Author Archives: Jose Luis Cortes

About Jose Luis Cortes

I am a bilingual Mexican writer and translator with more than 10 years of experience in the following areas:

– Translating Literary works between English and Spanish,
– Translating Technical, Corporate and Commercial copy between English and Spanish,

I am also a Technical Writer and a Children´s author.

I am experienced in different Digital Marketing techniques such as Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Search Engine Marketing (SEM) and Inbound Marketing and I can also tailor my writing work to comply with these different techniques.

I currently live in Canada.

eBook review: “Grandad’s Missing Teeth” By Gemma Wood

Gemma Wood

 

This book by Gemma Wood narrates one of the adventures of Dexter, an Old English sheepdog who seems to have a lot of issues passing gases, and his best friend, Rufus, a little Jack Russell dog.

Grandpa has lost his false teeth and Rufus is decided to find them. Enlisting the help of big, and sometimes stinky, Dexter, he embarks on a one day quest.

Along their journey, Dexter and Rufus find rabbits, squirrels, pigs, frogs and some other wild animals. Some of the animals behave very friendly while others are very mean to them.

Dexter, the main character in the book, manages to get out of some really tight situations and makes some new friends. He also learns and teaches us a very valuable lesson about judging people before really getting to know them.

I would say that this book is for children who are 6 years old or older, since the story is a little bit long, and without pictures.

This is an enjoyable book for children who like pets and imagine them in adventures with a happy ending.

If only grandad knew all the places his teeth have been…

You can buy the book on Amazon here.

Best

Joe

My mission is to help English writing authors reach the Latino Market by translating their eBooks to Spanish. Contact me at http://www.publicatuebook.ca or at joe@publicatuebook.ca

eBook review: Dinosaur Party Adventure by Christina Johnson

Christina Johnson

 

Joe the elephant, Sam the dog, and Fred the mouse are invited to a Dinosaur Party. They have never been at a party like this, but they are excited to go.

The party has all the regular features: cake, candy, presents, a piñata and lots of fun. But there are still some surprises. Because this party is hosted by dinosaurs and for dinosaurs, not everything is planned for an elephant, a dog or a mouse.

Christina Johnson has written several books featuring her characters Joe, Sam and Fred and this is another of their adventures in their series.

The books are interactive, and they let the children choose where to send the characters through several points in the story.

This is a nice series of books for young children interested in animals.

To read more about Christina Johnson and her characters, visit the following links:

  • Christina Johnson website
  • Christina’s community in Facebook
  • Buy the Dinosaur Party Adventure in Amazon
  • Buy the Joe, Sam, & Fred’s Adventure Stories Collection in Amazon

Best

Joe

My mission is to help English writing authors reach the Latino Market by translating their eBooks to Spanish. Contact me at http://www.publicatuebook.ca or at joe@publicatuebook.ca

eBook review of “The Planets: Sam Sun” by Phamie MacDonald

Phamie MacDonald

 

Sam has a little problem today: because his pants are on fire, everybody thinks he is a liar.

Sam is the Sun, so it is normal for him to reach high temperatures, but this pants problem is a new thing for him, and truth be told, he doesn’t seem to be handling it that well.

In this particular case, Sam Sun will need the advice of a trusted friend to make things better again.

“The Planets: Sam Sun” is the first book on the Planet Series, written and illustrated by Phamie MacDonald, a children´s author and graphic designer.

Through her work, Phamie has been able to give each celestial body in our solar system a unique personality, making science and astronomy accessible for young children; an excellent idea.

I am looking forward for the rest of the books in the series and Phamie´s new ideas.

This book is recommended for curious kids who are about 5 years old.

You can find out more about Phamie at the following links:

Best

Joe

My mission is to help English writing authors reach the Latino Market by translating their eBooks to Spanish. Contact me at http://www.publicatuebook.ca or at joe@publicatuebook.ca

eBook review: Welcome to Lily’s room by Barbara Miller

Barbara Miller

 

“Welcome to Lily’s room” is the first of 7 books written by Barbara Miller featuring Lily, a nice little girl who spends a lot of her time playing with Bunny Rabbit, one of her favorite toys, and Josephine, her cat.

Lily´s small world is a sweet tiny place with little or no conflict where she spends her time playing, using her imagination, and most of all, being happy. So are her books.

