Monday, May 8, 2017

BOOK BLITZ & GIVEAWAY: The Jurassic Adventure by Marcus D. Evans & Shelly Bushkofsky


The Jurassic Adventure
Author: Marcus D. Evans & Shelly M. Bushkofsky
Genre: Kids Adventure (6-17)
Editor: Rebel Edit & Design (Dana Hook)
Cover Designer: Wicked by Design
Hosted by: Lady Amber's PR


Charlie, Veronica, and George Donner were not ordinary kids. How could they be with a father who creates out of the world inventions?

Until one day, they go from not so ordinary, to extraordinary.

Their dad has always dreamed of inventing a time machine. Not only because it had never been done, but because he’d lost two people in time who meant the world to him — his father and his wife.

After finally completing the impossible, his kids accidentally transported themselves back in time without their dad knowing.

Finding themselves in a world that was once lost, they must figure out a way to go back before it’s too late. But nothing is ever as easy as it seems. It’s a good thing they find help in the most unexpected places.

Can they make it back home or will they be lost in time forever?

    




Shelly Bushkofsky is a mother of three; two boys and a girl. She's an author of romance, but when her oldest son, Marcus, told her that he wanted to be an author just like her, and that he had an idea for a book, she dived right in to the world of children's books. Although this story was all his!

She enjoys writing, reading, and spending as much time with family and friends as possible.

Marcus Evans is eleven years old and hopes to one day be a bestselling author. But he also dreams of traveling the world as an anthropologist. He enjoys reading and writing, and also has a love of baseball and fishing.




Prologue
Charlie, Veronica, and George Donner lived with their dad, Jimmy Donner, in an old house in the small town of Charsonville, Iowa. Their mother died a long time ago, but their dad never really talked about how. Charlie used to ask about her a lot, but his dad would get angry and tell him to stop asking. She was gone, and that was all there was to know. Charlie didn’t like that answer, but maybe his dad was right, and he shouldn’t ask about things he couldn’t change.
The kids didn’t have much. Their family didn’t have a nice car, nice house, or even a computer with Internet connection, but they thought they had something even better—their dad.
Mr. Donner was a scientist who invented all kinds of awesome things, like a machine that put your shoes on for you, and a robot that would make your bed. He wasn’t famous for his inventions, and the people around town thought he was crazy, but his kids thought the world of him. They loved everything he invented and were always up for testing them out—when their dad let them, that is.
Mr. Donner thought of himself as a man who could do anything, as long as he had the imagination to think it and the will to build it. But there was one thing he’d been trying to make his entire life that he just couldn’t get right: a time machine.
He was about ready to give up when he had a major breakthrough, and was able to transport an apple back in time. At least, he was pretty sure that was where it went. There was really no way to know for sure since all the other times he’d tried, the apple had turned into applesauce, or caught on fire.
Even if it did travel back in time, he couldn’t be sure that it actually arrived to the destination he set. All he knew was that it was no longer where it had been. It was gone, and not in a destroyed sort of way.
Mr. Donner was obsessed with dinosaurs, and wanted to build the time machine to try to save them; maybe even bring one back. He was really hoping that the apple was now sitting in front of a dinosaur, maybe even giving them a strange new snack.
Running downstairs, he grabbed his jacket and keys, telling the kids he’d be back soon. He had to get the Dean of the University right away to tell him what he had done, what he had finally accomplished.
“I’ll be back soon, kids. Don’t answer the door if anyone knocks. Don’t go outside, and do not go into my office,” Mr. Donner told them sternly before running out the door.
The kids sat on the couch for a few seconds, just looking at each other. Their dad had never said that his office and laboratory was off-limits before, at least not that they could remember. What did he have in there now that would be so important that he’d warn them off?
Unable to hold it in any longer, Charlie smiled mischievously at his little brother and sister. “Let’s go see what Dad invented,” he said, standing from the couch. He knew that that was what his dad was hiding—an invention. There was nothing else that would be worth hiding. His dad knew that they wouldn’t care about any special papers, and would get bored quickly, so a new invention was the only thing he could think of.
Unless, of course, his dad bought them all a new toy to play with and was just hiding it in there, but a new invention was more likely.
“But he said don’t go in there,” Veronica said as she stood to follow her two brothers.
“Is he here?” Charlie asked. When no one answered him, he said, “He won’t know.” Then, with a Cheshire smile, he ran up the stairs, his brother and sister following close behind him.
At the top, they stopped outside of their dad’s office door. They knew it wasn’t locked because their dad trusted them, which had Charlie feeling a little bad about disobeying. However, with the hopes of a cool invention that must be behind the door, he just couldn’t help himself. Maybe his dad was just playing around anyway. Either way, he would never know unless he saw it for himself.
Slowly opening the door, all three of them poked their heads inside.
“What’s that?” George whispered.
“It looks like a photo booth,” Veronica replied.
“No, it’s not a photo booth,” Charlie said with a disbelieving look. “It’s a time machine.”
He’d heard his dad talk about building a time machine as far back as he could remember, but he never thought it was possible. Going back in time wasn’t something that could happen. That stuff was only in tall tales, not real life. But now, what he believed to only be real in fairytales was standing right in front of him.
The only question now was, did it actually work? Or was it one of his dad’s failed attempts at a dream?




Thursday, April 27, 2017

REVIEW: Joyful Trouble by Patricia Furstenberg



A humorous read about an incredible dog and how he had found his true, yet unexpected calling.

