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Dev & Ollie

Devon
Dev has just unwrapped his favourite birthday present…a cool new kite! But there’s a
problem. He doesn’t know how to fly it! Grandpa claims to be an expert and promises
to teach Dev tomorrow but Dev is too impatient.
Ollie, Dev’s magical bedtime owl, comes to the rescue. Together they set off on an
action packed journey to one of the largest kite festivals in the world in Gujarat,
India.
The pleasure of kite flying doesn’t come easy though. Along the way, he encounters a
couple of mishaps and a few bumps on the head. To his surprise, Dev has to work hard
to get his hands on a kite and learn the skill of kite flying.

Finally, fighting through all the hurdles, Dev emerges victorious. When he returns
back home in the morning, he beats Grandpa at his own game!

Dev and Ollie books can be enjoyed by children aged 4+ from any background. They are a truly unique combination of festival experiences, hilarious adventures, and ‘virtual’ sightseeing in India. What’s more, all this is beautifully wrapped around the magical relationship of a child and his bedtime cuddly toy.

My Thoughts

Full of color, wonder and adventure even my 8 month old enjoyed the pictures as I read the story to her!  I greatly enjoyed the imagination in the story as well as the little tidbits of kite knowledge dropped throughout the book.

The book is full of brightly colored, well drawn pictures giving the eyes plenty to keep them busy!  Even my 6

month old was fascinated with the pictures!

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About the Author

author

I created Dev and Ollie following a ‘light bulb’ moment at
a festival in Watford, England.
Indian by origin and having grown up in Japan, I now live
in England with my family. My upbringing has been that
of a global citizen. And after having children, I am keen
for my children to be global citizens while also to be
proud of their own culture and heritage.
As a mother of two young children and a British Indian,
I’m forever exploring ways to impart cultural knowledge
to them. Also, my children are avid readers and adding
variety to their bookshelf is something I actively work on.
My mission is for children not just to be reading well, but
to be well read. Realising that this can be easily
achieved if children can relate to the characters in a
book, Dev and Ollie were created – Dev, a cheeky,
curious and sometimes clumsy boy and Ollie his magical
bedtime cuddly owl.
What sparked their conception was an Indian cultural festival experience in England. Festivals
evoke the best of any culture! Colour, noise, excitement, family, laughter – all are perfect
ingredients for children’s stories with a universal appeal.
During my time in India from 1995 to 1999 for my undergraduate degree in computer science, I
traveled extensively within India. That’s when I experienced an array of amazing festivals.
Kite Crazy is about one such experience. One of my most cherished memories is the annual
kite festival in Gujarat, India…flying kites on the rooftop with cousins from dawn till dusk. Food,
drinks, piles of kites, everything would be planned for. We’d fight to have a go (because we had
fewer kites remaining than the number of cousins!). Then seconds later, we’d be ganging up
and competing against others on neighbouring roof terraces.
I’m working on many more Dev and Ollie books to be released soon, not just about festivals in
India, but unique festivals around the world that haven’t been discovered on an international
level…festivals that children will love to read about! In fact, I’ve had tremendous fun researching
such festivals, so much so that my bucket list now includes some of them (Tomatina Festival in
Spain and Snow & Ice Festival in China)!

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Originally posted 2015-09-16 00:01:27.

Noah: An Illustrated Children’s Book

NoahWhat I Loved About Noah

Noah is a Wordless Picture Book by Mark Ludy.  The pictures are done so well!  There are many I’d love to have as lithographs!  I appllaud Mark Ludy for taking his love for art and his love for God and doing something a little different with it!  I’ve seen ‘picture books’ in the form of graphic novels before but I’d never seen one depicting the story of Noah.  Detail is not spared as you flip through the pages and explore a story we’ve all heard, picture by picture.  Whether it be in the how God told Noah to build the boat, when the flood began or when the animals filled the boat 2 by 2.  Each picture fills the pages with a timeless story which leaves us with so many lessons!

