Winner:“Amos Likes to Jump” – by Margaret Lowder

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I was thrilled when I was contacted by Ellen Davis,  the illustrator for a small, family owned children’s book business, Amos Book Co.  What made this contact extra special is that it is Ellen and her Aunt who created  books about her Aunt’s real life dog named Amos.
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The real Amos! Photo courtesy of the Amos Book Company

From The Amos Book Company: 




“Amos Likes To Jump teaches young ones the value of individuality, and why being “you” is the best way to be. The story, created by author Margaret Lowder, is heart-warming and fun. The illustrations, by Ellen Davis, are bright and energetic – just like Amos himself! This quality board book is substantial in size, and durable enough for children of all ages.” 

“A vivid combination of beautiful imagery and a fun spirit!!”


FROM DAKOTA’S DEN: The story is precious!  Children will love joining Amos on his JUMPING adventures and will giggle with glee as he jumps so high that he soars up in the sky! His jumping enables him to make friends with birds and other animals.

This generously sized, glossy board book takes me back…back to a time when I remember having tiny hands and holding a book like Amos Likes To Jump was pure joy. It is super sturdy. The story itself has catchy rhymes that will be easy for little ones to join in with when reading out loud as a bedtime story, or anytime!

The illustrations by Ellen Davis are delightful! Vibrant, vivid, fun, engaging, everything children’s book illustrations SHOULD be! I found them to be captivating. If I was enthralled with them, imagine how the little ones will enjoy them!

Amos Likes to Jump also has an activity book which accompanies it!

Amos Activity Book

This book definitely brought back some wonderful memories from my own childhood when I loved nothing more than to read a book and find that on the first page it said “This book belongs to:” and there was a space to print my name. I took great pride in carefully printing my name, as most children do!

There is a page where children can practice printing their upper and lower case letters, with drawings on each page that little ones will enjoy coloring. Other activities include mazes, matching, numbers and letters, tic-tac-toe, free-hand drawing and more – all with an Amos The Dog theme!

Remember “Connect the dots?” Oh how I loved that! There is a “connect the dot page” and various activities on all of the accompanying pages. The activity book is 10 pages with activities on each side of the page which makes it 20 pages.

You can find more information about the book at and on Facebook . On the Facebook page,  treat recipes, upcoming book signings and readings, and the antics of Amos himself are highlighted.



  • Board book: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Matter; 1st edition (2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0996110704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0996110709
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches

GIVE-AWAY!!! One lucky reader of our blog who is 18 and over and RESIDES IN THE U.S.  will win a copy of Amos Likes To Jump as well as the accompanying Activity book (an approx $20 value!) Entering is easy! Just enter on the Rafflecopter below, GOOD LUCK!!

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 We truly value family and working together. To that end, we are family company. Author Margaret Lowder is the mother of Matter Creative Studio’s Principal,  Anna Lowder. Ellen Davis, Illustrator, is the cousin to Anna and niece to  Margaret Lowder, Author For as long as anyone can recall, Margaret has had a passion for two things: children and dogs. Well, maybe three if you count sweets, but that’s another story. After years of dreaming Walter Mitty-style of the ideal children’s book and its characters, she focused her boundless energy and witty spirit on the Amos Series. Amos is Margaret’s trusty sidekick, her pal for years and now her inspiration for children’s books. She vividly describes the life of Amos in these books, from his imaginary travels to his secret super powers.
Ellen Davis, Illustrator Ellen is a science lover and an artist who found her niche as an illustrator. With a BFA in Scientific Illustration and a master’s degree in Medical Illustration, Ellen is well versed in color and design. A whiz with paintbrushes both real and digital, she brings dynamic color and energy to her work.  Ellen’s specialties include children’s book illustration, animal illustration, pet portraiture, and web portfolio design. Ellen’s recently illustrated children’s book, Amos Likes to Jump, is a marvelous representation of her enthusiasm for illustration and design.  
In full disclosure: we were not compensated for this review/give-away. We were sent a copy of Amos Likes To Jump as well as the accompanying activity book, in exchange for our always honest review.

Winners! Book:Monday at Jelly Roll Dog Park by Jennifer Schreiber

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New Children’s Book Explores Anti-Bullying Concepts:Monday at Jelly Roll Dog Park by Jennifer Schreiber, Illustrations by John LaFree and a Give-Away!

Peace on the planet begins with peace on the playground…and in the dog park!

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In Monday at Jelly Roll Dog Park, it’s Monday and a new dog, Muttley, arrives at the New Orleans park all the way from “Minn-ee-a-po-lis”.  All Muttley wants to do is make friends, but the group of friends that he meets (Rex, Ginger, Champ, Princess and Buddy) are all pure bred dogs who have been coming to the park since they were puppies. Their group has been formed, and they are less than eager to offer an outsider admittance to their “exclusive” group. Especially one who came from a “dirty pound.”


