BOOK SPOTLIGHT TOUR: Ralphie, Always Loved by Andrea Yerramilli

Book Details:

Book Title:  Ralphie, Always Loved by Andrea Yerramilli
Illustrated by: Samantha Van Riet
Category:  Children’s Fiction,  32 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  About Something Good, LLC
Release date:  October 28, 2017
Tour dates:  April 9 to May 4, 2018
Content Rating:   G

Book Description:

This is the story of the life, love, and adventures of a beloved family dog, and how he delighted and touched his family and everyone he met.

Ralphie was born with a heart on his belly.
He loves food, his family, his friends, his neighbors.
He loves pretty much everything and everyone.
And they love him back.
And that’s how it is all through his life.
Read the book and fall in love with him too.

Rambunctious and hyperactive, Ralphie had already been returned to the animal shelter three times, but when Andrea and her husband adopted him and gave him a loving home where he was understood, accepted, and taught, he learned fast. As Ralphie’s human family grew, so did his capacity for love and the ways he could express it. He remained a loving and beloved family member who touched the hearts of the whole neighborhood until he was ready to say goodbye at the grand-old age of sixteen. Ralphie, Always Lovedwill remind you of all that is good, and reaffirm your belief in love’s power to uplift and transform.

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Andrea Yerramilli

Meet the Author:

Andrea has always been an avid reader and that jumpstarted her imagination at a very early age. In fact she escaped to the Land of Make Believe more often than her mother liked.

She is a former marketing professional who is a mom to kids both with and without fur. Andrea says that it helps to have one foot planted firmly in reality while the other is foot loose and fancy free in Imagination Land. She enjoys the best of both worlds.

In 2013, Andrea and her husband started About Something Good (ASG) as a vehicle to curate, inspire and share goodness in the world. In a world where negative images flood the media, and words like “hate” get tossed around so easily, Andrea felt she needed a space that encouraged and focused on the words like “love” and the beauty that is life.
Andrea is committed to finding the good in everything, and believes: that a sense of belonging to someone’s heart is what makes us feel complete, that kindness goes a long way, and that keeping your mind and heart open can help when things happen that you don’t understand.

Andrea lives in New Jersey with her husband and children.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

BOOK SPOTLIGHT TOUR SCHEDULE:

April 9   – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
April 9   – Diary of an Avid Reader – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
April 9   – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 10 – Bibliotheque – book spotlight / guest post
April 10 – Paulette’s Papers – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 11 – Library of Clean Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
April 12 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
April 13 – #redhead.with.book – book spotlight / giveaway
April 16 – 411 on Books, Authors, and Publishing News – bk spotlight / int / giveaway
April 16 – My Life. One Story at a Time. – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 17 – Books Direct – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 18 – Bookworm for Kids – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
April 19 – Fantastic Feathers – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
April 20 – Jane Reads –  book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 23 – Bound 2 Escape – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
April 24 – This and That Book Blog –  book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 25 – Books are love – book spotlight / interview / giveaway
April 26 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
April 27 – 100 Pages A Day – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
April 30 – Books for Books – book spotlight
May 1    – Svetlana’s Reads and Views – book spotlight
May 2    – The Autistic Gamer – book spotlight
May 3    – JBronder Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post
May 4    – The Book Girl – book spotlight / giveaway
May 4    – KC Beanie Boos Collection – book spotlight / interview / giveaway

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Book review: Charley Poon’s Pomes by Robin Hawdon

  • Title and author:  Charley Poon’s Pomes by Robin Hawdon and illustrated by Wendy Halle
  • Publisher:  Clink Street Publishing
  • Date published:  November 7, 2017
  • Pages:  70
  • Genre:  childrens fiction / poetry

Description:

Unable to find good funny poems to read aloud to his grandchildren – other than the seventy year old A.A. Milne classics – British playwright Robin Hawdon sat down to write some himself. The result is this collection of thirty hilarious and touching poems, beautifully illustrated by Wendy Hoile, which recount the exploits of young Charley Poon – every parent’s nightmare – and his eccentric menagerie of nursery animals.

The poems cover everything from youthful games and exploits, to the problems of growing up, to the ups and downs of school and family life, and the joys of country and seaside holidays. Parents and grandparents will be delighted to have something new and entertaining with which to occupy those tricky lights-out bedtime moments.

