Book of the Week: Millie Fierce Sleeps Out

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    Little girls can be strong and fierce and brave—and sometimes their ferocity is just the thing they need to save the day. Jane Manning wrote one of my favorite children's books I've reviewed over the past two years called , Millie Fierce, and she doesn't disappoint with her latest adventure with this rather fun-loving and feisty character.  Millie Fierce Sleeps Out is a sweet tale of a fierce little girl who knows that being too fierce can ruin parties or even make friends cry.  So she decided to keep herself fierce-free all summer long and was rewarded by her mother with promise of a sleep out.  Yes, a sleep over in her very own backyard!  She imaged it as adventurous as the Amazon jungle or even Mars!  There was so much to see and explore! Her best friend, Maya, was coming as was her cousin Lizzie.  She worked hard at planning this fun sleepover in … [Read more...]

Jimmy Osmond of the Osmond Family and Children’s Author

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      When Regnery Kids contacted me about reviewing Jimmy Osmond's children's book Awesome Possum Family Band I jumped at the chance.  I use to watch The Osmonds on TV and loved the Donny & Marie show so much. I was so enthralled with the crew, my mother had a friend who worked with them over at ABC (remember back in the day when there were only 12 stations?) and was able to get a signed photograph of them.  I can still remember how excited I was and the autographed photo was my prized possession for years! Talk about memory lane!  Jimmy is the youngest of the Osmond Family and shares his personal story of finding his special talent to bring to the Osmond Family band. As the youngest, Jimmy reached out to his older siblings to dabble in their special talents, but with no luck in finding his own. With the help and patience of his Mother, Jimmy was able to … [Read more...]

Movie Review & Giveaway :: Chuggington “Explorer Koko”

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      BRAND-NEW ‘CHUGGINGTON’ DVD, ‘EXPLORER KOKO,’ TO BRING PRESCHOOLERS ABOARD FOR EXCITING ADVENTURES THIS SPRING!   Latest Release in Popular ‘Chuggington’ DVD Series from Anchor Bay Entertainment Moves Full Steam Ahead into Retail Nationwide this May.   Bet you can’t catch Koko! Young trainees and families from coast-to-coast will honk their horns for Koko when she takes the spotlight in “Explorer Koko,” the latest action-packed “Chuggington™” DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment. Featuring six engaging episodes that help preschoolers tackle everyday challenges and learn important life lessons, the exciting all-new collection puts wheels to the rails at retail this May.   In “Explorer Koko” ($14.98), everyone’s best friend Koko is chosen to carry the King of Buffertonia and his dignitaries on a special tour of Chuggington. The new … [Read more...]

Book of the Week :: The Golden Trophy by Bee Square

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      The first thing that came to mind when I opened up the new eBook by Barcelona-based Bee Square, The Golden Trophy, are the wonderful illustrations because they remind me of the classic Golden Books (with a modern twist) that we grew up with as kids.  You have the option to have the story read to you with or without the text. You can even choose which language you want the story read in and include English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Catalan, Portuguese, Russian, Turkish and Chinese.  When you start the story, we are told that Sheldon the Tortoise is so happy because he won the golden trophy and there is a cute image him holding the trophy and when you touch him he jumps up and yells YAY!  The storyteller says "Great Job Sheldon!"  But the poor hare is moping next to Sheldon on the winners stand in second place.  Apparently 2nd place is not the … [Read more...]

A Dr. Seuss Birthday and Read Across America Giveaway

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Image courtesy of Oceanhouse Media   This is such a fun time of year for students and book authors!  This Sunday, March 2nd, is the 110th birthday of Dr. Seuss! Every year the National Education Association honors his birthday with Read Across America Day (RAAD)- an annual reading motivation program that calls for every child in the community to celebrate reading. I plan to combine Read Across America and LitWorld World Read Across America event on March 5th and read my new book Clarence and the Traveling Circus to a room full of first graders.  I am so excited to be participating in this fun event!  In support of Read Across America, our friends at TV Store Online are hosting a Dr. Seuss giveaway for Penelope's mates!  One lucky person will win all three items that include an Infant Onesie, Junior White Costume T-Shirt, and Men's Black Cat in the Hat T-Shirt.  Winner can choose … [Read more...]

