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)

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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/

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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

 

New Release: You Laugh You Lose Challenge 6-Year Old Edition by Smiley Beagle

Watch out, parents!

Hilarious jokes are coming your way! This Kid’s Joke Book will turn your 6-year-old into a young comedian.

“Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.” – Abraham Maslow

Buy the Paperback version, and get the Kindle eBook version for ★★FREE★★

The You Laugh You Lose Challenge is a book designed for both single-player and to be shared and read by everyone in your household.

But why not let everyone play? Gather your family around the fire, call them into the kitchen, meet on the patio, and let the good times roll!

★100% kid-appropriate material★

Inside, you’ll find:
•300 of the best kid jokes ever written;
•Hours of entertainment;
•Tons of laughs;
•And more than enough to tickle every funny bone!

They are specifically designed for 6-year-old kids. Of course, others are welcome to join too. This is the must-have joke book for every household, peer group, family picnic, potluck, or long car ride!

This book has something for everyone:
•Animal jokes,
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•People jokes,
•And everything in between!

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★300 jokes★

★Laugh-out-loud jokes adults and kids will appreciate★

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Go ahead. Try not to laugh. We dare you.

Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving by Cheryl C. Malandrinos

Ten-year-old Macy is waiting for her grandparents to arrive on Thanksgiving. When the front door swings open, Grandma and Grandpa are covered with hugs and kisses. Crash! Everyone rushes in to find the dog gnawing a meaty turkey leg. Can Macy’s quick thinking save dinner?

Excerpt:

Moments later, the front door swung open. In walked Macy’s dad and grandparents. The family raced to the door to hug them.

Crash!

“Oh no!” cried Mom. “What was that?”

Reviews:

“A perfect read for busy families around Thanksgiving…This is a great story for families to read together to remind everyone of the true nature of the holiday.”~ 100 Pages A Day…Stephanie’s Book Review

“The author has written a story about a family, much like yours or mine, perhaps, that works together when life doesn’t turn out the way they want it to.” ~ Beverly Stowe McClure, author of Under A Purple Moon and I Live in A Doghouse

“I found this book to be a quick but charming read…it was great how Macy took what she learned in school about the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and the Indians and turned her family Thanksgiving disaster into something positive.” ~ Cheryl’s Book Nook

“Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving is a cute short story that I’m sure will become a family favorite maybe even a traditional family read… I loved this book.” ~ The Blended Blog

Purchase from:

Guardian Angel Publishing

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Indiebound.org

New from Guardian Angel Publishing

Roy the little red tractor is looking for a good job. He gets sent to Tanzania, Africa to help an orphanage build sidewalks so the nanny’s can walk the babies in their strollers. He is afraid to go there because of the wild animals but is very pleased when he gets there and sees all the babies he is helping.

All the proceeds from this book go to Neema Village, a rescue center for abandoned, orphaned and at risk babies in Arusha Tanzania, East Africa. There are more than 3,000,000 orphaned children in Tanzania. Learn more at www.neemavillage.org

Tired of the way he’s always lived, the big bad wolf is ready for a change. His family, on the other hand, is still far from it. Will he handle the pressure? No one should miss this humorous and heartfelt untold story of what became of the big bad wolf.

Shouts of “Hip Hip Hooray! We’re going to the beach today!” peak the curiosity of Gracie and Grover Groundhog. Disregarding their parents’ instruction against mingling with people, the two stow away and join in the adventure. Will they be discovered? What will they think of the beach? Will they be safe? Will they get back home to their parents?

For more information on these and other Guardian Angel Publishing titles, please visit www.guardianangelpublishing.com

New from 4RV Publishing: I’m Sick by Laura Wellington

See how Jasper’s giant imagination brings laughter and fun to catching the flu bug. You’ll be delighted and amazed … and may even want to catch the flu bug, too. Or, maybe not, but a child’s imagination can make a difference.

Age Range: 3 – 6 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 1
Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: 4RV Children’s Corner (May 10, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1940310881
ISBN-13: 978-1940310886

This is the first book in the Jasper’s Giant Imagination series. I had the privilege of working as an editor on this series. How thrilling to see it make its way into the world.

You can purchase I’m Sick by Laura Wellington from:

4RV Publishing

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

For more books from 4RV Publishing, visit their online catalog at www.4rvpublishingcatalog.com