Buy the book:   Amazon     Barnes & Noble

Meet the author:  Dividing his time between Bath, Australia and the South of France, actor, playwright and grandfather Robin Hawdon has enjoyed a successful forty year career in the entertainment industry. During the early years he was a regular face on British TV — appearing in many series and co-starring with Michael Crawford in ITV’s ‘Chalk and Cheese’ and starring in a number of films. He has trod the boards as Hamlet, Henry V and Henry Higgins in Pygmalion
and in leading roles in London’s West End. Later his love of writing dominated his career and he is now recognised as one of the UK’s most prolific comedy playwrights —with productions including The Mating Game which has played in over thirty countries and Don’t Dress For Dinner which ran in the West End for six years before playing on Broadway and around the English speaking world. Many of his plays are published by Samuel French and Josef Weinberger.  Robin has also directed a number of stage productions, and in the 1980’s founded the Bath Fringe festival, and subsequently became Director of the Theatre Royal Bath, England’s premier touring theatre. He has written several novels including A Rustle in the Grass, published by Hutchinsons in 1984 and republished recently by Thistle. A second novel, The Journey was published in 2002 by Hawthorns and a third, Survival of the Fittest, by SBPR in 2013. His first foray into children’s literature,

Connect with the author:   Website   Twitter   goodreads

REVIEW:

Charley Poon’s Pomes turned out to be much more than I expected.  The writer uses a variety of poetic cadences for the different pieces.  The book begins with one of my favourites, limericks!  As entertaining as the poems are, they highlight the simple joys,  mysteries and challenges of childhood.  There were several poems that dealt with more serious subjects such as grownups and “If I was God”.

The illustrations are charming and there are plenty of wonky words and tongue twisters to wrap your brain around.  I really enjoyed the section entitled “SPELLING”.  My favourite animals were Sammy the Snouse and Squawker the Cockatoo.

Some of the poems in the book remind of  ee cummings’ poetry, who happens to be one of my favourite poets.

A lovely poetry book that can be enjoyed by children (and adults) of all ages.

 

 

Book review: The Bedtimeasnaurus by Mike Bayliss

  • Title and author:  The Bedtimeasnaurus by Mike Bayliss / illustrated by Megan Egan
  • Publisher:  Bespoke Book Publishing
  • Date published:  November 14, 2017
  • Pages:  32
  • Genre:  children’s literature / children’s fiction /  poetry

Description:

A charming collection of gorgeously illustrated poems to encourage fun and bedtime bonding between parents and their children.

The bright pink flamingoasaurus spends its day standing on one leg looking for something to eat. The round and delicious tomotoasaurus sings a tune while soaking up the sun. These are just two of the imaginative and amusing dinosaurs dreamed up in The Bedtimeasnaurus, the sometimes naughty and always hilarious poetry collection for children by Mike Bayliss.

Developing the idea for over thirty years while working on other projects , Bayliss was encouraged to publish his collection after being diagnosed with stage IV non – Hodgkin lymphoma in April 2017, using his work as a positive outlet for his energy as he worked to battle the illness.

Complimented by charming illustrations, opportunities for kids to draw their own dinosaur creations and simple quizzes on each of the characters, The Bedtimeasnaurus not only provides an entertaining read for young children before they go to sleep but also offers a valuable chance for parents to connect and engage.

Buy the book:   Amazon.co.uk   

Meet the author:   Born in Walsaill West Midland, UK, Bayliss is an entrepreneur that owns companies in several industries including building supply and property development. He also owns Bespoke Brewery, which opened in 2012 and has since won a number of awards for its craft beer. He lives with his wife and three children in Forest Dean, UK. This is his first book. 

Connect with the author:   Website    Facebook    goodreads

 

Meet the illustrator:
Hi there! My name is Megan Egan, and I’m a Brummie who just loves to create!

Creative Soul and Daydreamer, forged at Imaginate Creative in Leamington Spa, evolving into an Art Director at School of Communication Arts 2.0 in London.

I like drawing, pens, cats, big cities, drum & bass, spray paint, trainers, wine, weird clothes, clouds, graffiti, stickers, books, touchy-feely things, seals, cider, nice packaging, funky lights, bright orange, bare brick walls, scarves, abandoned buildings, olives, colouring in, bones, big windows, untouched snow, scribbling, pizza, fresh bedsheets, the smell of petrol, coffee… and I just bloody LOVE neon!

