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CHILDREN BOOK WEEK ON MY BLOG Welcome to the Once Upon A Now books & gave away

on February 5, 2015

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Welcome to the Once Upon A Now!
Award-winning bestseller Emma Calin has released a brand new series of modern day fairy stories for younger readers and is introducing them to the blogging world over the next few weeks. A host of talented reviewers will be giving their thoughts on the illustrated, interactive, magical bedtime story chapter books so look out for the special guests, posts and giveaway.

Alf The Workshop Dog (Once upon a NOW 1)

How could a scruffy dog in a bus depot and the call of crows, link back to another world of power and love?

The ancient Kingdom of Zanubia and a stray dog looking for scraps in an inner-city repair garage, hold the secret. A wicked king, a beautiful girl, a young prince and the struggle between right and wrong maintain the fable tradition.

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I enjoyed this i would it aim at children about 5 to 10

It a wonderful tale of bravery and courage it will capture your child’s imagination

The QR links add more to the story it shows you clips or images that adds to the story l like you got to discover the real workshop dog

The writing style so easy to follow the writing the right size for children to read themselves

The basic story of good v evil the nice prince again his not so nice dad he the king of Zanubia

A magic cow helps the prince he goes on a wonderful journey of discovery, bravery and courage

The book very different a very good fun book for children to read

I asked Erin age 6 if she enjoy it

‘ it ok i like Alf the best he was so lovely can we have a dog I did not like the king he was nasty

What did you like best ‘the song ‘

If you press the QR link you get the national song

A nice read

Isabella’s Pink Bicycle (Once upon a NOW 2)


There’s something strange in the woodshed…

A poor little girl in a faraway land dreams of riding a pink bicycle. When she meets a strange animal, her dreams come true. Her happiness turns to sadness when a tragedy occurs in the town and her father doesn’t come home.

Maybe her new magic friend can find him?

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This book about friendship and helping others again the QR links are fab the help to made the book different

Erin seem to liked this one best

Isabella has alway want a pink bike but her family could not afford one

Isabella got a new friend a talking ferret called Frankie

He was such a lovely character he gave her three wishes what did she pick ? One day a tragedy strikes and her and Frankie save the day

The story told in a warm way the story not to long it just flows so well

I like that her mum did not believe her about the talking ferret ‘ you’re a naughty girl a talking ferret is rubbish’

At this Erin was shouting he real she was getting mad with the mum

The book lovely the illustrations are so nice they are done in black and white

A nice fun read

Erin liked this one best the story pull her in more she was telling me how to save the dad

A great book

Kool Kid Kruncha and The High Trapeze
(Once upon a NOW 3)

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Charlie finds it tough when his parents divorce – but Auntie Kate helps him overcome his greatest fear.

When Charlie has to move from the country into the city, he leaves behind his home, his mates and his beloved football team. He will need to make new friends. With his small size and red hair, some people aren’t kind to him. He wonders if he can face another day at school.

A trip to the circus gives him the strength to see himself and others in a new way.

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I do not like clowns so i was not sure if i like it but i did

The book all about a boy that has to change schools he was teased and was struggling to fit in at first he had lovely read hair he was teased because of this and he seem to enjoy football

This book shows children that the should be themselves and stand up to people

The story shows you that children can and will explode change and can cope

It also puts across how children feel about change i like that his aunt help him

The trip to the circus was so cool i the clowns were fun i like how they help him i so glad he got his confidence you see the circus in your mind me and Erin talked about what a circus was like

Again the story was easy to follow it just followed it shows you that some that bullys a bully cause he being treated bad to the picture are good the story gave us a lot to talk about after we read it the QR links add more to story

I enjoy it Erin did too it was nice to talk more about the plot of the book

A fun read


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Emma Calin was born in London in 1962. She currently lives part of the year in the UK and spends the rest in France. She has been writing since childhood and has won numerous local, national, and international prizes for poetry and short stories.

Emma enjoys writing stories firmly rooted in social realism. She blogs about the contrasts in life on both sides of the English Channel, which she likes to explore on her tandem whenever weather and fitness coincide. She is a Lifestyle Contributor on LoveahappyendingLifestyle.

She defines herself as woman eternally pedalling between Peckham and Pigalle, in search of passion and enduring romance.

Author Links:

Amazon USA | Amazon UK | Blog |Website | Facebook | @Emma Calin | Pinterest | Goodreads

Listen to Audio Excerpts:

Alf The Workshop Dog
Isabella’s Pink Bicycle
Kool Kid Kruncha and The High Trapeze

Enter to win one of the following:

1 set of 3 audio books Once Upon a NOW Series
1 set of 3 paperbacks Once Upon a NOW Series
1 set of 3 Kindle books Once Upon a NOW Series

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4 responses to “CHILDREN BOOK WEEK ON MY BLOG Welcome to the Once Upon A Now books & gave away

  1. Tanya Phillips says:

    What a generous competition. Will enter on behalf of my sister in law for my nieces.

  2. Hi AJ and of course Erin!

    Many thanks for having all 3 Once Upon a NOW books on your review blog and for taking the time to read, share and write about them.

    It is always wonderful to get feedback from young readers and Erin is right in the age range for these stories. I’m so pleased she enjoyed them – please thank her for her comments. Some parents have complained that since reading about Isabella, they are now being pestered to have a ferret as well as a dog – so apologies if this happens with Erin too.

    Great to have been able to visit here. Thank you again.
    Emma x

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