Category Archives: Childrens

The Grumpface By B.C.R. Fegan

 

Daniela Frongia (Illustrator)

The Grumpface
The Grumpface

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE AND CONCEPT OF THE GRUMPFACE BY B.C.R. FEGAN

In The Grumpface, B. C. R. Fegan author and Daniela Frongia illustrator, crafted an entertaining book for any child.  With a premise easy to follow, the child will giggle and wiggle as they listen to this fun filled book.

A grumpy man became grumpy with a wizard.  The wizard changed him into Grumpface and placed him deep in the dark forest.  Grumpface would have to laugh before he would change back to a man.  He devised a game for the people who wandered into the forest.  They had to complete three task or stay in the forest.  Dan wanted to find a rose for the flower vender, Bella, who he loved.  Going into the forest, he meets Grumpface and laughter follows as Dan tried to complete the three task.

I love rhyming poems and stories; I am sure any child would love to have this book.  The rhyming will catch the adult or child’s attention immediately.  Children will find the rhyming easy to remember and follow.  All children love to have someone read to them; this book is perfect for any time of day as you set with your child.

With illustrations, detailed and colorful, children will love looking at the pages in The Grumpface.  I do not think they will be frighten as Grumpface resembles an old grumpy green leprechaun.  With help from the reader/adult, children will understand laughter can change a person’s attitude and outlook;  the reader/adult should explain Grumpface becomes a different person after seeing Dan’s funny attempts to complete the three task.  The reader/adult can also impress upon the child how the man became Grumpface; an excellent teaching tool.  An adult could sit with the child who’s reading age and explain the concepts of the book.

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Bumbling Bea By Deborah Baldwin


AWARD WINNING BOOK BY DEBORAH BALDWIN

CHILDREN, FAMILY, AND PRETEEN

Bumbling Bea
Bumbling Bea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY LINE BUMBLING BEA:

In Bumbling Bea, author Deborah Baldwin creates an enjoyable look into growing up.  Beatrice has one more chance to play the lead in the school play before she leaves middle school.  After all, playing the lead will ensure she will be in with the popular girls.  She has planned all year towards this goal, she and her alter ego Bumbling Bea.   However, things do not go as planned.  A new girl has enrolled from Japan.  Michiko  talented, opinionated, and pretty, gets the lead-roll.  Beatrice and alter ego Bea refuse to be denied and devise plans to get rid of Michiko.  Let the games begin.

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The Magician’s Dream By LeAnn Mathis

 

 

 

THE MAGICIAN'S DREAM BY LEANN MATHIS
THE MAGICIAN’S DREAM, COVER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE MAGICIAN’S DREAM:

Author LeAnn Mathis’ creation, The Magician’s Dream, is an intriguing children’s fantasy novel.  Franklin lives during the turbulent 60’s and dreams of a magic world at night.  In his dream world, his dream friend Maggie and he are training for battle using magic. In life, Franklin a black child of the sixties, meets the real Maggie the first day at his new school.  Maggie, white and from racial ideologies of the 60’s home life, dreams the same dreams as Franklin.

Franklin suddenly realizes his two worlds have collided.  How is that possible?  Is his and Maggie’s dream world real?  Can they save the world, their dreams, and improve their way of life?

Children’s will love this story of good and evil, magic and the normal world.  My children’s fiction novel review of The Magician’s Dream follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Firstly, let me say, I found the premise of the story intriguing and original.  Secondly, Mathis, created a

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Ten Terrific Monsters By Chris Mason

 

A Hidden Item Book

Ten Terrific Monsters by Chris Mason
Ten Terrific Monsters, Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE, CONCEPT, DEVELOPMENT TEN TERRIFIC MONSTERS BY CHRIS MASON:

In Ten Terrific Monsters, Chris Mason and Vladimir Cebu, created a wonderful seek and find book for child and adult.  As a lover of seek and find, I am sure any child would love to have this book.  Willie the Wolf and nine of his monster friends spent a long day waiting in the unemployment line.  Each monster’s return home gives the child a list of objects to find in a picture.  The characters are as Willie the Wolf states, “cute as buttons”.  The list of items well-defined with good illustrations, will entertain even younger children.

With well-developed illustrations and good seek list, any child with supervision will have hours of fun.  Depending on the age of the child, this book helps with word recognition, counting, motor skills, and organizational skills.  The child using fine motor skills can either circle the items as found in picture or mark off the list.  Names are beside the picture of the item giving the child word recognition skills.  Counting how many items they found, will help with counting skills, and deciding in what order they will find the items, will help them develop organization skills.

