What Happened to 8?

What Happened to 8?? Book Cover with a detective holding a magnifying glass over the numeral 8.
Author Jon Lefkovitz and Illustrated by Joe Bearor
(descriptions provided for those with eyesight limitations)

Hi everyone,

I want to let Jon,the author, of this cute picture book tell you about what happened to 8…

This book began several years ago when I was pushing my three-year-old nephew Isaac on a swing as he giggled and counted, “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9…” 


“Wait!” I said. “What happened to 8?” 


The giggling turned to full-blown laughter as we started counting again, each time skipping a different number and following the ‘mistake’ with an incredulous, “Wait!” And with the invention of this bit, an idea was born. I researched the concept and saw that, although there are a lot of counting books out there, I couldn’t find one that centered on skipping numbers as a means of engaging readers in learning.


I proceeded to write the book, coming up with a rhyming exclamation for each number. Isaac’s favorite was “fiddlesticks” – that’s even what he called the book for a while. My personal favorite was “man alive!”, a bizarre expression that’s not used much anymore. The most difficult number to figure out was nine. Lots of things rhyme with “nine,” but nothing seemed to work. My sense of humor initially led me to “swine!”; that didn’t go over well with anyone to whom I showed the book. My parents suggested “shine”, which felt nice, but didn’t make enough sense if you really thought about it (Sorry, Mom and Dad!) I finally brought the dilemma to my ingenious wife Talia, who instantly suggested “whine!” I love collaborating with loved ones.


Once all of the text was complete, I had a new problem: I needed an illustrator. Luckily, my brilliant friend Joe is also a brilliant artist – I asked him to illustrate the book, and to my eternal relief, he agreed. It was Joe who came up with the story of the hapless detective trying to locate each of the eight missing numbers. It was Joe who was able to translate the humor and playfulness of the game Isaac and I created into a visual format. It was Joe who brought the idea to life. 


I was thrilled to discover Amazon’s CreateSpace platform; having the book available all around the world is an incredible feeling. It’s been a joy hearing from friends and strangers whose children are enjoying the experience. Multiple people have sent me a photo or video of their child’s gleeful reactions as they read the book out loud. I was also happy to finally answer Isaac (now eight years old), with a resounding “Yes!” when he asked if the book was published yet. Needless to say, it’s dedicated to him.


So that’s the origin story of “Wait! What Happened to 8??” I want to thank Wanda for the opportunity to invite you to join the number-finding adventure!

Official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/waitwhathappenedto8


Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1729762352/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1542484106&sr=1-1&keywords=wait+what+happened+to+8


-Jon 

Thank you, Jon, for sharing your very creative, fun, counting book with us today. I hope you all will check out this book for your child or grandchild or niece/nephew and/or leave a comment and let Jon know what you think about his book. As always, shares are appreciated!!

Wally’s Misadventure

Children's book author, Chrys Wimer, holding her book Wally's Misadventure and a stuffed toy raccoon wearing a blue top with lace and beige pants standing in front of a beige wall with green plant and framed spiritual saying behind her

Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your friends and family. We sure did. Even though our lives have been turned upside down lately and we couldn’t do much for Christmas other than keep it simple, it was a very blessed time. And I pray everyone has a very blessed new year!

Now, on to sharing another awesome book find I have come across, I’ll let the author introduce it to you, take it away Chrys…

I’m excited to introduce my first children’s book called “Wally’s Misadventure”.

Wally's Misadventure Book Cover by Chrys Wimer shows a raccoon walking through the forest upright
Available on Amazon

“Wally’s Misadventure” is about a young raccoon who had been longing to explore the forest.  Wally knows he is supposed to take a friend with him, but when none of his friends can go he decides to go alone.  During his adventure Wally encounters trouble along the way! In the end, Wally realizes rules are meant to protect him.

The story of Wally Wilson Raccoon Jr. began with the thought that raccoons are mischievous and tend to get into trouble.  The beaver came about because I like the beavers in C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” (which is one of my favorite books).  I wanted a bird in the story and as I thought about a name the first name that came to mind was Ivy.  Ivy was named after my maternal grandmother who lived to be 105 years old and loved church music.  I chose the wren because that was the last name of one of my pastors and his wife had a great soprano voice.

