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Choose Your Own Adventure Blog hop! Tony the Phony and the Northern Woods by Kid Author T. Man

1 Feb

Hi everyone! Today, I have a treat for you! I get to share an interview with a kid who wrote his own Choose-Your-Own-Adventure story!

T. Man, the author, wrote a first book, along with his brother (M. Man), and mother – author Michelle Isenhoff. The first book, Tony the Phony and Cursed Mansion, was a success.

The next book is “Tony the Phony and the Northern Woods”. T. Man went solo (but has a little help from his mom). You can follow along with this read along adventure by clicking over to the Story Boys Blog – click HERE!

Tony the Phony and the Northern WoodsTony the Phony and the Northern Woods

Series: Tony the Phony #2

Written by T. Man with Michelle Isenhoff

21 pages – ages 7+

Published by Amazon Digital Services LLC on January 13th, 2016

Synopsis- Tony the Phony is back in another adventure! Tony and Ed are going to Tony’s grandpa’s house for a weekend fishing trip. Only, that Tony’s mom doesn’t know that they are flying in a plane to Canada to get there, when Tony is [supposedly] at Ed’s house. What will happen next? You decide!

What I Thought- This was a fun Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book. It is perfect for reluctant readers, as it is a short story that is fun and interactive. I enjoyed reading the variations of what happened to Tony and his friend, Ed, and the fact that they incorporated some fantasy, and a lot of adventure. Kids will love this book. T. Man did this mostly by himself (with help on the sidelines by his author-mom) and there is a quality to the work which makes it an enjoyable experience! I love to read works by kid authors! Keep on writing!


Now, onto a special interview with T. Man himself!

Erik- What do you like the most about writing Choose-Your-Own-Adventure stories?

T. Man- I like to have a whole bunch of endings, so some of them can be funny and some of them not. I like to write something for everyone.

Erik- That is always a good idea, T. Man. What is your favorite ending to the story?

T. Man- The one with the police car, because I know that’s exactly what my mom would do if I left in a plane.

Erik- It’s good to know that you can imagine what would realistically happen if the story took place. When are you planning a new Tony the Phony book?

T. Man- I don’t know. Maybe in a year or two. I’d like to do the next one with my brother because it’s a lot easier with two people thinking up the story.

Erik- I see what you mean. You did a good job on your own, too. If you had a choice, would you choose to travel by plane (like Tony did)?

T. Man- I’ve never traveled by plane before, but I probably would since it’s very rare that they crash. My grandpa is a pilot, and he said he’s been up so high he’s seen all of Michigan like a big mitten. I think that would be cool. 

Erik- That’s cool that your grandpa is a pilot. I bet it would be amazing to see the entire state. You get to choose the ending of your day today – what would it be?

T. Man- I already have a snow day. I’d also like to have my new air soft gun delivered today. So I can join the neighborhood air soft wars.

Erik- Thank you very much for letting me talk with you, T. Man!

Thanks for stopping by! No go check out the hop! 😀

Book Review! Virgil Creech Takes a Swipe at Redemption by Mark Myers

27 Jul

virgilVirgil Creech Takes a Swipe at Redemption

By Mark Myers

211 pages – ages 9+

Published by Pelican Hater Books on December 19, 2013

It all started with a ball game between four kids, an army veteran out for a walk, and the little town in Georgia called Portsong in the 1920’s. When Virgil Creech (the youngest in the nasty Creech family), and his friends Henry Lee, Joe, and Willie, are playing a ball game, and Virgil’s team is losing, he starts throwing a temper tantrum, kicking the ball at Henry. It went over Henry’s head, and it hit a retired military man from England, the Colonel Clarence Birdwhistle, injuring him and knocking him unconscious. The boys get an ambulance, but don’t tell how the Colonel got in that condition. Through a misunderstanding, the boys think that the Colonel was blinded by the accident. So, Henry, Joe, and Willie decide to get him a seeing-eye dog. They take a dog from the junkyard and give him a night’s training, and then Henry drops it off in the Colonel’s hospital room. Unbeknownst to the boys, the dog was once owned by nasty Virgil, and he’ll do anything to get that dog back, no matter how happy the dog makes the Colonel.

This was a great historical fiction novel about friendship, being a good person, and about community. The story was very well done, and I think that Mr. Myers got the feel, language, and authenticity of the time period down pat. Virgil is a character you come to care for, but, to me, it seemed like Henry was the real main character. I didn’t mind that. Virgil still played an important part. I loved to read about Virgil plotting to get his dog back. The cover of the book is magnificent and goes well with the story. I would really like to read other books by Mr. Myers. I think that this book is a lot of fun to read and kids who wouldn’t normally read a historical fiction-type book will enjoy reading this story.

