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LAMBY THE LONELY LAMB - PURCHASE LINK

Inspire our children to read by reading to them. 

Let your children know that it is okay to be different.

LAMBY THE LONELY LAMB RECEIVED THE SILVER AWARD FROM MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS! http://momschoiceawards.com

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JESSE THE PRECOCIOUS POLAR BEAR - PURCHASE LINK

Inspire children to be creative.

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PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Book 1

The Case of the Missing Cell Phone

READER'S FAVORITE BOOK AWARD

Honorable Mention

DAVEY & DEREK JUNIOR DETECTIVES, BOOK 1

THE CASE OF THE MISSING CELL PHONE

THE CASE OF THE MISSING CELL PHONE

DAVEY & DEREK JUNIOR DETECTIVES SERIES, BOOK 1 - PURCHASE LINK

Teach your children how to get along with their siblings.

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SEBASTIAN MEETS MARVIN THE MONKEY - PURCHASE LINK

Teach your children to be kind to animals.

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Pinnacle Book Achievement Award WINNER!

Broose the Moose on the Loose

BROOSE THE MOOSE ON THE LOOSE - PURCHASE LINK

Teach your children to show kindness to others.

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PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER!

COLBY THE COURAGEOUS CAT

COLBY THE COURAGEOUS CAT - PURCHASE LINK

Teach your children to be kind to their siblings.

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JEFFREY THE JITTERY GIRAFFE - PURCHASE LINK

Thinking of others before yourself is what it is all about.

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PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

DAVEY & DEREK JUNIOR DETECTIVES, BOOK 2

THE CASE OF THE MYSTERIOUS BLACK CAT


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THE CASE OF THE MYSTERIOUS BLACK CAT

DAVEY & DEREK JUNIOR DETECTIVES SERIES, BOOK 2 - PURCHASE LINK

Teach your children to love and have patience with one another.

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PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER!

THE CASE OF THE MAGICAL IVORY ELEPHANT

DAVEY & DEREK JUNIOR DETECTIVES SERIES, BOOK 3

READER'S FAVORITE AWARD WINNER!

SILVER MEDAL

DAVEY & DEREK JUNIOR DETECTIVES SERIES, BOOK 3

THE CASE OF THE MAGICAL IVORY ELEPHANT

DAVEY & DEREK JUNIOR DETECTIVES, BOOK 3

THE CASE OF THE MAGICAL IVORY ELEPHANT - PURCHASE LINK

Teach your children that family and friends are important.

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Teach your children to be responsible.

THE CASE OF THE BROWN SCRAGGLY DOG

DAVEY & DEREK JUNIOR DETECTIVES SERIES, BOOK 4 - PURCHASE LINK

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SILVER MEDAL WINNER IN AUTHORSDB COVER CONTEST - BOOK 5

DAVEY & DEREK JUNIOR DETECTIVES, 

THE CASE OF THE SAD MISCHIEVOUS GHOST

PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER:

DAVEY & DEREK JUNIOR DETECTIVES, BOOK 5,

THE CASE OF THE SAD MISCHIEVOUS GHOST

DAVEY & DEREK JUNIOR DETECTIVES, BOOK 5

THE CASE OF THE SAD MISCHIEVOUS GHOST- PURCHASE LINK 

Teach your children to be show respect to their parents and others.

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CLARENCE HENRY THE HERMIT CRAB -Purchase Link

Teach your children it is important to work hard at everything they do.

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LUCY THE TALENTED TOY TERRIER-Purchase Link

Teach your children to enjoy being young and treasure each day.

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MG/YA SERIES FOR GIRLS IS NOW HERE!

ABBY & HOLLY SERIES!

BOOK 1

Abby & Holly Book 1 School Dance

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Teach your children not to be bullies. Kindness to others is what is important.

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WATCH FOR BOOK 2 OF ABBY & HOLLY SERIES COMING IN LATE 2018!

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Book 6 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series in 2018!

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YA FANTASY SERIES COMING IN 2019, 2020 and beyond!

BOOK REVIEWS


It is always so exciting to receive positive feedback from readers. Here are some reviews that especially made me smile and a picture of one reviewer! Of course the reviewer is a little young so Jacob's nanny wrote the review after talking it over with him. Chuckle! He is so adorable!

Thank you Jacob, Mary, and all reviewers for taking the time to write such lovely reviews. They warm my heart! xo

If you would like your child's picture here along with your review please email me at jjspina@myfairpoint.net.

Go to Amazon - my author page for more reviews of all Jemsbooks.

