Goodnight Hockey | Picture Book Review

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Title: Goodnight Hockey

Author: Michael Dahl; Illustrator: Christina E. Forshay

Age: 1-5

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It is a short rhyming picture book. I’m so amazed that it brings us through a hockey game from the first puck drop to the final buzzer with such limited words. The rhyming is smooth and perfect, like a sing-along song for bedtime. So it serves really perfect for bedtime story. It will bring calm and good dream to children, especially little sport lovers.

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The illustrations are vibrant, engaging, full of actions and capturing the sport from various angles. All the details are very charming too. Parents can show their children all the stuff about the sport, older ones will also enjoy looking for and pointing out the items. It’s such a visual pleasure to read the book.

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It’s a book perfect for early readers, and all hockey lovers.

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Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote [Book Review]

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Title: Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant’s Tale

Author:  Duncan Tonatiuh

Age Range: 6-9

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This book tells a migrant’s tale, since myself being one, books on this topic always draw my attention. This picture book by Duncan Tonatiuh touches on the subject in a very courteous and gentle manner. It brings to light the hardship and struggles faced by thousands of families who seek to make better lives for themselves and their children by leaving their home. It even has plot of the rabbit and coyote illegally crossing the border. This can lead into an educational discussion (in class or between parents and children) about immigration, which can also open up children’s eyes to what is going on in this world.

Screen Shot 2018-02-01 at 7.51.20 PMThe flat illustration style is very unique, like paper-cut characters stick to the background, which gives it a hand-made craft feeling, a perfect choice for a culture book. The content includes many Mexican traditional food (such as tortillas, aguamiel), tools, traditions (like papel picado, which became famous from Movie Coco) children will learn a lot about the Mexican culture.

I believe this is a book every migrant and people who are interested at immigration life should read.

It’s Time To Eat

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So excited to announce that my new picture book “It’s Time To Eat” was just released on Amazon!

“Lovingly illustrated, It’s Time to Eat is the second of Helen H. Wu delightful stories about a monkey family and the relationship between mother monkey and her child, a relationship that reflects moments in your own home.” -Uvi Poznansky

“Parents/teachers will enjoy reading this book with their children. The children can discuss all the strange meals, Marcus’s friends had for lunch. They can talk about what they like to eat, and what the lesson is that Marcus learned. The illustrations by the author are so colorful and bright. They all depict the adventures of Marcus and his friends.” -Prisrob

“with big, beautifully illustrated pictures and a fun story line, this little monkey (maybe your own little “monkey”, learns that mommy really cares enough to make delicious food for him. At first he thinks that there has to be something better out with his friends: he is offered hay from a horse, an acorn by a squirrel, chicken feed, etc. But nothing is tasty, nothing like mom’s cooking.” – Tom

It’s free to download for a limited time, a free fun and creative coloring book is also included. Grab the book and I’m sure you and your kids will love it!

Click HERE to download the book.

Book Review for Oliver and Jumpy

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This is a wonderful series of short stories with full colorful and detailed illustrations. The main character is Oliver, an animated child cat; he is the sole narrator of his stories. The first story is about Bearly a bear who accidentally fell into a tree hole and finally was saved by a snake. The second story is about Stripy the tiger mom who lost her baby learned to take care of three piglets. The third one is about Jumpy and Joey, a mother Kangaroo and her son, their adventure magic journey with Oliver. The stories are cute and the adventures are full of fun and imagination. The illustrations are colorful and full of details, truly bringing the story to life. Highly recommend, and I’ll definitely grab other books in the series.

Also, The ebook currently is on sale. The free download will be available for another few days. Afterwards it will revert to paid. Click Here to download.

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About the Author:
Werner Stejskal, Born in Vienna, Austria, Werner is now living in the paradise of Perth, Australia with his wife, two married children and three grandchildren. He worked many years in the printing industry and later for the United Nations in Vienna. His wife had been a pen-friend, whom Werner visited in Hong Kong and finally got married to. After an eventful life, now retired, he began to write children’s stories, had them illustrated through Odesk, narrated them himself for YouTube and finally published the ebooks on most platforms. Werner’s dream is to see “Oliver and Jumpy” animated as a TV series.

There are lots of fairy tales and bedtime stories around and many of them quite violent. This made Werner decide to write something different. On a flight from Europe to Australia he watched the movie Magic on Belle Island with Morgan Freeman, where Freeman teaches a little girl to have imagination and write her first story. This inspired Werner as well and the first stories with his two characters Oliver, the elegant tomcat, and Jumpy, his kangaroo lady friend, made their appearance. Some very capable illustrators have helped to create this picture book series.

Author Peter Frederick sums it all up!

Here are books created by Werner Stejskal, an author who has a wonderful sense of adaptability into the world of a child. Movements, sentiments, expressions and ideas are being visualised, that enthral and win over the little reader. Plus, his terminology is perfectly matched to the mood of each self-contained story. The author also displays amazing sensitivity and is able to transport even adults back into long-past childhood. All good virtues are being emphasized, like friendship, loyalty, determination and civility, giving the fascinated reader the right signals for spiritual development. The main characters, Oliver and Jumpy, are the masters of a variety of situations that draw the reader into the stories. But one of the main reasons for the success of these children’s books is the artwork! The graphics, outstandingly created by the artist, have their hues and shapes completely adapted to the respective situation and so contribute to the emotional absorption of each picture. Text and message. sombre feelings and cheery situations are being created and masterly entertain the little readers. One can only recommend this series of children’s books to all adults who wish to keep their little ones occupied in a positive, entertaining and learning environment!

BLU DOG Home Alone

Super excited to announce that our new book BLU DOG Home Alone was released today on Amazon! Teamed up with Todd Grey, we had so much fun making this book possible.  Interactive children’s activity section inside and a free coloring book included. Click here to purchase the book on Amazon.

You have often heard the age old question; if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? BUT have you ever thought about this one; if a dog is home alone and no one is around to watch him, does he have more fun than we think?” Christopher Anderson is your typical kindergartener whose imagination runs wild when asking himself that very same question. Young children and parents alike will truly enjoy reading this book and discovering what Christopher thinks his beloved dog Blu is actually doing while he is attending school. The Blu Dog Book series aims to encourage your child to develop and expand their imaginations in both a unique and fun way. At the end of the story, we offer an interactive section which allows parents to help their children express themselves in their own words and illustrations, just like Christopher Anderson.

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Book Review | The Apple Pie That Papa Baked by Lauren Thompson

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A very delightful and sweet story. The Apple pie – a sweet treat that father prepares for his daughter, tells us the sweetest love in this big world. Thompson tells the story in a cumulative form, and the fascinating part is that the cumulative form goes backwards yet Bean’s illustrations go forward in time visually. The text begins with the apples (“These are the apples, juicy and red, that went in the pie, warm and sweet, that Papa baked”) and then moves on to the tree that grew the fruit, its roots, the rain, the clouds, the sky, the sun, and finally the world (“blooming with life”).  You see Papa picking apples, baking the pie, and coming with his daughter for a picnic under that very apple tree.

Bean’s fine folk-style illustrations were drawn in black, brown yellow and a bit red, the simple palette wonderfully complement this emotional tale. Colors help set the mood of each spread, and the scribbly style lends the illustrations a slightly retro feel. In the ending while the text goes far and far to encompass the whole world, the illustrations focus down and down onto the apple pie shared by father and daughter in a homey setting, leading the story to its sweet conclusion. A delightful and engaging read, a charming and sweet story for little ones and parents.