Thursday, April 16, 2015

Great Books by Author Arnold Rudnick

​Arnold Rudnick has a gift for creating fascinating stories to challenge children toward self-improvement and self esteem. In LITTLE GREEN he introduces a little green frog (beautifully realized by illustrator Marcelo Goreman) who has big dreams to be special.

ISBN: 0981587976
Publisher Paraphrase, LLC


​E.S. Pete: Sixth Grade Sense is about the perils of a paranormal preteen.

Pete knew there would be a lot more homework in Sixth Grade, but he didn't plan on the reading list including the minds of his teachers and classmates. Knowing what they think can be helpful sometimes, but it also gets complicated -- ESPecially when Pete thinks the substitute teacher is planning a big robbery.

ISBN: 0981587909
Publisher: Paraphrase, LLC
About the Author: ARNOLD RUDNICK has written for many television shows, including THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR, STAR TREK: VOYAGER and THE NEW ADDAMS FAMILY.
My take on this is you better grab these books while you can. Both books are age appropriate,  engage the reader both in the picture book for younger readers and the chapter book for older elementary readers. Both stories serve to entertain and inspire kids to think outside the box and to read for fun.  Author Arnold Rudnick knows how to tap into what kids want to learn, what they have questions about, and he does it in these two different books answering questions that he understands kids want to know. Great choices for your library collection or classroom that will also encourages readers in the areas of self esteem and character development. Kudos to this author for his work.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Book Review: Sir Licksalot and The Bay Fools

 Sir Licksalot & The Bay Fools

Author: D.L.Carroll

Illustrations: Teri Cuneo

ISBN: 9781634481533

Publisher: American Star Books 2014

This is such a great adventure. Bobby and his sister along with their friends and of course the dog, Sir Licksalot are ready to enjoy the summer. Despite the fact that mom hires a babysitter, the group still has the magic fountain where all their adventures and travel begin. The Bay of Fools adventure finds them separated in the bubble fog and experiencing San Francisco..... who lands in Alcatraz and who of the group has fun at Pier 39.

The reader is carried on a fun and mysterious trail riding the famous cable cars of San Francisco along with visiting the famous chocolate factory where Ghiradelli chocolate is made. The mystery of the famous prison on Alcatraz island is explored and there is even a circus. The reader is never bored on this adventure and D. L. Carroll does a fabulous job of engaging the reader from the very first page.

This is just one of the books in a series where the friends and Sir Licksalot travel through the magic of the fountain to explore real places. The author weaves history and fun facts throughout the text to keep even reluctant readers interested. This would make a great addition to any classroom or home book collection and kids will love following the same characters on every adventure.

D.L. Carroll, Author of the Sir Licksalot Series, Receives a Prestigious Award and Makes a Guest Appearance!

Photo: Author DL Carroll
Mon, 23 Mar 2015, 14:03:13 EDT
SANTA CLARA, Calif., March 23, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Family Review Center honors D.L. Carroll, author of the "Sir Licksalot" children's book series, with the Star Award. The Star Award is to recognize outstanding companies and business owners.

Family Review Center Editor, Rita Brenke said, "I have followed and reviewed for this author for the entire series of Sir Licksalot books. I think they are absolutely fantastic. Now that I have an avid reader at home, these chapter books are honestly her favorite. She does not read them just once, she reads them multiple times and she is not short on books in her personal library. I am honored to be able to offer reviews of such a wonderful series, and I encourage you to CHECK them out." 

An interview with Star Award winner, D.L. Carroll is published in the 2015 Awards Edition of the Family Review Center's Magazine.

Family Review Center has been serving families and businesses since 2000. It is our goal, purpose and passion to connect our viewers with the latest and greatest products to hit the market. If a product is family friendly and worthy of attention and consideration for purchase, we will do our best to feature it within the Review Center.

"I am humbled to have been chosen for this prestigious Star Award, said D.L. Carroll. "Having the knowledge that the company's editor shared my books with her loved one, is the ultimate reward."

Author D.L. Carroll and illustrator Teri Cuneo made a guest appearance at Briarwood Elementary School on Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss's Birthday). Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participated by bringing together students and books. Principal, Mrs. Jezyk remarked, "We here at Briarwood are excited and honored to have D.L. Carroll, author of the 'Sir Licksalot' Series, visit our school to help us celebrate. Ms. Carroll will be meeting with small groups to read a little from her books, discuss her creative process, talk about the publishing process, and answer student questions."

In a statement made by Author D.L. Carroll, "This has been one really exciting year and it just started. We were absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to share the 'Sir Licksalot' books in person with the 380 students. As I read the first couple of chapters from the first book, Teri drew the scene. The students were engaged and full of questions during the Q&A session. This is what life is all about - writing to ignite a child's desire to read, putting smiles on faces, leaving paw PRINTS on hearts, and encouraging the next generation to achieve their dreams."

Each book in the series is a fast paced thrilling adventure. The characters have very distinctive personalities and behaviors that mirror readers and their friends. The stories all have a magical destination and include friendship, conflict, mystery, imagination, and most importantly relatable language. 

The books are written for reluctant and hi-low readers. What is special about this series is that the language is simple. THE READER doesn't have to re-read the sentence a couple of times to comprehend it. The chapters are short so the reader can retain what has been read. In addition, each book has a message. Readers find themselves learning new things without even realizing they are being taught.

