Friday, November 3, 2017

Bookreview Of THINK AND PLAY THE SOCIAL SCOUTS WAY: FIREFIGHTER LEO TO THE RESCUE! By: Heather Marenda-Miller & Amy Wilhelm Illustrated By:Alen Haljevac

THINK AND PLAY THE SOCIAL SCOUTS WAY:
FIREFIGHTER LEO
TO THE RESCUE!
By: Heather Marenda-Miller & Amy Wilhelm  Illustrated By:Alen Haljevac
Review By: Brittany Perez (Oh My Bookness) November 3,2017 6:08 pm





   





  • Publication date: August 28, 2017
  • Publisher:Social Scouts LLC
  • ISBN-10: 1635351162
  • ISBN- 13: 978-1635351163


Book Description:

Think & Play the Social Scouts Way™: Firefighter Leo to the Rescue! is an interactive reading adventure for children ages 3-7 intended to stimulate imagination and dramatic play. Vibrant illustrations, thematic based vocabulary and bonus cut-out sequence pictures help children with all different learning styles follow along and join in with Leo as he pretends to be a firefighter. This book can be used successfully with one child or within a group setting. Both children and adults alike will love to Think & Play the Social Scouts Way™!

Book Review:

THINK AND PLAY THE SOCIAL SCOUTS WAY:
FIREFIGHTER LEO
TO THE RESCUE!

Author: Heather Marenda-Miller
And
Amy Wilhelm 
Illustrated By
Alen Haljevac


Children’s books play a great part in a child growing up and learning to read, and understanding the meaning of sharing. Reading Children's books can also help a child learn to use their imagination to their fullest extent and explore the vast possibilities. For example, by going off on a adventure with their newly opened imagination. Books can also be shared,  be read together or just while lounging and relaxing.

 What’s so wondrous about children’s books is the inspiration of what a child may want to grow up to be. Books are one of a child’s best advisor, a coach as I may say to what they dream of becoming when they grow up.

  Amy and Heather has created a children’s book “Firefighter Leo To The Rescue”, it’s a great learning book of how a child name Leo learns to pretend to be a firefighter. Leo helps to explain to the reader of what a firefighter is and what their job entails.It explains what a firefighter job is and also everything about them. Then Leo knows what he needs to imagine to be a firefighter, it’s something he can use his imagination to play by himself and have a good time. 

 The illustrations are well thought out to and and helps teaches young readers how to pretend and to have fun of being a firefighter. This book has  also sequence cards to play with to put in order of what comes first in firefighting playtime and corresponding shapes to show to ‘Plan, to Play and to Put it Away’. 

 I enjoyed this book very much with its smart illustrations and the fun way of learning about Fire firefighters and how to have fun with your imagination.


About The Authors:

Heather Marenda-Miller 


Born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois, Heather received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Communication Disorders and Sciences from Eastern Illinois University. She moved to Southern California from Chicago in 2006 for better weather and the beach. In 2009 she met her now husband, Lewie, a California native and thus, Los Angeles became her home. Heather is a current California licensed and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified speech-language pathologist. She specializes in treating children ranging in age from birth to 5 years. With a high interest and much experience treating children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Autism Spectrum Disorders, Heather is also particularly interested in children who are gifted and/or Twice Exceptional (2e). Heather is the owner and director of Speech Me, LLC and the co-founder and co-director of the Social Scouts™ program. In October of 2017, Heather also added “author” to her title.
As a practicing speech-language pathologist, Heather treats clients with a vast array of diagnoses and disorders, enjoying the uniqueness each child brings to her clinic. Working closely with children and their families is why she loves being in private practice. Heather enjoys utilizing her creativity and developing new and innovative activities on a daily basis and uses what a former client’s mother coined as “The Marenda Method”- an eclectic approach combining the various techniques she has learned throughout her years as a clinician with her own creativity to ensure the best and most effective and individualized techniques for each child she treats. She continues her education by attending numerous conferences on various topics each year and has been recognized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association by earning the ACE award for Continuing Education.


Amy Wilhelm 


Amy Wilhelm was born and raised in New York and earned her Bachelor of Science in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 2000. Her graduate studies led her to the west coast where she attained her Master of Science in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from California State University, Northridge in 2002. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the state of California in speech-language pathology. She has remained a resident of Los Angeles where she is currently the owner and director of Splash for Speech, Inc. and the co-founder and co-director of the Social Scouts™ program. In October of 2017, Amy also added “author” to her title.
Amy has always had a passion for working with children and has made the pediatric population the core of her caseload. Since the completion of her graduate studies, she has engrossed herself into her career and strives to provide the best quality of speech therapy possible. Amy has extensive experience working with children with a wide variety of communication challenges and diagnoses, including Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Autism Spectrum Disorders, various genetic syndromes, developmental delays, speech and language delays, deaf and hard of hearing, and articulation problems. She continues her education by attending numerous conferences on various topics each year and has been recognized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association by earning the ACE award for Continuing Education.

