Saturday, November 5, 2022

Fall Reading 2022 How to Catch a Class Pet

 


This series is a kid-pleaser. Whether young readers are interested in dragons, mermaids, or unicorns, the rhyming text and charming illustrations offer laughs on every page. This new title was released in time for back to school read-alouds in classrooms everywhere. The students in the book are eager to return to school, but stop to have a little fun on the playground before class begins. The scene allows readers to see what those playing outside the school don't notice - the pets are on cell phones! When the bell rings and everyone heads inside, the pets have all disappeared. Plans are made and traps are constructed so that the pets can be reclaimed during recess. But all the preparation doesn't work and kids head back inside empty-handed. 

Whether youngsters read on their own or with a parent, everyone will get a laugh out of seeing the "Petchat" app, the bearded dragon holding up a sign urging the other pets to play hide & seek from the kids, or the turtle standing against a green wall so that he is overlooked by searchers. Those classes and libraries who already have the previous books must be sure to add this title. For those who are only encountering the series for the first time, this introduction will show how much entertainment can be expected from the other books. Betcha can't read just one!

Fall Reading 2022 Gustav & Henri

Henri and her irrepressible friend Gustav have incredible fun together. Whether they are visiting the moon to retrieve their badminton shuttlecock, traveling through time to return an overdue library book, or celebrating Pig Day, they always manage to enjoy their escapades. 

Gustav comes up with ridiculous ideas like a pig-shaped spaceship, but Henri actually seems the more sensible of the pair. She builds the spaceship while Gustav sleeps, although "as anyone who has tried it will know–it is almost impossible to build a spaceship quietly." When their trip into the past ends with a T-Rex chasing them, it is Henri who thinks of a way to escape. And when the beautiful cake that Gustav made for their Pig Day celebration disappears, it is Henri who works out the mystery.

The cast of supporting characters are just as entertaining. There is King Steve the Best, King of the Moon whom they met during their space journey. Cassandra, the Librarian, who was the reason for their trip through time. And Robert Swan, who believes he was mistakenly invited to the Pig Day party. They might challenge our heroes to a pancake-eating contest, or double permanently hyper-cancel their library cards, or plot to steal their cake - but friendship and good intentions will triumph.

Additional laughs come from the extra material at the end of each story. Readers can enjoy Gustav's recipe for Victory Nachos or smile at Henri's shopping list (which includes baked beans and hydraulic gorilla arms). I chuckled over Cassandra's comment, "Ahh, my favorite page of the book! The publishing information!"

A good choice for kids who have already gobbled up all the Elephant and Piggie books and want more best-friend stories.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Can You Spot the Leopard? Virtual Book Tour

 


Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari Book Giveaway

ABOUT THE BOOK

Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari

Created by Karen B. Winnick

Ages 7+ | 48 Pages

Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group | ISBN-13: 978-1626349759

Publisher’s Book Synopsis: Can You Spot the Leopard? is author/artist Karen B. Winnick’s newest picture book, an adventuresome African safari presented through poems and full-color paintings. Readers begin at sunrise, climbing into a jeep for a bumpy ride to view the wondrous animals as they would on a real safari. All the poems are based on real observations of what animals do in the wild, related in an accessible way. There’s even a sighting, finally, of the elusive leopard, before returning to safari camp under a starry night. At the back of the book, further information is related about each animal. A fun, informational, educational adventure to read and reread.

Ms. Winnick is an animal enthusiast, president of the Los Angeles Zoo Commission, and author of more than a dozen picture books, including Gemina: The Crooked-Neck Giraffe, How Lucky Got His Shoe, and Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers.

PURCHASE LINKS


Amazon

Bookshop

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MY REVIEW


Colorful paintings illustrate the poems about African wildlife in this beautiful book. Readers are taken on a safari past a lake full of flamingos, herds of gazelles, elephants playing in the mud, and other amazing sights. Sometimes the text asks questions to make the reader stop and ponder. “Does a zebra foal know its mother from the pattern of her stripes?” On other pages it might describe a crocodile as “an old, warped barge” or a black rhino as “a stalled armored truck.” The poems capture the appearance or behaviors of each animal included in the book. The illustrations show details of coloration, activity, and habitat for a guinea hen and her chicks rushing through the grass, a lion lazing on a rock ledge, or meerkats sprawled in the sun. As the light fades the solitary leopard emerges from the shadows, “a prowler in the dark.” This book would make a wonderful present for a child who is fascinated by animals. The images and careful word choice create an enjoyable exploration of faraway fauna. It would also be a good mentor text to use in the classroom when studying poetry, or looking at ways to present information other than a straight recitation of facts.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


KAREN B. WINNICK is the author of more than a dozen picture books for children, most of which she illustrated. An animal lover, she serves on several boards devoted to the well-being of animals. She’s a graduate of Syracuse University, mother of three grown sons, grandmother of eight, and minder of five pups.

