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

 

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

 

Smorgasbord Children’s Reading Room – #Chocolate Robbie and Michael Cheadle, #Fishing Dawn Doig, #Wolves Elizabeth Jade


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

The first authors today are Robbie and Michael Cheadle with a recent review for Sir Chocolate and the Ice Cream Rainbow Fairies Story and Cookbook

About the book

Join Sir Chocolate and Lady Sweet on a fun adventure to discover why the milkshake rain is pale and white.

One of the recent reviews

D.L. Finn5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great combination book to give as a present!  Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2020

I love seeing Ms. Cheadle’s cooking creations on social media. They are always fun and creative. When it was time to buy my granddaughters a gift, I knew a book about fairies and cooking would be the perfect fit for my four- and five-year-old grandkids. Before wrapping the book up, I read it. I was charmed with the story, loved the recipes, and impressed mother and son wrote it. I look forward to reading this with my youngest grandchildren and then picking a recipe to make together. This is a great combination book to give as a present!

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

Other books in the Sir Chocolate Series

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Read the reviews and buy the books :Amazon US And:Amazon UK – Robbie on : Goodreads – blog: Robbie’s Inspiration- Twitter: @bakeandwrite

The next review is for Dawn Doig and Marisa’s First Fishing Trip (Big Shoe Bears and Friends Book 2) Dawn’s books are available in several languages

About the book

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

One of the recent reviews for the book

Ms Queenie Clem 5.0 out of 5 stars Cute picture book  Reviewed in the United States on December 4, 2020

When she goes to visit her grandparents, her Grampa takes her fishing for the first time. what does she catch?

This short story is about a bond between a grandchild and a grandparent. I really enjoyed the story. I love the illustrations. They went along with the story. The font size was great and was an easy read.

I give this picture book 5 stars.

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

A selection of books by Dawn Doig which are available in several languages.

Read the reviews and Buy Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Dawn: Goodreads –  Website:  Dawn Doig – Twitter: @Shoebears

The final author today is Elizabeth Jade with a recent review for Akea – The Power of Destiny (Book 1 in the Akea Series)

About the book

Akea is born into a family of sled dogs and a life that follows a predictable path, but from the day she first sees the lone wolf, Kazakh, Akea knows her future lies beyond the safety of her home. Kazakh is well aware of Akea’s destiny and the pack laws he will break to help her reach it. Regardless of the challenges ahead, he must make sure this young husky will be ready, even if it means his life.

This husky, wolf story is a new addition to the great animal fiction tradition of Jack London and Erin Hunter, where the story is told through the eyes of the animals. It is a captivating coming of age story which also teaches children about friendship, overcoming obstacles, and most importantly, that there is nothing wrong in being different; In fact, differences can be a force for good. Akea – The Power of Destiny is the first in a series of chapter books for seven to eleven year-olds.

One of the recent reviews for the book

When ‘Akea’ made its way through my letterbox this morning, I told myself I’d make a start on reading the first couple of chapters whilst I did a bit of exercise. An hour later, I was still on the exercise bike as I read the final page.

Akea’s a beautiful story about a husky that discovers she’s descended, partly, from wolves. She works to find her place in the wolf pack, balancing her wild instincts with the domestic husky and sled dog life she was born into. She bridges both worlds, eventually discovering acceptance in both.

This is a short novel. The ten chapters kept me occupied for about an hour, and I really enjoyed the experience. The length of the story meant that it was ideal to read in just one sitting, which is great as the compelling story kept me wanting to keep reading. Meanwhile, this novel is short enough that my young daughter can enjoy it without feeling too daunted. She’ll likely read it in smaller sittings, a chapter or two at a time.

This is a beautifully written novel that really captures the atmosphere of the forest, of sled dog life and of a young husky that wants to find where she belongs.

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: Goodreads –  Websitehttps://www.elizabethjade.org – BlogElizabeth Jade –  FacebookAkea Wolf Stories – Twitter@akeawolfstories

 

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

 

Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Book Fair -#Bedtimestories Doug Parker, #Wolves Elizabeth Jade, #Flamingos Wanda Luthman


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 is Doug Parker with a lovely collection of bedtime stories for five to nine year olds – 6 Six Minute Bedtime Stories

About the collection

For lovers of tea parties, fairies, pirates, space racers, mermaids and witches!Join the girls as their everyday activities turn into unexpected adventures! Will Margaret’s Tea Party get rained out? Will Melody Mermaid recover her stolen voice? Will Space Racer Annie win the Tri-Planetary Cup?These quick stories take about six minutes for an adult to read aloud, and are written simply enough for older children to read without help. Bond with your child through family story-time and encourage a habit of life-long reading!Includes these stories:Messy Margaret’s Magical Tea PartyThe Mermaid and the WampusThe Treasure of Captain GreenbeardFairy Cakes for the QueenThe Tri-Planetary CupThe Good WitchFor Children Ages 5-9

One of the recent reviews for the book by Kirsty of the The Midnight Review November 11th 2020

We love bedtime stories and I’m always looking to expand our collection. My daughter is at the age where she wants more from a story but isn’t ready for chapter books. She loses interest in them. Six-minute stories is a great transition from picture story books to chapters.