About The Author:


Alen Haljevac came to Los Angeles in 1994 with a passion for illustration, design and fashion. He earned his degree in Advanced Fashion Design from the FIDM in Los Angeles. He gained his experience working for various entertainment and design companies. Currently he is working in the toy industry. Alen feels extremely excited to be part of the Social Scouts™ book project, working with an amazing creative duo such as Heather Marenda-Miller and Amy Wilhelm.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Book Review of Jorie AND THE GOLDEN KEY By: A.H. Richardson

Jorie
AND THE GOLDEN KEY
By: A.H. Richardson
Review By: Brittany Perez (Oh My Bookness) October 20,2017 10:39pm




  • Publication date: November 26, 2015
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Book Length: 254 
  • ISBN-10: 151887388X
  • ISBN- 13: 978-1518873881



  • Book Description:

    When Jorie and Rufus planned another summer of adventuring, they didn’t plan on sharing it with a snooty, stuck-up, bossy 10-year-old Nigel. When the Wizard Grootmonya calls on Jorie to remedy another disaster in Cabrynthius — the theft of the Magic Stones, Jorie grabs the Gold Key and the three children descend to the enchanted land beneath the Tarn. There they find more extraordinary adventures that bring them face to face again with the wicked Lord Fodomalk and his evil butterfly. Their troubles grow as the fiendish dragon not only snatches Nigel, but confines him to a cold dank cell with the illusive Professor Schrinch (yes, he’s still alive and as sneaky as ever). Jorie and Rufus — and the persnickety Nigel — are joined by all their old friends in this rollicking tale of magic, strange impersonations, and hair-raising exploits. They help Master Nigel with his confusion of the world beneath the Tarn and discover strengths in their new friend that even he didn’t know he had. Aside from spurts of jealousy from Rufus and impatience from Jorie, Nigel learns about bravery and friendship as he struggles with belief and enchantment. Follow this feisty threesome back to the evil, dark world of Shyloxia and the beautiful, bright world of Cabrynthius, where live all manner of creatures, naughty and nice. Do they recover the Magic Stones? What does that Gold Key open for them? Do they survive the shadowy world of nasty characters? Do Jorie and Rufus accept Nigel into their world? And what about Chook — that beloved baby dragon? And if you want to know how Jorie and Rufus survived their first summer adventures, pick up your copy of Jorie and the Magic Stones.

    Book Review:

    Jorie
    And The Golden Key
    Author: A.H. Richardson 


    Jorie and the Gold Key’ is a second book of a series that A.H. Richardson wrote of enchantment, adventure and fun. No matter how old your child is they’ll love the continuation of Jorie adventure with Rufus. This book has no barrier of age or gender, wether if you’re a boy or a girl there’s something in this story for you.

     This children fantasy tale has a parallel of good and evil. Underneath the tarn to the land of the Wizard Grootmonya in the mythical wonderful land of Cabrynthius. Then to Shyloxia the evil land of Lord Fodomalk who is after poor Jorie again for a magic key. Our young selfless heroes face another daring quest that they face with a young self absorb boy, Nigel who thinks he knows everything and looks down on what he can’t see. Together they enter the tarn and as soon as they are there the story takes a unexpected turn and now they quickly have to find out what the purpose of the key is and rescue Nigel from the evil Fodomalk.

     This fantasy book is remarkably outstanding for any gender and all ages. Even though it is written for children there is meaning, a message to be learned. There are some hard words for a young reader but that what makes learning and growing with reading so wonderful, it’s how there mind developed and hunger for more.  I also just want to mention how striking and theatrical the cover of the book strikes me, great job. Finally, I highly enjoyed ‘Jorie and the Major Key’, I had a hard time putting the book down knowing the struggles that our young heroine and heroes was up against. I know you’ll enjoy following this epic series as I have and so will you.



    About The Author:


    A.H. Richardson is a treasured storyteller, whose unlimited imagination conjures up challenging and unforgettable characters, both good and evil, that dare children everywhere to delve into their own imaginations and learn to rely on courage and bravery to win the day. Born in England (yes, there are dragons there too), the author has always loved tales of flying and mythical magical creatures. She once tried to pin wings on her pony, quite sure that he could then fly! She is the daughter of the famous composer, Clive Richardson, who always encouraged her to write, even as a small child. She paints and sculpts, plays guitar, is a linguist, acted in films and on stage, and has trained dressage competitors. She is the proud mother of three grown sons and grandmother to three active, loving grandchildren. At present, she keeps a horse named Amaretto and writes her fabulous fantasies from her adopted home in Tennessee near the picturesque Smoky Mountains. It is there that she writes happily about the indomitable Jorie and her adventures.

