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Friday, May 29, 2015

Aoléon The Martian Girl Part 5 - Review

Book Details:

Book Title:
Aoléon The Martian Girl: A Science Fiction and Fantasy Saga - Part 5: 
The Great Pyramid of Cydonia
Written and illustrated by Brent LeVasseur
Category:  Middle-Grade, 130 pages
Genre: Science-fiction and Fantasy
Publisher: Aoléon Press
Release date: February 1, 2015

Book Description:

Aoléon, Gilbert, Bizwat, Helios, and Zoot make it to their final destination - Cydonia where Aoléon’s parents are being held captive. They infiltrate a secret underground base and are confronted by a small army of sentrybots. 

Bizwat lends Aoléon and Gilbert some of his advanced combat skills via a psionic brain dump. However, this may not be enough to save them from overwhelming hostile forces that will do anything to stop them. 

They finally meet Pax - the Martian who originally set them out on the mission to discover the truth about the Luminon and his plans to invade Earth. However Pax is not who he seems to be, and through a turn of events, they uncover the true power behind all that has been happening on Mars. 

Will they be able to rescue Aoléon’s parents and save Earth from invasion? 

Read part 5 to find out!

My Thoughts:

This is the fifth and final book in the series about Gilbert and his adventures with Aoléon on mars.

Well, what a finale!!

This instalment follows Aoléon, Gilbert, Bizwat, Helios and Zoot in their final adventure on Mars, and who would have thought that hours of playing video games would actually be beneficial?

Will their last battle against the hostile forces be successful?

What happens to the Cows?

Will Gilbert ever get to return to earth and see his parents again?

Well, I know all of these answers, but I’m not going to tell you. You are just going to have to read this wonderful series to find out.

As with the other four books in this series, this book is full of action and adventure. The illustrations were again extraordinary and as with all of the books, were bright, bold and vivid. 

Pinky’s rating (out of 5): 4.5 dragonflies

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Meet the Author:

Mr. LeVasseur enjoys crafting good stories based on lovable characters designed to translate well to multiple media formats such as books, games, movies, and toys. He lives in New York when he is not commuting between Southern California and Olympus Mons, Mars. His hobbies include writing, 3D animation, musical composition, and intergalactic space travel. He also enjoys various sports such as skiing, running, and exospheric skydiving.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Yummy Adventures of Celia and Cedric

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Celia is bored. And with everyone in her family busy she doesn’t know what to do...until her dad gives her a task that leads to her best day ever; the day she meets Cedric and their yummy adventures begin!


After a rainy night Celia had a fun idea as usual. Who knew that what started out as mud and grass clippings would turn out to be the most delicious, delectable snack they or anyone else had tasted...yes, even her teenage brother, Jake.


Celia and Cedric meet a new friend!  In this new adventure, they meet the little green dragon who becomes a fun playmate and an inspiration for a yummy new recipe. Celia and Cedric enjoy the Little Green Dragon’s smoothie and you can too!


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How to Transform Your Picky Eater

Have you been dealing with a picky eater or a child who is really fussy when it comes to food? It’s pretty frustrating isn’t it? Often times food is a one that young children feel they have some control over their life, so they play up big at eating time.  But, there are genuinely some kids who have an unknown aversion to certain foods that they haven’t even tried.  As a nutritionist, retired school teacher, mother and grandmother, I have seen what works to transform the pickiest of eaters.  Ready to find out how?  Read on.

True story:

My 3 year old granddaughter, Kaia, wasn’t that keen on eating blueberries, so her mother decided to get her involved in making a blueberry sauce for pancakes. 

Kaia, like most kids, enjoys measuring, adding ingredients to recipes, mixing and stirring.  She also loves putting on the little apron and chef’s hat that grandma (me!) made for her. 

While preparing the sauce, Kaia was “eyeing” the berries keenly as she dropped them into the saucepan and stirred.  She said, “Well, maybe I’ll eat just one!”  Once the sauce and pancakes were ready to eat and the table set, with the sauce as the main attraction, the family sat down to eat.  Kaia’s brother exclaimed, “This blueberry sauce is so yummy!”  Mommy said, “Kaia made it.”  Kaia ended up having 3 servings. Picky eater of blueberries no more!
The quiest way to transform your picky eat is to get your kids involved in growing, tasting, touching, and making meals.  This results in a familiarity, a bonding effect with the foods. 

However, another great idea is to talk about the Color Families of food, what each family is noted for, and how this helps us grow healthy and strong.  Have you ever noticed that kids’ eyes light up when shown bright colors?  They especially love to look at a rainbow of colors – so why not apply this to fruit and veggie eating?

You could call these foods “go grow” foods so that kids can differentiate between “go grow” healthy and “no grow” unhealthy foods.   
Let’s be detectives and find out the main nutrients in the Food Color Families.

Red Family: tomatoes, watermelon, guava, red peppers
                   : antioxidants lycopene and vitamin C help us fight diseases

Orange Family: Carrots, yams, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, mangoes
                        : beta-carotene supports the immune system and is a powerful antioxidant

Certain nutrients found in carrots help the body fight bacteria and toxins that come in through the mouth and live in the gums and teeth which may lead to cavities and tooth decay.  Carrots can help remove plaque and stains from teeth when eaten after meals.  The fiber acts as a brush in the digestive system, whisking away bad bacteria.  Who doesn’t love baby carrots?  Make them organic to avoid pesticides and herbicides and other sprays we don’t need in our bodies.

Yellow-Orange Family: oranges, lemons, grapefruit, apricots, papayas, peaches, yellow peppers

                                      : provide lots of vitamin C to keep our cells working well, especially the adrenals

Green Family: spinach, kale, collards, broccoli, dill, parsley, zucchini, green peppers, cabbage, bok choy,  romaine lettuce, arugula
                        : packed with disease-fighting phytonutrients, especially for the heart and immune system
 As research has proven, they are the first family you want to eat every day.

Blue Family:  blueberries, purple grapes, blue plums
The pigment (blue color) anthocyanin destroys free radicals to help us stay healthy.

Red-Purple Family: Grapes, berries, plums, cherries, purple cabbage, beets
                                : antioxidant powerhouses
Beets are a rare natural source of betalains, anti-aging pigments to neutralize toxins, combat inflammation and repair damaged cells.  Other nutrients help the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain, to empower endurance, energy and memory.

You can buy beet juice in Health food stores, or add uncooked beets to a red smoothie with cherries or berries, some leafy greens, liquid and sweetener of choice, and vanilla extract.  Bam! You’ve just helped your cells repair and regenerate.

You can also purchase beet powder online (e.g. It works great to color frostings, whipped cream, and baked products.  Get creative!

One of my most popular recipes is the simplest I have which is called “Fruit Swords”. You can find this recipe in the  Snappy Snacks Cookbook Bonusyou receive when you purchase all 3 books in the “The Yummy Adventures of Celia & Cedric Read and Bake Series.

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joanna-jarc-robinson-1 Mother and daughter team Erin Kurt, B.Ed. and mom, Laara Exsnar, B.Ed, RHN, have joined forces to write fun, adventurous stories with their little characters Celia and Cedric. Erin, a former school teacher and mother of two young kiddies, and Laara, a retired school teacher and now nutritionist, have a passion for families, health and yummy food. Bringing their combined experitise together they’ve created a Read and Bake Series they hope will bring families continuous hours of fun and enjoyment.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Review - Kidnap: Part 1 of Guy Erma & The Son of Empire

Book Description:

I don’t want to go… Do I have to go?

13-year-old Prince Teodor of Freyne knows his duty to the memory of his father and his kingdom. Always, he must help those less fortunate than himself. Yet a frightening nightmare fills him with foreboding, but still he must do - into the Dome.

13-year-old Guy Erma lives in the shadow of the Dome, he has no father and no mother and his future is uncertain, he must start earning a living when he turns 14. He knows not where he will live or even how he will eat, and his only dream is to enter the military academy - at the heart of the Dome.

Two boys as different as any two boys might be. One act of cruelty will throw their lives together, but who dare they trust?

My Thoughts:

As a fan of science fiction/fantasy I thought this book did an amazing job introducing new young adult readers to this genre. 

While set in a time and place that is beyond our universe, there are some parallels.  This is book one in the series, and sets the scene and lays the groundwork for what is to come. 

The story follows the lives of two 13 year old boys, one born to privilege in every way possible, and the other born into a life of uncertainty. What will happen when their lives cross paths, and will they be able to save each other.

As with all cultures across all times, there is political unrest and the fight to rule/govern is at the forefront of every action. The book has a wonderful mix of characters and the reader is not left wondering about their intentions. There is good progression in the story and the characters develop and deepen as we learn more about them and how they interact with those around them.

Pinky's Rating (out of 5): 4 dragonflies

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Author's Bio:

The author was born in Wallasey, England, in 1964, and moved to the South of France when she was eleven. She spent her teenage years living in the cosmopolitan city state of Monaco and became immersed in its many languages and cultures. An English girl in a French school, for three hours each week she would sit at the back of the class as her colleagues learnt English. To pass the time, she wrote stories. This led to a lifetime of writing novels, scripts, stories and articles.

In her working life, Sally writes marketing communications and manages large international websites.

In 2010, Sally joined the Hogs Back Writers, a club located on the outskirts of Guildford, and she set about turning an old manuscript into this novel: Guy Erma and the Son of Empire. Sally currently lives in Farnham, and she is married with two children.

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