Monday, November 17, 2014

Book Review: Adventures of Nutty and Twittles....Oh Nuts!

Adventures of Nutty and Twittles
Oh Nuts! I Lost my Little Sister

Author: Dennis Marcoux
Illustrations: Amy Rottinger

ISBN: 978-1-61244274-7

Adventures of Nutty and Twittles..Oh Nuts! I Lost My Little Sister is a wonderful picture book filled with all the great things that engage a young reader. The author has well developed cute animal characters with different traits that add to the theme and plot of the story. He has written a story that has fun, mystery, and tension all revolving around a common fear of being lost, playing hide and go seek, and keeping track of a little sibling.

The reader will love the hiding places of the other animals, will wonder where oh where Twittles can be hiding, and will love the twist at the end of the journey. This is a story that will be read over and over again and enjoyed by both small children and younger beginning readers. Published by Halo Publishing, this picture book makes a great holiday gift.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

ABC Book Explores New Vocabulary while Celebrating the Gross Things Kids Love

A, B, C, Disgusting
Author and Illustrator: Catherine Dawgert
Publisher: Woodland Way
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Hard Cover: 978-0996027823

The author of the new ABC book for kids sums it up like this: learning the ABCs has never been more disgusting.
In "A, B, C, Disgusting," author and illustrator Catherine Dawgert offers a unique, hilarious, and downright gross opportunity to learn the alphabet that’s sure to leave children – and quite possibly their parents – laughing with every letter.

From Ape Armpits to Flamingo Farts to Zebra Zits, Dawgert’s colorful creations and uproarious wordplay offer an ingenuous take on what is often a rather tame exercise in learning the alphabet.

Not so here. Dawgert, who has written books for each of her eight nieces and nephews, notes that "A, B, C, Disgusting" encourages multiple readings while exploring new vocabulary. She wrote this book for a nephew who, like many children, loves gross humor. She comments, "Getting the giggles is just part of the fun."

"A, B, C, Disgusting" won a gold medal for Best Illustrator in the 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards for Dawgert’s marbling technique as well as her pen and ink drawings and hand-stamped lettering.

Sarah Dawgert, the book’s publisher as well as the author’s sister, notes that Woodland Way’s books are intended to bring joy to kids and the adults who care about them. They offer authentic reading experiences that foster kindness, respect, empathy, resilience, and laughter while respecting kids and the world as they see it.

"This book is wonderful! All four of my kids (ranging in age from six years old to two years old) love this book. So do my husband and I. It is hilarious and very educational. My kids have learned so many new vocabulary words from this book. Also, [we] really enjoy the illustrations showing all of the cool things that begin with a particular letter. Such a fun read for the entire family!" ~ Reader Review by Alyssa G.

Author: Catherine Dawgert, a unique new voice in children’s literature, delivers stories that kids care about with creative characters, exquisite artistry, and a sense of whimsy. Her own story is one of caring and adventure, from her work as a nurse and massage therapist to time spent teaching abroad and volunteering in clinics and corrections systems. Catherine currently lives in Nashville, TN with her equally caring and adventurous dog, Stella, and is completing a nurse practitioner program. Originally from Clarks Summit, PA, her family consists of her parents, three sisters, two brothers-in-law, eight nieces and nephews, and her fiancĂ©. She wrote this book while living in Pittsburgh, PA.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

New Board Book for Babies

Babies have buckets too?

The answer, says early childhood specialist and well-known author Carol McCloud, is a resounding yes, and those buckets get filled every time parents cuddle, smile, kiss, caress, soothe, and play with their babies.

In fact, research on early childhood development and the brain supports the critical importance of the caring parent-to-child interactions found in McCloud’s latest book, a board book written and illustrated especially for babies and the parents who love them.

In BABY’S BUCKET Book, McCloud, who is known far and wide as the "Bucket Lady" for her authorship of seven previous books on "bucket filling," writes an engaging, rhyming board book for infants and toddlers that provides parents with a delightful way to begin teaching their babies that they each have their very own invisible bucket.

