Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Reviews – #Ghost Toni Pike, #FunBus Sue Wickstead


Welcome to the Reading Room update with recent reviews for books on the shelves age up to 12 years old.

The first book with a recent review is Brody Cody and the Haunted Vacation House (Brody Cody Series Book Two) by Toni Pike.

About the book

Brody Cody loves his new stepmother but is surprised to hear that she is expecting a baby. To celebrate, his parents take Brody and his friends away for a week to a very spooky house in the Blue Mountains, owned by the elderly and even spookier Mr Sludge.

Very strange things start to happen, and the friends soon become convinced that the house is haunted. They love scary stories and know all about ghosts, but will they be able to solve the mystery?

A hilarious adventure for children aged 6-9.

It would be best to read the series in order. Book 1 is BRODY CODY AND THE STEPMOTHER FROM OUTER SPACE.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Robbie Cheadle5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and humorous  Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 202

I enjoyed the first Brody Cody story and when I saw this author had released another book in this entertaining series for middle school children, I was enthusiastic to read it.

Brody has adjusted to having a stepmother and is enjoying the benefits of having a mother who cooks delicious and healthy meals and ensures he gets his homework done timeously, when his parents drop a new bomb on him. He’s going to become an older brother. Brody’s friends have siblings but he is uncertain he is up to the task. Sharing his home and the attention of his parents with a rival is also uncertain territory for young Brody. He is unsure about the impending new arrival to say the least.

Realising that Brody is feeling a bit uncertain, his parents go out of his way to do some fun and entertaining things with Brody and his friends. The group of youngsters go to a Creepy Terror Zone and enjoy visiting a haunted house and some other ‘ghostly rides’.

Next, his parents take him and his best friends on a vacation to the Blue Mountains. The guest house they stay in was very well priced and it doesn’t take long for the kids to discover why. Something is not right at Wysludge Manor and the kids think it is haunted. Brody and his friends set about unraveling the mystery and Brody also learns the contribution an older brother can make to protecting his family.

Younger readers will enjoy this engaging story about Brody and his friends and embrace the challenges of the kids trying to solve the riddle of the haunted vacation house. They will also find the humour entertaining and understandable.

I would recommend this book to young readers who will enjoy and entertaining and humorous story which is well written in simple and readily understandable language.

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

Also by Toni Pike for children

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

The next book with a review is Gloria The Summer Fun Bus by Sue Wickstead

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

Mr R D Baker5.0 out of 5 stars A great storybook for children  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 February 2021
This is a lovely story book for children. Not only does it include a play bus (which is based on a real bus!), but also includes a number of positive messages such as giving things a go and being kind.

I loved the fact that one of the main characters thinks he’s too old to have fun and play with the other children, but after a while comes around to the idea and finally joins in. Once he does, he realises that he’s been missing out and enjoys having fun with the rest of them. The children in the story play a range of games so I love that it promotes physical play and encourages children to use their imagination.

I also like that it’s told from Gloria’s perspective and we hear her thoughts and how she hopes that he’s having a good time.

I read this with my daughters (7 and 4) and they both really enjoyed the story and liked the illustrations. 

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

 

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

Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – New Book on the Shelves – Kong and the Magic Jungle (The Adventures of Kong, the Magic Gorilla) by Joyce Murphy


Delighted to share the news of the latest release by Joyce MurphyKong and the Magic Jungle (The Adventures of Kong, the Magic Gorilla) by Joyce Murphy

About the book

After a very bumpy plane crash, Joyce aged 8, Olan aged 7 and Fiona aged 4 are stranded in the jungle with their Dad. And it is a magic jungle where animals can talk and gorillas live in villages and there even a Magic Gorilla living there or so their friend Billy, the parrot says.

Joyce and Olan are so excited that they go off looking for the Magic Gorilla. On the way they have lots of adventures, with a baby gorilla and some missing bananas, a very angry Mama Gorilla and soon they are in trouble with a whole lot of other gorillas as well.

Will their friend Billy, the talking parrot and Fiona save them in time or will the nice gorilla with the red hat help them? Come and enter into the adventure and see what happens to the three madcap children and their best friend, Kong the Magic Gorilla.

N.B (Readers in Ireland because of Amazon’s strange approach to Irish authors and VAT will not be able to buy the print version from UK site but can from Amazon Germany so that link is also included.)

Buy the book: Amazon UK –  And: Amazon US – And for Irish Readers: Amazon Germany

Also by Joyce Murphy for Children

A recent review for The Bee and The Dandelion

Alison 5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book!  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 February 2021

I bought this book for my nephew and he really enjoys having it read to him – he also loves to look through it on his own and it’s led to lots of questions about bumblebees! It’s a beautifully illustrated story of a young girl who discovers that bees are in danger and decides to rally her friends together and get something done about it. On the back pages there are some great facts about bumblebees to learn too! This is a lovely book and a good way of making children aware of our impact on the environment.

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

About Joyce Murphy

I have been a scribbler all my life. We didn’t have money for writing paper in my house so I scribbled stories and poems on anything I could get my hands on. Wherever scribbling material was to be found, I wrote on it. This included between the lines of my Enid Blyton books, the white top and bottom margins of my parent’s ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Coat’ program, bits of copybook paper and even blank pages torn from other books.

The poems found in my book, ‘Inner Rumblings,’ were written on small pieces of paper, torn out copybook pages and even on blank pages at the end of my biology book – lack of paper was never going to stop my urge to write.

My goal is to inspire joy and play in children and help them discover themselves and their world through story. To this end I also use my poetry and poems to run adult creative voice workshops. I am a proud self-published author with a unique vision of the world and our place in it. A love of animals and the environment is close to my heart and also runs through my stories for small children. I am also a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors.

 

Thanks for visiting today and it would be great if you could share the news of Joyce’s new book.. thanks Sally

 

Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Emotions Jeff Goodman, #ComicCon Candy Keane


Welcome to the Children’s Reading Room with books for ages up to twelve years old.

The first author today is Jeff Goodman with a recent review for Feel Like Eggs? Illustrated by Gabriella Urbina

About the book

Each egg has an emotion

In this delightful book.

The menu’s full of feelings,

And your child is the cook!

This is no ordinary carton of eggs. Inside this carton, the eggs express their feelings through a dozen different dishes. A happy sunny-side-up egg, a sensitive poached egg and a naughty deviled egg are among the clever characters revealed throughout this adorable picture book. With playful rhymes and irresistible illustrations, it’s a whimsical journey into an egg-centric buffet of feelings that will whet even the pickiest kids’ appetites for a helping of emotional intelligence.

“Feel Like Eggs? is not only charming and heartfelt, but also a brilliant social-emotional learning tool. Jeff Goodman’s debut will have kids cracking up — and cracking open about their emotions. This is a deliciously imaginative picture book that puts some protein into storytime.” —Lori Gottlieb, New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk To Someone

One of the recent reviews for the book

Erin 5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book for young kids  Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2021

My 4 year old loves this book! He has asked me to read it everyday since we got it. He loves the cute pictures and enjoys acting out the emotions as we read. The story is clever and entertaining for the adults reading it too. It teaches kids how to identify and express emotions in a fun, playful way. This is a must have for any parent, preschool or kindergarten teacher!

Read the reviews and buy the book: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Jeff: Goodreads –  Connect to Jeff: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Website: Jeff Goodman Author – Facebook: Jeff Goodman Author – Twitter: @jeffgoodman2 – LinkedIn: Jeff Goodman

And a recent review for Candy Keane and her new release I’m Going to My First Comic Convention

About the book

An illustrated children’s book about a little boy excited to attend his first pop-culture comic con and all the fun things he will get to see. Whether its a stroll through Artist’s Alley, meeting celebrities, or choosing a cosplay for the big day, there’s plenty to see and do at the convention! Written for kids, but also a good resource for parents who might wonder what goes on at a comic con type event.

