Dizzy, the Stowaway Elf (Santa's Izzy Elves #3)by Dorothea Jensen , Andrea Agostini (Illustrator)
Paperback, 30 pages | Published October 3rd 2013 by Elf Enterprises, LLC
Dizzy, the Stowaway Elf, the third story in the Santa's Izzy Elves series, tells what happens when Dizzy (Tizzy’s best friend), eager to have an adventure of his own, sneaks aboard Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve. He literally drops into the bedroom of two little boys, Drake and Stuart, and the three of them share a wild joy ride that might be even more of an adventure than Dizzy was hoping for.
Dizzy was an elf who did a naughty thing! He decided to stowaway on Santa's sleigh to discover what the adventure would be like. After awakening two brothers, he needed their assistance to get him back to the North Pole!
Once again, it was wonderful to have the CG to accompany the book and get the author's emphasis in various story parts. The story is full of rhyme, except in a few places. In those places it upset the "flow" of the story but it was still such a FUN, Delightful tale!
The elves are all so adorable, yet very individual.
The illustrations by Andrea Agostini are beautifully done.
This is a entertaining new approach to Christmas stories.
I totally recommend getting her CD or audible to go along with the story. She does a very good narration
I offer a four Stars rating.
*This was sifted me with ne expectations for a positive review. This is my honest review.
.Frizzy, the S.A..D. Elf (Santa's Izzy Elves #4) by
Dorothea Jensen, Shayne Hood (Illustrator)
Paperback, 34 pages | August 2nd 2014)
Published August 7th 2014 by Independent Publisher (first published
ISBN: 1495122859 (ISBN13: 978149512285
The Santa's Izzy Elves stories are not your usual picture books: older kids who enjoy playing with words and reading rhythmical verse will love them, too! One reason for this is that although these stories echo the famous 19th century poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas" Santa's Izzy Elves are definitely 21st century, with electronic devices galore in their North Pole workshop!
In this fourth story of the series, Frizzy, one of Santa's Izzy Elves, styles the hair of Christmas dollies, but misses them dreadfully when Santa takes them away on Christmas Eve. (She suffers from S.A.D.: Seasonal Affection Distress.) Frizzy decides she needs to change her job so she doesn’t get so attached to the toys she works on. She starts making something completely different but soon finds that her plan isn’t going to work out exactly as she intended
Frizzy was S.A. D. - not really sad. She just can't stand the thought of all her doll creations to be gone on Christmas Eve. She MUST find another avenue to use her skills.
This is a fun account of how a simple realization can change everything!
The illustrations are brightly accomplished by Shayne Hood.
Once again, I strongly recommend purchasing the audible or CD to accompany this tale. Dorothea does such a great job in narrating this story with emphasis in areas that make this so much more entertaining. The flow of the rhyming tale is sometimes interrupted with words which don't quite rhyme. It is still such a delightful series, young elementary age children are sure to enjoy them!
The elf characters are easily visualized and the scenes are, also.
I rate this Book, and also the CD, with a Four Stars rating.
*This was gifted me with no expectations of a positive review. Thus us my honest review.
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Reviews + Giveaway of the 1st TWO "Izzy" Children's Book series by Dorothea Jensen! [Ends 8/15/18] The WINNER is Tamra! CONGRATS!
To add a final touch to the "Christmas in July" portion of my Blogversary, I am reviewing the Four delightful Christmas "Izzy Elf" series she has created. They are an exciting addition to children's reading & listening experience!
Tizzy, the Christmas Shelf Elf(Santa's Izzy Elves #1)by Dorothea Jensen (Author) , Michelle Alfonso (Illustrations)
A recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award for its e-book edition, this Christmas story in verse celebrates the power of children's imaginations and the magic of books. It tells what happens when two naughty boys find Tizzy, one of Santa's elves, stranded in their living room. Tizzy tells them that Santa's sleigh is powered by the imaginations of children, and pleads with them to use the power of their own imaginations to send him home. But how?
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
Tizzy, the Christmas Shelf Elf is the first in author, Dorothea Jensen's new Children's Christmas Elf "Izzy" series. Eight elves are named in this first introduction to the series. Each book can be read as a "stand alone" but will be better appreciated if they are read/listened to, in order.
