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Daniel’s Dreams: Monster Mountain

Daniel’s Dreams: Monster Mountain is a fun children’s story written by Leann Brown, detailing the story of a young boy named Daniel who is feeling nervous and learns how to deal with his emotions when he is feeling uneasy.

I absolutely enjoyed this magical story, especially with the inclusion of the cute monsters and the creative Monster Mountain. Daniel is an avid dreamer, it is one of his favorite things to do, and the night before an important assembly a yellow monster named Dex comes to him in his dreams and takes him to Monster Mountain. It is while at Monster Mountain that Daniel begins to learn really important lessons, which I enjoyed because I felt that any child would be able to understand the methods Daniel uses and apply it in their own life.

Leann Brown does a wonderful job in presenting the idea of “don’t judge a book by its cover.” When Daniel first meets Dex, Dex tells him that although he is a monster, it doesn’t mean that he is mean–they just look different from humans. Daniel learns the lesson of not judging people solely on appearance. This is always an important lesson to teach young readers, and apt to include in a magical journey filled with monsters in fantastical land. While Daniel begins to explore Monster Mountain he encounters various creative and colorful characters. I enjoyed the fantastic illustrations by Yogesh Mahajan. They were something I always looked forward to when flipping the pages. Each piece of art was bright and the texture was something that was unique for me.

Daniel’s Dreams: Monster Mountain explores the idea that your friends and loved ones always want you to succeed and will therefore never desert you when you are struggling. This was such an important scene to include because it is a beautiful reminder to children but also to anyone who reads this story. Daniel is such a compassionate and understanding character, qualities that I think are important in a children’s story! This is a fantastic book for parents to include in their children’s reading list as it’s easy to read and will surely keep their attention.

Pages: 76 | ASIN:  B08SLDWQSW

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Fairy Dinosaur

Fairy Dinosaur, by Rose E. Hils is a playful children’s story that teaches kids the importance of following their dreams. The book shows a cute fairy dinosaur presenting the many enjoyable careers to pursue. This magnificent book is filled with colorful art and an adorable dinosaur in various funny and charming situations. Children will have a fun time learning about different ways to make the world a better place.

What I liked most about Fairy Dinosaur was the simple but animated hand-drawn illustrations that pop with vibrant water-colors. Every page has some delightful bit of imagery and is filled with color, allowing the reader to better visualize each job and guarantees that this book will capture a child’s imagination. The rhyming throughout the story makes it easier to read and much more engaging. The book can help any kid find a hobby, and maybe a future career!

Fairy Dinosaur is a fun story that educates children about different careers and hobbies. It’s an easy read, and is filled with adorable characters!

Pages: 28 | ASIN: B08NTS71M8

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Little Dragon Came To Be

Author Interview
Mr. Andrew Dunne Author Interview

Little Dragon and the Rainbow Poo uses a unique idea to teach children about colors in a fun way. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

When my son was born, he was quite loud and his poo was always different colours. One exhausted night Little Dragon came to be.

The art in the book is very cute. What was the art collaboration process like with illustrator Ms. Amelia Gleeson?

It was quite fun, I’m not too artistic, so Amelia had quite a lot of freedom with the style. Once she’d come up with a character style we both like, we then started coming up with the scenes for each activity.

My favorite scene from the book was the one where the dragon was scared while watching a movie. Do you have a favorite scene from the book?

I like when little dragon is listening to jazz, but the final scene always gets a great reaction from my kids which puts a smile on my face.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I’m currently working on Missy M and the quest for oo. Not sure when this will be available, hopefully it doesn’t take too long for me to finish it (got writer’s block)

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Enjoy the colors of the rainbow as Little Dragon poos.

Little Dragon and the Rainbow Poo

Little Dragon and the Rainbow Poo, by Andrew Dunne is a children’s story of a dragon’s adventures that causes his poo to change colors. Every event causes his poo to turn into each color of the rainbow. Then, when he meets with his friend Daisy Doe at a show, he finds that his poo has turned a special color!

Dunne’s use of rhymes and colorful hand drawn illustrations all throughout the book brings this cute little story to life. This book reminds me of another children’s book Everyone Poops by ‘Tarō Gomi’, but with a much more fun and adventurous tone. The author rhymes each line with the color being used, which easily captures the readers attention and makes it more exciting to read. The hand drawn art is unique, but I would have liked to see more bright and vivid colors. Overall, the storyline provides a fun way to open up the subject of going to the bathroom with children that are potty-training or having issues using the toilet, while also learning the colors of the rainbow.

Little Dragon and the Rainbow Poo is an adorable story that kept a smile on my face throughout the entire book. The fun rhymes and storyline is captivating and will keep young readers attention. Little Dragon and the Rainbow Poo is a fun book for young children that will provide plenty of fun and educational material for parent and teachers.

