Dec 072020
 

THIS IS THE EARTH by Deedee Cummings

Book Details:
Book Title: This Is The Earth by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre:  Children/ Holiday
Publisher:  Make A Way Media
Release date:  April 2019
Format available for review:  print (USA and Canada), ebook (PDF)
Tour dates:  Oct 12 to Dec 4, 2020
Content Rating: G. Children’s Holiday Book.

Book Description:
A recent Purple Dragonfly Award First Place winner, Cummings uses bold and bright illustrations in This is the Earth to share a message of peace, love, respect, compassion, inclusion. Published in early 2019, the book’s message bears repeating: peace is meant for all of us and it is everyone’s responsibility to care for each other like the united family that we really are. This exceptional and timely book shares the reality that we are all sharing this world that we call home instead of acting as though each continent, each, country, and each neighborhood is like a completely different planet. Within the pages of This is the Earth, readers will discover thought and conversation-invoking concepts on issues and struggles that has our world at odds with each other. Kids and adults will love the lyrical message and thoughtful artwork that reinforces the fact that every human being is our neighbor on Planet Earth; a place also known as Home.

 

 

My Thoughts:
I absolutely love this book! It has such an important message, especially considering what’s been going on all over the world this year.The book is about accepting people no matter their color or other differences. A few of my favorite statements in this book are “I promise to listen and respect your worries”, “you don’t have to think what I think. You don’t have to do what I do”, and “You do you. And I’ll do me.”
The illustrations are bold and beautiful. The words are black and very easy to see.This would be a great book for all young children, especially with all the hatefulness going on in the world right now.
Deirdre Cummings is quickly becoming one of my favorite children’s authors!
I received The Goose on the Roof from the publisher
This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion    

 

Meet the Author:

Children's Author Deedee Cummings

Deirdre “Deedee” Cummings believes literacy is a fundamental human right. She is the founder of Make A Way Media, It Pays to Read & the Louisville Book Festival, as well as, an attorney, therapist, and CEO of Abi Behavioral Health in Louisville, Kentucky. Abi is an intensive therapy agency that works to prevent the placement of children in out of home care, such as foster care, hospitalization, and incarceration. Deedee attended Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, one of only two all-female Historically Black Colleges in the country. After graduating from Bennett, she earned a master’s degree and a law degree from the University of Louisville. All of her writing focuses on sharing inspiring messages that remind us all it is never too late to begin again. Deedee encourages the children she works with to write as a way to process emotions, document their journey, and express themselves more clearly. In addition to presenting on multiple topics around the country, Deedee donates hundreds of books and volunteer hours every year to families, children, churches and the local school system. She is excited to announce the launch of her tenth children’s book, This is the Earth. The inspiration for this book came from overwhelming negative media coverage about race relations in our country and across the world. This is the Earth is a book about peace, respect, and diversity inclusion: a message that must be heard and repeated often. She and her husband Anthony live in Louisville with their three children Kayla (an actress in New York), Anthony (a college student and athlete), and Nick (in elementary school).

connect with the author:  website  ~ make a way media  ~ twitter  ~ twitter  ~  facebook  ~  facebook ~ pinterest ~ instagram ~ instagram ~ goodreads

Tour Schedule:
Oct 12 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 13 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 13 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 14 – meandmybooks – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 14 – Leels Loves Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 14 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews  – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 15 – Splashes of Joy – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post / giveaway
Oct 15 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews  – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 16 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Oct 18 – Amy’s Booket List – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 20 – Pick A Good Book – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 21 – Splashes of Joy – book review of This is the Earth / author interview / giveaway
Oct 22 – Leels Loves Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 26 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Oct 27 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of This is the Earth
Oct 28 – My Journey Back – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 29 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time
Oct 30 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 3 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post / giveaway
Nov 4 – She Just Loves Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 5 – Priya’s Lit Blog – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 9 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 10 –Priya’s Lit Blog – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 11 – Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 11 – Older & Smarter? – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 12 – She Just Loves Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 13 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 16 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 17 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 18 – Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 18 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 19 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 20 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 20 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 23 – Amy’s Booket List – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 – – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 23 – Lisa-Queen of Random – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 – Gina Rae Mitchell  – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 24 – Gina Rae Mitchell  – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 24 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 24 – Lisa-Queen of Random – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 25 – Older & Smarter? – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 27 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 27 – Reading is My Passion – book review of In the Nick of Time
Nov 30 – Cuzinlogic – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 30 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post /giveaway
Dec 1 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 1 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Dec 1 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Dec 2 –  Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 3 – Bigreadersite – book review of In the Nick of Time
Dec 3 – Reading is My Passion – book review of This is the Earth
Dec 3 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 4 – Bigreadersite – book review of This is the Earth
Dec 4 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway

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Book Details:
Book Title: This Is The Earth by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Category Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre Children/ Holiday
Publisher Make A Way Media
Release date:  April 2019
Format available for review:  print (USA and Canada), ebook (PDF)
Tour dates:  Oct 12 to Dec 4, 2020
Content Rating: G. Children’s Holiday Book.

Book Description:
A recent Purple Dragonfly Award First Place winner, Cummings uses bold and bright illustrations in This is the Earth to share a message of peace, love, respect, compassion, inclusion. Published in early 2019, the book’s message bears repeating: peace is meant for all of us and it is everyone’s responsibility to care for each other like the united family that we really are. This exceptional and timely book shares the reality that we are all sharing this world that we call home instead of acting as though each continent, each, country, and each neighborhood is like a completely different planet. Within the pages of This is the Earth, readers will discover thought and conversation-invoking concepts on issues and struggles that has our world at odds with each other. Kids and adults will love the lyrical message and thoughtful artwork that reinforces the fact that every human being is our neighbor on Planet Earth; a place also known as Home.

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Make a Way Media
Add to Goodreads

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Dec 042020
 
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Book Details:

Book Title:  In the Nick of Time by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  28 pages
Genre:  Children/ Holiday
Publisher:  Make a Way Media
Release date:   November 2019
Content Rating:  G: Children’s Holiday Book

Book Description:

A Timely Tale about a Little Brown Boy who Saves Christmas. Nick Saint never really put a lot of thought into his name until one snowy day in December when he accidentally receives a letter meant for Saint Nick. Realizing there is not much time left until Christmas, Nick opens the letter. The unexpected message inside ultimately leads him on a journey of understanding poverty, gratitude, and service to others while discovering the real meaning of the holiday spirit.

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My Thoughts:
This book is a fun read with a very important message. The mailman accidentally leaves a letter addressed to Saint Nick at the home of Nick Saint. He wants to give the letter back to the mailman but he can’t find him, so his mom says they will open the letter because it’s very close to Christmas and the chance of it reaching Santa is slim.

The letter is written by a boy who wants Santa to give his mom a job so they  can move out of the shelter where they are staying and get their own place.

Nick doesn’t think he can do anything about that because he’s just a kid after all, but with his mom and dad’s help they do help her and that fills Nick with the Christmas Spirit! He finally understands that the most important thing about Christmas is not the presents that you get. Instead, it’s the feeling you get from helping/Blessing others.

I think this is a book all kids should read, and that they will enjoy.

The words are black on a white background and that makes it very easy to read, the illustrator Charlene Mosley, did an awesome job.

I loved this book and would highly recommend it!

I received The Goose on the Roof from the publisher
This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion    

 

Meet The Author:

Deirdre “Deedee” Cummings believes literacy is a fundamental human right. She is the founder of Make A Way Media, It Pays to Read & the Louisville Book Festival, as well as, an attorney, therapist, and CEO of Abi Behavioral Health in Louisville, Kentucky. Abi is an intensive therapy agency that works to prevent the placement of children in out of home care, such as foster care, hospitalization, and incarceration. Deedee attended Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, one of only two all-female Historically Black Colleges in the country. After graduating from Bennett, she earned a master’s degree and a law degree from the University of Louisville. All of her writing focuses on sharing inspiring messages that remind us all it is never too late to begin again. Deedee encourages the children she works with to write as a way to process emotions, document their journey, and express themselves more clearly. In addition to presenting on multiple topics around the country, Deedee donates hundreds of books and volunteer hours every year to families, children, churches and the local school system. She is excited to announce the launch of her tenth children’s book, This is the Earth. The inspiration for this book came from overwhelming negative media coverage about race relations in our country and across the world. This is the Earth is a book about peace, respect, and diversity inclusion: a message that must be heard and repeated often. She and her husband Anthony live in Louisville with their three children Kayla (an actress in New York), Anthony (a college student and athlete), and Nick (in elementary school).

