BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Special Christmas Edition

I’m giving my guest authors the month of December off to be with their families without having to worry about blog post deadlines. Instead, I will be doing a month of BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Special Christmas Edition. Every day, beginning December 1st, and going through December 24th, I will review a special Christmas picture book a day to help give my readers some gift ideas! Then from December 25th through January 1st, I will be on vacation and focusing on finishing some other projects before the new year.

Story Catcher Publishing has been incredibly busy this year with multiple book releases, numerous author events including a Titanic Museum author interview seen around the world, an article in the Knox News Sentinel, a new logo, new puppet, new friends, and so much more!

And 2023 will be even more exciting with many scheduled new book releases as well as a HUGE announcement I’m working on with my design team that will offer a FABULOUS opportunity for new and existing authors to further their writing careers. i’m so excited to share the good news!

So, for now, enjoy the upcoming Christmas holidays, enjoy the books, and here’s to a productive New Year!!

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Jack is afraid of the THING in the closet. Monty is afraid of the LUMP in the bed. One day boy and monster both decide they no longer want to fear what hides in the dark. Both have a plan, but will be surprised by what they discover after A BUMP IN THE NIGHT.

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.

Want to connect?

Email: www.donasdays@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/donasdays

Twitter: www.twitter.com/donasdays

LinkedIn: Donna L Martin/Story Catcher Publishing

Goodreads: Donna L Martin

Mail: Donna L Martin

c/o Story Catcher Publishing

P O Box 27788

Knoxville, Tn 37927

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: The Not Very Merry Pout- Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

TITLE: The Not Very Merry Pout-Pout Fish

AUTHORDeborah Diesen

ILLUSTRATOR: Dan Hanna

PUBLISHER:  Farrar Straus Giroux Books For Young Readers, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

“A gift should be big,
And a gift should be bright.
And a gift should be perfect
Guaranteed to bring delight.
And a gift should have meaning
Plus a bit of bling-zing,
So I’ll shop till I drop
For each just-right thing!”


Will Mr. Fish find perfect gifts for everyone on his list? Will he finish his shopping in time?

Swim along with The Pout-Pout Fish on his holiday shopping quest. He might just discover that the best gifts of all come straight from the heart.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK :  There are two things I really enjoy during this time of the year. Searching for a nice holiday picture book and reading a good rhyming story. I have read about Ms. Diesen’s pout-pout fish before, but I was lucky enough this week to discover this holiday gem. Pout-Pout fish is in a tizzy because Christmas is fast approaching and he’s not found the perfect gift for each of his friends yet. We can sympathize with him as most of us have felt the rush of last minute shopping, only to fall short of not finding that one special gift for a loved one. Delightfully bright illustrations accompany this holiday treasure. A great addition to any library!

RATING: ***** 5 Stars *****

RATING SYSTEM:

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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Jack is afraid of the THING in the closet. Monty is afraid of the LUMP in the bed. One day boy and monster both decide they no longer want to fear what hides in the dark. Both have a plan, but will be surprised by what they discover after A BUMP IN THE NIGHT.

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.

Want to connect?

Email: www.donasdays@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/donasdays

Twitter: www.twitter.com/donasdays

LinkedIn: Donna L Martin/Story Catcher Publishing

Goodreads: Donna L Martin

Mail: Donna L Martin

c/o Story Catcher Publishing

P O Box 27788

Knoxville, Tn 37927

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: The Attic Christmas by B. G. Hennessy

TITLE: The Attic Christmas

AUTHORB. G. Hennessy

ILLUSTRATOR: Dan Andreasen

PUBLISHER:  G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2004

SYNOPSIS:

When Angel, Mr. Macaroni, Silver Bell, Skier, Special Delivery, Santa, and Camel find themselves stuck in the attic with Christmas fast approaching, they know something is wrong. Every year Lily hangs them on the tree for her grandchildren, and now her house seems empty. “It’s like a baby with no bed,” says Angel. “We are ornaments without a tree. Without Lily, there will be no Christmas at all.”

