Friday, 22 May 2015

Great Review From Award-Winning Author

Sir Princess Petra's Talent
The Pen Pieyu Adventures
Book 2                                                                       
5 stars
Story Within a Story
Review by award-winning author, Wayne Clarke

I have given a well-deserved five stars to Diane Mae Robinson’s delightful tale Sir Princess Petra’s Talent. But if I had the good fortune to live in her uniquely nutty fantasy world I would be allowed to give it the praise it truly deserves: five onions, fresh from the Royal Onion Room.

I’ve read all the wonderful reviews previously written for this series, The Pen Pieyu Adventures. Clearly, the author has a deft hand when it comes to exploiting the imagination. Within only a couple of pages I became a citizen of her world. 

As other reviews have pointed out, the plot twists are relentless, each one producing a sweetly bizarre new character, and they are characters who subtly demonstrate that gender is of no matter when it comes to bravery and talent. After all, knights wear pink, don’t they?

A poem about jam made me chuckle, but what almost took my breath away was the story within the story read to the court by Sir Princess Petra, a story created with the Talent of the book’s title: writer. I leave you to read it for yourselves.

I want to mention that I chose to read this tale out of nostalgia for the days when my daughters were young and I read to them nightly. Shortly after I began reading Robinson’s book on a quiet Saturday morning, I began reading aloud, to me and myself. I wish I could have shared this book with my children. 
Illustrations by Samantha Kickingbird

Illustrations by Samantha Kickingbird

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Book three, Sir Princess Petra's Mission, forthcoming, Fall of 2015

Book three Synopsis:
   Sir Princess Petra has already attained her Knighthood in the Kingdom of Pen Pieyu and her non-princess-like Talent Certificate from Talent School, neither of which pleases her father, the king.
   The king writes up more silly rules in the royal rule book to deter Sir Princess Petra from her knightly ways and useless talent, and turn her into a real princess once and for all.
   Will the king finally succeed with this newly written, ridiculous mission for Petra?
Book 3 Endorsement:
Diane M. Robinson has created a heroine unlike any other in children’s literature. Sir Princess Petra sets a fine example for young readers, and for young girls, as the Princess teaches them what’s really important, like friends, being true, brave, honest, and always having faith in your Dragon! Ms. Robinson sets the bar by writing a truly charming and imaginative adventure series and I heartily recommend it.
Jeanne E. Rogers, Author of the award winning middle grade fantasy, The Sword of Demelza.

To read more review about the multi-award winning series, The Pen Pieyu Adventures, dragon books for children:

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Sixth Award for Children's Book Author

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Award winning author Diane Mae Robinson has announced that 'Sir Princess Petra's Talent' has 

received the Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval

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Award-Winning Children's Book Author Diane Mae Robinson's 

'Sir Princess Petra's Talent' Receives Children's Literary 

Classics Seal Of Approval

Robinson’s multi-award winning books, ‘Sir Princess Petra', and the second book in the series, 
'Sir Princess Petra's Talent', teach children valuable life lessons through engaging fiction
[ April 23, 2015, St. Paul, Alberta, Canada ] Award winning children's book author Diane Mae Robinson
has announced that 'Sir Princess Petra's Talent' has been selected to receive the Children's Literary Classics
 Seal of Approval.  The CLC Seal of Approval is a designation reserved for those books which uphold the 
rigorous criteria set forth by the Children's Literary Classics review committee, a team comprised of individuals 
with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design. CLC is an organization 
dedicated to promoting excellence in literature with the goal to help readers select the finest books available.

"Receiving a Seal of Approval from Children’s Literary Classics is an incredible honor," Robinson stated.

This is the 6th award for the multi-award winning children’s chapter book series, 'The Pen Pieyu Adventures'.
 'Sir Princess Petra', the first book in the series, took the First Place Award for children's books in the
 2013 Sharp Writ Book Awards. 'Sir Princess Petra's Talent', the second book in the series, took the
 Bronze Medal in the 2014 Reader's Favorite International Book Awards in the grades 4 to 6 category.

Robinson 's highly praised, multi-award winning children’s book, ‘Sir Princess Petra’, the first in 
The Pen Pieyu Adventures series, has been labeled by reviewers as ‘a fantasy adventure that 
is sure to become a timeless classic.’ The Pen Pieyu Adventure series is written in the tradition 
of C. S. Lewis and is reminiscent of ‘Shrek’.

