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...]

Book of the Week: The Sky is Falling

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Recently I discovered the wonderful Pixel Mouse House publishing company that focuses on releasing quality eBooks .  The company is run by a group of talented illustrators who have been doing contracted work with the major players in the publishing industry for years.  They recently created Pixel Mouse House to tap into the eBook market.  Their new release The Sky is Falling by Tom La Padula reminds me of the stories our grandparents would enjoy reading.  The story is about Henny Penny who thinks that the sky is falling after being hit on the head by an acorn that fell from an old oak tree.  We join her  as she decides she must warn the King that the sky is falling and meets up with some of her friends Cocky Locky, Ducky Wucky and Goosey Loosey along the road to the King's castle.  You have to love these names! The crew head off to find the King to tell him the sky is falling and … [Read more...]

Book of the Week: Neandersmall and the egg

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Bish Bash Books has put out another adorable eBook with Neandersmall and the egg written and illustrated by Sam Walshaw. The story is about a young Neandersmall who lives in a cave with him mommy and daddy, who are called Neandertall.  One day he announces that he is going to go explore the jungle and try to bring back dinner for the family.  He soon comes upon the biggest egg he has ever seen in his entire life!  He wants to bring it home to show the family and the story takes us for a fun ride watching him try to push, roll, or pull it home.  I really like the animations as they are quite colorful and sweet.  The little neandersmall boy is adorable and it is fun watching him try to figure out how to bring back the biggest egg ever!  We watch him ride on top of it flowing down a river, snatched up by a dinosaur and even plops on top of a volcano.  Sam Walshaw has packed a lot of … [Read more...]

Book of the Week: Millie Fierce

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  It is with great joy that I bring to you Millie Fierce.  The book is as fantastic as that title and is a fun children's picture book written by Jane Manning.  My daughter and I really enjoyed this story about little Millie who gets fed up with no one paying attention to her.  So she becomes... Millie Fierce and proceeds to do things to make sure people take notice.  But not necessarily the kind of attention she really wants deep down.  The illustrations are so wonderful and we really liked the illustration where Millie shows us her evil eye.  We laugh every time we come across this page!  I think the story helps to teach children that negative behavior  will get attention -  but is not necessarily the kind you want to get from those around you.  The story teaches that is better to act kind and do nice things for others to gain attention.  A good lesson for children to hear … [Read more...]

Book of the Week: Woodrow for President

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Woodrow for President by Peter W. Barnes and Cheryl Shaw Barnes is the perfect picture book to help you teach your children about the electoral process in a fun and educational way. The story is about Woodrow G. Washingtail who is the governor of Moussouri and he is running for President of the United States of America.  Can you guess what animal 'ol Woodrow might be? If you guessed a mouse - you would be correct!  The story is cleverly written to include the process of running a campaign and has a great illustration of the National Headquarters with all of his volunteers helping to have him elected as President. It explains what a polical party is, what are politicians, and even describes the start of America's long political party history. I found the story easy to follow and my six-year old really enjoyed the story and was asking a ton of questions about what it means to run a … [Read more...]

Book of the Week: Celtic Run by Sean Vogel

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This week we are featuring  Celtic Run, a middle grade novel by Sean Vogel and published by MB Publishing.  I am always game for a book that writes about adventure and treasure hunting and this one is sure to satisfy those interested in" action-adventure" books.   You feel like you are on the journey with Jake and enjoying the beautiful scenery of Ireland, where the story takes place.  I had a chance to speak to Sean this week about his middle-grade book that recently won a Dan Poynter's Global Ebook Award! Tell us how the idea for Celtic Run came about.  As a kid, some of my favorite stories featured ordinary kids who found themselves in extraordinarily harrowing situations, where all they had were their wits and each other to survive.  Growing up, I decided that someday I would write a series starring a gadget-oriented boy who, despite his own faults, would be able to lead his … [Read more...]

Book of the Week: I Was Here First by Chen Cohen-Merary

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  CastleBuilders BooClips recently released a really cute iBook called I Was Here First by Chen Cohen-Merary.  The illustrations are quite fun and most families have had this experience of a family pet who had to adjust when a new baby arrived.  Especially with dogs, who tend to be our surrogate children pre-babies!  I know our dog, Bear, was the center of our world until our daughter was born but luckily he was just protective of her and didn't have an issue with having to share his "pack".  I had a chance to correspond with Chen who resides in Israel to tell us more about how this story idea came about. Tell us how this idea for a children's book came about?  The idea of the story came to me from real life. My husband and I had a puppy long before we were married and became parents to our son. As long as we had only a dog - he was our baby and we treated him like one. After Amit … [Read more...]