 

One of my youngest fans - Jacob!

He loved the elephants and the other animals he met along ..., January 6, 2015

   5 STARS *****
Jacob said 2 baby thumbs up. He loved the elephants and the other animals he met along the way. Jacob said that when mommy calls he not gonna be lazy so that he's not left all alone. Jacob clapped when louey found his family.
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Review of Louey the Lazy Elephant by Benjamin Haight - 5 STARS*****

Everyone with grandchildren should buy this book, it's a perfect gift. My name is Ben and my Mema got me this book, we read it together and liked it a lot. My sister, Ana, will like it too when she reads it tonight. Thank you for the great book and I hope you write lots more.
Signed, Benjamin Haight.

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5 STARS *****By Mary P.

Jesse The Precocious Polar Bear” and “Ricky The Rambunctious Raccoon“. By Janice Spina. Available at http://www.jemsbooks.com and http://www.amazon.com/author/janicespina7. Both of these stories are ABSOLUTELY adorable. They are both about cute mischievous little animals. The illustrations are handrawn and easy to see especially for a young baby. Jacob loved the polar bears blue tounge!. Jacob gives these stories two slobbery baby thumbs up!

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5 STARS *****by Mary P.

Jerry The Crabby Crawfish and “Lamby The Lonely Lamb“. By Janice Spina. Available at http://www.jemsbooks.com and http://www.amazon.com/author/janicespina7. These two books focus on teaching children to be kind, polite and sensitive to others’ feelings. Jacob loved the purple lamb. These books will be a great tool for teaching him his colors as he gets older. Jacob gives these stories two slobbery baby thumbs up!

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Rhyming book about acceptance, March 23, 2014

This review is from: Lamby the Lonely Lamb (Kindle Edition)
Lamby the Lonely Lamb is a beautifully written and illustratred children's story about the need for everyone to be accepted for who they are. Poor Lamby is purple and none of the other little lambs want to play with him. Lamby is very lonely. After Lamby saves the other little lambs from a mean wolf, the other lambs want to play with him but Lamby was to accepted for just who he is.

One day Lamby gets his wish.

This is a wonderful book about being different and the need for acceptance of difference.
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Nothing fishy about this delightful story!, November 30, 2014

  5 STARS *****
This review is from: Jerry the Crabby Crayfish (Kindle Edition)
If anyone thought fish and waterlife were boring, well, think again. Not in this entertaining story. It is more than just a rhyming story about crayfish. This pleasantly illustrated picture book includes both a wonderful lesson and information that will interest young children. The rhythm and pulse throughout the book produces a strong chant that children fall into naturally. The illustrations are sweet and simple, and they charmingly create a personality for each character. The brightly colored pictures are done in a style that is very close to that of children’s drawings, and nicely introduce children to the fascinating world of fish. This joyfully illustrated book is a lot of fun to read and leaf through. A great rhyming story that stays on your lips long after you are done with it. "Swish, swish, swish, I wish I were a fish!"

Janice Spina has created another wonderful book full of playful, funny, whimsical characters, one that entertains and promotes individuality. Although it is sometimes hard to be yourself, it is always the best rule. Imagination should be encouraged in children, and this book beautifully illustrates the concept for them. A great and entertaining book for young readers!
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"Read it Again!", September 10, 2014

  5 STARS *****
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This review is from: Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon (Paperback)
I think the words of five-year-old J.C. say it best: "Read it again!" Janice Spina's "Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon" tells a lovely story in rhyme while gently teaching a lesson about rules. The illustrations are perfect with the story, thanks to the other half of the Spina duo, husband John. The Spinas obviously understand what will interest children, how long the story should be, and how to create suspense without scaring young minds. I look forward to sharing more of Janice and John Spina's children's books with the little ones and hearing them say "Read it again" each time.
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Good book for curious children, November 24, 2014
By 
  5 Stars *****
Jesse is a baby polar bear who not only likes to ask a lot of questions, but also questions the status quo of all the things around him.

As tough as it is sometimes, his mother lets him express his opinions and just once in a while, lets him get away with certain things that are contrary to a polar bear’s best judgment.

In the end, mama's patience pays off, as Jesse is saved by a dear friend that he would not have, had he followed traditional rules.

The book teaches little ones (and their parents) that sometimes, not everything has to be the way it has always been. It also reminds us to breathe deeply every time our little one asks us repeatedly why, why, why, why???
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Review of BROOSE THE MOOSE ON THE LOOSE!
By Sarah M - Kid Book Reviewer on March 12, 2015
Format: Paperback
A lonely moose whose name was Broose
Was sad and knew no joy
Until one day, a lucky day
He bumped into a boy

What to know what happened then? Read the book!''''

