Swop The Satsuma-Sized Secret by Lucy Noguera @monsterscantalk @lovebooksgroup  @lovebookstours #AD #Gifted

Swop The Satsuma-Sized Secret
by Lucy Noguera
Cover Reveal

Today I have a Cover Reveal. Meet Swop, he’s a dog who is the size of a satsuma, and his owner Eric. Find out what they get up to in a feelgood book with humour and positivity. Check out the themes, cover and blurb for this middlegrade book for ages 7-9 as well as the bookshops this is available from.

Themes

Friendship         Adventure         Family         Deaf sibling           Sign Language           Acceptance

 

Blurb 

Satsuma Sized Secret LBT 6Satsuma Sized Secret LBT 5What would you do if you found the world’s smallest dog? 

When Ernie and his family leave the countryside to move to the city. Ernie feels like he’ll never settle into their new home.

Yet on his very first night, a surprising new friend introduces himself – Swop is a very tiny dog. A dog that just happens to be the size of a satsuma.

Ernie vows to keep Swop a secret, but Swop has other ideas and he’s determined to make Ernie’s first day at his new school a memorable one!

 

About The Author

An ex-primary school teacher and Teacher of the Deaf. I now run a small educational company, specialising in arranging book projects and theatre events for schools and families. I live with my husband, our three children and our three dogs in Ealing, London. Yet the one in charge is our little ex-street dog, even though he has no eyes and three legs. He also happens to be called Swop!

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#BookReview by Lou – A Ship of Shadows Adventure – Secrets of the Stars by Maria Kuzniar #ChildrensBook #MiddleGrade #SecretofTheStars #ShipOfShadows @cosyreads @puffinbooksuk @RandomTTours

A Ship of Shadows Adventure – Secrets of the Stars
by Maria Kuzniar

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Follow the Secrets of the Stars and hop aboard The Ship of Shadows in this riproaring, swashbuckling adventure, that is also about teamwork and friendship. This is the second in the series, the first is Ship of Shadows. So steer on down the blurb and review, not forgetting the magnificent cover that is sure to entice you in.
Thanks to Random Things Tours for inviting me to review on this blog tour and to Penguin for gifting me the book, in return of an honest review.

Secrets of the Stars 3D Book

Blurb

Secret of StarsAdventure Fiction for Children (age 9 – 12 years)
 
PREPARE FOR PUZZLES, PERIL, AND PLENTY OF CAKE IN THE SECOND THRILLING ADVENTURE FOR ALEJA AND THE CREW OF THE LEGENDARY SHIP OF SHADOWS

Aleja and her fellow pirates are eager to embark on a new adventure to find the second piece of the missing magical map. But they soon find themselves panicking, bewildered by a series of confusing clues. And time is running out – fast.

When she starts experiencing strange visions, Aleja realizes that someone is trying to tell her something. But can this new knowledge be trusted? And what will it cost her to find out?

With the crew’s loyalties tested and more secrets to unlock than ever, Aleja must find a way to beat the clock and prove herself truly worthy of her place on the ship’s crew . . .

Review

Catching up with this series and its main character – Aleja is a delight. Middlegrade/J2 readers, will enjoy being captured in such a sumptuous and rich adventure. There’s a terrific map at the start, showing Croatia, The Maldives, India, Lhasa, China, Shanghai and Melaka; which gives you a fair idea where this adventure will take intrepid young readers and Aleja alongside Frances, our explorers, who are on a mission, that isn’t without its dangers. It’s immersive and has an energy and enchantment that you may expect and desire from such an adveture.

It starts in Croatia at a great carnival that has colour and life about it. Readers first see Aleja being a fox for this, with Frances. There, looming, is The Ship of Shadows – a ship full of magic, embodies an air of mystery and captained by pirate – Captain Quint, who will stop at nothing.

The book also oozes with an air of mystery and excitement. There is also something mysterious happening to one of the explorers to do with shadows and hallucinations. There are strange puzzles to work out, to fathom and everyone has to work together to solve them and treasures to seek and to get themselves out of harms way.
There’s also the problem of time not being on their side and the formidable Pirate Lord and his vast crew to contend with, that adds to the trepidation.

There are other, perhaps more subtler and nonetheless important themes of friendship and empathy and some life challenges to overcome.

On a side note, it may make you want to eat cake by the sea.

Secrets of the Stars is even better than the first in the series, although that was needed to get everything established. There’s so much to feast your eyes upon and it is even more of a page turner. This is a series I highly recommend to collect and read as each book emerges from the depths of the sea and into your hands.

