Coming in August from Clavis: A Little Bite for You by Mack van Gageldonk

Chick wants to feed all the animals. The little giraffe needs help reaching the leaves. The bear loves honey, and the dog gets a big bone to chew on. And then . . . Chick gets hungry too!

A sweet and gentle book to satisfy your appetite. For little nibblers ages 12 months and up, with a focus on the child’s world.

Age Range: 1 – 6 years
Grade Level: Preschool and up
Hardcover: 64 pages
Publisher: Clavis (August 6, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605374903
ISBN-13: 978-1605374901

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Coming in August: Clavis Music

“With Clavis Music we embrace the power of reading and the power of listening. We explore a new world: that of books and the music. Will you explore it with us?”

There’s a big party in the jungle. Lion starts the rhythm, Zebra adds a beat on the drum, and Elephant splashes along. Do you want to make music with the animals?

A rhythmic book for little animal and music lovers ages two and up.

Hardcover with sounds
16 pages
8.27 x 8.66
ISBN: 9781605374796
Author-illustrator: Guido Van Genechten

 

 

 

Little White Fish sings a cheerful morning song. All of his friends make music too. Then Little White Fish hears magical sounds. Where are they coming from?

A merry music book for little fishes and music lovers ages 2 and up.

Hardcover with sounds
16 pages
8.3 x 8.7
ISBN: 9781605374857
Author-illustrator: Guido Van Genechten

 

 

 

Learn more at https://www.clavis-publishing.com/news-updates/2019/7/17/introducing-clavis-music

God Squad Mission Him-Possible II, the Giant Slayers by Darlene Laney

The God Squad tackles a new mission in God Squad Mission Him-Possible II, the Giant Slayers

Angel takes the lead on this mission of helping a fellow student coping with being bullied by her former best friend. When Taylor ends up in the hospital after a suspicious accident, Angel fears she is not up to the task. Her fears and odd dreams of battling giants leave her wondering if she’s not cut out for the God Squad, but a mysterious encounter might get the mission back on track and help wipe out bullying at Carver Preparatory.

One of the most challenging issues facing today’s schools is bullying. In the sequel to The God Squad: Mission Him-Possible, The Distorted Mirror, author Darlene Laney tackles bullying head on. Using the armor of God, Angel and the other members of the God Squad find a way to help Taylor make changes in her own life and in the lives of the other students. The side story of how what happened in Angel’s past impacts her ability to help Taylor adds even more conflict. At the end, each member of the God Squad is featured sharing what piece of God’s armor she uses and how. Finally, Angel has a few words of advice for the readers about bullying.

I enjoyed this book from cover to cover. A story of friendship, facing your fears, and empowerment, young people will find much to draw their interest. Sure hope there is another God Squad story in the works.

Rating: πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

File Size: 2411 KB
Print Length: 123 pages
Publisher: Halo Publishing International (January 28, 2019)
Publication Date: January 28, 2019
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07N7QBTXN

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.

New Release: The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson

Growing up in 1980s Niagara Falls – a seedy but magical, slightly haunted place – Jake Baker spends most of his time with his uncle Calvin, a kind but eccentric enthusiast of occult artifacts and conspiracy theories. The summer Jake turns twelve, he befriends a pair of siblings new to town, and so Calvin decides to initiate them all into the “Saturday Night Ghost Club.” But as the summer goes on, what begins as a seemingly light-hearted project may ultimately uncover more than any of its members had imagined. With the alternating warmth and sadness of the best coming-of-age stories, The Saturday Night Ghost Club is a note-perfect novel that poignantly examines the haunting mutability of memory and storytelling, as well as the experiences that form the people we become, and establishes Craig Davidson as a remarkable literary talent.

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books (July 9, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0143133934
ISBN-13: 978-0143133933

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Redrick Raccoon and the Christmas Mystery by Karen Monteith

Okay, it’s July. I can now feature Christmas books on my blog. What? Too early? NEVER!

 

It’s Christmas Eve in the tiny hamlet of Berry Hollow. The smells of gingerbread, apple cider, and roasted chestnuts fill the air, and the town Christmas tree awaits its decorations. Redrick Raccoon and Henley Groundhog are nearly ready for Christmas, but Henley needs help keeping a promise so that no one will miss out on the wonder and mystery of Christmas.

Join in and enjoy the close friendship and amiable banter of the forest animal friends as they embark on their heart-warming adventure to discover that a wondrous mystery lies at the heart of Christmas. This high-spirited and beautifully-illustrated children’s book will engage the imaginations of young readers and listeners.

This delightful Christmas story portrays the merits of keeping one’s promises, and the strength of friendship, kindness, and working together as a team while bringing to life a new world of lovable characters and beautiful forest scenes. At the same time, the story gently guides young readers to the true meaning of Christmas in the simplest terms. It’s a cozy bedtime story for a cozy season.

You will find yourself wanting to dive into Berry Hollow, with its lovable characters and quaint charm, again and again, this Christmas, and for many to come.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Fishpond Kids (October 20, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632694514
ISBN-13: 978-1632694515

Book Review: Purr-Fectly Home by Kimberly Palmucci


Author Kimberly Palmucci is back with the next book in her shelter animals series,Β Purr-fectly Home. Teaming up again with artist Brandi McCann, this book is about Lucky and Princess. Lucky had found his new home, and he enjoyed every room and scratching post in the place. But, that basement was too scary for him. One day, he notices a new scent in the house. Come to find out, Princess has moved in. She had struggled to find her forever home. Together, they overcome their fears and form a close bond.

If you enjoyed the first two books in the series, you’re going to love this one. Purr-fectly Home is such a sweet story, and it is inspired by real life animals, which makes it even more meaningful. The pairing of Palmucci and McCann is sheer perfection. McCann’s illustrations capture every adorable moment. Her colorful illustrations will capture the eyes of all readers. Though a total stand alone story, readers will love to follow these shelter animals along from book to book.

Any pet lover will want to read Purr-fectly Home. It is also a wonderful way to help kids celebrate differences and learn how to thrive in new situations. I’m eager to see what Palmucci has planned for the future.

Rating: πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Independently published (June 2, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1070967378
ISBN-13: 978-1070967370

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

Blogging at 4RV – Editing Makes a Difference

 

Today is one of my Wednesdays to blog over at the 4RV Reading, Writing, & Art News blog. This week I am talking about the difference that editing makes. You can find the article at https://4rvreading-writingnewsletter.blogspot.com/2019/06/editing-it-makes-all-difference.html