Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review by Vincent Noot of "Franklin Bean"

The story starts out with a boy who just moved to a new house and is nervous about making friends and adjusting to his environment. I can relate, because the first time our family moved, I wasn’t too happy with the change either. I hated it. So for all the children who have a hard time adapting, I think this would be a book they can relate to. After a while, the main character finds a dog that can talk, with which he surprises his peers. The rest of the book is a compilation of adventures of him and his dog, like saving a fishermen. I guess you can compare this story with the phenomenon of an imaginary friend, or the bond between a child and a pet. In that way, a lot of children could relate to the main character, either because of the first or the second reason.

The expression “Cool beans” appears a lot as half English, half Spanish, namely, “Cool frijoles.” It might be hard to pronounce for some native English speakers, but with the growing population of native Spanish speakers in the US, I think many parents and children will be happy to find somewhat of a cross-cultural reference in the book.

A well-written book with many themes children would enjoy, like moving, coming to the rescue, talking animals, having a best friend, etc.
Review by Vincent Noot of "The Note Hunter - Case of the Haunted Swamp"

The artwork: Can I just say that at a first glance, I LOVE the illustrations? I am an illustrator myself and I sense a Disney-like style in the way the artist drew the animals. Still, it seems to be not an exact copy of Disney characters, but he made it his own style. Seeing that he worked for several tv cartoon series, it’s no surprise. Definitely a book that has beautiful pictures to enjoy!

The style: The book is obviously written for children with a big vocabulary, for older kids, or who would like to expand their vocabulary. Sentences like, “Another bluster ruffled his double-breasted trench coat” or “as he plummeted toward the pavement” and other long descriptions are not uncommon. Sometimes French or Italian words are expressed, and typically some characters speak with a heavy accent, expressed in the different spelling of the words they say. It makes it a little harder to read, but It brings the characters to life. I like it.

The story: I am sure this book will be enjoyed by the more intelligent youngsters who like to read mystery books.  The plot unravels slowly when one keeps on reading. It’s a lot of fun to see the characters come to life. All kinds of animals with different accents cross paths with the main mouse detective (a wink to Disney’s movie). And as a real detective, he always “senses” there is something off, something to be investigated. The book is 79 pages, which is good for a long time of reading enjoyment.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold Book Review

Good Monday morning everyone! It’s Lauri again… and yes, you guessed it… I have another book review to start your week. I approach every book I read with excitement—anxious to begin the journey with the main character. I long to be taken away, leave reality for a brief period of time, and totally immerse myself into another world full of intrigue and adventure.
“Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold” by Iain Reading didn’t disappoint, although it took awhile to get going. The main character, Kitty, is an engaging, adventurous nineteen-year-old with shades of Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking. She’s an accomplished pilot, and the book begins with her setting out on her first adventure. She has secured funding to study humpback whales and she will be flying solo on this one. (Okay… yes, it was a bad pun.) Nevertheless, at the tender age of nineteen, she is leaving her home in Canada and heading to Alaska to begin her quest.

When I agreed to read/review books, I made two promises to myself. First, I would read every book, in its entirety, before writing and posting a review. Second, I would stay true to my own code of ethics… that is, I would not give rave reviews if the books weren’t worthy of such. “Kitty Hawk” is an enjoyable book, but there are a few issues that must be addressed. First and foremost, the author advertises this book as teen and young adult. Kitty (the point of view character) is nineteen years old, which automatically classifies this book on the outside edge of young adult. She is out of school, and is essentially living life as an adult. In children’s literature, young adult books feature main characters between the ages of fourteen and eighteen.  Secondly, the book gets a little bogged down with what I like to call “information dumping.” Yes, there are vital pieces of information we as readers need, but in many cases, Reading gives us more than we needed (and wanted). And yes, we needed a little background about the gold (essentially important to the plot), but in this case, less would have been more. In my opinion, the story really begins in chapter four.

Once the story started, however, Reading hit his stride. Kitty “came to life”, and I found myself rooting for her. I loved her sense of adventure and her independence. I remember being nineteen (and no, I will not tell you how long ago that was)—I applaud a character that takes life by the horns. Life is meant for living, and that sentiment is fully embodied in Kitty’s outlook. The author does a good job relaying Kitty’s enthusiasm and maturity… she makes sound decisions in the cockpit while still retaining the exuberance of her youth in other places, like when meeting young men and seeing the whales for the first time. Her inner monologue was off-putting at times, but then again, it served to remind me that this seaplane pilot is still on the teen side of twenty. Reading’s use of first person brings us closer to his main character and the action of the story. He writes first-person POV well.

