Book Review - Yalu and the Puppy Room (Brian T. Yates)

~ Posted on Friday, September 17, 2010 at 12:13 AM ~

I have the privilege of reviewing a children's book by Brian T. Yates (illustrated by Tielman Chaney) called "Yalu and the Puppy Room".

Yalu and the Puppy Room is about a golden retriever puppy's experience in trying to find everlasting happiness in having a family to belong to.

This book relates to how our life is in the real world. How we wished to belong to someone and the desire to be acknowledged.

The book brings us through the life of Yalu; her desperate desire to move out of the Puppy Room; how she sees her siblings leave the place one by one and how she also wanted to go home with a human family.

I enjoyed reading where Yalu thought to herself that she needs to stand out from the rest, to be unique and noticed. The plan worked and led to her being brought home by a loving couple.

The story has a happy ending where Yalu goes home, enjoys the comfort of her new family, becomes familiar with the surroundings and new exposures in her life.

The simple illustrations are not too ornate and easy on the eyes. As for storyline, it is pretty simple and easy to read. I would have preferred a more impactful strategy from Yalu in showing off to her new owners that she is different from the rest. What the author does is not bad, though more could have been written on her strategy in order to relate to our everyday life as well.

As this is only the first in the series of Yalu, I can't wait to find out what other adventures Yalu will be in!

Author: Brian T. Yates
Illustrator: Tielman Chaney
Publisher: Mystic Publishers
ISBN-10: 193405142X, ISBN-13: 978-1934051429
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.5 inches
Hardcover: 60 pages

Brian Yates, the author of the Yalu series, resides in fabulous Las Vegas where he is a member of the Henderson Writers Group. Brian also holds a BA in history from Keene State and a Masters from University of Wisconsin. Watch out for Brian's upcoming titles "Yalu and the Stinky Stink" and "The Adventures of Sheriff Yeager". You can also read more from the YaluThePuppyDog website.

You can purchase this book from Amazon.

I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a softcopy of the book by the author via my association with BookPleasures in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

And if you'd like to read my previous book reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My Book Reviews"

Book Review - 26 Big Things Small Hands Do (Coleen Paratore)

~ Posted on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 10:29 AM ~

I have the privilege of reviewing my 1st book under Free Spirit Publishing, a children's alphabet book by Coleen Paratore (illustrated by Mike Reed) called "26 Big Things Small Hands Do".

Seriously, I have a thing with alphabets stuff. Books, posters, flash cards... and I'm not very keen on the common A for Apple, B for Book, C for Cat type of stuff. So, whenever I get the chance to review the out of ordinary alphabet books, I am superbly excited and this is one of the moments for me to be superbly excited!

Just look at this awesome book!

Look at the girl blowing bubbles with one of them looking like our planet Earth! What a neat idea!

Reminded me so much of a picture of Ben and his bubble thoughts...

Anyway, I'm not a fan of blurry illustrations but this book is OK for me. It is not so blurry that it annoys my eyesight.

The pictures on each page are a delight to see.

And the fact that they come packed with awesome ideas incorporating the 26 alphabets with positive actions which we (and our little ones especially!) can do in our daily lives. I love it!!

On the first night we got the book, Ben was already flipping through the pages, pointing at the things he's familiar with - dogs, birds, guitars and so on. There is a page at the end, where it said "Yy   Small hands... YES! Hurray! High five!" with a picture of several childrens' hands raise up high and Ben followed that after looking at the picture!  Cute!

The next morning, Ben goes through the book again, pointing at guitar, dogs and so on.

Ben pointing at the cute little doggie on the front cover and then staring long at it again on the back cover.

One thing I don't like about this book is the extra side flaps (also known as French flaps) on the front and back covers. Maybe it's meant to be some sort of bookmark for the book but I find it quite annoying as it keeps jutting out and I ended up taping the flaps to the cover. Other than that, nothing much bad or negative I can comment on this awesome book!

Overall, I give this book an 8 out of 10.

This book has a total of 32 pages, all nicely illustrated, has softcover, size: 11¼" x 9¼".

Feel free to view the excerpts or read a note from the author.

Btw, this book also won the following awards:

You can get this book from Free Spirit Publishing, Christianbook.com and many more.

I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a copy of the book by Free Spirit Publishing in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

And if you'd like to read my previous book reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My Book Reviews"

Book Review - The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters (Andy Andrews)

~ Posted on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 1:18 PM ~

This is the 3rd book by Andy Andrews that I have the privilege of reviewing as part of the Book Sneeze Blogger Reviewer program. Since I can't wait for the hardcopy of the book to arrive (it normally takes about 1 month time to reach my country), I decided to read the book online when I found out that the e-book version is also available for reviewing.

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Like the previous Andy Andrew's "The Boy Who Changed the World" book that I reviewed, the "The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters" is about how each decisions we made, be it big or small, is in some way contributing to the changes we see around us.

I would say that this book is the adult, more matured version of the "The Boy Who Changed the World" book.

One of the examples given in this book is how things are what it is now, all thanks to a 34 year old school teacher. As I'm not familiar with US history, I thought it was just a story or fictional character until I read the whole story about how this school teacher persevered on and fight for his beloved country. The other few examples are the same from the "The Boy Who Changed the World" book.

It is an amazing feeling to read that every little action and decisions we made can cause a ripple in the future. I also like the illustrations in this book, how it intertwined with the story. Overall, I'd give this book a 9 out of 10.

FYI, Andy Andrews has written over 20 books. This book was written because Andy wanted to inspire courage and wisdom in the decisions we make, as well as affect the way we treat others through our lifetime. You can read more about it and even view some of the preview pages at: http://www.andyandrews.com/ms/the-butterfly-effect/

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You can get this book from Amazon, The Book Depository and many more.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a copy of the book by Book Sneeze in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine.

And if you'd like to read my previous book reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My Book Reviews"

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