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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

MDDR Presents: A Extra Special Yuletide Gift!

 My daughter Lilyanna recieved a extra special gift this yule from the author
Kandy Kay Scaramuzzo author of 
Pie An Old Brown Horse which we reviewed earlier this year and is one of lily's favourite books!

Thanks so much Kandy Lily so loves the ornament and will treasure it always! 

Friday, November 08, 2013

MDDR Presents: A Review of T-Bone the Flying Horse by Janice Virant

The Magic of a Special Friendship! Poor T-Bone is a failed racehorse who spends time alone in his stall, wishing that he could be special. Little does he know that a lonely, loving girl who adopts him is about to make his dreams come true in a way he could never have imagined. The power of their bond creates a completely unexpected surprise! Join T-Bone and his friend as they enjoy an exciting adventure made possible by happiness and love. Adults and children alike will cherish this rhyming tale about the ways in which friends change each other's lives.

Our Review

T-Bone the Flying Horse by Janice Virant
My rating: 5 of 5 carets

lily says:

This book is about a sad and lonely horse named T-Bone who find a very sad and lonely girl who adopts him and together they go on a magical journey of friendship.

my favourite photo is the cover photo and is also in the book.I like this picture because the girl in the bed has a blanket that has pictures of T-Bone on it and because the picture of the world has a mouse on it holding up a sign that says North Pole.

My favourite part was when they didn't even know that the mouse was always with them tagging along.

The story was sad when he was all lonely but it got waaaaaaaaaay happier in the end.

I learned that even though you feel sad and lonely your never alone there are others that feel the same way and friendships can be made anywhere.

I think that lots of kids would like it. it's a great story with a good message and Janice Virant is a wonderful writer!

Mom Says:

I really enjoyed reading this with my daughter it has a wonderful message and is a delight to read before bedtime. It has quickly become one of lilys favourite bedtime reads and is easy for her to read herself or for us to enjoy together.

T-bone is a sad and lonely horse who has no one to call his own, until one day when a sad and lonely girl walks in to his barn and they are instantly friends.

The little girl and T-bone's friendship is so magical that strange and exciting things start to happen to T-bone. never did T-Bone dream things like this were possible!

Janice is a wonderful author with a beautiful grasp of what it is that children love to read about. If you and your child have not read this yet then what are you waiting for!

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Friday, October 11, 2013

MDDR Presents: A Review of Pie by Kandy Kay Scaranmuzzo

This is the story of a twenty five year old ranch horse that was injured and pretty much left to die. He was brought to a stable and sold, even though no one really expected him to survive. He was reborn into a merchant of hope. His amazing spirit and calmness have helped many people over the next 13 years as he became the most amazing mentor and therapy horse. This is Pie's story as he tells it about the most amazing second chance at life and his travels through it. You will meet his person, a shy young girl who he helps grow into adulthood. He will introduce you to the other horses and people that helped shape his journey. His influence has known no bounds throughout this last 13 years and he continues to shine his light even at the ripe old age of 38. This is a feel good story about life, love, second chances and giving back.

Our Review

Lily and Her Stuffed Horse Pie

Pie: An Old Brown Horse by Kandy Kay Scaramuzzo
My rating: 5 of 5 carrots

Lily says:

This book is about a old brown horse named pie who survives a fatal attack by a bull.

my favourite picture in the book is the one at the back with durango and little one.

My favourite part was when when dusty took off with the keeper on his neck.we laughed and laughed and laughed.

I felt bad for Pie when he got attacked by the bull but as the book went on it got happier.

I learned that is a very strong and stubborn horse! and I also learned alot about the other horses who were Pie's friends.

I think that everybody would like it. it's a awesome story and I think that everyone should have a horse named Pie! Kandy is the

best author ever!

Mom Says:

I loved reading this story with my daughter! it was so full of passion and purpose. Kandy really out did herself with this book, it was so full of heart, laughter, friends and family.

this is the story of Pie, a ranch horse who was attacked by and bull and severely damaged. He is sold to a new stable and not expected to recover, miraculously however he does!