Through the various colorful illustrations by Glenn Zimmer, mommies, daddies, and babies experience what brain researchers already know: Simple, caring interactions shape a baby’s brain and fulfill a baby’s essential needs for security, love, belonging, independence, and fun. They also fill a baby’s bucket.

In fact, notes McCloud, in the first years of life, known as the "window of opportunity," babies develop essential connections that are the foundation for future learning, behavior, and health. Each caring interaction illustrated in BABY’S BUCKET Book, as when Mommy smiles at Baby, Daddy plays with Baby, Baby proudly learns to walk, or Baby falls down and is soothed, positively shapes a baby’s brain architecture.

McCloud comments, "I wrote this book for new parents who may not realize how important their loving interactions with their baby are or are unaware of the lifelong quality-enhancing consequences they have. The fact is, smiling back and forth and playing with your baby is much more than a loving exchange. Science confirms that these ‘serve and return’ interactions are the most important influence on early brain development."

AUTHOR: Since her first book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids, was published in 2006, Carol McCloud has authored or coauthored seven additional books on "bucket filling." With a small team of educators, she travels the U.S. and Canada with one goal in mind: to help create happier lives. Carol is a graduate of Oakland University School of Education (Rochester, MI), a certified Emotional Intelligence Trainer, and long-time member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

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Author: Carol McCloud
Illustrator: Glenn Zimmer
Bucket Fillers, Inc.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction; Board Book
ISBN: 978-0996099929
Availability:,, all major bookstores,

Monday, November 10, 2014

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is pleased to announce the release of Rupert’s Tales: A Book of Bedtime Stories

Rupert’s Tales: A Book of Bedtime StoriesBy Kyrja

llustrated by Tonia Bennington Osborn

An enchanting collection of four rhyming bedtime stories, children will be encouraged to discover new ways of exploring and directing dreamtime that comes naturally from their minds and hearts. Meet the very tired and hungry Brody the bat who helps Rupert learn about going to sleep, and a colorful dragon that knows all about dreaming. Merissa the Mermaid and Flora the Frog are the perfect duo to talk about sending bad dreams away and the Guardian of Dreams is there to protect dreamers as they sleep. Inspiration for reluctant and eager sleepers alike can be found in this assortment of charming, creative tales. Stories come to life with 40 delightfully vibrant pastel illustrations that complement creative concepts, influencing the direction and content of children’s dreams—something sure to please the adventurous spirit of every child!

64 pp
ISBN13: 9780764346941 | Binding: hard cover
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is a family-owned, independent publisher of high-quality, nonfiction books. Since 1974, Schiffer has published thousands of titles on the diverse subjects that fuel our readers' passions. From our traditional subjects of antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, and military history, Schiffer has expanded its catalog to publish books on contemporary art and artists; architecture and design; food and entertaining; the metaphysical, paranormal and folklore; and pop and fringe culture, as well as books for children.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Author Interview: Dennis Marcoux, picture book "Adventures of Nutty and Twittles: OH NUTS! I Lost My Little Sister

Dennis Marcoux lived in Worcester, Massachusetts for most of his life and now resides in Cape Coral, Florida. He has been writing children stories and poems for many years and is passionate about children reading to expand their imagination. In his spare time, you can find him reading books as a volunteer in elementary schools and children's hospitals. He is a member of the Gulf Coast Writers Association of Fort Myers, Florida.

Q: Tell us about your current book. Give a short summary.
A: This book is a 24 pg. story about a brother named Nutty and his sister Twittles  who are squirrels playing a fun game of hide "n" seek with their friends. When Twittles is the only one missing, the game quickly changes.  Nutty and his friends have to find Twittles because she may be lost in the dark and dangerous Forrest.   I hope to send a message that will encourage children to hear adult warnings not as constraints, but as critical details meant to ensure a fun, safe and enjoyable experience. 

Q: Can you tell us about your publisher and how the process worked in getting published?
A: I sent my manuscript to Halo Publishing Int., and received a response from Lisa Umina the CEO.  She guided me through each step of the process beginning with editing, finding an illustrator, marketing and the final print.  Lisa went above and beyond my expectations.