When Kitty notices a suspicious boat riding very low in the water, she remembers the campfire stories about the lost gold. A light bulb goes off in her head and she thinks (to paraphrase) gold is heavy—the boat is laden with gold! Being the adventurous sort, she flies in for a closer look, lands her plane in an inlet, and hikes through the forest to find out what’s really going on. Here’s where I became totally invested… anxious to read more. (Reading truly hits his prime at this point.) Kitty is “kidnapped” by four brothers, and journeys with them through the remainder of the book. While Kitty suffers a slight case of Stockholm syndrome, all isn’t what it seems, and good does triumph over evil.

I do recommend this book, but any young teen readers should be cautioned—the writing style and level of “Kitty Hawk” are more complex than most children’s literature on the bookshelves. However, Iain Reading gives us a character that is refreshing in this day and age—a young person without a sense of entitlement or over-dependence on her parents to provide everything for her. She also appreciates, loves, and safeguards our Earth’s natural treasures.  If you have always dreamed of flying, seeing whales, experiencing the wilds of Alaska, and have a thirst for adventure… this book will interest you.

You can find the book at amazon.com at this link Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold.

Have a great day everyone!

About the Author, Iain Reading

I Like Root Beer. When I was younger I fancied myself a bit of a Root Beer connoisseur, drinking my favourite brand (A&W, of course) from tall, narrow champagne flûtes and reveled in the sound of the ice cubes clinking against the side of the thin glass, creating a magical tinkling ambiance as I looked down my nose at all the other inferior Root Beer vintages. As I grew older and began to travel all across the globe I was naturally inclined to seek out the very best Root Beers that the world had to offer. Sadly, as I was to discover, Root Beer is very much a North-American thing and you can't really find it anywhere else in the world. On the bright side, however, it turns out that the world is a pretty great place even without Root Beer. There are a million amazing things to see and as many more ways for all of us to see them, as our heroine and friend Kitty Hawk finds out in the course of her various adventures.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Mrs. D's Picture Books Blast & Giveaway

Hi, all, it's Sher here with a book blast for Mrs. D's picture books. In case you didn't know, I love picture books as much as novels. Books for young children are often more fun to read and funnier too. I love to find writers who are members of The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, or SCBWI, because it means their books are high quality.

About the Books


Carlo the Mouse Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse by Mrs DTitle: Carlo the Mouse Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse | Author: Mrs. D | Illustrator: Chanoa | Publication Date: October 21, 2013 | Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing | Number of pages: 33 | Recommended age: 4+

Summary: Grab your boots and hold on to your hat, because you are in for an exciting trip! The new series of Carlo the Mouse has been born. Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse is the first in a series of books on Carlo’s adventures. Each book will give readers an entertaining look into the life of a little mouse born inside a hospital’s walls. Clever, curious, and very impatient, Carlo the mouse dreams of the world outside the hospital. His parents teach him how to follow the rules and how to survive on his own, but Carlo’s insatiable desire for adventure constantly gets him in trouble. Will the little adventurer manage to survive when he leaves home? You’ll find out in Mrs. D.’s next books on Carlo the mouse. Let your imagination soar in this full series of Carlo’s adventures!

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Good Morning World by Mrs DTitle: Good Morning, World! | Author: Mrs. D | Illustrator: Eladziem | Publication Date: November 21, 2013 | Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing | Number of pages: 50 | Recommended age: 5+

Summary: Glide gently into the beautiful morning with Baby Thomas and his grandpa. The sun is shining brightly through the wide window and the flowers, trees, birds, and other creatures have already started their day. Brilliant colors of the dawning day wake up the park, and Baby Thomas is ready for a walk. While walking in the park Thomas and his grandpa see the same things but from a different perspective. Baby Thomas wants to hug the wonderful world around him, but his grandpa has a different opinion. Young readers will easily connect to the wonders of nature and unforgettable characters, playfully interacting with each other. Join happy Baby Thomas and his grandpa for a walk and have a delightful, uplifting morning!
* Winner of a Mom's Choice Award, Honoring Excellence *

