BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Merry Christmas Mr. Mouse by Caralyn & Mark Buehner

TITLE: Merry Christmas Mr. Mouse

AUTHOR: Caralyn Buehner

ILLUSTRATOR: Mark Buehner

PUBLISHER: Dial Books For Kids, 2015

SYNOPSIS:

When Mr. Mouse and his family move into the warm spot beneath the kitchen stove in a big house, they discover something new and wonderful: an evergreen tree decorated with lights, ginger and peppermint smells in the air, and cookies baking in the oven. They hear about a child born long ago, and a jolly man named Santa who brings gifts to celebrate Jesus’s birth on a day called Christmas. And so Mr. and Mrs. Mouse decide that their family should celebrate Christmas too.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : I love the Snowmen series by author/illustrator team Caralyn and Mark Buehner, so I couldn’t wait to see what they did with a little critter named Mr. Mouse who had a big Christmas dream. Colorful illustrations compliment this delightful story of one mouse family’s decision to celebrate Christmas in a big way. I love the theme of love and family while the artwork invites young readers to discover ordinary items turned into a quaint mouse’s home for the holidays. A lovely 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 some elements could 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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Fox is set to cook a nice meal until the main ingredient tries to escape! The chase is on as Fox and his friends scurry, hop, and lumber their way to catching those rumbly, tumbly taters. Friendship and teamwork go hand in hand during THE GREAT POTATO RACE! ***Coming soon from Story Catcher Publishing***

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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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.

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Email: www.donasdays@gmail.com

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Knoxville, Tn 37927

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO ME!!

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I would usually share a short story on FLASH FICTION TUESDAY but today I wanted to share my latest book with all my readers!

 

Pawesome Friends

 

It was released on Monday, but it was such a hectic day yesterday I completely forgot to share the good news! Sharing my stories with the world lifts my spirits and hopefully, if I’m lucky, will in some way touch the spirits of my readers.

This latest book is an anthology about various pet stories and includes a funny story about my sweet Tommy boy who was the light of my life for eighteen years…

 

Tommy

 

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donna

 

International best selling, award-winning 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 children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy), is now available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers.