Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Maddi's Fridge

Sofi and Maddie are best friends.  They play every day together. The playground is their favorite place to climb, run, and have fun.  Maddi and Sofi are pretty much like most kids, except that Maddi has a problem that is all too familiar these days.  She is hungry.

The story depicts some childhood difficulties, children trying to help children, secrets that can’t be kept, siblings that care about each other, and friends that show their compassion with generosity.

Maddi’s Fridge is a wonderful book for Kids.  It teaches children to share, to be companionate, and to know that sometimes it’s not good to keep a secret.  While this delightful little book brings hunger awareness to children, its pages are also filled with fun.

The Author Lois Brandt, has shown children that they too can help those in need.  The illustrations by Vin Vogel are filled with whimsy that are certain to delight young readers.

The life lessons in this book will live on in a child’s mind. I give it five bags of goodies for great content.

This book was reviewed by Susan Hornbach, author of children’s literature

About The Author Of

Maddi’s Fridge

Lois Brandt is the author of Maddi's Fridge, illustrated by Vin Vogel.

Years ago Lois peeked into her best friend’s refrigerator and found empty shelves and
one small carton of milk. Her best friend’s family didn’t have enough money to buy
food. Maddi’s Fridge is the result of that moment.

A teacher by trade, Lois weaves together diverse images and events to create stories
for children. She lives near Seattle, WA, with her husband, assorted kids, two dogs,
and a fluffy cat who thinks he’s a dog. This is her first picture book.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

My Brother Is My Best Friend

Come spend a day with Blake and Drake.  Twin brothers who do everything together.  They play till their heart’s content, sharing in the activities that will delight young children. 

There are rainbows and sunshine, pretending and snowballs, hot chocolate and toasty snuggles, trees and ponds, birds and fish, and the fun continues on. The whimsical illustrations by Clara Batton Smith, have captured the essence of the story, and are sure to delight little tykes. 

The award winning author of My Brother is My Best Friend, Nicole Weaver, has written another book, My Sister is My Best Friend; all books are written in three languages.  They are both fun and entertaining books for small children. 

I found this book to be cute, cute, cute! I give it lollipops and stars for content filled with fun.

This book has been reviewed by Susan Hornbach, author of children’s literature

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About the Author

Nicole weaver is an award-winning author. Her first trilingual book Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle was published in 2009.

Her love for languages and other cultures resulted in publishing the award-winning book, My Sister Is My Best Friend which was published in 2011 by Guardian Angel Publishing Inc.

My Sister Is My Best Friend has won the following awards: 2012 Creative Child Awards Program consisting of moms and educators has awarded this book the 2012 PREFERRED CHOICE AWARD Kids Picture Storybooks category. 2012 Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval 2012 Children's Literary Classics Gold Award Readers' Favorite 5 Star Review

Her newest book, My Brother Is My Best Friend; also published by Guardian Angel Publishing Inc., January 2014.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Maggie Mae Detective Extraordinaire

The Case of the Missing Cookies

What do whistles, crumbs, strands of hair and grandpa’s chair have to do with this detective story?  You’ll just have to open this book and ruffle the pages a bit to find out!  Maggie Mae is hard at work.  She’s got the tools and the know how to track down a thief. No one gets in her way.  She is relentless.

This is a delightful story about a little girl who puts her detective talents to work.  Her Grandma has a problem that needs immediate attention.  Maggie Mae is there on the job to help. Grandpa, well, not so much.

I think young children will love the story of Grandparents, cookies, a brother, and a dog, along with a story of mystery solving.  These pages illustrated by Jack Foster, who by the way never disappoints with his larger than life illustrations, is a fun and entertaining read for young boys and girls.  

Margo Dill, author of Finding My Place, has now written Maggie Mae Detective Extraordinaire, The Case of the Missing Cookies, a delightful detective story to engage children in the track down of a thief.  The story moves along. It’s fun, entertaining, and sure to hold a child’s attention. I give it five whole bag of yummy cookies.

Loved the story, and so will kids!

