Sunday, 10 February 2019

Hurly Burly The Squirrel Next Door - Book Review

By S.S. Bazinet

Illustrated by Laura Christine Tiralla

Publisher: Renata Press (October 26, 2015) 

Age Level: 4 – 8 | Grade Level: P – 3




 About The Book

Hurly the squirrel is as cute as they come, but would he make a good house guest?
When Hurly invites himself into a boy’s home, the boy quickly learns that squirrels do not have pleasing inside-the-house manners.

“He chatters and scratches, he picks at the latches
of cupboards that hold all my food!
And if they resist, his teeth will persist,
and sly is his favorite mood.”

This hilarious and brightly illustrated tale of how a squirrel can create chaos will delight young and old readers alike.

What I Thought

This is an ingenious picture story book–it’s an adorable, fun story and a fact book all in one! The story of Hurly Burly the squirrel, written in charming rhyme, unfolds as he invites himself to become a house guest of a little boy. Hurly Burly is trouble, for sure, but he’s the most lovable squirrel ever. So what can the boy do to keep Hurly Burly around but cut down on the chaos in the house?
The squirrel facts (included on every page at the bottom of the story) are delightful and will educate children while they are entertained with the humorous story.
Illustrator Laura Christine Tiralla has captured the essence of Hurly Burly with wonderful artwork.

Hurly Burly The Squirrel Next Door (Squirrel Facts Edition):

Author S. S. Bazinet

My fondest wish is that my stories entertain my readers and also provide them with moments of clarity and a deeper connection to themselves. My books include The Vampire Reclamation Project series, the Sentenced to Heaven series, as well as the YA thriller, My Brother’s Keeper, and a dystopian novel, Dying Takes It Out of You. 

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Saturday, 29 December 2018

A Turtle's Magic Adventure - Book Review

A Turtle's Magic Adventure
by Wanda Luthman

  • Grade Level: 3 - 4
  • Paperback: 62 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 31, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 153083256X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1530832569

About The Book: 

"My students were spellbound with Tad's adventures to a magical land."

A Turtle's Magical Adventure is a charming, heart-warming story of a turtle who doesn’t like his shell because it makes him too slow.
Tad asks other slow animals if they also mind being slow. Each one gives an answer that helps Tad feel better, but, still he wants to be fast.
He happens upon a snake who tells him there is a wizard that can make him fast. He goes on an adventure into The Magical Timberwood Forest to meet the wizard and hopefully get his wish fulfilled.
He encounters delightful, magical creatures along the way but also meets with danger and choices. Will Tad get his wish or will the wizard turn him into turtle soup?

Join Tad, the turtle, on his adventure in this cute chapter book that helps children learn self-esteem and confidence as they experience Tad's search for self-acceptance and learning to love himself. This fun and cute read aloud book subtly addresses social skills as Tad makes new friends with a gnome, lightning bugs, a worm, a duck, and a snail. Children will enjoy this magical fantasy adventure with an evil wizard that has a heart. A beautiful story that reads like an Aesop Fable that teaches an important life lesson.

"Fun fast-paced. It srikes right at the heart of every person's tendency to compare themselves to others."

What I Thought:

 This is a charming story with a strong message for children. Tad the turtle doesn't like something about himself. He wants to change and become more like others he admires. Tad is willing to risk a lot to change himself and become what he thinks will make him happy, even venture into the forbidden forest to seek out the magician's help.
On Tad's adventure, he meets a snake, a snail, a duck, a lame gnome girl, and the not-so-accomodating magician; and all the character's opinions weigh on Tad's view of himself and help him decide what is right for him.
Children will love this story because it delightfully shows why it's okay to be who you are.

About The Author:

 A Multi-Award-winning children's author, Wanda Luthman, utilizes her expertise in both mental health and guidance counseling to infuse each of her stories with social/emotional messages such as forgiveness, perseverance, self-acceptance, and love conquering evil. She writes fantasy adventure stories that show lives being changed by the magic of love. She is a former National Pen Women Organization of Cape Canaveral. She belongs to the Florida Writers Association, Space Coast Authors, and Brevard Authors Forum. She lives in sunny Florida with her incredibly understanding and supportive husband of 23 years, their two adorable yorkies, and 15 rescue feral cats (all fixed responsibly and still residing outside and on her porch in their colony)! She loves the outdoors and finds it a great source of inspiration whether she is riding her bike, swimming, or walking. 

