Posts from the ‘multicultural’ Category

SOMETHING TO CHEW ON

The Tooth Fairy’s Tummy Ache

Written by Lori Orlinsky

Illustrated by Vanessa Alexandre

A very cute, rhyming picture book selection for preschool and kindergarten readers. A little girl is eating lunch in school when she loses her first tooth. She is dismayed because she swallowed it! How will she be able to put the tooth under her pillow for the tooth fairy?

The protagonist decides on deception. She places a look-alike under her pillow. The tooth fairy takes the bait but later becomes suspicious and calls her friends to check it out. They decide to teach the little girl a valuable lesson.

Young readers will both empathize with the girl and delight in its humorous lesson. A perfect gift choice for children about to lose their first tooth.

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FAMILIAR AND FUN

Piano Made Easy: Learn to Play Nursery Rhymes

By Piano Made Easy Press

This book lives up to its title. It is a learning guide that focuses on familiar tunes from cultures across the world. The introduction section is important to spend time learning the basics. There are clear visuals and simple text explanations. This section must be mastered to proceed to the next level.

The book can be used with very young children with parent or teacher guidance. The songs are familiar to school children and fun to play. As the student gains more confidence, she can move up to level two in the series or graduate to more difficult sheet music.

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FAST, FASCINATING, AND ENLIGHTENING

The Magic Volcano: Molly’s Magical Adventures: Book One

Written by V. K. May

Although this book is targeted at a middle-grade reading audience with short chapters, it contains all the elements that will please young adult and adult audiences.

Molly Marsh possesses an insatiable curiosity and strong determination to get to the bottom of things. As the book opens, she has departed Australia for Papua, New Guinea. Upon landing, a blue butterfly lands on her nose assuring her things will be okay. Let the adventures begin.

Molly teams up with Michael to explore the island. The characters are well-defined, and the action is continuous. Readers discover all types of useful information. I won’t spoil the plot but will say once you start reading, you will not be able to put the book down.

A delightful chapter book for readers eight through eighty.

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Eudora Space Kid 2 – virtual book tour and giveaway #eudoraspacekid

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEW AND DAVID HORN

ABOUT THE BOOK

Eudora Space Kid: The Lobster Tale

Written by David Horn

Illustrated by Deven Hoover

Ages 6-10 | 88 Pages

Publisher: David Horn | ISBN-13: 9781736677421

Publisher’s Synopsis: Freedom for lobsters! The second in the Eudora Space Kid series: a hilariously funny, early reader sci-fi chapter book perfect for elementary-aged kids. Can Eudora and her best friend, Arnold, rescue her favorite lobsters from becoming the next meal at the spaceship’s New Year’s buffet?

Eudora is a normal third-grader who just happens to live on a 36 deck AstroLiner. In SPACE! As a math and science whiz who’s been adopted by what you might call . . . aliens, she has normal ambitions—like being the chief engineer on an AstroLiner. But when her favorite lobsters on board appear on the menu at Chef Franklin’s dinner buffet, Eudora and her best friend, Arnold, hatch a plan to break them out. Will they save their crustacean friends? Or will they end up locked in the ship’s brig? Again . . .

Brilliant for engaging emergent and early chapter book readers.

PURCHASE LINK

https://amzn.to/3NCSicc

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Horn lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters, and a funny dog named Trixie. He is a huge science fiction fan and loves reading science fiction books from both the old and new greats. His daughters inherited his love of science fiction and love watching sci-fi shows like Star Trek, Babylon 5, Stargate, and Star Wars. The Eudora Space Kid early reader chapter book series started as funny stories he told his daughters at dinner to get milk to come out of their noses. He hopes your children love Eudora’s silly antics in space too and milk comes out of their noses too!

For more information, visit https://www.eudoraspacekid.com/.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a signed copy of Eudora Space Kid: The Lobster Tale and a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card!

One (1) grand prize winner receives

A signed copy of  Eudora Space Kid: The Lobster Tale and a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card.

