#BookReview The Bridge of the Golden Wood by Karl Beckstrand #RBRT

Book Review #RBRT

Book Title: The Bridge of the Golden Wood

Author: Karl Beckstrand

Category: Children’s Fiction/Business/

My Rating: 4 Star

 

The Bridge of the Golden Wood
Amazon UK | US

 

My Review:

The Bridge of the Golden Wood is a delightful tale about a young Chinese boy who helps some hungry fish but learns a valuable life lesson along the way. According to the blurb, this illustrated folktale teaches the reader how to spot opportunities to help others and make money. After the story, there are money-making activities included, together with a valuable resource section.

The illustrations are beautiful, and the words are in a dyslexic font making this book accessible to a wide audience.

It’s aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 18 and has a business/non-fiction element to the story. However, I’m not sure my three teenagers would read it, even though two of them are studying business, and my young nephew would not grasp the business element, but I’m sure he would enjoy the story. The author is a bestselling and award-winning author of 18 multicultural books, so I’m pretty sure he knows what he’s doing.

I loved the inspirational message of the picture book and enjoyed reading it.

I received a copy of The Bridge of the Golden Wood from the author as part of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb:

A child with a knack for solving problems helps some hungry fish and finds a treasure.

Illustrated folktale teaches how to spot opportunities to help others and make money. Comes with ideas for businesses; money-making activities; and online resources on finding customers, managing money, and moving up in an organization (for ages 5 and up). Young children will be captivated by the story; older ones will want to apply the things they learn.

Teach someone to fish: a how-to book on careers, small business, and learning how to serve/earn money. Soon available in hard and soft cover—Asian characters, Chinese boy, red panda, 26-page picture book, 530 words in dyslexic font by Karl Beckstrand

About the Author:

Karl Beckstrand

Karl Beckstrand is the bestselling and award-winning author of 18 multicultural books and more than 40 e-book titles (reviews by Kirkus, School Library Journal, The Horn Book blog, ForeWord Reviews).

Raised in San Jose, CA, he has a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a broadcast & film certificate from Film A. Academy. Since 2004 he has run Premio Publishing. A college media instructor, Beckstrand contrasts traditional with digital book publishing. He has presented to Taiwan’s Global Leadership for Youth, city and state governments, festivals, and schools. Beckstrand’s nationally lauded Y.A. stories, e-book mysteries, ESL/ELL Spanish/bilingual books, nonfiction, and wordless books feature ethnically diverse characters—and usually end with a twist.

His work has appeared in Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Border’s Books, Costco, Deseret Book, iBooks, The Children’s Miracle Network, LDS Film Festival, the U.S. Congressional Record, Papercrafts Magazine, and various broadcasts. FB, Twitter, http://KarlBeckstrand.com, http://PremioBooks.com

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#BookReview Luna’s Adventures in Petlandia #TuesdayBookBlog @petlandiapost #PictureBook

Personalised Children’s Picture Book

My Rating: 5*

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If you follow me on Facebook, you will notice the abundance of posts I share about my crazy black cat, Luna. Since she exploded into our lives a year ago, we have been captivated by her personality, love, and character. Having never had a fluffy pet before (you can’t cuddle a goldfish!) I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how much joy we have experienced since Luna arrived.

I’ve read about the meditative benefits of owning and caring for a pet, but until Luna became a part of our family, I hadn’t realised just how beneficial it was, not just for me, but for my children. Luna is a tonic for the mind, body, and soul.

So, when I spotted a sponsored thread on my Facebook feed just before Christmas, to have your pet immortalised within the pages of a book I jumped at the chance. The only fault I could find with this product is the inability to add more than one ‘owner’ name. As I have three children, it was a tough decision as to who I chose to be the star of the book alongside Luna. In the end, and to ensure there were no festive tantrums, I decided to treat myself and used my name! Okay, okay, I probably should have purchased three books!!

Petlandia allows you to choose a pet (cat, dog or rabbit) and customise to suit your needs, including fur colour, eyes, pattern, and collar. You can then input your pet’s name, the owner’s name (or child’s name), and the town you live.

Once ordered you can sit back and relax and await your personalised delivery. The story is written by Steve Cleverley with illustrations by Katja Hammond, and the duo make an impressive team. I was delighted with my finished product. In my version, Luna dreams of going to Hollywoof to become a star. She leaves home and flies halfway across the world where she achieves her dream of becoming an online superstar with 50 million views on her YouChew channel. But in the end, Luna misses home and her owner (that’s me!).

Jumping into Shelley’s arms Luna cried with joy,

then Shelley squeezed the squeaker in a squishy, squashy toy.

Since my three children arrived at the interesting teenage stage of their development, I’ve missed reading picture books. I was, therefore, thrilled with my personalised book, Luna’s Adventures in Petlandia which took me back to when the kids were younger. The story is told in rhyme with stunning illustrations. The tale (no pun intended) is heart-warming and even got an ‘aww, that’s gorgeous’ out of my fourteen-year-old daughter.

I can’t recommend this product enough. If you have a child who adores their pet, or if you are, like me, a self-confessed crazy cat lady, then I urge you to get your own version of this book.

Here are what the critics are saying…

“Woof woofity woof woof bark bark woof!” The Hollywoof Reporter *****

“Meow, meow, meow, meow…PURR!” Mew York Times *****

“A truly pawsome read!” Rex Growl *****

Blurb:

Welcome to Petlandia.

A crazy world where any pet can become a star, including YOURS!