connect with the author:  website  ~ website  ~ make a way media  ~ twitter  ~ twitter  ~  facebook  ~  facebook ~ pinterest ~ instagram ~ instagram ~ goodreads

Tour Schedule:
Oct 12 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 13 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 13 – Working Mommy Journal – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 14 – meandmybooks – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 14 – Leels Loves Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 14 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews  – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 15 – Splashes of Joy – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post / giveaway
Oct 15 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews  – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 16 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Oct 18 – Amy’s Booket List – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 20 – Pick A Good Book – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 21 – Splashes of Joy – book review of This is the Earth / author interview / giveaway
Oct 22 – Leels Loves Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 26 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Oct 27 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of This is the Earth
Oct 28 – My Journey Back – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 29 – Rajiv’s Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time
Oct 30 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 3 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post / giveaway
Nov 4 – She Just Loves Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 5 – Priya’s Lit Blog – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 9 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 10 –Priya’s Lit Blog – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 11 – Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 11 – Older & Smarter? – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 12 – She Just Loves Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 13 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 16 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 17 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 18 – Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 18 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 19 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 20 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 20 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 23 – Amy’s Booket List – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 – – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 23 – Lisa-Queen of Random – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 – Gina Rae Mitchell  – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 24 – Gina Rae Mitchell  – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 24 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 24 – Lisa-Queen of Random – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 25 – Older & Smarter? – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 27 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 27 – Reading is My Passion – book review of In the Nick of Time
Nov 30 – Cuzinlogic – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 30 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post /giveaway
Dec 1 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 1 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Dec 1 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Dec 2 –  Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 3 – Bigreadersite – book review of In the Nick of Time
Dec 3 – Reading is My Passion – book review of This is the Earth
Dec 3 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 4 – Bigreadersite – book review of This is the Earth
Dec 4 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
 

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Book Details:
Book Title: This Is The Earth by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Category Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre Children/ Holiday
Publisher Make A Way Media
Release date:  April 2019
Format available for review:  print (USA and Canada), ebook (PDF)
Tour dates:  Oct 12 to Dec 4, 2020
Content Rating: G. Children’s Holiday Book.

Book Description:

A recent Purple Dragonfly Award First Place winner, Cummings uses bold and bright illustrations in This is the Earth to share a message of peace, love, respect, compassion, inclusion. Published in early 2019, the book’s message bears repeating: peace is meant for all of us and it is everyone’s responsibility to care for each other like the united family that we really are. This exceptional and timely book shares the reality that we are all sharing this world that we call home instead of acting as though each continent, each, country, and each neighborhood is like a completely different planet. Within the pages of This is the Earth, readers will discover thought and conversation-invoking concepts on issues and struggles that has our world at odds with each other. Kids and adults will love the lyrical message and thoughtful artwork that reinforces the fact that every human being is our neighbor on Planet Earth; a place also known as Home.

Buy the Book:  
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Make a Way Media
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 Posted by at 9:21 AM
Nov 192020
 

Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community

Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community
by Lady Gaga, Born This Way Foundation Reporters
Narrated by: Alex Aide, Aysha Mahmood, Connor Long, Cynthia Germanotta,
Hanna Atkinson, Lady Gaga, Mitu Yilma, Shadille Estepan
Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 09-22-20
Language: English
Publisher: Macmillan Young Listeners

For Lady Gaga, kindness is the driving force behind everything she says and does.

The quiet power of kindness can change the way we view one another, our communities, and even ourselves. She embodies this mission, and through her work, brings more kindness into our world every single day.

