Thursday, 11 September 2014

The Ifs by J D Pooker - If Your Kids Like Fantasy Adventure...


I am so happy to be joining Mother Daughter Book Reviews in a Book Review Blitz for the middle grade fantasy adventure, “The Ifs” by J. D. Pooker . I know from what Renee has been saying that, after reading just a few chapters to he kids, they are all enjoying it very much. There has been much begging for “one more chapter”!

The Ifs

About the Book

Title: The Ifs 
Author: J.D. Pooker
Illustrator: Frank Walls
Publication Date: April 22, 2013
Publisher: Little Devil Books
Pages: 146 
Recommended Ages: 8 to 12

Summary:
Landon and Broden are brothers. And some days they DO NOT get along very well. They spend most of their days fighting, arguing and plotting ways to get revenge on each other. Then, strange things start happening…
Noises in their room that are not the cat.
Homework is mysteriously finished.
A broken shoelace repairs all by itself.
Clothes are put in the hamper on their own.
The brothers want to share their weird experiences, but they don’t know if they can trust each other. But when they find out who’s behind all the strange things around the house, they are called to battle. Battle? Whoa! Right there in the forest by their house! A battle with the most unusual creatures and wildest of beasts. And when the battle turns more dangerous than they imagined, Landon and Broden must face their fears, put their grudges aside and learn how to work together.

My Review

This book has it all - fighting, plotting, sibling rivalry, weird experiences, adventure, mystery and battles. In short, everything that appeals to middle school readers. The plot rolls along at a good pace and hooks you in from the very start, with believable characters that are easily related to - we all know a Landon and a Broden, right..?

A must-have for any child's library with real-life lessons built in.

What People Are Saying

“The plot was exciting and well written. The entire book kept me engaged and interested in the characters and what was going on. J.D. Pooker wrote an amazing book that fantasy lovers of all ages would enjoy. This would make a great gift for boys or girls to put in their personal library; whether you purchase the paperback version or an ebook.” ~ Sapphyria, Amazon
 
“The moment the book arrived I had to break up a minor fight over who got the book first. We went to a 15 minute oven timer to determine turns. After an hour my granddaughter relented to my grandson. He read the book, cover to cover, in the first night. He reports it is the best book he has read. Long story short, the book has a positive and fun story.” ~ Maryann, Amazon
 
“This story moves along and will keep young readers involved. A great adventure for all ages of boys or girls to enjoy.” ~ Ir, Amazon

About the Author: J.D. Pooker

J.D. Pooker

J.D. Pooker lives in wonderful Wyoming with her husband and two sons, along with a black lab named Ryder and a sweet kitty named Alia. J.D. likes to spend time with her family and go camping, fishing, and snowmobiling.

Her sons are the inspiration for writing children’s stories. She wants to encourage them to be readers and show them how powerful and exciting the imagination can be. She wants them to see that countless worlds exist, and all it takes to get there is a good book.

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Sing-a-Long Construction Song - Win

I am so pleased to be joining in a Book Review Blitz for the newly-released picture book “Sing-Along Construction Song” by Louise Lintvelt . This is an absolutely delightful new book by the author of “Goodnight, Sleep Tight: Have a Wonderful Flight” and “How Andrew Got His Spots”, both of which I reviewed during the summer, and which my kids thoroughly enjoyed.

Sing Along Construction Song by Louise Lintvelt
 

About the Book

Title: Sing-Along Construction Song
Author: Louise Lintvelt
Illustrator: Julie Sneedon
Publication Date: August 11, 2014
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 32 
Recommended Ages: 1 to 5

Summary:  
** This book features vivid illustrations and kindle pop-up text**
** A free song download for this book is available at LouiseLintvelt.com **

A fun sing-along book for little construction enthusiasts.  Visit the construction site early in the morning and join the rough and tough construction vehicles, as they go about their daily work.

What People are Saying

“This may very well be the most beautiful construction book on the market – definitely the best I’ve ever seen on the subject.  Sing-Along Construction Song has gorgeous watercolour illustrations and the rhymes are quite obviously very well thought out. This book makes the PERFECT read-aloud for an all-age group and isn’t just a “boy book”. ~ 5 Star Review, Jenny, Amazon

My Review

I knew from reading her previous books that we were in for a treat when I was asked to review "Sing-a-Long Construction Song" - and I was not wrong! It's another winner for Louise Lintvelt.

