From Magic City Morning Star

Children's Book Basket Magic City (3)
By R.P. BenDedek
Aug 8, 2014 - 4:30:39 AM

On Sundays we publish the regular book basket which highlights (no more than 15) new book releases by providing publicity material sent by publicists.

It also features links to whatever articles book authors have sent in for publication that week, and additionally displays links to whatever book reviews have been published.

(No one at all at Magic City receives any financial gain from any of the services we provide in relation to new book releases or reviews.)

To ease pressure on the regular book basket, in March we inaugurated the 'Christian Book Basket Magic City' which is published perhaps twice a month on a Wednesday and in it we highlight whatever Christian books have come to our attention during the previous weeks.

As from June 18th 2014 we have a 'Children's Book Basket Magic City' and will probably only publish this book basket once a month. In this basket we will list promotional details for new book releases, and perhaps we might also list links to reviews that we have provided on previously listed children's books.

We offer all authors a "no-pay no-charge" self-promotions offer to provide 'stand alone' articles within which we will publish bios, book cover photographs and links to purchase pages for their book release.

This is not an offer to rehash publicity material, but to offer our readers something interesting to read. As we have no regular contributor to our Christianity section, Christian writers are welcome to write on any Christian topic.

Recent Reviews of Children's Books

Laure McCourt Lopez Review: "Bella and Harry; Let's Visit Maui!" by Lisa Manzione
Jul 27, 2014

Having been bitten by the travel bug many years ago, I was intrigued with this fanciful excursion of the beautiful island of Maui, one of Hawaii's eight main islands. Who could ask for more charming tour guides than Bella and Harry, brother and sister Chihuahuas, as they invite young readers to join them on a trip that explores different customs, cultural diversity and historic landmarks. I especially appreciate how the author uses child-friendly descriptions that are clear and involve the five senses. Kudos to author Lisa Manzione and to Kristine Lucco for her illustrations.

M. Stevens-David Review: "GO GREEN!" A Family guide to a Sustainable Lifestyle "Disney books"
Jul 8, 2014

This book will be enjoyed by children of all ages, their parents and grandparents. There is truly a "mark of genius" in this "Disney" publication because it deals with aspects of everyday life and life's problems and gives examples on how to achieve the "GO GREEN" goals that everyone can understand.

R.P. BenDedek

No. 1.

"A" Is for the Alchemist

A Winnie and Winslow Adventure

By James Larson

"A" Is for the Alchemist" By James Larson
James Larson has adapted books for the stage by some of the greatest children's writers in the United States, including Beverly Cleary, Stan Berenstain, and Mercer Mayer. As a director, producer and writer for one of the top professional children's theaters in the country, Larson knows how to entertain children.

Artistic Director of the Omaha Theater Company for 28 years, a graduate of the acclaimed University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop and the University of Kansas with a doctorate in theater, Larson is an expert and national authority on entertaining kids. In his delightful new children's book, "A" Is for the Alchemist, A Winnie and Winslow Adventure, the first volume of the Winnie and Winslow Adventure Series, Larson elevates children's fiction to a new level of fun for kids ages eight and older.

"A" Is for the Alchemist is a middle grade action/adventure novel where Winslow and Winnie team up with their cat and a homeless dog to battle an alchemist who wants to turn base metal into gold -- at whatever the cost in human lives.

What follows is a madcap adventure complete with Winnie's robot and science fair project being kidnapped, a flock of paranoid pigeons, a mechanical hawk and a race to prevent the alchemist from turning an NFL football stadium into gold while a game is in progress -- threatening the lives of 100,00 innocent fans.

"I believe children's books need to be accessible, engaging and completely entertaining," says Larson, "but they also need to offer keys to kids about the deeper things in life related to their limited life experience."

James Larson served for 28 years as Artistic Director of the Omaha Theater Company and first established the education, touring, and multicultural programs that are currently in operation--and led the company to achieve the highest award in its field: the Sara Spencer Artistic Achievement Award. James was also Associate Professor of Theater at New York University and Director of Educational Theater at New York University. He has worked with some of the top children's authors in the country including Mercer Mayer, Beverly Cleary, and Stan Berenstain, His stage adaptation of Mercer Mayer's There's an Alligator Under my Bed is available from PlayScripts, Inc., in New York. For Larson' full bio, please visit his website: See video

No. 2.

"The Worry Woos!"

by Andi Green

"The Worry Woos" by Andi Green are both toys and books for kids
Andi Green has created an amazing and award winning set of plush characters and books set on tackling complicated feelings (from loneliness to confusion) and transformed them into quirky, lovable characters called The Worry Woos! Created to promote healthy emotional wellness, each WorryWoo adventure concludes with an upbeat message of "Hey, it's OK" and present the perfect opportunity to openly discuss topics that don't have easy answers. It's a great way for Moms, Dads, Teachers, and more to help young ones really tackle those first big emotions in a way that makes sense!