Lady Gaga has always believed in the importance of being yourself, being kind to yourself, and being kind to others, no matter who they are or where they come from. With that sentiment in mind, she and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, founded Born This Way Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making the world a kinder and braver place. Through the years, they’ve collected stories of kindness, bravery and resilience from young people all over the world, proving that kindness truly is the universal language. And now, we invite you to listen to these stories and follow along as each and every young author finds their voice just as Lady Gaga has found hers.

Within these chapters, you’ll meet young changemakers who found their inner strength, who prevailed in the face of bullies, who started their own social movements, who decided to break through the mental health stigma and share how they felt, who created safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth, and who have embraced kindness with every fiber of their being by helping others without the expectation of anything in return.

In one story, you’ll hear about a young person with an autoimmune disease, who after being bullied at school, learned how to practice self-love and started an organization with the mission of educating others about the importance of self-love, too; and in another story, you’ll meet a young person who decided to start a movement to help eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health and encouraged others to talk about their feelings openly and honestly, a reminder that kindness and mental wellness go hand in hand.

Not only were we moved by these individual acts of kindness, but we were also touched by the many stories of organizations, neighborhoods, and entire communities that fully dedicated themselves to helping those in need and found new, innovative ways to make our world a kinder and braver place.

Individually and collectively, these stories prove that kindness not only saves lives but builds community. Kindness is inclusion, it is pride, it is empathy, it is compassion, it is self-respect and it is the guiding light to love. Kindness is always transformational, and its never-ending ripples result in even more kind acts that can change our lives, our communities, and our world.

Thoughts
This book is very inspirational. It shows that we all should and can be kind, love each other, and most importantly, be accepting of others who are different than we are.

The stories vary but they all have show that no matter what difficulties you are going through, it can get better. All of the people in the book overcame whatever it was that they were going through. Sometimes life is hard and some of the people you meet can be cruel, but there is hope that you will find exactly what and who you need to feel accepted and loved, and have a fulfilled life.

The stories are very touching and gave me all the feels. It made me stop and think. It made me want to say and do more when I meet people that are struggling with something, either physically, mentally, or emotionally. We all have at one time or another needed, or will need, emotional support or acceptance, and hopefully we found someone who helped us through it. We should pay that forward.

Lady Gaga is an amazing person. Just how amazing she is (and her mom is) shows through this book.

5*

 Posted by at 1:03 PM
Nov 102020
 

The Man on the Mountaintop by Susan Trott
Narrated by: Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Clare Corbett, Rachel Atkins,
Jeff Harding, David Thorpe
Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
Performance
Release date: 11-09-17
Language: English
Publisher: Audible Originals

Thoughts
This book was just what I needed when I needed a break from 2020. The story had a calming effect on me and I loved getting to know the Holy Man named Joe and the others at the hermitage and in the town below.

In the summer, thousands of people trek up the mountain single file to get to the hermitage so that they can see and talk to the Holy Man for just a minute or two. He always knows what to say and makes such a huge impact on them that some of them climb that mountain over and over.

There was quite a bit more to the story, including when a long time friend of Joe’s comes to visit him and brings her husband and children. I don’t want to give away too much but believe me, this story was so interesting. It made me laugh and even shed a few tears. I listened to it every chance I got, even while trying to fall asleep. I will probably listen to it again in the future.

One of the messages I loved the most was that the people in your life are the most valuable thing you’ll ever have.

I love that there were 4 narrators and all of them did a great job.

 Posted by at 3:24 PM
Oct 292020
 

ANIMALS IN THE OFFICE by Sarah Sommer

Book Title:  The Goose on the Roof by Sarah Sommer
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  40 pages
Genre:  Picture Book
Publisher:  Sarah Sommer
Release date:   January 2020
Format available for review:  print (USA), gifted Kindle
Tour dates: Oct 19 to Nov 13, 2020
Content Rating:  G. Children’s picture book with no adult topics or language

Content Rating: G. Children’s picture book with no adult topics or language

When one little girl tries to solve a big problem involving a goose on her roof, she enlists the help of her animal friends. Despite her best efforts, things don’t go as planned, and she ends up with additional challenges to navigate as well. The Goose on the Roof features rhymes, animal characters, and a theme of problem-solving. The order of the characters can serve as a memory game as the story builds up and unwinds. Children may also be encouraged to come up with their own ideas for how to solve the issue of the honking goose on the roof and the predicaments created by the other animals. Winner (1st place) of the 2020 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards in the animals/pets category (ebook), this children’s story highlights animals in a wholesome and engaging way.

