Standup Guy

Standup Guy
Stuart Woods
Putnam
c/o Penguin Group USA
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
www.penguin.com
9780399164156, $26.95, www.amazon.com

Stone Barrington has a new client who complicates Barrington’s life more than ever before in “Standup Guy.” The guy’s problem involves a great deal of money and he needs advice on what his legal rights are. Stone sends him on his way thinking that is the end of his dealings with the man. But there are other people who think Stone is involved much more than he is. Woods has written another complicated thriller that is filled with many interesting characters and situations.

Bubs the Bumble Bee and The Spider’s Web

Bubs the Bumble Bee and The Spider’s Web
By Joyce Graham Fogwill

Outskirts Press Inc
10940 South Parker Road, #515, Parker, CO 80134
www.outskirtspress.com
9781432795863, $12.95, www.amazon.com

The author, who is a retired science teacher uses the character of Bubs the Bumblebee and pictures of real bumblebees and spiders to teach kids about these two facets of nature. Bubs is flying around and spies some spider webs and steers clear because he knows if he is caught that will be the end of Bubs. The story is simple but teaches a lot about the two creatures and how they are not really compatible with each other. “Bubs the Bumble bee and The Spider’s Web is a very effective way for children 6 to 10 to learn more about some of the things around them instead of having to study from a very dry textbook.

Grunge Bob Camo Pants Zombie Hunter

Grunge Bob Camo Pants Zombie Hunter
Created & Written by Robert Cordray Illustrated by David Naughton-Shires

Little Library of the Living Dead
www.libraryofthelivingdead.com, www.grungebobcamopants.com
9780578060651, $10.00 www.amazon.com

“Grunge Bob Camo Pants Zombie Hunter” is an educational excursion into the world of zombies by a kid who hunts them down to protect humanity. The author and illustrator have done a great job of telling the story with prose and artwork that make this kid’s book a fun story and the ending is entertaining.

“Grunge Bob Camo Pants Zombie Hunter” will have readers of all ages cheering on Grunge Bob for more adventures.

That Pet Finder Kid Catnapped

That Pet Finder Kid Catnapped
Scott Clements

Outskirts Press Inc
10940 South Parker Road, #515, Parker, CO 80134
www.happybroendog.com scottclem@aol.com
9781460068513, $7.95, www.amazon.com

From sports to music, 13 year old Chet Parker fails at anything he ever attempts to do. He also does not fit in with other kids at school. That’s why he is more into animals because they love you no matter what you do, he thinks.

When he takes his dog to the vet something happens and he gets the shot meant for his dog. A short time later he is aware that he can sense what animals around him are thinking and his sense of smell is increased. He learns that Heather, a fellow student, lets him know her cat Mr. Fluff Fluff is gone, and she thinks he has run away.

Chet aids her and realizes that for some reason someone has stolen her cat. Later there is a ransom note and now Chet has a purpose, that being who took her cat. Chet also becomes friends with a new neighbor and a severely overweight kid named “Ton” who has the reputation of eating kids he does not like.

Scott Clements who works on the hit USA network series “Burn Notice” is also a very talented writer of YA novels this being one of them. Chet and all the characters in the novel are well defined in a story that rapidly moves along to the revealing ending where readers find out who stole the cat.

That Pet Finder Kid Catnapped is a first class YA mystery novel that would make a great series of adventures for amateur detective Chet Parker.

Sounds of a Coo

Sounds of a Coo
Kelly Lambert

Outskirts Press Inc
10940 South Parker Road, #515, Parker, CO 80134
www.outskirtspress.com
9781432783037, $23.95, www.amazon.com

What do babies think of their parents and those around them? Kelly Lambert in her book “Sounds of a Coo” shows what babies are thinking about many different subjects, and makes this kid’s book lots of fun. From learning about their hands to mommy and daddy we learn how different babies feel and there are many surprises. “Sounds of a Coo” tries to clear up many of the mysteries about babies and does it very well.

Sometimes I am Scared of Zombies: An Interactive Adventure

Sometimes I am Scared of Zombies An Interactive Adventure
Written by Bob Fox Illustrated by Brandon Peter and Melissa Schneider

Superfox Entertainment Group
zdayishere@gmail.com
9781479330355, $10.00 www.amazon.com

Horror writer Rob Fox goes in a very different direction with the kid’s book “Sometimes I am Scared of Zombies!” With the art work by Brandon Peter and Melissa Schneider, the three combined talents come together to show how you should not be afraid of zombies because they are not real, and the book teaches kids to face their fears instead of being afraid or running away from them.

The Hummingbird Garden

The Hummingbird Garden
Evelyn Schawarrz with Illustrations by Kitty Quinn

Outskirts Press Inc
10940 South Parker Road, #515, Parker, CO 80134
www.outskirtspress.com
9781432798154, $16.95, www.amazon.com

Alexis Johnson and her family move into a new home and meet the neighbors their neighbors the Fletchers. Alexis and Tyler Fletcher get along until Alexis and her family plant some flowers in their new back yard. She wants to have the hummingbirds that were at the Fletcher’s also come to their yard. At first Tyler is not very happy until something happens and then he realizes there is enough to go around for everyone.

“The Hummingbird Garden” is another great kid’s book that any age can read and enjoy, while it has so many positive messages, among them the importance of sharing.

Niki & Nick Are Great Friends to Pick

Niki & Nick Are Great Friends to Pick
By Marina

Leo Publishing
Florida
www.leopublishing/childrenandyoungadults.htm
9780983473541, $19.95 www.amazon.com

There are several things I liked abut “Nikki & Nick Are Great Friends to Pick”. Among them are the fact that the author did all of the artwork, the bold colors add a dimension of fun to the story and that it is told by the narrator Mr. Wolfgang Spinsilk, the spider. The problem I found was there are several different writings on the pages that do not seem to have the same focus. One example is, one of the character’s room at home is a mess then there is an explanation for the origins of manners. I do not see how the two are related. The author does this throughout the work. I also do not know what age group this is for, even though it says for ages 6 and up. I guess I am not in the age group that fits to understand “Nikki & Nick Are Great Friends to Pick”

Reviews by Gary Roen

The Adventures of Keeno and Ernest “The Banana Tree”

The Adventures of Keeno and Ernest “The Banana Tree”
By Maggie van Galen Illustrated by Joanna Lundeen

Outskirts Press Inc
10940 South Parker Road, #515, Parker, CO 80134
www.outskirtspress.com
9781432779825, $16995, www.amazon.com

Keeno is a mischievous monkey who gets into trouble and drags his friend Ernest an elephant along when Keeno does not heed both sets of parents warning not to cross the river. Ernest has to find a way to rescue Keeno and not let their parents know what they have done. “The Adventures of Keeno and Ernest “The Banana Tree” has many good lessons for kid’s to learn among them what happens when you do not listen to your parents and the importance of friendship.

Jilli, That’s Silly: A Story About Being a Girl

Jilli, That’s Silly: A Story About Being a Girl
Written by Christa Carpenter Illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams

Mark Wayne Adams Inc
P. O. Box 916392, Longwood Fl 32791-6392
www.markwayneadams.com
9781596160156, $14.95 www.amazon.com

Jillian Wallaby is a 7 year old girl who does lots of silly things that make the book pleasurable to see how juvenile she can be while her mom tries to understand her daughter. Mark Wayne Adams artwork adds to the story, especially when Jilli’s mom is brushing her hair. Jilli makes faces into the mirror. This is one example of how Adams’ artwork complements the story. “Jilli, That’s Silly!” has several positive messages to kids and parents as well, that make the book fun to read.