Coming up on 1st October is No Ordinary Boy by Tracey Mayhew. This book is the first book of The Legends of King Arthur series.
No Ordinary Boy is about eight-year old Merlin. Merlin’s father is a demon and his mother is human. Merlin has magical powers. He can brew potions to cure the ailments of the people in his village. He can also glimpse into the future. The village folk fear Merlin.
One day, the King Vortigern’s Knights come for Merlin. Along with them is a hooded figure. They capture Merlin and take him to the King. The King wants to build a magnificent tower but his plans are ruined whenever the workers make progress. Will the Merlin be able to help the King?
There are illustrations on every page which also make this book an interesting read. I loved the Merlin series so I am a natural admirer of this book. I also preordered a copy of this book from Amazon. I am waiting for Book 2 in this series.
Thank you to @netgalley and @sweetcherrypublishing for the ARC.
Coming up on 13th October is Once Upon an Hour by Ann Yu-Kyung Choi and illustrated by Soyeon Kim.
Yu-Rhee, a young Korean girl wants to know how to tell time using a clock. Her mother tells the story of Korean practice of time keeping, where 12 animals of the zodiac are assigned to 2 hour sections of the 24-hour clock.
A girl climbs a mountain in search of a plant to heal her ailing mother. The mountains takes pity on the girl and asks the animals on the mountain to help the little girl. The animals are all busy and refuse to help the girl first. After that they take pity on her and help in her mission.
I loved reading about the 12 animals, rabbits, mouse, rats and others. I also liked the unique and colorful illustrations. At the end of the story, Yu-Rhee goes to sleep in the hour of the dog. This a good book to teach kids the concept of time and hours.
Thank you to @netgalley and @orcabook for the ARC.
Happy book publication month to Madeline Finn and the Therapy Dog by Lisa Papp.
Madeline has a pet dog named Star. Star is training to become a therapy dog. Star has to pass three tests to become a therapy dog. Madeline is anxious if Star will pass the tests and trains Star for the tests. The tests will be held at a Retirement village.
Star is polite and allows the residents of the Retirement village to pet him. One residents, Mr. Humphrey, is aloof and does not react to the charms of Star. Can Star and Madeline bring a change in Mr. Humphrey’s attitude? Will Star become a therapy dog?
I loved the cute illustrations of Madeline and Star in this book. It is a feel-good story that will warm your heart. This is the third book in the Madeline Finn series and I am planning to read the other two as well. This book will be of interest to kids who have or like to have a dog as a pet.
Coming up on October 6 is The Old Man and the Penguin picture book. It is a story of friendship between an old man and a Penguin. This book is based on a real story.
Joao lives close to Proveta Beach in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. He is a retired brick-later. On one of his walks he finds an oil-soaked penguin close to death. He brings the penguin home and cares for it until it is fit to return to sea. Joao knows that the penguin’s home is sea. With a heavy heart, he leaves the penguin at sea. The penguin returns to Joao’s home. The penguin misses the sea too. The penguin comes up with a plan so that it is both with him and the wild.
This simple story teaches kids about the value of friendship and caring for other animals. It also brings to light how oil spills threaten the sea wildlife.
Thank you to @netgalley and @kidscanpress for the ARC.
Category: children’s picturebook Age recommendation: 4-8 years
The cover reveal of my first middle grade novel, Lost Between Worlds is coming soon!
This week, @abhilashakhatri0603, @talegari.tales and I went back and forth regarding the title font choice. For the first time, I understood how important is the title font and how to make the cover more appealing with a few tweaks. The tweaks seemed minor but they made a huge difference. We are almost done with beautifying the cover.
I am excited that I will be sharing the cover soon. Have a nice week ahead!
Mind what you think is one of the most useful books that I read this year. The author explains in great detail about how we think, why our brains are wired a certain way and how to change recurring negative thoughts.
The first two parts of the book felt a bit long but later parts revealed why the author has to go to great depths about thinking patterns.
The suggestions in the book seem simple but have great value. I am changing my thinking as per the suggestions in the book and I have seen a difference in the way I perceive situations that are within and out of my control.
The author also provides simple thought exercises that make clear how a simple change in thinking can also change our lives. A must-read for people interested in psychology and self-help books.
Thank you to Netgalley and Light Ideas Press for ARC.
Happy book publication month to The Reindeer Girl by Holly Webb (@hollywebbauthor)
Lotta goes to Norway with her family to celebrate her great-grandmother, Erika’s birthday. Lotta grew up listening to stories about reindeer herding from her mother and great-grandmother. Lotta loves reindeers and wishes she had a reindeer to take care of.
Lotta’s wish comes true, she travels back in time to when her great grandmother is a kid and Lotta is her cousin. Lotta and Erika embark on a dangerous journey to save the Reindeer mother and calf, who were in their care.
This book is a great read for middle graders who like diverse literature and want to learn about Norway culture and customs and Reindeers.
Thanks to @netgalley and @pubspotlight for the ARC.
Books have a character. A few books are like patient best friends. They don’t hurry you to complete them, they have an air of confidence that say ‘come to me whenever you feel like and we will spend some good time together.’
Sudha Murthy’s latest middlegrade novel, The Magic of the Lost Temple, is a book that fits the character of a ‘patient best friend ’. In this book, Nooni, starts her summer vacation. Their family’s usual vacation plans change because her mother has to go for a work-related training.
Nooni is shipped off to her grandfather’s village (dad’s dad) for six weeks. Nooni makes new friends in the village, learns how to help at home, learns about plants in her grandma’s garden and also listens to the tales about village history from her grandmother. Her grandmother tells her about a magnificent stepwell that remains buried. Is that stepwell a myth or a reality?
What I loved about the book is the ‘village lifestyle’, where everything is unhurried, people help out one another and have close relationships. I liked Nooni’s grandmother who participated in village events and contributed by cooking delicious dishes. The book itself is unhurried and is like Nooni’s journal, where nothing much happens for most of the book. In other words, it reminded me of all the leisure and fun I had in my summer vacations as a kid, and what a delight it was!
There are also illustrations for each chapter but the illustrations could have been better.