BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Scrawny Cat by Phyllis Root

TITLE: Scrawny Cat

AUTHOR: Phyllis Root

ILLUSTRATOR: Allison Friend

PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2011

SYNOPSIS:

The scrawny cat used to belong to someone, someone who scratched his ears and let him lick her chin and knew his name. Now the only thing anyone ever calls him is “get out of here!” But when a snarling dog and a blowing rain turn the scrawny cat into a sailor cat, he learns that even a scared and shivery stray can find a kindred soul at the end of a storm-tossed night.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK :  My own two rescue cats snuggled next to me as I read SCRAWNY CAT by Phyllis Root this past weekend. Ms. Root introduces us to one homeless cat and invites us to follow it’s search for a forever home. This scrawny cat has to deal with hunger, cold, and the constant “name-calling” of Get Out Of Here! But it is an encounter with one vicious dog that forces Scrawny Cat to make a life changing decision which ultimately leads to the possibility he might finally find a forever home! Lovely illustrations by Alison Friend combines with a strong storyline to create a fun 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.

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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: The Little Blue Cottage by Kelly Jordan

TITLE: The Little Blue Cottage

AUTHOR: Kelly Jordan

ILLUSTRATOR: Jessica Courtney-Tickle

PUBLISHER: Page Street Kids, 2020

SYNOPSIS:

The little blue cottage waits each year for summer to arrive―and with it, the girl. Through sunny days and stormy weather, the cottage and the girl keep each other company and wile away the long days and nights together. Until one year, and then another, the cottage is left waiting and empty season after season.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK :   I love most picture books about life near the sea and this one is no exception. Author Kelly Jordan invites young readers to join in one little girl’s fun as she goes on a summer vacation to THE LITTLE BLUE COTTAGE by the sea. The house itself seems to come alive as it trembles with excitement when it sees the little girl has returned. Illustrator Jessica Courtney-Tickle’s lovely drawings invite children to turn the page and delve into life by the sea. But even little girls have to grow up sometime, and the little blue cottage wonders if it will ever hear the laughter of children ringing through its rooms once again? You’ll have to check out this cute book to find out what happens next! A fun 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.

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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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BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Help Wanted Must Love Books by Janet Sumner Johnson

TITLE: Help Wanted Must Love Books

AUTHOR: Janet Sumner Johnson

ILLUSTRATOR: Courtney Dawson

PUBLISHER: Capstone Editions, 2020

SYNOPSIS:

Shailey loves bedtime, especially reading with her dad. But her dad starts a new job, and it gets in the way of their bedtime routine. So Shailey takes action! She fires her dad, posts a Help Wanted sign, and starts interviews immediately. She is thrilled when her favorite characters from fairytales line up to apply. But Sleeping Beauty can’t stay awake, the Gingerbread Man steals her book, and Snow White brings along her whole team. Shailey is running out of options. Is bedtime ruined forever?

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK :  Most children have a bedtime routine. Change into pajamas. Brush teeth. Read a bedtime story. Drift off to sleep. A perfect routine…that is…until someone throws a kink into a familiar routine. Shailey loved the nighttime stories she shared with her father. When a new job prevented him from reading to her anymore, Shailey decides to find a replacement and that is when the fun begins! Shailey is forced to consider which fairy tale character might be the best replacement for her dad. Soon, she discovers she needs to fine tune her requirements until one lucky candidate seems to have all the qualifications one sleepy girl is looking for! A fun 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.

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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: Snail Crossing by Corey R. Tabor

TITLE: Snail Crossing

AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Corey R. Tabor

PUBLISHER: Balzer & Bray, 2020

SYNOPSIS:

In a book that is as cheerful and charming as Snail himself, Corey Tabor tells a winning tale of slow but steady Snail, whose determination and kindness bring him the best reward of all: friendship.

When Snail spies a plump, crisp cabbage across the road, nothing will stop him—not a speeding car or even a hungry crow.

