, we could all use a fun way to process all the feelings that have come up, especially in the past year!!! I highly highly recommend this book, whether you have kids in your life or not!!! So fun and so good!!! Or…shall I say…EGGcellent!!
One of the recent reviews for Mr Murray’s Gun
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.
A recent review for Wilbur the Tractor
In the last two evenings I read with my 7 y.o. son the beautiful story about the red tractor Wilbur. My son liked the book and I think that the plot is suitable for every child.
In the end of the book you will also find questions from the author that the kids will love to answer together with their parents. Highly recommended.
One of the recent reviews for Tina Lost in a Crowd.
Tina Lost in a Crowd is a must read for all ages! It shows that children can successfully navigate real life dilemmas and guides adults on ways to positively reinforce and nurture healthy life choices. The story unfolds in vibrant and beautiful illustrations to captivate children, parents and teachers, alike.
5☆ Uplifting, Thrilling, Inspiring and Tender. A Must Read!
Akea – His Mother’s Son is the second book in the series and can be read as a standalone without any problems. However these stories are so unique and heartwarming I strongly advise reading both these amazing books!
I don’t know where to begin with my review as this book has simply stolen my heart.
But let me just take a moment to say how incredibly talented Elizabeth Jade is.
When reading her books you become fully immersed in her captivating writing, soaking up the atmospheric surroundings she creates, you become a part of the story and feel every bit of emotion. It simply shines through how much passion and love she has for her characters, and how much research she does to make her characters feel authentic and real.
Salvador is a unique hybrid and has a zest for life just like his mum. You see Salvador is unique and special, it isn’t until he is captured and taken from his pack does he realise just how special he is. But can he escape and make it back to his family before it’s too late!
Salvador stole my heart as did his sister Fayth. Salvador is such a free spirit, yet kind, brave and a natural born leader. Fayth is so special her unique ability to see and sense things gave me goosebumps.
Akea – His Mother’s Son is a Thrilling, and Captivating story about Family, Pride, Survival, Fitting in, Standing up for what’s right, Love, Friendship, Strength, Courage, Determination, Joy and Working together.
This is a unique story about Akea, her family and her Pack coming together against all diversity and standing together.It was a roller coaster of emotions, joy, angst, suspense, danger, yet tender and inspiring moments all of which made one hell of a read. I devoured it in just one hour.
I can’t wait for the next installment! Would I recommend reading this book?….Without a Doubt….100% Yes!
One of the recent reviews for Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery
Angela S. Engaging and meaningful story Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2021
My daughter is six so this book is above her reading level by a wide margin. I like to read books out loud to her that stretch her vocabulary and imagination, though, and chose this book for that purpose. I’m so glad I did. This book has been our favorite shared reading experience to date. Truly engaging and endearing characters (my daughter is an animal lover and had endless questions about the characters in this story), an entertaining plot, a unique backdrop for the story that taught both me and my daughter a great deal about the salt marshes of Florida, a totally enjoyable experience overall. Middle school me would have read this book in a marathon session and loved every minute of it. 48 year old me had to stretch it out over multiple bedtime reading sessions but still loved every minute of it, as did my daughter.
One of the recent reviews for the book
This was a great fun read and totally explains the Con Going experience in a way that a child could appreciate. Can’t wait for a sequel about building a child’s first costume!
One of the recent reviews for That’s Our Home
Starfish, Crab and Seagull live on a beautiful beach which is being ruined by rubbish and plastic. Join them as they speak to the people on the beach and remind them about the importance of looking after the beaches and coastlines for everyone.
With plastics being a hot topic, Jude has taken time to think how she could use her writing to educate children on emotive side of littering. Using the characters to allow children to understand how they might feel because of our littering. It has questions throughout the book which asks what could we do instead. Our children had some very good ideas and I felt proud that I didn’t have to prompt them much.
I think I would have liked some statistics or a resource page as a parent at the back for further information. However I have to commend Jude and her work yet again talking about an important issue in our modern society.
I would recommend this book to any family who is looking to teach their children in a fictional way about being green.
One of the recent reviews for the book
My 8 year old daughter loved this book. The characters and colors are beautifully illustrated. We read it aloud, and she re-read it “all by herself” . The parent in me really appreciates the positive message. Looking forward to the sequel.
“The Lilac Princess” is a fun, short chapter book for kids. Each chapter starts with a brightly colored graphic of a character or scene. The story is about a princess who feels trapped inside the castle walls and she wants to explore beyond the walls despite her father’s wishes. The chapters are short yet capture the reader’s attention with a little suspense. It is interesting how the princess gets her nickname of the Lilac Princess and how she meets a common boy, Dirk, who becomes her friend and accomplice for her escape from the castle walls. The book touches on loyalty as well as forgiveness. When the two main characters are asked to forgive a wrongdoing, they must decide if forgiveness is the best choice even though they were wronged. They both realize that they too, are in need of forgiveness. It’s a good lesson for kids to learn about forgiveness.
