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100 Demon Dialogues

By Lucy Bellwood

This book is about a demon and Lucy Bellwood and 100+ comic pictures about how the demon says it’s too hard and stuff like that. I think the project is cool to address your demon every day for 100 days. Lucy says she and her demon became friends.

I like this book because the demon sounds like my demon. My demon’s name is Dunkel Demon. My demon tells me my drawings stink like rotten eggs.

I recommend this book to anyone because we all have a demon

I give this book 15 demon stars ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ‘น

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Fibblestax

By Devin Scillian

Illustrated by K.L. Darnell

This book is about a boy named Fibblestax who competes against a man who names the things in the world. They give names to the thing and the word that gets the most applause or cheers is the name. The other guy makes mean and bad sounding names for the thing.

I like this book because it is very creative and fun. I recommend this book to anyone who is creative. I give this book 15 word stars. ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ”ค๐Ÿ†™๐Ÿ†—๐Ÿ†’โญ๏ธ๐ŸŒŸโญ๏ธ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ๐ŸŒŸโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸโœจโœจโœจ

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Penguinaut

Written by Marcie Colleen

Illustrated by Emma Yarlett

Happy birthday to my blog! It is two years old today. When I started it, I had just finished first grade. Now I am finishing third grade. I didn’t expect my blog to turn out this way with author interviews, free books and so much reading. I didn’t know what a F&G was and now they show up at my house. Today’s book is one of those.

First of, I love Marcie Colleen. Second, I am madly in love with penguins. When I heard about her book, Penguinaut, I told my mom I wanted to review it. That afternoon a random envelope showed up from Scholastics. It was a F&G of Penguinaut. Thank you, Scholastics, for knowing me so well! Now on to the review.

This book is about a penguin that wants to have big adventures like his friends at the zoo have. When the penguin builds a spaceship off his dreams of going to space go. ( In a good way!) He misses his friends but they showed kindness to him.

I like this book because it has a part that I think is very cute. I think it is a book about dreams, friendship, adventure and all that stuff but in a way kids would enjoy.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves Marcie Colleen, but everyone can read it to!!

I give this 15 penguin stars๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿš€๐Ÿ›ธ๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿš€๐Ÿ›ธ๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿš€๐Ÿ›ธ๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง

Ps this book comes out on October 30th but you can preorder it!

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Meet the author/illustrator: Dan Dougherty

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Website/social media http://www.beardocomics.com

Tell me a little about you: Iโ€™m a writer and illustrator of comics and childrenโ€™s books, probably best known for my comic strip Beardo. I live near Chicago with my wife, daughter and son.

– When you were my age (9), did you like to read? I loved to read! My library card was my best tool, I read a lot of Calvin and Hobbes, Hardy Boys, Bobbsey Twins and anything dinosaur related.
What was your favorite author or book? Definitely Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson. My mom would hand me one of those books when she needed me to chill for a bit so she could get some work done! It explains a lot!
– how do you get your story ideas? With Beardo, I just pulled directly from my life experiences. With some of my more scary comics, I try to think of things that would be scary if I were the character!
– is it hard to write a book? Itโ€™s hard if youโ€™re writing about something you donโ€™t know about. When I find myself stuck, itโ€™s usually because I need to learn a little bit more about the context of what Iโ€™m writing.
– what authors do you like right now? Any lesser known ones you can recommend? I really enjoy Bodie Troll by Jay Fosgitt. Itโ€™s an all ages comic about a troll who wants to be feared but is too lovable and cute to be taken seriously. (Bridget note: Me too!)
– what is the best part of being an author? When someone connects with something you wrote.
– I met you at a Comic Con. What is that event like as an author? Itโ€™s great! You get to see all your fellow artist and author friends, and meet the people who have read or will read your work. I always look forward to comic con!
– any advice for a kid who wants to be an author? Read as much as you can! You might not enjoy every book you read, but thereโ€™s a lesson in everything. Maybe you donโ€™t like a story, ask yourself why it isnโ€™t working for you. Maybe you love a story, so can you explain why it works so well? Take things apart and see how they function, and then go write your own!

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Lola and Lazlo into the Woods

By Julee Laurent

Illustrations by Dennis Anderson

This book is about a girl named Lola who lost her puppy, Lazlo. Along the way they meet animals that try to help her find Lazlo.

I like this book because it has little Easter eggs that the back says is for grown ups but I know some of them. It helps you understand weird phrases we have in life.

I recommend this book to kids and grownups. The kids will like the talking animals. The grown ups will like the Easter eggs.

