The Story of Babushka by Catherine Flores @StoryofBabushka @AuthorFlores @ACLCreative_ @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours

 

The story of Babushka written by Catherine Flores, illustrator Ana Beatriz Marquez, publisher ACL Creative Studio, is available NOW in ebook, hardcover, audiobook and paperback format. I would highly recommend purchasing a physical copy either in hardcover or paperback as the illustrations are truly captivating.

Book Blurb

A beautifully illustrated book, with a magnificent story that children and tweens will love.

Babushka wants to find out the meaning of life so she sends her bodies out of the forest and into the world to search for answers. 

WHAT IS A BABUSHKA?

The babushka doll, also known as a matryoshka or Russian nesting doll, is a traditional Russian toy first made over 100 years ago. The doll has come to symbolise Russian folk culture, as well as the complex and beautiful layers of women. There are some babushka dolls with as many as fifty dolls nested inside. This is the story of one very special babushka doll and her five bodies. There was the outermost body, Antonia. She was pure beauty. Everyone who saw her admired her good looks. Beneath that body of beauty hid Loretta, who was richly adorned. She wore gold ornaments, and her green robe was decorated with many different gems that glittered like the ocean on a sunny day. Hidden within the rich body was Paula, the body that held all Babushka’s talents. Whatever Paula did, she was sure to succeed. She knew how to work and always did so with joy and determination. Within the talented body was Viola, the body of wisdom. Viola knew a lot about the world and learned very quickly. She was always full of brilliant ideas and had clever solutions for every problem. The last body, the smallest of all, was Mary, the embodiment of love. Mary had a warm and compassionate heart and was very helpful. She could dry tears and mend broken hearts. Together, these bodies formed the complete Babushka.

Reading this book, you will learn about:

– The value of friendship and love.

– That financial wealth alone cannot make someone happy.

– Not to judge outer appearance.

– To recognize a person’s value and much more

Buy Link:  https://amzn.to/3hNm8JJ

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes

I am so pleased and honoured to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Catherine Flores novel: The Story of Babushka.

What first attracted me to this novel was the exquisite illustration on the book cover but this is nothing compared to what is inside the book. The book as a whole is stunningly beautiful with the illustrations perfectly bringing the beautiful words to life.

When my children were little I cherished reading picture books with them and I’ve kept quite a few as I still do love re-visiting these stories that held precious memories for me and my family. After reading The Story of Babushka I do believe it will become a family favourite with children of all ages and even adults will adore the ethos behind the story and will be equally enchanted.

I have admired the Russian nesting dolls for as long as I can remember but didn’t know the folk story behind them. As an adult I enjoy opening my imagination for the magic and myth of fairy stories and this is what I felt whilst reading Catherine Flores story. The story is charming, enchanting and quite thought provoking. It’s a story that would resonate for all ages reminding us of what is important in life. I know it will be a book that I will re-read for the wise words and for the beautiful illustrations. I felt comforted by this adorable book. Thank you Catherine Flores and Ana Beatriz Marquez for a great partnership in bringing this book to life.

Author Bio: Since quitting her full-time job at a branding communication agency in Zurich, Catherine has gone on to become a successful freelance designer and a children’s author. She spends most of her time on the small island of Madeira with her family, spending her time growing vegetables in her garden and working for clients from around the world.

She is currently working on the follow up to the 2020 release of “The Story Of Babushka”

Social Media

Instagram:

Author: www.instagram.com/JourneytoFantastic

Book: www.instagram.com/StoryofBabushka

Twitter:

Author: www.twitter.com/AuthorFlores

Facebook:

Book: www.facebook.com/TheStoryofBabushka

Website

Author: www.catherineflores.ch

Book: www.TheStoryofBabushka.com

YouTube Trailer – https://youtu.be/jKnDGZ2e1VY – Book Trailer

Free colouring in downloads – https://thestoryofbabushka.com/product/the-story-of-babushka-colouring-book-free-download/

Milly’s Marvellous Mistakes by Peta Rainford @PetaRainford #bookreview #childrensbook #picturebook

Milly's Marvellous Mistakes front cover

Milly’s Marvellous Mistakes written, illustrated and self-published by Peta Rainford is available to pre-order NOW ready for publication on 20th February 2020.