Connect with the illustrator:    Website    Twitter    Facebook    Instagram

REVIEW:

This is one of the funniest children’s poetry books I’ve read in a long time!  It’s pretty silly with a lot of “burping” rhymes!  It’s the kind of bedtime reading book that a child will want to have read over and over.  The illustrations are comical and interestingly, the more you look at them the more you see.

At the end of the book there is an interactive section entitled “Quiz time!” where you can go back and look for different things in the poems and pictures.

There is also an empty page where you can draw your own Bedtimeasnaurus (you can even give him a name!).  The last page is lined and you are encouraged to write your own funny poem.

It doesn’t end there!  What I like about this book is that it provides extra activities for the parent and child to do together.  The author has provided an email address where you can send your dino picture.  There is a competition for the best dinos.  https://www.thebedtimeasnaurus.co.uk/

A fun, interactive book that will tickle your funny bone!

Book review: The Elephant of Frimley by Nicholas Rawls

 

  • The Elephant of Frimley by Nicholas Rawls
  • Publisher:  Clink Street Publishing
  • Publication date:  April 25th, 2017
  • Genre:  children’s fiction
  • Pages:  48

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Two sisters and an elephant embark on an exciting adventure in this charming illustrated children’s book.

After the discovery of an elephant in their back garden, sisters Hannah and Emily make it their adventurous mission to return it back home.

Originally written as a bedtime story for his two daughters, and beautifully illustrated by Louise Jewell, The Elephant of Frimley is a delightful and fun read that parents, primary school teachers and extended families will enjoy sharing with young children.

Buy the book:   Amazon UK

Meet the author:  

Retired and happily living in Farnborough, Surrey, Nicholas Rawls enjoys spending time chatting on-line with his grandson and five adult children who are scattered across the world. When he’s not writing poetry and children’s verse he can be found pursuing his other interests —from antique fountain pen restoration to stamp collection, amateur astronomy and learning to play the banjo.

REVIEW:

What a delightful little rhyming story!  A sweet story about a lost elephant and two cheeky girls.  I adored the funny rhymes!  I have used this book to teach poetry to my young students who are learning English.

Book review: Vera McLuckie and the Daydream Club

  • Vera McLuckie and the Daydream Club by Jane Evans (illustrated by Ruth Mutch)
  • Publisher:  Your Stories Matter
  • Published:  January 2017
  • Genre:  Children’s fiction (ages 7-9)
  • Pages:  184

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Vera McLuckie hates school. Mainly because she struggles with stuff the other kids find easy. Oh, and because she keeps getting into trouble for doing what she is really good at. Daydreaming.

So when Vera gets the chance to show just how extraordinary she is, will she dare take on the coolest, smartest girl in the whole of Acorn Bank Primary?

But it goes deeper. Whilst not named in the book explicitly, the three main characters exhibit dyspraxic, dyslexic and autistic (Asperger’s Syndrome) tendencies respectively. So the story can be used by parents and teachers as a catalyst for discussing what it is like to have a specific learning difficulty. In schools, teachers can use the book on a one-to-one, group or class basis to help raise awareness and improve well-being.

Book Background

Both author and illustrator are keen to raise awareness of specific learning difficulties in a way accessible to children. The illustrator is herself autistic.

Buy the book:  Amazon

Meet the author:

Jane Evans lives in Edinburgh, UK with her husband, daughter, cat and six fish. Although she has had many different jobs over the years, she keeps coming back to her first love, writing. ‘Vera McLuckie and the Daydream Club’ is her first book, written with kids in mind who sometimes find things a bit tricky.

Ruth Mutch is a young artist, living in Glasgow with her rather lazy cat Phoebe. She is autistic and has a post graduate qualification in autism as well as a Primary Educational Studies degree and an HND in interactive media. She has a lot of experience of autistic children. Mutch has done various illustrations for autism awareness including an e-learning course but this is her first venture into illustrating a children’s fiction book which she is very excited about!

Connect with the author:   Goodreads   Twitter   Facebook

REVIEW:

I could soooo relate to this book.  I myself have a learning disability and remember staying after class with a teacher yelling at me because I couldn’t understand the basic concepts of letters and numbers.  I suspect I passed math in high school just so that my math teacher didn’t have to see me anymore.  Add to that the fact that I have difficulty seeing letters / objects in boxes, well – you get the picture.

In Vera McLuckie and the Daydream Club we are introduced to three lovable characters who, despite their learning difficulties, become the best of friends. They help each other with their homework at Vera’s grandmother’s bookstore.