One of the recent reviews for the book

TedO 5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun Read  Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2020

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!

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

Author Pages: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK- Follow Candy: Goodreads –  Blog: geekmamas.com  Facebook: Geek Mamas Mag– Twitter: @sewgeekmama – Instagram: Sewgeekmama

 

 

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves -#Childrens – A Tractor Named Wilbur by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne


Delighted to show case the latest release by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne.. A Tractor Named Wilbur. Illustrations by Holly Humphrys -Bajaj

About the book

WILBUR is a small, shy tractor. He loves cutting the grass for Jim. But what happens when he must find a new home? Will Jim still be his friend? Who will the new owner be? WILBUR would love for you to take him home and read about his adventure. A Tractor Named Wilbur is the first in a fun series coming your way!

A recent review for the book

Colleen M. Chesebro 5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Read! September 16, 2019

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is an award-winning children’s author with a new series called, “A Tractor Named Wilbur,” which will delight young readers and parents alike.

Wilbur is a sweet, but shy red tractor owned by Jim. When Jim buys more land to expand his farming operation, he shares his decision with Wilbur. The tractor is heartbroken to find out he is too small and old to work the acreage.

Jim promises to find Wilbur a new home. Instead of feeling sorry for himself, the tractor realizes that this new lifestyle change will introduce him to new friends and adventures. What a fabulous outlook on life!

Do you have a grandchild or friend who would love this story? They will fall in love with this sweet character.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XQNGJQJ

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07XQNGJQJ/

A selection of books by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Deanie-Humphrys-Dunne/e/B003FFS15S

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deanie-Humphrys-Dunne/e/B003FFS15

Follow Deanie Humphrys- Dunne on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3309880.Deanie_Humphrys_Dunne

About Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a Mom’s Choice award-winning children’s author who loves writing captivating books that teach children life lessons. She has 7 books published: “My Life at Sweetbrier, “Charlie the Horse,” “Charlene the Star,” “Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes,” and “Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog and A Tractor Named Wilbur.” Her first book, Tails of Sweetbrier, has been replaced by the expanded version, “My Life at Sweetbrier”.

“My Life at Sweetbrier” details Deanie’s childhood on a horse farm. What if your single passion was to become a champion equestrian? But your parents were told you’d never walk. What happens next? Will a failed racehorse and a handicapped girl become a winning team? This true story will inspire your child to never give up on his/her dreams.
Deanie’s other books are told by the farm animals. They’re humorous stories you child will love.

Connect to Deanie

Website: http://www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deanie.dunne
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DeanieHDunne

Thank you for dropping in today and this book certainly looks perfect for a gift for any child…thanks Sally

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #Childrens – Abby and Holly series book 3 – Secrets of the Trunk by Janice Spina


Delighted to share the new release by Janice Spina.  Abby & Holly series book 3 – Secrets of the Trunk

About the book

Join Abby and Holly in Book 3 as the cousins discover a new presence in their old Victorian while they are cleaning out the library of old books. They are not sure if this specter is benign or otherwise. This being leads them to the old trunk they discovered in Book 2 which holds many secrets and puzzles that they feel compelled to solve.

They enlist the help of their ghost friend, Felicity, who inhabits their home. She is a benevolent entity that once lived in their house from a century ago. She watches over the girls and vows never to leave them unless they request her to do so.

There will be surprises and ghostly visits that will keep readers enthralled as Abby and Holly work together to uncover the secrets of the trunk.

