#BlogTour #Review: Go To Sleep! by Marion Adams @Marion_author @rararesources

 

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Hello Book Lovers! Today is my stop during the blog tour for Go To Sleep! by Marion Adams, organized by Rachel’s Random Resources. Many thanks to author and Rachel for providing me a copy of this book. Hope you all enjoy reading this post that includes about book and review.

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Book Details:

Publication Date: 27th April 2017

Publisher: Full Media Ltd

Read Date: 19th May 2018

Pages: 32

Target Audience: Children (age 3 to 7)

Genre: Picture book (bedtime story/animals)

Stars: 5/5

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Blurb:

Tansy the sheep can’t go to sleep. She’s forgotten how to do it! But when she follows the barn owl’s advice and starts counting sheep, she realises that something is wrong … The award-winning bedtime story with a humorous twist that children will love!

 


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Go To Sleep is animal themed funny and cute bedtime story about the little sheep Tansy who couldn’t go to sleep. In trying to sleep by following barn owl’s advice she found out something was wrong in the field. As the blurb said it had funny twist.

Tansy was nice little sheep who was cute, innocent, cared for others and tried to do something good. Barn own and Jack- the dog was also great in the story. Writing was captivating and easy for kids to understand. Storytelling was great that will catch kids’ attention. All illustrations were colorful and eyes catching specially all cute white fluffy sheep.

When I couldn’t sleep I didn’t count sheep but I remember my mom telling me to count stars when we slept outside under the sky in summer vacations now I read books if I can’t sleep. 😉 It was kind of funny when sheep was counting sheep in the story. Kids will find it amusing. 

Overall, it was great bedtime story that parents would love to read with their kids.


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Author Bio:

MA author pic 2.jpgMarion Adams has been writing for as long as she can remember, usually for fun and sometimes for money as well. She started her career as an in-house copywriter with a publisher and now works as a freelance proofreader and editor. It’s her dream job because she’s paid to read all day (and eat dark chocolate). Over the years, she’s written all kinds of things for both adults and children, some serious and some less so, with published work including magazine stories, articles, poems, plays and non-fiction books.

Marion lives in Devon, UK, and when she’s not reading or writing (or eating dark chocolate), she loves going for walks on the wild moors where her picture book Go To Sleep! is set.

Social Media Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Marion_author

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProofreadMarion/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marionadams_author/?hl=en

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marion-adams-7ab52a71/

Purchase Links:

http://full-media.co.uk/product/go-to-sleep-marion-adams/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Go-Sleep-Marion-Adams/dp/0993079474 (UK site)

https://www.amazon.com/Go-Sleep-Marion-Adams/product-reviews/0993079474/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_show_all_btm?ie=UTF8&reviewerType=all_reviews (US site)

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What do you think about the story and review? Have read this book already? Share your thoughts in the comment-box below and also let me know what your mom advised when you were little and couldn’t go to sleep. Did you count the sheep or did something else? 

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Saturday Short-Story Review: The Boy by Nrupal Das

Saturday Short Story Review

Hello Book Lovers! I hope you are enjoying weekend. Today’s short story review is on a fictional short story The Boy by Nrupal Das.

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The Boy by Nrupal Das

Publication Date: February 10th 2018

Read Date: April 7th 2018

Category: Fiction

Pages: 14

Stars: 3.5/5

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Story of a boy who went to play his usual tennis ball cricket in a nearby field. Nothing was unusual that day. Until in the evening when the boy does not return. and a friend tells her mom that the boy never went to play that day. 

A frantic search begins with the neighbours and the boy’s friends pulling in all their resources. Does the boy return? Where did he go? Where was he taken? What happens at the end? 


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The Boy was a gripping story about love of child for his mother and family and a mother’s mental status for her missing child. It’s a story of faith, pure love, and fruits of true prayer.

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The boy told in third person narration revolved around Amit, a boy who went missing and his mother (Mili) and family. Book started with strong beginning that instantly pulled me into story. Author has nicely introduced main characters and other side characters giving the overview of Amit and his Mili’s life and their love for each other. I liked the way all Amit’s friends and neighbors came to help Mili and they went to search for him in bad weather.