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK :  I get nostalgic this time of year. Memories of childhood holidays swirl around me as cinnamon smells greet me when I walk through the grocery stores or the fresh pine smells as I stroll the aisles of Home Depot. Author, B. G. Hennessy, has created a touching story about Christmas ornaments eagerly awaiting their place on the family Christmas tree. But this year is different. This year they find themselves still tucked away in the attic and decide to create their own Christmas. The illustrations have a very nostalgic feel to them as well. Young readers will enjoy getting to know all the individual ornaments and joining in as they get ready for The Attic Christmas. A great addition to any library!

RATING: ***** 5 Stars *****

RATING SYSTEM:

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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Jack is afraid of the THING in the closet. Monty is afraid of the LUMP in the bed. One day boy and monster both decide they no longer want to fear what hides in the dark. Both have a plan, but will be surprised by what they discover after A BUMP IN THE NIGHT.

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.

Want to connect?

Email: www.donasdays@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/donasdays

Twitter: www.twitter.com/donasdays

LinkedIn: Donna L Martin/Story Catcher Publishing

Goodreads: Donna L Martin

Mail: Donna L Martin

c/o Story Catcher Publishing

P O Box 27788

Knoxville, Tn 37927

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Thanksgiving Edition

Today is Thanksgiving Day in the US. I hope my friends all around the country are enjoying this day with friends and family. If you spend any time reading on this special day, here are a few books you might want to add to your family library to help celebrate this special day! And the turkey fellow above was sketched by yours truly a few years ago as part of a Doodle Day challenge. Let me know in the comments below if you’ve read any of these wonderful books…

A thirteen-year-old boy and his mother move to a farm in rural Virginia where he and his grandfather develop a growing bond while trying to hunt a wild tom turkey for their Thanksgiving dinner.

Max is excited about the big turkey he has picked out for his family’s Thanksgiving dinner. He and his sister help prepare the fixings, and soon his friends and relatives bring their own dishes and merriment. Abby Levine’s humorous, rhyming story gets to the heart of the Thanksgiving celebration. Max and his family were first introduced in This Is the Pumpkin.

A boy and his family endure a difficult nine-week journey across the ocean and survive the first winter at Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts.

The Pilgrims embarked on their legendary Mayflower voyage in 1620 in search of religious freedom and a better life. The settlers were unprepared for the hardships they would face at the end of their journey, but with the help of their neighbor Indians, the Pilgrims survived the first year in their new world. Then, when their fall harvest was plentiful, the Pilgrims and the Indians joined together in a three-day celebration, the first Thanksgiving.

Combining fiction and nonfiction, this dramatic story follows the Robertson family as they prepare for Thanksgiving in the year 1841. As with all Canadian pioneer families, Thanksgiving is a special day for the Robertsons, but this year they have more reasons than usual to give thanks. Each chapter of the story is enhanced by information about the pioneer period and how Thanksgiving was celebrated in the past. Children will learn about the wild harvest, harvest superstitions and how the First Peoples celebrated the harvest. The past comes alive through hands-on activities such as making a corn dolly or learning to play conkers.

What better way to understand the joys and sorrows of the Pilgrims than to read their own words? Nearly four hundred years after they were written, the Pilgrim’s own writings are still the most dramatic account of their adventure in the New World. In Pilgrim Voices, Connie and Peter Roop pair vivid passages from diaries and journals with Shelley Pritchett’s rich paintings to reveal the true flavor of the Pilgrim experience.

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THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: Gracie and the Radar Girls by Karen J Moore

When I started this new blog post series, I did it with the idea of sharing the WHY I created my stories, but then I thought…why not share OTHER authors STORY BEHIND “THEIR” STORY? I put the call out and soon I had tons of authors who wanted to share their backstories with my readers. This week children’s book author, Karen J Moore, is sharing the WHY she wrote her book, “Gracie and the Radar Girls”. Take it away, Karen…

Gracie and the Radar Girls by Karen J Moore

I’ve always loved story in any form, from theater to the written word. I was that kid who loved to read, especially anything with a mystery or twist that challenged my ability to figure it out before the end. With five published fiction picture books (traditionally published, hybrid published and self-published} I thought that was my niche, until I met Gracie.

I’d been attending a Writing For Publication class for sometime when Gracie accompanied her husband, Garner, to class one day. At the time, she was in her early nineties and spoke with eloquence as she related her story of service during World War ll. I was so taken with her memories of serving in Hawaii with an elite group of women known as the WOMEN’S AIR RAID DEFENSE (WARD}, that I wanted to know more. Many months later, I contacted her and asked if I could interview her and possibly write a historical nonfiction picture book about her experience. She quickly and graciously accepted.

I had the privilege of spending many hours with her as she answered my questions and shared her pictures, memories, and her personal writing on her time spent in an underground tunnel codenamed LIZARD. 

The Army began a clandestine recruitment of island women and officer’s wives shortly after the bombing on Pearl Harbor. They tested the women in math, science, technology and memory skills to ensure they would be able to train them in the top-secret field of RADAR. The WARD was the first organized group of women to take over for military men during World War ll in a war zone in defense of an American territory. 

In 1943, the military began a secret recruitment program on the mainland, as they needed more women to ensure the plotting room was fully staffed around the clock. While working at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley, Gracie heard about their effort. She went to the Presidio in San Francisco and applied. She underwent extensive testing and a FBI background check.

At the age of nineteen, she boarded a Liberty ship and headed into the unknown.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed researching and fact-checking the WARD and how little was known about their service. Perhaps nonfiction is a new avenue of exploration for me.

My other titles include: JOURNEY OF THE KNIGHT – PEN THE TALE, OOGIE – A STORY FOR CLEOCATRA – DROTS THE DRAGOBOTOSAURUS and the award-winning CAR SHOW COUNTDOWN.

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Book Blurb:

Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the army began a clandestine recruitment of intelligent, young women to be trained in the top-secret field of RADAR. In an unprecedented replacement of military men with civilian women, the WOMEN’S AIR RAID DEFENSE (WARD) was formed. 

Just sixteen when World War ll upturned life in America, Grace Hudlow (Gracie) could not imagine the part she would play working in an underground, bomb-proof tunnel at Fort Shafter on the island of Oahu with an elite group of women known as the WARD.

The last time I saw Gracie was on her 95th birthday, she died two months later in May of 2020.

Purchase options: GRACIE AND THE RADAR GIRLS is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble.com and Walmart.com in hardcover or softcover ISBN:9781952467110 or 9781952467103

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About the Author:

Karen J Moore was born in a small town in Texas. She moved to California at the age of six, to an even smaller town. She worked as a Title I Instructional Aide for Sierra Unified School District, where she received Employee of the Year for the district in 2009. His titles include “Jurney of the Knight”, “Pen the Tale”, “Oogie”, “A Story For CleoCatra”, and “Drots the Dragobotosaurus”. She loves combining curiosity with imagination and creating word magic.

Want to connect:

email: kcmonkeybug@aol.com

website: www.kcmonkeybug.com

Facebook: Karen Moore

Instagram: @karen_j_moore or @kcmonkeybug

Twitter: @KCmonkeybug

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Thanksgiving Is Here by Diane Goode

TITLE: Thanksgiving Is Here

AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Diane Goode

PUBLISHER: Harper Collins Publishers, 2003

SYNOPSIS:

As soon as Maggie’s grandma and grandpa get the turkey in the oven, bright and early on Thanksgiving morning, the guests arrive and the commotion begins: glamorous aunts, crying babies, acrobatic cousins, strange dogs, mysterious gifts, romance, friendships, “yackety-yak”ing and, of course, lots of wonderful food and fun.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : Caldecott Medal winner and New York Times best selling author/illustrator, Diane Goode, has created a fun-loving, twisty tale of one family’s gathering together for Thanksgiving. Readers, young and old, will relate to the ding-dong announcing the arrival of distant relatives, and the yackety-yak of catching up on each other’s lives. Whimsical illustrations create page-turning fun as this family celebrates another Thanksgiving together. The only issue I have with this cute story is I never quite find out what is in that surprise package sitting on top of the stove! A great addition to any library!

RATING: ***** 5 Stars *****

RATING SYSTEM:

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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Jack is afraid of the THING in the closet. Monty is afraid of the LUMP in the bed. One day boy and monster both decide they no longer want to fear what hides in the dark. Both have a plan, but will be surprised by what they discover after A BUMP IN THE NIGHT.

