Sunday 30 August 2015

Multi-Award Winning Children's Book Author Receives Children's Literary Classics Seal Of Approval

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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 18, 2015.
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 b
y 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

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 surrounded by a magical
 forest near St. Paul, Alberta. This magical forest is inhabited by gnomes, fairies, 
a princess, and a dragon and is where Diane creates her characters and gets the
inspiration for her stories. 
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Saturday 1 August 2015

Sir Princess Petra's Talent Receives 5 Stars From Amazon Top 100 Reviewer

Review by Grady Harp, Amazon Top 100 Reviewer, 5 Stars

Canadian author Diane Mae Robinson freely states `My mission in life is to inspire children to believe in the magic within themselves, to become heroes, and to accomplish great things' and to that end she is proceeding with her series of richly detailed imaginative fantasies focusing on a young princess who feels the need to be a knight - thus the perhaps confusing title of Sir Princess Petra. Diane earned her journalism diploma from the Schools of Montreal and an advanced diploma from the Institute of Children's Literature in Connecticut. She also teaches art and writing in addition to her own primary interest of writing her own novels. Though young and new to the field of publishing she has already been awarded honors and medals. SIR PRINCESS PETRA'S TALENT is the second installment in this series of young adult fantasies.

For those of us who have yet to read the first book, Diane generously opens this second book with a very fine synopsis of Book 1 - always a sign that an author cares about her readers. Briefly, `At Longstride Castle, in the Kingdom of Pen Pieyu, it is Princess Petra's ninth and royal birthday. Her father, King Longstride, has promised her anything her heart desires. Petra chooses to become a royal knight and protect her kingdom. (Thus far, Longstride castle has no knights as all of the silly soldiers are still trying to become knights.) After much commotion in the royal throne room, King Longstride has no choice but to grant her request. The royal rulebook says nothing about a girl becoming a knight but only that the proposed knight must perform a deed from a list of three. The choices are: to capture a crocodile and make his skin into a royal leather chair; to hush the howling, nasty dragon, Snarls, in the Forest of Doom; or to eat a roomful of raw onions.'
Petra takes option two and faces Snarls the dragon, but as in all fine fairy tales, the two become friends.Equally fine is the introduction to Book 2, so well written it bears quoting:' Over the last several months, Longstride Castle had become quite accustomed to having the only Princess Knight, well, the only knight actually, in the lands of Pen Pieyu. The king and queen held many parties in Petra's honor, and royals and peasants alike acknowledged the Princess Knight's kindness and bravery and brought what gifts they could to the castle, although the gift bearing seemed to have slowed of late. Petra was not concerned with the parties or gifts as much as she was eager to practice all her knight skills : jousting, fencing, javelin throwing, steed grooming and maintenance, running, armour polishing, and, of course, onion-throwing to hit the mark. She also kept up with her Highland dance lessons, just because she liked it. Longstride Castle had also become quite accustomed to having a dragon in the kitchen since Snarls had become master barbecue connoisseur. The royal rule book said nothing about a dragon in the kitchen, only that the master barbecue connoisseur must provide a very hot fire available for barbecues at a moment's notice. The castle parties flourished as Snarls roasted to perfection his specialties: skewed onion-turnip pom-poms, onion-broccoli no-where-to-be-seen, and, of course, onion omelette ta-da.'

However, the king and queen tire of Petra's obsession with knighthood and the king creates a new rule book that requires Petra to achieve another status level - she must attend a Talent School to reorient her thinking to that of a Princess rather than a knight Or (of course in good fantasy) endure the spell of the royal magician. And Petra's new talent must read to discover. (Just remember the author's gift and you'll guess it).

Diane peppers her book with fanciful drawings by Samantha Kickingbird (and a terrific cover by Errol Villamante) of maps, scrolls, figures of the cast as well as the story at the end. She keeps the book short (a true plus for young readers) and makes her dialogue full of contemporary humor with just the right touch of lightness. In other words, Diane has mastered this genre. Or as other have said, her books are `amazingly fresh, charmingly funny, and embrace timeless values kindness, understanding, and respect'. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, May 15

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