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Jesus Loves You By Christine Topjian

Jesus Loves You
Jesus Loves You

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE JESUS LOVES YOU BY CHRISTINE TOPJIAN:

Jesus Loves You is a well-written affirmation of Jesus love for us from conception forward.  Author Christine Topjian takes the reader through each step of life;  reaffirming Jesus‘ love and guidance.  She highlights Jesus loves us when we are afraid, lonely, scared, or insecure.  As well as through the hard teenage years and broken hearts.  Even when confused or intimidated, Jesus still loves us. He loves us when we grow up, marry and have children of our own.  As well as when we must make hard decisions.

As Topjian brought Jesus Loves You to a close, she skillfully gave the message of Jesus continuing love through the good and bad in our lives.  She highlighted his one desire’s to share our experiences by giving us support and loveJesus never leaves us alone. He is always by our side. This message is one every child and adult should hear.

MY OPINION:

The message in this book‘s needed in today’s world.  Topjian clearly and simply showed Jesus’ love for each one of us.  A large percentage of children do not attend church in today’s society.  This book is a beautiful way to introduce Jesus and his love.  I felt this book‘s geared towards children of ages 8 to 12.  However, an adult would be able to simplify the language and concept for younger children.  They could explain the concept of growth, aging, and the problems we encounter on a daily basis.  I found taking the story from conception to old age a fantastic way to show Jesus never leaves us.  He’s walking beside us our entire lives.

The pictures accompanying Jesus Loves You are cute drawings which a child will relate.  Children do not view art from an adult viewpoint but a child‘s perspective.  They see the wide-open mouth that’s screaming or the turned down mouth which is sad.  Sophisticated pictures are not needed to get the point of the story across to a child.  I would not hesitate to give this book to a child with the caveat mom, or an adult would have to read and explain the story.

JESUS LOVES YOU RECOMMENDATION:  STARS 4

I gave this book four stars for concept, premise, and development.

ALSO, PLEASE NOTE:

Additionally, I purchased this book and chose to voluntarily review the book with honest  Children’s Christian book reviews.  Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion.  Consequently, all book reviews online and on my blog, are my opinions.  Also, ARC’s do not influence my opinions or voluntary Christian book reviews.

 

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The Beat On Ruby’s Street By Jenna Zark

 

 

The Beat On Ruby's Street by Jenna Zark
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THE BEAT ON RUBY’S STREET STORY-LINE:

In The Beat On Ruby’s Street, we find Ruby, a child of the 50’s and the beatnik era.  Ruby lives free and somewhat wild while mom and dad beatniks do their thing.  Ruby’s growing up and finding who she is.  However, accused of stealing, Ruby’s life implodes.

Never fear, Ruby’s strong, determined, and coming of age.  Ruby has dreams of poetry, meeting the famous Jack Kerousac, and becoming a poet.  Challenges will be met, confronted, and conquered.

Come along with Ruby as she grows up on the beat street.  My children’s novel review of The Beat On Ruby’s Street follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Author Jenna Zark explores the counter-culture of the beatniks, their philosophy, and lifestyle.  Known as

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Buzzy and Thomas Move Into The President’s House by Vicki Tashman

 

Buzzy and Thomas Move into the President's House by Taahman
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Story-Line Buzzy And Thomas Move Into The President’s House by Vicki Tashman

In Buzzy and Thomas Move Into The President’s House, author Vicki Tashman, created an excellent story and teaching tool for young children.  Buzzy, a beautiful female dog, lives a glamorous life in the country.  Her master, Thomas Jefferson, newly elected President of the United States, is moving to the President’s house.  Buzzy is not sure about leaving her beloved country life and all her friends.

Come and follow Buzzy as she comes to terms with the move.  My children’s fiction book reviews of Buzzy and Thomas Move Into The President’s House follows.

Characters, Plotting, Development:

What an excellent teaching book for children.  In Buzzy And Thomas Move Into The President’s House, not only will the child learn history, but also how to handle a move.  Moving is always traumatic for a child;  Buzzy gives the child a different view of moving.  Reading this story several times before the move will give the child/children a reference to Buzzy’s experience. The child or children need not be in the progress of moving to enjoy this story. This book is geared for young children ages 4-8.  The pictures will hold the young child‘s interest, and the story is interesting. The story’s well-developed with a variety of interesting characters.

In concluding my children’s fiction book reviews of Buzzy And Thomas Move Into The President’s House, I found a solidly written story which will hold the child‘s attention.  An excellent teaching tool, the book‘s well constructed with well-thought-out characters. With the length of 42 pages, the child or children will not become bored. For younger children, the book need not be read in one

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Henry and the Hidden Treasure By B.C.R. Fegan

 

Henry And The Hidden Treasure
Henry And The Hidden Treasure

 

STORY-LINE HENRY AND THE HIDDEN TREASURE:

Henry has a problem.  He wants to keep his pocket-money safe from his sister Lucy.  His parents want him to put it in the bank, but Henry knows he’s the only one who can keep his money safe.  Henry devises an elaborate plan for safe keeping of his treasure.  Involving a cave, maze, a huge pink pig, robots, and much more, Henry’s sure his treasure will be safe.  Come along with Henry as he builds his safe place and sees if Lucy, the ninja spy, can break in.  My book review of Henry And The Hidden Treasure follows.