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Friday, 16 November 2018

The Dragon Grammar Book Wins Two Awards in the 2018 Literary Classics Book Awards

Literary Classics Announces Youth Media Book Award Recipients
Release Date: November 15, 2018
Literary Classics

SOUTH DAKOTA – The 2018 Literary Classics International Book Award recipients have been announced.  Selected from submissions by entrants around the globe, these distinguished honorees are recognized for their contributions to the craft of writing, illustrating, and publishing exceptional literature for a youth audience.  In this highly competitive industry, these books represent the foremost in literature in their respective categories.

The competition this year was extremely impressive and we congratulate all honorees for their outstanding and inspiring work.  All Silver, Gold and Top Honors award recipients will be invited to attend a writers’ conference, awards ceremony,  gala, and other related events in Rapid City, South Dakota, to be held in conjunction with the Great American Book Festival, May 10-12, 2018.
The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize this year’s titles in literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics selection committee.

 For a complete listing of Literary Classics International Book Awards all awards, categories  levels, please visit the Literary Classics Book Awards 2018 Book Awards Listing

 Lumen Award for Literary Excellence

Gold Medal for Educational Books      

Listing of all the winning books:

Other awards for The Dragon Grammar Book:

2018 --Readers' Favorite Book Awards, Gold Medal, Children-Education, The Dragon Grammar Book,

2018 – Book Excellence Awards, Winner, Education & Academics, The Dragon Grammar Book,
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Saturday, 27 October 2018

Creative Writing Institute Flash Fiction Contest

10th Anniversary Flash Fiction Contest
Creative Writing Institute's  flash fiction contest is open until October 31, 2018. The limit is 1,000 words. See contest rules at You may enter up to five times but each entry must be submitted separately. 
 First place:
$100 and a Gold eMedal OR $200 discount toward any CWI course valued at $295.

Second place:
$50 and a Silver eMedal OR $100 discount on any CWI writing course.

Third place:
$25 and a Bronze eMedal OR $50 discount on any CWI writing course.

Fourth and Fifth place:
Honorable Mention eMedal AND $25 discount on any CWI writing course.
You will love the classy eMedals. You can resize them to post them on your site and social media!

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Coloring Contest For Kids

The Dragon Newsletter announces 2018 Coloring Contest.

The Dragon Newsletter Coloring Contest hosted by DragonsBook.Com.

Three categories: ages 5 – 8; ages 9 – 12; ages 13- 18.

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The contest runs Oct. 1, 18 – Jan.1, 2019. 1st place winners in each category will receive a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card.

The Dragon Newsletter is an occasional newsletter about kid's contests, book giveaways, and books on sales--It's all about kid's stuff.

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Sunday, 2 September 2018

The Dragon Grammar Book Wins Two Gold Book Awards

 The Dragon Grammar Book - Grammar for Kids, Dragons, and the Whole Kingdom

Author: Diane Mae Robinson
Illustrator: Breadcrumb Ink

Finally! An easy-to-understand English grammar book with fun grammar lessons for middle grades and up. An excellent education reference for classroom and homeschool grammar lessons. 

An Amazon Bestseller in Teens Language Arts.

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2018 – Book Excellence Awards, Winner, Education & Academics.
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2018 -- Readers' Favorite Book Awards, Gold Medal, Children-Education.

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Sunday, 26 August 2018

Famous Authors and Their Quotes

 I love reading quotes by famous authors. There's truth in their wise words, they always give me inspiration and something deeper to think about. Here's a few of my favorite authors and their quotes.

  "If I waited until I felt like writing, I'd never write at all."  Anne Tyler

   "Only in men’s imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life." Joseph Conrad

    "Anecdotes don’t make good stories. Generally I dig down underneath them so far that the story that finally comes out is not what people thought their anecdotes were about." Alice Munro

    "No one can write decently who is distrustful of the reader’s intelligence or whose attitude is patronizing." E. B. White

    "In order to write the book you want to write in the end, you have to become the person you need to become to write that book."  Junot Diaz

   "There is no greater agony than an untold story inside you."  Maya Angelou

    "I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose." Stephen King

    "Prose is architecture, not interior decoration." Ernest Hemingway

    "If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write."  Somerset Maugham

    "Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he’ll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer."  Ray Bradbury

    "A writer without interest or sympathy for the foibles of his fellow man is not conceivable as a writer."  Joseph Conrad.
    "Half my life is an act of revision." John Irving

 "A word is dead
  When it is said,
  Some say.
  I say it just begins
  to live that day."  Emily Dickinson

    "Begin with an individual, and before you know it you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find you have created – nothing." F. Scott Fitzgerald

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