Review & Giveaway :: Anchor Bay Entertainment Releases “Brewster Leads The Way”

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    LATEST ‘Chugginton’ DVD, ‘brewster leads the way,’ MAKES TRACKS FOR MORE TRAINTASTIC FUN FOR FANS NATIONWIDE!  Preschoolers from Coast-to-Coast to Embark on Exciting Escapades With Latest Release from Anchor Bay Entertainment – February 11, 2014 It’s Brewster’s turn to take the spotlight! Young viewers nationwide are in for thrilling, high-speed adventures featuring one of their favorite chuggers in “Brewster Leads The Way,” the newest addition to the popular “Chuggington. ™” DVD series from Anchor Bay Entertainment. My daughter and I had a chance to review this DVD and I can definitely see the appeal for preschoolers.  Though my daughter is a first grader, she did enjoy watching Brewster in this six action-packed episodes featuring relatable storylines and positive messages for preschoolers, “Brewster Leads The Way” arrived at retailers on February 11, 2014, just … [Read more...]

Review & Giveaway: My Dog the Champion by Anchor Bay Entertainment

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  MY DOG THE CHAMPION BRINGS INSPIRING STORY OF A CITY GIRL AND HER FOUR-LEGGED FRIEND TO FAMILIES NATIONWIDE New Feature Film – Starring Dora Madison Burge, Lance Henriksen And Cody Linley–– Bounds onto DVD for the First Time from Anchor Bay Entertainment – February 4, 2014  Today, Anchor Bay Entertainment releases My Dog the Champion on DVD.  We had a chance to review this cute film about a coming-of-age adventure.  The inspiring story of an unlikely friendship between a born-and-bred teenage city girl and a cattle dog, the new feature film starring Dora Madison Burge ("Dexter," "Friday Night Lights," Cowgirls 'n Angels), Lance Henriksen (Aliens, The Terminator, Aliens vs. Predators) and Cody Linley ("Hannah Montana," Cheaper by the Dozen) makes its national retail debut on February 4, 2014.  We are big fans of Lance Henriksen and loved him in The Terminator!  He plays a sweet, … [Read more...]

Penelope the Purple Pirate Birthday Party Giveaway

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Since Penelope is celebrating her 3rd birthday this month, I figured it might be fun to throw a Penelope party for the winner of our birthday celebration giveaway! We will provide the goodies and your child can enjoy a pirate-themed party - courtesy of Penelope! Our Giveaway will include: $15 Gift Card good towards a cake at your local supermarket Balloons/Streamers Pirate Hat for the birthday boy or girl Three signed copies of Penelope the Purple Pirate. One for the birthday boy or girl and two to give out as prizes Pirate-themed game ideas Pirate Booty Party Favors - enough for 8 kids. Will include: gold coins, Penelope bookmarks, green necklace and other goodies. Pirate Mask PDF that they can make at the party. Penelope Telescope - Craft idea which just needs toilet paper rolls and tape. Good luck mates! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

App of the Week :: Jerry’s Day Out! by Ink Robin

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  Since app developer Ink Robin came on the scene last year, I have been a big fan of theirs.  Some of my all-time favorite storybook apps were developed by Ink Robin. If you haven't checked out my review of Piccadilly's Circus or The Hippo, The Rhino, The Elephant... And Me - you really should.  Both stories are wonderful and the illustrations in Piccadilly's Circus are dreamy (and it is quite funny).  Ink Robin just released Jerry's Day Out and it is filled with photographs around New York that the developers took themselves.  There is a really cute map that shows you all the main hot spots in New York such as the East Village, Greenwich Village, Chelse and Soho.  Then of course you have Upper West and East Side where we find the picture of the boy - so that must be where he lives.  At any time, you can go back to the map to take a new adventure for in each city is picture of a … [Read more...]

Ridley Pearson’s Kingdom Keepers Dark Passage Book VI

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 Image courtesy of Adventures by Daddy We had a chance to review Ridley Pearson's latest book in the Kingdom Keepers series.  Ridley Pearson is an award-winning author and is also a big fan of Disney.  In fact, he says he likes to hang out at the Disney parks and aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships whenever he gets a chance!  This must offer good material to use for this series since they are usually take place on a Disney cruise ship or at the Disney Parks!  Now if we all could just get invited as well to hang out on a Disney cruise ship!  Wouldn't that be fun!     About the Kingdom Keepers Series: The first of the Disney HYPERION VII part series (#7 is coming out in April 2014) finds five young teens tapped as models for them park  “guides” find themselves pitted against Disney villains and witches that threaten both the future of Walt Disney World and the … [Read more...]