 

TEN TERRIFIC MONSTERS RECOMMENDATIONS:  STARS 4

I would not hesitate to buy this book for a child.  This is a great book for children and supervising adult to enjoy together.   The

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Philo and the Patience SuperHoly By Mireille Mishriky

 

 

Philo and the Patience SuperHoly, cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORYLINE PHILO AND THE PATIENCE SUPERHOLY:

In Philo And The Patience Superholy, author Mireille Mishriky, teaches the lesson of patience and how a child can achieve patience.  Philo is an active little boy and he has problems sitting still and quite during church services/liturgy.  Always disruptive, Philo’s told a secret by his grandmother.  He has Superholy powers!  One of his Superholy powers, Patience, can help Philo learn patience and discipline.   His Superholy Patience power can help Philo not only in church but in everyday life.

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Oliver and Jumpy The Cat Series By Werner Stejskal

Stories 55-62: Bedtime stories for children in illustrated picture book with short stories for early readers. (Oliver and Jumpy, the cat series) Ages 1-8 and older children

 

 

Oliver and Jumpy, cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY LINE OLIVER AND JUMPY THE CAT SERIES:

Author, Werner Stejskal created an entertaining teaching tool in the latest Oliver and Jumpy The Cat Series Stories 55-62 picture book.  I reviewed three stories, each teaching a different lesson, any child will enjoy Oliver and Jumpy’s continued adventures.  The balance of the stories follow after the same excellent composition but geared for older children.

Story 55:  Flood: A big storm has come and everyone must take shelter in the tree house.  Crowding into the tree house, there’s no room to spare.  Saved by helping each other and cooperating together, Stejskal teaches the valuable lesson of coöperation and getting along.

Story 56:  Lazy Squirrel:  Winter is coming and Squirly’s stash of nuts for winter disappeared.  Oliver discovers Lazy, the squirrel, is taking them.  To teach Lazy a lesson, Oliver and Jumpy remove the nuts

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Saint George: Rusty Knight And Monster Tamer By John Powell

 

 

Saint George Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer, Cover
Saint George Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer, Cover

 

STORY LINE, SAINT GEORGE RUSTY KNIGHT AND MONSTER TAMER:

Saint George Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer features Saint George, poor knight of old.  Dressed in his rusty suit of armor which does not fit correctly, George has searched far and wide for employment.   During his search, George discovers Marmorgugelhupf Cake which when eaten by monsters, tames them to pet status.  Meanwhile, when Good King Freddie hears of George, he promotes him to Patron Saint and Minister for Environment, as the monsters in England have run amuck.

This book is a wonderful hilarious journey through the tales of George, Merlin, King Freddie, various monsters, and the many characters found along the way.  Perfect for older children and young adults, Saint George Rusty Knight and Monster Tamer will provided hours of entertainment.

 

CHARACTERS AND DEVELOPMENT, SAINT GEORGE RUSTY KNIGHT AND MONSTER TAMER:

The characters and monsters are many and varied as we read Saint George’s adventures. You will find,

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A Tale Of Two Squirrels By A. T. Baron

A Tale Of Two Squirrels

 

Children’s Story

A Lonely Female Squirrel

A Handsome unusually Black Squirrel

And A Huge Storm

 

 

This is a lovely tale of Effie, the squirrel, and her life in the forest.  Effie has been lonely since her mother’s disappearance.  The forest is full of all kinds of animals, crows, birds, other squirrels, Major owl, Mr. Nibbler the porcupine, Buteo the dangerous hawk, Mr. and Mrs. Otter, blue jays and many more. Effie lives alone and she is lonely.  One day, she meets a beautiful black squirrel, Simon, and

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Parents For Sale By Dr. Nicole

 

Parents for Sale

 

 

Children’s Story

Containing Lessons On Responsibilities

Good Graphic Appealing To Children

 

 

STORY LINE:

This is a good story with learning lessons of responsibility.  Every child has wished for different parents.  In this story the twins were not taking care of their dog, Pistachio.  Yes, they loved the dog, but feeding, walking, and caring for the dog fell to their parents.  When the parents tell the twins, they are selling the dog, the twins decide to change the sign to Parents For Sale.

They find it is not as easy to sale their parents as they thought.  They have several customers and sell to

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