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Reviews for SCOTTY SKUNK HEARS A SCARY SOUND
SCOTTY SKUNK HEARS A SCARY SOUND Created by PandaParents Digital version: 35 pages Age Range: 3-6
1. (5 stars) Laura Clarke — “Like the other book I read by these authors, I gave this book 5 stars for several reasons. My son and I are huge animal lovers and he will read all books about any animals if possible (including a skunk!). I appreciate the authors’ unique take on making this one more special, and not just being ‘about’ an animal but actually giving them personalities and problems that children can relate to, also while teaching new words and concepts in an engaging manner.! Crating a story that not only captures your child’s imagination, but they grow fond of the characters and want to read it again is always a huge win in my book. And when you are having fun with your child but also helping them learn in a way that feels natural and not ‘forced’ is always a huge plus. Thank you to the authors for putting these all up together. We loved the pictures and are looking forward to more of these books!”
2. (5 stars) Jhonni Parker — “Scotty Skunk Hears a Scary Sound” is one of the most imaginative and clever young reader books I’ve read in a long time! We become interested right away with poor Scotty’s dilemma, and absolutely loved the description of his experiences and adventures, to the matching drawings storyline development. There was little to no lull in the action…which is good to keep their attention, but I like how informative his book is, while being entertaining. Plenty of opportunities to engage in dialogue about different ideas and words that arise (focusing on “S” words in this one) and the alliteration makes it a fun book to read out loud. Hopefully there are more books like this coming out… We would love to keep reading them! I am always on the lookout for a well-thought out story and positive, memorable characters that teach younger readers valuable lessons without being ‘preachy’ or ‘teachy’. Just wholesome, interactive “messy” fun.
3. (4.5 stars) Eliza Brown – “For young reader picture books, author voice is almost everything, and it will make or break a child’s enjoyment of it. They need to hear originality and know that the author is not trying to sound or write like someone else, but is telling the story in a whole new way, whatever that story may be in an engaging, authentic manner. Kids can smell a fake a mile away, and believe me I’ve read my fair share of books from authors who “try” to have the voice and personality that will appeal to younger readers, but fail. “Scotty Skunk Hears a Scary Sound” delivers on all accounts in an impressive way. Very creative, charming, and great energy children will love. The storylines were simple and matched the pictures for the most part—lots of emphasis on words with the letter “S”, and a story that fit poor Scotty’s adventures. It is a short book, but certainly has a nice hook and a sweet, positive moral at the end and the children will enjoy. A great read, that entertains and educates and is fun for kinds to participate in. The questions at the end encourages them to think, and we and will be looking for the next ones! Recommend for ages 3-8”
4. (4-5 stars) Karen Matthews— “I thought “Scotty Skunk Hears a Scary Sound” was great. So easy to get into right off the bat, and I really liked the author’s writing style; great for younger readers but not dumbed down or talking down to them. This is the second book I’ve read and they both have been wonderful and charming. The story flowed nicely, and right off the bat you are pulled right into the action and with Scotty Skunk, who is more of the main character than the humans in this one, but it is even cuter that way! Scotty faces challenges and he wants to find a safe, quite place (loud sounds scare him) and he sets off on an adventure and that is where the story gets really fun. This one really focuses in “S” words, whereas the other book was “J”, so the authors wrap the story around those words in a very clever way. We were interested from beginning to end and liked all the characters and the way the story played itself out. Challenging questions at the end help the young reader reflect and participate in what they have learned. Ready for more!”
Reviews for A JOLLY JINGLING JOURNEY A Jolly Jingling Journey Written and Illustrated by PandaParents Digital version: 50 pages Age Range: 3-6
1. This story received a 5-star review from Readers’ Favorite “A Jolly Jingling Journey is a comprehensive learning experience for children that’s fun and exciting to boot. I was instantly attracted to the bright and colorful illustrations and found myself happily counting reindeer, finding objects in pictures and appreciating how the author managed to insert “J” words on almost every page — heck, even the candy canes outside Santa’s house are upside-down Js. This collection teaches kids about the alphabet, has them counting and gives them an environmentally friendly look at the North Pole and the arctic regions. Watching as Davy, Dahu and Magnus soar over the tops of trees, frozen lakes, and mountains had me seriously considering taking a nap just in case I too could dream up a trip to the North Pole. A Jolly Jingling Journey: Panda Kids ABC educates as it entertains, and that’s a very good thing, indeed. It’s most highly recommended.”
