Colleen’s #Book #Reviews – “Charlene the Star,” by Deannie Humphreys Dunne

  • Title:  Charlene the Star
  • Author: Deannie Humphreys-Dunne
  • Illustrator: Holly Humphrys-Bajaj
  • File Size: 1207 KB
  • Print Length: 100 Pages
  • Publisher: Self-Published by Author
  • Publication Date: February 8, 2017
  • Sold By: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B06X3RH9SN
  • Formats: Paperback and Kindle
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Literature & Fiction, Children’s Books

*I was given a publication copy of this book from the author for review purposes*

IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

“Charlene the Star was born into a family of famous racehorses. Unlike her big brother, Charlie, Charlene decides she doesn’t like racing. How will she explain this to her mom? How does she show her trainers she doesn’t like racing? Will she become a model instead? Will Charlene discover her natural gift? Her career path takes many twists and turns before she finds her place to shine. You’ll love reading about Charlene’s adventures. She may surprise you with her unusual talent.

Charlene the Star is first in the series of Charlene the Star
books. The others are Charlene the
Star and Hattie’s Heroes and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog. In addition, she wrote an award-winning children’s autobiography, Tails of Sweetbrier and a fictional story, Charlie the Horse. Her books have won a number of awards and recognitions.

Deanie loves spending time with her family and their dog, Elliott. She also enjoys watching equestrian events, figure skating competitions, and baseball.

Deanie’s sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, beautifully illustrates their books. Holly’s passion for Art began at an early age under the guidance of famous artist, Ray Quigley. Holly earned a Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University. She dedicates her talents to children’s book illustrations, equestrian and pet portraits.”

Charlene and her Mama

Quotes from Charlene the Star: (These are thoughts from Charlene the Star)

“I should change the subject. Ann and Blossom are talking about racing. I’m not even sure I’ll like it. Everyone has different gifts, but I don’t know what mine is. That’s kind of scary.”

“I wonder how you are trained to jump. Does that mean you can win prizes for jumping up and down? I liked jumping up and down during my tantrum. I’ve heard people say practice makes perfect. My outbursts could be almost perfect already. Maybe that could be my specialty.”

MY RECOMMENDATION:

Charlene the Star is a sweet story for young readers who love horses or animals in general. In the beginning, soon after Charlene is born, she learns that she has been born into a family of racehorses. Of course, her family wants her to follow in their footsteps (literally). However, this is a tough act for her to follow. Charlene soon discovers that being a racehorse just isn’t something she enjoys which causes her to have an identity crisis about what her role in life should be.

One thing Charlene does love is jumping, and that leads her to a major life opportunity. She visits the Jumping for Joy Ranch and is introduced to rail jumping, and she ends up excelling at the sport. In fact, after much practice, she proves to be so good that she wins a first and second place ribbon while participating in a competition.

As with all of Ms. Dunne’s books, Charlene helps young readers learn the lesson that it is all right to choose your own path in life. I would say this story would appeal to children from four years through eight years. The story would be an excellent bedtime read to share over the course of a few days where the parents and kids could talk about Charlene and her predicament. The author includes questions at the end of the book to prompt an active dialogue.

I wish I had a grandbaby young enough to read to… I loved the story and the message. Besides, the book was about animals. I’ve added this book to my “Me-Time” Children’s Category because after all, I still love stories about horses. ❤

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate:  5 out of 5 stars



Author, Deannie Humphreys-Dunne

About the Author

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is an award-winning children’s author. She spent her childhood in Easton CT. She has written 5 award-winning books; Tails of Sweetbrier, a true story about the power of perseverance, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog. All of the fictional stories are told by the adorable animal characters.

Her books have won a number of awards and recognitions including The Feathered Quill Book Award silver medal, The CLIPPA finalist, The Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention, the Reader’s Favorite Silver Medal and a cover Award bronze medal in the Authorsdb.com contest. Additionally, she was one of the winners in the Authorsshow.com contest, “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading” contest.

All of Deanie’s books and covers are beautifully designed by her sister, Holly Humphrys-Bajaj.
Deanie loves spending time with her family and their dog, Elliott. She enjoys watching baseball, figure skating, and equestrian competitions.

