Butterball Gets Lost follows a fun-loving poodle who gets lost while looking for fun and can’t find her way home. What were some influences that guided this books development?
All of my books have a general theme about the adventurous life of dogs. My aim is to incorporate a fun and happy story with some learning opportunities.
My favorite scene from the book is when Butterball gets stuck in the rabbit hole and the lizards are watching. What is your favorite scene from the book?
My favourite scene is when Barny the Owl helps Butterball find her way home because it gives the book a happy ending.
What were some educational themes you wanted to focus on with this book?
The story gives young children information about the characteristics and behaviours of some animals. Also basic number skills.
What can readers expect in book three in your Butterball the Poodle series?
Book three in the Butterball series will be a Christmas book.
Butterball is a curious fun-loving poodle who doesn’t like being left home alone. She is looking for fun and digs her way out under a fence, but Butterball wanders too far.
How will Butterball find her way home?
Join Butterball on her adventure and meet Binky the bunny, JillaRoo the kangaroo and Barny the owl. This easy-to-read picture book features cute illustrations, supports the development of literacy and numeracy skills, and includes some fun activity pages.
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Lefty Saves the Day is an inspiring children’s picture book that teaches children to believe in them-self while also learning about baseball. School comes with all sorts of challenges, even more for those that are left handed. When her teacher tells the class they’re going to be playing baseball Gracie starts to get nervous because she doesn’t know a lot about baseball. This sets off a series of events that will leave readers better educated on the sport of baseball, how the game is played, and the importance of participation and trying even when you think you can’t win.
Dr. Kris Condi is able to deliver some very important life lessons through effective story telling and simple language. Gracie faces challenges that many kids can relate to, but with a unique twist of being left handed. If your child is left handed, timid or nervous about something then this would be a great book to open up a conversation about the subject. The art that accompanies just about every other page are hand drawn and charming. With some challenging words sprinkled throughout the book I think this would be suitable for new readers that are aided by their parents. Lefty Saves the Day is a delightful story with a focus on challenges left handed kids face but remains relatable to all.
Pages: 32 | ASIN: B0861QZ335
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Metal Like Me by D. W. Saur is a sweet story about acceptance. The author has lovingly crafted an endearing story that will inspire children to learn about diversity and inclusion. Kids will learn that being unique is a gift and we must all embrace it. It does not matter if others are like us or not, as long as we are comfortable with ourselves and not afraid of showing the world who we are. There is no one thing that defines us and we all have different sides. Children will benefit from the life lesson presented in this story, that if others are not willing to make an effort to get to know us then we must step up and put the effort to know them. That’s how we can celebrate true friendships and meaningful relationships. Metal Like Me approaches the topic of bullying in a unique way that makes it easy for parents and children to start a discussion. I definitely recommend this well written, short and easy to understand book as it will teach children a positive way to identify themselves. The illustrations by Danielle Green are beautifully simple with a rough sketch like illustration that will make it easy for kids to relate to. The fantastic artwork excellently captures the unique voice in this charismatic children’s story.
Pages: 50 | ASIN: B0863JJ2WG
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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 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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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.
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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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.
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 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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