Monday, October 20, 2014

Frizzy the S.A.D. Elf by Dorothea Jensen

Frizzy the S.A.D. Elf by Dorothea Jensen
About the Book Title: Frizzy the S.A.D. Elf (Santa’s Izzy Elves #4)
Author: Dorothea Jensen  
Illustrator: Shayne Hood 
Publication Date: August 2, 2014
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 34  
Recommended Ages: 4 to 10

Summary:  Santa’s Izzy Elves stories are not your usual picture books – older kids who enjoy playing with words and rhythmical verse will love them, too. One reason for this is that although their stories are told in verse echoing the famous 19th century poem: A VISIT FROM SAINT NICHOLAS, Santa’s Izzy Elves are definitely 21st century, with electronics galore!

FRIZZY, THE S.A.D. ELF is the fourth of these poetic tales. In this story, Frizzy, one of Santa’s Izzy Elves, styles the hair of Christmas dollies, but misses them dreadfully when Santa takes them away on Christmas Eve. (She suffers from S.A.D.: Seasonal Affection Distress.) Frizzy decides she needs to change her job so she doesn’t get so attached to the toys she works on. She starts making something completely different but soon finds that her plan isn’t going to work out exactly as she intended!

This story is cute retelling of Night Before Christmas in modern day terms.  Children beginning to read will love the rhyming verse.  This is just the book ordered by Santa for that special reader on your Christmas shopping list.  This would be a wonderful book to add to your holiday reading book list.  It's cute, adorable and modern day all rolled into one book.


Santa’s Izzy Elves have won a number of literary awards.  Dizzy, the Stowaway Elf received Honorable Mention in the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards and has been Story Book Approved.  Plus, the e-book editions of Tizzy, the Christmas Shelf Elf and Blizzy, the Worrywart Elf both received the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award, honoring “the best in family-friendly media”.

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The Buzz About Santa’s Izzy Elves

Book 1 (Tizzy):  Tizzy, The Christmas Shelf Elf is a clever holiday read-aloud story featuring two excited siblings who sneak down early Christmas morning and discover a very special surprise.  Only through their discovery of the magic of books do they find a way to send Tizzy back home.  Kudos to the author for highlighting the importance of books!  I recommend this book to be read aloud to children ages 5 and older.” ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

Book 1 (Tizzy):  “This is a delightful and cleverly written rhymed poem, sprinkled with echoes of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” with a similar rhythm and rhyme scheme but not a slave to it.” ~ 5 Star Review, Carolyn P., Amazon

 Book 2 (Blizzy):  “Such a wonderful mystery and perfect for pre-readers and those getting ready to read. Jensen has a very creative personality put to good use while developing this series about Santa’s elves.” ~ 5 Star Review, Gene G., Amazon

Book 2 (Blizzy):  “Any kid would love this poetic bedtime story.” ~ 5  Star Review, robinsm, Amazon

Book 3 (Dizzy):  “I love the story and especially the artwork in this book. A great read for my children for the upcoming Holiday.” ~ 5 Star Review, Ben L., Amazon

Book 3 (Dizzy):  “If you haven’t read this series, you are missing out! The Izzy Elves are awesome, and the Dizzy story is really our family favorite so far.” ~ 5 Star Review, BookLover, Amazon

About the Author: Dorothea Jensen

Dorothea JensenDorothea Jensen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Carleton College, and a Master of Arts degree in Secondary Education from the University of New Mexico. She is the author of The Riddle of Penncroft Farm, an award-winning novel for young readers about the American Revolution. Named an International Reading Association’s Teachers’ Choice Selection soon after publication, it is read in schools throughout the United States. More recently, Riddle earned a first prize in the historical fiction category of the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Award, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published an e-book edition in 2014, twenty-five years after its original release.
Deedy recently completed A Buss From Lafayette, another historical novel for middle graders. She is now working on a new story, set in seventeenth century Massachusetts, called A Scalp on the Moon.The fifth Izzy Elf story, featuring Bizzy, is also in the works.
For more information about Dorothea and her books, please visit or

About the Illustrator:  Shayne Hood

Shayne Hood is a professional animator and illustrator. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree at the California Institute of the Arts.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Case closed....well almost

Handmade by Heidi

Last night for my Friday Night Sew-In I finished my project I started last month

Last month I got 8 pillowcases started just didn't get the final band turn under and sewed down on the pillowcases .  So that is what I finished this month.  These 5 will go to the cause....

