About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now enjoy reading to my granddaughter and supporting authors through my reviews!

Monday, November 29, 2021

Bruce the Spruce- A New York City Fairytale About the True Meaning of Christmas Trees by A.A. Cristi: Review & Giveaway with iRead Book Tours


Join Us for This Tour from November 22 to December 10
 
Book Details:

Book Title:  Bruce the Spruce: A New York City Fairytale About the True Meaning of Christmas Trees by A. A. Cristi
Category:  Children's Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 56 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot
Release date:   November 2021
Content Rating:  G.  Suitable for everyone.

Book Description:

Bruce the Spruce has Christmas all wrong.
 
Thanks to his fancy decorations and adoring admirers, this artificial spruce tree doesn’t just wear a star at Christmas, he IS the star. But when his longtime family gets a new tree, it sends Bruce on a holiday adventure through New York City.
 
From a party in Brooklyn, to a run-in with rats, to a revelatory visit to Rockefeller Center, Bruce the Spruce takes an unforgettable journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas trees!

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MY THOUGHTS.....

Bruce the Spruce has long enjoyed Christmases with the same family, until he is replaced by a brand-new Christmas tree. Suddenly, his twenty years of service are over in an instant! Bruce experiences many feelings: sadness, disappointment, and even fear, as he finds himself out on the street, taken to another home for one short evening, and then left on the curb to face the garbage collector. Bruce had always felt special, but will he never again be the star of Christmas?

Children will love the rhyming text used to share Bruce's adventures, and they'll enjoy seeing the colorful illustrations that depict Bruce, his fantastic experiences, and his encounter with Rocky, the magnificent Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Author A. A. Crist uses their meeting to remind children what is truly important. "No matter what's on the outside, whether ordinary or fine. It's the joy we bring to others that makes us truly shine."

Bruce the Spruce is the perfect holiday book for families to read together, and it's also a wonderful teaching tool that would be a great addition to school libraries.

I received a copy of this book from the author via iRead Book Tours. There was no obligation for a favorable review. This is my own opinion.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 


Meet the Author:

A.A. Cristi was born and raised in the world capital of Christmas trees and musicals - New York City. By no small miracle, she has managed to make a living writing about both topics. When she is not dreaming up fantastic adventures for inanimate objects, she is covering the Broadway industry as a journalist and editor at BroadwayWorld.com. Though writing is her calling, her true passion is playing mother to a neurotic wiener dog named Jack and Aunt Rah Rah to two truly remarkable kids.

Connect with the Author:  Author's Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram
 
Tour Schedule:

Nov 22 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Nov 22 - Laura's Interests – book review / giveaway
Nov 23 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 23 - Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Nov 24 -
Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 24 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway
Nov 24 - The Pen and Muse Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 26 –A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Nov 26 - The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Nov 26 - Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Nov 29 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway
Nov 29 - Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 30 – Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 30 - Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Dec 1 – Kam's Place – book review
Dec 1 - icefairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Dec 2 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 2 - Lisa's Reading – book review / giveaway
Dec 3 - @twilight_reader – book review
Dec 6 – I'm Into Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 6 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Dec 6 –
Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 7 - The Phantom Paragrapher – book review
Dec 8 – Sandra's Book Club – book review
Dec 8 - Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 9 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 9 - Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 10 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:

BRUCE THE SPRUCE Book Tour Giveaway

 


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Friday, November 26, 2021

Cool Kids by Arlene Freeman: Review & Giveaway with iRead Book Tours



 Join Us for This Tour:  November 22nd to December 10th

 
Book Details:

Book Title:  Cool Kids by Arlene Freeman
Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre:  Chldren's Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Publishing
Release date:   October 2021
Content Rating:  G.  Suitable for all ages.
 
Book Description:
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Like most kids, Michael and his friends are so excited for their first day at a new school. They have a lot of questions about what to expect, but most of all, they wonder if they’ll get to join the football team. That would be the perfect way to start the year! However, Michael soon finds out that it’s not as easy as he thinks. The team is filled with bullies, and to join, he has to become one of them. In order to be cool enough to get a spot on the football team, Michael has to start changing his behavior—for the worse! Suddenly, terrible things start happening to him. Finally, he begins to wonder: Was it all worth it?
 

MY THOUGHTS.....

Michael Goodly is both excited and nervous, because he's about to start fourth grade in a new school. He wants to fit in and play football, but it looks like being mean and hurting people may be the only way to be accepted by some of the other players. Is acting tough and hateful the only way that Michael will be allowed to play football with these guys?

Acceptance and fitting in are very important to young people and bullying is an issue that many of them face today. Author Arlene Freeman assures children that they don't have to act tough or mean to be considered cool. In fact, Michael learns that being nice and helping others is the perfect way to gain friends and become one of the 'cool kids'!

Cool Kids is filled with bright, colorful pictures that immediately capture a child's attention, but keeping younger children interested may be hard, because of its length. I believe that Cool Kids is better suited for children in elementary school, and I consider it a valuable resource for both home and school.

I received a copy of this book from the author via iRead Book Tours. There was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 
Meet the Author:


Freeman’s first career was a third-grade schoolteacher in the Passaic School System. Teaching children is her true passion, and she incorporated this passion in her community involvement. Her second career as a real estate broker and appraiser enabled her to open her own real estate company, Prime Realty, with a partner. After thirty-five years, they sold to Coldwell Banker. She loves dogs, playing piano, telling stories, singing, dancing, and sharing wonderful examples of life’s lessons with her grandchildren. Arlene lives in Woodland Park, New Jersey. She has two sons, Dr. Ted Freeman of Long Branch, New Jersey, and Dr. Eric Freeman of Westfield, New Jersey, as well as three grandchildren: Michael, Max, and Quinn. This is her first book and maybe her third career.

Connect with the Author:  Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram

Tour Schedule:

Nov 22 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Nov 22 - Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 23 -
Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 23 - Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 23 - A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Nov 23 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Nov 24 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Nov 26 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway
Nov 29 –Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 30 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 1 – icefairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Dec 2 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 2 -
Kam's Place – book review
Dec 3 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Dec 6 – I'm Into Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 6 - Reading is My Passion – book review / giveaway
Dec 6 - Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 7 – Lisa's Reading – book review / giveaway
Dec 8 – @twilight_reader – book review
Dec 9 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review
Dec 10 – The Page Ladies – book review

Enter the Giveaway:

 COOL KIDS Book Tour Giveaway