Sunday, April 10, 2016


Art as Adornment: The Life and Work of Arthur Smith is a splendid documentary writing about a prominent player in the Modernist Jewelry Movement. The trade name, "ArtSmith" came to resonate with fashion and theater types in New York and all over the country during the three decades following World War II. As a Black navigating the racial tensions of the period, Arthur Smith managed to rise above the fray and achieve extraordinary success in the development of designs for jewelry that were eminently wearable and for the wearer a decorative pizazz triumph. With over 150 illustrations, this book will take you on an awe inspiring journey starting with his parents' migratory trek from Jamaica through Cuba and ultimately to New York City, Arthur's education in the arts, and concluding with a detailed description of his jewelry styling and creativity.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (December 27, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478744782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478744788


Whereas the settings for the first two books in The Adventures of Archibald and Jockabeb series were inside the United States, the third book shifts to Brazil. When the two brothers fly south to visit their Uncle Charlie, a retired Merchant Marine who’d travelled all over the world before putting down roots in the Amazonian Rainforest, they have no idea what lies ahead. As the boys and their uncle travel further up river toward a remote village inhabited by the Minauri tribe and its wise old shaman, Hutano, the mood shifts and takes on a more foreboding nature. Jockabeb’s clairvoyant dreams once again foreshadow the danger lurking in the jungle outside the Minauri village. As a confrontation with the rival Wikola tribe and its evil shaman, Vengolus, draws closer, the boys learn a terrible secret that only their uncle and his good friend, Hutano, know. When Uncle Charlie and a Minauri war party head into the jungle in the dead of night, the boys are left alone with only women and children. Far from home, and with no one to protect them, Archibald and Jockabeb both hope that the blue feather dust will once again work its magic. In addition to learning interesting facts about the Amazon, the reader witnesses the classic battle between good and evil play out as the two brothers continue to mature and learn what true friendship really means.

About the Author

After retiring as a high successful chairman and CEO of a Fortune 500 company, Art Collins didn’t write the book on leadership that many had expected he would. Instead, he authored a series of books for older children and teenagers. The Adventures of Archibald and Jockabeb series chronicles two young brothers as they grow from twelve and eleven into their mid-teens, together with the harrowing adventures they experience along the way. In addition to serving to the boards of directors of four large corporations, Mr. Collins currently advises a private equity firm, serves on the boards of two academic institutions, and is involved in several charitable organizations. Over the years, he has testified before Congress, interacted with numerous governmental bodies inside and outside the United States, chaired his industry association group, and been recognized for his leadership in commercial and civic activities. An avid outdoorsman, he currently splits his time between Chicago and the Vail Valley in Colorado.

Product Details

  • Series: The Adventures of Archibald and Jockabeb (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (February 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939337615
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939337610
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The setting for second book in The Adventures of Archibald and Jockabeb series shifts from an eerie forest close the two brothers’ Midwestern home, to a remote mountain range in the western United States. When Archibald and Jockabeb leave home to board a plane, they are completely unaware that they’ll be the only two campers at Camp Bear Claw that summer. When they arrive at the camp, the boys find out that there are only two other people there—Gran, the elderly woman who owns the Camp Bear Claw, and Ben, the ranch hand who helps her. Worse yet, they soon hear stories from Ben about the strange and suspicious circumstances under which Gran’s husband, Walt, died a terrible death, together with how a deadly creature might well be roaming in the mountains nearby. When the boys leave camp early one morning with Ben and Gran’s old dog, Champ, to hike high in the mountains to find Tommy Two Feathers, an old Indian who may shed some light on whether the rumors are fact or fiction, they have no idea that what they ultimately learn will connect back to Haktu and his tribe. After being joined by a white wolf named Ghost Rider, the boys, Ben, Champ, and Tommy Two Feathers set out solve a mystery that has gone on for over a century. As danger looms at almost every turn, Archibald and Jockabeb hope that the magic blue feather they received from Haktu really does have the power to protect them. The reader once again has the opportunity to watch the two brothers’ personalities evolve, especially Jockabeb. And, as in the first book, the classic battle between the forces of good and evil play out—only this time in rarified mountain air.

I enjoyed In The Mountains better than the first book In The Forest. This one to me was more adventurous.  Again, a small, easy read. Great for any age really. But geared towards ages 8-10 mostly.  Go with Archibald & Jockabeb on their next adventures here in this book.  These are fun books.

Product Details

  • Series: The Adventures of Archibald and Jockabeb (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (February 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939337607
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939337603

Friday, April 8, 2016

The Adventures of Archibald & Jockabeb. In The Forest. by Art Collins

The first book in the series begins when Archibald and Jockabeb sneak out of their house at midnight to hunt for a secret cave that was marked on an old map they'd found earlier in the day. The two brothers, who are twelve and eleven, end up finding and entering the secluded cave hidden deep within an eerie forest. After the boys descend a stone staircase, they discover a subterranean lake where an underwater dragon lives. The underwater dragon is actually a young Indian brave, Haktu, who many years before was transformed into the dragon by four evil warriors of the Black Raven Tribe. After Archibald repeats the magic words, "Nito, Vito, Samu," Haktu is returned to his natural body. The three young boys then run for their lives when they are chased by flying wolf-crows that are part snarling wolf and part giant black crow. This initial encounter begins Archibald's and Jockabeb's first amazing adventure-an incredible adventure that spans the next year. During that time, the two brothers become reacquainted with Haktu after they along with their younger sister, Tess, find his lost pony, Uno. Still pursued by the deadly wolf-crows, the boys learn more about Haktu's family, including the details of how he was captured by the Black Raven warriors. When Haktu finally says good-bye, he gives Archibald a magic blue feather. The blue feather plays an important role in subsequent books as Archibald and Jockabeb find themselves in one life-threatening predicament after another. While the settings change from book to book, the two brothers always meet fascinating characters-some good, and some evil; some human, and some anything but; some from this world, and some otherworldly beyond belief. As the boys grow older and travel across the United States, and to faraway places like the Amazon, the Caribbean, the Arctic, and the Orient, they learn the true meaning of friendship. The reader also learns interesting facts about the various places Archibald and Jockabeb visit, while witnessing the classic battle between the forces of good and evil play out in different ways.

