Rosie Amazing Finds Her Christmas Inspiration
by Allison McWood
Well then. 2020 was a jerk.
You might be worried that Christmas will match the rest of this year’s disappointments like the world’s most sadistic pair of socks.
Christmas joy can be found in the little things. And speaking of little things, my little girl Rosie (one of the sweetest little things of all) has a special surprise that is sure to brighten the gloomiest of winter solstices. Rosie, who writes under the nom de plume Rosie Amazing has composed an adorable Christmas book for children. And she wrote it at the tender age of 5!
When Rosie was only 4, I noticed how much she loved to tell stories – and how entertaining her stories were. So I had this crazy idea. I decided to publish Rosie’s stories through my micro-publishing company, Annelid Press. I would make videos of Rosie telling her stories, transcribe them and hire illustrators to bring her words to life. So the stories are entirely Rosie’s words. Seeing the response and support from our community to Rosie’s stories has been absolutely amazing. I am so proud of her!
“Joyeux Noel Pierre” is the most imaginative book you could ever read, filled with vivid characters, Rosie’s signature plot twists and millions upon millions of yummy macarons! It is the latest installment of the endearing Rosie & Pierre series, inspired by one of her favourite people (Pierre) and his magical, French shop. (La Brehandaise Market) The series has not only been picked up by Barnes & Noble, but it has also won the hearts of the local community and garnered an enthusiastic fan base. Rosie’s imagination and huge heart really shine in this series and she is inspiring her peers to make magic with their imaginations too.
So if you are concerned about Christmas being a little less magical this year, don’t worry. Rosie will fix it. If you want to conjure Christmas magic, leave it to the vivid imagination of a 5-year-old. If you love Christmas, huge surprises, the gift of friendship, macarons, guys named Pierre and crocodiles that wear hats, Rosie’s book will reignite the Christmas spirit in your home.
Rosie is passionate about all things French and she dreams of travelling to France someday. She also has a taste for French cuisine, often begging Mommy for crepes, croissants, baguettes and coq au vin. So when I first asked Rosie what she wanted to write a book about, without hesitation she said, ‘Pierre’s Shop.’ I blinked. And the first book she ever wrote was indeed called, ‘Pierre’s Shop.’ And it was the most heart-meltingly beautiful story of how much she looks up to her buddy Pierre and how much his European food shop means to her.
And “Joyeux Noel Pierre” is all that with some extra festive sparkle thrown in. Because Christmas.
So while you’re all out there doing the right thing and supporting small businesses this year, please keep Annelid Press in mind. Rosie’s books are available on Amazon worldwide. (Remember, lots of small businesses depend on Amazon to sell and distribute our products, so please don’t forget about us while shopping online!)
I would also like to encourage you all to support the very special small business that inspired Rosie’s stories. La Brehandaise Market serves exquisite, authentic French food, made with fresh, local ingredients and no preservatives. Every meal is a work of art, house-made with love and soul. From the moment you walk into the shop, you will be instantly treated like a dear friend. (And if you walk in on French onion soup day, the shop will literally smell like the breath of Jesus Christ)
The amazing Poilbout family at La Brehandaise Market have a very unique gift of making any and every event extremely special. I know a lot of you are feeling dismal at the thought of being separated from your families this holiday season. I promise that if you order one of their tantalizing Christmas meals or treats, not only will your holiday be special, it will be the start of a brand new Christmas tradition. Trust me, you will thank me later. And you won’t just be supporting literally the best food shop in town. You’ll also be supporting a genuinely kind, hard-working family. Come and meet the inspirational people whose small business inspired Rosie to write an entire series of books!
(Please peruse their attached menu and services – you’re welcome 😊)
AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, TRY THE CREPES!
To repeat my earlier sentiment, (because frankly, I agree with myself) it’s the little things that bring Christmas joy; little dreamers like Rosie and little businesses that help our society thrive. Remember, small businesses are what bring communities together, even in times of mandatory isolation. They are the heartbeat, soul, passion, inspiration and personality of the community. – Kinda’ like how little Rosie makes my life more magical. And I hope that Rosie’s new book makes your holiday magical too.
Read on to find out more about Allison and Rosie...and the menus for La Brehandaise Market!
Joyeux Noel Pierre
by Rosie Amazing (Allison McWood's daughter)
A wonderful Christmas story, written by a clever five year old girl. Join Rosie and Pierre on a ridiculously cute Christmas adventure! When Pierre is frazzled by a crazy Christmas rush at his French shop, Rosie shows up determined to make the holidays extra special for Pierre.
Now, it's time to drool over the La Brahandaise Market menu!