Lulu The Moon Catcher follows a little girl that blazes her own path in life. She doesn’t fit in with any group of friends, boys or girls. Lulu is fearless, energetic and curious about the world. I wish I had her energy. She climbs trees, rides animals, catches bugs and plays in the mud. But even among all the fun and adventure she has no friends to share it with. Lulu sets out to prove to everyone that she’s not afraid of the moon and hatches a plan to capture it.
Lulu is a high-spirited girl that I loved following. The art in the book is bright and expertly drawn and really shows off the wide range of emotions the characters have throughout the book. My child loved looking at all the extra creatures and toys on each page. Each page is vivid and detailed and really captures a child’s attention. Within this beautifully illustrated picture book is a wonderful life lesson about being yourself and accepting people for who they are. This is all told through a fun story about a little girl who creates her own adventures that I love reading about.
Lulu The Moon Catcher is an extraordinary children’s book following an energetic little girl. This is one of the funnest kids books I’ve read this year. With an adorable main character, brilliant illustrations, and a humorous storyline, children will surely fall in love with this adventurous story.
Pages: 56 | ASIN: B098HKKGX9
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Amber Tambourine and the Land of Laugh-a-Lot follows a young girl into a wonderous land where she makes many friends, but she worried she wont’ be able to find her way back. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?
As a child I lived in a house with a backyard that was all forest and farmland. I used to wander around back there and make up little adventures for myself and imaginary friends. So certainly that was an inspiration for Amber’s backyard enchanted forest adventures.
As a child I was also obsessed with “magical otherworlds” as I call them – like when Dorothy went to the Land of Oz…or in the movie “Brigadoon” where a magical village only appears for one day every 100 years. The Land of Laugh-a-Lot is a “magical otherworld” I created based on these inspirations.
This seemed like a fun book to write. What scene was the most fun to write and illustrate?
I loved creating the look and feel of Laugh-a-Lot – it is a very colorful and vibrant place with lots of interesting characters, so definitely the scene where she first encounters this magical place is my favorite.
What do you hope young readers take away from your book?
In the book, Amber and her family have just moved to a new house and she has left her old life and friends behind. It is at its core a book about transitions in a child’s life, but I hope that it will impart the message that although change can be hard and scary, there is light at the end of the tunnel. It is possible to move on, and sometimes life will take you in new and exciting directions you never thought possible.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
I have so many ideas whirling around in my head for future Amber Tambourine books, so that is a possibility. Still in the process of figuring it all out at the moment, but I just kind of go where the inspiration takes me – that for me is the fun of writing!
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The Amazing Adventures of Oliver the Wonder Dog follows a spirited dog on adventures around town that show readers how a positive attitude can help overcome any obstacle. Why was this an important kids book for you to write?
First off, I wanted to write it as a tribute to my dog, Oliver, who really is a wonder dog. I also wanted to deliver a positive message to the reader on the importance of courage, determination, resilience, and compassion toward others. A dog can teach us a lot about those traits.
The book shows Oliver helping people around town. What scene did you have the most fun creating?
The scene where Oliver goes into town and is greeted by the townspeople was probably the most fun to create. The illustrator added a lot of nice detail to really make it come alive. It’s a double page panoramic scene where you will notice something new each time you look at it.
What were some ideas that were important for you to explore in this book?
Overcoming obstacles in your life, helping others, and having fun in the process.
What is one thing you hope readers take away from your book?
A love for dogs and reading!
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The Amazing Adventures of Oliver the Wonder Dog is a wonderfully illustrated children’s picture book that follows the exciting adventures of a spunky Australian Shepherd. Oliver is deaf, but you would not know it by watching him play. Oliver takes young readers around town as he does his best to help everyone he meets. His heroics pay off in the end when he stops a bank robbery in true super hero fashion.
All of the art in this entertaining children’s book is beautifully illustrated with vivid colors in a striking comic art style that will surely capture kids’ attention. There is plenty to look at on each page. I did not even see the bird with the lollipop in his mouth until my child pointed it out.
We follow Oliver as he rescues several people throughout town in creative ways that highlight his bravery and willingness to help others in need. This book does a fantastic job of showing how one’s attitude can go a long way in overcoming obstacles.
The Amazing Adventures of Oliver the Wonder Dog is one of the most charming children’s books I have read this year. With easy-to-understand language and a fun story, this will be a great read for new readers or for parents to read to their children before bed time.
Pages: 24 | ASIN: B08WWV16YJ
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A Unicorn Named Rin follows a Chinese unicorn on a mission to find the missing royal Phoenix before the Friendship Concert. What inspired you to write this beautiful children’s book?
We’re a family that loves unicorns but I couldn’t find a unicorn book that featured a protagonist which looked like my daughters. After conducting some research, I discovered unicorns were a part of Chinese history, and even Confucius himself wrote about them. Thus I set out to write an early readers book about a unicorn from ancient China, along with a Tang dynasty princess.
The art in this book is well drawn and vibrant. What was the art collaboration process like with illustrator Li (Lily) Liu?
Lily lives in France and I’m in the US, so we had numerous video chatting sessions to discuss the illustrations. We both have children so at times our virtual meetings were very chaotic from hilarious kid-related disruptions! I’m just in awe of Lily’s talent. She really brought every page to life! She is originally from China, and I had lived in Shanghai for years, so this book was a very meaningful project for the both of us.
What were some aspects of Chinese culture that were important for you to include in this book?
I’m a big fan of ancient Chinese poetry, so there some Tang dynasty poems included in the book. And although this is a fantastical story with mythical creatures, the geographical locations are real.
Will you write more children’s book of this type in the future?
Yes, my second children’s book will be released next year.
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Life Lessons Without The Fleas is a charming Christian faith-based book by Leonard Scott Long. It follows the lives of his pets and what he has learned from them over the years. The pets range from cats, dogs, ducks, and even cows, with cute names such as Cowbell, Marshmallow, Heidi, and Ispep.
Their quirks are heart-warming and their personalities are quite lovable. After a while, you may even forget that they are animals. The author has a way of talking about them that brings you in and makes the narrative more personal. Moreover, he has an uncanny way of drawing faith-based messages from their everyday lives.
He also goes to great lengths to simplify biblical messages through the use of whimsical acronyms. Ultimately, there is a beautiful simplicity to the narrative. The animations are a nice touch as well, giving a cute spin to beloved characters.
Apart from a belief in God, some of the themes expressed in this book include love, patience, and the dangers of living in fear. These themes are put across not only through the specific stories shared but also through the scriptures tied to them and the explanations are given by the author. Ultimately, the author does a good job at linking the life of his pets to biblical scripture and then to everyday life.
Whether you simply want to grow in your Christian faith or want to introduce your children to it in a simple yet significant way, then this book is for you. In many ways, this book gives you a wide view of what it means to be a Christian, although oversimplified especially about matters of sin, repentance and the concept of “bad people”. As such, this book would be better suited to very young children.
Life Lessons, Without the Fleas is an creative Christian children’s picture book that does a fantastic job of educating young readers on various aspects of faith. The cute illustrations will keep readers entertained throughout this enlightening children’s book.
Pages: 94 | ASIN: B088HJ4H71
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