The suspense and tension was great. When Amit went missing all kind of scenario crossed my mind, I had so many questions and I was curious to know what might have happened to Amit, if they will find him or not.

The climax was surprising and I didn’t expected it such a way. The religious touch was placed nicely, the story at this point sounded exactly like I was listening from my grandparents.

The end was also good but I expecting something more to it.

This story was very short, I read it in less than an hour. It would be perfect for break reading and a good family story.

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Well, many reader had issue with climax and end but for me it was just okay, not that bad just needed little different execution. My main issue was with mother. Author could have written mother’s grief and torment much better, specifically the part when she realizes Amit is missing. I didn’t like that her worry was voiced by Amit’s friend that why she was so worried on hearing Amit didn’t go to play with his friends and had not returned home. All the questions that I had could be expressed by mother but it wasn’t. Her grief was not expressed properly and maybe that’s why didn’t feel for characters the way I would have. Story had tension and suspense, I loved the way it flowed but it lacked proper execution.

It could be little longer more expressed and emotional but it wasn’t.

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Overall, the story interesting, gripping and suspenseful. Those who liked to read fictional story of missing boy and little religious touch may like to read this one.


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Author: Nrupal Das

Buy Link: Amazon.in / amazon.com

*** Note: I received this book from the author, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to author for giving me a chance to read this book. ***

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Saturday Short-Story Review: Alien (Mysterious Monsters #2) by David Michael Slater

Saturday Short Story Review

Hello book lovers! Today’s short story review is on Alien (Mysterious Monsters #2) by David Michael Slater.

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Publication Date: March 12th 2018

Publisher: Corgi Bits (Incorgnito Publishing Press)

Read Date: March 30th 2018

Genre: Children’s Fiction / Mystery

Pages: 108

Stars: 5/5

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With Bigfoot safely stashed in their basement, Maddie, Max, and Theo Mattigan are off to Las Vegas with their dad. His plan is to prove there are no aliens on the loose there. But now that his kids know that Mysterious Monsters are real, they’re making plans of their own. 

They’ll need clever disguises, well-hidden walkie-talkies – and more than a few broken eggs – to find out, once and for all, what’s hidden in the notorious Area 51.


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Alien, second in Mysterious Monster book series that started right from the end of first book Bigfoot, in which Mattigan kids got involved in conspiracy that did lot of damage to their dad’s image but it also changed their mind, now they believed in Mysterious monsters. In this book Mattigan kids wanted to help their father in solving the mystery of Alien rumors in Las Vegas and prove it all fake but with their own plan.

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Mattigan kids- Maddie (12), Max (10), Theo (8) – were again so smart, brilliant, more mature and different from other kids of their age. It was proved more than once during their hotel stay in Las Vegas. Their father, Marcus Mattigan was big skeptic who was hosting a show ‘Monstrous Lies with Marcus Mattigan’ proving that all fantasies and monsters are fake. I loved this adorable kids and their father. This was most fascinating family I ever read.

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Book was narrated again in third person mesmerizing story teller voice. The beginning, introductory chapter, was great with overview of Mattigans and their next adventure. I loved Mattigans’ illustration throughout the book. Max was great with putting puzzle together and was true spy in the book. Theo was such cute and innocent boy, this little guy was so charming and made me smile. Maddie’s motherly care for her siblings didn’t go unnoticed and again she was such impressive big sister and daughter. Their understanding  regarding their father’s skeptic nature and that he is not ready for facing the real monsters and accepting the truth of it was remarkable.

I loved Mattigans’ research on the aliens and rumors around it. Till the end of the book it kept me wondering whether Alien story was a real or not and what will happen if they found real Alien. This book had less twist and turns compared to first one, kid’s plan of capturing alien was unpredictable but who was the alien at the end, I could see it coming. Author did great with suspense and the twist just before alien’s mask was uncovered at the end was surprising.

Walkie talkie, spy kit, spy tips, teachable moments, and aliens will definitely pique interest of young readers. One of the moment that I truly love which was teachable moment for children and also showed maturity of Mattigan kids was gambling at casino and how Maddie and max phrased people playing there as ‘Zombies’.

End was great and this line so fits the end of the book,

“What happened in Vegas got out of Vegas.”