The fabulous children's books author Janice Spina and husband, the incredibly talented illustrator John Spina, once again, bring to life a wonderful animal character, a friendless young moose who is shunned by other moose because of his facial disfigurement. The Spinas entertain young readers as they convey important life lessons about friendship and kindness.

Highly and warmly recommended.
Be sure to check out Team Spina’s other children books: “Jerry the Crabby Crayfish”, “Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear”, “Lamby the Lonely Lamb”, and “Louey the Lazy Elephant”. 
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REVIEW OF SEBASTIAN MEETS MARVIN THE MONKEY
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
 
Format: Kindle Edition
Do you want to know how a mobile phone ring will affect zoo animals? I am not giving it away! You will be amazed when you read this book. Let me suffice to say that your little person will be introduced to many different zoo animals. That in itself will be fun enough. But what are those animals doing? Guess! Nice monkey business, Janice!
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REVIEW OF COLBY THE COURAGEOUS CAT
By Sarah Reviews on October 15, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition  5 Stars *****

Award-winning author Janice Spina, in her newest joint effort with husband John, continues to encourage children to read, by publishing yet another adorable children's book that entertains as it delivers an important value. In "Colby the Courageous Cat", the author introduces young readers to Colby the cat, who takes his responsibility to care for his younger siblings very seriously. The charming story is told in rhyme and is accompanied by John Spina's lovely illustrations. Warmly recommended.
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REVIEW OF DAVEY & DEREK JUNIOR DETECTIVES BOOK 1, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT WHO DONE IT, May 20, 2015
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This review is from: Davey & Derek Junior Detectives: The Case of the Missing Cell Phone (Kindle Edition)
Do you want your children to think? Learn how to decipher a problem? Cultivate their imigination? Amateur sleuhs David and Derek, two twins as opposite as they can be, accompanied by their assistant Mickey, code named CAT, are off to discover the mystery behind Christine's cell phone (she swears she put it in her backpack at school buty it vanished) Being an adult mystery writer - THE CASE OF THE MISSING CELL PHONE - book 1
in an upcoming series- is all a mystery should be - a lot of clues - a few dead ends - and ending that fooled me. All you parents and grandparents this is a great book for all those middle grade kids you worry about - might even get them away
from that cell phone and video games.

 

 

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Great Story, September 1, 2015

By 
Robert

Verified Purchase(What's this?) 5 Stars *****
This review is from: Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 2: The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat (Kindle Edition)


Being a grandparent and an avid reader I am always on the lookout for good clean books for my grandkids. Davey and Derek's Aunt and Uncle settle in town after years of worldly travel, but there is something different about the Aunt that sets her apart from most Aunts - she is a good witch blessed with the gift of magic - one of which is her long deceased cat whoes aura lives on in a crystal ball and still tries to help people. Davey and Derek learn they to have a few magical powers of their own one of which is the cat trying to communicate with them and warn them one of their friends is going to get into serious trouble. The question is can they use this magic and prevent a catastrophy? Cute story - clean- refreshing - and not preachy. The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat will keep a young mind intrigued and reading way past their bedtime

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The next Hardy Boys!, September 7, 2016
By 
Michele Rolfe 5 Stars *****

This review is from: Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 3: The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 3) (Kindle Edition)
The twins Davey & Derek are at it again! Who stole the figurine from the museum & how is it connected to Aunt Gigi's Ivory Elephant Figurine? This is the first book I have read of Janice's & LOVED it! I was a Beta Reader for her & received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This is a great book for kids who enjoy adventures. I LOVED Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys series as a young girl. Davey & Derek are the next generation of young Detectives, in my opinion. Great work Janice!!

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Review of Book 4 Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog

5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing mystery by Janice Spina!January 20, 2017
This review is from: The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 4) (Kindle Edition)

This time junior detectives Davey and Derek have a new adventure when a mysterious Scraggly dog appears in their neighborhood with blood on her paw. What happened? Where is her owner? Readers will love this mystery and be anxious to find out what happens next. The twins' Aunt Gigi has her own magic to share and the boys learn more about amazing ways to travel.The story is engaging, as are all of Janice Spina's tales.There's even a surprise ending. Be sure to get your copy today.
*I received a free copy of this book and chose to review it.
Reviewed by children's author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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ByDeanie Humphrys-Dunneon November 19, 2016
Format: Paperback
5.0 out of 5 stars *****A great adventure with Colby the Cat
By Deanie Humphrys-Dunne on November 19, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition


Young children and their families are sure to enjoy award-winning author Janice Spina's latest book, Colby the Courageous Cat. This time, Colby sets out on several adventures with his kitten siblings. In their travels, they encounter several different dangers. What happens when Colby notices bees buzzing around? What does Colby do when he and his family sees a big truck? You'll see why Colby is very brave indeed. As always, the colorful illustrations by Janice's husband, John, add to the fun of the story. Congratulations, Janice and John, on another great story.
Review by children's author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
*I was given a copy of this book and chose to review it.

