Friday, October 6, 2017

Alycat And The Monday Blues Book by Alysson Foti Bourque



Book Details:

Book Title: Alycat and the Monday Blues by Alysson Foti Bourque
Illustrations by: Chiara Civati
Category: Children's Fiction, 32 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: Sept 12, 2017
Tour dates: Sept 18 to Oct 6, 2017
Content Rating: G (appropriate for all audiences)

Book Description:

Alycat wakes up with the dreaded Monday Blues and is certain that nothing will go right. But when a mishap sends her astray, she discovers that helping a friend will help her discover her own hidden talent—curing her Monday Blues.

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My mom and I both rated this book 5 *****'s 


Alycat is such an inspiration My mom let me read the book first to see what I think of the book. She read the book after me. We both enjoyed reading this book. Alycat is my favorite character. My mom says it reminded her of my big brother the most who always has the Monday Blues. He still goes to school though. The setting is perfect from home to school. The plot is very easy to  follow and understand. I loved how vibrant and beautiful the illustrations of the book. It shows details. The kids like me definitely will enjoy reading this book and Alycat will give them inspiration.

My mom said that Alycat exactly like my big brother. Sometimes he is discouraged to go to school. Recently, he enjoyed going to school especially when he plays golf after school. My Dad never gives up on him as he enjoyed playing the golf. My Dad took him to golf course for practices. Alycat and my big brother is the same as they never stop to find ways to enjoy the day. My big brother is part of the high schools golf team now because just like Alycat he find ways that he enjoys.

Alycat has a kind of heart just like my big brother who never doubt to help a stranger in need. Alycat will make you smile and teaches you to enjoy life.    

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Meet the Author:



Alysson Foti Bourque is the author of the Rhyme or ReasonTravel series, and the multi-award winning Alycat series. Alysson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a law degree from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge. She believes that there is an Alycat in all of us, encouraging our imaginations to guide us through new opportunities and adventures. ​

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook


Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it? 

I don’t really get writer’s block— but I do get distracted. I have a habit of opening the window in my office and watching the birds fly and trees sway. Then the cat comes in the room and I might as well call it a day!

How did you do research for your book? 

I looked at all of my all-time favorites from my home bookshelf and reread the books that appealed most to my children and what did not. Since I write for children, I make an effort to listen to how children around me speak and interact. When writing for children, you have to think like a kid. That is easy for me to do. I never take myself too seriously.

What is your next project? 

I am finalizing the third book of the Alycat series, Alycat and the Friendship Friday. This book deals with inclusiveness, diversity, and friendship—of course!

What genre do you write and why? 

I write children’s books. Being a mom of two young children, I feel that it is important to use books as a teaching tool­– so I write for them. They can relate to the issues developed in the story and learn how to solve those problems with skills found in the book. I would love to write chapter books in the near future. Maybe when my children are a little older.

What is the last great book you’ve read? 

The last great book that I have read is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This timely book is riveting, honest, and extraordinary. And, I got to meet Angie in person the week after her book first hit #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers list! When I am having a difficult day, I remember the words that she wrote in my copy of her book— Be light in the darkness!

Do you snack while writing? Favorite snack? Where do you write? 

Yes! I write in my office— always with a snack and coffee. Favorite snack is Sour Patch Kids or cereal. I know— I’m a big kid.


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Friday, July 14, 2017

My Brother Is Special: A Cerebral Palsy Story Book by Murray Stenton


My Brother Is Special: A Cerebral Palsy Story by Murray Stenton

Ethan is a big brother like no other!

Life with a special need child has its fair share of challenges. These challenges are not only for the parents, but extend to those other wonderful little children, the siblings. This book helps shine some light on the difficulties and the job siblings special needs children experience every day. It is a light-hearted take of one little boy's thoughts of his big brother Ethan, who was born with Cerebral Palsy.


I rated this book 5 *****'s 

This book is such a special read 
 
I loved reading this book. I read it with my Mom when we went camping last month. It is a short book but very special to read. I liked the illustration as well. I wish I can draw like that.  
 
I can relate to this book when my big brother a little bit. They have different situations but help to understand them are the same. Dealing with my big brother sometimes is difficult, my Mom always remind me that he is different in a very special way. You just have to be there for him. I still love my big brother despite being different.  
 
