A clever and heart-warming yarn!
Young Lucas is grappling with a question many of us have in our youth…is there a Santa? Susan J. Berger’s story explains why this is not an easy “yes” or “no” answer, but I think readers and listeners at the age where they are asking the same question will be pleased with what the tale tells as they learn about one of the most magical aspects of a modern Christmas tradition. There really is something special about the holiday season, and Santa is very much a part of that. KC Snider’s lovely illustrations add to the warmth and depth of the story. Mom is there a Santa Claus is also available in Spanish: https://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/santa-existe.htm
"Christmas joy fills the air with a life all its own. Every year it arrives with promises of wonder, whispers of hope, and a sense of well-being for any who are open to it, whether man, or beast, or even a family of little brown barn bats. Animals develop habits and patterns in their lives much like we do. Well, certainly this sweet little family of bats does! They close every year with the enchantment of Christmas lights, smells, and happy feelings, to keep them warm through their winter hibernation. The author and illustrator bring delightful animation, and a new awareness to these charming barn bats and their plight. More can be learned, and even help offered in preserving these little creatures. (Ages 4-7) –Darleen Wohlfeil, StoryMonsters Ink, December 2018 issue
You can also find the review HERE, along with other stories reviewed in this month's issue of Story Monsters Ink.
And you can buy a copy of Merry Myrrh the Christmas Bat through Guardian Angel Publishing!
Or if you're in Canada, you can also buy through my own online shop.
A very different sort of monster who can’t control his coffee habit conveys the problems that come with addiction (in this case, to caffeine)—for both the monster, and the family he lives with. A normally pleasant critter becomes an absolute beast when he loses control and can’t contain his need for caffeine, much to the chagrin of his family. It’s surprising how an addiction can affect you and your loved ones in so many different ways! A great book for teaching kids about the benefits of moderation (and a good refresher for the rest of us).
Hey, y'all! I'm posting my reviews of three picture books by my good buddy Allison McWood - enjoy and check them out! ;)
Delightful alliteration and tons of Italian food references pepper this Cowpoke picture book! Though the book tackles bullying issues, it does so with excellent humour (and savoury sauces!). This will be a tongue-twister of a read for parents, but it’s well worth it. The many inventive words (some almost made up) will give kids the giggles for sure. The illustrations are bright and bold and remind me a bit of Looney Toons.
Nog is a picture book with rhymes that crackle and delight, and brings awareness to the good works by marine animal rescues and rescuers. Many a manatee can find itself injured in waters frequented by humans (especially humans in boats and big cruise ships), so rescue, rehabilitation and release programs will always be essential. This book conveys it’s poetic message to children with Christmas embellishments. The illustrations are absolutely adorable! You’ll fall in love with Nog and his rescuer this holiday season!
Terrific, rhythmic rhymes tell a tale of a cat unlike any you’ve met before! McWood has a real way with words. This book sets out to assure kids everywhere that being different is NEVER a bad thing. Again, lovely illustrations by McCaughey with an air of manga. In a world full of bullies, this book conveys the important message to kids to be their all out selves.