I would recommend this book to kids around ages 8-11.
One of the recent reviews for The Hearts of Bakers and Artists
What a fantastic story, for any age in my opinion. We come to meet the Taglias who are an immigrant Sicilian family that live in Manhattan’s Lower East Side in the year 1911. We focus on two sisters, Margaret and Lily who are working at the local bakery to bake Daily Bread. Author Antoinette Truglio Martin does a spectacular job in delivering the setting of the story, I often could visualize myself on the streets with the girls as they were delivering bread, and in the tiny apartment they share with their parents and other sisters. A story full of hardship, discrimination, child labor, hunger, poverty, but ultimately love, and endurance, and grit of people and families back in that time period. I loved seeing the story center around girls, and I think this would make a great book for the 8-14 year old age range. The book also included some discussion questions, resources for teachers and educators, and vocabulary and expressions. This is book one of a series, and I can’t wait to read the next one by this author. Well done, a great gift book, a great book for classrooms, Girl Scouts, and anyone looking to learn more about this time period. Well worth the read, I recommend it highly.
One of the recent reviews for the book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 March 2021
This is the most beautiful charming book!! A story of a runaway schoolhouse called clearie. Loved sitting reading this with my 8 year old daughter. We took turns in reading which has really helped with her reading skills. A beautiful read I would highly recommend this book.
My review for the book July 14th 2021
I stepped back in time to my childhood and my enjoyment of the adventures of The Famous Five and The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton.
Felix Finds Out is a full length novel for slightly older children and adults who wish to revisit the enjoyment of reading a well written adventure containing all the classic elements needed such as realistic plot, wonderful characters, heroes and villains, and a wicked witch….of sorts.
I loved the individual natures of the co-conspirators, on a mission to discover what the school caretaker has been up to, which might have a disastrous knock on effect on Felix’s future. The group grows from the solitary Felix anxious to hide his family situation, to include Samantha the worldly planner, shy Hubert who is the technical support and Joanne, slight but feisty.
This intrepid band of crime fighters are putting themselves at risk but at the same time forming a friendship that will strengthen them all for the potentially dangerous climax to the story.
The author writes with flow and clearly knows the minds of children and young teens caught between being a child and a young adult with all the angst that goes with it. Elizabeth Merry evolves the characters over the story giving them plenty of opportunity to grow and shine.
A very enjoyable read I have no hesitation in recommending the book.
One of the recent reviews for Independence Hall
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.
One of the recent reviews for Kong and the Magic Jungle
I bought this book for my nephew 9 years and my niece 7 years. They both loved it and their mother said they have reread it more than once. I read the story myself, being pulled in by the fun image on the front cover and found it funny, exciting and endearing. It is a fast moving adventure story of three children living in the jungle but the main protagonists are Joyce and Olan aged 7 and 8 and their friend the Magic Gorilla. The children explore the jungle and make friends with the talking animals living there; they get into fun scrapes, learn some lessons and get gifts along the way. It really is a breath of fresh air and a great story for boys and girls alike.
One of the reviews for Busy Bee and the Silent Spring
A great book to sit down and read through with the kids. The story is interesting enough for adults, but helps the children understand more about the world they live in. And judging by the amount of times we have read through it together my daughter is also a fan. A great read.
One of the recent reviews for the book
How lovely to indulge myself and read these wonderful children’s stories. Superbly written and right on target for its audience, this book is an absolute delight. Diverse tales to fit all tastes, and just the right length for a bedtime read.
Hang on. I’ve someone here who wants to say something. “Squawk”. Oh yes, Squawk, I’m glad you reminded me. I recommend this book to all readers, young and old.
One of the recent reviews for Oskar’s Quest
Jacqui Murray Text and imagery work together to create an incomparable story Reviewed in the United States on September 4, 2021
Oskar doesn’t consider himself to be brave or adventurous but as sometimes happens, events around him conspire to place him where he must be both. If he isn’t, his new songbird friend Maya may not survive. In the forty pages of this gorgeous book, we join Oscar as he tries to do things in ways he never thought he could, all to help a friend.
What makes this message all the more compelling is the imagery. Pictures accompany each page and quietly tell us more than the words can. Each brushstroke is filled with such rich color and texture that we are part of Oskar’s quest. It is not just a red flower (because that’s what the text described) but an active red-hued flower that is moving or weeping or bending to what the words say. You could read the story without the text but not the text without pictures. You would miss too much.
While Oskar’s story is simple, the visual and mental image of this seemingly fragile bird doing what he must though it frightens him is powerful. Perry includes just the right amount of onomatopoeia to excite young readers, not overdone and each chosen well for the particular action. Children will remember it the next time they are asked to be fearsome, especially if they aren’t that type of child.
