Children’s Book

Review: The Stories of Goom’pa: Book 1: Goom’pa and Shine by Vikrant Malhotra – Illustrations by Rachael Mahaffey


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She emerged as innocent as any newborn. The party of starbursts and sparkles came to a standstill. In awe, millions of heavenly beings paused. Shine Star, Princess of the Universe, was the most precious and rare of all creations. As an expression of perfect happiness, thus was the king’s daughter born.

A magical love story unfolds in Vikrant Malhotra’s wondrous debut, The Stories of Goom’pa: Book One.

Meet Goom’pa. He is a Poofy, a small furry creature who resides on Earth in a place called Palidon, on the edge of the Miron National Forest.

His world is a quiet one—until he spies Shine Star, a glorious star in the sky and the daughter of Prime Ray, the king of the universe. Enchanted by her elegance, Goom’pa knows he is willing to do anything to win the love of this celestial beauty.

As the two meet and fall in love, Shine Star’s father worries about his only daughter. Exploiting that concern is the Star Lord, Rath, who wants nothing more than to wrestle control of the universe away from Prime Ray.

Will Goom’pa and Shine Star find a way to be together? Or will Rath’s evil plan doom them all?


Reviewed by Cianna for Sunshine & Mountains

Grade: B+ (4 Stars)

I mostly enjoyed this book. I felt like it was a a unique idea for a kids book, kinda along the lines of Stardust, but more tamed down. Shine Star is a star and she wants to be with Goom’pa a little Poofy she met in the forest.

First off, I want a poofy! Actually, I’d like a whole tribe to come live in my house, I’d accept it because they sound so darn adorable.

Second, this was a really interesting book, but I did only give it 4 stars because I felt a little lost at times, as the chapters were so short and characters switched so quickly, so I worry if an adult gets lost, how will a little kid fare? That’s really my only critique of the book. I’d love to know more about Poofy’s too, but I’m hoping that might come in a later book. I felt really involved in the story, I was rooting for Shine Star and Goom’pa’s love to win over the villains and work out! There’s a lot more deep meaning to this book then compared to some children’s books. It really deals with the feelings of loneliness, which is a great for a child, because depending on life and situations, child can get lonely easily.

I felt Shine Star was a fun character, she’s always interested in learning, which lead her to Goom’pa, and I think it’s another great message for children. She had a very interesting life, but again, we didn’t get too much of her world and her people in this book, and I’d love to learn more, but her transformation at the end of the book was very beautiful.

Overall, this is a really catchy and well written kids story. It interests the reader, it’s unique, and deals with some deeper themes which would be good for the adults reading as well as the kids listening. I hope in book two we get more from the two worlds and more of their chatacters that flew by too fast in this one!

** I was given a copy from the author & Rebecca’s Reads in exchange for an honest review

Marie F Crow’s Abigail and Her Pet Zombie : Zoo Day! Release Day & Review! Plus Sale!


Today is the day! Both the paperback edition and the kindle edition of Abigail and Her Pet Zombie: Zoo Day have been released! This is the second Abigail book that Marie F Crow has done, and it doesn’t disappoint!

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Abigail and her pet Zombie have been waiting
all week for their special trip to the Zoo.
When not everyone finds her pet Zombie lovable,
what is the pet Zombie to do ?

Abigail and friends, with help from her Uncle,
must teach the pet Zombie that the most
important thing is to just be you and to not worry
about what others might think.

This is the second book of the Abigail and her pet Zombie Series from author Marie F Crow. It is a humorous story of a little girl and her comical pet. This is an illustrated, lighthearted, fun short story for ages 3 to 8.


Grade: A+ (Five Stars!)

This was wonderful! I was obsessed with Abigail from the first book. This sweet child who has a zombie as a pet. It was wonderful way to help children work on acceptance with such a fun twist that’s so relevant to our society today. Zoo Day is even better. In this next story, Abigail is going to the zoo, but once she gets there her poor zombie has to deal with the people who don’t accept him. He just wanted to play with the children and smilie at the babies. In this story, Abigail’s uncle has to help people come to understand just because the zombie looks different and a bit scary, that he’s not harmful and he’s actually very friendly. I loved this story. I loved when the zombie swam with penguins and the monkeys stole his arm! This is just precious! Plus, The Risen fans will get a special easter egg of an appearance of one of the members of G.R.I.T! How great is that?! Overall, fantastic book with a great lesson and humor for the whole family! Check this out as a wonderful addition to your family library this holiday season!

*I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Plus, in other news, The Risen: Remnants kindle edition is free this weekend! Dec 13-15th! Go grab a copy! 🙂

Remnants Sale

About The Author:

Marie F Crow is the author of the post-apocalyptic series, The Risen. She weaves her stories around the human element of the horror verses the “monsters” themselves. She believes that the real horror of life does not come from the expected, but from the unexpected responses of the human nature and what depths of trauma a person has to survive in certain situations. She began writing The Risen series when feeling that the popular genre was slipping too deep into the realm of pure “slasher” and forgetting what the horror of zombies can mean for a story.