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ByDeanie Humphrys-Dunne on May 29, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe  Five Stars *****


Jeffrey is a nervous young giraffe because he constantly remembers the day when he was born. There was a loud, scary thunderstorm that day so any noise at all made Jeffrey afraid. His mama taught him a little rhyme to repeat whenever he was scared, but it didn't seem to help. One day something happens that changes everything for him and Jeffrey learns an important lesson. This is another delightful book by Janice Spina and children will love it. They'll enjoy learning about Jeffrey's problem, and especially about the valuable solution. I highly recommend this entertaining story.
Reviewed by children's author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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A wonderful mystery novel for young readers!, July 10, 2017
By 
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne FIVE STARS! *****

This review is from: The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost (Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 5) (Kindle Edition)
Janice Spina is such a versatile, talented author. I loved her new book, "The Case of the Mischievous Ghost." The twins accepted their new case when their friends, Abby and Holly told them strange things were happening in the house. This time, junior detective twins Davey and Derek, set out to solve the mystery of ghosts in an beautiful old house. Were the ghosts really there? If so, why and how could they make them leave? They certainly had some challenges to solve this mystery. Davey and Derek studied ghosts, and definitely needed help from their magical Aunt Gigi. Young readers will love this mystery and they'll be anxious to keep turning those pages to find out what happens next. This is a fantastic middle grade book, which I highly recommend.
Reviewed by children's author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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ByMichelle Clements Jameson July 13, 2017

DAVEY & DEREK JUNIOR DETECTIVES - BOOK 5 - THE CASE OF THE SAD MISCHIEVOUS GHOST
Format: Kindle Edition Five Stars *****


Once again, Davey and Derek are off on an adventure to solve a mystery. These two young detectives are on the trail of ghosts that are living in their friend Abby’s house. Abby and her cousin Holly are school mates of Davey and Derek and have more interest in them than just finding the ghosts. When they visit Abby’s home, a large old Victorian house, they discover the house holds secrets even Abby’s parents didn’t know about. Of course, once again, they enlist their Great Aunt Gigi to help them.


This was once again another delightful middle grade book in the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Davey and Derek and their friends are delightful children who are respectful and considerate of others, but who don’t hesitate to do a bit of sleuthing under the nose of Abby’s parents.
As with the other books in this series, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost is well written and meets the author's criteria for instilling the love of reading in children.


I highly recommend The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost to all middle graders and to their parents. This would be a wonderful book to share, with parents taking a turn reading aloud.


This book was a gift from the author. I received no compensation for my honest review.

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Review #1: Review by Emily-Jane Hills Orford  - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 4, The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog

Reviewed By: 
Emily-Jane Hills Orford
Review Rating: 
5 Stars - Congratulations on your 5-star review! 
Reviewed By Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Davey and Derek are twins. They do just about everything together, including solving mysteries and learning a little bit of magic from their Great-Aunt Gigi. On a recent visit to their great-aunt, the boys learned a new magic trick and discovered "a large brown scraggly dog with frightened eyes." There was nothing to identify the dog, but it did have blood on its paws. So the mystery was definitely bigger than just finding the dog's home. They conjectured whether there was a murder involved. Just as they were attempting to connect with the dog, it took off. And the mystery deepened.

Janice Spina has a knack for writing mysteries. Her recent addition to the Davey and Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog, is another good twist on what might appear to be a simple mystery. Like the ever popular young boys' mystery series, the Hardy Boys, Davey and Derek, the two protagonists, make a great team of amateur sleuths. The basic plot of a boy team working together solving the mystery develops simply, mixed in with a little bit of magic, a little bit of boyish fun and a little bit of humor. The reader can't help but like and even relate to these active youngsters whose minds never stop working. The plot is developed primarily through dialogue, which makes this a good story for an early chapter book reader. There's nothing better to encourage the reluctant young boy reader than a Hardy Boys-like series mixed with a little bit of magic and a whole lot of fun.