Blog Tour Book Review: The Wisdom of Moms/Amazing Dads by Bridget E. Hamilton

About The Wisdom of Moms

• Hardcover: 96 pages
• Publisher: National Geographic (March 28, 2017)

There is so much we can learn about motherhood from the animal kingdom. We can learn how to be the strong role model a child needs, like the snow leopard that teaches her children to survive and thrive on dangerous mountain slopes; to be as resilient as the hardworking sea otter mom; and to serve our communities like the pika, a rabbit-like animal native to northern climates. This is a beautiful tribute to mothers, full of adorable animal photographs and touching anecdotes that show your appreciation for all the wisdom and care that Mom provides.

Purchase Links

National Geographic | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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About Amazing Dads

• Hardcover: 96 pages
• Publisher: National Geographic (May 2, 2017)

This fun, lighthearted book is a great way to show Dad how much he means to you. Page after page of stunning animal photographs and heartwarming stories of fatherhood in the animal kingdom showcases the bond between dads and their loved ones. This package is the best way to share words of gratitude and appreciation and express your love for the dad, grandpa, uncle, or stepfather in your life.

Stories of remarkable animal dads include:

  • Golden lion tamarins that mash bananas into a mush to hand-feed their babies

  • Wolves that enjoy playful roughhousing with youngsters of the pack

  • Foxes that bury food near the den to teach pups to hunt

  • Rheas, South American birds that not only incubate eggs solo but also serve as single parents

  • Seahorses that carry eggs in their own brood pouch

Purchase Links

National Geographic | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Happy Friday!!

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Wisdom of Moms and Amazing Dads. I received both of these book for free from the publisher National Geographic through TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review of them.

The Wisdom of Moms is a book of photographs of animal moms and their babies. Not only is it filled with beautiful photographs, but it also includes inspirational quotes and facts about animals…some familiar and some that were really suprising and fun to learn. This book is a really cute appreciation of moms of all kinds and how they show their love and protection for their kids. (5 stars)

Amazing Dads is also a book of photgaprahs, quotes and facts but this time it is an appreciation for animal Dads and how they care for their young. This one was a bit different from The Wisdom of Moms as this one also showed photos of baby animals on their own which I didn’t expect. There weren’t many like that but there were maybe 1 or 2. I did learn a few things going through this book as I had no clue about some of things the animals Dads did for their young especially the ones who serve as the primary caregiver. Super interesting.(4.5 Stars)

Overall, as an animal lover I really enjoyed these books. I thought the photographs were beautiful and moving. I didn’t know I needed these photographs in my life until I held these books in my hand. One thing I will say is that I feel like the animal facts should have been the dominant feature on the page with the quote and the fact but that wasn’t that big of a deal. It’s still the same content it just would have made more sense to me that way. I also urge you to take your time going through this book and the photos therein, take the time to fully appreciate every one because they are so beautiful. I think the release of these two small books is timely with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day coming up. They might serve as a cute gift whether to a parent, an animal lover or even a child. I also think these are beautiful coffee table books that people will want to look through.

Picture Book Review: Oliver and Jumpy, stories 46-48 by Werner Stejskal

51eDMHwMjdLTitle: Oliver and Jumpy, Stories 46-48  by Werner Stejskal
Genre: Children’s Picture Books
Length: 39 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication date:   May 1, 2016
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 5/5 – we loved it

Oliver is an elegant tuxedo cat, who is full of himself. As a matter of fact he says: “I love myself!”, quite often. Naughty, isn’t he? But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that he has a soft heart and will always want to help others. The great thing is Jumpy’s pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in! He calls her his kangaroo taxi! These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids. A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words. These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value. Love you all! Meow!
Story 46: Saving Fairyland – The queen of fairyland asks Oliver to help them against the magician.
Story 47: Cat King – Oliver becomes a king for a short while, and even gets married.
Story 48: Gnomes – Oliver’s oak tree receives surprise visitors.

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Happy Sunday! This weekend I had a slumber party with my nephew and niece. My nephew has gotten really into reading lately and my niece not so much so we decided to read Oliver and Jumpy, stories 46-48 before going to sleep last night. Like every other Oliver and Jumpy book we have read together, this book contains three separate Oliver and Jumpy adventure stories Saving Fairyland, Cat King, and The Bee Gnomes. This is one of my most favorite things about these books because I feel like you get a really good three stories in one deal. It’s hard to beat that. My nephew and niece are also really familiar with Oliver and Jumpy now because we have read a few of the books in the series and they really enjoy them so they were happy to read another one this weekend, so happy that they didn’t fall asleep until we read through all three of the stories in this book.

In Saving Fairyland, Oliver and Jumpy are approached by the Fairy Queen who implores them for help saving her kingdom from a troublesome giant and a fearsome wizard who are wreaking havoc on their fairy lands.

In the cautionary tale, Cat King, Oliver and Jumpy explore Ghost Castle and happen upon a statue of Oliver. When his stone court comes alive and begins to shower him with attention and feasts, he goes along with it until they realize that he is not really their king and he learns a valuable lesson.

In The Bee Gnomes, Oliver encounters Bee Gnomes that have been helping to clean his home. Their tree homes were cut down by big machines rendering them homeless so Oliver agrees to share his tree with them and they all live in harmony thereafter.

We loved these little stories and they went by really fast. I loved the level of detail that was included in Saving Fairyland. I thought all of the stories were charming and I appreciate the lessons included in the second and third stories. I REALLY appreciated the storyline of The Bee Gnomes. My niece and nephew weren’t very familiar with the cutting down of trees so it was a good way for them to be introduced to it and its implications and prompted a few questions. Also, the illustrations are positively enchanting and colorful!

I definitely recommend this series of books if you are looking for cute stories for your kids to get into or to read to them at night before bed time, although like my nephew and niece they may not actually get to sleep right away. Five stars to another Oliver and Jumpy book! Looking forward to more Oliver and Jumpy adventures! You purchase a kindle copy on Amazon at this link: Oliver and Jumpy, Stories 46-48

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About the Author71fAbGMgUWL._SX150_

Born in Vienna, Austria, Werner is now living in the paradise of Perth, Australia with his wife, two married children and three grandchildren. He worked many years in the printing industry and later for the United Nations in Vienna. His wife had been a pen-friend, whom Werner visited in Hong Kong and finally got married to. After an eventful life, now retired, he began to write children’s stories, had them illustrated through Odesk, narrated them himself for YouTube and finally published the ebooks on most platforms. Werner’s dream is to see “Oliver and Jumpy” animated as a TV series.

There are lots of fairy tales and bedtime stories around and many of them quite violent. This made Werner decide to write something different. On a flight from Europe to Australia he watched the movie Magic on Belle Island with Morgan Freeman, where Freeman teaches a little girl to have imagination and write her first story. This inspired Werner as well and the first stories with his two characters Oliver, the elegant tomcat, and Jumpy, his kangaroo lady friend, made their appearance. Some very capable illustrators have helped to create this picture book series.

Author Peter Frederick sums it all up!

Here are books created by Werner Stejskal, an author who has a wonderful sense of adaptability into the world of a child. Movements, sentiments, expressions and ideas are being visualised, that enthral and win over the little reader. Plus, his terminology is perfectly matched to the mood of each self-contained story. The author also displays amazing sensitivity and is able to transport even adults back into long-past childhood. All good virtues are being emphasized, like friendship, loyalty, determination and civility, giving the fascinated reader the right signals for spiritual development. The main characters, Oliver and Jumpy, are the masters of a variety of situations that draw the reader into the stories. But one of the main reasons for the success of these children’s books is the artwork! The graphics, outstandingly created by the artist, have their hues and shapes completely adapted to the respective situation and so contribute to the emotional absorption of each picture. Text and message. sombre feelings and cheery situations are being created and masterly entertain the little readers. One can only recommend this series of children’s books to all adults who wish to keep their little ones occupied in a positive, entertaining and learning environment!