REVIEW AND MY OPINION:

Author B.C.R. Fegan created a fantastic entertaining teaching tool for children.  Using numbers, parental advise, imagination, and siblings, Fegan shows the child the value of his parent’s advice and his sister’s love.  Each book Fegan creates teaches children valuable lessons using teaching tools through story and pictures.  Henry learns valuable lessons in Henry and The Hidden Treasure.  Will Henry learn Lucy never wanted his treasure?

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The Peed St. Problem (Agent Ralph Book 2) By Tilda Hale

 

 

The Peed St. Problem (Agent Ralph Book 2) , Cover
The Peed St. Problem (Agent Ralph Book 2) , Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE PEED ST. PROBLEM (AGENT RALPH BOOK 2) By TILDA HALE

Agent Ralph and friends, back in action in The Peed St. Problem (Agent Ralph Book 2), set a fine example for old and young.  Something’s rotten on Peed St.  However, Agent Ralph and the DIB’s on the job and ready to go to work.  Sickness has arrived, killing the cats, as well as, something much worse. Kidnapped cats return with scars, markings, and strange green paint they can not remove.  Cats report strange beings, possibly aliens, hovering over them, lights, and white suits.

Can Ralph and a new kid on the block solve this case and save the cats before it is too late?  Grab a comfortable seat, my children’s mystery book/novel review of The Peed St. Problem (Agent Ralph Book 2) follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Once again, Tilda Hale crafted a first-rate children’s novel/book in The Peed St. Problem (Agent Ralph Book 2).  Using cats, raccoons, and other animals to teach lessons of life, Hale, has the ear of both child and adult.  All children love animals, and Tilda Hale developed the animal personalities of her characters fully with skill and humor.  Her development of the continuing story-line as the books progress is on point with pacing which will hold the attention of the child.

Teaching several lessons in The Peed St. Problem (Agent Ralph Book 2), the reader will find situations fit the lesson.  The cats learn more’s accomplished by working together and doing for others is better than doing for themselves.  Unselfishness is always a worthy trait.  The story-line is fresh and original and any child will relate to the subject and characters.

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The Ghastly Gizmo By Tilda Hale

 

 

The Ghastly Gizmo By Tilda Hale
The Ghastly Gizmo, Cover

 

 

 

Agent Ralph Book 1

Children’s Book

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE GHASTLY GIZMO:

The Ghastly Gizmo authored by Tilda Hale is a first-rate children’s book.  Detective Ralph and the team of Domesticated Investigation Bureau agents are on the trail of a missing neighbor feline.  After finding the missing cat, Barnabas, they find themselves in a spot of trouble; rodent Frances comes to the rescue.   Barnabas has quite a tale to tell and Detective Ralph and company have a mystery to solve.  What is this monster that is terrorizing everyone?  Can Ralph and the Domesticated Investigation Bureau solve this case?  Grab a chair, have a seat, my children’s mystery book reviews of The Ghastly Gizmo follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Although a first work by Tilda Hale, her talent is clear in this short children’s book.  As a result, the story-line is rich in prose and development.  Novellas by their nature are short and can not contain the structure and development of a full novel.  However within the 31 pages of the book, Hale entertains and holds the interest of the young reader.

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The Day My Fart Followed Santa Up The Chimney By Ben Johnson & Sam Lawrence

 

 

 

Authors Ben Johnson and Sam Lawrence
The Day My Fart Followed Santa Up The Chimney, Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE, COMPOSITION, DEVELOPMENT OF THE DAY MY FART FOLLOWED SANTA UP THE CHIMNEY:

Geared towards young children, The Day My Fart Followed Santa Up The Chimney would entertain the young mind.  Timmy is looking forward to snow and having fun on his new snow sled.  Little Fart has never been on a sled, and this is an adventure for both.

After a day on the hills, Christmas Eve and Santa await.  As a result, Little Fart waits excitedly for Santa.  He just has to get up and met Santa.  Santa needs help delivering gifts through the small chimney at a little girls house and ask Little Fart to help him.  With laughter and fun, Santa and Little Fart deliver Christmas.

Young children will love the story of Santa and Little Fart.  Easy to understand and with colorful pictures, the child’s interest will be peaked.  The story flows smoothly and precisely.  Just the right length, the child will

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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 ordinary 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
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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 the book for child and adult.  As a lover of seeking 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 excellent 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 the 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

 

 

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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 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

 

 

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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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