Category Archives: Children and YA Books

The Delicious Shadow by Srividhya Lakshmanan/Illustrated by Akansha Krishnan

Publisher’s Summary

Some want to become stars overnight doing nothing!

Stickle, the squirrel, lives in the forest with her family. She dreams of becoming the most famous person but is lazy and decides everything in a rush. With the support of her parents, Stickle thinks of a way to reach her goal. She decides on becoming a scientist but is lazy to work for it. In haste, Stickle pretends to have found something, but things become strange afterwards. Did she make her wish come true? Discover now from this illustrated picture book that will help your child learn an important moral.

Best suited for preschoolers and children up to the age of eight.

Stickle the squirrel, lives with her family in a mango tree. She plays with friends in the morning then sleeps all day.

Like many people, Stickle wants to be famous but doesn’t want to work for success. As she ponders different careers, she realizes what she doesn’t like about each one.

One day, Stickle makes a discovery. . .

The Delicious Shadow is a clever story teaching children many lessons about career choices, a few life choices and pleasant surprises.

I enjoyed how the author, Srividhya Lakshmanan, integrated reasons why different career choices would not be compatible with Stickle’s personality nor her life.

The illustrations are attractive and aptly present the story.

The Delicious Shadow, perfect for beginning readers, teaches lessons all children can learn from.

I received The Delicious Shadow from BookSirens. I am leaving this review voluntarily.

The Adventures of Bentley Hippo: Inspiring Children to Never Give Up by Argyro Graphy with Giveaway

About the Book

Ever feel like quitting? It is a choice we make every day; go on or give in! Bentley hippo meets children facing daily struggles and challenges that are both visible and not so visible. His biggest and most important lesson is convincing Julia, a patient in a hospital room to Never Give Up. This heart-warming, inspirational story is perfect to teach children that a bad day is not a bad life. Dreams do come true. Things will get better. So, pick yourself up, shake yourself off and believe that if Bentley can do it You Can Do It. Bentleythehippo.com

MY THOUGHTS

The Adventures of Bentley Hippo: Inspiring Children to Never Give Up, by Argyro Graphy, is a good book to use to encourage children if they have a disability or are going through a tough time medically. The animals and children share about their own disabilities, including those that aren’t seen, in order to show not everyone, (indeed no one) is perfect!

The pictures are appealing, vibrant and cute. They do a good job of illustrating each animal or child’s disability or illness, while at the same time the characters explain the same. As they are reading, or being read to, children will be able to better understand compassion and friendship towards others. I feel one of the greatest lessons to learn is optimism and that every day is not a bad day. These are among the many valuable lessons to be learned from Bentley Hippo and his friends!

The book is recommended for ages 3-8. However, I feel it is better suited to ages six and above as the subject matter may be a little “heavy” and scary for younger children.

I received  The Adventures of Bentley Hippo: Inspiring Children to Never Give Up from Book Sirens. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

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Do You See the Giant?: A Children’s Picture Book by Srividhya Lakshmanan

Publisher’s Summary

Which giant are you TODAY? An ant, a frog, an elephant, how about a dinosaur?

Can anyone become a giant? YOU BET!

Everyone is a giant in their own little world.

A colorful picture book that can teach your toddler to compare sizes through animals. And, learn thirteen animal names and their favorite foods.

What’s included in this book:

1) FUN and EYE-POPPING illustrations.

2) LARGE BOOK for an easy flip through.

3) BIGGER Fonts.

4) LIMITED text keeping in mind toddler’s attention span.

The book can help subtly communicate that no one is big or small, and everyone has got a unique place in our world.

GRAB it NOW and watch your little munchkin’s eyes pop and jump with those adorable animals.

Suitable from age 1+ onwards. Available in e-book and paperback formats.

Do You See the Giant?: A Children’s Picture Book, by Srividhya Lakshmanan, is a charming little book written for toddlers and children learning to read.

The story compares sizes of insects and animals from ants to dinosaurs, asking each time, “Do you see a giant?” which gives children an opportunity to compare sizes and see that there are different sizes all around. It also gives them a chance to learn through repetition, too!

Do You See the Giant? Is an entertaining picture book for younger ages. The adorable drawings add to the appeal of the story and aid in educating children.

I received Do You see The Giant? from Book Sirens. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Darling Hedgehog: Goes Down a Foxhole By Auralee Arkinsly On Tour with Prism Book Tours #DHFPrism


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Darling Hedgehog: Goes Down a Foxhole
By Auralee Arkinsly
Children’s Chapter Book
Paperback & ebook, 44 Pages
August 8, 2019, by Capture Books

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Darling Hedgehog becomes nervous and begins to hunt for her parents when they haven’t returned home from a walk of the night before, and she falls down a hole into Miss Fox’s lair. Thus begins an unusual escapade for little Dumpling, er…Darling!

