#HalloweenBooktacular Review from The Magic Book Corner

Book Review by Laura on Goodreads.

‘A Halloween treat, much better than sweets.’

The story of ‘Ebenezer and the Bully’ is a magical rhyming tale of behaviour matters, and the importance of being kind. It’s a treat for families to share or for reading alone, aimed at children aged 8-12 years old. With characters loosely based around the Charles Dickens classic ‘A Christmas Carol’, you’ll meet the Ghost of Christmas Past – a golden red puppy named Miss Ruby Heart – along with the Grim Reaper who will surprise Jacob by revealing his future self.

Especially designed for families to share during the Halloween Season, or for young readers to try for themselves, this little story has all the markings of a delightful timeless classic.

Clever rhymes set on gorgeously illustrated pages will not only enchant with a magical tale, but also teach the little ones a little about the consequences of being selfish, unkind and a bully. And due to a wonderful adaptation to our modern day life, this little tale allows children to easily identify.

From the excitement about going out for trick or treat to the school bag and blazer thrown in the corner, every little thing is bound to strike a note.
But what I loved about it the most is the message it sends out. To bullies and bullied children alike. Not the message I, as a grown up, perceived. The message the little ones understand from it.

How do I know what that is?! Because I had this little book as Halloween read aloud at a little Halloween party yesterday night! After all the games were done and the prizes collected, we all sat down with the cookies and milkshakes and read a scary Halloween tale. Eight children aged 5 to 13 were part of my Halloween troop last night – a few witches and wizards, a cowboy and even Harry Potter. Not the one of J.K. Rowling, but my own. 😀

To make it short, everyone loved Young Ebenezer: Confronts the School Bully. And not even one of the little munchkins tried to wiggle out of the read. Fact that in itself speaks volumes, after a night full of play and fun! Everyone was eager to see what happens next. And because of the easy flow of the rhymes, we even had a little contest seeing who can recite the best.

Almost everyone was outraged at Jacob bullying the smaller kids and every single one of them cheered for Ebenezer when he decided to make a stand. All hands went up when asked if school bags are thrown in a corner and everyone agreed Jacob turned out to be pretty cool by the end.

There is one thing I asked them all. ‘Why do you think Jacob was so mean?!’

Here are the answers I got at the beginning of the tale:

‘Because he is mean!
Mean kids are just mean like that!
We have some in our school and nobody likes them!
I will never be friends with a bully!’

And here are the answers to my question but after the little tale:

‘He was just sad! He was sad and lonely and that’s why he was a bully!
Maybe if Jacob had had friends he wouldn’t have been so mean!
Maybe if the mean boy in our school, had friends he wouldn’t be so mean anymore?’

Understanding and caring, and a wish to help. As well as a desire to change ones ways! A beautiful uplifting message for children of all ages. This little enchanting read delivers it spot on! In the perfect manner to be both accepted and understood.
I had a few parents too settling close by and listening to our read and I’ve already been made to promise that Young Ebenezer: A New Christmas Carol will be the read-aloud book at our Christmas party.

The unanimous rating received from my troop was and I quote, ‘a cool 5 star rating!’
Some did rate it a 10 star too, but GR only accounts for 5 so we’ll have to leave it at that! 🙂

If you’re on the lookout for a beautiful picture book for your little ones, give Young Ebenezer a try.

Honest to goodness! It’s beauty, magic and meaning on a page!

Happy reading my friends
and remember!

“Try your best to be good
fill your heart full of caring
and never forget
the great joy of sharing.”

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#NewRelease ‘Fantasy Snowflakes’

‘Fantasy Snowflakes Coloring Book’

By J.S. Burke

Another delightful colouring book of Fantasy Snowflakes has been created by the very talented J.S. Burke and we love it as much as the first one. Here is the blurb:

De-stress and unwind with hand-drawn mandalas. These original snowflake designs are created from animals and plants. Color 24 pictures and 24 ornaments. Let your imagination soar!

Drawings range from simple to detailed. Designs include Dragons, Narwhals, Bunnies, Horses, Owls, Flower Fairies, Mermaids, Octopus, Bird-of-Paradise, and more. Learn to fold and cut out lacy paper snowflakes to hang as unique decorations.

