Saturday, February 17, 2018

#PictureBookReview - Spilt Milk by Doug Schwartz


Title:                           SpiltMilk
Written by:                Doug Schwartz
Illustrations by:        Jordan Beckvonpeccoz
Paperback:                 34 pages
Publisher:                  Douglas Schwartz; 1 edition (January 24, 2018)
Language:                  English
ISBN-10:                    098605545X
ISBN-13:                    978-0986055454

Come along for a whimsical adventure of Monkey Pants. Always on the outlook to have fun, Monkey Pants does not pay attention to her brother’s warning on the consequences of spilt milk. Come on seriously what is so wrong about spilt milk?

The glorious imagination of Monkey Pants takes the reader and child on a journey of sharing what happens next before turning the page. A skill imperative to developing a child’s imagination and creativity and Doug Schwartz does a terrific job in formulating such an experience. The crayon child-like illustrations by Jordan Beckvonpeccoz add to the allure of Spilt Milk, which is sure to become a go to book for bookshelves across the globe.

Bios:

Doug Schwartz, the original Anson Pants, lives in Austin, Texas, where he helps keep it weird. He has co-written nearly a dozen scripts for children's musical theatre, and hopes you enjoy his first children's book. While not inventing ridiculous stories, he explores his imagination for creative solutions to any of life's problems. He believes that no dream is too big and no idea is too silly. Visit Doug: http://www.checkeredscissors.com

Jordan Beckvonpeccoz is an illustrator and designer based in Austin, Texas with an imagination to match Monkey Pants! This is her first children’s book, but definitely not her last. Her work can be found on magazine covers and across the internet, and when she’s not drawing, she’s baking pies and cookies. Jordan believes that no problem is too hard to solve with the application of some well-placed creative thinking. Visit Jordan: jordanjodesign.com

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!

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Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved
A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

#PictureBook Review ~ Mamá Graciela’s Secret by Mayra Calvani


Title:                    Mamá Graciela’s Secret
Written by:         Mayra Calvani
Illustrations by:  Sheila Fein
Grade Level:       Kindergarten - 6
Hardcover:          36 pages
Publisher:           MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing (October 10, 2017)
ISBN-10:             1365861538
ISBN-13:             978-1365861536

Often times one discovers the most delicious food in the simplest setting. Once found it tends to be the place the locals and tourists go. Mamá Graciela’s run down shack, La Bahía, is just that place. With her loving touch of her secret recipe for scrumptious bacalaitos fritoas people gather from near and far.

Mamá Graciela’s cooking is not only a favorite of people but of cats as well. What is Mamá Graciela to do with her passion for La Bahía as well as her love for her new found large family of cats? Will she succumb to the authorities demand to shutdown La Bahía or will Mamá Graciela find another way to provide security and happiness all around?

Mayra Calvani cleverly blends the love of two passions into an endearing story of love and triumph.



Sheila Fein’s kaleidoscope illustrations catapult’s Mamá Graciela’s journey into a vibrant road of discovery.

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!

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Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved
A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

Friday, January 26, 2018

Dee and Deb Appearing at the Tempe Public Library Comicon


Dee and Deb are bubbling with excitement for their appearance at the #TempePublicLibraryComicon this weekend!!

Thanks to #StoryMonsters LLC for bringing Dee and Deb along...
If you are in the area, please stop by the Story Monsters LLC table and view a wide array of children's books.

Thank you!

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!

Connect with

Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved
A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Books by Rose... #Interviews with #authors, artists and more!


I'm delighted to be profiled/interviewed at Books by Rose... Interviews with authors, artists and more!


Thank you Rosie for your interest. I truly appreciate the support!
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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!

Connect with

Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved
A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

Monday, January 15, 2018

A Sandy Grave ~ "Thar she bloats on Rockaway Beach"


One of the most frequent questions I receive as a children's author is... 

"How do you come up with your story ideas?" 


"Everywhere and everything. From real life, newspaper articles, watching and listening to children play, etc. You name it, inspiration is everywhere." 



For a Sandy Grave, my inspiration.... 

Beyond the enjoyment of a beach vacation I never gave much thought to marine life. Sure we’ve gone on the typical whale or dolphin watching tours and were always delighted to see these creatures come up out of the ocean. But I never truly paid attention to what some humans do to marine life, until the day I read a news article about a dead whale that washed up on shore of a California beach. What fascinated me about this article was the police needed to guard the whale, until the local marine biology institute could arrive to determine what the whale died from. The reasoning for guarding the whale astounded me. Apparently, poachers would take the opportunity to steal the whale’s teeth to sell for artists to create scrimshaw on the teeth and then sell for a profit. 

This particular article pumped up my creative writing juices and before I knew it, I was researching marine biology, Endangered Species Act and the Mammal Protection Act. Then came the creation of the fictional storyline and characters. Once I knew how I wanted the characters to be instrumental in propelling the story along with my research, the two blended into a beach adventure with a learning aspect without preaching to the reader. Hence, A Sandy Grave was born. The title was created from points in the article and research.

A Sandy Grave was inspired by a news article back in 2014 and in April of 2017 the same type of incident occurred on the Rockaway Beach in Queens, NY...


Curious about my inspiration for my other award-winning children's books...

The Golden Pathway
Hockey Agony
Powder Monkey
Dee and Deb Off They Go ~ Kindergarten First Day Jitters

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Thank you for visiting!


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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author


Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!

Connect with

Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved
A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Joyous Holidays & Happy New Year



May the grace of the season 
bestow you all with joyous festivities.

My wish for you is... 

An authentic day of celebration
with true connections with loved ones near and far.

 To shine forth your love...
for a true ripple effect of love will evolve.

Resulting in setting the tone for an equally 
joyous and prosperous 2018!

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!

Connect with

Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved
A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review
The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist

Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Art of Saying Thank You!


Today's word is Thank You...
At times the art of saying thank you is a dying art. To me the importance of instilling the politeness of saying thank you from the onset in raising children is imperative to an appreciative society. It shocks me when some people don’t offer the common courtesy of a thank you… when someone holds a door open for you, lets you cut the line or when the waitress takes your order and brings you your food. A simple thank you, will certainly brighten someone’s day and create the ripple effect of appreciation. Go ahead, I dare you, to pay attention how many times you say thank you in a day and if it’s returned to you or not.

I’d enjoying hearing about the numbers you count thank you in a day. 

Thanks for visiting!

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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author

Ignite curiosity in your child through reading!

Connect with

Dee and Deb Off They Go Kindergarten First Day Jitters ~ December 2015 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2016 Purple Dragonfly Honorable Mention Picture Books Five and Under and Story Monster Approved

A Sandy Grave ~ January 2014 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2014 Purple Dragonfly 1st Place Picture Books 6+, Story Monster Approved, Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014 and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Powder Monkey ~ May 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Historical Fiction 1st Place, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

Hockey Agony ~ January 2013 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc. ~ 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award Honorable Mention Picture Books 6+, New England Book Festival Honorable Mention 2014, Story Monster Approved and Reader's Favorite Five Star Review

The Golden Pathway ~ August 2010 ~ Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
~ Literary Classics Silver Award and Seal of Approval, Readers Favorite 2012 International Book Awards Honorable Mention and Dan Poynter's Global e-Book Awards Finalist