Picture Book Review: Oliver and Jumpy, stories 43-45 by Werner Stejskal

28245575Title: Oliver and Jumpy, stories 43-45 by Werner Stejskal
Genre: Fiction – Children’s Picture Books
Format: Ebook
Publication date: March 16, 2016
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 5/5

A cat series cartoon book with animal adventures.

Oliver is an elegant tuxedo cat, who is full of himself. As a matter of fact he says: “I love myself!”, quite often. Naughty, isn’t he? But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that he has a soft heart and will always want to help others. The great thing is Jumpy’s pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in! He calls her his kangaroo taxi! These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids. A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words. These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value. Love you all! Meow!
Story 43: Flying Carpet
Story 44: Birthday Party
Story 45: Magic Berries

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First off I would like to say that I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review of it.

If you aren’t yet familiar with The Oliver and Jumpy series, each book follows Tuxedo Cat Oliver and his kangaroo best friend Jumpy in a series of adventures. I have read and reviewed a few installments in this picture book series and I always find that I enjoy them quite a bit.

One thing I always love about each book is that it includes not just one, but three short adventures in one which I think is a great value. In this particular installment we get Flying Carpet, Birthday Party and Magic Berries. Flying Carpet takes us on an adventure to Egypt where Oliver must ride a flying carpet to rescue a princess. In Birthday Party we get to experience a birthday party that is thrown for Oliver where he gets all kinds of fun entertainment and presents. In Magic Berries Oliver, Joey and Jumpy stumble upon some magic berries that have some pretty surprising affects when they are eaten.

Once again I (and my niece!) thought these stories were delightful and fun. They made us laugh and were great stories to read at story time. They can be super interactive and I think they encourage imagination and even though much of it is fiction there is some truth to learn in them like how not to eat random berries you come across on a walk through the woods. We definitely enjoy the consistency in the illustration and style of the books. My favorite out of these three was definitely Magic Berries although I thought the other stories were pretty fun too. The events that occur in Magic Berries made my niece laugh and worry. We also loved the inclusion of a fairy and a small quest. We just loved seeing all the fantastical creatures and animals in these three stories like the flying carpet, the fairy and the Oliver’s animal friends. I also always wish the stories were longer. They’re not too long to where they drag but, are memorable even if they do go by pretty quick.

I am giving this book a five star review for being a fun read for kids, Oliver is always charming and fun to follow.

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About the Author71fAbGMgUWL._SX150_

Born in Vienna, Austria, Werner is now living in the paradise of Perth, Australia with his wife, two married children and three grandchildren. He worked many years in the printing industry and later for the United Nations in Vienna. His wife had been a pen-friend, whom Werner visited in Hong Kong and finally got married to. After an eventful life, now retired, he began to write children’s stories, had them illustrated through Odesk, narrated them himself for YouTube and finally published the ebooks on most platforms. Werner’s dream is to see “Oliver and Jumpy” animated as a TV series.

There are lots of fairy tales and bedtime stories around and many of them quite violent. This made Werner decide to write something different. On a flight from Europe to Australia he watched the movie Magic on Belle Island with Morgan Freeman, where Freeman teaches a little girl to have imagination and write her first story. This inspired Werner as well and the first stories with his two characters Oliver, the elegant tomcat, and Jumpy, his kangaroo lady friend, made their appearance. Some very capable illustrators have helped to create this picture book series.

Author Peter Frederick sums it all up!

Here are books created by Werner Stejskal, an author who has a wonderful sense of adaptability into the world of a child. Movements, sentiments, expressions and ideas are being visualised, that enthral and win over the little reader. Plus, his terminology is perfectly matched to the mood of each self-contained story. The author also displays amazing sensitivity and is able to transport even adults back into long-past childhood. All good virtues are being emphasized, like friendship, loyalty, determination and civility, giving the fascinated reader the right signals for spiritual development. The main characters, Oliver and Jumpy, are the masters of a variety of situations that draw the reader into the stories. But one of the main reasons for the success of these children’s books is the artwork! The graphics, outstandingly created by the artist, have their hues and shapes completely adapted to the respective situation and so contribute to the emotional absorption of each picture. Text and message. sombre feelings and cheery situations are being created and masterly entertain the little readers. One can only recommend this series of children’s books to all adults who wish to keep their little ones occupied in a positive, entertaining and learning environment!

