Thursday, August 11, 2022

" Ocean's World: An Island Tale of Discovery and Adventure" - a bookwrap

 

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Ocean's World

An Island Tale of Discovery and Adventure


Authored by Carlos & Alexa PenaVega

Illustrated by Kiersten Eagan


Specs


*Reading Age:  4-8 years

* Grade Level:  1-2

* Hardcover:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Thomas Nelson Publication

* Publication Date:  Oct. 25, 2022

* ISBN-10:  1400234980

* ISBN-13:  978: 1400234981

* Language:  English 


"Join Ocean and Kingston as they explore the ocean, discover wildlife, and learn fascinating marine facts in Ocean's World, an action and adventure story for kids!"



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The Book





 Ocean and his little brother, Kingston, are off into a wonderful adventure.  They are exploring the beautiful Hawaiian island of Maui to find a rare sunrise shell for their mom's birthday present.  

Along the way they experience the sights and sounds of nature found in Hawaii.  The reader feels they are participating along with the boys as the two try their best to complete their mission with success.  Will the two be victorious and bring happiness to their mom as they present her with an extraordinary beautiful sunrise shell to delight in on her special day? 

Carlos and Alexa PenaVega, a celebrity couple, known for their starring roles in Big Time Rush and Spy Kids, respectively, debut their first picture book. It was inspired by their first born son, Ocean, and their home in Hawaii.  

The adventure pulls each reader into the search and Ocean's World provides an educational element as well.  The couple has added fun facts along the way such as:  how high a dolphin can jump, how long it takes a sea-turtle egg to hatch, the names of different types of shells, and showcases various types of animals that are found in the ocean as the boys comb the beach, surf the waves and snorkel, just to cite a few.  

The illustrations are vibrant, colourful and marry with the text perfectly. They are spot on for that targeted age group - 4-8 years. The book is up-beat and fun and kids ( and adults ) will love it.  


Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


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Meet the Authors






   


Carlos "Pena" PenaVega starred as Carlos Garcia on the Nickelodeon series Big Time Rush and then traveled with the show’s band, Big Time Rush. He is the voice of Bobby Santiago in the Nickelodeon cartoons The Loud House and The Casagrandes, was the host of the network’s game show Webheads, and has had guest-starring roles on several prime television shows. He and his wife, Alexa, appeared on the twenty-first season of Dancing with the Stars in fall 2015. In January 2014, Carlos and Alexa married in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, combining their last names to form PenaVega. The couple shares a YouTube channel, La Vida PenaVega, and are the parents of two sons, Ocean and Kingston, and one baby girl, Rio.




Alexa "Vega" PenaVega is best known for her role as Carmen Cortez in the hit film series Spy Kids, and then reappeared as a grown-up Carmen in the fourth film, Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World. She has performed on Broadway in Hairspray, played Ruby Gallagher on the ABC Family television sitcom Ruby & the Rockits, and has held roles in several other films. Most recently, she starred in a series of Hallmark made-for-television films. When she and Carlos Pena married in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the couple combined their last names to form PenaVega and are now the proud parents of two sons, Ocean and Kingston, and one baby girl, Rio.



About the Illustrator




Kiersten Eagan is an illustrator and visual-development artist with a passion for storytelling. After graduating from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Kiersten started working in the world of animation, where she has designed for a variety of television and film projects, such as My Little PonyCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and The Addams Family. You’ll find Kiersten working on a new project, getting lost in a graphic novel, or exploring with her sketchbook in hand. Originally from the forests of Canada, she currently lives in London, England, where she loves exploring alleyways and looking for secret passageways to Narnia and Wonderland.



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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

"My Promise" - a bookwrap

 

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"My Promise"

by Jillian Roberts

illustrated by Slavka Kolesar     

Specs



* Reading Age:  Baby-2 years
* Grade Level:  PS+
*Board Book: 20 pages
* Publisher:  Orca Books Publishers
* Pub. Date:  Oct. 18, 2022

* ISBN-10:  1459832051

* ISBN-13:  978-1459832053

* Language:  English



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The Book



I love the message of this board book.  It is one that children everywhere in the world should know and keep within their heart.  They need to know without a doubt that they are loved unconditionally every single day by their parents and caregivers.  

When that truism is locked into their hearts they become well-rounded and resilient people. 