Thoughts
There is a  Goose On The Roof of a little girls house and it just won’t stop honking. Honk, honk, honk, honk! The neighbors have some people at their house and want the girl to stop that goose from making so much noise, but she can’t, and neither can any of the animals that try to help her.  Then her dad comes outside with a ladder and  he’s able the goose off the roof.

This is such a cute book! The message is that if you need help with something, don’t be afraid to ask, and keep asking until you get the help you need. In this book that help came from her dad.

The story is told in rhyme and is easy for children to follow along and to understand what’s going on. This would be a great book for young children, day cares and kindergarten classes to have.

The illustrations are cute and colorful and I think children will love them as much as the story.

5*

I received The Goose on the Roof from the publisher
This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion     

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Children's Author Sarah Sommer

Meet the Author
Sarah Sommer enjoys working with words in a way that makes the story feel musical and rhythmical, which is a reflection of her first career in music as a professional clarinetist. She is passionate about animals and enjoys nature, the arts, and dark chocolate.

connect with the author:
website  ~  facebook  ~  instagram  ~  goodreads

Tour Schedule

 

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 Posted by at 5:43 AM
Oct 222020
 

ANIMALS IN THE OFFICE by Sarah Sommer

ANIMALS IN THE OFFICE by Sarah Sommer

Book Title:  Animals at the Office by Sarah Sommer
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  40 pages
Genre:  Picture Book
Publisher:  Sarah Sommer
Release date:   October 2020
Format available for review:  print (USA), gifted Kindle
Tour dates: Oct 19 to Nov 13, 2020
Content Rating:  G. Children’s picture book with no adult topics or language

It’s Gator’s first day at his new office job, and he is surrounded by quirky personalities like the slow slug, the obedient dog, the aggressive hawk, and the chatty chicken. He is eager to fit in with his new co-workers, so he tries to be like them. But acting like everyone else doesn’t work out for him, and he learns a valuable lesson about himself instead. Featuring hand-drawn illustrations, vibrant colors, and rhymes, Animals at the Office sparks dialogue regarding first-day jitters, fitting in with new crowds, and embracing one’s own special traits despite being surrounded by others who are different. Adults may relate to the featured characters based on their own experiences at an office and can use the book to talk more with children about their own job and what going to work means for them.

Thoughts
Gator is  a bit nervous when he starts his new job and wants to fit in so he tries to be like the first animal he meets, Fred the slug. But that made him feel uncomfortable, so he tries acting like all the other animals in the office as he met them, but it just didn’t feel right.

Finally, he goes to see his boss, a wise Owl and told her what was going on. She tells him to just be himself and everything would be ok.

He went back to work just being him, and from then on he got along just fine with all the other animals.

This would be a great book for any child to read, but especially for those getting ready to start school etc. You are special because of who you are.

I love the illustrations in this book, they are very colorful and bright.

I highly suggest getting this book for any child, especially those who are starting school etc.

5*!

I received The Goose on the Roof from the publisher
This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion

Buy the Book:
Amazon
Bookshop.org ~ Barnes & Noble
Add to Goodreads

Children's Author Sarah Sommer

Meet the Author
Sarah Sommer enjoys working with words in a way that makes the story feel musical and rhythmical, which is a reflection of her first career in music as a professional clarinetist. She is passionate about animals and enjoys nature, the arts, and dark chocolate.

connect with the author:
website  ~  facebook  ~  instagram  ~  goodreads

Tour Schedule

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Book Title:  The Goose on the Roof by Sarah Sommer
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  40 pages
Genre:  Picture Book
Publisher:  Sarah Sommer
Release date:   January 2020
Content Rating:  G. Children’s picture book with no adult topics or language

