Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – Recent reviews – #Wolves Elizabeth Jade, #Bees Paul Noel


Welcome to the Children’s Reading Room with recent reviews for books for children up to  12 years old.

The first review is for Elizabeth Jade for book two of her series Akea: His Mother’s Son.

About the book

The heart-wrenching sequel to Akea – The Power of Destiny. Akea is no ordinary husky and taking her place as Wolf Queen was just the first step in the journey set out for her by the Great Wolf. Akea’s world turns upside down when humans raid their home, scattering the pack and capturing her hybrid son. Salvador struggles to adjust to a life in captivity quickly realising not everyone approves of his mother’s rise to Wolf Queen. When the Great Wolf sends him warning dreams, Salvador discovers his true purpose for being there.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 December 2020

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!

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

Also by Elizabeth Jade

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: GoodreadsDramatic readings from Akea – The Power of DestinyYoutube – Book TrailersYoutube – Websitehttps://www.elizabethjade.org – BlogElizabeth Jade – FacebookAkea Wolf Stories – Twitter – @akeawolfstories

The second book today is by Paul Noel for Busy Bee and the Silent Spring

About the book

Silent Spring is a follow up to Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow. In that story, Bea (Beatrice) and the inhabitants of the meadow fought off some developers who wanted to build houses all over it. In this second story the bees and many of the other creatures are starting to feel ill during the spring of that year. Some bees mention that there is a strange smell in the air, different to the normal ones that arrive with the season. Even though everything looks normal in the meadow to the people walking through it, there is an eerie silence and with Doctor Bee recommending to some of the songbirds that they rest their voices it is not hard to understand why.

The problem gets worse and some bees are found lost and confused and unable to fly so have to be rescued. Doctor Bee and her nurses become very busy treating the bumblebees, the solitary bees and many of the meadow’s other inhabitants that aren’t feeling well. On top of this all the pollinating of plants and making honey is falling behind.

None of the bees can think of what the problem might be until the resourceful Bea remembers the smell and organises with the queen and Wise Old Bee a team to search for the source. The bees discover that it is coming from the farm to the west, beyond the trees separating it from the meadow. With some special masks made by the bee engineers Bea’s team enter a dark barn to discover containers with the skull and cross bones on them plus some words they don’t understand and are too long to remember. No problem, each bee will remember a few letters each.

The bees organise a meeting of all the meadow’s inhabitants that can get there but nobody knows the meaning of the words. A fly suggests going to the village library to find out as one of the windows is always left slightly open. So one moonlit night ten bats and three owls carry the bees, some fireflies, the fly, a mouse, a discarded lighter and a tiny beeswax candle to the library where the bees learn the meaning of the words on the containers. It is very bad news. Warned by the foxes howling Bea and her team hastily leave the library leaving the tiny beeswax candle as a mystery to be solved along with some blurry photographs of the creatures returning to the meadow taken by a couple returning from the pub. These find their way to a local reporter who tries to tie together some very strange clues as to who was in the library. They all seem to point to something happening in Old Oak Meadow which has always been a very special place.

Meanwhile, back in the meadow, the inhabitants are preparing again to fight to save it. They will have to work together using all their skills and strengths. Will their plans thwart the evil farmer to the west? It will need the help of the organic farmer to the east of the meadow but how can they get him to help them?

One of the recent reviews for the book

Ms. Sarah E. Pearson 5.0 out of 5 stars A story of nature triumphing over adversity.  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 December 2020

Head over to buy the book: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US

A selection of other books by Paul Noël

Read the reviews and buy the books : Amazon UK – And: Amazon US –  Blog: Paul Noel WordPressTwitter: @JunagarhMedia

 

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Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair – #Butterflies Bette A. Stevens, #Shyness Janice Spina, #Bees Paul Noel, #Puppies Victoria Zigler


Welcome to the Children’s Christmas book fair with books for children up to the age of twelve years old. All of which would make great gifts.

The first author today with a lovely book that introduces the wonder of nature to children is Bette A. Stevens with Amazing Matilda: A Monarch’s Tale

About  Amazing Matilda

(Ages 4-11 + grownups love it too) Friendship, patience and persistence are among the lessons learned in this gem of a tale featuring an amazing monarch butterfly.

