Tag Archives: Children’s Stories

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.

Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Say Goodnight written by Lauren H. Kerstein, Illustrated by Nate Wragg

About the Book

Rosie the dragon and Charlie are ready to tackle bedtime—dragon-style

Rosie the DragonRosie the dragon’s bedtime routine has been a little bumpy lately. But not to worry! Charlie is prepared with his lists, rules, and fire extinguisher—everything a boy needs to help guide his pet dragon (and best friend) to a peaceful night’s sleep. But with bath-time bubble trouble, fiery-hot pajamas, and stuffed animal search-and-rescues, tucking this dragon into bed is not an easy task. And what happens when thunder strikes? Snuggle up with this adorable duo as they conquer bedtime the best way: together!

Charlie and Rosie, Charlie’s pet dragon, are best friends and superheroes. However, Rosie does not like bedtime!

Enchanting, vivid pictures illustrate all the mischief Rosie gets into to avoid bedtime. Poor Charlie has his hands full!

The antics are laugh-out-loud funny, but also, in some cases, a little scary. (I don’t want to give any spoilers.)

Rosie’s creative and sometimes unintentional consequences while trying to avoid bedtime may cause some parents to feel the story sets a bad example. Yet the story is not written to teach as much as to entertain. Little children may recognize themselves and Rosie’s antics in the story. Even though some of the shenanigans could hardly be duplicated, Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Say Goodnight does offer an opportunity to teach the importance of bedtime.

Overall, the story is cute and enjoyable. The illustrations are bright and are true to the adventures. Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Say Goodnight is a picture book. The story should be easy for a beginning reader with a little help from a parent or sibling. It’s a cute story to read to children from Pre-K up.     

About the Author

Lauren Kerstein is an author and psychotherapist. She is a Jersey girl at heart who currently lives in Colorado with her husband, their two dragons…er, daughters, and their rescue dog. Lauren is the author of the Rosie the Dragon and Charlie picture book series (Illustrated by Nate Wragg/Two Lions). Her latest picture book, Lauren H. KersteinHOME FOR A WHILE (Illustrated by Natalia Moore/Magination Press) moves into shelves February 2, 2021. Lauren also writes books in her field. Lauren is one of the founders of #ReVISIONweek, a judge with Rate Your Story, runs a critique business, and is a long-time member of 12×12 and SCBWI. Her writing goals are simple. Read voraciously. Embrace feedback. Grow each day. Work hard. Be passionate. Write courageously. Touch children’s hearts. You can visit her at www.LaurenKerstein.net and follow her on Twitter and Instragram (@LaurenKerstein) and FB (https://www.facebook.com/laurenkersteinauthor).

Where’s My Joey? by Wendy Monica Winter/Illustrated by Roxana Antochi

About the Book

Mother Kangaroo cannot find her Joey! Will she find the baby kangaroo before his dinner gets cold?  Who will help her in Australia? Does Koala, Emu or Kookaburra know where Joey is?

Who will help Mother Kangaroo in Canada?  Do Moose or Bear or Beaver have any clues?  Where’s Joey? Read and find out!

Written by a teacher who lived in Australia, this book is entertaining, engaging, and educational on many levels. (It has a secret spiritual message for those who want to discover it.) Filled with beautiful illustrations and a beautiful story, this is a book all ages will enjoy.

This is a book you will treasure for years and enjoy with your children (or grandchildren) again and again.

Where’s My Joey? by Wendy Monica Winter is a cute, cute story. Roxana Antochi beautifully illustrated this adorable book.

I fell in love with all the pictures. However, my favorite illustration is one of an ocean. The colors are so pretty and soothing. The creatures, for
instance, the whale, clownfish, all the sea creatures, plus the vegetation, are gorgeous!

Children will learn about animals in Australia and some in Canada, too. There were a couple of animals I wasn’t familiar with that I discovered also! (I remembered a song about the Kookaburra, which is a bird, that I learned when I was younger, too.)

Where’s My Joey? is a fun book to savor and read over and over again.

I received Where’s My Joey? from Book Sirens. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

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!

 Oliver’s Moving Day by Vicky Sluiter on Tour with Celebrate Lit

About the Book

Book: Oliver’s Moving Day

Author: Vicky Sluiter

Genre: Children’s book

Release Date: December 3, 2019

It’s moving day, and five-year-old Oliver is excited for the adventure ahead. He is full of questions as, along with big sister Edith, Mommy, and Daddy, Oliver moves from The Big City to The Country.