For more visit, karenbwinnick.com.

TOUR SCHEDULE

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

The Children’s Book Review

A book review of Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Life Is What It’s Called

A book review of Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Dad Suggests

A book review of Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari

Friday, October 21, 2022

Library Lady’s Kid Lit

An interview with Karen B. Winnick

Monday, October 24, 2022

Crafty Moms Share

A book review of Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Book Zone Reviews

An interview with Karen B. Winnick

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Barbara Ann Mojica’s Blog

A book review of Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari

Thursday, October 27, 2022

icefairy’s Treasure Chest

A book review of Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari

Friday, October 28, 2022

The Momma Spot

A book review of Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari

Monday, October 31, 2022

Lisa’s Reading

A book review of Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

A book review of Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Because I Said So

A book review of Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Heart to Heart

A book review of Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari

Friday, November 4, 2022

The Fairview Review

A book review of Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari


Virtual tour partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Karen B. Winnick. 

Tell the Truth, Dragon! Virtual Book Tour

 



ABOUT THE BOOK

Tell the Truth, Dragon!

Written by Bianca Schulze

Illustrated by Samara Hardy

Ages 3+ | 32 Pages

Publisher: Clever Publishing | ISBN-13: 9781954738034

Publisher’s Book Summary: Acknowledging and owning up to a mistake is a very difficult task for children—and it’s not always easy for adults, either! In this most recent installment of the popular Dragon series from Clever, Tell the Truth, Dragon introduces a situation in which Dragon blames someone else for the mistake she makes. Gentle text prompts readers to encourage Dragon to tell the truth and apologize for her mistake, even though it’s a tough thing to do. Dragon realizes her mistake and offers an apology—and then more than makes up for it!

Designed to be a read-aloud, parents will take pleasure in the playful text as much as children will enjoy following the prompts to interact with Dragon. The whimsical and colorful illustrations enable the dragon to jump off the page and will delight readers with her personality on every page.

PURCHASE LINKS


Amazon

Bookshop

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MY REVIEW


Everyone’s favorite dragon is back and learns an important lesson about telling the truth and making up for being dishonest. Dragon can’t resist sneaking a taste of the “scrum-diddly-icious” cake that the cooks make. But when the unauthorized nibbling is noticed, Dragon doesn’t want to admit her guilt. Many young readers will sympathize with the quandary of surrendering to temptation and then having to face the consequences when the transgression is discovered. Some of them have probably been caught red-handed, or as in Dragon’s case, frosting-faced. The brightly colored illustrations capture the fun as the cooks “Mixy-mix-mix!” the cake batter and “Swirly-whirl-whirl!” the frosting, while the interactive elements will have youngsters nodding their heads if they like sprinkles on their cake or patting Dragon on the back when they are “proud of her for apologizing.” With every new adventure Dragon works her way deeper into our hearts and - to tell the truth - we don’t even want to resist her.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bianca Schulze is the founder and editor of The Children's Books Review - a resource devoted to children's literature and literacy. Bianca is also the bestselling author of 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up, an Amazon "Book of the Month" in 2016. She is a reader, reviewer, mother, and children's book lover. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Bianca now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

For more information, visit biancaschulze.com

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR


Samara Hardy is an illustrator and designer who has created artwork for clients across the globe for greetings cards, stationery, homewares, children’s books, and much more.

For more information, visit samarahardy.com




TOUR SCHEDULE


Thursday, November 3, 2022

The Children’s Book Review

A book review of Tell the Truth, Dragon!

Friday, November 4, 2022

The Fairview Review

A book review of Tell the Truth, Dragon!

Monday, November 7, 2022

Celebrate with Picture Book

A book review of Tell the Truth, Dragon!

