A Silly Rhyming Alphabet Book about Animals from A to Z written by Simone Da Costa

Colourful, educational and fun to read.

A Silly Rhyming Alphabet Book about Animals from A to Z By: Simone Da Costa

About A Silly Rhyming Alphabet Book about Animals: Using the names of animals that start with letters in the alphabet in rhyme, making each story silly and easy to remember the alphabet.

It is an instructional book but one which is cleverly disguised as a rhyming, animal book. children will unknowingly learn the alphabet, be introduced to animals new and known, and pick up the subtleties of rhyme.

Review by Susan Keefe

Everyone knows that children love and need attention, reading to them is an excellent way of giving them just that. Having read this book, I could not think of a better way to spend special time together with a young child than laughing and having fun exploring its pages.

Each letter of the alphabet has its own page, with a bright illustration. The writer and illustrator have combined to make this a magical book for children, using some well know, and some more  unusual creatures and a funny, silly rhyme to help the child remember each letter. Then, as an added bonus, at the end, there is a fun quiz to do.

Reading the silly rhymes, it occurred to me that it would be very easy and great fun, for the reader and child, together to elaborate on each one of the rhymes, expanding it into a story perhaps and enriching, even more, the whole experience for both.

I would recommend this book to any parent; it is educational and fun, combining funny creatures, silly rhymes and beautiful illustrations into a book which is a joy to read.

About Simone Da Costa: Simone Da’ Costa is a writer, author, self-publisher and freelance magazine writer. Simone has written many articles for several North American Magazines. She has published two books, Remember to Pray and 2013 Hummingbird Day Planner. She recently debut her first children’s book, A Silly Rhyming Alphabet Book about Animals from A to Z and it has already received rave reviews.Simone operates a blog called Simone’s Blog – Depicting the writer in you. It’s mission is to help authors/writers express the literary art of writing and its evocative quality that gives them much joy.

ANTics by Dakota Douglas

A captivating children’s story.

Cover for 'ANTics'

About the book: Three young ants are chased by the world’s craziest, smelliest spider – an evil monster with magic powers who has vowed to turn them into ant soup. One is a fun-loving scamp, one is clever and the third is scared of his own shadow. Can they outwit the beast and save themselves, their families and friends? An exciting fantasy adventure for 7-11-year-olds in ebook and print. ANTics is a fun way for children to learn about ants with some interactive suggestions at the end. It’s a story of courage with lessons about the importance of friendship and teamwork. As well as lots of funny moments, the story is a good way for young readers to learn new words, as all the characters have names that describe their personalities and end in ANT

Review by Susan Keefe

Everyone knows that ants are everywhere; they are industrious, clever, work as a team and live in anthills, however, have you ever really thought what life is like for them?

ANTics  is a brilliant adventure story which will capture your imagination and ensure that you never look at ants in the same way again.

Set in a world literally at your feet, ant cadets Zube [ExuberANT] and  Brill [BrilliANT] decide to try and pass their  foraging flag and they agree to take the timid HesitANT with them.

However, their adventure is fraught with unforeseeable dangers, both from the giant two legs world above them, and from some of the other wildlife around them. Together, the intrepid explorers find themselves escaping dangers, overcoming challenges, vanquishing foes and making new friends in this captivating and educational book.

This delightful story, with brilliantly devised character names, not only gives children an insight into the world of ants but most importantly, they are taught through an engaging story about the importance of qualities such as loyalty, teamwork and respect.

About Dakota Douglas: Dakota Douglas is a former newspaper reporter from the North East of England, following her childhood dream of being a novelist. As a kid she read books under the bedclothes by torchlight. Now she dives under the covers, torch in hand, to scribble down conversations between her book characters in case she forgets them in the morning. She has written stories since she was about eight years old. She wrote them on a toy typewriter and her dad did the illustrations. When she wasn’t pounding on her typewriter, she was found smashing a tennis ball against the brick end of a block of garages beside her home. For hours on end she perfected her lob, backhand and forehand shots – all the time spinning stories in her head.

