children’s literature

Book Review: Alicia and the Light Bulb People of Star Factory 13 by Barbara Roman

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If you’re looking for an adorable children’s book with a unique and charming set of characters, set within a bit of a fantasy world, and full of wonderful life lessons, look no further than Alicia and the Light Bulb People in Star Factory 13 by B. Roman. I downloaded this book shortly before the holidays, but only just found the time to read it last night as I was going through my Kindle Reader.

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Alicia, a 10-year-old girl, accompanies her mother to the department store to select a new lamp for their home. Alicia is worried that she doesn’t know what kind of personality her lamp should have, then finds herself awestruck by a Christmas tree and gold door at the store. When she presses a button on the door, she is immediately transported to the 13th floor and into a magical world where lamps and light bulbs can speak. Each is different, containing a special personality that matches their name — dim, flood, three-way, flicker… how cozy and cute is that? Alicia must help the light bulbs figure out how to turn into stars; through her relationship with them and Carelia the Light Goddess, she must also find her own way back to the department store before tomorrow arrives.

Roman’s ingenuity in building all the different characters is top notch. I laughed and smiled, then felt a pang of sorrow and hope as they searched for a way to become stars at the end of one stage in their life. The book explores how we are all different, sometimes teasing each other for being too dim or too bright, changing our minds or shooting too far too quickly in life. It also teaches children how to work together to achieve a common goal, or to feel better about who we are. By transporting us into a different world, one where objects we thought were inanimate and had no personality come alive, Roman provides a way to truly engage children in a fun manner with memorable characters.

The illustrations are vibrant. The words flow. The story is simple yet endearing. It’s a perfect bedtime read for all children, but especially any who worry about being different than others. I’m so glad I picked this one up last night, as I needed a boost to feel better. And this did the trick. Kudos to this fine author.

 

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
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Book Review: Wilbur the Duck Who Flew Upside Down by Russ Towne

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5 stars! Kudos to author Russ Towne, and illustrator Josh McGill, for drafting Wilbur the Duck Who Flew Upside Down, a 2017 children’s picture book I recently had the pleasure of reading. On the outskirts, this is a cute story with adorable drawings that will entertain and amuse kids of all ages. As you dig a little deeper, you’ll find a wonderful lesson about what it means to belong and to accept another’s differences. A dapper little duck unfortunately has a faulty thingamajig (you’ll have to read the book to find out what it is… the only hint I’ll give you is it’s somewhere on his head!) which causes him to fly upside down. Poor Wilbur can’t land properly and feels ostracized from his friends, but when he begins to find other ducks, and a larger extended family, they learn to rely on one another. By the end of the book, an entire flock of birds, who are all slightly different than the rest of their species, come together to celebrate their friendship.

I won’t give away the major conflict they battle together, or the wonderful ending the author has dreamed up, but it’s a feel-good, warm, inviting and refreshing story that will help children learn to be more open and tolerant. They won’t even realize the lesson they are learning, as the book just feels like a movie as you watch the ducks, and their friends, fly through life. If you’re looking for a fun new children’s story about birds, friendship and bonding, this is the one for you. Read it to your children, grandchildren or nephews and nieces together in a group and talk about all that you can learn and love in this story. I’m bringing it with me to see mine this holiday in Louisiana. I can’t wait to share it and read more from this author.

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
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Book Review: Ronaldo – The Reindeer Flying Academy by Maxine Sylvester

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If you’re looking for a new holiday children’s book series, look no further. I read Ronaldo: The Reindeer Flying Academy, the first of three books by Maxine Sylvester, published in 2015. Ronaldo is a hilarious, fun and adorable main character that kids will just love!

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Most of us are familiar with the the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. But what we never knew was how exactly did those reindeer learn how to fly, how many of them exist and what’s life really like for them at the North Pole. Now you can find out… Ronaldo is a hilarious, fun and adorable main character your kids will just love!

I read this adorable story on my iPad via Kindle Reader in one sitting, enjoying the wonderful illustrations (all done by the author herself) with each chapter. I only wished I had read it with one of my younger cousins, nephews or nieces, but it’s the perfect excuse to read it all over again another time. This is the ideal storybook to share as an electronic read, teaching kids how to use an iPad or Kindle while reading a familiar yet much more detailed holiday tradition.