The book is a magical blend of sing-song rhymes, appealing characters and the most beautiful watercolour illustrations. My kids loved joining in with the construction song, which was set to a well-known tune and had very easy, catchy words. The free download was a huge hit too. Great for boys and girls alike - a fabulous read-aloud.

About the Author: Louise Lintvelt

Louise Lintvelt

I am from South Africa and I live in a city called Pretoria. I am a Chemical Engineer by day and a children’s book writer by night. I am married to a wonderful man and we have a beautiful two year old daughter called Allegra. I love writing stories for my daughter, who is a constant inspiration.
I have always loved reading. My childhood was filled with books and you would often find me crouched the corner of my room devouring the pages of my favourite book. I lived for Tuesday mornings as this would bring with it the excitement of a trip to the local library for story hour and the opportunity to take home a new book. I was the local librarian’s worst nightmare. I would arrive a few minutes early to check that she had not mistakenly chosen a book that had already been read in story hour.

I was a very bossy three year old with an insatiable appetite for books! This has not really changed much in the last twenty seven years. Dr. Seuss was my absolute favourite and to say that my copy of One, Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish was well read would be an understatement.

When it comes to writing, my daughter is my biggest inspiration. I love seeing her face light up with excitement when we sit down to read a book before bedtime. My daughter was fascinated by giraffes after we went on a safari trip in late 2012. This planted the seed for my picture book called How Andrew Got His Spots which is a rhyming adaptation of a story I originally wrote in the third grade. My daughter has since grown into a healthy two year old with a passion for aircraft which was the inspiration for writing Goodnight, Sleep Tight, What a Wonderful Flight.

I am sure that there are many parents in the world (myself included), who are quite decidedly sick and tired of reading the same favourite picture book night after night. I believe that the words of Oscar Wilde best describe how children should feel about picture books when he said, If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.
Happy Reading!

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

An Amazing Opportunity to win $200!!! Free to enter and open to all!

 

Welcome to the $200 September Blogger Appreciation Giveaway 2014 hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews.

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. The winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored, hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions - feel free to send and email to Renee@MotherDaughterBookReviews.com.

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Monday, 1 September 2014

Back to School with "Diary of a Real Payne - Oh Baby"

So it's nose back to the grindstone today - where did the summer go...? I planned a great bucket list - revise my Welsh course so that I'm on top of it for September, sort out the spare room (the only room left to do, and frankly, it makes me scream every time I open the door...), exercise every day, work on some new resources for my store, and of course get my planning done for the new term. What did I achieve? Well, I actually did a lot of exercise, which I will miss when school starts back. Apart from that, a big fat nothing!
 
Today I am faced with a huge problem. You see, I really don't like my job any more. Teaching is definitely my thing - it's a privilege to spend a whole year getting to know the kids, understanding how they tick and using all my skills to get the best out of them, offer challenge and move them on. "So what's the problem?" I hear you ask. Well, simply that I'm not doing that right now. I'm about to enter my 3rd year in my current role: I work for the Education Authority and travel around all of the primary schools in the County Borough teaching our EAL (ESL) children how to read, write and speak English to a level where they can access the curriculum at the same level as their peers. It's hard but rewarding work, and I love seeing the children make progress. But I don't have a base, I have no roots, I don't get to know the kids as well as I would if I were in my own class. I have no prospect of career progression - there is nowhere to go from here. In addition I have been landed with extra responsibilities ( writing and delivering the CPD programme for all teachers and support staff in schools throughout the County Borough) that I didn't ask for and go way beyond the expectations of a teacher.
 
"So, get another job" you say...? well, yes, I am trying. However, as I am on the top of the main payscale I have become too expensive - why take an experienced teacher when schools can have a newly qualified, easily moulded teacher at a third of the price... Yes, they have to start somewhere, but it seems that experience counts for nothing these days. It really is a case of being consigned to the scrap heap at the age of 48!
 
So it is with some dread that I'll get through today. I read all those wonderful blog posts out there with photos of shiny, colourful classrooms waiting for kids to arrive, news of "Meet the Teacher" and orientation evenings, plans, lessons, schemes of work.... It's fantastic. But I know it's unlikely to happen for me.
 
To cheer myself up, I'm taking part in a Book Blast for a hilarious book that your 8-12 year olds will be sure to love. This is the third and final book in the middle grade series "The Diary of a Real Payne" by Annie Tipton, "Oh Baby!"  Do make sure you check it out if you can (the links to purchase are below) - it's a great little read that will have your kids (and you!) in stitches.
  