If you’re looking for a book your 3-6 year old child will want to read over and over–by themselves–you’ve found it in Oskar’s Quest. Highly recommended.
One of the reviews for Princelings Revolution
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every book of this series, but was apprehensive of reading this final book – because it is the FINAL book of the series.
However, I’m glad I did read it, with all its twists, turns and changes of fortunes for Fred, George and everyone else.
My only wish is, that more ‘sequels’ were forthcoming…
One of the recent reviews for Brody Cody and The Haunted Vacation House
This is the second book in the Brody series where in book 1, Brody gets a new stepmom, and now she’s pregnant and Brody isn’t sure how he feels about a baby in the house after he’s been an only child all his young life.
To surprise Brody, his dad and stepmom, Pandora, decide to rent a holiday house for a family vacation and Brody is allowed to invite a few of his good friends to join in. When they arrive, the place looks nothing like it did in pictures, a rundown big old house that needs some TLC. But the family didn’t mind, they were there already so Pandora and the kids got cleaning up the place and the owner, old Mr. Sludge, gave them a tour of the property.
The kids were eager to go for a walk through the bush and were warned if they got lost to stay where they are. They were sure they wouldn’t be lost because smart Kyle left tape marks every few meters so they can find their way back. But somehow the tape mysteriously disappeared. The kids continue to be spooked by weird happenings. They find open kitchen drawers in the middle of the night when they go down to grab a late snack. Another night they hear the front door slam, and Mr. Sludge introduces them to an air raid shelter from the long ago past that the kids are invited to play inside, and warned not to close the door.
Brody is convinced there’s a ghost – or ghosts in the house and has nightmares of ghosts. The children decide collectively to stay on guard the next night to try and capture the ‘ghost’. They decide to all wake at midnight to wait for the ghostly shadows to appear out in the backyard and listen for the rustling noise they’ve been hearing nightly in the kitchen. And their plan worked! They followed the noises leading down to the kitchen. And what they found? I cannot tell you this. You will have to read the book!
This book was an entertaining read. Although the story centers around the ‘ghostly’ findings, it’s not a scary book for children, rather a mini mystery for kids, and quite enjoyable for adults too.
A recent review for the Bakery Bears book two
This is another cute and beautifully illustrated children’s book by author and poet, Frank Prem. The book is about a collection of fluffy bears who live in a local bakery and who all contribute to the running of the bakery and the entertainment of the customers.
I read the ebook and each page has a beautiful colour photograph of one or more of the bears, with a little poem that complements the antics or actions of the bears in the picture. There is a bear baking scones and a bear who is chilling as well as bears who are boating and bears who are watching.
A young child could not read this book on his/her own, but would require parental guidance as some of the language is a little complex. I prefer books for children that expand children’s vocabulary and understanding and the reader of this book could have a lot of fun explaining sounds and teaching language concepts to a child.
One of the reviews for Myrtle the Purple Turtle
Murtle is a unique turtle – she’s purple. And when another turtle points out to her that she’s different, she does everything she can to change her color to green – all to no avail. Then, with the help of her friends, she learns that turtles comes in a lot of different colors, and that being purple is wonderful. The story’s message of self-acceptance and diversity is perfect for young children. and the vivid illustrations are a delight. I recommend this sweet book to preschoolers and their parents.
One of the reviews for Saving Hascal’s Horrors.
10-year old Mike Hascal loves horror movies, and it just so happens that his family owns a horror-themed shop—Hascal’s Horrors. Before his Dad’s death, the shop held a contest to see who could take a photograph of a real live ghost. Two teen boys entered the forest, where the ghost was purported to be, but only one returned. Will the ghost of Shawn MacKay seek revenge on Mike and his friends who are now out searching the woods for his body?
This story has turned out to be one of my all-time favorite pre-teen/teen reads! Smith touches on all the classic hallmarks of middle-school life as her characters deal with peer pressure, bullying, food fights, puppy love, and everything in between. Her main character, Mike, is an average 10-year-old, wondering about the usual things that 10-year-old boys wonder about. He’s an endearing character that shows a good deal of soul and dimension as he learns that you can’t judge everyone can by first appearances and their initial behavior.
“Saving Hascal’s Horrors” is a remarkable coming-of-age/horror story with just a small touch of magic. The tale is quite reminiscent of the popular cult movie “The Goonies”, and it and will likewise take readers along on a grand and noble quest, treating the macabre with wonder and humor as it appeals to the curiosity of pre-teens and the young-at-heart everywhere.
One of the early reviews for The Legend of the Taken Ones.
