2013 in review for TC&TBC

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Happy New Year!

WCP Bestseller: KING OF BAD (Super Villain Academy Series) by Kai Strand

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Genre: Fantasy
SubGenre: Young Adult
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
EBook formats ISBN: 978-1-61160-665-2
Trade paperback ISBN: 978-1-61160-581-5

#1 WCP Bestseller September 2013

***Amazon Kindle Bestseller: #7 Superhero Fantasy***

Jeff Mean would rather set fires than follow rules or observe curfew. He wears his bad boy image like a favorite old hoodie; that is until he’s recruited by Super Villain Academy — where you learn to be good at being bad.

In a school where one kid can evaporate all the water from your body and the girl you hang around with can perform psychic sex in your head, bad takes on a whole new meaning. Jeff wonders if he’s bad enough for SVA. He may never find out.

Classmates vilify him when he develops good manners. Then he’s kidnapped by those closest to him and left to wonder who is good and who is bad. His rescue is the climactic episode that balances good and evil in the super world.

The catalyst — the girl he’s crushing on. A girlfriend and balancing the supers is good, right? Or is it…bad?

Buy at WCP Website:
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Buy at Amazon Kindle:
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Cover Reveal: Star of the Team by Beverly Stowe McClure

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A girl.

A dream.

An accident.

A dream shattered.

Ten-year-old Kate Taylor dreams of being the star of her basketball team, Angels. When Kate’s tooth is knocked out at one of the games, and her mother, who is also her coach, says she can’t play until the tooth the dentist replants heals, Kate’s dreams are in jeopardy. Add Emily, the new girl at school who claims she’s the best, and Kate faces a challenge to prove that she is the star.

Will Kate succeed? Or will Emily ruin Kate’s plans?

Coming from 4RV Publishing in January!

Beverly Stowe McClure is the author of picture books, early readers, middle grade and teen novels. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, both national and North Texas. A fourth generation Texan, she lives in the country with two cats, and a variety of wild critters.

Links to purchase will be shared in January on the following sites:

 

I’ll keep you updated on my sites:

http://www.facebook.com/beverlysmcclure
https://twitter.com/beverlymcclure
http://goodreads.com/author/show/11462.Beverly_Stowe_McClure
http://beverlystowemcclure.wordpress.com

A Bad Mad Sad Day for Mama Bear by Mayra Calvani

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Ever have one of those days? You know, the one where every single thing you touched fell apart? That’s exactly what happens to Mama Bear in this silly story. She burns breakfast, breaks her favorite tea cup, and her car won’t start. And that’s just the beginning. Thankfully, Little Bear offers her his super, so good, so very special dolly to help make things better.

Award-winning author Mayra Calvani uses alliteration, repetition, and onomatopoeia in this great read aloud story for children ages 3 to 7. A funny story with a very sweet ending, A Bad Mad Sad Day for Mama Bear is a wonderful treasure to add to your child’s library. Beautiful artwork by K.C. Snider will have children turning page after page to see what happens to Mama Bear next.

Highly recommended.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (October 19, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616334355
ISBN-13: 978-1616334352

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

Will You Still Love Me If…? by Catherine Leblanc

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When Little Bear tears his coat, he’s afraid his mother won’t love him anymore. Though she assures him she will, he’s very worried. What if he does something very bad or what if something terrible happens to his mother? But Little Bear soon finds out how strong a mother’s love is.

Will You Still Love Me If…? is a beautifully told, stunningly illustrated book for readers ages 3 to 8. Through Little Bear, youngsters can express their fears over what they might do to impact their mother’s love, while discovering right alongside Little Bear just how strong and everlasting a mother’s love truly is.

The story touches upon death, but the calming flow of the story and the gentle words from Mother Bear keep it from being too scary. This is a wonderful book that addresses a tough topic for kids to talk about and understand. Highly recommended.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

32 Pages
Color throughout. Laminated hardcover
Price: US$16.99 Can$ 19.00
ISBN: 978-988-8240-51-7

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

Aesop’s Fables and Tales from The Brothers Grimm

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Illustrated by Ayano Imai, this new interpretation of Aesop’s Fables is a beautiful addition to your library. Imai’s delightful illustrations bring these classic fables to life again for the modern reader. Though I feel the moral stories behind them will be lost on today’s youth, I don’t believe we should stop exploring the classics with them and opening the door to meaningful discussions.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

AESOP’S FABLES
Author : Aesop
Illustrator : Imai, Ayano
11.5 x 8.5 in
32 pages
Color throughout, laminated hardcover with jacket
US$ US$17.99, Can$19.99
ISBN : 978-988-8240-52-4Grimm Fairy Tales_HK Cov_zz_Layout 1

Selected and illustrated by Lizabeth Zwerger, this collection of Grimm Fairy Tales explores old favorites like “Hansel and Gretel” and “Briar Rose” along with some lesser known ones. Zwerger’s artwork is stunning and captures the classic feel to these original tales. While definitely a well put together collection, the content of some of these stories can be a bit frightening for young readers.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