Darling Hedgehog: Goes Down a Foxhole, by Auralee Arkinsly, is an interesting, attractively illustrated book intended to teach children about stranger danger.

Darling’s adventures with Miss Fox will create many laugh-out-loud moments for children. Imaginations will soar when they see Darling dangling from a leather strap in Miss Fox’s convertible, especially when Darling almost loses her tutu! However, they will also be concerned about Darling being hurt as she hurtles down the street anchored only by the strap.

I wondered about Darling accepting gifts from Miss Fox and going places with her without knowing Miss Fox or having her parents’ permission. As the story progresses, we see a much more sinister side to Miss Fox. I realize that some aspects of the story couldn’t, in the interest of the age group, be more thoroughly explored. However, I felt it may leave a more precocious child with more questions than answers, and maybe even some fear, too-not necessarily a bad thing, but not easy to explain, either.

Darling Hedgehog is an engaging book intended to teach children about stranger danger. I found the pictures to be irresistibly cute and aptly illustrated the story. Overall, a good book for children.

I received Darling Hedgehog: Goes Down a Foxhole from Prism Book Tours. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Summary From Publisher

Darling Hedgehog goes on an adventure to look for her parents who dropped out of sight. 

Darling Hedgehog learns about the animal nature of things in high humor and carefree, cute, and winning episodes. Learn about opposites, homophones, and similes as two animals in nature roll into fantasy land. For children 4-8 or preschool and kindergarten, as a read-to-me picture book, and first grade and second grade as a chapter book.

Darling and Miss Fox come to life as Darling introduces herself to the strange animal who is Miss Fox. Miss Fox gives her gifts so that Darling is distracted from her mission. The two animals look for things to do together in fantastical attempts to be friendly. When Darling enters Miss Fox’s kitchen, she realizes that by nature, not all strangers are good for you. Will Darling save the day when it’s already dinner time?

Pictures similar to Charlotte’s Web and the Mercy Watson series are characterized and painted in full-color, though the pages are set up like a chapter book.

This book helps to train children in natural wisdom, analysis, and discernment. It helps to balance the teachings of acceptance of everyone and friendliness to all. There may be good purposes for everyone to exist under heaven, yet all purposes may not be good for a child. So, beware, and flee from crafty foxes especially when they are holding your parents in the pantry.

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About the Author

Auralee Arkinsly writes in good humor about serious subjects because kids of all ages can learn a lot from laughing. Since opposites exist, she believes children can learn to identify the nature of things and get out of a risky situation. “Good Laughter sparks the mind.” She reckons if she can save some from the bumps and bruises, then she has done a good day’s work.

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Friday Flashback-You’re Beautiful (Surrendering Stinkin’ Thinkin’ Book 1) by Julie Arduini and Hannah Arduini

My Review

Hannah Arduini and her mother, Julie Arduini, created and co-authored a beautiful story that will resonate with a female of any age.

The story focuses on Hayley Atkinson and Sabrina Wayson. Hayley is in middle school struggling with fitting in and hurtful lies, while Sabrina, a college graduate, is trying to figure out where her life is going and resolve feelings of unworthiness. Both of them suffer from low self-esteem, brought on by similar, but very different reasons. They join Linked, a mentoring program started by Sabrina’s parents, Sabrina as a mentor and Hayley as a mentee. However, they feel like frauds who can not really contribute to the group.

The book has many teachable moments for adults and young adults. One example from the mentoring group, Linked, is especially powerful. As you read, it is easy to relate, absorb and readjust some of your own stinkin’ thinkin’. Of course, real change and adjustment come from sincere desire, repentance and prayer- which is perfectly illustrated in the narrative.

A positive, thought-provoking tale designed to encourage readers to re-think their thoughts and emotions, You’re Beautiful reminds all of us we are daughters of God, His princesses, a truth regardless of what anyone, including ourselves, tells us.

I can’t wait for the other books in the series to come out. I want to read them, too!

I received the book from the authors. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

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Julie and Hannah Arduini have written two more books in the series. Next week I will review book 2.

Publisher’s Summary

Hayley Atkinson withdraws from her friends and new opportunities with the new mentoring group, Linked, after she is told a lie that she believes is true about herself. Sabrina Wayson is a mentor in Linked who feels she can’t help encourage girls because she’s struggling as much as they are. Can they surrender the lies and find freedom?

I Don’t Want to Eat Bugs (Lisbon’s Misadventures Book 1) by Rachel Branton (Author), Tim Petersen (Illustrator)

I Don’t Want to Eat Bugs is a cute book about a little girl, named Lisbon, who is so hungry she doesn’t want to wait for dinner.

Lisbon goes on a fun adventure looking for food when she encounters several animals that offer to share their yummy food, except yuck, it is not yummy! The animals offer a wide variety of different foods they like, from bugs to dog food, but, of course, Lisbon isn’t interested!