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    Sunday, October 15, 2017

    Book Review of The Oregon Kids Runaway Whiskers By Bob Richley

    The
    Oregeon Kids
    Runaway Whiskers 
    By: Bob Richley
    Review By: Brittany Perez (Oh My Bookness) October 15,2017 3:21am



    • Publication date: August 17, 2017
    • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
    • Book Length: 34 pages 
    • ASIN: B074PXX5K1
    • ISBN-10: 1546928812
    • ISBN- 13: 978-1546928812

    Book Description:

    In Runaway Whiskers, the values of honesty and responsibility are exemplified. Autumn finds a pet rabbit and is reluctant to return it. Will she be honest and return it? Johanna is the owner of the rabbit, Whiskers. It was her responsibility to care for the rabbit and close the cage door. When Whiskers runs away because the cage was left open, she is heartbroken

    Book Review:

    The Oregeon Kids
    Runaway Whiskers 

    Author: Bob Richley 


      Bob Richley wrote an enjoyable children’s book, 'The Oregeon Kids Runaway Whiskers.' This is a short easy book for a young reader, or for a parent to read to a younger child or to enjoy alone as picture book. It has engaging illustrations that help to pull the story along as well as help to tell the story and to keep one focused. 

    The characters are young Autumn, age six, and her brother Billy, who is nine. This book has heart warming pictures of life lessons of character, ethics and honesty. We can all take a step back and take a little refresher about the very fundamentals of ethics and honesty. It's a lesson children will learn while reading without knowing there being taught a lesson about it.

    When Autumn wanted a rabbit and finds one in her back yard, she is reminded throughout the book about the important of values. She is reminded she must choose to make the right decision that would be fair and right for everyone. In the end, to be just, everyone got just what they wanted. Equality. And More. Not only to Autumns own Suprise she ends up not only with her dreams come true, but a best friend!

     At the end of the book is a preview of a few pages from the The Oregon Kids The Big Catch. This is also a book for your young readers to enjoy created by Bob Richley.  This children’s book, Runaway Whiskers  I thought was very pleasurable, and the experience Autumn undergoes will help teach young minds why it’s important to be honest. I think it will also show how their actions will affect the feelings of others when it comes to making decisions, I highly recommend this book for young readers.



    About The Author:


    Bob Richley is a parent, who has volunteered for years in children's ministry. Teaching children good values and the grace of God are his passions. These stories, originally written for a single mom to help her raise her children, are a way to fulfill this passion and to help children learn good values. Richley has always loved children, wanting all children to be raised with love and grace. It is his hope that his stories will be one of many tools that parents will use to teach and to raise their children with godly values.

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    Thursday, October 5, 2017

    Book Review Billy Bobble and the Witch Hunt By: R.S. Mellette

    BILLY BOBBLE
    AND THE WITCH HUNT
                    By: R.S. Mellette
    Review By: Brittany Perez (Oh My Bookness) October 5,2017 4:14pm


    • Publication date: September 11, 2016
    • Publisher: Elephant's Bookshelf Press
    • Book Length: 252 pages 
    • ASIN: B01KVX8MDM
    • ISBN-10:1940180171
    • ISBN- 13: 978-1940180175

    Book Description:

    For Billy Bobble and his best friend Suzy Quinofski, it's hard enough to be thirteen in high school without having to fight evil at every turn, but it's even harder to do that while trying to get their memory back from a magic spell cast by a villainous physics teacher. Even without their memories, Billy and Suzy know something is not right. Their textbooks have been changed, their parents aren't acting right, their teachers are afraid, and Billy and Suzy are in each other's dreams. But when their history teacher is fired during class for answering a question from their dreams, Billy and Suzy get their memories back. Soon they realize that evil has been unleashed upon the human race, and only the two of them, their friends, and their families can stop it.


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    Henry and the Hidden Treasure

    Author: R.S. Mellette

      Billy Bobble and the Witch Hunt’ there are two best friends thirteen years old Billy and Suzy. They’re extremely smart but they both had problems of having close friends besides each other. This is a enchanting spell casting with a villain who is a teacher that castes a spell and now the human race is at stake. With no memories of what happen, will evil prevail and take over?

     I enjoyed reading ‘Billy Bobble and the Witch Hunt’ it has you wondering how that everyone with amnesia and turmoil, everyone’s oblivious of what’s going around them. I’m sure young readers will enjoy this book as I did. It’s hard not to get caught up in the dram and the mysterious adventures that they fall into. 


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    R.S. MELLETTE, originally from Winston-Salem, NC, now lives in Sherman Oaks, CA where he slaves away at turning his imaginary friends into real ones. While working on Xena: Warrior Princess, he created and wrote The Xena Scrolls for Universal's New Media department. When an episode aired based on his characters, it became the first intellectual property to move from the internet to television. Mellette works and blogs for the film festival Dances With Films. His first novel, Billy Bobble Makes a Magic Wand, was published by Elephant's Bookshelf Press in 2014.

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