Deanie has been featured on several author websites such as; TheAuthorsShow.com, blogtalkradio.com and WTNH.com/CTStyle television show. Be sure to stop by Deanie’s website; www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com for more information on her books.

Author contacts

Website: www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeanieHDunne/

https://www.facebook.com/Memories-of-Sweetbrier-Farm-Easton-CT-1736497933252082/

Email: Deanie@dhdunne.tk

Blogs: dhdunne.blogspot.com
https://deanieblog.wordpress.com/


FREE??? DID I HEAR FREE???

FREE chapters of Tails of Sweetbrier and Charlie the Horse: https://payhip.com/deaniehd


“Charlene the Star was born into a family of famous racehorses. She had beautiful dark red hair, brown eyes, and nice long legs just perfect for being a racehorse. However, Charlene decides racing is not for her. Charlene does not know how to tell her mother this. Quite a dilemma for a youngster. You will have to read Charlene the Star to find out what happens next in this delightful story by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne. I recommend this book for young readers 7-12, and especially for those who are horse lovers.” By Virginia Wright on February 9, 2017

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“Deanie Humphrys-Dunne was blessed with the wonderful gift of telling inspiring stories that encourage children to believe in themselves, work hard and achieve their own unique and special dreams. As we well know from our human experience, it is not easy to be born into a family of super-high-achievers. Charlene was born into such a family of champion race horses and, naturally, she was expected to become a famous racehorse herself. But Charlene found horse-racing boring, and she wasn’t all that good at it. So Charlene tapped into her own inner talents and found her vocation in the aptly titled “Jumping For Joy Farm.” This beautiful book has much to offer to young readers, but it will also assist parents in raising happy, confident and successful children. Readers will find amazing illustrations, exquisite writing and plenty of life lessons in this delightful and educational book. It is a labor of love! Most highly recommended!!” By Yosef Lapid on February 10, 2017


Thanks for stopping by to meet Deannie Humphreys-Dunne and “Charlene the Star!”


Silver’s Book Reviews – “WILLAKAVILLE,” By Mathew Heinecke (aka Bald Guy)

  • Title:  Willakaville
  • Author: Mathew Heinecke (aka Bald Guy)
  • Product dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN:
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1507585462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1507585467
  • Formats: Paperback
  • Goodreads
  • Genres: Children’s Books (ages 6 – 14), Literature, Fiction, Short Story Collections

    **The author provided me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review which follows**

In the Author’s Words:

“Why is all the toilet paper disappearing? Will Kyle escape the banana warriors? Can Marty save everyone from the mushroom zombies? Find the answers inside Willakaville: Amazing Adventures of Astronomical Awesomeness. Follow intelligent children as they solve supernatural issues and find out about themselves along the way.  The book is full to the brim with time machines, magic, mayhem, aliens, cats, mystery, secrets, strange lands, rockets, evil villains, and a pencil. If you are into action, adventure and awesomeness, this is the book for you!”

My Recommendation:

My secret is out! I love children’s books and this was one of the cutest kid’s books I have read in a long time. I only wish my own grandchildren were still young enough to enjoy this collection!

The stories are set in the mysterious town of Willakaville. Each tale is filled with humor and descriptions that will have your child hooting with laughter! (I did). While reading, I could imagine myself sitting with my own children and grandchildren on my lap as we read the stories out loud together. I really got the sense the book was meant to be shared as a family. I know it would encourage many family discussions. Anytime you can get your children to talk to you and read at the same time is a plus in my book!

Mathew Heinecke has struck the mother lode in children’s storytelling by writing with a combination of imagination and exciting life lessons skillfully woven into each yarn. I really liked the idea that there was a problem presented within each storyline and the characters had to figure out how to solve the issue. This is a great way to introduce problem-solving skills to young children.

I especially loved the inclusion of numerous poems that would be fun and entertaining to read to a younger child. What a great way to encourage the love of poetry at an early age.

Since the release of the first volume of Willakaville, Mathew Heinecke has written Willakaville: Baffling Ballads of Boisterous Braveness (Volume 2) and Willakaville: Cataclysmic Chronicles of Caustic Calamity (Volume 3).

Now, if I can figure out some children to buy these books for…

My Rating:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 4
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 4.5 out of 5 stars

About Mathew Heinecke:

Mathew Heinecke is an emerging author of children’s books. He enjoys making up wacky science fiction stories and poems for his children. His Willakaville series books have put these in print for others to enjoy with the goal of tackling the many different issues children will face. (He wants to ensure he is using the full spectrum of his imagination)

As a graduate of the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, he has worked for many years as a mechanical engineer in both the aerospace and transportation industries. This coincides with his passion for learning about new technologies and innovations. (He really wants to be a galactic space fighter)

Mathew grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah where he enjoyed visiting the nearby Rocky Mountains and the colorful landscapes of southern Utah. As a child, he played several sports such as; football, soccer, rugby, basketball, snowboarding, skiing, hiking, fishing mountain biking, golf, and tennis. Now he just plays a little golf and tennis (and has a small protrusion of his belly to show for it) He continues to enjoy sports and time outdoors with his wife, children, and friends.

Some of Mathew’s hobbies include illustration, painting, t-shirt and logo design, gardening, and movies. (He likes to keep busy) His favorite movies are Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings.

You can find Mathew (aka Bald Guy) at Willakaville FacebookWillakaville TwitterWillakaville Tumbler,
and on his blog Willakaville Blog.

Thanks for popping in to meet Mathew!

Writer’s Quote Wednesday, Theodore Roosevelt, 2015-5

Welcome!  This is an open invitation to join in on my blogging event called, Writer’s Quote Wednesday.  This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer.  By sharing your quotes, we will all gain insight and inspiration to propel us forward in our writing careers.

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Be ready to participate with videos and words, photos, and any other media you care to share.  I would love to hear some quotes spoken or even sung! Please make sure and give credit to the author of the quote. If it is an image quote you found on the internet, please say where you found it.

There are no rules to follow.  Either create your own sayings (because after all, we are all writer’s here) or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration.  Just make sure that credit is given for other’s work.  You can use Fotoflexer or Picmonkey, or any other program that you wish to make your own images.

Each Wednesday, I will post the prompt and all you have to do is participate! You have from that Wednesday until the following Monday night to post your quotes. That will give me time to do a weekly wrap up and the new quote for the following week.  On Tuesday I will post a Weekly Recap of the past week’s quotes with links back to your blogs.

I will share your images on social media for added exposure.  Copy the badge above and include it on your own post.  Tag your post on your own blog as “Writer’s Quote Wednesday,” so we can find the posts in the reader.

On your own blog post do a ping back to this post and make sure to “like” or “comment” on everyone else’s post.  A ping back is when you embed (or copy)  the http:// address of my weekly prompt into your own blog post.

Make sure to check my weekly prompt to see if your entry is there.  You can copy the http:// address of your blog post and include it in the comments section of my original weekly prompt if that works better for you.

If you do not do a ping-back, please post a comment on this post with a link to your post so I can find your quote. Please only post to this prompt post. Thanks so much.

Get creative and have fun!

My quote this week is from President Theodore Roosevelt:

Part of the Whole

When I saw this quote, it immediately jumped out at me.  I am part of everything I have ever read!  The truth in this statement startled me with just how truthful it was.  I have been reading since I was in first grade.  I excelled at reading and have always loved it.  I was a shy child and did not have many friends.  Books became my friends, and I read them many times.  They were my salvation in a lonely world.

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Do you remember the Bobbsey Twins?   You can find all 12 volumes for sale on Amazon hereWhen I was young, I read and re-read these books many times.  Nancy Drew was another of my favorites.  Little House on the Prairie, Heidi, Misty of Chincoteague, the list goes on, and on.  In High School I remember I took a creative writing class for a new genre called, “Science Fiction!”  I graduated in 1976, which I guess is a long time ago by today’s standards.  We read Arthur C. Clark’s, “Childhood’s End,” as our main book for the semester.  I remember my teacher was so excited, because we were entering into an era of reading and writing like no other time before us.  Thinking about that now, brings a smile to my face.

I have absorbed the writings of countless authors, and all of them have given me something of themselves through their writing. I am, who I am today, because of great writers!  I salute them all!  Thank you.

How about you?  What quote inspires you?  Join in and let me know!

Thanks for dropping by to see what I am up to.  I look forward to seeing you later,

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