Book Blurb

Milly’s Marvellous Mistakes is a funny, rhyming picture book for the X-factor generation of children brought up to expect overnight success and instant gratification!
Our hero, Milly May, more than anything, wants to paint beautiful pictures. But she always ends up with blots and smudges. She really WISHES she was a better artist, and then – hey presto! – her fairy godmother appears (looking a little bit like the artist Frida Khalo!) and grants her wish.
Milly is soon turning out paintings in the style of famous artists, including: Van Gogh and Da Vinci! There are lots of great visual jokes in this beautifully illustrated and colourful book.
But Milly soon discovers that success that comes too easily may not be worth having – especially if it means losing friends.
This funny, rhyming picture book – about art, friendship and the dangers of instant gratification – says it’s ok to make mistakes. Like Peta Rainford’s previous book, The Niggle, it tackles the issue of resilience in a humorous, imaginative and child-friendly way.
This book would be great for early readers or as a bedtime story for children of around 4 to 8 years of age.

To pre-order/purchase links:

amazon: https://amzn.to/373vbRJ

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/millys-marvellous-mistakes/peta-rainford/9780995646537

Review

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes

Firstly, I’d like to say how wonderful the illustrations of this picture book are; they are bright and colourful but also there is an organic simplistic quality to them that I’m sure would appeal to youngsters.

The rhyming text is perfect for little ones and I can easily imagine children whether as an individual or in a group situation would soon remember the words and repeat them with glee.

The ethos of the storyline is just right and I’ve witnessed Milly’s initial behaviour in my own children when they were young.  We all get frustrated at times when we can’t do something, even as adults we need gentle reminders that life cannot be rushed and we have to keep trying and practising to achieve our goals.

I really enjoyed Milly’s Marvellous Mistakes and I could see it becoming a popular story for repeat reading with little ones.

About the Author

Milly's Marvellous Mistakes peta rainford picPeta writes and illustrates her funny picture books on the Isle of Wight, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and hairy jack russell, Archie. Peta loves going into schools to share her books and inspire children in their writing and art.  She has appeared at a number of festivals and other events, including:  Barnes Children’s Literature Festival, Isle of Wight Literary Festival, Exmoor Dark Skies Festival and Ventnor Fringe. Wight Literary Festival, Exmoor Dark Skies Festival and Ventnor Fringe. She is one of the organisers of the inaugural IW Story Festival, taking place in February 2020.

Milly’s Marvellous Mistakes, is the seventh picture book written and illustrated by Peta Rainford. Her other books are Hairy Fairy, Jamie and the Joke Factory, Isabella Rotten Speller, Isabella’s Adventures in Numberland, The Niggle and Jacob Starke Loves the Dark. Peta’s books feature feisty girls and boys who show their emotions, and deal with childhood issues such as anxiety, resilience and friendship, with humour and a light touch.

Website: https://www.dogpigeon.co.uk/

Twitter:  @PetaRainford

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dogpigeon/

The Cockatoo From Timbuktu by William A E Ford @williamaeford #picturebook #bookreview #childrensbook

the cockatoo from timbuktu

The Cockatoo From Timbuktu written and self-published by William A E Ford is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Join Kian the cockatoo on his adventures around the world! Can a childhood song about a shining star help him find his way home? From the Great Barrier Reef to the Great Wall of China to New York City, wonders of the world are explored delightfully in this epic journey!

To buy links:

amazon: https://amzn.to/31wzO5w

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-the-cockatoo-from-timbuktu/william-ford/9788269157048

Review

This is a delightful, educational picture book that would appeal to all. The story has a lovely rhyming prose that children would enjoy and soon start repeating. I loved the ethos of the whole story with Kian the little cockatoo who lived in a zoo wanting to go back home to his parents in Timbuktu, so he escapes. During his journey home he visits many countries far and wide discovering animals and new places.

The illustrations are cheerful, bright and each page has so much to see and learn about. I will definitely be flicking through the book again and again to see what else I can find in the pictures.

There’s a fabulous fact sheet at the back of the book all about cockatoos and Timbuktu which was a lovely added bonus.

A delightful picture book that would entertain children and open up discussions with littles ones imaginative and open minds.

