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Allow me to share with you this awesome book trailer for Mixter Twizzle's Breakfast. Illustrations by Wei Lu. Trailer created/animated by Gordon Bagshaw (illustrator of my up-coming picture book, Libby the Lobivia Jajoiana). Book published by Mirror World Publishing.
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At Indigo Yonge&Eglinton this Wednesday evening, you will find more signed copies of Merry Myrrh, the Christmas Bat, along with loads of other books for children by CANADIAN authors! 🇨🇦☃️
Some of them, like me, are local Torontonians, too! ☺️
Stop by on Wednesday (and beyond) and pick up signed, Canadian written books for the holiday season! 🍁
You'll find the table for CANSCAIP authored books in the children's book section, on the top floor. 🎄
I heard from the MidWest Book Review over the weekend letting me know of some more glowing reviews of both Merry Myrrh, the Christmas Bat and Mixter Twizzle's Breakfast! I have already posted about Merry Myrrh's review in Story Monsters Ink, but check this out from The Christmas Shelf:
Myrrh is a young and very merry brown bat named after one of the gifts of the Magi. He experiences the wonders of his first Christmas among the decorations of a farmhouse, as well as the kindness of the family that discovers him in their home in "Merry Myrrh, The Christmas Bat"! An original Christmas story by author Regan W. H. Macaulay and charmingly illustrated by Alex Zgud, "Merry Myrrh, The Christmas Bat" is a wonderfully entertaining read that is very highly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for children ages 4 to 7.
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And here's a review of Mixter Twizzle from The Picturebook Shelf:
"Mixter Twizzle's Breakfast" is a curious children's tale told in fun-filled prose and colorful comic panel portraits of a small red demon monster who lives on stolen chicken eggs at Riverdale Farm. Mixter Twizzle seems like a possible Gollum-like character or villain at first, but the story takes readers through a journey of transformation that changes Mixter Twizzle from a self involved gourmet egg thief, to a loving, concerned vegetarian chick parent who helps bring up young chickens for future generations of Riverdale Farm. The closing portrait describes the small red demon imp reformed as follows: "Never again will the beasts of Riverdale Farm fear the impish red devil beneath the barn. To them, he is now Uncle Mixter, valiant, kind and true." The amusing, colorful prose of "Mixter Twizzle's Breakfast" is original and riveting, with expressions like: "The eggsies is coming from under the feathered beasts! My breakfast is ready, by fork and by spork! My breakfast is ready, by fork and by spork! My breakfast arrives, let the minutes come faster! Be hesty! Be hasty!" and "Bleckles!..... Yuckles, I cry, and bletchers, I moan." Taken in total, "Mixter Twizzle's Breakfast" is a metamorphosis account that traces the mystery and fear accompanying a gradual transformation from selfish demon to a loving, caring being.
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A clever and heart-warming yarn!
Young Lucas is grappling with a question many of us have in our youth…is there a Santa? Susan J. Berger’s story explains why this is not an easy “yes” or “no” answer, but I think readers and listeners at the age where they are asking the same question will be pleased with what the tale tells as they learn about one of the most magical aspects of a modern Christmas tradition. There really is something special about the holiday season, and Santa is very much a part of that. KC Snider’s lovely illustrations add to the warmth and depth of the story. Mom is there a Santa Claus is also available in Spanish: https://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/santa-existe.htm
"Christmas joy fills the air with a life all its own. Every year it arrives with promises of wonder, whispers of hope, and a sense of well-being for any who are open to it, whether man, or beast, or even a family of little brown barn bats. Animals develop habits and patterns in their lives much like we do. Well, certainly this sweet little family of bats does! They close every year with the enchantment of Christmas lights, smells, and happy feelings, to keep them warm through their winter hibernation. The author and illustrator bring delightful animation, and a new awareness to these charming barn bats and their plight. More can be learned, and even help offered in preserving these little creatures. (Ages 4-7) –Darleen Wohlfeil, StoryMonsters Ink, December 2018 issue
You can also find the review HERE, along with other stories reviewed in this month's issue of Story Monsters Ink.
And you can buy a copy of Merry Myrrh the Christmas Bat through Guardian Angel Publishing!
Or if you're in Canada, you can also buy through my own online shop.
A very different sort of monster who can’t control his coffee habit conveys the problems that come with addiction (in this case, to caffeine)—for both the monster, and the family he lives with. A normally pleasant critter becomes an absolute beast when he loses control and can’t contain his need for caffeine, much to the chagrin of his family. It’s surprising how an addiction can affect you and your loved ones in so many different ways! A great book for teaching kids about the benefits of moderation (and a good refresher for the rest of us).
Hey, y'all! I'm posting my reviews of three picture books by my good buddy Allison McWood - enjoy and check them out! ;)
Delightful alliteration and tons of Italian food references pepper this Cowpoke picture book! Though the book tackles bullying issues, it does so with excellent humour (and savoury sauces!). This will be a tongue-twister of a read for parents, but it’s well worth it. The many inventive words (some almost made up) will give kids the giggles for sure. The illustrations are bright and bold and remind me a bit of Looney Toons.
Nog is a picture book with rhymes that crackle and delight, and brings awareness to the good works by marine animal rescues and rescuers. Many a manatee can find itself injured in waters frequented by humans (especially humans in boats and big cruise ships), so rescue, rehabilitation and release programs will always be essential. This book conveys it’s poetic message to children with Christmas embellishments. The illustrations are absolutely adorable! You’ll fall in love with Nog and his rescuer this holiday season!
Terrific, rhythmic rhymes tell a tale of a cat unlike any you’ve met before! McWood has a real way with words. This book sets out to assure kids everywhere that being different is NEVER a bad thing. Again, lovely illustrations by McCaughey with an air of manga. In a world full of bullies, this book conveys the important message to kids to be their all out selves.
Here's a Christmassy little something...I got interviewed by MyShelf.com, and Merry Myrrh, the Christmas Bat is featured! Check it out HERE (and Leslie C. Halpern's review below the interview)!
BIG NEWS! My novella, Space Zombies! (adapted from my film Space Zombies: 13 Months of Brain-Spinning Mayhem!) won Second Place in the Humour Category of the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards!!! Check out the list of winners HERE.
Get your copy here, along with the other books from the Trilogy of Horrifically Half-baked Ham: https://squareup.com/store/regan-w-h-macaulay
You can also get the DVD at my Square shop (link above), or a special combo of both the book and the DVD!
Want to rent the movie (or download your own copy)? Get it now on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/movie/space-zombies-13-months-brain/id706635632
Don’t speak Spanish, but want your children to learn? No problem—this book will teach them numbers and colours in no time! This activity book is as entertaining as it is educational. An easy introduction to a second language for your child.
This activity book is a wonderful introduction to Spanish for young children. The alphabet (as well as numbers and colors, which are reviewed in Monroy’s other activity book, “Bilingual in training: Numbers and colors”) is the perfect start and this book makes learning Spanish very easy for children
Regan is an art-fart and an animal-enthusiast who loves New Zealand, Winnie-the-Pooh, horror movies and a few select individuals. Writing is her passion, but she's also into producing and directing theatre, film, and television. When she's not writing or spending time with her husband (writer Kevin Risk), she spends quality time with her pets (a Chihuahua, a Siamese cat and various amphibians). Regan is also a Certified Canine (and feline) Massage Therapist.