BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Goldie and the Three Hares by Margie Palatini

TITLE: Goldie And The Three Hares

AUTHOR: Margie Palatini

ILLUSTRATOR: Jack E Davis

PUBLISHER: Katherine Tegen Books, 2011

SYNOPSIS: “The Hare family—Papa, Mama, and Little Baby Hare—are enjoying a peaceful day in their rabbit hole until they hear a big THUMP outside their door. The thump is Goldilocks herself, who has fallen down the rabbit hole after being chased by the Three Bears.

(I think you know why those bears were chasing her.)

The Hare family is happy to help the girl, who has hurt her foot. But as you might imagine, Goldie is not a very good houseguest. She is tough to please, since every chair is too hard, too soft, or otherwise not just right.

(If you were the Hares, you might agree that Goldilocks is loud, obnoxious, and demanding.)

But when Goldie is finally comfy-cozy in the Hares’ rabbit hole, how are they ever going to get her to leave?”

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : I came from a generation of children raised on the classic tale of Goldilocks and The Three Bears. So when I saw this book about what happens AFTER Goldilocks ran away from the three bears, of course my interest was peaked. I like how author, Margie Palatini, continues the tradition of Goldilocks self-centered adventure with some poor rabbits being her next victims. It might not be a bad idea to revisit the original story for young readers not familiar with the classic tale. Otherwise, readers will quickly be able to make the connection between the bears dealing with an unwanted guest and the rabbits’ troublesome visitor. An adorable story with great accompanying illustrations. 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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“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! (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09QXV4NVC/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1)***

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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.

Want to connect?

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BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Have You Seen This Book? by Angela DiTerlizzi

TITLE: Have You Seen This Book?

AUTHOR: Angela DiTerlizzi

ILLUSTRATOR: Tom Booth

PUBLISHER: Philomel Books, 2021

SYNOPSIS: “When a boy discovers that his favorite book is missing, he asks you if you’ve seen it. But with every description he gives and every page you turn, you realize that his missing book is in YOUR hands! So what do you do? And what does HE do when he figures it out?”

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : Picture books which break the fourth wall and directly speak to the reader is a difficult challenge most writers don’t want to tackle. Author Angela DiTerilizzi takes on the challenge and creates an adorable story about one boy’s struggle to locate his favorite book which has gone missing. He knows exactly which copy is his because on almost every page, he has taken the liberty of enhancing the story with his own scribbles, word changes, stickers and other oddities to make this story his very own masterpiece. Young readers will enjoy going on this adventure in search of a good book. 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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“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! (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09QXV4NVC/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1)***

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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.

Want to connect?

Email: www.donasdays@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/donasdays

Twitter: www.twitter.com/donasdays

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THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: Hailey’s Hats by Donna L Martin

All the books I write for children and adults are special to me, but THIS book is extra special for a variety of reasons.

When my writer’s rights to my debut picture book, THE STORY CATCHER, was given back to me in 2018, it kind of left my writer’s ego a bit bruised. While I understood the business decision this traditional publisher made, it was done at a time when my fledgling book was barely born, and it didn’t really have a chance to make it in the big ol’ world of Kidlit publishing.

During those years, I continued to write my stories but struggled with how to move forward getting my picture book stories out in the world. It took me a number of years of soul searching, manuscript submitting to various agents and pitch contests, and revising, revising, revising to create stories as strong as I could make them.

I told you Hailey’s Hats is special for many reasons. One of them is because it’s a story all about hats and the fact how we dress sometimes influence how we…and the rest of the world…determine our own self-worth. When I was growing up, I always wanted to wear hats.

But I couldn’t.

My head has always been too large for most hats so the idea of one little girl being able to have all the hats she wants AND be able to wear all of them was very appealing to me!

Another reason I love this story is because it is the first of hopefully many more picture books where I take full control of the entire process. THE STORY CATCHER was basically a remake product (even if I’ve very proud of it…which I am!) But Hailey’s Hats was all me from the story idea down to the cover design, color scheme, illustration direction, and production issues resolved in order to give birth to Hailey’s Hats. It was truly my baby from start to finish and I proved to myself that even if a traditional publisher steps away from my work, that doesn’t mean I can’t still share my stories with the world!

The final reason, and probably most important one, is the subtle message I hope everyone discovers as they read this story. Growing up in a small bayou town in southern Louisiana where I was bullied and made fun of my entire time I lived there forced me to grow a thick skin. To learn to ignore the petty, demeaning words tossed my way and to dig deep inside to discover the person I wanted to be. Being poor back then also taught me to live without the pressure of the “haves” society because that was something I definitely DID NOT have.

