[#BookReview] The Christmas Tale of Elaine Gale by Daniel Thompson, Illustrated by Connor Edwards #ChildrensFiction #IllustratedBooks #ChristmasStories

** I’d like to thank the author for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Publication Date: Oct 31, 2017

My Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

My Thoughts

I’m always up for a story that involves an evil queen or witch, so I was all-in when I was given the opportunity to read this.  I would love to use my kids as an excuse as to why I wanted to read it, but who am I kidding?! If you didn’t already know, I’m a fan of children’s..ahem..ILLUSTRATED books.  Lol.

And might I say, the illustrations in this cute story were a nice addition! It had a Dr.Seuss kinda feel, with a hint of darkness to it.  

It tells a tale of 3 children who build an evil snow queen (rather than a snowman), who comes to life and casts an evil spell on all children to turn them naughty.

Elaine Gale totally reminded me of the witch in The Lion, the witch & the wardrobe by C.S Lewis making her my favourite character.

I especially liked that this story appeals to a broad age group and wasn’t too kiddie (if you know what I mean). If there was one thing I had to critique, it would be that even if this story was not in rhyme, it would equally have been just as good.

Whether you love a good Christmas story, or story of good vs. evil, I highly recommend this book for those ages 3 and up.

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Book Blurb

In this book that you hold, a true story unfolds,

Of a Christmas not too long ago.

Where I’m lead to believe, on a cold Christmas eve,

Three Siblings played out in the snow.

As all children do, when the snow bustles through,

They built an acquaintance to scale.

But not a snow man, as suggested by Dan,

They built a snow queen, Elaine Gale

And they started to tell, how she’d cast an old spell,

For every child to be cruel.

For if no names exist, on Santa’s nice list,

There would be no Christmas at all.

But little did they know, as they played in the snow,

Before the night was through.

That story they told, would find life in the cold.

And every word would come true.

Daniel Thompson

Danny is a Poet/film maker/musician and all round creative human from Birmingham.

He wrote this book because he loves Christmas and wanted to create something to add to the already rich tapestry of the Christmas festivities. He felt it was really important to tell an original Christmas story that a new generation of readers can claim as their own. He is really proud of what hr and Connor have created with this book and hopes you enjoy their work.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

Connor Edwards

Connor is a graphic design student and illustrator from Birmingham.

The book was an exciting project to work on because its quirky story and writing style really inspired his imagination. As a Christmas story it was unlike anything already available, this refreshing look at the Christmas story gave him a lot to work with. He hopes you enjoy reading the book as much as he loved making it.

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[#BookMail & Review] @MacKidsBooks #KidsLit #ChildrensBooks #ChildrensFiction

As you all know, story time is a fav pastime for my kids and I, so they were super excited to receive these wonderful books in the mail.

**Thank you Macmillan Children’s for our Arm’s in exchange for an honest review **

So I thought In would do something different this time.  Rather than list every single book and writing separate reviews, I’m just going to mention the ones that made the list of favourites and are in no particular order:

1. What’s Your Favorite Color by Eric Carle and Friends

If you enjoyed The Very Hungry Caterpillar, you will certainly enjoy this one.  It is filled with colourful pictures and fun reasons why each colour is a favourite.

2. The Jelly Bean Tree by Toni Yuly 

3. Hector the Collector by Emily Beeny, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin 

4. Tractor Mac: Worth the Wait by Billy Steers

5. Goldfish Ghost by Lemony Snicket

My kids (particularly my 11 yr old) love Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, so it was no surprise they enjoyed this one.

6. Escargot by Dashka Slater, illustrated by Sydney Hanson 

My kids had a hoot with one!  I read it with a French-english accent which made my little ones roar with laughter.  They also loved the little escargot and thought it was cute.

7. The Giant of Jum by Elli Woollard & Benjo Davies

My 5 year old loves stories about giants..especially Jack & The Beanstalk.  So this was a definite winner.

8. Cat Nap by Toni Yuly

9. Daytime Nighttime by William Low

Cat Nap & Daytime Nighttime were perfect reads for my 10 month old.


[Book Review] Little Plane Learns to Write by Stephen Savage @MacKidsBooks @Savageartist #KidsLit #ChildrensFiction #IllustratedBooks

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Publisher: Roaring Book Press

Publication Date: June 6, 2017

Description

The best thing about flight school is that Little Plane gets to learn how to sky-write! He adores practicing ARCS! He excels at practicing DIVES! But not everything is easy and fun. Little Plane loathes practicing LOOPITY-LOOPS. They make him dizzy.

