Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Author Spotlight: The Squeezor by Becky Benishek

About the author:

Becky Benishek has a B.A. degree in English and loves to create stories that  help children believe in themselves and also develop compassion and empathy for others. She also writes adult science fiction and fantasy stories. In her day job, she manages online communities that help people connect to people and resources they need. Becky is married with guinea pigs.








About the book:

The Squeezor is Coming!

**BRONZE MEDAL WINNER: Children’s Books – Social Issues, in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest**
**Five Star Readers’ Favorite**

The Squeezor is a monster who just wants to give hugs: Great, big, wrap-his-arms-around-you-twice, squeezy hugs. The trouble is, he looks so scary, even other monsters run away!

This makes the Squeezor very sad. He can't help how he looks. How can he get everyone to look past his appearance and be his friend?

Then he gets an idea: What if it's not about what he wants, but about what the other monsters might need? Join the Squeezor in Ghastly Gigapolis as he changes first impressions for the better--his own included.

The Squeezor is Coming! is illustrated by Matt Fiss and is available on Amazon and through MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing. It is also available in dyslexic font.

Review:
“Far too many kids feel as unlovable as the Squeezor, and this story is for them. Benishek’s droll and humorous story will please everyone in the room and maybe especially those adults who are still kids at heart. Matt Fiss’s brilliantly grotesque illustrations make this book one to linger over and read again and again and again. Literally. It’s that good.” –Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite


More information:

Website: https://beckybenishek.com
Amazon: https://amazon.com/author/beckybenishek




Monday, September 16, 2019

The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids: 800+ Jokes! | Book Review The Children’s Book Review

 September 15, 2019 Bianca Schulze
The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids: 800+ Jokes! | Book Review
The Children’s Book Review | September 15, 2019



The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids: 800+ Jokes!
Written by Carole P. Roman

Age Range: 6 – 12 years

Paperback: 160 pages

Publisher: Rockridge Press (August 27, 2019)

ISBN-13: 978-1641526371

What to Expect: Jokes, Riddles, Tongue Twisters, and Fun Facts

Leave it to award-winning author Carole P. Roman to compile a super fun selection of crowd-pleasing jokes, while also weaving in a little history and fun facts! Side note: She has written over fifty children’s books, including the history series If You Were Me and Lived In. 

As the title touts, The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids is filled with over 800 family-friendly jokes, riddles, tongue twisters, fun facts, and more. Each new section of the book begins with an anecdote about the type of jokes that will proceed.  The range of jokes starts with simple questions with answers and knock-knock jokes, progressing to tricky tongue twisters, puns, and longer story-like jokes. The pages are peppered with line illustrations to compliment the ba–dum ching moments. For an added bonus, any budding comedians out there will enjoy learning about setups and punch lines, along with the special space provided to write their own jokes—there are even some fill-in-the-blank samples to get the creativity started.

Joke books are one of the best-kept secrets for getting reluctant readers to read. So what are you waiting for? Grab a copy now and leave it on your kiddo’s bedside table, in the car, or inside their backpack for recess time. Then sit back and watch them read with zero nagging on your part! Also keep in mind that if your dad jokes are getting old … just keep the book for yourself and impress your kids and their friends with your fresh new set of quips. Hot tip: Write down one of the jokes on a piece of paper and use it for a lunchbox note to brighten up a long school day.

What did one volcano say to the other?

“I lava you!”

What did the painter say to her sweetheart?

“I love you with all my art.”

They say that laughter is the best medicine, which means we really should have a couple of joke books on hand at all times. While getting paid to sleep would literally be a dream job, pun intended, we think Roman may have found her waking dream job when she put together this truly joyful book.

Why did the scarecrow win an award?

She was the best in her field.

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About the Author

Carole P. Roman

Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of over fifty children’s books. Whether it’s pirates, princesses, or discovering the world around us, her books have enchanted educators, parents, and her diverse audience of children. She hosts a blog radio program called Indie Authors Roundtable and is one of the founders of the magazine, Indie Author’s Monthly. She’s been interviewed twice by Forbes Magazine. Carole has co-authored two self-help books. Navigating Indieworld: A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing with Julie A. Gerber, and Marketing Indieworld with both Julie A. Gerber and Angela Hausman. She published Mindfulness for Kids with J. Robin Albertson-Wren and a new joke book called The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids: 800+ Jokes!
She writes adult fiction under the name Brit Lunden and is currently helping to create an anthology with her mythical town of Bulwark, Georgia with a group of indie authors. She lives on Long Island near her children and grandchildren.

