BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Marty’s Mission, An Apollo 11 Story by Judy Young

TITLE: Marty’s Mission, An Apollo 11 Story

AUTHORJudy Young

ILLUSTRATOR: David Miles

PUBLISHER: Sleeping Bear Press, 2019

SYNOPSIS:

It’s 1969 and Marty’s family lives on the U.S. island of Guam, where his father manages the NASA tracking station. It’s important work and never more so than during the Apollo 11 space mission, where the tracking station relays signals back and forth between the astronauts and Mission Control in Houston, Texas. Along with the rest of the world, Marty listens to every mission update, including the historic landing on the moon and astronaut Neil Armstrong’s first steps. But during Apollo 11’s return to Earth, something goes wrong. There is a problem with the tracking station’s antenna during the final hours of the mission. The problem must be resolved–the antenna is the only way Mission Control can communicate with the astronauts before Apollo 11 splashes down. Marty finds himself playing a key role in helping bring the craft safely back to Earth.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : I was young when Apollo 11 took its trip to the moon. I didn’t fully understand what was happening and I certainly wouldn’t have had the maturity of mind and courage of spirit to do what young Marty did to help the astronauts of Apollo 11 to return home safely. Author Judy Young has woven a wonderful story about how one young boy’s chance to help with the lunar mission turns the tide and guarantees NASA lives to dream another day! A nice addition to any library!

RATING: ****4 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 w5ill 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!

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: Boycott Blues, How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation by Andrea Davis Pinkney

TITLE: Boycott Blues, How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation

AUTHORAndrea Davis Pinkney

ILLUSTRATOR: Brian Pinkney

PUBLISHER:  Greenwillow Books, 2008

SYNOPSIS:

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, and the Montgomery bus boycott began. So did the boycott blues. In the days that followed—382 days to be exact—many people decided they’d rather walk than take city transportation.

Some started taxis, some rode bikes, but they all walked and walked. With dogged feet. With dog-tired feet. With boycott feet. With the boycott blues.The Montgomery bus boycott finally ended when the Supreme Court ruled that segregation on public transportation was unconstitutional.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize there are some moments in time that should never be forgotten. Some moments because of the great joy connected to it. But then there are those moments in history that come with great sorrow before the triumph over adversity. Author, Andrea Davis Pinkney, has managed to help remind all of us of not only the struggle for some people to be able to live with dignity, but also of the many, many “dog-tired feet” who stood up for what they believed in. Rosa Parks may have started the spark that became the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955, but it was all those other “feet” who helped change a nation and ended up walking their way right into the pages of history! A strong 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 w5ill 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!

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?

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BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: The Mermaid’s Purse by Patricia Polacco

TITLE: The Mermaid’s Purse

AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Patricia Polacco

PUBLISHER:  G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

Young Stella loves books so much, her books begin to take over the farmhouse. “Why, Stell, you need your own library to hold those books,” her pa tells her, so he and the neighbors build her one! She calls it “the Mermaid’s Purse,” since the midwife said Stella was born in one. Stella opens the Purse to her neighbors and travels around the countryside, sharing her books door-to-door. Not everyone gives them a chance at first, like grouchy Pig Ears Lonsberry. But farmer Dunkle sure changes his mind when information in a book saves his sick sheep. Eventually, everybody comes to love the Mermaid’s Purse—so when a tornado destroys it, scattering Stella’s precious books far and wide, the whole community rallies to help.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : There are so many things I liked about this book, I’m not quite sure where to begin. New York Times bestselling author, Patricia Polacco, takes her readers on a journey of discovery into the life of her grandmother, Estella Barber. From the moment she was born to her great love of reading to her massive book collection that was housed in a library her father built for her. I loved how she traveled all around the countryside with a goat cart full of books to share with her neighbors. I love how Estella persevered the ridicule of people who either didn’t have time for books or didn’t believe they could learn anything new from them. And when disaster destroyed the Mermaid’s Purse and all the books, Estella witnessed a community coming together to restore her faith in the power of books! 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 some elements could have been stronger.

3 stars…this story w5ill 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!

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?