About the Author

William has always had a passion for books, writing and story-telling. William’s favourite way to end a cosy evening is to spend time dreaming up and reading bed-time stories to his five wonderful children.
‘Timothy Mean and the Time Machine’ and ‘The Cockatoo from Timbuktu’ were inspired by the spark of his children’s colourful imaginations as they tirelessly created unique, laughter filled days from even the most mundane, everyday objects and situations!
Born in England, William currently lives in Oslo, Norway with his wife Silje and five children.
‘Timothy Mean and the Time Machine’ won the Readers Favorite Children’s Sci-Fi / Fantasy 2019 Award
‘The Cockatoo from Timbuktu’ Is William’s second published picture book.

Website: https://williamaeford.com/

Twitter:  @williamaeford

She Ran Away From Love by Mawson @mawsonbear @rararesources #blogtour #bookreview #picturebook

Mawson She Ran Away From Love front cover

She Ran Away From Love written by Mawson, publisher Obscura, is available NOW in paperback format.

To buy links:

Generic Amazon Link: http://Viewbook.at/SheRanAwayFromLove
Amazon dot com Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1925652548/
Book Depository Link : https://www.bookdepository.com/She-Ran-Away-From-Love-Mawson/9781925652543

GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16850334.Mawson_Bear

Book Blurb
The Light of Love pours down on Frilly. It shines so brightly that she quails and runs away. Upset with herself for feeling scared, she wakes her good friend Mawson and pours out her confusions. She wants to learn how to be bold and is convinced that she can do this by going on a quest. With muddled help from Mawson she sets off into the great Out There. But is a quest to find oneself really the answer?

Mawson She Ran Away From Love

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the latest book from Mawson: She Ran Away From Love.

This is a delightful little picture book with an important message for young minds.  When all around us we are bombarded by images of what ‘being happy’ is, your happy is not what has millions of likes.  Mawson the big cuddly bear encourages his little friend Frilly to find her own happy; she is scared but knows she has to be brave to take the first steps in her quest.

The author has created a very child friendly approach for young children to learn about themselves.  The images are cute and the whole ethos of the storyline is charming, intuitive and inspiring.

Author Bio
Mawson writer bearMawson, a big hearted, soul searching teddy bear, is here to help. He is one of this bright world’s few Writer-Bears. He speaks about Being One’s Best in an world that is often baffling – and not only for bears. He is often muddled about things (well, he is a bear). But he is always confident that things are going to turn out All Right.

Social Media Links –
Mail Mawsonbear@bigpond.com
Mawson’s Own Web Den: https://mawsonbear.blog
Twitter: @mawsonbear
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/mawsonbear/

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Timothy Mean and the Time Machine by William AE Ford @williamaeford #picturebook #bookreview #buybooksforChristmas #childrensbook #indieauthor

Timothy Mean and the Time Machine

Timothy Mean and the Time Machine written and self-published by William AE Ford is available NOW in ebook, hardcover and paperback format.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2P7Y880

Book Blurb

WINNER OF READERS FAVORITE SCI-FI FANTASY CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD 2019

With Timothy Mean’s amazing imagination and time machine, anything and anywhere is possible! Join Timothy on a magical rhyming adventure as he skips through time and pranks with pirates, gets daring with dragons, and even teases a T-Rex!“It’s Monday. Hip hip hooray! Where shall we travel in time today?” With Timothy Mean, every day is a rhyme in time!

REVIEW

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

Even though my children are all grown up I still appreciate the importance of surrounding children of all ages with books.  When my children were small I loved picture books and I still do now.  Picture books are like two books in one as a child can make up their own story by looking at the pictures and as they get older they can read the book themselves.

William AE Ford has written a wonderful, imaginative, entertaining story and it’s beautifully presented in a picture book format.  If you do buy the ebook format please do read it on a tablet or ereader that is colour compatible so you can fully appreciate the wonderful images in the background of the book.

I think this story would appeal to both boys and girls as Timothy is a character you could easily relate to and there’s probably a child like Timothy in every classroom.  Timothy is a little bored and decides to make himself a time machine.  With his expert time machine making skills he’s now ready for adventures and we follow Timothy for a week travelling through time and making new friends.