I give Virgil Creech Takes a Swipe at Redemption five out of five bookworms!fivebooks

To read an adults view on this book, check out Michelle Isenhoff’s review HERE.

Character Book Club: Taylor Davis from Taylor Davis and the Flame of Findul [by Michelle Isenhoff]

14 Feb

Hello, readers! I usually do Perfect Picture Book Friday (check out PPBF at Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog HERE) but this week I am doing The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow blog’s Character Book Club! Next week I will be back with a great PPBF post!

Today I get to interview…

“Um Erik, I’m sorry to tell you this but, you can’t do the interview.” 

“Yeah, it’s CHARACTER book club.”

Tomato and Pea, what are you guys doing here? If you readers don’t know, Tomato and Pea are the characters from my book, “The Adventures of Tomato and Pea: A Bad Idea.”


“Well Erik, you aren’t a book character so I’m sorry, you can’t do the interview. Pea and I are the ones who will do the interview.”

Can I just say who you are going to interview?


Oh, okay I’ll just wait over there in the corner.

Hi everyone! Tomato here. Pea and I are going to interview the main character from Michelle Isenhoff’s exciting series “Taylor Davis” for Character Book Club!

In this series, Taylor Davis, along with Elena Camila Velasquez Cartahena, and their guardian angels/agents, Mike (short for Amikim) and Ranofur, need to save the world from chaos and destruction. Bartholomew Swain (a horrible pirate who ate a rotten piece of fruit from the Tree of Life) keeps causing trouble and trying to destroy the world. The friends romp through heaven and earth to stomp bad guys and save… well they save everything!


(click HERE for Erik’s review of Book 1, and HERE for Erik’s review of Book 2!).

Now on to the interview and Character Book Club!

Taylor Davis Series (1)

Tomato: Hello, Taylor Davis! Thank you for stopping by Character Book Club this month. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Taylor: Sure, Tomato. Well, I was a pretty ordinary guy until my folks moved to the Caribbean. I mean, I’ve never been much of an athlete. If there’s a patch of ice on the sidewalk, I’ll probably be the one to fall on it. But I pass most of my classes in school, and I like hanging out with my friends. This whole fight-the-bad-guys-with-a-big-sword thing was NOT my idea.

Pea: In your stories, you say you are part of your school’s drama club. What is your favorite play that you were in?

Taylor: Dude, that’s easy—Peter Pan. I played the crocodile. Great costume and no lines. That was my first year at Zander, back when I didn’t know what anyone was saying. But a crocodile can tick-tock the same in Spanish as in English.

Tomato: No hablan español ¿eh? What’s it like being in Heaven and hanging out with your Guardian Angel, Mike?

Taylor:  Well, we haven’t exactly had a chance to play ping-pong or anything. We’ve been a little preoccupied with red alerts, Churkon assaults, and, er, trying not to fall off flying horses. (Shut up, Elena.)

Pea: Speaking of red alerts, how heavy and big is the sword of Findul? Did you ever pretend you were Luke Skywalker with it?

Taylor: The sword is a beast! It’s four foot long and weighs over five pounds. Great for adding some bulk to the biceps, but you have to be careful not to light your hair on fire. Takes some getting used to. (Shhhh…don’t tell Ranofur, but, yeah, I did once. Sound effects and everything.)

Tomato: The very evil Bartholomew Swain seems to be set on destroying the world. Why is he so cranky?

Taylor: You got me. The guy had great business sense, long life, and a really cool British accent. It must have come from hanging out with Davy Jones.

Pea: I don’t care who he hangs out with Swain is CREE-PY! If two space aliens, say, maybe two handsome guys named “Bean” and “Carrot,” crash-landed  near your school, Zander National Academy, and you found them, what advice would you give them about surviving on EAR-TH?

Taylor: You know, I’m getting a pretty strong hankering for stir-fry.

Assuming these new veggies, er, aliens, are friends of yours, I have one word for them: weapons. It looks like you’re pretty set up with techy gadgets, but if you ever want anything more medieval—you know, blood, sweat, hospital visits—I can probably hook you up. Though you are pretty small…

Tomato:  We may be small, but we pack a punch! What was the coolest thing that has happened to you during all of your adventures?

Taylor: Where do I start? It was pretty cool when that cabbie morphed into a Swaug and I almost went deep sea diving in the taxi cab.  I mean, I almost peed my pants at the time, but looking back and knowing that I lived is pretty cool. I got to drive once, too. I pegged out the speedometer all the way through Southampton. That was pretty awesome! But probably the coolest thing that happened was finding out I can do more than I thought I could, and knowing my team always has my back.

Pea: Do you like scented candles?

Taylor: Um…no. And I’m going to pretend you didn’t just ask me that.

Tomato: Yes, I will ignore that one too, Pea. Do you know where will you be going your next adventure yet?

Taylor: With any luck, it will involve dinner, a movie, and a girl named Jennifer somewhere in Jersey…

Pea: Can you tell us about that Isenhoff lady who takes credit for all your hard work?

Taylor: Oh, yeah, her. My lawyer would probably advise me not to comment. The lawsuit is still pending.

Pea: What do you th-

That’s enough, Pea.

Thanks for coming Taylor! Much appreciated. Hope all goes well with saving the world and such (not sure about the Jennifer part though…)! Have fun!

To learn more about Taylor Davis and that thieving Isenhoff lady, go to her website HERE

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Taylor Davis and the Clash of Kingdoms by Michelle Isenhoff

6 Jan

Let me start the New Year off right with a review of a great book!  😀

taylordavisbook2_cover_600x900Taylor Davis and the Clash of Kingdoms

By Michelle Isenhoff

244 pages – ages 9+ (ebook reviewed)

Published by CreateSpace on January 1, 2014

Taylor Davis is back, along with Elena Camila Velasquez Cartahena, and their guardian angels/agents, Mike (short for Amikim) and Ranofur! They need to save the world from chaos and destruction, before a third World War erupts! The team is sure that Bartholomew Swain (a horrible pirate who ate a rotten piece of fruit from the Tree of Life who they thought they got rid of in the first book – Taylor Davis and the Flame of Findul  – see my review HERE) is behind several hypnotized students, friends of Taylor, who have tried to beat him up, but they have no proof. The trouble isn’t just at Taylor’s school though. The whole world is going wonky. When the European Union, British Parliament, and the United Nations erupt in violence, Taylor knows something very bad is up. How will he and his team stop it – whatever it is?

This was a great second book in the Taylor Davis trilogy. I love how Mrs. Isenhoff writes an exciting adventure appropriate for middle grade kids.  The action kept me on the edge of my seat and the story kept me wanting to read more. Taylor and Elena are great characters that I enjoy reading about. I love the mix of angels/villains/humans in the series. Taylor seemed to have changed at the end of the book, more mature, I think, but in a good way. I guess saving the world will do that to a character! I like the sounds (but not the looks) of Simgali the Trickster – very interesting character.   Mrs. Isenhoff writing style gave me a great picture of the story without being dragged down with too many details. It made the book enjoyable to read. I could have done without the tad bit of romance (Elena has a boyfriend, and a thing at the end of the book), but that’s just me. 😉

I give this book five out of five bookworms! fivebooks

To learn more about Mrs. Isenhoff and her other books, please click HERE.

To find where to buy Taylor Davis 2 – click HERE.

Choose Your Own Path: Quest for the Dragon’s Treasure by Gerry Gaston

9 Sep

Before I get to today’s review, I wanted to tell you to please check out the first stop on my book’s blog tour. Today I am over at Michelle Isenhoff’s blog – click HERE to go THERE! Mrs. Isenhoff was a big help to me when I wrote the book. She helped me with grammar and how to write conversations well. She is a great mentor to me and I am happy that she is reviewing my book! 😀

Tomorrow, be sure to visit Kid Lit Reviews for the next tour stop.

To see the other dates and blog tour stops, please click on the banner below – HEY but don’t leave until you read today’s review! 😉



Choose Your Own Path: Quest for the Dragon’s Treasure

Author: Gerry Gaston

Illustrated by Laura Livi

Format: Children’s Picture Book

66 pages – ages 4-8 yrs

HERE YE, HERE YE! The king’s royal crown has been stolen by a terrible red dragon! Many have tried to get it back, but no one has succeeded! Calling all brave knights! You must choose your own path. Will it be the right one?

I have to admit I think the choose your own path type of story like this works better as an ebook than a paper book. Because it is an ebook the whole interactive part works a lot better (and I can’t flip back through the pages and kind of cheat to see where I am going 😉 ). I love the choose your own adventure idea for books. It makes me feel like I am the character in the story. I like the fantasy element in the book – dragons and stolen treasure. It is a good theme for kids. The creatures in the book are cool. The illustrations are great. They fill the page and have plenty to look at. Have a look –


The “choose your own”  part of the book was easy to use. You could easily go back if you wanted to turn around. It worked really well.

