Archives for November 28, 2016

Our Top Book Selections For This Week!

Is Being a Princess is Not All It’s Cracked Up to Be?


This is a really delightful book especially for young girls! I recommend for ages 1-6.

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., is pleased to announce the release of I Am Not a Princess! by Bethany Burt with drawings by Brenda McCallum and featuring a little girl whose princess persona collides with the activities she loves best. Can a princess ride a bike, bake cookies, and play baseball?

Play-acting and self-identity are the themes of this charmingly illustrated book about a girl who dreams of being a beautiful princess. What’s not to love? Princesses get to wear fancy dresses and beautiful jewels. They live happily ever after with the prince of their dreams in a splendid castle in the countryside. Plus, they are never burdened with boring chores or unpleasant activities. Their only real job is looking pretty. But when Eliza, dressed in full princess fashion, tries to join in on the fun in her household and neighborhood, she is disappointed to discover that being a princess prevents her from doing many of the things she loves. She can’t ride a bike, play baseball, help her father paint, or bake cookies with her mom. See what happens as her frustration builds. This glimpse inside a little girl’s head helps preschoolers put their fantasies in perspective.

About the Author

Bethany Burt has never wanted to be a princess. As a young girl she loved playing sports and climbing the enormous pine trees that surrounded her home in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. She missed the princess phenomenon entirely; that is, until her daughter Eliza was born. Bethany, owner of Nest Media Company, (, has been an advertising, design, and marketing specialist for over twenty years and, like the storybook character, loves to write, draw, paint, and bake cookies. Her two amazing children serve as inspiration for her stories.About the IllustratorBrenda McCallum Even as a little girl Brenda McCallum knew she wanted to bring the world of her vivid imagination into her future work. As a design professional she developed compelling and original marketing campaigns for corporate clients. Now, she uses her creative passion to inspire readers to discover new ideas and follow their own adventures of the mind.Follow I Am NOT a Princess!Facebook: 
About the Publisher
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is a family-owned, independent publisher of high-quality books. Since 1974, Schiffer has published thousands of titles on the diverse subjects that fuel our readers’ passions. From our traditional subjects of antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, and military history, Schiffer has expanded its catalog to publish books on contemporary art and artists; architecture and design; food and entertaining; the metaphysical, paranormal and folklore; and pop and fringe culture, as well as books for children. Visit to explore our backlist of more than 5,800 titles.The next ones are also highly recommended and would make great gifts this upcoming Holiday season!

brunhildas-backwards-day-9781634506915BRUNHILDA’S BACKWARDS DAY by Shawna J. C. Tenney : Brunhilda the witch loves making trouble. But one night, Brunhilda’s cat makes trouble instead. When she wakes up that next morning, she is on the right side of the bed. The day has gone completely backwards. What will happen when Brunhilda casts her all-time favorite misery-inducing spells? With bright, colorful illustrations and clever dialogue, this book teaches kids that being kind to people actually makes you feel better than playing tricks and being mean.I like this one because it is a fun book and also teaches kids to be kind!  Ages 3-6.


BELLA DONNA: TOO MANY SPELLS by Ruth Symes and Marion Lindsay: Bella Donna seems just like any other student at her school, but she has a secret: she’s really a witch! The other witches who live on Coven Road are having a spell casting contest, and Bella is determined to win. When strange things start to happen at school and begin to spin out of control, Bella wonders if she can really handle it all. Teachers and parents will love this series because it is good for reluctant readers and will teach kids important lessons in each book.

I love this one because of the important lessons it will teach kids ages 7-10!  It is a fun read and I think kids will like Bella Donna!


Have a Pokemon fan in the house? This one is great for ages 8-12.

CAPTURING CRESSELIA: UNOFFICIAL STORIES FOR POKÉMON COLLECTORS, #2 by Alex Polan : Welcome to Camp Pikachu, where kids can act out adventures from their favorite Pokémon games and cartoons, battling other teams to earn points and badges, and maybe make it into the Summer Camp Hall of Fame! Marco, Nisha, Logan, and Maddy can’t wait to embark on their latest adventure: Pokémon Orienteering! This is the perfect book for young reluctant readers and fans of Pokémon.

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The next one is a book series that I also highly recommend!

TOMO EXPLORES THE WORLD: Brand New Picture Book Series!


Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group is launched a brand new picture book series this past October, TOMO EXPLORES THE WORLD!

Perfect for budding innovators who like to think outside the box, TOMO EXPLORES THE WORLD is a fun and inspiring story that emphasizes creativity and imagination to achieve your goals.

I love the artwork and the story will keep young kids entertained!

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This next one is a really fun read for young children!

THIS BOOK IS OUT OF CONTROL by Richard Byrne is a final picture book in a series and is perfect for toddlers and young readers. I highly recommend the whole series!  I love how this book will spark imagination! A truly fun and interactive story for young children.

Look for it at, Walmart, Barnes and Noble and other locations! Look for the other two books: This book just ate my dog! and We’re in the wrong book!  


Love this Picture Book from Lane Smith: THERE IS A TRIBE OF KIDS!


This one is highly recommended for young kids! It is whimsical and imaginative and also introduces young children to collective nouns!  Look for it on and at Barnes & Noble this holiday season!


I really suggest this Adventure series! How Three Brothers Saved the Navy by Charles Salter came out this past Summer and is full of adventure! 

In a Recon game one day, three brothers–Matt, Ryan and Jack–scout out an abandoned airfield. They notice a team of skydivers and quickly discover these are NOT U.S. military, but rather hostile agents training to land with guns and explosives on a navy aircraft carrier. Their Force Recon Marine play suddenly becomes very real as they struggle to determine the exact target and time of the coming attack, to evade the terrorist gang, and get their intelligence information back to the navy in time to save their father’s aircraft carrier ship located just off the coast.

Captured by the gang, can they use their junior Force Recon Marine skills to escape, get back to headquarters, and devise a plan to defeat the terrible plot without anyone getting seriously hurt?

I recommend for ages 8-12.

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The Ancient Earth Journals

by Juan Carlos Alonso and Gregory S. Paul

Illustrated by Juan Carlos Alonso.

These Journals are so interesting and older children will love them!  They have such interesting facts and great illustrations!

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Have a young child who loves Dinosaurs? This next series is a Must-Buy!

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These are so entertaining and so educational too! My favorite is Jurassic Classic: The Presidential Masters of Prehistory  and love how many facts are included! These are perfect for ages 7-11.

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The next one is a Bedtime Story with a Shakespearean Twist!

by Henry, Joshua and Harrison Herz with illustrations by Lisa Woods.


Little Mabel is an expert at not going to sleep. She knows all the best bedtime-avoiding excuses. “I’m thirsty.” “I need to use the bathroom.” “Will you tell me a story?” Luckily, Mom’s quiver of bedtime tales includes the story of the Fae Queen, who paints children’s dreams and can only visit when their eyes are closed. Inspired by Mercutio’s soliloquy in Romeo & Juliet, in which he details how the tiny fairy queen influences people’s dreams as she passes by in her flying chariot, the soothing story evokes images of an ant in a worn gray coat and a hazelnut-shell chariot with a roof of grasshopper wings. Told in lyrical language that adults will also appreciate, the story helps parents get their kids to sleep.

I really enjoy this one and love how unique the story is! Great for a bedtime story!

This one is from Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

It’s time for Adventure! 


New Bubba Jones National Park Adventure!

The Adventures of Bubba Jones: Time Traveling Through Shenandoah National Park by Jeff Alt.

Children and adults will enjoy this book and I especially liked the time travelling. This book will make you want to pack up your bags and visit all the National Parks! It is entertaining and a fun book to read out loud! I highly recommend!~SoCal City Kids.

Check out the official website of The Adventures of Bubba Jones!

The books can also be found on and at Barnes & Noble.

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to feature in this Books of the Week posting.

New Amazon Original Special, The Snowy Day, Comes to Life on Prime Video! A delightful Book Giveaway Opportunity!

The Snowy Day, part of Amazon Studios’ original kids holiday programming, is an animated special based on the award-winning book by Ezra Jack Keats. The book, well-known as one of the first picture books to feature an African-American protagonist, has won a host of awards, including the Caldecott medal – one of the highest honors in children’s literature – and was included in the Library of Congress’ list of “Books that Shaped America.”


