Sunday, June 22, 2014

Review: Captain Chemo by Renee Robinson

Captain Chemo is a cheerful poem to bring hope to kids who are battling cancer. With a simple chant "Out, cancer, out!" the author gives kids a tool to build up their confidence and strength. She encourages children to fight and to keep a positive attitude when going through chemotherapy. The coloring pages at the end of the book, with some cute and funny characters, are a great bonus.

Author Renee Robinson is a cancer warrior herself. The "Make a Wish Foundation" is granting her a wish and will make this book available for children at hospitals. What I find remarkable is that even though Ms. Robinson herself--and her family-- are going through a tough time, she still has such a drive and passion for creating and helping others.

Let's hope that this book gets to the hands of many young children who need a smile and who need someone to tell them, I understand you, keep fighting, you are going to be okay. That is the message and importance of this children's book.



Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Review: Never Say BOO to a Frilly by Margot Finke

Margot Finke has crafted some clever and fun books to help kids (and grownups) learn about the amazingly diverse fauna of Australia. Native to Australia, Ms. Finke's tales are full of facts, rhyme and new words to learn. So, children not only will learn about these animals in an entertaining way, but also they will build up their literacy and vocabulary skills. That is a win-win!
The illustrations are colorful, detailed, yet artistic and will aid in keeping the young ones focused. I really enjoyed the landscape paintings and especially the ones with the birds.
Never Say BOO to a Frilly is a fantastic book, to keep the ones in the house busy reading and learning. I might self learned a few facts about these fascinating creatures. I give it five stars!

The Author:
Margot Finke is an Aussie transplant who now lives in the US. She writes rhyming
picture books and young teen adventure chapbooks. Her latest are a PB, Kangaroo Clues, plus a young teen adventure, Trial by Walkabout—a follow up to Taconi and Claude: Double Trouble. Many of her books have an Aussie theme. Margot
aims to “HOOK Kids on Reading” by writing books with a WOW factor. She loves doing FREE Skype Author Visits to US schools, and her Manuscript Critique Service helps budding authors tighten and polish their writing.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Review: The Woofy Doggy by Antony Pawlett

The Woofy Doggy is a cute tale to share with the young ones at home. Woofy Doggy has a hard time being nice to others. He barks at people and pets and no one wants to be friends with him. Until one day, a smart girl gives him an advise that will change the way he relates to others.
I think little ones will enjoy the lesson they'll learn from the little pup. Parents will also find, maybe, a conversation starter in this book, about having a good attitude toward friends. But, lessons apart, I really liked the author's writing style: simple, clean, pleasant. The story itself was good, engaging and sweet.
If I have to point at something though, would be the illustrations. I liked the concept of the book, clean, digital looking, but I still think that some illustrations needed more work. This, though, doesn't take away from the story. The Woofy Doggy is a book I recommend to anyone who wants to hear a good story.

Mariana Llanos

I received a PDF copy in exchange for  a honest review.
Available on Kindle and paperback.