Title: Opal, Herby, and Squeaky Author: Jay Miller ISBN: 978-1-4389-1808-2 Genre: Children (Toddler age 3 to 6) Pages: 20 Reviewed By: Brian Knight Official Premium Promotional Services Rating: 5 STAR
Opal is a lovable black cat without a home. Opal’s life changes one day when she crosses the path of a caring human. She is brought to this human’s new home and meets her playmate, Herby, a good natured wiener dog. Quickly, Opal and Herby become the best of friends.
Now in this human’s house, Herby has a problem with Squeaky, a smart mouse. Every night, Herby cannot seem to catch Squeaky who steals his food.
Opal loves to eat mice for a snack, so when she hears of Herby’s problem, she happily volunteers to catch the mouse. Herby is thrilled and accepts Opal’s help with one condition…she must promise not to hurt the mouse. Herby and Opal plan a way to catch Squeaky, but Opal makes no promises.
Squeaky overhears all the details of the trap. That night, she is careful not to get caught.
Opal’s trap fails. She really wants to catch Squeaky so she heeds the advice of Herby and prays to the Lord for guidance.
The Lord instructs Opal on how to catch Squeaky; however, she must give the mouse a chance to repent for stealing. If Squeaky repents, Opal is to release the mouse unharmed.
“Opal, Herby, and Squeaky”, is the third book in the “All God’s Critters” series. On every page, Jay miller fills this delightful tale with eye catching illustrations and lovable characters that will come alive before any youngster’s eyes as the story unfolds. Drawn into this animal world, listeners of any age (young and old) will be hooked right from the start as they are shown the life lessons of powerful morals and values from Opal, Herby, and Squeaky. The listeners learn the importance of friendship, the power of forgiveness, and how the Lord will guide them through prayer.
This tale of a lovable cat, a friendly wiener dog, and a sneaky mouse is a fun story with many teachable moments. You will find yourself laughing along with the character’s dilemmas and satisfied knowing the child you love is learning life lessons.
I highly recommend this book for children and all those who are young at heart. A story no one will ever tire of hearing.
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Title: Sal and Sally Author: Jay Miller ISBN: 978-1-935028-13-0 Genre: Children (Toddler age 3 to 6) Pages: 23 Reviewed By: Brian Knight Official Premium Promotional Services Rating: 5 STAR
Sal and Sally are best friends that enjoy playing together and discovering new adventures. One day, the two happy-go-lucky sea bass stumble upon the most amazing pastime…they learn how to blow bubbles! In the ocean they blow big bubbles, little bubbles, and bubbles of many different colors. For hours, just the two of them laugh and swim around all the blown bubbles until Nellie, the octopus, swims over to join in.
Nellie sees how much fun Sal and Sally are having and really wants to join them. But Nellie has a big problem…she doesn’t know how to blow bubbles.
Sal and Sally gaily come to Nellie’s rescue and are happy to teach her. Nellie proves she is an excellent student when she exhales and blows a huge bubble. A bubble so enormous, it engulfs Sal and Sally inside.
Sal and Sally attempt to pop the bubble, but to no avail. And what’s worse—Nasty Nick, the Texas long nose shark, comes by and now they are in real danger. Afraid, Sal and Sally can only watch as he approaches.
Nasty Nick is looking for dinner and can now see his meal trapped inside this bubble. He attempts to pop the bubble with his long nose; but like Sal and Sally’s attempt, the bubble just won’t burst.
Sal and Sally are safe, but this leaves Nellie outside the bubble and looking scrumptious for Nick’s next meal. Will this be Nellie’s last frolic with her two new friends or will Nasty Nick have a change of heart and let Nelly go free?
Once again, Jay Miller composes a delightful tale.
In a joyful way of learning, Miller uses rich descriptions, delivering powerful messages of life values and morals—playing and working together in a way that shows even a nasty shark needs friends. In “Sal and Sally,” the colorful illustrations compliment the story and are sure to grab the little listeners’ attention. With joyful songs at the end of the story, everyone will surely be dancing about the room as they envision many bubbles bouncing and floating around them.
