Sunday, June 24, 2012

 Welcome Jo Linsdell

 Today I have posted a blog spot for Jo Linsdell as part of her three month blog tour.  She is an author, writer and illustrator of children's literature.  Her new book, "Out and About at the Zoo" has been receiving wonderful reviews. Listed below are several of them that describe an enchanting trip to the zoo, and illustrations that are sure to please children. 

I'm sure you will enjoy reading her fun filled reviews of this delightful story of rhyme and colorful animals from the zoo.  Feel free to leave a comment, and anyone who wishes to host Jo Linsdell on their blog; her contact information is below.  I wish you great success with your new book Jo, and would like to say that the characters on the cover of Out and About at the Zoo are simply precious. 

Out and About at the Zoo
Written and illustrated by Jo Linsdell 

Rhyming text and Colorful
pictures accompany this fun day out discovering different animals at the zoo.

About the author:
Jo Linsdell is a freelance writer, author and illustrator. Originally from the UK , she now lives in Rome, Italy with her husband and their two young sons.

Author Website
Release Date: 1st June 2012

Product details:

ISBN/EAN13: 1477446591 / 9781477446591
Page Count: 32
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Language: English
Colour: Full Colour with Bleed
Related Categories: Juvenile Fiction / Stories in Verse

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Read Jo Linsdell's Reviews:
5 Stars *****

I review many books. When I see a children's picture book, I tend to savor the artistic way the writer and the artist tend to mesh. Sometimes its the blending that makes a simple child's book something really worth reading.

Out and About at the Zoo is a combination of the artist and the writer being the same person Jo Linsdell. She crafted a very cute and adorable children's volume. This simple children's book with bright colors of animals from the zoo is crisp in it poetic delivery. The art sparkles in its simple characters of the zoo animals.

Ms Linsdell seems to know her target audience and gives them a bright a images for them to enjoy. These young children will delight in this books rhythms that come from its verses and art. It is a good book to give for those young and young at heart".

By Bennet Pomerantz

5 Stars *****
"This is a fun, short book for the grandkids! If you love reading to your children or grandchildren, this book will become a family favorite quite fast. The simple wording and bright interaction of characters makes it easy for very young readers and exciting for toddlers still listening.

Jo puts some serious thought into toddler reactions and includes those in the book. My favorite part was the last page, because my toddlers decided immediately that we needed to take a trip to the Denver Zoo. "Yay!!! I get to see the elephants!" (Okay, that part was ME not them.
But they get to go too.)"

5 Stars *****
"Out and About at the Zoo by Jo Linsdell is a delightful story set in rhyme about a boy and his mum. The two spend the day at the zoo and meet many animals along the way. Your child will enjoy reading this book time and time again. The colorful illustrations make this book a joy to read. Pick up a copy of this book and share a day at the zoo memory with your little one".
By Kate Mueller, Author of Bella's Birthday Surprise

5 Stars *****
 "Out And About At The Zoo is a cute book that describes a child's memory filled trip to the zoo. Are you heading to the zoo and you would like to tell your kids what animals they will see there and what they might be doing? Then Out And About At The Zoo would be a great choice. Easy to understand and easy for children to read along with. It is filled with simple yet colorful pictures that even held my one year old's attention!

Would also make a good gift for young readers who are just beginning to read!"

5 Stars *****
 "What is your favorite animal to see at the zoo?  Author and illustrator Jo Linsdell both describes and pictures a fun day at the zoo that a young lad has with his mum.  They get to look at colorful parrots, tall giraffes, screaming monkeys, meat-eating lions and tigers, striped zebras, scary crocodiles with big teeth, hopping kangaroos, bathing hippos, and huge elephants.   But how does the boy feel when it’s time to go home?   How would you feel?

Children love to visit the zoo.  Our two boys certainly did when they were little, and we still do even today.  Jo Linsdell is a freelance writer and artist who is originally from the United Kingdom but now lives in Rome, Italy, with her husband and their two young sons.  The rhyming text and colorful pictures in Out and About at the Zoo not only make a truly fun story for children to read or have read to them and imagine what it’s like, but will also help to familiarize them with the different kinds of creatures that they will discover at the zoo when they do go."

By Wayne Walker, Home School Book Review

5 Stars *****
 "I have always been told that if you are going to write a rhyming picture book you had better make sure the entire thing rhymes. An author named Verla Kay has many picture books written only in rhyme. Her rhymes are excellent and I use her as a standard for good rhyming. She would enjoy this book!

Jo Linsdell has written a picture book with pictures that are so adorable you want to hug each animal in the book. Both the pictures and the text bring a child's wonder and excitement during a day at the zoo to the reader. The illustrations leap off the page and the animals are so inviting. Each one has a smile and the text tells children what each one does. I think this would be a great bedtime story for any child or a good introduction to a day at the zoo. As a primary teacher, I recommend this highly for a beginning reader. After a few readings the child will be able to read many of the words."

5 Stars *****
 "Jo has chosen a palette of bright flat colours such as young children love for her first picture book, “Out and About at the Zoo”, which she wrote with her small son acting as honorary head of her children’s consumer advisory panel.  Her son influenced her story’s creation each step of the way, which has made the whole experience  of making this, their first picture book, very special indeed.
The images of the animals are cheeky and fun and are complemented by the simple narrative with a strong rhyming element. Children love the musicality in rhyme so I can see why her little boy loved this mode of storytelling. I’m sure other children will find it fun too!"
By Jennifer Poulter

5 Stars *****

Out and About at the Zoo is such a fun book. I can't wait to read the rhymes in this story to my grandbabies. I know I will be sending them their own copy of this book to read and soak up the colorful pages.

The illustrations are so cute and will definitely grab the child's attention to the bright colors and the zoo animals they are visiting in this darling book.

Here is one of my favorite pages, it teaches the child about the description of the animal and teaches colors in fun rhyming words.

"Zebras with stripes
of black and white
trotted over, much to my delight."
page 14

I see this as not just for a fun read but also for the education of young children.

I highly recommend this book!

I rated this book a 5+ out of 5

4 Stars ****
 "I enlisted some help from my daughter who turns three next month to write this review.

After reading "Out and About at the Zoo," to her, I asked if she liked the book. Her response: "I YOVE it." (she can't pronounce "L's" very well yet but you get the drift).

Caitlin has summed up everything you need to know and there's not much more to add to her comment. Jo's book is fun with cleverly rhyming text and is brightly illustrated. Your littlies will love "Out and About at the Zoo."

Jo Linsdell

Saturday, June 9, 2012

                         New Book  Releases From Guardian Angel Publishing                   A BEAUTIFUL DAY
  Littlest Angels- Margaret Pearce, artist Ilse Van Garderen
  Bobby and Vicki are mice twinlings living in a lovely 'down under' woodland setting. It is important that sisters, who consider they have nothing in common, have their outings stopped until they learn to play together nicely.             A TODDLER'S ABC OF BLESSINGS
  Wings of Faith- Jennifer Prus, artist Alyssa McIlhany
  Snuggle up with your favorite loved one and follow along as a toddler shares his adorable blessings using the alphabet; from angels who watch over him, to mud puddles to jump into before mass, and zebras that traveled on Noah's ark. Children will love the playful rhymes and colorful illustrations.">COBBLEDOM'S CURSE
  Littlest Angels- J. Aday Kennedy, artist Jack Foster
  Laced with humor and a message to put other's desires above one's own the book is an example of self-sacrifice and true friendship. Reluctant readers will snap up the book and discover the fun reading can be.">                 CODY KNOWS
  Littlest Angels- Karen Wiesner, artist Candace Hardy
  Follow the antics and adventures of a single day in the life of an Indiana Jones-wanna-be toddler, Cody. Simple words and sentences bring the story to life for beginning readers.">      J.P.'S HALLOWEEN PARADE
  Littlest Angels- Andi Houdek art by Kevin Collier
  J.P. walks into his classroom and realizes he has forgotten something very important. His friends are dressed up in their Halloween costumes, and he is wearing his regular school clothes! Follow J.P. through his day and find out how his friends help him feel better.">      MY TOOTH IS LOOSE THE SUM OF OUR PARTS series
  Academic Wings- Bill Kirk, artist Eugene Ruble
  From the first wiggle until the tooth comes out, this picture book will bring back memories of when you pulled your first tooth. Through a story in rhyme, you can share the experience with your own children as they begin to wonder if it is now their time. Seven pages of factoids and activities included.">                  THE CAT CAME BACK
  Animals & Pets- Dixie Phillips & Lucy Robbins, artist Laureen Caponigro
  Papa Sompolinsky is color-blind. When Miss Mittens, the family's prized kitten, suddenly disappears, the Sompolinsky family goes berserk. Papa thinks he's found her. Join Miss Mittens and the whole Sompolinsky family in this true silly rhyming adventure that is guaranteed to bring a smile and a giggle or two."> THE LITTLEST COWBOY
   Littlest Angels- Jeanean Nusz, artist Y Moreno
  Jacob is a little boy who is in a hurry to grow up and be just like the big cowboys on his Dad's ranch. This story helps celebrate that first momentous accomplishment in life when a youngster is able to say, "Yes, I can do it!"