Diary of a Real Payne Oh Baby by Annie Tipton
 
Title: Oh Baby! (Diary of a Real Payne, Book 3)
Author: Annie Tipton
Publication Date: September 1, 2014
Publisher: Barbour Books
Pages: 195
Recommended Ages: 8 to 12
Summary: In this final fabulous release in the Diary of a Real Payne series you’ll find yourself ROTFL with EJ’s hilarious adventures with a new little Payne. The Payne family has just adopted a roly-poly package of pudge with bright eyes and a sparkling smile. In true sisterly fashion, EJ can’t wait to teach baby Faith how to be amazing at everything (just like her big sis!). But when EJ learns that she’s losing her role as flower girl to the adorable newcomer in an upcoming wedding, it’s almost more than she can handle. In classic EJ form, she dreams up even more fantastic adventures for herself—promising colossal fun as you become part of her daydreams in Oh Baby!  

Purchase

Amazon | CBD | The Book Depository | Barbour Books | Barnes & Noble

 
You can purchase the first two books in the series through Amazon by clicking the book covers below.
 
Diary of a Real Payne Book 1 True Story by Annie TiptonChurch Camp Chaos Diary of a Real Payne by Annie Tipton                  

What People Are Saying About Books 1 & 2

Book 1: "I am 7 years old, and I loved this book because of EJ's imagination and how it focused on the real meaning of Christmas. The book made me laugh, and I especially liked the part when EJ used the shopping cart to pretend to be a race car driver. She thought her mom's scarf was a yellow flag, and she stopped just before she crashed into the display of glue bottles. I liked EJ's character, and I read the book in about 5 days. When we had "Dress Like Your Favourite Book Character Day" at school, I dressed up like EJ Payne. I can't wait for the second book in this series!" ~ Emily E., Amazon
 
Book 1: "My 9-year-old foster daughter loved the book! She related well to EJ and her spunky personality and humorous outlook on life and what it hands you. Great lessons for her to learn, as well as entertaining. She read it in a matter of days and even chose reading it over playing Nintendo, which is a huge endorsement! I also enjoyed it and found it a fun and comforting read for this 40-something adult. Great job. We're really looking forward to Book 2 of EJ's adventures at camp! Thanks, Annie!" ~ Lfierbaugh, Amazon
 
Book 2: "Church Camp Chaos is a delightfully funny look into the highly imaginative workings of a tween girl, EJ Payne. The book cleverly uses a combination of diary entries, narration, and hilarious passages peeking into EJ's daydreams. The story is originally clever and, at times, very poignant. I thoroughly enjoyed this fantastic book and I highly recommend this series to young girls in particular between the ages of 8 and 12 who also love Clementine, Judy Moody, and Ramona Quimby." ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
 
Book 2: "Curly, my 8-year-old bookworm, loved this book. The day it arrived in the mail I let her look through it. By that evening she brought the book to me to thank me and tell me she was finished. She read the entire book in one day and I don't think she ever put it down! She enjoyed EJ's adventures and the fun times she had at church camp. She told me the book was "funny." I appreciated the way the book treated family relationships and showed a loving family who works together and endures different situations together. EJ and her brother don't always get along but their parents encourage them to be kind and EJ grows to appreciate her brother and even his slightly obnoxious attempts at humour. I enjoyed the life lessons that EJ learned about trust, faith, and friendship and am glad that I can find books for my daughter to read that are humorous and fun while still promoting good values." ~ 5 Star Review, Lextin Academy, Amazon
 

About the Author

Annie Tipton Author

Award-winning author Annie Tipton made up her first story at the ripe old age of two when she asked her mom to write it down for her. (Hey, she was just two—she didn’t know how to make letters yet!) Since then she has read and written many words as a student, newspaper reporter, author, and editor. A native of Wooster, Ohio, Tipton received a bachelor’s degree in Communications at Milligan College in Northeast Tennessee. She currently resides in New Philadelphia, Ohio.

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* $25 Book Blast Giveaway *

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Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash prize (winner's choice) Contest Ends: September 30, 11:59 pm, 2014 Open: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. The winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by Barbour Books and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions - feel free to send and email to Renee@MotherDaughterBookReviews.com.

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Friday, 22 August 2014

"Karmack" - Anti-bullying with Style, and $30 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway

Bullying is an emotive issue that is difficult to tackle with children. This fun, mischievous book is the perfect springboard to introduce the topic with children from age 7 upwards. It shows in a fun, non-preachy way, that our actions have consequences that we are responsible for. A great classroom read-aloud.