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Writer with Wanderlust

A book review of Tell the Truth, Dragon!

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

icefairy’s Treasure Chest

A book review of Tell the Truth, Dragon!

Thursday, November 10, 2022

The Review Wire

A book review of Tell the Truth, Dragon!

Friday, November 11, 2022

The Momma Spot

A book review of Tell the Truth, Dragon!

Monday, November 14, 2022

Imagination Soup

An interview with Bianca Schulze

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Some the Wiser

A book review of Tell the Truth, Dragon!

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Happily Ever Elephants

A book review of Tell the Truth, Dragon!

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Dad Suggests

A book review of Tell the Truth, Dragon!

Friday, November 18, 2022

Me Two Books

A Tell the Truth, Dragon! book activity

Monday, November 21, 2022

Lisa’s Reading

A book review of Tell the Truth, Dragon!

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

J.R.s Book Reviews

A book review of Tell the Truth, Dragon!

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

A book review of Tell the Truth, Dragon!

Monday, November 27, 2022

Simply 7

An interview with Bianca Schulze


Virtual tour in partnership with The Children’s Book Review.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Fall Reading 2022 Wolf Takes the Lead (Billionaire Wolf #4)

 


Terry Spear's wolf shifter romances are very popular with those who enjoy a little paranormal flair in stories of finding the perfect mate. This time Derek Spencer, friend and fellow billionaire to the Denali brothers, is dumped by his girlfriend and needs a last minute date for a big charity gala. His friends arrange for Kate Hanover to be his plus-one, but it starts off the evening on an awkward note since Derek hadn't hired her when she applied to be one of his bodyguards. Things smooth out over the course of the evening...at least until someone fires a shot and all the bodyguards, including Kate, spring into action.

Over the course of a few more charity appearances and a camping trip with their friends, Derek and Kate hit it off on a personal level. But it seems that Kate may need to hire guards of her own when someone begins following her car and threatening her in other ways. Is it because of her involvement in the cosmetics firm of her employer? Or does someone want to keep her from becoming part of Derek's life?

I really enjoy how Spear works in characters from her previous books as she expands on each series. This one includes Rafe and Jade from Billionaire in Wolf's Clothing, Aidan and Holly from A Billionaire Wolf for Christmas, and Lexi and Ryder from Night of the Billionaire Wolf. Whether they are dealing with Jade's son accidentally hooking one of the adults rather than a fish, persistent paparazzi, or would-be assassins, the friends always pull together and face the difficulty. I think readers also enjoy the way the wolf shifters take time to court each other and make sure the match is a good one, since they mate for life.

This title is due out on February 7, 2023. I read an advance copy supplied by the publisher for review purposes.

Fall Reading 2022 The Plot and the Pendulum (Library Lover's Mystery #13)

 


I love reading about the Briar Creek Library and the people of the town. The weekly "crafternoon" sessions combine all the joys of food, a book club, and craft projects. But library director Lindsey Norris is called out of the latest meeting by a former town resident who would like to donate the extensive book collection from his family home. While Lindsey and her friends are busy assessing and packing up the books they discover a secret room behind one of the bookcases - and there is a skeleton in it.  

Now, let's be real, most people would be a bit put off by finding a skeleton. But Lindsey is made of sterner stuff and immediately goes into research mode. Her friend Robbie tells her, "There's no way you're not going to try and figure out the identity of the body, especially when an unsolved case impedes your progress on moving the Dorchester library here." So with the help of her crafternoon friends, her husband Sully, and police chief Emma, Lindsey is determined to solve the mystery of who was sealed up like the poor victim in "The Cask of Amontillado."

These mysteries are fun to read for several reasons. The recurring characters and the setting of Briar Creek give it familiarity and the "cozy" vibe. The library always plays a big part in each story since Lindsey is the director and her friends are all volunteers and frequent visitors. Their involvement with the library also leads to plenty of book discussions and literary references. And author Jenn McKinlay has included a discussion guide for the book the crafternoon group was using in their meeting, as well as recipes for some of the special snacks they made and directions for a craft project. Readers can be virtual crafternoon members.

The book came out October 11, so you should be able to find it at your favorite bookstore or request it at your local library. I read a review copy provided by the publisher.