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The group of friends shun Muttley because he is not a pure bred dog, but is a mixture of many breeds, a mutt. Hence his name, “Muttley.”
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 Muttley is consoled and mentored by Jelly Roll’s guardian angel, Daisy Mae the bulldog. She’s a former friend of the “in-crowd” and helps Muttley navigate the pack’s standoffish bark and teaches them all an important lesson.
Through discovering his own strengths, Muttley is able to rise above the bullying and earn the respect of the other dogs.
Monday at Jelly Roll Dog Park was inspired by the desire to explore anti-bullying concepts through the exploits of dog characters easily understood by young children.
This 38-page children’s book is hard-covered,  large,  (even for an adult’s hands but I loved that, because it reminded ME of holding a large children’s book as a child, and for me, that increased its charm).
Along with teaching an important life lesson, which would serve as a perfect conversation starter between parents and little ones, and teachers and students, about how hurtful bullying can be  , the illustrations alone are reason enough to buy this book! They are SUPERB. When I opened the book, I said aloud, “this book is GORGEOUS!” The pages are glossy. Children and adults alike will be captivated.
As Daisy Mae says to Muttley: “Remember the Golden Rule,” said Daisy Mae. “Always treat others the way you would like them to treat you.”
An important lesson that often we adults forget as well!
Dakota and I give this marvelous book FOUR PAWS UP!! What a great holiday gift or anytime gift this would make!
ISBN 9781941758328
Hardcover $18
eBook Version Available
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Jennifer Schreiber is CEO of Just Jenerous Inc. Monday at Jelly Roll Dog Park is the first book in the anti-bullying series. She graduated with a Master’s Degree from Cornell University’s Hotel School in 1999. Her endeavors are centered around inspiring acts of generosity to reinforce her belief that peace on the planet begins with peace on the playground. 
SPEAKING OF GENEROSITY!! The publisher as allowed me to offer a give-away! Three of my readers who reside in the U.S. or Canada will each win a copy of Monday At Jelly Roll Dog Park! Entering is super easy! Enter on the Rafflecopter below…there is only ONE mandatory entry requirement! Good luck!

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Children’s Book:Lexi Goes On Vacation to The Outer Banks by Janice Wills Kingsbury:World-Wide Give-Away!

It is quite rare for me to approach an author and ask if I may review their book, (I am contacted directly by the author or publisher for the vast majority of the books that I review), but when I saw the cover of Lexi Goes On Vacation to The Outer Banks in my Netgalley email, I just had to contact Author Janice Wills Kingsbury and ask if I could review her book. Look at the cover and you will see why! 

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Yes, the dog on the cover is a Shetland Sheepdog, which made asking Author Janice Wills Kingsbury if I could review her book a complete no-brainer!

Lexi Goes On Vacation is not only beautifully written, but has colorful illustrations that were designed to capture children’s attention and imaginations.

From Lexi Goes On Vacation to The Outer Banks:

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Lexi Goes On Vacation is more than just an adorable story for children. This precious tale conveys Kingsbury’s love of her rescue dogs (and shows how with love, patience, understanding and training,  they all can make fabulous family pets!), and the challenges they bring. It restores faith that people can be honest, and do the right thing, and the bonds of family and community.

It also highlights the importance of including more than one phone number,  in the event the dog should ever become lost, (Spoiler alert!! As Lexi did in this book!) My stomach churned with Janice’s when sweet Lexi goes missing. Children will be concerned  at the idea of Lexi being alone, hungry and frightened, (as he was before the Kingsbury’s adopted him), but parents can be assured that the story has a most happy ending!

As a former teacher and School Psychologist for 18 years in the public school system, Kingsbury has succeeded in creating a book for children that will appeal to a variety of interests and reading levels. The story  contains a universal theme which most children will be able to relate to. From personal experience, children tend to be drawn to the gentle and most attractive appearance of Shetland Sheepdogs and Collies, (Because the two breeds are similar in appearance, children and adults tend to confuse Shetland Sheepdogs with Collies, and will think of Lassie, but Shetland Sheepdogs and Collies are NOT one and the same. They are two totally different breeds). For anyone who has watched and loved “Lassie Come Home”, when children read, or are read,  Lexi Goes On Vacation, I have a feeling that they will be clapping with glee when Lexi is reunited with his loving family as I know I did with Lassie.

Anyone who has loved a Shetland Sheepdog will tell you they are one of the most sensitive, loving and playful breeds on the planet. As an adult, when I read this book, I immediately thought of my own “Sheltie Boy” and how I would feel if he ever became lost. That being said, you do NOT have to be a Sheltie lover to enjoy this book, you just have to have a heart, and a love of dogs. You know, you already do, or you wouldn’t be reading this review!

I  give this warm, loving and delightful story 4 Sheltie paws up!

To purchase:

ISBN 1500103268

It is available on Amazon and


Janice Wills Kingsbury has generously offered FIVE of my readers who reside ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD a chance to win a copy of Lexi Goes On Vacation to The Outer Banks.

The give-away is open NOW and will end on Thursday, April 23rd at 5pm.

To Enter:just leave a comment telling me you wish to be entered! That’s it! Good luck!









Winner! “Henry Says Hello” Written and Illustrated By S.L. Parker

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