Saturday 23 August 2014

Sir Princess Petra's Talent, Three-Time Finalist In International Book Awards

Sir Princess Petra's Talent - The Pen Pieyu
Adventures (book two) is a 
three-time finalist in the 2014 Readers'
Favorite International Book Awards 
Contest (winners announced Sept 1st)
We are proud to announce the finalists in our 2014 Readers' Favorite annual International Award Contest! This was no easy task as this year saw a record number of contestants, with categories having from several dozen to several hundred contestants depending on popularity. The order of the finalists displayed in each category is random and does not imply any form of ranking. More:

Sir Princess Petra's Talent, finalist in 3 categories.
Children’s Fantasy SciFi
Children’s Grade K – 3rd
Children’s Grade 4th – 6th

In the 2014 Children's Grade K - 3rd categories, Jim Carrey's book, How Roland Rolls, is also a contender.

In the 2013 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards, Sir Princess Petra - The Pen Pieyu Adventures (book one), won an Honorable Mention in the Children's K - 3rd Category.

And was up against Henry Winkler's book, Niagra Falls, Or Does It?

Other awards for book one, Sir Princess Petra - The Pen Pieyu Adventures:
2012 Emerging Artist Award: 
2013 Finalist, 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading contest:

2013  Honorable Mention, Reader’s Favorite International Book Award:

2013 Agent aquired with Gotham Artists Agency, New York.

Read reviews for my dragons books for children (both books) here:

Friday 15 August 2014

Book Review: Little Miss HISTORY Travels to The Statue of Liberty

Little Miss HISTORY Travels to The Statue of Liberty

by Barbara Ann Mojica
Illustrations by Victor Ramon Mojica

  • Series: Little Miss HISTORY Travels to
  • Paperback: 38 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (August 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492211842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492211846

Synopsis: Since her last trip to Mount Rushmore, Little Miss HISTORY has journeyed more than 1700 miles over land, sea and air to reach her second destination, The Statue of Liberty. This national treasure stands proudly in New York Harbor welcoming all people to the land of freedom and opportunity. In this second book of the series, Little Miss HISTORY will help you discover who thought of the statue in the first place, the values she symbolizes, the architects and engineers who built Lady Liberty, and the little known individuals who contributed their pennies to make her debut in New York's harbor possible. You will learn about why she remains a promise and symbol of the hopes and aspirations of many people around the world and not just to immigrants coming to America. Come now and follow Little Miss HISTORY as she enlightens you about The Statue of Liberty!

About the Story: Little Miss History is at it again; this time traveling to the Statue of Liberty to explain facts about: who thought of the idea for the Statue of Liberty and when; who designed it; how funding came about; how the statue was shipped to American; when the statue was erected; what the Statue of Liberty symbolizes along with what the different sections of the statue represents.

What I thought: These are absolutely, positively great books! Kids (and adults) will learn history through key facts presented in a fun way by the author. The vivid full-page color illustrations are fantastic, and the black and white photography enhances the reader's experience on the trip to the Statue of Liberty. I still want to know: why didn't we have these kinds of books when I was a kid? History would have been so much fun!

I reviewed Little Miss History goes to Mount Rushmore here:        

About the Author
Barbara Ann Mojica is an historian and retired educator living in New York State. She holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in History. Barbara spent more than 40 years teaching in NYC and holds New York State teacher certifications in Elementary, Special Education, and Administration. She also spent several years as a Special Education Administrator and principal of a special education preschool for developmentally delayed children. Barbara, although retired from teaching, is staying busy: along with her forthcoming series of Little Miss History travel books she writes historical pieces for The Columbia Insider, Pat Fisher and Ed Pollack Editors, under the banner “Passages”. Marrying her love of history and teaching, Barbara hopes her Little Miss History character will inspire children to learn about historical people, and visit landmarks such as the one covered in this book.

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Friday 1 August 2014

Win A $50.00 Amazon Card & Signed Copies of The Pen Pieyu Adventures

Book Blast

About the Books

Book 1:

Sir princess petra pen pieyu adventuresTitle: Sir Princess Petra (The Pen Pieyu Adventures Book #1) | Author: Diane Mae Robinson | Year published: 2012 | Publisher: Tate Publishing |Number of pages: 68 | Recommended age: 5+
Summary: Princess Petra’s unusual birthday request sends the royal court into a frenzy, but when she agrees to undertake a knight’s quest they can’t stop her. Armed with a cake knife and outfitted in the best royal pots and pans, Petra sets off to face a dragon and win her real armor before encountering a bog witch, and an army of the kingdom’s worst enemies. Will Petra’s kindness and acceptance prove to be more valuable than weapons and armor?