The special follows Peter, a young boy in a red snowsuit, as his mother sends him on an adventure to Nana’s house to retrieve their traditional Christmas mac and cheese dinner. Enjoying the snowy day along the way, Peter encounters friends from the neighborhood, from storekeepers and bakers to the older boys he admires – and a group of a capella singers voiced by Boyz II Men. After arriving at Nana’s and retrieving the mac and cheese – and his most coveted gift, a brand-new red sled – Nana helps Peter team up with the older boys for an epic snowball fight, resulting in the destruction of the special holiday dinner and his sled. When the neighborhood comes together to celebrate new traditions with Peter and his family, Peter realizes that the true meaning of the holiday is about who you spend it with.


Narrated by Laurence Fishburne (Black-ish, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Matrix) and the featuring voice talent of Regina King (American Crime, The Leftovers), Jamie-Lynn Sigler (The Sopranos), and Angela Bassett (American Horror Story, BoJack Horseman), The Snowy Day features “Snowy Day,” an original song by Boyz II Men, available exclusively on Amazon Music to download and stream which started on  November 25. The new production us executive produced by Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland (Akeelah and the Bee) as well as Ann Austen, Irene Sherman, and Deborah Pope (Ezra Jack Keats Foundation).

I also received a copy of this delightful book and highly recommend it for young children this Holiday season!


We have teamed up for a Special Holiday Giveaway! One winner will win this delightful book! To enter, leave a comment below telling us how you would spend a day in the snow! I know I would build a snowman!

Deadline to enter is December 1st, 2016 at noon PST. Winner will randomly be selected via

Self Disclosure: I received a free book to post. Credit: Amazon and The Snowy Day.

2nd Annual Go Little Tokyo Holiday Marketplace Shop Local in Little Tokyo & Celebrate the Season December 3-4


2nd Annual Go Little Tokyo Holiday Marketplace

Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 4, 2016hours vary per business

Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles

Shogun Santa is coming to town! Experience another exciting holiday season of gift-giving and merry-making at Downtown LA’s most unique holiday shopping tradition on Saturday, December 3rd and Sunday, December 4th with the 2nd Annual Go Little Tokyo Holiday Marketplace! Enjoy a weekend full of live entertainment, interactive workshops and demos, guided tours, unique gift items, and specials from Little Tokyo’s one-of-a-kind shops. Sample the neighborhood’s authentic cuisines, discover quality gifts only found in Little Tokyo and make new holiday memories with friends and family.


Saturday, December 3

    • Enjoy music and entertainment at Japanese Village Plaza, including balloon animals, caricature drawings and live karaoke. Are you on the Nice List? Visit Shogun Santa, snap a photo and share your Little Tokyo holiday wish list, brought to you by the Little Tokyo Business Association (LTBA). Get your holiday gifts that you picked up in Little Tokyo wrapped by the Little Tokyo Rotary Club!
    • From matcha green tea, to green tea candies and snack, sample green tea foods and enjoy special sales on green tea items at the Little Tokyo Market Place. Grab a “fukubukuro” lucky bag for $10 (valued at $30) and find holiday treasures inside!
    • Kuragami Little Tokyo Florist leads a workshop on how to make “kadomatsu”, a Japanese New Years decoration that brings good fortune and happiness to your home. Made with pine and bamboo, learn the history and meaning of the traditional arrangement and take your creation home to ward off bad spirits. All materials will be provided. $10 material fee.
    • Join Four Leaf Cafe in a hands-on cooking lesson from these crepe-making experts. Stuff your own custom crepe with delicious fillings of your choice: chocolate, strawberries, nutella, mochi, and more! All materials will be provided, $5 material fee.
  • 10:30-11:30AM – HOLIDAY NAIL ART DEMO 
    • Get your nails right just in time for the holidays! Learn new techniques and try your hand at different holiday designs using your nails as your canvas. This nail art demonstration with Nail Service Little Tokyo will teach you how to design snowflakes, candy canes, hollies and more of your favorite holiday-themed characters. All materials will be provided and all are welcome for this kid-friendly demonstration.
    • Kyokushin Karate was born in the determination for the pursuit of ultimate truth of mind, technique, and body. Give your child an opportunity to learn self-discipline and self-defense in this FREE introductory kids karate class. Ages 4 and older are welcome. FREE.
    • Learn the art of “furoshiki” cloth wrapping from master furoshiki wrapper, and Director of Service Programs at the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), Mike Murase, who can wrap just about anything! Furoshiki will be provided by local Japanese goods store, Bunkado. FREE.
    • Join local DTLA collaborative co-working space, Opodz, for a beginners “amigurumi” knitting workshop, where students will learn the basics of crochet and create an adorable, stuffed snowman! Crocheters of all levels welcome. All materials provided. FREE.
    • Take a step back in time with the Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS) and uncover historical landmarks, shops and hard-to- find treasures with a guided walking tour of the Little Tokyo neighborhood. Pick up a few gifts you can only find in Little Tokyo for family and friends along the way! Participants will also receive a commemorative 2017 “Favorite Foods” calendar published by the Little Tokyo Historical Society. $15 per person.
    • Happiness specialist, author, speaker, radio and TV personality, AFAA Certified Fitness Instructor and reiki practitioner Rebecca L. Norrington leads a free health and wellness workshop on happiness. Hosted by Little Tokyo health center, BEST Chiropractic Clinic, understand the true meaning of happiness, learn behaviors that will improve your health and well-being, and live a more fruitful life. FREE.

