Matthew has a big secret. He can fix things magically. Matthew secretly uses his magic to fix things for his family and friends. Later, he expands his magical good deeds by fixing things in his neighborhood. Matthew’s friend, Lily, suspects something is special about him. Matthew must decide whether to tell her the truth or not.

Announcing: Magical Matthew

My first book, Magical Matthew, illustrated by Kevin Scott Collier, is published by Guardian Angel Publishing as an October 2012 release! This book was inspired by my friend's son, Matthew, when he attained "double digits." That milestone marks the transition that all children make going from being an elementary "kid," to becoming a middle school "tween." There's the loss of innocence that we mourn, but also a growing maturity that we applaud. My book celebrates the "magic" of that transition.

I am pleased and delighted to have Kevin Scott Collier illustrate Magical Matthew. Kevin is a delight to work with and does amazing illustrations making the story come alive in a "magical" way.

Magical Matthew can help teachers and parents show the importance of using your strengths and talents for good. It shows how good it feels to help your friends and take care of your neighborhood. This book is suitable for children ages 4 through 9.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

My Virtual Book Blog Tour this week, Feb. 3-5 with the National Writing for Children Center

My virtual blog book tour for Magical Matthew starts today.  

Here's the first stop, if you can stop by and comment:

There are interviews and background about my book and the next books in my Magical series: 

Magical Mea
Magical Mea Goes to School, and
Magical M and M

Plus my Halloween book, Ten Little Tricksters, coming later this year.

Friday, January 24, 2014

New Amazon Review of Magical Matthew

5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ FOR KIDS, January 9, 2014
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This review is from: Magical Matthew (Hardcover)
Penelope Cole’s Magical Matthew is about a boy with magical powers.
There are many lessons young children can learn from reading Magical Matthew, but two stand out.

First, you can use your talents to make a difference. The author has Matthew cleaning up litter left by others. What a great lesson for young children to learn.

The second is the value of true friendship. Matthew’s best friend is Lily. Lily is handicapped, but her disability does not stop Matthew from playing and being friends with her. In fact, they do just about everything together.

In a world where bullying has become the norm, it was very refreshing to see how Matthew interacts with Lily.

My favorite part of the book is when Lily finds out that Matthew has magical powers. Lily talks Matthew into using his powers to do many good deeds.

Lily nodded. “But you can do a lot. Remember how the beach was all trashy last year, and how long it took for the city to clean it? You could clean it instantly.”

The two friends talked a long time about the things he could fix, and things they could do together. They would be on the look out for things that needed to be painted, cleaned up, or repaired. Then Matthew would do something each day. It would be like a good deed of the day.

Kevin Collier’s artwork enhances the story. The detailed images are outstanding and help the reader connect with what is going on in the story.

Magical Matthew is a great book that teachers and parents can use to teach children about friendship, trust, and the joy of doing good deeds. Children from all cultures will enjoy this delightful book.

Monday, January 6, 2014

A Wonderful Review on Amazon

New Review on Amazon:
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved everything about Penelope Cole’s Magical Matthew, January 6, 2014
This review is from: Magical Matthew (Hardcover)
“I loved everything about Penelope Cole’s Magical Matthew. The characters were beautifully drawn. The artwork was perfect for this story. The story started with surprises that continued to evolve. Though I wouldn’t necessarily say the “moral” of this story was that magic can’t solve all problems, there was definitely a loose message that parents and caregivers will appreciate: Even without magic to solve problems, we have it within our powers as ordinary human beings to fix things around us by caring, by being kind and thoughtful. The thing I loved most was that it had all the elements of a full-sized novel (frequently children’s books don’t have many of these expected turning points). In particular, there came a crisis point where I was so worried the hero would be defeated and there would be no chance for happiness for him. But the author found the perfect way to resolve the story…and set the stage for a second, magical volume.” ~reviewed by Karen Wiesner, author of Keri is Cute Cute Cute and Cohesive Story Building

Friday, January 3, 2014

January 2014 Issue of Guardian Angel Kids eZine

Weather Wonders
January 2014 Guardian Angel Kids eZine
Tsunami Fog on the Beach as reported by Gak
A Sudden Storm by Robert Niven 
The Day It Rained Cats and Dogs by Arthur Carey 
Finding Your Place in a Storm by Carol Thompson 
Earth—A Stormy Planet by Irene S. Roth 
Everyone Knows it’s Windy by Mary Sue Roberts 
Down on the Windmill Farm by Mary Sue Roberts

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Two New Reviews up on Amazon!

5.0 out of 5 stars A cute and imaginative book for children, December 10, 2013
This review is from: Magical Matthew (Paperback)
Magical Matthew is a really cute and imaginative children’s book that teaches children the value of helping, sharing and friendship in a fun way. It shows that being disabled doesn’t matter when it comes to true friendship and it’s important to do the best you can to help people out. Children will wish they had magical abilities like Matthew and will learn to tap into some magic of their own.

5.0 out of 5 stars Children will love it!, November 26, 2013
This review is from: Magical Matthew (Hardcover)
This is the kind of book that kids are drawn to. Matthew has magical powers which help him fix things. However, his magic does have limits, and Matthew has to learn how to use his secret power responsibly. But Matthew has his good friend Lily, who helps him learn about caring and the importance of doing good deeds. The story is short and simple, with great characters and an important message to kids. The ending has that sweet sadness that we all experience while watching our little ones transition from one stage of childhood to another. Both my 5-year-old and my 8-year-old loved it. Overall, a wonderful book.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

My Wonderful Weeks of Magical Awards, Book Sales, and Signings

I've had a wonderful couple of weeks!  November 20-22nd, I went to Miami to receive my Bronze Medal for Magical Mathew!  I met some lovely authors and went to the huge Miami International Book Fair.  There were some lovely speakers (see 11/26/13 post).  Here are the official photos:

When I returned from Miami, it was a rush to get ready for Thanksgiving (overcooked the pie and stopped up the drain with potato peelings!)  Still, we had a wonderful family gathering at my brother's.
 Then it was the Black Friday weekend Book Sales and Signing with the Fremont Area Writers Club.  I sold MagMatt and MagMea books every day!

Today was the icing on the cake:
I received my Creative Child Magazine Kids' Holiday Gift edition and found that Magical Mea won a Preferred Choice Award from Moms and Educators!

Then I received an email that Magical Mea won a Fall 2013 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award from NABE!  Woo hoo! 
 What a great couple of weeks!