My Thoughts

This was a cute story about a little plane learning to write, but having trouble making loopity-loops.  It was perfect for my 3 year old who has an interest in learning the alphabet.  My 5 year old, who is the opposite and doesn’t care about the alphabet, was not a fan which is why I am giving this one a 4 instead of a 5.  To each his own right? 

My Rating:  ❤️❤️❤️❤️

[Book Review] Don’t Blink by Tom Booth @TallTomsTales @MacKidsBooks #KidsLit #ChildrensFiction 


Don’t Blink! By Tom Booth

**I’d like to thank Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for my ARC in exchange for an honest review**

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Publication Date: June 6, 2017

Description

Think you can win a staring contest against an elephant? What about a gorilla, a cheetah, a fox, or an alligator? What about all them AND a bunch of their other animal friends at the same time? You’re about to find out!

Whatever you do DON’T BLINK!

My Thoughts

This was a fun book where the characters invite the reader to have a staring contest.  My kids love playing this game, so this was an automatic winner!

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️


[Book Review] Spring Hare by Eugene Yelchin @EYelchin @MacKidsBooks @HenryHolt #KidLit #Childrensbooks #ChildrensFiction

Spring Hare by Eugene Yelchin

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.

Publication Date: January 17, 2017

Description

An adorable baby hare springs into an adventure, following his human friend up, up, and away in this flight of fancy. He follows his friend ever higher, flying through fluffy white clouds, chasing a red airplane through a flock of geese, and soaring into space on a rocket ship, before catching a ride on a shooting star back down to earth—and into his friend’s waiting arms. With bright, kid-friendly collage, this is a beautiful and accessible celebration of Spring and the imagination! 

-Goodreads 

My Thoughts

This is a wordless, illustrated book for preschoolers.  It’s about a baby Hare who follows his friend (a little girl), up to the sky and into space.  

This was my first experience reading a book with no words..so I had no idea how my kids would react or if they’d even be interested. My children’s ages range from 11 years old to 8 months.  They all loved the colourful illustrations.  My 5 year old took to this book the most by narrating his version the story.  It was definitely a great way to get the creative juices going and have the kids use their imagination. 

My Rating ❤️❤️❤️❤️





[Book Review] Happy Easter, Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen @debbiediesen @MacKidsBooks #KidLit #ChildrensBooks #ChildrensFiction

Happy Easter, Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen. 

**I’d like to thank Macmillan for my copy in exchange for an honest review**

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Publication Date: January 17, 2017

Description

Hippity-hoppity, the pout-pout bunny is on his way! Toddlers will love swimming along with the pout-pout fish as he turns little pouts into big smiles.

My Thoughts

When it comes to children’s books, a small portion of the rating is based on what I thought and ultimately whether my kids enjoyed it or not.  Thankfully, this was another hit.  Both my boys love fish, so this was a perfect story time choice.  The fact that it was Easter themed was a bonus.

It’s a short read with colourful pictures, perfect for a young child with a short attention span (like my 3 year old).

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Have you read the Pout-Pout fish series? What books do you like to read to your kids during Easter?


[Book Review] Bunny Bus by Ammi-Joan Paquette, Lesley Breen Withrow (Illustrator) @MacKidsBooks

Bunny Bus by Ammi-Joan Paquette, Lesley Breen Withrow (Illustrator)

**I’d like to thank Macmillan for my copy in exchange for an honest review**

Genre: Chidren’s Fiction

Publisher: Farrah, Straus and Giroux

Publication Date: February 2017

Description

Hop,

hop,

hop,

STOP!

Are you ready to climb aboard the Bunny Bus? Up one hill. Down another. Come join the eager troop of animal friends as they bounce along to the Easter Parade.

My Thoughts

This is a cute and colourful story about a bus that looks like a bunny, who picks up all the other animals at each stop.  However, the bus gets too full and explodes: BOOM.

Pros:

– I read this to my two boys who are 5 and 3, and they loved it.  My 3 year old is hard to read to since he loses interest in story time, but this one held his attention with the colourful pictures and rhymes.

Cons:

The illustrations look like they were drawn on lined and graph paper, then colour copied. I’m not sure if this was intentional, but it could have used some editing in photoshop.