But then kindhearted Snail stops to help a crew of antsy ants in a rainstorm, and he loses his way. It looks like he will never get his treat—until Snail’s new friends come up with an ingenious idea. . . 

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK :  Perseverance and friendship can come in many shapes and sizes. Sometimes even in something so small as a snail. Author/Illustrator Corey R Tabor has created a cute story of one little snail’s journey to cross the road to reach a lovely cabbage patch on the other side. Nothing will stop him…no matter how large or small. Not oncoming traffic. Not a troop of angry ants. But when it starts to rain, Snail discovers he might not have to travel all alone, and friendships…even new ones…can have its advantages. Cute, whimsical illustrations help young readers to anticipate what might finally happen to Snail on his cabbage adventure! A fun 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.

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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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Mail: Donna L Martin

c/o Story Catcher Publishing

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Knoxville, Tn 37927

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Art & Max by David Wiesner

TITLE: Art & Max

AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: David Wiesner

PUBLISHER: Clarion Books, 2010

SYNOPSIS: Max and Arthur are friends who share an interest in painting. Arthur is an accomplished painter; Max is a beginner. Max’s first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two friends on a whirlwind trip through various artistic media, which turn out to have unexpected pitfalls. Although Max is inexperienced, he’s courageous and a quick learner. His energy and enthusiasm bring the adventure to its triumphant conclusion. Beginners everywhere will take heart.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK :   Friendships are a funny thing. Some come into your life for but a moment. Some bring with it a lesson to learn. And then there are some friendships that last a lifetime, surviving all of those rocky ups and down that can shatter a heartfelt connection. Author David Wiesner shines a light on one of those types of friendships in ART & MAX. Poor Art was just trying to spend a little quiet time painting when Max tumbles into his world like tumbleweed and shakes up Art’s simple life. Wanting to join in his new friend’s day, Max proceeds to color Art’s world…AND Art…and they both soon realize that both lives will never be the same again! This artfully illustrated picture book celebrates special friendships and all the colorful adventures that come with it! 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 othe thers 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.

Purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/Bump-Night-Donna-L-Martin-ebook/dp/B0B5RSWYKY/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=A+Bump+In+The+Night+donna+l+martin&qid=1662844643&sr=8-1

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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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P O Box 27788

Knoxville, Tn 37927

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: A Frog In The Bog by Karma Wilson

TITLE: A Frog In The Bog

AUTHOR: Karma Wilson

ILLUSTRATOR: Joan Rankin

PUBLISHER: Margaret K McElderry Books, 2003

SYNOPSIS:

There’s a frog on the log
in the middle of the bog.
A small, green frog
on a half-sunk log
in the middle of the bog….

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK :  I have a feeling that I’m not the only person who enjoys author Karma Wilson’s stories. A FROG IN THE BOG is a cute counting story fashioned after the “woman who swallowed a fly” story. Young readers will be introduced to various critters found in the bog and they will laugh at the whimsical watercolor illustrations provided by Joan Rankin. Growing up near the bayous of southern Louisiana, I can certainly connect with the variety of life found in the bog. A fun 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.

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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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Mail: Donna L Martin

c/o Story Catcher Publishing

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Knoxville, Tn 37927

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki

TITLE: They Say Blue

AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Jillian Tamaki

PUBLISHER: Abram Books For Young Readers, 2018

SYNOPSIS: In captivating paintings full of movement and transformation, Tamaki follows a young girl through a year or a day as she examines the colors in the world around her. Egg yolks are sunny orange as expected, yet water cupped in her hands isn’t blue like they say. But maybe a blue whale is blue. She doesn’t know, she hasn’t seen one. Playful and philosophical, They Say Blue is a book about color as well as perspective, about the things we can see and the things we can only wonder at.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK :   When I first picked up this book and thumbed through it, I thought it was going to be a simple story about a young girl and the different seasons of the year. And there’s nothing wrong with simple stories written for pure entertainment, but author Jillian Tamaki’s powerful look at one young girl’s view of the world is anything but simple. With whimsical sketches full of vibrant color, Tamaki takes us on an amazing journey as one girl contemplates the true depth of the world around her. A single point of view begins to change as her imagination expands and she comes to see the world around her from a wider perspective. Tamaki’s powerful, yet simple illustrations create a page-turning addition to this award winning tale which makes this reviewer want to go live in THAT world…if just for a little while. 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 othe thers 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.

Purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/Bump-Night-Donna-L-Martin-ebook/dp/B0B5RSWYKY/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=A+Bump+In+The+Night+donna+l+martin&qid=1662844643&sr=8-1

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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: Moose Tracks by Karma Wilson

TITLE: Moose Tracks

AUTHOR: Karma Wilson

ILLUSTRATOR: Jack E. Davis

PUBLISHER: Margaret K McElderry Books, 2006

SYNOPSIS:

There are moose tracks on the back porch . . .

in the kitchen . . .

in the den . . .

There are moose tracks EVERYWHERE!

Who left all these moose tracks?

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK :  My sister likes moose tracks ice cream, but I much prefer THIS type of moose tracks. Young readers will not only enjoy the lovely, lyrical rhythm of this delightful story, children will also love the whimsical illustrations created by illustrator, Jack E Davis. This first person account of mysterious moose tracks left all around a house challenges young minds to eliminate various animal visitors until the very last page. Even the hilarious ending will amuse and possibly surprise those in search of who belongs to all those MOOSE TRACKS! 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.

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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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c/o Story Catcher Publishing

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Knoxville, Tn 37927

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Alone Like Me by Rebecca Evans

TITLE: Alone Like Me

AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR: Rebecca Evans

PUBLISHER: Anne Schwartz Books, 2022

SYNOPSIS: Liling and her family have moved from their rural farm to an overwhelming urban city. Because of Chinese law, Liling can’t go to school and spends her days with Mama or Baba at work. At the playground, the other children throw sand at her and tease her old red coat and dirty shoes.
    
But after she shares a smile with a girl in a bright yellow jacket who lives in an apartment beneath hers, Liling has a big idea! She draws a picture and lowers it down to the girl–Qiqi–who returns it with a drawing of her own. When the new friends meet face to face, Liling takes Qiqi’s hand, and they walk bravely into the park–together.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK :  Change can be hard. Many changes all at once can be overwhelming. Rebecca Evans’ picture book, ALONE LIKE ME, follows the journey of one country girl’s move to the city. Liling has many new things to deal with…leaving her small rural farm, no longer being able to afford to attend school, and trying to make new friends. But it’s hard to meet new people when everyone makes fun of her old red coat and dirty shoes. That is, until one day a flash of yellow from another apartment balcony offers Liling a chance to start fresh and make a new friend in the big city. 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.

***Ebook Pre-orders happening now and paperback edition releasing August 2nd!***

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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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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 Blur by Minh Le

TITLE: The Blur

AUTHOR: Minh Le

ILLUSTRATOR: Dan Santat

PUBLISHER: Alfred A Knopf, 2022

SYNOPSIS:

From the very beginning, there was something different about this child…

An ultrasonic voice. Fantastically elastic limbs. Super-magnetic powers. But it wasn’t until the child took her first steps that she became: THE BLUR!

Nothing can stand in her way as she takes the world by storm: always on the move and darting into danger! All too soon, she is zipping through the days, and zooming over the years…

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK : Any parent will be able to relate to this beautifully created story by author, Minh Le. Any child will be fascinated by the chance to glimpse not only into their own past, but to also take a peek into their future. Add to this stellar story stunning illustrations by Caldecott medalist, Dan Santat. From the moment a child is born, the stage is set for a whirlwind journey from infancy to adulthood, and all parents will feel the tug of heart strings as they remember their own “blur” moments of watching their own children blossom! 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.

***Ebook orders happening now and paperback edition releasing August 23rd!***

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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

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