This award-winning picture book adventure follows the monarch butterfly’s life cycle as Matilda embarks on a quest to make her dream of flying come true. Matilda emerges from her egg on a milkweed leaf—she stretches and yawns and knows she wants to fly. Sparrow tells her to follow her dreams. Toad and Rabbit laugh at a creature without wings who wants to fly. You’ll be as amazed as Toad and Rabbit are as you follow Matilda from egg to imago. Science, art and wise lessons for children—all wrapped up in a tale the kids will want to read/hear again and again!

One of the recent 5 Star reviews for the book on November 22nd by D.G. Kaye

What a beautiful book this is – both in story and illustration. Stevens has written a clever story about Matilda the caterpillar who is anxiously awaiting her transformation into a butterfly. The story is engaging and educational. Besides evoking the transformational process from caterpillar to butterly in a clever and conversational manner between Matilda and her friends Sparrow and Rabbit, there are lessons in the story to be taken.

As Matilda laments on about her excitement waiting to transform, her friends give her friendly reminders to both – have patience, and to trust her instincts. Worthy advice in life. And as Matilda finally begins growing her first pair of wings and attempts to fly, but not quite ready yet, her friends advise – “If you try long and hard enough, you can accomplish anything.” Alas Matilda could fly!

This is a wonderful book to teach children about the butterfly transformation. I’d say from six or seven on, children can enjoy this book reading by themselves, but also a great book for parents to read to their younger children, accompanied by beautiful pictures. A sweet story for the young ones.

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

Also by Bette A. Stevens for Children

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Another book that helps children figure out life as they enter the world of school and making friends is by Award winning children’s author Janice Spina –  Drystan the Dragon and Friends: Delbert Finds Himself.

About the book

Drystan the Dragon and Friends is a series of six books about dragons, friendship, being kind and respectful to one another, and helping others in need. Children will learn about colors and letters too with the help of the colorful illustrations and rhyming verse. All the dragons’ names begin with the letter ‘D.’

In this book Drystan meets a few friend, Delbert, who has some difficulty meeting others. He is shy and not at all happy that he can disappear from view and blend in with trees. Read how Drystan helps Delbert realize how important it is to like himself no what color he is – for all colors are beautiful!

One of the recent reviews for the book

Mrs.D. 5.0 out of 5 stars All around, 5 shiny stars!  Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2020

I must honestly say that this author has a knack for writing children’s stories that are unique and unlike any others. I find myself saying that over and over again, because I really love all of her books from the “Drystan the Dragon and Friends” series. In Book 3, “Delbert Finds Himself,” Janice Spina has delivered another wonderful lesson, which will teach young readers kindness, empathy, and self-confidence.

At first it seems like not a lot is happening in the story, but yet, all the good things had happened by the time I reached the tipping point and got to the end of the story. I realized how much I was wrapped up in the awesome characters and how much a child could learn from Delbert the brown dragon, who can turn blue, but is very shy, and Drystan the red dragon, who helped the nervous little dragon overcome his insecurities.

This story teaches young readers about diversity, being kind and friendly to others regardless of their look and color, because everyone in this world should have a special place under the sun and feel important. Even though we are all created differently, we are all unique in extraordinary ways.

For those of you who haven’t read Janice Spina’s series yet, you should definitely get her books soon, because there is no better time than now.

“Drystan the Dragon and Friends” is a series of six books, which will teach your children about the true meaning of friendship, being kind and respectful, and helping someone who may need their help.

Bonus: Youngsters will learn colors and letters through the colorful artwork and rhyming poetry. All around, 5 shiny stars!

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

A small selection of children’s books by Janice Spina

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

Another lovely book that introduces to children to the environment and the creatures they share it with is by Paul Noel with Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow.

Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow by [Paul Noël, Alice Wright]

About the book

Bea Bee is the most resourceful, hardest working and happiest bee living in a hive located in a beautiful meadow. One day she notices a new sign on the gate and goes back to the hive to get wise old bee to come to the gate with her and read the notice as she doesn’t understand all the words. The news is bad; the sign is for a planning application to build houses all over the meadow. Wise Old Bee suggests that only if a rare or endangered species is found in the meadow is there a chance that the meadow can be saved. Bea suggests a wild idea on how to save the meadow from this happening. If they don’t then they are going to have to move the hive.

