Archives for December 5, 2016

Kid Crazy and the Kilowatt King New hardcover children’s picture book from Coheed & Cambria front man Claudio Sanchez, a The New York Times bestselling comic book creator


A Fantastical Lesson About the Power of the Word Please
Rocker and New York Times best-selling graphic novelist Claudio Sanchez pens his first children’s book

Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez, already a New York Times best-selling comic book creator, ventures into new territory with his first children’s book, Kid Crazy and the Kilowatt King.

In the book, Kid Crazy Carlson longs for adventure in the far-off and bustling City of Ever. His world changes when he meets a strange droid called Denunzio who warns Kid of the city’s grumpy Kilowatt King, a rude man who forces the citizens to sing for him. Despite the robot’s warning, Kid decides to make the voyage to the city and the two set sail in a car made of bread through beautiful and bizarre landscapes, passing extraordinary sights like candy bar men, robot travelers and dancing elephants, before finally reaching the city. When Kid eventually comes face to face with the rotten ruler, he decides it’s time someone teaches him a lesson in manners: the power of the word “please.”

The 80-page book features art from Brazilian illustrator Arthur Mask. Several exclusive book bundles are available on Sanchez’s own Evil Ink Comics website,, including a Kid Crazy Limited Coke-Bottle-Green 7″ Vinyl, featuring an original song and the Kid Crazy and the Kilowatt King audiobook read by Claudio Sanchez.

I received a copy of this book and found it a really fun read! I love the creativity and imagination and love that it teaches a meaningful lesson!~SoCal City Kids.

More info about the Author:

With Coheed and Cambria, Sanchez has sold over 3 million albums worldwide. When he’s not touring with the band, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Chondra Echert ( and their 2-year-old son, Atlas. This is Sanchez’s first children’s book—originally written as song lyrics.

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These Books Would make Great Gifts this Holiday Season!


The LEGO Animation Book
A guide to making LEGO movies.

In the latest LEGO book from No Starch Press, readers learn everything they need to turn their LEGO creations into impressive animated movies.

The LEGO Animation Book (No Starch Press, $19.95, 4C, 216 pp., October 14, 2016) is a comprehensive guide to creating stop-motion animation with LEGO. Expert brickfilmers David Pagano and David Pickett share their insight from over twenty years behind the camera and introduce readers to the basics of animation before walking them through the creative process step-by-step.

This one is a must for any Lego Fan! I highly recommend for Tweens, Teens and Young Adults!

Readers learn how to:

  • Use animation principles like exaggeration, timing and spacing, and overlapping action
  • Convey action and emotion with plastic characters
  • Add detail and scope to films by building in different scales
  • Create special effects like explosions and flying minifigures
  • Build camera dollies and rigs out of LEGO bricks
  • Light, frame, and capture consistent photos.

Look for it in Bookstores near you!



My Mindful Book of ABCs by Kathy Walsh is a must if you have young children!

Kathy Walsh, award-winning children’s author and mindfulness expert, is ecstatic to announce the release of her new book, My Mindful Book of ABCs. While simultaneously helping children learn the alphabet, this new book assists families in creating a lasting foundation for a mindful home.

Kathy’s other best-selling children’s books on mindfulness include 30 Days to a Mindful Home, Raising Peaceful Kids and Today an Elephant I Will Be. Walsh’s books seek to bring mindfulness, peace, and positivity into the homes of families across the world. “I wanted to inspire children and parents alike,” she explained. “Mindfulness is a conscious choice and one that takes a great deal of work to achieve. With this book, parents can begin to discuss the concept of mindfulness with their children”.

Written by Kathy Walsh and illustrated by Clare Wassermann, My Mindful Book of ABCs takes children on a magical carpet ride down the ABC slide where they learn how mindfulness can be connected to each letter of the alphabet. Walsh recommends that parents spend time teaching kids the values represented by each letter. This practice helps parents instill the values associated with a mindful life into their household.

My Mindful Book of ABCs is part of the Joyohboy book series created by Kathy Walsh. All Joyohboy books aim to inspire children and their families to lead a peaceful life filled with love and mindfulness. In addition to the educational books, Joyohboy provides parents with additional mindfulness resources including meditations, songs, and eBooks for on-the-go reading.

For more information on My Mindful Book of ABCs and Joyohboy Books, please visit

Looking for a Holiday book that isn’t your typical Holiday book?


Very Christmas by Simone Mets is a delightful story!

When Santa’s workshop is destroyed by a ferocious storm, even the richest man in the world is stumped for a way to save Christmas. Just when everyone seems to give up all hope, the unstumpable Ava Buttons, together with her friends, discover a way to make Christmas wishes come true. Motivated by a desire to help others, Ava converts even her naughtiest friend, Rowdy Meyers, from an enthusiastic getter to a champion giver.

Very Christmas is a refreshing departure from the typical holiday picture book. Featuring a unique design without pagination or chapter numbers, children are encouraged to remember pages based on a memorable font, word, or page color. The characters throughout the book are purposefully not illustrated so readers have the freedom to dream them up and see themselves reflected in the story. There’s no evil character and, in fact, the story is all-inclusive: the lessons throughout apply to every gender, class, race, and age.

I like that this one leaves room for imagination and I highly recommend for families this Holiday season!

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Very Christmas is available to purchase at www.verychristmasbook.comAmazon,, and the Farmhouse Store in Princeton, NJ.

Have a Tween or a Teen that is an aspiring Architect?


Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., is pleased to announce the release of The Future Architect’s Tool Kit by Barbara Beck, Architect featuring an architectural tool kit with workbook, graph paper, architect’s scale, pencil, and eraser.

Children with dreams of designing buildings will discover how architects actually work in this workbook, which builds on the concepts introduced in The Future Architect’s Handbook. It walks readers through the drawings created by Aaron, a young architect building his own home. Going a step further, children will learn the steps necessary to create their own drawings and build a model of their design, using an included tool kit consisting of graph paper and an architect’s scale, pencil, and drafting eraser. Finally, readers are challenged to design homes for an eclectic group of clients. Freehand pen-and-ink drawings bring the instructions to life. This book is the perfect introduction to what an architect does at work and why buildings look and function as they do. Ideal for middle grades ages 8–13, but creative adults will also find it inspiring.

Price is $29.99.

I really like this one because it is perfect for ages 8-14 and I can even see high school students learning something from it! I like how it is easy to comprehend and encourages readers to design.~SoCal City Kids.

About the Author
Barbara Beck is a licensed architect in Annapolis, Maryland. She shares her studio and home overlooking the Chesapeake Bay with her husband, Rick, and dog, Tommy. Originally from St. Louis, she grew up with a pencil constantly in hand. Even at a young age, her first drawings were of houses. Barbara earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Kansas before running off to sea to become a competitive sailor, and her love of sailing and adventure continues to this day. She is also a dog lover, leading her to establish Artful Dogs, Architecture for Man’s Best Friend. Her unique doghouses inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, Antonio Gaudi, and Andrea Palladio have been featured on HGTV and in newspapers and magazines. Visit Barb at and check out her first book The Future Architect’s Handbook.
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.9781492641735-pr

This next Picture Book is really refreshing and great for modern times!

Isabella: Girl in Charge follows the purple-haired title character as she imagines herself as five powerful females who broke barriers in American politics in a bid to get her mom and dad out the door for a big event.

This book features some amazing women in political history such as Sandra Day O’Connor—first woman appointed to the Supreme Court.

I also really like that there are extended biographies and a timeline of women in U.S. politics at the end of the book.

Isabella: Girl in Charge is also available on Put Me In The Story, the #1 personalized book platform in the United States.

This one is great for ages 4-8.

About the Author:

Jennifer Fosberry is a science geek turned bestselling children’s book writer. She is the author of My Name Is Not Isabella(Sourcebooks, 2010), Isabella: Girl on the Go (Sourcebooks, 2012), Isabella: Star of the Story (Sourcebooks, 2013), and My Name Is Not Alexander (Sourcebooks, 2011). After running away to Costa Rica for a few years, she returned to the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and three children to read, write, and try to get out of doing housework. Visit Jennifer at

About the Illustrator:

Mike Litwin is a New York Times bestselling illustrator who creates scenes that serve the imagination and education of children. In other words, he’s a big kid who draws pictures for a living. He currently lives in Greenville, North Carolina, with his wife and three daughters.  Visit Mike at

Looking for a cool book series for children ages 7-9?

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These two books are fun to read!

These chapter book are published by Sky Pony Press and I highly recommend!

This series comes from internationally bestselling children’s book queen Nancy Krulik (author of the Katie Kazoo series), her daughter Amanda Burwasser, and veteran illustrator Mike Moran.

The PROJECT DROID series follows Logan Applebaum, a normal young boy whose inventor mother informs him that she has created a robot cousin, Java, for him. In SCIENCE NO FAIR: PROJECT DROID #1, Logan and Java compete in the school’s third grade science fair, and in SOCCER SHOCKER!: PROJECT DROID #2, Java joins Logan’s soccer team, the Purple Wombats.

The PROJECT DROID series is a must-read for all young readers! Do you have a young reader who doesn’t want to read? Hand them one of these books! I guarantee you will either hear giggling or loud laughing out loud!

SCIENCE NO FAIR!: Amazon, B&N, and IndieBound

SOCCER SHOCKER!: Amazon, B&N, and IndieBound

Coloring is all the craze now-a-days and this one is a Beautiful one to color your way around the world!



From the wonderfully creative mind behind The Time Garden and The Time Chamber comes the third in the series,The Night Voyage. 
This is an evocatively illustrated story of a little girl who is swept away on the eve of her birthday by her toy train conductor on a magical journey to distribute gifts around the globe, from London to Paris to Granada. Following the trend of the previous books, Daria Song enchants readers with beautifully intricate art that her fans have come to love, featuring a world of paper cranes, penny-farthing bicycles, trolleys, cityscapes, and hot air balloon-filled skies.
I love how beautiful the pages are in this coloring book and it is currently my to-go-to coloring book! It truly makes you feel like you are on a colorful adventure!
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‘Tis the Season! Holiday-Inspired Illustrated Children’s Book Emphasizes Universal Power of Hope.


This feeling of goodwill is the soul of the children’s illustrated novel The Book of Kringle – Legend of the North Pole, by Derek Velez Partridge with Mary Packard.

This is a magical book that teaches about kindness and having faith. It also teaches that we are all unique and have our own special gifts. The book is also beautifully illustrated and is a joy to read. It’s not your typical Santa book and is a true must-read for all children! ~SoCal City Kids. 

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Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to facilitate this post. Photos and info were also provided.



“Digital Educational Playground” for children ages 2-8 Get a FREE 7-Day Trial


Parents are their children’s first teachers, and for nearly 40 years, School Zone Inc. has been setting award-winning standards for developing supplemental early learning products to help them! School Zone’s original workbooks, flash cards and other proven, research-based products designed by educators have helped millions of parents give their children an early learning advantage!  School Zone’s products are a leading choice by teachers for their own children and their students!


Now, School Zone has launched, a “Digital Educational Playground” for children ages 2-8, that further expands School Zone’s easy access offerings for families to make learning anytime and anywhere simple for parents. provides a safe and trusted subscription-based, supplemental learning environment which combines the power of video with traditional learning tools such as flash cards, games, interactive worksheets and printable activities. AnywhereTeacher.comprovides the most effective experience for children to learn essential concepts in a simple and safe environment.  Parents can manage their child’s activities and view their progress, creating an opportunity to discuss improvement and learning goals.

unnamed-1 also features the live-action/animated, educational series Charlie & Company, starring golden retriever Charlie and his teacher Miss Ellie, empowering preschoolers with the skills they need to succeed in school.  Anywhere Teacher Miss Ellie guides children through learning “school zone” adventures, exploring fun places and solving “puzzle it out” questions, while reinforcing letters, numbers, crafts, fitness, music and more. is compatible with most desktops, laptops, tablets, phones and platforms; and subscribing is just as simple. Parents can purchase from iTunes, Google Play or PayPal to gain access from any device. Starting at just $6.99 per month, there’s no limit on the number of devices that can simultaneously access the site among family members in the same household.


