Title: HOME Author: Alison Neuman Publisher: DreamWrite Publishing Pages: 28 Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Fluffy, the cat, knew the minute she met Levi that he would become fast
friends with the friendly mouse using a special wheelchair. In the third
installment of their adventures, join Fluffy, Levi, and his family on
their final leg of adventure to find their forever homes together.
Book Review: Can cats and mice be friends? They sure can in Alison Neuman's darling new picture book, Home. It seems Fluffy, the cat, needs to get to her forever home and it's Levi, the mouse, to the rescue. Follow the capers of these two as they head out into the city to find Fluffy's home. But wait - where does a mouse fit in? Will he be liked by Fluffy's family or will they get out the mousetraps? Read HOME to find out! I give it 5 rainbows!
Alison Neuman is a writer, author, choreographer, and dance artist,
who is passionate about sharing underrepresented voices. She holds a
Bachelor’s of Applied Communications Degree, a diploma in Professional
Writing, and a Master of Arts degree with a focus on Educational
Fluffy, the cat, knew the minute she met Levi that he would become
fast friends with the friendly mouse using a special wheelchair. In the
third installment of their adventures, join Fluffy, Levi, and his family
on their final leg of adventure to find their forever homes together.
Thanks for this interview, Alison.I’ve always wanted to write children’s books.When did you determine that writing for
children was for you?
Thank you for hosting me on your blog. It was just a few years ago when
I decided I would like to explore writing for children because of the quality
of the books that were in the market. I rediscovered children’s books within
the past few years as I was reading aloud to my mom, who had dementia. The
books we read would take my mom and me on an adventure beyond our manual
wheelchair and our bodies experiencing
challenges due to our health.
What was the inspiration behind your children’s book, Home?
Home is the last book in the
Friends and Family Series. I started the first book in the series called Don't
Eat Family, about a cat (Fluffy) who meets a mouse (Levi) experiencing a
disability, and they become friends. My mom's childhood pet inspired the cat,
and the mouse experiencing a disability is the literary character I wished I
had to identify with when I was a child. The follow-up book, Help From
Friends, was about ability and adventures between friends. Home
explores the journey of memories and friendships as Fluffy brings her friend
Levi and his family back to the safety of her home.
How do you get into the mind of a child to create a fun reading
experience?Are you around kids?Are you a kid at heart?
To create an enjoyable reading experience, I found being around children
and hearing their discussions helped in the writing process of the book. I have
friends who have children and they have provided talks and visits to let their
children influence the content and experiences in the series. Yes, I am a kid
at heart because I still find wonder in the world and excitement in activities
and new adventures.
What was your favorite book as a child?
While I had so many books in which I loved as a child, one of my
favourites was Ramona the Pest, by Beverly Cleary, and also the Nancy
What kind of advice would you give writers who would like to write
Read lots in the children’s genre in which you wish to write, so you
have an idea about the content, language, and topics of stories.
What are your goals for the future?More children’s books?
My goals for the future are to pursue writing more books, the first of
which being a project I have been working on for several years called Hindsight.
Hindsight is about a young woman, Olivia, who is experiencing a
disability and balancing University and work, grieving the loss of a parent,
and searching for love. She begins researching a story for her university paper
and discovers a secret that, when revealed, will threaten not only her life but
also her family and love. I intend to write more children’s books in the future
and have some new characters and adventures percolating.
year, Newt Gomez survived a bear attack and now he’s found a bear
statue that maybe grants wishes. As the wishes come true around him, he
becomes increasingly ready to make his own wish – to move to the
mainland where his extended family lives, become part of a community
where he’s not the only Latinx kid, and to also be free of his bad
dreams about the attack. But then, as things so often do, everything
A magical story of recovery and growth in the most unusual of landscapes, this is a coming of age story with a lot of heart.
On These Magic Shores by Yamile Saied Méndez
Soledad Miranda has responsibilities. She looks after her two sisters
while her mom works two jobs – and then, one night, her mom doesn’t come
home. It’s up to Minerva to figure out what happened and how to keep
her family together and safe. But there’s something magical looking out
by an #ownvoices author, this touches on some big issues and does so
with a lot of delicacy and magic. Bonus points for that gorgeous cover!
