Cool Characters 4: Sidekicks #importantrole #characterdevelopment

Every great hero has their sidekick

Sidekicks

The sidekick plays an important role. They are the conscience of the hero, the comic relief of the villain, the voice of reason, the coach or the character that keeps the hero on track. In short the sidekick can make the story come alive. They give the reader a whole new perspective on the story and the other characters.

Some of my favourite sidekicks are:
Tinkerbell – she’s feisty and fun
Tug in the Ranger’s Apprentice – yes he’s a horse, but his point of review is essential to the humour of these books.
Timmy from the famous five

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He’s often the hero of the story and he was the character that brought the children together.

I also love Tug and Timmy because they are animals. Animals make great sidekicks because they have a completely different view on the world. In my sequel to Obi the Super Puppy and the Mystery of the Red Mist I introduce Obi’s sidekicks….

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It’s the Big Rig – RIGGER and of course little Stitch. They add a whole new dimension to Obi and his desire to save the world.

Who is your favourite sidekick???

Love to hear, have fun!

Stitch Says Book Review: Wicka #supernaturalbook

Hi, Stitch here:

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As you know I love to read and am trying new books. Here is a magical book for you:

Wicka
The Chronicles of Elizabeth Blake
By Christy Deveaux

Wicka

Wicka is the story of Elizabeth Blake, a teenager who discovers the mysterious past of her family. She is thrown into a world of magic and prophecy. This book will appeal to those who love the super natural and romance stories.
While there are great moments of excitement and some compelling characters the book can be paralleled with the Twilight series. At times I had to remind myself I was reading about witches and not vampires. There were also long descriptive parts that took away from the flow of the story. However to those who love magic, witches and teenage love stories this would be a good read.
Stitch Says gives it 3 woofs!

So if you like Witch books check it out, keep reading, keep writing!

Chewie’s News Book Blast: Katie and the North Star #childrensbook

Chewie back again:

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I’ve had a busy day and am ready for my main sleep, but not before a story or two. Check this one out

Katie and the North Star by Bethany and Katie Lopez

 

About the Book

Title: Katie and the North Star | Authors: Bethany Lopez and Katie Lopez | Illustrator: Hetty Mitchell | Publication Date: March 13, 2015 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 26 | Recommended Ages: 2 to 6

Summary: Katie and the North Star is a book filled with adventure, joy, and imagination. Join Katie as she learns why she can’t keep the North Star all to herself.

 

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About the Authors: Bethany Lopez and Katie Lopez

Katie Lopez and Bethany LopezKatie and Bethany Lopez are a mother and daughter writing team. Katie is currently navigating through the first grade. She loves reading, writing, and Shopkins. Bethany writes stories for all ages. She enjoys writing full time, and spending time with her family. Katie and the North Star is their first collaboration.

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Chewie’s News Book Blast: Caterpillar Shoes #kidsbook

Chewie here:

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I’m almost a big dog now, but I still love to play and read. You should check this book out and think how much fun I could have with all those shoes…

Caterpillar Shoes

About the Book

Title: Caterpillar Shoes | Author: Angela Muse | Illustrator: Ewa Podles | Publication Date: March 26, 2015 | Publisher: 4EYESBOOKS | Pages: 28 | Recommended Ages: 0 to 8

Summary: Patches is an energetic caterpillar who is trying to decide what activities to do. In the end, she doesn’t put any limits on herself and lives her life to the full.

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About the Author: Angela Muse

Angela MuseAngela was born in California to a military family. This meant that she got used to being the “new kid” in school every couple of years. It was hard trying to make new friends, but Angela discovered she had a knack for writing. In high school Angela began writing poetry and song lyrics. Expressing herself through writing seemed very natural. After becoming a Mom in 2003, Angela continued her storytelling to her own children. In 2009 she wrote and published her first rhyming children’s book aimed at toddlers. Since then she has released several more children’s picture books and released her first young adult romance series, The Alpha Girls, in 2012. Angela’s husband, Ben Muse writes suspense/thriller books that can also be found on Amazon. Check out what else she’s working on by visiting www.4eyesbooks.com

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Cool Characters Part 3 #animalbooks

As promised here are some of my favourite animal characters:

First up is the Cranky Bear:

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He’s cranky, brave, hungry and very cute.

Okay so maybe some characters with a bit more depth. There’s always Marley
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He’s loyal, creative and curious. All good things and pretty normal for a Labrador.

One of my favourite animal characters is Tug the horse from The Ranger’s Apprentice series:

Tug

Now I love this series anyway, but what sets it a part from others is this shaggy little horse. He has a big appetite for carrots, is round in the belly, short, but also super fast. Tug has a heart of gold and a great sense of humour. He also reminds me of Stitch’s brother – Tug. Not just in name. When I read the first description of the horse I couldn’t stop laughing and had to go back and read it again. It was just how I would like to describe Tug the dog!

Speaking of dogs I asked my kids who their favourite animal character was and they both said Obi…
He was our dog and the star of my second book. I am working on book number two. My girls told me any blog about animal characters had to finish with their boy, so here he is…

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Captain Obi

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Do you have a favourite animal character? Have Fun!

