Monday, September 19, 2016

#MMBBR #BooknerdBoyBraden #Review Rosco the Rascal series by @AuthorShana

Shana Gorian

I'm Shana Gorian and I'm the author of the Rosco the Rascal series, chapter books for kids 6+ in which a sometimes rascally German shepherd uses his steadfast heroic nature to help his pals, James and Mandy, find adventure and overcome obstacles. 

Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, I currently live in Southern California. Before leaving the workforce to take on motherhood full time, I worked as a web site designer in San Diego for nearly a decade. Nowadays when I'm not at home spinning new tales or driving my children to and from activities, you can find me out seeking adventure and searching for more stories.

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Rosco the Rascal Goes to Camp by [Gorian, Shana]

Ten-year-old James and his seven-year-old sister, Mandy are off to summer camp with their loyal German shepherd, Rosco. While Mandy struggles with homesickness, James’s week is threatened by a prank-playing bunkmate’s antics. But during an unexpected thunderstorm in a game of capture-the-flag, the prankster finds himself lost and alone deep inside the forest. Rosco must play the hero and save the boy but not before he teaches him a hard-earned lesson about friendship. Wholesome, adventurous, outdoor fun, this Rosco the Rascal tale brings the magic of summer camp to life. *136 pages *17 black and white illustrations *Recommended for ages 6-9

What did you love about this book?
I liked when they had the big game of capture the flag. I thought that was really cool and made me wish for warm summer days.

Can you tell us all a bit about Rosco?

Well, Rosco was your original house dog, but to the next level. Rosco is nice, protective of his family and so much fun to read about.

What was memorable about the book?

The book was funny and made me want to go to camp. I can still picture what happened in the book and I feel like that is what is memorable about it. I am still thinking about the story and the characters.

Do you want to continue reading the series? If so, why?

Yes, because of Rosco and the other characters. It was a really fun book to read.

Would you recommend this book? To whom?

Anyone who likes stories about dogs and has been to camp or longs to goes to camp. Or anyone who wants a quick, fun read.

On a scale of 1-5 how would you rate this book?

4 stars

On a sunny autumn day, brother and sister James and Mandy head to the pumpkin patch with their friendly dog, Rosco, to choose a pumpkin for Halloween. While riding a hay wagon, visiting a petting zoo, and joining the kids on a scavenger hunt, Rosco sometimes makes mischief. But when James and Mandy find that two bullies are scaring kids deep inside the corn maze, will Rosco shape up and help out? Join the kids and their rascally dog in this wholesome family adventure, perfect autumn reading for kids. *Recommended for ages 6-9 *Grade level K-3rd *108 pages *15+ black and white interior illustrations

In the book Rosco the Rascal Visits the Pumpkin Patch the reader gets to go on a trip with the family to the pumpkin patch.  I buzzed through the book.  I really liked the book because it really made me feel like I was experiencing everything with the characters.  You could see the leaves, corn, pumpkins and apples because the story was written with so much description.  I love that I know that when I read a book by Gorian that I will be entertained and will enjoy the story.  She is really good at writing stories that keep me engaged.  4.5 stars

Rosco the Rascal In the Land of Snow by [Gorian, Shana]

Brother and sister James and Mandy are spending a winter vacation with their lively German shepherd, Rosco. Rosco has never experienced snow before and now he will get the chance to romp around in it high in the mountains. The kids will build snowmen and brave a steep sledding hill. But will a mysterious visitor bring trouble? And will Rosco’s curious nature spoil the weekend for the kids, or will it save the day? A heartwarming, family adventure, this Rosco the Rascal tale is the perfect winter reading for your child. *Recommended for children ages 6-8 *Grade level K-3rd *108 pages *15+ black and white interior illustrations

I love winter, it is one of my favorite seasons and in this story you get to really experience the fun winter has to offer.  Rosco and his family take a trip high up in the mountains and make snowmen, sled and have tons of fun.  I have to tell you that I felt cold reading about their snow fun because the author can really write great descriptions.  It was one of those books that I felt like I was there with them...the whole time.  I was really engaged and recommend this book to anyone that likes a good story that take places in the winter.  There is always adventure and fun in her books! 4.5 stars

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