BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Beach Toys VS School Supplies by Mike Ciccotello


TITLE: Beach Toys vs School Sypplies


PUBLISHER: Farrar Strous Giroux Books, 2021

SYNOPSIS: “Summer is winding down and school is just around the corner when two rivals meet at the beach. Shovel thinks Ruler is numbers-obsessed know-it-all. Ruler thinks Shovel is all play and no work. So when their two crews challenge each other to a beachfront competition, the contest between beach toys and school supplies gets heated. Who will win? Who will have more fun? And will they be able to step up and help each other when unexpected disaster sweeps in?”

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : Not being an illustrator myself, I am instantly drawn to creative individuals who can entice readers into their world of color and imaginative design. Author/illustrator Mike Ciccotello not only creates a kidcentric story where beach toys and school supplies “duke it out” on the sand, but his whimsical drawings capture the mood of each scene perfectly. And what a lovely way to end his story with teamwork against a natural predator. Great addition to any library!

RATING: *****5 Stars *****


1 star…probably not worth your time.

2 stars…there are some things to like, but could elements have been stronger.

3 stars…this story will appeal to some readers but others might find it lacking something.

4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.

5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection!



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“Eight-year-old Hailey loved wearing hats! She had a special hat for almost every adventure of the week! But what happens when she runs out of hats? Who will she be then?

HAILEY’S HATS celebrates one child’s imagination, while challenging ALL children to take another look in the mirror to see the fabulous person looking back at them!

***Ebook on sale now for $2.99! Softcover also available! (***


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Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.

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2 thoughts on “BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Beach Toys VS School Supplies by Mike Ciccotello

  • February 14, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    What say you loan this book to me or would you like to duke it on your patio?

    • February 14, 2022 at 11:54 pm

      Lol…the library has a copy I’m sure that they’ll lend you!

      Thanks for stopping bya nd come back any time!


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