Product Details

  • Series: Adventures of Archibald & Jockabeb (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: A&J Publishing (July 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939927544
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939927545
I absolutely LOVED this little book.  This is the first book in a series of books about 2 boys Archilbald and his younger brother Jockabeb.  They go on adventures in the series. In this particular book they explored the forest. A fast read. These books are small. Only 144 pages in this one. Lots of action and fantasy inside. A must read. I would say this would be a great book for ages 8-10. Thanks for letting me read and review Mr. Collins.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Eleanor by Jason Gurley

When a terrible accident claims the life of Eleanor’s twin, her family is left in tatters, and her reality begins to unravel, dropping her in and out of unfamiliar worlds. When she returns to her own time and place, hours and days have flown by without her. One fateful day, Eleanor leaps from a cliff...and vanishes. In a strange in-between place, she meets a mysterious stranger who understands the weight of her family history: Eleanor’s twin wasn’t the only tragic loss. And unless Eleanor can master her strange new abilities, she may not be the last.

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; Reprint edition (January 12, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1101903511
  • ISBN-13: 978-1101903513

This book had twists and turns. I read the first 75 pages and was still very confused what year I was in and what exactly was happening. What I read was very good, but it didn't keep me interested enough to keep going. Overall I give the book a 3 out of 5 stars, as I did not finish it. It was interesting, somewhat.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Cave Kiddos-A Sunny Day by Eric Jay Cash

Cave Kiddos is a fun book about four Paleolithic children who share the experience of developing and learning important words and concepts. Join Alk, Haha, Lala, and Zee as they discover the world around them.

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A sweet children's book. I really love the illustrations.

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  • File Size: 4049 KB
  • Print Length: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Red Feather Publishing (February 20, 2016)
  • Publication Date: February 20, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English


Join Carole P. Roman when she visits the stunning and exciting land of Egypt in the newest book of her informative series. Learn why this ancient land often called "the cradle of civilization." Travel down the Nile to discover Egypt's fascinating history. See the land through the eyes of a youngster like you and understand what life is like in this exotic place.

Carole P. Roman has a series of books called "If You Were Me and Lived In..." and visits many countries. Each book is very educational. Great for adults too, to learn just a little about the cultures of the different countries. A must read for any age!

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  • File Size: 17119 KB
  • Print Length: 22 pages
  • Publication Date: March 28, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01DL9M1US


Captain No Beard is determined to travel to Dew Rite Volcano. He won't listen when Mongo predicts a storm or Linus indicates they are headed in the wrong direction. He insists Polly cook in the galley even though the seas are getting rough. What's a crew to do with a stubborn, know-it-all captain?
Will they convince the captain he is barreling headlong into danger, or will Captain No Beard jeopardize both his safety and the crew’s with his single-minded determination to go where he wants?

A cute kids adventure (and excitement too) book!

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  • File Size: 35868 KB
  • Print Length: 31 pages
  • Publisher: Red Feather Publishing (January 15, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 15, 2016
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Carole P. Roman travels to the stars, orbiting the moon and rocketing past planets in this adorable journey to the far reaches of the galaxy. A beautiful bedtime poem, this verse is sure to delight any child before they go to sleep.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 13, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1530243378
  • ISBN-13: 978-1530243372


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Two little girls pepper their father with questions about whether or not they can be a profession and still be a princess. Motivated by her granddaughter's fascination with all things 'princess,' Carole P. Roman penned this adorable poem celebrating all the wonderful possibilities waiting ahead for them.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 36 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 25, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1530361842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1530361847

A sweet book about all the possibilities for girls, not just boys. Of course a quick read, as this is a small child's book. 

Friday, April 1, 2016

It's Not About Soraya Diase Coffelt

It's Not About You, Mr. Pumpkin:

“It’s Not About You Mr. Pumpkin” is a unique tool for parents, grandparents and teachers to share both the historical and religious background of the holiday with young readers. The fun and colorful illustrations give children the opportunity to see styles of the past as they learn the origins and true story behind this holiday.  click to purchase

It's Not About You, Mr. Santa Claus:

Where Did Gift Giving Begin?
Christmas is one of the most important holidays celebrated in most countries around the world, yet the true origin of this special day is often missed. Almost everyone equates Santa Claus and the giving of gifts with Christmas, but what event was the catalyst behind this centuries-old tradition?
This delightfully illustrated children's story is sure to become a tradition for you and your family as the holiday rolls around each year. Christmas is a special time of celebration and one in which we have time to reflect on what is most important.  click to purchase

It's Not About You, Mrs. Turkey:
“It’s Not About You, Mrs. Turkey” is a unique tool for parents, grandparents and teachers to share both the historical and religious background of the holiday with young readers. The fun and colorful illustrations give children the opportunity to see clothing styles of the past as they learn the importance of courage, sharing, friendship and giving thanks.  click to purchase

These 3 books complete a fun little children's series describing what these holidays REALLY are. They are Christian based books. A fun read. Fun to read to little children. As an adult I learned a lot as well, especially about Halloween, as most do not know the reason we celebrate Halloween.