Izzy the Inventor & Other Great Things

Reviews are a funny thing. A funny little monster, that when you read a lot, and like to review and share about great books – well they crreeeeeeeeeeep up on you.

So I’m super behind, and decided to start here, because reviewing the 4 novels I have to review is daunting, and I thought starting with a children’s book might spur me into action.

I wish I could invent something that read my mind and wrote reviews for me.

First off, a disclaimer, I work for Novel Publicity. So no stars, but I will really tell you what I think of this book, and probably a small rant about why I like Evolved Publishing.

The formatting is always great (Both print & ebook). I often see these books before they’re in their final versions, and get a chance to point things out like hung lines, and bad page breaks. The final presentation for all of these, is always really professional. Izzy is no exception. Whether chapter books for the young reader, a novel, or a children’s book. I haven’t been disappointed yet.

Does that mean I LOVE everything, every author from Evolved does?


It does mean that I can appreciate that all their books are well edited, and have a target audience. Of course, I’m not the audience for everything, but I am willing to give anything a try.

Izzy was no different.

I’ve read lots of Emlyn Chand’s children’s books,and this one had by far the most well developed story line. It’s an ugly duckling, meets prehistoric bird tale. It’s a quick easy read, and by the end you’re in love with Izzy. Izzy also happens to teach you a lesson while you’re at it.

Why would I recommend this book to kids? Simple enough – my niece loved it. She likes this illustrations, and actually listened to the entire story. She’s 1, and yes, I know that’s a little young, but she really does love books. She’s mean to the ones she doesn’t like, and has her favorites. This and ‘I’d rather be riding my bike‘ are two that keep her entertained from start to finish.

Disclaimer: It may also be the crazy voices myself or my mom makes up that keep her entertained.

Try it out – you’ll never know how great it is until you pick it up and share it with a little one you love.


About the book

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Izzy is a clumsy young prehistoric bird still trying to figure out the whole flying thing. Growing tired of the other archaeopteryxes laughing at her, she decides to go practice near the caves where the people live. The people laugh at first too, but soon they notice that each of Izzy’s failed flights leads to a wonderful new invention or discovery.

Cave paintings, fire, even the wheel—all are results of Izzy’s clumsiness coupled with her determination to fly. Will Izzy ever learn to fly like the other birds, or will she decide it’s okay to be different?

There’s only one way to find out: join Izzy in her prehistoric adventure in this edition of the color-illustrated Bird Brain Books series for children 4-8 years old.

About the Author

Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her left hand (true story). When she’s not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity. Best known for her Young Adult novels, she is also developing a small, but devoted, following to her children’s book series and is beginning to dabble in other genres as well. Emlyn enjoys connecting with readers and is available via almost every social media site in existence. Visit EmlynChand.com for more info. Don’t forget to say “hi” to her sun conure Ducky!

Emlyn Chand aka Melissa Storm is just one of Evolved Publishing’s authors. She also happens to be my boss, and this bird lady is the best!

Building Tumbler Composts and Other Recy

Building Tumbler Composts and Other Recyclers of Organics – Wednesday, July 16th, 7-9pm, Park CC
Jovan Lin, Community Garden Co-Coordinator, New Era School
Take backyard composting to the next level with the home-made tumbler compost machine. A 200L plastic barrel outfitted with an axle, stand, loading door and mixing fins will allow you to turn your greens and browns into rich and ready black finished compost in a fraction of the time. Neat and convenient to use, these durable systems can be made for approximately $35, but if you create yours during the workshop it will only cost you 15$. Preregistration necessary with a maximum of ten composts available to be built. Come out and get in on the action even if your not making your own to witness the process and take printed instructions home. We will also take a brief look at other ways to create cheap systems such as pallet composts.

Next Week (Wednesday, July 23rd) move your body and liberate stiffness from the back,hips and legs while having a blast with Capoeira: