Transmit Joy! by Mark Binder

mark binderAuthor and storyteller Mark Binder has a new audio book out for all kinds of family fun.

Transmit Joy! includes some classic and some unique audio tracks to fascinate readers and make your kids laugh. Binder has great versatility, creating diverse animal and human characters with his wide range. From “The Billy Goats Gruff” to “The Little Wolf Cub” and more, families will have a little over an hour of storytelling fun. Just imagine how entertaining it would be to act these out along with the CD or MP3 album once you learn the words.

Transmit Joy! by Mark Binder is definitely worth checking out.

 

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Original Release Date: June 13, 2016
Release Date: June 13, 2016
Label: Light Publications
Copyright: 2016 Mark Binder
Total Length: 1:04:52

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

Children’s Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling by Martin Salisbury with Morag Styles

If you like art history of any kind, you’ll want to grab a copy of Children’s Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling by Martin Salisbury with Morag Styles.

In this fascinating book published by Laurence King Publishing in 2012, readers explore the history of children’s picturebooks from the days of painting on cave walls through to the twenty-first century. It discusses picturebooks as an art form, citing the work of popular artists; it talks about their importance in children’s literature; and even touches upon controversial topics in picturebooks.

When first asked to review this book a few years ago, I did so to learn more about my craft. Though I haven’t written anything brand new in a while, my first book was a picturebook and I have two more under contract. For this reason, the sections Print and Process and The Children’s Publishing Industry were especially interesting to me.

Children’s Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling is a resource I’ll be holding onto and referring back to as I grow in my craft.

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Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing (February 8, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 185669738X
ISBN-13: 978-1856697385

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

I Have Faith by Davin Whitehurst

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In this beautifully illustrated picture book, young readers learn about the importance of faith.

Danny wants a dog, but his brother and friends tell him his parents will never allow it. Danny’s mother has taught him about faith for as long as he can remember, so he prays and believes God will answer his prayers.

I Have Faith by Davin Whitehurst is a moving story of how one boy develops faith. Danny starts off by introducing himself to the reader and telling them not only does he have faith, they have it too. He shares how his faith began and then puts it into action.

This is a touching story with an excellent message. An editor would swiftly be able to correct the few typographical and grammatical errors to strengthen this story. I Have Faith has child/parent discussion questions, several Bible verses, and an excellent parent guide, making this book a helpful resource.

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

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Freddy, Hoppie and the Eyeglasses by Michelle Nott

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Freddy, Hoppie and the Eyeglasses by Michelle Nott is a great way to help your child adjust his or her very first pair of glasses.

Freddy runs late for school, his watch is all blurry, and sometimes his wild answers make his classmates laugh. Using his imaginary friend, Hoppie, Freddy is able to help his mother understand what is going on so she can help.

This adorable and funny book tackles an important subject. Sometimes kids don’t want to tell their parents they can’t see the board or the word in a book as clearly as they used to. That can be a frightening thing. Freddy, Hoppie and the Eyeglasses will not only help young people understand it’s okay to share these kinds of problems with their parents; it also shows them how simple an eye exam and getting glasses can be.

The vivid colors in Robert Lee Beers’ artwork capture your attention–especially the green. There were a lot of nice background details in these pictures: the tiny apples on the tree outside of the school, the student of the month poster in Freddy’s classroom, and the eye chart in Dr. Virens’ office.

This book is a great blend of education and entertainment.

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Paperback: 16 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (February 11, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616337338
ISBN-13: 978-1616337339

 

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

Blogging at Christian Children’s Authors

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This is my Friday to blog at Christian Children’s Authors. Today, I share my review of I Have Faith by Davin Whitehurst. You can find it at http://christianchildrensauthors.com/2016/07/15/book-review-i-have-faith-by-davin-whitehurst/

The Flower Fairy Superhero by Noam and Bryan Atinsky

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It is so rough to be a technology dummy.🙂 Here’s my review of this sweet book:

The Flower Fairy stumbles upon a queen who is sad because an evil ogre has taken her castle and she has nowhere to live.

What could be more perfect than combining fairies and superheroes? The Flower Fairy Superhero by Noam and Bryan Atinsky is a delightful and charming story that has been enhanced with audio so you and your child–and eventually your child alone–can read along. It’s just the right length to keep youngsters engaged. The artwork by Francisco X. Mora is lovely and perfect for such an adorable story.

The story behind the story–which you can find here–is very moving. It is nice to see the author donating part of the proceeds to the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

A superb story of kindness and friendship, The Flower Fairy Superhero will delight your child so much it will be read again and again.

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File Size: 7505 KB
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: The Flower Fairy Superhero, LLC (January 24, 2016)
Publication Date: January 24, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B01B1PDQ8A

Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Flower Fairy Superhero Publishing, LLC. (2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0988822601
ISBN-13: 978-0988822603

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

Candy and the Cankersaur by Jason Sandberg

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A fun, zany adventure with several learning lessons along the way is what readers will find with Candy and the Cankersaur by Jason Sandberg.

Candy is a wealthy girl who has a father that showers her with gifts instead of spending time with her. She has a next door neighbor named Chucky who every time she gets a new gift, he gets a bigger and better version of what she has. But when Candy’s father buys her a Cankersaur, Chucky can’t seem to one up her. Instead, he decides to get even a different way with some interesting results.

I must start off by saying the humor in this story is great and the intention behind delivering a story with wonderful lessons is admirable. The artwork is superb and matches well with the zaniness of the story. The challenges with this story are related to craft.

The author seems to have bitten off a bit more than he can chew by delivering too many lessons at once: parents needing to spend quality time with their children, understanding why children sometimes mistreat each other, and how working together gets the job done. The story also occasionally drifts away from Candy’s point of view to give the reader a chance to get to know the father’s and Chucky’s internal thoughts. This isn’t something you would typically see in a children’s picture book. The lessons are also delivered in a fashion where they are told to the reader by the narrator more than delivered through the actions of the characters. These are all issues, however, that working with an experienced editor will fix.

In the end, I see a bright future for Sandberg in children’s book publishing. His artwork is amazing and his story ideas compelling. This book has also received numerous 4- and 5-star reviews, so it’s worth checking out this book and more of his work.

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File Size: 8358 KB
Print Length: 34 pages
Publisher: Jason Sandberg eBooks (June 12, 2012)
Publication Date: June 12, 2012
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B00K9H4O8I

The author provided me with free digital copy of this book. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.