Her series includes:
Captain No Beard
If You Were Me and Lived in– Cultural
If You Were Me and Lived in– Historical
Nursery series
Oh Susannah– Early Reader and coloring book
Mindfulness for Kids with co-author J. Robin Albertson-Wren
The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids; 800 plus Jokes!
Navigating Indieworld– with co-author Julie A. Gerber
Marketing Indieworld- with co-authors Angela Hausman and Julie A. Gerber
Adult Fiction under the pen name Brit Lunden
Bulwark
The Knowing- A Bulwark Anthology




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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Win the Captain No Beard Picture Book Series Prize Pack


Win the Captain No Beard Picture Book Series Prize Pack

Sponsored by Carole P. Roman
The Children’s Book Review | August 30, 2019
Hey, Landlubbers! It’s time to get your sea legs ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day …
Whether you identify with bucko, buccaneer, hearties, lad, lass, matey, scallywag, swashbuckler, or simply *pirate*, Captain No Beard and his crew are the perfect pals for you! This year, talk like a Pirate Day is celebrated on September 19, 2019.
Enter for a chance to win the Captain No Beard picture book series prize pack—includes a LEGO Creator Pirate Roller Coaster set and a $25 Target gift card.
One (1) winner receives the grand prize:
  • A set of the Captain No Beard series (10 books) autographed by award-winning author Carole P. Roman
  • A LEGO Creator Pirate Roller Coaster Building Kit
  • A $25 Target gift card
Value: $204
Three (3) winners receive:
  • A set of the Captain No Beard series (10 books) autographed by award-winning author Carole P. Roman
Value: $99.90
Age Range: 4-8
Giveaway begins August 30, 2019, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends September 20, 2019, at 11:59 P.M. PST.
 
About The Captain No Beard Books

CaptainNoBeardCaptain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale Of A Pirate’s Life
Captain No Beard and his pirate ship The Flying Dragon set sail for a voyage of the imagination with his fearless crew of four: First Mate Hallie, Mongo the Monkey, Linus the loudmouthed lion, and Fribbit the floppy frog. Normally a young boy named Alexander, his cousin Hallie, and three stuffed animals, once they board his bed their world is transformed into a magical vessel, sailing the seven seas on dangerous and exciting adventures! Captain No Beard – An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life named to Kirkus Reviews’ BEST OF 2012 for Children’s Indie Books, and garnered the star of remarkable merit! “Roman charms with an imaginative,whimsical picture book that will entertain even the oldest pirates.” Kirkus Review

Pepper-Parrots-Problem-with-PatiencePepper Parrot’s Problem With Patience
The crew of the Flying Dragon are sailing again. This time, new crewmember, Pepper Parrot is having a hard time keeping up with the drills. Captain No Beard and his mates join together to help Pepper achieve her goals with patience and tolerance.

StuckInTheDoldrumsStuck In The Doldrums: A Lesson In Sharing
When the wind stops blowing, Captain No Beard and his crew, including First Mate Hallie, Linus the Lion, Fribbet the Frog, Mongo the Monkey and Polly the Parrot, are stuck on a desert island. Maroon with nothing to do, they begin to play and enjoy themselves. However, Captain No Beard has other ideas, bossing his crew around and making playtime cheerless for everyone. Soon, Captain No Beard decides he has had enough and storms off. When his ship is attacked by a giant squid, he realizes he needs his crew more than ever. Captain No Beard and his crew show young readers that’s it’s important to cooperate and share your belongings. The crew teaches us that if you want to have friends, then you must be a friend too.

strangers on the high seas coverStrangers On The High Seas
Captain No Beard and the crew of the Flying Dragon welcome a new crew member, when Cabin Girl Cayla joins the ship. Responsible for his little sister, Captain No Beard is not very happy because he finds his newest charge a distraction. When faced with danger, the captain must find a way to escape. While learning valuable lessons about strangers, the crew realized not to judge somebody because they are young or small. Strength comes in all sizes!

The Treasure of Snake Island: A Captain No Beard StoryThe Treasure Of Snake Island
After a fierce battle with a storm, the crew goes in search of treasure. Alexander, that is, Captain No Beard uses a map to locate it on the ominous sounding Snake Island. Bravely they dig until they find the best treasure ever!
 