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The Buzz

Carlo the Mouse: "My son chose this book to read and really liked it. He rated it 5* and said it was "awesome". He's almost five. So that's a good fit. If I could make one recommendation, it would be to watch out for repeating the same sentence structure over and over. It's a minor thing but could improve overall flow. The pictures were adorable. Well done Mrs. D." ~ 5 Star Review, Simone B., Amazon
Carlo the Mouse: "Another gem from Mrs. D.! This is the first in a series of several books, and the titles of those are just as intriguing as this one. The interchange between the characters goes beyond just rules and regulations. Even small children will see just how caring and loving this family is with each other. There are definitely different personalities, and conflicts, as in every family. Carlo’s is one that answers those challenges with love and firmness. The pictures are adorable! Every facial expression, every nuance of action, is so well-thought-out. The colors are appealing, and the story’s lesson is simple enough for even the youngest of readers. There is a challenge here in some of the vocabulary used in the book. I welcome that. The youngsters who get this story read to them are privileged in this regard, for they can learn new words and what they mean. A child whose vocabulary is extended beyond his or her comfort zone is a child who will learn and grow into an intelligent adult. I highly recommend this story, and hope that I will get the chance to read more of Carlo’s adventures." ~ 5 Star Review, Kitty Muse Book Reviews, Amazon
Carlo the Mouse: "As a grown-up, I fell in love with this adorable character the moment I looked at the first illustration. I had as much pleasure reading this book as my son did. Sometimes, a sample book like this one, gives more to a child then books chosen by the school experts. Now we could hardly wait what the next book will hold. Thank you so much for making our children happy. Because of books like yours, our children will grow up happier, kinder, and smarter. Great story! Wonderful artwork! Astonishing children’s book! Because of books like yours, our children will grow up happier, kinder, and smarter." ~ 5 Star Review, Olga G., Amazon
Good Morning, World!: "What a charming book of comparing generations and reminding us how children see the world! The illustrations are bright, colourful and sweet, and the story is so well written that it feels as though I am walking right beside the baby and grumpy Grandpa who clearly woke up on the wrong side of the bed that morning! Thank you for a lovely book, Mrs. D!" ~ 5 Star Review, Multi-Testing Mommy, Amazon
Good Morning, World!: "This darling story of Baby Thomas and Grandpa was like I was taking a stroll along with them. The author must have pulled some of this story from a family experience. With her very creative imagination she must have been very tuned into actions and reactions of Baby Thomas. Then there was Grandpa who was very vocal and animated so she undoubtedly knew exactly what to write about Grandpa. Too funny! This book is a must read! I highly recommend this book." ~ 5 Star Review, It's Time to Read Mamaw, Amazon
Good Morning, World!: "This was a charming book. Following the differing perspectives of the Grandpa and the child, this book is a wonderful reminder about the importance of a positive attitude. I LOVED the joyful wonder in the child's perspective, and cringed as I recognized some of the grandfather's. What I love about all of Mrs. D's books is that they share a message. They teach the adults as much as the kids. This message in particular touched me. It is a reminder about seeing from the eyes of a child. Exploring the world with an open mind, an open heart, and enthusiasm. Life is full of blessings, and sometimes we forget to notice them. Thank you Mrs. D for another 5 star children's book." ~ 5 Star Review, Kirstin P., Sunshine, Bubbles and Books

About the Author: Mrs. D


Mrs D ~ Olga D'AgostinoMrs. D. (Olga D’Agostino), an award-winning children’s author, was born in western Ukraine. She lived in the historical city of Lviv, where she studied business in Lviv Business College and worked in the food industry. In 1992, she immigrated to the USA with her two small daughters and for years worked in her own business. In 2011, she began her career as a writer, focusing on writing children’s books that have meaning and provide valuable lessons. Two of her children’s books, The Trees Have Hearts and Good Morning, World!, won Mom’s Choice Awards in 2013. She is a member of SCBWI and speaks a few languages fluently. She lives in the famous town of Smithville, NJ, with her husband Patrick and a meticulous old cat named Nyda.

