Wednesday, March 22, 2017

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Vera Brosgol

  
 
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Title: Leave Me Alone
Author/Illustrator: Vera Brosgol
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Ages: 4-8


Synopsis:



There was once an old lady who lived in a small house with a very, very big family. One day, she shouted, LEAVE ME ALONE, and left her village.

But don't worry, she'll be back...maybe...


Why you should read it:

 
Most parents (and some grandparents) can relate when all they want is one moment of peace and quiet. A place to call their own where the only sound is silence and no one to referee.

In this story of one grandmother's wish to be able to knit a sweater without the interference of little hands or feet, LEAVE ME ALONE is an epic tale of one person's quest to finish her knitting. 

From deep within the forest to the far side of the moon, this grandmother is running out of places to hide until she discovers a wormhole in outer space. 

Finally, she has the complete silence she is looking for. But is it really what she wants?

Ms. Brosgol artfully blends an engaging story with old style illustrations to create a picture book that would be a great addition to any home library!


Like-O-Meter Rating: 5 out of 5...grab it!


***Rating Scale***



5 out of 5...grab it!
4 out of 5...think about it.
3 out of 5...take or leave it.
2 out of 5...maybe not for you.
1 out of 5...forget about it!










Children's book author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a 'ninja' writer of children’s picture books, middle grade chapter books and young adult novels by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books. She is also a book reviewer for Harper Collins, and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. Donna is a lover of dark chocolate, good stories, and an adoptive mom to 20-pound guard kitty in Knoxville, Tennesse

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Monday, March 20, 2017

PLANTING SEEDS OF SELF-DOUBT



 



To all my current and future #DCSPeeps (DECIDE, COMMIT, SUCCEED), welcome to my new series in my continuing effort to inspire, amuse, and entertain you! Each Monday I will select a new word to analyze how it might apply to our writing lives and also give you a peek into my childhood growing up in the swamps of southern Louisiana, so kick back, put your feet up, and check out my story about TODAY'S WORD:

SELF-DOUBT

There's a hint of spring in the air and it reminds me of all the times my mother waited for spring to arrive. Seed catalog in hand, she would walk the perimeter of the latest house we were renting and plot all the ways she would turn one little yard into a massive veggie producing garden.


Every available inch would be cultivated and every vegetable imaginable would be planted. My mother never once seem to have SELF-DOUBT concerning her ability to provide for her children through the efforts of her own making. I often wished I could glide my way through my own life the way my mother managed to sail so confidently through hers.

I have dreamed of being an author most of my life. When I was 6 years old I started writing poetry. By age 11, I was winning local writing contests, and by the time I graduated high school I was working on my second volume of poems as well as writing essays and editorials for my high school paper as its editor. I was well on my way to fulfilling my dream of seeing my name on the cover of my own book one day.

Then SELF-DOUBT entered my life. In my early 20’s I allowed someone else to erode my belief that I was any good at this writing thing. And when those tentacles of SELF-DOUBT started to wrap itself around my spirit, it affected all aspects of my life. My relationships. My weight. My writing.

I put away my pen and stopped writing for over 25 years. I never realized how crippled I had become by SELF-DOUBT until one morning seven years ago when a shocking miracle happened and the passion for writing finally returned to me. Seven years later I continue to write…having managed to get published a few times and even seen my name on the cover of my first children’s book…and I’ve learned the secret to stopping SELF-DOUBT in its tracks!

As long as you keep moving…keep reaching for the stars…and never give up on YOU, then those ugly tentacles of SELF-DOUBT no longer have the power to destroy your spirit!

Now go out and conquer your own SELF-DOUBT, DCSPeeps, while having an awesome day because you deserve it!





 
Children's book author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a 'ninja' writer of children’s picture books, middle grade chapter books and young adult novels by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books. She is also a book reviewer for Harper Collins, and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. Donna is a lover of dark chocolate, good stories, and an adoptive mom to 20-pound guard kitty in Knoxville, Tennessee.
 
 
 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Stephen Krensky

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Title: Dinosaurs In Disguise
Author: Stephen Krensky
Illustrator: Lynn Munsinger
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers
Ages: 4-8



Synopsis:

What if the dinosaurs never really went extinct?


What if they've just been in hiding for 65 million years?


Why you should read it:

There are many levels and many reasons to enjoy author Stephen Krensky's tale of DINOSAURS IN DISGUISE. The story itself is told through the eyes of a young "explorer" on a hunt to prove his hypothesis that dinosaurs never became extinct, but are hiding somewhere in the world all around us. It's just up to us to coax these timid creatures out into the open.

Such a whimsical theme is enhanced by the colorfully detailed artwork of illustrator Lynn Munsinger. Whether it's a desert sphinx or even a participant in the first thanksgiving feast, readers will enjoy discovering the many ways dinosaurs have made their way into our more modern world through Ms. Munsinger's illustrations.

Even early elementary educators will find DINOSAURS IN DISGUISE of great use in their classrooms as children will love the guessing math work of determining just how many hidden dinosaurs can be found on each page.

Our imaginations are allowed to run wild and the possibilities are endless in this delightful picture book. It not only challenges young readers to search for the hidden dinosaurs lurking all around them, but to also join one young man's promise to keep those hiding places a secret...at least for now...

A great addition to any home library!

Like-O-Meter Rating: 5 out of 5...grab it!


***Rating Scale***


5 out of 5...grab it!
4 out of 5...think about it.
3 out of 5...take or leave it.
2 out of 5...maybe not for you.
1 out of 5...forget about it!










Children's book author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a 'ninja' writer of children’s picture books, middle grade chapter books and young adult novels by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books. She is also a book reviewer for Harper Collins, and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. Donna is a lover of dark chocolate, good stories, and an adoptive mom to 20-pound guard kitty in Knoxville, Tennesse


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Monday, March 13, 2017

IN SEARCH OF A FOUR LEAF CLOVER...





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To all my current and future #DCSPeeps (DECIDE, COMMIT, SUCCEED), welcome to my new series in my continuing effort to inspire, amuse, and entertain you! Each Monday I will select a new word to analyze how it might apply to our writing lives and also give you a peek into my childhood growing up in the swamps of southern Louisiana, so kick back, put your feet up, and check out my story about TODAY'S WORD:
 

LUCKY

When I was about 4 years old, my mother owned and ran a local ice cream stand across from the high school’s football field. My grandfather built it for her soon after she married my father and it was THE place to hang out after school and on the weekends.

All the kids called us LUCKY because they thought we could eat ice cream any time we wanted.

The reality was that if we were LUCKY, the store brought in just enough money to help pay the bills, and by the time I was in school, my mother was forced to sell the business.

There were two things she took with her when she locked up for the last time. One was the famous framed mirror of my GHOSTS word story and a 5 foot wide plate of glass that had fit in a window separating the kitchen area from the small jukebox dance and game room.

A couple of days after leaving the ice cream stand, my sister and I were jumping up and down on some mattresses that were stored in an extra room at our house. I can remember how LUCKY I felt to have this homemade trampoline at my disposal.

That is, until we heard the horrendous cracking sound…

Apparently my mother thought storing that plate glass between two thick mattresses would ensure nothing would happen to it.

She didn't factor in my notorious bad LUCK.

I guess you could say I was actually LUCKY that day though.

No one got hurt and I actually got to walk away from that “adventure” with my backside still intact!

LUCK is a tricky thing, my #DCSPeeps. Some people like my son seem to have the good kind in abundance. And then there are others, like myself, that have nothing but the frustratingly annoying kind that seems to test one’s patience every day.

But being the eternal optimist, I’d like to think we have a hand in determining our own LUCK, so why not wake up each morning with the idea that Lady LUCK is on YOUR side? I can think of many ways I can count myself LUCKY...

1. I have a skill for storytelling and continue to strengthen that skill every day.

2. I have people I count as dear friends who support my writing dreams.

3. I have seen my stories published in the past and God willing, will do so again in the future.

4. I have many stories running around in my head...though not always enough time in the day to write them down.

5. I feel the love and support of this wonderful writing community and I'm truly blessed to be able to count myself a part of it!

I hope you have an AWESOME day today, my DCSPeeps, because you deserve it!





 
Children's book author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a 'ninja' writer of children’s picture books, middle grade chapter books and young adult novels by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books. She is also a book reviewer for Harper Collins, and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. Donna is a lover of dark chocolate, good stories, and an adoptive mom to 20-pound guard kitty in Knoxville, Tennesse