Vera is a daydreamer and a very creative one at that.  Which means that she often isn’t able to remember or complete her school work in class.  She also doesn’t like loud noises.

Max has a hard time understanding the way that other people talked and what they really meant when they said things.  He doesn’t like to be touched and notices everything!  The cool thing is, he really rocks at math!

Harry finds writing and spelling hard and she hates to read because the words just dance around on the page.  Vera and Harry help Max write about his feelings.

What I really admired about this book is that it is written in the Dyslexie font, which is a typeface for people with dyslexia.  The illustrations were drawn by Ruth Mutch, who is herself autistic.   There is also an mission in the back of the book to unlock a code word.  Is that cool or what?

A friendly and encouraging book for all those children who think they don’t fit in because they are different.

ABOUT YOUR STORIES MATTER:

About Your Stories Matter: Based in Kendal, Cumbria Paul Johnson is the founder of Your Stories Matter and the parent publishing company Explainer HQ —which provides creative video, audio, animation and print to the business and education sector. All Your Stories Matters titles are published in paperback and are available to order from online retailers including amazon.co.uk.

For more information please visit: https://www.yourstoriesmatter.org and follow on Twitter @ysm_books

Book review: The Back to Front World of Azzie Artbuckle

  • The Back to Front World of Azzie Artbuckle
  • Publisher:  Your Stories Matter
  • Genre:  children (ages 6-8 years)
  • Published: January 31, 2017
  • Author:   Beth Montgomery
  • Pages:  36 (softcover)

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Azzie doesn’t really like school. If she could spend every day drawing, painting and making stuff, things would be great. But she can’t. The teachers make her do other stuff. This nearly always means she has to read from the board, a worksheet or a text book. The trouble is, she really really struggles to read letters, words and numbers. This makes her feel stupid. But she knows she isn’t. If only she could tell someone …

This book has been written from the point of view of a child who feels misunderstood. She finds it very difficult to read, which makes school life a struggle. She feels stupid, even though she is clever and creative. She gets told off for messing around, when the truth is she can’t do what is asked of her because she has a specific learning difficulty.

This illustrated book helps parents, teachers, and other adults who support children, have a non-threatening discussion about dyslexia with children of primary school age. Children find it easier to relate to, and discuss, the character in the story rather than have all the attention focused on them.

Using the book as a catalyst for discussion, adults can use the illustrated story at home or in school with children who have dyslexia, or exhibit dyslexic tendencies. Teachers can use the book to help classmates better understand their peers who may struggle reading. Similarly, parents can use the book to help children better understand family members.

This book was written and illustrated by someone who is herself dyslexic, and is based on her own life. She wanted to do something to help children who, years later, are still facing the same lack of understanding in school.

Buy the book:  Amazon   

MEET THE AUTHOR:  Elizabeth Montgomery lives in Nottinghamshire, England. She studied a BA in Design at Leicester’s De Montfort University, going on to complete an MA in writing at Nottingham University. Montgomery pursued various careers, including teaching, working for the Prince’s Trust and designing bespoke shoes for celebrities, before finally becoming a registered nurse. She wrote the Back to Front World of Azzie Artbuckle to help children and adults accept the unique abilities of being dyslexic, instead of being made to feel bad and stupid.

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Book Objectives

This book has been written from the point of view of a child who feels misunderstood. She finds it very difficult to read, which makes school life a struggle. She feels stupid, even though she is clever and creative. She gets told off for messing around, when the truth is she can’t do what is asked of her because she has a specific learning difficulty.

This illustrated book helps parents, teachers, and other adults who support children, have a non-threatening discussion about dyslexia with children of primary school age. Children find it easier to relate to, and discuss, the character in the story rather than have all the attention focused on them.

Using the book as a catalyst for discussion, adults can use the illustrated story at home or in school with children who have dyslexia, or exhibit dyslexic tendencies. Teachers can use the book to help classmates better understand their peers who may struggle reading. Similarly, parents can use the book to help children better understand family members.

Book Background

This book was written and illustrated by someone who is herself dyslexic, and is based on her own life. She wanted to do something to help children who, years later, are still facing the same lack of understanding in school.

As with all of its books, the publisher – Your Stories Matter – aims to help people know they are not alone with what makes them different. If a young person or adult can relate to a story, it gives them hope and encourages them to share their concerns. The publisher aims to provide free teaching resources for all of its books that can be used in schools, to help improve understanding and celebrate differences.

