Just Released: OMG!…Am I A Witch?! by Talia Aikens-Nuñez

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OMG… Am I A Witch?! is the enchanting story of a little girl who discovers her magical powers after turning her annoying older brother into a dog using a spell found on the Internet. Follow April and her friends, Grace and Eve, on their spellbinding adventures as they race to reverse the spell before her parents find out.

A hair-raising and action packed tale of a girl looking for a spell reversal and finding herself in the process, OMG… Am I A Witch?! is sure to delight children while teaching them important life lessons like “Be careful what you wish for!”. Is April really a witch? Will she be able to undo the spell in time? Is she gonna be punished FOREVER? and will her brother ever stop growling at her? Join us and find out!

Available today, October 31st thru AmazonBarnes & NobleiTunes, on Kindle and MagicBlox!

Author: Talia Aikens-Nuñez
Illustrator: Alicja Ignaczak
Paperback | B&W interior
150 pages
Release date:Oct. 31, 2013
Ages 8-12

Talia Aikens-Nuñez is a children’s book author specializing in bilingual and multicultural children’s books. Her first book, Escucha Means Listen, was released by Musa Publishing in 2012. OMG…Am I A Witch?! is Talia’s first chapter book and she is currently seeking a home for her next children’s chapter book, Dragon Guardians. Talia lives with her husband, daughter and newborn son on a river in Connecticut.

Visit Talia online at http://talia-aikens-nunez.vpweb.com/

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A Pirate, a Blockade Runner, and a Cat by Beverly Stowe McClure

pirate-blockade-runner-cat-200x300A perfect, not too spooky, ghost adventure that kids will enjoy is the latest novel from award-winning author Beverly Stowe McClure.

Erik Burns is stuck in South Carolina with his mother and Aunt Molly after he finds a black lace bra in the glove compartment of his dad’s car. Whoops! Kept away from all his friends and the sport he loved to play in Texas, Erik is willing to do whatever it takes to get back home.

When Starry and Stormy Knight, a set of weird twins that live down the block, try to convince Erik that people have seen a light radiating from the deactivated lighthouse and a ghostly pirate ship prowling the harbor, he wants nothing to do with it. But when he witnesses these occurrences, he can’t deny the proof before him. That’s when he hatches a plan to help the ghosts rest in peace in exchange for a personalized haunting that will send his mother rushing back home to Texas so Erick can get his life back.

Beverly and I are in the same critique group, so I had the pleasure of watching this story unfold before it was published. Talented in the areas of contemporary and historical fiction, I am always amazed by how diverse her ideas are while staying true to her fan base. A Pirate, a Blockade Runner, and a Cat should be another big winner for her. Why? Because in a nutshell, no matter what Beverly is writing, she knows what relates well to her readers.

In this story, Erik has been uprooted. Not only is he away from all his friends and baseball, he’s pretty ticked his dad hasn’t tried to contact him since the move. Those emotions work their way into the unfolding stories of Major Stede Bonnet, Blackbeard, and the ghost residing in the deactivated Morris Island Lighthouse. Not only that, Erik’s mom is trying to get him to befriend a couple of odd twins, when all he wants is to be reunited with his friends in Texas.

This paranormal middle grade/tween novel has a lot to offer. A great read any time of the year, it will definitely get you in the mood for Halloween.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

File Size: 410 KB
Print Length: 265 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing (January 9, 2013)
ISBN 978-1-77127-219-3
Available in numerous digital formats. Visit the publisher’s website for more information.

 

I received a free digital copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

 

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Wright on Time®: Iowa, Book 6 by Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley

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Nadia and Aidan continue their RV adventure with a trip to visit cousins in their dad’s home state of Iowa—just in time for Halloween and Nadia’s birthday! Nadia loves having time to document their discoveries about the Time Tuner. Aidan wants to sword fight with corn.

But what’s a “Wright on thyme”? How does a turtle get to be a Prince? How can you get lost inside a computer? And just what freaky weird Halloween tricks will the Time Tuner play on them?

6th book in the Wright on Time series
Written by Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley
Illustrated by Tanja Bauerle
Published: October 4, 2013
ISBN: 193784806X
ISBN-13: 978-1937848064
LCCN: 2013935885
Retail price: $12.99
Pages: 162
Genre: Chapter book

Available in printed and digital formats.

 

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Kevin’s Big Book of Emotions by Liesbet Slegers

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It’s not always easy being a kid. You are dealing with tons of emotions you can’t always understand. Kevin’s Big Book of Emotions by Liesbet Slegers helps youngsters explore their emotions with poems, lift-the-flap games, questions, and fabulous illustrations.

