The Adventures of Riley & Elfy by E. Matheson is an adorable collection of children’s stories centered around friendship. Mysterious Scottish animals, Riley and Elfy have lived on faraway Scottish islands since ancient times, but no one seems to know much about them or that they exist. In this collection, Riley and Elfy make friends with creatures they meet along the way and share some great adventures.
If your children love animals, fantasy or adventure stories, then The Adventures of Riley & Elfy is a great choice. Told in the present tense, your youngster will enjoy following Riley and Elfy along. Though I can’t say I am a huge fan of present tense in children’s stories, it works well here. What truly makes this book are the stunning illustrations by G. B. Serafica. They are too beautiful even to describe.
My one challenge with this collection is the different grammar style was a total distraction. It’s probably not cost-effective, but if you’re publishing and selling in the States, it’s better to use our standards than those across the pond. The editor in me was twitching the entire time.
If you’re looking for an animal-filled adventure to share, The Adventures of Riley & Elfy is great fun.
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File Size: 30487 KB
Print Length: 28 pages
Publisher: ASJ Publishing (July 8, 2018)
Publication Date: July 8, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
I received a digital copy from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.
During the Ming Dynasty lived a young Chinese girl, Li-Hua or Li-Li for short. Her merchant/trader father was wealthy enough to support three wives and their children. Li-Li, born to his Third Wife, was his youngest and most curious child. ‘Li-Hua’ means ‘pear blossom’, but when mysterious thefts occur, Li-Li should have been named ‘Zhentan’—the word for detective.
Joshua and his son earnestly seek The Good Shepherd. The miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes at the Sermon on the Mount convinces them to become the first to spread the good news to family and friends.
Lonnie the lawnmower has a bad habit of blowing a gasket whenever things don’t go his way. He was constantly throwing temper tantrums and blowing off steam until his friend helped him discover a way to stay calm. An excellent resource to help little ones struggling to regulate their emotions.
A little white fluffy dog runs around loose in Destiny Park until he meets Steve, the hotdog man. The tiny dog is hungry and needs a friend. Steve is lonely and needs a friend, too. So together, they become best buds.
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If you like cute animal stories, you’ll want to grab a copy of Drewsilla the Shelter Puppy by Karen Carew Oakes.
After an accident leaves Drewsilla and her siblings orphaned, they are brought to the local shelter by a kind stranger. One after the other gets adopted, until the only one left is Drewsilla. Every time someone visits the shelter, she hides. Until the day the Johnsons walk in.
Drewsilla the Shelter Puppy is a touching story of how a shelter puppy finds her forever home. There are a lot of neat aspects to this story. It highlights the kindness of strangers, the hard work of shelter volunteers, and the difference it can make to humans and animals when a special bond is created. Not only would this be a heartwarming story to share with children, it would also be an entertaining way to introduce young people to what is involved in puppy care.
This truly is a sweet story.
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Grade Level: 4 – 6
Paperback: 26 pages
Publisher: Archway (September 29, 2018)
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.
A boy finds an abandoned egg and decides to take care of it. He wonders what is growing inside. Could it be the friend he has in mind?
A sweet story about caring and dealing with expectations. For children ages 4 and up,and for everyone who’s curious!
Age Range: 4 – 6 years
Grade Level: Preschool and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Clavis (February 1, 2019)
If you’re looking for some spooky rhyming fun, then Monster School by Kate Coombs will fit the bill.
In this kooky and zany book, young readers will find rhymes about a student who loses things–like body parts, a unique family tree, a boy who avoids his homework, a girl who you would be wise not to cross, and more monsters with all kinds of antics. These delightful lyrics will entertain any youngster who enjoys monsters. Accompanied by spectacular artwork from Lee Gatlin, Monster School is sure to be a favorite for Halloween and other times of the year when you want a laugh. Reminiscent of Shel Silverstein, this book will get lots of reading time.
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Age Range: 7 – 10 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
Lexile Measure: 690
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books (August 28, 2018)
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.
When the ugly little fir tree is taken to the city, no one wants to buy him; they prefer the big tall trees. But a homeless boy asks the shopkeeper if he can take the tree, and down by the river in a cardboard box, decorated with a few candles, the tree finds itself at the centre of a magical Christmas Eve it will never forget. A Christmas tale with a classic feel but a modern theme at its heart.
Age Range: 5 – 8 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Candlewick (September 27, 2016)
What are some of your favorite Christmas books for children?
When my girls were younger, I loved receiving our shipment of Tiger Tales books each season. Here are some of their Christmas titles:
Celebrate the joy of Christmas and give thanks for this special time of year with this beautiful collection of prayers. With delightful illustrations by Sanja Rescek and simple rhyming text, this will become a holiday favorite to treasure.
Little Pip is excited for Christmas. “I think it’s Christmas Day!” he says to Daddy Grizzle one morning. But Daddy Grizzle tells him it’s not Christmas yet. Poor Little Pip wonders how he’ll ever make it. Will Daddy Grizzle be able to keep his cub busy until the big day?
Little Hedgehog and his friends are so excited to spend Christmas together. They pick out a tree and decorate it, then happily go to bed. But the next morning, everyone is grumpy! “You stepped on my paws!” cries Fox. “I can’t find my socks!” moans Rabbit. “Who was snoring all night long?” grumbles a tired Badger. And someone even ate one of the cookies that had been hung on the tree! Is their Christmas ruined?
Big Mouse and Little Mouse are busy preparing their home for Christmas. Little Mouse realizes they’re missing the holly, so he sets out to find some. Suddenly, soft white flakes fall from the sky, and Little Mouse thinks the sky is coming apart! Lively text and inviting illustrations make this book the perfect way to experience the magic of Christmas.
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