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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Henry & Me by Sasha Clinton

     Max always wanted to be an actress. She was certain she'd be accepting awards in the near future. Life has a way of popping those huge ego balloons. When Max's pops, it makes a mess of her whole life. With nowhere to go, Max moves in with her brother and his wife. Now if she can only straighten out this mess she calls her life. Fate had one more surprise for Max and it was a mixed blessing.

     Well written and fully developed characters are what you'll find in the pages of this book. It's an easy read and you'll enjoy it. At times you'll root for Max and other times you'll just shake your head. It's nice to see the other side of Hollywood. 

     I did find an issue. This book is almost too easy to read. By that, I mean there aren't any real conflicts. I'd like to have seen some bumps along the road for Max and for Henry.  While the story is believable and relate-able, there isn't any real substance.

     I gave this one 3 cheers out of 5 because of the issue listed.  

Friday, June 16, 2017

George the Orphan Crow and the Creatures of Blossom Valley by Helen Fox

     George and his parents were enjoying their day when suddenly hunters appeared. George decides to look for a safer place. When he returns, his world comes crashing down around him. With the help of Plato the owl, George is sent to a safe place. George is sad, but is amazed at Blossom Valley. He's even more amazed at how friendly and helpful everyone is. He wonders if Blossom Valley will remain peaceful. Only time will tell.

     Well written and delightful characters make this book an enjoyable read. This book is an easy read and your children will love it. I applaud the messages of team work and helping others that the author wove into the story. It's easy to get lost in the story and almost feel like you are in Blossom Valley. This book would be perfect for a television series. It would be a huge hit with the kids. I look forward to reading more of Helen Fox's work.

     I didn't find any issues.

     I gave this one  5 cheers out of 5 because it has a great story and teaching moments.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Introducing Author Helen Fox





George the Orphan Crow and the Creatures of Blossom Valley: Real-Life Crow Inspires Enchanting, Uplifting New Book for older Children Teenagers & Adults 

 Helen Fox’s ‘George the Orphan Crow and the Creatures of Blossom Valley’ marks the dawn of a bold, powerful and unforgettable new children’s book – all inspired by a real-world crow the author got to “know” during her daily walks at her local park. But this is so much more than just a story, giving the animal world a voice and teaching children the importance of harmonizing with nature and preserving its beauty. One critic recently hailed the volume, “A beautifully written and original story of friendship and courage”. Contact: Helen Fox Email: helen.eleni.fox@gmail.com 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

United Kingdom While children’s and young adult literature is currently more popular than ever, many adults are becoming disenchanted with the genre’s propensity to succumb to gaudy humour, vampires and epic battles of good and evil. However, Helen Fox is stepping up to the plate with gusto, bucking all trends with a moral-rich new book that harks back to a traditional era of storytelling. 

George the Orphan Crow and the Creatures of Blossom Valley’ is an adventurous and humanity-rich peek story inside the animal world; proof that courage, friendship and love are the qualities of any true maverick. 

“I wanted to write something different,” explains Helen. “Something with a good deal of heart that would foster respect and keen interest among children for the natural world. That’s why this innocent little adventure, packs a powerful punch that will stay with readers young and old, for many long years. Stories are living things and ‘George the Orphan Crow...’ is one of them. I used to see two adult crows and their young one, every single day in the same spot at my local park. But one day, only the young one was there, and my imagination began spinning as to where his parents had gone and how he’d cope alone in the world. Abandoned animals face the same predicament – and so this story was born. 

Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. For example, Gillian comments, “A beautifully written and original story of friendship and courage. Will be loved by older children, teenagers and adults who enjoy fantasy stories and nature. We've read this to our young daughter also and we all found it engaging and charming. Highly recommended. Would make an excellent Christmas gift too.” 

Ken Scott adds, “Not normally one to read children's books I decided to give it a go. What a pleasant surprise it was to find yourself immersed in a book along with the creatures of Blossom Valley. A fabulous read with drama and suspense right to the end of the book. Beautifully dreamed up characters and an author with a fantastic imagination. Highly recommended.” 

‘George the Orphan Crow and the Creatures of Blossom Valley,’ is available from all major online retailers, as well as ordered in your local bookstore or library.  

About the Author:   


For thirty plus years, Helen Fox has lived close to a beautiful park in London, where she can often be found feeding the birds and squirrels. She loves all birds, but always finds herself drawn to crows in particular, for though they are the least loved of all birds, they are very intelligent and charismatic. During her visits, she found that three crows would be at the same spot each time and before long, she discovered they favoured meaty foods over seeds, so she tried her best to oblige. When one would fly off the grass, the other two would follow suit so she gathered they must be a family; father, mother and  perhaps their son?

One afternoon, the crows weren’t there and as she sat on the bench and waited, the smallest of the three appeared, landing on the grass, trotting anxiously around. A minute later, he took to the air cawing his little throat out. Was he calling his parents? Were his carks cries of fear and despair, had his parents abandoned him or even worse, been killed?

It was this very scene that inspired Helen to write ‘George the Orphan Crow and the Creatures of Blossom Valley.’ The story is mainly told by George the orphan crow, as well as other key characters in the community of Blossom Valley, but the enemies who threaten to ruin their harmonious life and take over their land are also given a voice.

Review will be posted in just a bit, but go ahead and get your copy of the book today! Share something new and special with your children or grandchildren.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Penny: Hands I Passed Through...Things I saw...Stories I Can Tell! by Peter Davidson

     Penny's life might be more colorful and active than you think. He travels all over the world with the help of random people. I'm certain you have met Penny. You probably did give him much thought. Penny is special. 

     Humorous, interesting and a fresh take on a subject that most people wouldn't think of. Well written, this book is an easy read. You'll be surprised at all the wonderful and scary things that happen to Penny. I love this book. 
      I especially liked the part of the story about Allan claiming Penny.You described my son to a  T!  You even included the fact he wears sunglasses. You also included where I lived growing up. Reading it, I felt like you picked things right from my life. *smile*

     I didn't find any issues.

     I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because this book is refreshing.                                

Sunday, June 4, 2017

If You Were Me and Lived in....the Mayan Empire by Carole P. Roman

     We're on our way to the Mayan Empire. This trip is going to be amazing. The Yucatan Peninsula was the home of the Mayans. The Mayans were very advanced. They kept a record of their history. They lived simply and were very happy. Did you know at age fifteen you were considered an adult? The Mayans also made many contributions to the world.

     Well written and so fun to read. This series will give your child a look at the world. It engages their imagination and it gives you a chance to spend quality time with your children. You can't go wrong with a Carole P Roman book.

     I found no issues.

I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5. 

If You Were Me and Lived In...Germany: A Child's Introduction to Culture Around the World by Carole P. Roman

     Our next trip is to Germany! There are so many things to see and do. Did you know Berlin has been an important city for centuries? We can explore castles and other sights. Also, we can try several different dishes. Festivals and history will keep you moving around.

     I love this series. It gives children a chance to learn more than the basics taught in school. Well written, this book will capture your child's imagination from page one.  This is a series that should be in your child's library.

     I found no issues.

     I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because I'm a sucker for a book that teaches.

Chuck The Rooster Loses His Voice by Sigal Haber

     Chuck is the rooster charged with keeping things running smoothly on the farm. When he gets sick, things start going wrong. The farm animals fear Chuck will never return, so they hold their own contest to choose a new "rooster". What ensues is chaos.

     This is a book your children will love. It's well written and the characters are delightful. It's well written and engaging. 

     I found no issues.

     I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because it made me smile.