Children’s Picture Book – Chatur the Laundry Man

Chatur the Laundry ManChatur the Laundry Man
By Subhash Kommuru
Publisher: Kommuru Books
Published: October 2016
ISNB: 978-1946312006
ASIN: B01M28JDGA
Pages: 26
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

What can a business man, a lazy donkey, and an elephant teach kids about success and friendship? Read along to find out in this playful romp by the award-winning author of The Magic of Friendship!

Chatur the Laundry Man is a funny, lighthearted story with a subtle lesson. Chatur thinks of nothing but growing his business, but his friend Gadhu the donkey keeps telling him to take it easy. When Chatur has a bright idea to get more business, things seem to be going his way but take an unexpected turn. Will Chatur learn that sometimes success takes a little time and patience?
Praise for Chatur the Laundry Man:
“5 Star … a humorous tale.. illustrations are comical.. highly recommended..” – Readers Favorite Review

“.. kids will receive 3 fine messages the value of hard work, what happens when a push for profit supersedes quality of life, and how different approaches to work and play yield very singular results.” – Midwest Book Review

Chatur the Laundry Man Author Subhash KommuruAbout the Author:
Subhash and Sujata Kommuru are a husband and wife team, known for their award-winning range of children’s books. They aim to introduce the vibrant culture of India to the children of the United States, the country which has been their home for several years.

Subhash began writing when he became a father. He created stories for his young son about his own childhood in India, to help his son understand the culture and values of his heritage.

Subhash’s wife, Sujata, is an illustrator, who soon began creating pictures to accompany her husband’s words. Her illustrations bring to life the colorful images of her own Indian childhood, giving children a vivid insight into a diverse culture.

Together, Subhash and Sujata offer children the chance to experience the life of an Indian child, and understand a culture vastly different from their own, while enjoying the simple similarities shared by children all over the world.

Their books are entertaining at the same time as being educational, and they have been honored for excellence by the prestigious Mom’s Choice Awards.

With universal themes including friendship and the importance of self-expression, Subhash and Sujata’s books provide children with an all-important introduction to the diversity of the world they live in. Read them together and they’ll become firm favorites that your child will enjoy again and again.

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Juvenile/MG/Young Adult – Rose Red and the Seven Elves

Rose Red and the Seven ElvesRose Red and the Seven Elves
By G. L. Strytler
Publisher: Xlibris
Published: May 2016
ISBN: 978-1524503574
ASIN: B01GOZ5XAQ
Pages: 74
Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Middle Grade, Young Adult

A Princess in servitude.

Rose Red, the younger sister of Snow White, lives with her stepmother the evil Queen. She works, cooks and cleans night and day without reward, but the evil Queen has a beautiful throne Rose Red greatly admires and on which longs to sit—if only for a moment—but is forbidden to do so.

The evil Queen also has a longing for majestic objects, including a beautiful royal red robe, which can only be stitched from Rose Red’s heartstrings and dyed by the girl’s young rich blood at midnight on the night of the Blood-Moon after Rose Red has been poisoned by the thorn of the cursed rose.

Rose Red escapes only to find seven curious elves living in a life-sized dollhouse. To her surprise and delight she finds out the elves, as slaves once themselves to the Queen, were the tiny craftsmen that constructed the throne.

As young Rose Red and the seven elves run for their lives through the Dark Forest, she asks the elves to build her a similar throne. The elves gladly oblige, but instead build for her three other gifts that might just save her life. Will that be enough, or will the evil Queen’s lust for greed be Rose Red’s downfall?

Rose Red and the Seven Elves authorAbout the Author:
Grant Lee Petersen, also known as writer G. L. Strytler, is the author of Xtoriez, a book series for young adults. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, he was raised in Mid and, Texas and Rogers, Arkansas, but returned to Utah to attend Snow College and study business management.

Grant Lee enjoys playing any and all sports. He also enjoys movies and has been a featured extra in several movies filmed in Utah including High School Musical and The World’s Fastest Indian starring Anthony Hopkins, in which he played Binocular Boy, among many, many others.

In 2004 he made national news when he paid for a traffic ticket with 8,200 pennies. The stunt was mentioned on CNN as well as radio shows such as Paul Harvey.

In January 2012, Grant’s novel, Dragons vs. Dinosaurs, reached #3 on Amazon’s children’s Kindle edition.

Recently, in March 2012, Grant appeared on TruTV’s Top 20 Most Shocking Videos, Pranksters Gone Wild 7, in which he plays a funny prank on a former roommate.