I love interactive books and this one definitely fits the bill. The book opens with Kevin as the narrator telling the reader about his emotions. Then it switches gears with a poem that addresses the reader and how he might feel angry sometimes. The next page includes a picture of Kevin and how he might look when he’s angry with furrowed eyebrows, a frowning mouth, clenched fists, and stamping feet. Then there are a series of pictures that might or might not make the reader feel angry. The story then moves back to Kevin again, but spoken from a third person point of view. “Kevin feels angry. He’s angry at his cat.” By picking up the flap the reader finds out why he is angry at the cat. The next two pages show Kevin getting angry at Mommy because they need to leave and he wants to keep playing and drawing, followed up by a great solution between Mommy and Kevin. Finally, there is a quick game of matching the angry animals up with the right food.

Other emotions featured are: afraid, sad, and happy, Each time the reader goes through this series of steps and activities that teach him about the emotions he can feel and how to cope with them.

I’ve been a fan of Liesbet Slegers for some time. She has done a wonderful job exploring emotions with this book, and she does it with a character that is already well known to her readers. Great job!

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Age Range: 3 – 5 years
Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
Series: Kevin & Katie
Hardcover: 56 pages
Publisher: Clavis Publishing (October 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605371645
ISBN-13: 978-1605371641

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinion, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

PiBoIdMo 2013 Registration is OPEN!

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Well, it’s that time of year again. Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) is almost here. Tara Lazar has another great lineup of guest bloggers and prizes again this year. To make this a more manageable project for me this year, I am only going to blog about my progress on a weekly basis. so here is my promise:

I do solemnly swear
that I will faithfully execute
the PiBoIdMo 30-ideas-in-30-days challenge,
and will, to the best of my ability,
parlay my ideas into
picture book manuscripts
throughout the year.

This has been successful for me the past couple of years, so I hope I’m up to the challenge again this year.

The Seesaw and Good-bye, Fish by Judith Koppens and Eline van Lindenhuizen

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The Seesaw and Good-bye, Fish written by Judith Koppens and illustrated by Eline van Lindenhuizen are books featuring the animals from Animal Square.

In The Seesaw, Giraffe wants to play on the seesaw at the playground, but Mouse doesn’t weigh enough; neither does Monkey or Dog. What will Giraffe and his friends do?

The Seesaw is a sweet way to teach children about cooperation and problem solving. It also shows how people can see things a different way. Mouse, Monkey, and Dog think Giraffe is too heavy, but Giraffe feels the issue is that they are all too light.  It’s only when they all work together that they can have fun at the playground.

Good-bye, Fish deals with the loss of a pet. Kitty finds Fish in his bowl lying on his back. No matter what she or Dog do, Fish won’t wake up. Giraffe comes by and helps them to understand that Fish has died. Together they decide to bury Fish and make sure they can remember him.

The loss of a pet is never easy. This summer, our daughter’s hermit crab died after only three weeks. She was distraught over it, and we buried him in the backyard alongside our cat that we had buried last year. It definitely helped her to say good-bye.fish

Both The Seesaw and Good-bye, Fish are sweet stories that children can learn from. The inside front cover shows all the animals from Animal Square introducing themselves and mentions their traits or personalities, Kitty is shy and Giraffe thinks before he speaks. The series also includes a Rabbit, which we haven’t seen yet.  The artwork is calm and soothing, just like the stories are soft and subtle.

I look forward to more from this author and illustrator team.

Ratings: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

The Seesaw

Age Range: 3 – 5 years
Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
Series: The Animal Square
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Clavis Publishing (July 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605371521
ISBN-13: 978-1605371528

Good-bye, Fish

Age Range: 3 – 5 years
Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
Series: The Animal Square
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Clavis Publishing (July 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 160537153X
ISBN-13: 978-1605371535

I received copies of these books from the publisher. These reviews contain my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Circus 123 by Guido van Genechten

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Guido van Genechten has done it again. Circus 123 is another wonderful book by this talented author and illustrator. Teaching your children to count should always be this much fun. Playful ladybugs perform in the circus: cycling, walking the tightrope, performing stunts, and lifting weights. All leads up to a grand finale with all the performers taking a bow. The black and red bugs stand out against the cream-colored pages.

Your preschooler is going to adore this book.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Age Range: 3 – 5 years

Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten

Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Clavis Publishing (October 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605371629
ISBN-13: 978-1605371627

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinion, which I have not been compensated for in any way.