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.

Want to connect?

Email: www.donasdays@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/donasdays

Twitter: www.twitter.com/donasdays

LinkedIn: Donna L Martin/Story Catcher Publishing

Goodreads: Donna L Martin

Mail: Donna L Martin

c/o Story Catcher Publishing

P O Box 27788

Knoxville, Tn 37927

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Thanksgiving Day Thanks by Laura Matone Elliott

TITLE: Thanksgiving Day Thanks

AUTHOR: Laura Malone Elliott

ILLUSTRATOR: Lynn Munsinger

PUBLISHER:  Katherine Tegen Books, 2013

SYNOPSIS:

Thanksgiving Day Thanks tells the story of Sam trying to figure out what he’s thankful for Sam also works on a special project to share at the Thanksgiving feast—his own version of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

Parents and teachers will find inspiration for other Thanksgiving crafts and projects in this charming and funny storybook. A section at the back includes fun Thanksgiving facts.

Full of creativity, humor, and heart, Thanksgiving Day Thanks celebrates friendship, family, and the many other blessings in our lives for which we give thanks.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK :  When all the other kids in Sam’s class eagerly share what they are thankful for, Sam struggles to figure out what tops his list. And when he finally decides what he will share with his classmates during their classroom feast, Mother Nature steps in to ruin his surprise. But soon Sam discovers there are more important things to be thankful for. Author, Laura Malone Elliott, has written a wonderful tale to prompt young readers to see the many reasons to appreciate the many blessings to be found during this holiday season. And the vibrant, colorful illustrations by Lynn Munsinger compliment this lovely story. A great addition to any library!

RATING: ***** 5 Stars *****

RATING SYSTEM:

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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Jack is afraid of the THING in the closet. Monty is afraid of the LUMP in the bed. One day boy and monster both decide they no longer want to fear what hides in the dark. Both have a plan, but will be surprised by what they discover after A BUMP IN THE NIGHT.

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.

Want to connect?

Email: www.donasdays@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/donasdays

Twitter: www.twitter.com/donasdays

LinkedIn: Donna L Martin/Story Catcher Publishing

Goodreads: Donna L Martin

Mail: Donna L Martin

c/o Story Catcher Publishing

P O Box 27788

Knoxville, Tn 37927

THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: Neverlore by Taya Okerlund

When I started this new blog post series, I did it with the idea of sharing the WHY I created my stories, but then I thought…why not share OTHER authors STORY BEHIND “THEIR” STORY? I put the call out and soon I had tons of authors who wanted to share their backstories with my readers. This week children’s book author, Taya Okerlund, is sharing the WHY she wrote her book, “Neverlore”. Take it away, Taya…

Nevorlore by Taya Okerlund

“Neverlore” is my first middle grade novel. I have published and won awards previously, but I wrote this book for my daughter. She loves all things fantastical and is a very precocious reader, having taught herself to read at two years, before she could speak spontaneously. My daughter adores books, though she is also very particular. She doesn’t favor realism, and she loves dragons, but whatever the story, it had better be full of wonder. 

I had my work cut out for me, because not only did I have to satisfy her high standards, but I also had to satisfy mine. It wasn’t enough for me that this book should be magical–it also had to be honest. I wanted it to be morally bright without becoming patronizing. It’s taken years, folks, years of hard work. And it ultimately became a family effort. Naomi insisted on the inclusion of hyenas–at the time she was four-years-old and experiencing great sympathies with these less favored creatures. I wrote the hyena scene and then my husband got hold of it and lit that scene on fire! He and my daughter are mostly editorial support, but I take many of their suggestions and corrections. Naomi can read over my shoulder and catch spelling or grammatical errors. She’s nine, almost ten, presently. 

“Neverlore” is not yet published. I decided I wanted to do an audiobook for the project, so I have been honing my voice acting/recording skills, but it is freely subscribable on Youtube @bookerlunds, where you can listen to the story in chapter segments. I hope you will. 

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Book blurb…

Warning: rebel boys and indomitable girls are a combustible combination in this Neverland spy thriller of unlikely friendships and swashbuckling adventure!