'Sir Princess Petra' took an Honorable Mention award in the 2013 Readers' Favorite International 
Awards for Children Grade K - 3rd. Robinson was also honored with two major awards for the book. 
She was awarded the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artists Award for Children’s Book
 Author and took 2nd place in the Purple Dragonfly Book awards for Children’s Chapter Book.

'Sir Princess Petra' has garnered multiple 5 star reviews and high praise from reviewers:

“A maverick fantasy, packed with plot twists and turns, brilliant flashes of humor, and originality.” 
James A. Cox, Editor-in-chief, Midwest Book Review

“Sometimes a kids book comes along that turns convention on its ear. This is one such book.”
 John L. Hoh Jr., Book Ideas. com

“Distinctly quirky and uniquely interesting--I really feel this book is a gem.” 
Renee Cormier, Mother Daughter Book Reviews

“A delightfully imaginative read, a tale that invites readers on a fearless journey towards friendship 
and self-discovery.” The University of Manitoba Book Review

“A fantasy tale with substance--this is a bright and breezy book, buoyed up by its humor.” 
Stephanie Dagg, Readers’ Favorite

“Imaginative, creative, every child deserves to read this book.”  Olivia Dsouza, Readers’ Favorite

‘Sir Princess Petra’s Talent’ has also received multiple 5 stars and high praise from reviewers:

“A book we want to define as a graceful masterpiece in children’s literature.”
 Advices Books

“Sir Princess Petra’s Talent is written with brilliant imagination intertwined with wonderful humor!”  
Sharee, Sharee’s Sentiments

“Sir Princess Petra’s Talent is quite simply, wonderful.” Jack Magnus, Readers’ Favorite

“This is a wonderful, fast-paced story full of humor and profound messages.” 
Alinka Rutkowska, Award Winning Children’s Author

“Diane Mae Robinson has done it again—captivating, light-hearted, a whimsical fantasy.” 
Mark Simon Smith, Children’s Book Author

Robinson uses the dragon books concept as the background to teaching young people traditional values.
 Ms. Robinson's highly praised work demonstrates that dragon books can be something much more than 
fantasy tales.

The third book in the series, 'Sir Princess Petra’s Mission – The Pen Pieyu Adventures', is scheduled for
 release in the fall of 2015.

The announcement from Children's Literary Classics can be viewed at

Diane Mae Robinson is available for media interviews and can be reached using
 the information below or by email More information,
 including reviews, information for teachers and librarians, a downloadable lesson plan and 
a special children’s section is available at her website at
Both books are currently available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

About Diane Mae Robinson:

Diane Mae Robinson has a journalism diploma from the Schools of Montreal, and an advanced diploma from 
the Institute of Children's Literature in Connecticut. She is a writing instructor/tutor for the Children’s 
Writing Course at the Creative Writing Institute. She is also an artist and teaches acrylic and watercolor
 art to children. Diane lives in a small hilltop castle in central Alberta and has four dogs and five horses, 
along with a forest inhabited by gnomes, fairies, a princess, and a dragon. This magical forest is where 
Diane creates her characters and gets the inspiration for her stories.

Diane Mae Robinson

Teachers/Librarians page link:
Lesson plan link:'s_Lesson_Plan.pdf
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Saturday, 18 April 2015

My Process of Writing A Children's Book

My process of writing a children's book.

DMR Pic 2 By Diane Mae Robinson

As a children’s chapter book author, the first and most important aspect of my writing process involves finding my “child voice”. “Child Voice” is a term in children’s literature that interprets into the author being able to get inside the heads of their children characters; think and act as those children characters would think and act and, thus, be able to write about them with ease.
Through all my years of studying children’s literature and children’s behavior, a major lesson I have learned is that to write for children the writer must have a certain level of immaturity along with the ability to remember the art of play. In my case, this is very doable, and when my friends call me immature, I take that as a compliment that I am on the right creative track.
Sketch King and Queen
King and Queen
When I am in the first stages of planning a new children’s book, I do a lot of note keeping, character building, and mapping out the fantasy world that the characters will be having their adventures in. Once I know my character’s world and know each character as much as I would know a good friend, then the plot creating process begins.
The creating of their story starts out as a movie playing in my head. This movie plays a scene, re-winds, re-plays the scene somewhat differently, builds the next scene only to re-wind, re-build, and re-plays that scene. As day and months go by, the movie keeps building, re-playing, strengthening the plot; it’s just about like the characters take over the making of the movie to get their story told.
Sketch King and Petra
King and Petra
Then one day, the movie in my head is complete and that’s when I get down to the business of writing. When I’m in the writing phase, I write with a frenzied passion for days, weeks on end, often writing non-stop for 12 hours at a time until the book is written.
Once the story is written in the first draft, I leave it alone for a few weeks to give the characters some time to settle into the story.
Then it’s on to editing. Editing phase will last another several weeks where I edit in two or three hour intervals every few days.
When I feel the book is at least 90% well written and well edited, the manuscript is submitted to my publisher. I am published with a traditional publisher, so the book will be scrutinized by their editor and the editor and I will work through several more stages of editing before the book goes on to production.

