K.M. Daughters Releases Three Classic Children’s Stories by their Dad, Michael Lynch

K.M. Daughters is the award-winning sister writing team of Kathie (Lynch) Clare and Patricia (Lynch) Casiello. They have recently released three classic children’s story based upon manuscripts left to them by their father, Michael. These were stories their father created for them. They are proudly sharing them with young readers for the first time.

The Slippers With The Turned Up Toes is a classic bedtime or any-time story for children of all ages. Young readers will be enchanted with the characters they’ll meet in this story: the unforgettable leprechaun, Magee, who turns blarney into magic to help a young girl; his adventurous son, Timothy who runs away to join a circus, billed as the shortest man in the world; and Joanne, the sweet girl who finally believes in herself, the most powerful magic of all.

In The Twilight Twins, you’ll meet Bonny and Johnny, who visit Patti Woodward one night when, as usual, Patti refuses to go to sleep at bedtime. The Twilight Twins take Patti on an unforgettable journey that chases away Patti’s fears of darkness forever.

Young readers will delight in the wickedly funny, and forgetful witch, Sasperilda; her unusual sisters, Hilda and Matilda; and their clever cat, George. Sasperilda matches wits with the powerful Great Genie and the ruler of the kingdom of Blarney, King Dennis, while hilariously mixing up the words in her magic spells and brewing up mysterious, exploding brews in her cauldron. Who would believe that the fearsome Sasperilda might help humanity?

 

 

Michael (Mickey) Lynch was born in Bronx, New York, in 1924. He was the second of four children born to Irish immigrants, Mary and John Lynch. He served with honor as a United States paratrooper during World War II. After the war ended, he married his childhood sweetheart, Katherine (Kay) and raised two daughters. He died in 1970 when his children were teenagers. He was a house painter by trade.

You can learn more about K.M. Daughters online at http://kmdaughters.com/.

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site is a bedtime story for rough and tough truck lovers.

The trucks have worked hard all day at the construction site, but now it’s time for bed. One by one they finish their work and lie down so they can be ready for another day.

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site is a fun, rhyming book for ages 4 to 8. With tons of action words and truck parts, this story by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld will entertain the truck aficionado in your house. I am familiar with Lichtenheld’s work from Duck! Rabbit! He does another great job with this book and his illustrations work perfectly with Rinker’s rhymes.

This book will help your tough one settle down for a good night’s rest.

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  • Publisher:Chronicle Books
  • ISBN-10:0811877825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811877824
  • SRP:  $16.99

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation to provide my review.

 

Ricky is Brave by Guido van Genechten

Ricky is a brave little rabbit. It is too hot to sleep indoors, so he wants to sleep outside in the tent. He assures his parents that he’s not afraid at all. But is that really true?

Ricky Is Brave by Guido van Genechten is a wonderful book that helps kids know that it’s okay to depend on your parents even when you’re trying to flex those muscles of independence. Ricky is determined to sleep outside. He asks his dad for help in setting up the tent and his mother brings out lemonade while they work. Ricky hides some things in his tent to play with and Mom gives him a flashlight and lots of good-night kisses. But when the flashlight batteries die, everything seems to change. It’s not so fun anymore.  

This book celebrates what families are all about.  The parents support Ricky’s desire to sleep outside. Ricky works with them to make it happen. Then when it gets a bit to scary, his parents are there to help him out and make sure there’s no reason to be afraid. The warm colors of the illustrations even give you that down home feel.

My only tiny nitpick is that the black text was a bit hard for me to read on the darker pages when Ricky was inside the tent. I would have preferred white text for those pages.

Ricky is Brave is a superb book that young readers will love.

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  • Publisher:Clavis Publishing
  • ISBN-10:1605370975
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605370972
  • SRP:  $16.95

Rock-a-bye Baby Illustrated by John Kanzler

  John Kanzler lends his artistic talents to bring this classic Mother Goose rhyme and popular lullaby to life in Rock-a-bye Baby. Baby bear grabs his blanket and rocks in his cradle as Mama bear sings him to sleep. The soft watercolors are soothing, and little fingers will enjoy touching the flocked bear on the front cover.

This is a beautiful padded board book that would make the perfect present for a mother-to-be or a new mom. It would be a great focal point for a baby shower gift basket, and at a suggested retail price of only $8.95 you can afford to fill that basket up with a ton of other goodies.

 You’ll be able to get your little one down for nap or bedtime with Rock-a-bye Baby.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:Tiger Tales
  • ISBN-10:1589258533
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589258532
  • SRP:  $8.95



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Night Knight Theraputic Bedtime Stories by Emma Piers

 Night Knight Theraputic Bedtime Stories by Emma Piers is a wonderful way to use books to help you child develop good opinions about himself/herself. Geared toward children ages 5 to 11, Night Knight tells the story of Rosador, her friend Orion, and other magical creatures.

Broken down into four chapters, each with two parts, Night Knight allows readers to explore topics such as bereavement, separation, rejection, abandonment, bullying, and anxiety that can plague children when things happen in their lives. Orion must cope with the loss of his brother, while Fumblekins the fulture gets lost in the valley and is all alone. The Fulture King is nothing but a big bully, who might need the healing of the Cloakwood School to help change his ways. And Norrin, the hobgoblin, can’t seem to sleep and is anxious all the time. How can he overcome his lack of confidence?

While not a sustitute for medial care, this book can pave the way for parent/child discussions, and help your child feel better about himself/herself. Included in the beginning are some recommendations on how to use the book, followed by a discussion of the book’s contents. After the last story, there is a note for parents and caregivers from the creatures of Wellness Island, a list for children of Rosador and Orion’s tips for feeling good, and a notes section.

Also included is a two-CD set with a special narrated edition set to beautiful music.

Since the book is geared to kids as young as 5, I think some of the illustrations are a bit scary. Those hobgoblin eyes on Page 17 are creepy and Grizzles the bear on Page 70 is also a spooky looking fellow. There are, however, many wonderful pictures throughout the book: the map of Wellness Island, a scared and alone Fumblekins lost in the valley, the elf’s home on Page 28, just to name a few.

I would definitely recommend Night Knight by Emma Piers to parents and caregivers looking to help their children through difficult situations.

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  • Publisher: Emma Piers UK Ltd
  • ISBN-10: 1908104058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908104052


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    I received a free copy of this book from the author and her publicist in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation to share my opinions.