The Crew Goes Coconuts!: A Captain No Beard Story Volume 6 By Carole P. RomanThe Crew Goes Coconuts
There is a storm brewing on the Flying Dragon, and it’s not about the weather. When the crew finds themselves parched and not enough juice to go around, blame falls on Matie the goat, Hallie’s friend. Divided, they square off, ready for a fight and Captain No Beard must teach his crew that not only is bullying wrong, they must learn to value and respect each and every member of the crew. Watch the crew of the Flying Dragon learn an important lesson about being a true friend.

Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis By Carole P. RomanCaptain No Beard And The Aurora Borealis
Captain No Beard and his crew of loyal pirates heave anchor for another adventure, this time in the icy waters of the Arctic. Captain No Beard’s steering a course due north, sailing by the light of the North Star. Everyone on the crew wonders what the captain’s up to, especially as he gets embarrassed when they ask. When the captain finally admits his plan, the crew discovers he plans to steal the aurora borealis, the beautiful northern lights that brighten the arctic sky. They’re all shocked. They may be pirates, but even they know stealing is bad. Besides, how can anyone steal the lights from the sky? A charming, engaging tale about doing what’s right, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis is the latest installment in Carole P. Roman’s award-winning pirate series. The first book, Captain No Beard—an Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life, received the Kirkus Reviews Best of 2012 award and the Star of Remarkable Achievement. The series presents real-life problems in an imaginary setting and encourages discussion with both parents and educators.

Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles by Carole P RomanFribbet The Frog And The Tadpoles
Fribbet’s gone missing! The crew searches for the excitable frog and finally find him troubled and crying in the stern. Fribbet is very upset, and it’s up to Captain No Beard and the crew to find out what’s wrong. Fribbet the Frog and the Tadpoles is another great voyage into problem solving and friendship, as well as an adventurous trip into the imagination. Join the Captain No Beard and his friends as they learn the value of sharing our troubles with others and that help is always there when we need it.

Captain No Beard A Flag for the Flying DragonA Flag For The Flying Dragon
It’s business as usual on the Flying Dragon. Their mission is to find a flag for the ship. Captain No Beard sighs, “Being a captain is hard work,” as he watches the busy crew preparing the vessel for their next adventure. Polly is giving out pretzels; Linus is polishing a lamp. Matie is cracking coconuts, Cayla is stuffing holes, and Hallie is swabbing the deck. High overhead, trouble is brewing, and it is not the weather. Mongo does not want any help from the newest crew member, and it is creating a hurricane of a mess on board. The team must come together and find a task that will fit Zachary without interfering with their own fun. On the way, they acquire a flag that will unite them as both friends and crew. Join the problem-solving crew of the Flying Dragon as they find a flag for their ship and a job for Zach.

Being A Captain is Hard Work- A Captain No Beard StoryBeing A Captain Is Hard Work
Captain No Beard is determined to travel to Dew Rite Volcano. He won’t listen when Mongo predicts a storm or Linus indicates they are headed in the wrong direction. He insists Polly cook in the galley even though the seas are getting rough. What’s a crew to do with a stubborn, know-it-all captain? Will they convince the captain he is barreling headlong into danger, or will Captain No Beard jeopardize both his safety and the crew’s with his single-minded determination to go where he wants?

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About Carole P. Roman
Carole P Roman
Carole P. Roman
Carole P. Roman is the award winning author of the nonfiction series of children’s books, If You Were Me and Lived in … . The first title in the collection, If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico, won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Nonfiction in 2012. If You Were Me and Lived in…Russia and If You Were Me and Lived in…France were finalists in the Indie Fab Foreword Review Book of the Year. Norway and South Korea have also been named as Book of the Year with Rebecca’s Reads and Children’s Reader’s View Book of the Year. Roman has also found success with her Captain No Beard children’s books. Her debut, Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life, was named a Kirkus Best of 2012, received a Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award in 2012. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and very near her children.

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    • A LEGO Creator Pirate Roller Coaster Building Kit
    • A $25 Target gift card
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids - Interview, Raffle and more!

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THE BIG BOOK OF SILLY JOKES FOR KIDS

“Why do fish live in saltwater? Because pepper makes them sneeze!” The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids is brimming with over 800 knock-knock jokes, riddles, tongue twisters, and silly stats for endless hours of hilarious entertainment anywhere.
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A few months ago, to my assistant's delight, I was asked to write a joke book. I never thought about writing a joke book, and of all the subjects I write, that genre hadn't occurred to me.

I love a challenge and accepted the assignment from the publisher. As we gathered what we needed to do, Brittney, my assistant chattered on about what a great idea the project was going to be.

When I asked herwhy, she responded that a joke book was one of her favorite books when she was growing up. It brought her countless hours of entertainment in her youth, and she kept it for years.

I thought about that when I selected the jokes to go in the book. I wanted it to be flexible for many ages. It had to be silly enough that a younger child would want to share it with an older sibling that would enjoy the humor as well. I cataloged the jokes, riddles, and tongue twisters to get more complex as the reader went deeper into each category of jokes.

I also wanted it to be a multigenerational book that could be shared across a dinner table.

Compiling the jokes brought back memories of my childhood with my brothers. I found myself calling them when I found an old chestnut we chuckled to in our youth. It made us laugh together as well as spark incidents we had long forgotten. Those jokes were as much a part of my childhood as they will soon be for my new readers.

For instance, my brother laughed out loud when I asked him, "What's black and white and red all over? An embarrassed zebra!"

I tried many of the jokes on my personal audience, my office, my kids, and my grandkids. I was delighted when the children ages ranging from 5 to 11, demanded copies as soon as we could get our hands on the early production ones. They parroted the jokes back, memorizing the punchlines and waiting to hear the explosions of laughter that followed.

"Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Meow.
Meow, who?
Take me-ow to the ballgame!"

It made me think about the value of this book. It had the potential to turn into a little treasure for parents.

1- It kept the kids busy for hours. They were engaged actually talking to each other. Each one couldn't wait to take their turn reading another joke.

"What do you call a pod of musical whales? -orcaAn stra!"

2- Yes, reading my friends! They voluntarily wanted to read the book. The younger ones needed help; the older kids were eager to help! It's an excellent way for kids to exercise those reading chops!

"What do you get if you cross a snake and a LEGO set? A boa constructor."

3- The book teaches children how to communicate. They can learn how to deliver a joke, make people laugh, get themselves out of an uncomfortable situation.

 "What's more amazing than a talking llama?A spelling-bee."

4- Many of the jokes need to be explained. They have double meanings and are perfect gateways to conversations on everything from food to animals.

"What animal grows down as it grows up? goose!"

5- Tongue twisters are a healthy exercise for the mouth. I have a granddaughter who is globally aphasic. I started my tongue twisters with the easiest I could find to allow a beginner to have success. They become harder as the reader moves through them. My good friend and fellow author, Erica Graham, who is also a speech therapist explained the value of tongue twisters.

"I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen." Try saying that three times fast!

6- Knock, knock jokes are jokes that make kids stretch their imagination. They might have started with jokes from the book, but ended up inventing their own, that turned out to be hilarious. Even the ones they created that I didn't understand, left the kids in fits of silly giggles.

"Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Juno.
Juno who?
Ju-no where Europe is on the map?"

This one's great because you can get in a lesson on Greek mythology as well as a geography lesson.

7- Laughter is the best medicine. It really is. Nothing will chase away the clouds better than a shout of laughter. When the kids are not getting along, and they are out of patience, ask them to make each other laugh. That's is a much more pleasant sound than hearing, "Jason took my toy." or "Amanda won't stop touching my truck."

8- In this day of video games, sometimes I think kids have forgotten how to talk to each other. Reading a joke and waiting to see someone's reaction is a good lesson in communication as well as manners. They learn patience.

"Why did the spider go to the computer? To check his website!"

It brought back a memory of when my kids were young. We used to practice listening to each other. They learned they had to wait for the other person to finish what they are saying to respond. The book is also filled with silly stats that will prepare your child to be a game show contestant in the distant future!

A bunch of bananas "Silly Stat: are called a hand."

9- Riddles and puns are thoughtful devices to make everyone stretch their minds. Some of them were incredibly clever.

"What has a neck, but no head? A bottle!"

10- Lastly, I think there can never be enough laughter in the world, don't you? The end of the book is filled with blank pages and a few tips for a child to create their own brand of humor. Who knows where this book will take their imagination?
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