Picture Book Review: Oliver and Jumpy, stories 40-42 by Werner Stejskal

51NUQyNI+TL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Oliver and Jumpy, stories 40-42 by Werner Stejskal
Genre: Fiction – Children’s Picture Books
Format: Ebook
Publication date: February 1, 2016
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 5/5

The cat and kangaroo picture book with bedtime stories for children

Oliver is an elegant tuxedo cat, who is full of himself. As a matter of fact he says: “I love myself!”, quite often. Naughty, isn’t he? But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that he has a soft heart and will always want to help others. The great thing is Jumpy’s pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in! He calls her his kangaroo taxi! These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids. A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words. These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value. Depending on your device, there is pop-up text available. Love you all! Meow!

Check out the Free INTRODUCTION TO THE SERIES to see how beautiful the illustrations are!

Story 40: Elephant Heaven – Oliver saves the elephants.
Story 41: Waking the princess – Oliver gets the chance to kiss a princess.
Story 42: Space Ball – An alien visits Sillandia.

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Happy Sunday everyone! I thought I would finish off this week with a picture book review! I don’t read and review many picture books but I do enjoy it when I do. I normally try to read them with my little niece but this group of stories I actually read and enjoyed on my own. I’d like to thank the author, Werner Stejskal for giving me the chance to read and review this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

I have read two previous picture books in the Oliver and Jumpy series and enjoyed both of them and this collection was no different in that regard. If you are new to the Oliver and Jumpy series fear not! Each book in the series includes a short introduction on the characters and what the series is about. Basically it is a series of adventures of the elegant tomcat Oliver and his kangaroo friend Jumpy. There are a lot of things that I enjoy about this series – the fact that we get to see tons of different animals, the fact that the adventures are so varied and fun, and the imaginative situations Oliver finds himself in and how he gets himself out of them.

I really loved this particular set of adventures. It was hard to pick my favorite but I think my favorite in this group was Space Ball because not only are kids seeing a fantastical situation but they are also learning the value of uniqueness and how to be welcoming to those that seem to be or look different than you.

In the first story Elephant Heaven, Oliver and Jumpy help a group of Elephants find a new home across the mountains. In the second story Waking the Princess, Oliver ventures out on his own to fulfill the prophecy that will wake a sleeping beauty (a fun twist on classic fairy tale). Finally, in the third story Space Ball, an alien from another plant comes to Sillandia to take a much needed vacation and learn from the natives of Sillandia.

These stories were imaginative, fantastical and fun. The illustrations were beautiful, I especially loved them in Waking the Princess, which is where the cover from this group of stories comes from and is probably my most favorite cover from the series so far. Something that I always enjoy in these stories as a whole is, even though the stories may sometimes have a different illustrator, they always look so seamless. It’s easy to tell that alot of care and thought has been put into these books.

If you have children that love to read or even love to see colorful pictures in books, I definitely recommend getting into these series. It is an ongoing series so I think kids will love the fact that since there are so many adventures they can see their favorite characters over and over in different situations.  Kids will find them fun and bright and will have a ball with the animals that make appearances in the stories and the wittiness of Oliver. They are always charming!

You can purchase a copy of this book on Amazon at Oliver and Jumpy – Stories 40-42

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About the Author71fAbGMgUWL._SX150_

Born in Vienna, Austria, Werner is now living in the paradise of Perth, Australia with his wife, two married children and three grandchildren. He worked many years in the printing industry and later for the United Nations in Vienna. His wife had been a pen-friend, whom Werner visited in Hong Kong and finally got married to. After an eventful life, now retired, he began to write children’s stories, had them illustrated through Odesk, narrated them himself for YouTube and finally published the ebooks on most platforms. Werner’s dream is to see “Oliver and Jumpy” animated as a TV series.