Two (2) winners receive:

A signed copy of Eudora Space Kid: The Lobster Tale

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

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MY REVIEW OF THIS BOOK

DOUBLE TROUBLE

Eudora Space Kid: The Lobster Tail, Book 2

Written by David Horn

Illustrated by Deven Hoover

Eudora Jenkins is a third-grader who lives on a spaceship in the future. She is a math, science, and engineering genius. Her home, The Athena, is a space vessel protecting the Planetary Republic. Its crew consists of humans and space aliens.

This book is the second in the series but can easily be a stand-alone story. Readers quickly learn that Athena and her best friend, Arnold have a penchant for getting into trouble for their pranks and landing in the brig. At the beginning of the tale, they inject dancing music while the crew is engaged in a battle drill on the bridge. More trouble looms when they decide to rescue the lobsters doomed to be on the menu for a special buffet dinner. Eudora never runs out of clever ideas that get her into trouble. Will Eudora succeed? How long will the adults tolerate her schemes?

This sci-fi series contains humor, imagination, pranks, and clever characters. Perfect choice for elementary grade students learning to read chapter books. The black and white illustrations assist with attention retention and are enticing for reluctant readers. A bonus word search activity at the end continues the fun.

TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, April 11, 2022The Children’s Book ReviewA book review ofEudora Space Kid: The Lobster Tale
Tuesday, April 12, 2022Life Is What It’s CalledAn interview withAuthor David Horn
Wednesday, April 13, 2022The Fairview ReviewA book review ofEudora Space Kid: The Lobster Tale
Thursday, April 14, 2022The Momma SpotA book review ofEudora Space Kid: The Lobster Tale
Friday, April 15, 2022The Twirling Book PrincessA book giveaway ofEudora Space Kid: The Lobster Tale
Monday, April 18, 2022Me Two BooksAn interview withAuthor David Horn
Tuesday, April 19, 2022Lisa’s ReadingA book review ofEudora Space Kid: The Lobster Tale
Wednesday, April 20, 2022Barbara Ann MojicaA book review ofEudora Space Kid: The Lobster Tale
Thursday, April 21, 2022icefairy’s Treasure ChestA book review ofEudora Space Kid: The Lobster Tale
Friday, April 22, 2022Ravenz ReviewsA book review ofEudora Space Kid: The Lobster Tale
Monday, April 25, 2022Glass of Wine, Glass of MilkA book review ofEudora Space Kid: The Lobster Tale
Tuesday, April 26, 2022Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersA book review ofEudora Space Kid: The Lobster Tale

Oi Gets Lost – virtual blog tour and giveaway

#oigetslost

In partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Bright Lights Books.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Oi Gets Lost

Written by Lorna Likiza

Illustrated by Yevheniia Melnyk

Ages 6+ | 124 Pages

Publisher: Bright Lights Books | ISBN-13: 9781739985318

Publisher’s Synopsis: Set in Kenya, Oi is a naughty kitten who lives with his Mummy and siblings in an outdoor shed. Despite Mummy’s warnings, Oi has a tendency of wandering off and exploring. But one day, after nearly being attacked by a dog, Oi ends up in an unfamiliar neighborhood. And this time, he’s not sure he’ll be able to find his way back home…

Oi’s adventure is sure to delight children and cat-lovers alike.

‘A brave and vivid adventure’ —Ijeoma Isichei

‘A sheer delight for all kids, a gem of a story’ —Okenna Nzelu

PURCHASE LINK

https://amzn.to/3qg4FRe

https://brightlightsbooks.com/ols/products/oi-gets-lost-the-oi-series

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lorna Likiza is a Kenyan writer, tutor of French, and Founder of the Heroe Book Fair. Oi Gets Lost is her first published book. She considers Literature as one of her passions and lives in Mombasa.

MY REVIEW OF THIS BOOK:

LOST AND FOUND

Oi Gets Lost

Written by Lorna Likiza

Illustrated by YevheniaMelnyk

An adorable chapter book with beautiful color illustrations. Oi, an adorable kitten, who lives in an outdoor shed near a shopping center in Kenya, narrates this story.

Oi possesses an insatiable curiosity that befuddles his mother and fellow siblings. He particularly enjoys wandering off to the shopping center where he encounters wondrous sights and smells. One day he gets too ambitious and finds himself in a shop where he causes damage and gets into trouble. A patron decides to bring Oi home to kill outdoor rats. Oi wonders if he will ever find his way home.

After befriending his new owner’s housecat, they become friends and allies. But these two cats have lived in different worlds. Can either of them be happy in different circumstances?

Elementary and middle-grade readers will learn a bit about Kenyan culture and customs as well as animals in this beautifully illustrated and well-written multicultural tale. Recommended for beginning readers, reluctant readers, and cat lovers everywhere.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a copy of Oi Gets Lost!

Ten (10) winners receive:

A copy of Oi Gets Lost

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

https://gleam.io/f87IG/oi-gets-lost-book-giveaway

TOUR SCHEDULE

Thursday, March 31, 2022The Children’s Book ReviewTour Kick-Off
Thursday, March 31, 2022Afrikanah Book ClubInstagram Live with Lorna Likiza10:15 a.m. Central Standard Time (North America)
Friday, April 1, 2022The Children’s Book ReviewA book review ofOi Gets Lost
Saturday, April 2, 2022The Fairview ReviewA book review ofOi Gets Lost
Monday, April 4, 2022Writer with WanderlustAn interview withAuthor Lorna Likiza
Tuesday, April 5, 2022Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersA book review ofOi Gets Lost
Wednesday, April 6, 2022Barbara Ann MojicaA book review ofOi Gets Lost
Thursday, April 7, 2022James Murua’s Literature BlogA podcast episode withAuthor Lorna Likiza
Friday, April 8, 2022The Momma SpotA book review ofOi Gets Lost
Saturday, April 9, 2022Crafty Moms ShareA book review ofOi Gets Lost
Tuesday, April 12, 2022icefairy’s Treasure ChestA book review ofOi Gets Lost
Wednesday, April 13, 2022Because I Said SoA book review ofOi Gets Lost
Thursday, April 14, 2022Lisa’s ReadingA book review ofOi Gets Lost
Friday, April 15, 2022Me Two BooksA book review ofOi Gets Lost
Saturday, April 16, 2022A Dream Within a DreamA book review ofOi Gets Lost
Tuesday, April 19, 2022Life Is What It’s CalledAn interview withAuthor Lorna Likiza

IT’S WORTH A TRY…

Denny and Penny: A Fun Rhyming Picture Book

Written and Illustrated by Silas Wood

Denny and Penny are fox friends. Penny is smart, sensible, and even-tempered. Denny tends to be negative, grumpy and has a terrible sweet tooth.

One day, Denny is out of food. He visits Penny to ask for something sweet. She cooks him a healthy meal instead. Will Denny enjoy it? What can he learn about kindness and gratitude?

This book contains large colorful and simple illustrations with a minimum of text on each page. It is the perfect picture book for toddlers and preschoolers. Also, it might serve as practice for children beginning to read.

Parents who have finicky eaters or children who love animal books will find it especially useful.

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#TheKindnessMachine – virtual book tour and #giveaway

In partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Purple Butterfly Press

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Kindness Machine

Written by Christina Dankert

Illustrated by Chad Dankert

Ages 4+ | 32 Pages

Publisher: Purple Butterfly Press | ISBN-13: 9781955119085

Publisher’s Synopsis: Creative and artistic 2nd-grade teacher, Mr. Wilson, wants to teach his students about kindness. Mr. Wilson creates The Kindness Machine, a special machine that shows the students exactly what they can do to bring kindness to their classroom and into their hearts! Instead of telling his students to “be kind,” which is something children hear from a very early age, they learn exactly what they can do in their own lives by pressing the special buttons. In the end, Mr. Wilson teaches his students that they each have their own Kindness Machine within them to help make kind decisions for others and themselves.

This creative, innovative, and fun teaching method will direct kids to be kind to one another in their classroom and beyond. The book includes discussion questions to help the reader consider not only kindness towards others but also kindness towards themselves, a lesson that is not always taught.

