Mokey’s New Friends by Connie Arnold

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Who says friends have to be alike? When Mokey skips out an open door at the zoo, he wanders off to find some friends to play with. He doesn’t discover any monkeys, but he does find some new friends who are just as fun to play with, no matter how different they are.

Mokey’s New Friends by Connie Arnold is a wonderful story that celebrates diversity. Though sometimes we are drawn to people who are similar to us, we also find friendship with those who have different likes and abilities than we do. With this charming book, Arnold encourages kids to accept the differences and enjoy the time spent with friends.

Artist Marina Movshina lends her impressive talents to beautifully illustrate this story. From the minute the reader meets Mokey, they will be captivated by the pictures Movshina has painted to bring this story to life.

Kids will enjoy this delightful story over and over again.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Paperback: 20 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (December 1, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616336846
ISBN-13: 978-1616336844

I received a digital 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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Just for Today by Kevin McNamee

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A sweet rhyming adventure about spending quality time with your kids is the latest from Kevin McNamee. Just for Today finds a young boy asking his father to stay with him and have a few adventures: outrunning pirates on the high seas, finding buried treasure, going on a safari, and more.

I’ve been a fan of McNamee’s work for some time. His lyrical prose flows nicely and his stories all show a vast amount of imagination. In Just for Today a young boy is trying to convince his father to stick around so they can play together. This is a nice message, reminding kids and parents how important it is to spend time together.

Marina Movshina provides the artwork for this story. While I usually enjoy Movshina’s work, I didn’t care for the style used here. The outlines were crisp, but the details were fuzzy as if we were seeing the characters from far away instead of close up. In addition, in some illustrations the father looked like an adult, but in others he looked like a teenage boy.

That said, I believe many youngsters and their parents will enjoy this rhyming adventure.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Paperback: 16 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (September 5, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616333146
ISBN-13: 978-1616333140

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

Golden Daffodils by Liam Maher

A touching story that celebrates the beauty of nature and true friends is what you’ll discover in Golden Daffodils by Liam Maher.

Paddy, the gardener, looks after his beautiful flower garden. Each year he hopes to take home first prize at the Spring Flower Show. His feathered friend, Tupo Hoopoe encourages him with wonderful compliments. One day Tupo Hoopoe spies a fairy in the garden. She drops her bag of magic fairy dust when a bee frightens her away. Tupo Hoopoe decides to help Paddy by sprinkling the magic dust over the daffodils. But the morning of the Spring Flower Show comes and the beautiful golden daffodils have been stolen. Tupo Hoopoe races to get them back in time.

Golden Daffodils by Liam Maher is the perfect story for anyone who appreciates nature and adventure. Maher has taken his love of gardening and turned it into a lovely story for young readers to enjoy.  Readers get a chance to experience the special bond between Paddy and Tupo Hoopoe. They witness the great lengths that Paddy’s feathered friend is willing to go to not only to try and help him win first prize, but also to get the daffodils back once they are stolen.

Marina Movshina created the artwork for Golden Daffodils. I’ve seen some of her work in the past, and she does another wonderful job with this one. her soft, warm colors blend so nicely with the beautiful story that Maher created.

I’ll definitely be sharing this story with my girls, both of whom help me in the garden.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
  • ISBN-10:1616330732
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616330736
  • SRP: $10.95

I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions. I received no monetary compensation to provide my review.

First Spring by Margaret Rose

Come celebrate spring with this book by Margaret Rose. In this beautifully illustrated lyrical story, baby discovers a new world that awaits him after the snow of winter has gone.

Told in rhyme, First Spring will help your young child (Birth – 4) fall in love with all the new experiences that come in spring. From green grass to gentle breezes, from bright sun to squiggly bugs, and from blowing bubbles to playful puppies, you can’t help but enjoy everything about this one.

Artist Marina Movshina offers her lovely illustrations to match Rose’s softly flowing prose. I am familiar with her work from other Guardian Angel Publishing books that I’ve reviewed, but she’s really outdone herself with First Spring. Her artwork captures the mood of this book perfectly.

This is a book you’ll be reading time and again.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher:Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
  • ISBN-10:1616331194
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616331191
  • SRP:  $10.95

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

If I Could Be Anything by Kevin McNamee

In this melodic, rhyming tale, a young boy imagines what it would be like if he could be anything he wants:  a blue whale, a sloth, a snake, a frog, or one of several other animals. But he soon decides he would rather be with those he loves and that what he wants most of all is to be himself.

Poet and author Kevin McNamee’s first release with Guardian Angel Publishing is a fantastic debut. Carrying with it a message similar to I Want to Be Somebody New! by Robert Lopshire, this beautifully illustrated story encourages children to appreciate who they are, while inviting them to use their imagination.

I wasn’t familiar with the work of Marina Movshina prior to reading If I Could Be Anything, but I’ll certainly be on the lookout for more from her, as the illustrations in this book match the story so well, and the design and colors used flow as smoothly as the prose.

Having now read two books by McNamee, I’ll definitely be awating his next release. Youngsters are going to love this one!

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc
  • ISBN-10: 1616330112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616330118
  • SRP:  $9.95


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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? www.guardianangelpublishing.com/poodle&doodle.htm
     
    Circulation Celebration: The Sum of Our Parts Series, an Academic Wings, by author BILL KIRK and artist EUGENE RUBLE.
    www.guardianangelpublishing.com/circulation.htm  “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.