Pages: 24 | ISBN: 0995393303

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If Grandma Were Here

If Grandma Were Here, by Amber L. Bradbury is a heartwarming children’s story to remind kids that their grandma is always with them. The book goes through the many activities children would have with their grandmother. From hugs in the morning to a story at night, there are many things to read about.

If Grandma Were Here is an easy to read book, with detailed illustrations to help the reader visualize each scene. The drawings are filled with bright colors and motion, showing the excitement of spending time with grandma. Throughout the book, the tone is playful and enthusiastic to remind kids that memories of deceased loved ones are happy memories.

Bradbury tells a fun story to teach children that losing a loved one is sad but it is important to remember all the good times you had together. Each event makes it easy for the reader to relate, making it feel more personal. If Grandma Were Here is a beautiful children’s book that will help family’s discuss grief and help young ones understand how to cope with loss. The charming illustrations and heartwarming storyline make Amber L. Bradbury’s children’s book an engaging and entertaining story for anyone.

ASIN: B08QMM18YW | Pages: 17

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The Day Albert’s House Went Quiet – Book Trailer

Change can mean something different to everyone. It’s all about our age, our perspective, and the explanation.For Albert, it was almost an unwelcomed event. To others, it was a necessity.

Irene Edwards Author Interview

Irene Edwards
Irene Edwards Author Interview

Magic Islands follows a group of children who must work together to solve problems and return their island to peace. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

Initially, my writing started in a very quiet fashion. I had always written odds and ends, but one day I saw an advert for a rather attractive competition. I entered a child’s story, written in verse. The Competition was named the ‘Brit Writers Award, London.’2010. I didn’t actually win the top prize but I did win an invitation to the Awards Ceremony in London, and my husband and I made our way to the 02 for a Gala Evening of presentations and enjoyment.

It was exciting to watch it all. The late Terry Pratchett gave a small talk and numerous others too. On the evening of the Awards, I, fortunately, bumped into some strangers who have become my lifelong friends, and thereafter, we have often discussed my work.

Within a really short time afterwards, I developed a serious illness. I didn’t know at that time whether I was going to survive the hospital treatment or not, so it was pretty scary. I needed to occupy I myself with something to do, and take my mind to a happier place…an imaginary world which I could fly away to with my thoughts… a magical land where life could be contoured into many shapes and forms, and where I could move away from the reality of illness. (I feel shy to discuss my illness further, other than to say, I am well and perfectly recovered from those threatening days.)

So the egg hatched, so to speak. I began to write. I sat up until the early morning hours, and I finally returned to bed feeling satisfied, contented and gratified. My London friends regularly emailed me and I regularly unfolded my writing thoughts to them. I give credit to the support they gave to me. Because I became so involved with my writing, I clean forgot my fears of whether I would survive my illness because I was determined to snap out of the bad times. I became a happy person and recovered because I had found an aspect of interest in life(writing) which gave me all the courage and thrust I needed to do better.

I had previously taught Primary children, and later during my career moved to teach deaf children (from early childhood to Secondary level teens.) To my joy, I also became a grandmother. I now had a new grandson, named Stefan. I decided to bring Stefan into the story I was busy writing at the time, and to include the fictional characters of the children, Trevor and Megan. Trevor was brought into the story in order to enlighten the village children in Whitestone, Wales, on certain aspects/events as they had happened in his home town in the USA. He was, as you say, the popular ‘fun to be with a guy.’ Megan represented a rural lifestyle model of a farmer’s child in the Welsh hills.

The story needed to become magical in every way. I wanted it to be fast-moving with twists and turns. I wanted to begin the series with an observation of ‘rubbish’ and ‘recycling’, of ‘morals’, ‘manners’, to show how the problems related to giving false information, and I wanted the magical situations in the plot to observe change; become dark or difficult for the children, become amazing or wonderous in form.

The quotations are interesting. When children reach a certain age, they need to know what would their idols/ other writers have to say about magic, the main theme of the story.

I enjoyed the fantastic sketches in the book. What was the collaboration process like with the illustrators on your team?

There were several artists featured in the pages of the book. Robert Brown, a world-class animator who designed the cover to ‘Magic Islands,'( Book 1) also contributed to quite a few pages in the book. As I believe in sharing and teamwork I also asked Tony Paultyn, watercolour artist to draw a good share of the images, and I also asked my son who is also a qualified artist. I wanted to share out the work. Actually, it turned out to be a fair idea.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