The Kindness Machine is a practical and innovative tool for teaching emotional literacy, kindness, and acceptance of self and others.

Available in hardcover, paperback, and as an ebook.

PURCHASE LINK

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3COBXwa

Bookshop.org: https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9781955119085

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christina Dankert is a second-grade teacher. She has a passion for literacy and believes that we can change the world by reading to the children in our lives. This is her debut picture book. She lives in Sylvania, Ohio, with her husband, Chad, and their two children. She has dreamed of collaborating with her husband to merge their two professions of educator and artist into one meaningful product. The Kindness Machine allowed that dream to come true.

Learn more about Christina at www.christinadankert.com.

MY REVIEW OF THIS BOOK:

SPREAD A LITTLE KINDNESS

Kindness for All

Written by Christina Dankert

Illustrated by Chad Dankert

What a wonderful message for elementary school children! This multicultural book portrays a diverse second-grade class with a wonderful role model as a teacher.

Mr. Wilson is a popular teacher with a penchant for invention. One day he brings one of them to class. He hides the invention under a bedsheet. The children are excited and curious. What could it be?

Mr. Wilson asks the class to identify their superpowers. When they claim not to have any, Mr. Wilson shows them how his invention is the kindness machine that will reveal each student’s superpower.

Can this be true? One by one the students step up to the machine and learn how each possesses a unique superpower that can help them to spread kindness.

The author includes wonderful illustrations and discussion questions to use before, during, and after the reading, making this picture book a valuable teaching tool.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a classroom set of The Kindness Machine or one of five individual copies!

One (1) winner receives:

A classroom set (30 copies) of The Kindness Machine will be sent directly to the winners’ school of choice, along with autographed bookplates personalized for each student and the teacher.

Five (5) winners receive:

A copy of The Kindness Machine, with bookplates autographed by author Christina Dankert

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

https://gleam.io/xE0ba/the-kindness-machine-book-giveaway

TOUR SCHEDULE

Tuesday, March 22, 2022The Children’s Book ReviewA book review ofThe Kindness Machine
Wednesday, March 23, 2022The Fairview ReviewA book review ofThe Kindness Machine
Thursday, March 24, 2022Books Are Magic, TooA book review ofThe Kindness Machine
Friday, March 25, 2022Me Two BooksA book activity to pair withThe Kindness Machine
Monday, March 28, 2022The Momma SpotA book review ofThe Kindness Machine
Tuesday, March 29, 2022icefairy’s Treasure ChestA book review ofThe Kindness Machine
Wednesday, March 30, 2022Life Is What It’s CalledAn interview withAuthor Christina Dankert
Thursday, March 31, 2022Book Bug CAA book review ofThe Kindness Machine
Friday, April 1, 2022Barbara Ann MojicaA book review ofThe Kindness Machine
Monday, April 4, 2022Lisa’s ReadingA book review ofThe Kindness Machine
Tuesday, April 5, 2022Younger Family FunA book review ofThe Kindness Machine
Wednesday, April 6, 2022Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersA guest article byAuthor Christina Dankert
Thursday, April 7, 2022Crafty Moms ShareA book review ofThe Kindness Machine

INTERESTING CONCEPT

Infinite Sacrifice: Infinite Series Book 1

Written by L.E. Waters

Maya has just died. She finds herself in a heaven very different from what she imagined.

Her spirit guide, Zachariah, whisks her on a tour through her past lives which include ancient Egypt, Greek Sparta, pirates and Vikings, and finally to the plague in medieval London. Maya just wants to be with the family she had before she died.

The book ends with a sneak peek into Book Two of the series which brings her to the papal court in Rome. Characters are interesting enough and the plot moves along evenly.

I found the first book interesting. Recommended for young adult and adult audiences. Not sure if the momentum of the concept can carry on through a whole series.