REVIEW:

What a delightful book!  The Back to Front World of Azzie Artbuckle is about a little girl who is smart, creative and who tries very hard to read.  But she can’t read.  No matter how hard she tries, she can’t remember how to pronounce a word she has already read on the same page.  She says:  “I can see the letters just fine, but I see them differently to everyone else”.

Azzie has Dyslexia.  But it’s ok.  With a little extra help she can learn to read at her own pace.

Beth Montgomery provides an informative introduction about neurodiverse children and their neurological conditions.  These children are often misunderstood, which exacerbates the stress they already feel when they cannot learn as quickly as other children.  The author explains that there are many “positives” to being “wired differently” and that we should champion and celebrate these differences with the children in our care.

I have a degree in speech therapy and work one-on-one with children four days a week.  This book has helped me to identify those children who are experiencing the same struggle and frustration as Azzie.  This book would be an excellent addition to any pre-school library or paediatrician’s office.

ABOUT YOUR STORIES MATTER:

About Your Stories Matter: Based in Kendal, Cumbria Paul Johnson is the founder of Your Stories Matter and the parent publishing company Explainer HQ —which provides creative video, audio, animation and print to the business and education sector. All Your Stories Matters titles are published in paperback and are available to order from online retailers including amazon.co.uk.

For more information please visit: https://www.yourstoriesmatter.org and follow on Twitter @ysm_books

Book reviews: The Travel Adventures of PJ Mouse – in Canada & Queensland by Gwyneth Jane Page and Illustrated by Megan Elizabeth

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Book Details for Book One:

Book Title The Travel Adventures of PJ Mouse – in Canada by Gwyneth Jane Page and Illustrated by Megan Elizabeth
Category:  Children’s fiction, 72 pages
Genre:  Adventure / travel
Publisher:  Self-published
Release date:  Feb 13, 2014
Available for review in:  Print, ebook (PDF)
Will send print books:  Internationally
Tour dates:  Nov 30 – Dec 18, 2015
Content Rating:  G

Book Description:

PJ Mouse, an adorable little stuffed animal, was lost and alone until young Emily heard his cries for help. Now, along with his new family, PJ gets to travel the world-discovering exciting new places and people along the way!

Come join PJ on his first adventure across Canada as he hikes on a glacier in the Rockies, finds a salt lake in the prairies, and walks on the ocean floor in Nova Scotia.

Buy the book:
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Book Details for Book Two:

Book Title The Travel Adventures of PJ Mouse – in Queensland by Gwyneth Jane Page and Illustrated by Megan Elizabeth
Category:  Children’s fiction, 60 pages
Genre:  Adventure / travel
Publisher:  Self-published
Release date:  June 27, 2015
Available for review in:  Print, ebook — mobi (for Kindle), ePub, PDF
Will send print books:  Internationally
Tour dates:  Nov 30 – Dec 18, 2015
Content Rating:  G

Book Description:  

PJ Mouse, an adorable little stuffed animal, was lost and alone until young Emily heard his cries for help. Now, along with his new family, PJ gets to travel the world – discovering exciting new places, people, and animals along the way!

​Come join PJ on this, his second adventure, along the coast of Queensland, as he snorkels at the Great Barrier Reef, chats with a Loggerhead turtle in the midst of a great undertaking, and explores the tropical rainforest- until he has to be rescued by one of the local friendly wildlife.

Buy the book:
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Brand Products: PJ Mouse Stuffed Toy, Customized Stickers, Passport

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Meet the author and illustrator:  

Gwyneth Jane Page (Jane), who holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University, has called many countries home. She grew up in such places as England, Peru, the USA, and the Caribbean, and has also lived in Australia and Canada. She now resides in Victoria, BC with her husband and four children. The PJ Mouse books are based on Jane’s family trips with the real stuffed animal, PJ, who was found by Emily, Jane’s youngest daughter.

Megan Elizabeth, Jane’s second oldest daughter, has lived in Canada and Australia and travelled extensively with her family-and PJ. Having been artistic since she was a little girl, illustrating the PJ Mouse books has enabled her to combine her love of travel with her love of art. Megan completed her studies at VanArts and is now building her career as a professional photographer as well as an illustrator. She currently resides in Victoria, BC with her family.