Five out of five bookworms for this adventure! fivebooks

This is the second Choose your own Path book I reviewed by Gerry Gaston. See the first HERE!

The book is  available as an ebook on Amazon. Click HERE to go THERE.

Taylor Davis and the Flame of Findul by Michelle Isenhoff Get it FREE Today and Tomorrow!!!

10 May

I am very excited to tell you that one of my favorite authors, Michelle Isenhoff, has a new book out and you can get it on Kindle today (May 10) and tomorrow (May 11) for FREE! CLICK HERE for the free kindle book!!!


Book description from Mrs. Isenhoff’s website –

Taylor didn’t want to follow his parents to the Caribbean. When he’s sucked into a world of angels and their supernatural adversaries, he wants the mission assigned to him even less. The Flame of Findul–the sword that guards the Tree of Life–has been allowed to burn out. The only way to avoid worldwide disaster is to relight it in the forge of Findul the Firesmith. Taylor has been chosen for this task. But there is One who stands in his way.

I can’t wait to read it! The Flame of Findul is the first book in a 4 – book series. Mrs. Isenhoff’s writing style is great for kids and she always packs lots of excitement in her books.

If you miss the free version you can get a free sample HERE! Please visit Mrs. Isenhoff’s website to learn more about the Taylor Davis Series and her other books (click HERE). If you need the book in other formats, please visit Mrs. Isenhoff’s website to learn where to get it (click HERE)!

Stay tuned to my blog for a Taylor Davis review coming soon! 😀

Give Away of the AWESOME Adventure Book Sea Cutter by Timothy Davis!

30 Oct

How are you all doing in the hurricane? Our electric already went out but now we have a generator! 🙂 The good news is I get another day off of school!! The bad news is we don’t know how long our electric will be out.

On to the give away!

The great high-seas adventure story Sea Cutter by Timothy Davis has just been published in paperback! A while ago, I reviewed Sea Cutter (click HERE) as an ebook and gave it a 5 bookworm rating! Sea Cutter is an awesome adventure story with great characters that boys and girls will LOVE! To celebrate the paperback being published I am giving away a copy of Sea Cutter. To enter, just comment and say one (or more) thing(s) you like about the ocean or boats (or you can do both!).  On November 7th I will…well,  Josie will, pick a name from all the people who commented from a hat and that person will win the book! If you want to read an adult’s opinion on Sea Cutter, visit Donna L. Sadds blog (click HERE). She is posting a review of Sea Cutter today! Michelle Isenhoff interviewed her two boys about the book on her blog Bookworm Blather click HERE to go to it and read her kid’s opinions!

Hmm the cover of Sea Cutter looks a bit like the weather we’ve been having! Stay safe from Frankenstorm! 🙂

3…2…1 BOOK LAUNCH! – Beneath The Slashings By Michelle Isenhoff

2 Aug




 Mission control we have a book launch!

Author Michelle Isenhoff

I am so EXCITED to be the first stop on a month-long book launch tour for Michelle Isenhoff’s newest book – “Beneath The Slashings”! The book officially launched yesterday (August 1st) on Mrs. Isenhoff’s blog – Bookworm Blather, (click HERE to go to it)!  I’ve been waiting for the final book in her Divided Decade Trilogy and HERE IT IS…

Beneath The Slashings

By Michelle Isenhoff

129 Pages – ages 9+

Published August 1, 2012

Grace was so happy when she heard her Pa was finally coming home from the Civil War! Grace and her brother Sam had been staying with their Aunt and Uncle while their Dad was away. Her happiness soon turned to anger when she found out her Dad sold their farm and was taking them to live on a lumber camp in Michigan. Grace tried reasoning with Pa to not sell the farm, but it didn’t work. She grows so angry with her Dad that she stops talking to him. When they arrive at the camp, Grace is less than thrilled. The only people in the camp that Grace likes are Ivan the Russian cook who she and Sam were working for and Johanson, the blacksmith. Grace finally starts to open up and enjoy living at the camp but she still doesn’t forgive her Dad. Things in the camp start to fall apart and break down and things start to get dangerous. Grace realizes someone is sabotaging the camp! Grace tries to investigate to try to figure out who is doing the sabotage while also trying to have a better relationship with her Dad. Will Grace uncover the saboteur and finally forgive her Dad? READ THE BOOK TO FIND OUT!!

