What Is That Thing? by Kevin McNamee

  

A sweet and funny story of becoming a big sister is what you’ll find in What Is That Thing? . Jenna’s not too sure about the newest family member, so she decides to use her imagination to help adjust to being a big sister.

In this delightful new story from talented poet and writer, Kevin McNamee, we see him doing what he does best–create a story that youngsters will love. Becoming a big sister for the first time can be very scary, but Jenna makes it easier by using her imagination to ask “What is that thing?” Is it an alien from outer space? Is it a strange and smelly creature? Maybe it’s a mysterious roaring animal.

The artwork by K.C. Snider is absolutely wonderful. From mom the space alien with kitchen utensils sticking out of her head to Jungle Jenna swinging on the vines, her illustrations will capture the hearts of young readers who really want to now how Jenna feels.

 What Is That Thing? would make a perfect gift for the little girl who is going to be a big sister soon.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
  • ISBN-10:1616331410
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616331412
  • SRP:  $9.95



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Andy and Spirit Meet the Rodeo Queen by Mary Jean Kelso

Another great installment to the Andy and Spirit series by Mary Jean Kelso!

Andy and Spirit visit the Nevada State Fair where they get in a ride and then watch the day’s events. Andy gets to meet the rodeo queen and learns how to handle a lasso. Despite an unfortunate accident, the rodeo is a fun time for all.

Andy and Spirit Meet the Rodeo Queen is the latest book in Kelso’ popular Andy and Spirit series. What is great about this book is that the main character is a wheelchair bound kid who doesn’t let his handicap stop him. In addition, even the people he meets don’t focus on his wheelchair. They see Andy for Andy.

Kelso creates an excellent picture in this book for what it is like to attend a rodeo. Despite the fact that I’ve never been to one, I feel like I have after reading Andy and Spirit Meet the Rodeo Queen.

The artwork for all the Andy and Spirit books has been drawn by K.C. Snider. I like the pairing of Kelso and Snider, and hope it continues.  When an artist and writer work together on multiple projects it certainly makes a difference in the overall quality of the book and how enjoyable the reading experience is.

At the end of this book, the reader finds information on rodeos and rodeo events. There is also a short list of some popular rodeo websites.

What adventures will Andy and Spirit find next? I guess, I’ll just have to eagerly wait and see.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc 
  • ISBN-10: 1616330317
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616330316
  • SRP:  $10.95


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    Early Reviews of Little Shepherd

    “Little Shepherd by Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a fresh rendition of the familiar story of the angels appearing to the shepherds in the field and announcing the birth of the Savior. The unique slant to this particular retelling of the scriptural story is that the reader sees the event through the eyes of a little shepherd boy, tending his first-ever flock of sheep. As a grandmother, I would be delighted to read this story to my grandchildren. As such, I recommend it to parents/grandparents/teachers everywhere who wish to bring this passage of scripture to life for impressionable young hearts to understand”.
    –Kathi Macias, radio host and award-winning author of more than 30 books, including the Extreme Devotion series and Valeria’s Cross http://www.kathimacias.com;http://kathieasywritermacias.blogspot.com

    “Heartstrings will be tugged as readers journey to the manger with a little shepherd boy. Obed’s father entrusted him with his first flock of sheep. Everything seems to be going perfect until angels fill the sky with an unusual request. Obed’s gripping tale promises to inspire and become a family favorite.”
    –Dixie Phillips, award-winning author of Stubby’s Destiny, Angel Eyes, and other Christian children’s books www.floydslighthouse.com

    Little Shepherd by Cheryl C. Malandrinos is Now Available!

     

     

    Title: Little Shepherd

    Written by: Cheryl C. Malandrinos

    Illustrated by: Eugene Ruble

    Ages: 4 – 8

    Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

    PRINT ISBN: 978-1-61633-085-9;  1616330856

    eBook ISBN: 978-1-61633-086-6;  1616330864

    Published: August 2010

    Synopsis:

    In the hills outside Bethlehem, Obed guards his first flock of sheep. When the angels appear to tell of the Savior’s birth, he is hesitant to follow the others to see the new King. When Obed returns to his sheep, he realizes it is a night of miracles.

    Read the Excerpt!

    Off in the distance, a wolf howled. Obed moved closer to his flock, scanning the hills for any sign of a pack that might race in and steal his sheep. His family depended upon the sheep for food and their wool for clothing. No sheep would be lost under his watch.

     

    He shivered inside his cloak. While the days were getting warmer, the nights still chilled him. He walked over to the large fire blazing inside the pit. He rubbed his hands together and held them up to the fire to warm them.

     

    Above him, the sky twinkled with millions of stars. Obed couldn’t remember a night so clear.

     

    Suddenly, a bright light filled the sky.

     

    Obed trembled. “Father, what is happening?”

     

    His father dropped to the ground, his right hand blocking his eyes from the intense light.

     

    Obed pulled the edges of his cloak closer to his face as he squinted up at the mysterious form hovering overhead. He shivered, but this time it was not because of the cold.

    PURCHASE LITTLE SHEPHERD FROM GUARDIAN ANGEL PUBLISHING! COMING SOON TO AMAZON.COM AND OTHER ONLINE RETAILERS!

    Follow the LITTLE SHEPHERD VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR OCT/NOV/DEC ’10. Visit www.pumpupyourbook.com during the months of October, November, and December to learn more about Cheryl and her first children’s book.

    Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a freelance writer and editor from Western Massachusetts. She is a founding member of Musing Our Children, and editor in chief of the group’s quarterly newsletter, Pages & Pens.

     

    Ms. Malandrinos is also a blogger, book reviewer, and online publicist. Little Shepherd is her first children’s book.

     

    Visit Cheryl at http://www.ccmalandrinos.com



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