Coming This Summer: Big Bill Returns by Vivian Zabel

Louieโ€™s older brother wanted to travel. He didnโ€™t want to stay at one lake all his life. One day, he flew away with some visiting ducks and only came to see his family once in a while. Louie told his friends about Big Bill one cold winter day. Gus wanted to know why he never heard about Big Bill before. After all, he and Louie were best friends.
 

When Big Bill came home and told Louie that he would stay, Louie thought his life would be so exciting. But, would his life be any different? Why did Big Bill have time for little brother Quacker but not for Louie? What good was having a big brother?

LOUIE THE DUCK SERIES BY VIVIAN ZABEL

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Vivian Zabel taught English and writing for nearly 30 years, but she has written herself since a child. When she shared her goal of becoming an author with a friend in the seventh grade, the friend laughed. She didnโ€™t share her desire with anyone again, but she worked to become an author.

She and her late husband married in 1961 and had four children, three who lived. As an Air Force brat, she traveled from Guam to Morocco, and from Texas to Maine. But, Oklahoma was always home.

Zabel has been a member of OWFI since 2002 and the OWFI Grant Director since 2016. She was honored as the Lifetime Member in 2013. She and a friend founded an OWFI affiliate, Pen and Keyboard Writers, in Edmond, Oklahoma. Her home has been in the Edmond area since 1983.

As a former teacher, she finds the teacher in her continues to erupt. She often presents workshops and sessions at conferences concerning writing around the nation, including the Alaska Writers Conference and the OWFI conference. She has held workshops for different groups and for OWFI affiliates.

Zabel has attained her goal of authoring several books, which include YA books The Base Stealers ClubCase of the Missing Coach, and Prairie Dog Cowboy. She has four childrenโ€™s books released, I Like PinkWhere Did Panther Go?: A Panther AdventureA Baby Doll from Santy Claus, and Wave Excitement: A Louie the Duck Story. Her novels are Stolen and Midnight Hours. Vivian also contributed to a book of short stories with another author and one of poetry with six others.

To learn more about Vivian Zabel and her books, go to her website VivianZabel.com.

The Adventures of Planetman: The Case of the Plastic Rings by Karen Cioffi

When Thomas hears an animal crying for help, he knows it’s time for Planetman and his cohorts Recycleman and Clean-it-man to get to work.

In this fun adventure, three kids become superheroes in order to make a difference in the world around them. This is a perfect book to celebrate Earth Day, but the lessons it teaches will last for years to come. Extra information includes tips to recycle, reuse, and reduce and fun ways to help our planet. With colorful artwork by Thomas Deisboeck, The Case of the Plastic Rings is sure to entertain readers.

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Age Range: 4 – 8 years … K – 3
Page count: 48 pages
Published: May 2020
HC ISBN-10: 1950074188
HC ISBN-13: 978-1950074181
PB ISBN-10: 195007417X
PB ISBN-13: 978-1950074174

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

Dog Band by Regan W. H. Macaulay

Dog Band by Regan W. H. Macaulay is a delightful and creative story about a group of dogs who start a band. The challenge is that they don’t know what type of music to play, so they go about asking their friends for advice.

This is such a cute story. Between the fun text by Macaulay and the colorful illustrations by Wei Lu, this book is destined to entertain youngsters.

There is so much to enjoy about Dog Band. The band receives a variety of answers with great reasoning behind their friends’ choices. The author includes some pronunciations for readers as well, so they understand how to say different breed names.

Children who like reading stories about animals, children who have a love for music, and those who appreciate fun stories will want to read Dog Band.

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  • Publisher :ย Iguana Books (March 23, 2021)
  • Language :ย English
  • Paperback :ย 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 :ย 1771804750
  • ISBN-13 :ย 978-1771804752
  • Reading age :ย Baby – 8 years

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

Why Does That Star Follow Me? by Wayne Harris-Wyrick

Follow along with this rhyming story about stars. Whether in the car or in a house and whether playing or resting, the child in this story sees a star that seems to follow him everywhere. Even the dog sees it… unless it’s foggy.

Why Does That Star Follow Me? by Wayne Harris-Wyrick is an adorable rhyming story full of wonder and discovery. The colorful illustrations by Andrea Gray make it cheery as the two characters go along their journey. After the fun is over, the reader is treated to all types of helpful information about stars: what they are, why they shine, and how far away they are. Readers even learn how stars follow you.

Why Does That Star Follow Me? is entertainment and education bundled into one cute package. I look forward to reading more from Harris-Wyrick.

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  • Age Range:ย 3 – 6 years
  • Grade Level:ย Kindergarten – 1
  • Hardcover:ย 48 pages
  • Published:ย July 3, 2018
  • Language:ย English
  • ISBN-10:ย 1940310849
  • ISBN-13:ย 978-1940310848

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

A Playmate for Imani by Rebecca O. Hayes

A Playmate for Imani by Rebecca O. Hayes is an adorable and fun story about a dog’s search for a playmate.

Imani watches her owner hop on the bus in the morning, but she is still eager to play. So, Imani wanders around searching for the perfect playmate.

This delightful story is brought to life by Hayes’ engaging text coupled with colorful artwork by Diane Brown. Silly antics ensue as Imani goes about her day hoping those she meets along the way will play with her.

If you are looking for a book for dog lovers or a cute story that will make young readers smile, A Playmate for Imani is a great choice.

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Paperback & Hardcover: 34 pages
Published: January 2020
Language: English
Hardcover ISBN-10: 1950074145
Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1950074143
Paperback ISBN-10: 1950074137
Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1950074136

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