 These three are for my daughters...

yep I have a dog lover....

All finished now.  Yeah!!!!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

It's that time again.....

Handmade by Heidi

Wow!  Has the month gone by fast!  It is that time again for FNSI.  Yep tonight is the night.  However, I'm going to have to do mine this afternoon because my house will be quiet this afternoon hopefully (right now the siding guys are here pounding) and tonight everyone will be home. Two adult daughters and hubby. Besides I'm off work today....Schools closed for Teacher's convention. What better way to spend a day off than with my sewing machine. So off I go to get things rounded up for my afternoon of sewing.  Be it known though that somewhere around the world it is night and others will be sewing with me.  ;P   Stay tuned for what was accomplished.

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Book Review Blitz: Mini Myths Board Books by Joan Holub

About the Books
Be Patient Pandora by Joan Holub
Title: Be Patient, Pandora! (Mini Myths)
Author: Joan Holub 
Illustrator: Leslie Patricelli | 
Publication Date: September 16, 2014  
Publisher: Abrams Appleseed
Pages: 24  
Recommended Ages: 1 to 5

Summary: When Pandora is warned by her mother not to open a box, her spirited curiosity trumps her obedience. Pandora harmlessly touches the box, innocently leans on the box, and eventually, albeit accidentally, bursts the box open! The cupcakes that were hidden inside are ruined, except for one last vestige, which Pandora presents in the hope that her mother still loves her. Leslie Patricelli’s depictions of this physical comedy bring a lively narrative to Joan Holub’s carefully crafted text. Includes a summary of the original Pandora’s Box myth at the end.
Purchase “Be Patient, Pandora!”:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | iTunes

Play Nice Hercules by Joan Holub
Title: Play Nice, Hercules! (Mini Myths)
Author: Joan Holub 
Illustrator: Leslie Patricelli 
 Publication Date: September 16, 2014  
Publisher: Abrams Appleseed
Pages: 24  
Recommended Ages: 1 to 5

Summary: Hercules is not as interested in “playing nice” as he is in playing strong! But when one feat of strength destroys his little sister’s 12-piece tower, he must use his powers for good to restore the tower and seek her forgiveness. She forgives him indeed, and then shows her own strength by gleefully knocking down the stacked blocks herself! Joan Holub’s expertly focused text pairs perfectly with Leslie Patricelli’s famously humorous illustrations. Includes a summary of the original Hercules’s Twelve Labors myth at the end.
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The Buzz About Mini Myths

Patricelli’s preschool-age Pandora couldn’t be cuter, and an endnote explains the original myth in greater detail.  Genuinely funny and sweet. ~ Publishers Weekly, starred review
Remarkably entertaining . . . delightful painted cartoons in rich colors . . . the life lessons the source material inspires are spot-on. ~ Kirkus

About the Author: Joan Holub

Joan HolubJoan Holub’s fascination with mythology inspired Mini Myths, a new board book series that translates famous myths into situations familiar to preschoolers. The first two titles, Be Patient, Pandora! and Play Nice, Hercules! debut in September. Joan co-authors two other mythology series for Simon and Schuster, Goddess Girls (ages 8-12) and Heroes in Training (ages 7-10). Her picture book, Mighty Dads, was a New York Times bestseller in 2014.

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About the Illustrator: Leslie Petricelli

Leslie Patricelli is the bestselling author-illustrator of many adorable board books, including Yummy Yucky and Toot!
These are excellent books for the preschooler ages 1-5.  Chunky cardboard, with beautiful teaching messages:  playing nice and being patience.  What better message would you teach your children at this age.  You have to start some where.  There is also a page with the mythology information if you want to use it as a discussion starter. 