Each story is unique and features a different female lead. Doug also covers a range of genres in here which I very much appreciate. The stories are short and punchy, full of imagination and fun.

A personal favourite of ours is The Tri-Planetary Cup, space racer Annie and her robot crew mate Max race across space solving clues to try and win the cup.

That actually brings me to my one critique, there are no illustrations. Adjacent to each chapter starting there is a blank page crying out for an illustration from the story. My daughter is moving on to longer stories but still enjoys a picture, even black and white ones.

I also think this would be a great way to add some diversity to the book. Like a lot of people I am looking to expand the books my children have to show a wide range of faces and abilities.

Over all we have really loved adding this to our collection. My daughter loves it when her brother reads a bedtime story to her and he can easily read this out loud for her. My daughter is 5 and my son 9.

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

Buy the book:  Author Page: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – Follow Doug: Goodreads – Website: Doug Parker Author – Facebook: Doug Parker Author – Twitter: @DougAuthor

The next book by Elizabeth Jade would make a great gift as part of a set for any child who loves animals and particularly those in the wild. Here is one of the five star reviews 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

Mark Schultz –5.0 out of 5 stars Quit a good story and nice line drawings  Reviewed in the United States on March 20, 2020

This book is very well written; it’s an exciting story just right for the preteen and lower half of the teenage group. The author has fashioned a very believable world around the idea of wolf families. We know that wolves are very intelligent and even coordinate hunts.

I enjoyed the story. It reads well and show great creativity. The personalities and pack structure are well developed, including having a mythos and something like a religion. I found all of it quite fascinating.

The scene setting was good and the use of the environment was elegant. I enjoyed the dialogue and the activities of daily living for the wolves. The action sequences were well executed. The violence was not too graphic to preserve the sensibilities of younger readers.

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 final author today is Wanda Luthman with a recent review for the latest in the Franky the Flamingo series of books. Franky the Fearless Flamingo. Another lovely book that helps young children understand emotional elements of interaction with others such as empathy.

About the book

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

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

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

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

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

A recent review for the book

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

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

A selection of other books by Wanda Luthman

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

 

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope that you have found some wonderful book gifts for the younger members of the family.

 

Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – New #Release and #Reviews #Wolves Elizabeth Jade, #Dragons Janice Spina, #Pirates Jann Weeratunga


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

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Elizabeth Jade is a recent author in the Cafe and Bookstore and this week I would like to feature a recent review 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

Mark Schultz –5.0 out of 5 stars Quit a good story and nice line drawings  Reviewed in the United States on March 20, 2020

This book is very well written; it’s an exciting story just right for the preteen and lower half of the teenage group. The author has fashioned a very believable world around the idea of wolf families. We know that wolves are very intelligent and even coordinate hunts.

I enjoyed the story. It reads well and show great creativity. The personalities and pack structure are well developed, including having a mythos and something like a religion. I found all of it quite fascinating.

The scene setting was good and the use of the environment was elegant. I enjoyed the dialogue and the activities of daily living for the wolves. The action sequences were well executed. The violence was not too graphic to preserve the sensibilities of younger readers.

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

Award winning children’s author Janice Spina has a recent review for her latest book. 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 books by Janice Spina

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

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

About the book

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

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

One of the recent reviews for the book

KMCL 5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and educational book! 🙂  Reviewed in the United States on June 22, 2020

This is a fun, unique book about a paralympics competition for pirates from around the world. Since they came from different countries, it was like having little geography lessons. I love the diversity in this book! I like how the author uses “pirate talk” for them, and the pirates are funny! I think the kids will love it! 🙂 Some important messages are shown in the story, like accepting differences, using teamwork, helping others, bullying, and forgiveness. Also, great idea to have the children/readers interact with the story, by doing drawings. Kids will enjoy by this book of pirates, hidden treasures, and great challenges and games! 🙂

A selection of books by Jann Weeratunga.

      

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

 

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