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About Margo L. Dill

Me with short hair!

Margo L. Dill is the author of the young adult novel Caught Between Two Curses (March 18, 2014 from Rocking Horse Publishing) and the middle-grade historical fiction novel, Finding My Place: One Girl’s Strength at Vicksburg (October 2012, White Mane Kids).  She also has a picture book accepted by High Hill Press.

If you are looking for information on Margo’s editing business, Editor 911, please go here: OR e-mail her at margo (at) with Editor 911 in the subject line.
Besides writing books, she is a freelance writer, editor, and teacher, living in St. Louis, Missouri. Her work has appeared in publications such as Grit, Pockets, Missouri Life, By Line Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, True Love, On the Line, Fun for Kidz, and The News-Gazette. She is a columnist, instructor, and contributing editor for WOW! Women On Writing. She writes weekly book reviews for The News-Gazette (Champaign, IL).  She is also the memoir and children’s/YA novel editor for High Hill Press.
She is a former elementary classroom teacher, writing teacher, and TITLE I teacher, who believes in using books to teach children reading, writing, social studies, science, health, and math. She believes books can start conversations that children otherwise might not want to have.
She is happy to come speak to your writing group, do a workshop for teachers on writing or reading, work with children and teens to improve their writing skills and creativity, or do a program for your community group. She absolutely LOVES going to schools and visiting with children and teens. For more information on her workshops, please click on the tab on this blog that says, “Speaking and Teaching,” or contact her at margo(at)

This book was reviewed by Susan Hornbach, Author of children’s literature

Monday, September 1, 2014

Oliver’s Hunger Dragon

Since the goal of this book is to bring awareness to the problem of hunger in
America, and the 16 million kids who feel hunger’s impact every day, a portion of
the proceeds of this book will go to the following organizations.

The Clark County Washington Food Bank:
“It is our mission to “Alleviate Hunger and Its Root Causes.”

Feeding America:
“Our mission is to feed America’s hungry though a nationwide network of member
food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.”

The Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division of Oregon:
“Since 1923, the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division has been providing food
and clothing relief to Portland families and individuals in need . . . mobilizing quickly
and efficiently to assist distressed Portlanders

There be dragons in this book.  Lots of dragons. These dragons depict the hunger of a child. It’s a clever way to relate to young children how others feel when they don’t have enough to eat. This story starts out with one child with a problem, but he soon realizes he is not alone and others have similar distress. The text written with rhythm and rhyme is sure to delight little ears.

The story teaches children how to reach out to their fellow students who are less fortunate than themselves. The lessons in this book will stay with a child for a life time. I believe any child who reads this book will remember it for always and forever.

The colorful and vivid illustrations in Oliver’s Hunger Dragon pop from the page, and are sure to delight any child.  I can’t say enough about how informative and educational this book is, and how the lessons here will stay with a child for many years to come.

It’s just a wonderful book and I loved the way the author Sherry Alexander expresses the importance for others to take notice of those in need.  Oliver’s Hunger Dragon is a fun read for young children.  In my view, a keeper for any child’s library.

Just loved this book! Stars everywhere! 

This book was reviewed by Susan Hornbach, author of children’s literature


Sherry Alexander, a 2013 graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature, is a writer, author, blogger, and child advocate who writes both fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. This is her first picture book, and comes from her own childhood memory of two Portland Police Officers who brought her family a food basket when they were in need. It is her dream that someday no child will ever experience hunger again. She lives with her husband of 45 years on a small SW Washington ranch with their two horses, two dogs, and the occasional pack of coyotes.  Visit her online at

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ten Little Tricksters

Ten Little Tricksters

Halloween has arrived and excitement is stirring. Little children are sure to find joy within these pages. Little Halloweeners are bustling through the streets, collecting treats and sporting their costumes. Excitement fills the neighborhood.

Little tykes learn to count with each passing page as verse in rhyme holds their attention. Ten Little Tricksters written by Penelope Anne Cole and illustrated by Kevin Collier is a fun and educational book for toddlers and those children who are just learning to read.  A lovely book for small children.