Sunday, June 3, 2012

M E D I A  R E L E A S E

CONTACT:    Donna McDine, Editor-in-Chief, Guardian Angel Kids Ezine



For Immediate Release


Children’s Ezine Guardian Angel Kids: Growing Up – June 2012 Issue


The Guardian Angel Kids creative crew is pleased to announce the new Ezine format. The inviting visual will take the reader on a turn page style adventure with the click of the mouse accompanied with the sound of turning a page in your hand. Without further ado, we present the Guardian Angel Kids Growing Up June 2012 issue…


The carefree days of childhood invokes memories of lazy days of summer vacation filled with days of swimming at the town pool. It was the central social point of the neighborhood and the excitement of the day would then flow onto our cul-de-sac (after the children of the neighborhood ate their respective suppers) where there was always a stick ball game going on until the single street light flickered on. Quickly we would change gears and switch to playing flashlight tag. My mother, always an avid reader, made sure her children read each and every day and to this day we all have instilled the same love of reading with our own children. Without lapsing in our reading skills throughout the summer we were always well prepared with our studies. The days appeared endless and before you knew it, it was time for back to school shopping.

The love of reading has led me to the path of writing for children and Editor-in-Chief of Guardian Angel Publishing, for which I’m joyful for and proud to present the Guardian Angel Kids June 2012 issue of Growing Up

We hope you enjoy our issue of Growing Up as much the Guardian Angel Kid staff did reminiscing about our childhoods and selecting the wonderful poetry, stories, articles, and activities.

Letter from the EDITOR-IN-CHIEF:  Donna M. McDine  

Featured BookS:

Growing Up Dreams by Susan Berger and illustrated by Samantha Bell

The Odd Chick by Mary Esparza-Vela and illustrated by Kevin Collier

Children’S poetry, ACTIVITIES, SHORT STORIES, and articleS:

“I’m Growing Up,” poetry by Guy Belleranti – how quickly the time passes by.

“Is It Friday Yet?” poetry by Alicia Z. Klepeis – The excitement of the approaching end of the week.

“Activities to Make Reading Fun,” by Kathy Stemke – having fun with language is the key to unlocking the world of reading to your child.

“Too Much Trouble,” by Juliana M. Jones and illustrated by Nancy Miller – the growing responsibility of getting older.

“Maid for Make Believe,” by Caroline Yu and illustrated by Clara Batton Smith – the magic of pretend brings to friends closer together.

“Read Aloud Tips for Preschoolers: Put Some Pizzazz in Reading Aloud,” by Dorit Sasson – how to connect to the story by acting it out.

“Encouraging Your Reader,” by Vanessa Fortenberry – tips on how to encourage and instill the love of reading.

Visit Guardian Angel Kid today and and enjoy a child safe and ad free Ezine.

We also invite you to stay connected with Guardian Angel Kids through our Facebook Fan Page

Please feel free to drop Editor-in-Chief, Donna McDine an email at and let them know what you think of Guardian Angel Kids and what you'd like to see in the future. They aim to please.

The Guardian Angel Kids Ezine staff and contributors look forward to your visit. Thank you for your time and interest.


Best wishes,

Donna M. McDine
Award-winning Children's Author

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award & Seal of Approval Recipient & Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist
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