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Grandman Dean Goes Big Shopping

Grandman Dean Goes Big Shopping (Adventures with Pop Pop Book 1) by [Warren Martin, Star Huddleston, Karen Tucker]

Grandman Dean Goes Big Shopping follows young Dean and his grandfather, ‘Pop Pop’, on a trip to a big-box store, which they endearingly call ‘big shopping’. Dean and Pop Pop’s trip to the store is filled with many things that many people are used to; pushing the shopping cart, roaming the aisles, and best of all, finding the toy aisle.

What I loved most about this book was how it presented an everyday trip to the store as an adventure. This book is able to capture the unique view of the world that children have and bring it to life on the page with colorful images that are bright, simple, and adorable. Children will love pointing out all the cute toys found throughout the book and parents will undoubtedly recognize things they do in the store with their own children. Grandman Dean Goes Big Shopping shows that not every story needs to be about some wild fantasy world. Memories are made every day, within our normal lives, by doing them with the ones we love and creating our own fun. Grandman Dean Goes Big Shopping is the first book in author Warren Martin’s Adventures with Pop Pop series. I really enjoy this down to earth children’s series and I think any parent and child will as well.

Pages: 18 | ASIN: B084DKMB36

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The Not-So-Haunted House – Trailer

The Not-So-Haunted House is a story about a farmer who has allowed his imagination to run wild. He believes his house is haunted and has moved out of it and into his barn. His friend comes to visit and to help him understand his fears. It is a delightful picture book and has all the ingredients one looks for in a children’s story. It’s a tale told in rhyme that can help parents to calm their kids’ fears of things that go bump in the night.

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The Gift of an Active Imagination!

Dr. Qooz Author Interview

Dr. Qooz Author Interview

Where Are We encourages children to use their imagination as a doorway to endless possibilities. What role does imagination play in the education system?

Unfortunately at about age 3 imagination is stifled accidentally by parents and teachers and replaced with discipline and suggestions of; “don’t do that, you can’t do that” because “it” is not part of the classroom curriculum, or home discipline parameters, therefore imagination and creativity are suppressed, unknowingly by the adults in the room. Books, teacher’s and forward thinking adults can revitalize the child’s imagination by complimenting the child’s ability to think outside the box, letting them know they have the “gift” of imagination.

Do you find that the current generation of children have an active imagination?

YES! After traveling the world to over 50 countries, 50 US states and many foreign provinces and states, I can assure that every child is born with the gift of an active imagination! Rich or poor nations all produce children, that when encouraged, bring forth a wealth of inventions, formulas, ideas and processes that continue to reshape and bless our present world, worldwide. This observance encompasses several generations up to 14 lustrums.

There is a helpful vocabulary list at the end of the book. Was this intentional or did you find you had a lot of big words when writing the book?

The glossary at the end of this book was added after my straight “A”, voracious reading granddaughter in 6th grade called to ask what a word meant in my new book. After a brief conversation she pointed out several other words that she knew, but her classmates did not. A glossary called, “Words to Use by Dr. Qooz” will be a trademark in every Dr. Qooz’ books. If the child understands the definition, they will incorporate the “new word” into their vernacular regardless of their age. Children are not ever too young to learn new words.

This is book three in the Fargone series. What can readers expect in book four?

Fargone is a journey that almost every child will trod to adulthood. The fourth Fargone Series Book, Chasing Scaredy Away, highlights, Child Fear. This very real state of mind or condition is addressed by discount, jest, shock or truth in hopes of the child achieving a state in which they will deal with the fear on their own. Dr. Qooz addresses child fear in a positive, truthful way without reinforcing fantasy creatures such as ghosts and monsters. The inherent fears of darkness, thunderstorms, creatures under the bed or in the closet are all fears that strike most children. These issues are revealed in a way that the child can more quickly deal with the fear crisis and get on to a less fearful event. Solutions are referenced in the story and on the back cover.

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Where Are We?: A field Trip to Paradise! (Fargone Book 3) by [Dr. Qooz]

Where Are We picture book is one of the top best sellers to debut this year. This exciting imaginative, class field trip is full of mystery and adventure.

The theme of the book continues the saga of a young class that receives a new student from a distant land that no one has ever heard of. After accepting Gerri Giraffe from Fargone as a friend, the class is puzzled of how Gerri got to the NoWay jungle when there are no roads, trains, planes or boat facilities in the jungle. This is the opening of the book.

This motivational book for children is the third book in the Journey to Fargone™ Series. #1 Best-selling author, Dr. Qooz, champions our National Treasure, our Children’s Imagination.

This historical mystery incorporates time travel, encouragement, guidance and entertainment for the children and the parents. This children’s book of positive thinking for alert growing minds keeps you spellbound to the last word!

The author encourages young readers to open their minds to amazing possibilities which an avid imagination can generate.
In addition to the animated characters, vivid colors, humor, surprise and fun, there is a lesson to learn of how important active imagination plays in all the years to come for the child.

Dr. Qooz demonstrates everyone’s imagination can lead to resourcefulness and believability.

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A Learning Experience

Dr. Qooz Author Interview

Dr. Qooz Author Interview

From Tree to Twelve is a counting book that follows a boy and his animal friend as they count from one to twelve on a fun road trip adventure. What decisions went into the scenes for each number?

Each scene was constructed to be a learning experience partially from the knowledge the child has at reading with the intent to get the child to associate the image with the number.

My favorite scene is the bed time scene of the bedroom because of the cute toys. Do you have a favorite scene from the book?

My favorite scene is making mud pies with fingers, toes and the hose as this was a fun time of my youth.

This is book one in your Nick and Millie series. What plans do you have for this series in the future?

The next Dr. Qooz book will be a companion book to this Counting book. The book will be an ABC’s book with underlying references to preservation of the world’s ecology, with Nick and Millie and will be complete this Fall.

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Dr. Qooz introduces Nick and Millie the monkey, that shares a new approach to counting for the new schoolers. A Trip to Twelve is an inter-reactive counting book with symbols that are immediately understood and remembered. From noses to toes-es are combined with items commonly identified by the new schoolers.

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Voyage Of Pearl Of The Seas

Voyage Of Pearl Of The Seas is a magnificent fairy tale adventure of a girl and her two best friends who vow to travel the world in their boat. They’re determined to stick together and be the heroes of their adventure and go on a voyage together. I found this admirable in the sense that they stay by each other no matter the storm and through thick and thin, they will even fly together if they have to. This story takes the reader travel through time to enjoy the creative form of ancient poetry and literature borrowed from the renowned Shakespeare. Ruth Finnegan in her book Voyage of Pearl of the Seas smoothly harmonizes the essence of adventure, innocence and growth. Chris and Kate are two friends with different backgrounds who are joined by a deep friendship and together with their charming dog vow to be together in their adventure through the seas to create memories. Kate isn’t good with classwork but Chris doesn’t make her feel like the other mates do, and in her eyes he’s different.

Ruth Finnegan has created a work of art. She has an imagination that I have only rarely seen in fantasy novels. The integration of poetry and ancient reference is perfect for lovers of Shakespeare and lyrical literature. It’s mature for a children’s book but it will help expand imaginations. The style, ideas and story is magical. I loved the happy ending with gifts from the King and Queen, how sweet.

I thought that the story was a little hard to follow at first, but as you read more and more it all comes together and you get to understand the beauty of this adventurous book. The illustrations within Voyage Of Pearl Of The Seas were fascinating. My favorite is the tree with all the wild animals in it, the connection between children and animals is clearly described, we should be like little children, happy to help, ready to learn and joyous no matter the challenges they are facing. Like the classical folktale story of “The Little Hen”, the hen planted the seeds all by herself, while the dog, the cat and the duck couldn’t work with her, but came time to eat bread when they all want to enjoy it, the lesson is to teach children to be hardworking and persistent and respect everything around them. Voyage of Pearl of the Seas by Ruth Finnegan ends in a similar concept, hard work, respect and persistence.

Pages: 134 | ASIN: B079GPQMG1

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The Orangutan Rescue Gang

The Orangutan Rescue Gang by [Joyce Major]

The Orangutan Rescue Gang written by Joyce Major is a riveting adventure following a group of children that set out to rescue an abused orangutan! This was a heartfelt story with a beautiful message portrayed through a thrilling adventure through the rain forest of Sumatra.

I loved Jaylynn’s character (though her father got on my nerves a lot) and Bima and Zaqi, although supporting characters, brought new dimensions to Jaylynn’s character and the story. Little O was adorable, his plight was heartbreaking but also serves to get you immediately invested in the story. I loved that Jaylynn was determined and persistent, from the moment she met Little O his safety and freedom were the only things on her mind. It was great how she and her best friend back home, Matt, helped recruit people to help Little O and it showed that if you truly want to do something to help change the world, you can if you stick to it and take action. While the character development in this story was one of the books stand out features, I felt like towards the end Zaqi’s character backtracked a bit, becoming a toddler and pitching a fit when the rescue center option was placed on the table, but that could just be my interpretation.

The Orangutan Rescue Gang shines a light on the horrible truth behind the abuse of primates and the ecological disaster happening in the rain forest. This book does a fantastic job of helping children become aware of a problem that could be abstract, as it’s happening so far away. I truly hope that those who read this decide to help primates because it is devastating that poachers do those things to them. The one thing I would have liked to see included in the book would have been an epilogue containing maybe Jaylynn, Bima, and Zaqi working with Orangutans and maybe JayLynn’s father visiting her at work or volunteering with her. I really would have liked to see Matt visiting her since he was a big help in the rescue as well, even if it was from afar.

This book is both creative and informative. Joyce Major does a great job of relaying an important message while telling a story that is consistently entertaining.

Pages: 137 | ASIN: B07PMTN95B

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Accentuating the Positive

Dr. Qooz Author Interview

Dr. Qooz Author Interview

Chasing Scaredy Away empowers children to conquer their fear by showing how Zora the zebra overcomes her own. How do children develop a fear of the dark and how can parents help overcome it?

Children develop fear of the dark from what they hear from electronic media, friends, and parents. Accentuating the positive, pointing out early that there are no ghosts, monsters and boogie man and explain light chases the imagined creatures away.

Your books always have bright and clean art. How do you choose which animals to incorporate into your story?

The animals in Dr. Qooz’ stories all have personalities of their own. These personalities are matched to the story for best inevitability.

What can readers expect in the next installment in your Fargone series?

The next Fargone story will be about individualism of the child and how important it is to be you and not what your friends declare they want you to be. Fat Harriet the Hippo is accosted by a new classmate, Weezy the Weasel, that wants to do a makeover.

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Chasing Scaredy Away is a picture book with a positive solution to help your child’s night fears. Zora has a history of being a fraidy-zebra. A simple shopping trip creates an imaginary monster that comes home to frighten Zora that night. Mother Zebra shows Zora a solution for dissolving her night fears, chasing scaredy away, and leaving Zora empowered and unafraid. Reading a children’s book with facts the child can use and depend upon for the rest of the child’s life will help your child overcome their fears and move on.

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