Ronaldo is not just any young reindeer; he’s bound to be a leader of his future pack. What I loved about this story is how detailed the setting and characters are compared to other children’s books. The language is strong and helps teach in a way that doesn’t feel like teaching. It would be a fun treat to read over a couple of night’s around Christmas to kids, switching back and forth between watching cartoon versions of other famous reindeer… helping create a beautiful world around the holiday time.

I look forward to reading books two and three in the next couple of weeks as a way to usher in this year’s holidays!

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

 

Review: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

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The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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4 out of 5 stars to The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, a re-appropriation of classic fairy tales, published in 1992 by Jon Scieszka. What a hilarious book! Sometimes the classics need a little refresher, and when you add a dose if stupid and fun humor, how can you go wrong? The author and the artist have created a superb work for modern times, where children can easily do a read and compare between the versions of centuries ago and the modern re-telling that stand alongside. Not for the faint of heart, especially if you don’t want to see some of your favorite characters pushed and pulled a little! It’s one of those books where you just need to relax and enjoy it — don’t get caught up in the craziness of what the author’s done or said. Think of it as a way to compare old and new… and when the kids are old enough, it might be a tool to help them learn to love analyzing literature and comparing two things that are similar but very different. Take a chance! You know you wanna…



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Review: James and the Giant Peach

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James and the Giant Peach Book Review
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl is a very creative story built for everyone of all ages to enjoy. I think of it as a cross between 3 things: (1) Dr. Seuss, (2) Jack and the Beanstalk and (3) Harry Potter. 4 of 5 stars to this lovely keepsake.

I had to read this book, when it’s my namesake, James. But the similarities end there. James’ parents have passed away and he lives with his awful aunt and uncle. A mysterious man gives him a package which helps him grow this giant peach. And then the peach turns into a house, rolls away into fantasy-land and brings tons of new cartoon characters for James to have his own family.

It’s a great children’s story / younger young adult story to help show the different types of family, love and support one can get. So many fun things come from here, it’s a must read for all kids. My favorite character would probably be the ladybug… such a treasure in words and pictures.

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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Review: Winnie-the-Pooh

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Winnie-the-PoohBook Review
Can you believe Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milneis almost 100 years old? I was shocked when I found out… I thought it was from the 1950s or 1960s… nonetheless, it’s an amazing memory. So many fun characters, great childhood moment and even some adult ones come from these books and the subsequent mass market media that came from them. It always had me wondering… what exactly is a “pooh,” as in bear… Christopher Robin’s made-up name, so it seems, came from a childhood bear and the name of a swan. Interesting… I also never knew when I read this years ago that it was from an entire series. I’m sure I read more, but I don’t know specifically which ones! I’m sure we’ve all seen some adaption of this childhood favorite. Kids love animals. Kids love talking animals. Kids love stuffed toys. It’s just perfect for them! My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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Review: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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The Very Hungry CaterpillarBook Review
3+ of 5 stars to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, a children’s picture book published in 1969 and written by Eric Carle. I am sure someone read this book to me as a very small child, but I know for certain that I had it on my shelf and looked through it around 10-years old. It’s a delight for all ages with the cute illustrations, the physical design of the book and the quirky personality of the caterpillar.

It’s a useful tool to teach young children how a caterpillar grows up, eats all the food around to get his/her nutrients, builds a cocoon and emerges as a butterfly. As a wonderful science exhibit and activity to grow your own butterflies, it can be a hands-on teaching experience too. Lovely memories and great things come from it.

It gained in popularity again when George Bush mentioned it in a speech or interview. It’s also got a few readers torn up in knots. You see, the caterpillar eats too much and gets ill and overweight, but emerges as a beautiful butterfly. People read into it, thinking kids will eat so much and become obese and sickly.

I’ll probably be hated for my next comment, but seriously? Relax. I don’t think reading this book as a child will lead to such dire consequences. Wanna know why? Because if you’re a parent or guardian, read it to your kid and explain the whole story… talk about the process of nature and metamorphosis. Discuss eating habits. Explain what real beauty is. Talk about what foods are good and what foods are bad. Show how when you eat too much, you can get sick. Teach balance. But don’t hate on a book because it seems to say “eat what you want and you’ll be beautiful even when you’re sick.” Oh, and read it with a child. Don’t just put it in his/her hands and shove them out of the way. Make it an interactive experience so the right goals of the book are understood and accomplished.

Yikes, my reviews are getting more “animated” without even using GIFs. Off to get some lunch. Perhaps a box of cookies… I think I just learned that lesson reading some reviews on Goodreads about this book. Yum!

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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