Friday, August 18, 2017

#MMBBR #Review #BlogTour #TheBigDreamsBeachHotel by #LillyBartlett @MicheleGormanUK




The Big Dreams Beach Hotel by [Bartlett, Lilly, Gorman, Michele]

Wriggle your toes in the sand and feel the warm breeze on your face at the hotel that’s full of dreams…

Three years after ditching her career in New York City, Rosie never thought she’d still be managing the quaint faded Victorian hotel in her seaside hometown. 

What’s worse, the hotel’s new owners are turning it into a copy of their Florida properties. Flamingos and all. Cultures are clashing and the hotel’s residents stand in the way of the developers’ plans. The hotel is both their home and their family.

That’s going to make Rory’s job difficult when he arrives to enforce the changes. And Rosie isn’t exactly on his side, even though it’s the chance to finally restart her career. Rory might be charming, but he’s still there to evict her friends. 

How can she follow her dreams if it means ending everyone else’s?

This is a brand new standalone novel from the author of the Carlton Square series with a whole new cast of characters to fall in love with!




Many of you know that I am in love with Bartlett/Gorman as a writer.  I think that she really gets what the reader wants and delivers with books that are crafted beautifully.  In her newest book, The Big Dreams Beach Motel, you are introduced to a new set of characters, brought to a new setting, but get all the great elements that Bartlett/Gorman is known for.  She writes in a way that takes struggle love, reinvention and hope (among other things), blends it all together and causes readers to fall in love with both characters and setting.  I was buzzing through the pages and when I finished the book I was left satisfied.  Another book that is not to be missed and a story I HIGHLY recommend!


Lilly BartlettLilly Bartlett’s cozy romcoms are full of warmth, quirky characters and guaranteed happily-ever-afters. 

Lilly is the pen-name of USA Today and Sunday Times best-selling author, Michele Gorman, who writes best friend-girl power comedies under her own name.



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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

#MMBBR #Review @NatGeoKids #WeirdButTrueDailyPlanner #UnitedStatesAtlas



Prepare to be amazed each day with weird-but-true facts that will impress your friends and stump your parents. Turn the page and record your school work, keep track of activities, and plan your social life, all while learning wild and wacky things about the world around you! 

Fun prompts invite you to celebrate weirdness. Plus there are homework help sections and tons of space to write or doodle your daily schedule any way you wish. With beautiful full-color artwork and engaging information and activities, this is the must-have planner. It's a great way to stand out from the crowd!

MY REVIEW:
Such a fun way to keep track of your daily activities.  There are 365 days to fill with everything you are doing and on the pages are pictures, questions, facts and space for doodles, drawings or notes.  I love all the funny and wacky facts.  It is a great way to learn new and funny things each and everyday.  You can keep track of anything and everything in this book! I really love the homework help section, as it helps direct students in a new and fun way.  This is a great gift for any student going back to school.  I just may get one for myself! 5 stars



Kids will have fun learning about every U.S. state in this amazing atlas, packed with maps, stats, facts, and pictures. National Geographic's world-renowned cartographers have paired up with education experts to create maps of the 50 states, U.S. territories, and Washington, D.C., that pinpoint the physical features, capitals, and towns and cities of each state. Discover the latest data and trends along with colorful photography of each state and the people who live there. 
 
Key points reflect the latest information about land and water, people, and places. Lively essays cover each region of the country. Eight specially themed maps on nature, population, energy, climate, and more, delve deeper into key issues. State birds and state flags add to the high visual interest. This is a great reference for home and school with all the basics kids need to know to succeed in middle school, high school, and beyond.


MY REVIEW:  
I am so excited to work through this atlas with my kiddos. What makes this atlas so cool is that it is a bit different than other atlases.  You will find the maps, but there is more...lots more.  There is information on flags, birds and flowers of each state.  This book is filled with pictures, charts and stats.  I am always looking for ways to keep the learning going over the summer months and into the school year to supplement what they learn at school.  This book is going to be a HUGE hit! It is a super big book and has bright and colorful photos.  I cannot get over how jam packed with facts, maps and other tidbits this book is. You will get to explore so much. This book also includes a detailed glossary and index. I love that the facts are written in a way that is easy to understand. Adults and kids alike will get lost looking at the pictures and learning so much cool and interesting information. So awesome!!! 5 HUGE stars



Monday, August 14, 2017

#MMBBR #Review #AtWavesEnd by @PatPDonovan #FirstLine #LakeUnionPublishing @AmazonPub

