#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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#HalloweenBooktacular with Miss Ruby Heart

Facebook Online Halloween Event

Over on Facebook we are trying out a special Halloween Children’s Book Event sharing Halloween Treats much better than sweets. Sadly the Facebook layout has changed and we don’t know if it is going to work in our favour. We are currently unable to schedule posts. However, we will do our very best to share some of our favourite reads suitable for this wonderful season of ‘Trick or Treating’.

#RubyTubeDay Young Ebenezer Halloween Teaser

All next week ‘Young Ebenezer ~Confronts the School Bully’ by Rose English will be on a special promo to celebrate Halloween. This story in verse about bullying is already free on Kindle Unlimited but for the whole of next week it will be just 99c/99p on Kindle Countdown.

A magical clock, a bully and ghost,
which one of these will scare you the most?

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Halloween treat much better than sweets!

A #Halloween treat much better than sweets! We all know books can last a lifetime. Happy Halloween and Happy Reading one and all.

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Young Ebenezer ~ Confronts the School Bully by Rose English

Happy Halloween to you all. As a special celebration Book 2 in the Young Ebenezer series is currently on a special Halloween Promo starting at just 99p or 99c for our dotcom friends. A children’s book, a story in verse.

‘A Halloween treat, much better than sweets.’

A time for candy and costumes,
pumpkins and ‘Trick or Treat’.
But beware of the bully
lurking just down the street.

Ebenezer is really excited! It’s his first Halloween to go out ‘Trick or Treating’. Jacob Marley is excited too, but this school bully plans to steal all the kids’ sweets. Can Eb and his friends, along with the magical clock Grandfather Time teach Jacob the error of his ways? Or is the boy doomed to a life of crime, just like his wicked father?

The story of ‘Ebenezer and the Bully’ is…

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Petrifying Picture Books!

#Halloween treats much better than sweets! Click the link below to check out some wonderful Petrifying Picture Books! Shared by Library Girl & Book Boy

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I have to confess that not all of these picture books are petrifying but they do contain some seriously spooky characters as well as cracking stories!

82AFACA9-0D3E-4CF7-AE83-3103DD5B22A0Where’s Mrs Witch?’ by Ingela P Arrhenius (Nosy Crow)

A special spooky edition joins one of my favourite board books series. This one sees a whole host of Halloween favourites hiding behind felt flaps just waiting to be discovered. The most terrifying face is to be discovered peeping out of the mirror on the very final page!

Such a great, tactile series designed to withstand a good chew from your little monsters.

017AEFB4-7373-4D44-BDB6-63BB45D314F971C003B0-591B-4B32-8501-C6F63FE1589BDracula Spectacular,’ by Lucy Rowland, illustrated by Ben Mantle (Macmillan)

It’s tough fitting in with a vampire family when you’d rather wear colours and glitter than dreary, dreadful black. As Dracula Boy flies through the streets at night, all the other children are frightened of him, but he just wants…

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New Release ‘Young Ebenezer’ celebratory #Promo #KindleCountdown

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New Release ‘Young Ebenezer ~ Confronts the School Bully’

We are so excited, and we hope you will be too when you hear our news? ‘Young Ebenezer ~ Confronts the School Bully’ by Rose English is to be released on Tuesday 1st October 2019. This is plenty of time for a #Halloween treat much better than sweets! Plus in plenty of time for #NationalPoetryDay on Thursday 3rd October 2019.

To celebrate Rose is doing a special promotion of Book 1 in the series ‘Young Ebenezer ~ A New Christmas Carol’ think modern children’s classic reminiscent of Charles Dickens and T’was the Night Before Christmas.

For the days leading up to the release Book 1 will be on an amazon Kindle Countdown and the book will be reduced from £2.99 to just 99p or 99c for our dot com friends. The book is also available as an audio book narrated in the style of a Charles Dickens classic by Bill Schafer check it out on YouTube.


Young Ebenezer Teaser from YouTube


 

Grandfather Time,
chimes out loud and clear,
he’s telling us all,
Christmas soon will be here.
The fire is burning;
the room’s all aglow,
outside the snow’s falling,
so gentle and slow.

Many young boys and girls
are on their Playstations,
X-boxes, Nintendos,
throughout all the nation.
Yet one little fellow
is still not content,
to get even more presents,
is his main intent.

Now young Ebenezer,
is a naughty young lad,
not sharing with others,
he really is bad.
So Grandfather Time has
been watching him grow,
with a feeling of sadness
that is making him low.

It is time for the boy,
a lesson to learn,
that he has to be good,
for the presents to earn.
He must learn to share,
with the girls and the boys
and learn how to give
and not take others’ toys.


Introducing Rose English

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Living on ‘England’s Green & Pleasant Land’, among the gentle rolling hills of the Herefordshire Countryside, Rose’s house is wall to wall books. She even has a ‘Leaning Tower of Paperbacks‘.

Rose is a dreamer, preferring a simple & quiet life. Often spending time alone, although never lonely, being ever surrounded by great characters when lost in a good book. She loves theatre and the arts, adoring live performances on stage. Rose has very eclectic tastes.

Working as a school librarian, and sharing her love of books with children, was the best job she ever had. However, life moves on and another chapter was only a page turn away.

Now working in an entirely different library, in Hereford’s Wye Valley NHS Trust Hospital, Rose spends her day issuing ‘Medical Equipment’.

Rose also has a little friend called Miss Ruby Heart a ruby King Charles Spaniel who reviews Children’s Books.

Rose English & Miss Ruby Heart on Social Media

Website               https://roseenglishukauthor.wordpress.com/

Miss Ruby Heart               https://missrubyheart.com/

Amazon UK        https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rose-English/e/B00SP9WVNC

Amazon.com    https://www.amazon.com/Rose-English/e/B00SP9WVNC


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