Friday, August 31, 2012

Book Review: KA-BOOM! by Alyce Joy

KA-BOOM!
By Alyce Joy
Publisher: Halo Publishing Int.
ISBN-10: 161244069X
ISBN-13: 978-1612440699
Genre of Book: Children’s Chapter Book Fantasy Adventure
Paperback: 46 pages
July 2012
Review by Ann Stallard

About the Book:
Sprout is a fairy from Spritesville, Ohio. Her given name is Sprunetta Brunetta. She doesn’t like it, because she thinks it sounds too much like somebody’s wicked sister. Since she is only four inches tall, all her friends call her Sprout.

This little fairy is in the service of her queen, the beloved Splaminda Herminda, who rules Spritesville. The queen sends Sprout to different places to do whatever job needs done. Sprout is not a perfect fairy. She has a wild shoe fetish, and is always getting into some kind of trouble. Queen Splaminda realizes Sprout’s problems, but feels the fairy will grow out of her awkwardness, as she matures. Somehow, Sprout always manages to save the good and meek from the scary and sometimes bad…but… occasionally, she needs a little help.

To say the least, it was an explosive meeting between Taylor and Sprout. Taylor’s dollhouse blows up and her wary investigation finds Sprout among its wreckage. The little girl obviously thinks Sprout is a bad, fibbin’ fairy and the fun is about to begin.

Overall Thoughts:
Taylor is seven years old and is used to getting her own way. Seeing this site in front of her not only made her mad but a little afraid. What I love about this opening scene is it teaches children how to deal with anger and fear, and opens a chance for great conversation with your child. If you are Taylor, you might start by trying to boss this poor little four- inch fairy around even though she is really not dangerous. But, Sprout just wanted to be Taylor’s friends and when she apologizes Taylor feels bad. Taylor has to learn how to deal with these feelings and deal with the situation, and later even more, she is faced with. Besides teaching children how to deal with fear and anger, Alyce Joy does a great job showing children how we can’t judge each other from first impressions. Children also learn friendships are something that grow as we get to know each other and face what life throws at us together.

Get a sneak peek of the book at http://youtu.be/Hq9sfmzH0-w  

About the Author: 
Alyce Joy was blessed with four children for whom she composed bedtime verses every night. That inspired her to publish a children’s book of prayers, entitled, “Priceless Gems.” When her children were grown, she began to write stories for her grandchildren.

Always fascinated with arts and crafts, she taught herself the art of pyrography. This fired her imagination, and she started burning life-sized pictures of wildlife onto all the doors of her home. Her wood burnings are scattered through the U.S. and Canada.

After deciding to put away her burning tools and torches, she enrolled in, and graduated from the Institute of Children’s Literature.

Alyce Joy hopes every child who reads her stories will look forward to each new adventure, as her favorite fairy becomes entangled into many, outrageous happenstances.

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You can find out more about Alyce Joy and her book KA-BOOM! through their World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/8q5vw74

You can buy KA-BOOM! wherever books are sold and online.

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