Abby and Holly – School Dance

By Janice Spina

Book Blurb

This is Book 1 of a series of Abby & Holly books. These two girls were first introduced in Book 5 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series.

Abby and Holly are first cousins on their mothers’ side. They moved to the quiet town of Linden, New Hampshire, and live in a grand old Victorian which is haunted.

The cousins are excited about attending the 6th-grade dance. When their friend, Justine, is bullied by two other girls, Abby and Holly, along with the help of a ghost and Davey and Derek Donato, the twin detectives, work together to formalize a plan to put a stop to the bullying.

My Review

I have long been a fan of Janice Spina’s young children’s books and her middle-grade Davey and Derek Junior Detectives series.  I was excited to read the first book in her Abby and Holly series for middle-grade girls, and I was not disappointed.

Abby and Holly are the cousins we met in The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 5) who helped Davey and Derek solve a case involving a ghost that was residing in Abby’s house.  Now they are back seeking the help of their friends Davey and Derek in solving a case of a girl jealously sabotaging another classmate’s chance to go to the 6th-grade dance and plans to do even worse.

The story flows well, and the characters are developed nicely so anyone who hasn’t read any of the Davey and Derek series will have no trouble jumping in with book one of this series. Girls are going to love this series — a touch of puppy love, fantasy, and a mystery to solve all in one book. The lessons of forgiving and forgetting and being kind are  well documented in the story, an important reminder for everyone.  This is another 5-star book from Janice Spina.

About the Author

Janice Spina is an award-winning author with eleven children’s books, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Jerry the Crabby Crayfish (won Pinnacle Book Achievement Award), Lamby the Lonely Lamb (won the Silver Medal from MOM’S Choice Awards), and Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear, Broose the Moose on the Loose (won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award), and Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, and Colby the Courageous Cat. Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series (Book 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5) is a middle-grade/preteen series. Book 1, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone (won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and an Honorable Mention from Readers’ Favorite Awards). Book 2, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, also won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Book 5 won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest.

Janice has published three novels under J. E. Spina, Hunting Mariah, a thriller/mystery, Mariah’s Revenge (Sequel to Hunting Mariah) a paranormal/mystery/romance novel, How Far Is Heaven, and a short story collection, An Angel Among Us, all available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She needs to edit a YA fantasy series which will be published in 2019 and beyond. Her husband is her illustrator and cover creator.

She has written over a hundred poems and two other novels. The two novels need editing before publishing. Janice says, “There is always another story swimming around in my head. If I don’t write them down they are lost forever.”

Her logo is JEMSBOOKS for all ages on which is her motto:
“Reading Gives You Wings To Fly! Soar with Jemsbooks!”

Janice’s and John’s joint goal is: To encourage children of all ages to read and to instill this love of reading in them to carry them through life and thus giving them ‘wings to fly!’

She loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. She says, “It’s like Christmas each time I receive a review!” (Taken from Goodreads)

 

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Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey

Words by Janice Spina
Pictures by John Spina

 

Sebastian Meets Marvin the MonkeySynopsis

When a little boy, Sebastian, goes to the zoo he meets Marvin the monkey. Sebastian loves monkeys and likes to watch them climb the trees. Something amazing happens when Sebastian’s toy phone suddenly plays music.

My Review

Janice Spina writes wonderful children’s books which are illustrated by her husband, John Spina.  I’ve recently read Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, written in verse.  Marvin the Monkey, lives at the zoo and acts like a clown for the visitors who have come to see him.  He is not very entertaining.  Then one day, Sebastion, a kind-hearted boy who loves animals, waits patiently for Marvin to do something.  When the music from his toy phone begins to play, Sebastian dances.  Marvin likes the music and starts to dance, too. The other monkeys start to dance, as well, and soon all the animals at the zoo are doing their own dance. Everyone is watching the animals dance.  When it is time to leave, Sebastion promises to come back and visit all his new friends.

This is a darling story about a little boy who loves animals and is sure to delight all young readers.  The story was inspired by the author’s young grandson Sebastian, a lover of animals. The author’s hope is that children come away with the love and respect Sebastian shows the animals and treat the animals they meet with the same respect and caring.

As with all the author’s books I have read, I highly recommend this book. It is perfect for bedtime or anytime reading and is filled with beautiful illustrations that every child will enjoy.

About the AuthorJanice Spina

Janice Spina is an award-winning author of nine children’s books, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Lamby the Lonely Lamb, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear, Broose the Moose on the Loose, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 1 and 2, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, copy editor and writer of novels and poetry. Hunting Mariah is her first novel to be published under J.E. Spina. She published her second novel, a paranormal/mystery/romance, How Far Is Heaven, July 2016. Book 3 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives was published in August 2016.

Janice has received a Silver Medal from MOM’S Choice Awards for Lamby the Lonely Lamb and the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 1, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone.

She is working on two more children’s books, book 4 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, editing a YA fantasy, finishing up a mystery/romance, and a historical novel, and wants to begin a mystery series for PT girls. All of these books, over the next two years, hopefully, will be published.

Her logo is Jemsbooks – books for all ages! Her motto is – Reading Gives You Wings to Fly! Come soar with Jemsbooks! Happy reading!

Janice’s hobbies besides writing are crocheting, exercising to keep in shape, loves going to the movies with her husband or out to lunch or dinner, reading, book reviewing, blogging and spending time with her five grandchildren who are her writing inspiration.

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I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

 

5.0 out of 5 starsLife lesson of Sebastian and Marvin

By Gisela H. Sedlmayer, author of the Talon book series on June 3, 2015

What a lovely story and life lesson about Sebastian and Marvin.

One day Sebastian went to the zoo. And here he met Marvin the monkey, seeing him bored sitting on a branch, since he has nothing to do. As Sebastian watched the monkey his toy phone went off and music was heard. Sebastian started to dance.
Marvin loved the music and did his own way of dancing. All the other monkeys watch him.
And suddenly all the other animals in the zoo start to dance in their own way.
Everyone had fun.

A great story for all to learn, that there is more to life than just sitting around. A little music can lift you up and be joyful and let you forget the sad part of your life.

Great and colourful drawings of all the animals in the zoo.

5.0 out of 5 starsIts amazing what fun music can bring into ones life

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Its a dance party! This book makes me want to turn on the music and dance around! Even without words, the illustrations in this book tell a story in themselves! Its amazing what fun music can bring into ones life 🙂 Thank you Janice for another fun book!

5.0 out of 5 starsAdorable

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Another Gem by JemsBooks. “Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey” is an fun tale written by award-winning children’s author Janice Spina and illustrated by her talented husband, John Spina, that entertains children and teaches them the value of respect for others, including animals. Go along with Sebastian to the zoo and learn how his love and consideration for the monkeys spread happiness all around. Highly recommended.

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5.0 out of 5 starsMonkey business in the zoo

By Werner Stejskal, bestselling author of the Oliver and Jumpy series on June 4, 2015

Do you want to know how a mobile phone ring will affect zoo animals? I am not giving it away! You will be amazed when you read this book. Let me suffice to say that your little person will be introduced to many different zoo animals. That in itself will be fun enough. But what are those animals doing? Guess! Nice monkey business, Janice!5.0 out of 5 starsFun for you and everyone at the zoo!

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By Deanie Humphrys-Dunne on June 3, 2015

Janice Spina created another marvelous picture book. This time little Sebastian goes to the zoo where he meets a monkey named Marvin. Marvin is a serious monkey. He never seems to have fun. He stares at the visitors and they look back at him. But when Sebastian’s toy radio starts playing music, something surprising happens. Soon the zoo is a very happy place. This is another marvelous, rhyming book by Janice Spina. Preschoolers will love it.
review by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

 

More Children’s Books by Janice Spina

Children’s Books by Janice Spina

I love reading children’s books, and these two books by children’s author Janice Spina are superb.  If you have little ones in your life, or beginning readers, these books are the perfect stories to attract their interest, and yours. While about cute little animals, Spina weaves important lessons into her stories.

I can’t talk about her books without mentioning Janice Spina’s husband John Spina, who so beautifully illustrates the books with colorful drawings that tell her stories through delightful artwork.

 

Jesse The Precocious Polar Bear

Jesse the Precocious Polar BearSynopsis from the Book

Jesse is a precocious and very intelligent polar bear. He likes to learn about everything except what polar bears are supposed to know. Jesse has some surprising adventures and learns an import lesson.

My Review

Jesse wants a friend. Jesse doesn’t do what little polar bears are supposed to do.  While not minding his mother, Jesse gets into trouble and is saved by an unlikely friend.  This adorable story emphasizes not only the need to follow instructions, but also how to be a loyal friend.  The author’s husband delightfully illustrated this adorable storybook. It is sure to keep any young child entertained while teaching valuable lessons.

 

Lamby The Lonely Lamb

Synopsis from the BookLamby the Lonely Lamb

Lamby is a very different lamb because of his color. He is lonely and only wants to be accepted by the other lambs. Find out what lesson Lamby learns when a little girl, Leah, comes to the farm where Lamby lives.

Lamby the Lonely Lamb received the Silver Award for excellence in Children’s Picture Books from Mom’s Choice Awards.

My Review

Lamby fell into a vat of purple dye and was purple from head to toe.  The other lambs didn’t want to play with Lamby because he was different.  Lamby gets his wish to be accepted for who he is, not for the way he looks, a valuable message for young children.

Lamby the Lonely Lamb is a delightfully written and illustrated picture book for the young reader.  The author wrote it for her granddaughter Leah who has her own Lamby.

Janice SpinaAbout the Author

Janice Spina is an award-winning author with eight children’s books and one novel. She has been writing since a young child of nine and always dreamed of being an author. Her dream was realized once she retired from an administrative secretarial position in a school. Her goal is to encourage children to read by writing stories that are fun, entertaining and that reinforce life lessons. Her motto is Reading Gives Your Wings to Fly! Her slogan is Jemsbooks for All Ages!

 

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Louey The Lazy Elephant

Louey the Lazy Elephant by Janice Spina

I love children’s books and LOUEY THE LAZY ELEPHANT  by Janice Spina did not disappoint me. It is a story of a lazy elephant that becomes separated from his family because he was too lazy to get up when his mother told him they were moving on.  Frightened, Louey enlists the help of the other animals in the jungle to help find his family, but he must first prove he is not lazy.

This is a delightful story for young children. I love that the illustrations, done by John Spina, are drawn in crayon.

LOUEY THE LAZY ELEPHANT is the perfect read to book for your favorite little person or for yourself if you enjoy children’s books as I do.