Thursday, April 2, 2015

A To Z Challenge: BOOK NOOK REVIEWS "B"








Title:  Blizzard
Author/Illustrator:  John Rocco
Publisher:  Disney-Hyperion
Ages: 4-8

Synopsis:

One winter day started to snow,
and it did
                  not
                           stop.
At first it as fun.
But four days later, the snowplows
still hadn’t come,
cabin fever as setting in,
and rations were running low.
Someone had to take action.
Will one intrepid boy be able to triumph over a fearsome BLIZZARD?

Why you should read it: 

Author/Illustrator John Rocco has masterfully created a world of snow and ice where one kid can become the neighborhood hero. Detailed artwork takes young readers on a delightful adventure to the local grocery store when a much younger John uses his imagination as an Arctic survivalist to brave the elements as the family’s hot cocoa supply runs low. Does he have what it takes to save his family and the neighborhood from going hungry during the BLIZZARD?


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**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!




Blurb:

Addie comes from a long line of readers or "story catchers" as her family likes to call themselves. Every time Addie tries to catch a story on her own the wiggly words play tricks on her. She tries different ways to make those words sit still but it will take a little faith for Addie to become the next STORY CATCHER.

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Bi-montly Newsletter full of mazes, puzzles, games, news, and other goodies
Reading Log for earning STORY CATCHER AWARD
Short story starring YOU!



Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A To Z Challenge: BOOK NOOK REVIEWS "A"






Title:  Abbie Against The Storm
Author:  Marcia Vaughan
Illustrator: Bill Farnsworth
Publisher:  Beyond Words Publishing
Ages: 7-9

Synopsis:

Abbie Burgess helps her father care for a lighthouse on a small island off the coast of Maine. When Abbie’s mother becomes ill, her father must sail to the mainland to find food and medicine. Seventeen-year-old Abbie will be left alone to care for the lighthouse that guides so many ships to safety. 

Why you should read it: 

I have always been fascinated with lighthouses and now that I’m beginning to write creative nonfiction stories, this story about a real life lighthouse keeper caught my interest. Award winning author Marcia Vaughan creates a powerful visual tale of life as a lighthouse keeper during the 19th century. Readers will wonder how Abbie will be able to keep her family safe after the biggest storm of the century comes between her and the only thing saving the ships at sea from crashing on the rocks below her home.


Like-o-meter Rating scale**: 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!




Blurb:

Addie comes from a long line of readers or "story catchers" as her family likes to call themselves. Every time Addie tries to catch a story on her own the wiggly words play tricks on her. She tries different ways to make those words sit still but it will take a little faith for Addie to become the next STORY CATCHER.

Buy Links:
Amazon Kindle ¦ Paperback ¦ B&N ¦ Smashwords



JOIN THE STORY CATCHER FAN CLUB!

Membership includes:

Membership Certificate

Bi-montly Newsletter full of mazes, puzzles, games, news, and other goodies
Reading Log for earning STORY CATCHER AWARD
Short story starring YOU!

Monday, March 30, 2015

CHALLENGE YOURSELF WITH THE A TO Z CHALLENGE!





When it comes to writing, I don't think anyone would call me lazy. I like a good writing challenge and they don't come any better than the annual A to Z Challenge hosted by people like the brilliant Arlee Bird (http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/) or the clever ninja captain Alex J Cavanaugh (http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/), whose mission for 26 days in April is to have a little fun with the nearly 1500 other participants.


JUST WHAT IS THIS A TO Z CHALLENGE YOU ASK?


Well, it's a blogging party where participants create a post for each letter of the alphabet and then post them every day Monday through Saturday throughout the month of April. After posting their own posts, they also take a few minutes to visit the hundreds of other cool bloggers off the linky list you can find by going to the A to Z Challenge blog (http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/a-to-z-challenge-sign-uplist-2015.html).


Every year I try to participate and my goal is to literally visit every participant's blog throughout the month. Some years I accomplish my goal...sometimes I don't but I always manage to find a few cool blogs to follow and ALWAYS pick up some more followers for my own blog. Last year I posted children's book reviews under my BOOK NOOK REVIEWS series and I'm doing it again this year. I found some really neat books out there so I hope you stop by every day next month to check them out!


It's not too late to join the fun and your posts don't have to be lengthy...in fact it's better if they are short and sweet because then more people have time to check out your blog before moving on to the next one.  Some people post pictures of cool stuff for each letter of the alphabet. Some people like me do book reviews. One year I posted weird words from the dictionary and gave their definitions. Still others list crafts or food or talk about movies or funny animals.


You get the idea. It's a smorgasbord of great posts and SO MUCH FUN!!


Okay, now that I've convinced you to give the A to Z Challenge a try, why not hop over to the blog at http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/p/a-to-z-challenge-sign-uplist-2015.html and sign up? See you on the blogosphere next month...;~)





BLURB:

Addie comes from a long line of readers or "story catchers" as her family likes to call themselves. Every time Addie tries to catch a story on her own the wiggly words play tricks on her. She tries different ways to make those words sit still but it will take a little faith for Addie to become the next STORY CATCHER.


Buy Links: