Thursday, August 30, 2012

Just A Thought: The Rainbow Stick Boy

Just A Thought: The Rainbow Stick Boy: This children's book is a description of how people in society tend to place people into sections of society based on how they look or w...

The Rainbow Stick Boy is FREE today and tomorrow (August 30th -- Sept.1st) -

My book " The Rainbow Stick Boy " is free today and tomorrow please check it out!-- I'm extending it another day. MY BOOK WILL BE SEPTEMBER 1st  ALSO!

Friday, August 24, 2012

review#13--Brittle Bones by S. E. Pearl

This is a fun little book that tells the story of the dinosaurs in a simple, fun and imaginative way. It has simple pictures that little children will be sure to love. A man buys bones and plants them in his backyard to grow dinosaurs. It rained and sprouted dinosaurs, the dinosaurs had a great summer with eating treats and having a pool party, but when the autumn came the dinosaurs were sad because they knew their time had almost come to an end. They finally disappeared to be seen no more. All we have left is the bones to tell their story.  This is  a great little read that will give young kids a fun way to relate to the time of dinosaurs. If your kid is interested in dinosaurs they will probably enjoy this e-book.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Review#12--The Funny Adventures of Little Nani--CINTA GARC√ćA DE LA ROSA

This book has not been published just yet, but I received a ARC from the author of this children's book. This story takes you through a whimsical journey of a little girl named Nani. She has magical powers by use of a magic wand that she took an online course on how to use it. This book sucks you into the story of a very magical, happy, funny, silly, charming, sometimes naughty, but naive little girl's adventures. She uses her magic wand to help her along her fairy tale journeys. Sometimes Nani tries to make things better with her magic, but she isn't quite as skilled as she would like to be and things turn out terribly wrong. She makes friends into animals and changes animals into other animals, but she also makes friends with people and animals she talks to along the way. The stories of the people she meets always get part of what they want to change, but not in the most pleasing way. She has a carefree attitude about most of the mishaps she makes, but she does show regret that they have happened. She always had good intentions at least! This book is a little longer than I usually read for a review, but the more I read it the more I wanted to read it... It drew me into the stories of this little witch girl that will have many adventures to come!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Review #11-- The Adventures of Minibro The Chair of Power

This is a entertaining little book about sibling rivalry and the youngest or smallest of the family doing what it takes to get his share of the chair. In this free ebook the five brothers are always on Minibros case and never let him do anything fun or anything his brothers get to do. In this situation Minibro needs to outwit his bigger brothers to get what he really wants and what he can't have. He does this by trying to attract his brothers with other material objects in the attic, so that he could enjoy the chair that his brothers have never let him use. Sometime when you are the smallest you have to be the smartest to get what you want and survive, you have to be creative in distracting or luring others away from what you want. This is a fun little book with cool illustrations.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Review #10--Relative Motion --By Jacob Beers and Julie Shoup

This is a kids book about relative motion...Yes a kids book about relative motion. What is relative motion?

     The laws of physics which apply when you are at rest on the earth also apply when you are in any reference frame which is moving at a constant velocity with respect to the earth. For example, you can toss and catch a ball in a moving bus if the motion is in a straight line at constant speed. The motion may have a different appearance as viewed from a different reference frame, but this can be explained by including the relative velocity of the reference frame in the description of the motion.[http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/relmot.html]

     So this is a physics book for kids. It takes a relatively (pun intended) complex physics concept and makes it fairly simple in a cute kids story. It starts out by defining motion and relative motion and then moves into a story about Jimmy and his relative motion the the earth and to a bus.I like science. I work in science, so I really like this little kids e-book. I think my son would like it as well. He is really into science and engineering and wants to know how everything works. A perfect book to explain a concept that some adults have a hard time grasping, and on Amazon.com it's only $0.99!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Review#9--Not Just a Princess--By Mary Lee

Not Just a Princess is about a little girl named Mia. Mia is called princess by her mother and father, but Mia finds out that there is much more to life than being just a princess. She pretends to be a lot of things and dreams of a magical land. Her mother and father call her princess, but she wants to be more than a princess. She lets her imagination and dreams run free to be whatever she wants to be. Mia is not held back by boundaries that adults are often held back by. The message in this book is to let your children dream whatever they want to be.  My son has a crazy imagination like Mia and I enjoy every minute of it, because I know one day it will not be as wild as it is now. I enjoyed this children's picture book for its story and its colorful pictures. 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Recomendations for review

If you have any children's e-book that you want reviewed or you can recommend please send them my way. I'm always looking for the best  independent author of children's e-books to review to get independent authors works more exposure please contact me via email at michaelsantolini(at)gmail(dot)com

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I mostly read to my kids, but I also read the books alone for review. My kids are ages 5, 3 and 1.

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  1. I do not guarantee a review of your book. By contacting us, we are agreeing to consider it for review by either ourselves or one of our regular contributors.
  2. I believe everyone should get a fair chance at a good review. I give 4 and 5 stars  for amazon, goodreads, and I post the review here on my blog, but I don't usually give it a rating on my blog.
  3.  I post the review with a link to the book for sale mostly the link is from amazon.com. If I think it doesn't deserve a 4 or 5 star review I don't post a review. I haven't had to do this yet.
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 Thanks!


