Originally posted on St Michael’s School Library: Today Arfah in Year 4 has written a review of Maria Matthews’ book The Runaway Schoolhouse for us! What is the book about? A schoolhouse called Clearie is one hundred years old and fed up. So many times he has helped children get educated but his reward…
A great interview with a fantasy author that children of all ages will love
I met Barbara Roman first in the BookGoSocial Children’s Book Group. That’s how I read her kids’ book ‘Hubert in Heaven’. I loved the message in the story, telling kids that there are no limits to what you can and what you may do in heaven. And that heaven can be here on earth, in this life we live.
Thanks to the social media I connected to Barbara, who is always very supportive of other Indie Authors as myself. I must tell you that after this interview, I have added more ‘want to read’ books on my bookshelf. After reading the blurbs of her books, wow, I’m in! Somewhere, her words found a way directly to my inner child and the 500-year old soul in myself.
- Can you introduce yourself, what’s your name, where are you from… ?
My name is Barbara Roman and I also write as B. Roman. …
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A story I had worked on and posted, then simply forgot about it.
Lovisma Tabitha Toothwich (or Lottie for short) was asked to mind her friend Molly’s house. Molly was going on holiday.
Lottie said, “Yes, please.”
Lottie was bringing Bob, her furry friend and dog, with her. This meant there was a lot of extra’s: jelly babies, bones, and his favourite pink sunglasses.
When they arrived at the address they were so surprised that Lottie danced and cartwheeled to the front door. She turned to wait for Bob who, wearing his pink sunglasses, plodded after her.
“Isn’t it perfect Bob? I didn’t know Molly’s new house is a lighthouse. I love circles and look the garden is one giant circle.”
Bob said, “Woof.” They did a lap of the garden to celebrate.
On the first morning, Lottie raced to the top of the lighthouse and ran around shouting hello to the birds and animals far below. They spent the day exploring the…
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Breeze, the snooziest ogre in the whole universe, woke to the sound of slip-slap, slip-slap. His nose twitched because the air was full of the scent of lemon. This was unusual because the wood always smelt of trees, leaves, flowers and those that lived in it but this afternoon the only thing he could smell was lemon.
…lemon …. and blueberries.
He slid down the tree trunk, raced across the wood and stopped in the clearing. It was dreadful, instead of seeing neat plates piled with pancakes
All he could see was bits of pancakes flying from pans to the floor, or getting stuck on trees, leaves, grass, even the pancake flippers had bits stuck to them.
This won’t do at all, he muttered and began to race around the clearing. Ten minutes later he had to stop, he was stuffed, he couldn’t eat another pancake and worse his feet were sore from running.
Lilbeth came over to sit beside him. “That was a very nice thing you did Mr. Breeze.”
He opened one eye and looked at her. She nodded.
“Why do you say that Lilbeth?”
“Because now we don’t have to tidy up. And maybe we will get better at flipping pancakes for tomorrow.”
She left him sitting there with his mouth wide open. He didn’t know if he should cry or laugh. He would have to do it all again tomorrow!
A taste of christmas. A repeat due to a long call out but there is a new Constance Claus idea rattling about in my brain… https://decidinglybob.wordpress.com/2016/12/05/mrs-claus-fixes-christmas-2/
Reblogged this on Mudpilewood, where some visitors have children and grandchildren
Princess Cora and the Crocodile
By Laura Amy Schlitz, Illustrated by Brian Floca
Published by: Candlewick (March 28, 2017)
Available in: hardcover, audible
At the time of this review this was a standalone book.
Princess Cora and the Crocodile is a lovely chapter book that masquerades as an elegant, long picture book. Truly, it could work as either, with the end result being children who are utterly delighted.
Newberry Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz writes a contemporary tale based on historical fantasy and fairy tales. The text is deft, spare, hilarious, and told with a firmly modern sensibility that keeps it from feeling like a tired old story. To wit: “The crocodile peered out from behind his claws. ‘This is what I’m telling you,’ he said.”
Like fairy tales of old, the story powers through actions and words that are usually considered too violent or inappropriate. Which…
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I re blogged this on Mudpilewood for children and their parents to read and review.
I am searching for reviews and have in the past given away 25 copies of my first book in the hope that reviews, good or bad would be given on Goodreads or Amazon or even here. I have received 10 from UK readers, thank you all very much and 9 from those in the USA, again thank you.
So I have put the book on Kindle for free for the next few days in the hope that more people will read and review.
The links are for Uk:
and for USA
And here is a recent review from an Amazon customer
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