The Fantasy Snowflakes coloring/activities books are inspired by the award-winning “Dragon Dreamer” series: Science Fantasy with dragons and an undersea world.

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Below is one of our favourite snowflakes that we coloured in, the ‘Seal of Approval’ we love it.

Goodreads Book Review

Fantasy Snowflakes Coloring Book II

Fantasy Snowflakes Coloring Book II by J.S. Burke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book 109 of my Goodreads Challenge 2020

Another fantastical delight to help you un-wind with beautiful fantasy snowflakes created from animals and plants. Also inspired by the ‘Dragon Dreamer Series’ 

In the coloring book each magical flake has a brief description below with some fact and fantasy words for you to enjoy. Did you know for example that an octopus has nine hearts – one in each of its arms. This is a truly therapeutic book for all ages.

If you have not read ‘The Dragon Dreamer Series’ like these beautiful Fantasy Snowflake Books they are all. Very Highly Recommended.

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About the Author

J. S. Burke is an author, artist, chemist, and marine biologist, studying creatures of the dark abyss and diving on coral reefs. She lives in Georgia with her family and rescue pets.

It’s immense fun to write novels that blend imagination with real science and author experiences. Living on a ship far from shore, J. S. Burke traveled in a circle of blue and learned to walk with the sea. The Dragon Dreamer series is science fantasy adventure with flying dragons, an undersea world, and unexpected friendship. The deadly sea storm that threatens the young dragon Arak, in The Dragon Dreamer, is one that the author survived.

Very Highly Recommended

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#ShareAStory ‘Olly The Top Security Dog’

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Olly : The Top Security Dog

By Chris Turnbull & Illustrated by Izzy Bean

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Goodreads Book Review

Olly : The Top Security Dog (Olly The Jack Series Book 1)Olly : The Top Security Dog by Chris Turnbull
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

No rest for a Jack on a mission.

Olly is no slouch, he takes his job very seriously. When things go missing around his home he is soon out on the trail. He’s a quick little Jack and wastes no time hunting high and low.

He runs round the neighbourhood interviewing all his doggy pals. He even tracks down the cat in the pub.

This is a delightful, rythmical read with beautiful bright illustrations. A real treat for the young and those simply young at heart like me. Dog lovers check it out. Very highly recommended.

If you’ve not checked out Emy’s story based on true events, I would recommend this too.

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We love this book and give it 4 Paws & a lick (5*****)

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Smorgasbord Children’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Author on the Shelves – #Environment – That’s Our Home by Jude Lennon

We love all the children’s books by Jude Lennon drop by and check out this wonderful blog on ‘That’s Our Home’ about keeping the beaches clean.

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Delighted to welcome Amazon best selling Children’s author Jude Lennon to the Cafe and bookstore, and you can also find Jude’s latest collection of short stories in the main Cafe. Today I am going to feature her recent release – That’s Our Home.

About the book

“Don’t do that! That’s our home!You’re just not being green.Use a bin or take it home.Keep the beaches clean.” Starfish, Crab and Seagull live on a beautiful beach which is being ruined by rubbish and plastic. Join them as they speak to the people on the beach and remind them about the importance of looking after the beaches and coastlines for everyone.

One of the recent reviews for the book

Adam Searle 5.0 out of 5 stars A strong message  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 July 2020

I love this book. – “That’s Our Home” is a charming story highlighting the…

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#ColouringBookDay ‘Fantasy Snowflakes’

My seal of approval‘Fantasy Snowflakes Coloring Book’

By J.S. Burke

There is a celebration day for almost anything these days, and today 2nd August we celebrate Colouring Books. Well we could not let this day go by without sharing our favourite one. ‘Fantasy Snowflakes Coloring Book’ by our wonderful friend from the US J.S.Burke.

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Below is one of our favourite snowflakes coloured in by Jenny herself, you can see more by clicking the snowflake and visiting Jenny’s web page.

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Goodreads Book Review

Fantasy Snowflakes Coloring BookFantasy Snowflakes Coloring Book by J.S. Burke

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 

 

What a beautiful and very creative book full of wonderful fantasy snowflakes combining sea-creatures and fantasy images. A truly therapeutic book with the images all including descriptions written below.

The author is remarkably talented and I love that they are connected to the beautiful stories from ‘The Dragon Dreamer Series’

Very Highly Recommended

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