There is some family mystery as well which I’m sure will be uncovered in future books of the series and I’m looking forward to read more about Mattigan family and their monstrous adventure. I have a feeling by the end of the series Mattigans’ basement is going to be flooded with monsters. 😉

Overall, it was fun entertaining alien mystery that all kids would love to read.


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Author: David Michael Slater

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Illustrator: Mauro Sorghienti

Buy Link: Amazon.in / Amazon.com

*** Note: I received review copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to publisher, author, and NetGalley. ***

What do you think about the book and my review? Have you read this book already? Have you read something similar to this before? Share your thoughts in comment-box below.

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Saturday Short-Story Review: Bigfoot (Mysterious Monsters #1) by David Michael Slater

Saturday Short Story Review

Hello Book Lovers! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Today’s short story review is on Bigfoot first in Mysterious Monsters series by David Michael Slater.

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Publication Date: July 5th 2017

Publisher: Incorgnito Publishing Press

Read Date: March 3rd 2018

Genre: Children’s Fiction / Mystery

Pages: 78

Stars: 5/5

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The Mattigan kids don’t believe in things that go bump in the night. After all, their dad is famous for proving such things are impossible. But, when their long-lost Grandpa Joe shows up with his Mysterious Monsters journal, begging for help, the siblings find themselves drawn into a search for Bigfoot. 

Along the way, they’ll have to deal with meddling babysitters, suspicious psychics, a YouTube disaster, and their furious father. To solve this mystery, Maddie, Max, and Theo must rethink what’s possible — and make lots of peanut butter and banana sandwiches.


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Bigfoot is first in Mysterious Monster series. It is the story of three little Mattigans who like their father never believed in any fantasies or monsters but when they meet their grandfather they were giving their beliefs a second thought. Story was about betrayal, revenge, and importance of family with many teachable moments.

So let’s meet Mattigans.

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Maddie– 12 year old big sister, who loves to be in charge. Since their mother disappeared 2 years back, she was mom for her two little brothers. She was smart and very responsible sister. I liked how she handled her brothers without ever in forceful rude manner.

Max– 10 old middle Mattigan, wannabe spy who roams the house and goes everywhere with his spy-nocular. His ‘Ah-haa’s were funny and loved his few witty remarks for his little brother.

Theo– 8-year-old youngest Mattigan who never goes anywhere without his peanut butter banana sandwich. He was such a cute little Mattigan who was also odd one as he was the only one in the family interested in fantasies and fairy tales specifically Hensel and Gretel. Little trouble maker when saw Grandpa Joe’s journal, he was so desperate to go on finding monster that, he set out without waiting for his siblings. You can see his fascination at this part of the story. Though he was reckless he was smart kid. His ‘Humph’s were also adorable.

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What a story teller and mesmerizing narration! It had a feeling like we are hearing the story from magical story teller. Introductory chapter of book was cool which gave the summary of the book, telling what you would expect from the book. I liked that illustrations were provided only where it required, not like every page illustrated. They were all logical and beautiful. It was easy to follow for children keeping them on the edge till they finish the story.

I loved the introduction chapter of all Mattigans with all minute detail that you can visualize all of them even before you see them in illustrations. They were smart, sensitive and can handle anything on their own. Though they were young and innocent looking, they showed a bit of maturity in them. Their thoughts and actions were so adorable that can make anyone fall in love with them. Loved their confession and how they showed love for their father at the end.

As I said before, there were many teachable moments like- not to go around places without your siblings and adults, not to trust anyone easily, taking care of your family and understanding their feelings, and last but not least always keep a reserve of emergency ‘peanut butter banana sandwich’.

There were surprising shocking twist and turns. It was a great mystery to explore for young readers. I loved the end of the book especially the discussion question to ponder on who the actual monster was in the story also with a hidden message that there are many monsters out there in the world than those we read in the books and fantasies. I’m sure parents and teachers would love to read this story to their kids and discuss the question with them.

This was my first book by this author and I’m sure it won’t be the last. I would happily read the next books of this series.

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Overall, it was brilliant cute mystery with a touch of fantasy and remarkable characters that every child would love. I recommend this book to all kids, parents, and school libraries.


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Author: David Michael Slater

About the Author:

David Michael Slater is an acclaimed author of books for children, teens, and adults. His work for children includes the picture books Cheese Louise!The Bored Book, The Boy & the Book, and Hanukkah Harvie vs. Santa Claus, the early chapter book series, Mysterious Monsters, and the teen series, Forbidden Books. His work for adults includes the hilarious comic-drama, Fun & Games, which The New York Review of Books called “Hilarious,” and the forthcoming non-fiction title, 25 Ideas in Education That Just Don’t Work — And How to Fix Them. David teaches middle school in Nevada, where he lives with his wife and son. You can learn more about David and his work at www.davidmichaelslater.com.

Illustrator: Mauro Sorghienti

Buy Here: Amazon.com / Amazon.in

*** Note: I received review copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to publisher, author, and NetGalley. ***

What do you think about the book and my review? Have you read this book already or any book by this author? Have you read something similar to this before? Share your thoughts in comment-box below.

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Saturday Short-Story Review: Cap Series 1&2: A Birdy Adventure & Oodhi Baba by Hemdiva Dev

Hey Book Lovers! I hope you all are having great weekend. Today’s short-story review is Cap Series 1&2: A Birdy Adventure & Oodhi Baba by Hemdiva Dev.

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Published: October 29th 2017

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Read Date: February 24th 2018

Pages: 128


CAP 1: A Birdy Adventure

Stars: 3.5/5

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38490927It’s a story of two girls who are just 7-years-old who forgets to finish their assignment that they are supposed to submit next day. To avoid scolding from teachers and parents, they venture out in night plans to purchase some stationery and thought they will finish it before school next day. Unfortunately their nightly shopping turn to horrible adventure. They encounters mysterious figure in the forest and now they are in lot of danger. How they reach in forest and who is that mysterious figure? Will they able to return home safely?


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Chinky was brave girl who had solution to most of the problem. She was smart and I likes that she could remember her mother’s advice at the time of need. While Pinky was timid girl. Their mother were exactly of same nature.

I liked the story line and concept. Chapters ended with suspense. Twist were good and unpredictable. What happened to Chinky and Pinky in forest was horrible, it can have thrilling effect for children.

Story had few messages for children like, not to go out in night without parents, not to take anything from stranger and not to even trust them, you can eat ice-cream later once you’re done with the work at hand. 😉

This was very short story, I finished it in an hour or less. Children can go through the book very fast. Writing was smooth and they won’t have any difficulties with the language as well. It was fun and refreshing for children below age 9.

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I don’t know if I read finished version or not but if it was finished it needed some polishing, there were few grammatical error and as this is first in series I wanted some more description about girls and other characters like their nature and look. What said above about characters was what I guessed from story, but it would be better for children if it was described. Otherwise story was good.


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Stars: 4/5

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38491074After school, Chinky and Pinky are waiting for their moms to pick them up. While they are waiting, a scary dog comes from nowhere and scare them out of their wits. In fright they leave the school gate and run away from the dog blindly. When they stop, they don’t know where they are and how to find way back. They see two boys of their school in alley heading towards a shop. They have to do something to find their way back, so they follow the boys. At the shop they suddenly meet Oodhi-the kite. And here starts their weird adventure and also drag their poor mother into it. Who is this Kite man? Will they able to find their way back to home?


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I read and reviewed this story before but as I received the combined e-copy and I wanted to see if there was any addition or deletion, I reread it. The story was the same as I remembered except there were pictures added to the story which were simple and good-.

I liked innocence of two girls. Chinky little brave and Pinky the sweet one, they were so lovely. Caring nature of their mother and extent to which mothers go to save their children was amazing. Characters and their bond with each other was nicely represented. Story line is simple and easy for children to understand.

I liked alternating chapters from mothers’ and girls’ point of view. Moral of the story about friendship, courage, and not to trust any stranger was nicely depicted by author. Parents will enjoy reading the book with their children and can read as bedtime story too.

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It had the same errors that I found in the previous edition. Like the first book this one too need little polishing. But this one was better than first book.

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Overall both the stories were thrilling book, had a horror element and morals to learn that every child would love to read. Little editing will make both the stories better.


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Author: Hemdiva Dev

Buy Here: Amazon.in

*** Note: I received an e-copy from the author, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to author for giving me a chance to read this book. ***


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