Connect with the author:  Website   Twitter   Facebook

REVIEWS:
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PJ Mouse in Canada:  PJ Mouse’s adventure continues in a trip with Emily across Canada.  The family travels in a 5th wheel (and if you don’t know what that is, there is a picture of it to show you).  I’ve travelled extensively throughout Canada but PJ has done stuff that I haven’t even done – like climb a glacier!  He gets to visit Niagara Falls and learn French in Quebec.  What a smart little mouse!   There is a map of Canada in the back for you to follow along.
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I’ve learned things about Canada that I never knew before.  The hand drawings are cute and fit the story perfectly.
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PJ Mouse in Queensland:  PJ is off “down under” – that is Australia!  Along with his very own teeny suitcase and passport PJ is ready for more adventures.  Fortunately, his stuffing doesn’t get lumpy on the plane ride and he and Emily are off to Dreamworld for some rides and fun. They visit two important parts of Australia – the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforest where PJ meets a Lorikeet (I’ve seen Lorikeets in Australia – they’re sooo pretty!)
Read on to see more of PJ’s adventures with the loggerhead turtle.
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These little books together with their companion PJ Mouse stuffed animal and little passport book with stickers make a wonderful gift.
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Book review: I Love My Pet Elephant by Lauren Micchelli

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Book Details:

Book Title: I Love My Pet Elephant by Lauren Micchelli
Category:  Children’s fiction, 28 pages (aged 3-7)
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: First Edition Design Publishing
Release date: April 28, 2015
Available for review in: print
Will send books:  International
Tour dates: December 9 to 23, 2015
Content Rating:  G

Book Description:

A colorful tale of friendship and fun between a little girl and her best friend – her pet elephant! I Love My Pet Elephant is a delightful medley of reality and fantasy, with shenanigans and adventures brought to life through vibrant illustration and simple rhyming text.

Buy the book here:  Amazon   Barnes & Noble   Chapters/Indigo

Other children’s books by Lauren Micchelli

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A unique book filled with quirky scenarios and colorful pictures. A twist on the ordinary, this story touches the imagination with an entertaining assortment of “what if” possibilities!
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The first book of the Maddie and Murphy series. Maddie’s dreams take her on different nighttime adventures. Accompanied by her dog, Murphy, Maddie finds herself where no child has gone before – the North Pole!  (ages 4-8)

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Maddie gazes out her window at the night sky. As bedtime nears, Mom tells Maddie a secret- that a wish on a star could really come true!  An excited Maddie makes her wish – to go to the moon! What unfolds is so much more! (ages 4-8)
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Meet the author:

Lauren Micchelli is a newly published author, having penned her first book in 2014. She has since continued the Snootzytime Adventures of Maddie and Murphy series, and went on to publish A Day Of What Ifs and I Love My Pet Elephant.

Impressively, she was the recipient of New Book Award 2015 for I Love My Pet Elephant.

​Lauren Micchelli grew up in West Caldwell, New Jersey and currently resides in northern New Jersey.

Connect with the author:  Website   Twitter

REVIEW:
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I forgot how much I enjoyed poetry!  What a delightful way to read to a child and instil in them the love of rhyme.  The illustrations were so so cute – I read through the book several times because I enjoyed them so much.  I particularly like the picture with the little girl getting a shower!  Is that too cute or what?
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Written for children who age from 3-7, this sweet little tongue-in-cheek book will be a wonderful addition to a beginner’s library.
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Book review: Inspector Dewey by Kristen Heimerl, illustrated by Irene Bofill

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Book Title:  Inspector Dewey written by Kristen Heimerl and illustrated by Irene Bofill

Category:  Children’s Fiction,  32 pages
Genre:  Mystery
Publisher:  Orange Frazer Press
Release date:  September 2015
Available for review in:  Print
Will send print books:  Internationally
Tour dates:  August 31 to October 2, 2015
Content Rating:  G

Book Description:

My name is Dewey–Inspector Dewey.

I live in the big green house on Hampshire Avenue with my family: Thumper, Lily, and Anna. I am the Big Cat—responsible for keeping everyone safe and in order. I do this quite well, in spite of the fact that managing my family is like, well, herding cats!

Mostly our life is peaceful. But one night it wasn’t. That was the night the bad guy showed up on our block. Of course, I knew exactly how to outsmart the outlaw, but—miserable mullet!—would Anna and the police understand my instructions?

To find out how the adventure ended, you’ll have to read my book. But I’ll give you a hint: there’s a reason I’m called Inspector Dewey.

