Candy’s Chocolate Kingdom (Book 1: Kingdom Fantasy Series) by Nirit Littaney

Candy's Chocolate Kingdom

Candy is young girl who likes sweets…especially chocolate. She enjoys it so much, she even dreams about it. But when her dreams reveal something important, Candy knows she has to change her ways.

Candy’s Chocolate Kingdom is an adorable story about taking things a bit too far. Candy wants chocolate morning, noon, and night, but her dreams show her a problem or two she hadn’t thought of before and she changes her eating habits. It’s a great lesson for kids. And it’s delivered in a subtle way, so it’s easier to hear.

The colorful illustrations by Abira Das are a fabulous complement to Littaney’s story. This is a sweet book you won’t want to miss.

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File Size: 4899 KB
Print Length: 26 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publication Date: April 6, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00VS4JHYC

 

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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. 

Nirit Littaney is a fresh, imaginative author who weaves vivid images and important life lessons into endearing stories for children. After being confined to her bed for years by an incurable illness, Nirit experienced the same triumph of spirit that many of her characters undergo in their journeys through lands near and far.

Nirit’s commitment to personal and physical healing, along with her story-like travels around the world, have inspired her to pen inventive tales for families in search of humorous, insightful bedtime stories. She writes for children in hopes of making them giggle while they also learn a lesson or two.

Today, Nirit lives in Israel with her angel of a husband, who champions each of her new books as if he were the wide-eyed child she wrote them for. When Nirit isn’t dreaming up new characters, she works as a nutritionist, medical coach, and spiritual leader. She is eager to inspire and help others with the lessons her own challenges have taught her—and what better way is there than through books?

Her latest children’s book is Candy’s Chocolate Kingdom.

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The Baked Potato Boy by Dorris Fortson

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A delightful story of Elliott and how he thrives.

When Elliott was left at the orphanage, he was small, like a baked potato. He drank milk from a dropper and was carried in a Khanga to stay warm. Dorris Fortson, a missionary in Africa, tells Elliott’s story, explaining terms like orphan and kangaroo style, and helps the reader to see through her descriptions just how tiny Elliott used to be so they can appreciate as he grows.

The endearing and fun illustrations are by Chance Alvis and Julia Treesfeld of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Applied Design Studio. Love the cover art on this one.

Something important to point out is that all the proceeds from the book go to an orphanage for abandoned, orphaned and at risk babies in Arusha, Tanzania East Africa.

A great book with a unique story. The Baked Potato Boy by Dorris Fortson is entertaining and educational.

 

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Paperback: 16 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (May 24, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616336463
ISBN-13: 978-1616336462
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Ben’s School Daze by Robyn Sims and Joanne Larcom

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Ben’s School Daze by Robyn Sims and Joanne Larcom is an excellent resource to raise awareness of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).

Ben finds daily sensory experiences overwhelming. But with the help of those who understand, he can get through the day.

This short, rhyming story focuses on SPD and how having people around you who understand it can make a huge difference. Kids will enjoy reading about Ben and discovering how the adults in his life help him. The opening page of this book shares ideas on how to use it before and after reading the story. At the end, it defines what SPD is; let’s you know how we can help; and provides a list of online resources. There is also a page with Classroom and School Concepts.

Helen Devenish’s fine artwork is an excellent complement to a great story. I’m sure Ben’s School Daze will be helpful to many.

 

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Title: Ben’s School Daze
Authors: Robyn Sims and Joanne Larcom
Publisher: Peence & Rogue Designs Pty Ltd
Pages: 28
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

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  • Ben’s School Daze is available at the authors’ website.
  • Watch the book trailer at YouTube.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

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New from Guardian Angel Publishing

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Elliott was abandoned at the hospital in Tanzania, Africa weighing only 1.65 lbs. His first four months were spent in a hospital bed because he was so tiny. Elliot was Neema’s Baked Potato Boy in this true story. He has thrived at Neema House Orphanage and has now been adopted by a great Tanzanian family.

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Bolt, a passenger train, increases his speed between Boston, MA and Washington DC so his favorite passenger Daniel can have more time to spend with his Meemaw on the weekends. The railway superintendent notices Bolt’s speed and efficiency and renames his line the Amtrak Acela. Bolt reaches speeds of 140 mph.


Samuel is a brave little firefighter. His special angel will carry him to Heaven very soon. His sister Gracie finds it hard to say goodbye. Mama teaches Gracie to fill her memory with special moments of Samuel. On windy days, she can hear him whisper to her when she listens with her heart.

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New Release: Anna Banana and the Chocolate Explosion by Dominique Roques

annaThe lovable tyrant from Sleep Tight, Anna Banana! is up to no good, and so are all of her beloved stuffed animals. In this adorable sequel to the 2014 picture book, Anna Banana and her stuffed pals set out to make a chocolate cake…and end up making a big, big, big mess.

With all the charm and whimsy that won reader’s hearts in the first book of the series, Anna Banana and the Chocolate Explosion will give Anna Banana’s fans more of what they love…and win over new readers.