Book Description:
When one little girl tries to solve a big problem involving a goose on her roof, she enlists the help of her animal friends. Despite her best efforts, things don’t go as planned, and she ends up with additional challenges to navigate as well. The Goose on the Roof features rhymes, animal characters, and a theme of problem-solving. The order of the characters can serve as a memory game as the story builds up and unwinds. Children may also be encouraged to come up with their own ideas for how to solve the issue of the honking goose on the roof and the predicaments created by the other animals. Winner (1st place) of the 2020 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards in the animals/pets category (ebook), this children’s story highlights animals in a wholesome and engaging way.

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 Posted by at 6:12 AM
Oct 132020
 

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Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
Narrated by: Marin Ireland
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
Release date: 09-08-20

Looking at real estate isn’t usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. The captives include a recently retired couple who relentlessly hunts down fixer-uppers to avoid the painful truth that they can’t fix their own marriage. There’s a wealthy bank director who has been too busy to care about anyone else and a young couple who are about to have their first child but can’t seem to agree on anything, from where they want to live to how they met in the first place. Add to the mix an 87-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal real estate agent, and a mystery man who has locked himself in the apartment’s only bathroom, and you’ve got the worst group of hostages in the world.

Each of them carries a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over. None of them is entirely who they appear to be. And all of them – the bank robber included – desperately crave some sort of rescue. As the authorities and the media surround the premises, these reluctant allies will reveal surprising truths about themselves and set in motion a chain of events so unexpected that even they can hardly explain what happens next.

Rich with Fredrik Backman’s “pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled understanding of human nature” (Shelf Awareness), Anxious People is an ingeniously constructed story about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope – the things that save us, even in the most anxious times.

Thoughts
This is a very kooky book. and I absolutely loved it! The characters are all dealing with personal issues and that was a big part of the book and a big part of what made it so interesting.

The story is about a robber who tries to rob a cashless bank. And then it gets weirder. When he finds out he’s not getting any money, he runs out of the bank and into an apartment building where he takes a group of people, who are viewing one of the apartments during an open house, hostage.  One couple is expecting a baby, another is an older married couple who flip houses. There is also a bank executive, an elderly widow, and a man who is only wearing the head of a rabbit costume and his underwear. The police who investigate the crime and interview the hostages are father and son, who are also dealing with their own issues.

I love every Backman book I’ve read, and I think this one may be my favorite. It kept me guessing who the robber was and every time I was wrong. When I finally found out who it was, I was shocked.

This is a very good book that makes you want to keep reading and makes you keep guessing. It had a little bit of everything, it was sad at times, funny, quirky, and had very interesting characters.

If you haven’t read this yet, you should give it a try. I loved it! I’d give it a 10*

 Posted by at 4:18 PM
Sep 212020
 

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Side Trip by Kerry Lonsdale
Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin, Sarah Naughton
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
Release date: 07-07-20

An unforgettable and breathtaking novel of love, loss, and the unexpected routes that life takes from Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kerry Lonsdale.

With her deceased sister’s Route 66 bucket list in hand, California girl Joy Evers sets out on a cross-country road trip to meet up with her fiancé, checking off the bullets along the way.

Singer-songwriter Dylan Westfield has a serious case of wanderlust and a broken-down car. Stuck at a diner between LA and Flagstaff, he meets Joy, his complete opposite. She’s energetic. He’s moody. She’s by the book. He’s spontaneous. She believes in love at first sight. He thinks love is a complicated mess. But Joy has a brand-new convertible.

They strike a deal. She’ll drive him to New York. He’ll pay for gas. Only three rules apply: no exchanging of last names; what happens on the road, stays on the road; and if one of them wants to take a side trip, they both must agree.

A heart-stirring love story that spans a decade, Side Trip explores what-if. What if Joy and Dylan had exchanged last names? What if he’d told her she made him believe love was worth the risk? And what if they hadn’t made that second deal when they couldn’t say goodbye?