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BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce

TITLE: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

AUTHOR: William Joyce

ILLUSTRATOR: William Joyce & Joe Bluhm

PUBLISHER:  Moonbot Books, 2012

SYNOPSIS:

Morris Lessmore loved words.
He loved stories.
He loved books.
But every story has its upsets.
     
Everything in Morris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds.
     But the power of story will save the day.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : If there is only one children’s book you could take on a desert island, this might just be the one! I have been delving into the world of words ever since my older sister taught me to read when I was four years old. It was the same age my own son learned to read. I could always be found with my nose in a book. Where wide, sweeping adventures took me to far off lands…where my imagination could run free, and ANYTHING was possible. THIS is the gift author William Joyce gives all readers with his story about Morris Lessmore. One young man’s journey to capture all his life’s moments in a journal is swept away in an instant and he goes in search of what he thinks he has lost. The reality is that all he needs to do is look up to find all that really matters in his world is still right in front of him! The vibrant illustrations masterfully depict one man’s life richly blessed to be surrounded by books! A fabulous 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 w5ill 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!

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?

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Knoxville, Tn 37927

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Nurse, Soldier, Spy–The Story of Sarah Edmonds: A Civil War Hero by Marissa Moss

TITLE: Nurse, Soldier, Spy…The Story of Sarah Edmonds: A Civil War Hero

AUTHOR: Marissa Moss

ILLUSTRATOR: John Hendrix

PUBLISHER:  Abrams Books For Young Readers, 2011

SYNOPSIS:

When Frank Thompson sees a recruitment poster for the new Union army, he’s ready and willing to enlist. Except Frank isn’t his real name. In fact, Frank is really Sarah Emma Edmonds, in disguise.
 

Only nineteen years old, Sarah has already been dressing as a man for three years and living on the run in order to escape an arranged marriage. She’s tasted freedom, and as far as she’s concerned, there’s no going back.
 
Eager to fight for the North during the Civil War, Sarah joins a Michigan infantry regiment. She excels as a soldier and even takes on the grueling task of nursing the wounded. Because of her heroism, she is asked to become a spy, cross enemy lines, and infiltrate a Confederate camp. For her first mission, Sarah must once again disguise herself and rely on the kindness of enslaved people to help her do her job.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : I’m currently in the middle of writing my own Civil War book, so of course I’ve heard of Sarah Edmonds. Author Marissa Moss has tastefully created a story that covers this woman’s amazing true story. While Sarah wasn’t the only woman to disguise herself as a man in order to fight on the battlefield during the Civil War, she was probably the most famous to come out of that time period. Young readers will find this nail-biting, page-turner 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 some elements could have been stronger.

3 stars…this story w5ill 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!

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

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P O Box 27788

Knoxville, Tn 37927

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: The William Hoy Story by Nancy Churnin

TITLE: The William Hoy Story

AUTHOR: Nancy Churnin

ILLUSTRATOR: Jez Tuya

PUBLISHER:  Albert Whitman & Company, 2016

SYNOPSIS:

All William Ellsworth Hoy wanted to do was play baseball. After losing out on a spot on the local deaf team, William practiced even harder―eventually earning a position on a professional team. But his struggle was far from over. In addition to the prejudice Hoy faced, he could not hear the umpires’ calls. One day he asked the umpire to use hand signals: strike, ball, out. That day he not only got on base but also changed the way the game was played forever. William “Dummy” Hoy became one of the greatest and most beloved players of his time.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : My interest in baseball began in high school when I played short stop and second base during high school physical education class. I was good in those positions and enjoyed the game. When my son was in middle school, he wanted to play baseball as well and ended up being the pitcher for his team. He was good at it. But while the Martin family has a love for the game, it didn’t compare to the passion William Hoy had for playing baseball back in 1886 when he was signed to his first professional team. What a shame he couldn’t hear the cheers of the crowds because William was deaf. Author Nancy Churnin takes readers on the journey to how one deaf baseball player went from enjoying the game to changing how the entire world views the game. And baseball was never the same again! A nice in addition to any library!

RATING: ****4 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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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?

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BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Helen’s Big World, The Life of Helen Keller by Doreen Rappaport

TITLE: Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller

AUTHOR: Doreen Rappaport

ILLUSTRATOR: Matt Tavares

PUBLISHER:  Disney*Hyperion Books, 2012

SYNOPSIS:

Blind, deaf, and unable to speak since toddlerhood, young Helen Keller lived in a dark, silent world. Despite her handicaps, Helen wanted to experience every part of life; with her passion for discovery and the help of an unrivaled teacher, Annie Sullivan, Helen found that knowledge would soon lead to freedom. And with knowledge and freedom came wisdom. And with her wisdom, Helen knew she could change the world by speaking out against the injustices she witnessed.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : I read about Helen Keller often as I was going through elementary school, but Ms. Rappaport’s book covering this remarkable woman’s life shared many aspects of Helen Keller’s life I never knew about. Like the fact she had very few books written in Braille so she read them repeatedly until the raised letters were worn out from her touch. Or riding in a sailboat with Annie Sullivan during a raging storm. Young boys will love reading about her many adventures while young girls will dream of following in her footsteps to conquer the world! 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 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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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?

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BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Doggone Dogs! by Karen Beaumont

TITLE: Doggone Dogs!

AUTHOR: Karen Beaumont

ILLUSTRATOR: David Catrow

PUBLISHER:  Dial Books For Young Readers, 2008

SYNOPSIS:

No sooner are these ten doggone dogs out the front door than they?re into a hilarious antic misadventure: disrupting the prim pups at the Perfect Pooch Obedience School, raining chaos on the playground, and?oops!?making one, two, three, four, ten stinky doggie poops. But when our loveable pups get nabbed by the Super Duper Pooper Scooper Pet Patrol? Well, you?ll just have to read it to find out what happens next.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : I have a mental list of illustrators whose talent is undeniable. David Catrow, in my humble opinion, is one of those special people who can take ANY reader…young or old…on a delightful journey just through sharing his illustrations with us! And when you combine that artwork with an amazingly hilarious rhyming story like author, Karen Beaumont, give us, you have a winning combination that is hard to beat! 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

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BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Misunderstood Shark by Ame Dyckman

TITLE: Misunderstood Shark

AUTHOR: Ame Dyckman

ILLUSTRATOR: Scott Magoon

PUBLISHER:  Orchard Books, 2018

SYNOPSIS:

Every beachgoer knows that there’s nothing more terrifying than a… SHARRRK! But this shark is just misunderstood, or is he? In a wholly original, sidesplittingly funny story, New York Times bestselling author Ame Dyckman and illustrator Scott Magoon take this perennial theme and turn it on its (hammer)head with a brand-new cheeky character. The filming of an underwater TV show goes awry when the crew gets interrupted by a… SHARRRK! Poor Shark, he wasn’t trying to scare them, he’s just misunderstood! Then he’s accused of trying to eat a fish. Will Shark ever catch a break? After all, he wasn’t going to eat the fish, he was just showing it his new tooth! Or was he?

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK :  I love it when I visit my local public library and discover a picture book by someone I’m acquainted with. MISUNDERSTOOD SHARK is written by NYTimes best-selling author Ame Dyckman, and I had the pleasure of reading her book to my students today. The kids were constantly laughing at the shark’s attempt to plead his case of being “misunderstood”. And illustrator, Scott Magoon, does an exceptional job of complimenting the story with lively, whimsical artwork. Even the surprise ending had my kids in stitches. A nice addition to any library!

RATING: ****4 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?

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BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Lots Of Latkes, A Hanukkah Story by Sandy Lanton

TITLE: Lots Of Latkes

AUTHOR: Sandy Lanton

ILLUSTRATOR: Vicki Jo Redenbaugh

PUBLISHER:  Kar-Ben Publishing, 2003

SYNOPSIS:

Rivka Leah invites her neighbors to a Hanukkah party, but a series of mishaps causes each of them to bring the same dish– latkes.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK :  During this festive holiday season, I wanted to include a picture book which honored celebrations enjoyed by my Jewish friends. Author, Sandy Lanton, writes an adorable story about one lady making latkes for her friends. She invites them to bring various items to share, but young readers will be amused by the series of mishaps which end in an abundance of potato pancakes. Though I’m not Jewish, I was raised on latkes while growing up around the bayous of southern Louisiana. I KNOW how delicious they are and love the fact this author included a recipe in the back of the book! 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 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

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Mail: Donna L Martin

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P O Box 27788

Knoxville, Tn 37927