Her plan is fairly simple. There are some red flowers down near the stream that produce some fairly sticky pollen on them and she thinks that if she disguises herself as a red bee people will believe that there is a new species of bee. At least it will give the bees time to find out if there is a rare or endangered species in the meadow. Time to tell the Queen about the problem and also a possible solution. Bea tries out the deception on two young people camping in the meadow and they take several photographs that they load onto social media. Bea has started a series of events that she is unaware of.

Two teams are set up, some normal bees to keep a lookout on when visitors are coming and a “red” team to sow the story and keep each other from being caught. Will Bea and her friends from the meadow find a way to save it? This is a story that is meant to be read by a parent to a younger child or with a younger child and to be read by children themselves as they get older. Suitable for 7 to 11 years of age. This ebook version is associated with the normal sized paperback and is no different to the ebook associated with the large format and colouring book version of the story.

One of the five star reviews for the book

A Shep 5.0 out of 5 stars Bee inspired story  Reviewed in the United Kingdom

I have read the story and enjoyed it. I thought the general plot was good for a children’s book and loved the way Bea thought of using the red pollen as a disguise and how the bees insects and animals came together to thwart the developers and their destruction crew. It made me smile imagining it all.

I liked the conclusion but maybe I shouldn’t say too much about that in case I spoil it for other readers.

I thought the story was just the right length to hold a child’s attention and will enjoy telling it to my granddaughter.

The illustrations are well done and like the fact they are also at the back of the book for children to colour in.

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

A selection of books by Paul Noel

Read the reviews and buy the books : Amazon UK – And: Amazon US –  Blog: Paul Noel WordPressTwitter: @JunagarhMedia

Now a book for all children who love puppies from Victoria Zigler released in the summer Snowlilie’s Brother.

About the book

Getting a little brother is a good thing… Right?

When Snowlilie the West Highland White Terrier first meets her new little brother – a Cavapoo puppy, who tells her the humans call him Rascal – and realizes having a little brother means having a new doggy friend to play with, she’s excited. That is, until she realizes it also means sharing everything with him – including her favourite ball, some of her food, and Mummy and Daddy’s attention.

Will Snowlilie be forced to tolerate a little brother she doesn’t like? Or can she learn to like Rascal, and accept the changes having a little brother means?

Head over to buy the book: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US

A small selection of other books by Victoria Zigler

One of the reviews for Where’s Noodles on Goodreads

Apr 21, 2019 T. Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a sweet little Westie book!

That same story has played out in my own home with my Westies… The Hoover monster is always the first suspect in any crime involving missing doggie toys. My Westies have always loved their stuffed bushy-tailed squirrels the best. So happy Noodles and Lillie were reunited! I am an adult who loves children’s books. If a Westie Is involved, so much the better.

Read the reviews and buy the books in print and audio: Amazon UK – and : Amazon US – Follow Victoria on: Goodreads – Website: Victoria Zigler – Twitter: @VictoriaZigler

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Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – Author Updates #Releases #Detectives Janice Spina,#Reviews #Cheetahs Patricia Furstenberg, #Seashore Jude Lennon, #Bees Paul Noel


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

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The first author today is award winning children’s author Janice Spina with her latest release in the Abby & Holly series – Book 6: Faulty Timeline.

About the book

Follow along with cousins, Abby and Holly, as they learn about some changes in history from their ghost friend, Felicity, who lived back in 1818. These changes came about when the girls traveled back to the past to their Victorian when it was once a boarding house.

While they were in the past they met a young woman, Annabelle Bradley, who was a talented artist. The cousins became friends with Annabelle in the short time they knew her. They also became involved in her life through her letters and diaries that they found in their home in the future.

The girls are distraught over how Annabelle died and want to go back and somehow change history to prevent her murder. In order to do this, they must enlist the help of their friends, Davey’s and Derek’s, great aunt, Gigi, who is a benevolent witch.

Will Gigi be able to put the girls back in time in the right place to make this change possible? If they do go back, will the girls be able to return without possibly endangering themselves and end up lost forever in the past due to the faulty timeline.

One of the early reviews for the book

Sara123 5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! Reviewed in the United States on July 25, 2020

Cousins Abby and Holly are back in author Janice Spina’s latest installment in the fabulous series that follows the girls’ adventures.