The Taken are the children of the Provence of Noella who have been missing from their homes for many, many years. They were captured by the Parotovinans to be raised under the evil king wizard. Now, King Gateskin of Sovorotskina, Land of Goodness and Light, through his wizardry learns that the Evil Ones are planning to capture the children of the Provence of Noella once again. With the help of his children, a tree sprite named Spindle, wizards, and fairies, King Gateskin goes to Parotovina to gain release of the Taken Ones. Along the way they will encounter dangerous situations.
Those who enjoy stories of wizards, fairies, sprites, and adventure will find this un-put-downable! This is not my normal genre, but I was mesmerized. The characters are beautifully detailed, and the plot is captivating. The Legend of the Taken Ones: Goatskin Chronicles, Book 1 is a five-star book!
One of the recent reviews for Amazing Matilda
AMAZING MATILDA by Bette A. Stevens was a cute little story about a Monarch butterfly who dreamed of having wings. On her journey, she met a sparrow who constantly said to her “be patient and trust your instincts.” She then happened upon a toad and a rabbit who shared their own stories of patience and perseverance. This is a perfect little story for grade-school children. It teaches that if only you are patient, and if you try hard enough, you can and you will reach your goals and your dreams can come true! Great job to the author!
mend Amazing Matilda, A Monarch’s Tale for all ages!
“I loved that the book wasn’t too factual and crowded with facts and names. Simple, heart-warming incidents are described over the course of a few pages.
And what shall I say about the illustrations! They are mind-blowing. Every page is professionally designed with a profound artistic touch.” –Book And Brook
A selection of books by Jann Weeratunga.
One of the recent reviews for Parrot Paralympics book 3
Pirates, galleons, and swords, oh my! An engaging story that mirrors the world paralympics but with pirates! This is an exciting story that celebrates inclusion and multiculturalism with a generous sprinkling of pirate speak. Throughout the book, the reader is asked to draw their favourite ship..thus creating an interactive experience. I would love to have seen some illustrations sprinkled throughout this book (maybe a future edition?) but nevertheless and engaging read!
A selection of books by Sue Wickstead.
A recent review for Barty Barton
5☆ A Treasured Picture BookBarty Barton is such a special children’s book that bought back many memories of my special teddy Snuggles. Who went everywhere with me even abroad on holiday when I was younger.
Barty is an adorable Teddy that has been cherished over the years by Thomas. But when Thomas becomes a Dad himself he rejects Barty for his baby boy as he said hes too old! And tatty!
But luckily Mum knows how special Barty is, she decides to get all Thomas’s old toys out and give them some much needed TLC.
But with a lil care and attention can Barty be nearly as good as new?
Barty Barton is such a beautiful book with wonderful illustrations.
The story is also based on real toys, which I adored as it makes it even more special.
This Treasured picture book teaches children to Be Kind, supportive, brave, to care for our toys, and a lil bit about toy restoration, which will be interesting to children.
So if you love toys and Teddies, are looking for a Heart Warming and Engaging Children’s Picture Book then I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Barty Barton. The perfect read for Children aged 5+
A recent review for Molly Finds Her Purr
Molly is a stray who sees a pampered cat named Clara purring as she gets some loving from her owner. Molly wants a purr too, but has trouble finding it, since life on her own is pretty lonely. That all changes when she encounters Petey the squirrel and a couple of other friendly creatures who create a circle of friends.
This is a lovely story about friendship and belonging. As a rescuer of feral cats, I happen to know that inside every cat there’s a purr waiting to come out. How true for people too. The sweet message of friendship and kindness will resonate with children, young and old. Beautiful illustrations and perfect for preschoolers.
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A recent review for the collection on the blog of Kevin Morris 24th July 2021The title poem in this collection begins as follows:
“We’re born from stardust, you and I,
And that alone’s the reason why
I’m pretty sure that when I die
I’ll join the stars up in the sky.”
Born From Stardust is a beautiful poem, and the book of the same name is a highly enjoyable and thought provoking read.
Amongst my favourite poems is “When Mummy Missed Story Time”, in which the poet poignantly describes the emotional reactions of a young child when it’s mother won’t read a bedtime story due to her fear that she has the Corona Virus, and her very natural desire not to pass on the infection to her son/daughter.
There are several other poems which touch on the pandemic, including one dealing with the impacts of social distancing on the individual and on society as a whole. I can relate to this series of poems, and it is a topic which I have, myself tackled in my own poetry.
Other poems deal with the threat posed by climate change. Again, this is a fine series of poems.
The serious poems are interspersed with lighter pieces such as “When Even the Beach is to Hot”:
“You know the temperatures are too high,
When even the beach is too hot!”
The above poem is especially apt at the moment given the very high temperatures we have been experiencing here in the UK and elsewhere.
I have read a number of Victoria Zigler’s poetry collections, and in my view this is her best thus far.
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