Interview with Kimberly Palmucci, Author of the Purr-fectly Series

Kimberly Palmucci is the author of the Purr-fectly series. She resides in New England with her husband, Dominick, and their cats, Meesta and Princess. Since adopting Meesta in 2011, Kimberly has been inspired to share a narrative of positivity about shelter pets seeking a second chance after overcoming adversity. Meesta is missing his back left leg; he is a three-legged cat, active, playful, and able in every way. His resilience, strength, and indomitable spirit inspired Kimberly’s mission to help animals and celebrate our differences. Regardless of where your story begins, who you are, or what makes you unique, everyone deserves a happy ending.

Author page: amzn.to/2PDZabO

Readers can also find Kimberly on Facebook and Instagram @kimberlypalmucci.

Thank you for joining us today, Kimberly. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

I started my career as a reporter before shifting into digital media. Writing has always been a passion of mine, but my journey as an author began with my love of animals. Inspired by Meesta’s story, I wrote my first book and have continued my creative journey ever since. I am passionate about our animals and believe that one person can make a world of difference.

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

I have loved writing since I was a kid myself. For me, writing is cathartic. It provides a way to express myself, an outlet to spread a narrative of positivity, and an opportunity to inspire the next generation of readers and writers.

Why did you decide to write stories for children?

Since adopting Meesta, I was inspired to share his story. Over the years, I began to realize that his story not only applies to shelter pets, but to anyone who feels different or overlooked. I chose to write this story for children because the uplifting messages enable parents and kids to start a conversation about being unique, being kind, and being unapologetically ourselves. I believe it’s important to begin this conversation at a young age when kids are most impressionable. I also love poetry and the opportunities it affords for youth engagement through rhyme scheme and other structural elements.

Do you believe it is harder to write books for a younger audience?

Not at all. For me, it’s all about using sensory language and putting a lot of thought into the themes of my books. Young minds are constantly absorbing information, and anything I introduce to them, I want to convey with a narrative that is vividly relatable. It’s important not to shy away from certain themes just because an audience is younger; you just have to craft it in a style tailored toward that audience. I did not want to write a book about “being different” and not have any sort of struggle or hardship for our main character, for example. Being different is beautiful and amazing, but it can also be hard. Omitting that struggle would be doing an injustice to the audience. I take that logic into every decision I make for the books, and it makes the entire process very enjoyable.

What is your favorite part of writing for young people?

Young readers are so creative and imaginative. They are open-minded, they are learning everything so quickly, and they observe the world in a way that is vastly different than we do as we get older. In my many conversations with youngsters, I’ve realized that they are also very perceptive to different themes. They are smart and they pick up on the smallest details. And they get REALLY excited about these small details, which never fails to give me a smile that matches those on the youthful faces.

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

My first book, Purr-fectly Lucky, was released a little over a year ago. I just released my latest book, Purr-fectly Wise, in March. This book is a prequel to the first story and follows the journey of the Wise Cat, a character from book one who readers grow to love for his kindness and wisdom. Featuring such themes as overcoming loss and hardship, the book shares positive messaging about the joy senior pets can bring to our lives.

What inspired you to write it?

Purr-fectly Wise was inspired by my own two dogs who I watched grow from energetic puppies into wise senior pets who offered endless love and loyalty at all stages of their lives. After my first book was released, readers wanted to know more about the Wise Cat’s background and journey that ultimately brought him to the shelter. After a few months of repeatedly being asked about his backstory, I started thinking…this could be an opportunity to share a story about senior pets. They are often overlooked in shelter or rescue environments for a variety of reasons, but knowing the absolute joy my own dogs brought me at all stages of their lives, I felt compelled to write the Wise Cat’s story. Readers get to learn a little more about why and how the Wise Cat had such profound words to offer, in addition to his own mindset when he made the decision to reach out and help Lucky.

Where can readers purchase a copy?

Both books are available on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Purr-fectly-Lucky-Kimberly-Palmucci/dp/1984364804

https://www.amazon.com/Purr-fectly-Wise-Kimberly-Palmucci/dp/1798401525

What is up next for you?

I am working with my illustrator currently; we are more than halfway done with illustrations for the third book in the Purr-fectly series—Purr-fectly Home—which is slated for release in June. This book is the sequel to Purr-fectly Lucky and follows Lucky years after he was adopted…as well as a new friend who comes into his life, another three-legged cat named Princess! This book brings the series full circle.

Do you have anything else to add?

Write your story. Share it with everyone you know; you matter, your voice matters, your stories are meaningful, and you can inspire others through your words, no matter who you are, where you’re from, or what makes you special and different. Also, I wrote my books with the intention of not only spreading positive messaging, but also raising donations for non-profits that support children and animals. I donate one third of my sales and will continue to do that always. As readers, every time you purchase one of my books, you are also making a donation to a non-profit, including local animal rescues and organizations that benefit kids!

Thank you for spending time with us today, Kimberly. We wish you much success.

The Adventures of Riley & Elfy by E. Matheson

The Adventures of Riley & Elfy by E. Matheson is an adorable collection of children’s stories centered around friendship. Mysterious Scottish animals, Riley and Elfy have lived on faraway Scottish islands since ancient times, but no one seems to know much about them or that they exist. In this collection, Riley and Elfy make friends with creatures they meet along the way and share some great adventures.

If your children love animals, fantasy or adventure stories, then The Adventures of Riley & Elfy is a great choice. Told in the present tense, your youngster will enjoy following Riley and Elfy along. Though I can’t say I am a huge fan of present tense in children’s stories, it works well here. What truly makes this book are the stunning illustrations by G. B. Serafica. They are too beautiful even to describe.

