The Pocket Mommy by Rachel Eugster. Illustrated by Tom Goldsmiths. Book Review.

For those of you preparing little ones for school, here’s an extra book review that just might interest you.


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This is a lovely little book to give to a kindergarten child who is experiencing separation anxiety. Samuel tells his mother, “Mommy, I hate it when you leave me at school. I wish you were the tiniest mommy in the world, so I could keep you in my pocket all day.” His mommy pretends to slip a tiny mommy into his pocket. When the pocket mommy becomes real, Samuel is happy to have her company and assistance. But she soon starts to be a problem and by the end of the day, Samuel is glad to see her go. On the way home with his actual mother, he says, “Maybe I just need you to do your mommying at home.”

I really like the idea of a pocket mommy. I see nothing wrong with giving a picture of yourself to your child, or drawing a little mommy together that she can keep in her pocket. After a few days of using the mommy, this should be a great book to read and share a laugh with your child.

The illustrations are all double-page spreads with words imposed on a background. They’re black outline with watercolor, giving the book a gentle, intimate feeling.

I can see why this book has been so well received.


Make your own pocket mommy. Take a photo of your entire body. Have it developed or print it on medium heavy stock paper. Cut it out and give it to your child.

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Oh No, Little Dragon! By Jim Averbeck. Book Review.

“Little Dragon had a spark in his heart, so he could huff and puff and…” So begins an endearing tale of a child Dragon who rejoices in the use of his fire. He sets his toy pirate ship on fire in the bathtub and, by cannonballing into the water, douses the fire. Unfortunately, at the same time, he also douses his own ability to shoot flames. He tries a series of strategies to restart the spark in his tummy, none of which work. When he cries, his mother comes and comforts him.

“Why are you crying, Little Dragon?” Mama asked.

“Because,” Little Dragon said, “if I don’t have my flame, you won’t love me anymore.”

“Oh no, Little Dragon,” Mama said. “I could never stop loving you because YOU are the spark in MY heart.”

This relights the spark in his tummy.

This reassuring tale shows children that they are loved whether they are capable of great feats ornot. The story is both humorous and charming.

Parents and children can discuss Little Dragon’s strategies as the story unfolds, possibly imagining original ones of their own.

The illustrations are simple and casual with only the dragons in color. However, Averbeck capably portrays Little Dragon’s emotions using simple lines.

A lovely little book for preschoolers and kindergarten aged children. A perfectly delightful book with which to end a month of dragons.




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Author Linda Joy Singleton Three Random Questions Interview

From an early age, Linda Joy Singleton, has shown the self discipline and dedication necessary to become an accomplished writer. She is one of the more prolific authors in this series having written over 35 books.


Bonnie Ferrante: Welcome, Linda. You have at least 30 books in English listed on Amazon, plus many in French as well. Exactly how many do you have? To what do you owe your productivity?

Singleton: I have over 40 published books. Because two are double books (Twin Spin e-books), an exact number is difficult. French Canadian reprints were made of The Seer, Regeneration, Strange Encounters, and Dead Girl Walking (17 books). The first two The Seer series were also translated in Chinese and they look very cool. Also Dead Girl is in Indonesian (although I’ve never seen them except online).

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Ferrante: Already in 2016 you have released Kelsey the Spy (The Curious Cat Spy Club) and will release Memory Girl in September and The Secret of the Shadow Bandit (The Curious Cat Spy Club) in October. Do you work on more than one book at a time?

Singleton: Except for an occasional picture book, I only write one book at a time. It takes me about 6 months to write a novel. I write almost every morning until it’s time to exercise and have lunch.

Ferrante: In The Curious Cat Spy Club you have a character who may or may not have Asbergers syndrome. Why did you choose to make a major character who struggles with social interaction?

Singleton: I was inspired by Sheldon from Big Bang Theory. I enjoy Leo a lot; writing his dialogue is especially fun since he looks at the world in a more logical way than my other characters. I really love his intelligence and creativity, too. In a future book, he’ll have some romance.


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Ferrante: This book also deals with animal abuse and abandonment. Why did you choose these topics?

Singleton: When I made the decision to have my characters solve mysteries about animals it was a natural progression to have plots dealing with animal cruelty. I feel strongly about the responsible care of animals, and members of my family volunteer for the local animal shelter. For the book I’m writing now (Curious Cat Spy Club #5) I took an animal control officer out to lunch to ask him research questions. I learned a lot! I like to think that by having plots where kids help animals and do volunteer work that my readers may be inspired to volunteer to help animals, too.