- "Sir Licksalot & The Maverick Fools" (ISBN 1604749172) explores the ocean. 
- "Sir Licksalot & The Island Fools" (ISBN 9781462680924) explores culture and respect. 
- "Sir Licksalot & The Arctic Fools" (ISBN 9781629076713) explores global warming. 
- "Sir Licksalot & The Bay Fools" (ISBN 9781634481533) explores landmarks and kindness.

Books in the "Sir Licksalot" Series have received numerous awards, including:
Best of the Year 2012, Best of the Year 2013, Best of The Year 2014, Gold Award, Editor's Choice, Seal of Approval, Recommended, Bronze Award, 5 Star Review Seals, and Pre-Release Endorsements.

FOR MORE INFORMATION about the "Sir Licksalot" Series, and author D.L. Carroll, please visit


Monday, March 2, 2015

Book Review: Cinderella's Secret Slipper

Cinderella's Secret Slipper

Author: Alinka Rutkowska

Illustrations: Konrad Checinski


ISBN: 978-0983154754

Picture Book: Fairy Tale with a twist

From the Back:
Cinderella’s Secret Slipper is a story of our favorite princess who more than anything else wants to wear her famous glass slippers to her son’s birthday party. But she can’t because her four-year-old smashed one of them in an attempt at killing a mosquito on the wall. Where is she going to get a glass slipper now?

About the Author :
Alinka Rutkowska lives in a castle with her family and dragon just like Cinderella and writes picture books for children like you. She has written over 20 books and she received many awards for her work. She is the winner of the prestigious International Readers’ Favorite Book Award Contest and her book series received the acclaimed Mom’s Choice Award.

Visit: for more stories.

MY REVIEW: This is an absolutely brilliant picture book set years into Cinderella's later life when she needs her glass slippers to attend her son's birthday party. But one of the glass slippers gets broken and no one makes those types of slippers anymore. Cinderella runs into her fairy godmother and she has the answer. But guess who else had a fairy godmother? Maybe the Prince?

This book will be a favorite and it includes a summary of the story of Cinderella that we all remember and love. The twist to this new story will keep the reader engaged and the illustrations enhance the wonderful text. It also includes several questions at the end of the story for discussion and to assess the reader's comprehension making this a great book to add to the classroom for young readers. This award winning author has done it again with Cinderella's Secret Slipper.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hey, I''m Here.....

laptop-in-the-grass.jpg I have been missing in action since the first week in January when it comes to writing and blogging for several reasons. Not all reasons for not writing are excusable for sure, procrastination is not a good reason. But broken ribs, a leg injury, along with  pain and swelling kept me slightly immobile.

 I know what you're thinking,,, if I was sitting with my leg up why wasn't I writing. If the leg were the only thing wrong I would totally agree but those broken ribs were much more than I bargained for. I couldn't even change my own clothes for the first few days.

However, my imagination and note taking continued. And reading time was good. I have tried to keep up with my emails, social media, and working on some samples for my quilt shop. All in all, I'm ready to get some book reviews posted this month and get busy joining 12 X 12. I am taking an art class for inspiration with my fabric design and pattern designs. And the ribs are on the mend, recheck is tomorrow.

So stay tuned. More is yet to come in this writing life.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

For the Over Fifty and Beyond Nurses: A View from the Patient

For the Over Fifty and Beyond Nurses: A View from the Patient: A view of health care is different from a patient than from a doctor, nurse or tech.   I have been a nurse for 38 years and for the most ...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Book Review: Sir Buddy and Mr. Pupples......

I am thrilled to be part of the World of Ink tours again for a wonderful author, Richard McEwan. Here is a cute book for young readers that will sure to be read over and over again.

The Adventures of Sir Buddy and Mr Pupples- The Rescue

Author: Richard McEwan

Illustrated by Amy Rottinger

ISBN: 978-1-61244-307-2

Picture Book

Halo Publishing 2014

Book Review: This is a charming picture book for young children about a lost puppy and how lost animals can find a forever home. The author does a great job in weaving a story about the lost puppy and the positive outcome that develops with Mr. Pupples finding a forever home. Sir Buddy shares his difficulty in finding a forever home when he was a puppy and how good it felt to find his forever owner. Mr. Pupples learns a great lesson. The illustrations enhance the story keeping the reader engaged on every page. It is written with the animals doing the speaking and the adult taking a back seat,  which is just how young readers relate to a good story.

The author has a passion for animals and wants the reader to empathize with a lost pet and hopefully open the discussion about responsible pet ownership with parents and teachers. He weaves a true to life story about what goes on with a lost puppy letting the reader in on how it might feel to be lost or unwanted. Mr. McEwan does a great job getting to the heart of the matter for kids so this will soon be a favorite book in a young  readers collection of " read it again" stories.

Monday, November 24, 2014

I love Readers and Writers

I love those who love reading and I totally love those who write books. I am warming up to E-books but I still love to hold the hard copy of a good book as I cozy in for those chilly winter days and grab some writing or reading time. So without rambling on and on or sounding to lame just let me say this:

I am grateful for books, authors, and those who read this blog. I may never be famous or widely published but I join millions of others who cherish the written word and delve into made up towns with made up characters to find a special place. I am friends with famous authors, not so famous ones, and everyone in between whose dream it is to write something others want to read. So this Thanksgiving along with being thankful for health, shelter, and good food on our table I am truly thankful for all of those I have met who love writing and reading. May we all be seen on the page in a good way, and may we all continue to encourage and teach each other along our journey.

Happy Thanksgiving, Happy writing my friends. 


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