2. Highly rated by: The Children’s Book Review “In A Jolly Jingling Journey, readers are introduced to young Davy and his dogs Dahu and Magnus on Christmas Eve. They are excited for Christmas and as Davy drifts off to sleep he embarks on a fantastic journey to the North Pole. As he flies through the air with his trusty mascots, he comes to a land filled with ice and snow and happens upon a cabin made of cookies and candy. Another dog, Jet, leads them inside the cabin, which happens to be where Santa lives, but Santa is nowhere to be found. They search for clues to find Santa and their fun adventure becomes more involved as the mystery deepens. The second part of the book is called An Epic Journey, and here Davy, Dahu and Magnus help Santa find his reindeer.
This novel new digital learning method combines a story with interactive activities that aim to keep a reader’s attention through different activities on each page. For example, in the second part of the book, readers are asked to count the reindeer they see on each page. Or they are asked to find specific words, that are scattered on the pages, as they are reading along.
Perfect for active youngsters, this read-along story will keep little ones entertained as they learn about Davy and his trip to the North Pole. The colorful illustrations and series of objects will keep young readers engaged as they count and sort the objects as they listen to the story. The book includes a series of questions at the end to further engage readers and deepen their knowledge.”
3. (5 stars) Karen Matthews – “This was the first book we’ve read from Panda Parents, but we sure hope it won’t be the last! We absolutely loved it! My children and I really enjoyed the fun storytelling and the style of writing in this book—the distinctive ‘voice’ that is so fun and children can easily relate to and enjoy. It is so simple and easy to read, but each sentence and page packs so much energy and imagery that you really get a bang for your buck. “A Jolly Jingling Journey” is a fun, fast read that is sure to delight! Really interesting, and draws you in right away. We love the idea of how it not only encourages children to use their imagination, but to be learning as well… We all enjoyed the pictures and illustrations (they are actually quite vibrant and fun which is very important for younger children to catch their interest, and it’s excellently edited with perfect pacing and text-to-picture ratio, especially for younger readers! I think the author is onto something special here and it would be fun to read more in this niche– the possibilities seem endless! An entertaining and informative picture book that we’ll be sure to read again and again Recommend for ages 3-7 and great addition to have in any home library.”
4. (4-5 stars) April Dawn – “When I read picture books with my son, it seems often we like the illustrations and the text isn’t that entertaining, or we like the story, but the pictures are lacking. But we enjoyed how seamlessly everything flowed in “A Jolly Jingling Journey”. We enjoyed the colorful animated pictures and illustrations, and thought the whole story and its themes were just wonderful. Perfect blend of fun, creativity, and education. Nearly flawless editing, and a solid visual delight! This book delivers on all accounts in an impressive way. Very creative, charming, and great voice and narrative flow. The storylines were simple and informative and matched the pictures. Davy is a sweet boy, and of course who doesn’t love dogs… and Santa! Has a nice hook and while it has an actual ‘plot’ (unlike many books I find), it still challenges a child’s mind to look deeper and actively engage with the lesson. Includes a fun, interactive questions at the end and I think the concept of “messy learning” is one that kids will respond well to.”
5. (4 stars) Gillian Hancock – “I read this book with my kids to see what they would think of it, and I received very good feedback. They loved the story and the pictures/drawings, but especially loved how they are able to feel like they are participating in the whole experience! This book was short enough to hold their attention, but long enough for it to be a decent bed time story (or anytime story, really). They loved the energetic text that described the fun experiences that Davy has, and They definitely got excited over Santa and the Reindeers. And the illustrations/photographs really help the book to come alive—They really are well done). This book is probably suited more for the pre-school crowd, but the text is simple and clear enough (and matches the pictures so well) that the youngers will have no trouble following along. I thought this was a wonderful book for children that encourages them to use their minds and become active participants in the reading and learning process.”
6. (5 stars) Laura Clarke – “I gave this book a well-deserved 5 stars! I appreciate the author’s unique take on making this one more special, and not just being ‘about’ a boy and his dogs or Santa and reindeer, but actually making the readers part of the experience and including the use of the children to participate in the experience and making it their own by actively engaging and asking questions. It really emphasizes the letter “J” and “J” words… some are a little advanced for the real young ones, but never too early to start learning! This is the first I’ve read that is done this way and it works well – very organic feel! And then tying a plot neatly around it so that it makes sense and is actually interesting. These authors have written a fantastically inspiring and creative book that is aimed at the young readers, and it stands out to me in terms of originality, even if some elements and themes are familiar. They (Panda Parents) have their own unique voice and writing style that makes it feel fresh and exciting. The story glides from scene to scene effortlessly, and the authors shows exceptional ability when it comes to writing for younger readers. And those drawings are wonderful!! The idea of “messy Learning” is interesting and I’m curious to see what else the authors have to offer. Recommend!”
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