Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Two New Reviews of "Magical Mea" and "Magical Matthew"

I'm pleased to post two Amazon reviews by Donna McDine of Magical Matthew and Magical Mea:
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming story of positive self-image and acceptance, June 24, 2014
This review is from: Magical Matthew (Hardcover)
The world through the eyes of a child is a special time. They are untainted by the misgivings of the world and have the unique knack of visualizing their surroundings in a positive manner. Young Matthew ha a secret, one he feels must remain secret. He has the uncanny magical ability to fix broken objects by just thinking them fixed. His best friend, Lily, suspects something but can’t quite put her finger on it. Does Matthew lift the burden of his secret and tell Lily or should he keep it to himself? Discover the outcome by reading Magical Matthew.

Award-winning children’s author, Penelope Anne Cole brings forth a . The imaginative illustrations by Kevin Collier make the story come alive before your eyes. Magical Matthew is a must have for homes with young children.
5.0 out of 5 stars The importance of listening to others with more life experience, June 24, 2014
This review is from: Magical Mea (Paperback)
Sisters can be mischievous and Mea is no exception when she takes her antics to a new level. Having obtained magical powers to fix things with her mind, Mea turned the wheels to cause chaos of hiding items instead. Ignoring her old brother Matthew’s steadfast warnings of her magical powers, Mea insists to do things her way. Matthew’s every growing frustration with Mea escalates when Mea goes off alone to most likely create havoc throughout the neighborhood. Will Matthew and his best friend, Lily, find Mea in time before she causes irreparable damage. Find out in Magical Mea by award-winning children’s author, Penelope Anne Cole.

Ms. Cole’s second book in the magical series teaches a valuable lesson to not only Mea, but to the reader of the importance of listening to others with more life experience and destructive decisions often conclude with disastrous results. Illustrator, Kevin Collier once again creates the quirky characters that have become the trademark of Ms. Cole’s Magical Matthew and Magical Mea series.
Thanks to Donna and many other wonderful reviewers who keep giving my books such lovely reviews!
Magical Matthew, Magical Mea, Magical series, children's books, Kevin Collier, talent, good, helping, kind, sibling

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A New 5- Star Review on Amazon

Here's a lovely new review up on Amazon:

5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars for a delightful read!, June 17, 2014
This review is from: Magical Mea (Paperback)
Magical Mea, written by Penelope Anne Cole and illustrated by Kevin Collier, is an enchanting sequel to Ms. Cole's Magical Matthew. Mea is Matthew's younger sister who has her own brand of magic. Unlike her brother who used his magic for good, Mea is a trickster with her magic and has to learn it is better to help people than play tricks on them. Mea is a prankster kids can easily relate to as all kids want recognition of some sort. Mea likes that she "gets praise for being a good finder" after she deliberately hides the items she then "finds." As with most children, life lessons are a better teaching tool than anything told or intentionally preached to them. Ms. Cole does this perfectly in her books. Magical Mea demonstrates it always feels better to earn attention and praise for doing good than negative attention for doing wrong. It is a fun story kids can learn from and parents can appreciate the lesson learned. Mr. Collier's illustrations are incredible and really bring Mea and Matthew to life. I highly recommend this darling book. Your kids will learn from and love Mea and her adventures.


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Magical Mea and Magical Matthew win more awards!

I received a lovely surprise in my inbox from Creative Child Magazine:  My two Magical books won awards in the 2014 award program:

Magical Mea Book
Kids Positive Learning Story Books category

Magical Matthew Book
Kids Positive Learning Story Books category


Magical Mea Book & Magical Matthew Book
Fiction Books for Kids.

This is great good news and keeps me plugging on with more books and more outreach. 

Reading is magical!

Tags:  Magical Books, Magical Matthew, Magical Mea, Creative Child Magazine 2014 Awards Program, Seal of Excellence, Preferred Choice Award, Book of the Year Award.

Monday, May 19, 2014

More 5 -Star Reviews for "Magical Mea" from Amazon!

5.0 out of 5 stars By Lisa M. on August 31, 2013
Format: Paperback
I liked Magical Mea, even though she is playing tricks on people in the beginning of the story. When she hides things and then finds them, she gets a lot of praise and she likes that. Mea wants to be appreciated. She's not like her older brother Matthew, who fixed things secretly. I think she plays tricks just to see what happens. But in the end of the story, she learns her lesson. She finally sees that it's better to help people than play tricks on them. I think it's a fun story that kids can learn from. I definitely recommend this book! 
5.0 out of 5 stars
By susan,mt.view, CA on August 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is the second book in a series, beginning with Magical Matthew. Near the ending of Magical Matthew, we learn that Matthew suspects his younger sister, Mea, of having the gift of magic. In this story of Magical Mea, we see immediately that she does not like being told what to do by her older brother. So much so, that to be unlike Matthew, she uses her magic to create mischief, rather than good. Having this much power at a very young age can be overwhelming. But, Mea is stubborn, and advice from her brother on how to use her magic, is unwelcome. One morning Mea leaves the safety of her home, unaccompanied, and plays her tricks of hiding things on the people she happens upon along her way. Seeing her power at work is great fun and she does it over and over again. Without telling you the ending of the story, all ends well and Mea learns a valuable life lesson--that it is even more fun to do good things with her magic, resulting in her feeling proud and capable. Ms. Cole's stories allow children to learn from her characters, in a fun and enjoyable way, important life lessons. My children our looking forward to Ms. Cole's next book, and I am wondering what lesson she will teach.

Monday, February 3, 2014

My Virtual Blog Book Tour this week - Feb 3-5 with the National Writing for Children Center

My virtual blog book tour for Magical Matthew starts today.  

Here's the first stop, if you can stop by and comment:


There are interviews and background about my book and the next books in my Magical series: 

Magical Mea
Magical Mea Goes to School, and
Magical M and M

Plus my Halloween book, Ten Little Tricksters, coming later this year.

Friday, January 24, 2014

New 5-Star Review on Amazon

5.0 out of 5 stars A DELIGHTFUL READ, January 12, 2014
speak4languages (Centennial Colorado) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Magical Mea (Paperback)
Magical Mea is the sequel to Magical Matthew. In Magical Matthew, the author chronicles the importance of teaching children to use their talents to do good deeds. However, in Magical Mea we see what happens when children are set in their ways.

Unlike her brother, Mea decides to use her magic to play tricks on people. Unfortunately, as much as we dream about having well-behaved children who are kind and obedient, it does not always work out that way.

Mea represents the character that is a challenge for parents and teachers, a child who is obstinate and determined to be mischievous no matter what.

Does Mea have any redeeming qualities? Can she change? Is it too late? Should her Mom and Dad give up on her completely?

I am of the opinion that it is never too late to steer a child in the right direction. Too often parents take the easy way out, leaving it to society to teach children morals. Every child is a gift from above. It is up to the parents to help direct the path of the child. In the case of Mea, her brother Matthew and his best friend Lily do a wonderful job encouraging Mea to do what is right.

The one thing that shines through the story is sometimes children do foolish things because they are trying to get attention. They also do not like to be told what to do by a sibling.

“Lily, why doesn’t Mea listen to me? After all, I know what’s best. Why can’t she be like me and use her magic to do good?

“Yes, I know she really likes to hide things and later find them. That’s because she gets praise for being a good finder,” Lily said.

Magical Mea is a delightful story. It can be a great resource for parents to teach children the value of being kind. Kevin Collier’s artwork adds life to the story.