About the Book

A hundred years before the Great Flood, a man named Noah came home talking crazy. God wanted him to build the biggest ship the world had ever seen. The future of humanity depended on it. How would his wife respond? What would the neighbors think? Was it even feasible?
This lavish re-imagining of one of the greatest stories of all time will fascinate children and adults alike. Nuanced and playful, yet meticulous in following the biblical narrative, Mark Ludy’s world-class art digs deeper than the Sunday-school tale of cuddly animals, exploring Noah’s relationship with his family, the natural world, God – and a formidable engineering challenge.
Immerse yourself in this stunning wordless epic. Whatever your age, you’ll never read this story in the same way again.
Bonus: Find Squeakers the mouse on every page!

unnamedAbout the Author

Mark Ludy has written or illustrated eight children’s books including The FarmerThe Flower Man, The GrumpWhen I Was  a Boy I DreamedWhen I Was a Girl I Dreamed, and Jujo the Youngest Tribesman. When he’s not immersed in his sketchbooks, you’ll find him in schools promoting art and literacy. He lives in Colorado with his wife, daughter, and two sons.
Mark’s website: http://www.markludy.com
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Originally posted 2014-11-16 08:38:32.

5 Lessons & A Confession: Kid’s Book Review

Everyone knows that reading to our children is essential for their growth, development, and success.  At this point, this blogger does not feel a need to inform anyone of this.  However, there are some confessions that need to be shared.5 Lessons & A Confession: Kid's Book Review of Don't Ever Look Behind Door 32

5 Lessons & A Confession

First, while comments about products are always true some products are easier to review than others.  Some I don’t want to put down, let go of, or share.  Others, I can’t wait to be done with.

Second, in the Zoo we realize life is real.  Real means both sides of the coin: good and bad.  We do our best to point out all that we believe, be it good, bad, or ugly.

Third, if we find a particular product fantastic, we will go to all lengths to shamelessly promote it.

Fourth, as a My Crafty Zoo reader you may as well get accustomed to seeing this particular product.  I loved it. I’ll be going crazy about it for quite some time.  There’s a good chance it will end up being the gift I give for all appropriately aged persons, and a few fun loving friends.

Now that all of that is off my chest, my conscious is clear and I shall begin shamelessly expressing my absolute love for this fantabulous little book!  Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32 is one of the most adorable stories I’ve read in a very long time.  I dare say it puts Dr. Suess to shame.  I know, I know.  Strong words.  Don’t believe me?  Read it, you will be a convert.

Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32

Author B.C.R Fegan did an amazing job of telling an interesting story that are paired ever so well with the graphics done by Lenny Wen.  I love that the story flows so well, almost musically, and that every page is a page you want to spend a few moments looking at and talking about!  Even as an adult, there was a piece of me that wanted to skip to the back to find out what was behind door 32 and then the other part that couldn’t skip a single line or page!

Lessons That Can Be Taught From the Book

  1. Everyone, even seemingly scary beings, has something good about them.
  2. Even ‘monsters’ do good things.
  3. Just because one can’t do what they think they should, they can still have a good time! This can be verified, check on door 21!
  4. It takes all kinds of ‘people’ to be a team!
  5. It’s important to respect rules and privacy!

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The Beginner’s Bible

If you are a Christian parent or parent-to-be, no doubt the importance of telling Bible stories cannot ever be fully explained.  I remember fondly the stories I was read as a child and those that I learned in Sunday School.  The Beginner’s Bible is full of stories from both the Old and New Testament.  Simply stated to help the tiny ones begin to understand each story, they are well illustrated and short enough to get through before they lose the desire to pay attention.  Giving the opportunity to lay down the foundation that will allow them to rebuild their house each and every time.  I, personally, am ever so grateful for my foundation being so strongly laid down by two in particular of my Granny’s and my Pa-Pa, for each and every time they told me stories and took me to church. Teaching me to behave and to build my foundation on His Word, I’ve used those lessons to get through every situation that I have come across throughout my life.  The Beginner’s Bible is a wonderful resource to help you do the same thing with the little one’s in our life.  About The Beginner’s Bible

The Beginner’s Bible® has been a favorite with young children and their parents since its release in 1989 with over 25 million products sold. Now it’s redesigned with fresh new art that will excite children for many more years to come. Full of faith and fun, The Beginner’s Bible is a wonderful gift for any child. The easy-to-read text and bright, full-color illustrations on every page make it a perfect way to introduce young children to the stories and characters of the Bible. With new vibrant three-dimensional art and compelling text, more than 90 Bible stories come to life. Kids ages 6 and under will enjoy the fun illustrations of Noah helping the elephant onto the ark, Jonah praying inside the fish, and more, as they discover The Beginner’s Bible just like millions of children before. The Beginner’s Bible was named the 2006 Retailers Choice Award winner in Children’s Nonfiction.

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