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Abby-Holly-Book-Secrets-Trunk/dp/1732528829

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Abby-Holly-Book-Secrets-Trunk/dp/1732528829

A small selection of children’s books by Janice Spina

A recent review for The Case of the Mystery of the Bells

Janice Spina’s new book “The Case of the Mystery Bells” Davey and Derek’s Mystery Book 6, is another entertaining, wonderful story. This time the twins, Davey and Derek work diligently to solve the mystery of the bells. Why to they hear bells at certain times? Who are the ghosts in their dreams? Why do the boys hear bells in their dreams? Even their gifted Aunt Gigi is baffled from time to time. The boys are introduced to a new member of the family and they even learn more about their ancestry. Young readers are sure to enjoy this story and marvel at the literary skills of its author, Janice Spina. I highly recommend this story.

Also as J.E. Spina

Discover all of Janice Spina’s books, read the reviews and buy  https://www.amazon.com/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

Find more reviews and follow Janice on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7222888.Janice_Spina

About Janice Spina

Janice Spina is an award-winning author with eleven children’s books, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Jerry the Crabby Crayfish (won Pinnacle Book Achievement Award), Lamby the Lonely Lamb (won the Silver Medal from MOM’S Choice Awards), and Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear, Broose the Moose on the Loose (won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award), and Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, and Colby the Courageous Cat. Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series (Book 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5) is a middle-grade/preteen series.

Book 1, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone (won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and an Honorable Mention from Readers’ Favorite Awards). Book 2, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, also won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Book 5 won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest.

Janice has published three novels under J. E. Spina, Hunting Mariah, a thriller/mystery, Mariah’s Revenge (Sequel to Hunting Mariah) a paranormal/mystery/romance novel, How Far Is Heaven, and a short story collection, An Angel Among Us, all available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She is working on a children’s book, and a mystery series for YA girls to be published in 2018. She needs to edit a YA fantasy series which will be published in 2019 and beyond. Her husband is her illustrator and cover creator.

Connect to Janice

Website: https://Jemsbooks.com
Blog: http://Jemsbooks.blog
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janice.spina.9
Twitter: https://twitter.com/janice_spina

Thank you for dropping in and it would be great if you could share the news of Janice’s new book.. thanks Sally.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves -#Childrens – Space Dust by Eloise De Sousa


Delighted to share the news of the latest children’s book by Eloise de Sousa.. Space Dust which is available in print.

About Space Dust

We’re going on a trip in Big Ox’s canoe. Watch the fire bears roar on Venus as pepper pot trees grow on the moon. As Big Ox steers us to the planets, Litte One wonders if Mum will come home soon.

The book is in print and available at LULU books: http://www.lulu.com/shop/eloise-de-sousa/space-dust/paperback/product-24212518.html

And also on Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0244808430

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0244808430

A small selection of other books by Eloise de Sousa

One of the recent reviews for Spoilt Miranda

May 06, 2019 Robbie Cheadle rated it it was amazing

This is a story about a little girl who, despite having a lovely and accommodating family, is spoilt and badly behaved. Miranda has two brothers and an older sister who are all delightful children. She also has kind and considerate parents, but Miranda is different. Miranda always wants her own way and is quite prepared to behave badly and embarrass her family in order to get what she wants.

One day, Miranda’s family decide that they have to do something to stop Miranda’s tantrums. The family is about to leave for a holiday by the sea and they put their plan into operation. As a family unit they decide that Miranda’s bad behaviour will be ignored and if she won’t do something for herself, it won’t get done at all. Lastly, if she doesn’t want to co-operate and take part in family activities, she will be left out and remain at their holiday house alone.

Will the family be able to teach Miranda to behave as part of their family and be less self centred? You will have to read the book to find out.

I really liked the way the author described Miranda’s family as being so supportive and kind towards her, even though she can be so naughty and thoughtless. It is lovely to know that the author believes in the power of love and the family to cure Miranda’s naughtiness.

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Eloise-De-Sousa/e/B00JKTFVXI

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Eloise-De-Sousa/e/B00JKTFVXI

Read the reviews on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7781215.Eloise_De_Sousa

About Eloise de Sousa

Finding heroes and villains is easy – capturing their essence in a story is harder.