From Mew York to Hollywoof, Hamsterdam to Barkelona, this pawsome place is the dream destination for starstruck pets everywhere!

Visit Petlandia’s website to input your pet details and order your unique book.

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Writing for Children and Young Adults with Marion Crook (@author_mcrook) #BlogTour #wwwBlogs #HowToBooks

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Writing isn’t easy. Our creative skills need to be nurtured so they can evolve. Reading ‘how to’ books on various writing formats/genres has been an enormous help to me over the years, and in particular, with my YA novels. I am, therefore, delighted to have a master of writing for children and young adults on my blog today.

It is my pleasure to introduce author, Marion Crook, as she releases the third edition of her fabulous book, Writing for Children and Young Adults. Over to Marion…

marion-crook
©Imaging by Marlis 2012

The Fun Stuff:

What part of the world do you come from?

Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada. I live in a small town on the ocean, a 40 minute ferry ride from Vancouver.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a veterinarian and when I couldn’t (women weren’t allowed way back then) I wanted to graduate from university and just keep learning. I didn’t tell my daughter my early ambition, but she is a veterinarian. Perhaps that’s why I have animals, particularly dogs, in every book.

List three words to describe yourself. Continue reading “Writing for Children and Young Adults with Marion Crook (@author_mcrook) #BlogTour #wwwBlogs #HowToBooks”

#NewRelease The Adventures of Shifting Jack by Denise Erguler (@Denise_Jack16) #Childrens

Today, I am joined by children’s author, Denise Erguler on the release day of her new book, The Adventures of Shifting Jack, available from Amazon UK and Amazon US.

The Fun Stuff:

What part of the world do you come from?

Born and brought up in Hackney London, originally from Cyprus, moved to Cyprus 10 years ago.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

An inventor

List three words to describe yourself.

Stubborn, assertive, kind.

Who would play you in a film about your life?

Helena Bonham Carter

What’s your favourite snack food when writing?

NUTS!

If you had a super power, what would it be?

To be able to heal with a touch, heal anything from broken bones to diseases.

Shifting JAck

The Sensible Side:

Tell us a little about yourself. (How did you get started writing?) 

I had a story churning in my head for a while – it was an adult book, romance, and fantasy.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Read more fantasy books!

Where did the inspiration for The Adventures of shifting Jack come from?

My son inspired me to write this book. He wanted to know about the adult book I was writing, so I read him the clean and nonviolent parts, when it came to the part of the main charters shifting to a wolf, my sons eyes light up with excitement, I thought Ah I might be onto something here.

His enthusiasm and excitement prompted me to write this book for him

What do you like the most about writing for children?

Their innocence

Can you give us a brief excerpt?

Sweat broke out over his body, and he could feel goose bumps. He looked down at his arms, and they had become hairy and dark brown! He slumped back down to the ground unable to lift them. He held Lily’s hand and noticed that on his hand, his nails were long and yellow. What was happening to him? Jack was really, really scared. He looked at Lily; her pain seemed forgotten, and she looked at him in wonder.

Which is more important to you – plot or characters, and why?

Both, as one can’t work without the other.

What is the best thing about being a writer?

Being able to share my words with other people.

What can we expect from you in the future? 

The next instalments of the adventures of shifting Jack

How can we contact you or find out more about your books? 

Twitter

Facebook

#TuesdayBookBlog Monkfish Maggie and the Bungalow Stairs #Childrens #RBRT

 

Monkfish Maggie
Amazon UK | US

 

Author: Catchphrase Dan, Illustrated by Berg Norcross

Category: Children’s Fiction

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Review:

Not your traditional children’s story but Monkfish Maggie and the Bungalow Stairs has a certain unique charm that captivates the reader.

The illustrations are beautiful and flow very well with the story; my favourite has to be ‘The End’ piece with the weathervane.

Maggie is not a child protagonist, as is normally the case in children’s fiction. Maggie is, in fact, a seventy-year-old pensioner with a passion for gardening. Her husband, Nesbitt, is her soul mate, and it’s his unexpected disappearance that starts Maggie’s journey to rescue him. Continue reading “#TuesdayBookBlog Monkfish Maggie and the Bungalow Stairs #Childrens #RBRT”

#TuesdayBookBlog Meet Liz Allister #childrensfiction #author

Today I am joined by children’s author, Liz Allister. Over to you Liz…

Liz Allister

The Fun Stuff:

What part of the world do you come from?

Solihull, West Midlands

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Author

List three words to describe yourself.

Focused, friendly, fun

Who would play you in a film about your life? Continue reading “#TuesdayBookBlog Meet Liz Allister #childrensfiction #author”

#MondayMuse Celebrating Mary Norton #MondayBlogs

Monday Muse

Inspirational people surround us at every turn.  To celebrate some of the incredible women who continue to motivate me on my writing journey I have decided to post a Monday Muse – a look at the women/characters who are my artistic inspiration.

Last time I wrote about my love of the fictional character, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. You can read that post HERE.  Today, I’m devoting the Monday Muse to another of my childhood favourites, Mary Norton.

Norton

Best known for her children’s book, The Borrowers, Mary Norton was born in London on the 10th December 1903. She went to a convent school and later trained as an actress with the Old Vic Shakespeare Company. Mary moved to Portugal with her husband, Robert Norton, in 1927 and stayed here until the outbreak of World War II. When Robert joined the Navy, they moved to the United States along with her four children. Continue reading “#MondayMuse Celebrating Mary Norton #MondayBlogs”