TALES FROM THE BROTHERS GRIMM
Author : Grimm, The Brothers
Illustrator : Zwerger, Lisbeth
9.5 x 11.5 inch
96 pages
Color throughout, laminated hardcover
US$ US$29.99 Can$32.99
ISBN : 978-988-8240-53-1

I received unsolicited copies of these books from a publicist. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

In the Mail and Blog Goals for 2014

Every year I receive numerous unsolicited books for review. Sometimes I read them, oftentimes I don’t. As we move into 2014, I’m setting new goals for all my blogs. The largest change is that I will be participating in fewer virtual book tours next year. I’ve been blogging since 2007; and while I enjoy new reading material, at this point I have more than I could read in five years. I also want the freedom to read for pleasure instead of sticking to a strict blogging schedule. While I will definitely keep blogging–I truly love it–I want to share more posts that interest me (and hopefully you) than promote books being featured on dozens of other blogs at the same time.

To get the new year started off right, I am going to make a brief mention of some of the unsolicited books I’ve received lately. You might see reviews of some popping up later in 2014, but for now I simply want to share them and then move forward.

mne_HK_We Love Each Other_Cov_z_Layout 1Love is everywhere! And it’s not just us humans. From birds to elephants, rabbits to turtles, there is love and togetherness on every page.

Very young readers will enjoy the surprises in this cheerfully inventive little book.

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A stunning reworking of the classic tale.h & g

Once upon a time, there lived a poor woodcutter with his wife and two children, Hansel and Gretel …

And so begins the thrilling story of two children relying on their wits to survive in a hostile world. Sybille Schenker’s evocative and exquisite illustrations bring a unique beauty and graphic excellence to this enduring fairy tale.

Blogger’s note: I realize the story of Hansel and Gretel is a classic, but it is such a frightening story (made even more so by this black cover). The artwork is beautiful and the book’s design unique, but if I had read this to the girls when they were younger they would have nightmares for days.

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guinea piugsFuzzy and Coco are guinea pigs who live with their kindly owners, Ben and Henrietta Bliss. Coco likes to spend her days pampering herself and listening to harp concertos. Fuzzy is much more down to earth – he is a passionate cook who wants nothing more than to learn to make delicious meals for Ben and Henrietta.

So when Fuzzy spots an ad run by glamorous local chef Scarlet Cleaver stating ‘Guinea Pigs Wanted’, he is enormously excited – what a chance to learn some cooking skills! Coco warns him that the ad is not what he thinks, but he won’t listen; when she’s not looking, he sneaks off to find the restaurant.

And so Coco has to get online to try track Fuzzy down. But when Micespace reveals that guinea pigs from all over town have been taken away in a van by Scarlet Cleaver herself, Coco must set off on a rescue mission to prevent Fuzzy from ending up as main course on The Meat Cleaver’s menu!

A captivatingly funny story that will delight readers age 5+.

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Frightfully Friendly Ghosties, described as “exciting, charming and ridiculous,” by The Guardian, is a hilarious book for young readers about the adventures of a funny, charming, and terribly polite group of ghosts who just want to get along with their housemates. The cast of classic characters, brilliant one-liners, and clever plotting will delight children and parents alike.

Tabitha Tumbly, Charlie Vapor, Rusty Chains, and their friends can’t understand why the still-alives in their house are so mean. The friendlier the ghosties are—whether hiding under beds and rushing out to read the still-alives a bedtime story or swooping down the chimney just to say hello—the meaner the still-alives become!

When the still-alive family puts garlic around the house and calls in a priest, however, the ghostie gloves come off. Tabitha and Charlie decide to invite The Ghoul to sort out the still-alives once and for all. But could the terrifying Ghoul prove to be more trouble than the ghosties bargained for?

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zoo

Sammy Feral is a lucky boy. His family run a zoo and so he spends his spare time hanging out with orangutans, crocodiles and snakes. But his luck has just run out – his entire family has been infected with a werewolf virus! Now his mum, dad and sisters are howling at the moon, craving raw meat and, worst of all, trying to infect Sammy! Luckily, Donny and Red – a crack team who investigate animals that don’t exist – are on hand to help. But with an evil professor determined to take over Feral Zoo and no known cure for the virus, things aren’t looking good for Sammy!

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Meet the Rat: A dancing, football-playing gangster-baiting ten-year-old. When she foresaw her father’s death, she picked up her football and decided to head for New York.Unhooking the Moon

Meet her older brother Bob: Protector of the Rat, but more often her follower, he is determined to find their uncle in America and discover a new life for them both.

On their adventures across the flatlands of Winnipeg and through the exciting streets of New York, Bob and the Rat make friends with a hilarious con man and a famous rap star, and escape numerous dangers. But is their Uncle a rich business man, or is the word on the street, that he something more sinister, true? And will they ever find him?

Hughes has created a funny, warm, unique world that lives and breathes. Like I Capture the Castle, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Curious Incident, Hughes’ story and characters will resonate for many and for years to come.