Hailey struggles with identity in this story. She thinks the person she should be on any particular day is connected to the career hat she wears. But when she runs into a day when she doesn’t have a hat to wear, she struggles with self-worth. Who should she be? How will the world around her judge her?

Here’s the book blurb: “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!”

PURCHASE: https://www.amazon.com/HAILEYS-HATS-Donna-L-Martin-ebook/dp/B09QXV4NVC/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2HNRULGHWQJ9L&keywords=hailey%27s+hats+picture+book+donna+l+martin&qid=1643821607&sprefix=hailey%27s+hats+picture+book+donna+l+martin%2Caps%2C66&sr=8-1

At the end of the book, I hope children (and the child in all of us) will see that the people we are inside is much more important than the clothes or accessories we wear. And what is inside of each of us lasts a lifetime…

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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.

Want to connect?

Email: www.donasdays@gmail.com

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Knoxville, Tn 37927

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: I’m Sorry by Michael Ian Black

TITLE: I’m Sorry

AUTHOR: Michael Ian Black

ILLUSTRATOR: Debbie Ridpath Ohi

PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2021

SYNOPSIS: Potato is very sorry. He didn’t mean to say those mean things and hurt Flamingo’s feelings.

But…saying sorry is hard.

It’s the hardest thing he’s ever had to do.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : Micheal Ian Black’s I’M BORED, illustrated by my friend, Debbie Redpath Ohi is one of my favorite picture books. When I found out Debbie illustrated I’M SORRY, about a talking potato and his friend, Flamingo, I was eager to read it. Mr. Black has a wonderful way of infusing humor and personality into the most unique characters. Young readers will be able to relate to Potato feeling so sorry because he said some things to his friend Flamingo and now wishes he could take it all back. Apologizing to save a friendship can be hard and scary. I’M SORRY is a wonderful book to show children doing the right thing can be frightening sometimes, but sure worth it in the end! 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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“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! (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09QXV4NVC/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1)***

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

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Mail: Donna L Martin

c/o Story Catcher Publishing

P O Box 27788

Knoxville, Tn 37927

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: The Big Sibling Getaway by Korrie Leer

TITLE: The Big Sibling Getaway

AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Korrie Leer

PUBLISHER: Albert Whitman & Company, 2020

SYNOPSIS: “When a new baby sibling cries, there’s only one thing to do: get away.

First came the boxes. Then the baby. Then the loud, nonstop crying! Desperate to get away, new big sister Cassie climbs into one of the empty boxes and sets off. She drives, she sails, and she soars…but she still hears whimpers. When she finally finds a place where she can’t hear the crying. Cassie realizes some things are more important than peace and quiet.”

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : Author/illustrator, Korrie Leer has written a heart warming story about the tolerance of a big sister for a new addition to the family. Sometimes adjusting to a new family member can be too much for a sibling and big sister Cassie uses fun, creative ways to distance herself from a fussy newborn. Ms. Leer’s imaginative illustrations allows young readers to join Cassie as she tries to leave her responsibilities as a big sister behind. But the sweet ending of The Big Sibling Getaway reinforces the idea that no matter what, in the end, family is all that matters and having a younger sibling can actually be a good thing. 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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“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! (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09QXV4NVC/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1)***

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

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Mail: Donna L Martin

c/o Story Catcher Publishing

P O Box 27788

Knoxville, Tn 37927

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: The Missing Pairs by Yvonne Ivinson

TITLE: The Missing Pairs

AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Yvonne Ivinson

PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books, 2021

SYNOPSIS: Fox is missing a sock. Hare is missing a mitten. Badger is missing a boot. But what’s the use of wearing socks, mittens, and boots if you don’t wear a pair? Luckily, Fox, Hare, and Badger have a friend named Bear.And Bear knows just what to do Bear will solve the mystery of the missing pairs. Or will he?

