Little Milly and the Great Lakes Series by Kelly McInenly (Giveaway)

In the first book of the Little Milly and the Great Lakes series, Marj and the Medal, readers meet Milly and her sisters. They are competing in Regatta day events and are determined to win something. After Marj competes in the solo canoe race, Little Milly ends up imparting some wise advice.

Series: Little Milly and the Great Lakes (Book 1)
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Tellwell Talent (May 27, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0228808960
ISBN-13: 978-0228808961

Excerpt:

Smug as pie, Marj skipped off to claim her big loot,

The prize: A 1-gallon jar stuffed full of dried fruit.

“Marj, won’t you please share… just a wee apricot?”

“Prizes are for winners, and win you did not!”

Marj sat on the dock, pleased as mean Mr. Punch,

And gobbled her winnings… a victory lunch!

Check out Little Milly and the Great Lakes: Marj and the Medal (Book 1)

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.ca/Little-Milly-Great-Lakes-Medal/dp/0228808960/

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/little-milly-and-the-great-lakes-kelly-mcinenly/1131792651

Indigo/Chapters: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/little-milly-and-the-great/9780228808961-item.html

In Peg and the Party Line, Peg listens in on her neighbors’ conversations over the party line phone. Her shenanigans leave the Lake girls feeling a bit left out when they are discovered.

Series: Little Milly and the Great Lakes (Book 2)
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Tellwell Talent (May 27, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0228808952
ISBN-13: 978-0228808954

 

Check out Little Milly and the Great Lakes: Peg and the Party Line (Book 2)

Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Little-Milly-Great-Lakes-Party/dp/0228808952/

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/little-milly-and-the-great-lakes-kelly-mcinenly/1131792650

Indigo/Chapters! https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/little-milly-and-the-great/9780228808954-item.html

In the third book, Bess and the Boil, Bess discovers she has a boil on her bottom. While their cure fixes the problem, the girls end up making quite a mess.

Series: Little Milly and the Great Lakes (Book 3)
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Tellwell Talent (May 27, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0228808766
ISBN-13: 978-0228808763

These three rhyming stories follow a similar pattern young readers will easily recognize. They open with their grumpy father, then the girls’ adventures (or antics, you decide), and end with their father blissfully unaware of what happened that day followed by wisdom imparted by Little Milly as they sit in their beds. The nature of the adventures might cause some questions, since they are based on the life of the author’s grandmother, but children will laugh aloud as the Lake girls get themselves into some silly situations. Little Milly’s bits of wisdom allow parents to use these zany adventures as teaching points.

The illustrations by Sakshi Mangal are perfect for this series. They capture the quaintness of the Lakes’ waterfront cottage, while the girls’ attire and activities as viewed through the pictures speak to the era in which the girls grew up. The artist also captures the personalities of these sisters.

Check out Little Milly and the Great Lakes: Bess and the Boil (Book 3)

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.ca/Little-Milly-Great-Lakes-Bess/dp/0228808766/

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/little-milly-and-the-great-lakes-kelly-mcinenly/1131792655

Indigo/Chapters! https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/little-milly-and-the-great/9780228808763-item.html

I look forward to more books in the Little Milly and the Great Lakes series.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

I received PDF copies of these books from the author. These reviews contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

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

I am a Toronto-based negotiation consultant, distance runner and mother of two tween/teen boys. Writing Little Milly stories lets me escape my very male, urban world and tap into some of my memories of growing up in an outdoorsy and green smaller city (Ottawa) with my brother and sister.

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

I always loved Creative Writing in school but never considered it as a profession or even a hobby. I entered the Gifted English program, won poetry contests and published a short story in a university publication. I have always found many ways to write in throughout my career in business, but these are more technical pieces like briefing documents, website copy and quarterly updates.

Why did you decide to write stories for children?

As a child, I loved it when my grandmother told me these stories. I wanted to try to capture the interest, imagination and giggles of kids in the same way. It is also something that gives me a new connection with my sons and my nieces who are excited and engaged by something as tangible as a printed book, not by the other dull and ambiguous details of adult life! 

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

YES! Kids are more honest, more distracted, more visual and more fun than adults! To account for this, I have tested my stories with kids, kept the books short and centered around an idea that would be new to today’s kids (party lines, regattas, boils…). I also engaged Sashi Mangal as my illustrator as she sees the world through the eyes of a child. You can see more of her beautiful work at Sakshi’s Illustrations

What is your favorite part of writing for young people?

To write for young people you have to remember what you enjoyed as a child. Reconnecting with my former favourite jokes, activities, foods, colours – anything that will bring some joy to a reader when they find it in my stories – is my favourite part of writing for young people. It makes me realize how much I have changed over the years, and not always for better… it feels good to be Little Kelly once in a while! 

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

Little Milly was my grandmother Mildred Lake’s nickname as a child. The Great Lakes are what I call her five sisters. They grew up without a mother and with a strict military father in the Maritimes in the early 1900s. They had few means, but always found adventure together. Each story centers around one of the sisters and ends with a moral. I have attached a Little Book of Morals activity for your young reader to complete. 

What inspired you to write it?

When my grandmother passed away, I had not written anything in years, but I felt inspired to write down the stories she used to tell me simply as a way to remember them. It ended up being a very enjoyable experience, but I still set them aside for another seven years until my kids were young readers and I realized there was a place for sweet, simple stories like these. 

What is up next for you?