From young ones facing their first big emotions to moms and dads who could use a refresher course in coping, the quirky and helpful WorryWoo Monsters are here to teach one and all how to get in touch with their feelings. Sometimes the going gets tough, and learning how to handle new and frustrating feelings can seem like an insurmountable challenge for kids. Luckily, the WorryWoo Monsters were created to save the day, as they tackle difficult situations and transform them into learning opportunities through their unique personalities and spellbinding adventures. From parents and grandparents to teachers and doctors, the WorryWoo Monsters have become a safe tool for adults to use to explain the "whys" and "hows" of everyday life.

The WorryWoo Monsters are a fun group of whimsical characters that each embody an emotion. As kids read on about the Woo's traits, fears, and self-discoveries they too are being led on a journey of self awareness and emotional wellness. At one time or another every child will feel some trepidation about a new situation like starting school, which is why Rue the Monster of Insecurity, Nola the Monster of Loneliness, and their WorryWoo crew are here to help identify and process these feelings.

Creator and illustrator Andi Green released the first WorryWoo Monsters at a New York City art exhibition in 2001 under the original title of "The Monsters In My Head". With a background in design and illustration, Green sought to create a lovable cast of characters children could relate to while safely learning how to embrace their emotions. In 2007 a full line up of plush toys and their corresponding storybooks were designed, covering everything from loneliness to confusion and teaching kids how to make the most out of their situations. They've been featured as a Top 10 Unique Gift on NBC's "TODAY" Show, one of's Ten Great Bedtime Stories, earned two iParenting Top Toy Awards, and more.

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No. 3.

"A Magical Racquet Ride"

by Marissa Irvin Gould

"A Magical Racquet Ride" by Marissa Irvin Gould
Marissa Irvin Gould loves educating children. She also happens to be a former professional tennis player who competed in all four Grand Slam tournaments. Gould decided to combine her two passions in an adventure-filled story that brings to life the magic of tennis in the new book A Magical Racquet Ride: Journey to the Four Grand Slam Tournaments of Tennis.

This beautifully illustrated picture book will inspire an interest in the sport of tennis, encourage kids to want to go outside and play, and show children major international monuments in some of the most spectacular cities on Earth.

In A Magical Racquet Ride, twins Nick and Molly receive tennis racquets for their eighth birthday. When they fall asleep holding their racquets, an ordinary night becomes extraordinary as they wake up flying through the sky. As they travel on their magical racquets to the four Grand Slam events they learn a lot about tennis, a little geography and have tons of fun. But when they wake up, they wonder if it all really happened or if it was only a dream.

A Magical Racquet Ride will inspire children and teach them that Sports are fun for both boys and girls; The world-wide appeal of tennis; Basic tennis terms and rules and The Grand Slam events and the unique qualities of each.

Marissa Irvin Gould is a California native, mother of three, elementary school teacher, and a former professional tennis player on the WTA tour. During her tennis career she competed in twenty-two Grand Slam events and notched wins over players who reached number one in the world including Justine Henin, Anastasia Myskina, Dinara Safina, and Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario. She holds a BA in Political Science from Stanford University where she was also an NCAA Champion, PAC-10 Champion, Four-Time All-American, Academic All-American, and the winner of the Honda Award for the Nation's top female collegiate athlete in her sport.

Following her tennis career, Marissa decided to turn her attention to her other passions, children and education. She earned a Master's degree in Education from Pepperdine University and earned California Teaching Credentials. As an educator, she has taught kindergarten and third grade.

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No. 4.

"The Little Lost Seashell"

by Lisa Gail Ricchiazzi

"The Little Lost Seashell" by Lisa Gail Ricchiazzi
One of the core lessons that we can teach our children is to never lose hope. With hope, you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

Lisa Gail Ricchiazzi has written a delightful new children's book with this exact message. "The Little Lost Seashell" teaches children to never lose hope in a friendly, easy-to-read way. While teaching children to never lose hope, "The Little Lost Seashell" will also teach children that we should always think positively, keep trying, ask for help and stay focused. When we keep hoping, it is possible for our dreams to cone true and to overcome any situation.

Children from all over the world can benefit from this positive and delightful book, and teachers could utilize this book to teach valuable lessons.

Lisa Gail Ricchiazzi grew up in Northern Maryland and enjoys crafts, hiking, and horseback riding. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Science and Policy at University of Maryland and a Master Degree in Public Administration at Shippensburg University. She created a delightful children's book that teaches children never to give up hope.

"The Little Lost Seashell"
by Lisa Gail Ricchiazzi
Trafford Publishing
Saddle Stitch Softcover $11.59
20 Pages

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