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Star for Jesus by Crystal Bowman

Book Description

Beautiful illustrations and playful rhyming text bring the story of Jesus’ birth to life for young children in A Star for Jesus. This board book, die-cut to enhance the shape of the star on the front cover, is the perfect gift to help little ones understand that "God made the stars and put them up high to shine down on earth from up in the sky." And long ago God also made a special star to send a special message: "Jesus our Savior has come."

About the Author
Crystal Bowman loves writing books for kids. Her books come in all shapes and sizes and many of them have become best sellers. Whether her stories are written in playful rhythm and rhyme, or short sentences for beginning readers, she tries to make them so enjoyable that kids will want to read them over and over again. "But the most important part," she says, "is to teach children that God loves them and cares about them very much."

About the Illustrator
You can find Claudine diving the oceans with Technicolor fish, camel riding in the Sahara, trekking in a jungle populated with wild monkeys, or exploring the African savanna in search of huge elephants. Although adventurous, she sometimes gets scared when coming upon a giant spider or other scary beasts. At that time she heads back to the comfort of her studio, where she draws all the wonderful things she saw and dreams of her next visit to faraway lands.

A Star for Jesus is a nice chunky cut board book just the side for preschool age kids hands.  This book would  make an excellent addition to your holiday book reading selection.  Ideal for preschool age but beginning readers would love to read this easy rhyming story about a star.  A beautiful Christmas message for children 2-8.  The illustrations are bright and cheerful and the message is as clear as the stars.  The author very strongly presents the true message of Christmas in this book.  I would highly recommend this book and I'm adding this to the church nursery books.  Very very awesome book. 

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

K-9 Cop by Erna Mueller

Lieutenant Spencer Watley 
Hey there. My name is Spencer Watley, and I’m a Lieutenant at the Seattle Police Department. Well, I guess that’s not the whole truth.  You see, some Cyber killers did me in and I landed before the gates of heaven. I was standing there knockin’ but the door wouldn’t open. An angel standin’ there told me no way am I going in.  What, you must be mistaken, I says, what’s my room number? Here I am a great cop, I donno know how many scumbags and lowlifes I put in the slammer, don’t that count for nothin’? The angel wasn’t listening, she just told me I was jerk, and insensitive to boot. Do you believe that, a jerk! She said I had to go through the J.R.P. if I ever wanted to enter. The J.R.P I asked, what the heck is that? It’s the Jerk Redemption Program, said the angel. That’s non-stop Oprah and Dr. Phil reruns, we will make you nice and sensitive, jerk.  I shivered and nearly passed out at the thought. Can you imagine that? I can’t stand all that mushy, touchy feely stuff.  But the angel had something else up her sleeve. The other option she gave me was, I could help a young kid and his dysfunctional family. Hey, that sounds way better I said. And just as she’s sendin’ me back down to earth, she pulls this zinger on me.  I can only go back in the body of my K-9 partner. Well, I just said forget it, I ain’t becoming no dog.  But the angel wouldn’t listen. So here I am a stupid dog. And the teenager I’m trying to help is a smart-mouthed, know-it-all puber who’s grouchier than I am.  You think this is bad, wait till you read the rest, it gets even worse. I dare you to read it.

PUYB Inside the Book

K-9 Cop 2Title: K-9 Cop: Case #1 The Dreck Report
Author: Erna Mueller
Publisher: Erna Mueller
Pages: 220
Genre: YA
Format: Paperback/Kindle

No one thought as highly of Lieutenant Spencer Watley as he did himself. This selfish cop met 14 year-old Justin Andrews during an important stakeout. Determined to nab a group of cyber killers, he wasn’t going to let anything get in his way, especially a smart mouthed teenager like Justin.
After Spencer bids him good riddance, he is killed by the hackers and stands before the gates of heaven. But – what’s this? After a life of putting dangerous criminals behind bars, he’s locked out?

He yells at the angel blocking his entrance, only to find out he needs to go through the J.R.P. program before he can enter. That’s the Jerk Redemption program, otherwise known as sensitivity training boot camp, which to his horror consists of non-stop Oprah and Dr. Phil reruns. Or he can go back to earth and help Justin’s dysfunctional family. Spencer opts for the lesser of two evils, to help Justin.
But the Angel pulls a fast one on Spencer. He can only go back to earth in the body of his K9-Partner. Spencer refuses, but like it or not, Spencer becomes a dog.  He falls back to earth and is slowly morphed into a dog that closely resembles a mop.