Fifty percent of the profits from the sale of this book will fund veterinary care for pets whose families are in financial need, so that the animals can remain in their homes and out of the shelter system.

BECAUSE PETS BELONG WITH THEIR PEOPLE™

To learn more, visit threenorwegians.com

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Meet the author:  Kristen HeimerlMarketing Officer, Strategy Expert, Innovator and Brand Builder, Kristen’s business career spans 20+ years serving the biggest brands in industry and the biggest hearts of start-ups and entrepreneurs. Kristen revels in bringing compelling products and services to life and helping leaders and individuals with big dreams realize their big goals.Kristen’s life joys include her 2+ year obsession creating the most beautiful self-published picture book possible, the breathtaking forests and lakes of her Minnesota birthplace, the family that really does love her no matter what, and her three magnificent Norwegian Forest Cats who together, with Kristen, helped catch the bad guy on their block that inspired her upcoming book (stake out and high speed chase included!)She holds a master of science in eCommerce from Carnegie Mellon University, an MBA from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, and a BA from the University of St. Thomas. As the great transformer in her life, Kristen supports others’ education and literacy as an adjunct professor of business and strategy and, more recently, through her children’s book, Inspector Dewey (Available September 2015).Kristen’s site for her work “Inspector Dewey” will be premiering on May 31st, 2015. In addition, you can read more about Kristen’s work at threenorwegians.com, also live on May 31st.

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REVIEW:
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I have to admit, this is the first time I’ve read a cat detective story and I wasn’t disappointed! Inspector Dewey lives with his other cool cat friends Thumper, Lily and their friend Anna.  One night, when they were all snuggled in bed they were shocked from their sleep!  I won’t tell you anything else about the story but it gets really exciting!
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Kristen and Irene’s book is beautifully illustrated with large, colourful pictures that would easily appeal to a child.  I love the softness in the images that the illustrator used.  The font was large enough for a child who is learning to read.
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The back section of the book explains that 50% of the profits from the sale of the book will fund veterinary care for pets whose families are in financial need “because pets belong with their people”.
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A lovely story and book!
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Book review: InvisiBill by Maureen Fergus & Illustrated by Dusan Petricic

9781770496132

  • Age Range: 5 – 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 4
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (July 14, 2015)

SYNOPSIS:

Bill just wanted someone to pass him the potatoes.

Unfortunately, no one even noticed–not his mother (a very busy woman with an important job), not his father (a very important man with a busy job), not his very intelligent older brother, not even his very athletic little sister.

If someone had noticed, the wonderful, terrible thing that happened might never have happened.

But it did.

InvisiBill is the hilariously absurd, tongue-in-cheek story of an ordinary middle child who feels so overlooked by his busy, distracted family that he becomes invisible … or InvisiBill!

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601023Meet the author:   I WAS BORN in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Besides Regina, I have previously lived in the Canadian cities of Brantford, London and Montreal. I also lived in London, England for a short while. I currently live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

I NEVER DREAMED OF BEING A  WRITER when I grew up. I wanted  to be a airline pilot or a  doctor.

IT TOOK ME TEN YEARS to get my first book published and I’ve got four full length novels that have never been published.

YOU DON’T EVEN WANT TO KNOW how many rejection letters I received along the way.

I NEVER GAVE UP because I knew it was the only way to guarantee that I would fail.

I FIND WRITING exhilarating, frustrating, satisfying, exhausting and hard.

THESE DAYS, WHEN I’M NOT WRITING I’m working as the Managing Director of a financial services firm, coaching my kids’ soccer teams, studying karate, baking muffins, making lunches and hanging out with my hilarious husband Nick, our three brilliant, beautiful kids and Buddy the wonder dog.

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REVIEW:
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Isn’t it every kid’s dream to be invisible?  Just imagine the stuff you could do.  But sometimes, being invisible isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.  Especially when you need a little attention.  Or your potato.  Bill’s family is very busy.  Busy texting, phoning, reading and watching TV.   At.the.supper.table!   
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Suddenly Bill disappears and no one seems to notice.  He’s so unhappy because it seems that everyone is so occupied with their other activities that he is no longer important to them. It’s only when the garbage needs to be taken out that his family flies into panic mode when they realize that they can’t find him.
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There is a lesson in this book – can you find it?
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Plenty of amusing illustrations, a hysterically funny doctor and goofy siblings make this children’s book a fun read.