Book Title: The Adventures of Mollie & Ollie: Moving Day by Sally Beale
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: March, 2021
Format available for review: print-hardback (USA), pdf
Tour dates: May 10 to May 21, 2021
Content Rating: G for everyone.
Every child experiences change in their life. Moving can be difficult, but in this Mom’s Choice award-winning book, when eight-year-old Molly Day meets a new friend, a magical owl named Oliver Winston Howell III, her move to a new house in a new town becomes easier than she expected. Be on the lookout for Molly and Ollie’s next adventure!
Moving and shifting residences can be really difficult for children. Leaving behind friends and familiar places can take a toll on them. The book ‘The adventures of Mollie and Ollie’ deals with this aspect perfectly in a fun way. The kids are surely going to like the small little wise owl who is the mystical character and the one who gives a magical and playful touch to the story. The story works because it assures the little ones that something never changes despite the moving and shifting and it is the love of their family for them. I liked the ending of the story on this particular note.
The illustrations by Cheryl Crouthamel are appealing to the sight. The owl looks cute and adorable.
If you are moving bases yourself or know somebody with young kids who is in a similar situation, this book can help lots in calming the nerves of the little ones.
Meet the Author:
The Adventures of Molly & Ollie: Moving Day was inspired by Beale’s own experiences as a young child. Her father’s occupation required that her family move across the country every two years. Beale’s childhood was filled with adventures that captured her imagination in each new home. She continued her passion for adventure while raising her two daughters and working as a costume designer for local theaters. Now she is channeling her sense of fun and her youthful spirit into her children’s stories. Beale is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). The Adventures of Molly & Ollie: Moving Day, a Mom’s Choice Award winner, is the first book in the Molly & Ollie series.
Interview with the author:
- What genre do you write and why?
I write children’s books because I loved to read them as a child. They are an important tool for children’s growth as one way to learn about the world and how to deal with it by making it fun and imaginative. And I really love to capture the wonder of a child’s mind in my writing.
- Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?
Sometimes I get writer’s block. I overcome it by taking a quick afternoon nap. I think about a scene that is giving me trouble, lie down, relax, and close my eyes. Usually, an idea will then come to mind…sometimes before I even get a chance to sleep! This nap lets my creative mind think the situation over and come up with possible solutions.
- What is your next project?
Besides working on the second book in the Molly & Ollie series, which is about Ollie helping Molly and her animals find a game they can all play together outside, I am writing mini stories to share on my website so my readers can keep up with all of their adventures, big and small!
- What is the last great book that you have read?
The last great book I read was The Institute by Stephen King. I think he’s a master storyteller with a great imagination.
- Do you have any hobbies?
I love working jigsaw puzzles. I have one out on a card table in my reading room and work on it whenever I have a spare moment. There’s something really inspiring about watching the picture come to life and knowing you helped build it.
I also really enjoy running.I’ve done lots of 5ks and a few 8k and 10k runs. I’m slowly working my way to training for a half marathon. I’m not very fast, but the point is finishing, not the time.
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This book review is a part of the Book Tour organized by iRead Book Tours.
I received a pdf copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.