Friday, January 30, 2015

Another Review of Magical Mea

Here's another review of "Magical Mea"

4.0 out of 5 stars A good followup to Magical Matthew., January 29, 2015
This review is from: Magical Mea (Paperback)
A good followup to Magical Matthew.
Mea's big brother had magic and used it for good in secret. Mea has magic too and she doesn't want advice from anyone on how to use it. Especially her annoying big brother. Mea uses her ability to cause trouble. She love to make things disappear and watch people hunt for them.
She loves the praise she gets when she "finds" the lost things.How can Matthew and Lily make her stop. Love Kevin Scott Collier's bright colorful illustrations which accompany the text.
This is a nice follow up to Matthew and deals with wild child some of us have. A good companion book to read with "Matthew."
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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Another Great Review of Magical Matthew

Here's another great review of "Magical Matthew:

5.0 out of 5 stars Magical Read!, January 29, 2015
This review is from: Magical Matthew (Paperback)
I love stories about a magic power and Matthew has a good one: He can fix things that are broken with a look and a wish.It's easy to keep it a secret because grownups don't believe in magic. But his best friend Lily notices that things work better when Matthew is around. When Matthew decides to tell Lily his secret, she suggests they work together and fix things that need fixing like the dirty beach. One good deed at a time. One day Matthew wakes up and his power is gone. Is their good deed adventure over?
Truly a delightful story. I look forward to reading more by Penelope Cole. This book is also available in Spanish, which I think is great!
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Here's another great review of Magical Mea (See all the reviews on Amazon of both books:

5.0 out of 5 stars Both Magical Matthew and Magical Mea are great reads for young children, January 20, 2015
This review is from: Magical Mea (Paperback)
Magical Mea by Penelope Cole

Little Mea discovers she has a new magical gift. She decides to test her magic by making things around the house disappear: keys, a pen, a necklace. She is filled with glee as she watches her family members scramble to find their lost things. Things don’t stay lost for long. They suddenly appear again when Mea decides to find them.

Mea’s older brother Matthew and their grandmother try to convince Mea to use her magic to help others. But Mea doesn’t want to be told what to do. So she marches out of the house with her head brimming with prank ideas. She pranks her way through town with Matthew and his friend Lily in hot pursuit.

Young readers will be turning the pages to keep up with Mea’s antics. Will Matthew and Lily be able to thwart her pranks? When danger threatens, how will Mea use her magic?

Kevin Scott Collier’s vibrant illustrations bring the story alive. His portrayal of Mea’s facial expressions are entertaining.

Both Magical Matthew and Magical Mea are great reads for young children. Parents, teachers and librarians will find these books to be great additions to their collections. Magical Mea is a follow-up story to Magical Matthew. It features a sibling relationship, friendship and the consequences of good decisions and good deeds.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Here's another wonderful review of my Magical Matthew by Debra Toor.  You can see more reviews on
 5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable addition to family and school libraries, January 20, 2015
This review is from: Magical Matthew (Paperback)
Magical Matthew by Penelope Cole

Matthew is a lot like other boys: His home is bustling with activity, he plays with toys and goes on lots of adventures with his best friend. He has a little sister, a strong bond with his grandmother, and busy parents. He is a lot like other boys with two exceptions.

He has a secret magical gift. When something breaks, all he has to do is wish it fixed: toys, watches, a favorite pen, a flat tire. But no matter how hard he tries, his magic can't fix his best friend Lily's legs.

Matthew's best friend is a girl who needs a wheelchair to get around. But this doesn't stop the two pals from embarking on many adventures. Author and teacher Penelope Cole portrays Lily as a strong, spirited girl who shares both a love of adventure and helping people with Matthew. Although in the beginning of the story, Matthew tries to fix Lily's legs, the story does not emphasize her disability. Instead, it shows how Lily is just like other kids.

When Lily begins to suspect Matthew's ability, he becomes worried. Can he trust her with his secret?

When his magical abilities begin to change, Matthew discovers the value of teamwork to make things better for people. The story ends with a cute surprise that leads to the second book, Magical Mea.

Kevin Scott Collier's vivid illustrations will keep kids entertained. Young children will relate to this charming story. Magical Matthew is a great book that celebrates diversity, friendship, good citizenship, teamwork, and solving problems. It's a valuable addition to family and school libraries.