More Milly… Ene and the Ivy, Flo and the Fishermen and Milly and the Mail are the next stories on deck for the Little Milly and the Great Lakes series. You can have your young reader appear in the illustrations if you send a photo to Little Milly to @littlemillyandthegreatlakes on Instagram. 

Big Brothers… Postcards From Heaven will tell, through the correspondence they sent home, the story of Little Milly’s three brothers who were killed on the front lines after sneaking into the military underage. 

Beginner Business… Foundation Before Creation is a business book for young people that I am co-authoring with my longtime friend and colleague, Julien Leblanc. It focuses on the soft skills you won’t learn in school but that are the key to success in business and life. 

Do you have anything else to add?

Kids can seek and find a bird hidden on each page of the Little Milly stories. I always loved finding the spider in the Little Critter series, so Little Kelly demanded I include this bit of fun.

GIVEAWAY!!!

Kelly McInenly will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Please click to Enter to win a $20 Amazon/BN GC – a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Review Coming Soon! That’ll Do Pippin! by Anne Kaufmann

THAT’LL DO PIPPIN! by Anne Kaufmann

Title: THAT’LL DO PIPPIN!
Author: Anne Kaufmann
Publisher: Brownridge Publishing
Pages: 68
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

 
Pippin and Nigel are two charming puppy brothers who live on a
wonderful farm. They are best buddies and do everything together. They
are full of mischief, energy and fun! Pippin is the smaller puppy who
wants with all his heart to be like his brother Nigel. Nigel is brave.
Nigel is strong. Nigel is smart. One day, the puppies escape from their
yard into the woods where they experience many adventures. Nigel is
always there to help and protect Pippin. Then Pippin solves a dangerous
problem all by himself and learns that it is okay just to be Pippin.This story teaches young children the importance of believing in
themselves and that they each have their own wonderful gifts and
abilities.


https://www.amazon.com/Thatll-Do-Pippin-Pups/dp/0991939786/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=That%27ll+do+Pippin&qid=1556647850&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull

 

 

 

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Pippin had a
wish. He wanted to be like Nigel. Nigel was brave. Nigel was strong. Nigel was
smart. Everyone admired Nigel.

 

 

 

 

 

Anne Kaufmann is both the illustrator and author of the Pippin and Nigel
adventure series for young children. She is the also the author of
“Glenn Gould: Sketches of Solitude.” Anne is a former teacher librarian.
She studied English Literature at Wilfrid Laurier University and the
University of Toronto. Her passions include music, books, animals and
creating nature journals. She has shared her life with dogs, horses,
cats and birds.A nature lover, she spends many hours exploring the
forests north of her home and walking her dogs, Indy, Maya and Pippin.
She loves spending time with her horse, Aria. Some of her favourite
childhood memories include summers at her cottage on Lake Simcoe,
settling back on the family couch reading while listening to her dad’s
weekly String Quartet group, playing with her dogs and wishing for a
horse. She is currently working on the third book of the Pippin and
Nigel Adventure series and  a historical fiction novel on the great
Canadian horse and Kentucky Derby winner, Northern Dancer. She lives in
Ontario, Canada.
http://www.pumpupyourbook.com

 

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.

Mrs. Wordsmith The Social Journey

Mrs. Wordsmith–a UK-based education company–has launched The Social Journey in the United States. This monthly subscription program for children ages 3 thru 6 is said to focus on “developing social and emotional intelligence…Young children develop deeper social, emotional and academic skills with the right vocabulary.”

So many kids I know love getting packages in the mail. Isn’t it great to know that this package will help them learn important skills to better prepare them for school, foster creativity and a love of reading, and teach them how to manage their feelings.

My package arrived in a colorful blue box with an animated character on the front that would encourage a youngster to tear it right open and get started. Inside, I discovered a storybook, an activity book, word cards, a sturdy stand and instructions.

As you can see, the storybook, activity book and word card include matching artwork that allows your child to recognize all the month’s words and concepts through repetition. The artwork and storylines are so funny, parents and kids can enjoy a chuckle or two to make learning easier for everyone. These pictures can’t do the artwork justice. Vibrant colors and zany character antics and facial expressions ensure your child will be picking up the books numerous days out of the month.

The storybook gets you started, but then you have days and days worth of activities to increase word use and comprehension. Coloring, drawing, writing practice and more can be found within these sheets that are easy to tear out. It is suggested you place the activity book on the included stand so your child can try out the activities whenever they feel like it.

The word cards help when you are on the go or if you’re looking to spend some extra time playing word games. The first card gives you some ideas, but you can probably think up some of your own too.

The Social Journey is available online for $22.49 a month (cancel anytime) or you can save $30 by making one payment of $239.40. Shipping within the United States is free.

I wish The Social Journey was available when my girls were this age. A program that makes learning fun, fosters creativity and a love of reading, and helps children manage their feelings is destined to have a great impact on generations of children.

I received a free Mrs. Wordsmith The Social Journey package thanks to Allison+Partners. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving VBT Starts Today!

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My virtual book tour for Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving starts today. You can find me at two places:

Monday, December 5 – Interview at Over the Rainbow Book Reviews

Monday, December 5 – Book Featured at The Writer’s Life

I would appreciate it if you had time to stop by and check out my latest release. Thanks for the support!

For the full schedule please visit http://ccmalandrinos.com/2016/11/23/macaroni-and-cheese-for-thanksgiving-vbt-starts-december-5/