Thoughts
I love road trips so this book really appealed to me, and I loved every minute of it… almost. I loved the way Joy and Dylan interacted with each other. I loved that their first encounter was a road trip and that if one of them thought of a “side trip” they wanted to take, they would have to see if the other person agreed to it, and of course they did. The side trips were the most interesting parts of the book for me.

The ending was really sad and I paused to think things through before listening to the last little bit. And here is where the book took a dive, in my opinion. There was another alternate ending which was the complete opposite of the first one. Even though I enjoyed the book up until the end, I didn’t enjoy the dual endings at all.

 Posted by at 2:29 PM
Aug 242020
 

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Floating Twigs by Charles Tabb

By: Charles Tabb
Narrated by: Neill Thorne
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 06-04-20
Language: English
Publisher: Charles Tabb

It’s 1968 in the rural coastline town of Denton, Florida, and the only thing with a tougher life than 12-year-old Jack Turner is a starving dog named Bones. When they meet while Jack is fishing, Jack knows that he and Bones are meant for each other, and he promises his oft-absent alcoholic parents that he’ll somehow get a job to pay for his new dog’s food and care.

In the process of finding work, Jack meets Hank Pittman, a middle-aged man who lives in a dilapidated school bus at the harbor, and Mrs. Mary Jane Dawson, an eccentric but kind older woman in need of gardening help. As Bones nurses back to health, Hank and Mrs. Dawson become the caring parents Jack never had.

But gossip and lies about Jack’s growing relationships lead to an attack on Bones’ life and questions about Hank’s past. When Hank is put on trial for a crime he didn’t commit, everything Jack holds dear is set in the balance of that small-town courtroom.

Floating Twigs is a timeless coming-of-age story about a boy and his dog, the responsibilities that come with loving others, and how, sometimes, one small moment can change a life forever.

Thoughts
There was so much more to this book than I was expecting, and I loved every minute of it, it was one of the best books I’ve read. The author drew me into the book from the first paragraph and I loved spending some time in Denton, Florida. I liked all the characters except a few (but they add so much to the book) and each of them were so well written that I felt like I knew them.

Having Roger and Lee as his best friends, his only friends,  was a Blessing to Jack a few times throughout the book, and I loved the bond they had. The other boys in the story added another dimension to the book. I felt sad for Jack and his home life. When he found Bones I was glad he finally he had something in his life that would give him so much happiness and love, and Hank and Mrs. Dawson added even more.

This book shows small town life at it’s best and worst. It had the town’s wealthiest and poorest, the kindest and the meanest, the helpful and the trouble makers. It had it all!

I LOVED this book! One night I kept turning off my iPhone and tried to go to sleep but I couldn’t stop thinking about the book, and ended up doing that about 3 times. I finally gave up and finished it. Good thing I didn’t have to get up at 5:30 to go to work!

A lot of people have said they don’t read books with animals because they get sad. This book does have some sad things in it concerning Bones, but the overall theme concerning him is that he is found by Jack who loved and cared for him and they love each other and have a very close bond. And no, Bones does not die during the book.

I really liked the narrator, he did a great job!

This is the first book I’ve read by Tabb but I will definitely try another one.

If you haven’t read this one, give it a try, it’s such a good book. It is a 5* with 1,059 ratings.

 Posted by at 1:25 PM
Aug 062020
 

FINDING HOME by Corinne Joy Brown and Ginny McDonald

FINDING HOME by Corinne Joy Brown and Ginny McDonald

Book Title:  FINDING HOME by Corinne Joy Brown and Ginny McDonald
Category:  Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  130 pages
Genre: General Fiction
Publisher:  Loose Cayuse Productions
Release date:   June 2019
Format available for review:  print, and PDF
Will send print books out:  USA and Canada
Tour dates: August 3 to 21, 2020
Content Rating:  G. There are no expletives, sex scenes or bad language anywhere.