In this sixth volume, Faulty Timeline” – the twins go back in time intending to save the life of Annabelle the artist, a friend they met in their previous excursion to the 19th century after finding her letters and diaries. This time, recognizing the danger involved, the girls engage the help of a good witch, their friends Davey and Derek’s great aunt Gigi.

The story is captivating from the start. Abby and Holly and a host of other rich characters that include two resident friendly ghosts named Minerva and Felicity, keep young readers entertained.

Were Abby and Holly successful in their dangerous mission?
Was Annabelle’s life saved?
Read, and you shall find out!  Highly recommended!

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

A small selection of other books by Janice Spina

Janice Spina, buy:Amazon US – and :Amazon UK – Follow Janice: Goodreads – blog:Jem’s BooksTwitter: @janice_spina 

The first 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 on Goodreads

Apr 02, 2020 Gina R Mitchell rated it Five Stars

This lovely tale is perfect for reading to children. However, as a grannie, I enjoyed it immensely. There are lessons to be subtly taught through the words of this story.

The fun and interesting cheetah facts at end taught me several things I did not know. Very well done by the author.

The illustrations are vibrant and add a great deal to the book. I would not hesitate to recommend this story to parents, teachers, libraries, or anyone who enjoys a simple, well-written book.

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

The next author with a recent review is Jude Lennon for That’s Our Home.

About the book

“Don’t do that! That’s our home!You’re just not being green.Use a bin or take it home.Keep the beaches clean.” 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.

One of the recent reviews for the book

LAJ 5.0 out of 5 stars Fun for little ones with an important message  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 July 2020

What a lovely book for little ones. A catchy refrain for them to say together and gorgeous illustrations. This makes an important point about littering and the importance of using reusable containers and minimising single-use plastic, but in a jolly and fun way.

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

A selection of other books by Jude Lennon

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – Other Reviews: Goodreads – Website and shop: Little Lamb Publishing – Facebook: Jude Lennon Author – Twitter: @JudeLennonBooks

The final author today with a recent review is Paul Noel for Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow.

Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow by [Paul Noël, Alice Wright]

About the book

Bea Bee is the most resourceful, hardest working and happiest bee living in a hive located in a beautiful meadow. One day she notices a new sign on the gate and goes back to the hive to get wise old bee to come to the gate with her and read the notice as she doesn’t understand all the words. The news is bad; the sign is for a planning application to build houses all over the meadow. Wise Old Bee suggests that only if a rare or endangered species is found in the meadow is there a chance that the meadow can be saved. Bea suggests a wild idea on how to save the meadow from this happening. If they don’t then they are going to have to move the hive.

Her plan is fairly simple. There are some red flowers down near the stream that produce some fairly sticky pollen on them and she thinks that if she disguises herself as a red bee people will believe that there is a new species of bee. At least it will give the bees time to find out if there is a rare or endangered species in the meadow. Time to tell the Queen about the problem and also a possible solution. Bea tries out the deception on two young people camping in the meadow and they take several photographs that they load onto social media. Bea has started a series of events that she is unaware of.

Two teams are set up, some normal bees to keep a lookout on when visitors are coming and a “red” team to sow the story and keep each other from being caught. Will Bea and her friends from the meadow find a way to save it? This is a story that is meant to be read by a parent to a younger child or with a younger child and to be read by children themselves as they get older. Suitable for 7 to 11 years of age. This ebook version is associated with the normal sized paperback and is no different to the ebook associated with the large format and colouring book version of the story.

One of the recent reviews for the book

A Shep 5.0 out of 5 stars Bee inspired story  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 August 2018

I have read the story and enjoyed it. I thought the general plot was good for a children’s book and loved the way Bea thought of using the red pollen as a disguise and how the bees insects and animals came together to thwart the developers and their destruction crew. It made me smile imagining it all.

I liked the conclusion but maybe I shouldn’t say too much about that in case I spoil it for other readers.

I thought the story was just the right length to hold a child’s attention and will enjoy telling it to my granddaughter.

The illustrations are well done and like the fact they are also at the back of the book for children to colour in.

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

A selection of books by Paul Noel

Paul Noel, Buy : Amazon UK – And: Amazon US –  Blog: Paul Noel WordPressTwitter: @JunagarhMedia

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