Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker

By Cynthia Mackey


Book Blurb

Katie is too young to use the stove so she dreams of making her very own pancakes. Join Katie and her friend Baxter in this fun story as they use a passion for collecting and building to find a way to realize Katie’s pancake dream! This upbeat energetic tale with great potential for reading aloud will appeal to adults and young children alike. The book includes a predictable rhyme that will have children chiming in as the story unfolds. Children will celebrate with Katie and Baxter as their pancake dream becomes reality! Recipe included. (Taken from Goodreads)

My Review

Katie Shaffer loved building things, but more than that she loved eating pancakes. In fact, she dreamed of making “Golden brown, fluffy as a cloud, perfectly round, PANCAKES!” herself, but her parents said she was too young to use the stove. So, Katie went to her collection box where she had saved all sorts of castaways – cardboard, ribbon, buttons, kitchen gadgets, and more. She and her new neighbor Baxter decided to build their own pancake maker so they could make, “Golden brown, fluffy as a cloud, perfectly round, PANCAKES!”  Together they blended the ingredients and then Katie mixed in a magic ingredient. The pancakes were delicious, so they decided to go to the store to get various butters, syrups, and jams to top their “Golden brown, fluffy as a cloud, perfectly round, PANCAKES!”  When they returned they found pancakes on the floor, the ceiling, the bed, everywhere!  They had forgotten to turn off the pancake maker and now had enough pancakes to feed their families, friends, and neighbors.  That is exactly what they did!

This wonderful story shows children that some dreams do come true and you can accomplish a lot through cooperation.  If you want the young children in your life to hear or read stories of hope, the rewards of working toward a goal, and friendship and cooperation, then this book is for you. The book even includes the recipe for Katie’s “Golden brown, fluffy as a cloud, perfectly round, PANCAKES!”  I thoroughly enjoyed reading KATIE SHAEFFER PANCAKE MAKER! Without a doubt, I give this book 5 gold stars!

About the Author

Cynthia Mackey has always loved children’s literature. After years of teaching preschool and kindergarten, she is proud to have written her first children’s book, KATIE SHAEFFER, PANCAKE MAKER.  She lives on the west coast of British Columbia wither her family and her piano where she faithfully continues her Saturday morning pancake tradition.  (Author Bio taken from the back cover of the book)

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Whack, Whack, Whack, Goes the Tail!

By Mark Rouillard

Illustrated by David Burk


Book Blurb

This is a story about a dog named Jack that has no idea his tail is constantly whacking anything and everything that is behind him. Jack loves his human family unconditionally, and they love him.

My Review

Whack, Whack, Whack, Goes the Tail! is the author’s debut book.  It is an adorable story about a dog’s love for his family and the trouble his tail is always causing.  The story is written with the 3-5-year-old in mind and is sure to cause some giggles when children hear the tale of the tail.

The book is beautifully illustrated with colorful pictures the children are sure to love.

I recommend this for all young children in the target age group.  It would make a lovely gift.

About the Author

Born and raised in Littleton, Massachusetts, Mark Rouillard moved to Southern California and now calls Orange County home. Working as a mechanical design engineer has been a rewarding profession with several patents being awarded.

Although it is said everyone has at least one book in them, I never dreamed of writing a book. A friend has a dog named Jack that I love who was the inspiration for this book. Always a happy dog his tail is constantly wagging furiously creating turmoil for anything and everything that is behind him. Long ago I began to tell him, “whack, whack, whack, goes the tail”, usually as something was getting upended by his tail. When the inspiration was born I clearly envisioned a children’s picture book with that title, wrote the 357 words, and described my vision for each illustration.

Holding the first hardcover book in my hands in April 2017 was exciting and achieved part of my first goal. Now seeing the book for sale on the website http://whackwhackwhackgoesthetail.com/ in both hardcover and eBook formats has fully achieved that first goal. I have two more goals for this book which are associated with sales. I hope to someday announce these next 2 goals have also been achieved!

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The author gave me this lovely book in exchange for my honest review.

Alexander Pig Goes Camping (Volume 1)

By Eva B. Kids

Alexander Pig Goes CampingMy Review

Alexander Pig Goes Camping is the story of three friends from the Little Green Forest who decide to go off on an adventure to Dog-Rose Camp.  Alexander Pig, Mycroft Zebra, and Pim Hedgehog set off.  They all agree to meet at the train station after going home to pack.  Alexander, who thinks he is the bravest pig of all and exceptionally clever, packs nearly everything he owns and is late, almost missing the train.  Alexander likes to talk in singing rhymes. So he makes up a song about going camping.  Pim is afraid of m-m-monsters. He is actually very timid and doesn’t like traveling, nor does he like anything scary. Mycroft always has the answer to everything.

According to Mycroft, an adventure is “when you experience something new and different or go somewhere you have never been before. Some place that is perhaps just a bit scary.”  What adventure will these three friends find at Dog-Rose camp? 

This enchanting story of friends sticking together is perfect for children ages 4-6.  The beautiful illustrations are beautifully done in watercolor and include maps of the Little Green Forest. Character and story development are written as though through the eyes of a child, ensuring that children will love Alexander Pig Goes Camping. I know I did.

Alexander Pig Goes Camping is an enjoyable book for parents to read to young children.

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I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

About the AuthorEva B. Kids

Eva B. Kids resides in a bohemian paradise with her wonderful husband, adventure-loving son and an eccentric dog.

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The Forgotten Pumpkin

THE FORGOTTEN PUMPKIN is a delightful autumn story for children about a sad pumpkin who was forgotten when Farmer Pond and his sons went to the fields to harvest all the pumpkins. Mr. Pond was in a hurry to gather the pumpkins and forgot to pick the large pumpkin that grew next to the woods far from the road.

The big beautiful pumpkin was so sad it began to cry.  During the night, the pumpkin’s cries became so loud that it woke the animals in the nearby forest. They came to the field and asked, “Pumpkin, why are you crying?” Pumpkin explained he had been forgotten and he was sure he would make a nice smiley jack-o’-lantern.

The animals looked at each other and came up with a plan to move the pumpkin near the road and carve it into a jack-o-lantern.

The story will hold a child’s attention with the surprising ways the pumpkin was transformed into a smiling jack-o-lantern with the darling characters beautifully illustrated by Susan Foland Ertel.

Do I recommend THE FORGOTTEN PUMPKIN?  Absolutely!

About the Author (from the last page of the book)

Hugh G. Earnhart is a retired history professor, a Korean War Veteran, and an Ohio State Master Gardener/Naturalist from Poland, Ohio, where he lives with his wife and flower consultant, Mary Kay. Being a flower judge also makes use of any free time.  He is a member of the Giant Pumpkin Grower’s Association of America, Canfield, Ohio chapter.

About the Illustrator (from the last page of the book)

Susan Foland Ertel’s whimsical artwork reflects her interest and love of animals. She is the author and illustrator of Belle, The Hound That Was Found.  Susan lives with her husband and pets in Wilmington, Ohio, where they enjoy their seven grandchildren.

I bought THE FORGOTTEN PUMPKIN at Books By The Banks, Cincinnati, OH, and promised the author an honest review before passing it on to my granddaughter.IMG_1112

THE FORGOTTEN PUMPKIN can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Booksamillion, Powell’s, Joseph Beth Booksellers, and many of your favorite indy bookstores.

“Stand Back,” Said the Elephant, “I’m Going to Sneeze!”

I first read “Stand Back,” Said the Elephant, “I’m Going to Sneeze!” when my children were little, and now all these years later, it still brings a chuckle or two. The story is written in rhyme with lots of humor by Patricia Thomas, and Wallace Tripp’s artwork is charming. If you can get your hands on a copy of this delightful picture story book, it would be a perfect gift for the young ones in your life.

All of the animals panic when the elephant says he going to sneeze.

“Beware, beware,”

Called the bees to the bear.

“The elephant says he’s going to sneeze.”

“Oh, please,

Not a sneeze,”

“That’s not fair.

I declare,

The last time he sneezed he blew off all my hair,

And left me so bare

I spent the whole winter in long underwear –

I love children’s books, but this is undeniably one of my favorite. I give it 5 stars.

Stand Back, Said the Elephant, I'm Going to Sneeze! by Patricia Thomas

A Pug With A Plan by Janeen Coyle

A Pug With A Plan by Janeen CoyleJaneen Coyle’s A PUG WITH A PLAN is a delightful children’s booabout a pug puppy and a boy named Dylan. When Dylan and his mother make a trip to the pet store, Dylan falls in love with a pug puppy and names him Frank. They take him home, and Frank is Dylan’s best friend until one day Frank goes to puppy heaven.  Dylan parents are worried about getting another pet too soon.

The story behind A PUG WITH A PLAN is a true story. It helps adults to realize there is another pet out there for their family and gives children the chance to learn about life and death of a pet, and about finding another pet to love.

I loved this book, and I highly recommend it to anyone, but especially families with children and pets.

(I probably said this before, but besides reading novels, I love children’s books! I will occasionally post reviews of them on this site.)