Awards for book one, Sir Princess Petra:
2012 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award (Literary Arts).
2012 First Runner Up in the Purple Dragonfly Book Award in the Children’s Chapter Book category
2013 Honorable Mention in the Reader’s Favorite International Book Awards
2013 Finalist in the “50 Great Writers You Should be Reading” Award

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Book 2:
Sir Princess Petra's Talent by Diane Mae RobinsonTitle: Sir Princess Petra’s Talent (The Pen Pieyu Adventures Book 2) | Author: Diane Mae Robinson |Publication Date: September 24, 2013 | Publisher:Tate Publishing | Number of pages: 92 |Recommended age: Read-aloud ~ 5+
Summary: Sir Princess Petra has already proven she is a kind and noble knight. This, however, does not please the king and queen—they want her to behave like a princess and forget this silly knight nonsense of hers! But when the king writes a new rule in the royal rule book that requires her to attend Talent School and acquire a princess talent certificate or suffer the spell of the royal magician, Petra, reluctantly, agrees to go. But who could have guessed what Sir Princess Petra’s Talent would be?

Awards for book two, Sir Princess Petra’s Talent:
2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards, finalist in three categories:
Children’s Fantasy SciFi
Children’s Grade K – 3rd
Children’s Grade 4- 6th

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The Buzz About the Books

Book 1: “I really feel that this little book is a gem. It is a relatively short book (70-ish pages) that can easily be read aloud to children in one sitting. My kids and I were completely captivated by this fun, adventure-filled tale about a very charming and unorthodox princess. I highly recommend this book to families with children under the age of 10 and as young as 5 who love a good tale filled with fairy-tale characters such as dragons, witches, princesses, and knights.” Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
Book 1: “I liked this book because it has a great story line and a great message about believing in yourself. Petra proves that she and all girls can be daring, adventurous and brave. I think Petra was a great character and I liked Snarls (the dragon) even better because he had good sense and dragons are just cool. The book is a beginning chapter book so there isn’t a lot of details in it but it tells a complete story. The black and white illustrations in the book are really great too. The book is part of “The Pen Pieyu Adventures.” I hope that means there will be more books about Petra coming out! This book is an awesome beginning chapter book and a great read aloud.” Erik @ This Kid Reviews Books
Book 1: “Sir Princess Petra is one of those stories that will appeal to most everyone. It is charmingly funny. Petra sets out to prove she has what it takes to be a royal knight and proves she can do nearly anything. Snarls, the howling dragon, is endearing and lovable. If stuffed, sitting on a toy store shelf, every kid would want him. The story is short enough to be read in one sitting, say at bedtime. There are many opportunities for humorous, wacky, high-pitched voices, making Sir Princess Petra fun to read aloud. The author’s imagination is appropriately childlike. Petra is a child every parent will love. I know a child would have sweet, funny dreams after hearing mom or dad read this at bedtime.”Sue M. @ Kid Lit Reviews
Book 2: Sir Princess Petra’s Talent is precisely everything an early middle grade book should be with a multi-dimensional main character who is a great role model for young girls; a great supporting cast of unique and quirky characters; a plot largely driven through clever dialogue amongst the characters and involving much adventure and folly; and unexpected turns and twists that willleave parents and their children laughing out loud. ” Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
Book 2: “This is an adventurous story, which gets going from the very first page and doesn’t stop. The characters are all enjoyable, and the situations, although sometimes challenging for Princess Petra, are very appropriate for the age group.” Tonja @ Bookworm for Kids
Book 2: “The[se books] are early chapter books, fun and suitable for children ages six and up. They move very quickly and are quite short, so I think they’d be particularly suitable for reluctant readers. I also think boys would enjoy these books as Sir Princess Petra thinks and behaves in the way I imagine most boys wish girls would think and behave – kind, down-to-earth, adventurous, and never squeamish or manipulative.” Tina @ Mommynificent

About the Author: Diane Mae Robinson

Diane Mae Robinson
Diane lives in a small hilltop castle nestled amongst a very old and magical forest. In this mystical forest, all the fantasy creatures one can imagine live and audition for parts in the author’s next book. Diane has a journalism diploma from the Schools of Montreal and an advanced diploma from the Institute of Children’s Literature. The author also teaches acrylic and watercolor art to children, and is a writing instructor at the Creative Writing Institute.
The author’s first book in this series, Sir Princess Petra, has won three prestigious awards, and was a finalist for another award. The author recently acquired an agent with Gotham Artists Agency in New York.

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