Q: How did you get the idea for this book?
A: I was inspired by my Granddaughter Molly's imagination. We often took walks through the woods, and it was the animals that fascinated her---namely the squirrels

Q: What is a typical writing day like for you?
A: I do not have a typical day. I write whenever ideas and thoughts come into my mind and usually write them on paper.

Q: What do you enjoy most about writing?
A: The fun is watching the story develop.

Q: What is the most difficult part of writing?
A: My imagination is like a jigsaw puzzle.  Sometimes the pieces do not always fall into place easily.

Q: How has publishing a book changed your life?
A: It has been a humbling experience, especially when children and parents express to me how much they enjoyed my book.

Q: What are your plans now?
A: Currently working on a series of books with Nutty and Twittles that will include a teaching element, as well as open up their imagination and develop their creativity.

Q: What is your best tip for aspiring authors?
A: Finding the right publisher is critical. Do your homework and choose a publisher who cares about you and your dreams.

Q: Is there anything else you would like to share with our readership?
A: Reading is important because it ultimately leads to greater creativity. I compare my philosophy on reading like playing dominos. Reading leads to imagination, which leads to ideas, and ideas lead to creativity.  You can't get to the last domino until you start the first one.

Q: Do you have a website? If so, please give the URL. If not, where can readers go online to learn more about your book(s) and to order?
A: Books can be purchased at, Barnes and Noble and Halo Publishing.  To learn more about the book and author go to:

About the book:
Nutty and his sister Twittles set out to play a fun game of hide "n" seek with their friends. When Twittles is the only one missing, the game quickly changes.  Nutty has to find his sister because she may be lost in the dark and dangerous Forrest.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Uplifting new book reassures children that love survives loss

Love Is Forever by Casey Rislov; Casey Rislov Books; Category: Juvenile Fiction; Hard Cover: 978-0615884059, $15.95; Availability:,

No matter our age, we all struggle when faced with the loss of a loved one. This difficult and heart wrenching time can be especially challenging for children who might be experiencing loss for the first time.

In her tender and reassuring new children’s book Love Is Forever, Casey Rislov shares how Little Owl and her family cope with the death of their beloved Grandfather Owl by sharing memories and keeping love alive in the present and in the future.

Accompanied by soft and endearing illustrations that portray the joy of remembering shared activities like fishing and flying kites together, this gentle and wise book told from the perspective of Grandfather Owl shows adults and children that love survives loss.

An excerpt from the book reads:
My love for you will never stop.It lives on in your laughter, in your heart,and in your thoughts. 
Faith is a kind of love that brought meto you. Trust in this faith –it is constant and true.

In addition to giving caregivers and children a beautiful way to begin talking about loss, Rislov provides additional resources and information at the back of the book from professionals who work with children and families experiencing grief.

She comments, "I wrote this book because I felt like there were few children’s books that addressed this important topic. Losing my brother when he was two years old and more recently my mother is easier to handle when I remember that we do carry their love inside of us."

She adds, "Laughter and tears are much better than the cold empty silence of missing a loved one."

For her efforts, Love Is Forever received the 2014 Gold Medal in the Living Now Book Awards in the Children’s Picture Book category.

"Love is Forever is a beautiful book, each page a little story in itself. The illustrations are detailed, tender, and super-sweet and deliver the message of the book effortlessly. The words offer reassurance in a very simple way, that love survives loss." ~ Review by Wendy Unsworth for Amazon

Author: Casey Rislov holds a master’s degree in elementary education and is endorsed in early childhood and special needs. She taught for many years at a local developmental preschool and currently stays home with her two young children. Casey’s first book, Time Together, Time Well Spent! (November 2011), allowed her to share her love of reading and teaching with many local students. She is excited to now share a tender side of herself through her new book "Love Is Forever." Casey lives with her family in Wyoming, where she enjoys spending time in the mountains, downhill skiing, boating, water skiing, and of course reading and writing.


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