Thursday, January 5, 2017

Children's Books for Bad, and Sick, Days! (Reviews and Giveaway)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received these books, free of charge,from the author and Random House, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about them


And now some kids books perfect for the 3-8 set, who just might find themselves having a really bad day, and//or sick in bed with a Winter cold, or the flu!


One to Ten, Squirrel's Bad Day cover
One to Ten, Squirrel's Bad Day
Illus by Marteya Arkova

One to Ten, Squirrel's Bad Day sample illustrationSquirrel is running along a tree limb when she trips, losing all her acorns into the rushing water of the river below. Angry and frustrated, she doesn't know what to do. Her good friend, Rabbit, lends both a sympathetic ear as well as a solution. Rather than get angry, Rabbit tells her, rate the problem on a scale of one-to-ten. By identifying and realizing the true importance of the issue, the issue may not seem so overwhelming. Adorable forest creatures help the sad squirrel put everything into perspective so he does not to get stuck in a rut over something that may not be a big deal after all.

This is an adorable book that introduces a new line for Carole- taking on childhood problems! All kids know about frustration and about how BAD days can seem. But this adorable book not only teaches counting skills (love multi-purpose books!), it teaches a strong moral lesson about putting the problem in perspective, and then how to cope with the problem. It's fun to read out loud, or for emergent readers to read! And the fun Spring colored illustrations will make everyone smile!

But sometimes you don't feel like smiling, cause you really are having a rotten day! 

when you're feeling sick cover
When You're Feeling Sick
Illustrated by Andy Elkerton

This laugh-out-loud picture book from Coy Bowles, guitarist for the Grammy Award–winning Zac Brown Band, will have sick kids feeling better in no time!
 
Sneezing? Coughing? Taking a sick day? Don’t worry, you’ll be feeling better soon thanks to this hilarious picture book from Coy Bowles, guitarist of the Grammy Award–winning Zac Brown Band. Full of encouraging—and super-silly—rhyming advice on how to face sick days with courage and a positive attitude, When You’re Feeling Sick is just what the doctor ordered! Comes with a sheet of stickers to bring a smile to every sick kid’s face.


This is a laughable, adorable book, that all kids will love to have read out loud to them when they're sick, and singing along to (on his website-just scroll down to under the book cover for the audio link). It will bring a smile to any sick child, and is perfect for gift giving year round, with a cute stuffed toy and coupon for fun, when feeling better! 

Sometimes when you're sick, you like to take adventures....
If You were Me and Lived in Israel cover


If You were Me and Lived in Israel
Ill by Kelsea Wierenga

Join Carole P. Roman when she visits the exciting land of Israel in the newest book of her informative series. Learn about the varied customs and cultures. Travel to the Middle East to discover what you would eat and do for fun. See the land through the eyes of a youngster like you and understand what life is like in this exciting place. 

If You were Me and Lived in Israel sampleDon't forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair world traveler.

it's hard to believe this is book 19 in the series! Once again Carole does an excellent job of bringing a foreign country to kids, and making its customs, history and social norms, not only understandable, but entertaining! Kelsea blends photographs with illustrations, to make Israel come alive for kids. Carole does skirt around the Israel/Palestine issue, allowing parents to decide if they want to talk about that after the book is read. This is a great book to add to the collection!


And finally, when you're sick, having something FUN to do is JUST the ticket!



Captain No Beard and the Crew of the flying Dragon Coloring Book

With coloring scenes from the Captain No Beard series, and fun activities, like word searches, mazes and cryptograms, this is a fun book to add with some crayons and the Captain No Beard books, for the sick kid. Or for making a long journey more fun! The activities are suited for ages 5 and up. It's a fun addition to the great library of books from Carole!



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Giveaway:

One BTHM reader will win BOTH
One to Ten, Squirrels Bad Day
and
Captain No Beard and the Crew of the Flying Dragon Coloring Book


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CAROLE P ROMAN is the award-winning author of the Captain No Beard series. Both Captain No Beard-An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life and Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis have received the Kirkus Star of Exceptional Merit. The first book in the series was named to Kirkus Reviews Best 2012. Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis has been named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2015. Each book in the series has won numerous awards including the NABE Pinnacle Award, ERIK Award for 2013, ForeWord Review Five Star and Finalist in the Book of the Year, and Reader's Views Children's Book of the Year 2013. Roman is also the author of the award-winning non-fiction culture series, If You Were Me and Lived in... that explores customs and cultures around the world. She lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren.

Mateya Ark is a frelanch artist from bulargaria. She has worked with Carole on many of her books in the If You Were Me and Lived in... series.

COY BOWLES plays guitar and organ and writes songs for the multiplatinum Zac Brown Band. They have won three Grammys and since 2009 have earned 55 award nominations from the Grammys, Academy of Country Music, American Music Awards, Country Music Association, and Country Music Television. Born in Thomaston, Georgia, Coy was raised on love, support, and the idea that he could do anything he put his heart and soul into. After earning a degree from Georgia State University’s Jazz Studies program, Coy formed the band Coy Bowles and the Fellowship. In 2006, they opened for the Zac Brown Band, and soon after Zac asked Coy to join his band full time. Coy’s first book, the self-published Amy Giggles: Laugh Out Loud, teaches kids to accept themselves as they are. Visit Coy at coybowles.com.

ANDY ELKERTON began his career as a graphic designer for video games, when the industry was still in its infancy, and after fourteen years decided to try his hand at being a children’s book illustrator. Since 2002 he has produced work for picture books, advertising, and toy design. He lives in a small town on the west coast of Scotland with his wife and three children.


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