Guest Book Review: Little Bird Lost by Steve and Kate Larkinson


Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 1, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1492762822
ISBN-13: 978-1492762829
Age group: 3-5

Five stars

Little Bird Lost by Steve and Kate Larkinson is the story of four little birds (baby swallows), discovered by Steve in the eaves of a bakery in south-west France. One of the little birds seems to have disappeared. Is he safe? Has he fallen out the nest? Can he be rescued? Do his parents know where he is? This delightful story in photographs (by Steve) and rhyming couplets (by Kate) will absolutely enchant readers aged 3-5, but actually, adults will also just love this little tale from the world of nature. What I especially enjoyed about this book is the beautiful photographs. I love children’s illustrations but the unique angle of actual images really struck me. Not only are they absolutely first-class and clear, but it is the perfect way to teach young readers about the real world of birds. Children are generally interested in animals and wildlife, and parents and relatives could use this delightful book as a springboard to other books involving wildlife. This is a great book for bedtime reading, and I would also encourage children’s libraries to include a copy. Children will enjoy the images as well as the captivating story. What a lovely start to getting your child interested in reading! As an added bonus, there is a charming little cartoon book video on YouTube to really round off an enchanting reading experience.


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Reviewer’s bio: Fiona Ingram is an award-winning middle grade author who is passionate about getting kids interested in reading. Find out more about Fiona and her books on She reviews books for the Jozikids Blog.

The Coziest Place by Jamie Michalak


A sweet book that shares the love of family and home can be found in The Coziest Place by Jaime Michalak.

Wintertime is fun. Then afterwards with cold toes and rosy noses, the bear family snuggles into their cozy home where they enjoy hot grilled cheese, hot cocoa, reading time, warm clothes, and special treats before slipping into their cozy beds for the night.

What an adorable story. Michalak’s lyrical prose combined with charming artwork by Jon Davis makes this a perfect book to help settle your youngsters down for the night or to enjoy when the weather is raging outside. The Coziest Place truly makes you appreciate all the loveliness of home.

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Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Tiger Tales (September 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1589251210
ISBN-13: 978-1589251212

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

Pop! Pop! Bam! Bam! by Sally O. Lee


Just over a year ago, the nation was shocked by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Twenty-six people (most of them children) were left dead in a place where everything is supposed to be safe and happy. Unfortunately, we live in a world where violence plays a role.

Sally O. Lee’s latest book, Pop! Pop! Bam! Bam! is the story of a school shooting as told through the eyes of a student and a teacher and how they cope as they make their way to safety. With Lee’s recognizable illustrations and her lyrical prose, the events unfold until both are safe and sound.

What I feel is very important to say about this book is the calm manner in which the reader moves from beginning to end. The only portion of it that is punctuated with exclamation points is the sound of gun fire, and that only appears twice. The main focus is on the conversation between this student and the teacher. Lee also quickly moves from lockdown status (hiding under desks and then moving to a closet) to the rescue, so the protection and safety aspect of the event are a greater focal point.

I applaud Lee for tackling this sensitive issue. I hope many are helped as a result.

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Paperback: 34 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 18, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1494469448
ISBN-13: 978-1494469443


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

Ava’s Secret Tea Party by Donna J. Shepherd


Imagination meets rhyme in this lyrical tale of a young girl who wants to meet Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and the Sandman and invite them to tea. Ava’s Secret Tea Party by Donna J. Shepherd is a delightful rhyming story filled with dreams come true. Ava wants to meet the elusive visitors that perform wonderful deeds while she’s asleep. She comes up with a plan that she hopes will help her get them all together.

With Shepherd’s sweet story and adorable illustrations by Bella Sinclair, girls will love reading this book over and again. It also comes with recipes from Ava’s secret tea party and several tea party crafts. I could see this book being used to help girls plan their own secret tea parties.

Highly recommended.

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Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc; large type edition edition (July 15, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1616332867
ISBN-13: 978-1616332860

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


Ava's Secret Tea Party Hardback

Count 1, 2, 3, With Me by Connie Arnold


Counting to ten is so much fun with this colorful and lyrical book. Count 1, 2, 3, With Me by Connie Arnold will be released by 4RV Publishing on November 10th. One turtle creeps around during the day and at night his shell becomes his bed. Two arms hugs those we hold dear, while three boys wrestle with dad. Puppies, kids, cars, and more fill this wonderful book.

Vibrant and colorful artwork from Ginger Nielson accompanies Arnold’s rhymes. A perfect match in one book that youngsters will turn to time and again as they learn to count.

You can pre-order this book now at

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Publisher: 4RV Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-940310-12-1

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

This post is part of Connie Arnold’s tour for Count 1,2,3 With Me and Peaceful Moments of Love and Light. Readers can comment to receive entries to drawings for three prizes – set of three candle holders, signed copy of Connie’s first book, and framed sunset print with one of her inspirational verses.

Purchase books from Connie’s website, or Amazon, or (for children’s book) 4RV Publishing,  (or for devotional)

Details about the blog tour, prizes and schedule are on Connie’s blog,

Splish, Splash, Splosh! by David Melling


What do you get when you combine rhyme, ducks, and a kiddie pool? Another great book from David Melling! Splish, Splash, Splosh!  is a counting book filled with watery fun. Your youngster will be delighted to count from one to ten with the fluffy ducks as they go waddling, flapping, grinning, jumping, and splish, splash, sploshing away.

This book is adorable and funny. Even I couldn’t help but laugh as I watched the ever increasing number of ducks and their poolside antics. Simple text, loads of action words, and cute illustrations fill this one. Even if your child has a dozen counting books, you need to make room for this one.

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Hardcover: 22 pages
Publisher: Tiger Tales; Brdbk edition (March 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1589256433
ISBN-13: 978-1589256439

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

It’s Spring Time! by Elizabeth Bennett


Celebrate Spring all year round with this rhyming padded board book from Elizabeth Bennett. It’s Spring Time, but what does that mean? For this bunny family it means growing from seeds, birds in nests, cleaning up, playing outside, watching rainstorms, and skipping and singing.

Bennett and illustrator Gladys Baccala collaborate again to bring us another seasonal tale. They previously worked together on It’s Holiday TimeWhen you have a good match, it’s great to see what a team can come up with. This is another sweet book with an animal family that has been brought to life by Bennett’s musical words and complemented by Baccala’s soft, warm illustrations. Just as in their holiday book, spritzes of glitter add a special touch to many of the pages. The perfect size for little hands, your preschooler will enjoy this journey through spring.

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Hardcover: 16 pages
Publisher: Tiger Tales; Padded Board Book edition (March 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1589256395
ISBN-13: 978-1589256392

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