Kandy Kay Scaramuzzo tells the story in the eyes of Pie, you learn about his pride, his gentle nature and most of all the deep love that develops between him and his rider little one.

Pie is a journey of laughter, love and the unshakeable spirit of the best horse I have ever had the pleasure to read about!

I really enjoyed all the horses in the stable but I have to say the antics of the keeper and her horse were the best! my daughter and I laughed and laughed countless times! This story has so much heart and so much spirit you never want to put it down!

I highly recommend this to all the families out there! it is a journey you will not want to miss out on!

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Monday, September 30, 2013

MDDR Presents: The Magical World of Sebella by Thea Berg Giveaway!!!


Sebella, a witch, lives in a house once owned by an infamous magician, where strange things often happen.

While playing the game of Spooks, Sebella’s bratty cousin Prudence accidently knocks over a gargoyle statue, and it magically comes to life!

The gargoyle’s red eyes torpedo into the fireplace revealing a secret opening. Out of the statue’s mouth flow these words…

The All-Powerful Magician needs your HELP!
He requests your services to SAVE the Magic Castle!
Succeed and win the Grand Prize.

To save the Magic Castle, so children can visit again, Sebella, Prudence, her friend Kendall, along with Sebella’s little brother Drac must first:

Capture the Shadows
                      Tame the unruly dragons
                                                    Vanquish the Villainous Mentalist

Can they save the Magic Castle? Will they win the Grand Prize? And who is the All-Powerful Magician requesting their help

About the Author

The Giveaway

5 Signed Copies of The Magical World of Sebella by Thea Berg

Friday, September 20, 2013

MDDR & PP Present: A Spotlight, Review & Giveaway of The Funny Adventures of Little Nani by Cinta García de la Rosa

Book Synopsis

Little Nani is a little girl who likes helping people. However, when she helps people the results can be a bit unexpected. Why is that? Little Nani is a witch! Or at least she wants to be a witch. With her magic wand, she will try to cast different spells to help her friends, but she won't be successful all the time. Follow Little Nani in her funny adventures and meet her extraordinary friends. Funny ostriches, horses that love reading, super-fast turtles, grumpy zombies... Little Nani has lots of friends! You can also draw your own characters! Little Nani is willing to become a good witch. Will she manage to do it? Who knows? Read the stories and discover what happens next!


(From “Little Nani and the Flying Muffin”).
“I’m bored!”
“How can you say that you are bored when I am reading to you
one of the funniest books I have read in a long time?” said Horse
in an exasperated tone. When Little Nani shrugged her shoulders,
Horse had retreated to his favourite rocking chair in a corner of
the room.
“Can I go out and make angels?” asked Little Nani, who was upside
down, standing on her hands.
“Don’t be silly. You can only make angels in the snow, not in the
rain,” said Horse without raising his eyes from the book.
“Can I go out and jump in the pools?” asked Little Nani, who was
hopscotching all over the room.
“If you go out you will get soaking wet, and then you will catch a
bad cold, and then you won’t be able to go out for a long time,”
said the impatient horse. He didn’t like being interrupted while
“Then I will cast a spell to make the sun come back,” said Little
Nani, trying to take her magic wand out of her pocket while
rolling on the floor. Big Billy, watching her efforts to take her
magic wand out, and fearing that Little Nani could make the rain
turn into a tempest, quickly pecked Little Nani’s hand.
“Ouch!” exclaimed Little Nani. “That hurt!”
She tried once more to take her magic wand from her pocket, but
this time it was Skinny Nikki who pecked Little Nani’s hand.
“Ouch!” exclaimed Little Nani again.
It was pretty clear by now to Little Nani that she wasn’t going to
have any fun that day. She thought that the rain was boring and,

folding her arms with an angry look, she sat down in a corner

My Review

The Funny Adventures of Little Nani by Cinta García de la Rosa

My rating: 5 of 5 Moons
Lily says:

This book is about a Little Nani and all of her funny and exciting adventures.

the pictures in this were fun because you got to draw them yourself.