Eloise thrives on creating characters that make you want to reach into the book and shake them, hug them or arrest them. Her children’s books follow real life trends told through easy stories that face bullying or social issues which open children’s minds to the opportunity to question the world around them.

With the few books written thus far, Eloise plans to capture more villains and weave more tales to inspire or frighten her readers (whichever is appropriate!). She will be publishing a few more stories in the coming months.

Connect to Eloise

Website: https://eloiseds.com/
Blog: https://eloisedesousa.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mello_elo
Facebook author Page: https://www.facebook.com/eloisebookcorner/

Thank you for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share the news of Eloise’s new book.. thanks Sally.

 

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New book on the Shelves #Fiction – Silent Heroes by Patricia Furstenberg


Delighted to welcome a new author to the Cafe and Bookstore. Patricia Furstenberg with her books for both adults and children. Her featured novel today is her latest release on July 9th, Silent Heroes set in Afghanistan were families, troops serving their country and service dogs, face daily dangers.

N.B.. The book will be free for one day only on Sunday July 28th on Amazon

About Silent Heroes

Silent Heroes’ is a highly emotional read, action-packed, a vivid story of enormous sacrifice and bravery.

*’Silent Heroes’ is the ideal read for the fans of ‘The Kite Runner’ and ‘Dear John’!*

When Talibans descends in the village of Nauzad and discover girls can read, a woman accepts the blame and is killed on the spot for breaking the Islam law. Her teenage daughter witnesses the sacrifice and swears revenge, her life and that of her brother becoming intertwined with those of the US Marines serving at FOB Day nearby. But the Taliban is infiltrated everywhere and friends or foes are hard to differentiate. The U.S. Marines fight with bravery to protect the civilians of Nauzad and to fend off the Taliban at Qala-e-Bost, thus protecting Bost Airport, a vital strategic point for the allies. Faced with questions about the necessity of the war, with the trauma of losing their platoon-mates and the emotional scars of battle, the US Marines race against time in one last battle of eradicating the Taliban before it is too late.

The War in Afghanistan is a contemporary, vitally important conflict whose meaning needs to be understood by the public worldwide. ‘Silent Heroes’ is a narrative about the value of life and the necessity of combat; the terror of dying; the ordeal of seeing your loved ones and your platoon-mates killed in front of your eyes; the trauma of taking a human life.

Read about very well trained MWDs, military working dogs, capable of detecting the smallest traces of explosives, working in the extreme weather condition environments, under the stressful battlefield situations that is the War in Afghanistan.

Smart and agile, at the end of the day what these dogs are looking forward to is the close bond they developed with their handlers, which call themselves the dog’s partners, brothers, daddies.

From the storyteller of the Bestseller “Joyful Trouble” comes a riveting, fictional account inspired by the War in Afghanistan, a battle that spanned centuries and has affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians.

“Light, knowledge, they bring the courage to look at the people around us, accepting them for what they are.”

“Do you ever think that history speaks of victors and captors, of battles and soldiers whose lives have been lost and history even counts them, but of the casualties on the civilian side?”

“When soldiers grieve, time takes a screenshot and a new star rises in the sky.”

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07V4GMRV6/

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Silent-Heroes-Values-Worth-Fighting-ebook/dp/B07V4GMRV6

A small selection of books by Patricia Furstenberg

One of the recent reviews for Joyful Trouble on Goodreads

Mar 17, 2019 Jessie Cahalin rated it it was amazing and Five Stars.

I jumped aboard a fast paced, fun story and travelled back to my childhood. The Great Dane, Joyful Trouble, didn’t need a ticket and neither did I, but I packed plenty of imagination. Like Ana and Tommy, I sat beside my grandfather and listened to the ‘dog–faring tale’. I snuggled into my armchair: luxuriated in the heart-warming story, packed up my troubles and followed ‘the special dog’ called Joyful Trouble. I was placed in the ‘middle of the action’ with the ‘very clever dog’.