The powerful inspiring message is simple and aims to strengthen the parent-child bond and support families in becoming effective problem solvers.  The illustrations are colourful and beautifully done.  

Dr. Jillian Roberts offers a 7-Point Parental Compass to help families face the complex issues of our modern world. She is the author of the best selling "Just Enough" series and "World Around Us" series.  I highly recommend this book.  



Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


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Meet the Author








Dr. Jillian Roberts is a child psychologist, author, professor at the University of Victoria and mother of three children. Considered a go-to child psychology expert, Dr. Roberts is a regular contributor to HuffPost, Global News and CBC. She is the author of two bestselling and award-winning series of children’s books: the Just Enough series explains topics like birth and diversity to children ages 3–6, while the World Around Us series introduces kids ages 5–8 to issues like poverty and online safety.



About the Illustrator






Slavka Kolesar studied figurative painting at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto and holds a BFA in visual studies & art history from the University of Toronto. She has illustrated many books including La LΓ©gende de Carcajou, which was a finalist for the Governor General's Award, The Sun is a Shine and My Promise. Slavka was the 2017 TD Summer Reading Club illustrator.




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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

"Alphabet Soup Adventure" - a bookwrap

 

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Alphabet Soup Adventure

by Tierra Gardner


"Debut Book" 



Specs


* Reading Age:  4-7

* Grade Level:  PS-2

* Length:  37 pages

* Publisher:  Independently Published

* Pub. Date: June 10, 2022

* ISBN:  9798833649121

* Language:  English


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The Book



 Buck, Tyliyah and Trynity are sitting down to a delicious bowl of alphabet soup that Buck's mom made when something magical begins to happen within the bowl. Buck shouts out that the letters are  moving around all on their own and urges the others to take a look. The three friends watch mesmerized as a word begins to form. The letters morph into the word jump and that's just what the three did.  They bravely jumped into their bowls to experience an adventure of a lifetime.  

The trio lands in a place that is inhabited by hippos, a rabbit, and a giraffe wearing cool sunglasses, just to name a few.  Now that they are in this enchanted place seeing things that would not be possible in their reality they have to discover how they will find their way back home again?  They must work as a team to make that happen.  Can they do it?  

The fun illustrations are vibrant, bold and colourful.  I must admit though that the book left me a bit disappointed. I was expecting much more action and intrigue in their adventure.  I did like the aspect of everyone having to work together to get back home, that certainly was a big plus.  I feel that the book had great potential but not much substance to hold a child's interest or keep them excited to the end.  The book is also a great tool to reinforce taking risks and how to problem solve.  




Storywraps Rating - 3 HUGS! 


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Meet the Author


Tierra Gardner:

As a mother in today’s world, it can feel overwhelming to balance all the expectations you face. You’re probably shortchanging your wellness in favor of getting things done. But we must keep our heads high and stay strong to overcome our obstacles and use them as stepping stones to our true selves by tapping into our gifts and talents to create our dream life and desires. That’s why Tierra sought to explore her creative side.

Her debut book, Alphabet Soup Adventure which was inspired by her children brings to light the formidable creative force that she is. In the book, she applies an incredible blend of adventure to deliver a riveting work of fiction that keeps the reader hooked to the book from the first page to the last.



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Monday, August 8, 2022

"Shoo!" - a bookwrap

 

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Shoo!


Authored by Susie Bower
Illustrated by Francesca Gambatesa



Specs


* Reading Age:  2-5

* Grade Level:  PS-1

* Length:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Pushkin Children's Books Publication

* Pub. Date:  Sept. 6, 2022

* ISBN-10: 1782693165

* ISBN-13:  978-1782693161

* Language:  English


"A raucous debut picture book about an invasion of pesky animals."




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The Book



Mrs. Golightly does NOT like animals and she is constantly shooing them out of her garden.  Pesky critters get lost!  

One day a whole zoo moves next door!  Oh my!  Not only are the animals next door they start invading her garden and inside her house.  She tries her best to shoo them away.  They literally take over her toilet ( a kangaroo on her loo), a giraffe in her bath, an alligator on her radiator, a pair of llamas in her pyjamas, bats in her hats and the epitome of disgusting...ants in her pants, just to name a few.  
She HAS HAD IT !  What can Mrs. Golightly do to eradicate these rude invasive creatures?  

 This hilarious fun rhyming book will have kids in stitches.  The illustrations are expressive, engaging and perfectly enhance the text. I truly love them.  This would be a wonderful read aloud to share with the intended targeted age group 2-5 years.  "Shoo!" is  Susie Bower's first picture book and I can't wait for many more.  I highly, highly recommend this book!  




Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


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Meet the Authors







By the time she hit her teens, Susie Bower had lived in 8 houses and attended 7 schools. This theme continued in her working life: she’s been a teacher, a tour-guide, a typist, a workshop facilitator, a PA and a painter. She formerly wrote and directed TV programmes for children at the BBC and Channel 4, for which she won a BAFTA Award, and she currently writes audio scripts. School for Nobodies, The Three Impossibles and Shoo! are also available from Pushkin Children’s. Susie lives in Bristol.



About the Illustrator







Francesca Gambatesa is an exciting new talent in illustration. She is the illustrator of picture book The Sacconejolys and the Great Cat-Nap (Egmont) by YouTube sensations the Saconnejolys, as well as picture books for Egmont, Penguin Random House, Pearson and Usborne. Francesca was born in Beirut, and lived and worked in Istanbul and Rome before she moved to London. She originally trained in animation, trying many different styles and media, before becoming an illustrator.




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Sunday, August 7, 2022

"Emma's First Day of School" - a bookwrap

 

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Emma's First Day of School (Furry Friends, 1)

by Federico van Lunter



Specs


* Reading Age:  3-7 years

* Grade Level:  1-2

* Hardcover:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Clavis Publications

* Pub. Date:  August 2, 2022

* ISBN-10:  160537783X

* ISBN- 13:  978-1605377834

* Language:  English 

 


'A cheerful book about daring to be yourself anywhere, anytime--even on your first day of school! For little animals and big kids ages 3 years and up.'




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The Book



Emma, an adorable little girl, is jittery because today is her first day of school...ever!  Her mother encourages her not to worry and tells her everything will be alright and advises her to just be herself.  But does that appease Emma?  No, she is still nervous.  

She asks if she can wear her favourite flamingo costume because she is sure that will make her feel courageous.  Her mother agrees and off they go into a brand new adventure. 

Rather than making fun of Emma when they see her in her costume the other kids immediately go to the classroom dress-up box and don fun costumes too.  Soon the whole place is filled with fun wild animals having a first-day-at-school celebratio.  

The illustrations are amazing and very detailed.  The author/illustrator has also added an interactive component into the story.  He has embedded a sweet little bird on each page that little ones can seek and find. The life lesson and take-away of the story is to just be yourself.  I really like the diversity of the students in the classroom also. This is the perfect book to share before a child starts school. "Emma's First Day of School"was originally published in Dutch and is aimed at 3-5 year olds.  I highly recommend it. 



Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


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Meet the Author/Illustrator








Federico Van Lunter is a Belgian illustrator. There’s beauty everywhere. Art, friends, and family: he always tries to surround himself with things that make him smile and people that make him love. And this constant lust for joy and happiness also shines through in his illustrations. Whether it’s in bright colors or in dark details, in still lines, or in lively typography: he hopes his work encourages people to open up. To experiences, to others, to themselves. Because there’s beauty everywhere.




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Friday, August 5, 2022

Workbooks to Enjoy - various bookwraps

 

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Photography by Seana Williamson




Unique Workbooks to Capture Every Kid’s Attention

by Dena McMurdie





Dena read Jack London's White Fang in the third grade and has loved children's books ever since. She reads, blogs, and paints in North Carolina where she lives with her husband and three children. You can also find her at her blog, Batch of Books, where she writes about children's, middle grade, and young adult books.


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My children’s interests range far and wide and can change at a moment’s notice. They’ll become obsessed with a topic and dive deep into it for several weeks before moving on to something else. They might want to expand on a topic they covered in school or take on a passion project like hand lettering. I’m always on board with learning new things and helping them explore their interests, so I keep my eye out for unique workbooks that they’ll enjoy.

Whether your kid is fascinated by rocks and minerals or you want a fun workbook to supplement what they learn at school, here are 14 titles to explore.