I had lots of favourite parts because there were more then one story but I really liked the first one.

this book made me feel silly and happy because Nani and her friends were so funny!

I think that lots of kids would like it. it's a great story with a good message 

and Cinta García de la Rosa is a awesome writer!

Mom Says:

I so enjoyed reading these Nani stories with my daughter! they were silly and funny and she had great fun drawing the pictures. I love how drawing the story allows the child to use their imaginations.

there were many different stories in the book about Nani and her friends on their adventures and they were always doing something silly that made us laugh.

Nani thinks that she can do spells but every time she does a spell something goes wrong. She just wants to be helpful but it never quite turns out right. Follow Little Nani in her funny adventures and meet her extraordinary friends. Funny ostriches, horses that love reading, super-fast turtles, grumpy zombies.

Little Nani is willing to become a good witch. Will she manage to do it? Who knows? Read the stories and discover what happens next!

This is a great book for everyone and their children get your copy today!

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About the author

Cinta Garcia de la Rosa is a Spanish writer who has loved the written word since she discovered she was able to read books at age 5. Since then, she has become a bookworm and reads around 100 books every year. She also writes, every day, compulsively, even in the middle of the night. You cannot control when inspiration hits you, can you? She writes in English because she is convinced that in a previous life she was British, so writing in English feels more natural to her than writing in her native language. Yes, she is crazy like that. Cinta Garcia is the author of "The Funny Adventures of Little Nani", a collection of short stories for children, and "A Foreigner in London", a short story published on Smashwords.

Follow The Author:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/CintaGarciaRosa
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cinta-Garc%C3%ADa-de-la-Rosa-Author/333755993341596
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Blog: http://cintascorner.com
Website: http://www.cintagarciadelarosa.com

The Giveaway

Sunday, September 08, 2013

MDDR Presents: A Review of The Honk of Zagonk by Patt Hatt

The Honk of Zagonk by Pat Hatt
My rating: 5 of 5 Moons

Lily says:

This book is about a dragon named Zagonk who wants to win the dragon games but cant because of his "honk" .

the pictures were awesome and the details were amazing.I like the picture with the frost giant freezing the green dragon.

My favourite part was when the all the dragons defeat the frost giant.

this book made my sad at the beginning when they were making fun of Zagonk's honk but it made me feel happy at the end when they all came together to defeat the frost giant.

I learned that you should not make fun of people that are different from you.(especially someone who could save your butt one day)

I think that lots of kids would like it. it's a great story with a good message and Patt Hatt is a awesome writer!

Mom Says:

This was a wonderful book! I really enjoyed reading it with my daughter! it was full of colour and cute little dragons and funny little rhymes!

Little Dragon Zagonk is looking forward to the dragon games, but when he gets there all that comes out is a Honk! humiliated and ridiculed poor Zagonk wanders off to be alone when all the others are attacked! Will Zagonk find it within himself to save them?

this was a amazing story with heart and courage! Patt Hatt is a wonderful storyteller! and I highly recommend this book to one and all! GET you copy NOW!

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Each year there are ancient dragon games to crown the winner of the Cup of Flames. The young dragons all show off their new found flame, hoping the cup will dawn their name.

The year of Zagonk is remembered above them all. It is forever whispered in dragon hall. It was because instead of a flame he honked at his dragon game. Not something a dragon was known to do but away his honk flew. 

That was also the year the Frost Giant caused all the dragons fear. But what happens when Zagonk brings his honk near? Find out what took place at dragon hall by adding another book from Pat Hatt to your wall.

