Lucy

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite:

5star-shiny-hrIn Lucy by Heiki Vilep, Lucy is quite an active little girl. She just celebrated her fourth birthday and she was feeling quite grown up, even though her older brother kept trying to set things right, like pointing out that cars don’t fly and there’s no such thing as a witch. Lucy does have her imagination, though. When visiting the ice cream parlor with her brother and her father – having an ice cream party her father says – Lucy imagines a kingdom of ice cream complete with an Ice Cream King, and Ice Cream Queen, an Ice Cream Prince and an Ice Cream Princess and an ice cream parlor where everything is edible and can become part of the ice cream itself. But, when Lucy tries to prove that she can perform magic like a real witch, her plan goes a little awry – all she manages to do is splash everyone and everything at the dinner table. Even Grandpa’s smart suit and Granny’s pretty floral dress are soaked, along with the pies that Granny had baked. Lucy thinks she is in trouble, until she hears Grandpa chuckling in the washroom.

Growing up is hard to do. There is so much to learn, so much to imagine, so much to create. Heiki Vilep has written a charming story about a little girl who wants to know everything, do everything, create everything, all at once. She tries, as many four-year-olds will try, and through her attempts and humorous failures, this little girl learns the power of family love that will remain with her no matter what mistakes she makes along her journey of learning to live. Colorfully illustrated, this is a real treasure of a story.

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Lucy In a Sand Hole

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite:

5star-shiny-hrIn Lucy by Heiki Vilep, Lucy is quite an active little girl. She just celebrated her fourth birthday and she was feeling quite grown up, even though her older brother kept trying to set things right, like pointing out that cars don’t fly and there’s no such thing as a witch. Lucy does have her imagination, though. When visiting the ice cream parlor with her brother and her father – having an ice cream party her father says – Lucy imagines a kingdom of ice cream complete with an Ice Cream King, and Ice Cream Queen, an Ice Cream Prince and an Ice Cream Princess and an ice cream parlor where everything is edible and can become part of the ice cream itself. But, when Lucy tries to prove that she can perform magic like a real witch, her plan goes a little awry – all she manages to do is splash everyone and everything at the dinner table. Even Grandpa’s smart suit and Granny’s pretty floral dress are soaked, along with the pies that Granny had baked. Lucy thinks she is in trouble, until she hears Grandpa chuckling in the washroom.

Growing up is hard to do. There is so much to learn, so much to imagine, so much to create. Heiki Vilep has written a charming story about a little girl who wants to know everything, do everything, create everything, all at once. She tries, as many four-year-olds will try, and through her attempts and humorous failures, this little girl learns the power of family love that will remain with her no matter what mistakes she makes along her journey of learning to live. Colorfully illustrated, this is a real treasure of a story.

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Lucy Invents a Candle Blower

Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite:

5star-shiny-hrLucy Invents a Candle Blower by Heiki Vilep is an exciting collection of short stories revolving around a little girl called Lucy. Each story has a different theme that is filled with fun, adventure and humor and will take kids on an interesting journey along with Lucy. The underlying themes of the stories are humor and adventure and the author doesn’t disappoint readers with his imagination and creative mind. Lucy will warm the hearts of readers with her adorable and mischievous behavior, and motivate them to try out doing naughty and adventurous things at home and otherwise. The style of writing is simple, laced with humor, and all the characters are portrayed well so that they remain in the hearts of readers for a long time. Lucy is like any other normal child; it’s just that she is mischievous and attempts a lot of things which see her getting into trouble, but in a good way.

The book is perfect as a bedtime storybook, and parents and grandparents can read out the stories to their kids and grandkids. The illustrations are really cute and they give pace and movement to the story. Lucy and Andy’s mischief keep the stories alive as the author involves them in one adventure after the other, keeping young readers glued to the book. Lucy’s enthusiasm to experience everything and live life to the fullest is infectious. Stories influence the thinking of kids and encourage them to participate in the activities around them.

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Lucy and Madhouse Canteen

Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite:

5star-shiny-hrLucy and Madhouse Canteen by Heiki Vilep is a charming story for children. The stories that revolve around Lucy, Madeline and Tim take readers through interesting experiences, places and happenings. Each story has its own charm and whether it is the story of the ‘Madhouse Canteen,’ or the three of them becoming famous writers, or the other stories, children are treated to some sort of mischief, humor or adventure which will keep them entertained until the very end. Lucy, Tim and Madeline will steal the hearts of young readers with their antics, and their parents and grandparents complement them beautifully in all the stories.
I enjoyed the collection of stories in the book. Kids are introduced to new ideas and concepts that will make them more creative and imaginative. The illustrations complement the stories beautifully by giving pace and movement to the scenes and life to the characters. Each story takes readers through the different experiences of Lucy, Madeline and Tim. Parents and grandparents can use it as a bedtime storybook for their kids and grandkids. The stories can also be used for read aloud sessions in school libraries and classrooms. The author’s writing style is fluid and laced with humor that makes the stories enjoyable. Kids will love Lucy, Madeline and Tim and also Ed by the time they finish reading.