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#Book #Review by Lou Kiera’s Quest by Kristy Brown #KristyBrown #middlegrade #Fantasy #Kids #Quest

Kiera’s Quest
By Kristy Brown

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Travel between the real and a fantasy world. Join a quest. Discover fantastical people and creatures and so much more… Come across trepidation and humour as you read. This is what this book invites older middle-grade readers.
Thanks to the author – Kristy Brown who wrote to me enquiring about me reviewing her book.
Discover more in the blurb and what I think about it in my review… Also find out where to buy this book below too.

Kiera's Quest

Blurb

Kiera’s a seemingly normal girl brought up by her uncle and abandoned by both parents. Life is as normal as she believes it to be, apart from the deep ache inside, telling her she’s different. For years, Kiera’s had dreams about venturing into a magical reality. She’s not alone; a presence is always there, keeping her safe, yet she feels vulnerable, and hunted.Zakk, Prince of Zantar, is under the Witch Queen’s spell as she tries to take over his world. He crosses paths with Kiera, changing her life forever.As their journey unravels, Kiera discovers she’s not the only one affected by this prince. Why has she been chosen? How can someone so young, defeat such evil? Will she find the strength to save the ones she loves? Will this be Kiera’s only quest?

Review

Kiera's QuestIt’s gripping from the start with Zakk confronting his mother’s murderer. It isn’t graphic or anything, but this is suitable for older middlegrade readers. Then readers get to meet Keira who sounds fun and loves to sing and dance. You get to know their mother – Lynne Matthews and the impact she had on the music scene.

There are characters in the fantasy world for readers to meet, such as The Witch Queen with her commands and her own quest going on. There’s also a giant and a doll and more… The book has mild trepidation and is sure to keep children amused as they plunge into this other world. It’s great that there is humour that lifts and is as entertaining as the adventure itself. As well as The Witch Queen, Googey is also a character to watch and be on your guard with. There’s also a specially crafted machine that Keira and Zakk need to stop the queen from trying to open a vortex with. This is an adrenaline fuelled read kids will enjoy and highly potentially be gripped by.

The book tackles loss, friendship, working to achieve an end goal, good and evil, arranged marriage (briefly).

In the real world, Kiera has her issues and the school counsellor wants to see her, but the quest she is on keeps her from having the time.

The book focuses on the imaginative and brings fun and trepidation that makes it quite the page-turner.

Buy Link – Amazon

#Book #Review by Lou Kiera’s Quest by Kristy Brown #KristyBrown #middlegrade #Fantasy #Kids #Quest

Kiera’s Quest
By Kristy Brown

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Travel between the real and a fantasy world. Join a quest. Discover fantastical people and creatures and so much more… Come across trepidation and humour as you read. This is what this book invites older middle-grade readers.
Thanks to the author – Kristy Brown who wrote to me enquiring about me reviewing her book.
Discover more in the blurb and what I think about it in my review… Also find out where to buy this book below too.

Kiera's Quest

Blurb

Kiera’s a seemingly normal girl brought up by her uncle and abandoned by both parents. Life is as normal as she believes it to be, apart from the deep ache inside, telling her she’s different. For years, Kiera’s had dreams about venturing into a magical reality. She’s not alone; a presence is always there, keeping her safe, yet she feels vulnerable, and hunted.Zakk, Prince of Zantar, is under the Witch Queen’s spell as she tries to take over his world. He crosses paths with Kiera, changing her life forever.As their journey unravels, Kiera discovers she’s not the only one affected by this prince. Why has she been chosen? How can someone so young, defeat such evil? Will she find the strength to save the ones she loves? Will this be Kiera’s only quest?

Review

Kiera's QuestIt’s gripping from the start with Zakk confronting his mother’s murderer. It isn’t graphic or anything, but this is suitable for older middlegrade readers. Then readers get to meet Keira who sounds fun and loves to sing and dance. You get to know their mother – Lynne Matthews and the impact she had on the music scene.

There are characters in the fantasy world for readers to meet, such as The Witch Queen with her commands and her own quest going on. There’s also a giant and a doll and more… The book has mild trepidation and is sure to keep children amused as they plunge into this other world. It’s great that there is humour that lifts and is as entertaining as the adventure itself. As well as The Witch Queen, Googey is also a character to watch and be on your guard with. There’s also a specially crafted machine that Keira and Zakk need to stop the queen from trying to open a vortex with. This is an adrenaline fuelled read kids will enjoy and highly potentially be gripped by.

The book tackles loss, friendship, working to achieve an end goal, good and evil, arranged marriage (briefly).

In the real world, Kiera has her issues and the school counsellor wants to see her, but the quest she is on keeps her from having the time.

