Monday, April 22, 2013

Celebrate Earth Day

Today is Earth Day.  This is a special day to celebrate the wonders of our natural world.  It’s a day to remember that we are stewards of this amazing planet, not simply residents.  Matthew and Lily, from my book Magical Matthew, understand the importance of this stewardship.  They take good care of their things, help clean up their neighborhood park, and support Earth Day activities such as Beach Clean Up days.  I hope everyone will follow their example.  Together we can make our world a little cleaner and a little healthier for all the plants and animals that breathe the same air we breathe and drink the same water.  Happy Earth Day!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Sharing a review by Tracey Cox of Magical Matthew

Thank you Tracey for this lovely review:

 Picture Book Review: Magical Matthew

What if you had a gift, but were afraid to let anyone know? In Magical Matthew, Matthew has a gift to fix things. He can fix broken toys, watches, but he can’t fix his friend.
Through their playtime, Lily notices that her friend is just as special as she is, just in a different way. Matthew confides in his friend and together the begin to fix things. Only Matthew looses his gift of magical-fixes. He feels bad. Lily and his grandmother point out that he is a great problem-solver and that is a gift all to itself.
Magical Matthew shows readers that they are special in more than what they can do. Sometimes being someone’s friend and appreciating them for who they are is the best gift to have.
Magical Matthew is written by Penelope Anne Cole. Ms. Cole has a background in teaching and loves to involve children in her stories.
Keven Collier’s illustrations of magic and know-how bring the story to life.

Guardian Angel Publishing, 2012
ISBN# 9781616333256 (HC)
9781616333263 (SC)
9781616333386 (eB)

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Readers' Favorite Five-Star Book Review

There's a 5-Star Review of Magical Matthew up on Readers' Favorite:
Book Review
Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite

Matthew had magical powers but he couldn’t understand why. But then he started liking his magic and decided to keep the secret to himself because he didn’t know what people would think. And it was when he was with his friend who was in a wheel chair that he found out he could only fix things, not people. But will Matthew always have his magical powers to fix anything that is broken? Find out in this really cute new book by Penelope Anne Cole.

What a cute story and and what sweet imagination! All kids like to think with their magic mind at one time or another, and Matthew’s story is a reminder of this. And I love the special sweet relationship Matthew has with his friend in the wheel chair, one that is strong enough that he confides in her, and they go through the neighborhood together trying to find things that need to be fixed. But after a while, the time comes for Matthew to realize that his powers are just magical and no longer work. What will happen to Matthew now that he can’t fix things as he wants? I highly recommend this wonderful story about Matthew. Your children will certainly listen to this story in awe of the magic of the pages. And they will also enjoy the awesome illustrations that fit so well with the story, helping to bring the pages to life as they hear the words. You will not be disappointed with this little book!


There are other 5-Star Reviews up on

Also, the hard cover edition of Magical Matthew is now on sale at Amazon for 64% off (ten at this price).  This is a perfect opportunity to get this sweet book at a great savings in time for April's Earth Day and gifts: