“Doggienauts” a fab and fun children’s picture book

Doggienauts, Their Mission: To reach the moon before Space Katz.When Rami develops a superior cat detector for her science project the residents of Doggieland are overwhelmed with excitement. The president is so impressed that she offers Rani a top-secret assignment, to manage the Doggienauts’ spaceship controls on their maiden voyage to the moo. Their Mission: To reach the moon before Space Katz. The dogs complete their training and set off on their way. When they encounter interference from Space Katz, Rami must use all of her mental power to correct the error, set the voyage home on track, and save the day. Space Katz are left fuming, and start plotting their revenge.

“Doggienauts” is a fun adventure for all ages. It offers a range of strong female characters, and emphasises themes of inclusion and collaboration. There is a push for the benefits of maths and sciences too – always a good thing.

At 33 pages, it is a great length for bed time stories, and the plot is sophisticated enough to allow older readers to get into the book on their own.  The illustrations are brilliant, well drawn and show a great use of bright and appealing colours. Doggienauts will appeal to all children whether at pre-reading level or early school age. Coming soon to a store near you.

Title: Doggienauts

Author: Addie Broussard

Illustrator: Kaustuv Brahmachari

Publisher:  Two Umbrella’s Media

Year: 2019

Genre: Children’s picture book

Reviewed by: Sarah Jackson

 

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Book Review – Ace of Hart (Hart of Darkness) (Volume 1) by Violeta Bagia

Ace of Hart (Hart of Darkness) (Volume 1) by Violeta Bagia

Rating****

Genre:  Fiction – Thriller

Read: March 2018

“Ace of Hart (Hart of Darkness)” is the debut novel from Violeta Bagia. This espionage/sci fi thriller is a non-stop adventure from cover to cover. It also includes a hefty romance subplot for fans of the genre. It’s well-paced, with interesting characters and situations

Ace, our flawed heroine is a rough and tumble ex-military operative, dealing with the death of her parents, and an Iraq operation-gone wrong. Unable to fit with general society and manage interpersonal relationships, she finds herself drawn into The Agency, a place for people with mysterious talents like her own.

“Ace of Hart” is similar in some ways to the British Sci-Fi series of the late 60s “The Tomorrow People”, and “X-Men – Legion”, in that it concerns the fates of young people with special abilities, and who must learn to manage their talent and avoid exploitation by “the system”.

A great read, and I look forward to the starting the next book in the series.