Monday, 1 September 2014

Sir Princess Petra Series Wins Two More Awards

Sir Princess Petra - The Pen Pieyu Adventures (book one) wins 1st place in the 2013 Sharpe Writ Book Awards for Children's Books category.
Sir Princess Petra by Diane Mae Robinson
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Previous Awards for Sir Princess Petra 

2012 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award (literary arts)
2012 Purple Dragonfly Award, 1st Runner Up
2013 Readers' Favorite Intl' Book Awards, Honorable Mention

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Sir Princess Petra's Talent - The Pen Pieyu Adventures (book two) wins bronze medal in the 2014 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards.


Sir Princess Petra's Talent by Diane Mae Robinson
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2014 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards, Bronze Medal Winner,
Grades 4th - 6th Category  
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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Sir Princess Petra's Talent, Three-Time Finalist In International Book Awards

Sir Princess Petra's Talent - The Pen Pieyu
Adventures (book two) is a 
three-time finalist in the 2014 Readers'
Favorite International Book Awards 
Contest (winners announced Sept 1st)
We are proud to announce the finalists in our 2014 Readers' Favorite annual International Award Contest! This was no easy task as this year saw a record number of contestants, with categories having from several dozen to several hundred contestants depending on popularity. The order of the finalists displayed in each category is random and does not imply any form of ranking. More: https://readersfavorite.com/2014-finalists.htm


Sir Princess Petra's Talent, finalist in 3 categories.
Children’s Fantasy SciFi
Children’s Grade K – 3rd
Children’s Grade 4th – 6th

In the 2014 Children's Grade K - 3rd categories, Jim Carrey's book, How Roland Rolls, is also a contender.

In the 2013 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards, Sir Princess Petra - The Pen Pieyu Adventures (book one), won an Honorable Mention in the Children's K - 3rd Category.

And was up against Henry Winkler's book, Niagra Falls, Or Does It?



Other awards for book one, Sir Princess Petra - The Pen Pieyu Adventures:
2012 Emerging Artist Award: 
2013 Finalist, 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading contest: http://50greatwritersyoushouldbereading.com/

2013  Honorable Mention, Reader’s Favorite International Book Award: http://readersfavorite.com/2013-award-contest-winners.htm

2013 Agent aquired with Gotham Artists Agency, New York.

Read reviews for my dragons books for children (both books) here:



Friday, 15 August 2014

Book Review: Little Miss HISTORY Travels to The Statue of Liberty

Little Miss HISTORY Travels to The Statue of Liberty

by Barbara Ann Mojica
Illustrations by Victor Ramon Mojica


  • Series: Little Miss HISTORY Travels to
  • Paperback: 38 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (August 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492211842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492211846


Synopsis: Since her last trip to Mount Rushmore, Little Miss HISTORY has journeyed more than 1700 miles over land, sea and air to reach her second destination, The Statue of Liberty. This national treasure stands proudly in New York Harbor welcoming all people to the land of freedom and opportunity. In this second book of the series, Little Miss HISTORY will help you discover who thought of the statue in the first place, the values she symbolizes, the architects and engineers who built Lady Liberty, and the little known individuals who contributed their pennies to make her debut in New York's harbor possible. You will learn about why she remains a promise and symbol of the hopes and aspirations of many people around the world and not just to immigrants coming to America. Come now and follow Little Miss HISTORY as she enlightens you about The Statue of Liberty!

About the Story: Little Miss History is at it again; this time traveling to the Statue of Liberty to explain facts about: who thought of the idea for the Statue of Liberty and when; who designed it; how funding came about; how the statue was shipped to American; when the statue was erected; what the Statue of Liberty symbolizes along with what the different sections of the statue represents.

What I thought: These are absolutely, positively great books! Kids (and adults) will learn history through key facts presented in a fun way by the author. The vivid full-page color illustrations are fantastic, and the black and white photography enhances the reader's experience on the trip to the Statue of Liberty. I still want to know: why didn't we have these kinds of books when I was a kid? History would have been so much fun!

I reviewed Little Miss History goes to Mount Rushmore here: http://www.dianemaerobinson.com/2014/06/book-review-little-miss-history-travels.html        

About the Author
Barbara Ann Mojica is an historian and retired educator living in New York State. She holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in History. Barbara spent more than 40 years teaching in NYC and holds New York State teacher certifications in Elementary, Special Education, and Administration. She also spent several years as a Special Education Administrator and principal of a special education preschool for developmentally delayed children. Barbara, although retired from teaching, is staying busy: along with her forthcoming series of Little Miss History travel books she writes historical pieces for The Columbia Insider, Pat Fisher and Ed Pollack Editors, under the banner “Passages”. Marrying her love of history and teaching, Barbara hopes her Little Miss History character will inspire children to learn about historical people, and visit landmarks such as the one covered in this book.

