Hop and Chomp: A Caterpillar Story by Gita V. Reddy


Hop and Chomp: A Caterpillar Story by Gita V. Reddy
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Childrens, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (32 pages)
Age Recommendation: 3+
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

Hop, a young grasshopper, makes a new friend. He is Chomp, the caterpillar. Chomp is not like Hop at all. While Hop likes to explore the world around him, and to play in the grass, Chomp only eats. But Hop doesn’t mind because Chomp is a good listener. He visits him often and tells him all about his day.

One day, Chomp stops eating. And then he disappears!

Hop and Chomp: A Caterpillar Story is a simple story children will relate to, while learning about the life cycle of a butterfly.

It is also about friendship, and about accepting differences.

Both boys and girls will enjoy the book.

The illustrations are hand drawn and will appeal to young readers.

You’re never too young to make a new friend.

I’d never thought about the idea of insects having personalities before, but Hop and Chomp changed my mind about this. They were both unique little bugs that had strong opinions about how they wanted to spend their time and who they wanted to spend it with. I’ve been a fan of Ms. Reddy’s stories for a while now, but getting to know these characters so well only made me more interested in seeing what she comes up with next. She had such a creative spin on what grasshoppers and caterpillars would be like if they could speak.

I would have liked to see Hop’s mother spend a little more time explaining what a pupa was and why Chomp was inside of it. Her explanation of it was so brief that I’m not sure it would make complete sense to preschoolers. With that being said, I still enjoyed this book quite a bit and wouldn’t hesitate to read it to my relatives who are in this age group.

The friendship between Chomp and Hop was adorable. Hop’s interest in spending time with his friend only seemed to grow stronger over time, and that made me smile. I also loved the fact that they were such good buddies even though a baby grasshopper’s idea of a good time often isn’t the same as what a caterpillar would want to do.

Hop and Chomp: A Caterpillar Story was a gentle tale that I’d recommend to anyone who is in the market for something new to read at bedtime.

Princess Rosalinda and the Color Pink by Marcel Szenessy


Princess Rosalinda and the Color Pink by Marcel Szenessy
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Children’s Fiction, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Historical
Length: Short Story (31 pages)
Age Recommendation: 3+
Rating: 5 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

Rosalinda is a young energetic princess with lots of ideas. Her parents support her in every way to let her live her dreams even if it means to completely redesign their kingdom. However, one day Rosalinda makes an amazing eye-opening discovery that changes the way she sees the world…

There is such a thing as having too much of something you love.

I liked the fact that the king and queen were so patient with all of Princess Rosalinda’s requests to make everything in their life pink. It was adorable to see them do everything from order the royal painter to paint her bedroom walls to change the color of the trees outside of their castle. They seemed like they were very loving and warm parents because of how much attention they gave to the things that mattered most to their daughter.

Some of the items that Rosalinda wanted to turn pink made me grin. I’ve never looked at a lake and wondered why it wasn’t pink, so seeing how unlikely stuff like that happened was amusing. The magical elements of this fairy tale world were simply delightful.

One of my favorite parts of the plot was how it used repetition to give kids hints about what would happen next. Repeating the same phrases over and over again is a great way to make a children’s book sound like it really happened once upon a time in a kingdom far, far away.

The ending was what really made me fall in love with Rosalinda’s adventures. It was the perfect capstone to all of the things she learned after she asked her parents to make everything on their property pink. I couldn’t have imagined a better ending for her or for her family.

Princess Rosalinda and the Color Pink was a sweet and gentle story that I’d strongly recommend to princesses of all ages.

Elphie and Dad Go on an Epic Adventure by Hagit R. Oron and Or Oron


Elphie and Dad Go on an Epic Adventure by Hagit R. Oron and Or Oron

Publisher: Self-Published
enre: Children’s Fiction, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (25 pages)
Age Recommendation: 3+
Rating: 5 stars
Review by: Astilbe

BoM LASR YA copy

For Elphie, everything is an adventure.

But dad is cautious.

Is dad going to join Elphie on his quest or is the trip to the shop going to be dull and boring?

Join Elphie and dad to find out!

Anything can be an adventure if you think about it the right way.

This was such an imaginative tale. Not everyone can notice a cat sitting in a tree or a cloud floating through the sky and picture how those things could be transformed into something magical. Seeing the world through these characters’ eyes was a real treat due to of this. I’m going to think of my next walk in a completely different way because of how easy it was for Elphie to see dragons and treasures around every single corner.

The relationship between Elphie and his dad was so sweet. You could tell they really loved each other and enjoyed spending time together. I especially enjoyed seeing how attentive the dad was during their walk to the store. He wanted to make sure his son had fun while they ran their errand, and it showed.

There were a few lessons included in the plot about listening to your parents and avoiding some of the common dangers that exist when you’re walking by a road. I liked the fact that the father in this tale reminded his son to stay safe without making a big production out of it.

The dialogue was delightfully funny as well. Elphie was going through a stage where he liked to repeat certain words that his father used, so there were a few times when I grinned at how this little guy spoke. They weren’t the kind of words that I’d typically expect someone his age to use. I wouldn’t even expect him to know what some of them mean, but that only made it more adorable to see him use them.

If you’re looking for a cute picture book, look no further than Elphie and Dad Go on an Epic Adventure. It was a beautiful story that I can’t recommend highly enough!

One to Ten, Squirrel’s Bad Day by Carole P Roman


One to Ten, Squirrel’s Bad Day by Carole P Roman
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Length: Short (37 Pgs)
Rating: 5 Stars
Age Recommendation: 3+
Review by: Stephanotis

Squirrel is rushing 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.

What a fun book! It has a wonderful message and is beautifully illustrated by Mateya Arkova.

The story is about a squirrel that slips and drops all the acorns he’s gathered. He watches them slowly float down the river and becomes sad. Along comes his friend, a rabbit, who tries to cheer him up and offers him a way to compare this disaster to others in his life. He has to rate certain things on a scale of one to ten with ten being very bad.

What I loved most about this book is the author chose situations that most children can relate to like getting bad grades at school, grandparents moving away, parents divorcing, and even bad weather ruining your outdoor games.

While reading it I thought that its theme isn’t just for children but actually for all of us. When you’re having a bad day or something terrible happens if you put it on a scale of one to ten it doesn’t seem so bad.

I’d recommend this book to parents to read with their children and maybe use it as a tool to open up a discussion about feeling down or how to get over something bad happening in your life.

If You Were Me and Lived In…Ancient Greece by Carole P. Roman

If You Were Me and Lived In…Ancient Greece by Carole P. RomanIf You Were Me and Lived In…Ancient Greece by Carole P. Roman
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Children’s Illustrated Book
Length: Short Story (54 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Age Recommendation: 3+
Review by: Stephanotis

Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series. Learn what kind of food you might eat in Ancient Greece, the type of clothing you might wear what your name could be, and what children in the olden days did for fun. If You Were Me and Lived in…does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture. So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.

As a fan of history books, I was eager to read all four books written by Carole Roman. This first one is all about Ancient Greece and illustrated by Mateya Arkova. Each book puts you into the world of a child who would have lived during each period and allows you to pretend what day to day life would have been all about. This book takes place around 350 B.C. It not only gives you a social history of the times, but a geography lesson too.

In this book there’s mention of the Olympics, Greek philosophers, democracy, and even mythology. The illustrations compliment it perfectly, and there’s a nicely detailed who’s who and glossary at the end of the book for further learning and exploring.

A great book for summer reading for children and parents alike.

Rocket-Bye by Carole P. Roman

Rocket-Bye by Carole P. Roman
Rocket-Bye by Carole P. Roman
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Length: Short Story (31 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 3+
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Review by: Stephanotis

Carole P. Roman travels to the stars, orbiting the moon and rocketing past planets in this adorable journey to the far reaches of the galaxy. A beautiful bedtime poem, this verse is sure to delight any child before they go to sleep.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a children’s picture book and happy to report that Rocket-Bye reminded me of the special quality that only this type of book offers.

It’s a cute story about two children who take a rocket to explore space and conclude their evening safely tucked up in bed. While it’s short on words, each one conveys their journey through the universe perfectly. The book is beautifully illustrated by Mateya Arkova and has you smiling as you turn each page.

I think this is the perfect book to not only teach young children about all the planets but makes for wonderful bedtime story to read to your children or grandchildren.

If You Were Me and Lived In…Renaissance Italy by Carole P. Roman

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If You Were Me and Lived In…Renaissance Italy by Carole P. Roman
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Children’s Illustrated Non Fiction Book
Length: Short Story (44 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 3+
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Review by: Stephanotis

Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series. Learn what kind of food you might eat in Ancient Greece, the clothes you wore in 15th century Renaissance Italy, what your name could be in Elizabethan England, and what Colonial American children did for fun. If You Were Me and Lived in…does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture. So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.

This was another great history book for children. It takes the reader on a journey from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance and shows them first-hand the change in the world and how many people went from tending land to becoming merchants and a whole new lifestyle emerged.

This one includes information about some of the world’s most famous people who lived in these days including Leonardo De Vinci and Michelangelo. This book was illustrated by Silvia Brunnetti and each one of her drawings pairs beautifully with the text.

As with the other books by this author, there’s a glossary and list of famous people so children can use it to find out more about the time and people.

If You Were Me and Lived In…Colonial America by Carole P. Roman

If You Were Me and Lived In…Colonial America by Carole P. Roman
If You Were Me and Lived In…Colonial America by Carole P. Roman
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Children’s Non-Fiction Picture Book
Length: Short Story (53 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Age Recommendation: 3+
Review by: Stephanotis

Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series. Learn what kind of food you might eat in Ancient Greece, the clothes you wore in 15th century Renaissance Italy, what your name could be in Elizabethan England, and what Colonial American children did for fun. If You Were Me and Lived in…does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture. So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.

This is the second book in a series of four children’s history books that I read by the author and have to say that even as an adult, I found out something new in each of them. Like the others in the series, this one lets children pretend they are a character who would have lived during the time of the book and what life would have been like for them.

In this one, children get to travel with their parents from England to the New World and they’re told the reason why some people chose to leave their homeland. It’s part history, part geography book with marvelous illustrations by Sarah Wright. It really does give some insight into the hardships that people faced coming to a new land, including building a home and finding food and it’s told in an entertaining style.

This is another fun summer read that I’m sure children will enjoy.

Can a Princess Be A Firefighter? by Carole P. Roman

Can a Princess Be A Firefighter
Can a Princess Be A Firefighter? by Carole P. Roman
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Length: Short Story (35 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 3+
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Review by Stephanotis

Two little girls pepper their father with questions about whether or not they can be a profession and still be a princess. Motivated by her granddaughter’s fascination with all things ‘princess,’ Carole P. Roman penned this adorable poem celebrating all the wonderful possibilities waiting ahead for them.

This is the second picture book I’ve gotten to read by this author and have to say this one was as delightful as the other one. Like Rocket-Bye, it’s also beautifully illustrated by Mateya Arkova.

It’s the perfect book for little girls to learn all about the career options that will be available to them when they grow up. It also has the central message that you can be whatever dream, whatever your heart desires, and yes, you can do any job even be a firefighter and still be a princess.

This picture book is the perfect bedtime story for your own little princess.

If You Were Me and Lived In…Elizabethan England by Carole P. Roman

If You Were Me and Lived In…Elizabethan England by Carole P. Roman
If You Were Me and Lived In…Elizabethan England by Carole P. Roman
Publisher: Self Published
Genre: Children’s Illustrated Non-Fiction
Length: Short Story (41 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Age Recommendation: 3+
Review by: Stephanotis

Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series. Learn what kind of food you might eat in Ancient Greece, the clothes you wore in 15th century Renaissance Italy, what your name could be in Elizabethan England, and what Colonial American children did for fun. If You Were Me and Lived in…does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture. So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.

I’ve always been a fan of Tudor history so this was a book I was eager to read. And I should point out that although these books are intended for children, I think adults will have fun reading them too.

They’re a concise look at periods in history and this one covers the times of Elizabeth I. This book was illustrated by Paula Tabor and her drawings really give a sense of what life was like in England during Elizabeth’s reign. Everything from the grand customs to the houses that were built. There’s even mention of how the term it’s raining cats and dogs came about.

As well as lots of fun facts, this like the others in the series has a great glossary and list of important people so children can explore the topic more.

I’d definitely put this one (and the others in the series) on the summer reading list for you and your children and/or grandchildren.