Themes…Magic obviously, Global Warming…a theme continued into the next book ‘Chaos in the Cosmos’ ( Book 2). ..published November 2020 … by Cambria Publishing. I’ve tried to build up worldly problems and include them in a fantasy world, in which younger children will remember the many crazy events, relate to/and understand them. The final statement in the book is “Believe it or not.” This is the final pointer. What is really happening to our world? What is pure fiction? What is fantasy? What is Magic? I have accompanied the 2 newly published books with Free Worksheets for educators/ parent/teachers to download if they want to work at the books at home during the Covid lockdown. The web is loaded with ideas to carry the themes further for discussion or activities or research for the young mind. Most of the trends appear here on my new website at; https://cgofwales.co.uk.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

The next book ‘Chaos in the Cosmos’ has already been written and the publication is also brand new approx Nov 2020. 6×9 size. Paperback. ‘Magic Islands’ was revised into a 6×9 version for Nov. (Paperback) There is a larger A4 version with a large print. It is slightly different. At the moment it is still available for partially sighted, but I’m wondering whether to phase it out. But perhaps not. (Paperback) My third book is work in progress and will emerge, possibly at the end of 2021/ January 2022.

About a week or so following the publication of both 6×9 books, I was received and contracted by Brighti’s Educational Consultancy in Coventry, and I signed over to them the use of the material of the books for KS2 Curriculum Studies and for English resources for schools in England. The consultancy has many wonderful books appearing daily on their lists. Some are for library/classroom reading. My books are being used for school resources and this is all work in progress in preparation for classes when ready. About 2 weeks ago the book was used for a Zoom lesson during the lockdown. ( See Kala Williams, of the agency)

Magda Olchawska, (whose magical quotation is within ‘Magic Islands’ is also a film director/producer of Indie Films. (Medium Magazine Online). She has made a video for me of the ‘Magic Islands Books’ and this also deals with the main points of themes. Please find the attachment below.

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A ‘magical’ illustrated adventure fantasy tale for children by Irene Edwards telling of dragons, wizards and witches. Imagine yourself making a wish…and it suddenly becoming granted.
When a magical wish on a Conch shell whisks Stefan and Megan away from their Welsh coastline beach to the Magic Islands, the children feel lost and are quite unsure of their new environment. They have become marooned. Stefan and Megan follow two witches, Mogul and Drot to Wish-What Castle. They meet Nester the Jester, his strange pet – a dragon named Vanhalen, Ambrosious, the Wizard of the magical Enchanted Forest, Eglador, their guide, the Aliens of the Heavens known as the Purple Wizards, Gorad the teacher, and the Valendor Elves.
Trouble strikes the island when the witches arrive and when the Purple Wizards become shipwrecked on the islands’ coastal beach. The Magic Islands become overpowered by wicked magical powers and mischief which the children witness and they are asked to solve the islands problems, capture the wizards and return the islands to peace.

Educate In Fun And Exciting Ways

Tommy Balaam
Tommy Balaam Author Interview

Captain Fantastic and the Chocolate Planet follows the Captain and his hound onto a planet filled with sweets, but they learn that filling up on treats has consequences. Why is the subject of healthy eating important to you?

As someone who fluctuates in weight, having tried most diets at some point (which in turn has created an unhealthy relationship with food), I know first hand the importance of creating good eating habits early on. From energy levels, weight and general health, it’s so important to have a good diet. After all, you are what you eat! I always aim to educate in fun and exciting ways, which hopefully this book does.

What is your process for creating the vivid art in your books?

Hire an illustrator… I’m only half-joking because Daniel does all the amazing drawings. From an author’s point of view, it’s about having a clear vision of what you want the pictures to look like.

How did the idea for Captain Fantastic begin? Did you play around with any other ideas or characters before settling on him for your series?

I trained as an actor and I stumbled across children’s entertainment whilst looking for a side hustle. After a few years of working for other people‘s companies, I decided to take the plunge and set up my own party business. I wanted the parties to be superhero themed, so I messed around with lots of alter ego names and it was my dad who suggested ‘Captain Fantastic’, thanks Gary! Fast forward 10 years and we have been voted the UK’s no.1 children’s entertainment company, which I’m extremely proud of!

What can readers expect in the next book in the Captain Fantastic series?

Captain Fantastic and the Undersea Monster is my next masterpiece (I hope)! Captain Fantastic wants to explore the depths of the ocean but gets a little too excited and forgets to listen to people’s warnings.

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Imagine a world made of chocolate and sweets. Captain Fantastic and his hungry hound, Winston, think they might have landed on the best planet in the universe, with its marshmallow clouds and candyfloss birds.

They explore everywhere from Cookie Dough Cove to Mount Honeycomb, but it’s not long before they find out what happens when you eat too many treats. What will our space voyagers need to do before they can board spaceship Zippity-Zap for their next exciting adventure?

“Parents reading this to their children can use it to start a conversation about healthy eating in a non-judgemental, accessible way that children will respond to.” Dr Gummer, Good Play Guide

Second in the exciting series of intergalactic adventures, based on the awesome and educational Captain Fantastic parties.
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