The book focuses on the imaginative and brings fun and trepidation that makes it quite the page-turner.

Buy Link – Amazon

#BookReview by Lou – Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls – 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed The World By Elena Favilli #100ImmigrantWomen #ChildrensNonFiction

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls –
100 Immigrant Women Who Changed The World
By Elena Favilli

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This is an interesting, informative book and the latest in this series, which is good for dipping in and out of for Middle Grade readers, no matter where you’re from or your ethinicity or background, there is something for everyone. 

Blurb

Goodnight StoriesThe latest installment in the New York Times bestselling Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls series, featuring 100 immigrant women who have shaped, and will continue to shape, our world.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World is the third book in the New York Times bestselling series for children. Packed with 100 all-new bedtime stories about the lives of incredible female figures from the past and the present, this volume recognizes women who left their birth countries for a multitude of reasons: some for new opportunities, some out of necessity.

Readers will whip up a plate with Asma Khan, strategize global affairs alongside Madeleine Albright, venture into business with Rihanna, and many more. All of these unique, yet relatable stories are accompanied by gorgeous, full-page, full-color portraits, illustrated by female artists from all over the globe.

Goodnight Stories

Review

This series of books have been taking the UK by storm. Children have been lapping these non-fiction books up. This is the latest in this series. It takes a look at 100 immigrants across the world who have wide and varied occupations, such as chefs, psychoanalysts, sports people, fashion designer, artist, actress/songwriter, paralympian, journalists, politicians, writers, spies, scientists and many more… who have acheived greatness in some form or another. It’s a biographical book, that presents itself in some ways as a bedtime story would, with “Once Upon a Time” in its narrative, before presenting itself in the normal nonfiction way with its facts, which are not too dense, making this a good read for children and they can enjoy dipping in and out of at leisure.

It is well organised with the person’s name and date of birth and death, what they’ve achieved, sometimes how or what event in their lives inspired them to do something that no one had invented or to bring something new to a particular industry, a bit about what went on in their lives aside from this and where they immigrated to. Some names may be more familar than others, such as Anna Wintour – Editor of Vogue for example, being pretty well known around the world for fashion. It also introduces children to people who are immigrants, who they might not be aware are an immigrant to a particular country.

Perhaps less well-known to children may be Chinwe Esimai – Financial Executive, but she also has something important and positive to say too. Whether you’ve heard the names or not, this book is positive in their own experiences to pass onto younger generations. It is perhaps even better that there is a whole variety of people from across the world and occupations mentioned. They’re all high-flyers who, in their own unique ways, can be seen as positive role models. What it doesn’t show however, and this series doesn’t particularly, is how people don’t always make it to the top of their career or become famous for something, but can still be a role model and still do well in life. Going back to the positive, it does however, demonstrate that people do have opportunities no matter where you’re from or your ethinicity or background. you may well come up with an amazing original idea or be someone who either lots of people or a few people look up to and be an inspiration to someone, no matter who you are or what your background is.

For many children, this book will provide inspiration and show that they can aim for something positive in their lives and that not everything has to be seen as a barrier. It shines with postivity instead of being full of negativity. It’s a book that feels informative, enlightening book.

It will provide children with aspiration and inspiration and shows a positive light. It shows that change can sometimes happen and has been for centuries. The people in this book are from the present and past times, each one with a few short paragraphs with a quirky illustration of them and quote.

#BookReview by Lou – Zoey The Smart Donkey by Sugandha Arora Illustrated by Soumyajit Dasgupta @sugandhaaiesec #ChildrensBook #PictureBook #Families

Zoey The Smart Donkey
by Sugandha Arora
Illustrated by Soumyajit Dasgupta

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Cute, short and rhyming for your little ones, Zoey The Donkey is available now. Thanks to Sughanda Arora for inviting me to review and gifting me a copy of the book. Discover more in the blurb and review below.

Zoey The Donkey

Blurb

This story is an inspirational journey of Zoey and how she smartly defies the norms to be whom she wants to be. Find out what Zoey chooses to be, if not a donkey…

Review

 It tells a rhyming story about a baby donkey called Zoey, who realises that she just might not be like the other donkeys. She meets a monkey and a magical transformation occurs…

It’s a short book that would be nice for a bedtime story. It is short and quick, with just a few lines per page, with big, bold illustrations, which makes it fun for pre-school children, including babies and toddlers. Before reading it, parents/carers etc could have a guessing game as to what the Donkey could be at the end. Children, more than anything will just have fun with the rhyming and the surprise at the end. It makes for a cute bedtime story, or a quick read in the nursery school library corner.