Age Range: 5 – 7 years
Hardcover: 28 pages
Publisher: First Second; Tra edition (June 16, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1626720207
ISBN-13: 978-1626720206

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Interview with Melissa Abramovitz, author of ‘Helping Herbie Hedgehog’

0799Melissa Abramovitz has been a freelance writer/author for 30 years and specializes in writing nonfiction magazine articles and books for all age groups. She is the author of hundreds of magazine articles, more than 40 educational books for children and teenagers, numerous poems and short stories, several children’s picture books, and a book for writers titled A Treasure Trove of Opportunity: How to Write and Sell Articles for Children’s Magazines.  Melissa graduated from the University of California San Diego with a degree in psychology and is also a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature. She is a member of SCBWI, NABE, and The Working Writer’s Club. Visit her website at www.melissaabramovitz.com  

Thank you for joining us today, Melissa. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself? I’ve been writing professionally for about thirty years and love being a writer. Most of the work I do is writing books for educational book publishers, but I also write magazine articles for all age groups, some fiction, poetry, and children’s picture books. So I’m what you call an eclectic writer since I don’t stick to one type of writing or one genre. In addition to working full-time as a writer, I enjoy volunteering regularly at my local animal shelter – yes, I’m an animal lover and really enjoy doing something that makes a tiny positive difference in the world. And I spend as much time as possible with my family. I have two grown sons and three beautiful grandchildren! 

When did you first get bit by the writing bug? I have enjoyed writing all my life. As a child I used to write stories and poems all the time, and the first thing I ever had published was a poem I wrote when I was in high school. The poem won some sort of competition and was featured in a local school district publication. Believe it or not, I even enjoyed writing term papers in high school and college because I liked finding new ways to express myself through writing. But I never envisioned having a career as a writer until later on. I got my degree in psychology and planned to become a clinical psychologist, but that never came to be. When my children were small, I was lucky enough to be a stay-at-home mom, and I decided to take a writing class to explore the possibility of starting a part-time career in writing that I could fit in around my main role as a mom/homemaker. I sold the first magazine article I submitted to a publisher, and I was on my way! But it wasn’t all smooth sailing – like all writers, I received and still receive lots of rejections. But being a writer has proven to be a perfect career for me. 

HHH9x150Why did you decide to write stories for children? The first writing course I took was through the Institute of Children’s Literature, so I learned a lot about writing for children through that class. I also write for adults, and enjoy that too, but there is something very special about writing for kids. Not only do I like creating stories and books that kids will want to read, but writing for children has restored my child-like wonder about the world because it helps me see the world through childrens’ eyes. 

Do you believe it is harder to write books for a younger audience? Absolutely. Some people think it’s easy to write for children, but it’s much more difficult than writing for adults is. Every word and idea must be age-appropriate for children. The word counts for childrens’ books and magazine articles are typically much more stringent than for adults, and this is also challenging. It is incredibly difficult to present a story or nonfiction piece in 100 to 500 words, which is a typical length for young children. 

What is your favorite part of writing for young people? I really like knowing that something I wrote has the potential to get kids excited about reading or that it can motivate them to become better people or do something good in the world. 

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about? Helping Herbie Hedgehog is an interactive picture book/early chapter book about a clueless hedgehog who needs help figuring out how to get places and go about doing other things in his day like chores, shopping, exercising, and other activities. Amusing rhymes invite kids to help Herbie make decisions such as whether to ride his bicycle or take a sailing ship across the ocean, or whether he should buy a hat or a shoe to wear on his head. As the book blurb states, “Herbie has places to go and things to do. But he needs some help ‘cause he hasn’t a clue! If you’ll help Herbie decide what’s right and wrong, he’ll be busy and happy the whole day long!”  Recommended for children ages 2 to 7, Helping Herbie Hedgehog helps kids learn about everyday things while having fun.

What inspired you to write it? : Most of the books, poems, and magazine articles I write are educational in some way. I’m always looking for ways to make learning about concepts or other ideas fun for kids.  Many years ago, knowing how much small children enjoy being right, I got the idea to write a series of funny poems about animal characters that need to figure out how to get places and do other things. I decided to engage young readers in helping the characters decide what to do, given some silly choices. I ended up incorporating all the poems into a book that featured a single character, Herbie Hedgehog. 

Where can readers purchase a copy? It’s available at Amazon www.amazon.com/Helping-Herbie-Hedgehog-Melissa-Abramovitz/

and at the Guardian Angel Publishing website: www.guardianangelpublishing.com/herbie-hedgehog.htm 

What is up next for you? I’m always working on new educational books, and plan to continue to do that. I’ve also completed several more picture books and hope to find publishers for these books. I’ve been thinking that the best way to go about this may be to hire an agent, even though I’ve never used an agent before.  So many publishers have closed their doors to unagented submissions these days. So I need to invest some serious time in finding the right agent. And of course I’m looking forward to doing more promotions for Helping Herbie Hedgehog!

Do you have anything else to add? Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share information about Herbie Hedgehog and myself. I’ve been thrilled by the positive reviews and feedback I’ve received about Helping Herbie Hedgehog since it was released, and hope this book continues to be a source of laughter and fun for those who read it.

Thank you for spending time with us today, Melissa. We wish you much success.