Published books by Mrs. D. include Carlo the Mouse on Vacation, The Trees Have Hearts, The City Kittens and the Old House Cat, Good Morning, World!, and Carlo the Mouse, Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse. Coming in 2014: Runaway Clothes,The Royal Palm, Carlo the Mouse, Book 2: Now We're Talking!, and The Little Girl Praying on the Hill.

The full series of Carlo the Mouse and her new books, The Mysterious Life Inside a Closet, That Is How Things Are (two connected stories): The Autumn Wind, and The Kitten and the Sparrow, and three rhyming stories in Who Is Most Important in the Fridge? will be published in the near future. Her books are available in print on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and as e-books for most popular electronic devices. For updates on Mrs. D.’s books, please visit her website: www.mrsdbooks.net.

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I hope you had a blast reading about Mrs. D's picture books. I'm keeping my eyes open for more. I'd love to hear what you think, so please leave a comment. Then if you have time, scroll back for other open giveaways in the last few posts. As always, thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Find the Cutes by the Noots

Hi, all, Sher here, presenting writer Vincent Noot's search book for children: Find the Cutes Playtime, already written and illustrated, but not yet in print. For the publishing and marketing, the authors signed up for a Kickstarter campaign finishing 14 April.

Find the Cutes is a fun activity book for kids. It has 12 search pages with a total of 4,785 characters, a story line and answer pages.
Reasons to buy this book
    We knew our book had to stand out. It had to have that extra something that makes you want it and be impressed with it, so that you recommend it to others personally and in reviews. You need to feel your money was worth it. So why buy “Find the Cutes - Playtime?” Because it’s not a regular children’s book.
- It keeps you and your children entertained for hours.
- The illustrations look beautiful.
- It’s educational.
- It’s cute and funny. 

 What is “Find the Cutes - Playtime”?
     Children are creative and have a huge imagination. In society today, despite all the technology and opportunities, the greatest happiness is often found in the home. Children give families that extra enthusiastic energy. “Find the Cutes - Playtime” is based on that concept. It sparks the imagination, stimulates dialogue without words, educates, entertains, and inspires.

 What inspired you as an artist?
     As a child, I was much intrigued by search books. I spent hours looking for the right characters and objects on every page. But I discovered there weren’t many different ones out there. Over the years, I developed a unique cartoon style that I was able to use for several companies and assignments. Together with my ideas and the concept of a search book, my wife and I came up with a search book and a fun family as the main characters. This is my wife and I.

Vincent and Celestial Noot
Vincent and Celestial Noot

Who are the Cutes?
     The Cutes are a family. Their last name is “Cute” and all the kids’ names start with a “C”: Carissa, Chaz, Cade, Cammy, and Cindy. The story is based on the “second-mom” phenomenon: As the oldest daughter you might get to babysit your younger siblings a lot. That’s how it sometimes works in bigger families. In every illustration I tried to show the Cutes’ innocence and playfulness.

How did you come up with the pages?
     Children can be very silly. So I think of what they'd do with a balloon, like rubbing it over their hair, letting it go into the air, binding it to their ears, popping it, etc. Each page took almost 100 hours to sketch, draw, color on the computer, etc. Every person is hand-drawn and colored in Photoshop. My wife, Celestial, did most of the storytelling. The whole book took a year to finish. Some drawings are based on real events. Sometimes something funny that happened in our lives, comes back in the drawings.

Who should read the book?
     Children ages 3 and up. Adults could enjoy it too. With 12 pages of things to search for, kids could be entertained for hours. Not only are we going to make a book, but we are planning on making it a tablet game for the ipad, kindle, and other devices, depending on cost effectiveness. That will be a stretch goal if we make it.

Will you make a sequel?
     Yes. We are planning on an entire series of 10 books. We created two new characters for the 3rd and 4th book. The 2nd book will be called “Find the Cutes - Festival Fun” and will have fun search pages about Christmas, Easter, and Halloween, but also about the Tomato Festival in Spain, Songkran in Thailand, and Sinterklaas in the Netherlands. It will also have 12 pages and a story line. We already started working on it.

Are you on social media?
     We have a website, www.findthecutes.com, which will be the means of selling our book once it’s updated with a payment system. We are also on Facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest, Twitter, and Tumblr. Feel free to look us up, share our pages, and follow us.