The story is an effective way for children to learn about animals’ food and an appreciation for their own food. The illustrations are bright and colorful, and they are creative enough to capture a child’s imagination. The characters are charming and fit the story perfectly, too. I love her little stuffed frog!

One very subtle lesson is the importance of sharing, even if it is bugs!!

I Don’t Want to Eat Bugs is a great book to read to young children who are not yet able to read and also for those who have learned or are learning to read.

This entertaining book is currently free on Amazon. (Not an affiliate.) As always, be sure to check the price before purchasing, in case there are changes in pricing.

Publisher’s Summary

Bugs are for the birds!

Lisbon is hungry and it’s hard to wait for dinner. When her animal friends try to help her find something tasty to eat, the real the problems begin! Join Lisbon on her funny misadventures.

Each beautiful illustration is designed to inspire the imaginations of children. An activity page at the end of the book allows for more fun as they search for special
items in the illustrations.

This version of I Don’t Want to Eat Bugs has been designed specifically for eBook with a fixed layout and larger text for easy reading. While this is a great read-aloud book for parents, teachers, and other adults to share with children, we have chosen fonts that are similar to the way children form letters for easy recognition as they begin to read on their own. The print book is also available in 8.5” x 11” format.

Author’s Note:

I Don’t Want to Eat Bugs was written for my daughter, who was two when I wrote this story and didn’t like salad, but now she’s four and a half and loves it—if I give her plenty of salad dressing! (But don’t worry—this isn’t a book about eating salad.) Of course birds, cats, and dogs have a very different idea of what’s good to eat, but through this fun adventure, Lisbon learns there is also food meant just for her—and it’s good, especially compared with all the offerings from her animal friends.

My daughter and I privately call this book the “Ice Cream Story” (she LOVES ice cream so there had to be ice cream involved), and now whenever something funny happens, she says, “We should write a new ice cream story about that.”

And we have! I Don’t Want to Eat Bugs is the first book in a series called Lisbon’s Misadventures. Book 2, I Don’t Want to Have Hot Toes, is now available!

Recommended ages: 2-7.

Bedtime, Little Bear by John Lancer

Bedtime, Little Bear is an endearing story about loveable Little Bear, who, like all children, does not want to go to bed!

Little Bear is having so much fun playing!  Several times he thinks he hears his mother calling him. But he convinces himself that he doesn’t really hear her, even though his little friends tell him they also heard her.

The story’s pictures of Little Bear and all the woodland creatures, plus the changing of time from twilight and dusk to nightfall, are charming, delightful and enchanting. I so enjoyed the fanciful, creative and whimsical illustrations; they make you want to join Little Bear in his playtime, and then give him a huge goodnight hug, too!

Bedtime, Little Bear perhaps could have been better if Little Bear received some type of consequence for his misbehavior. However, I feel it might detract from the story. There is no age recommendation that I could find, but I am guessing it is perfect for the 1 to 5 age frames. At this age, children are more involved in the story’s plot than concerned with the lack of discipline. Some precocious children may question why nothing happened; in which case, this story turns into a good learning experience.

Publisher’s Summary

Little Bear doesn’t want to go to bed. He wants to keep playing. When Mother Bear and the forest animals call to him, he pretends he can’t hear. But the sun is sinking and soon it will be dark. Will Little Bear find his way home before nighttime comes? Find out in this magical, moonlit, bedtime story.

Sunshine by Morrene Hauser

Sunshine, by Morrene Hauser, is an enchanting children’s book about a little girl’s wish for her own pony coming true! She is so excited! There’s only one small dilemma. Sunshine will only walk in a straight line.

The book is delightfully and beautifully illustrated and sure to capture a child’s imagination. I loved the artist’s rendering of Sunshine. The pictures make me want a horse, too!

I have one caution, however. Some sensitive children may be upset when the mother slaps the pony’s backside to get it to move in a direction other than a straight line. Even though this is normal teaching behavior, the mother did not warn the daughter first and the horse runs and bucks, scaring the little girl. (This happens twice in the story.)

Sunshine, recommended for ages 0 to 8, can easily be read by beginning and more advanced readers.

I received this book from LibraryThing. However, I was under no obligation to write a review

Publisher’s Summary

Sunshine is a charming story of a little girl and her new pony, Sunshine. Sunshine is sweet, sassy, and oh, so stubborn! It doesn’t take long before her owner finds out her little pony has a problem – she only likes to walk in a straight line! Over and over throughout the book, Sunshine gets herself and her little owner in some pretty harrowing situations due to her “handicap”; but blinded by love, her owner refuses to see her cherished pony’s flaws and forgives her each time she gets them in a pickle. In her young owner’s loving eyes, Sunshine can do no wrong. Despite Sunshine’s handicap, she somehow teaches her owner right from left, even though she only likes to walk in a straight line!