I give it ten yummy treats for entertainment, great illustrations and educational content.


Penelope Anne Cole has taught and tutored at every grade level. She enjoys writing children’s stories for read aloud time. “Reading to children is the best way to help them love literature.” She has a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and an M.A. in Education. When not writing stories or reviewing children’s books, Ms. Cole enjoys dog walking, reading, gardening, church and choir activities.  Ms. Cole is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the Fremont Area Writers of the CA Writers Club, and is a Certified Reading Therapist with Read America. Ms. Cole reviews books on her blog at Penelope Anne Cole

This book was reviewed by Susan Hornbach, author of children’s literature

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Prairie Dog Play Days

Margot Finke’s new picture book –  available on her website and on Amazon

Prairie dogs that play, stinkers that prey and birds that rule the sky; that’s what these pages are about.  Margot Finke, author of many children’s stories and works of literature, has written another enchanting book of rhyme. Her nonfiction characters depict animals of North America that are sure to please a child’s wonderment.

Prairie Dog Play Days is an educational fun read for kids. The beautifully detailed illustrations by Kathy Iler will capture a child’s interest in an instant, and the whimsical rhymes will no doubt keep them reading.

Margot Finke’s book includes enhanced vocabulary words and additional information about the animals at the end of the book.  This is a wonderful resource for classroom use or a book to cherish in a child’s library.  Either way, this delightful read will be an asset to any library for children.
I give Prairie Dog Play Days five ***** stars for content, creativity, and beautiful illustrations.

Prairie Dog Play Days, Little Stinkers & Bald Eagles Rule 

Academic Wings 
by Margot Finke 
Three fantastic American animals eat, fly, and dig their way across the pages of this rhyming picture book. Prairie Dogs, Skunks and Bald Eagles are just waiting for your child to meet them. Cool critters, and cool facts %u2013 how can you beat a combination like that?

Margot Finke is an Aussie transplant. She now lives in Oregon near her grown family and grandchildren. With 13 published children’s books, and more on the way, plus a Manuscript Critique Service, Margot is always searching for the perfect way to place her books in the hands of eager children. Her FREE Skype Author Visits are a terrific way to do this.
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This book was reviewed by Susan Hornbach, author of children’s literature.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Never Say Boo to a Frilly

                              Never Say Boo to a Frilly

Well, get your read on boys and girls, because this book is one to hunker down in a comfy space and set your sights on the Australian Outback Bush.
You might find this lizard to be a bit fancy, but don’t let him fool you. He’s rough and tough for sure. Find out what he eats, how long he’s been on the Earth and what he does when you say, Boo!

Among these pages you will read about exotic birds of the bush, the razzle dazzle of color they display, the chatter and song they bring to your ears, and wouldn't you like to know how to bring birds to your back yard? But guys, there’s more!

I gotta tell you, this one scares me a bit. The little Tasmanian; even his name is scary. He’s a devil of a fellow who growls and howls. He stalks and preys, and shows his teeth with a scream! The whole book is written in easy to read rhyme that draws you in while mesmerizing illustrations by Aysin Eroglu excite your senses.

Margot Finke, author of many children’s books, has written another entertaining, educational book with facts to enlighten at the end of her stories. Never Say Boo to a Frilly is a keeper and will find a place in any child’s library who enjoys rhyme or is interested in wild and exotic animals. A fun read for kids and parents.
I give this book five ***** stars for rhyme, educational content and beautiful illustrations.

This book was reviewed by Susan Hornbach, author of children’s literature

Margot Finke is an Aussie transplant. She now lives in Oregon near her grown family and grandchildren. With 13 published children’s books, and more on the way, plus a Manuscript Critique Service, Margot is always searching for the perfect way to place her books in the hands of eager children. Her FREE Skype Author Visits are a terrific way to do this.

*Video of Margot chatting about FREE Skype visits:
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*FREE ”Sneak Peek” inside her latest books: