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Pippin’s Country Adventure

Pippin's Country Adventure (A Poodle Called Pippin) by [Julia Seaborn]

Pippin’s Country Adventure follows a spry poodle named Pippin that heads out on a fun filled adventure where he meets a variety of animals, learns something new from each of them, and gets to practice his counting skills along the way.

This lively children’s book deftly combines several educational aspects into a fun story that will delight young readers as it teaches them something useful. I enjoyed how counting was part of the story. It not only lets readers practice counting, but it allows them to also recognize the word for the number, rather than just showing the number on the page like many other children’s books. On top of learning to count, children will also get to learn a fun fact about each animal they encounter. All of this is told with simple language and vivid illustrations on each page that really captures the fun Pippin is having.

This is an educational picture book that will help readers with counting, teach them about animals, and will also help them with their reading comprehension as there are several questions in the back of the book that will prompt a good discussion about what happened in the book.

Pippin’s Country Adventure is an enjoyable kids book that I highly recommend for parents and teachers working on reading comprehension as there are a lot of fun things that happen in this book.

Pages: 32 | ASIN: B09DPXTDGK

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The Colored Water Fountain

The Colored Water Fountain is an intellectually and emotionally stirring children’s book that follows Asher and Adeline after a great flood has remade the world. Humans have no memory of the old world, but some remnants of that world remain, like a water fountain with a sign above it that says ‘colored’. Innocently they believe it means that the fountain will dispense colored water, but when it does not provide colored water they go off in search of the truth. What they find is a sad fact about the people that came before them.

This is quite a profound children’s book with a sophisticated backstory that sets up this story. I would recommend this story to more advanced young readers as there are some concepts in the book that require some thought, but all of the ideas expressed are very important and speak to humanities capacity to both love and hate, and how that choice is left up to us. This book provides a unique opportunity to view our actions from a different worldview, one that is naïve of our past transgressions against one another. How would we see ourselves from this point of view?

The Colored Water Fountain tells an important story with beautiful illustrations throughout and a Christian themed mythology that explores truth, kindness, friendship, hope and love in a one-of-a-kind way.

Pages: 42 | ASIN: B09F2Y37QG

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The Grate Adventure of Lester Zester

The Grate Adventure of Lester Zester by [Mark Dantzler, Julia Pelikhovich]

The Grate Adventure of Lester Zester by Mark Dantzler is the perfect parent and child read-a-long! Follow the story of the kitchen tool, Lester Zester, as he finds his place in his new home. While you are reading, there is a secret message to decode, but you have to pay close attention!

I fell in love with this storybook! At first glance, it looks like every other children’s book, except with a bit more of a unique premise. That is until you realize there is a hidden message to be found both literally and figuratively.

Dantzler engages the reader’s mind and emotions with this charming tale. Lester Zester trying to find his way in the kitchen is wholly reminiscent of what people go through in the real world. And the puzzle you have to solve makes it entertaining for both parent and child.

The Grate Adventure of Lester Zester is a fun and creative children’s picture book that will delight young readers and inspire the imagination.

Pages: 60 | ASIN: B09FMXGSF5

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Magic in Windowland

Magic in Windowland (Pip's Adventures in Windowland Book 1) by [Rupamanjari Majumder]

Magic in Windowland follows a window doodle who is magically, and accidentally, brought to life by a pixie. Pip bursts into life on the page and realizes that he has the ability to bring other window doodles to life. But when he trips and accidentally brings a doodle dragon to life Pip must use his magic, imagination and wits to defeat it.

I really enjoyed the creativity in this book. The idea of window doodles coming to life is unique and executed in a fun way that makes the entire story awesome and charming. Pip is just a stick figure but there is so much action going on in each page that you hardly notice that he’s just a simple drawing. Even I, as an adult, was drawn into the story and wondered of the possible adventures they can encounter in Windowland as it is filled with doodles pulled straight from children’s imaginations.

The story is told with simple language that beginning readers will be able to read. Every page is accompanied by cute art that illustrates the point of the piece of the story, which should help young readers place the words they are reading in context.

This is an imaginative adventure story that children will surely enjoy. You can be sure that after kids finish this book they will be running to the nearest window to create doodles of their own.

Pages: 31 | ASIN: B097QHGPW2

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An Explosion of Ideas

Paul Bird
Paul Bird Author Interview

The Mistaken Monster is a fun adventure story following three kids who think they see a monster but discover something heartwarming instead. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

A family holiday, a conversation with my 10 year old daughter Sarah, an explosion of ideas, and the book was born.

What scene did you have the most fun writing in this book?

The scene where they all realise that stye have mistaken the old man for a monster. The interaction between him and the group reminds me of so many conversations with over people about how much they value company.

Was there anything from your own childhood that you placed into this story?

The snake going across the year din the opening is right out of my childhood. That was a really common occurrence where I grew up.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from the story?

Don’t judge, kindness is our best defense.

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Sometimes things are not as they seem. Three friends break the rules and end up in the wrong place at the wrong time. And they are sure they’ve seen a monster in the forbidden place, there’s no doubt in their minds. But things are not always as they seem. Or are they? Courage and strength will be needed to escape in this epic adventure!

No Dinosaurs Allowed

No Dinosaurs Allowed: (B) by [Deborah Hunt, Ashleigh Heyns]

No Dinosaurs Allowed follows a young boy named Bobby and his dinosaur friend named Teddy. They both head out to go to a party and meet several people along the way, but everywhere the places they go are not suitable for a dinosaur as big as Teddy. He is too big for the birthday party, he is too scary for the animals at the zoo, and the library does not allow dinosaurs. With nothing to do, Bobby and Teddy are starting to feel left out. What are they going to do?

This is a charming and poignant children’s book that teaches a wonderful lesson on inclusivity and making adjustments for others to fit in. While Teddy is first turned away from many activities, later on he is invited back to those same activities after they have made some minor adjustments. This is a fantastic way to show children how to accommodate other people that are different from them.

The story is told through simple words and brightly colored images that look to be hand drawn and colored, which adds a fantastic handcrafted feel to the story that children will be able to really connect with. All the characters are also very emotive as well, which helps children see and understand the emotions that each character is feeling in the different situations.

No Dinosaurs Allowed is an educational picture book that teaches an important lesson to children and does it in a fun way.

Pages: 32 | ASIN: B097HPZHY3

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To Give Reader’s a Laugh

Paul Bird
Paul Bird Author Interview

My Aunt the Vampire is a fun collection of short stories following the humorous events in one boys life. What inspires you to write short stories?

I’m inspired by wanting to give reader’s a laugh – a simple story without a heavy handed message.

What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

Learning from experience, forgiveness, righting wrongs and remembering to have fun in the process!

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Trusting your friends, the importance of honesty, life is not always fair, we must play the cards we are given.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

The Destiny Shoes – time travel shoes take a young girl on the most exciting adventures!

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A riotous short story collection. The sequel to One Mad Rooster, this collection moves the action 5 years, with the main protagonist in high school, but in no less trouble. Whether he’s convinced his aunt is a secret vampire or battling haunted fireworks these stories are a fun-filled collection of humor for young teens.

Pixie Van Dimple and the Wrong Kind of Artificial Intelligence

Pixie Van Dimple and the Wrong Kind of Artificial Intelligence by [Lynn McAllister]

Pixie Van Dimple and the Wrong Kind of Artificial Intelligence is an educational picture book warning kids, in hilarious fashion, about the dangers of spending too much time on their phone.

After spending too much time on her phone Pixie Van Dimple suffers from AI Infiltration. Someone must save her, and they better do it soon, or else Pixie will certainly be doomed.

This fun children’s book is told in rhyme and every other page has brightly colored comic art that serves as fantastic eye candy while reading the book. I think this book is more for higher grade elementary students, but in either case, the lesson taught here is a valuable one for todays youth. I loved the fun rhymes and the beautiful art and the story was very detailed. I would love to have seen this story as a kids chapter book for middle grade readers because I feel like there are some hints at a larger world that would be fun to explore.

Pixie Van Dimple and the Wrong Kind of Artificial Intelligence is wonderfully representative of todays kids and provides a good lesson in a fun story that will surely keep children laughing as they eagerly flip the pages of the this whimsical picture book.

Pages: 28 | ASIN: B087BPDK11

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