Website: http://www.dakotadouglas.co.uk/

ANTics is available:

from Amazon here in Paperback http://www.amazon.com/ANTics-Dakota-Douglas/dp/1477696709/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_pap?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380542048&sr=1-1&keywords=antics+by+dakota+douglas

on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/ANTics-ebook/dp/B008EKVXB8/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380542048&sr=1-1&keywords=antics+by+dakota+douglas

and at Smashwords here http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/165122

Robby’s Quest: Thrills and Chills by D. C. Rush

A beautiful children’s story

Robby's Quest: Thrills and Chills

About D. C. Rush: We actually began writing our first children’s book about 2 years ago. Cathy and I would often sit outside watching the birds. We fed the birds daily. They were very clever and fun to watch, especially when the little birds kicked seed to the ground for the larger birds. It seemed the birds had some group structure and displayed very effective teamwork. We thought it would be interesting to write a book about birds flying south for the winter.
The finished book sat on our computer hard drive for over a year before my brother and sister-in-law convinced us to self-publishing. I never thought we would actually publish our work. However, the birth of our grandson Rylie gave us some added incentive to get the book out there, and we decided to dedicate the book to him. We thought it would be nice to leave something behind for our children and their children. So we had the book proofed, edited, illustrated then self-published it ourselves at Amazon.com.
Cathy and Don currently live in Arizona with their cats, Nomi and Hershey. Cathy is a homemaker and Don is a retired Manufacturing Manager and former Elementary School Governing Board Member.

About the book: The world is a very big place when you’re a little bird, but Robby and his flock of Robins, Mourning Doves, Sparrows and a lone Blackbird are determined to see as much of it as they can.

Their latest trip takes them up the coastline from San Diego to San Francisco. This means that their friend Wanda the Whale can follow along too, bringing her new friend, Wilma the Whale with her. Those aren’t the only friends the birds have. They also meet Rhonda the Red Fox, Ollie the Owl and Ellie the Eagle who all play a very important role when two baby Robins from Robby’s flock are kidnapped by a Hawk.

The birds see some amazing sights on their travels, such as Muscle Beach, giant Redwood Trees in Big Sur, Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge. They also get to ride on roller coasters, cable cars and do bird bungee jumping!

This is another enjoyable and educational children’s story from D.C Rush about friendship, loyalty, excitement and adventure with some unusual but charming heroes and heroines.

Review by Susan Keefe

In this fourth book, we join Robby the Robin and his ever growing flock of mixed species birds as they decide to travel again, this time their adventures are to take them down the coast and they are joined by their seafaring friends  Wanda the Whale and her friend Wilma.

During their adventures, they have fun visiting lots of new places and meeting new friends, soon discovering that the tales of their previous escapades have spread far and wide.

However, at a resting place in a Redwood forest disaster strikes the flock in the shape of another bird – an evil Hawk.

In this book, as in the others of this series, children through an engaging story which is really beautifully illustrated,  learn about important qualities, such as obeying their parents, consideration for others, loyalty, friendship and trust.

I think that an added bonus is that, whilst sitting watching the birds feed with the children I found myself showing them the different bird species, and we had great fun comparing them to the Robby’s Quest characters.

Available from Amazon on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F9IJMQG 

and Createspace in Paperback here https://www.createspace.com/441477


 

The Thanksgiving Dinner Platter written and illustrated by Randa Handler

NEW RELEASE

The true meaning of Thanksgiving.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving has just been announced as a holiday in the US and eight-year-old little American-Japanese girl Takari is very excited. Her father is still in Japan however, all her other relatives in America are coming over and Takari wants to help her mother with the preparations. 

They have in America her Grandma Toshi’s very special platter, which is traditionally used for the celebration. Takari’s  mom explains to her all about the Japanese Thanksgiving day which has a different name Kinro Kansha no Hi. Little Takari wants to help, and her mother reluctantly agrees, however, an accident happens and her mother is very angry so she goes to play with her friend Little Sparrow.

When Takari, and Ruffles her dog arrive at his house they find him making cornmeal, which he tells her he is making in the traditional Wampanoag Indian way, with a wooden pestle and mortar, just as it was made it at time of first Thanksgiving. Sadly, she tells him all about her accident and his father offers to help her.

