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 YAH GOTTA READ THIS:
It’s Me, Achilles B: It’s Time to Say Hello
by Michelle A. Bravo
Publisher: Outskirts Press
[ reviewed on YAH GOTTA READ THIS ]
Here’s what some other reviewers are saying:
Many of us have dogs that are part of the family. We call them our “fur-babies” or the “grand-dogs.” And we’ve all seen (or heard stories about) dogs that are jealous when a human baby arrives on the scene and the dog is no longer the only little person in the house. But there are also those dogs who are incredibly close to their human siblings and treat the whole family as their pack.
Achilles B. definitely thinks of himself as an equal member of the family. He talks about his parents, and his friends (the kids), and the family pet (a cat named Coco). With the direct address style that young readers enjoy in books like Junie B. Jones, Achilles tells about his family’s move from Texas to Connecticut. He shares what his favorite activities are and how he helps with the family cat by chasing her around the house to make sure she gets enough exercise. He even enjoys having pancakes on snow days. (Who doesn’t love snow days?)
The friendly and positive tone of his explanation makes a move to a new home seem like an adventure rather than something scary. Achilles explains that his father got a new job, so he gets to meet new kids. He also finds out that kids are alike no matter where you live; they all enjoy having fun. His discussion of how the family chose their new cat and shared out the responsibilities for her care is a good introduction to talking about being good pet owners. Young readers will probably laugh when Achilles says that he volunteered to play with her, and they may even point out that he can’t feed her because he can’t open the cans of cat food.
Readers may want to write out stories from the viewpoint of their own pets. How do pets see their human family? What do they think of all the things that humans do, but pets don’t? With the popularity of the recent movie, “The Secret Lives of Pets,” there is plenty of inspiration. Others may want to write a story about a time they moved to a new home with their family.
Whether it leads to new stories and artwork being created, or simply creates an enjoyable reading experience, the book and Achilles will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy.
– Amazon Reviewer Suzanne R. Costner
Finally……yes, this wonderful book will help take each of us whether kids, parents, grandparents or simply friends through the adventures of life with the charming and insightful “Achilles” along to make comments and guide us.
You will find yourself asking: Is he a dog? Is he my child speaking? Is he an internal reflection of my own higher thoughts? And the answer to all of these questions is a resounding “Yes”!
Appreciating our own experiences and especially the most challenging ones through Achilles’ eyes will make you smile and nod in visceral agreement and perhaps occasionally bring a tear to your eye as well. With his gentle insights about growing up and relationships, you will be inspired to share his understandings with the children (and adults too) of your own personal world.
– Amazon Reviewer Amazon Customer
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