bec j. smith

Review of ‘GameNite’

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Josh Johnson finds himself on a flying bus, and he must find his way back to his reality. But he’ll have to fight to win. GameNite, Episode #01 by Bec J. Smith and Cassy Josh is an action-packed, illustrated romp inspired by the Fortnite story from Epic Games. It is designed to entice young gamers away from the screen for a period of reading. Though written for ages 8 – 12, it’s even interesting to older readers, and you don’t have to be a fanatical gamer to appreciate it.


I received a complimentary copy of the book. I give it four stars.

Review of ‘P.I. Penguin and the Case of the Christmas Lights’

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P.I. Penguin takes a break from decorating his house for Christmas to find out how to improve his decorations. During his journey, he discovers that the secret to a truly decorative holiday is the sharing.

P.I. Penguin and the Case of the Christmas Lights by Bec J. Smith is a delightful children’s reader, with illustrations by Indonesian artist, Adit Galih. Though in Australian English, it nonetheless is still a great way to introduce young American readers to the beauty of language.

I give this one five stars.

Review of ‘P.I. Penguin and the Case of the Missing Bottle’

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P.I. Penguin wakes up wondering when his parents will come home; wondering why they left in the first place. His day is interrupted when his friend, Bella the bottlenose dolphin asks for his help in finding a bottle that has been taken from her collection.

P.I. Penguin and the Case of the Missing Bottle by Bec J. Smith, with illustrations by Indonesian artist, Adit Galih, is an intriguing little story in rhyme that follows P.I. and Bella as they track down the missing bottle. Smith, which is a pseudonym for author Rebecca Laffar-Smith and her two children who helped her write the book, has penned a nice little tale that is intended to help children with language acquisition difficulties. While the rhyming is a bit off in places, this doesn’t detract at all from a cute little tale that most children will find enchanting and educational at the same time.

Whether your children have difficulty with language or not, I’m convinced that they will find P.I. Penguin an entertaining character that will give them enjoyment. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

I give it four stars.