It does not matter to me if some kids are different just like my big brother. They still have the heart and needs compassion, understanding and above all unconditional love. We have no right to judge them because they are different. Life is full of mystery and we need to respect other people.


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From Loving Healing Press http://www.lhpress.com/

"As a mother, and advocate for, special needs children, I highly recommend this book as a learning tool for others. I gave my child a voice, as this author is doing for his, and I applaud him for it." -- Chynna Laird, author of I'm Not Weird, I Have Sensory Processing Disorder and Not Just Spirited

"Engaging and lighthearted, My Brother is Special captures what children with cerebral palsy and their families may experience. The characters are loveable and entertaining. Chidren will enjoy this book and relate to their experiences" -- Jill Osborne, EDS, LPC, CPC, RPTS, author of Sam Feels Better Now

About the author
From an early age, Murray was artistic. His favorite pastime was and still is doodling cute and fun little characters. As Murray entered the working world he utilized his natural creative talent in his graphic design profession. Illustrating being his true love, Murray started looking for freelance illustration work. Murray had no idea that answering a Kijiji ad would help his long time ambitions come to life. A well-known children’s book author and disability advocate, Jewel Kats gave him a shot at illustrating one of her children’s books. That experience gave Murray the courage to pursue other illustration contracts. Murray had an instant connection to Jewel, through the world of physical disability. Murray’s oldest son Ethan had a stroke at birth causing CP and other life altering conditions. With his new found courage and through the help of Victor R. Volkman and Loving Healing Press Murray brings this wonderful story to children everywhere. Murray’s hope is those siblings of children with disabilities will know they too are not alone.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Prince Preemie: A Tale of a Tiny Puppy Who Arrives Early Book by Jewel Kats


Prince Preemie: A Tale of a Tiny Puppy Who Arrives Early by Jewel Kats (Author), Claudia Marie Lenart (Illustrator)

The King and Queen of Puppy Kingdom are joyfully awaiting the arrival of their Prince. But the couple and their kingdom are thrown into upheaval when it is learned that Prince Puppy will arrive early, before his important crown is completed. How can they call him Prince without a crown? Discover how the King solves this problem in Prince Preemie: A Tale of a Tiny Puppy Who Arrives Early. Children will be swept away into this dreamy, fairy tale land of adorable dogs created from wool.

I rated this book 5 paws

What a fun book to read 
 
I read this book when my family went out camping. It is a very short book but fun to read. We have the two dogs, one is big and one is little. There sizes were so different from each other. Maggie, our American Staffordshire terrier dog sometimes hurt Molly, our Rat Terrier by accident. Molly is so tiny that sometimes Maggie plays hard with her. I am more protective of Molly and remind to play nice and not so rough with her tiny sister. 
 
This book reminds me of my big brother. My mom showed me his baby photos. He was so tiny and so fragile. My Mom told me that taking care of my big brother is a little scary compared when I was born. I understand more when I read this beautiful book. We need to be patience and kind when babies or puppies were little. They will catch up and everything would be normal. Unfortunately for our dog Molly, she will be tiny for the rest of her life. Maggie still loves her and protects her with other dogs.





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From Loving Healing Press http://www.lhpress.com/

"As the mother of two children born preterm, I can relate to the sorrow and joy that Prince Preemie's parents faced at his early arrival. Through magical writing and illustrations Jewel Kats and Claudia Marie Lenart once again help children of all abilities and their families understand the special gifts that are inside each one of us." --Kelli Kelley, Founder and Exec. Director, HandtoHold.org -- Fragile Babies, Strong Support

"Prince Preemie is a sweet book that offers a good way to start conversations with a preemie child about their early birth. The story hints at the stress and fear that comes with having a child prematurely, but leaves the reader feeling hopeful." --Andrea Mullenmeister, writer at AnEarlyStartBlog.com

"The arrival of a premature baby can be confusing for a young child. In this delightful dog kingdom, Jewel Kats has created a teaching tool that normalizes the situation. Claudia Marie Lenart’s illustrations look cuddly, every child will love them and be drawn into the story of Prince Preemie even without the words." --Bob Rich, PhD, psychologist, author of Anger and Anxiety: Be In Charge of Your Emotions and Control Phobias

