Check out this wonderful four-star editorial review of "Libby the Lobivia Jajoiana" from The Wishing Shelf Book Review!
‘An important message of self-worth and self-acceptance all wrapped up in a sweet picture book. Highly recommended!’ The Wishing Shelf
A lot of people think that writing a picture book is simple compared to, say, writing a novel. But, trust me, it's not; and I would know as I have written a few myself. You see, with a picture book, every word is important. And not only that, the rhythm of the words, how they flow on the page, is vital if it's to be successful. Thankfully, the two authors of Libby the Lobivia Jajoiana seemed to get this as, not only is the message perfect for younger children - parents will love it too - the rhythm of the writing and the vocab is, for the most part, spot on.
So, it's probably best if I tell you what the story is about. Well, in a nutshell, the story follows a little cactus and how she feels when the very pretty Violet is placed on the shelf next to her. Sitting next to such a pretty flower is not very good for Libby’s self- confidence. But, in the end, after a short adventure involving a naughty cat, Libby discovers she has self-worth too.
I must also devote a little ink to discussing the drawings. Wow! They are, in every way, wonderful. There is a sort of ‘warm’ feel to them. Charming, wonderfully colorful, the characters simply jump off the page. Gordon Bagshaw, the illustrator, is a very talented fellow. For my two daughters - they enjoyed this book with me - they were the best part of the book. Yes, they enjoyed the plot, the characters, and the setting, but it was the colorful drawings that had them enthralled. There are plenty too, and they, along with the cleverly plotted story, kept them enthralled for the evening.
After saying all of that, there are a few things that need work. Firstly, the title is very difficult for a young child to pronounce or even understand , and this might be off- putting for them. Secondly, although the story is well-written, it is possibly slightly too long and I think a good editor would cut it here and there, helping with the pacing. Remember, most parents, at the end of a long day, don't want to spend TOO long getting a child to sleep.
So, would I recommend this book? Totally. Who to? I think it’s perfect for 6 – 8 year olds. There will be a few words the children won’t know, but that’s okay. With the help of the fabulous illustrations, the adult can explain it to them. And, let’s face it, that’s what a good picture book is all about.
A ‘Wishing Shelf’ Book Review
I am pleased to announce that my award-winning seasonal picture book, Merry Myrrh the Christmas Bat, has found a new home at Pandamonium Publishing House (the same folks who will be publishing Peter Little Wing in 2023)!
Unfortunately, Guardian Angel Publishing has had to close their doors. This is why Sloth the Lazy Dragon (now to be published by Mirror World Publishing October 17, 2021) and Merry Myrrh have had to find new publishers.
This does mean you won't be able to purchase Merry Myrrh the Christmas Bat from this site or most other places until it is re-released. But it looks like it will be republished in October, 2021. And because Sloth and Myrrh will be republished in the same month, I've decided and both publishers have agreed that there will be a relaunch party for BOTH BOOKS in October!
Check back for information on the timing of Myrrh's relaunch and other events!
I’m looking for anyone interested in being a part of the launch team for “Dog Band”—a picture book about a group of dogs that want to form a band, but aren’t sure what kind of music they should play. 🐶
When you join the team, you’ll receive a FREE digital copy of “Dog Band” before it’s released on March 23rd. Then, you’ll leave a review on Amazon &/or GoodReads after March 24th. That’s all there is to it! There are opportunities for you to win raffle prizes, too. Check out the form for more details.
Fill out the form to join “Dog Band’s” team: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1DwjJptv428Y1m7vyEgZgDOAmhjbtfRlvri_U25APrjY/
Join “Dog Band’s” Zoom Launch Party!
March 23rd, 7pm ET
RSVP to get into the party: https://mailchi.mp/c951fef9360d/dog-band-book-launch-party
Win a prize pack of signed picture books (including “Dog Band”) just by attending the party! The draw is LIVE near the end of the party, so make sure you attend!
Special guests include:
Drum roll, please...
So, what do you think?!?!
Alfie, Tubby, Ollie, and Raxl have created a band - Dog Band! Alfie is the lead singer and guitar player, Tubby plays bass, Ollie plays the drums, and Raxl is the back-up singer and can play many instruments.
But there is one problem - They don't know what kind of music Dog Band should play!
So they enlist their assortment of animal friends (from dogs to frogs!) to help them figure it out.
Check out Dog Band's very own page on this site to learn more about the virtual book launch party March 23rd at 7pm ET (you can RSVP to join the party NOW!), opportunities to win, and to be a part of the launch team (and get your own free digital copy, I might add)!
Tell me what you think...I wanna know! Leave your thoughts in the comments.