Animal Sound Mix-up by Connie Arnold

Wouldn’t it be confusing if you heard a donkey say bow-wow? Would you scratch your head if a monkey said moo? How about some squawking pigs? Seen any of those lately? In this silly, rhyming story, Connie Arnold asks readers what it would be like if all the animal sounds got mixed up.

I like books that can be zany, but still have an excellent message. Animal Sound Mix-up is definitely one of those books. While it’s light-hearted, by the time the reader gets to the end, they realize God’s hand in creation is quite evident. Animals speak the way they do because He made them each to speak in their own unique way. It’s a nice message. A different take on the power of the Creator than I’ve seen before.

Arnold’s rhymes are perfectly matched by the lovely artwork of Kit Grady. All types of animals come alive with Grady’s colorful images. Any of these illustrations would make lovely murals for a child’s room. I only wish she didn’t live so far away from me.  🙂

Animal Sound Mix-up is a fun book with a great message. Christian homes with youngsters will enjoy this book.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Paperback:16 pages
  • Publisher:Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (August 12, 2010)
  • ISBN-10:161633083X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616330835
  • SRP: $9.95

I received an electronic copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation of any kind for this review.

A Necklace for Jiggsy by Kit Grady

 Jiggsy has lived a hard life as a junk yard dog. All he has is his beloved pillow. He has to fight for everything else. Then one day, he discovers a special necklace that he believes will change his life. Jiggsy soon learns the importance of doing the right thing.

A Necklace for Jiggsy by Kit Grady is a sweet story that teaches youngsters about honesty. By using a dog instead of a human for this type of story, author and illustrator Grady is able to share an important message with readers in a non-threatening way. That they are able to witness Jiggsy getting rewarded for his honesty is such an important thing. Grady knows how to tell a story, capturing the conflict and resolution well.

I’ve seen a couple of the other books she’s illustrated (The Sister Exchange and Humberto, the Bookworm Hamster), but I think A Necklace for Jiggsy might be my favorite so far. Right down to the whiskers on Jiggsy’s face, the details and bright colors draw the reader in.

I’m eager to see what Grady comes up with next.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
  • ISBN-10: 1616330910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616330910
  • SRP:  $10.95

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Humberto, the Bookworm Hamster

Discover the joys of reading and friendship with Humberto, the Bookworm Hamster by Mayra Calvani.

Humberto doesn’t have time for friends. He’s too busy reading. His neighbors, the squirrel, the rabbit, the skunk, the hedgehog, and the beaver have all tried, but Humberto would rather read. Then one day disaster strikes, and Humberto must choose between saving his books and helping his neighbors.

I can’t hide the fact that I am a fan of Mayra Calvani’s books. All of them are so different from each other, but they all have a special quality that makes my family treasure them. With Humberto, the Bookworm Hamster, Calvani is able to show children a great appreciation for reading and how it helps to foster the gift of imagination, while at the same time, sharing the importance of friendship.

Humberto is faced with a difficult decision when he returns home to find that the river has overflowed and destroyed his beloved books. He can either try to salvage what is left or help his neighbors, many of who were either hurt or  had their homes destroyed. This encourages children to think of others, something that parents can appreciate.

Humberto and the other adorable animals who live in the woods were illustrated by Kit Grady, an artist whose work I truly have come to admire and enjoy. She has the ability to capture human emotions on the faces of these creatures in such a beautiful way. I love the picture of Humberto whispering to the frightened rabbit after the river has overflowed.

Humberto, the Bookworm Hamster is a delightful read that your child will enjoy!

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:  Guardian Angel Publishing
  • Print ISBN:  13: 978-1-935137-92-4 & ISBN 10: 1-935137-92-1
  • eBook ISBN:  13: 978-1-935137-93-1  & ISBN 10: 1-935137-93-X
  • SRP:  $10.95 (print), $9.95 (eBook CD), $5.00 (PDF download)

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The Sister Exchange by Kevin McNamee

Bill Cosby used to have a comedy skit about parenting back in the 70’s. One of the points he used to make is that if you have only one child you’re not really a parent. I didn’t quite understand how he could say such a thing, but that was before I had two young girls close in age who fight constantly. If I remember the skit correctly, Cosby said you weren’t a real parent if you only had one child because you didn’t have to listen to things like, “She’s touching me!”  

In this charming and delightful book, Kevin McNamee tackles the issue of sibling rivalry in a fun and unique way. When Brianna, the oldest of two sisters, complains about her younger sister, Julianne, she tells her mother that she wants a new sister. Julianne is always bugging her, and following her around, wanting to do what she does, and it’s plain old annoying.

So, Mom calls up the Sister Exchange and asks to trade in Julianne. That’s when Brianna learns something surprising about Julianne and herself.

The Sister Exchange is one of those stories that will make you feel good by the time you reach the end. As your child follows along Brianna’s journey to trade in her sister, they learn how special siblings can truly be; that despite those little things about them that might bug you, you’re lucky to have them around.

In a fun and engaging way, McNamee has taken a serious issue and turned it into a story that will delight your children.

The illustrations by Kit Grady are the perfect compliment to this story. I was already a fan of her work, but she’s outdone herself in her creation of these two sisters and the many humorous illustrations of the potential sister replacements; though I have to say that Hissy the cat is my favorite.

A great story with a superb ending, The Sister Exchange by Kevin McNamee is definitely a book you’ll want to share with your little girls.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
  • ISBN-10: 1616330155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616330156
  • SRP:  $10.95

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    December Releases from Guardian Angel Publishing

    As I Watch, a Littlest Angels by Author, CHITRA SOUNDAR and artist SAMANTHA BELL. Read about how a tiny egg changes into a creepy crawly and then into a colorful, elegant butterfly. The repetitive text helps young readers to join in the reading.
    The Sister Exchange, a Littlest Angels by author KEVIN MCNAMEE and artist KIT GRADY. Dealing with sibling rivalry in a fun and creative way, The Sister Exchange reinforces the bond between siblings, and increases reasoning skills through comparison.  
    Poodle & Doodle a Guardian Angel Animals & Pets, by author DONNA SHEPHERD and artist JACK FOSTER. Angel thinks her life is ruined when Leah brings home a new dog. Will her worst fears be realized or will the new arrival make life better than Angel could have ever imagined?
    Circulation Celebration: The Sum of Our Parts Series, an Academic Wings, by author BILL KIRK and artist EUGENE RUBLE.  “Circulation Celebration” is an anatomical rhyme which is all about the blood inside you and how the heart keeps it circulating so all of your tissue cells get fed and stay healthy.  

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    We’ll be reviewing Poodle & Doodle and The Sister Exchange, along with If I Could Be Anything by KEVIN MCNAMEE, which was released by Guardian Angel Publishing in November 2009.