Annabelle Silvers is no Childerbridge orphan–her father is all-too-well-known, and she may never live down the shame of his incarceration–but she’s dead certain he is innocent–most of the time. She’ll have to go to the ends of the earth to find out the absolute truth…about Never, about her father, and ultimately, about herself.

YouTube Link…https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgzGqRPwNFFLQkDtHQRbtJpjdMCZC?projector=1

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About the Author:

Taya Okerlund won several awards for her adult Japanese mythological fantasy SHIN. She’s an author, a teacher and a homeschooling mom. In her youth she traveled through Asia extensively and speaks both Japanese and Mandarin Chinese.

Want to connect?

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@bookerlunds

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: The Memory Cupboard, A Thanksgiving Story by Charlotte Herman

TITLE: The Memory Cupboard

AUTHOR: Charlotte Herman

ILLUSTRATOR: Ben F Stahl

PUBLISHER: Albert Whitman & Co, 2003

SYNOPSIS:

For Katie, nothing compares to Thanksgiving at Grandma’s. There are the aunts and uncles, whom Katie loves to see each year. But a cherished object is broken at dinner, and Katie blames herself for spoiling the day.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : This time of year brings back many childhood memories. The rest of the year was pretty hard, but once Halloween was in the air, I knew my mother would be pulling out all the stops to bring a little holiday cheer to our home. Just like in this story, there was a turkey platter that always made it to the table, and a gravy boat that was in my mother’s family for generations. I’m sure there are many families that can relate to this girl’s story. Traveling during the holidays. A house full of relatives she hasn’t seen in a year. A grandmother to love on her. But when there is an accident during the Thanksgiving meal, she discovers there is much more to those holiday visits than a roasted turkey or the family gravy bowl. Focusing on loving memories and family makes this book a wonderful addition to any library!

RATING: ***** 5 Stars *****

RATING SYSTEM:

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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Jack is afraid of the THING in the closet. Monty is afraid of the LUMP in the bed. One day boy and monster both decide they no longer want to fear what hides in the dark. Both have a plan, but will be surprised by what they discover after A BUMP IN THE NIGHT.

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.

Want to connect?

Email: www.donasdays@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/donasdays

Twitter: www.twitter.com/donasdays

LinkedIn: Donna L Martin/Story Catcher Publishing

Goodreads: Donna L Martin

Mail: Donna L Martin

c/o Story Catcher Publishing

P O Box 27788

Knoxville, Tn 37927

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing

TITLE: The Great Thanksgiving Escape

AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Mark Fearing

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2014

SYNOPSIS:

It’s another Thanksgiving at Grandma’s. Gavin expects a long, boring day full of pesky toddlers, but his cousin Rhonda has a different idea: make a break for it to the swing set in the backyard! Gavin isn’t so sure, especially when they encounter vicious guard dogs (in homemade sweaters), overly affectionate aunts, and worst of all, the great wall of butts. Can they avoid all the obstacles and find some fun before turkey time?

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : I read this book to my afterschool students this week. Thanksgiving in the US is less than three weeks away and all this month, I’m focusing on turkey themed holiday books to share. The fabulous illustrations immediately caught everyone’s attention, including mine, and the kids were all laughing as I’m sure some of them have lived through the same holiday get togethers. What made it even better was the fun, engaging storyline author, Mark Fearing, wrote to accompany his artwork. This will surely become an instant hit in many households this Thanksgiving! A great addition to any library!

RATING: ***** 5 Stars *****

RATING SYSTEM:

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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Jack is afraid of the THING in the closet. Monty is afraid of the LUMP in the bed. One day boy and monster both decide they no longer want to fear what hides in the dark. Both have a plan, but will be surprised by what they discover after A BUMP IN THE NIGHT.

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.

Want to connect?

Email: www.donasdays@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/donasdays

Twitter: www.twitter.com/donasdays

LinkedIn: Donna L Martin/Story Catcher Publishing

Goodreads: Donna L Martin

Mail: Donna L Martin

c/o Story Catcher Publishing

P O Box 27788

Knoxville, Tn 37927