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ELIJAH GOES TO CLEVELAND – VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR AND GIVEAWAY #elijahgoestocleveland

In partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Mark Darden

ABOUT THE BOOK

Elijah Goes to Cleveland

Written by Mark Darden

Illustrated by Anh Bui

Ages 4+ | 32 Pages

Publisher: Buckeye Muscle Media | 9871736703007

Publisher’s Synopsis: Elijah is in Cleveland visiting his grandparents when he finds out that his favorite music band will be performing at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The tickets are free, but there is a catch: You have to do a scavenger hunt to find band members at various landmarks throughout Cleveland. With the help of his grandparents, will Elijah be able to secure tickets to see his favorite band perform? Pick up a copy of Elijah Goes to Cleveland to find out.

https://buckeyemuscle.com/shop/elijah-goes-to-cleveland

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mark Darden is an author, sports travel blogger, and Chief Content Creator for Buckeye Muscle Media, LLC. Since 2017, Mark has documented his sports travel adventures on his blog, buckeyemuscle.com. Originally from Cleveland, Mark’s first book is IT’S GAME TIME FOLKS!: Quest for 30, a travelogue of his journey visiting all 30 MLB ballparks during the 2017 season. He is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA).

For more information, visit https://buckeyemuscle.com.

MY REVIEW OF THIS BOOK

SEEING THE SITES

Elijah Goes to Cleveland

Written by Mark Darden

Illustrated by Anh Bui

Elijah is so excited to be visiting his grandparents in Cleveland, Ohio. After he arrives, he views a commercial for a concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Elijah notes his favorite band will be performing and there is a contest to win free tickets. He immediately asks his grandparents to help.

They will have to scour the city because to win the prize the contestant must follow the clues to a scavenger hunt. During their mission, the family visits the town square, a museum, the zoo, a theater, a park, and the Hall of Fame. Will Elijah win the prize? What does he learn about Cleveland?

I enjoyed the beautiful multicultural illustrations, the map, and the warm family relationships portrayed in the story. Recommended for young children as a picture book, a travel guide for Cleveland, and a beginning reader.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win one of ten autographed copies of Elijah Goes to Cleveland—5 books will have a gift card to one of the following places: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Museum of Art, West Side Market, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Karamu House!

Five (5) winners receive:

A signed copy of Elijah Goes to Cleveland

A gift card to one of the following places: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland Museum of Art, West Side Market, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, or Karamu House!

Five (5) winners receive:

A signed copy of Elijah Goes to Cleveland

https://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/2022/03/elijah-goes-to-cleveland-awareness-tour 

TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, March 7, 2022The Children’s Book ReviewTour Kick-Off
Tuesday, February 15, 2022The Fairview ReviewA book review ofElijah Goes to Cleveland
Tuesday, March 9, 2022The Momma SpotA book review ofElijah Goes to Cleveland
Wednesday, March 10, 2022Life Is What It’s CalledAn interview withAuthor Mark Darden
Tuesday, March 15, 2022icefairy’s Treasure ChestA book review ofElijah Goes to Cleveland
Wednesday, March 16, 2022Barbara Ann MojicaA book review ofElijah Goes to Cleveland
Thursday, March 17, 2022Because I Said SoA book review ofElijah Goes to Cleveland
Friday, March 18, 2022Crafty Moms ShareA book review ofElijah Goes to Cleveland
Wednesday, March 23, 2022Tales of a Wannabe Superhero MomA beyond the book activity forElijah Goes to Cleveland
Thursday, March 24, 2022Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersA guest article byAuthor Mark Darden
Friday, March 25, 2022Lisa’s ReadingA book review ofElijah Goes to Cleveland

A GLIMPSE INTO THE SERIES…

The Scenic Route: An Nsibidi Scripts Short Story

Written by Nnedi Okorafor

The author has written a short story based on the characters of his science fiction and fantasy Nsibidi scripts series.

The book series features friends Sasha and Sunny who live in Nigeria. They have special powers that allow them to see lots more than the average person. In this short story, the two friends land at O’Hare Airport in Chicago. They go on a short jaunt to visit the highlights of Chicago. Readers are treated to a tour of familiar sights seen through their unfamiliar eyes.

The book can be enjoyed by those who have not read books in the series but will probably whet their appetite to learn more about life in Nigeria and the mysterious powers they possess.

The series is recommended for ages twelve and older but this book is appropriate for younger children as well.

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