The children make cornbread together discussing their different ways of celebrating Thanksgiving, and then Takari discovers that Little Sparrow is taking the cornbread to the Veterans Hospital. Thanksgiving is about helping others as well as giving thanks for what you have, he explains to her, and so she joins him and discovers for herself the pleasure which can be gained by helping others.

This is a lovely multi cultural story with bright illustrations. The author has managed to gently open children’s eyes to the wider world, teaching them not only about the history behind American Thanksgiving Day but also explaining that many countries around the world celebrate their own kind of Thanksgiving days, perhaps with different names, but they all have nearly the same meaning.

Available at Amazon here http://www.amazon.com/The-Thanksgiving-Dinner-Platter-ebook/dp/B00F8IMBKG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379947096&sr=8-1&keywords=the+thanksgiving+dinner+platter

and Barnes & Noble here http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-thanksgiving-dinner-platter-randa-handler/1116961561?ean=2940148754091

The Boy Who Spoke to God by Randa Handler

NEW RELEASE

The Boy Who Spoke to God

Written and illustrated by Randa Handler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the book: Unable to agree on their ideas about God and religious celebrations, four different ethnic tribes—Greeks, Chinese, Zulus, and Mayans—who live together harmoniously most of the year, combining aspects of each of their cultures to make their kingdom strong and prosperous, suddenly become divisive when religious holidays approach. During such times, they cannot agree on the timing or manner of religious traditions, and they each have their own god who looks and dresses as they do. When Niko, a young Greek boy, has several dreams of God, each tribe interprets the various details of his dreams according to its own view of God, further emphasizing the tribes’ differences in beliefs. Subsequently Niko is shunned for having created even more disharmony and for lying to the tribes, or so they think, as no one believes he dreamed of God. To clear up all the confusion and arrive at the truth, Niko begs God to manifest in one final dream. This time God shows him that the tribes’ beliefs are actually different expressions of the same god. Niko concludes that God is like colorless and formless iridescent light and the beliefs of all tribes about their gods are correct as these gods are like colors of the rainbow that derive from white light.

 

Review by Susan Keefe

A school library essential in every language!

In this modern world, in many countries, schools contain children of mixed races, cultures and religion; these are the future of this world. It is for this reason I believe this inspired book should be available everywhere in all languages for children.

It is written in a fairytale way, and this beautifully refreshing story is set in a wonderful magical kingdom where Greek, Chinese, Zulu and Mayan tribes live happily together, combining their skills, under the rule of King Dareios.

However, one thing causes unhappiness – they cannot agree on whose religious beliefs and holidays are right, it upsets everyone, especially the children. Niko, a Greek boy and his friends talk about this and they decide that they want it to change, so that night Niko prays…

God appears to him in a dream and reveals, “Happiness has as many colours as the rainbow. All my children can find happiness when their beliefs and actions do not hurt others.”

Full of excitement, Niko thinks he has found the solution and tells everyone all he has seen and heard. However, instead of joy the news causes discontent, the people are unhappy, tribes divided and the kingdom suffers. So, Niko, needing guidance, prays again to God for help in finding a solution.

God listens, and that night visits him once more in a dream, giving Niko the vision to understand the true meaning of his words, and the ability to explain them in a way the people can understand. Once again, happiness is restored to the kingdom, and the king makes a special proclamation to celebrate, but to discover what that is you will have to read the book…

The storyline gently and inoffensively gives parents an ideal opportunity to promote racial harmony and tolerance of others religious beliefs to their children. There is also offered a well thought out answer as to the question, what does God look like?

Available here:

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/The-Boy-Who-Spoke-ebook/dp/B00F8J6F02/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_imgnr_1

and Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-boy-who-spoke-to-god-randa-handler/1116961568?ean=2940148754121

Debbie by Conny Manero

 

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Debbie is a ferret, who is adopted by Andrew from the pet shop. Arriving at his 15th floor apartment, she soon discovers that Andrew has provided her with a lovely cage, plenty of attention and a friend to play with in the form of a cat called Charles.