“Sal and Sally” is sure to be a favorite on any child’s bookcase. I recommend this book for those children who have lots of energy. Those who love to dance, sing and have fun. And adults who wish to spread positive life values and morals to those little ones they love.
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Title: Bingo the Banjo Picking Bear Author: Jay Miller ISBN: 978-1-4327-0739-2 Genre: Children (Toddler age 3 to 6) Pages: 34 Reviewed By: Brian Knight Official Premium Promotional Services Rating: 5 STAR
From the time Bingo is a little cub, he wants to do two things….sing and fish. If he isn’t fishing with his grandpa, he is dancing and singing around the house. Now Bingo is a very happy bear, but he feels he is missing one thing that would put him on cloud nine. Bingo wants a banjo. He wants to play while he dances and sings.
One day, Bingo is fishing with his grandpa and he catches a tiny fish. This is no ordinary fish. It is a genie fish. A scared little genie fish that is so desperately tells Bingo that if he lets him go he will grant Bingo a wish. Bingo tells the tiny fish he wants a banjo so he can play and sing all day long. Knowing his wish would come true; Bingo gladly put the tiny fish back in the water.
The weeks pass. Years pass, and still Bingo has no banjo. Even though grandpa is now in heaven and Bingo is so much older, he still sings and dances, but he cannot remember what it was he wished for.
One day, while fishing and sending songs to his grandpa, Bingo catches a BIG fish—the genie fish. The fish recognizes Bingo and they start to talk. Bingo suddenly remembers his wish and wants to know why he did not get his banjo…
“Bingo the Banjo Picking Bear” is full of colorful pictures and songs that compliment the delightful writing of author, Jay Miller. The illustrations are sure to capture the reader’s full attention. Your child will have images dancing in his/her head; and together, you will dance and sing the songs. Entwined within all the fun and entertainment, is Jay’s wonderful message of thankfulness, patience, joy and family.
“Bingo the Banjo Picking Bear” will become a favorite on your child’s bookshelf for many years. As a grandpa, Miller understands the importance of reading to our children. Miller believes reading, singing and dancing is a fun way to teach important morals and values to young children.
I recommend “Bingo the Banjo Picking Bear” to toddlers who love to sing and dance. And for adults who want too teach their little ones morals while they play.
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Jay Miller is an inspirational writer of children literature. Currently, his 3 books, “Bingo the Banjo Picking Bear”, “Sal and Sally”, and “Opal, Herby and Squeaky” from the *All God’s Critters Series* are producing rave comments and 5-star official reviews from all his fans and followers.
Being a grandpa, with a heart of gold and unlimited determination, Jay is on a mission to spread God’s word in an enjoyable way to young children. Through the articulate illustrations and inspirational words from each page, Jay cannot help but smile knowing that Ten percent of all his royalties go to the Grace for Children Foundation Inc. to support needy children as he is the founder of the newly formed “Rock the Babies” Foundation.
To learn more about Jay Miller, please view his site at: http://www.mybingobooks.com, where you will be able to read author interviews, official book reviews, story summaries, and view videos on each told tale.
What motivated you too write children's books?
My intentions were to write mystery novels. But when the time came to get started, I think Jesus had other plans. He put beautiful, innocent words and thoughts in my mind, which led me instead, to carry His message of love to little children. I have found much joy in that.
You have developed so many wonderful and colorful characters for your books. Which character is your favorite? Why?
Bingo, because he was my first fun character. He also plays a big role in my “All God’s Critters” Young adult novel I’m writing. (Comedy/Adventure) Bears are easy, lovable, and fun to write about. Did you know that Dancing Bears only appear to be dancing? Most likely, they’ve been Bee stung in the rear end while trying to rob honey. Opal runs a close 2nd. She’ll steal a lot of hearts.
Music and song play a large role in your stories. Are you a musician as well as an author?
Yes, I play several musical instruments, but not professional. My intention however is for the children to experience Christian values and morals, to sing and play for the Lord. He likes music. We’ve learned that from the early Biblical teachings.