The biggest inspiration was the part about Wally getting attacked by the bird which actually happened to my cat, Zipper.  Zipper was a big gray and black tabby who was a gentle soul.  He didn’t like to hunt or eat anything but his dry cat food.  His food was always on a picnic table out on the back porch so the dog wouldn’t eat it.  For a while there was a Scrub Jay that would dive bomb Zipper while he was eating.  Zipper finally got fed up with the bird and Zipper killed it!

As a teacher for many years and now a substitute teacher, I have spent many hours around children.  I have seen how children don’t use their imagination very much.  It is disheartening to try to get a child to use their imagination and come up with so little.  My hope is that children will not only enjoy “Wally’s Misadventure”, but learn from Wally’s mistakes and develop their imaginations.

When I am not teaching or writing I enjoy photography, traveling, baking, reading, and crafting.  I sing in the choir and Worship Team at my church as well as help with the Ladies ministry. 

Twelve Days to Save Christmas

Twelve Days to Save Christmas book cover written by Jane Finch picturing a young girl wearing a white t-shirt and blue jean jacket and blue jeans and a half a dozen dogs and cats on a blue background with the outline of christmas trees

 

Title : Twelve Days to Save Christmas

Age range: 8 – 12 years (but adults have enjoyed it, too).

Book description:

Magical Mary arrives in Berryfield with two missions. The first is to bring Christmas back to the town, and the second is to help Esme, a Foundling and a child who does not speak, to achieve her destiny and save Christmas for the town. Mary has to enlist the help of the mysterious Jane and convince her of the role she needs to play to ensure Mary’s missions are fulfilled. The town Mayor has nothing but bad memories of Christmas and has kept the Christmas spirit from the town for so long, the people of Berryfield have forgotten what Christmas is all about. Can Mary and Imi the elf convince Jane to change the mind of the mean-minded Mayor, help the struggling family, and bring Christmas back to the town?

FIVE STAR Review:

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite

Grange Solicitors has never decorated its office for Christmas – no tree, no lights, no trimmings. In fact, the entire town of Berryfield has banned Christmas. You see, the mayor of Berryfield is a non-believer, a miserable old Scrooge who doesn’t believe in celebrating anything, let alone Christmas. So when Jane, who works at Grange Solicitors, and Mary, the cleaning lady, team up to decorate the offices, the mayor notices too much happiness and sets about making everyone’s life miserable. How? He bans pets of any kind from family homes. The town’s inhabitants are unhappy and very angry, but not as much as Jane, who sets about making things right for not only the town, but also the miserable old mayor. You see, Jane is on a special mission, and Mary, who is a Finder, helps her. Their ultimate goal is to save Christmas and there’s little time left to do so.


Jane Finch’s young people’s story, Twelve Days to Save Christmas, is a wonderful fable, a charming story for young readers about Christmas and the power of love and faith. She takes on the classic theme of a Scrooge-type character and expounds on the true meaning of the season. Each character has its place in the story, its place in life itself, and they all blossom with the unveiling of the magic of Christmas. This is more than a tale of Christmas miracles; it’s a story with the power to change and make things right in the world, starting with making Christmas right. 

 

From the author: With over twenty books now published, many of them children’s books, I had never quite written my dream, a Christmas story that would encompass a little magic, lots of animals, and look for the true meaning of Christmas. The idea stayed with me over several years, until finally I had to put pen to paper and write down my ideas. Twelve Days to Save Christmas evolved from that. We need to bring the magic back to Christmas, and I hope this story does that.

 

 

Amazon link: getbook.at/12days

Author website: finchlark.webs.com

 

 

A Raven’s Tale Chapter Book

A Raven's Tale chapter book cover by Jane Finch picturing a black raven and small chickadee bird standing on the grass with a partial tree in the background against a blue/pink sky

 

Hi everyone,

Jane Finch is back with a chapter book that sounds just delightful!

Read on to learn more about this book…

A Raven’s Tale by Jane Finch

Book description: The tranquil life of the animals living at The Common comes under threat as the ravens try to stage a takeover after a carefully planned attack. They try to blame humans for their actions. The ravens offer protection to the animals in return for slavery. Some of the animals discover the truth and the Plan is hatched to escape and build a new life for them all, the animals of the forest working together to overcome the bullying of the ravens. But will they be successful or will the ravens get their way?

Publisher’s Note: Presented as an entertaining children’s story, this book forms a gentle introduction to the plight of refugees fleeing injustice the world over and presents an opportunity for discussion and understanding of this difficult subject.

 

A Raven’s Tale is a chapter book suitable for young readers age 8 – 12years.

 

Background:

The Raven is part of the Crow family and are known to be highly intelligent. Some years ago I used to take my son to watch the birds, and we made up stories together about what might be happening as we watched squabbles, bullying, preening, and pecking, and listened to their screeches and cawing. This was when the idea for A Raven’s Tale began to form. There is so much more to the animal life around us and I love to bring these stories to life in the hope that young readers will understand and appreciate the natural world around them.

 

Book link: getbook.at/RavenTale

Author website: finchlark.webs.com

Thank you, Jane, for sharing this lovely book with an important message for both children and grown ups!!

Girl in the Box No Bullies on my Block! (A book about bullying)

Danielle Lynn (author of children's book called Girl in the Box No Bullies on my Block) holding flowers and wearing her red graduation cap and gown

Hi, everyone,

I want to introduce you to a very special father, Lamont, that I met via a mutual friend who does a live show every Saturday at 9:30AM called Self Love Saturday and his daughter, Danielle Lynn (pictured above).

Lamont and Danielle Lynn wrote a book to entertain young readers and also to teach about the very serious topic of bullying although they do it in a great way!

Here’s Lamont…

I’m happy to introduce “The Girl in the Box-No Bullies on my Block”.

Girl in the Box No Bullies on my Block! book cover, background is green writing is in white and yellow and a box is pictured
Available on Amazon

The story is based on my oldest daughter Danielle and some of her pre-teen experiences.

Everyone has felt awkward at some time in their life. It is based on some real life challenges she experienced at school.

Each school day she would come home with a different dilemma.

I noticed a huge difference regarding how girls dealt with bullying.

It has been an exciting learning experience putting her story on paper. We feel privileged to share with you, how Danielle dealt with her bully.

Bullying is a serious problem. Often the person being bullied doesn’t know where to go for help. We don’t all have siblings or a best friend.

If you are being bullied, you should tell someone immediately. Talk to your parents, friend, or teacher. There are many groups and organizations to help against bullying. It is not something to keep as a secret.

This is our first writing adventure. Often, writers write to persuade, convey, or convince the reader. I don’t. I prefer to engage thought; why, how, and reason. Let your imagination take you there.

We should seek a positive outcome when dealing with life situations.

It may make you laugh or cry, hopefully you will be entertained. I enjoyed reading to my children when they were younger, and I find it to be a great one-on-one time with your child. I also like to turn the radio off in the car and have a conversation. Those times we ‘tune out, turn off the cell or radio’ can be special moments to share.

I’m happy to say, Danielle has graduated from UNLV and is pursuing a career in Theatrical Engineering.

We are originally from Michigan. My family and I moved to Las Vegas about 15 years ago.

Lamont Witcher, pictured with a short crew cut and wearing a red collared shirt

My wife and I have three children and two grandchildren. We spend most of our time running our medical business.

My priority has been my family, and I have a deep passion for developing our youth. I have been fortunate to reach many young men through coaching baseball and basketball.

I am now assisting in development of an anti-bullying program with the Clark County School District.

 

There is a great need for parents to not only tell their children about right and wrong, but to set a good example as role models.

You can find more information on Facebook at Anti-Bullying@nobulliesonmyblock

Our book is on AmazonAmazon

You can connect with Lamont here Lamont Witcher @LamontWitcher1

Thank you, Lamont, for writing such a wonderful book about a very serious topic.

I had the good fortune to win this book on the Self Love Saturday Show and I wrote a review of it…

“I won this book on a Facebook Live Show and found this book to tell a great story that is based on a child’s real life situation of being bullied. The girl that lives in the box is super cool and gives wonderful advice. Any child would love to have a friend like her! I know I would have. While the topic is serious, the book handles it in a way that is not heavy. I think everyone should read this book–whether you have been bullied or not because it shows how people feel when they are bullied as well as a great way to approach the situation.”