 What do you need funding for?
     We cannot do this without you. Our dream is to start a search book series that will inspire each child, build family relationships, and become a great product for entertainment. We put hundreds of hours of work into making it happen. Now we need your help to cover costs. This is what we need funding for:
Production costs - We calculated no immediate reward for the 1,500 hours of artwork and story writing we’ve done. We did all that for free so far, and hope to make enough profit on sales to compensate for the valuable time we put into it.
Kickstarter/Amazon fees - Approximately 8%-10% of final funding
• Taxes - Self-employed rates apply.
Advertising - Goes to bookmarks, stickers, business cards, posters, drawing materials, paper, event fees, etc. We already spent a lot on that, without receiving anything back except for name recognition and materials to create the book.
Printing costs - These rates vary depending on amount ordered, but takes up a lot of funds. You can imagine hardcover books and other materials are costly.
ISBN Number, copyright registration, etc. - Not cheap, but necessary for any book and company online, but affordable if you help us.
Shipping & supply - Another large part of it, especially for those who have a reward with “free shipping.”
Buffer amount - This should be included in any Kickstarter project. This includes money aside for dropped pledges, lost books, refund requests, and errors and miscalculations.

 How Kickstarter Works
     With kickstarter you are not just buying an item for precise arrival, you are joining us in our personal adventure to make this happen. Kickstarter is about supporting ideas, people, and projects. You support us to help make the dream come true and receive great rewards in return.
• Step 1. Create a Kickstarter account, and determine payment method.
• Step 2. Decide which reward you would like, taking special note of any shipping estimates.
• Step 3. Wait and see what happens! If our campaign is successful at the end of it, then your card will be charged and your reward is secured. If our campaign is unsuccessful, then your card will NOT be charged.
• Step 4. (optional) If you would really like to see this project succeed, then the most helpful thing you could do is help spread the word! Look us up on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest, or Tumblr, and share our work with your friends. We would really appreciate it!

     We are not asking for money without giving something back. So here is a list of the great rewards for our backers:

Explanations of Rewards
PDF files: You get all the 72 dpi PDF files of the book through email. Remember they are copyrighted and are not to be distributed elsewhere. Thank you for helping us achieve our goals.
 Hardcover book: The complete hardcover book for you (and your kids) to enjoy. Some are signed by the illustrator and writer.
Bookmark: Keep track of where you were. In color, 2 x 7 inches.
Sticker: Put it anywhere. In color, 3 x 3 inches.
Postcard: A mini-version of one of the search page. In color, 7 x 5 inches. Signed sketches: Yes, the illustrator will go through the effort of making exclusive cartoon sketches for you on 8.5 x 11 inch printing paper.
Coloring book: Contains 25 coloring pages and fun puzzles. Front cover in color, 8.5 x 11 inches.
Sketchbook: 18 awesome pages of background on the illustrations and a behind-the-scenes look into the process of creating the book, as well as exclusive sketches and a preview of the 2nd book. Black and white, 7 x 7 inches.
Special thanks: Your name will be mentioned on all the social media pages. We are on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, and Google Plus.
Hardcover 2nd volume: We have already started the 2nd volume, which is called, “Find the Cutes - Festival Fun.” It will most likely be done by the end of 2014, but you’ll be one of the first to own a copy.
Cutified: This means I, the illustrator, will draw you or someone else you send us a photograph of through email... in cartoon style! It’s way fun!
Poster: Select a search page or other images that you would want to hang on your wall! This way, you can always look at the beautiful artwork. If you select a search page, it might be fun to have people look for the Cutes when they enter your room. In color, vinyl, 36 x 24 inches.
Large car decal: A nice sticker or decal to put on your car. Of course we already have one to show our great product to whoever in the parking lots. In color, approximately 19 x 12 inches.
T-shirts and hats: They look awesome! You can wear the Cute family on your head or on your chest. T-shirts will be available in different sizes.
3 Day tour Southern Utah: Personally meet the illustrator and writer! We live in Cedar City. From here, we can take you to Zion’s National Park, Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon, and Las Vegas. Whatever we can squeeze in those days, we will do with you (and your family). You will be able to sleep in an apartment with a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, and living room. Dinners will also be included. Flights are not included.

