Staff Book Picks: December

Teddy Tales 3D-book

Written by Karen Spruill and Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams
ISBN:  978-0-98367-230-2
Paperback Retail Price: $7.99

Teddy Tales, designed as a “therapy dog in a book,” is a collection of stories to be shared with young children and their adults. This rescue puppy’s real-life adventures can assist in processing children’s developmental issues and social challenges, besides teaching elements of pet care. Discussion questions are added to each chapter to facilitate classroom or adult-to-child interaction. Counselors, educators, veterinarians, and family members will value this charming resource.

 

Floppy Book 3D-book
Frozen Floppies
Written by John Hope and Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams
Hardbound ISBN:  978-159616-018-7
Pages: 32
Retail Price:  $14.95

The Floppies are frozen flopsicles! Fellow Floppies must flex their Floppy brains to rescue their frozen friends. But how can they, with Floppyland borders separating them? Find out how factions of Floppies band together to fight the frost and free the frozen Floppies, in this Royal Palm Literary Award-winning story of friendship.

 

Scribble Dee Sophie 3D-book

Written by Karen Spruill and Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams
ISBN:  978-0-98367-232-6
Paperback Retail Price: $9.77

What do you do with a girl like Scribble-Dee Sophie? With words and pictures, Scribble-Dee Sophie tells the story of a little artist who seems born with a crayon in her hand. Early readers and parents can follow her fun and mischief from ages 1 to 12. Scribble Stages sidebars gives adult readers developmental material to better understand their own budding artists. Age-appropriate art supply suggestions are sprinkled along the way. Watch as Sophie scribbles her way through life, learning about art manners and dreams for her future.
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“Quack and Daisy” a Romeo and Juliet Story for Kids!

Aileen Stewart-headshotAileen Stewart, author of the Fern Valley book series, has a new picture book! Quack and Daisy is her charming story about overcoming family differences. Quack, a duckling, and Daisy, a kitten, meet in the meadow where they decide to introduce each other to their respective families. Both families discourage Quack and Daisy’s new friendship based on obvious differences.

This somewhat Romeo and Juliet story shows how diverse friendships are made through acceptance and understanding. Simple text, adorable characters, and colorful illustrations will captivate young readers. The diversity and acceptance message could be used in classrooms too!

Don’t miss this heartfelt story that families, students, and teachers will enjoy reading together.

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Mark Wayne Adams is an award-winning illustrator, author, and publisher of more than 40 children’s books. View Books and Awards

Website(s):  www.markwayneadams.comwww.mwa.company

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” about growing up in not so perfect circumstances” —Kim Anisi, Readers’ Favorite

OUTBACK 3D-book-72DPI-RGBReviewed By Kim Anisi for Readers’ Favorite

Outback: Bothers and Sinisters is one of the books in the Family Tree Novel series by Mark Wayne Adams. It is a story about a boy who kind of doesn’t really get along with his brothers and sisters – hence they are called bothers and sinisters. It doesn’t help that his family has moved to a neglected farm which needs to be cleaned up. Fortunately, a new friend appears and she tries to help him to see another point of view. It is a story about family connections, about a different kind of bullying, about friendship, and about growing up in not so perfect circumstances (or would you call it perfect when your sister is willing to pay a large amount of money just so someone else walks you home?).

While Outback: Bothers and Sinisters by Mark Wayne Adams isn’t a book you’d call an absolute page-turner, I did enjoy it because sometimes you need a book you can relax with. However, I was a bit confused sometimes, but that might be because I haven’t read any of the other novels in the series and it seems that there is quite a connection between them all. I think it would be more enjoyable if you read them all in the right order. The writing style is quite smooth, you can read the book easily without running into obstacles (though some readers might have to look up the Australian terms). In general, I’d recommend the book to young readers and to older readers who enjoy stories about family connections (and problems).

Summer Reading List: “Frozen Floppies”

Frozen Floppies

Written by John Hope and Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams
ISBN:  978-159616-018-7

Retail Price:  $14.95

The Floppies are frozen flopsicles! Fellow Floppies must flex their Floppy brains to rescue their frozen friends. But how can they, with Floppyland borders separating them? Find out how factions of Floppies band together to fight the frost and free the frozen Floppies, in this Royal Palm Literary Award-winning story of friendship.

Frozen Floppies is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at your local library. If it’s not available at your library, request it be added.

Meet John Hope

Forever seeking new adventures, John Hope lives a life of energizing enterprises. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida , John earned his BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and since 1999 has developed and designed software for simulators, websites, traveler information systems, and numerous other technical widgets. All the while, he has quenched his creative hunger with writing a few novels, hundreds of poems and short stories, several short plays many of which he’s acted and/or directed, puppeteered in countless skits, and built a number of toy train layouts. To keep a steady rhythm in his life, John has run almost 30,000 miles in hundreds of road and trail races through the years, including captaining the UCF Men’s Cross Country team, achieving TAAC all conference, managing 5k races, and at times traversing entire states in relay teams and triathlons.

Currently at home in Central Florida, John loves spending time with this family and friends. Whether he’s traveling thousands of miles in a car or playing board games on the living room floor, he loves the company and conversations and laughs with the ones he loves. He often pulls from these times with his family and loved ones to create wonderfully tender moments and hilariously vivid characters in his writing.

Frozen Floppies, John Hope’s latest release, shows how factions of Floppies band together to fight the frost and free the frozen Floppies. This book is a Royal Palm Literary Award-winning story of friendship.

Learn more about his other books…

“You did a wonderful job. So good, in fact, I can’t thing of a single thing to say other than, wow! You’ve really interpreted the story expertly and created a new world.” – John Hope

“Frozen Floppies” Book, Pattern, and Toy Giveaway

The Floppies are frozen flopsicles! Fellow Floppies must flex their Floppy brains to rescue their frozen friends. But how can they, with Floppyland borders separating them? Find out how factions of Floppies band together to fight the frost and free the frozen Floppies, in this Royal Palm Literary Award-winning story of friendship.

Frozen Floppies is one of MWA, Inc’s newest book releases. To celebrate, MWA,Inc will give away one Frozen Floppies book, one 0628 Floppy Toy Pattern (Medium), and one handmade Floppy Toy (Medium). (Total retail value: $155.00) To qualify for our giveaway; like, share, or post a kid friendly comment about friendship on this blog before February 1, 2015. Persons posting must live within the continental United States. Giveaway will not be shipped outside the continental United States. Winner will be randomly selected and notified via the blog by February 5, 2015.

Items Given Away:
Frozen Floppies Written by John Hope and Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams
ISBN:  9781596160187
Retail Price:  $14.95
ISBN:  9781596160914
Retail Price:  $9.95
Custom made-to-order Floppy doll created from pattern 0628 Floppy Medium Pattern. Made with washable Minky Cuddle fabrics, Silky soft stuffing, Poly pellets, and black bead eyes. (Note: Eyes are secured. Not meant for small children.)
Retail Price:  $125.00