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Furstenberg/e/B018QGC570

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Patricia-Furstenberg/e/B06ZZ2H3R4

Read more reviews and follow Patricia on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8867736.Patricia_Furstenberg

About Patricia

Patricia Furstenberg is a multi-genre author, poetess and mother. With a medical degree behind her, Patricia is passionate about history, art, dogs and the human mind. “Silent Heroes” is her 13th book and her first contemporary fiction novel. So far Patricia wrote historical fiction, poetry and children’s books. All her books have one common denominator, dogs.

What fuels her is her fascination with words and coffee. She is the author of the bestseller Joyful Trouble and a prolific writer working on her next novel already, a historical fiction. Will it feature a dog as well? Only tme will tell. Patricia lives happily with her husband, children and dogs in sunny South Africa.

Connect to Patricia.

Author Blog: http://alluringcreations.co.za/wp/
Twitter https://twitter.com/PatFurstenberg
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PatriciaFurstenbergAuthor
LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/patriciafurstenberg
Pinteresthttp://www.pinterest.com/patfurstenberg

Thank you for dropping in today and please leave your comments for Patricia and share the news of her latest book.. thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck – #Kidsbooks – The life of Roald Dahl by Robbie Cheadle


Welcome to the series of Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.

If you would like to know how it works here is the original post: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2019/04/28/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-newseries-pot-luck-and-do-you-trust-me/

Today we continue the series of posts from Robbie Cheadle who has two blogs that I can select from. This week I have chosen a post from Robbie’s Inspiration Robbie writes for both children and adults, but clearly children’s books are very dear to her heart… here is a post that demonstrates that.

#Kidsbooks – The life of Roald Dahl by Robbie Cheadle

Roald Dahl

Photograph from The Official Roald Dahl Website

On 13 September 1916 one of the most popular children’s authors in the world was born in Llandaff, Wales, United Kingdom.

Roald Dahl was born to Norwegian parents, Harald Dahl and Sophie Magdalene Hesselberg, during a period in history that is commonly known as World War 1 or the Great War. He had two older sisters and two younger sisters as well as a half brother and sister from his father’s previous marriage.

At the young age of four, Roald’s older sister, Astri, died, followed by his father a few months later. This left his mother alone with six children to raise, one of which was still in-utero.

Roald stated his schooling at the local Cathedral school for boys and went on to Repton, a famous British Public School near Derby. His interesting days at Repton are depicted in his autobiography, Boy: Tales of Childhood. One memorable event was when the pupils at Repton were invited to trial chocolate bars. This memory later partially inspired his children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Dahl left school in 1934 and started working at Shell Oil’s offices in London. It was at this point in his life that he started writing spoofs and drawing sketches.

In 1938, he transferred to the company’s offices in Dar-es-Salaam, in Tanzania, East Africa. One year into his three-year contract, World War II broke out and Dahl went to Nairobi, Kenya to join the Royal Air Force. He was 23 years old at the time. His autobiography about this time of his life, Going Solo, states that thirteen of the sixteen men who trained to fly Tiger Moth planes in Nairobi together were killed over the next two years.

In 1940, Dahl was posted to Libya and in September he crashed into the Western Desert of North Africa. He sustained serious injuries and spend six months recovering in a hospital in Alexandria, Egypt. In early 1941, he rejoined his squadron in Athens. In April 1941 his was one of the 12 remaining Hurricane aeroplanes from his squadron that took part in the Battle of Athens. A further 5 of the Hurricanes were destroyed during this battle. Later that year, Dahl started to suffer terrible headaches as a result of his crash in Libya and he was invalided home to Great Britain.

