The Great Snowball Escapade – by JD Holiday – #ChildrenseBooks, #GrowingUp&FactsofLife, #Family Life, #ChapterBooks

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Wilhemena Brooks,’ cousin, Bud Dunphry come to live with her family. Wil, as she likes to be called, finds her pink pencil sharpener is missing after Christmas. Wil knows Bud has it! Who else would have taken it?
Bud doesn’t like girls! In fact, Bud doesn’t like anybody. Wil tries to ignore him, but he pulls her friend’s hair, take over games, and when Bud is in trouble, he made his “you’re going to get it” face at her.
After a snowstorm closes school, Wil and her friends go sled riding. Bud shows up and starts a snowball fight which lands Wil in her room for the rest of the day for fighting.
When her pencil sharpener is found, Right where she left it, Wil decides she has to try harder to understand her cousin and stay out of trouble. Her mother told her to be nice to Bud and to treat him like she would like to be treated. But what does Will learn?
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Sherry Ellis

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Sweet Story about Treating Each Other with Kindness

Wil Brooks has a new visitor at her house. It’s her cousin, Bud. Bud is going through some tough times because his parents are divorcing. As is the case with many kids in that situation, he’s acting up and being mean. Wil can’t stand it! Why does this nasty kid have to live with her and ruin her life? Things are pretty bumpy until Wil decides to try to be nice to him. Then she discovers that Bud isn’t so bad after all.

The Great Snowball escapade is a sweet story that encourages kids to try to put themselves in the other person’s shoes. It teaches them to think about why someone might act the way they do, and it helps them think about how their own actions might affect the other person. It’s a story that encourages empathy. The Great Snowball Escapade is an excellent chapter book for kids ages 6 – 8.

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The Spy Game by J.D. Holiday – #Children’seBooks, #Action&Adventure, #AnimalCare&Pets, #Crafts, #Hobbies&Home

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The Spy Game, written and illustrated by J.D. Holiday
Eddie would love to have a puppy to play with. A puppy would pull on a rope, catch a ball and lick your face. But his Uncle brings Eddie an older dog named after a famous spy.
What can you do with an old dog? It probably could not learn new tricks, and the only thing this dog did was stare. It’s what they find to do together that makes them the best of friends!

J.D. Holiday is the author and illustrator of the children’s picture books- JANOOSE THE GOOSE and THE SPY GAME, and the chapter book for 6 to 8 year olds, THE GREAT SNOWBALL ESCAPADE. She is the host on It’s Story Time & Halo Kids Tales, children’s reading radio shows, and The Authors’ Words on the Book Garden Radio at Blog Talk Radio. She is a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Her sites: http://jdholiday.blogspot.com/

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Marie V. Cole

The Spy Game is Fantastic

The Spy Game takes Eddie and Sidney, a large black older dog on an
adventure from their first meeting. Although large, Sidney is a sweet
dog. Eddie’s Uncle Reese brings him this dog (who he has rescued,) to
Eddie who was reluctant at first, having his heart set on getting a
puppy to play with. Sidney soon changes Eddie’s mind on that as they
help Eddie’s friends find a missing cat and her kittens. I love the
remarkable illustrations which bring the characters to life. Eddie,
Sidney and Eddie’s friends, Dana and Joel are like ‘real’ kids you
might know. I’ve read other stories by this author, and like J.D.
Holiday’s other stories, The Spy Game is a wonderful story about
friendship and love of a pet.

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Janoose And The Fall Feather Fair by J.D. Holiday – #ChildrenseBooks, # Action&Adventure

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A Sequel to Janoose The Goose: The Fox returns to Free Range Farm and he has a score to settle with Janoose. How will the fox get his revenge?

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Samfreene

A GREAT STORY FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES

Janoose and the Fall Feather Fair: J.D. Holiday and Luke Brandon Winski

Something has gone terribly wrong for Janoose. Someone has been stealing two bags of feathers from her delivery truck and that is making her boss Mr. Rooster wonder why and it might mean she will lose her job. Now, anyone that knows Janoose knows she is diligent, careful and always has the right total of bags she is to deliver at all times but somehow things have been going down hill and for some reason she loads ten bags on the truck at Free Range Farm and when it is delivered there are only 8! Why? How?