Michael

Review#8 -- Monkey Bars--Prachi Gangwal


This a great little story only about 12 pages, but it's also free right now on Amazon.com. The message is about determination and the way a little girl learns about determination to hang on the monkey bars by watching a baby bird learn to fly.  Check out this free book!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Rainbow Stick Boy --NOW $0.99

My ebook The Rainbow Stick Boy is now only $0.99!!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

My second review on Amazon.com


Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative Story! August 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed quite a few things about this book. I loved that the illustrations were made with WikiStix! Awesome! I also loved that Rainbow Stick boy made a straw suit - how cool is that. The ending was very cool too! I can't wait to read this to my kids tomorrow!
 Thanks Eric!
Also now on goodreads.com
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/385818890

Monday, August 6, 2012

Review #7--Molly's Magic Treasure-- By Molly Assad

Molly is so happy before her first day before going into second grade. The second grade teacher is said to have special powers to lead students on a scavenger hunt to find their hidden talent. Is this teacher really have special powers? Or is she just a special teacher that cares for every child and helps them to discover their own talents through: never judging, supporting the children's interests, and encouraging children to explore. Molly is always waiting for Mrs. Powers to tell her what her special talent is... but Molly finds out that only she can find her 'hidden' talent, and only God can guide you to your gifts in life and release the magic or special powers inside yourself. A great little story about discovering yourself for children and giving them the confidence to follow their dreams.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Indie Children's e-books on Kindle--- Name change

So Why the name change? I realized that there are a lot of great Kindle books for kids out there, but I want to support independent authors like myself. I also want to bring good books to you to read or at least read my review. So the criteria for choosing books I review are:

  • The book must be good that means have a review of over 4 stars or if I can find a book with no reviews that is very good I will review for my blog also.
  • The book must not have more than 10 reviews already. I want to bring attention of lesser known indie authors to as many people as I can. A book that has 15,20,30 good reviews  doesn't need any more attention from blogs like mine.
  • Books with less than 3 stars are probably rated that way for a reason. They are not the best of the best of the e-books out there. 
  • The author shouldn't have more than 3 books published on Amazon.com. If an author has a lot of books they probably have success in their sales and get decent reviews. 
  • I also don't like to review authors that have a hardback or paperback for sale. Most of the time they have a big publisher backing them or they already fit in one of the above categories. 
  • As always there will be exceptions to these rules, but these are the reasons for the name change. Just wanted to let you know.
Thanks!

Michael

PS

If you would like to submit a children's e-book you can e-mail me michaelsantolini@gmail.com
There is no guarantee that your book will be reviewed on my blog (I have to really like the book) but if I do review it and it meets the criteria above I will try and get it on the blog in a timely manner. Thanks again!

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Review #6-- Nobody Can Take My Happy Away-- by Jessica Arnold and Patricia Arnold

     Emily and her family move to a new town and Emily has to go to a new school. She is excited at first, but she soon realizes that going to a new school wouldn't be easy.  Kids are mean to her just because they are a tiny bit different and Emily unfortunately has to endure this behavior from others. Emily gets teased on the first day, and the teasing and bullying just goes on and on. The bullying starts to to bother her and make her fell uncomfortable, worried and hurt her self esteem . It takes a strong, and mature person to overcome these things.
     Emily's feelings are hurt, but she tried not to show her true feelings. Kids kept saying she looks different, she sounds different, and her clothes are different. All Emily, or any kid in this situation, wants to do is fit in. Kids in this situation like Emily in the book begin to close up and build a wall around her. She finally realized she is different from others and much more unique (Which in my opinion can be a great thing), and nicer than others. The other kids just don't realize what damage they can do when bullying or teasing others.
     Fortunately for Emily she finds friends with the same interests as her. It's a great way to make friends! Her and her friends find ways to make things better for themselves by talking about  the bullies and drawing pictures to describe how they felt when people were treating them badly. There are so many good messages in this book it's hard to discuss all of them here. Arnold really sums up all the issues of bullying together in this great story about a teenage girl living a "normal" teenage life. A girl that  just wants to have fun, live life, and have friends to share her experiences with. --- The main message of this story is the title---Nobody can take your happy away... unless you let them! Lots of great messages at the end of the book as well.

A great picture I found about bullying... Only talking about it and educating others can help bring this awful behavior to an end!


Student Bullying
[Source: Buckfire and Buckfire.com]

Student bullying in schools in the United States is a serious issue and very prevalent in our school systems today. The statistics show that a student is bullied every seven minutes in our country and that most bullying occurs on playgrounds. The effects of bullying are profound and have a major psychological impact on the bullied student and often causes learning problems in the classroom.
The majority of states have bullying laws on the books, but most are not significant enough to impact this problem or reduce the amount of bullying that occurs nationwide. Without more stringent laws and the actual enforcement of those laws, school systems will not feel the pressure to take the affirmative measures necessary to eliminate the bullying problem that terrorizes so many innocent and vulnerable children everyday. source:ww.buckfirelaw.com/library/student-bullying-in-united-states-statistics-and-facts.cfm

My First Review for Rainbow Stick Boy on Amazon.com

 My first review on amazon from Flo Barnett (author of -No Way to Haircut Day! )
--Thanks again Flo


5.0 out of 5 stars The beauty of diversity, July 28, 2012 By Liam Alexander - This review is from: The Rainbow Stick Boy (A children's book about diversity and the beauty within; Ages 4-12) (Kindle Edition)

Flo Barnett, Pittsburgh, PA

"The Rainbow Stick Boy" touched my heart! I have been an early childhood educator for many, many years and have always promoted a love for differences whether they be in race, religion, resolution etc. Reaching children at a young age to both recognize and embrace diversity is the best way to achieve world peace in the future. This statement may seem far-reaching on the surface,but I guarantee you if we don't start when they're young, our chances diminish dramatically as they become older. Children fear differences unless we teach them to not only not fear them, but foster a love for people and things that are not a reflection of what's the status quo. Michael's book, quite simply gives us an effective and beautiful springboard for broaching the subject of diversity with our very youngest. Thanks Michael, well done!