 

Don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below. It's open to everyone, and you'll have a chance to win an Amazon giftcard.
 
Karmack by J.C. Whyte
Title: Karmack 
Publication Date: June 6, 2013 
Publisher: Muse it Up Publishing 
Pages: 140 
Recommended Age: 7+
Summary: A strange little creature enters the lives of three tough guys at Higgins Elementary. And from that point on, pranks come back like boomerangs, smacking the bullies right in their fifth grade butts! Sully, the leader of the gang, is the only one who can see this creature, which he names Karmack. Sully learns that the creature’s job is to balance all the bad pranks the bullies have pulled over the years. Karmack warns that if this fails, “dreadful, awful doom” awaits them all. Sully soon realizes that he must save not only himself but his friends, who have no idea why they keep getting boomeranged by Karmack!

"Karmack" won First Place in the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Writing contest, a national contest for children's book authors, in the category of chapter books (e-Books).

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Purchase the Book

Amazon (US) * Amazon (UK) * Muse It Up Publishing

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What People Are Saying

"Karmack is a well-written, middle grade book tackling the difficult topic of bullying from the perspective of the bully. The character development is absolutely brilliant as the reader witnesses the transformation of Sully from an aggressive, angry bully to a positive role model and respected leader among his peers. While the concept of karma is not for everyone, I found myself agreeing with the main message of how our actions have consequences, intended or otherwise. I would recommend this book to middle grade classrooms as a great book to generate discussion around bullying." ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
 
"A wonderful story about growing up and treating others with respect, Karmack is well paced, funny, and manages to teach important lessons without coming off preachy." ~ Jess W., Amazon
 
"A fun read with important lessons for us all about Karma, and why bullies have more to balance than most people. Great for ages 9 up, child centred, non-preachy, action packed, great classroom read aloud." ~ Carolyn W., Amazon
 
"What an AMAZINGLY FUN story! EVERYONE needs to read it! Full of FUN, FANTASY, and FANTASTIC REVENGE on a bully! Fun for ALL ages!" ~ Shauna W., Amazon
 
"Karmack is a captivating pre-teen fantasy and author J.C. Whyte has created a strong cast of characters that are well developed and quite likable. As the story progresses, the suspense builds to a delightful outcome that is sure to keep readers anticipating Whyte's next round of literary treasures. We look forward to seeing more from this author." ~ Literary Classics Book Review, Amazon
 

About The Author: J.C. Whyte

J.C. White Author of Karmack

When J.C. Whyte was eleven, her 6th grade teacher gave a class assignment to write a poem about a sport. Realizing her classmates would probably choose popular American sports like baseball or football, J.C. decided to write about something different: golf. And to her complete surprise, the teacher found it comical; she was thereby encouraged to keep writing. Then over summer break, students were told to choose 26 books from a reading list and write a book report on each. J.C. was horrified! She wanted to enjoy her summer, not spend it reading! You see, J.C. was a very slow reader and didn’t much enjoy the experience. Plus, kids back then didn’t have all the fun books to choose from today. But that same teacher who had assigned the sports poem told J.C.’s mother she could write 26 stories instead of reading them. That was absolute genius! Although she didn’t actually write 26 stories (perhaps six?), J.C. submitted one which made her teacher laugh out loud in class. And she got an “A” on her summer reading assignment. J.C. has never forgotten that wise teacher who let her play to her strengths. So from the age of eleven, J.C. knew she wanted to be a writer. Yet by the time she reached college, she understood that writing stories seldom paid the bills. So she got her degrees in Journalism and Communications Management. Then for many years she channeled her creative energies in the field of Public Relations. Marriage, kids, and several more degrees and occupations later (including stints as a travel agent and paralegal), J.C. entered law school – mostly for the challenge of writing creative arguments for the court. But while in law school, she became a columnist for the student newsletter, writing humorous pieces on the strange and quirky life of a law student. She was absolutely thrilled when one of these articles was chosen for publication in The National Jurist, a magazine distributed to law students throughout the US. But after graduating and passing the Bar, J.C. realized within a few years that creative writing was still what made her heart sing. So now, as a grandma, she’s returned to writing. And with publication of her middle grade novel Karmack, she’s come full circle, back to where her writing journey began.

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Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash prize
Contest ends: September 18, 11:59 pm, 2014
Open: Internationally
How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. One winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, J.C. Whyte and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee@MotherDaughterBookReviews.com.

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