While some people have been very critical of the first book, claiming there is not a major problem that the main character is compelled to solve, I am comfortable with it. I believe this is a book aimed at small girls and I don´t think that every book that a child reads has to have a major struggle that gets resolved at the end. Some stories, particularly the ones for children, can be safe places where one can retreat to relax and dream for a while, and this book seems to be just that for little gals.

The art done by Inga Shalvashvili is very colorful and professional.

This is a nice book if you want to relax for about ten minutes with your young one.

Here are some useful links related to Lily, and her creator, Barbara Miller:

Best,

Joe

My mission is to help English writing authors reach the Latino Market by translating their eBooks to Spanish. Contact me at http://www.publicatuebook.ca or at joe@publicatuebook.ca

 

ebook review: Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear, written by Janice Spina and illustrated by John Spina

Janice Spina

Jesse is a baby polar bear who not only likes to ask a lot of questions, but also questions the status quo of all the things around him.

As tough as it is sometimes, his mother lets him express his opinions and just once in a while, lets him get away with certain things that are contrary to a polar bear’s best judgment.

In the end, mama´s patience pays off, as Jesse is saved by a dear friend that he would not have, had he followed traditional rules.

The book teaches little ones (and their parents) that sometimes, not everything has to be the way it has always been. It also reminds us to breathe deeply every time our little one asks us repeatedly why, why, why, why???

Janice Spina´s book is written in rhymes; it is illustrated by her husband, John Spina and it is part of their Jembooks.  This collection is focused in teaching real life lessons to children through the use of cute animals doing extraordinary deeds.

Both Janice and John have spent their lives educating children and they have poured all their knowledge into their Jembooks.

To learn more about Janice and Jembooks, you can visit the following web sites:

Best,

Joe

My mission is to help English writing authors reach the Latino Market by translating their eBooks to Spanish. Contact me at http://www.publicatuebook.ca or at joe@publicatuebook.ca

eBook review: Gabby and the Quads by Tina Frisco

Tina Frisco

 

Gabby is a single child that is about to have not one new baby brother or sister, but four!

As a parent, how can you make sure that your first born will not be filled with jealousy and insecurities when she sees four new babies come through the door? If you had siblings or if you are the parent of more than one child, I am sure that you know what I am talking about! If you felt you had less attention from your parents when they were struggling to keep the house together after the arrival of one baby, you can only imagine the consequences of a set of quadruplets.

In the book, Gabby’s parents decide to try a unique approach to get her support and secure her unconditional love for the little ones. Sure enough, Gabby reacts positively and is happy to lend a helping hand whenever it´s needed, which is always. The story has a happy ending, with the big family of seven enjoying each other´s company.

Tina Frisco is not a new author; we have talked before about her beautiful narrative style and her unique philosophy. This time, inspired in the recent events in her life, she has decided to take her message to the little ones. The book has the lovely illustrations of Amy Tokarczyk.

If you are a mother or a father trying to deal with your children´s sibling rivalry, pick up this book today and read it to them. If Gabby was able to turn all her love and attention to her little brothers and sister, I am sure your little one will be able too.

Here are some links about Tina Frisco and her books:

Best

Joe

My mission is to help English writing authors reach the Latino Market by translating their eBooks to Spanish. Contact me at http://www.publicatuebook.ca or at joe@publicatuebook.ca

eBook review: “101 Text Messages Parents Need to Know Now” by Tor Constantino

Tor Constantino

“101 Text Messages”, written by Tor Constantino is a small eBook that deciphers for parents and guardians those cryptic messages that our teens are exchanging over their phones.

The book also shares some interesting numbers and gives us an inside peek into this phenomenon. For example, Tor tells us that one in three teens sends more than 100 text messages a day. That amounts to more than 3,000 texts in a month!

It’s no secret that with all that heavy exchange of ideas, teens have created a special language not only to type less, but also to have more privacy. Unfortunately, many messages carry a heavy sexual tone.

Tor created this book, not for teens, but for their parents to understand these new acronyms and to be prepared, in case we find them.

And kids are not really saying LOL anymore.

Apparently, they are typing things like MOS, GYPO or LMIRL.

Are you familiar with any of those? I know I wasn’t.

So, I definitely don’t recommend violating the privacy of teens and reading their phone messages without their knowledge or consent.