Stitch Says Book Review: Rachel’s Day in the Garden #yogabook

Hi, Stitch here:

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I’ve been busy, my brother Tug came for a holiday and now I need to catch up on my sleep. I also need to get back into reading. So here’s a start, this is a yoga book for kids that is cute and has a puppy in it… win, win. Check it out:

Rachel’s Day in the Garden (A Kids Yoga Spring Colors Book) by Giselle Shardlow

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Rachel and her puppy explore the garden. They find the wonders of Spring, learn colours of the rainbow and try out different movements. This is a colourful and cute book that kids will enjoy. The yoga movements are easy to follow and the information at the end of the book is helpful. Teaching kids yoga is a great way to get them to relax and this book is a lot of fun.

Stitch Says gives it 4 woofs!

So check it out, in the meantime keep reading, keep writing!

It’s What You Do Next That Counts #nextbook #amwriting

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It’s What You do Next that Counts
By Ashley Howland
Twelve months ago Callie’s world was turned upside down. Her parents were killed in a plane accident and she had tough decisions to make. Callie chose to move to Perth Australia and live with her Aunt and Uncle. Her older brother Steven, followed, determined to take her back to Vancouver and home.
Callie embarks on a journey of discovery and friendship. In a year that will change her whole outlook on life.
It’s What You Do Next that Counts is full of laughter, tears, good times, hard times, success and failures. It’s a book for all ages about taking steps forward and finding your place in the world.

My new book is out very soon – in print and will be out as a Kindle book shortly. More details coming soon – watch this space and have fun!

Cool Characters Part 2 #detectives

Today’s post is all about the detective characters my girls love:

My big kid loves EJ12… She’s smart, has super cool spy equipment and gets to go on great adventures

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Actually these books are really fantastic. I would have loved them as a kid, I enjoy listening to my kids read them. The EJ12 series is definitely a great read for girls.

My little one also loves EJ10

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These stories are simple, easy to read and actually have a good story line. Which is great after listening to all those readers.

Some character traits of EJ:
CURIOSITY: EJ is a secret agent, she has to find out what is going on and crack codes. As a code breaker she has a natural curiosity and willingness to look for answers.

She is also Brave, Optimistic and Honest. EJ is a spy in training, so she’s always trying to get better at her craft. Lots of stealthy lessons here, all hidden in fantastic storylines!

Other detectives my girls love include, Billie B and the Secret Mystery Club, The Famous Five and the Secret Seven.

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They especially love Timmy the dog, which brings me to part 3 – animal characters! Have Fun!

Chewie’s News Book Blast: Yoga book for kids #kidsbook

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I love to run, play and have fun. So it’s important that I stretch. Yep you read that right us Labradors are te kings of doggy yoga. So it’s fair to say this is a pretty cool book for us. It even has a dog in it!

Rachel's Day in the Garden

About the Book

Title: Rachel’s Day in the Garden (A Kids Yoga Spring Colors Book) | Author: Giselle Shardlow | Illustrator: Hazel Quintanilla | Publication Date: December 23, 2014 | Publisher: Kids Yoga Stories | Number of pages: 34 | Recommended age: 3 to 6 years

Summary: Experience the benefits of yoga while learning about the signs of spring!

Join Rachel as she and her adorable puppy look for signs of spring in the garden. Crawl like a caterpillar, buzz like a bee, and flutter like a butterfly. Discover spring, explore movement, and learn the colors of the rainbow.

The storybook includes a list of kids yoga poses and a parent-teacher guide.

Kids Yoga Stories introduce you to engaging characters who will get your child laughing, moving, and creating. Reading is good for the mind AND body! The story links several yoga poses in a specific sequence to create a coherent and meaningful story.

This spring yoga story for ages 3 to 6 is more than a storybook, but it’s also a unique experience for children. Rachel’s Day in the Garden is the first book in a seasonal yoga book series. The summer yoga book is also now available: Ella’s Summer Fun. The fall and winter ones are in production, coming soon!

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Sneak Peek

Rachel's Day in the Garden Inside Page

About the Author: Giselle Shardlow

Giselle ShardlowGiselle Shardlow is the author of Kids Yoga Stories. Her yoga stories for kids get children learning, moving, and having fun. Giselle draws from her experiences as a teacher, traveler, yogi, and mom to write the stories. She can be found at the Kids Yoga Stories website or on her Amazon author page.

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Cool Characters part 1 #kidsbooks

Okay so this month I am looking at characters. I thought I’d start with one of my favourites…

HERMIONE GRANGER
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I think Emma Watson is also a pretty amazing actress. She certainly got this right.

As the mother of two strong-willed girls I think characters like Hermione are important. She definitely shows that it is hard to be who you really are, but worth sticking true to yourself. Let’s face it Hermione is smart, brave, confident (she doubts herself, as anyone does, but gets past it). She has traits you would love to see your own children develop. I think the best character traits of Hermione are:

GRIT: She’s tough and never gives up. If she doesn’t know it she will go and find out. If someone says you can’t do it, she will find a way. Definitely a gritty character.

CURIOSITY: I love this trait in characters because they get into so many great situations. Hermione loves to learn and is naturally curious about the world. She always wants to know more.

TEAMWORK and LEADERSHIP: She is a natural leader, confident, able to organise things and willing to put herself out there. Hermione is also loyal to her friends and willing to go extra yards to protect family.

And finally

ZEST: Hermione is enthusiastic about life. She has energy and wants to be involved in things. If there is a project or adventure on offer she will tackle it with all her might.

That’s just my view and it’s really a basic one. However when my girls are old enough to read Harry Potter I hope they find these traits in Hermione.

Which characters do you admire??? Have fun!