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*Disclosure: We received a free copy of the book in order to write a review. All opinions are our own honest opinions.*

Zwoosh! is a new children’s bedtime story written by Marie Rose and illustrated by Susan Lee. It’s a fun and engaging book about a little boy who takes a ride on his rainbow rocket ship before bedtime.

I really enjoyed Zwoosh!; the story line is fun and I love the illustrations. According to the back of the book, the illustrations were inspired by Vincent Van Gogh and it really shows. The colors are bright and vivid and in Connor’s word “zwooshy”. Another great aspect of the book is that kids get introduced to the colors of the rainbow and all the planets in our solar system. I recommend Zwoosh! to anyone looking for a fun bedtime or anytime story.

Connor Says:

I think this is a good bedtime story. My favorite part is the moon men because they’re funny. I really like all the pictures. They look like they are painted; they’re “zwooshy”.

One of Connor's favorites- the moon men.

One of Connor’s favorites- the moon men.

JT Says:

I like it; I like all the pictures. My favorite parts are the space race and the moon men picnic. I like the rainbow rocket. It’s colorful and its trail is colorful.

One of JT's favorites- the space race.

One of JT’s favorites- the space race.

After reading Zwoosh! I thought having the boys paint a space picture would be a good activity to go along with the book. Connor ended up wanting to use markers instead of painting and he created his own planet. JT painted a space scene with space worms and a space monster. They both made sure to include zwooshes in their pictures. Zwoosh! has really inspired Connor and he is very excited to learn more about space and the planets. The book doesn’t give a lot of information but about the planets but it does make for a fun, exciting, and inspiring introduction.

Connor's planet inspired by Zwoosh!

Connor’s planet inspired by Zwoosh!

JT's space scene inspired by Zwoosh!

JT’s space scene inspired by Zwoosh!

Zwoosh! Is being released this Saturday, September 20th.

There will be a Zwoosh! Launching Pad Facebook party September 20th from 11am to 1pm PST to celebrate so make sure to join in:

ZWOOSH! LAUNCHING PAD PARTY on Facebook! If you are a child, have a child, know a child, or simply like to act like a child… Please JOIN US on Facebook Saturday, September 20 from 11 am to 1 pm PST as we celebrate the release of Zwoosh! A children’s picture book by Marie Rose and illustrated by Susan Lee! We’ll have #games,#prizes, and #giveaways like #books, #ebooks, #audiobooks, #Amazon gift cards, and lots of chances to win swell, zwooshy, alien #swag from Justplummy Swagit! We’ll also unveil our new Indie Rose Books for Kids website and the ZWOOSH! book trailer.
ZWOOSH! …Blasting off on #Amazon and #Kindle on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014!

EVENT LINK:

https://www.facebook.com/events/346585155502668/

I’ll be stopping by the party on Saturday so I hope to chat with everyone there!

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park

At the beginning of the month we drove up to the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historical Site in Stonewall.

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Upon arrival everyone has to stop by the visitor center to get a parking permit. Parking permits and admission to the park is free but if you want to tour the Texas White House I think it’s $3 per adult. We didn’t do the tour though and tickets are actually not purchased at the visitor’s center for that. They are purchased at the hangar. While at the visitor’s center you can also take a look at the gift shop, purchase a water, look at the exhibits outside, and watch the film on LBJ. We didn’t look at the exhibits but we did watch the film and we were the only ones in the theater. The film is about 20 minutes long I believe.

Once the film was over we went back to the car and drove to the parking lot directly in front of the Sauer-Beckerman Living History Farm.
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We went through fairly quickly because it was hot but it was interesting. It’s a living history farm so there are two houses that you can walk in and take a look at and the park employees are dressed in period attire. We went into the kitchen of the bigger house and the employee in there was cleaning up from lunch. Had we come earlier we would have seen her cooking lunch. They cook a meal like they would have during the time period which I believe was early 1900s. They use seasonal ingredients that are grown on the farm. When we were there lunch was mashed potatoes with gravy, tomatoes, okra, and maybe beans. I can’t remember whether or not there was a type of meat. It was really interesting to hear about the different kinds of foods they would use.

