Archive | March 2016

AMAZING MATILDA: Monarch butterfly inspires children to follow their dreams!

I love this book – great for children

Bette A. Stevens, Maine Author

AMAZING MATILDA, A Monarch’s Tale by Bette A. Stevens

Why write a book about a Monarch butterfly?

AM Easter 2016


“I wanted readers of all ages, not only to learn about nature, but to learn from nature. Readers and listeners will discover facts about Monarchs and their habitat, all while they enjoy a tale filled with excitement and adventure. That’s the wonder of creative writing. Matilda and her friends not only teach lessons about patience and persistence, they show children that they can reach for their dreams and make them come true.”
~ Bette A. Stevens, Maine author/illustrator “Look Inside” at YOUR Amazon…

Purchase Paperback any time and Download eBook version for FREE at YOUR AMAZON today!

Monarch butterflies and their habitat are threatened —author Bette A. Stevens advocates for their protection and conservation. Find out more about the author and her books right here on the blog.

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Fancy an Afternoon Away?

Thought provoking. How would YOU like to spend an afternoon? If you can’t get away, perhaps you could color and dream.

Julian Froment's Blog

So what do you like to do when you get a little free time? I know that many people have busy lives and don’t get a lot of free time, but just imagine that you get an unexpected break.

What would you do with that time?

Answers on a postcard, please. Oh, sorry, that was back in the 80’s, how about you just leave a comment. Drag me back into this technological age in which we now live.

Would you spend the afternoon with a friend? Alone? Take a walk? Go out for coffee? Let me know.

How about enjoying a coloring book dedicated to those activities that many of us would do if we got that free time. That Afternoon Away.



Are you longing for a peaceful day out with a friend? Imagine it…little city cafes and shopping, a leisurely walk through the park or by the river…sounds…

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Danny Shills for Andrew…

Danny’s human has written some great books – you need to read them and sale is always good!

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog


I’d like to talk to my legions of fans out there, but, alas, I cannot. I’m here today as a salesdog.

To paraphrase some guy that used to write plays a long time ago:

Friends, Romans, Ape Fans, lend me your ears; I come to shill for Andrew, not to praise him.

I come not, friends, to steal away your hearts.

I come so that thou might buy my human’s book.

Averaging 4.8 stars, so some people must think it’s readable.

It’s reduced from $3.99 to $2.99 for a limited time, only on Amazon.

And for members of Prime and Kindle Unlimited, it’s free!

Thank you for your time.

Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good-bye till it be the time for my next Danny the Dog tale. (Once you get this Shakespeare guy in your blood, it’s hard to let go!)


Molly Lee B



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February Book Reviews

I read several books in February and those reviews are below. I included the review I wrote for a couple of children’s books, as well. If you aren’t reading children’s books, you should. The picture books are delightful and so well illustrated – you won’t be sorry. But the stand out book this month was The Feathered Bone. I can’t recommend it enough (in fact, I have recommended it to everyone who tells me they are looking for a book to read). It caught me by surprise – but I’m so glad I read it. I’m sure this is a book I will read again and again.


Salad Pie by Wendy BooydeGraff, illustrated by Bryan Langdon

5 stars

I loved this children’s picture book. It was not only entertaining, but also had a moral to the story. With a spin on a mud pie and making and trusting a new friend at the same time. The illustrations were absolutely wonderful. Certainly a book to recommend for young children.



Appleblossom the Possum by Holly Goldberg Sloan

5 stars

What a truly delightful book for children. I, mistakenly, bought this thinking it was a picture book. It was not. It is a chapter book that would be perfect for read aloud time with parents. At first I thought some of the words were too grown up and children wouldn’t know what they meant. But then two sentences later, the word would be explained. Appleblossum has adventures galore all while explaining some habits of a possum. I highly recommend this for all ages of children.


The Devil’s Wire by Deborah Rogers

2 stars

The plot sounded like it would be a good psychological thriller. However, it was never fully developed. The characters were too flat and it just never went where it had the potential to go.


Plus, the book just plain needed to be edited…and proofread. It was disappointing.


Musiville by Nicholas Rossis, illustrated by Dimitris Fousekas

5 stars

A clever story featuring animals who have evolved with musical instruments. Each animal is also an instrument – such as a flassoon (Flamingo/bassoon) and a Trumpephant (elephant/trumpet). There is a handy appendix in the back of the book which gives a brief description of each animal.

The animals save their city, Musiville, by playing together and creating music collaborativey rather than by themselves.

I would have preferred that a pronunciation had been added to the descriptions, as well as the type of animal. I may be slow, but I didn’t know what the Trumpetoon was supposed to be (Babboon/trumpet) while I was reading the book.

This is a book to be read aloud or for more advanced readers. I don’t envision beginning readers trying to pronounce the names of the animals (and I have trouble imagining some lower level reading parents being able to read this without struggling.

The illustrations were adorable and really helped this story come to life.


All the Lasting Things by David Hopson– 3 stars

Not a memorable book at all. Seemed like a silly read and I found it difficult to get into the book until the second half. And, even then, it wasn’t memorable. Not my book I think.



Murder at the Lighthouse by Frances Evesham – 4 stars

A light read with a little mystery and a little romance.


Killing Me Softly by Bianca Sloane – 5 stars

Filled with suspense that kept my attention and kept me reading. This is definitely a book I couldn’t put down. Suspenseful and frightening. Even when I thought I was sure I had it all figured out, the book continued to show me how it was done. I highly recommend reading this to anyone who enjoys suspense.

Twain’s End by Lynn Cullen – 5 stars

I started reading this earlier and just couldn’t get into it. But when I gave it another go, I decided I must not have been in the right mood the first time. True to Cullen’s other historical fiction, Twain’s End weaves a tale based on facts. I was fascinated throughout the entire book.


The House of Closed Doors by Jane Steen – 4 stars

I enjoy books about strong women. This book was definitely that. Nell defies her stepfather in a time when men controlled the women in their household. Her journey was interesting to read. I do recommend this book.


A Friend of Mr. Lincoln by Stephen Harrigan – 4 stars

This started out slowly and I almost gave up. But the book turned around and became much more interesting as I got into it. Mr. Lincoln was a secondary character and the book really was about his friend, Cage. It seemed to have a strong basis in facts which I like for my historical fiction books.


The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell – 5 stars

This book grabbed me from the beginning. It started out feeling like a YA book, but dealt with some pretty heavy and dark subjects. It did bring out some tearful moments while I was reading. This book has stayed with me weeks after I finished it though and I highly recommend this book.


Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys – 4 stars

A WW2 era book that follows some young people as they try to escape to a better life. I was engaged with the characters in the book and felt myself wanting them to succeed, even as there were tragedies along the way.