Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Book Review: The Spy Game

What happens when you end up with a dog you don’t want and only stares?

About the Book:
Eddie would love to have a puppy to play with. A puppy would pull on a rope. Catch a ball and lick your face. But his Uncle brings Eddie an older dog named after a famous spy. What can you do with an old dog? It probably couldn't learn new tricks and the only thing this dog did was stare. It's what they find to do together that makes them the best of friends!

Overall Thoughts:
The core story is well done in teaching children subtly about friendship, not judging others and trust. I do suggest advance readers or an adult read the story with younger readers and the author does say this is a "Read-a-long" story. Very true as some of the concepts will need to be talked about for younger kids to understand some parts of the story.

The conflict is subtle and not face paced. The illustrations clearly help younger readers understand the overall storyline and make for a great teaching tool in letting them tell you what they feel is happening in the story.

Publisher: Book Garden Publisher, LLC
ISBN: 978-0-98186-144-9
Publication Date: August 2012

Places available for sale: Amazon, B&N

About the Author: 
J.D. Holiday is the author and illustrator of four children's books. Picture books: JANOOSE THE GOOSE, THE SPY GAME, and Matt Shelley's Halloween Misadventure with Award-winning author, Christy Condoleo, and the chapter book for 6 to 8 year olds, THE GREAT SNOWBALL ESCAPADE. J.D. Holiday is a co-host on It's Story
Time, Gather 'Round with Christy Condoleo on Blog Talk Radio's World Of Ink Network:

You can find out more about J.D. Holiday, her books and World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/bzwlprd

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Publisher Website: http://www.thebookgarden.net

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Book Review: Malcolm Finney Medical Detective Series: The Case of…Itch and Rash

Malcolm Finney Medical Detective - The Case of... Itch and Rash 
Malcolm Finney Medical Detective Series: The Case of…Itch and Rash
By: Erika Kimble and Laurel Winters
Published by:  Bandages and Boo-Boos Press; Date: 2012
ISBN: 978-0-9859508-0-4
Price: $14:95
Ages: 6-11
Rating:  5 stars
Reviewed by: Wayne S. Walker

Synopsis: Have you ever had an itchy rash and wondered what caused it?  Malcolm Finney is a fourth-grade boy.  His father is an inventor at the Science Museum, and his mother is a doctor.  Some people might think that Malcolm is a little weird because he has so much medical knowledge, but he’s definitely the kid you want nearby when a health emergency arises.  One day he saves his new neighbor Carlita, whose dad just happens to be the new curator at the Science Museum, from a swarm of angry bees.  As he is de-stinging her, he finds a red, itchy rash on her arms.  Is it just the bee stings?  Is it poison ivy?  Is it flea bites?  Is it an allergy?  Is it her asthma?  Or is it something worse?
 Overall thoughts:  Follow Malcolm and Carlita as together they do a little detective work to make this medical mystery…history.  Author Erika Kimble is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s in Family Practice as a Nurse Practitioner.  Kids are always curious about their own bodies and any differences they might see in others.  The Malcolm Finney book series was developed to address this curiosity.  It has been created for a child who can read and is beginning to ask and understand “Why?”  The story is told in a combination of narrative text and conversation bubbles, with eye-catching, full-color drawings by illustrator Laurel Winters, all of which will capture youngsters’ attention and keep their interest.  In the back there are a glossary of words, suggestions on how to keep skin healthy, and resources for further study.  If you or someone you know has a skin disorder, you will find The Case of…Itch and Rash very helpful.

     Links: www.bandagesandbooboos.com (publisher)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Interview with Christian Author Elizabeth Kail Arnita

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Arnita is the youngest of 12 children. She learned early in life about family dynamics and the concept of sharing. After graduating in 1983, with a degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, Elizabeth married Shadi and they have been blessed with four fabulous children. Her love for the Lord has opened her eyes to a world in need and ignited her compassion for those who are less fortunate. She and her husband founded and continue to manage Welcome The Children; a non-profit organization that funds and supports children who are experiencing the reality of poverty. Elizabeth Arnita has designated all of the proceeds from her book sales to support WTC.

What are some of the things that have influenced/inspired your writing?
Life experiences are the most interesting and inspiring stories.  As a budding author, I look at life scenarios and imagine how they can become a story that exemplifies a life lesson.

Can you share some writing experiences with us?
Writing has been a “heart overflowing” onto the page experience.  I have written several different types of material (Only “Baby Come Home has been published) and find that the best works are the ones that are an honest and open revelation of how God has used different circumstances to teach me something about Him and His love for me.  It isn’t always easy to accept the lessons He wants me to learn, but I have found that once I put them into writing I understand His plan better.   One of the most valuable lessons I have been taught is that if I submit my thoughts and works to God, He ordains something worth reading.

Tell us briefly about your recently published book and what you feel is the most important topic/sub-message you share.
Through the story of a young bird named Baby, “Baby Come Home” is a book that relays the concept of unconditional love and acceptance.  Often times we don’t realize how our decisions to rebel can lead to serious mistakes.  Baby learns that even after he makes bad choices and is in the midst of the consequences, his caretaker and friend Sam never gives up on him.    

Please describe to us your relationship between you and your editor. What makes an author/editor relationship a success?
Virginia is a woman with intelligence and experience beyond my years.  Though she is younger than I am, I trust her input and value her suggestions.  I believe she respects and appreciates the work she has received from me and allows my writings to benefit from her perspective.  

To feel that a relationship is a success, each party must share a common goal but respect the other party’s vision.  The writer needs to trust that constructive criticism is not a personal attack and understand that the editor works for their benefit.     

Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? If yes, how did you ‘cure’ it?
I am sure writer’s block plagues every writer at some point or another. When it occurs with me, I simply put everything down and allow God to finish the work in me before I attempt writing it.  Sometimes this is just stepping away to get some tea and sometimes months later, works are still sitting unfinished.  I resign my writings to His inspirations.  

What type of books do you mostly write?
“Baby Come Home” is the first official book I have written.  I have another children’s book in the making and several more children’s book outlines in the works.  Other writing accomplishments include teachings used to enlighten groups on lessons I have learned through the experiences of life. 

Who or what inspires your characters and/or plots?
I have received inspirations from my children, the Bible, life situations and an over active imagination.  

Tell us about your writing space.
Although I feel that having a particular writing space could enhance productivity, my life and home do not allow such a luxury.  Our living space is full of living people and that can create many distractions and yet many story lines.  It is all in the perspective.  When a writer has a story to tell, the biggest mistake he/she can make is waiting for the “perfect” opportunity to write it down to get in the way.  Sometimes you have to sit where you are and just get busy.  Throw yourself into the work and allow circumstances to enrich your story.

What advice would you give to a new writer?
If you have a story worth telling, don’t allow insecurity to stand in the way of letting people enjoy it.

You can find out more about Elizabeth Arnita, her books and World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/ayhg69o


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