MMDR Presents: A Review of The Sunshine Princess and the Stinky Dog by Paul Ramage

The Sunshine Princess and the Stinky Dog by Paul Ramage
My rating: 4 of 5 Moons

Lily says:

This book is about a princess who tried to give her stinky dog a bath but he hides and she can't find him.

the pictures were awesome and they were very funny.I like the picture when she was going to search in the castle and the dog was pretending to be the guard.

My favourite part was that even though she searched everywhere he was always there beside her.

the book made me feel happy and silly.

I think that lots of kids would like it. it's a great story and Paul Ramage is a awesome writer!

Mom Says:

I loved reading this book with my daughter! it was funny and full of colour!

This is a silly fun filled children's book that you will not want to miss!

The Sunshine Princess and the Stinky Dog tells the story of an adorable princess and her dog…a stinky dog who really needs a bath. Only, when the stinky dog doesn’t want to take a bath, the Sunshine Princess must go on a wild goose chase to try to find him in all of his clever hiding places.

Paul Ramage is a great author who entertains and delights children with witty and carefree situations. if you haven't read this with your child yet I highly recommend it! get your copy today!

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 If your child loves illustrated books by Mo Willems, Laura Numeroff, Felicia Bond, P.D. Eastman and Sandra Boynton, your child will fall in love with THE SUNSHINE PRINCESS AND THE STINKY DOG, the new children’s picture ebook from bestselling author, Paul Ramage.

Using bright, playful illustrations, The Sunshine Princess and the Stinky Dog tells the story of an adorable princess and her dog…a stinky dog who really needs a bath. Only, when the stinky dog doesn’t want to take a bath, the Sunshine Princess must go on a wild goose chase to try to find him in all of his clever hiding places. Children will be eager to find out if she finds him before she becomes sad and the sky turns gray – and they will love the sweet and funny resolution to the story.

This picture book is perfect for children in preschool who are just learning to read, as well as early elementary school kids who are mastering new vocabulary. The engaging and funny story encourages reading, problem solving skills, and learning how to get along with your friends. 

Monday, September 02, 2013

MDDR & BBT Presents: A Spotlight on Lucky Phoo by Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon

Lucky Phoo by Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon

Genre: Children’s Mid Grade
Publisher: Imajin Books
Date of Publication: August 1, 2013
Number of pages: 109
Word Count: 43,000
Cover Artist: Ryan Doan

Book Description

Seventh grade best friends, Caylie Jiang-Kahn, Lauren Blindell, and Sabrina Robinson have busy middle school lives.

Sabrina wants to make a movie about their friendship, but a stray dog shows up and ruins the day. In frustration, Lauren curses, “Oh Phooey.” The name sticks. The crazy mutt will forever be named Phoo.

Sabrina pieces together bits of the footage she shot. She highlights Phoo’s silly antics and puts the video up on a movie contest website.

The video goes viral and suddenly, Lauren, Caylie, and Sabrina are celebrities at school. When a volunteer at the dog shelter sees the film, she assumes the dog belongs to the girls and calls them to come collect Phoo.

The girls arrange to take turns caring for Phoo until he can be adopted.

While sharing Phoo, Caylie, Sabrina and Lauren begin to notice that if the dog is around, lucky things seem to happen. The moment he’s gone…the luck disappears.
When they all need the dog’s magic at the same time, it’s up to the girls to decide once and for all: Is Phoo truly a lucky dog?

Review blurbs for LUCKY PHOO

“With punchy dialogue and a fast moving pace, LUCKY PHOO takes readers on a wild adventure as three friends try to share fostering duties of a lovable stray dog.” —Marianne Mitchell, author of FIREBUG

“Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon are two very best friends who write books together, which is very lucky for their readers. You’ll want to share LUCKY PHOO with all your friends, too!” —Jennifer J. Stewart, author of CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF A THIRD WORLD KIND, Connecticut Nutmeg Book Award List; Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award List; Arizona Grand Canyon Reader Award List