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : When I first picked up this book, I thought about one of my favorite picture book authors, Jan Brett and her book, The Mitten. I wondered if this was going to be a poor “copycat” of Ms. Brett’s story. I’m happy to report I was pleasantly surprised by this unique twist to a story about woodland creatures and their missing winter wear! Author/Illustrator Yvonne Ivinson brings to life Fox, Hare, and Badger’s search for who might have taken their missing sock, mitten, and boot. Friend Bear reaches out a helping hand and soon this foursome is on an adventure of a lifetime. I was NOT expecting the adorable ending. Young readers will have a hard time picking their favorite character in this tale of friendship and perseverance. 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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“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! (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09QXV4NVC/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1)***

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

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Mail: Donna L Martin

c/o Story Catcher Publishing

P O Box 27788

Knoxville, Tn 37927

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: A Day For Rememberin’ by Leah Henderson

TITLE: A Day For Rememberin’

AUTHOR: Leah Henderson

ILLUSTRATOR: Floyd Cooper

PUBLISHER: Abrams Books For Young Readers, 2021

SYNOPSIS: Today is a special day. Eli knows it’s important if he’s allowed to miss one second of school, his “hard-earned right.”
Inspired by true events and told through the eyes of a young boy, this is the deeply moving story about what is regarded as the first Memorial Day on May 1, 1865. Eli dresses up in his best clothes, Mama gathers the mayflowers, Papa straightens his hat, and together they join the crowds filling the streets of Charleston, South Carolina, with bouquets, crosses, and wreaths. Abolitionists, missionaries, teachers, military officers, and a sea of faces Black, Brown, and White, they march as one and sing for all those who gave their lives fighting for freedom during the Civil War.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : I think well written books on little known historical events will never go out of style. Author Leah Henderson brings to light the deep gratitude freed slaves felt for all the soldiers who fought for their freedom. Famed illustrator Floyd Cooper brings to life those who celebrated that first Memorial Day after the Civil War was over. This is more than a simple children’s picture book. It is a look into the hearts and souls of an enslaved people and the responsibility they felt for remembering the sacrifices of those who fought in their honor. 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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“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! (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09QXV4NVC/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1)***

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

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Mail: Donna L Martin

c/o Story Catcher Publishing

P O Box 27788

Knoxville, Tn 37927

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: The Welcome Chair by Rosemary Wells

TITLE: The Welcome Chair

AUTHOR: Rosemary Wells

ILLUSTRATOR: Jerry Pinkney

PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster, 2021

SYNOPSIS: In 1807, Sam Siegbert is born in southern Germany. Sam’s favorite pastime is carpentry, much to his father’s displeasure. His mother says he has a gift from God in his hands. After moving to America, he builds a wooden chair with the word WILLKOMMEN on the back. The chair’s back panel was later marked with welcomes by four generations of the family in four different languages.

After the family lost track of the old chair, the author created a new life for it among new owners from other corners of the world. All the families who loved the chair came to America, escaping religious conformity, natural disasters, tyrannies, war, and superstition. In its lifetime, the rocking chair, with its earliest word WILLKOMMEN, stood for openness, hospitality, and acceptance to all who owned it or rocked safely in its embrace.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : I’ve always enjoyed meeting people from other cultures and learning about other countries. Combine that with a love of history and author Rosemary Wells’ book The Welcome Chair had to be added to my reading list. This story revolves around one handmade rocking chair made by the son of a Barvarian immigrant and follows that chair’s journey through the pages of time as well as many different hands and cultures to end up as part of a family of refugees from war-torn Syria. Can one beloved rocking chair heal the hearts and spirits of the many families it serves? Readers will find the answer to that question and many more in this heart warming tale woven within the pages of Jerry Pinkney’s wonderful illustrating talent. 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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“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! (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09QXV4NVC/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1)***

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

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Mail: Donna L Martin

c/o Story Catcher Publishing

P O Box 27788

Knoxville, Tn 37927

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Hope At Sea, An Adventure Story by Daniel Miyares

TITLE: Hope At Sea, An Adventure Story

AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Daniel Miyares

PUBLISHER: Anne Schwartz Books, 2021

SYNOPSIS: “Hope doesn’t only want to listen to her father’s stories about his voyages at sea, she wants to be part of those stories.

And so, unbeknownst to her parents, she stows away on her father’s 19th-century merchant vessel. But look… The wind has picked up and the sky is darkening…

Could there be such a thing as an adventure that is too exciting?”

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : Everything about this book grabs my attention! Stunning illustrations. A touch of nautical history. And of course, the ocean which ALWAYS calls to me! Author/Illustrator Daniel Miyares creates an action packed adventure on the high seas with this tale of one girl’s attempt to join her father on a trip of a lifetime. The young narrator stows away on board while this newly built clipper ship travels to faraway lands like West Indies and Port Rio Grande. But when an angry storm threatens their very lives, who or what will come to their aid and bring them safely home? You’ll have to pick up this wonderful book to find out! 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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“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! (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09QXV4NVC/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1)***

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: Beach Toys VS School Supplies by Mike Ciccotello



TITLE: Beach Toys vs School Sypplies

AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Mike Ciccotello

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 *****

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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“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! (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09QXV4NVC/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i1)***



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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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