Book reviews are a great way for self-publishing authors to gain exposure. After all, how can someone buy your book if he or she doesn’t know it exists? Paired with other elements of your book promotion strategy, requesting reviews is a great way to get people talking about what you’ve written.

When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review, courtesy of the Midwest Book Review:

boombin and lama

boombin and lama: 

A Story of Friendship, investigation and Adventure!

by Boona Cheema (author)
& Damon Guthrie (illustrator)

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478722502


This book is about a learning-journey between a bear and his lama/teacher. Each page is dedicated to the discovery of environmental problems facing the sustainability of earth from a small bear’s perspective. Adults reading this book will get an excellent sense of what to teach their children about caring for the earth, and children will be fascinated by the adventures that can unfold while keeping their own carbon imprint small. boombin and lama is a story that happily discusses some of today’s most pressing challenges in a way that uplifts and motivates while entertaining and inspiring all of us to work together in our own small ways!

Boona Cheema and Damon Guthrie have been collaborating on educational projects for the last five years, exchanging ideas and creating original images and words to communicate to people of all ages. At the heart of this collaboration is the desire to help children and adults learn about the issues of our environment so that they may take action towards positive change. Together, Boona and Damon have created a way for people to learn about environmental issues without provoking fear but instead, suggesting happy-conscious actions that can indeed make all of our lives better.


boombin and lama: A Story of Friendship, investigation and Adventure! is an exciting, unusual story about a loving blue bear who decided to seek his Lama, or teacher, to help him learn to teach other bears and children ways to care for and protect the natural environment of the earth, leaving the smallest carbon footprint possible. Boombin is excited to share all his questions with his wise lama, and to meet other lamas and their bears.
The gentle, humble translations of boombin’s experiences with lama are conveyed in lower case, loving prose illustrated with wildly colorful pictures of many different lamas and bears, all learning ways to love, clean, and preserve the earth. boombin and lama is a book experience that teaches by happening. Kids of varying ages will find its appeal irresistible, while the message of responsible stewardship and supportive recycling is kindly and clearly demonstrated in a variety of creative and resourceful ways around the world. boombin and lama is a dip into exploration of ecological solutions, a great adventure. Described as “an ever changing collaborative adventure,” boombin and lama is sure to be part of a series that friends that young readers will want to follow..

reviewed in the Children’s Bookwatch ]

Here’s what some other reviewers are saying:

This book is so sweet, informative, touching and important – a must-read for progressive kids and parents, and anyone who wants to inspire a young person to protect our planet… what’s better than a story with bears?… a bear and a LAMA, of course… the storytelling is gentle and accessible, about hard issues… the illustrations are so beautiful – richly detailed and gorgeous colors… One of the most unique kids books I’ve read in years (and I am knee deep in kids’ books) – it’s one-of-a-kind!

– Amazon Reviewer Sonja Fitz

This is a family favorite! We just received our hardback copy, and have not been able to put it down! Our little ones love the fun adventures boombin and lama have on every page, and we love the important messages about nature, sustainability, and taking care of each other. The art is gorgeous, and fingers crossed another book follows soon!

– Amazon Reviewer Renee Thompson

Thanks for reading!  Keep up with the latest in the world of indie and self-published books by watching this space every Saturday!

Self Publishing Advisor


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