In April 1942, at the age of 26, Dahl was posted to Washington D.C. to work for the British Embassy. It was there that he met British novelist, C.S. Forrester, who encouraged him to write his experiences in Libya. His story was later published anonymously in the Saturday Evening Post. This success was followed by other published stories in newspapers and magazines, including a series in Cosmopolitan.

In 1946, Dahl’s first short-story collection was published, followed by his dark book for adults called, Some Time Never, in 1948.

Roald Dahl married to an American actress, Patricia Neal, in 1953 and they had five children together.

Between 1955 and 1968, Dahl wrote a script for a Broadway play and scripts for the television Alfred Hitchcock Presents series as well as co-writing the screenplays for You Only Live Twice (James Bond) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. During this period he also published his children’s books James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as well as some adult novels. Fantastic Mr Fox was published in 1970 followed by Danny the Champion of the World, The Enormous Crocodile and My Uncle Oswald.

Sophie and the BFG from The BFG

Roald Dahl died on the 23rd November 1990 at the age of 74.

You can read my reviews of my favourite three Roald Dahl books here: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2018/07/27/interestingliterature-my-favourite-roald-dahl-books/

Sources:

Who2 Biographies
Wikipedia
The Official Roald Dahl Website

A wonderful tribute to this amazing author who still is a huge part of children’s lives. thanks Robbie.

A selection of books by Robbie Cheadle

One of the recent reviews for While the Bombs Fell

May 02, 2019 Jacquie rated it Five Stars

The story of life behind war zones.

Elsie is born in England during a tumultuous period in history- WWII. Her family must learn to live on rations, restricted power, blackout posters, and food stamps while still providing milk to the nearby village.

Elsie understands the threat of war. The fear of German bombers is a backdrop to an everyday life without extras, but the family still manages to enjoy simple pleasures such as summer swims, afternoon tea, and on special occasions small gifts and treats.

I found it fascinating to read the lives of those not directly involved in the war effort. The average citizens just trying to survive what must have been a frightening time. While Elsie is young, she still grasps the stress her parents are under to provide a safe, warm home for their family.

Standout lines:

Britain had been at war with Nazi Germany since 1 September 1939, and the little girl could not remember a time when the distribution of food, coal, and clothing had not been controlled. She listened for the sound of bomber planes and air raid sirens without even realising it and even possessed her own gas mask.

While the Bombs Fell- Robbie Cheadle & Elsie Hancy Eaton
The air raid shelter smelled damp and musty, and the dark felt as thick as velvet curtains before Father lit the paraffin lamp.

While the Bombs Fell- Robbie Cheadle & Elsie Hancy Eaton
This is an enlightening read about village life in wartorn times.

I give While the Bombs Fell 5 lovely Kisses!

Read all the reviews and buy the books:https://www.amazon.com/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Robbie-Cheadle/e/B01N9J62GQ

Read more reviews and follow Robbie on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15584446.Robbie_Cheadle

About Robbie Cheadle

Robbie, short for Roberta, is an author with five published children’s picture books in the Sir Chocolate books series for children aged 2 to 9 years old (co-authored with her son, Michael Cheadle), one published middle grade book in the Silly Willy series and one published preteen/young adult fictionalised biography about her mother’s life as a young girl growing up in an English town in Suffolk during World War II called While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with her mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton). All of Robbie’s children’s book are written under Robbie Cheadle and are published by TSL Publications. Robbie has recently branched into adult horror and supernatural writing and, in order to clearly differential her children’s books from her adult writing, these will be published under Roberta Eaton Cheadle. Robbie has two short stories in the horror/supernatural genre included in Dark Visions, a collection of 34 short stories by 27 different authors and edited by award winning author, Dan Alatorre. These short stories are published under Robbie Cheadle.