Through Debbie, in this captivating story we learn a lot about ferrets and gain wonderful insights into this not very well known pet. Anyone who owns and loves animals knows they are very intelligent and do communicate, both with each other and interspecies, this enchanting, cleverly written book illustrates this wonderfully.  As I read it, I found myself reading out parts to my husband, laughing at the antics of these very intelligent animals. Given the freedom of the apartment whilst Andrew is at work, Debbie is soon learning new and interesting things from Charlie, including the rules of being an animal in a human’s world.

Whether you are a ferret fan or not, old or young, this book is a very enjoyable read, amusing and brilliantly written with lovely illustrations by Nancy Matson.  

Available here http://www.rockinghorsepublishing.com/debbie.html

The Boy Who Spoke to God written and illustrated by Randa Handler

NEW RELEASE

The Boy Who Spoke to God

Written and illustrated by Randa Handler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A school library essential in every language!

In this modern world, in many countries, schools contain children of mixed races, cultures and religion; these are the future of this world. It is for this reason I believe this inspired book should be available everywhere in all languages for children.

It is written in a fairytale way, and this beautifully refreshing story is set in a wonderful magical kingdom where Greek, Chinese, Zulu and Mayan tribes live happily together, combining their skills, under the rule of King Dareios.

However, one thing causes unhappiness – they cannot agree on whose religious beliefs and holidays are right, it upsets everyone, especially the children. Niko, a Greek boy and his friends talk about this and they decide that they want it to change, so that night Niko prays…

God appears to him in a dream and reveals, “Happiness has as many colours as the rainbow. All my children can find happiness when their beliefs and actions do not hurt others.”

Full of excitement, Niko thinks he has found the solution and tells everyone all he has seen and heard. However, instead of joy the news causes discontent, the people are unhappy, tribes divided and the kingdom suffers. So, Niko, needing guidance, prays again to God for help in finding a solution.

God listens, and that night visits him once more in a dream, giving Niko the vision to understand the true meaning of his words, and the ability to explain them in a way the people can understand. Once again, happiness is restored to the kingdom, and the king makes a special proclamation to celebrate, but to discover what that is you will have to read the book…

The storyline gently and inoffensively gives parents an ideal opportunity to promote racial harmony and tolerance of others religious beliefs to their children. There is also offered a well thought out answer as to the question, what does God look like?

 

 

 

The Thanksgiving Dinner Platter written and illustrated by Randa Handler

SOON TO BE RELEASED


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving has just been announced as a holiday in the US and eight-year-old little American-Japanese girl Takari is very excited. Her father is still in Japan however, all her other relatives in America are coming over and Takari wants to help her mother with the preparations.

They have in America her Grandma Toshi’s very special platter, which is traditionally used for the celebration. Takari’s  mom explains to her all about the Japanese Thanksgiving day which has a different name Kinro Kansha no Hi. Little Takari wants to help, and her mother reluctantly agrees, however, an accident happens and her mother is very angry so she goes to play with her friend Little Sparrow.

When Takari, and Ruffles her dog arrive at his house they find him making cornmeal, which he tells her he is making in the traditional Wampanoag Indian way, with a wooden pestle and mortar, just as it was made it at time of first Thanksgiving. Sadly, she tells him all about her accident and his father offers to help her.

The children make cornbread together discussing their different ways of celebrating Thanksgiving, and then Takari discovers that Little Sparrow is taking the cornbread to the Veterans Hospital. Thanksgiving is about helping others as well as giving thanks for what you have, he explains to her, and so she joins him and discovers for herself the pleasure which can be gained by helping others.

This is a lovely multi cultural story with bright illustrations. The author has managed to gently open children’s eyes to the wider world, teaching them not only about the history behind American Thanksgiving Day but also explaining that many countries around the world celebrate their own kind of Thanksgiving days, perhaps with different names, but they all have nearly the same meaning.

 

The Little Book of Muses by Khaled Talib

The Little Book of Muses

Author:  Khaled Talib

Product Details

Publisher: Newsline Communications

ASIN: B00DY7FAEM

Genre: Muses

Kindle, 169 pages

About Khaled Talib: Khaled Talib is a former journalist turned PR pro, and the author of the upcoming thriller novel, Smokescreen. He lives in Singapore.