There are lots of fairy tales and bedtime stories around and many of them quite violent. This made Werner decide to write something different. On a flight from Europe to Australia he watched the movie Magic on Belle Island with Morgan Freeman, where Freeman teaches a little girl to have imagination and write her first story. This inspired Werner as well and the first stories with his two characters Oliver, the elegant tomcat, and Jumpy, his kangaroo lady friend, made their appearance. Some very capable illustrators have helped to create this picture book series.

Author Peter Frederick sums it all up!

Here are books created by Werner Stejskal, an author who has a wonderful sense of adaptability into the world of a child. Movements, sentiments, expressions and ideas are being visualised, that enthral and win over the little reader. Plus, his terminology is perfectly matched to the mood of each self-contained story. The author also displays amazing sensitivity and is able to transport even adults back into long-past childhood. All good virtues are being emphasized, like friendship, loyalty, determination and civility, giving the fascinated reader the right signals for spiritual development. The main characters, Oliver and Jumpy, are the masters of a variety of situations that draw the reader into the stories. But one of the main reasons for the success of these children’s books is the artwork! The graphics, outstandingly created by the artist, have their hues and shapes completely adapted to the respective situation and so contribute to the emotional absorption of each picture. Text and message. sombre feelings and cheery situations are being created and masterly entertain the little readers. One can only recommend this series of children’s books to all adults who wish to keep their little ones occupied in a positive, entertaining and learning environment!

Picture Book Review: Oliver and Jumpy, stories 37-39 by Werner Stejskal

25120276Title: Oliver and Jumpy, stories 37-39 by Werner Stejskal
Genre: Fiction – Children’s Picture Books
Length: 33 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 5/5

This is book 13 of the series “Oliver and Jumpy”. Currently there are 13 books available. This book includes Stories 37-39. Oliver is an elegant tomcat and Jumpy is his kangaroo lady friend. Oliver likes to travel in Jumpy’s pouch. They both experience many adventures together.

Story 37: Rescue in the Picture. Oliver travels in a unique way.
Story 38: Wet Cat. Oliver does not like to get wet.
Story 39: Down River. A rough river ride.

These stories are superbly illustrated and serve some educational purposes as well. Great for mums to read and explain to their little ones. The B&N version includes audio, while the Amazon book features popup text.

 

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Hello everyone! A few weeks ago I shared a picture book review for Oliver and Jumpy, stories 31-33 by Werner Stejskal that I read with my niece and that we both really enjoyed. I am happy to share another set of adventures in this series, stories 37-39. Full disclaimer, I received a copy of this picture book form the author in exchange for my honest review of it.

Oliver and Jumpy, Stories 37-39 were just as fun to get into with my niece as the first set we read together. In Rescue in the Picture, Oliver and friends jump into a painting to the ultimate vacation that ends up going in a direction they never would have guessed. In Wet Cat Oliver and Jumpy continue their island adventures but not all goes according to plan. Finally in Down River, the trio go on a boat ride only to be rescued by a flying dinosaur! All in all, they come to find out that there really is no place quite like home!

Once again we thought these stories were each super cute and my niece loved the variety of animals to talk about and laugh over. She also loved all of the new words she was being introduced to when reading these stories. We both loved the illustrations, they are bright and lively. I love the colors used and the way the characters and scenery are all illustrated. I particularly love that even though the illustrators are different, the flow of them always stay pretty similar. I just how lively the characters are written and illustrated, it makes for a fun reading experience.

We had a few laughs and enjoyed the sense of danger when Oliver gets thrown overboard and when they fall down the waterfall. I’ve really enjoyed reading these with my niece, she loves the pictures but mostly loves to hear what silly adventures the trio goes on next. I would definitely recommend this series to anyone whose kids love stories of animals going on adventures.

As an added bonus I also read another book from the author detailing how he gets his books ready for publication. I thought it was a really interesting fast read and was full of information that would be extremely helpful to people who are looking to publish their own picture book, or even those wanting to publish a book in general. Even if it’s not a picture book you are wanting to publish I still think the information he supplies in the book has some really great, sound value that has been tested and proven through the author’s own experience. It is a super light read and just really made me appreciate the process alot more. It is called How to Make and Publish a Children’s Picture Book: How I Created and Promoted my Picture Book Series. Also, I really felt like reading this book gave me such an appreciation for the author’s hard work and I saw his books in a totally different light. I enjoyed them already but it just added another layer of appreciation for me. You can purchase these two books by clicking on their titles above!

I hope you enjoyed these two reviews and I will be back in a few days with more reviews and posts! Have a great Tuesday and happy reading everyone!

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About the Author71fAbGMgUWL._SX150_

Born in Vienna, Austria, Werner is now living in the paradise of Perth, Australia with his wife, two married children and three grandchildren. He worked many years in the printing industry and later for the United Nations in Vienna. His wife had been a pen-friend, whom Werner visited in Hong Kong and finally got married to. After an eventful life, now retired, he began to write children’s stories, had them illustrated through Odesk, narrated them himself for YouTube and finally published the ebooks on most platforms. Werner’s dream is to see “Oliver and Jumpy” animated as a TV series.

There are lots of fairy tales and bedtime stories around and many of them quite violent. This made Werner decide to write something different. On a flight from Europe to Australia he watched the movie Magic on Belle Island with Morgan Freeman, where Freeman teaches a little girl to have imagination and write her first story. This inspired Werner as well and the first stories with his two characters Oliver, the elegant tomcat, and Jumpy, his kangaroo lady friend, made their appearance. Some very capable illustrators have helped to create this picture book series.

Author Peter Frederick sums it all up!

Here are books created by Werner Stejskal, an author who has a wonderful sense of adaptability into the world of a child. Movements, sentiments, expressions and ideas are being visualised, that enthral and win over the little reader. Plus, his terminology is perfectly matched to the mood of each self-contained story. The author also displays amazing sensitivity and is able to transport even adults back into long-past childhood. All good virtues are being emphasized, like friendship, loyalty, determination and civility, giving the fascinated reader the right signals for spiritual development. The main characters, Oliver and Jumpy, are the masters of a variety of situations that draw the reader into the stories. But one of the main reasons for the success of these children’s books is the artwork! The graphics, outstandingly created by the artist, have their hues and shapes completely adapted to the respective situation and so contribute to the emotional absorption of each picture. Text and message. sombre feelings and cheery situations are being created and masterly entertain the little readers. One can only recommend this series of children’s books to all adults who wish to keep their little ones occupied in a positive, entertaining and learning environment!

Picture Book Review: Oliver and Jumpy, Stories 31-33 by Werner Stejskal

25941043.jpgTitle: Oliver and Jumpy, stories 31-33 by Werner Stejskal
Genre: Fiction – Children’s Picture Books
Length: 34pages
Format: Ebook
Publication date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Self Published
Rating: 5/5

Oliver is an elegant tuxedo cat, who is full of himself. As a matter of fact he says: “I love myself!”, quite often. Naughty, isn’t he? But his best friend Jumpy, a kangaroo lady, is aware that he has a soft heart and will always want to help others. The great thing is Jumpy’s pouch, which Oliver loves to ride in! He calls her his kangaroo taxi! These little bedtime stories with their lovely illustrations are great for small kids. A parent can read the text and tell the child in his own words. These animal stories have sufficient text to keep early readers happy and provide some educational value. Depending on your device, there is pop-up text available. Love you all! Meow!

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Happy Sunday everyone! I am really excited because I got my laptop back yesterday so I have some reviews to post up within the next week that I have been holding onto since my computer broke!

Today I am happy to bring to you my review for Oliver and Jumpy, stories 31-33 by Warner Stejskal. Full disclosure, I recieved a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review of it. I don’t often review children’s books but I do, in fact, love to read children’s books. Usually I will read it once myself and then if I enjoy it I will share it with my niece and nephew so they can enjoy it as well!

Oliver and Jumpy is a picture book series about a cat in a tuxedo and his best friend, a kangaroo named Jumpy and their chronicle of adventures. This particular volume in the series includes stories 31-33: Crookery Party, Shark Frenzy and Small World. In Crookery Party the kitchen comes alive and they have a fun time preparing a feast to share together; Shark Frenzy is about the group of friends going whale watching and encountering a fearsome shark; and Small World is all about the small, unseen world on the ground and the small creatures that live there.

I really enjoyed my first experience with Oliver and Jumpy. Since I enjoyed it so much I decided to sit down with my niece and read the stories with her. She was delighted with the illustrations and the cat was definitely her favorite. She also loved the stories, both of our favorites being Small World. To me, apart from being super fun stories to read with kids, there are also really great things to learn in them about friendship and adventure. I also really loved Crookery Party because the idea of my kitchen utensils coming alive to help cook a meal is awesome and looked like loads of fun.

Overall, I really enjoyed getting to know a little bit about Oliver and Jumpy and seeing them have fun in these little adventures. I did also enjoy that the writing is simple yet there is more of it included than in some children’s picture books I have read before so that was wonderful and surpassed my expectations in that regard. I do have another review of some more of Oliver and Jumpy’s adventures coming up in the next few days so stay tuned for that. If you have kids, grandkids, nephews or nieces definitely share Oliver and Jumpy with them. A great thing about it is that this is just one picture book in a whole series of them so they can definitely get familiar with a set of characters and follow them in all their silly adventures. It definitely makes for a good time as it was fun, silly and educational in some ways. I took the time to point out things to my niece like the friendship themes and funny things in pictures and she loved that. I am giving Oliver and Jumpy, stories 31-33 a five star review since we both enjoyed them so much and will definitely be sharing more with my niece!

Happy Reading everyone!

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About the Author71fAbGMgUWL._SX150_

Born in Vienna, Austria, Werner is now living in the paradise of Perth, Australia with his wife, two married children and three grandchildren. He worked many years in the printing industry and later for the United Nations in Vienna. His wife had been a pen-friend, whom Werner visited in Hong Kong and finally got married to. After an eventful life, now retired, he began to write children’s stories, had them illustrated through Odesk, narrated them himself for YouTube and finally published the ebooks on most platforms. Werner’s dream is to see “Oliver and Jumpy” animated as a TV series.

There are lots of fairy tales and bedtime stories around and many of them quite violent. This made Werner decide to write something different. On a flight from Europe to Australia he watched the movie Magic on Belle Island with Morgan Freeman, where Freeman teaches a little girl to have imagination and write her first story. This inspired Werner as well and the first stories with his two characters Oliver, the elegant tomcat, and Jumpy, his kangaroo lady friend, made their appearance. Some very capable illustrators have helped to create this picture book series.

Author Peter Frederick sums it all up!

Here are books created by Werner Stejskal, an author who has a wonderful sense of adaptability into the world of a child. Movements, sentiments, expressions and ideas are being visualised, that enthral and win over the little reader. Plus, his terminology is perfectly matched to the mood of each self-contained story. The author also displays amazing sensitivity and is able to transport even adults back into long-past childhood. All good virtues are being emphasized, like friendship, loyalty, determination and civility, giving the fascinated reader the right signals for spiritual development. The main characters, Oliver and Jumpy, are the masters of a variety of situations that draw the reader into the stories. But one of the main reasons for the success of these children’s books is the artwork! The graphics, outstandingly created by the artist, have their hues and shapes completely adapted to the respective situation and so contribute to the emotional absorption of each picture. Text and message. sombre feelings and cheery situations are being created and masterly entertain the little readers. One can only recommend this series of children’s books to all adults who wish to keep their little ones occupied in a positive, entertaining and learning environment!