What is the most difficult part of writing a children's book? For me, it is keeping the story within the right age level of understanding. That’s why I am writing an “All God’s Critters” novel for young adults that have a compilation of five different but related stories, yet there will be five individual toddler books in the series. There will be more All God’s Critters series to come.
Have you entertained the idea of writing a book in a different genre? My concentration at this time is only on my “All God’s Critters” novel and toddler books. Perhaps at a later date.
All of your books have morals and Christian values instilled in the story. Do you feel that it is important for children's books to teach as well as entertain?
There are many great Biblical children’s books available for teaching. My books are different, in that fun and play lets them experience those things in a way that they will remember easier. An example is in the songs they’ll get to sing for Jesus. Then in the book Sal and Sally, they’ll get to blow bubbles for Jesus. Is that fun or what?
What, in your opinion, are the most important thing children and parents can learn from your books?
A great way of letting children experience what God wants them to know.
What's next for Jay Miller?
I will continue work on my “All God’s Critters” novel and toddler books. I plan on trudging ahead, as I have faith in what God wants me to do.
Would you like to add any final thoughts before we close?
I appreciate all the hard work that you and Jo Anne are doing in promoting my books. Both of you are doing a fantastic job. I highly recommend your service to any author who needs professional assistance in promoting their work. It’s much more fun writing and leaving the difficult part for you professionals. To all the readers, I hope you’ll give my books a try. God Bless - Jay Miller
To learn more about author Jay Miller and his books, visit his site at: My Bingo Books, where you will be able to read official book reviews, story summaries, and view videos.
Whenever I was talking with children and asked them this question, there was always an assortment of answers. When the child was finished sharing and asked for my answer, I’d faithfully respond: *Time*
There’s nothing better than spending time with children. Having them jump on my lap and sink into my chest, to excitingly anticipate a story told by grandpa.
Wondering what to purchase for a gift?
God, has blessed me with a gift. A gift to write children’s books. With His guidance, the pages in my books are filled with dynamic illustrations and each story is told to snag the attention of the little ones. The stories include a powerful life-skill message to share and teach in a fun way.
Not such a bad way for me to spend time with the ones I love. I cannot think of a better thing to do with my time than to read a story with my grandchild on my lap.
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Please, read what other customers whom purchased my books are saying:
“I love this story! I love the message behind it. I love the importance of patience that it conveys. Just like Jay Miller's other book, "Sal and Sally", it is wonderfully written and enjoyable to read. There is a message of family, commitment to an idea, a dream, a hope, a desire. Don't pass this book up. My children love it and even like reading it themselves. This is just the starting off point of what is showing to be a great line of books that I am sure will continue to prove themselves excellent.”>Filiocht<
“How can you go wrong with the message in this story? It is fun to read and the kids haven't tired of hearing it read to them. Catchy "jingles"!”>J. Poole “Poolio”
“This is a very entertaining children's book with great illustrations that make the kids laugh:)” >Chase Bryce<
“Wow, what a charming story. My son loves this book. Our family enjoys singing with the story. You are never too young or too old to stop wishing and dreaming. The power of possitive thinking. Great Bed Time Story. "Think Happy Thoughts" Can't wait for the next one.”>J. Vanover<
“My kids love this book. Bingo's song is one that will catch on and stick, and I liked the message behind the story, of family, giving, and friendship. We could all take a lesson from Bingo!” >Shell Bell< “This great little book is a favorite in our house. The story is happy, friendly, and quick. The sing-song is one your kids will be drawn to over and over again and gets stuck in your head. Aside from all the fun is a clear message about family and the importance of giving. Your kids will surely enjoy this book.” >W. Lohman<
“Absolutely delightful ! Jay Miller's wonderful imagination and sense of prose makes Bingo the Banjo Picking Bear an excellent choice. This book is beautifully illustrated and Bingo will steal your heart with every turn of the page. I will enjoy sharing it for years to come.” >Margie Adams<
“Bingo the Banjo Picking Bear is a delightful story for kids set in rhyming verse and song. Its full-color illustrations are comically appealing as well as tender, and blend well with the storyline. It touches on real-life lessons of growing old, being kind to others, and replacing bad habits with good ones. Highly recommended!”