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Once we left the farm we got back in the car to drive through the LBJ Ranch tour. Right before you enter the ranch there is the Junction Schoolhouse that LBJ attended. You can just park on the side of the road and walk up to take a look.

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Once you enter the Ranch you can see the house LBJ was born in. Again there is a space on the side for you to park so that you can get out but you can only look at the house from the outside. Connor was hoping to be able to go inside since he had seen the house in the film at the visitor center. You can also stop off at the family’s cemetery as well as at any of the other stops which had boards with information about different things around the ranch.

We drove straight though and I just slowed down to see the title of boards (they aren’t really boards but I don’t know what else to call them). Once we arrived at the Hangar we did park and take a look at the plane and then we went inside. Inside they have some more exhibits including telephones that you could pick up and listen to a conversation between LBJ and someone else. The boys really liked the telephones. Connor was especially fascinated with the phones because they were rotary and he wanted to know how to dial. There was also another gift shop.

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The hangar was also by the Texas White House and so this where you could purchase your tickets and where the tour picks up from. Once we left here that was the end of the drive through tour and we exited the ranch and the park. I enjoyed it though and it made for a nice day trip.

Cover Reveal- Arrgh! by Stacey Campbell

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We’re so excited to share the cover of ARRGH! by Stacey Campbell, a middle grade fantasy adventure. This book releases September 24th, 2014.

Check out the link below the cover if you’re interested in pre-ordering. Also, make sure to read more about the author and following that don’t forget to enter the giveaway. 

Description:
Forced to remain silent after being kidnapped by pirates Christopher must find a way to save an innocent merchant ship’s captain and his daughter from the evil grasp of Captain Redblade proving that friendship and family are worth fighting for no matter the costs.

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About the Author:
Stacey R. Campbell lives in the Pacific North West with her husband, three daughters, three dogs, and a pet

IMG_1648 (1)turtle named Todd. She is a graduate of the University of Washington. At the age of seven Stacey was told that she would never be the writer she dreamed of being because she is dyslexic. Finally Stacey found that she could not look her children in the eyes and tell them that they could be what ever they wanted to be if she did not do the same. Now Stacey can’t stop writing and loves to help children pursue their own dreams. Stacey is the young adult author of Hush, A Lakeview Novel and Whisper, A Lakeview Novel. ARRGH! is Stacey’s first middle grade book.

For more books from this author, visiting information, and author events please visit Stacey at:

You can also learn more about Stacey R. Campbell on

Live in the Seattle area? Meet Stacey Campbell, YA author Martha Brockenbrough and others at the UW bookstore, Mill Creek, on October 9th at 7:00! There will also be a book launch for ARRGH!, Dec. 3rd at 7:00 at the UW Bookstore in the U district. 
Giveaway:
Paperbacks of HUSH & WHISPER (Young Adult)- US only
ebook of ARRGH! (Middle Grade)- INT

Finding Fuzzy Book Blast and Giveaway

Finding Fuzzy by Cat Michaels
 
Title: Finding Fuzzy: A “You-Decide Tale” of a Lost Friend (Sweet T Tales) | Author: Cat Michaels | Illustrator: Irene A. Jahns | Publication Date: March 26, 2014 | Publisher: 2101 Ink | Pages: 44 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 10 | Reviewed by: Renee (Mother)
Summary: Illustrated chapter book for early readers (Gr. K-3)
Blue sky …
Warm sea …
Sugar-sand beach …
The perfect family vacation on the Carolina coast …
Except the trip takes a nosedive when Jenna loses Fuzzy, her plush blue rabbit pal. Jenna learns to carry on without him. But when she stumbles across a secret, she faces the toughest decision of her young life. And YOU, the reader, will help her make that choice and come up with the ending of this You-Decide tale. Don’t worry. Cat shows you how in her book and on her website.
So, slip on your flip-flops and join Jenna at the shore. It’s time to decide YOUR ending for Finding Fuzzy.
Caution: Irene A. Jahn’s ocean-themed watercolors have been known to cause beach fever.

“Finding Fuzzy” placed second in the Purple Dragonfly Writing contest, a national contest for children’s book authors, in the category of chapter books.