The text is written in a rhyming format that flows very well and you can imagine a child soon picking up the words and speaking them out aloud.  The author has written a story that is fun and entertaining but it also opens up the readers mind to a whole new world of imaginations.  If this book was read in a class the teacher could open up a great discussion with the children asking them where they’d like to go on their time travels.

I love buying books as gifts and Timothy Mean and the Time Machine would make a wonderful Christmas present.

About the Author

William has always had a passion for books, writing and story-telling. William’s favourite way to end a cosy evening is to spend time dreaming up and reading bed-time stories to his five wonderful children.
Just one of his many stories, ‘Timothy Mean and the Time Machine’ was inspired by the spark of his children’s colourful imaginations as they tirelessly created unique, laughter filled days from even the most mundane, everyday objects and situations!
Born in England, William currently lives in Oslo, Norway with his wife Silje and five children.
‘Timothy Mean and the Time Machine’ winner of the Readers Favorite Children’s Sci-Fi / Fantasy 2019 Award is William’s first published work and he plans to publish more books shortly.

Website: https://williamaeford.com/

Twitter:  @williamaeford

Leo and the Lightning Dragons by Gill White, illustrator Gilli B blogtour book review @leolightdragons ‏@FledglingPress @_GilliB #Lovebooksgrouptours

 

Leo and the Lightning Dragons cover

Leo and the Lightning Dragons written by Gill White, illustrated by Gilli B, publisher Fledgling Press, is available NOW in paperback format.

The paperback is available to purchase from WaterstonesFoyles and amazon

To buy link (amazon UK): https://amzn.to/2AWPWRw

Book Blurb

Everybody in the kingdom is supporting the brave knight Leo in his battle against his fearsome dragons. They try lots of different things to help him defeat them but eventually Leo realises that the most important thing to do is to believe in himself. This beautifully illustrated book with a poignant and uplifting rhyming story encourages children to persevere and find strength in the face of adversity, even when it seems that nothing is working. Written by Gill White for her son Leo who suffers from Ohtahara Syndrome, an extremely rare form of epilepsy, and beautifully illustrated by Fife artist Gilli B, this story has been positively received by parents of children with complex needs, by care workers and medical staff and by parents of healthy young children who love the book simply as an adventure story. All royalties from the sale of this book will go to CHAS (Children’s Hospices across Scotland).

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I am so pleased and honoured to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of this wonderful book by Gill White: Leo and the Lightning Dragons.

As soon as I read about this book I knew I had to buy a copy of the book as I have my own personal experience of a child living with epilepsy.

I adore children’s picture books, even though my children are now adults you can still gain so much joy in reading a picture book.  Oh my goodness this story brought back so many emotions and memories of a time my own boy fought his own ‘crackles’ and lightning bolts.  My son started having seizures at the age of two, they stopped for a while but started again during his teen years.  Epilepsy is a frightening condition for the sufferer as well as for the loved ones witnessing it.

Leo and the Lightning Dragons is a truly wonderful picture book.  It’s a visual delight, the illustrations are clear and bright in a simplistic manner but are very appealing to the eye.  I loved the use of different fonts to describe the adjectives in the storytelling, they worked perfectly for both the reader who could then ‘act’ out the adjective or for a small child to visibly see the change in font and could then imagine the intensity of the word.

The story is very poignant and it could be relatable to any number of situations were a child is experiencing something different to his peers.  It felt so uplifting, positive and encouraging and I wanted to ‘fist pump’ the air with ‘Yes, Leo, you can do it’!

This is a perfect picture book for any child as the storyline would appeal to them describing a young knight fighting dragons.  It showed courage and bravery and a will to keep on going.

I’d highly recommend this book to be on the shelves of every primary school library and in every children’s hospital ward.  It’s colourful and filled full of positivity.  I hope the book sells out and raises loads of much needed funds for CHAS (Children’s Hospices across Scotland).

Social Media Links:

Twitter:   http://www.twitter.com/leolightdragons

To find out more about CHAS:

Website:  https://www.chas.org.uk/

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/supportCHAS

To find out more about Epilepsy:

Website:   https://www.epilepsyresearch.org.uk/

Twitter:   http://www.twitter.com/EpilepsyRUK