Beneath The Slashings is the third book in the Divided Decade Trilogy (the first book was “The Candle Star” – click HERE for review and the second book was “Broken Ladders” – click HERE for the review). It isn’t a secret that I am a HUGE fan of Mrs. Isenhoff’s historical fiction books! I did an interview with her where she told me about how she does the research for her books and her writing process (click HERE to read it). Beneath The Slashings was an exciting and emotional book! The time period it was set in was very interesting. It is in the time just after the civil war (a time in history I haven’t read too much about). I liked learning about how some people felt about their relatives and country just after the war. It was also cool to learn about the lumberjacks and their camps. Grace is a great main character. She is nice and thoughtful yet very stubborn.  I was surprised to find out that one of the lumberjacks, Jefferson, was related to Malachi (the son of a freed slave), a character in Mrs. Isenhoff’s book “The Candle Star”. That was a cool connection. I really like how Mrs. Isenhoff adds a lot of detail and lots of action and adventure and makes it totally appropriate for kids. I also like how I learn history from her books. Mrs. Isenhoff also has teaching resources for her books at her website (click HERE).


The blog tour continues for this whole month!

Check out the dates of the rest of the tour!
3          Susan at http://lovez2read.blogspot.com

4          Stephanie at http://thesecretdmsfilesoffairdaymorrow.blogspot.com

5          Paige at http://paigebradish1996.blogspot.com

6          Michelle at http://thetruebookaddict.blogspot.com

7          Robyn at http://robyn-campbell.blogspot.com

8          Abbey at http://abigailboyd.blogspot.com/

9          Karen at http://karenelange.blogspot.com

10        Heather at http://wwwburiedinbooks.blogspot.com

11        Erik at http://www.thiskidreviewsbooks.com

12        Christine at http://thecrookedword.blogspot.com

13        Cara at http://yummy-books.com/

14        Maggie at http://magwunderlich.wordpress.com/

15        Patricia at http://childrensbooksheal.com/

16        Daniel at http://readersandwritersparadise.com

17        Laurie at http://kidsebookfinder.wordpress.com/for-authors

18        Vera at http://chatwithvera.blogspot.com

19        Audrey at http://www.audreybarnett.com

21        Heidi at http://geolibrarian.blogspot.com

22        Chase at http://bookreaper.blogspot.com

23        http://michelleisenhoff.wordpress.com/

24        Chase at http://bookreaper.blogspot.com

25        Joanna at http://www.thecreativepenn.com/

26        Chase at http://bookreaper.blogspot.com

27        Sara at http://sosimplesara.blogspot.com

29        Jack at http://thegirlnamedjack.wordpress.com/

30        http://michelleisenhoff.wordpress.com/

31        Lindsay at http://www.lindsayburoker.com/

Guest Book Review by Micah! – Calvin and Hobbes

31 May

Today I have another AWESOME guest kid book reviewer – MICAH! Micah is ten years old and he is also a kid blogger! He and his brother, Taylor are “The Story Boys”! You can check out their blog HERE. Micah is also the son of children’s novelist Michelle Isenhoff (a pretty talented family huh? 🙂 )!

I really like the book Micah chose to review because it is also one of my favorite books/characters!

Calvin and Hobbes

by Bill Watterson

Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC 1987

This is a comic book.  There are a bunch of stories in one.  The stories are funny.  The characters are Calvin and Hobbes.  Calvin is a little rotten boy.  Hobbes is a stuffed animal tiger.  He comes to life when he is alone.  They like to play pirates in their tree house. They love to have wagon rides and they always wipe out.  He gets in trouble a lot.


I love how Calvin is so funny and naughty.  I love how Calvin hates baths and he gets out and runs around naked.  He also hates the doctor and he screams his head off.  I don’t like all the snow ball fights and how he thinks he is a super hero.  I recommend this book.


Five out of five bookworms!


Thanks Micah for the great review!!


One more thing – I was invited to do a guest post by Myra Garces-Bacsal over at Gathering Books in the Quill Junior part of the blog! The theme of the blog posts for May and June is “Festival of Asian Literature and the Immigrant Experience.” Please check it out by clicking HERE!

Quote of the Week to Cheer You On!

8 Apr

First I want to say  Happy Easter! 🙂

Today I am quoting Author Michelle Isenhoff. I read this quote on her blog, Bookworm Blather, in an article about independent publishing (She actually wrote a ten part series on this and it’s really awesome. Check it out on her blog!). I’ve been reading on a lot of people’s blogs that they are super busy and have a lot to so I thought this was a good quote for everyone.

“Make a start somewhere and keep on keeping on.”

Michelle Isenhoff, Children’s Novelist

To learn more about Mrs. Isenhoff and her books please visit her website HERE.

If you have a great quote about books or reading for my quote of the week please email it to me at Erik@thiskidreviewsbooks.com !

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