Visit Barbara's website: WWW.LittleMissHISTORY.com

Friday, 1 August 2014

Win A $50.00 Amazon Card & Signed Copies of The Pen Pieyu Adventures

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About the Books

Book 1:

Sir princess petra pen pieyu adventuresTitle: Sir Princess Petra (The Pen Pieyu Adventures Book #1) | Author: Diane Mae Robinson | Year published: 2012 | Publisher: Tate Publishing |Number of pages: 68 | Recommended age: 5+
Summary: Princess Petra’s unusual birthday request sends the royal court into a frenzy, but when she agrees to undertake a knight’s quest they can’t stop her. Armed with a cake knife and outfitted in the best royal pots and pans, Petra sets off to face a dragon and win her real armor before encountering a bog witch, and an army of the kingdom’s worst enemies. Will Petra’s kindness and acceptance prove to be more valuable than weapons and armor?

Awards for book one, Sir Princess Petra:
2012 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award (Literary Arts).
2012 First Runner Up in the Purple Dragonfly Book Award in the Children’s Chapter Book category
2013 Honorable Mention in the Reader’s Favorite International Book Awards
2013 Finalist in the “50 Great Writers You Should be Reading” Award
Purchase:

Amazon * Barnes & Noble * Tate Publishing *Goodreads


Book 2:
Sir Princess Petra's Talent by Diane Mae RobinsonTitle: Sir Princess Petra’s Talent (The Pen Pieyu Adventures Book 2) | Author: Diane Mae Robinson |Publication Date: September 24, 2013 | Publisher:Tate Publishing | Number of pages: 92 |Recommended age: Read-aloud ~ 5+
Summary: Sir Princess Petra has already proven she is a kind and noble knight. This, however, does not please the king and queen—they want her to behave like a princess and forget this silly knight nonsense of hers! But when the king writes a new rule in the royal rule book that requires her to attend Talent School and acquire a princess talent certificate or suffer the spell of the royal magician, Petra, reluctantly, agrees to go. But who could have guessed what Sir Princess Petra’s Talent would be?


Awards for book two, Sir Princess Petra’s Talent:
2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards, finalist in three categories:
Children’s Fantasy SciFi
Children’s Grade K – 3rd
Children’s Grade 4- 6th
Purchase:

Amazon * Barnes and Noble * Tate PublishingGoodreads





The Buzz About the Books

Book 1: “I really feel that this little book is a gem. It is a relatively short book (70-ish pages) that can easily be read aloud to children in one sitting. My kids and I were completely captivated by this fun, adventure-filled tale about a very charming and unorthodox princess. I highly recommend this book to families with children under the age of 10 and as young as 5 who love a good tale filled with fairy-tale characters such as dragons, witches, princesses, and knights.” Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
Book 1: “I liked this book because it has a great story line and a great message about believing in yourself. Petra proves that she and all girls can be daring, adventurous and brave. I think Petra was a great character and I liked Snarls (the dragon) even better because he had good sense and dragons are just cool. The book is a beginning chapter book so there isn’t a lot of details in it but it tells a complete story. The black and white illustrations in the book are really great too. The book is part of “The Pen Pieyu Adventures.” I hope that means there will be more books about Petra coming out! This book is an awesome beginning chapter book and a great read aloud.” Erik @ This Kid Reviews Books
Book 1: “Sir Princess Petra is one of those stories that will appeal to most everyone. It is charmingly funny. Petra sets out to prove she has what it takes to be a royal knight and proves she can do nearly anything. Snarls, the howling dragon, is endearing and lovable. If stuffed, sitting on a toy store shelf, every kid would want him. The story is short enough to be read in one sitting, say at bedtime. There are many opportunities for humorous, wacky, high-pitched voices, making Sir Princess Petra fun to read aloud. The author’s imagination is appropriately childlike. Petra is a child every parent will love. I know a child would have sweet, funny dreams after hearing mom or dad read this at bedtime.”Sue M. @ Kid Lit Reviews
Book 2: Sir Princess Petra’s Talent is precisely everything an early middle grade book should be with a multi-dimensional main character who is a great role model for young girls; a great supporting cast of unique and quirky characters; a plot largely driven through clever dialogue amongst the characters and involving much adventure and folly; and unexpected turns and twists that willleave parents and their children laughing out loud. ” Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
Book 2: “This is an adventurous story, which gets going from the very first page and doesn’t stop. The characters are all enjoyable, and the situations, although sometimes challenging for Princess Petra, are very appropriate for the age group.” Tonja @ Bookworm for Kids
Book 2: “The[se books] are early chapter books, fun and suitable for children ages six and up. They move very quickly and are quite short, so I think they’d be particularly suitable for reluctant readers. I also think boys would enjoy these books as Sir Princess Petra thinks and behaves in the way I imagine most boys wish girls would think and behave – kind, down-to-earth, adventurous, and never squeamish or manipulative.” Tina @ Mommynificent