After a childhood as unpredictable as the flip of a coin, Faith Sterling has finally found her comfort zone in the kitchen of an upscale Manhattan restaurant. A workaholic chef, at least there she’s in control. So when her free-spirited and often-gullible mother, Connie, calls to announce that she’s won a bed-and-breakfast on the Jersey Shore, Faith’s patience boils over. Convinced the contest is a scam, she rushes to Wave’s End to stop Connie from trading her steady job for an uncertain future.
When a hurricane ravages the coast, Faith is torn between supporting the shore rescue and bailing out her beleaguered boss. But the storm dredges up deceptions and emotional debris that threaten to destroy the inn’s future and her fragile bonds with her mother.
As the women struggle to salvage both the inn and their relationship, Faith begins to see herself and Connie in a new light—and to realize that some moments are better left to chance.


#FirstLine ~ With Piquant's stainless steel kitchen door propped at the exactly right angle, head chief Faith Stering could clandestinely scan the entire dining room, which at eleven o'clock on this mid-September weeknight remained two-thirds full.

I adored this book.  It was everything I love in a good book...an interesting setting, great characters and a story that was both richly written and a story that kept me turning pages.  I loved that this book was multi-layered...there was such depth.  If you want a book that will take you by the heart and not let go, this is the book for you!  


Patricia Perry DonovanPatricia Perry Donovan is an American journalist who writes about healthcare. Her fiction has appeared at Gravel Literary, Flash Fiction Magazine, Bethlehem Writers Roundtable and in other literary journals. The mother of two grown daughters, she lives at the Jersey shore with her husband, with whom she has fond memories of raising their young family abroad in France. Connect with her on Facebook @PatriciaPerryDonovanBooks and on Twitter @PatPDonovan. Learn more at www.patriciaperrydonovan.com









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Sunday, August 13, 2017

#MMBBR #Review #KissesForKindergarten by by #LivingstoneCrouse #MackyPamintuan


Stella Isabella Harden

contemplating kindergarten
declared she didn't have to go,
because her puppy told her so.


School is about to begin, and Stella Isabella Harden decides that kindergarten just isn't for her. Instead, she decides to spend the day learning from her puppy named Buster. Together these two adventurers plan a day full of playtime, teatime, naptime, and storytime.

After every "lesson," Stella gets the best reward: a kiss from her best friend and favorite puppy. But will she change her mind about kindergarten before the first day of school? Join Stella and Buster in this lyrical read-aloud and uplifting story about growing up.

From Booklist review:
“In Crouse’s delightful kindergarten-readiness tale, lyrical couplets playfully emphasize how the transition from home life to school can be a frightening experience for youngsters. Pamintuan adds warmth and tenderness to frolicsome scenes of the cartoonish figures in saturated colors, by focusing on Stella and Buster’s close-knit relationship. Including a kindergarten-ready checklist, this debut is a perfect read for kiddos nervous about their first day of school.”


A perfect book to help your child get ready for Kindergarten.  I adored this book and know that it will help so many kids transition to school.  It can be so very scary to leave home and be away from your loved ones.  Children need to find other things to focus their attentions on and to find ways to make the change easier.  This book, with its colorful illustrations, allows a child to focus their energies on the exciting parts of school, rather than the scary parts.  I cannot wait to give this to my favorite Kindergarten teacher to read to her kids on the first day of school!!  


About the Author and Illustrator:
Livingstone Crouse has spent the last 20 years either selling, editing, or writing books for children. He's even done all three at once! So recently he decided he'd focus entirely on writing the kinds of books he likes to read, books in verse that are filled with heart, word-play, and lots of laughs. Books like this one. Livingstone lives in a large, 200-year old farmhouse in New York's Hudson Valley with his husband and a dog named Kat. (And you can be fairly certain that Livingstone Crouse is not his real name. But don't tell anyone!)

Macky Pamintuan was born and raised in Davao, a city in the southern Philippines. As a young child, drawing was his favorite pastime and an activity that brought him delight and satisfaction. Early on, his parents discovered that giving him paper and pencil was a sure way to keep him busy, quiet, and out of trouble. He still remembers the day when he successfully drew Mickey Mouse and Superman, a huge breakthrough and a sweet triumph. He moved to San Francisco at age 21 and in 1998 enrolled in the Academy of Art College to pursue illustration. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in December 2003. When not illustrating, Macky enjoys playing basketball, his other true passion.