Rick by Alex Gino
around Rick seems to have figured out who he is, but Rick’s not so
sure. But now he’s in middle school and discovering the Rainbow Spectrum
club, he might just finally be able to figure himself out and be
sensitive exploration of how to be yourself in a world that sometimes
doesn’t make that easy, and how to deal with unhelpful relationships, Rick is a lovely and important read.
The Pathfinders Society : The Mystery of the Moon Tower by Francesco Sedita and Prescott Seraydarian
am a sucker for ‘kids who team up to solve a mystery’ stories (blame a
lot of Nancy Drew!) and this is amazing. Five kids are thrown together
at summer camp, and together they set off to dig into their town’s
history – a history that includes a fabled lost treasure…
adventure packed comic that’s perfect for middle-grade readers, this
features code-cracking, mystery-solving and time-travel. What’s not to
The Fort by Laura Perdew, illustrated by Adelina Lirius
strangers play in the same fort in the woods.. which is either a castle
or a ship, depending on who’s in charge! But problems ensue: the prince
can’t throw a party when all his invitations turn into treasure maps,
and the pirate can’t storm the high seas when her sword turns into a
scepter. Can a pirate and a prince learn to share – and what happens
when they do?
celebration of imagination rendered in illustrations that burst with
life, this gorgeous picture book sees two adversaries learn the benefits
of sharing and teamwork. Two imaginations are a lot more fun than one!
I’m a Gnome! by Jessica Peill-Meininghaus (Author), Poly Bernatene (Illustrator)
Join Gnome (that’s spelled G-N-O-M-E–don’t ask why the G is silent!) as he travels through the magical forest to attend the annual Gnome Festival.
the way he encounters elves, dwarves, trolls, and fairies. But don’t be
mistaken. He is NOTHING like those magical creatures. Well, maybe he is
. . . but only a little bit!
Gnome finally arrives at the festival, he realizes that all the traits
he thought made gnomes different from the others actually made them
alike–and that’s just fine.
Common Threads: Adam’s Day at the Market by Huda Essa (Author), Mercè Tous (Illustrator)
and his family spend an exciting day at the colorful and bustling
Eastern Market. But when Adam gets briefly separated from Mom and Dad,
he mistakes a friendly, diverse cast of characters for his parents in
their traditional Muslim clothing–and shows that we all have more in
common than you might think. This nearly-wordless picture book
celebrates diversity and community in vibrant, dynamic art.
As Warm As the Sun by Kate McMullan (Author), Jim McMullan (Illustrator)
French bulldogs Toby and Pinkie learn to live together and form a heartwarming friendship.
loves basking in the morning sun, snuggling in a lap in the afternoon,
and toasting his tummy by the fireside at night, but somehow his warm
spots never last. What Toby wants more than anything is to find
something as warm as the sun that never fades or fizzles.
one day, Pinkie comes along, and she starts hogging all of Toby’s
favorite places. Toby feels alone and forgotten, and slinks away. . .
but Pinkie follows him, determined to prove that she is the something as
warm as the sun Toby has been looking for all along.
If I Built a School by Chris Van Dusen (Author, Illustrator)
Jack built a school, there would be hover desks and pop-up textbooks,
skydiving wind tunnels and a trampoline basketball court in the gym, a
robo-chef to serve lunch in the cafeteria, field trips to Mars, and a
whole lot more. The inventive boy who described his ideal car and house
in previous books is dreaming even bigger this time.
Riding a Donkey Backwards: Wise and Foolish Tales of Mulla Nasruddin by Sean Taylor (Author), Khayaal Theatre Company (Author), Shirin Adl (Illustrator)
you like to know how a thief can turn into a donkey? Whether a cow can
climb a pole? Or why you should spoon yogurt into a lake? Mulla
Nasruddin knows all the answers, and he might also tell you why he rides
his donkey backwards. Whether in the guise of an imam in a mosque or a
beggar in the street, this trickster is never at a loss for a rejoinder,
though it may leave you scratching your head, rolling your eyes, or
laughing out loud. Enjoy twenty-one classic tales about a much-loved
character from Muslim cultures in a book packed with jokes, riddles, and
wisdom and paired with vibrant, theatrical illustrations.