"LUCKY PHOO is a great story about friendship, love and responsibility--Phoo, the lucky dog who wanders into Sabrina's, Caylie's and Lauren's world is indeed lucky--although maybe not as lucky as these girls whose life he changes." —Terry Trueman, Printz Honor Author of STUCK IN NEUTRAL "Okay, full disclosure: I LOVE good, strong, dog stories--Lucky Phoo is precisely one of those!" —Terry Trueman, Printz Honor Author of STUCK IN NEUTRAL


Mrs. Salinas was ready to go. “So if you girls are sure you can’t take him any longer, I’ll just head on over to the van―” She took a few steps forward then turned back to the girls. “You’re sure you can’t foster him any longer?”
“I can’t,” Sabrina said, her voice tight and sad.
“Not me,” Lauren confirmed.
“I might be able to squeeze out another weekend,” Caylie said, “but we’d be back here on Monday.”
“Right,” Mrs. Salinas said. “And at least this way he has a chance of getting adopted in Fresno.”
She took a few more steps towards the van. The rain, to Lauren, seemed to be coming down harder. The drops blended in with her tears now. And looking at Caylie and Sabrina, Lauren couldn’t tell, but was pretty sure they were crying, too.
Mrs. Salina’s stopped one more time, just at the edge of the parking lot. “It was great having him,” she said. “Wasn’t it?”
“Yeah,” Lauren agreed. “Great.”
“We had fun,” Caylie said.
“Fun,” Sabrina repeated the word. “Yeah. We had a good time.”
Mrs. Salinas nodded. “I thought so.” She looked down at the dog, then back at the girls. “Tell me,” she said, her voice soft, drippy like the rain. “Weren’t things better when Phoo was around?”
The remark caught Lauren off-guard. What was Mrs. Salinas talking about?
“I think she’s right,” Lauren said, turning to Caylie and Sabrina. “Things have been going better than usual for me lately.”
“You don’t think he might have some kind of powers?” Sabrina looked over at Mrs. Salinas who was now at the van, loading Phoo inside.
“Well,” Caylie said, considering.
“I think maybe,” Lauren said tentatively. “I saw this show about luck and how―” Lauren stopped herself mid-sentence when she saw Mrs. Salinas push Phoo into an empty carrying cage. His voice joined the choir of barking dogs and was the loudest of them all.
In a sudden move, the girls rushed forward to stop the truck, shouting together, “Mrs. Salinas! Wait!”

About the Authors

Rhody Cohon wishes she could adopt a million pets! Until her house is big enough she'll pamper the few she has and help others find the perfect home.
Find Rhody at www.rhodycohon.com.

Stacia Deutsch sits at the keyboard crafting stories all day and then, plays with her own crazy, lucky, dog at night. She and her three kids live in Southern California. You can visit Stacia at www.staciadeutsch.com or on twitter at @staciadeutsch.
Website: www.staciadeutsch.com, www.rhodycohon.com
Blog: http://www.goodreads.com/staciadeutsch
Twitter: @staciadeutsch
Facebook: www.facebook.com/staciadeutsch or www.facebook.com/luckyphoo to post your own pet photos and videos
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/sfdeutsch/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/staciadeutsch
AuthorCentral: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002BMB0UE

The Giveaway

Tour Wide Giveaway

4 bracelets- US Shipping Only
1 full set of 8 titles of Blast to the Past (Blastothepast.com) US Shipping Only
1 set Smurfs Movie Novels- US Shipping Only
4 plush dogs with Lucky Phoo dog tags- US Shipping Only

3 Copies of the Lucky Phoo Ebook for download- international

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

MMDR Presents: Spartan and The Green Egg by Nabila Khashoggi

Spartan And The Green Egg by Nabila Khashoggi
My rating: 5 of 5 Moons

Lily says:

This book is about Spartan and his friends going on a adventure i their imaginations in the big round thing called egg.

the pictures were awesome and they were one of the best parts of the book.i like the pictures with just juma and yara because I like their regalia's and I really like the logo for the book.

