Sunday, November 18, 2012



Magical Matthew

MagMat2x3-100Magical Matthew is an entertaining story that will draw children into the yarn. As they read they will find themselves wanting to acquire Matthew’s abilities.  This child has a special uniqueness that brings help to others.  Matthew enjoys making others happy with his unique powers, but finds he does have some limitations when trying to help his friend.  Matthew finds disappointment in what he thinks he has lost, but then realizes new gifts he does possess. His special new gifts reflect in the older boy he has become. 

The story has a bit of a twist and surprise that involves Matthew’s baby sister.  This is a wonderful book for children of many ages, as it is a fun read for younger children, as well as children a bit older.  The story reflects how a child can feel secure in telling an adult a secret, and also how things can change as they grow older.  It shows a child, that growing up does not mean you lose what you had as a younger child, but that you have found new treasures to add to your already beautiful and unique you.

Magical Matthew will not disappoint, and would be a wonderful addition to any child’s library. The author Penelope Anne Cole, has included in her creative story, valuable life lessons to help children trust in those who love them, and to move smoothly to their next level in life.  The illustrations by Kevin Collier are colorful, expressive to the story in detail, and will certainly engage children in an enjoyable read.  Magical Matthew shows love in all his actions. 
 This book is a keeper, with five *****.

Magical Matthew was reviewed by Susan Hornbach, author of children’s literature

18 comments:

  1. The title alone is enough to draw kid's attention. Magical is fun. Penelope and Kevin weave a delightfully intriguing tale that will please kids of all ages. YEA!!

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    1. Thanks Margot, magic does intrigue kids.

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    1. Thanks for stopping Jan and lending you support.

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  3. A darling book which I enjoyed reading and reviewing. Nice work, Ladies and Kevin!

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  4. Hi Susan,
    I, too, enjoyed reading and reviewing Magical Matthew. The title is even fun to say.

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    1. So many have already reviewed Magical Matthew. Thanks for supporting my review, and Penny's first book. I know she is most appreciative.

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  5. Nice review, Susan. And congratulations to Penelope and Kevin on the publication of their terrific story.

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    1. Hi Bill, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Always happy to have your support.

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  6. Susan,
    Sounds like this author understands kids and how hard it is for them to give up some things as they grow up. I like that new treasures become a part of this character's life as he ages. Thanks for sharing this review.

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    1. Hi Linda, thanks for commenting. So glad you enjoyed the review. New treasures are always hidden in our experiences.

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  7. A story with magic has to be a winner for kids. (Adults too. ) Congratulations Penelope on your book. The cover sure draws a person in, Kevin.

    Enjoyed the review.

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    1. Beverly so nice of you to support Penelope's first book. You are right, magic is always a winner.

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  8. Hi Susan, thanks for a great review. I hope kids, parents, and teachers will find lots to enjoy and talk about in my book. Thanks to my fellow writers and readers -- you are very dear to me -- and to Kevin for his great artwork.

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  9. You are so welcome Penny. Wishing great success in your marketing endeavors.

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  10. Hi, Susan! Thanks for sharing your review of MAGICAL MATTHEW. Sounds like a great book.

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    1. Thanks for leaving a comment Susanne. I appreciate the support. Have a great holiday!

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