Owen and Alex are suppose to stay in bed but with the excitement of their Christmas gifts, they sneak down to "check out" their expected gifts. However, when they open the biggest one, it is not the gift they expected to find!
This rhyming tale is set to the rhythm of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas'. It is a delightfully different tale. Will these two disobedient brothers have what is needed for a "Christmas Miracle"? Will Tizzy be stuck and not able to return?
The watercolor illustrations are very well done and are brightly colored on a "mat" surface. The expression on the character's faces are very complimentary to the tale.
This book is very entertaining, but is even more captive if the author's voice and emphasizes on audible or CD accompanies the book! The book on Audible or CD is also more appreciated if the colorful illustrations are shown along with the narration. Either way, this is a series which is sure to be "a hit" with children ages six to ten!
I offer a Five Stars rating.
*This was gifted me with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Blizzy, the Worrywart Elf (Santa's Izzy Elves #2)by
Dorothea Jensen (Author), Shayne Hood (Illustrations)
The e-book version of this story is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award! Blizzy, Tizzy's "favorite lass," is the only one of Santa's Izzy Elves who notices that Tizzy is missing on Christmas morning. When she starts questioning all her friends about when they saw him last, and where Tizzy could possibly be, however, they think she is just being a "worrywart." What Blizzy REALLY is, however, is very, very clever, and she alone might just figure out the mystery! This is the second of the Santa's Izzy Elves series of Christmas stories in verse by Dorothea Jensen.
MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
If you missed the first book of this delightful new "Izzy" series, never fear! Each of these can be read as a stand alone. However, you will not want to miss reading any of them!
In this "Izzy" book, Tizzy is missing! Blizzy is worrying herself into a frazzle while searching everywhere for Tizzy!
Shayne Hood has successfully created colorful images, full of expression in the fun illustrations.
Dorothea Jensen's voice brought life to her story on the CD of this book! The story alone would have been entertaining for the children, but her reading it with emphasis in the right places added to the listener's enjoyment. The book was made even better by listening to her recording of it.
The book is written in wonderful rhyme. However, in places like AWOL if it isn't read as A-WOL rather than A_W_O_L, the rhythm and rhyme will be off. There is one other place toward the end, where the rhyming isn't quite there, causing the rhythm to be slightly off.
Regardless, this is a fun, newly created series, and hopefully there will be more!
This is recommended for grades 3-4 but I feel this would be a good series for children ages 6 to 10 years of age.
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating.
This was gifted me with no request of a positive review. This is my honest review.
This book can best be appreciated by listening to the CD recorded by the Author.
Dorothea Jensen was born in Boston, and grew up in Chillicothe, Illinois. (This is the same little town where Johnston McCulley, the writer who created Zorro, grew up many years earlier.) She majored in English Literature at Carleton College and earned a masters degree in Secondary Education at the University of New Mexico. She has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South America, tutored refugees in ESL, taught junior high and high school English, and written grant proposals for arts organization. She and her husband have three grown children and six grandsons.
Her first historical novel for young readers, THE RIDDLE OF PENNCROFT FARM, was named an International Reading Association Teachers' Choices Selection soon after publication, and is read in classrooms throughout the U.S. as an enrichment resource for kids studying the American Revolution. In 2014, THE RIDDLE OF PENNCROFT FARM won a first place Purple Dragonfly Award in the historical fiction category. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published an e-book edition of this book in 2014 as well.
TIZZY, THE CHRISTMAS SHELF ELF was Dorothea's first illustrated story in verse, which she wrote for families to read aloud with their elementary school-aged children. She has now completed three sequels: BLIZZY, THE WORRYWART ELF; DIZZY, THE STOWAWAY ELF, and FRIZZY, THE S.A.D. ELF. Modeled on the 19th century classic poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas", these story poems feature decidedly 21st century elves. The Tizzy and Blizzy stories are recipients of a 2013 Mom's Choice Award in the e-book category. The Dizzy book was "Story Monster Approved" in May, 2014 and received a 2014 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention in the Picture Books Age 6 & Older category. The Frizzy story is the first place children's book winner in the new Red City Review Book Awards. It also is a 2014 Santa Choice Award Winner.