This is serious and she just might need the advice of someone else to help her solve this problem before the Fall Feather Fair. What is they do not have enough feathers? Who could be stealing her feathers and who wants to discredit poor Janoose? Enlisting the help of the Mallard and Margie as both were perplexed, Margie shook her head and Mallard asked how the Fall Feather Fair’s parade float is coming but Janoose was sad and although they were trying to cheer her up by saying how excited they were about the fair and what they would have it did not change things for her. Austin the Horse, Gertie the Hen and of course Dee Dee Duck would be on the float but what about the feathers?
Janoose is observant and as she looks at the Feather Wear Truck she sees something that is supposed to be a painter but just who is it ? So, taking a picture with her camera and realizing that the factory did not need to be painted she had a photo of the painter? But, just who was it and oh my! It’s the fox who just got out of jail for stealing feathers and is supposed to be in a reform program. But, is he reformed? Deciding to collect more bags she drove back to the farm to get more feathers. There were many barnyard friends working in the barnyard on the float for the parade. However, Poor Janoose was out of feathers and once again stated that she was out 2 bags of feathers. But, Gertie is smart and realized that this is serious as does Austin. Well, fox is out of jail and she thinks the painter looks like him but she could be wrong.
Someone wants her job and someone is hoping to get her fired. Someone as Austin stated is stealing her bags of feathers and wants her job or is it someone that was fired and is trying to take what they lost from poor Janoose? This might take a touch of detective work as Gertie uses her head and tells her that they can mark the bottom of each bag with a J for Janoose and if someone steals her bags she can prove it with this special mark. So, instead of brooding and pouting she and her friends collected more feathers, marked the bottom of all the bags and loaded them on the feather factory’s truck and she drove back to the factory.
However, someone got there first and when Mr. Rooster wanted to know if she all the bags this time she said yes but wait until you see what happens to poor Janoose again. How could two bags be missing this time when they were right there? Why is he disappointed in her and what will be her fate? Will he let her go back for more feathers and she tells her friends what happened that the two bags were gone. But, her friends were out on a nature walk for a science project and maybe just maybe that might have captured the thief in one of their pictures. You won’t believe what they saw and who it was but seeing them getting into their old truck just where do you think they were going? You got it to the feather factory but first they stole some of the wheels from her truck so she could not get there before the them.
Poor Janoose was stunned when she saw Mr. Rooster paying someone else for her feathers and he refused to listen to what she had to say and fired her on the spot. Not listening to her will her friends come to her aid? Will they show him the proof and the pictures of the thieves? Sometimes people jump to the wrong conclusions as authors J.D. Holiday and Luke Brandon Winski bring to light this story of trust, loyalty, understanding and friendship. Confidence in someone you never had to doubt is something that Mr. Rooster might have to learn. Will he look at the photos that her friends took? Will the Fall Feather Fair be a success? Check out the amazing life like illustrations by author J.D. Holiday making the story come to life for readers of all ages. So, will there be enough pillows for the fair? Will Janoose ever forgive Mr. Rooster and will he realize he was wrong or does she have to get a new job? The only way you are going to find out is to read this outstanding book that teaches so many things: Honesty, being truthful, owning up to your possible mistakes, asking for help when needed and hoping that the end result will be positive. Teachers, parents, discussion groups and peer readers can really enjoy talking about the many issues presented in this FIVE GOLDEN FEATHERS BOOK.

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Meet Author and Illustrator JD Holiday – And we’re featuring her book: The Great Snowball Escapade – #ChildrenseBooks, #GrowingUp&FactsofLife, #Family Life, #ChapterBooks

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When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

It was in 5 grade, I think. I started a book but stopped when I realized my spelling problem, which was probably dyslexia, was a problem for a writer.

How long does it take you to write a book?

I’m no overnight author. I write more than one book at a time, and the book that moves ahead first gets to be finished first.  It can take me years from start to the finish for a book.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

I write or draw/paint for two to three hours a day, five days a week when I’m on a roll.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

It would have to be that I write more than one book at a time, and my books are in a race to see which one gets finished first!
How do your books get published?

I self-publish for the most part. I do the formatting and upload to the printer, B&N or Amazon myself.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Mostly from my childhood and my own life experience.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?

My first finished book was in my thirties. I was asked to help someone else finish their book and did. I went on to write on my own after that.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Watch tv mysteries or read them.
What does your family think of your writing?

They seem to tolerate it.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

How hard it is to sell books.
How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I have five books published, and I can’t really name one that is more important than the other.

 Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?

Just do a lot of editing. Maybe 6 to 8 times you should go through it.
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

I do hear from readers every so often. A few children have asked me how I think like them.
Do you like to create books for adults?

Yes. I do write for adult and even my kid’s books adults say they enjoyed.

 What do you think makes a good story?

I think anything, any situation people are in can be made into a good story. It all would depend on the writing, and whether or not the author plots it well and the story moves at a good pace.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

The truth is, I never knew.

 Any books in the works?

Yes, I have two up front in my mind now.

One, a Christmas story, a Christian middle-grade novel about the Cameron children worried that they will not get the toys they asked for for Christmas because their mother is a last minute shopper. The uncle that Trisha Frankel has lived with most of her life with has died. The only option she has is to find the father she does not know, even though her uncle said, “He was no good.” Trisha takes her dog, Mitch to search out her father and find out what he is like for herself. Along the way, her dog is stolen. The most likely suspect in the dog’s disappearance is a man connected to the Cameron children Phoebe, Tucker, and Kirby. Phoebe, Tucker, and Kirby are busy trying to figure out if their Christmas gifts will arrive. But helping Trisha makes them realize that sometimes the lives of others are more important than their own interests, especially at Christmas time.

Second is a picture book called, Geordie And The Beam Of Light. In it, a beam of light becomes a nuisance. The characters; Cordelia, Kit, Ruff, and Chirp do not know what to do. The thing races through their playing field spoiling ball games. Not only don’t they know what to do about it, they don’t know what it is. Is it a dinosaur? Or a monster? They only know that it is a bright light, fast and rude. For help, they go to their friend Geordie, who invents things. However, it is Geordie’s latest invention that changes everything.

 What are your plans for the future?

To finish these two books and move on to about five other ideas I have and write and illustrate them.

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Wilhemena Brooks,’ cousin, Bud Dunphry come to live with her family. Wil, as she likes to be called, finds her pink pencil sharpener is missing after Christmas. Wil knows Bud has it! Who else would have taken it?
Bud doesn’t like girls! In fact, Bud doesn’t like anybody. Wil tries to ignore him, but he pulls her friend’s hair, take over games, and when Bud is in trouble, he made his “you’re going to get it” face at her.
After a snowstorm closes school, Wil and her friends go sled riding. Bud shows up and starts a snowball fight which lands Wil in her room for the rest of the day for fighting.
When her pencil sharpener is found, Right where she left it, Wil decides she has to try harder to understand her cousin and stay out of trouble. Her mother told her to be nice to Bud and to treat him like she would like to be treated. But what does Will learn?

 

 

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