Daily Archives: January 7, 2021

Express Yourself – Joyful Journaling for Kids

By Christine Boucher

Design by Suzanne Good Hazard

Express Yourself! is a wonderful way for children to journal. The intro explains that you can start on any page, make it your own and even encourages your child to cross out things that don’t relate to them and replace those items with things that do. Your child is also encouraged to ask an adult or a good friend to explain things they do not understand. The list of things besides your child’s imagination and thoughts that they will need are most likely in your child’s room right now. They include something to write with (crayons, makers, etc.), stickers, photos and/or pictures from magazines, ticket stubs, awards and any other things that will inspire or remind them of memories.

The chapters are fun and interesting. Starting with “Joyful Jots” – one positive word answers to words like playgrounds, fall, art class and homework. Each chapter is color coded and has at least one inspirational quote. A few of my favorites are: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. – Albert Einstein and “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”-Willie Nelson.

I highly recommend this book for children old enough to read and write. It is a springboard for discussion with his or her parents when sharing thoughts and asking questions that may arise.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy from Dover Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Copyright © 2021 Laura Hartman

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Undercover Kitty: A Second Chance Cat Mystery – A Purr-fect Cozy Mystery

by Sofie Ryan

Something is fishy at the American Cat Fancier (AFA) shows and it isn’t the sardine crackers the contestants love to munch. Enter an eclectic detective agency named Charlotte’s Angels – just Angels for short – to sort out what is going on. The detectives are a mix of senior citizens, Sarah who owns a delightful resale shop and a troubled teen who lives with one of the members. And of course, Elvis, Sarah’s rescue cat. Yes, he is named after the Rock and Roll icon, but is also legend in the Angel’s as well as his own opinion.

Rose, the head of the Angels convinces Sarah to enter Elvis in the AFA Show as an undercover agent. They need to find out who is behind the sabotage that has turned up lately at the shows. Unfortunately, things have escalated. When one of the owners is found dead, everyone assumes it is a horrible accident. But the Angels soon realize it is murder. Will they find the person that is responsible before another feline or human is hurt or killed? The Angels are determined to crack the case.

Undercover Kitty is the purr-fect cozy mystery. Elvis is adorably aloof yet loveable and smart. The group of amateur sleuths are fun to meet and determined to solve the case. There is a bit of romance for a few of the characters as well as a strong bond of friendship within the group of friends and felines.

Cozy and cat lovers will really enjoy this fast-paced mystery. Sofie Ryan is a well-deserved New York Times Bestselling Author. Undercover Kitty is the eighth book in her Second Chance Cat Mystery. She is also the bestselling author of the Magical Cats series – also cozy mysteries.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy for free from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2021 Laura Hartman

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