Friday, 27 March 2015

3rd Book In Award-Winning Adventure Series On The Way

Sir Princess Petra's Mission - The Pen Pieyu Adventures, book 3, forthcoming in the fall of 2015

Synopsis: Sir Princess Petra has already attained her Knighthood  in the Kingdom of Pen Pieyu and her non-princess-like Talent Certificate from Talent School, neither of which pleases her father, the king.
The king writes up more silly rules in the royal rule book to deter Sir Princess Petra from her knightly ways and useless talent , and turn her into a real princess once and for all.

Will the king finally succeed with this newly written, ridiculous  mission for Petra?

Diane M. Robinson has created a heroine unlike any other in children’s literature. Sir Princess Petra sets a fine example for young readers, and for young girls, as the Princess teaches them what’s really important, like friends, being true, brave, honest, and always having faith in your Dragon! Ms. Robinson sets the bar by writing a truly charming and imaginative adventure series and I heartily recommend it.
Jeanne E. Rogers, Author of the award winning middle grade fantasy, The Sword of Demelza.

Book Awards for Sir Princess Petra and Sir Princess Petra's Talent:

2013 Finalist, 50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading contest:
2013  Honorable Mention, Readers’ Favorite International Book Award:
2014 Bronze Medal, Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards:

For reviews of books one and two, in the award-winning children's book series, dragon books for children:

Sunday, 15 March 2015

"Seal of Approval" From Children's Literary Classics

Sir Princess Petra's Talent Honored With "Seal of Approval" from Children's Literary Classics, and has qualified for the 2015 Children's Literary Classics Book Awards.


Literary Classics is an organization dedicated to promoting excellence in literature. Through our AWARDS, BOOK REVIEWS, and SEAL OF APPROVAL PROGRAM, we help you sort through the many books in circulation today. It is our goal to help you select the finest books available. Additionally, our programs offer opportunities for publishers, authors and illustrators to receive recognition for providing excellence in literature.

Children’s Literary Classics, 5 stars

When Petra, a precocious young princess, earns her knighthood, her father the king is not at all pleased.  In order to prepare his daughter to one day become a suitable queen, he insists she attend talent school where she will learn to behave like a proper princess.
Armed with her quick wit, and a fierce determination, Princess Petra sets off to earn a talent.  As she journeys to talent school, traveling with her trusty dragon, Snarls, she acquires new friends along the way.  Together, Princess Petra's motley entourage makes enlightening discoveries and encounters merry adventures throughout their expedition.
Princess stereotypes are gloriously debunked in this book about a royal who dares to be herself. Princess Petra will charm and inspire youngsters as she fearlessly outwits those who would thwart her progress in achieving her own goals, all the while helping others realize their own dreams.  Author Diane Mae Robinson's second book in the Pen Pieyu Adventures is a delightful read and one that is sure to engage and enthrall young readers.  Sir Princess Petra's Talent is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Illustration by Samantha Kickingbird

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Book Review: The Legend of Wally Gonkers

Author: R. R. Howroar
Illustrator: Tiffany England
Kindle edition
File Size: 14991 KB
  • Print Length: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Zanzabar Valley Publishing (February 11, 2015)
  • ASIN: B00TJ64S0Y

Book Synopsis: One of the hardest things about life is the discouragement we feel when we fail. This can be especially true when we fail to reach our goals or dreams. This fantastical account follows one fellow's life-long journey of achieving his dream of winning a sport that he invented. It shows that we should never give up, even when we face the challenges of advancing years. Above all else, we must never lose sight of the importance of pursuits that others or we ourselves might consider silly. A zany lesson for children and adults alike.