Purple Dragonfly Award - Second Place - Finding Fuzzy
 

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The Buzz About the Book

Finding Fuzzy is an early chapter book featuring the opportunity for children to create their own ending to a sweet, summertime story. The main character, Jenna, has a decision to make when she discovers that her beloved stuffed bunny she had lost is now being used to protect a litter of kittens. After weighing out all of the possible outcomes, it is up to the reader to decide what happens next in the story. I thought this was a unique concept that will interest children, especially ones who are interested in writing their own stories (like my daughter!). I recommend this book to parents, homeschoolers, and teachers with children between the ages of 5 and 10.” ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

“The story is sweet, and suitable for all children. The book is set up to get kids to think and discuss what they would do in a certain situation–in this case, giving up a precious friend (the stuffed bunny.) I could see using this in either a classroom setting or as a bedtime story. The watercolor illustrations really capture a beachy mood and create a great visual for kids as well.. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Nikki B., Goodreads

“Cat Michaels has put young readers in a position to solve the dilemma. Readers must brainstorm and utilize their critical thinking skills to write the ending to Jenna’s story. This quick to read chapter book has small colorful illustrations that help readers imagine the beach. Readers will also find that the author has created a world where they use all five senses. The back of the book has tips for parents and teachers to help their readers.. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Kristi B., Goodreads

“This is a book with a difference. The space where the ending should be is blank, leaving readers with the opportunity to take a far more pro-active role in the unfolding of the story. It’s time to get creative. It’s time to give the story your own ending! There’s room for a picture as well, so the budding author can test out their illustration skills too!” ~ 5 Star Review, Peachy Emma, Amazon

“The genius here is that Cat has picked the perfect storyline to make your would be writers put themselves into Jenna’s shoes and truly understand how she feels.It’s the stuffed animal, every child has one and every child is very attached to it. This is a great book for it’s educational value as far as letting the kids use their imagination to come up with their own conclusion. —-5 stars for this one!” ~ Bookroom Reviews, Amazon

 

About the Author: Cat Michaels

Cat Michaels AuthorCAT MICHAELS started writing stories in fourth grade and hasn’t stopped since. After earning an M.S. degree in special education from the University of Kansas, she spent two decades helping students from kindergarten to college reach their potential.
She also managed communication and resource development programs for an international high-tech company that included writing press releases and articles for trade journals. After recession and downsizings, she returned to her education roots, serving at a community college as a writing coach and learning specialist for students with Asperger’s syndrome and learning disabilities.
Cat spins tales of everyday life, with a twist of magic or twinge of mystery, that open young minds to new ways of thinking and looking at the world. Illustrations by watercolor artist Irene A. Jahns help bring that world to life. Cat and her family live in North Carolina where she designs playful gardens, dabbles in all things digital, and writes.

* Download free pdf of chapter 1 and You-Decide pages by visiting http://www.catmichaelswriter.com/finding-fuzzy-a-you-decide-tale-of-a-lost-friend.html *

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Subscribe by email to Cat’s Connections to receive updates, special offers, and to be among the first to hear about new releases by Cat Michaels. PLUS, when you sign up, you will receive a short story penned just for adults, Driving Down to Dillon: A Very-Short Story of Love and New Beginnings by Cat Michaels. Click on the cover below to subscribe to Cat’s Connections.

PLUS… email subscribers to Cat’s Connections will also receive 5 extra in the giveaway below.

Driving to Dillon by Cat Michaels
 

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Contest ends: September 19, 11:59 pm, 2014
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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. One winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Cat Michaels and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

Square by Square

*Disclosure: We received this product for free in order to write a review. All opinions are my own honest opinions.*

We were given a free Square by Square Creative Pattern Game by ThinkFun to review. I was really excited about this because Connor loves tangrams and JT loves puzzles.

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As soon as we received it the boys opened it up and started playing. The game is a single player game but you could still take turns or play cooperatively. The game comes with the playing board, blue and green blocks, 60 cards, and a bag to carry it in. The game board has a storage space to hold the cards so along with the bag this a great game to take on the go.