"Prince Preemie is a feel good book -- the story is one of inspiration, determination and acceptance. It reminds us that there is always hope and that with optimism, dedication and love you can create the good and happiness into every situation you face." --Robin Marvel, author of Framing a Family: Building a Foundation to Raise Confident Children

About the author
Once a teen runaway, Jewel Kats is now a two-time Mom's Choice Award winner. For six years, Jewel penned a syndicated teen advice column for Scripps Howard News Service (USA) and The Halifax Chronicle Herald. She gained this position through The Young People's Press. She's won $20,000 in scholarships from Global Television Network, and women's book publisher: Harlequin Enterprises. Jewel also interned in the TV studio of Entertainment Tonight Canada. Her books have been featured in Ability Magazine (USA) twice. She's authored eight books-five are about disabilities. The Museum of disABILITY History celebrated her work with a two-day event. Jewel has appeared as an international magazine cover story four times! Recently, her work was featured in an in-depth article published in "The Toronto Star". Jewel's work has also appeared as an evening news segment on WKBW-TV and on the pages of "The Buffalo News".

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About the illustrator
Claudia Marie Lenart is a fiber artist from northern Illinois. She experimented in the arts and handwork since childhood and while pursuing a career as a journalist. She finally found her true muse when she discovered needle felting. Her soft sculpture characters are created by repeatedly poking wool and other natural fibers, like alpaca, with a barbed needle. Claudia pioneered a distinct style of illustrating books using needle felted wool to create illustrations as well as a variety of other techniques including wet felting and pressed wool painting.  Connect on Twitter










Friday, June 9, 2017

The big brown bear from Toys R Us

I saw this photo on my Facebook's memory five years ago. My Summer Babe is still tiny her. She stills has this big brown bear in her room. We bought it at Toys R Us.  Aside from this big brown bear, she also has other bears that we gave her and beanie boos in her shelves in her room. 

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She grows up so fast. She stills loves stuff toys especially the big ones. She said she wants t give all her beanie boos from her cousins in the Philippines when I come visit them soon.  

How about you? Does your kid has stuff toys that they own since they were babies?

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Wise The Owl My #28th Beanie Boos Collection

I want you to meet Wise The Owl. Wise my #28 beanie boos in my collection. My Mom and I bought Wise in Rite Pharmacy. It is because the pharmacy is closed to where we live. Their beanie boos are cheaper too.
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Wise the owl was born on the 20th of September. Wise the owl wears the scarf. Wise is part of the winter theme. Wise keep his neck warms with his scarf on so tight. It will not even come off when he flies through the night. My Dad caught an owl on his trap before. I hope it was not Wise. My Dad let him go. That was not wise of Wise to being trapped.

StoreNVY is your best choice to shop for kids clothing

My Mom promised me that when I do great with my grades in school, she can reward me with something. My grades were high because I worked hard for it. She is so proud of me. I can get the stuff that I wanted. I also know that my Mom does not make more money compared to my Dad.
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Though I wanted the expensive clothing but am so happy that I found this store Custom Storefront online. They sell the shirts like the Ivory Ella that I wanted for affordable prices. This is my second transaction from them. My Mom and I were both pleased and that we ordered shirts from them again.
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  The online store comes from China. Do not get me wrong, they shipped fast too. Our first order came a week after my Mom paid it. The shipping also is free which is amazing. Their customer service is fast. You can inquire and you will get a response quickly. They sent you a tracking number to let you that your stuff is in the way. They also wrapped yours items carefully. My Mom and I both loved shopping this store. We both recommended it for anybody. Aside from the shirts that they are selling online, they also have stuff like for home. You can check it out here Marketplace Store. Anything you wanted to make your home beautiful, you can search it here.

Freeze The Penguin my #27th Beanie Boos

My Mommy and I bought Freeze the Penguin at Rite Aid pharmacy. Freeze is my #27th beanie boo is my collection.
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Freeze birthday is on the 17th of November 2015. Freeze's little red hat keeps her snuggly and warm during the cold season. She can play all days long in a really bad storm. Freeze and I will get along as I loved to stay outside and play in the snows while I am bundled-up to keep me from not being sick.