But I do recommend reading the book to be familiar with some of the possible challenges that your son or daughter may be facing today.

If you are interested in these subjects and you want to read more about them, check out the following links:

Best,

Joe

My mission is to help English writing authors reach the Latino Market by translating their eBooks to Spanish. Contact me at http://www.publicatuebook.ca or at joe@publicatuebook.ca

eBook review: “Zaci the Zebra is very brave” by Pippa Wilson

Pippa WIlson

Pippa Wilson tells us the story of Zaci the Zebra, Jabalini Giraffe, Eevie Elephant, Lado Lion and some other baby animals that have decided to go out in a big adventure.

Unfortunately, Maamuni Monkey has also joined the group and he has guided them to a scary, forbidden place.

When no one knows what to do, Zaci steps up to the challenge and takes the lead to get everyone home safe.

Young readers will learn to remain close to their parents in unknown places and also to stay calm if they happen to be lost.

The book is written in verse and has attractive illustrations.

Recommended to teach a gentle lesson to a young one who tends to run away in public places.

You can find “Zaci the Zebra is Very Brave” and other books from Pippa Wilson in Amazon.

You can also read more about Pippa Wilson at her website.

Best,

Joe

My mission is to help English writing authors reach the Latino Market by translating their eBooks to Spanish. Contact me at http://www.publicatuebook.ca or at joe@publicatuebook.ca

 

eBook review: “Kathleen and the Communion Copter” by Avril O’Reilly

Avril

 Do you remember your first communion? If it was anything like mine, probably mom was rushing around, finishing the last details for the party or the church; dad was either chatting with some friends who arrived early or running some errands ordered by mom; your brothers and sisters would be causing trouble somewhere around the house and you would be thinking about the big family reunion and your presents.

And maybe the real spirit of the sacrament would be forgotten or left aside as the nice plus of a family gathering.

Kathleen is a young girl getting prepared to do her communion and she’s being distracted by all kinds of different things, including her mom’s preconceived notions about what can be considered “good taste” for this important milestone.

Thankfully, Kathleen can always count with the help and advice of a wonderful grandmother, Nan Knowles, who not only knows everything about communions, but is also invincible at getting things done. Armed only with Nan´s special notebook and the help of the mysterious group called “The Girls”, Kathleen and her grandma must navigate through what seems to be an insurmountable pile of problems, including a church that is falling apart, a catastrophic dress, two brothers who seem to always create problems and… a selfish communion copter.

Read this book to relive your own childhood; to fill your heart with the tenderness of a young girl and the boldness of a grandma with a mission and to learn the true meaning of being Christian.

I certainly loved the book and the drawings by Avril and I hope you will too.

Best

Joe

My mission is to help English writing authors reach the Latino Market by translating their eBooks to Spanish. Contact me at http://www.publicatuebook.ca or at joe@publicatuebook.ca

eBook Review: Jump! by Julia Dweck

jump! by Julia Dweck

 Julia Dweck really has to stop doing this to me.

Every time she has a new book, I declare “This is my favourite Julia Dweck book… ever!” I manage to stay put for a while and then along she comes with a new book, and I make a fool of myself proclaiming: “No, no, no. This is the one: This is my favourite Julia Dweck book…ever!”

I have to draw the line somewhere, so today I am announcing that “Jump!” is my favourite Julia Dweck book…ever.

Yes, I know my favourite was Where are the dinos?” Those were adorable: little dinosaurs shopping and driving and doing all these cool things. I said, and I still maintain, that the word needs to have these little cute dinos as toys. I am still waiting to buy one to put on my desk.

But… “Jump!” has an unbeatable message that “Where are the dinos?” lacks: that a crisis is an opportunity in disguise; that you can accomplish anything if you believe in yourself and that once that you have gone there, nothing will ever be the same.

The message is conveyed in an easy way for children to understand, yet, full of enough charisma to appeal to grownups.

And the illustrations done by Brian Allen are simply amazing!

So, I am saying it now (this has to stop at some point, Julia): “Jump!” is my favourite Julia Dweck book ever!

The book is available now in Amazon: read it, have a big smile and think hard and long about your life and your goals.

Best,

Joe

My mission is to help English writing authors reach the Latino Market by translating their eBooks to Spanish. Contact me at http://www.publicatuebook.ca or at joe@publicatuebook.ca