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Children’s/Middle Grade Sci-Fi Adventure

Time TrapTime Trap
Richard Smith
Publisher: FastPrint Publishing
ISBN: 978-1780353852
Pages: 322
Genre: Children, Middle Grade, Sci-fi Adventure

Who was the mysterious Hector Lightfoot? What was he up to when he disappeared, and who were the two ghosts once seen in his house? School friends Jamie and Todd are destined to find out when they go to London to spend a weekend with Jamie’s Uncle Simon, who now lives in that very house. Soon after they arrive, Jamie has a frightening encounter with the two ghosts. Hector, a veteran from the First Afghan War, joined a covert expedition to China, and afterwards worked on a secret Government project in an underground lab at the British Museum. He vanished suddenly, and was never heard from again. Simon takes the boys to the lab, where they find a strange contraption – which, unknown to any of them, is a time-travel device. When the building is struck by lightning, the device is energized, and sends the boys back in time to the year 1862. There, surrounded by danger and exposed to disease, they are sucked into a life of crime in order to survive. Only if they can find Hector will they have any chance of getting home again, but he’s gone into hiding. As Jamie and Todd struggle to find him, Jamie becomes convinced that the two ghosts he saw earlier are following them…

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About the Author:
Time Trap Author

Richard Smith’s motto is: Never give up; it can happen. And his first book, Time Trap, is proof of that.

Born in London, the youngest of three children, Richard has loved writing stories since he was nine; and regularly got top marks for his essays at school – where his favourite subject was English. After leaving school, he worked in a succession of dead-end jobs. None brought him as much satisfaction as writing – which he kept up, with his mother’s constant encouragement. Richard credits her father, a taxi driver, who enjoyed writing as a hobby, for his talent with words.

Researching and writing Time Trap took many years of hard work – which Richard describes as a labour of love. One of his proudest moments came when he returned to his junior school to read extracts of the story to 9-year-old pupils, who loved it. He polished up the MS, self-published in 2012, and created the Time Trap Trail for young readers to follow and convinced both the British Museum and the Museum of Childhood to stock the book.

Another success has been finally finding a job he enjoys – working as a building manager, which gives him the opportunity to work on his second book: The Darziod’s Stone.

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Time Trap Trail

Imagine reading a book, then visiting the very places where the story happened; it would almost be like going on a virtual-reality tour. With Time Trap, you can do just that, and see the London locations where this exciting adventure is set.

The Trail is an adventure, too – but not just anyone can go on it. You will have to read the story first, and find in it two keywords that will unlock the code, and allow access. So read the book, crack the code and follow in Jamie’s and Todd’s footsteps as they were hurled back to 1862, when the streets of London were shrouded with smog, and danger lurked at every turn.

Following the Time Trap Trail will show you a very different London – one that few may know. You’ll visit the scenes of all the crimes that Jamie and Todd were involved in when they had to join the Holton Gang, and see where the gang’s hideout was. You’ll go to the church they took refuge in, and find the location of the Secret Operations Bureau by the Thames. (And beside the river will be a great spot to stop and enjoy a packed lunch!) On the Trail, you will also see the real Temple Bar, which has been moved from its original spot. You’ll follow the getaway route the boys took when Billy stole the case from the coaching inn. And you’ll get to see magnificent St Paul’s Cathedral – and many, many more locations featured in the book. Plus, there’s an added guide to other attractions along the way.

Although not all the landmarks in the book are still here, while you travel around London, you will learn more about the city. See the contrasting parts of the metropolis – the grand buildings of Bloomsbury, including Bedford Square and the British Museum; the bridges over the River Thames, and the big, bustling shops on Oxford Street.

There are two Time Trap Trails. ‘The Trail’ which will take around 1.5 hours to complete and is perfect for school trips or those short on time! Then there is ‘The Grand Trail’, which will take about 5 hours. This is for the adventurers among you and is a full day out. These times are without taking breaks, so factor this in to your day. You’ll need sharp eyes too – because on each Trail through London, there are questions for you to answer relating to some locations. If you complete the quiz correctly you’ll receive a certificate.

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Children’s Picture Book – Peter & Lisa: A Mental Illness Story

Peter and LisaPeter & Lisa: A Mental Illness Story
By Charles Katz & Linda Baron Katz
Publisher: Page Publishing
Published: November 2014
ISBN: 978-1634171434
ASIN: B00RY7MJ10
Pages: 32
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Peter & Lisa: A Mental Illness Story is a story about two people affected with mental illness, in particular depression and mania, and how they got better and recovered through the proper medication and support by family and friends.

This book manifests the true essence of love and support to help anyone overcome any storm that may pass.

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About the authors:
Charles and Linda Katz, husband and wife, raised in the Jewish faith, live in a religious Modern Orthodox Jewish community in Kew Gardens Hills, New York. Charles and Linda both suffer from mental illnesses. Both of them went through many difficult challenges as a result of their mental illnesses and struggled hard to achieve recovery. Since then, Charles and Linda have been committed to the cause of educating the community about mental illness. Linda is a Peer/Mental Health Advocate and is also the author of Surviving Mental Illness, My Story. Charles has helped Linda promote her book and gives charity to those organizations that do quality work for the mentally ill. Since Charles and Linda were unable to have children of their own, they decided the best way to contribute to children was through their writing. With Charles’s child-like personality and Linda’s knowledge on mental illness, the two accomplished to write this book to show how important it is for children to understand that with the right kind of help mental illness can be treated and people can live normal, healthy, happy lives.

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