Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Dual Review of Eric B. Thomasma's children's books, YETI IN THE FREEZER & THE WIZARDS OF THE BODY SHOP

Here at WebbWeaver, we are HUGE fans of Eric B. Thomasma and his children's books. Some people just have a knack for entertaining children (which isn't always easy), Eric is one of those writers. With a warm, special way of dealing with some everyday, but unusual goings on, Thomasma's love of writing as well as his love for children shines through every, single syllable.
These little books are wonderful and, there isn't one that has come from this author that my children didn't adore!
 
YETI IN THE FREEZER
 
Written by Eric B. Thomas with illustrations by Lanin D. Thomasma. It is available for purchase at www.amazon.com
To learn more about this author, visit his website at www.ericbt.webs.com
 
Meet Brady and Dot. Two ordinary kids with something truly extraordinary living just inside their freezer!
That's right... Brady and Dot return home one day to find a brand new refrigerator and some pretty scary sounds. The ice maker in the fridge seems to have a mind of its own; growling and hissing and making bumping sounds, until...
The two discover Frasier, a tiny Yeti living in the freezer who only lives to make ice. All Frasier wants in the whole world is to be appreciated for his hard work (after all, ice making is a tough business with no room for error)
So, what starts out as fear for the children quickly turns into a learning experience. As the three come to an agreement on what they will do for one another, we see examples of teamwork, acceptance and tolerance...Three things we need a lot more of in today's world.
In the end, everyone learns something, not only about others, but about themselves as well.
I absolutely ADORED this wonderful little gem. I have a son who was extremely afraid of the ice-maker at his Nanny's house; so much so that he stopped visiting for spend the nights. I would have given anything to have had this book during those days. Sweet characters, wonderful life lessons and some of the cutest little drawings to accompany it,
Eric B. and Lanin impress again with this fun, little book.
A 5-spider book all day long!
 
THE WIZARDS OF THE BODY SHOP
Written by Eric B. Thomasma, with illustrations by Lanin D. Thomasma
It is available for purchase at www.amazon.com
 
When Cindy's father's car gets dinged up, it's up to them to take it to see The Wizards of the Body Shop!
Taking a simple concept that most of us never even think about, and turning it into an adventure, is a trademark of Eric B. Thomasma. This book is no exception.
A wonderfully fun little book with enough great pictures and words to get the kid's imaginations flowing.
If you have ever taken a child with you to have your car worked on, then this is the book for you. THE WIZARDS OF THE BODY SHOP is sure to be a favorite among children of all ages.
Endearing characters, fun and vivid illustrations AND there is even a bit of magic. You just can't go wrong with this one.
As a mom myself, I can easily see this book in auto dealerships and mechanic's lobbies as a way of entertaining the tiniest of customers. Your child will fall in love with THE WIZARDS OF THE BODY SHOP and so will you!
This book belongs on EVERY child's bookshelf.
I am giving THE WIZARDS OF THE BODY SHOP a 5-spider rating and recommending it to children of all ages.
Maybe you will find a little magic of your own when you read it!
 
CK Webb
WebbWeaver Reviews 

Book Review of Nancy Curteman's, MURDER DOWN UNDER


   
 
       MURDER DOWN UNDER was written by Nancy Curteman and published in 2013. It is available for purchase at www.amazon.com You can learn more about this author by visiting her website at www.nancycurteman.com
 The focus is on two American women who arrive in Sydney to visit a friend who now lives there, only to discover she has been murdered. Then, the chase is on to try and discover who could have committed this crime on such a good-hearted young woman. 

 There are many characters throughout the story and as it slowly unfolded, I found myself suspecting so many of them and turning the pages to see what would transpire. 

 I really enjoyed the very accurate and vivid descriptions of Australia, from the bustling city of Sydney to the rugged outback stations. The history of Australia and the Aboriginal people is described with much respect and is very much appreciated by this Aussie. 

 This is an enjoyable read and in many ways, very educational for those who know little about Australia. 

 I am giving MURDER DOWN UNDER 4-spiders and calling this one, a wonderful 'Summer Read'.

Cheers from Down Under,
Jennie J
Reviewer for WebbWeaver Reviews

Monday, October 7, 2013

Book Review of THE OMEGA PROJECT by Steve Alten

THE OMEGA PROJECT was written by Steve Alten and published through Forge Books in August, 2013. You may purchase this book at www.amazon.com and you may learn more about the author at www.stevealten.com

Anytime a story starts out with a super computer running the show or a trip to outer space, I get nervous, so imagine my total paranoia when I began reading Steve Alten’s newest sci-fi thriller, THE OMEGA PROJECT. It has BOTH, a super computer and a planned trip to a far, distant world. But, then the story starts moving along and the ‘scary’ really begins.

‘Ike’ Eisenbraun is asked to join a team of would-be space travelers, before the start of their trip, to ferret out a psychopath in the group. Little does he know that the psychopath he is seeking is the super computer that he, himself invented. Slapped into a cryo tube against his will, Ike is taken back in time… or is it forward in time, to a place so unrecognizable, he is shocked to find he is actually still on earth, but millions of years into the future. Ike must figure out how to save himself as well as what’s left of the human race.

For this reader, Alten’s newest novel is reminiscent of H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Rice Burroughs, with strange creatures, inhospitable terrain, and danger at every turn. The evolutionary representations of future creatures are both far out, and at the same time, logical. The writing is fabulously descriptive and imaginative… two qualities that shine through all of Alten’s works.

THE OMEGA PROJECT is a pure adrenaline rush that made me hold my breath and hold on tighter as Alten lays it all out for the reader. No sci-fi lover will want to miss this one. I may have to dust off my copy of MEG and re-read it, just to keep the magic going.


Right on the mark and well worth the time, THE OMEGA PROJECT is easily a 5 spider read and Alten has another winner.

DJ Weaver
(for Suspense Magazine)


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Book Review of IF CHOCOLATE WERE PURPLE by: Jen Barton


   

  IF CHOCOLATE WERE PURPLE was written by Jen Barton and published June 13, 2013. You can purchase a copy at www.amazon.com
For more information on this author and her books, go to www.jbartonbooks.com

  In a sadly serious world, it is hard to find that right book for kids. Too much of this, not enough of that and everything in between. BUT, not in this book!!! Like the three bears I find this one 'Just Right'.

  A wonderfully addictive, easy to remember rhyme book with some of the most beautiful illustrations I have ever seen.

  This isn't JUST a book for kids...it is so much more than that. IF CHOCOLATE WERE PURPLE is wonderful for sharing with the family or even making a grown-up smile...how could you not?
I cannot say enough good things about the book as well as the author and I HIGHLY recommend picking this book up and turning it into a brand-new family tradition!!!
                            IF CHOCOLATE WERE PURPLE, how fabulous would that be?

 I encourage parents, grand parents and anyone who loves a child, to add this to their collection and share it again and again with the children in their lives.
If Dr. Seuss had been a woman, his name would have been, Jen Barton!
A Must Read!!!!
5-spiders
CK Webb