About the Author: Diane Mae Robinson

Diane Mae Robinson
Diane lives in a small hilltop castle nestled amongst a very old and magical forest. In this mystical forest, all the fantasy creatures one can imagine live and audition for parts in the author’s next book. Diane has a journalism diploma from the Schools of Montreal and an advanced diploma from the Institute of Children’s Literature. The author also teaches acrylic and watercolor art to children, and is a writing instructor at the Creative Writing Institute.
The author’s first book in this series, Sir Princess Petra, has won three prestigious awards, and was a finalist for another award. The author recently acquired an agent with Gotham Artists Agency in New York.

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Friday, 11 July 2014

Finding Your Child Voice In Writing

Finding Your Child Voice

When writing children literature, finding your own child voice is the only way to create realistic characters, believable dialogue, and succinct narrative that will grab your reader’s attention and keep them involved in your story.

Students often ask me: So how does a writer find their child voice?

My answer to students is this: Before you can find your child voice, you must think like a child. To think like a child you must play like a child, even if it is only in your mind.

Seems like a relatively simple thing to do, right?  But as adults, we often let go of (or lose completely) our childlike attitudes and behaviors; tuck them away, in a memory box.

So, open the box. Remember. Put on a costume and dance around the room, go to a park and cruise down the slide, visit a classroom, read children’s literature, or hang out with some kids and just observe. Soon enough, your own childhood memories will come flooding back about what it was like to be that age: what was important, what wasn’t important, how you acted and how you talked, what the world sounded like, felt like, and tasted like.  

Once your own inner child is awakened, you will be able to immerse yourself into your child character’s head with more freedom; with more pizzazz.

Another exercise I have my students do to get into child-mode thinking is to look at things, people, situations and emotions; write down all the different ways to express it with originality. Then, break the sentences down again and again until the emotions and situations are expressed simply, with the innocence of a child’s heart.

 Here are some examples of my child voice that I’ve used in my own stories:

Excited:  He felt as if a herd of jumping bugs were doing cartwheels in his stomach.

Sad: My heart fell sideways and stayed lying down all day.

Descriptive dialogue: "I know grandma can fly. She has that flabby, flapping skin under her arms that turns into her after-dark wings."

Descriptive narrative: The wind pricked him, jabbed at him, finally becoming so mean with all its yelling and howling that he decided the wind just wasn’t worth playing with any longer.

So if find yourself dancing and twirling around the kitchen, doing cartwheels across the yard, or finger painting like a four-year-old, and somebody comes along to tell you that you are acting immature, take it as a compliment and start writing.




Illustration by Samantha Kickingbir
Copyright Diane Mae Robinson, 2014

For more information about my dragon books for children: http://www.dragonsbook.com

Friday, 27 June 2014

Chocolate = Books=Yummy

My friend, C.L. Murphy, asked me awhile ago to participate in the Chocolate Blog Challenge. C.L. is the author of the wonderful e-book series,The Adventures of Lovable Lobo and blog posts here: http://lovablelobo.wordpress.com/

So, thinking about chocolate, which I am totally addicted to and books, which I am absolutely addicted to, brought me to thinking about some really cool books, as I am eating chocolate in order to think wisely.

My book comparisons are all children book writers who I know and admire.

Sir Nathan and the Troublesome Task by Mark Simon Smith, bk. 2.


Trouble has darkened the colorful land of Mariskatania and it is up to the Hero, Sir Nathan, to save the day. There are stories of a terrible, awful, frightening beast roaming the countryside and Sir Nathan must hunt down this creature and return what has been stolen from Queen Gobbledeegook.
 These books are hilarious and so much fun: the silliness, the smiting, the dastardly situations, the humor, the unique characters, especially Sir Nathan  and when he has 'lengthy screaming fits about the dastardly tricks of evil and how it sneaks about, ruining everything'.


My comparison to chocolate is to the Double Dipped Oreo Cookies Tin (for special occasions): all the fun of twisting off the tops and licking the middle of regular Oreo cookies, but with much more intrigue in the middle, on top, and all around.



The Adventures of Tomato and Pea Book 1: A Bad Idea 
by Erik Weibel

 Super-hero/O.L.E. agent Tomato wins an all-inclusive space cruise for himself and three
companions, and asks his best friends: Pea, his sidekick; Skew, a cook; and Poppy Lobster, a mailman aboard the S.S. Poofy.  Unbeknown to Tomato , his nemesis, Wintergreen,  has set the whole thing up with the intention of sending Tomato and his gang into a black hole from which they can never return.
This is a wonderful adventure written by an eleven-year-old who is also a book reviewer at http://thiskidreviewsbooks.com/  Who better to write a middle grade book than someone who reads a bazillion middle grade books?    





