This Little President by Joan Holub and Daniel Roode – Book Blast & Giveaway

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the newly-released board book, “This Little President: A Presidential Primer” by Joan Holub and Daniel Roode.

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About the Book

Title: This Little President: A Presidential Primer | Author: Joan Holub | Illustrator: Daniel Roode | Publication Date: January 12, 2016 | Publisher: Little Simon | Pages: 26 | Recommended Ages: 2 to 6

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Book Description:

A board book primer on presidents

Learn about the US presidents with this bright and playful board book! Highlighting ten of the most memorable presidents—and featuring all forty-four on the last page—parents and little leaders-in-training alike will love sharing this fun primer full of age-appropriate facts, leadership skills, and White House history.

Leading our country.
Helping you and me.
Keeping all fifty states
safe, happy, and free.

Little presidents have a great big job.

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Sneak Peek

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About the Author: Joan Holub

Joan-Holub-GG-264x300Joan Holub is the author of 140+ books for children including the Mini Myths series of 8 board books: Be Careful, Icarus!, Brush Your Hair, Medusa!, Make A Wish Midas! Joan also authored the acclaimed picture books Little Red Writing, The Knights Before Christmas, and Mighty Dads, a New York Times bestseller. Joan also co-authors (with Suzanne Williams) three series: Goddess Girls (ages 8-12, Greek mythology with a middle school twist), Grimmtastic Girls (for ages 8-12, fairy tale adventure with a middle school twist), and Heroes in Training (ages 6-11, Greek mythology adventure chapter books).

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** Book Blast Giveaway **

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice

Giveaway ends: January 26, 11:59 pm, 2016

Open to: Internationally

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In the Mail and Blog Goals for 2014

Every year I receive numerous unsolicited books for review. Sometimes I read them, oftentimes I don’t. As we move into 2014, I’m setting new goals for all my blogs. The largest change is that I will be participating in fewer virtual book tours next year. I’ve been blogging since 2007; and while I enjoy new reading material, at this point I have more than I could read in five years. I also want the freedom to read for pleasure instead of sticking to a strict blogging schedule. While I will definitely keep blogging–I truly love it–I want to share more posts that interest me (and hopefully you) than promote books being featured on dozens of other blogs at the same time.

To get the new year started off right, I am going to make a brief mention of some of the unsolicited books I’ve received lately. You might see reviews of some popping up later in 2014, but for now I simply want to share them and then move forward.

mne_HK_We Love Each Other_Cov_z_Layout 1Love is everywhere! And it’s not just us humans. From birds to elephants, rabbits to turtles, there is love and togetherness on every page.

Very young readers will enjoy the surprises in this cheerfully inventive little book.

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A stunning reworking of the classic tale.h & g

Once upon a time, there lived a poor woodcutter with his wife and two children, Hansel and Gretel …

And so begins the thrilling story of two children relying on their wits to survive in a hostile world. Sybille Schenker’s evocative and exquisite illustrations bring a unique beauty and graphic excellence to this enduring fairy tale.

Blogger’s note: I realize the story of Hansel and Gretel is a classic, but it is such a frightening story (made even more so by this black cover). The artwork is beautiful and the book’s design unique, but if I had read this to the girls when they were younger they would have nightmares for days.

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guinea piugsFuzzy and Coco are guinea pigs who live with their kindly owners, Ben and Henrietta Bliss. Coco likes to spend her days pampering herself and listening to harp concertos. Fuzzy is much more down to earth – he is a passionate cook who wants nothing more than to learn to make delicious meals for Ben and Henrietta.

So when Fuzzy spots an ad run by glamorous local chef Scarlet Cleaver stating ‘Guinea Pigs Wanted’, he is enormously excited – what a chance to learn some cooking skills! Coco warns him that the ad is not what he thinks, but he won’t listen; when she’s not looking, he sneaks off to find the restaurant.

And so Coco has to get online to try track Fuzzy down. But when Micespace reveals that guinea pigs from all over town have been taken away in a van by Scarlet Cleaver herself, Coco must set off on a rescue mission to prevent Fuzzy from ending up as main course on The Meat Cleaver’s menu!

A captivatingly funny story that will delight readers age 5+.

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Frightfully Friendly Ghosties, described as “exciting, charming and ridiculous,” by The Guardian, is a hilarious book for young readers about the adventures of a funny, charming, and terribly polite group of ghosts who just want to get along with their housemates. The cast of classic characters, brilliant one-liners, and clever plotting will delight children and parents alike.

