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Helen Hipp Author Interview

Helen Hipp Author PhotoA few questions for author Helen Hipp:

Q: Your children’s adventure books are based on some unusual true-life experiences, please explain and give a brief description of your books.

A: While on Safari in Africa during 2001, my family witnessed something few get to see – a pink hippo. Separated from the pod and barely tolerated due to her differences, my son Ray, who has been diagnosed with autism, felt an instant affinity to the hippo and he named her Rosie.

Rosie – the Pink Hippo knows a lot about being different, and her adventures offer up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities.

Q: What vision do you have for your books and where do you want it to take you? 

A: My adventure books have already taken me on a journey’s that has given me the opportunity to meet a large number of wonderful people, all of which I refer to as my “Safari Family”. I cannot imagine anything more rewarding than bringing more of Rosie’s adventures and their powerful message onto the stage and into schools to create an atmosphere of enjoyment, understanding, acceptance and awareness.

Q: What appeals to you most about children’s books?

A: I find the presence of innocence, imagination and creativity that is woven into many of the children’s books very captivating. I guess you can say I am a child at heart.




Helen Hipp has had her own kind of safari through the land of a large family. She was always exploring new ways to define herself. There are many ways to navigate the waters of life says Helen. “You may ride in a canoe, sailboat, motorboat, or you may find yourself on the back of a pink hippo!”

With a mindset that centered on creating opportunities out of obstacles, Helen explored career opportunities, by connecting her personal experiences (parenting a child with special needs) with her beliefs, professional skills, and aspirations.

Helen received her M.A. in counseling and began her career as a psychotherapist to help people find answers for their life problems. Her work eventually evolved into a coaching practice, WithinU Life Coaching, focusing on individuals with special needs and their families.

Helen has authored articles for Family Works and Washington Family Magazine and written multiple self-help articles published by ezine.com where she is viewed as an expert in her field. She has been a contributor as a special needs consultant to FOX44 News in Burlington, Vermont.

In addition to her work, Helen has written two children’s books creating a very effective way to motivate kids of all ages to meet their challenges with self-acceptance, confidence and understanding.

Her debut children’s book, A Different Kind of Safari, released in 2013 addresses the many questions life asks by offering up lighthearted, ever-changing perspectives that transform personal challenges into opportunities. Once again, the engaging safari family, led by Rosie the Pink Hippo inspires, and help you see your life differently in her new book, Rosie and Friends Positively Different. With a cast characters experiencing real-life issues such as anxiety, fear, physical differences and poor self-esteem, Helen Hipp’s adventure books provide children with the opportunity to identify, understand and feel supported by the characters handling of similar fears, interests, and concerns.

Readers can connect with Helen Hipp on her website and on Twitter.

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Calling All Book Bloggers


Signups are open for Rebecca Hubbard’s upcoming book tour for “The Gift” and we’d LOVE to have you sign up to host a stop on the tour.

eBook Review Gal Author Interview with Rebecca Hubbard, Author The Gift

“The Gift” is a wonderful children’s book about friendship, trust, patience and love. It truly is an encouraging and uplifting story for youngsters and we’re hoping to spread the word to as many readers as possible.

As a signup incentive, the author has generously offered to give a $25 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky tour host. All participating hosts will be automatically entered into a drawing to receive the gift card at the end of the tour. Won’t your please consider signing up to be part of this tour? We hope you’ll say yes!

*If you’re an author with a blog and would like to host this tour we’d love to have you 🙂

Please sign up for the tour here:

Review of All the Ways to Express My Love by Christina Johnson

I adore children’s books, especially books that have a positive and encouraging message eBook Review Gal Book Review of All the Ways to Express My Love by Christina Johnsonto share with the children in my life. That’s why, when I spotted a free promo for one of Christina Johnson’s books, I knew I had to grab it. I wasn’t sorry that I did!