My favourite part was when they met the two native children juma and yara. they were fun and I learned a lot from them about their people.

It made me sad when they where cutting down the trees but it made me laugh when they kicked the loggers butts.

I learned that you have to plant another tree every time you cut down a tree.we learned many many things about the Amazons way of life.

I think that lots of kids would like it. it's a great story with a good message and Nabila Khashoggi is a awesome writer!

Mom says:

Spartan and the Green Egg was a wonderful book full of adventure and beautiful illustrations! I felt myself completely drawn into the story as Spartan and his friends set of into the unknown.

Spartan, his three friends, and his dog, Grimm, travel the Universe. The mission of this talented team is to gain and share knowledge of their amazing discoveries.

Their expeditions are made even more exciting through the use of new technology and cool gadgets, provided by their new friend, who goes by the name of Egg.

In This book A Trip to the Rainforest, the team’s introduction to the rainforest and all its wonders is made even more fun by the company of two Native Amazonian Indians who introduce them to their way of life.

This is an amazing book for kids! my daughter was so excited when she laid eyes on the book and the Illustrations she couldn't wait to begin reading it and when she did you could see her imagination light in her eyes and could see she was drawn into the story just as I was!

I loved that the story was Native in origin as well. It had amazing messages and being Native ourselves it was really special to us! We loved learning about the Amazonians and their traditions and we talked about how similar they were and how different from our own people.

The ending was superb as well and we laughed at the loggers as they were so scared and wished it could happen in real life! as we have been to protests to stop them from cutting our forests down but to no avail we need EGG!

You have written such a wonderful and inspiring book Nabila! and we can not wait to read your next one!

if you all haven't read this DO SO NOW! One of the greatest kids books one the shelf!

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Spartan, his three friends, and his dog, Grimm, as they travel the Universe. The mission of this talented team is to gain and share knowledge of their amazing discoveries. With the power of their minds, they made contact with a race of alien explorers, who communicate with them via an egg-shaped spaceship that is itself an organic alien being. Their expeditions are made even more exciting through the use of new technology and cool gadgets, provided by their new friend, who goes by the name of Egg. In Book 1, A Trip to the Rainforest, the team’s introduction to the rainforest and all its wonders is made even more fun by the company of two native Amazonian Indians. Their extraordinary visit is not without a few close calls. After an eye-opening experience with a mysterious Shaman, their own troubles seem to pale in comparison to what they learn. The rainforest is in danger of vanishing, and all its creatures and plant life are at risk of extinction. With the help of the Green Egg’s out-of-this-world technology, the team is able to put a big dent into the path of destruction and re-new hope for the survival of the rainforest.

Mother, author, and actress Nabila Khashoggi balances multiple activities, from securing financing for entertainment and industrial projects, to running Nabila K, the luxury beauty and home ambiance line.

When her eldest son Spartan was a toddler, she told him stories about a boy called Spartan who travels the universe in a live green egg (that happens to be an alien from another planet). The idea of a children’s comic book series was born and Spartan & the Green Egg, Book 1: A Trip to the Rainforest, the first in a series of ten books, was created.

Her intention was to introduce kids to environmental and cultural issues around the world, in a fun and entertaining way.

Friday, July 19, 2013

A MDDR Interview & Review: Bearly learning About Water by Mary Esparza-Vela

The Review

Bearly Learning about Water by Mary Esparza-Vela
My rating: 4 of 5 Moons

Lily says:

this book was about two bears that went on a big adventure in the forest and Fritz figured out that he does like water.

the cover/pictures in the book were nice and had good detail. my favourite picture is the one when he has the blue tongue from eating the berry's.

my favourite part was when molly was talking to the animals at the start.

the book made me happy but i think it was really funny.

I learned you shouldn't say you don't like something until you try it and you should always face your fears.

I think that everyone should read this.