“I bought this book for my son Cary who has autism. He really loved the story and the pictures. He particularly thought that it was funny when Sal and Sally get stuck in a bubble and Nasty Nick, a shark who wants to eat them, cannot pop the bubble and get to them. It was a lot of fun and now he is reading it by himself!” >Dawn Wolfson<
“Kids will wear this one out choosing their favorite happy fish. The little fish come alive in this fun and colorful story. Toddlers will mimic the cute fish blowing bubbles, so get your camera ready! Jay Miller has truly captured the simple pleasure of a child in this one.” >Parent of 2<
“This is a wonderful toddler book. The story is so cute and the illustrations are adorable. I give this book 5 stars & 2 thumbs up. Looking forward to the next book in the series.” >S. Poole<
“Opal, Herby and Squeaky is the third book for children by author Jay Miller. I was gifted with signed copies of all three of his books by Jay Miller himself for my darling grandsons and what a delightful blessing the books are! All three of Jay's books (Bingo the Banjo Picking Bear; Sal and Sally; and Opal, Herby and Squeaky) share Christian values with a strong moral lesson to be learned in a simple yet charming way. The illustrations are colorful and fun and the stories easy to read. Plus lyrics to songs by and about story characters are included at the end of the story that the kids can sing and play around with which is fun.
Of all three of Jay Miller's books (Bingo the Banjo Picking Bear; Sal and Sally; Opal Herby and Squeaky); Opal, Herby and Squeaky is my favorite. Don't get me wrong, all three books are fun but Opal, Herby and Squeaky made me laugh the most.
The book starts out with Opal the furry black kitten needing a home. So she did what any sensible Christian kitten would do, she prayed for a home and was granted one IF she could catch a little gray mouse. In Opal's new home, she was quite serious about her job to catch the naughty little gray mouse named Squeaky who is stealing all the food from the other home's resident, the little red weiner dog named Herby.
Herby the weiner dog is happy Opal has come to live with them and wants to be friends and share his food with her but there is no food to share because that greedy mouse Squeaky steals it all every night. Opal prays for help to catch the naughty mouse and God answers that he will help her but that Opal must offer Squeaky a chance to repent from his naughty ways once she's caught him.
After Opal catches Squeaky the mouse, he does repent from his naughty ways, gives back all the food he stole and the three animals become best friends. The owner is amazed that a kitten, a dog and a mouse are best friends and they all praise God who has made such a thing possible!
Opal, Herby and Squeaky is best for younger readers. My nine year old grandson considered himself "too old" for it (his words!). But I think younger readers will enjoy the story and I think the bright colorful illustrations should really capture their attention too.”>T. Wilson<
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Gosh, I can just feel the warmth of their little bodies snuggling up close to mine as I read…
Enjoy, and God bless;
Jay Miller Inspirational Writer of Children Literature All God’s Critters Series http://www.mybingobooks.com
Apex Reviews (AR): Jay, thanks for joining us for this interview. We're looking forward to learning more about your books.
Jay Miller (JM): Thank you for this opportunity to speak about them. Thank you especially for the wonderful and professional review Apex performed as well. I am very pleased that the books were found to be worthy of such a high rating.
“Bingo the Banjo Picking Bear” professional review rating: 4.5/5 “Sal and Sally” professional review rating: 5/5 “Opal, Herby and Squeaky” professional review rating 5/5
AR: It’s our pleasure. What exactly makes Bingo so musically inclined?
JM: Honey, I think! Most bears, after a good afternoon snack, the honey bees always seem to sting them in their rear end as they run away. They’ll spend hours afterwards shaking their bottoms, which makes them appear to be dancing. Bingo comes from a long line of “Dancing Bears.”
AR: Out of all the instruments that he could choose from, what is it about the banjo that captivates Bingo's interest?
JM: It’s that Hillbilly picking sound that goes with the dance; it’s got that certain swing to it. It could just as easily have been a fiddle, except he liked the banjo picking sound better. Besides, Grandpa said fiddling can sometimes get you in trouble.
AR: Why is his relationship with his Grandpa so special?