My one challenge with this collection is the different grammar style was a total distraction. It’s probably not cost-effective, but if you’re publishing and selling in the States, it’s better to use our standards than those across the pond. The editor in me was twitching the entire time.

If you’re looking for an animal-filled adventure to share, The Adventures of Riley & Elfy is great fun.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

File Size: 30487 KB
Print Length: 28 pages
Publisher: ASJ Publishing (July 8, 2018)
Publication Date: July 8, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07FCT36V7

I received a digital copy from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Drewsilla the Shelter Puppy by Karen Carew Oakes

If you like cute animal stories, you’ll want to grab a copy of Drewsilla the Shelter Puppy by Karen Carew Oakes.

After an accident leaves Drewsilla and her siblings orphaned, they are brought to the local shelter by a kind stranger. One after the other gets adopted, until the only one left is Drewsilla. Every time someone visits the shelter, she hides. Until the day the Johnsons walk in.

Drewsilla the Shelter Puppy is a touching story of how a shelter puppy finds her forever home. There are a lot of neat aspects to this story. It highlights the kindness of strangers, the hard work of shelter volunteers, and the difference it can make to humans and animals when a special bond is created. Not only would this be a heartwarming story to share with children, it would also be an entertaining way to introduce young people to what is involved in puppy care.

This truly is a sweet story.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Grade Level: 4 – 6
Paperback: 26 pages
Publisher: Archway (September 29, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1480864692
ISBN-13: 978-1480864696

I received a digital copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Snowy Nap by Jan Brett

Now that Thanksgiving has passed, here come posts about seasonal titles. You remember I am a Christmas freak, right?

When winter comes, Hedgie tries to stay awake so he doesn’t miss out on all the fun his friends are having.

Snow is on the way, and as Hedgie trundles around the farm all his friends tell him of the winter-time fun he will miss as he hibernates–Icicles decorating the chicken coop! Lisa making snowmen! The pond turned to slippery ice! It sounds so amazing, Hedgie decides to stay awake instead of going to his burrow. But then a snowstorm starts. Luckily, Lisa finds him and brings him inside so Hedgie gets to see the wonders of winter from inside the cozy house.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Lexile Measure: 0660
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers; 1st Edition edition (October 16, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0399170731
ISBN-13: 978-0399170737

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Little White by Faye Rapport DesPres (Portion of Purchase to be Donated)

From a wily feral, to a member of the family, Little White’s story will charm the hearts of animal lovers everywhere. Faye knew the little white cat in her yard wasn’t safe living outside and sharing a tree with a raccoon family. But how do you win the trust of a street-smart cat? This is the true story of how Little White went from being a feral cat who faced danger at every turn, to a well-loved indoor cat with a family of her own.

A portion of your purchase will be donated to animal rescue organizations.

Age Range: 3 – 8 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2
Series: Stray Cat Stories (Book 1)
Paperback: 36 pages
Publisher: Writer’s Coffee Bar Press (October 8, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1941523161
ISBN-13: 978-1941523162

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New Releases from Guardian Angel Publishing

 

Ulysses is a basset hound who thinks he can sing, but sounds like a fog horn in the bay. That’s how he got into trouble in the backyard. Wise Owl tells Ulysses to be what he is and find his own special sound. That’s how he learned to make the most joyful noise in all the land.

Sparky travels the globe looking for children in need of help. His adventure to Uganda leads him to a young boy named Jimmy who is sick and alone in the middle of the jungle. Their colorful friendship changes Jimmy’s world.

Coloring Book shares the adventure of Sparky’s Uganda Adventure from Spark Worldwide who serves,  protects and raises kids… “It’s what we do.” Also see the picture book of Sparky & Jimmy- Sparky’s Uganda Adventure. And help support  Spark Worldwide around the globe.

Book 3 contains another sampling of ancient symbols presented by Professor Hoot who guides the reader through distant times for further exploration. Join Professor Hoot as he displays more ancient art and unusual artifacts. These items represent various cultures from ancient countries and eras.

Have you ever wondered where groundhogs live or what they eat? With rhyming fun, explore their world with facts from A to Z! Read about their Predators and how they Hibernate, Their Voracious appetites and the way they eXcavate! Intriguing information from beginning to end. Building understanding of our furry groundhog friends!

Long before Santa had a sleigh, he walked from house to house delivering toys with his faithful dog Yukon. With more good girls and boys and more and more toys, only a big sleigh will do. But who will save Christmas day by pulling Santa’s sleigh?

A fictional short story poem revealing the often-times forgotten, yet age-old secret of life: the importance and attraction of kindness. A light hearted tale of a peace loving old man, and how he became loved by the whole village by being kind.

For these and other books by Guardian Angel Publishing, visit the publisher online at www.guardianangelpublishing.com

 

Coming in September: Giraffe Problems by Jory John

Can you guess what’s making this giraffe self-conscious? Could it be . . . HIS ENORMOUS NECK?? Yes, it’s exactly that–how on earth did you figure it out?

Cyrus the giraffe can’t understand why his neck is as long and bendy and, well, ridiculous as it is. No other animal has a neck this absurd. He’s tried disguising it, dressing it up, strategically hiding it behind bushes–honestly, anything you can think of, he’s tried.

Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 2
Hardcover: 42 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 25, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1524772038
ISBN-13: 978-1524772031

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