My comparison to Erik's book is to Chocolate Covered Popcorn--when watching or reading something entertaining, popcorn is a must. If it's very entertaining, then chocolate is required to top off that popcorn.







The Faeries of Birchover Wood--The Bad, #1, by Ian S. Rutter




Back in the days when the King of England           

fought along side such great beasts to defeat
the Bad, a magical pact was formed so that
if at any time the Bad was to find a way to
escape from the tree, then the spirits of the
myths, legends and folklore would come back 
and fight side by side to protect the innocent.
It was their duty. Their solemn vow. It was 
now that time to fulfill that promise.




This book reminds me of Chocolate Truffles: ganache centre (chocolate, caramel, nuts, almonds, berries, nougart, fudge, liqueur etc.) coated in chocolate, icing sugar, cocoa powder or chopped hazelnuts, almonds or coconut.  You get the picture, a lot of good stuff in each bite.



              Elven Jewel, # 1, by Kasper Beaumont

The story is a fantasy adventure about good versus evil. Four halflings,  
along with their bond fairies, set out to save their land, Reloria, from the evil Vergais (large, scaly creatures). There are also dwarfs, elves, knights and a dragon that team up with the halflings on their adventures to return the stolen Elven Jewel and, in turn, save their homeland.





 The comparison here is to Milk Chocolate Almonds: there's just no way you're going to have a few--eating the whole bag is a necessity, just like turning every page of this book.
 


The Adventures of Lovable Lobo, #3:  Lobo Finds Bigfoot, by C. L. Murphy


There’s something in the forest that smells very different to Lobo in his third adventure.  What could it be?  He discovers Squatchy, a little Bigfoot!  Squatchy leads Lobo and Roxy, to a clearing in the forest where they witness the Squatchy Stomp.  Stomp along to the beat just like the Bigfoots do!  Find Squatchy when he hides in the trees and learn the secret Bigfoot signal!  BELIEVE!




                   
 
  This book reminds me of Ghiradelli Hot Chocolate with peppermint sticks: warm, smooth chocolate with adventurous peppermint. Totally satisfying.


The last part of the Chocolate Blog Challenge was to find three bloggers to carry on the challenge. Well, that part didn't work out so well as all my blogger friends said "No" in one way or another. Here's what they said:  "I'm busy that week studying flora in Peru."; "That's weird you asked since I'm on a diet."; "I'm scared."; "Ny cat ate the "N" key on ny laptop."; "Oh, what is to become of men and mice?" Huh?

So I've decided to just send you to some of my friends blogs to see what they are up to.




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Saturday, 21 June 2014

Book Review. Little Miss History Travels to Mount Rushmore.

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LITTLE MISS HISTORY Travels to MOUNT RUSHMORE
by Barbara Ann Mojica

Illustrations by Victor Ramon Mojica
Publisher: CreateSpace, 2nd edition, August 26, 2013
34 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1492262985
ISBN-10: 1492262986


From the back cover: "LITTLE MISS HISTORY Travels to MOUNT RUSHMORE" is the first in a series of books using the Little Miss HISTORY character as a guide. She looks like a wannabe park ranger with pig tails and hiking boots three sizes too big. The aim of these books is to whet a child's appetite to learn more about history and encourage them to visit the landmarks featured in the series.  

About the story: History, as her parents call her for short, takes the reader on a trip to Mount Rushmore with very interesting--and probably some little known facts--about how the president's faces were carved, when they were carved, how many workers worked on the carvings, the cost of the project, the official name and Native American name for Mount Rushmore, and the mountain's link to the Native Americans in history.

What I thought: If my history lessons were this interesting when I was a kid, I would have loved learning history. This is an excellent history book with an adventurous main character that talks to kids (and obviously adults--me) in a fun way about history facts. I think this series is an amazing idea, and kids will absolutely love this book and will want to read the other Little Miss History books. Kudos to the author for making history fun. 

The illustrations are bold and colorful, and absolutely delightful.

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About the Author

Barbara Ann Mojica is an historian and retired educator living in New York State. She holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in History. Barbara spent more than 40 years teaching in NYC and holds New York State teacher certifications in Elementary, Special Education, and Administration. She also spent several years as a Special Education Administrator and principal of a special education preschool for developmentally delayed children. Barbara, although retired from teaching, is staying busy: along with her forthcoming series of Little Miss History travel books she writes historical pieces for The Columbia Insider, Pat Fisher and Ed Pollack Editors, under the banner “Passages”. Marrying her love of history and teaching, Barbara hopes her Little Miss History character will inspire children to learn about historical people, and visit landmarks such as the one covered in this book.
Visit Barbara's website: WWW.LittleMissHISTORY.com