Review of Alyce Joy Rininger’s KA-BOOM

Alyce Joy Rininger’s book, KA-BOOM, published by Halo Publishing International, is touring this month with the World of Ink, sponsored by V. S. Grenier. The illustrator, Diane Lucas, shows us a fantasy world any child would itch to get into, with a fairy, cute and funny animals, and a passenger butterfly.

Starting off with a bang, KA-BOOM, opens with the fairy, Sprout, blasting Taylor’s dollhouse to smithereens. Taylor grabs a flyswatter, but she’s determined to be brave. Though Taylor is distrustful of the fairy, they gradually become friends, and Sprout shrinks Taylor down to fairy size so they can go on adventures.

Sprout performs her magic tricks by touching her left wing to her right foot (or is it the right wing to the left foot?) Anyway, she gets the job done in a flurry of noise, light, and smoke.


Sprout can’t remember all that she’s supposed to do for Fairy Queen Splaminda Herminda of Spritesville, but she takes on the challenge. It has something to do with helping Taylor develop more compassion, be less suspicious, and believe in unbelievable discoveries.


Together the two teensy girls fly out of the house on a blue butterfly because one of Taylor’s wishes is to visit with a chipmunk and hop around on lily pads in the pond. While Taylor and Sprout go about seeking fun activities, danger surrounds them. For one thing, a couple of bad boys, Loozer and Doozer, the Brattz brothers, like to trample little critters. And for another, the Fish Hawk likes to swoop down to the pond and eat anything he can grasp in his talons. Taylor has to watch out for him when she’s riding on the back of Sir Leapsalot, the bullfrog.

But Taylor and Sprout also meet up with some charming characters who are friendly. Snilly Snail is the one who warns them about the Brattz brothers. And Miss Chipsie, the chipmunk, serves them her sassafras tea in pignut shells.

One of the humorous things is that Miss Chipsie’s blueberry bowl is actually Taylor’s missing tea cup from her tea set. But Taylor is becoming very generous, and she urges Miss Chipsie to keep the bowl (tea cup).

Sprout, with help from her friends, keeps Taylor safe through all their adventures and brings her back home where she adjusts her size back to normal. Sprout is sure the fairy Queen will be pleased with the way she handled Taylor.

Sprout wears a golden disk on a chain around her neck that tells something about what she’s doing or feeling. When she first arrives, she’s ZONKED.  The she runs the gamut from  HOPEFUL, DANGER, RELAX,  SPROUT CLOUTS (when she bested the fish hawk), PRIDE, and all the way back to KA-BOOM!

Lots of humor comes out in Sprout’s vocabulary. She loves to spout fancy words, and if there isn’t one, she makes one up. Here is a list of some of the words that the reader will find at the end of the book:

●Bedraggled……………………… limp, soiled and frayed.

• Bippityhooed………………….. one of Sprout’s words….loud, silly laughter.

• Camouflaged………………….. designed to look like natural surroundings.

• Cumbersome……………..….. difficult to manage because of bulk or shape.

• Discombobulated…………….. thrown into a state of confusion.

• Endeavored……………………. made a serious effort…struggled.

Follow Alyce Joy at: Website

KA-BOOM is available at:  Publisher


I was provided with a review copy of the book for providing an honest review.

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nancy Stewart
    Aug 14, 2012 @ 20:29:41

    Very cute! Clever, too. Thanks for sharing, Barbara!


  2. susan Hornbach
    Aug 14, 2012 @ 22:52:27

    Sounds like a winner for kids! Thanks for sharing.


  3. VS Grenier
    Aug 15, 2012 @ 10:02:37

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this really cute chapter book for kids. I love the cover!


  4. barbarabockman
    Aug 15, 2012 @ 10:19:14

    Good morning Nancy, Susan, and Virginia,
    I enjoyed reading and reviewing this book for young readers. I agree, the unusual cover makes you want to get in there and see what it’s all about.
    Thanks, All, for visiting.


  5. melangeofcultures
    Aug 15, 2012 @ 10:38:19

    The cover is absolutely awesome! Great review of this cute chapter book. Thanks for sharing.


  6. Liam Maher
    Aug 15, 2012 @ 12:48:33

    Alyce, congrats on your publication, Ka-Boom. Sounds an exciting read. Sprout’s vocabularly with an explanaton at the end of the books is an brilliant idea.


  7. barbarabockman
    Aug 15, 2012 @ 17:55:22

    Hi Nicole and Liam,
    Thanks for dropping by and leaving encouraging remarks for Alyce Joy.


  8. Penelope Anne Cole
    Aug 18, 2012 @ 18:05:25

    Hi Barbara and Alyce, this book sounds totally awesome. What a great adventure and fun with words. (I’ve imagined being small and running with fairies, too.)


  9. barbarabockman
    Aug 18, 2012 @ 22:19:30

    Hi Penelope Anne,
    I think lots of little girls have a fascination with fairies. Thanks for your comment.


  10. slpstanley
    Aug 22, 2012 @ 19:01:11

    Sounds so cute….thanks for a fun interview (and you are right – those names are a riot!)


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