BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: William Wise

 

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Title: Zany Zoo
Author: William Wise
Illustrator: Lynn Munsinger
Publisher: Walter Lorraine Books
Ages: 4-8

 

Synopsis:

 

Welcome to the Zany Zoo!
An unusual bunch in here,
It’s true,
But if fun and silliness are
What you seek,
Turn the pages, take a peek…

 

Why you should read it:

 

What kid (or adult for that matter) doesn’t enjoy visiting animals at the zoo? Young readers will be in for a huge surprise when they turn the pages to discover the delightful antics from the menagerie of animals hiding within the pages of Mr. Wise’s engaging book. You can meet Carlotta the Cow or even Wally the Whale as well as a multitude of other creatures all featured in this children’s book featuring kid-friendly poetry.

Ms. Munsinger’s vibrant illustrations are a whimsical backdrop to the fun poems and I wouldn’t be surprised if some readers don’t join in the fun come party time!

 

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LUNADAR: Homeward Bound

Ruler by day, a reluctant pirate by night, 18-year-old Princess Ariana fights for her subjects in the waterfall city of LUNADAR. In a kingdom surrounded by fairies and mermaids, and ravaged by deadly Drundles, only a chosen few are trusted to guard her daughter, Candra, as the secret heir to the throne. But it only takes one ill-fated meeting for Ariana to suddenly be plunged into an escalating web of secrets found in her father’s journal, a deadly kidnapping, and an ever-weakening resolve to turn her back on the call of the merman’s song. With Ariana’s world falling apart and the future of LUNADAR at stake, how will she bring her father’s murderer to justice and fulfill a deathbed promise to protect Lunadar’s legacy?

$16.99

 

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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.

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Aaron Zenz

 

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Title: The Hiccupotamus
Author/Illustrator: Aaron Zenz
Publisher: Scholastic
Ages: 4-8

 

Synopsis:

 
There was a hippopotamus
Who hiccupped quite-a-lotamus
And every time he got’emus
He’d fall upon his bottomus

 

Why you should read it:

 

All I can say is everything about this picture book is cute! Cute illustrations, cute rhyme, cute premise. Who hasn’t struggled with a bout of hiccups that just wouldn’t go away? Oh how I laughed as I eagerly turned the pages to see what would happen next. What a delightful addition to any home library!

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1 out of 5…forget about it!

 

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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.

 

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: David Catrow

 

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Title: Funny Lunch
Author/Illustrator: David Catrow
Publisher: Orchard Books
Ages: 4-8

 

Synopsis:

 

Max creates a hilarious lunchtime adventure as he serves up one hysterical meal after another at his own diner.

 

Why you should read it:

 
I think David Catrow might be one of my favorite current illustrators. I’ve read many of the books he has either written or illustrated and love every one! Max is such an adorable character and I had to smile at his eagerness to show off his culinary skill. Mr. Catrow’s artwork style is so distinctive that I find myself pouring over each page, inspecting every nuance as I find myself drawn into each engaging storyline. FUNNY LUNCH is no exception and would be a great addition to any home or school library.
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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.

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Heidi Howarth

 

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Title: The Littlest Lighthouse Keeper
Author: Heidi Howarth
Illustrator: Daniel Howarth
Publisher: QEB Publishing Inc
Ages: 4-8

Synopsis:

Will Henry and his new friends be able to save the day when the lighthouse keeper goes out?

Why you should read it:

The youngest readers out there will enjoy meeting a little mouse named Henry who lives by the sea in a lighthouse. Everything is going great for Henry until the human goes away for the day and he is left all by himself when a storm approaches. With the help of some new friends, Henry discovers he has what it takes to become the littlest lighthouse keeper.
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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.

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Catherine Gourley

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Title: Welcome to Molly’s World * 1944
Author: Catherine Gourley
Publisher: Pleasant Company Publications
Ages: 9-11

Synopsis:

 
Molly McIntire was a nine-year-old girl growing up on America’s home front during World War Two. In 1944, America had been at war for three years. For girls like Molly, life had changed. Fathers were away at war, mothers went to work, and children gave up allowances, sugary sweets, and even some of their toys for the war effort.

 

Why you should read it:

 

I’m currently researching this time in American history for book three of a historical fiction chapter book series I’m working on. I have no interest in the bloody details of war, but have an almost insatiable thirst for information about the lives of the people who lived through them. MOLLY’S WORLD, a part of the American’s Girl Collection, gives a most detailed insight into the life of a child during the mid 1940’s. To someone like myself who knows very little about this particular war, I feel like a kid in the candy store and someone has just said I can have one of everything! This book is definitely a wonderful addition to any home library.

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BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Gianna Marino

 

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Title: Too Tall Houses

Author/Illustrator: Gianna Marino

Publisher: Viking

Ages: 4-8

 

Synopsis:

 

Rabbit and Owl lived in two small houses on top of a hill. They were good neighbors and good friends until one day…

Why you should read it:

 

The illustrations in this book are absolutely stunning! Ms. Marino puts vibrant detail into her artwork and her characters seem to leap off the page. TOO TALL HOUSES is a story about two friends with very different personalities. Rabbit enjoys growing vegetables in his garden while Owl loves to gaze at the forest just beyond their little houses. But one day Rabbit’s eagerness to have plenty to eat prevents Owl from enjoying the view and a contest begins to see who can outdo the other. It will take a little push from Mother Nature to make the two friends realize that there are more important things in life than who has the tallest house on the hill.
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BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Vannetta Chapman

 

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Title: Murder Freshly Baked

Author: Vannetta Chapman

Publisher: Zondervan Publishing

Ages: Young Adult to Adult

 

Synopsis:

 

The Amish Artisan Village of Middlebury, Indiana, might be the last place you would ever expect to find a murderer. But Amber has been managing the Village for decades and there’s nothing she hadn’t seen. Or so she thought.

 

Why maybe you should read it:

 

I’m not usually a cozy mystery reader…I leave that genre to my sister. But there was something about the cover of this book that captured my attention so I thought I would give it a try. I mean what’s not to like, right? A cute Amish village where fresh baked goods are on the menu along with a slice of murder topped with a mystery.

Unfortunately, for me, this third book in the series didn’t exactly wet my appetite for more cozy mysteries. The beginning chapters of MURDER FRESHLY BAKED were very confusing to me with the introduction of so many different characters. I don’t know if it would have helped to have read the other books in the series first, but since I didn’t know who these characters were, it was challenging to feel connected to them.

I’m sure Ms. Chapman’s book would be a fine read for someone else but for me, MURDERR FRESHLY BAKED didn’t quite fit this reader’s palette.

 

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 5 out of 5…grab it!

 

 4 out of 5…think about it.

 

 3 out of 5…take it or leave it.

 

 2 out of 5…maybe not for you.

 

 1 out of 5…forget about it!