“…The text is enhanced by colorful illustrations on each page that depict Mixter and the barnyard animals. Mixter’s behavior and appearance are frightening enough to show he’s a monster, but his cute name and quirky stylized speech add a fun element that makes him safe for children. The story teaches a lesson about the loneliness that comes with bullying behavior, and vegans can find another lesson in the book, as well.
Parents and teachers will enjoy the morals in the book, in addition to the clever wordplay. Children will love the artwork and tongue-twisting adventures of this little monster who needs to be taught right from wrong.” – MyShelf.com
“The eye-catching illustrations will capture and hold the audience, while its text tugs the heart and makes one think. A glimpse into careless, selfish behaviors can be clearly seen, while hope for recovery bursts onto the scene. Love may just be the soft little thing that can turn this mischievous imp from being so mean! This is a great story to build powerful foundations of kindness and empathy, while warding off selfish behavior. (Ages 4-7)” – Darleen Wohlfeil, Story Monsters Inc. October 2018 issue
Bubba and Squirt’s Big Dig to China
by Sherry Ellis
“Entertaining and Educational”
With the help of a magical shovel, siblings Bubba and Squirt find themselves in China among the Terracotta Warriors and paranormal activity!
This is an entertaining, fast-paced read that will keep children engaged—it’s the perfect length, and wraps up satisfactorily, leaving room for more down the road. Educational content is well interspersed with action and well voiced characters perfectly rooted in their age. I personally love tales involving magic and the paranormal, and accurate historical content is always a plus.
The addition of a glossary of some Chinese words, numbers and names, as well as a Chinese dumpling recipe is fun and helpful. Kids will have fun practicing some pronunciation and maybe even helping mom and dad whip up some dumplings!
We had a great time reading and selling Sloth the Lazy Dragon at the Medieval Faire this past Saturday! We raise our chalices to the organizers...excellent work!
Join us at the Royal Medieval Faire in Waterloo, Ontario THIS SATURDAY!
The 21st Royal Medieval Faire will be held on September 15, 2018 - 11am-6pm @ Waterloo Park West (bandshell/picnic shelter area, park at Rec Centre).
I will be reading Sloth the Lazy Dragon, and maybe one or two of my other books, at the Story Tent at noon and 3pm.
You can buy softcover copies for only $12 from me directly after readings AND all day at Bricade Jewelry's booth (get yourself some Medieval themed jewelry while you're at it!). A few hardcover copies will also be available for $20.
Come and find me, the Dragon Princess! I'll be wearing this gorgeous dress from Holy Clothing:
We had a terrific launch at the Cabbagetown Festival this past weekend, reading to groups of children as they came out from performances of “Aladdin and his Magical Lamp” (Cabbagetown Theatre Co.) three times on Saturday and four times on Sunday.
Big thank yous to everyone who stopped by, to my mom (as always) for all her help at the table both Saturday and Sunday, to Kev for his help at the table and on video on Saturday, and Lulu for helping at the table AND at the readings on Sunday.
Check out these reviews so far for Mixter Twizzle's Breakfast:
"Regan W.H. Macaulay has a flair for creating memorable characters and her imagination most certainly delivers once again in her children's book, Mixter Twizzle's Breakfast. One of the telling signs of a well-written story for children is when multiple lessons can be discovered within each reading. Such discoveries are like finding gold for the soul. Mixter Twizzle's Breakfast is full of valuable lessons, such as friendship, the cost of bullying and the redemptive power of loving the unlovable.
The colourful illustrations by Wei Lu are filled with delightful humour, expression and have a sense of movement that truly lifts the story off the pages.
**Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review. This review consists only of my truthful opinions, not influenced in any way by the author or publisher." -- Gordon Bagshaw, Author of the Frodo the Sheltie series and Illustrator
"Mixter Twizzle's Breakfast" is an extra special story for me. It is set at Riverdale Farm (located in Cabbagetown, Toronto), a place I visit often and find inspiring! The whole Cabbagetown neighbourhood holds a special place in my heart - I've been visiting, often weekly, ever since I first moved to Toronto (way back when I started university at Ryerson), sometimes with my mom. We visit Riverdale Farm, lunch at Peartree restaurant or Park Snacks, weave our way around the Necropolis grounds (where my step-dad is buried and Kev and I have a plot there as well...we also have plaques there commemorating my grandparents (Mom's side) and my father, who passed away almost one year ago) and the grounds of the Farm, too. I'm always going to Menagerie Pet Shop, too, so I can get food for my amphibian babies. I've attended many Cabbagetown Festivals, and they're truly a blast! I always make sure to set aside some time to tour the arts and crafts show in Riverdale Park West. I've also worked with a couple of the fine folks that run the Cabbagetown Theatre Company during the Slaw Festival an embarrassing number of years ago. They present a children's panto play every year at the Cabbagetown Festival, and this year, I'm proud have my launch linked up with their show, "Aladdin and his Magical Lamp"! I will be on the Necropolis Chapel lawn (where you can also buy tickets for their show), while the show is performed inside the Chapel. For all these reasons, and because "Mixter Twizzle's Breakfast" is one of the stories I wrote as an assignment for my Writing for Children and Teenagers course a good thirteen years ago, this book launch is extra super special to me. Not to mention that Kevin came up with Mixter's original design!
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Mixter Twizzle's Breakfast is now available for sale!
Mixter will be launched locally September 8th and 9th,
during the Cabbagetown Festival!
Outside the Necropolis Chapel: 200 Winchester Street, Toronto
Regan W. H. Macaulay is holding a book launch for her latest picture storybook, Mixter Twizzle’s Breakfast, out on the front lawn of the Necropolis Chapel at 200 Winchester Street, Toronto, where the Cabbagetown Theatre Co. will be presenting children’s play Aladdin and his Magic Lamp within the Chapel - all taking place during the Cabbagetown Festival Saturday September 8th (Noon - 5pm) and Sunday September 9th, 2018 (Noon - 5pm).