Fearless Joe Dearborne — Book Review

Fearless Joe Dearborne Cover


Title: Fearless Joe Dearborne | Author: Lisa Whitney Mitchell | Publication Date: July 11, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 198 | Recommended Ages: 8+


Buy Link: Amazon


Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this ebook for purposes of review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.


Summary: Some might say he’s courageous, while others would say he’s daring, maybe even a little crazy. But when Joe Dearborne risked his life and ran into a burning building to save a puppy, the local newspaper referred to him as “fearless”—and that’s a pretty big title for a sixth-grader to live up to.

Plus, Joe already has plenty else to worry about. After other daring feats in the past, Joe promised his father he wouldn’t do anything dangerous again, and, alas, he’s just broken that promise.

But whatever trouble he expects to get into with his father, and despite the dangers he’s triumphed over in the past, nothing could prepare Joe for what he’s about to encounter when a cold, bitterness creeps into his home.

A mysterious and peculiar woman named Mrs. Chill has just been hired to care for Joe while his father is away on business. In no time, however, Joe discovers that she’s up to more than cooking and cleaning, and she has plans to destroy his family. Joe’s effort to save them results in perilous, sometimes humorous, encounters, and leads him on a journey through the threatening wilderness where he faces his greatest challenge yet.


My Thoughts: I read this book aloud to my 11-yr-old daughter. I think I had as much fun reading it as she did hearing it. She’s kind of gotten past the stage where parents and kids typically read together, so this was a real treat for me. She is a total bookworm, like me, and likes to read long novels (also, like me). This book was a great length, we read a little together every night for about a week. For a first novel, I was very impressed. Am very interested to read what Lisa Whitney Mitchell puts out for her second novel. For any parents out there who miss reading with their tween children, this is a good one for you.

Joe finds himself in several sticky situations throughout the book and finds ways to deal with these situations in a natural way without resorting to solutions that are beyond his abilities. The pace of the book is good, as well. A very good first novel.


About the Author: Lisa Whitney Mitchell

Lisa Whitney Mitchell lives in Florida with her husband, two sons, and their dog. When she’s not writing, she practices law. Fearless Joe Dearborne is her first novel.


Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this ebook for purposes of review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

The Adventures of Lovable Lobo: Lobo’s Howliday

The Adventures of Lovable Lobo: Lobo's Howliday

Title: Lobo’s Howliday

Author/Illustrator: C.L. Murphy

Publication Date: Nov. 1, 2014

Age Level: 3 – 7 yrs.

Grade Level: P – 2

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this ebook for purposes of review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

Synopsis: It’s almost Christmas and Santa finds himself in quite the predicament due to unintended consequences as a result of trying something new. Lobo, and his raven sidekick, Roxy, travel to the North Pole to help the jolly ole’ one and are guided by the Arctic animals. The colors of the season delight along the way and make for a howling good holiday. Can you howl Ho Ho Ho?

Check out the book trailer and follow Murphy’s YouTube channel for more info about other titles available from this author. Or learn more at the Lovable Lobo website.

My Thoughts: The Adventures of Lovable Lobo: Lobo’s Howliday is a fun read and a great way to spend time with the little ones in your life during the holiday season. My niece particularly loved the different kinds of animals in the story, the bright colors and she giggled at the out-of-shape reindeer! This would make a wonderful Christmas Eve activity before bedtime, along with a cup of hot chocolate, for small children.


2014 Gold Medal Winner – eLit Awards

2014 Gold Award Recipient – Mom’s Choice Awards
About the Author: C.L. Murphy is the author and illustrator of the series THE ADVENTURES OF LOVABLE LOBO. The main character of the children’s picture books was inspired by a lovable wolf that she raised for over 14 years. She studied art in college and knows in her heart that she was destined to create for children. She just adores their wonder and curiosity. She is a member of SCBWI. She lives amongst the wildlife in one of Oregon’s enchanted forests with her husband and menagerie of animals. She raised two sons that continue to be “the lights of her life”.
CL Murphy photo
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of this ebook for purposes of review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

Isabella Babysits Baxter by Melissa Perry Moraja

Isabella Babysits Baxter by Melissa Perry Moraja


Title: Isabella Babysits Baxter

Author: Melissa Perry Moraja

Length: 32 pages


DISCLAIMER: I was provided with a free copy of this ebook for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

Synopsis: Six-year-old Isabella usually is the one who has a babysitter. But when her enormous puppy named Baxter creates a mess and prevents her mom from working, Isabella’s mom asks her to babysit him. And Isabella knows exactly what to do! Or does she? First, Isabella gets Baxter dressed…TWICE! Next they have a snack, but not without a CRASH and a BANG. And that’s just the beginning. Join Isabella in her very first picture book filled with lots of humor and adventure as she tries to keep Baxter from making a bigger mess.

About the Author: Melissa Perry Moraja, Founder of Melissa Productions, Inc and Mom’s Choice Awards recipient, is an entrepreneurial mom, a multifaceted, business woman, and a creative producer, authoring and illustrating numerous children’s books and self-help books. She has written articles, been interviewed on television, spoken in front of hundreds of people, and successfully achieved two degrees (undergraduate degree in finance and graduate degree in marketing – both summa cum laude).

Melissa believes in family and raising children in a creative, loving, and inspirational environment. She herself has four young children (11 year old boy, 10 year old boy/girl twins, and a three year old) that have truly helped her continue seeing the world through a child’s eyes–pure creative imagination! In 2007, Melissa made a decision to leave her six-salary career at IBM to become a full-time mom, while pursuing her passion as a children’s author, speaker, and consultant.

Melissa spends her personal time coaching soccer and fastpitch softball, painting, playing guitar, and coming up with fun art projects for she and her kids. She also blogs for Working Mother blog, has guest blogged for Charlotte Observer Mom’s Charlotte, and has her own personal blog at Not Your Ordinary Psychic Mom.

Melissa’s greatest accomplishment is her children. They are the ones who inspire her to go after her dreams and to make a positive difference in the orld. And one difference that she is committed to is volunteering, building awareness and fundraising for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). Her twin daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes November 4, 2011.

My Thoughts: I had a lot of fun reading this story to my 6-yr-old niece, and she enjoyed it, as well. I loved that the pages were so full of color and that the characters had such funny adventures together. The illustrations are well-drawn and go along well with the story. My niece’s favorite part of the story was when the crackers got spilled all over the floor. Those are my niece’s favorite snacks and she laughed so hard she almost spilled her own bowl of fish crackers! Children will love this engaging, fun story, whether it is read to them or they read it on their own.


DISCLAIMER: I was provided with a free copy of this ebook for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

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