About the story: Wally the Gonk invents a sport using gold plated helmets to bounce golden goo balls into hoops on top of lemon meringue mountains in the Valley of Konk. If a Gonk can bonk off 300 goo piles in a row, he will win the prize to sit next to the king and drink the ruby tears of a dragon that will ensure living a long, healthy life. Each year Wally was the star Gonker and got the farthest of all the players, but he never made it to goo pile 300. When Wally gets older, he gives up the sport until the king persuade him to try one more time.

What I thought: This is a wonderful zany and absolutely fun story written in witty rhyme. The Legend of Wally Gonkers is an original and very creative story. Wally shows the reader how to never give up on achieving your dream no matter what your age is, how you need to use your head as well as your body to achieve excellence in a sport, and how, sometimes, you may need a little bit of help from your friends. This is a great first book for author, R. R. Howroar.

   The illustrations are superb and capture the story's essence to a tee.

   The only criticism I had with the book was that I thought the type setting of the text was rather small and hard to read for a children's book, but that may only be in the kindle edition.


About the author: R.R. Howroar was born and still resides in the Midwest. He has been writing all of his life and finally decided to pursue it as a career of writing Children's stories. What prompted him to make this bold move? R.R. says "After many years of putting it off, last year I finally sat down and put my thoughts onto paper, or pad in this case, the result was quite satisfying. As Wayne Gretsky once said, " you miss 100% of the shots you don't take." "So just writing the book and taking the shot has proven to be a great victory for me. Achieving this has given me all of the confidence in the world to reach out for something I feel I've been destined to do all along." Feel free to contact R.R. and view more of his work at:

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Petra Wins The Day!

Review of Sir Princess Petra Talent’s by Diane Mae Robinson

This time we are very glad to speak about a children’s book. This work is suitable for children aged 7-12 years. That is a fairy tale enriched with magical words. Its title is Sir Princess Petra’s Talent’s and its author is Diane Mae Robinson, an established and rewarded writer of Children’s books and a writing instructor at the Creative Writing Institute.
The book we are reviewing is the second episode of The Pen Pieyu Adventures, a series set in the reign inhabited by the little, brave Princess Petra, her parents, namely the king and his queen and a royal council that supervises Petra’s friends while they try to follow the rules established by the royal book to became royal knights.
The book opens with the synopsis of the first episode, where the little, nine years Petra gets the title of royal knight to have hushed the howling dragon Snarls. The latter becomes a friend of Petra, but in the book two, the parents of Petra expect their beloved princess to behave as a true Princess and not only as a royal knight. The king, hence, orders Petra to attend the Talent School to gain a talent certificate. If she refuses this proposal, she will be turned into a frog!
Naturally, Petra accepts to attend the School. In this new experience, the Princess is accompanied by her friends Snarls and Prince Duce Crablips of the Kingdom of Crablips. But which will be the talent that Petra will choose at the Talent School? The answer is in the book that we want to define a graceful masterpiece of the children’s literature.
Many readers or aspiring authors believe that writing a children’s book is easier that writing a fiction for young adults. Indeed, in order to fit style of writing for little readers, a writer must have high skills in creative writing. Thanks to her excellent writing skills, Diane Mae Robinson has been capable to create a perfect story for children.
Sir Princess Petra Talent’s is well written and created by using the proper words, sentences and adjectives, the sequences of words build a sort of poetry and this style makes the story more and more poetic and enchanting. This style emerges during each chapter of the book. Moreover, this work contains a high educational purpose because it  teaches children to develop their talent and abilities and overcome the several obstacles imposed by life.
This tale teaches, above all,  to face problems in a fun way. The adventures of Petra and her friends are, indeed, recounted with a humoristic tone and with words capable to lighten every difficult.
But not only, Sir Princess Petra’s Talent is also a book about the most important ethical values in life, namely sense of friendship, respect for other people and for nature, for the sky and the going of the seasons. This book is also enriched with drawings describing the story written by Diane Mae Robinson.
The writing of the author seems to paint and shape the same pictures of this fairy tale. To tell the truth, we have read this book with the mood of a child and we have remained happily charmed. We are sure readers will have the same opinion and much more!
One more thing: Sir Princess Petra Talent’s by Diane Mae Robinson is available onAmazon.
For more information of my dragon books for children, visit: There's a Kid's Page and a free pdf coloring book download.
Book three, Sir Princess Petra's Mission, forethcoming 2015.