Tabitha Tumbly, Charlie Vapor, Rusty Chains, and their friends can’t understand why the still-alives in their house are so mean. The friendlier the ghosties are—whether hiding under beds and rushing out to read the still-alives a bedtime story or swooping down the chimney just to say hello—the meaner the still-alives become!

When the still-alive family puts garlic around the house and calls in a priest, however, the ghostie gloves come off. Tabitha and Charlie decide to invite The Ghoul to sort out the still-alives once and for all. But could the terrifying Ghoul prove to be more trouble than the ghosties bargained for?

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zoo

Sammy Feral is a lucky boy. His family run a zoo and so he spends his spare time hanging out with orangutans, crocodiles and snakes. But his luck has just run out – his entire family has been infected with a werewolf virus! Now his mum, dad and sisters are howling at the moon, craving raw meat and, worst of all, trying to infect Sammy! Luckily, Donny and Red – a crack team who investigate animals that don’t exist – are on hand to help. But with an evil professor determined to take over Feral Zoo and no known cure for the virus, things aren’t looking good for Sammy!

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Meet the Rat: A dancing, football-playing gangster-baiting ten-year-old. When she foresaw her father’s death, she picked up her football and decided to head for New York.Unhooking the Moon

Meet her older brother Bob: Protector of the Rat, but more often her follower, he is determined to find their uncle in America and discover a new life for them both.

On their adventures across the flatlands of Winnipeg and through the exciting streets of New York, Bob and the Rat make friends with a hilarious con man and a famous rap star, and escape numerous dangers. But is their Uncle a rich business man, or is the word on the street, that he something more sinister, true? And will they ever find him?

Hughes has created a funny, warm, unique world that lives and breathes. Like I Capture the Castle, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Curious Incident, Hughes’ story and characters will resonate for many and for years to come.

From the Family Bookshelf – August

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Both girls reached their reading goals for the summer reading program again this year. I am proud of them. It’s important for them to keep learning over the summer. After polishing off the books they were reading last month, the Lil’ Princess picked Storyteller by Patrica Reilly Giff. I think this one came from a school book fair. Amazon blurb:

Elizabeth is drawn into a dramatic story from the American Revolution when she discovers a portrait of her ancestor, a girl called Zee, who has a striking resemblance to Elizabeth. The girls’ lives intertwine and Elizabeth’s present-day story alternates with Zee’s. As Elizabeth learns about Zee, and walks where Zee once walked and battles raged, the past becomes as vivid and real as the present.

Like me, the ladies enjoy a book that blends past and present.

The Lil’ Diva borrowed a book from the library that surprised me because she’s so much into dystopian fiction these days. Little Blog on the Prairie by Cathleen Davitt Bell is the story of a girl who goes with her family to a camp where they live like the pioneers, and how her texts about camp life create quite a ruckus. Amazon blurb:

Camp Frontier promises families the “thrill” of living like 1890s pioneers. Gen will be thrilled if she survives the summer stuck in a cabin with her family and no modern amenities. But ever the savvy teen, Gen sneaks in a phone and starts texting about camp life. Turns out, there are some good points-like the cute boy who lives in the next clearing. But when her texts go viral as a blog and a TV crew arrives, Gen realizes she may have just ruined the best vacation she’s ever had.

I think Dad is on a reading hiatus right now. He’s been so busy working, I haven’t seen him pick up a book since we came back from the Outer Banks. As for me, I’m always reading something. I just polished off Don’t Let the Wind Catch You by Aaron Paul Lazar last night. I’ll be posting my review here on the 26th. I also just started Designed by Relationship by T.J. MacLeslie and am still reading The Queen’s Vow by C. W. Gortner. I love Gortner’s work, but I’ve had to try to fit this one in between other commitments. Here’s what I’ve read since my last post:

God’s Special Forces by Darlene Laney (Christian living for tweens)
Odd One Out Big and Small by Guido van Genechten (board book)
Odd One Out In, Out, and All Around by Guido van Genechten (board book)
Traveling for Love by Becky Due (women’s fiction/romance)
Get Well Soon, Grandpa by An Swerts (picture book)
Don’t Be Afraid to Say No by Ilona Lammertink (picture book)
“Vinland Viking: A Saga” by Gary L. Doman (Christian historical fantasy adventure novella)

Have you read any good books lately?

That’s it for this edition of From the Family Bookshelf. See you with another update next month.

Odd One Out Big and Small and In, Out, and All Around by Guido Van Genechten

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Two new books come your way from Clavis Books and Guido van Genechten. The Odd One Out series is a unique seek-and-find set of books geared toward ages 3 to 5. With van Genechten’s stunning artwork, young readers are asked to find the one that doesn’t belong.

I’ve been a fan of van Genechten’s work for some time. This talented author/illustrator gets right to the heart of the matter with children. But in this adorable new series, he’s lighten things up a bit. Kids will learn how to sort and identify differences along with a neat twist at the end. In Big and Small the questions revolve around size, but in the book In, Out, and All Around, children are looking for location and direction.

These sturdy board books will hold up to plenty of wear and tear, which is good because your child will be picking them up often. Highly recommended.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Big and Small

  • Age Range: 3 – 5 years
  • Board book: 18 pages
  • Publisher: Clavis Publishing; Brdbk edition (April 1, 2013)in out
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605371491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605371498

In, Out, and All Around

  • Age Range: 3 – 5 years
  • Board book: 18 pages
  • Publisher: Clavis Publishing; Brdbk edition (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605371505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605371504

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

That’s My Mommy! and That’s My Daddy! by Ann Hodgman

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Two very sweet books that celebrate parents come from Ann Hodgman. In That’s My Mommy! animals from kittens to ducklings to joeys and more, talk about the wonderful things their mommies do. Mommy makes the kitten feel better. Duckling’s mommy makes him feel brave. Joey’s mommy reads to him every day. With charming and lovable illustrations by Laura Logan, this book is bound to be a hit.

That’s My Daddy! finds a calf who likes how his daddy can reach way up high. Mouse’s daddy is the strongest in the world. Puppy’s daddy can find anything that gets lost. With less than ten words on each page, Hodgman captures the essence of what it means to be a daddy to little ones. Laura Logan lends her talents to this book as well. I hope these two work together again, as they create magical, charming stories.

These padded board books are perfect for preschoolers. Their sturdy construction means they’ll stand up to multiple reads (and we all know how much kids love to read and read again their favorite books). The short sentences will allow for quick memorization of the story, and will then help youngsters as they transition to being able to read alone. Hodgman proves here that you don’t have to say a lot to create touching and meaningful books for parents and children to share together. And at only $8.95 each, they are a great value.

Highly recommended.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂  (both books)

Mommy

  • Hardcover: 22 pages
  • Publisher: Tiger Tales; Padded Board Book edition (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158925645X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589256453

Daddy

  • Hardcover: 22 pages
  • Publisher: Tiger Tales; Padded Board Book edition (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589256468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589256460

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

My First Book Of Things to Learn/My First Book of Things to See Compiled by Tiger Tales

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My First Book Of Things to Learn shares colors, animal noises, shapes, baby animals, numbers 1 – 10, and objects in a child’s world all in bright colors. From pink flamingos to the baa of a sheep, from heart-shaped balloons to penguin chicks, and from 10 ladybugs to a toothbrush and toothpaste, Things to Learn will engage your child ages 3 to 7.

In My First Book of Things to See, little ones get a glimpse at what they will find at the park, on the farm, at the beach, at preschool, at the zoo, and at a birthday party. Everything from slides to tractors, to crayons, and more is included in this sturdy book filled with pictures and simple labels.

In addition to their nice size (8 5/8 x 8 5/8″), the bright colors, sturdy construction, and tabbed pages make these a wonderful addition to your preschooler’s library. The simple labels will help with vocabulary and word-picture association, and the variety of objects featured will provide tons of fun. I could see these being packed in a bag to take along on a road trip, picnic, or visit to the zoo so youngsters can identify objects from the books within their surroundings.

Highly recommended.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂  (both books)

Things to Learn

  • Hardcover: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Tiger Tales; Board Book with Tabs edition (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589256352
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589256354

Things to See

  • Hardcover: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Tiger Tales; Board Book with Tabs edition (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589256298
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589256293

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

Old MacDonald Had a Farm and Other Favorite Children’s Songs

It’s time to sing along to twelve children’s favorites. From “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” to “Skip to my Lou,” and from  “I’m A Little Teapot” to “Pop! Goes the Weasel” and more, these children’s classics are sure to get you and your toddler in happy mood. Accompanied by the fun and beautiful artwork of Hannah Wood, your child will be thrilled to call this book his own.

Wood has created a wonderful niche for herself. Just like in This Little Piggy and Other Favorite Action Rhymes and Hey Diddle, Diddle and Other Favorite Nursery Rhymes, she is reimagining classics for a contemporary audience. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Board book:22 pages
  • Publisher:Tiger Tales; Brdbk edition (September 1, 2012)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1589258746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589258747
  • SRP: $8.95

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