Book of the Week: Boomerang Bear

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Stuart Trotter is turning out to be one of my new favorite author/illustrators! His book Boomerang Bear is part of the Eddy and Teddy Book series. Boomerang Bear is a really sweet story about a little boy who thinks he has become "too big for Teddy," so he throws him out his window. Yikes! Poor Teddy! But guess what? The Boomerang Bear comes back, and back and back. No matter where Eddy tries to get rid of him - he even tries flushing him down the toilet - the appropriately name Boomerang Bear always manages to reappear! The story is quite clever and we even Little Red Riding Hood brings Teddy back after Eddy left him in the dark woods, and when he tied him to a rocket ship - an alien in a spaceship brings him back.  Our personal favorite was when Eddy left him on the ghost train... and a friendly ghost brought him back that night!  This is an entertaining story for children … [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: Scaredy Cat

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  Bish Bash Books has created a sweet tale with Scaredy Cat by Stuart Trotter.  This adorable eBook starts off with a young scaredy cat who tells us all the things that he is afraid of such as monsters under his bed and creepy-crawlies that fill him with dread.  The illustrations are really sweet and Stuart Trotter has done a wonderful job at capturing all the things that little kids might be afraid of.   My daughter and I laughed at the part of the story where the kitty tells us that "I'm scared of flies, and wasps, and bees," and "I'm scared they'll make me eat my peas!"  Most of us know the challenges of getting our kids to eat their vegetables!  Each page is filled with the young cat telling us all the things in the world he is afraid of including wondering if there are sharks in the pool (I remember thinking this after seeing the movie Jaws) and that he is afraid … [Read more...]

In the Spotlight: With Dan Poynter

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The publishing landscape is changing and many authors have chosen to bring their own work to market as independent publishers.  According to Jim Barnes, of the Independent Publishers Book Awards, there are more than 1.2 million books being independently published each year.  He goes on to say that many authors are realizing that in a fast-changing marketplace, independent publishing offers the flexibility to succeed. Last month I had the opportunity to attend the first Dan Poynter's Global eBook Awards ceremony in Santa Barbara, California.  Dan Poynter is a pioneer in book writing, producing and marketing and he is very generous with his knowledge which he freely shares with fellow writers about what it takes to be a successful author.  He has written and published more than 100 books (wow!) since 1969 that includes Writing Nonfiction, The Self-Publishing Manual, The Skydiver's … [Read more...]

Penelope’s Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Award Giveaway

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    Exciting News from the Ship! This past weekend we were so happy to find out that Penelope the Purple Pirate was the Winner of the Children's Picture Book category for a  Dan Poynter's Global Ebook Award!  We actually tied for the win with a great book called Bella and the Year of the Dragon by Barbara Nick.  The ceremony was held at the Santa Barbara University Club in downtown Santa Barbara. Actress Marilu Henner and Jim Cox, the Founder of the  Midwest Book Review along with Patricia Bragg, of Bragg Health Products, were the featured guests along with the man of the hour - Dan Poynter.  Mr. Poynter founded the Global Ebook Awards because he believes that Ebooks are the future for authors.  He has written and published 133 books since 1969 and is strong advocate for indie authors and publishers. My husband and I drove up from Orange County and unfortunately hit … [Read more...]