I have been drawn to the horror and supernatural genres of books all my life. At the age of ten years old I embarked on reading Stephen King’s books including The Shining and Salem’s Lot. These books scared me so much I had to put them aside by 6P.M. in the evening in order to get a good night’s sleep but they also fascinated me. I subsequently worked my way through all of Stephen King’s earlier books as well as those of Dean R. Koontz.

I have read a large number of classics, in particular, I enjoy Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Charles Dickens and the works of the Bronte sisters.

I am hugely interested in the history of the United Kingdom as well as the mythology and tales of the paranormal that are abundant on this intriguing European island.

Connect to Robbie Cheadle

Website/Blog Roberta Writes: https://robertawrites235681907.wordpress.com/
Blog: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/
Website: https://bakeandwrite.co.za/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SirChocolateBooks/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bakeandwrite

Thanks to Robbie for allowing me to browse through her archives to select some posts to share with you..

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves #Childrens – The First Star by Janice Spina #Illustrator John Spina


Delighted to share the news of award winning children’s author Janice Spina’s, latest release. As always illustrated by John Spina.

About The First Star.

Once upon a time there were two children who loved their father so much that they missed him terribly each time he had toleave to go away to find buyers for his woodworking.The two children, Chris and Kim, were each given a gift made by their father to keep close to them until he could return. They worried whether he would return and prayed on the first star they saw each night that he would come home safely.This story portrays the love that a father has for his children and them for him in return. It shows that being kind to others by putting others before you can be rewarding. Also, some things like love and good health are far more important than riches.

An early review for the book on Goodreads

Sarah Mazor‘s review Feb 26, 2019

Author Janice Spina’s new book “The First Star” is a marvelous addition to her growing collection of children’s books that entertain while they convey important values and great lessons.

The family portrayed in this lovely book struggles with poverty and the consequences of a shortage of funds. The father travels far to try and sell his goods, the mother does her best to keep the home fires burning, and the children deal as best they can. Life is hard for them, but they remain steady in their goodness and kindness. The family is rewarded for the virtues, yet even when their finances improve, they remember what is truly important in life.

Mrs. Spina imparts in a lovely age-appropriate fashion so that children can easily relate, the fundamental lesson of appreciating the blessings in our lives and makes the reader recognize that blessings are not measured by gold and silver and material possessions but by our kindness, by the happiness in our hearts, and by the love that we give and receive.

The beautiful story is accompanied by adorable illustrations by Mr. John Spina. The husband and wife team have done it again. Highly recommended!

Head over and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NXW22TM

And on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/First-Star-Janice-Spina-ebook/dp/B07NXW22TM

A small selection of children’s books by Janice Spina

Also as J.E. Spina

Discover all of Janice Spina’s books, read the reviews and buy  https://www.amazon.com/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

and on Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Janice-Spina/e/B00HNET4HG

Find more reviews and follow Janice on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7222888.Janice_Spina

About Janice Spina

Janice Spina is an award-winning author with eleven children’s books, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Jerry the Crabby Crayfish (won Pinnacle Book Achievement Award), Lamby the Lonely Lamb (won the Silver Medal from MOM’S Choice Awards), and Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear, Broose the Moose on the Loose (won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award), and Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, and Colby the Courageous Cat. Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series (Book 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5) is a middle-grade/preteen series.

Book 1, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone (won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and an Honorable Mention from Readers’ Favorite Awards). Book 2, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, also won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Book 5 won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest.

Janice has published three novels under J. E. Spina, Hunting Mariah, a thriller/mystery, Mariah’s Revenge (Sequel to Hunting Mariah) a paranormal/mystery/romance novel, How Far Is Heaven, and a short story collection, An Angel Among Us, all available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She is working on a children’s book, and a mystery series for YA girls to be published in 2018. She needs to edit a YA fantasy series which will be published in 2019 and beyond. Her husband is her illustrator and cover creator.

Connect to Janice

Website: https://Jemsbooks.com
Blog: http://Jemsbooks.blog
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janice.spina.9
Twitter: https://twitter.com/janice_spina

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