About the Book
For young readers and families, Don’t Blame the Mud paints a vivid and accurate picture of sin and God’s plan of redemption. Written by best-selling children’s author Marty Machowski, this beautifully illustrated picture book teaches children how to recognize the lure of temptation and the truth that bad choices lead to bad consequences.
One day, Max takes the muddy path along the creek home, disregarding his mother’s reminder to keep his school clothes clean. After crashing into a mud puddle, he tries to hide his mistake and discovers the stain of his sin goes deeper than the mud he can wash away. In this lovable, relatable, and heartwarming tale, Max learns his heart needs to be cleaned, and Jesus is the only one who can wash away his sin.
By clearly articulating the gospel, Don’t Blame the Mud helps parents create an environment of confession so kids can own up to their own mistakes—in the freedom of Christ—rather than place the blame elsewhere. Parents, teachers, and caretakers can help children identify with the real-life draw of temptation and the real-life consequences of sin, understanding the value of God’s salvation through the cross. Instead of teaching kids how to deal with a problem, Machowski uncovers the real issue of sin and provides a gospel answer.
About the Author
Marty Machowski is a Family Life Pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church, a Sovereign Grace Ministries church in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, where he has served on the pastoral staff for more than twenty years. As leader of their children’s ministry, Promise Kingdom, he has worked for many years to develop curriculum and devotional material that connect church and home. His passion is equipping families to understand the Bible as one gospel story and help them share that with their children. He is the author of The Gospel Story for Kids series including Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God (OT); The Gospel Story Bible; and the Gospel Story Curriculum: Finding Jesus in the Old Testament and the forthcoming Old Story New (NT): Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God and Gospel Story Curriculum: Following Jesus in the New Testament. He and his wife Lois and their six children reside in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
About the Author
Born into a military family. Raised in Hawaii. One foot in the surf, one foot in school. Loved art since kindergarten through college and beyond. Drafted in '66, served in the infantry, out in '70. Worked in journalism as a political cartoonist for 22 years. Spent the next 22 years as a syndicated cartoonist. Got into fiction writing in 2009 with the first of eight novels as of 2019. More stories to come...along with bronze sculptures, water-colors, and historical fiction.
So many stories, so little time.
Author Marty Machowski and illustrator Craig MacIntosh have come together and crafted a fun and unique children’s picture book about temptation and the consequence to making bad choices. Portraying temptation as mud is a unique way of capturing the attention of children in a fun and positive learning environment. This is not only a great parenting tool for teaching about temptation and consequences of bad choices, but also showing how God plays a role in it all. The story is fun and enjoyable and there are great parenting resources in the back of the book. A great read for children.
Genre: children’s, parenting
Publisher: New Growth Press
Publication date: May 27, 2019
Number of pages: 32
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Read with Audra. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
About the Book
An adventure novel about four lucky kids and a mysterious, but thrilling ride for fans of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Jurassic Park!
CastleCorp and the famous Castleton brothers are unveiling the World's Greatest Adventure Machine! The roller coaster is an experience like no other, and four lucky kids have won the chance to be the first to ride it.
There's Trevor, whose latest stunt got him in trouble at school again. There's Devin, whose father is pushing him to be the next Internet sensation. Nika's wealthy grandfather isn't too pleased about her participation. And Cameron, he'll be the first to tell you, is a certified genius.
The whole world is watching. But as the kids set off on their journey, they begin to realize that there is perhaps more to their fellow contest winners than meets the eye. And the Adventure Machine? It might just have a mind of its own.
Join the contestants on their wild ride if you dare. Your adventure starts now!
About the Author
Frank L. Cole was born into a family of southern storytellers and wrote his first book at age eight. Highly superstitious and gullible to a fault, Frank will believe in any creepy story you tell him, especially ones involving ghosts and Big Foot. Currently, along with his wife and three children, he resides in the shadow of a majestic western mountain range, which is most likely haunted. Potion Masters The Transparency Tonic is Frank’s 11th published book.
He is an active promoter of reading and using imagination and has been to more than 200 schools presenting to kids.
Frank L. Cole has written a wonderful adventure story that kids will have a delightful time reading. The story is about a group of kids that become friends and their adventures. This story is humorous, filled with friendship and lots of fun. There are several main characters of the story and it’s great to see the perspective of each. This story has a bit of a feel similar to that of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as well as at the end leaves readers with several unanswered questions. Overall this is a fun and delightful story that young readers are sure to enjoy.
The audible narrator, Mike Golczynski, was fun and entertaining reader. He really brings Cole’s story to life by using different voices for the various characters throughout the story. His voice is likeable and keeps listeners enthralled throughout the entirety of the story.
Genre: children’s, middle grade, adventure
Publication date: November 13, 2019
Length: 5 hours and 47 minutes
An Audible download code was provided by the author. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
About the Book
What if hundreds of plastic toy dinosaurs suddenly came to life- Could you find a way to stop them...?
Iggy Risner is your typical wise-cracking twelve year old. When his younger brother, Oz, wakes him in the middle of the night claiming he heard a monster in the attic, Iggy takes him upstairs to prove him wrong. But instead of a flesh-eating beast, they discover hundreds of their toy plastic dinosaurs that have mysteriously come to life.
When the dinos escape the attic and start terrorizing young kids in the neighborhood, and trampling flower beds, somehow Iggy, Oz, and their friends must catch the plastic dinos of doom before the damage escalates. But what do you do when your parent's doubt your story, and a group of clueless neighborhood bullies stand in the way?
For Iggy & Oz- Catching the little beast may prove to be easier said, than done.
About the Author
J.J. Johnson grew up in Pryor Creek Oklahoma. Attending Oklahoma Baptist Universtiy with a major in Student Ministry and a minor in Sociology. He currently resides in Edmond Oklahoma where he lives with his wife Ashley and children.
J.J. Johnson has written a cute story that brings to life the very active imagination of two brothers and their friends. This story is told from the view point of twelve-year-old Iggy, with some funny inserts every now and again from his younger brother Oz. Not only does Johnson bring to life the active imagination of kids, but also some real-life experiences and relationships with parents and peers, including friendship and bullying. This is a great read for any middle grader ready for a dinosaur adventure.
Series: Iggy & Oz
Genre: middle grade
Publisher: Dark Sided Geeks
Publication date: September 17, 2019
Number of pages: 101
Other books in the series:
2-Iggy & Oz: The Soda POP Wars (coming soon)
3-Iggy & Oz: The Living Snot (coming soon)
A review copy of this book was provided by JustRead Publicity Tours, as well as a copy purchased for review. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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