Saturday, May 30, 2015

Magical Mea Goes To School by Penelope Cole, illustrated by Kevin Scott Collier, is the third book in Cole’s Magical series. Mea, the rambunctious little trickster who is unsure of how to best use her magical powers, is now in second grade. She knows she doesn’t want to use her magic to play tricks on people, but her brother Matthew, his friend Lily, and their Grandma Nonie are worried that Mea needs ongoing coaching to help her make good decisions. Mea avoids their magic lessons by overscheduling her calendar, but the trio finally figure out a fun way of getting their point across. Little do they know that Mea is one step ahead of them and is perfectly capable of doing the right thing on her own.
Like the other Magical stories, Magical Mea Goes To School weaves important messages into a fun plot that children will enjoy and relate to. The story explores issues such as "Each of us has unique talents and attributes" and "We can all learn to use our talents responsibly." Kids certainly do not read books to be taught a lesson, but stories like this that convey positive messages along with providing entertainment are true winners! Reviewed by award-winning children’s author Melissa Abramovitz
Magical Mea Goes to School, Penelope Anne Cole, Kevin Scott Collier, Magical series, Matthew, Lily, Grandma Nonie, school, friends, helping, using your talents, sharing, giving, trying.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Two Five Star Reviews of my new Magical book
"Magical Mea Goes to School"

By Connie Arnold on May 29, 2015
Following her previous Magical Mea and Magical Matthew books about a sister and brother who have magical powers to fix things that are broken, Penelope Cole's new book provides more entertainment and a fun story. Mea has learned that she has the magical ability which her brother Matthew had, and he wants to help her learn how to use it for good and not be seen using it. Mea wants to play and have fun doing other thing, and she doesn't want to make time for Matthew 's lessons. Mea's brother, his friend Lily, and their grandmother realize that Mea has a tendency to play tricks and has been into trouble in the past. They all hope to help her learn to do the right thing. Kevin Collier has provided the vibrant and exciting illustrations which really enhance the characters and this magical story. 
“In Magical Mea Goes to School, we visit some old friends. Mea’s brother Matt, friend Lily and Grandma Nonie want to make sure Mea doesn’t get in trouble with her magic again, but they soon learn that pressuring someone—even to do good—can backfire. Penelope Anne Cole teaches a valuable lesson about trust and good intentions in an enjoyable, amusing way. Fans of the series will enjoy seeing Mea grow up with admirable role models in her family and friends. As usual in this series, the illustrations really bring the text alive.” ~Karen Wiesner, author of Keri is Cute Cute Cute and I Can Touch the Sky
Magical Mea Goes to School, Penelope Anne Cole, Kevin Scott Collier, Magical, Mea, Matthew, Grandma Nonie, doing good deeds, fixing things, helping friends and family, school, second grad