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Each of the cards has a different tangram or challenge to complete. If you aren’t familiar with tangrams they are basically a shape or figure made out of other shapes. So, when you pick a card there is one side that shows you the figure you need to make and you have to figure out how to arrange the different shapes in order to make that figure. If you need help you can turn the card over to get a hint. Besides doing the challenges the boys also like to create this own patterns.

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I really recommend checking out Square by Square. It’s fun, great for playing anywhere, and helps develop thinking and problem solving skills.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Karmack Book Blast & Giveaway

Karmack by J.C. Whyte

Title: Karmack | Author: J.C. Whyte | Publication Date: June 6, 2013 | Publisher: Muse it Up Publishing | Pages: 140 | Recommended Age: 7+

Summary: A strange little creature enters the lives of three tough guys at Higgins Elementary. And from that point on, pranks come back like boomerangs, smacking the bullies right in their fifth grade butts!
Sully, the leader of the gang, is the only one who can see this creature, which he names Karmack. Sully learns that the creature’s job is to balance all the bad pranks the bullies have pulled over the years. Karmack warns that if this fails, “dreadful, awful doom” awaits them all.
Sully soon realizes that he must save not only himself but his friends, who have no idea why they keep getting boomeranged by Karmack!

“Karmack” won First Place in the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Writing contest, a national contest for children’s book authors, in the category of chapter books (e-Books).

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The Buzz About the Book

“Karmack is a well-written, middle grade book tackling the difficult topic of bullying from the perspective of the bully. The character development is absolutely brilliant as the reader witnesses the transformation of Sully from an aggressive, angry bully to a positive role model and respected leader among his peers. While the concept of karma is not for everyone, I found myself agreeing with the main message of how our actions have consequences, intended or otherwise. I would recommend this book to middle grade classrooms as a great book to generate discussion around bullying.” ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

“A wonderful story about growing up and treating others with respect, Karmack is well paced, funny, and manages to teach important lessons without coming off preachy.” ~ Jess W., Amazon

“A fun read with important lessons for us all about Karma, and why bullies have more to balance than most people. Great for ages 9 up, child centered, non-preachy, action packed, great classroom read aloud.” ~ Carolyn W., Amazon

“What an AMAZINGLY FUN story! EVERYONE needs to read it! Full of FUN, FANTASY, and FANTASTIC REVENGE on a bully! Fun for ALL ages!” ~ Shauna W., Amazon

“Karmack is a captivating pre-teen fantasy and author J.C. Whyte has created a strong cast of characters that are well developed and quite likable. As the story progresses, the suspense builds to a delightful outcome that is sure to keep readers anticipating Whyte’s next round of literary treasures. We look forward to seeing more from this author.” ~ Literary Classics Book Review, Amazon

 

About The Author: J.C. Whyte

J.C. White Author of KarmackWhen J.C. Whyte was eleven, her 6th grade teacher gave a class assignment to write a poem about a sport. Realizing her classmates would probably choose popular American sports like baseball or football, J.C. decided to write about something different: golf. And to her complete surprise, the teacher found it comical; she was thereby encouraged to keep writing.
Then over summer break, students were told to choose 26 books from a reading list and write a book report on each. J.C. was horrified! She wanted to enjoy her summer, not spend it reading! You see, J.C. was a very slow reader and didn’t much enjoy the experience. Plus, kids back then didn’t have all the fun books to choose from today. But that same teacher who had assigned the sports poem told J.C.’s mother she could write 26 stories instead of reading them. That was absolute genius! Although she didn’t actually write 26 stories (perhaps six?), J.C. submitted one which made her teacher laugh out loud in class. And she got an “A” on her summer reading assignment. J.C. has never forgotten that wise teacher who let her play to her strengths.
So from the age of eleven, J.C. knew she wanted to be a writer. Yet by the time she reached college, she understood that writing stories seldom paid the bills. So she got her degrees in Journalism and Communications Management. Then for many years she channeled her creative energies in the field of Public Relations.
Marriage, kids, and several more degrees and occupations later (including stints as a travel agent and paralegal), J.C. entered law school – mostly for the challenge of writing creative arguments for the court. But while in law school, she became a columnist for the student newsletter, writing humorous pieces on the strange and quirky life of a law student. She was absolutely thrilled when one of these articles was chosen for publication in The National Jurist, a magazine distributed to law students throughout the US.
But after graduating and passing the Bar, J.C. realized within a few years that creative writing was still what made her heart sing. So now, as a grandma, she’s returned to writing. And with publication of her middle grade novel Karmack, she’s come full circle, back to where her writing journey began.