Customers who sign up for a free trial of will receive a welcome gift mailed to their child. In addition, an subscription will include occasional membership rewards of discount coupons and free gifts, such as a Charlie & Company coloring book, a Try-n-Spy activity workbook, or a Start to Read! book. expands families’ options and features a robust array of original content including: 


Video:  More than 200 videos teach children early learning skills through entertainment without them even realizing it!  Classic, live-action, animation and clay animation content make learning fun. Topics encompass discovery; letters and numbers; shapes and colors; words and phonics; health and fitness; and wellness and nutrition.


Charlie & Company:  This live-action/animated, educational series starring golden retriever Charlie and his teacher Miss Ellie (played by the award-winning actress Danielle Augustine) empowers preschoolers with the skills they need to succeed in school.  Anywhere Teacher Miss Ellie guides children through learning “school zone” adventures, exploring fun places and solving “puzzle it out” questions, while reinforcing letters, numbers, crafts, fitness, music and more. Featuring original music by multiplatinum-selling front man for The Verve Pipe, Brian Vander Ark.


Start to Read! Book Series:  Over 60 digital Start to Read! books featuring read-along audio tracks, teach children how to read.  Each beautifully illustrated book provides picture clues to help beginning readers associate pictures with words. Level-specific vocabulary books feature charming storylines and relatable themes.


Flash Cards: A proven way to memorize information, apply important concepts and stimulate active recall, the site’s interactive flash cards emphasize FUN by combining sound and motion! Quick, easy and self-directed, flash cards prove virtually unbeatable in helping to master essential math and spelling proficiency skills.


Games:  Pure fun for kids instilling a sense of pride and accomplishment while keeping them excited and engaged as they sharpen spelling, thinking, math and vocabulary skills, as well as eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills.


Interactive Worksheets:  Help kids gain important skills with quick, fun, self-correcting activities. As children practice telling time, counting coins, working with fractions and more, they also practice listening and following directions.


Printables:   A great way for kids to get additional practice with pen and paper while reinforcing the skills they learn online.  Writing on paper helps kids to focus and develop fine motor skills.


Songs:  With original songs created by renowned singer-songwriter Brian Vander Ark, of the American rock band The Verve Pipe, kids explore the spectrum of musical styles, from hip-hop and rock to folk and country, with easy-to-memorize lyrics.


Additionally, under the Anywhere Teacher banner, the Little Scholar Mini is the new seven-inch, fun-sized version of its multiple award-winning (Parent’s Choice, Pal Award, Family Choice) parent tablet for children in preschool, kindergarten and first grade, programmed with over 70 apps, e-books, songs and videos to help build readiness skills, focusing on early reading and math, to last a lifetime.  The tablet also features the interactive, preschool series Charlie & Company.

Credit: School Zone Inc.

Ailihen I35 Stereo Lightweight Foldable Headphones These would make a great holiday gift! They are comfortable to wear!

These work really well and I like that they are also comfortable. They also seem durable and I think that they won’t break easily. I like the colors but so did my niece. She liked them so much that I gave them to her and may just have to buy my own.

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Win a festive holiday prize pack with Hershey’s Share Your Merry Kissmas Sweepstakes

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Hershey’s Share Your Merry Kissmas Sweepstakes

HOW TO ENTER: Post a photo of your festive holiday creation on Instagram or Twitter using #KissmasSweepstakes. Note – the photo does not have to include Hershey’s Kisses.


WHEN: The Sweepstakes begins at 12:00:00 PM Eastern Time on December 1, 2016 and ends at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time on December 25, 2016.


PRIZE: You’ll be entered for a chance to win a prize pack to help relax and keep warm this winter season, including a cozy throw blanket, festive mugs, Hershey’s Kisses Kissmas Collection and more.



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Self Disclosure: I received free samples to post. No other compensation was received. Photos and info was provided.