The Light We Cannot See by Chris Manion

The Light We Cannot See by Chris Manion is a beautifully told, rhyming story of angels guiding children in heaven to a toy store where they can play through the night in a light the adults cannot see.

Coping with the loss of a sibling, child, or young friend is not easy. Child whisperer and award-winning author, Chris Manion, has woven this touching and heartwarming story of lost little ones being guided to playtime by angels who care for those who God has called home.

Jack Foster, one of my favorite artists, provides the charming illustrations for this story with a powerful message that has the ability to comfort children and adults alike. I appreciate the diverse characters reflected in his illustrations, so that readers can connect with the story on a personal level.

Manion has taken a challenging topic and broken it down into a story filled with light, love, and joy. The Light We Cannot See will touch lives and uplift the brokenhearted. A true treasure.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Elk Lake Publishing, Inc. (September 10, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 34 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1649493657
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1649493651

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

Eek! My Ink! by Raven Howell

Eek! My Ink! by Raven Howell is a colorful, imaginative rhyming story that celebrates the brilliant view of our colorful world.

A variety of colorful emotions swirl throughout this beautifully illustrated story that captures the kindness of self-love and an appreciation of the colorful, diverse world around us. This youngster travels through the pages of golden yellow, emerald flashes, violet swirls, and black stripes discovering that each and every color brings a perfect shade of song it sings.

Anke Rappen’s stunning artwork accompanies Howell’s rhyming text, bringing the story to life and encouraging the reader to turn page after page to see what color, emotion, and aspects of nature emerge.

One of the loveliest stories I’ve read this year. Highly recommended!

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

Nomophobia by JD Wise

Want a fun and zany way to encourage your kids to put away their cell phones? Pick up a copy of Nomophobia by JD Wise.

One day on Earth, children turn into ogres from spending too much time on their phones. Chaos ensues and they wonder what happened and how they can go back to normal.

The author took a serious subject and turned it into an exaggerated, silly rhyming story that will get them laughing… and thinking. I enjoy stories that tackle important subjects in ways that aren’t preachy, so this totally fits the bill.

Wise also illustrated the book with colorful illustrations to complement the story. I liked that the human figures were more on the abstract side, while the ogre characters are the house details were more defined.

If you like silly, rhyming stories, Nomophobia is a great choice.

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

Merry Myrrh The Christmas Bat by Regan W. H. Macaulay

What do you get when you combine a bat, a squirrel, and a farmhouse family during Christmas? A sweet, seasonal story that is sure to become a Christmas classic.

Myrrh is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raft, who live in the brown barn next to the white farmhouse with its big bay window all decorated for Christmas. Myrrh wants to visit the farmhouse’s Nativity scene like his parents have done year after year. When he sneaks off with the help of Sensa Squirrel, Myrrh finds himself in a spot of trouble and gets some unexpected help.

Merry Myrrh The Christmas Bat by Regan W. H. Macaulay, has been updated and published by Pandemonium Publishing House. This wonderful story that first caught my attention in 2018, is even more delightful than I remember.

Macaulay teamed up with artist Alex Zgud again to bring Myrrh’s story to life. The glorious colors that fill this book’s pages alongside Macaulay’s descriptive text paint the perfect Christmas story for this animal family settled on this farming family’s land. I fell in love all over again.

If you only buy one new book for your youngster this year, make it Merry Myrrh The Christmas Bat.

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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.

Nimbus, the Rain Cloud by Sandra Barnes

An adorable rhyming story about acceptance and working together can be found in Nimbus, the Rain Cloud by Sandra Barnes.

Nimbus wants to play with the cumulus clouds, but they shoo him away because the children won’t play in the rain. After the children sing, “Rain, Rain, Go Away,” Nimbus is sure the cumulus clouds are right. But once Nimbus disappears, there is no more rain, which causes all kinds of other problems.

Licensed clinical and forensic psychologist Sandra Barnes channeled her passion for multiculturalism and helping young people into a sweet story about the importance of appreciating our uniqueness, accepting others, and the joy of working together. This book teaches an important lesson in a nice way. The story is followed by a note to parents, discussion questions, and ways for readers to apply the story to their lives.

Courtney Smith created the artwork for Nimbus, the Rain Cloud. From the deep greens of the grass to the brown rabbit sipping from blue puddles to the white, blue, and black of the sky as the clouds cool the earth, each illustration brought this story to life for me.

If you like cute stories with meaningful messages, Nimbus, the Rain Cloud is an excellent choice.

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I purchased a free copy from Amazon during a special promotion. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.