I give this 15 animal stars.๐ŸŠ๐Ÿช๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ†๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ‘๐Ÿฆ—๐Ÿฆ‚๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŠ๐Ÿฌ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿฆ”๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ€๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ•Š๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ•Š๐Ÿญ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿค๐Ÿค๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐Ÿผ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿป๐ŸฆŠ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿจ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ

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Memoirs of a Goldfish

By Devin Scillian

Illustrations by Tim Bowers

I am going to be on a little Devin Scillian kick as I just interviewed him. Now I am reading the books he mentioned with a new perspective. In person interviews are definitely different.

He told me this book was written because his daughter mentioned the title. It is neat that he writes the titles first!

This book is about a fish who lives in a tank but it keeps getting new residents everyday. The residents come like this: Mr Bubbles; Mervin; Fred; Rhoda and Clark; Cha Cha.

I like this book because the fish has to deal with a lot of fish.

I recommend this book to kids who need a laugh.

I give this book 15 stars fish stars๐Ÿ ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ 

P. S. Sorry if I reviewed your book but didn’t give stars.

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Meet the author: Julee Laurent

Website/social media: www.lolaandlazlo.com

Tell me a little about you:ย  After spending nine years as a freelance journalist I am focusing my attention of writing books. The idea for โ€˜Lola and Lazloโ€™ was inspired by two things, first, seeing the collective noun ‘A Bevy of Beauties’ as a name for a local all female improv group in Chicago. It made me look up other collective nouns and I thought they could be crafted into a fun children’s adventure. secondly, I had aย  disagreement with my 14 year old son that โ€˜Prollyโ€™, โ€˜Notherโ€™, and โ€˜LOLโ€™ were not real words; even though they are popular texting language. He said they were ‘text language’. It made me realize the rise of cell phone use and tablets among very young kids has created a diminished curiosity of the written word and I wanted to find a new way to instill lessons in language to kids. So we disguised a journey through collective nouns in a book that literallyย  translates the words so that kids learn something, and have a fun read. We also included a glossary on the back so that kids don’t have to look up a word on their phone, that way the book is self contained and the phone won’t come in and distract from the book. I have been published in Gannett Press Newpapers, Redbook, Marie Claire, Village Voice Media, Tribune News Papers, DiG Magazine, Censored Magazine, InReview and was a copywriter for Diesel Clothing and Coca-Cola. Right now we are working on part two of Lola and Lazlo, as well as a book about a little seagull with big dreams!

– When you were my age (9), did you like to read? I always loved to read. I would spend my summers in 4th, 5th and 6th grade in the bubble window at our local library curled up in there reading. We lived in Gulf Breeze Florida so it was nice to sit in the air conditioning and escape to wherever the book would take me.

What was your favorite author or book? I loved the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. And then when I got into Middle School I loved Stephen King.

how do you get your story ideas? Imagination is the key, do not limit your mind or creative thoughts. Some people stop the creative process because they worry that what they are thinking is a weird idea, or that nobody will like it. What we do to often in our society is put limits to our other peoples opinions. I think that is why I like the movie Shark Boy and Lava Girl, the director gave us a reminder of what its like to imagine freely and incorporate that imagination into our daily lives.Dream on!

is it hard to write a book? In short, yes, and no. Its a matter of just sitting down and doing it. That is harder than it sounds. It’s work, but its work you enjoy, work that lets you create and make something new. Finding the time as a person with a day job and two kids is challenging, but you just have to be disciplined and get it done when you can find the time, also you have the be able to summon your creativity when you have time. I have songs or art I listen to and look at if I know I don’t have much time so that I can kick start the creative process and get the most out of my short amounts of writing time.

what authors do you like right now? Any lesser known ones you can recommend? I am readingย Donna Tartt right now and Phil Roth. Both genius writers. I also read the real life story of Henrietta Lacks. Its a great story because she passed away a long time ago but her cells are still helping the fight against Cancer.

what is the best part of being an author?ย  When you get that 1st shipment of physical book that you wrote in the mail and open the box. Its an “I did it” moment!

– I met you at a Comic Con. What is that event like as an author? Fun Fun Fun! Going back to what I said earlier about people having to limit their imaginations in our society does not apply at Comic Con. In fact its all based on imagination and a love for creating. I also love that everyone is welcome and accepted at a Comic Con. Since my book is not the normal type of children’s book you see, I wanted to be there because I knew that this crowd would understand what Lola and Lazlo: Into the Woods was trying to accomplish. And they did. I always have biught books for my kids at Comic Cons. A few years ago I bout one at Motor City Comic Con called ‘Nawrg’ byย ย Tyler Kirkham. Its a book about adoption but in a beautiful fairy tale style book. You never know what kind of fun things you find in Artist Alley.

any advice for a kid who wants to be an author? Write, write, write. As much as you can. Also, don’t get too attached to your words because you will always have to edit some away to make the story flow better. Lastly, embrace your creativity. Nobody thinks like you do so whatever you create from your imagination is uniquely your own.