Sunday, July 27, 2014

A personal apology from Teddy O'Malley

Hi everyone, I'd like to personally apologize for how long it's been since Destiny and I have made a post. Those of you who know me personally know that I was in a pretty bad car accident a few months ago. I won't share the details, but it has been a long road to recovery!

Now, I wanted to make a post because it's been a while since Destiny has checked her mail (sorry!), but I will try to review all the books in her inbox. After that, we'll only be accepting picture books and easy readers. Again, I'm sorry! But we would have trouble handling anything else right now.

We'll let you know if and when we start reviewing YA or Middle Grade novels again. But don't worry if you already sent us your book (as of yesterday or earlier today). We will get to it!


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Author Interview With Priscilla Whitaker

Hi Priscilla!

Thanks for taking the time to interview me.  First, thanks for taking the time to read my book.  I think it is fantastic that I am being interviewed by a children’s book character.

What inspired you to write your first book?

It really happened by accident.  I was taking walks around my pond every morning with my neighbors.  This beautiful bird would fly and land three to six feet away from us.  I didn’t know what kind of bird he was at first.  I started learning everything I could about him and then I wrote a story for the little girls I babysit.  When other people saw my pictures and read my story they encouraged me to get my book published.

When did you start considering yourself a writer?

I have a hard time viewing myself as an author or photographer. 

What are you working on next?

Currently, I am not working on a new book.  I still take a lot of pictures and think about different ideas.  I just haven’t decided on anything new at this time.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

My best advice is that you really must enjoy what you are writing about.  How can you expect someone to like your book if you don’t like it?  Next, have a really nice book cover because that is the first thing anyone will see.  Also, be willing to go to schools and libraries to read to children.

What was your favourite book when you were a kid?

My favorite book growing up was “Ferdinand the Bull”.  I just loved how he was sent into a bull fight because they thought he was fierce.  Instead, he was a gentle giant and he was returned home safely to his field of flowers.  

Anything you would like to add?

I truly love my life!  I babysit two wonderful little girls.  (They must be a lot like you and Faith.)  My favorite part about being an author is visiting schools and reading to children.  I also love meeting other authors.  I spend a lot of time outside working in my garden or chasing critters with my camera.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Mr. Blue by Priscilla Whitaker


Mr. Blue is the fantastic story about the life of a great blue Heron. The book is written in a fun, interactive voice that invites the reader to answer questions. Here is an excerpt of the text:

"Mr. Blue is four feet tall and still growing! He can grow as tall as five feet! How tall are you?"

Priscialla Whitaker's photography skills are amazing and really bring this book to life. The book is also filled with fun facts like the facts above. By the time you're done reading this book you'll know everything about the great blue heron!

This book is fun and educational, which is what make this book Top Shelf!

*This book is a winner of Destiny's Top Shelf Book award

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Odd Sock's Big Scottish Adventure by Melinda Kinsman - Book Giveaway and Contest Announcement

Melinda Kinsman's latest book features one of my good friends. Odd Sock!

My review: In her latest book, Odd explores Scotland and learns many facts about hill-walking and exploring in general. The book also includes tons of adorable photos of Odd.

Sorry about making this review so short. I am very tired right now, so am going to wrap it up with news of Melinda's giveaway. 

That's right. The chance to win your very own Odd Sock stuffed plushie! I know I want one. 

Good luck!

Oh, I almost forgot. The book is free until the 4th of July! 

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(Please follow instructions on the photo to enter Melinda's contest)