 What happens if we pass the goal?   
     If we pass the goal, we will make a stretch goal. We will hire an experience company to make a professional tablet game out of it. The goal is to make something beautiful and fun that keeps getting better. If we pass the stretch goal, we will try to make the next one and provide extra rewards for most backers. These are the stretch goals:

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Our book is finished. We just need the money to print. If we make the kickstarter goal, all printing costs will be funded.
pledged of $7,843 goal

days to go
    Funding period
    - (40 days)

    Monday, April 7, 2014

    Lauri's Review of "Spiders" and "Dinosaurs"

    It’s Monday again… and here in northern Florida it’s a very stormy Monday! Lauri here, with two reviews. This weekend, I read two more books in the “Amazing Animal Kingdom Series” by non-fiction author Emma Child. First on the docket—“Dinosaurs.”
    As a mid-level reader, this book excels in presentation of facts, ease of reading, and number of illustrations. I especially like enlarging the pictures—one of my “beefs” with Child’s books was the size of the illustrations. Now, you merely double click on the photo, and it enlarges. If your device is touch screen compatible, you can use your thumb and forefinger to zoom in further. It’s a nice feature!

    Child’s enthusiasm for her subject comes through page after page, and I enjoyed the read. My ten-year-old nephew saw what I was reading, grabbed my iPad from my hands, and sat down quietly and read “Dinosaurs.” After he was finished, he followed me around saying, “Did you know…”  “Wow, this is awesome,” and “do you have any other books like this?” I’d say that’s a ringing endorsement from Child’s target age group!

    Since my nephew was in a learning mood, I pulled up the next book… “Spiders.” 
    I have to be truthful… spiders scare the living daylights out of me. I can appreciate them in nature—but once they cross the threshold into my house, they are doomed. I have my pest control guy on speed dial for a reason.

    However, I swallowed my fear, and read this book. Much to my surprise, I learned some interesting facts about spiders, and, more importantly, I gained an appreciation for their place on our earth. My nephew has developed a new fascination with the creatures as well, much to my sister’s chagrin. He’s even contemplating a tarantula as a pet… and trying to convince my sister to get him one. His argument… the tarantula was first found near the Mediterranean Sea and is named after Taranto, Italy. Since we’re Italian-American, this is clearly the pet for him. Judging by my sister’s expression, my nephew has to come up with a better reason if he wants a spider as a pet.

    Child teaches the reader that spiders aren’t to be feared, but to be respected. Most spiders are harmless, but it’s good to have a working knowledge of the poisonous types, and where you might encounter them. I enjoyed reading “Spiders,” and know that this book will appeal to middle grade/elementary school readers. 

    Have a great Monday!

    Emma Child is the author of Amazing Animal Kingdom Series. She has always been fascinated by nature and inspired by a love of animals. Writing is her passion. Many of the ideas for the books came when she's walking, gardening and talking with her children. Her goal as a writer is to create books that entertain and educate youngest readers. She lives with her husband Christopher, and her three sons, Michael, Matthew and Jacob.

    Friday, April 4, 2014

    Magelica's Voyage Book Blast ~ Hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews

    Hi, everyone, Paul here again today with another Book Blast hosted by Renee at Mother Daughter Book Reviews. This time it's a great children's book about a girl being hatched from an.... Well, you can read more about it below. Let's get to the book blast!

    About the Book

    Magelica's Voyage by Louise Courey NadeauTitle: Magelica's Voyage | Author: Louise Courey Nadeau | Publication Date: August 24, 2013 | Publisher: Kite Readers | Pages: 48 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 10 Summary: Who ever heard of a girl being hatched from an egg the colour of sapphires? Magelica doesn't know where she came from or who she really is. But when she's transported to the Isle of Dreams in a flying bathtub, she launches into an adventure of discovery, and learns that wonderful things can happen when she uses her imagination, believes, opens her heart and trusts in love. Come fly with her and discover for yourself the power of imagination,gratitude,believing in yourself, and love! In this special first voyage, fantasy, adventure, magical illustrations, empowering messages, and a wonderful cast of enchanting characters come together as Magelica takes young girls and the special people in their lives on a fun, inspiring voyage about making your life magical. * Available in English / French / Spanish *  