Now with her children’s series launched, Marie hopes to use her favorite “monster” as a teaching tool to inspire children to understand that not everything that looks scary, is scary. With Abigail and Her Pet Zombie series, Marie hopes to further spread her love for all things “that go bump in the night” with small children showing them that it’s okay to be different and to embrace those same differences in those around them.

Marie F. Crow

Cover Reveal & Release Announcement! Marie F. Crow’s Abigail and Her Pet Zombie!


This cover marks the latest release for Marie F. Crow and Marie F. Crow Publishing!

The zombies are headed for children now, and what better author to do it, then the amazing author behind the Risen series.


Abigail isn’t a normal five-year-old girl. She doesn’t have normal five-year-old pets. Abigail has a pet Zombie. This is their story… This is the first book of the Abigail and her pet Zombie Series from author Marie F Crow. It is a humorous story of a little girl and her comical pet.

Quote From Author:

 “I’m very excited to finally bring Abigail to life. Fans of The Risen series will enjoy finding many hidden parallels between the two worlds. I’m looking forward to many new adventures with Abigail.”

Check the paperback out on amazon!

Kindle version coming soon!

This is a book for fans of The Risen series to enjoy and share with the young ones in there life, it’s cute, funny and perfect for any zombie loving family! 🙂


About The Author:


Marie F Crow believes that monsters should keep you up at night with the thoughts of “what if” stalking your mind. She began writing after feeling thrillers were getting too far away from the actual raw feelings, forgetting what a “monster” is, and what they can mean to your world.

The recent advents of movies and literature have pushed the concept of the “undead” too far into the realm of the mundane and cute. There is a need to once more rehash the genre with the proper respect to the psychological ramifications, and sheer horror, that monsters deserve.

That sheer horror of possibly having to kill your friends, family, or anyone else for that matter before they become a shambling corpse willing, even driven, to consume the flesh of their own. The psychological destruction for the survivors to overcome and the guilt that it could cause to those left behind. Will they be strong enough to push through the suffering or strike out in their misery? Will it pull people together or push them apart? These are the concepts that Marie explores in her writing; the basic human aspect of survival.

With the release of The Risen series, she hopes to, once again, breathe fear back into the genre that has always been a favorite of hers. Crafting her stories with honest emotions, and believable circumstances, she creates her worlds with an added twist to the classic monsters. She believes nothing is sacred and invites the reader to explore the depth of that concept by luring them deeper into her realm with visual images and emotional drama all wrapped with a sparkling, gore dripping bow.

With open arms, she welcomes them back hoping that they will enjoy the ride, but requests they do keep all their limbs inside the ride at all times. The Risen are waiting, and they are hungry.

Sugar and Spice and Everything Dies Twice,

Marie F. Crow

Children’s Book Review: Green Kitty by Alexandra Faer Bryan


Today I had the chance to post my review of Green Kitty, a short children’s book. 🙂 This is an adorable story that deals with a harder subject. This book would be a great tool for parents who need some help explaining assisted living homes and Alzheimer’s to their children. As always the picture links to the Amazon page for you to check out! 🙂


Green Kitty has won two awards; it placed as a finalist in the “2012 International Book Awards” contest in the category of children’s fiction and in the USA Book News “Best Books 2011” contest. Filled with true, laugh-out-loud animal antics, Green Kitty will please any child who loves their pets. Green Kitty Written for children ages 8 to 12 to help explain Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, it is both entertaining and educational.  Parents will enjoy reading it out loud to younger children.

It is a story about a grandmother recently placed in an assisted living facility being visited by her grandchild.  Their bond grows stronger through the visits despite the illness.  The grandmother recalls old stories, mostly about family pets, after the child’s curiosity is piqued about a special animal.  Helpful information about Alzheimer’s disease is deftly woven into the story.

Green Kitty will capture the imagination of any child as it retells the true stories of the author’s family pets and farm animals.  These are very amusing, earthy stories which will appeal to both parents and children.


Grade:  B+

This is an adorable book for children. I enjoyed it, and thought it was definitely a great piece about a grandmother and grandchild.

I didn’t think the opening about why the grandmother was in the nursing home works particularly well for children, but it does cover the main points of why the child’s grandmother had to move into the assisted living home where all these stories take place. I think that is my only flaw overall with the book.

The illustrations are beautiful, very well done. Especially those on the odd numbered pages. I would’ve loved to see more. Each story could have two or more mixed into it, to appeal to the children more. This book has so many scenes that would make lovely illustrations. I think that would bring a lot to the book and help it be something easier for children to read.

Overall, this is a lovely story about a grandchild and his visits with his grandmother that would a fun, sweet read for any child!

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