Ferrante: You write picture books, middle grade, and young adult fiction. Which do you find most challenging? Do you approach them differently?

Singleton: Picture books are the hardest to write because, like a novel, they have vivid characters, compelling plots and layers of story yet all this must be conveyed in usually under 400 words. The last two picture books I sold (A Cat is Better and Lucy Loves Goosey) each have less than 200 words. With my novels, I write almost every day for 4-5 hours. But with a picture book I can’t plan my writing; instead I wait until an idea inspires me.

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Ferrante: Do your books have a message or are they pure escapism?

Singleton: Both! Escapism with underlying messages of kindness, acceptance and friendship. Young readers learn more by example than being told what to do.

Ferrante: Your books are fantasy, science fiction, and mystery. Correct? What kinds of books do you read?

Singleton: I love all kinds of books but my favorite genres are fantasy, magic realism and mystery. I love when an ordinary character suddenly is thrust into a puzzling situation, and if there’s some magic that’s even better. I love books by Eva Ibottson, J.K. Rowling, Kate Morton, Ingrid Law, Bruce Coville, Marissa Meyer, Marcia Muller, and Marcus Zusak.

Ferrante: Is there anything else you like to share with us?

Singleton: There’s lots more info on my website including writing advice for new writers, advice on attending conferences and personal photos. There are also a few free short stories.

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Ferrante: If you could invent a pair of glasses that would allow you to see abstract things, (e.g. the motives behind someone’s actions,) what would you want to see most of all? 

Singleton: I’d like to see images from scenes of the past like time travel vision. Recently I went camping to a campground I used to enjoy as a child, and as I looked around I felt like my memories of all the fun I’d had here were ghosts of my own past.

Ferrante: Thinking back to all the great TV series finales that you have seen over the years, which show do you believe had the best final episode?

Singleton: Hard to say since I mostly watch reality shows like Survivor and Big Brother, and also comedies like Big Bang Theory which haven’t ended yet. Oh, I did like the ending of Downton Abbey. I prefer finales where everyone was happy and having weddings or babies. I long for happily ever afters.

Ferrante: If you could add one month to the calendar year, inserting it between two existing months, where would you put the extra 30 days? 

Singleton: Probably April and May since Spring has great weather and a sense of new beginnings like the opening of a book rather than the chill of a winter ending.

Ferrante: I’ve enjoyed reading The Curious Cat Spy Club. It will be interviewed on my blog December 2. Thank you, Linda, for taking the time to answer my questions. Good luck with all your endeavors.

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YouTube Channel for Parents and Teachers

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I must admit my YouTube channel was a disaster, book trailers mixed in with aimless videos, author read alouds scattered throughout, no playlists, and no sections. I finally learned how to organize it and have created three public playlists.

  • Book Trailers: I’m a little behind in this but at least half my books have a promo trailer.
  • Author Read Aloud: I have three full children’s picture books available for viewing and listening. I will be adding some things to this playlist as well.
  • Tips and Hacks for Parents, Teachers & Writers: This is going to be my focus for the next while. I plan to add a new video every couple of weeks focusing on inexpensive or free learning activities that are kind to the environment, encourage active movement, and incorporate more than one learning style. Most will be on literacy. Here’s my first one.


I hope you can take the time to check it out, give me a thumbs up, comment, or share.

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How to Dress a Dragon by Thelma Lynne Godin. Illustrated by Eric Barclay. Book Review.

This 8 x 10 picture book has a cartoonish dragon on the front cover looking at little boy who is holding a giant pair of polka dot underwear. Inside the front cover are various patterns and colors of underwear. That gives you a pretty good idea of what this book is offering.

A little boy catches a dragon with a much too small net, tickles his tummy, and tries to put on his underwear. The dragon puts the underwear on his head and then on the little boy’s head and they laugh like crazy. The boy proceeds to try to dress the dragon but the buttons pop off the first shirt and the second one gets caught on the dragon’s horns. The dragon refuses to try a third shirt and instead wears a cape.

The story continues until the boy and the dragon decide to play their favorite game of Dragon and Knight. The dragon insists on being the knight.

This is just a silly little story about friends playing and having fun. Children love underwear and the idea of a dragon wearing it is extra humorous to them. They will also find the little twist at the end delightful.

The completely colored, cartoonish pictures are full-page and double-page spreads.

This would be a great book to cheer up a sad child, especially one who loves dragons and knights.

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