The Book: Are you romantically in love with words, a writer or an aspiring author seeking inspiration? The Little Book of Muses is a collection of more than 160 personal phrases by author Khaled Talib.

The Little Book of Muses is a quirky, clever and inspiring read to influence musings, daily writings and enriching one’s work. A good-feel guide to enhance one’s savoir faire, and make a writer passionate and motivated about their craft.

Some of the phrases will tickle your funny bone while others offer nuggets of wisdom condensed into a few lines.

 

Review by Susan Keefe


This delightful book is a collection of the authors muses written for writers and aspiring authors.

Within its pages, there are phrases, which will appeal to everyone, some witty, some inspirational and others thought provoking. As I wandered through I discovered that some immediately installed themselves in my memory for the future, whilst others, I know are lying in wait for my next visit when my mind is in a different mood.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this lovely book, from the entertaining science fiction based Foreword, to the end, and know I will enjoy dipping into it for many years to come.

 

Available at amazon on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/The-Little-Book-Muses-ebook/dp/B00DY7FAEM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375269789&sr=8-1&keywords=little+book+of+muses

In search of Our Origins by Jamshed Akhtar

In Search of Our Origins by Jamshed Akhtar

In Search of Our Origins

Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN-10: 1456335677

Genre: Religious/Scientific/Quran/Origins

Paperback: 164 pages $9.45

Kindle: 164 pages $2.95

About Jamshed Akhtar: Jamshed Akhtar is a writer / researcher, about 65 years old, with a degree in Electrical Engineering from AMU (1969), Aligarh, India. He is involved in the study of religion since 1985. Akhtar is closely associated with several Muslim organizations dealing in scientific study of Islam. In 1996, Akhtar had written a research based fiction. This book entitled ‘The Ultimate Revelations’ is probably the first and only Science fiction in the world, with Quran as the central topic. The book was well covered by almost all the major news papers of India and UAE. Akhtar has also presented his researches on revealed knowledge in different workshops and seminars, in India. In UAE, Akhtar’s book was presented at ‘The Book Mall’ by Shaikha Azza, daughter of the ruler of Sharjah. Akhtar has also appeared on the ‘Discover Islam’ talk shows on Sharjah TV to explain his researches.

The book: In Search of Our Origins, presents complex but interesting information on the origin of life and man. The 119 hints/pointers, extracted from the analysis of the original words of the Quran, seem to tell us how the first molecule of life arose on the planet, what was the mechanism involved, where the event occurred on the primeval earth, and what did happen subsequently. The pointers then tell us how the life is linked to man, how the first man and his mate were created, where they were nurtured initially, and when and where did they appear on the earth. The research also discusses entities like Jinn and malaika (angels), and the concept of Paradise with respect to Adam, within the parameters of the Quran and modern physics. Akhtar argues that the phenomenon of revelations is extraterrestrial, and presents a mechanism for verification of the information that has the potential to permanently lay at rest the debate between creationists and evolutionists.

 

Reviewed by Susan Keefe

When I started this book, I was unsure what to expect, however what I found was a compelling read full of interesting information.

The author has researched the subject of our origins in depth and presented the reader with a well-balanced book, which is easy to understand. Not only has he has studies the Quran in depth, and indeed other religious teachings, has also looked at the scientific explanations of our origins throughout the ages and presented his findings in an unbiased way.

Even though, through necessity, there are references to particular articles and paragraphs in studies and books, the author has managed to produce around these, a book which the reader finds easy to understand and absorb.

The insight into the Quran, its teachings, other beliefs and scientific theories about our evolution made this a fascinating read and personally, I found it very interesting. I also found it refreshing to be able to read a book of this genre without feeling as if you had to decide whose side you were on.

 

Available at Amazon in Paperback here http://www.amazon.com/In-Search-Our-Origins-Scientific/dp/1456335677/ref=sr_1_4_bnp_1_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1374489739&sr=8-4&keywords=in+search+of+our+origins

and on Kindle here http://www.amazon.com/Search-Our-Origins-Scientific-ebook/dp/B004LX0KN4/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1374489739&sr=8-4&keywords=in+search+of+our+origins