Mom Says:

My rating: 4 of 5 Moons

I really enjoyed reading this story with my daughter. I thought it was a cute and intertwining story filled with fun and interesting characters. Fritz and Molly were sweet and cute little bears and their story was one I would read again and again.

Molly and Fritz little bear cubs go out in search of food. Fritz is grumpy and complains whenever his sister wants to do anything, especially when she wants to fish in the lake for fish, Fritz is afried of the water. They wander around the forest until they come to a cottage in the woods where Fritz learns that water might not be so bad after all.

I liked the hidden messages in this book about facing your fears and things are never as bad as they may seem. Molly was so cute in this book forever encouraging her brother to do things and never pushing him to much. She was a very good sister!

Mary is a great writer and Lily and I can't wait to read more of her books! the ending was my favourite part!...lol...it was sooo cute!

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The Interview

Mom Asks:

Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what made you delve into the world of children’s stories?

Thank you for the opportunity to talk about my book, Bearly Learning About Water. While growing up, my grandfather always told us stories before we went to bed. To me, this was better than watching TV. I think Grandpa is the one who inspired me to become a writer. His large eyes grew in size and the tone of his voice changed when he described the suspenseful moments in his stories.

Q: Can you please tell us a little about your book Bearly Learning About Water and what inspired you write it?

While at a swimming pool with my children, I noticed that a four-year old boy was afraid to get into the water. His mother continued to encourage him until he finally got in. Later, when it was time to go home, he cried because he did not want to come out. Since bears love fish, I decided to write about a little bear cub that was afraid of water and how his little sister struggles to get him into the water so they can catch fish.

Q: Have you always wanted to be a writer?

As a child, I loved to read and write. My teachers played an important role in helping me master my grammar and writing skills. Later, as an adult, I wrote articles for religious publications and worked as an Editorial Assistant. When I write, I try to teach lessons and provide stories that children can relate to.

Q: We all know writing isn't easy. Can you tell us all what you love and hate most about being an author?

You’re right. Writing is not easy. Every time I received a rejection letter from a publisher, I wanted to give up, but remember, if you persist, you can succeed. I now have seven picture books published with more coming soon. Some of the books are also written in Spanish. In addition, I have numerous short stories published and other projects in the works.

Q: What are you working on at the moment / next?

Two of my children’s picture books are award-winners. A few of my short stories also won contests. At present, I am working on a series of adventures involving three tiny space-tots who explore the universe in a tiny spacecraft. Their first book, You Can’t Take the Dinosaur Home, recently received a Five-Star Review. The story characters have been developed into plush dolls called Luv-Beams. The dolls won Preferred Choice and Seal of Excellence awards. You’re welcome to see the dolls and book at www.luv-beams.com.

Lily Asks:

Q: how did you come up with the name fritz?

Hi Lily. It’s a pleasure to answer your questions. Thank you for reading and commenting on my book. It always means a lot to writers when children take an interest in their books. When I write my stories, the names just pop into my head. I try to make them entertaining and funny. For example, I have a character in another story named “Frito.”

Q:why did you use bears for your story?

I really like bears, especially baby cubs. I think they’re so cute. They’re also very curious animals.

Q:why do you think fritz was afraid of the water?

Fritz is just a grumpy little bear cub that complains about everything. As he grows, his attitude changes, especially when he learns that water is cool and it’s full of fish he can eat.

Q: why did you call the story bearly learning about water if the bear's name was fritz?

The title is a play on words. It should have read, “Barely Learning about Water.” I thought it would be more fitting to change the title to “Bearly” because the story is about bears.

Q: why did fritz go in a bathtub instead of a lake?

Since bears are snoopy animals, I wanted Fritz to explore the cabin. He was not about to go to the lake if he was afraid of water. The experience helped him learn that water is not so bad after all.

Thank you so much for the interview, Mary. We so enjoyed your book and we hope to read more of your Bear adventures! Would you like to tell our readers where they can find you on the web?

Readers can find my books and dolls on my website: www.luv-beams.com


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