Squirrel Superhighway by Anna C. Morrison

squirrel-superhighway Vocabulary building has never been so adorable and fun! Squirrel Superhighway by Anna C. Morrison is a wonderful new addition to her other titles for pre-readers and early readers. Repetitive words and repeated sounds are blended together in this charming story about Duke, a dog who wishes to be a squirrel. As Duke watches the squirrel superhighway working above him, he wonders how he can best help the squirrels gather their nuts.

In addition to a wonderful story, the beautiful artwork by Vanda Lavar will keep readers eagerly turning the pages to see what antics these animals are up to next. I loved the sweet ending and the closing illustration.

Morrison has certainly found her niche. I look forward to reading more of her work.

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Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing; large type edition edition (November 28, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616338172
ISBN-13: 978-1616338176

I received a 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.

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STORYSTORM STORY IDEAS 10 – 15

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STORYSTORM is moving along swiftly and we are already at the halfway point. We are in the process of moving my father-in-law back from the nursing home and work has been nuts, so I haven’t had time to share my ideas lately. Here’s what I have for the next few:

Idea 10: A mystery with a love triangle that takes place maybe in the 60s or 70s. It would be one of those deals where a man is in love with a woman but she is in love with someone else. She winds up dead and the man who loves her works to solve the crime.

Idea 11: There are a lot of stay-at-home mom cozy mystery series, but not many stay-at-home dad cozies. I wonder if I could write one. It would be neat to write from a man’s point of view. Perhaps this dad is early to a PTO meeting and finds the principal murdered.

Idea 12: If I ever finish Amelia’s Mission, I wonder if there is another story involving some of those characters. Perhaps it is a storyline that features Ralph in a larger role or the focus becomes his family instead of hers; perhaps he learns some of his own family history.

Idea 13: How about a mystery about private school kids on a field trip who work to uncover a missing artifact or to find a student who goes missing. Being a private school, I could limit the number of students so it would be more realistic.

Idea 14: Would love to try a pioneering story one day. Something like a man and woman who take advantage of the Homestead Act to move west and create a new life. Better yet, maybe it is a young man and young  woman who meet along the wagon train and fall in love.

Idea 15: How about a short chapter reader from a shelter puppy’s perspective about finding a new home.

STORYSTORM Story Ideas 5-7

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I’m having fun with STORYSTORM. Remember that today is the last day you can register if you wish to join us.

The end of the week got a bit crazy around here, so I’m a few days behind. Here are ideas 5, 6, and 7.

  • Idea 5: How about a picture book where an experiment goes wrong? Like a child creates a formula to make him grow taller but he ends up huge and then maybe very tiny before he can create the right formula to change himself back to normal size and decide he’s good with who he is now.
  • Idea 6: Maybe a chapter book about a child who enjoys cooking/baking like his mom, but the kids at school tease him over it. Not sure what would change their minds. Maybe he competes on a reality cooking show or something goes wrong in the school cafeteria and he steps in to whip up something. I’ll work that part out later.
  • Idea 7: How about a picture book about the journey of the Three Wise Men from the camels’ perspectives?

A Tree’s Christmas by James Andrew Bowen

A Tree’s Christmas by James Andrew Bowen must be one of the most beautiful, magical tales of the season ever written.

As has long been a family tradition, once the season is over the Christmas tree is taken out to the yard and placed in the garden to lay until spring. After this particular Christmas, the trees around the garden wake from their winter slumber to hear the story of the young fir and the important part he played in the family’s lives.

Once in a while a seasonal story touches your heart in such a way you can’t help but share it. That’s certainly true of A Tree’s Christmas. I smiled. I cried. It truly warmed my heart. This is a book that will be treasured for years to come. The reading of A Tree’s Christmas would be the perfect tradition to start in your home. I know I’ll be starting it in mine.

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Hardcover: 68 pages
Publisher: Clearview Communications Publishing; 1st edition (September 2, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0979359317
ISBN-13: 978-0979359316

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

STORYSTORM DAY 4

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I’m having fun with STORYSTORM. Remember that you can register through January 7 if you wish to join us. We are in the fourth day of this event where writers endeavor to create 30 story ideas in 30 days. Daily posts at founder Tara Lazar’s blog provide tons of inspiration and they are giving away prizes at the end.

Idea #4: Two of my last four books (Little Shepherd and Amos Faces His Bully (under contract)) place fictional characters in Biblical settings. I would like to write a story about a young Samaritan girl witnessing Jesus as he speaks with the woman at the well. Not sure on the details yet, but perhaps this conversation changes the girl’s perception of herself. Samaritans being looked down on by the Jews, maybe this brings about a change in the way this girl behaves toward a Jewish girl and that changes how the Jewish girl acts toward her.

New Interview and Giveaway at The Pen And Ink Blog

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You’ll catch me this week at The Pen and Ink Blog where I talk about my latest release, Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving, and give readers a chance to win copy. Please stop by and leave a comment with your email address at https://thepenandinkblog.blogspot.com/2016/12/interview-with-cheryl-c-malandrinos.html

Good luck to all who enter!

Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving VBT – Final Day!

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My virtual book tour for Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving concludes today. It’s been a great two weeks, but I am ready to take a breather. You can find me at the following two places:

Book Review at 100 Pages a Day

Character Interview at Pimp That Character!