JM: All Grandpas are special! They always have time to take you fishing and do lots of other fun things. Naturally, if you can keep their attention, then you’ll be their favorite. Then, they’ll teach you lots of important things you wouldn’t normally get to know.
AR: In “Sal and Sally”, what inspired you to use sea creatures as the main characters for the story?
JM: It follows along the lines of my “All God’s Critters” novel as story # 2. That story is about two fish named Sal and Sally, only the story is different. It begins with the thrilling excitement of actually experiencing the fish eggs being laid and what happens from there (you’d have to read the book to experience that first hand to believe it). Toddlers wouldn’t understand it, so I decided to let them blow some bubbles instead. I figured the kids would like that.
AR: Is there really such a thing as a Texas Long Nose Cowboy Shark?
JM: Several locals claim to have spotted them along the Texas coastline. Some were claimed to have longer noses than others, but they all appeared to be wearing red Cowboy hats.
AR: What is the main message that you'd like readers to take away from “Sal and Sally”?
JM: Making friends and learning to get along with everyone. Also, understanding how to try and turn a bad situation into something good.
AR: What draws you to Christian fiction?
JM: I knew many years ago that I wanted to write, but I thought it would be mystery novels. When the time came to get started, something led me in this direction instead. I believe that something was God.
AR: What inspired you to create and develop the "All God's Critters" series?
JM: Again, that’s where God led me to start writing. I find it easy to tell the stories using various critters in each. I think people will relate more closely with them. I like to bring them to life as much as possible, yet leaving them in their natural surroundings.
AR: Have you shared the books in the series with churches, bible camps, or other religious institutions?
JM: That is my next step. I’ve been waiting to get the first three books completed in the series to introduce them. Having good professional review ratings now will make that task much easier.
AR: The illustrations in your books are outstanding. Who did them?
JM: “Bingo the Banjo Picking Bear” was done professionally by Bobbi Switzer through Outskirts Press. “Sal and Sally” was done professionally by Jessica Ball (my niece). “Opal, Herby, and Squeaky” was done professionally by Lee Qualls (my granddaughter). I was extremely pleased with each.
AR: We noticed that you published “Bingo the Banjo Picking Bear” through Outskirts Press. What was your experience like with them?
JM: I found their service to be outstanding. They were very helpful and professional in every detail. I would highly recommend them, and I plan to use their service again.
AR: You published “Sal and Sally” through Gather Community Press. Please share more with our readers about them.
JM: Gather Community Press operates through AuthorHouse Publishing. It’s a means for special benefits for members of the Gather Community site to have access to self publishing. My book was the first book to be published through them. Again, as with Outskirts Press, I was pleased with their service.
AR: What are your future writing/publishing plans?
JM: I plan on trudging ahead. Unless, by some miracle, I get an offer from a traditional publisher, I’ll be self publishing my books. I have faith in what God wants me to do (I have not submitted any books for consideration).
AR: Do you have a website where our readers can learn more about you and your efforts?
JM: They may visit my website, called “All God’s Critters”, at http://mybingobooks.com. I am also engaged with many writing and social groups where I have support and encouragement from many friends.
AR: Also, how can they contact you directly?
AR: Any final thoughts you'd like to share?
JM: Bringing happiness to children and bringing them closer to God is the goal I have set. This is what God wants me to do. I want to wish everyone a very Happy and Prosperous Year! Remember everyday to thank God for another beautiful day…it’s all about Him. Thank you for the outstanding service, the wonderful reviews, and this professional interview. You have made me feel right at home.
AR: Thanks again, Jay, and best of continued success to you in all your endeavors!
Jay is a Grandpa. He can tell and write a lot of children stories.
He’s been married to his beautiful wife for thirty years. They have seven children and thirteen grandchildren. He is a retired Engineer.
He is presently writing a five story compilation novel called "All God’s Critters". It is approximately 80% completed.
During the past few years while writing it, the thought came to him that he should write similar matching stories, but for Toddlers.
While he continues to work on his novel, he has found more happiness in writing for the Toddlers. He has published three of those books so far called: "Bingo The Banjo Picking Bear", "Sal and Sally", and "Opal, Herby And Squeaky".