Santa's Izzy Elves stories are available in fully illustrated e-book and trade paperback editions, and as downloadable and CD audiobooks narrated by the author herself. Dorothea plans to write a story for each of the remaining Izzy Elves -- Bizzy, Whizzy, Fizzy, and Quizzy.
Dorothea's new historical novel for young readers, A BUSS FROM LAFAYETTE, was released in April, 2016 by BQB Publishing. It is set in 1825 in the small town in New Hampshire where she has lived since 1991. She is now working on a new novel set in 17th century Massachusetts, called A SCALP ON THE MOON.
In addition to writing, Dorothea is an experienced actress and singer. She performed with the Ex Machina Baroque Opera Company in Minneapolis, and also played most of the Gilbert and Sullivan battle-ax contralto and ingenue mezzo roles with companies in Philadelphia and Minneapolis. She nearly always lost the hero to the soprano.
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Spotlight Tour, Guest Post + Giveaway for The New Adventures of A.R. Achnid by Sandi Smith! [Ends 7/21/18]
Book Title: The New Adventures of A.R. Achnid (Revised Edition) Author: Sandi Smith, Illustrator: Kathy Lee
Category: Children's Fiction, 126 pages
Genre: Children's Chapter Book, Animals, Bugs & Spiders
Publisher: Mindstir Media | Release date: January 3, 2017
Tour dates: June 18 to July 13, 2018 | Content Rating: G
Harold! There goes that spider! See, he is running on the floor! That spider has to go. He cannot live here anymore!!! Oh, no! Beth looks very, very angry. What has A.R. Achnid done now? Well, before A.R. got into big trouble with Beth, he had a lot of wonderful adventures.
There are ten different adventures in this book. There is the time he went to the circus and rode on a balloon, and then had some shoo fly pie. Another day, A.R. and Rex (a Great Dane, who is A.R.’s best friend) decided to walk all the way into town, and they had such a wonderful time. Then, A.R. and his family went to New York City for the biggest craft fair ever (which was for spiders only), plus many, many other adventures.
Unfortunately, in the tenth story, A.R.’s current living situation is going to need an adjustment. Something changes in the lives of Harold and Beth (the humans) that will make things very difficult for A.R. Come along with A.R. for some fun, and find out what small bundle will cause problems for A.R. and his family.
As A.R. says, “Spiders rule!”
Guest Post: THE ADVENTURES OF A.R.ACHNID Sandi Smith
Finding your voice. Writing in First Person (or third).
I think I generally write in the third person. I am an outsider looking in, trying to make everything work out. When I first started writing my children’s books, they were all written in verse. I loved poetry, and that was how I wrote. Some people respond well to the poetry, and then there are some who don’t. They would rather have conversations between two or three different people in the story (i.e., “where were you today?” or “I didn’t like that dress!”). I didn’t know how to do that.
Recently, I took one of my children’s books, printed it out, read it, and then I started to rewrite it. I actually rewrote it in the first person style. It was fun! I had to work really hard at it, because three or four paragraphs would be in the first person style, and then I would switch right back over to third person (he went to the kitchen to get a drink of water. His sister stuck her tongue out at him.) It actually was really confusing and frustrating. I didn’t think I could do it. Again and again, everything would go smoothly, and I would be writing everything in the first person, but then two or three paragraphs later, again, I would be writing in the third person. I had to really pay attention to that. Once you get used to something, especially if that is the only way you would write, it is really difficult to change. But I liked the new style, so I am going to try to do more of it.
About the Author:
Sandi Smith spent her time as a young girl combing the shelves of the public library. She has always enjoyed the magic that books have to offer and was inspired by her high school English teacher, Mr. Coolidge to embrace the arts. The author found her calling as a writer early one morning as her first story came to her in the form of a poem. Since then she has written more than 15 children’s books, with her most popular series about the adventures of an adorable spider in the A.R. Achnid series.
Sandi is happily married to her inspiration and husband of 40 years, John. She continues to write for her two precious grandchildren. When she’s not penning a new story, Sandi and John like to camp, kayak and to enjoy the simple life in their home in Pembroke, NH.
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