A dog. A friendship. A purpose.

When a Great Dane arrives in a navy base nobody expects him to win everybody’s hearts, although breaking some rules along the way. But things soon turn sour as somebody threatens to put him to sleep. Who will stand up for this for-legged gentle giant? Tackling universal themes and voicing animal rights and the importance of fighting for what is right.





What an amazingly delightful and fun true story about a dog!! I am a sucker for true stories about brave animals and this story found its way into my heart. This is a powerful story full of warmth and sadness. There are some feelers in this story, but it will fill you with such love and compassion for this incredible animal. This is remarkable read that parents and children alike will fall in love with and it would make a phenomenal bedtime read. I highly recommend it.



Saturday, April 22, 2017

REVIEW: The Grumpface by B.C.R. Fegan




The Grumpface is a poetic fairy-tale that tells the story of Dan, an inventor who ventures into a forest looking for a rose. Instead he finds the mysterious Grumpface who threatens to hold him captive unless he passes some difficult challenges. What follows is a humorous adventure that neither Dan nor the Grumpface could have anticipated.


The Grumpface is a tale in the spirit of any grand adventure. It is about a clumsy young inventor's quest for love and the challenges he must face to find it. It is also a tale of bravery, absurdity and happiness, and the power of these qualities over negativity and sheer grumpiness.



Every parent will be acquainted with their own little 'grumpface' now and then. This story stands as a small piece of hope - that no matter how ingrained the grump, there will always remain in every one of us a smile or a laugh just waiting to come out.


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This was a cute story. I loved how the book rhymed throughout the story. The pages were full of color and was very eye catching and the story-line had a great lesson to be learned.

I am giving this story four stars because the author mentioned that Bella's hair was white as snow, but the illustrator made her hair yellow instead of white. Some children will pick up on that. Other than that, I really enjoyed this story and do highly recommend it as a great bedtime story for children and parents.


REVIEW: Jack Goes to the Hospital by John Priest





A Hospital visit can be very traumatic time for a sick child. It can be stressful for the adult too! This book tells the real-life story of Jack who suddenly became ill and needed Hospital treatment. It contains Jack's story, together with useful Hints, Tips (what to carry in that Hospital Rucksack!) that every parent or guardian needs to know about. 




This is a fun story filled with colorful pictures and interesting and fun activities. This is a great learning tool for children and parents. I highly recommend it.


Monday, April 3, 2017

REVIEW: 12 Days at the Beach with Theodore by Trent Harding & Ashlee Harding



12 Days at the Beach with Theodore

This cute, well-designed counting book for children and kids of all ages featuring hand drawn artwork of cute, Theodore the bear, shows young readers how to count from one to twelve. 

- "Knowing it's the end of my holiday is really, really sad, but how great is it watching the sunset with Mum and Dad". 

Your child will love this interactive, easy reading counting book for children. Perfect for bedtime reading as you use this book as a learning tool to help teach your children how to count, while enjoying the adventures of Theodore. 

Get your copy now!





This is a cute story with beautiful and vibrant pictures in it. They are really eye popping and fun to look at. I loved the rhymes within the story and the way the kids can interact within the story and how each page corresponded with the numbers and pictures. The kids can count along with the days and not only make it fun read but they are also learning from the story. Parents and teachers alike will enjoy reading this story to their children. I highly recommend this read.   


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

REVIEW BY JENNY: The Trickster by L.G. Miles with Amy Miles



The Trickster
L.G. Miles with Amy Miles
Age Level: 7-11




A curse passed down through the ages. 
A soul trapped in limbo. 
A mystery to be solved. 
When three young friends decide to sneak out and spend the night in an abandoned house rumored to be the haunting place of the Trickster ghost, they will soon get more excitement than they bargained for...








This is a magnificent spooky story written by a 10 year old boy. While reading this story, it would have never crossed my mind that a 10 year old wrote it. I was completely reeled into the story from the very first page. The characters were phenomenal and the story-line sent chills running up and down my spine as the pages sucked me into this spectacular story. I felt as if I was living the story with the characters, it was so real. I really loved this story and I hope to see more from this amazing author. I highly recommend this read!



Tuesday, December 27, 2016

REVIEW BY ERYN: I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel by Caryn Yacowitz

I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel
by Caryn Yacowitz 

Blurb: You've never seen Hanukkah or the "I Know an Old Lady" story like this before . . . through hilarious takes on the world's greatest works of art!

A family drives through the snow to visit their beloved bubbe, who spreads out a Chanukah supper for everyone to enjoy. But one dish goes a little wrong:

"I know an old lady who swallowed a dreidel
A Chanukah dreidel she thought was a bagel...
Perhaps it's fatal."

Indeed, Bubbe's first bite leads to an insatiable taste for oil, latkes, applesauce, gelt -- even menorahs! But as the family tries to distract her from her gluttony, the items she devours grow ever larger. Will they be able to reconnect with her and bring her home for the last night of Chanukah -- or will her feasting in fact be fatal?
Beyond the joy of a Jewish take on this most American of folk songs, the illustrations here offer hilarious parodies of great works of art by da Vinci, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hopper, Rockwell, Matisse, Picasso, and other masters--adding a whole new layer of humor and culture to the familiar tune. You'll love this old lady, and want to visit her every Chanukah.