Sunday, December 4

    • Enjoy music and entertainment at Japanese Village Plaza, including balloon animals, caricature drawings and live karaoke. Are you on the Nice List? Visit Shogun Santa, snap a photo and share your Little Tokyo holiday wish list, brought to you by the Little Tokyo Business Association (LTBA). Get your holiday gifts that you picked up in Little Tokyo wrapped by the Little Tokyo Rotary Club!
    • From matcha green tea, to green tea candies and snack, sample green tea foods and enjoy special sales on green tea items at the Little Tokyo Market Place. Grab a “fukubukuro” lucky bag for $10 (valued at $30) and find holiday treasures inside!
    • Give your child the opportunity to make “mochi”, or Japanese rice cake, the traditional way with a “mochitsuki” workshop led by local youth organization, Kizuna! Ages 6-10, all matericals provided, $10 material fee.
    • Sample fine teas from all over the world, attend stimulating presentations, and meet premier suppliers, all in one place. Proceeds support the Japanese American National Museum (JANM). Presented by Chado Tea Room. $20 General Admission.
    • `UKE On with easy, familiar tunes and songs to celebrate the holiday season. Join the Jam with U-SPACE’s `Ukulele Discovery Jam-Along, an interactive learning and play-along experience for beginners just beginning their `ukulele journey. FREE.
    • Join Little Tokyo’s neighborhood highball bar, Wolf & Crane, for a lesson in mixology. Learn a few tips and tricks from these Japanese whisky experts on how to concoct a perfect cocktail with a holiday twist and have a sip (or two) of their favorites: the O’Shito, Miyagi Mule and a classic Old Fashioned. Then stay for Sunday happy hour with $5 drink specials! FREE.
    • Calling all coffee-lovers! Little Tokyo’s favorite neighborhood coffee shop, Cafe Dulce, will teach you how to make the perfect cup of pour over coffee at home. While you’re there, pick up a yummy donut or pastry on the side. FREE.
    • Put down your holiday shopping and to-do lists and join Little Tokyo health center, BEST Chiropractic Clinic, for a demonstration of how aromatherapy can help you cope with stress. Participants will see the body’s physical reaction to stress through muscle-testing, and learn how different aromas can soothe the body and mind to help you stay calm and collected throughout the holiday season. FREE.

Download the Go Little Tokyo Holiday Marketplace Event Passport to view featured items in our Little Tokyo Gift Guide, full schedule of workshops and a listing of future events in Little Tokyo for the rest of the holiday season – visit

Pick up a hard copy on Saturday & Sunday, December 3 & 4 at:

  • Cafe Dulce – 134 Japanese Village Plaza Mall
  • JANM – 100 N Central Ave
  • Kinokuniya – Weller Court, 123 Astronaut E S Onizuka St, #205
  • U-Space at JACCC – 244 S San Pedro St

The Go Little Tokyo Holiday Marketplace is brought to you by Go Little Tokyo: a Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC) run neighborhood marketing campaign created by Community Arts Resources (CARS) and funded by Metro. This event is in collaboration with the Little Tokyo Business Association (LTBA), the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC)Kizuna, and Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS).

FREE – $20 depending on the activity. Visit for more details and information.

Event participants are highly encouraged to go car-free and take Metro! Plan your trip at

For parking options visit and select PARKING.

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