Why? by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (Author, Illustrator)
just wants to water his flowers, but Rabbit needs to know: why? Bear is
looking forward to a peaceful night of stargazing, but all Rabbit cares
about is: why?
the two friends spend time together through spring, summer, and into
fall, Rabbit persistently and simply asks Bear why, encouraging the
reader to figure out for themselves the reason for each question that
Bear patiently answers, over and over again. . . until there’s a
question that he has no answer for.
DUCK! by Meg McKinlay (Author), Nathaniel Eckstrom (Illustrator)
In this funny nod to Chicken Little, a quiet afternoon on the farm might be the scene of a barnyard disaster waiting to happen.
Duck runs around the farm shouting “DUCK!” to the other animals, they
grow exasperated as they haughtily explain to Duck which animal is
which. Unfortunately, something is falling from the sky. But perhaps “DUCK!” isn’t the best warning. Perhaps what Duck should have said is . . . “RUN!”
Arnica, the Duck Princess by Ervin Lazar (Author), Jacqueline Molnar (Illustrator), Anna Bentley (Translator)
Arnica is so sweet and gentle that when she smiles even wolves and
bears forget their fierceness. Everyone loves her, but she loves only
Poor Johnny. Luckily, he loves her too, and even more luckily she has a
very sensible king for a father, who is happy for her to marry whomever
her heart desires. So, no problems then?
maybe just one – The Witch with a Hundred Faces has cast a spell on
Arnica and Johnny which means that one of them, at any one time, must
always be a duck, and the other human! Who can help them? Only the
Seven-headed Fairy. Will they be able to find her? You’ll just have to
read the book and find out!
Spot & Dot by Henry Cole (Author, Illustrator)
In Henry Cole’s vivid wordless picture book Spot, the Cat, readers joined Spot on a journey through a city that began with him following a bird outside his window.
This time, a dog named Dot draws Spot from his window. As we follow Spot and Dot
on their wordless journey, we quickly realize that it’s Dot the dog who
is missing this time, and Spot is trying to get her back home. We
follow these two on a different journey through the city as they weave
in and out of a bakery, a library, a busy park, and more. And with a
surprise twist at the end, we realize that “home” for both cat and dog
was never very far away.
Title: 'Twas the Night Author: Marin Publisher: The Virtue Agency Pages: 32 Genre: Children’s Picture Book
‘TWAS THE NIGHT is a wordless book that “tells” a heartwarming and
inspirational Christmas story. The illustrations gift each reader, young
and young at heart, the opportunity to reimagine the Season’s wonder,
and the freedom “to script” (if they choose to) their own lines to go
with the images. Keep dreaming big!
This was the funnest children's picture book I have ever 'read' and I say 'read' superfluously because this is a wordless picture book. Yes! Believe me, I've never heard of a children's picture book but for my first one, this was great and that's not even coming close to describe it. I'm not kidding you either. Okay what we have here for example...the book opens with a child in a wheelchair in the dark in what looks to me to be a city in the background. It is Christmas time so there's a tree lit up in the background. Without going further, I would wonder what a kid in a wheelchair was doing at night alone in the city. So here you go - no words so you are to make up a story out of your imagination. Is he homeless? Nah I doubt it. Does he look starved? Not really, has nice clothes and everything so then you're still wondering what he's doing out at night but before I go further into the story I've got to make up a story while reading to my grandkids. So what I did was mention to the kids that the kid wasn't alone so don't think that's okay to do. So anyway as more pages are turned I realized the kid was older, but in the first scenes it looked like he wasn't. And I lied. No way could I tell the kids that the kid wasn't alone. He was. So skipping over the why you don't go out at night in the big city alone speech, I kept on with my story. He finds a bird who is injured and takes it back home. Feeds and nurses it back to health, then lets it out the window to be free again. But before you know it, the kid is flying out the window himself and you see Santa Claus in the background. You don't know if it's a dream or what but it's totally up to you to make up a story to go along with the illustrations. It was rather fun. After the first go around, I came up with another storyline and the kids thought it was rather funny because it was nothing like the first storyline. If this author get a notion to write a sequel to this, I hope he would because it's really a very unique idea.