Monday, September 26, 2016

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Bella Donna: Too Many Spells - Children's Book #Review & #Giveaway! (U.S.) Ends 10/9 #SkyHorsePub @skyhorsepub

About the Book:
Bella Donna seems just like any other student at her school, but she has a secret: she’s really a witch! The other witches who live on Coven Road are having a spell casting contest, and Bella is determined to win. She’s trying to learn as many spells as she can, and that’s no small thing! It’s not easy to complete secret magic training while trying to live a normal-kid life. When strange things start to happen at school and begin to spin out of control, Bella wonders if she can really do it. Maybe there are just too many spells!

This second installment in the sweet, spooky Bella Donna series will captivate young readers. Bella Donna: Too Many Spells is a combination of magic, adventure, and staying true to yourself. Marion Lindsay’s adorably simple spot illustrations bring even more magic to author Ruth Symes’s delightful tale. Fall in love with Bella Donna and her road to witchdom! And be prepared for her next big adventure!

For readers and reluctant readers ages 7 to 10, this is the second book is a sweet little series about a witch who is just trying to live a normal life (albeit while practicing and casting spells). Teachers and parents will love this series since it has a good mix of illustrations and text for their more reluctant readers, and the lessons in each book are important for all young kids to learn.

Go to to find out about more Bella Donna children's books and more!

Meet the Author!
Ruth Symes thinks the next best thing to being magic is writing stories about magic. She lives in Bedfordshire and when she isn’t writing she can be found by the river walking her dog, Traffy (who is often in the river). Find out more at

My Review:
Bella Donna is the second book in the series. My seven year old daughter has read the first one, and she couldn't wait to get her hands on this one! Bella Donna is a young witch in training. Bella Donna enters a spell casting contest. A few days after the contest, a bad witch breaks into Coven Road and tries to control Bella Donna and one of her friends. Bella Donna traps the bad witch in Amber, and Zorelda sends the bad witch back home. Next, Bella Donna find her friend Sam, who was turned into a frog by the bad witch. Then the book ends with a party, and a unicorn!

I don't mind my children thinking about magic. I don't really want them ever casting spells, but it's nice to believe that there just might be some magic in this world after all.

Click here to read my review on the First Bella Donna children's book, Coven Road!

Purchase a copy of Bella Donna: Too Many Spells by clicking on the link below! (aff. link)

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Disclosure: I received one copy of Bella Donna: Too Many Spells children's book in exchange for my post. No other compensation was exchanged or received.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Laurie Berkner Band "Superhero" CD #Review & #Giveaway! (U.S.) Ends 10/9 #Superhero #LaurieBerkner

The Laurie Berkner Band, authentic superstars of kids' music, proudly announces the September 23rd release of Superhero, the highly anticipated first full album since 2008 loaded with all-new songs by beloved children's musician Laurie Berkner.

Jam-packed with 21 freshly composed Laurie Berkner originals plus two "bonus" tracks, Superhero is indeed the album Laurie's fans have been waiting for. With music ranging from quiet, a capella finger plays to get-up-and-dance full band anthems, this is Laurie Berkner at her absolute best.

Says Laurie Berkner, "I wrote Superhero thinking about many things that I found fun as a kid, and I'm so thrilled to have such wonderful guests to share that fun, including superstar crown prince of reggae, Ziggy Marley, super musical yogini Kira Willey, and our own superbassman, Brady Rymer, who gets a special slot up front in addition to his regular vocal and instrumental contributions as a member of The Laurie Berkner Band.

Superhero soars through a spectrum of musical styles, including '60s pop, rootsy rock, lullabies, reggae, Latin, and more. As fans have come to expect, all of Laurie Berkner's songs on Superhero speak to kids without talking down to them, through imaginative lyrics that both enchant and empower.

Laurie explains, "To me, Superhero is about self-empowerment -- being our best selves and discovering the superhero in all of us."

Brimming with contemporary edge and energy, Superhero leaps into action with a single bound, taking flight with the title track's splendid horn line and Laurie Berkner's exuberant vocals. "Superhero" has all the earmarks of a Laurie Berkner blockbuster: a powerhouse vocal showpiece that offers plenty of contrast, uncluttered instrumental and vocal textures, tremendous dance energy, and an empowering, joyful message for kids and grownups alike.

Selected highlights -- in an album abounding with great moments -- include the Caribbean flavored "My My Marisol," featuring 5-time Grammy® winner Ziggy Marley. Laurie's daughter, Lucy Mueller, charms listeners by singing with her mom on "Elephant In There," a story-song that offers a cure for imaginary internal elephants. Superhero comes to an emphatically empowering close with the ultimate superhero message in the shape of an eternally positive "Yes!"

A former preschool teacher by day and indie rocker by night, Laurie Berkner started marketing her music more than fifteen years ago from her living room on her own label, Two Tomatoes Records. She is now widely recognized as a pioneer in the "kindie" music genre and was crowned "the undisputed queen of kindie rock" by USA Today. The Wall Street Journal noted, "Her music is distinctive because it speaks to kids without talking down to them, charming youngsters without boring grown-ups."

Superhero is now available wherever favorite albums are sold, at, and at all digital retailers, including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, and more.

Laurie Berkner Performance Highlights - July - December 2016
- November 12 - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY
- December 3 - The Concert Hall @ New York Society for Ethical Culture, New York, NY - Holiday Show!
- December 11 - Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, NJ - Holiday Show!
- December 17 - Tarrytown Music Hall, Tarrytown, NY - Holiday Show!

Connect with The Laurie Berkner Band:
Visit Laurie Berkner's website HERE.

Laurie Berkner on Facebook.

Laurie Berkner on Twitter.

Laurie Berkner on YouTube.

My Review:
My three children are now nine, seven and four years old. They all still love The Laurie Berkner Band and their music! The Superhero CD has 23 Songs! It's great for road trips because you and your children can enjoy and sing along with the songs and not have to worry about the news or commercials while driving. I'd much rather listen to a CD then music on the radio when on a road trip. My favorite songs on the CD are: Superhero, Tallulah Jones, My My Marisol [feat. Ziggy Marley], This is How I Do It, Face to Face, Umbrella, Pajama Time!, and for sure, the 
We Are The Dinosaurs (Dance Remix)! We are the Dinosaurs was the first ever Laurie Berkner Band song that I heard, and it was my son's favorite when he was little! So hearing it Remixed is awesome!

Purchase your Copy Today on Amazon. (affiliate link).

Or you can Enter to Win your own copy below!

Enter using the Giveaway Tools Form for a chance to Win your own copy of The Laurie Berkner Band "Superhero" CD! Giveaway is open to residents in the main continental United States only, 18 years of age or older. No P.O. Boxes, sorry.

Disclosure: I received a copy of The Laurie Berkner Band "Superhero" CD in exchange for my post. No other compensation was exchanged or received.
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