He has never been to The Country and has only seen pictures in his books. What will it be like? Where will they live? Will there be lots of people and tall buildings? Join Oliver and his family as they wave goodbye to The Big City and journey through the suburbs and into The Country. Will Oliver have his questions answered? Read along and find out!

Click here for your copy!

Oliver’s Moving Day is a cute book, designed to help a small child understand moving.

I liked how the author, Vicky Sluiter, told of the changes from the city to the country and from a multi-rise home to a single-family large home. Oliver’s wonder at the country home being all theirs was so cute.

The story is short. The book consists of 24 pages. Half of the pages are pictures and half of the pages are text. There’s nothing to indicate the ages it will appeal to; however, I feel young children would enjoy having it read to them. Because there are a lot of words, older children would enjoy reading it aloud or to themselves.

I received Oliver’s Moving Day from Celebrate Lit. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

About the Author

Vicky Sluiter has had a passion for reading since she was four years old. She started with the back of cereal boxes and moved on to everything else, including books, magazines, and t-shirts. As a wife and mom, gramma to five boys, and the proud owner of a bearded dragon named Elliott, she has learned what boys like Oliver want to read. You can follow Vicky’s blog and book reviews at vickysluiter.com.

More from Vicky

I love writing children’s fiction because children are so much fun. So lively and expressive. You never really know what will happen when a child is involved but usually it will involve laughter. I have five grandsons so have experienced this many times over the years. The boys are ages 5 yrs to 14 yrs. Being at different stages the house is full of fun when they are all together. The youngest adores the oldest, and it’s reciprocated even if he won’t admit it. The middle three enjoy hanging together and getting into mischief. This Gramma loves every second of it!
The idea for a little guy on a farm was birthed when I was taking classes in writing fiction for children 30 years ago. I grew up on a hobby farm in farm country so the setting was pretty natural for me. And all the neighbors were boys so that’s what I’m used to. I could drive a tractor and bale hay right along with them. Having Oliver move from The Big City to The Country was inspired by my three youngest grandsons. That’s what they did and when they come to visit me they get excited to see the tall buildings in The Big City. And yes, they actually use that phrase. They are thoroughly convinced that Oliver’s Moving Day was written about them. In a way it was!
I’m so glad I didn’t give up on my dream. It was temporarily set aside, but in the right season it bubbled to the top again. Never let go of your dreams!

Blog Stops

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Vicky is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of the book and toy truck!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Bird Hugs by Ged Adamson

My first thought upon beginning to read Bird Hugs was how wonderful to read a book that focused on how a perceived disability could become a welcome ability. I didn’t change my mind upon finishing the book.

Many members of my family work, or have worked/volunteered, for a residential facility for physically and mentally handicapped adults. Reading this book gave me a warm feeling at how sweetly this story was written and illustrated.

The illustrations are so cute, from Bernard the bird, to the sad orangutan and all their friends. Children will learn about a lot of different kinds of animals by reading Bird Hugs.

I was disappointed with the formatting, however. Perhaps it’s only a problem for the Kindle edition, but you must constantly turn the book from portrait to landscape and back again.

I received this e-book as an Amazon First Reads selection. However, I was not required to write a review.

Publisher’s Summary

Bernard isn’t like other birds. His wings are impossibly long, and try as he might, he just can’t seem to fly. He’s left wondering what his wings are good for…if they’re even good for anything at all. But a chance encounter with a dejected orangutan leads Bernard to a surprising discovery: that maybe what makes him different is actually something to be embraced.

About Author

Ged Adamson is a children’s author and illustrator. He lives in London with his partner Helen and son Rex.

Adorable Story-Penguin and Moose By Hannah C. Hall

Penguin and Moose, by Hannah C. Hall, is an adorable book and is charmingly and delightfully illustrated by Anna Chernyshova. 

Penguin discovers he has a problem most birds don’t have. His best friend, Moose, is more than willing to help him remedy the situation. After all, what are friends for? Thus, begins one of the cutest children’s books I have read. Penguin and Moose is geared toward the preschool to 3rd-grade level (approximately 4 to 8 years of age). However, it will definitely delight readers of all ages.

Friends are precious and wonderful. The story of Penguin and Moose not only clarifies but also spotlights their importance in a delightful and enchanting way.

Hannah Hall helps children learn more by using a Bible verse to further the point, but she does it in a non-preachy way.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Worthy Kids. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Penguin and Moose by Hannah C. Hall

This is one of the CUTEST stories, with a Fantastic message for children. If you have a child, know a child or work with children-check it out. I’ll have a review Monday. In the meantime, enjoy this cute “teaser”  film!!