If all the World by Joseph Coelho, Allison Colpoys

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Publication Date: June 7th 2018

Publisher: Lincoln Children’s Books

Read Date: June 30th 2018

Genre: Picture book / Children’s Fiction

Pages: 32

Stars: 4/5

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A moving, poetic picture book about a young girl’s love for her granddad and how she copes when his grandad dies, written by poet and playwright Joe Coelho. This powerful and ultimately uplifting text is the ideal way to introduce children to the concept of death and dying, particularly those who have lost a grandparent. Beautifully illustrated by new talent Allison Colpoys. 


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Book is about little girl who loved her granddad dearly and carries his memory along with her. I liked the blurb and purpose of writing the book.

Book started with little girl telling the activities she did with her granddad in different seasons and shows her love for granddad by telling how happy she was how much she enjoyed all the time of all season with her granddad. I loved the way author gave word to all those moments a ‘Kaleidoscope of memory’ and the illustration of it was really beautiful.

The writing was poetic and young girl’s perspective to the story made it warm and heart touching that can take the reader back to memory lane of their grandparents. The bond between girl and granddad was sweet, I could feel girl’s strong attachment to him. The granddad in the story was Indian. Storyline was creative. I loved these lines below, in fact all the lines the depicted child’s imagination and love for her granddad.

“If all the world were deep space, I’d orbit my granddad like the moon and our laughs would be shooting stars.”

The book is very colorful with kid’s imagination. I loved the way child poured out her sadness through a memory in a book preserving them for forever. It was great idea to help kids to cope with the loss of their loved ones.

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I would like it even more if author had written more on child’s emotion after the loss and also parents’ involvement with their kid helping her to put her thoughts and emotions into that diary. It seemed like granddad thought about it beforehand kid just understood the purpose of that.

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Overall, it was moving engaging and beautiful story book that kids would love to read.


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Author: Joseph Coelho

Illustrator: Allison Colpoys

About author and illustrator click ⇒ Here ⇐.

Buy Link: Amazon.com / Amazon.in

*** Note: I received e-ARC of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to Publishers and NetGalley. ***

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#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

To know more about author click ⇒HERE

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. ***

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Saturday Short-Story Review: Greek Mythology: Beyond Mount Olympus by in60Learning

 

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Hello Book Lover! I hope you all are having cheerful and relaxing weekend. Today’s short story review is on nonfiction book Greek Mythology: Beyond Mount Olympus by in60Learning.

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Publication Date: March 2nd 2018

Publisher: in60Learning

Read Date: March 17th 2018

Genre: Non-Fiction

Pages: 38

Stars: 4/5

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Smarter in sixty minutes. 

Get smarter in just 60 minutes with in60Learning. Concise and elegantly written non-fiction books and audiobooks help you learn the core subject matter in 20% of the time that it takes to read a typical book. Life is short, so explore a multitude of fascinating historical, biographical, scientific, political, and financial topics in only an hour each. 

You’ve heard of Zeus, Poseidon, Aphrodite, etc. The twelve Greek gods who sat atop thrones on Mount Olympus have permeated popular imagination. But what do you know about the Greek underworld, minor gods, and mythical beasts? Do you know how these stories were passed on from generation to generation, or what significance they held for the people who believed in them? This fascinating e-book introduces readers to the canon of Greek mythology and its influence on the world today in language, storytelling, and even science.


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This book was nonfiction that gave overview of Greek mythology and explained how Greek mythology deeply intertwined with today’s modern world and became base of our beliefs. It covered the primordial Gods, birth of 12 main Gods and Goddesses who lived on mount Olympus, minor Gods and Goddess, underworld, mythical creatures, heroes, creation of humans, their influence on Roman mythology and their Roman equivalents. Pretty much everything.

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First I loved the influence of Greek mythology in today’s world. It awed me how many words are derived from Greek mythology, from the name of Gods and Goddesses. Few I already knew and some were new to me. Being a fan of Percy Jackson is the advantage of knowing most of the things mentioned in this book so it was easy for me to go through this small version of Greek Mythology. This is very vast concept and if we look at it, it’s merely impossible to cover whole mythology in just 32 pages, but author did it and kudos for that.

All the minor details were included in just few lines. Right from birth of Gods and mount Olympus, how humans were created, Pandora, rituals of dead, Nymphs, satyrs to Greek Heroes- all that I remembered were given a line or two. Some stories were also recounted for better understanding.

I liked the part in which author compared heroes of marvel movies with Greek Heroes and how Greek mythology was taken as base inspiration in creation of Marvel movies. It was amazing that Greek mythology is core of so many things- Names of planets were based on Greek mythology which was later renamed with their Roman equivalent. Saturday is also from the word Saturn (Cronus in Greek). I also liked the stories of each constellation and zodiac signs which was new to me. At last the reason why we believe in fates so strongly, it was remarkable.

By comparing Greek mythology to the modern world, author has clearly concluded in this book that this stories might be thousand years old and might be just myth and stories passed down from generation to generation but it still has influenced us lot, more than we can think of, and has become the base of the humankind and human nature.

This concept of learning such a vast topic with deep meaning in just 60 minutes was utterly mind blowing.

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As much as I appreciate all the details included in this book, I cannot overlook the fact that it’s not for those who are new to Greek Mythology. It will be too overwhelming for them. Plus in this book, the facts and points were given gathered from research,  the detailed stories of all these facts are more entertaining.

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Overall, it was concise account of whole Greek mythology with its influence on today’s life. I recommend this book to all Mythology lovers.


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You can also check out other titles by this new publishing brand called in60Learning⇒⇒ here.  There is also LearningList sign-up form if you wish to subscribe and get the sample chapters, for that click ⇒⇒ here. I liked their reading in 60 minutes concept. I hope guys find something interesting on their list as well.

Buy Link: Amazon.com / Amazon.in

*** Note: I got this copy free on amazon kindle. Many thanks to author and publisher for contacting me and introducing me to their work and all interesting titles. ***

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