And if being a dog wasn’t bad enough, Spencer also swallowed an important microchip his killers need to hack into PC’s and steal millions. Now the criminals are hot on his trail for the only existing microchip that’s logged in his belly.

Justin and Spencer butt heads constantly; both are stubborn and willful, neither one wanting to give an inch. Spencer needs to find out what the killers are up to, so he swallows his pride and forms a bond with the boy. Spencer relays to Justin his past and together with the help of Justin’s girlfriend, Shahla; they discover the hacker’s plans. Spencer has broken down Justin’s reserve and he finally learns the meaning of unselfish love.

But it’s too late, the hackers have captured them.

Can Spencer maul the shins (and other choice areas) of his kidnappers and stop them from their evil plan?

Can a selfish man find a heart?

You bet.  He just has to become a dog first.

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PUYB Meet the Author

Erna MuellerI was born in Austria and my family immigrated to the U.S. I loved living here as a child and considered the U.S. my home. My family returned to Austria and of course I had to tag along. I missed the friendly faces and the cultivation of the free spirit which America symbolizes. In Austria I completed my education but always wanted to return, so here I am.

I traveled the world and lived in many exciting cities such as Paris, Munich and London. I currently work as an accountant for a large pizza company in Seattle by day and passionately pursue a career as a writer in my spare time.

My new book, “K-9 Cop”, is adapted from my multi-national award winning screenplay.  The book has won several awards including first place in the 2009 National Good Read Competition sponsored by

Please visit my web site at  for more reviews and other info.

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Erna is giving away one audiobook of K-9 COP!

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  • This giveaway begins October 6 and ends Dec 19.
  • Winner will be contacted via email on Monday, Dec 22.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

author - Lauraine Snelling Seasons of Grace swepstakes

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The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg

Book Description

One dark November night a stranger rides into a small prairie town. Who is he? Why has he come? The townspeople wish he were a doctor, a dressmaker, or a trader. But the children have the greatest wish of all, a deep, quiet, secret wish. Then a young girl named Lucy befriends the newcomer. When he reveals his identity and shares with her the legend of the candy cane, she discovers fulfillment of her wishes and the answer to her town's dreams. Now will she share what she has learned? Warm, lavish illustrations by James Bernardin bring to life a timeless tale by Lori Walburg, a story that will help families celebrate the mystery and miracle of Christmas - for many Christmases to come.

The Legend of the Candy Cane is an adorable, chunky, cardboard, children's book targeting children around ages 3-8 years of age.  8-10 year olds could even read it themselves.  The book is an inspiring tale spreading a glimpse of hope throughout the holiday season with the message of Christmas intertwined in the pages.  The reader will learn the Christian symbolism of the candy cane.  The illustrations are beautiful and very detailed along with the true meaning of Christmas message.  I highly recommend adding this to your Christmas classics to read year after year.  I know this book will be added to our church library.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

When calls the Heart: Second Chances

About When Calls the Heart: Second Chances

 When Calls the Heart- “Second Chances” is a feature length film from the episodes of the When Calls the Heart television series. The When Calls the Heart television series debuted on the Hallmark Channel to more than 3 million viewers, making it the No. 2 for the night on all of cable for the primary telecast at 9 p.m and No. 3 overall in households. Distributed by Word Entertainment, previous DVD’s are available to purchase in Christian Retail.

As Elizabeth and Jack fight to restore their relationship, she searches for ways to help one of her older students learn how to read. Meanwhile, Adam Miller struggles to adjust to his new disability. With so many difficult changes affecting the community, can Elizabeth create a Founder's Day play that will spark hope in everybody's hearts?

Second Chances holds to the same awesomeness that the other When Calls the Heart movies did.  I so enjoyed how the families of this mining community pull together and work out problems that come their way.  This movies is A+ and defiantly family worthy.  Wonderful movie for the whole family to watch together.  We need more family approved movies.  Great for all ages. If you haven't seen any of the When Calls the Heart movies you are really missing out on something truly worth watching. 
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