“Born in the flatlands of Rock Springs, Wyoming, newborn mustang Pahaska tells the heart-wrenching story of her separation from her mother and the wild horse herd she was born into. Captured by strangers, her entire world has disintegrated. Penned in the filthy, manure-filled confines of a horse hauler’s trailer, her life is changed forever. Finding Home, a 2020 Spur Finalist for Juvenile Fiction, is a brilliantly written story about the adoption of the mustang “Curly Girl” by a teen who has always dreamed of having her own horse. Ginny McDonald’s illustrations convey fine detail and emotion in the images of the horses, bringing each one to life. This heart-warming tale will appeal to those with a love for animals.” – Joni Franks, RoundUp Magazine, Western Writers of America

“This beautifully written and illustrated book will appeal to any animal loving young reader. Differences (equine and otherwise) are applauded, working through complicated human relationships, a philosophical, well balanced approach to difficult issues (wild horse roundups), and positive animal training techniques are included in this educational, riveting new book!” – Nancy Sachs, Director Platte Valley Pony Club

“To see the world through the eyes of a newborn filly as she grows into adulthood, or an excited young girl in search of her first horse, is a treasure found in Corinne Joy Brown’s novel Finding Home, a story of loss and recovery told in a brilliant way. The illustrations by Ginny McDonald help to refine the wonderful writing which places the reader squarely in the experience of Curly Girl and Jesse, her adopter. Finding Home is a wonderful story for our time, in consideration of the wild horses whose freedom is threatened across the West and the people who adopt the captured ones into loving homes.” – James A. Holmes CEO and Executive Director, Cherokee Ranch and Castle Foundation

Book Description:

For every girl or boy who owns a horse, or wished they did, “Finding Home” brings all the drama and beauty of America’s wild horses to the middle-grade reader.
A coming-of-age story and a tale about friendship, trust and understanding, both horse and owner have powerful lessons to learn. Together, young Jesse Nolan from Colorado and her wild mustang, Curly Girl, rounded up in Wyoming, discover what it means to rely on oneself, as well as those who love you most.

My Thoughts
Although this is geared toward 8-12 year old children, I think this book is good choice for adults too. The story is very interesting, and it’s full of information I didn’t know about wild Mustangs. It is told through both Jesse and Curly Girl, and I love that you get to find out what Curly Girl is thinking.

This is a very “feel good” book about the relationship between a girl and her horse, and how close they became. The bond between Jesse and Curly Girl was very touching.

If you want to escape to another world, this book is a great choice. It would be a great gift for the children in your life, especially those who love animals.

Buy the Book:
Finding Home
Amazon ~ B&N
Meet the Authors:

Author Ginny McDonald

Ginny McDonald is an award-winning, professional Colorado illustrator and a longtime advocate for wild horses. She is the adopter of an American Curly mare, and more recently, a second mustang named “Lil Bit”. Ginny’s skill in the use of Prismacolor pencils brings this story to life with rich detail and heartfelt emotion.

Author Corinne Joy Brown

Denver native Corinne Joy Brown is a multi-published, award-winning Colorado author, magazine editor and freelance writer focused on the West .” Recent publications include “Young Rider”, “Cowboys & Indians,” and “Working Ranch.” She’s also been a horse owner most of her life. Corinne is committed to teaching the next generation about the power of horses to teach and heal. “Finding Home” is her eighth book.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Facebook 


Tour Schedule:

Aug 3 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Aug 3  Corinne Rodrigues | Booksnista – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 4 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 4 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / author interview / giveaway
Aug 5 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 5 – My Journey Back – book review / author interview / giveaway
Aug 6 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review
Aug 7 –T’s Stuff – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 7 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Aug 10 – Reading Authors Nework – book review / giveaway
Aug 11 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Aug 11 – Priya’s Lit Blog – book review / giveaway
Aug 12 – Older & Smarter? – book review
Aug 12 – Read and Review – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 13 – A Mama’s Corner Of the World – book review / giveaway
Aug 13 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 14 – Rosepoint Publishing – book review / giveaway
Aug 14 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 17 – authors.ace – book review
Aug 18 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Aug 18 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Aug 19 – Krisha’s Cozy Corner – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 19 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Aug 20 – My Reading Journey – book review / guest post / giveaway
Aug 20 – Pen Possessed – book review / giveaway
Aug 21 – Svetlanas reads and views – book review

 Posted by at 8:20 AM