Dr. Seuss Workbook: Grade 1

by Dr. Seuss


If your child likes Dr. Seuss’s wild and wacky world, they’ll love this workbook! With familiar characters, fun exercises, reward stickers, and lessons in educational and emotional subjects, this workbook is perfect for first graders. This book series also includes workbooks for 2nd and 3rd grade.





The Fact-Packed Activity Book: Dinosaurs

by DK


You can’t go wrong with this interactive workbook about dinosaurs. Kids will learn facts about their favorite dinos while completing quizzes, activities, puzzles, and doodles. It’s a must-have for every young dinosaur enthusiast!



Eyewitness Workbooks: Ancient Egypt

by DK


Another subject my kids can’t get enough of is Ancient Egypt, and this workbook feeds their curiosity. From mummies to mythology, this book covers everything that kids want to know about this ancient civilization. Draw hieroglyphs, learn about the pyramids, and find interesting facts about the gods with this unique workbook.






Jumbo Pad of Number Puzzles

by Highlights


The best way to help kids remember their math facts is to have them practice. This jumbo-sized workbook is jam-packed with number puzzles, including mazes, codes, and logic. Your kids will have so much fun with these puzzles that they won’t realize they’re learning math at the same time.

(On sale: 9/13/2022)





Molly and the Mathematical Mysteries

by Eugenia Cheng, illustrated by Aleksandra Artymowska


This short book isn’t your traditional workbook. Instead, it’s a collection of (very) short adventures that illustrate math concepts to children in an imaginative way. With flaps to lift and big ideas that challenge kids’ thinking about math, this is an excellent book to read together.



The Fact-Packed Activity Book: Human Body

by DK


The human body is fascinating, and kids will learn the ins and outs of how it works with this interactive workbook. It’s an excellent choice for aspiring doctors or kids interested in learning more about their bodies.






Mad Libs Workbook: Summer Activities

by Catherine Nichols and Mad Libs


My kids will eagerly dive into any Mad Libs book I hand them, and this summer workbook is the perfect way to keep their minds sharp. It’s filled with fun games and activities to refresh their phonics, spelling, comprehension, and vocabulary knowledge.





How to Be a Fashion Designer

by Lesley Ware, illustrated by Tiki Papier


Budding fashionistas will be thrilled to get their hands on this informative and interactive workbook. They’ll learn how to tap into their creativity to design clothing, accessories, and outfits using their surroundings as inspiration. It’s perfect for any child that wants to be a future fashion designer.





The Incredible Math Games Book

by DK


Who says learning math has to be boring? With this exciting book filled with math games, kids will have a blast while reinforcing the concepts they learn in school. With full-color games, flaps to lift, and plenty of math-related fun, it’s the perfect book to occupy kids after school, on road trips, or during a rainy day.





Write-On Wipe-Off STEM

by Highlights Learning


Every aspiring scientist knows that most experiments are just as fun the second or third time. That’s where this exciting STEM workbook comes in. Kids can do the activities and fill out the pages, then wipe them off and do them again. They’ll learn about engineering, physics, design, and critical thinking.




The Coding Workbook

by Sam Taylor


Does your child want to learn how to build a website? With just a pencil, kids can learn the basics of HTML and CSS as they work through the lessons in this book. It’s the perfect way to introduce a young web designer to the way websites work and the code that goes into creating them.





The Fact-Packed Activity Book: Rocks and Minerals

by DK


My kids obsess over rocks and minerals. Their favorite field trip was when their school brought in a gem mining experience, and they got to mine for pretty stones. This workbook is perfect for gem lovers and rock enthusiasts. They’ll need no encouragement to complete this book’s activities, puzzles, and quizzes.





Destroy This Book in the Name of Science! Brainiac Edition

by Mike Barfield


Get ready for some hands-on fun! This unique workbook is perfect for curious kids that love science and art projects. They’ll get to cut, color, glue, build, and experiment to their heart’s content. They’ll spend hours working on exciting projects that teach STEM concepts at the same time.





The Story Pirates: Digging Up Danger

by Story Pirates and Jacqueline West, illustrated by Hatem Aly


This book is one of the most unique workbooks on this list because it’s two books in one. The first half is a mystery novel about the daughter of two scientists who spends her summer hunting ghosts. And the second half is a guide to help children write their own mystery story. Inspired by a real kid’s story, this Story Pirates book is a fantastic tool for young authors.



Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2021 and updated in 2022.


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