KAREN CARR www.karenmcarr.vpweb.com
Karen’s new book published in January 2016 is Mystery at Burr Oak: A Dog Named Wang. It is a cozy mystery/romance inspired by her mother’s dog, Wang. Another children’s book, she wrote with her 6 year old granddaughter, is currently in the publishing process (What Is That Strange Noise?). She continues to work on a tween chapter book series and a historical Christian romance.
|JOYCE KNOCKSRetired educator and a “newbie author” of two children’s books. Active with tennis, duplicate bridge, flower gardening and community volunteering. Recently read her book “I am NOT dumb and I am NOT a stinky butt!” to 2000+ Des Moines elementary students. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I received this book ‘I am not dumb and I am not a Stinky Butt!’ by Joyce Knock in exchange for an honest review. This book helps small children understand that they do not have to allow another child to call them names nor believe those names are true. By confronting the problem, the problem can be usually defused when everyone comes to the same conclusion to not put up with a bully. The only thing missing in the story was an adult to confront the bully and give him another avenue to channel his negative aggression into a positive. This is why I gave it four stars.
Author Nan McAdam did a wonderful job writing this adventure. Narrator Joel Froomakin did fantastic in bringing ‘Saving Mim’ to live on audio. Charlie Kadabra once thought he was just another abandon baby not worth keeping. Hiding from bullies, he comes across his science teacher in the process of going to kill a little rabbit in an alley. As he tries to stop him, Charlie inadvertently blows his teacher up, who turns out not to be human at all but a robot. The bullies come running and they also start to change into horrendous monsters bent on killing him. His friend, Emily, saves Charlie by opening a portal in to the magic world of Mim. There Charlie finds out that he is the last of the magicians who are the guardians of the world of Mim. Mim is a wonderful magical world filled with fairies, large talking rabbits, dragons, merpeople, gnomes and other fairy folk. However Mim is in desperate need of help. Dr. Pi, maker of the robots and other horrendous creatures, is in the mist of destroying the magic in Mim which will decimate Mim. If Mim falls the rest of the worlds will follow. Charlie must overcome his self doubt and find the courage to go on a quest to locate the four jewels of power to heal his father’s staff and save Mim. Can a boy of twelve be able to withstand the evil trying to destroy everything? Nan McAdam shows children that no matter what circumstance they find their selves they can overcome it digging down deep within oneself for the courage to do it with help of peers. The child is not alone. There is help. They just need the courage to look for it.