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...ignite their creative spark.
It's been 4 days since I last posted so when I saw this on a Facebook group, I knew I had to steal the ideas to share with my members!
If you're a member, just log in and it's in the Flash Fiction bit of the members area. If you're not a member, what are you waiting for?? You can read my terms and conditions at Stories 4 Children ~ Terms then join at Stories 4 Children application form.
If you're interested in becoming a member then I recommend you apply before the third week of October so that I can get you added before I start taking part in NaNo otherwise you'll have to wait until after the first half of November before I add you, then you've got until the third week in December before things go on hold again for JanNo... they are the only two times a year when things are guaranteed to be delayed for at least the first 10 days of each month.
Is anyone else taking part in NaNo this year? Are you a Planner or a Pantser or a Plantser? My very first NaNo was a disaster until I discovered yWriter and it's a must-have for me now!
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Author Jordan Rivers Helps Self-Published Children's Authors Expand Reach and Credibility Through Creative Reviews
⭐⭐⭐ out of 5
This is my second book using my Kindle Unlimited subscription and as with all of my other book reviews recently, this book is starting off with the full five stars and I'm always hopeful that I'll finish reading and reviewing with them all firmly in place too.
Let's get started.
First off, I'm wondering what kinda age this book has been written for... it says 4-12 years but that is a huuuuge age range, maturity and ability as well as interest and knowledge. As it's only 35 pages long, I'm guessing that it's aimed at the younger end of the suggested reading age though.
I'm even more confused now... it's definitely aimed at the younger part of the age range, but a 4 year old listener wouldn't understand the word "unique" on the first page, but it was first published in America so maybe they have different vocabulary teaching over there? I won't knock off the first star yet, but it's already decidedly wobbly after only one page.
I love how the author has explained Danny needing his inhaler!
Oh dear... it feels like the author has used Gilly wearing glasses against him which would make youngsters needing to wear glasses feel self-conscious and upset about having to wear them... they might even take them off when they are at school so that they aren't bullied, purely because of what the teacher in this book has said, so that wobbly first star has now fallen off so we're down to four stars now.
The next couple of pages have been better, so it's a solid 4 star review so far.
Vocabulary issue again on page 13 - a 4 year old wouldn't understand the word "imaginary" and the play worlds they create are very real to them. It's definitely a book for the younger child, but a few of the word choices would confuse and/or frustrate them.
Yet another vocab issue on page 16 - a 4 year old wouldn't have a clue what an "instructor" is and they would be picking their nose and eating it in frustrated boredom by now.
The author seems to be using words for a 12 year old in a book aimed at 4 year olds, which means that it's not suitable for either which unfortunately means another star is coming off, so we're now down to 3 stars.
I like that the illustrator has used such a wide variety of skin tones in the pictures... that's so refreshing!
It's potentially dangerous to have Gilly stealing Danny's inhaler in case it gives the young child ideas about doing it "for fun, just to see what would happen" to someone they know, without realising or understanding just how dangerous that could be to the asthmatic child or adult.
Yet more vocab that's too advanced - "admired" on page 33 and "faithful" as well as "bravery" and "ashamed" on page 34!
Just finished the book and other than several word choices and having such a huge age range for the age of this book, it's a pretty decent book... just needs different word choices on the majority of the pages as well as maybe aiming it at 4-6 year olds rather than 4-12 year olds is all.
I'm not gonna sub to any agents or publishers (unless there's an open submission window for a short period of time), but I'm gonna read and edit and read and edit and read and edit some more. My MSs will be in a much better shape by this time next year and I'll get myself an agent in 2023.
I'll write during NaNo21 and JanNo22 but the rest of the year will be full of edits of my entire collection of MSs. I'm pondering on investing in Kindle Unlimited so that I can load my Kindle up with books upon books upon books next year.
I realise now that I haven't read anywhere near as much as I should have done and I've just written without reading very much. As of now, that's gonna change.
There will hopefully be considerably more book reviews starting in February 2022 so be prepared to read loads of them lol I'm gonna focus on one MS at a time, so there is likely to be a theme running through several books at a time.
If you've got any recommendations for YA books that have been published either this year or last year, about bullying, illness/disability, hospitals and friendship to start me off with, that'd be absolutely fantastic. Thank you so so much.