Overall, a great Easter read aloud for younger children who like animals.

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Do you have a favourite book you like to read during Easter? Let me know by commenting 😊



[Book Review] Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirates Life @caroleproman @awaywegomedia_ @NavIndieworld #ChildrensFiction #ChildrensBooks #CaptainNoBeard

Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirates Life by Carole P. Roman

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Publication Date: April 12, 2012

Publisher: Michael/Okon

Synopsis

Captain No Beard and his pirate ship The Flying Dragon set sail for a voyage of the imagination with his fearless crew of four: First Mate Hallie, Mongo the Monkey, Linus the loudmouthed lion, and Fribbit the floppy frog. Normally a young boy named Alexander, his cousin Hallie, and three stuffed animals, once they board his bed their world is transformed into a magical vessel, sailing the seven seas on dangerous and exciting adventures!

My Thoughts

Ahoy there..Shiver Me Timbers!

If you have a child who loves pirates, then they will enjoy this book like mine did.  It reminds me of how my older two children play, when they play make-belief and dress up like pirates.  I love how Roman was able to capture the imagination of a child.

The illustrations in this book were fantastic!  Very colourful and fun.  Perfect for both boys and girls.

I highly recommend this for me mateys 😉

My Rating: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Do you or your kids like pirates? 


[New Release] Talking Tales: Puppy’s Bubble by Erica Graham @EricaGrahamAuthor #KidLit #ChildrensBooks


Genre: Children’s Fiction

Publication Date: March 23, 2017

When Puppy wakes up from a nap, he sees a bubble. When it disappears, Puppy begins his long journey to find the missing bubble. Will Puppy find the bubble, or has it vanished forever? This engaging story is a fun way to read to little ones while promoting babbling, early words and language skills. It provides over 90 examples of some of the earliest developing sounds in their most common word positions including “p”, “b”, “m”, “n”, “d” and “h”. This book also includes tips for encouraging speech development.

Purchase Link: Amazon

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My name is Erica Graham and I am the author of the children’s book series “Talking Tales”. I graduated from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville with my Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. I also hold my Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. In addition to being a speech-language pathologist, I am married and have two very loving and energetic young children. As a mother, I understand the difficulty caregivers have finding time to work on speech with their children. This was the inspiration that began my journey as a children’s book author and illustrator. In my pursuit to create a fun and easy way for therapists, children, and their caregivers to enhance speech development while promoting literacy, I have written a series of exciting children’s books. Each book focuses on a core sound used in the English language.Outside of writing and working as a Speech Language Pathologist, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my husband and daughters, volunteering with the youth group at church, and a good cup of tea.

[Book Review] Talking Tales: Cricket’s Guitar by Erica Graham @EricaGrahamAuthor#kidlit #ChildrensBooks

Talking Tales: Cricket’s Guitar by Erica Graham

**I received a copy in exchange for my honest opinion**

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Publication Date: Sept 16, 2016

Synopsis

When Teri hears a small voice calling her, she never would have guessed who she would meet…a cricket! But not just any cricket. This cricket has a guitar. He is hoping that Teri can help him replace a broken string on his guitar. Will Teri’s creative thinking be able to help cricket, or will cricket never play his guitar again?

My Thoughts

This was a cute little story about a cricket who needs a new string for his guitar.  It teaches the ‘T’ sound, which is a great way to get your little one learning different letter sounds.

One of my boys has absolutely zero interest in doing school work, unless it involves colouring or pictures of superheroes.  He will however, sit through story time.  So this was a really great way to sneak a lesson in the sound of the letter ‘T’.

My Rating

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Purchase Link: Amazon



My name is Erica Graham and I am the author of the children’s book series “Talking Tales”. I graduated from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville with my Master of Science Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. I also hold my Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. In addition to being a speech-language pathologist, I am married and have two very loving and energetic young children. As a mother, I understand the difficulty caregivers have finding time to work on speech with their children. This was the inspiration that began my journey as a children’s book author and illustrator. In my pursuit to create a fun and easy way for therapists, children, and their caregivers to enhance speech development while promoting literacy, I have written a series of exciting children’s books. Each book focuses on a core sound used in the English language.Outside of writing and working as a Speech Language Pathologist, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my husband and daughters, volunteering with the youth group at church, and a good cup of tea.