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    The Buzz

    "Magelica's Voyage is an inspiring, magical tale of a world that I did not want to leave. The author's imagination takes off with vivid magical characters transformed into beautiful illustrations that your child will love. At the Isle Of Dreams anything is possible including Wally the wizard, the benevolent queen, Odin and even a Warblegrif. In the Festival Of Cheer the message is clear; just be yourself and let love be your guide. When you open this book you'll instantly discover that magic is indeed in the air." ~ 5 Star Review, StevieV, Amazon

    "This is a wonderful, enchanting book! The story is so imaginative and the illustrations are beautiful! It is delightful to join Magelica on her adventure to the Isle of Dreams, and it is great to see such a positive, confident heroine. I highly recommend this book!" ~ 5 Star Review, Laurie J., Amazon

    "Magelica is easy to love; a child who accepts herself as she is but who questions the very world around her, is someone many children will be able to relate to. Give this wonderful story a try- you won't be sorry you did." ~ 5 Star Review, Shelley V., Amazon

    "Magelica's Voyage by Louise Courey Nadeau is a beautifully written enchanting tale filled with alluring adventure. The story is magnificently illustrated, from the winsome depiction of Magelica to the creative Isle of Dreams, the authors gifted imagination is prevalent on every page. I found Magelica's Voyage to be a charming story with a very special message for all. I highly recommend picking up a copy.." ~ 5 Star Review, Stacie T., Amazon

    "I purchased the book in August and since then, my 2 kids request to read it for them every single time. I travel and I have to read it over FaceTime to them as they do not want to miss when their mom is unable....Same Timezone has helped. I recommend it to every kid between the age of 3 until 9 whether it is a girl or boy. The energy when reading it is indescribable. I bought 2 versions (the english and the spanish). Both are well made and I recommend it to every parent that cares about how their children should be raised! Great buy and thank you for the author." ~ 5 Star Review, Hassan, Amazon

    About the Author: Louise Courey Nadeau

    Louise Courey Nadeau
    Louise Courey Nadeau

    A marketing and advertising executive, a tireless fundraiser for many charities, a painter, gardener and mother to two daughters and two sons, Louise’s passions keep growing. Sensing the need to do more for young children in our challenging world and inspired by life itself, Louise created MAGELICA, a young girl with fairy blood and her own questions about life. In the first book of Magelica’s Voyage trilogy, Louise takes our winged heroine along with her fun and wacky friends to new worlds of magic and adventure, where the reader discovers the magic of life and the power of love and how faith in the unknown can create confidence and a sense of empowerment . More than a decade in the making and with new stories underway, Louise and MAGELICA intend to spread their magical feathers and create a bond with children and their caregivers around the globe.

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    Amazon 25 gift cardAmazon 25 gift card         Prize: Two winners will each receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice) Contest ends: May 2, 11:59 pm, 2014 Open: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Louise Courey Nadeau and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com. a Rafflecopter giveaway MDBR Book Promotion Services

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    IWSG: Illustration Blues and Blog Move News

    Hi, fellow writers. Even though I'm doing taxes, my biggest insecurity is content control. First, kudos to Alex J Cavanaugh for helping writers support each other via the Insecure Writers Support Group.

    When I started this blog, I was more concerned with "free" than with all the hubbub over Blogger owning my content. Since they changed the terms, I relaxed. I still started a free Wordpress blog as a placeholder, hoping I'd eventually find a way around the html problem on blog hops. But I couldn't find a theme I liked, so I let my Wordpress blog sit.

    Fast forward a year, after I hired an awesome illustrator to make a picture book from a poem my mom wrote long ago. I want to post a few pictures, but I sure don't want Blogger earning money from illustrations my brother paid for or from text my mom wrote and I edited. So I read Blogger vs Wordpress: Content Ownership at A Royal Daughter. Eeek! 

    I rushed to sign up for a paid host for Wordpress. When I finish adjusting, I'll post the pictures there and explain how I got over 60  illustrators’ bids in under 24 hours, so fast I closed the bidding early. For now, I'm just letting you know why I'm moving. Later, I’ll determine whether I chose a good host and tell the rest of the story.

    Please tell me your insecurity, especially if you solved it. That’s all—whew—just under this month’s 300 word limit. Thanks for visiting!
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