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Sandman’s Stories

Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite:

5star-shiny-hrSandman’s Stories by Heiki Vilep is a collection of bedtime stories perfect for children to read or listen to just before going to bed. Marilyn’s parents are too tired to tell her a bedtime story and put her to sleep one night. Marilyn is trying her best to fall asleep by counting sheep so that sleep will come, but she is unable to drop off. She opens her eyes and she sees a real sandman standing next to her. She tells him her plight and he thinks of putting sleep sand in her eyes. But Marilyn wants to hear a real story. Now it becomes the sandman’s job to tell Marilyn his made up stories and put her to sleep every night.
The book is enjoyable and it is perfect for parents and grandparents to read out to kids at night. The stories are exciting and imaginative and will keep kids enthralled. The illustrations that accompany each story are bright and colorful and capture the essence of the story beautifully. Whether it is the story of The Sock and the Boot, Nail Neil’s dream of good folk, all the stories will entertain young readers with their charm, humor and mystery.
I recommend this book to all parents to keep in their personal collection because, apart from having good bedtime stories, it will also help children imagine and tell them about different types of people. The best thing about these stories is that they cover diverse topics, thereby making the collection an engaging and entertaining read.

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William

Reviewed By Alyssa Elmore for Readers’ Favorite (4 stars):

What happens when you decide not to brush your teeth? Where does a lost toy really go to? What happens when books get neglected? Does an Indian really wear pajamas? Ask William, he'll tell you. William by Heiki Vilep is an adorable collection of short stories about an ornery little boy named William. William has many adventures and visits many interesting places, and even makes some unlikely friends on his journeys. He becomes an Indian warlord, fights fear, visits the moon, and goes on even more great adventures!

Sometimes adults can seem perfectly unreasonable to little boys. We tell them to brush their teeth, wear pajamas, read more books and play fewer video games. But how often do we stop to tell them why? I loved this book. As a mother to a little "William," sometimes I find myself at my wit's end arguing with him. I have had to fight to get him to brush his teeth, sleep in his pajamas and many other things that William's mom struggles with. The characters are funny and the stories are impossibly fantastic, yet help the reader to see the logic behind a parent's unreasonable requests. I believe that there is magic within the stories that the author imparts to both parent and child, and maybe, just maybe, Indians do wear pajamas.

A small book at fifty-six pages, each chapter begins a new story and has colorful illustrations throughout. It is the perfect book for any little boy who is still being read to. I think little boys 4-8 would sympathize with the main character and enjoy his adventures. I feel that the stories are helpful in bridging the gap of reasoning between the parent and the child. Sometimes it is hard to remember what it is like to be a child, and I can only imagine what it is like to be a boy. Thank you for the insight. I will be reading this book to my "William."

The Sounds Of Silence

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford (4 stars):

Silence is an interesting concept. Does it really exist? Mihkel certainly hasn't given it much consideration. Perhaps he's never experienced real silence. Mihkel lives in the city where there is constant noise all around him. He listens to the radio, the TV, and plays computer games, all with the volume turned up to maximum. His parents are forever telling him to turn down the volume. Perhaps Mihkel is just arguing with the world he knows, by trying to make more noise than the city around him. A visit to his grandparents in the country changes things when the farmhouse loses power for several days. Mihkel learns to listen to the silence, to listen to the sounds of life around him, the not-so-noisy sounds of life. Even the grains of sand under his feet, the fog in the evening and the gently blowing curtains have a sound of their own. Has Mihkel learned that silence really doesn't exist? Has he learned that the sounds in the silence can be very entertaining and certainly not boring?

In The Sounds of Silence, Heiki Vilep has written a story about silence, or the lack thereof. He presents a lively young boy who loves to keep busy and to be surrounded by noises all of the time. It is a story about respecting the world around us, to listen to the silences and to learn from the silences. It is a story about the sounds that are ever-present, even in a world too noisy to really listen. With colorful illustrations, this is a valuable story to teach young people to listen, to really listen.