Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Love in the Headlines by Penny Zeller - Humerous Christian fiction [Review & Giveaway]

ISBN: 978-1957847054
Paperback $13.99
Buy on Amazon
My thoughts:  The author has penned a light read that has ingredients sure to win - silly fun, cute and mischievous dogs, quirky townspeople, small town charm, and light romance. The male and female story leads work at the local daily newspaper and their crusty boss teams the two of them into a newspaper duo much to their personal chagrin. They reluctantly tackle his assignments and gradually find that they share a sweet romantic interest in each other.

Mind you, this is so squeaky clean that your preteen (tween) or grandma can both read it and you won't have a worry in the world.

The story is a bit slow paced but it is entertaining. While the folks traipsing around town are interesting, the true stars are a tiny feisty doggie and a leaping, loveable German Shepherd.

Water! Why Every Drop Counts and How You Can Start Making Waves to Protect It (Nat Geo Kids Books) [Giveaway]

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Welcome to the blog tour for Water! Why Every Drop Counts and How You Can Start Making Waves to Protect It. Did you know the water in your glass could be the same water the dinosaurs drank? Dive in for a week’s worth of interviews with fascinating “Water Warriors”, profiles on the latest H20-saving tech and learn incredible facts about Earth’s water, the challenges facing it, and how your actions can help defend this precious resource.


Monday, April 24, 2023

Blind Trust (The SNAP Agency #3) by Natalie Walters from Revell Publishing

ISBN: 9780800739805
$16.99 Paperback

My thoughts:
 The trio series about "The SNAP Agency" (think CIA and other alphabet governmental agencies) concludes with Blind Trust in  a convoluted, multi-storyline that features the dynamic duo Lyla and Garcia. This duo was one team of several in The SNAP  Agency and their relationship - working and personal - was most elusive.

The story opens with a threatening letter to Lyla from a man she helped put in prison (a crime-stoppers ongoing fear), and then that threat opens the door to cavernous situations and challenges both personal and professional for Lyla, Garcia, and other SNAP Agency team members.

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Animals with super sensory powers & sassy math poem books for ages 8-12 [Sporlight & giveaway USA/CANADA]

Detector Dogs, Dynamite Dolphins and More Animals with Super Sensory Powers by Christina Couch and Cara Giaimo | Ages 9-12

ISBN: 9781536219128
Ages 9-12
MIT Kids Press $24.99

My thoughts:
  In this MIT Kids Press (an imprint of Candlewick Press) book the authors provide a terrific science book that will engage students minds at length. Presented in a manner that is both educational and entertaining with indexing, bibliography, references for further exploration all of which make this a classroom and library significant book. It will be invaluable in learning to research and document information.

The articles describing the talents and powers of these various animals will enthrall the student and give a better appreciation for these creatures and their usefulness to mankind.

I highly recommend.

Monday, April 17, 2023

My First Pop-Up Endangered Animals - Celebrating "Earth Day" [Review & Giveaway USA/CANADA]

ISBN: 978153622844
$18.99 US ~ Ages 3-7

My thoughts: 
Kids love pop-up books and they engender a need to "care for the book" since the pop-ups are fragile. In this sturdy board book, the endangered animals are sparingly illustrated in soft-yet-bold coloration. Young readers will love the element of pop-up illustrations as they give a more thorough sense of the creatures presence. Subtle, but real.

Thursday, April 13, 2023

The Jesus Revolution (movie) now available on BLUERAY-DVD & streaming [Review & Giveaway]

My thoughts:
Having been a young woman raising my family during the 1970s and a faithful church-going person, I recall the explosive 1970s with the rebellious hippy movement, anti-establishment, anti-war (Vietnam), make-love-not-war, loud, protesting, drug-induced-stupor that exploded around us. Compound this by living in a small town whose main function was the support of a large state-owned university, it was very much in-your-face around us.

I remember, too, that a new "form" of worship and singing (not traditional hymnology) began to emerge that rattled traditional worshipers sensibilities. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

New from Louie Giglio: Indescribable Activity Book for Kids: 150+ Mind-Stretching & Faith-Building Puzzles, Crosswords, STEM Experiments, & More About God & Science! (Indescribable Kids)

ISBN: 978-1400235889
Buy on Tommy Nelson
33% off Until May 31

My thoughts:  
I was delighted to see that Louie Giglio has produced another book for youngsters that is faith based, mind stimulating, and with science activities that will expand their mental capacity and affirm their faith in God.

I previously reviewed several of Mr. Giglio's books and each time felt it a privilege to be involved in promoting his publications. He understands kids and knows his science. His faith shines through.

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

YOU ARE LOVED JOURNAL AND SCRIPTURE CARDS from Warner Press Scripture Resources

My thoughts: This distinctively feminine collection includes a journal, packet of 52 Scripture cards (and an optional wooden stand), book mark, greeting cards and focuses on soul-affirming messages to sooth and heal wounded hearts.

Sunday, April 9, 2023

NIrV, The Illustrated Holy Bible for Kids from Zondervan (New International Readers' Version - NIrV)

NOTE: This is a full-text Bible, NOT a Bible storybook.

NIrV, The Illustrated Holy Bible for Kids is a brand-new kind of Bible that allows kids ages 4–8 to read the full Bible without chapter and verse numbers and footnotes—study aids that are helpful for adults but can be very distracting for kids. This Bible presents the story of God’s people in a single column format with an extremely readable font.

With nearly every turn of the page, children will encounter full-color illustrations and kid-friendly maps that illuminate the Bible story. For children who want to read on their own

Monday, April 3, 2023

I Dare! I Can! I Will!: The Day the Icelandic Women Walked Out and Inspired the World by Author & Illustrator Linda Olafsdottir [Review & Giveaway]

A picture book inspired by the Long Friday—a real event in Iceland that inspired women around the world to stand up, walk out, and march together for women’s rights. I DARE! I CAN! I WILL!, a story that inspires children to believe in their dreams, advocate for themselves, and pursue their passions.

Firstly, I am not a proponent of mass protests and especially when they have children in attendance at the protests. I do not think it wise or safe to involve children in these events.