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#MMBBR #Review There's a Dragon in my Closet by #DorotheaTaylor @DeneneMillner


The dragon in the closet is such a con: one minute he’s dancing like a goof under sheets and leaving “get well” notes and peppermints when little ones are sick, and the next he’s tracking dirty footprints all over the carpet and eating all the snickerdoodles out of the cookie jar. With him around, there’s always lots of fun—and a whole heap of trouble, especially when he goes invisible, leaving a little boy to answer for his bad behavior.

Colorful illustrations bring to life this adorable tale of a kid who blames sweet surprises and mischievous behavior on an invisible, mysterious guest only he knows exists: the friendly, goofy, troublemaking dragon in his closet. But did the dragon really do it?

There’s a Dragon in My Closet is a funny, engaging salute to mischievous little boys and the imaginary friends that sprinkle giggles and create a few pickles on even the most ordinary days.



A such a beautiful book that takes you along with a young boy who goes through his days with adventure and creativity.  This book captures all the best parts of being young and being loved by family.  There is something so true and beautifully wonderful captured in the pages of this book.  You cannot help but be left with a sense of love and awe because the sweetness just oozes through this story!  Highly recommended!  


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#MMBBR #Review #HenryAndTheHiddenTreasure by #BCRFegan @TaleBlade


Henry and the Hidden Treasure is an imaginative adventure a young child has in defending his pocket money against his little sister. Henry constructs elaborate defensive measures that he is sure will stand up to the clever ambitions of Lucy. Little does he know, Lucy has a few tricks of her own.With a focus on introducing children to the use of ordinal numbers, Henry and the Hidden Treasure also draws out some important qualities of being a kid - such as creativity, the value of listening to parental advice, and of course, being nice to your sister.



Such an adorable story about wanting something and realizing that you were under the wrong impression the whole time.  When Henry goes to great and imaginative attempts to protect his money, he ends up with a huge surprise.  In a story about love, family and adventure Henry and the Hidden Treasure is a story that will leave you with a smile on your face.  

B.C.R. Fegan

BCR Fegan is an award-winning author who has written a number of fairy tales and fantasies for children and young adults.

Raised on a small hobby farm only minutes from some of Australia’s greatest beaches, Fegan grew up inspired by the power of natures ambience. From the intensity of the frequent summer storms, to the overwhelming serenity of a lonely beach in the early hours of the morning. His ravenous appetite for both reading and writing soon saw him drawing on the transformational influence of the world around him to craft short stories, poems and picture books

As time wore on, Fegan also found inspiration in the magic and depth of authors and compositors like Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault. He was mesmerised by the potency of small but beautiful phrases that were carefully carved from the minds of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Robert Frost. He grew to appreciate the worlds meticulously created by David Eddings, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis.

Eventually, he began to forge his own complete works. Weaving his own magic, piecing together his own phrases and crafting his own worlds. Agonising over plots that would inspire, characters that would be loved and circumstances that would delight. In time, his efforts saw a number of children’s books and young adult fiction produced. Through the efforts of TaleBlade Press, these works are now being published with that same careful dedication.





#MMBBR #ProudPenguin by #JamiePurnell #NicoleTaylor #ScruffieMunsterMedia


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Synopsis: Proud Penguin tells the feel-good tale of a penguin whose spirits are lifted from building a new friendship with a seagull, and whose view of the world and himself is changed forever.

Features that make Proud Penguin stand-out children’s literature include:
·         Relatable themes of building self-esteem and self-confidence. I have had a teacher and a bookstore manager find the story's theme so universal, they took the book home to read it to their own children.

·         Proud Penguin is kid-tested and approved!! The story was recently shared with over 400 children, aged 2-4, who danced and sang and thoroughly enjoyed themselves!
  
·         Lush & beautiful illustrations by Nicole Taylor

·         More than a picture book, Proud Penguin is an experience! The words to Proud Penguin are actually the lyrics to a song! My first edition includes a free download of the official recording. Every page of this timeless musical adventure was made to delight and entertain families as they read and sing along together.

·         For the musically inclined, a free copy of the sheet music to the song is also included. The music is simplified so that it can be easily played by young hands and musicians of all abilities.

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A beautifully illustrated story that captures the fact that everyone wishes they could do or be somebody else, but in the end we all should just embrace our own gifts and talents and love being who we are meant to be.  There is only one YOU, be the best one you can!!

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