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A Thousand No’s

Written by DJ Corchin

Illustrated by Dan Dougherty

Jay Fosgitt told me to go talk to Dan Dougherty at Comic Con. It was a good call by him. I picked up copies of two of the books he illustrated. Today I am reviewing “A Thousand No’s”.

This book is about when you have an idea but everyone says NO and that even when you have gotten 1000 NO’s all those NO’s can make a newer and better idea and eventually you’ll get a yes!

I like this book because the idea starts small but ends big. I also like how the girl asked for help. In the end asking for help and being open made her idea better. I would love to have a print of the end idea. It is that cool.

I recommend this book to authors and illustrators and kids who hear no a lot. Maybe teachers could use this in their classes.

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Meet the author/musician: Tim Kubart

for this interview, Annoying Little Brother steps into the Interviewer seat. His other nickname is “Coopbart” because he is such a big fan of Tim Kubart.

• Author website/social media: www.timkubart.com, @timkubart on everything

• Tell me a little about yourself: I’ve been playing music for kids and families for almost 15 years. When I was in college I was volunteering at a homeless shelter for women and children and started putting on shows for the kids in the nursery. I decided I would make it my career and I’ve been lucky enough to travel around the world singing songs to kids and families, making records, working on different tv shows, and just having the best time.

1When you were my age, did you like to read? I did! I mostly read what was given to me, but my house was filled with stories of Winnie the Pooh, the Berenstain Bears, and Shel Silverstein.

2What was your favorite story? The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. It’s still my favorite story.

3How did you get this idea for your book? All of my shows are very interactive. I make sure there’s something for everybody to do during each song. I wanted a book that a room full of kids could shout a part all together. Or something a kid and his caregiver could read together. That was the main goal. After that, it was just deciding what silly word they could all shout.

4Is writing songs or books easier? They are tough in their own ways! Songs you have to worry about melody and chords and production. So it takes more time to write than a picture book. But I was surprised when you only have a few pages and a few words, you begin to really pay attention to every single word.

5What author do you really like right now? I just got back from Nigeria (in Africa) and received a book about a boy in school. I just read it yesterday and enjoyed learning about the culture of education in Nigeria. The author is Chioma Awani-Diru. I really like non-fiction too. My favorite book is “The Bicycle Diaries” by David Byrne. And just a few days ago I read a book called “Outside the Jukebox” by one of my best friends, Scott Bradlee. He wrote a book about how he started the music group “Postmodern Jukebox.” I’ve also been reading a book of short stories (but true stories) called “All These Wonders.” When I’m between longer books I like to read stories that are only a few pages. ALSO! I need to squeeze in somewhere how much I love “Harry Potter.”

6I know you like hearing from your fans. How does it make you feel? It’s the best feeling in the world. Knowing that something I made is making its way into families daily lives has ALWAYS been my goal above anything else. I hope the music and stories brighten up families lives, and make them feel closer together, and when I get a message saying that it has, it makes me feel like I’m on the right path with what I do.

7What was it like to host a kids TV show? The best. For 4 year I was the host of “Sunny Side Up” on the Sprout Channel and my favorite part about it was that it was LIVE. We were able to talk to families in real time. If we were doing a craft, an hour later I might receive an email from a family that started doing the same craft. If we were singing a song and telling kids to jump, I knew that there were kids on the other side of the screen jumping. It was so special and I’ll always hold it close to my heart.

8You also play tambourine guy. How is that different from your kids stuff? Tambourine Guy is so funny because it happened completely by accident! Scott Bradlee, who created Postmodern Jukebox, was my coworker at a children’s playspace in New York City and he had a great idea for a YouTube video to turn a Nickelback song into a Motown song. I came by with my tambourine to join in and I didn’t think I was being THAT silly, but the next day the video had 300,000 views and everyone was calling me tambourine guy. I like to say that TG isn’t a member of PMJ but instead is a fan that somehow made it onstage. I’ve been able to travel the world and meet TG fans from all over. So many dress like me and bring their own tambourine (just like you coopbart!) and it’s an honor. They are always the best people. It’s a movement of joy and it can’t be stopped!

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Quirk’s Quest into the outlands

By Robert Christie and Deborah Lang

The book is about a bunch of people-creatures that are on a quest but are stranded on a big island because a few giants wreck their boat. They find a cave and meet a witch ( who yells at them for going into her cave but gives them three days until they have to go away).they find a bunch of creatures who let them stay at their little town.

I like this book because it has a character who thinks they’re the captain but there’s a character who by his actions is the captain.

I recommend this book to kids who like adventure.

I give this book 15 adventure stars⭐️🍄🐲🐊🐦

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Frog Yoga

By Nora Carpenter

illustrated by Mark Chambers

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. The book comes out next week.

This book is about a frog who wakes up and does yoga. This book shows how to do some yoga poses. It is really fun to do the poses on your own.

I liked this book because each page has a different pose and it gives you instructions so you can do it too.

I recommend this book to kids who get angry a lot.

I give this 15 yoga stars🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️🧘‍♀️

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Super Saurus and the egg

Written by Deborah Underwood

Illustrated by Ned Young

This book is about a dinosaur who is a superhero and has an egg in his house. The dinosaur’s name is Arnold. Arnold is thinking about how he would fight the creature inside the Egg Of Doom (he does not think that there is a baby dinosaur) (btw autocorrect wanted to make this baby dinner. Not sure if that is funny or not).

I like this book because it shows the baby instantly BFFs with Arnold ( baby dino is not named Dinner but is named Goo)

I recommend this book to kids who like dinosaurs. I also recommend this book to kids that are going to get a sibling.

I give this book 14 Sibling Stars 👧🏼👧🏽👦🏽👦🏼

Nite: Deborah shared a F&G copy of this book with us.Thanks!

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Pablo & Jane and the Hot Air Contraption

By Jose Domingo

This book is about a boy and a girl named Pablo (the boy) and Jane (the girl) who go to the old house on top of the hill and a mouse leads them in to a secret lab and he introduced himself as Dr. Jules and just before he introduces himself a cat named Dr. Felinibus Brakes the machine and Jane Pablo and Dr. Jules go into the monster dimension and land in Lopsided London. Oops I gave away to much information!

I like this book because it is kinda like a Where’s Waldo in some pages where you have to find the right parts of the machine!

I recommend this book to anyone who loves Where’s Waldo and books like that!

I give this book 15 detective stars 🕵🏼‍♀️🕵🏼‍♀️🕵🏾‍♂️

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Mike Morris Myth Solver

Written by K.B. Brege

Illustrated by D. Brege

I met the author and illustrator of the Mick Morris Myth Series at Motor City Comic Con. They gave me a copy of the first book in the series to read. Thank you!

This book is about a boy named Mick, his cousin Sissy ( Cecelia) and his friend Nathan solving the myth about Roswell, Mexico and Area 51 alien sighting, alien technology, and alien ships crash landings! It starts when Mick, Sissy, and Mick’s parents who film a show about solving myths go to Roswell, Mexico and the satellite dish on top of the RV starts spinning like crazy and the Myth mobile ( the RV) goes out of control but that doesn’t mean anything.

The interesting thing about this book is there are multiple ways to read it. It is like a choose your own adventure for the finish so each time you read it, it will be different.

I liked that are multiple ways to finish this book. I also liked that are aliens in this book that look and act real. I hope aliens are real. It was a quick read for a Rainy Saturday.

I recommend it to kids my age. I think I will read some of the others in the series.