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. One winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, J.C. Whyte and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

Young Knights of the Round Table Book Blast & Giveaway

Young Knights of the Round Table:  The King's Ransom by Cheryl Carpinello
 

About the Book

Title: Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom | Author: Cheryl Carpinello | Year published: April 17, 2013 | Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing | Number of pages: 120 | Recommended age: 9+

Summary: Three Friends. Three Quests. Three Mysterious Predictions.

At Pembroke Castle in medieval Wales,11-year-old Prince Gavin, 13-year-old orphan Philip, and 15-year-old blacksmith’s apprentice Bryan, brought together in friendship by the one they call The Wild Man, embark upon a quest to save The Wild Man’s life when he is accused of murder and robbery. If they have any hope of succeeding, the three will have to confront their fears and insecurities, and one of them will have to disclose the biggest secret of all. But it is the arrival of King Arthur and what he reveals that surprises characters and readers.
 

Awards

2013 EVVY Finalist and EVVY Merit Award for Juvenile/Young Adult from Colorado Independent Publishers Assoc.

2013 Ariana Cover Finalist

2012 Silver Award Recipient for YA Fiction from Children’s Literary Classics and the CLC’s 2012 Seal of Approval.

2012 Finalist E-Book Children from USA 2012 Best Book Awards

 

Purchase

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Smashwords * MuseItUp Publishing

 

Free Educational Supplement

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The Buzz About the Book

Young Knights of the Round Table is a short, fast-paced adventure set in Arthurian times which features great character development, an intriguing and engaging plot, and a surprise ending (in more ways than one!). I would highly recommend this book to tween and teen boys and girls who love mysteries or stories set in the time of King Arthur.” ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

“I so enjoyed the factual information about weapons, clothing, daily life, and places, cleverly interspersed in the text and dialogue to inform without overwhelming young readers. The author has a gift for delving into the depths of each young hero’s psyche. The way each one of the trio faces their fears, learns to believe in themselves, and finds their true meaning and path in life is moving. This is a superb coming-of-age story, set in a time of chivalry and pageantry, and harking back to an age when a hero was truly a hero. Five stars! ” ~ Fiona Ingram, Author

“There is much to rave about this book, and I don’t want to give anything away because it’s a quick paced, thrilling, new classic about the knights. Witches, white stags, and a Wild Man make the plot exciting, along with cheering along the young knights. There are quite a few surprises at the end that really make the book a great read. We highly recommend this book for any young reader; sure, boys might convinced by the action and title, but I’m positive all young readers will enjoy the mystery and chivalry of Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom! ” ~ Tales of a Bookworm

“I absolutely loved this book… [T]his book has just enough Arthurian legend to tie it to and draw from that period of history while being jam-packed with fantastic new characters and fresh plot twists. I am rarely surprised by things in books, but this book really surprised me with a few events I totally did not see coming! I highly recommend this book for young readers! It would be an excellent tie-in to a unit study about King Arthur.” ~ Mommynificent

“This is a fast-paced story that children and adults will both enjoy! It’s well-written and exciting as we read about the fears each boy faces and how they are able to triumph. It’s a great story about loyalty, friendship and overcoming obstacles. Because of the length, it doesn’t drag or slow down at all, so it’s fun to read and hard to put down. And the ending is full of surprises! I highly recommend reading this book! ” ~ Mel’s Shelves

 

About the Author: Cheryl Carpinello

Cheryl Carpinello, Author
I love the Ancient and Medieval Worlds! As a retired English teacher, I hope to inspire young readers to read more andto reach reluctant readers with my Arthurian Tales and soon a series of stories from ancient lands and legends that will take readers on adventurous quests throughout history.

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Contest ends: September 9, 11:59 pm, 2014
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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. The winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Cheryl Carpinello and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.