Children's Books

Ready... Set... Frog!

Katharine Mitropoulos (Set Sail Press)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

Frogathon Spots — Frog for short — loves his home hometown of Harmony Lane. He creates obstacle games to play with his neighbors and he also loves facing challenges. When his mother tells him that Harmony Lane will be hosting a neighborhood fair in the coming week and that there will be an obstacle course, Frog is more than excited and seizes the moment to start practicing. Starting with collecting stones and building an obstacle to jump over. But the moment he is set to jump, Mole calls for help, needing an apple from the tree. Every time he s...

Pebbles and the Biggest Number

Joey Benun (Joey Benun)

| Reviewed by Morgan Amos

What's the biggest number you know? Is it 27 Million, 1 Billion, or 3 Trillion? Find out the answer in Joey Benun's Pebbles And The Biggest Number. Pebbles is a butterfly, and he journeys in different parts of the world to discover the largest number. He asks various animals he meets what they think the most significant number is. They give him their answer, but it doesn't satisfy his curiosity until he meets another butterfly, who, like him, is on her journey to find the largest number. Will Pebbles find the most significant number?The fu...

The Noble Adventures of Beryl and Carol

Jeremy Sherr (Independently Published)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

The Noble Adventures of Beryl and Carol opens in the midst of a crisis when Beryl and Carol find themselves at a dead end on their escape from bullies who can be there any moment too soon. The twelve-year-old girls are best friends who live in a small beautiful town in England. While they love their city and its natural environment, they are always at the mercy of bullies. When cornered by the bullies and reaching a dead end on their escape, the two girls find themselves in the Forbidden Forest and thus begin an adventure that is as rollic...

Santa Fe Tom

Rachel Bate (Mascot Books)

| Reviewed by David Reyes

Santa Fe Tom by Rachel Bate is a beautiful tale for Children with a strong message on overcoming stage fright and building confidence. Desert Box Turtle Tom is a very shy person, and even when a surprise birthday party is prepared for him by his critter friends, he still finds it hard to overcome his shyness. Awakened by a loud cry on a bright sunny morning in New Mexico, Desert Box Turtle Tom is informed the party will be soon. Ray Roadrunner goads him on to get moving to Critter Town. Tom is very nervous when told he must join and sing along...

The Tickling Tale of Smoo

Louiza Kallona (self-published)

| Reviewed by Morgan Amos

Things are quiet on The McClafferty farmhouse in Fiddle Wood in the Scottish Borders. The McClafferty's haven't laughed, snickered, or smiled for a couple of months. And they aren't the only ones. No one around the world has laughed or enjoyed themselves. That's a problem. The world needs laughter, so brother and sister, Lucy and Ben, their Uncle Patrick, and their eccentric grandmother journey to find Gabel Lylhu, one of the ticklers of the world. He's the only one that can make the world laugh again. Will they find him? Can he restore things...

cathas and the squirrel incident

Tessa Bremner (

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

Eric and Fenna Peace are a couple who lives in the village of Much Wallop. Mr. Peace is a retired banker who spends his time at home — reading, enjoying his wife, or walking the dogs.  Fenna Peace has always loved to have a cat. Her desire to have a cat becomes unbearable when she leaves that their neighbor has just adopted a lovely little kitten. She persuades her husband to let her have a kitten, and so they make the journey to Mr. Butler who sells them a kitten wrapped in a ''tatty piece of blanket and put in a cardboard box.'' When Cat...

Lyle's Christmas

Kimberly Vincent-Hampton (Pageturner Press and Media)

| Reviewed by Daniel Rhodes

On the night before Christmas, no living thing stirs in the house — except a mouse. Excited to sleep, he creeps quietly out of bed, careful to not get caught. Santa Claus hasn't been to the house yet and he knows it because the Christmas tree is still empty. But a loud sound startles him, and lo and behold, a man dressed in silk comes in. Unable to move his paws or to hide, the mouse, Lyle, is spotted by the man who must be Santa Claus. He leaves Lyle not only with his smile and kind words but a gift that awaits when he wakes up on Christmas mo...

Lilah Loves Life

Brian Sullivan (Atmosphere Press)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

Lilah Loves Life by Brian Sullivan introduces Lilah, the child who wakes up and is instantly enthralled by the blue and clear clouds floating by, excited to be alive. Lilah looks forward to the day with expectation, thinking about the many things that can be done — dancing, singing, laughing, and playing. The small girl dreams about growing up to be a cook, so she could make people happy by cooking and serving them food. Her adventures take her from home to her mom's flower bed where she finds a butterfly that she captures and frees because it...

The Pig Who Loved Gluffles

Tony Philips (Idle Brains Publishing)

| Reviewed by Matthew Novak

In The Pig Who Loved Gluffles by Tony Philips, a pig who loves gluffles meets a resourceful rabbit who sells him ten pounds of the stuff. After consuming everything in one sitting, the pig goes looking for more. The rabbit is surprised to see the pig again at his door at four o'clock in the morning saying, “There’s a hole in me that’s burning.” He goes off looking glum as the rabbit tells him he doesn’t have anything for him. But the rabbit knows a secret place where gluffles grow in the heart of the woods. So he creeps there just to...

Alphabet of Flowers

Gloria D. Gonsalves (AuthorHouse UK)

| Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo

Alphabet of Flowers by Gloria D. Gonsalves should be a book to help children learn the alphabet, but there is far more to this book than using the names of flowers to memorize the alphabet. It is a well-researched book that provides interesting information about flowers. Many readers will discover new types of flowers and learn about the unique qualities of some flowers, or their origins. This colorfully illustrated book is designed to help Children read, but it also contains fun information about glowers for adult readers. For instance, Call...

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