All the Ways to Express My Love is a sweet book about expressing love to the most important people we know – our children. A colorful and eye-catching illustration is included on each page, along with an uplifting sentiment. The author portrays just about every mood children (and adults) can go through, yet our love remains constant. What a lovely and reassuring thing for children to know!

Christina Johnson has written many children’s books. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that, prior to taking advantage of this free promo, I hadn’t heard of her. Well, now that I have I’m certainly going to seek out all of her books. I’ve even signed up for her awesome newsletter.

Parents should know that Ms. Johnson includes some great additional info to find on her website at the conclusion of All the Ways to Express My Love – including a free book download and free printables. I just found another children’s book author to follow! Highly recommended!

5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton


Review of Forgive Me, I Meant To Do It by Gail Carson Levine

A poetry book for kids that kids can presumably relate to. The concept: doing somethingForgive Me by Gail Carson Levine wrong, apologizing for it, but not really meaning it.

What I liked:

Teaching kids about poetry. This book could be used as a teaching tool to get middle graders excited about expressing themselves through writing. I also liked the simple “sketch-style” drawings.

What I liked (much) less:

The negative connotation of each poem. I prefer books that encourage children to do the right thing in the first place. Destroying property and giving false apologies afterwards doesn’t send the right message to children in my opinion.

3 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton

eBook Review Gal received this book via a Book Blogger contest in exchange for an honest review.

Review of Daniel the Camp-er by S. J. Henderson

I’d like to preface this review with an admission – I love reading and reviewing children’s books. To me, reading should be a part of every child’s life and any book that encourages this is fantastic in my view.

Daniel the Camp-er is the follow-up book to S. J. Henderson’s Daniel the Draw-er, which I did not read. Truthfully, I chose the book because I liked the title, story description and book cover. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for me to tire of the non-stop one-liners.Daniel the Camper by S. J. Anderson

In this book, fifth-grader, Daniel, is back and on his way to camp for a week. He doesn’t realize his magic pencil (which enables him to draw things that come to life) has somehow found its way into to his backpack until he’s already unpacking in his camp cabin, which he finds has the embarrassing name of “Chipmunk”. The hilarity soon ensues. When his camp counselor introduces himself as Mark – no, Marq with a ‘q’ –  he is from that moment on referred to as “Marq-with-a-Q”…over and over again. I’m sorry, but this grated on my nerves. I found the author’s description of Marq-with-a Q as, “pimples sprinkle his face like he’s a walking, talking dot-to-dot picture and smells like French fries and sweaty armpits” slightly offensive. Is it me or is this encouraging meanness in children? I’ll let you decide.

Not only has Daniel’s magic pen stowed away in his backpack, he’s surprised when his talking cat tumbles out of his bag as well. As if that’s not enough, Daniel’s arch enemy, Bucky, is at the same camp and in the same “Chipmunk” cabin. Bucky shows Daniel who’s boss by promptly coughing up and propelling “thick and gooey” spit onto the back of Daniel’s leg and then again on his shoe. Marq-with-a-Q says nothing, though he’s supposed to be standing right there showing the campers their temporary digs. Isn’t this an outright display of bullying-gone-unchallenged? Again, I’ll let you decide.

I kept asking myself, “how old is this kid?”. He’s supposed to be in fifth grade, so that would make him either ten or eleven. Instead, in my opinion, he comes across as an immature Henny Youngman, whose one-liners didn’t strike me as funny at all. And I consider my funny bone as well-developed as the next reader.

I know this book has garnered plenty of positive reviews. I absolutely hate giving negative reviews. S. J. Henderson has published her books as a true Indie, so it’s even more painful for me. This is precisely why I decided to forgo my usual Amazon and Goodreads reviews.

Believe me, I enjoy a good kid’s book just as much as the next mom, grandmother and early childhood educator (all of which I am) but I just did not enjoy this book. The book is listed for ages 6 – 12, so maybe very young children will find some humor in it.

3 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton

eBook Review Gal received a complimentary copy of this book from Story Cartel in exchange for an honest review