About The Adventures of Mollie & Ollie: Moving Day
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: March, 2021
Format available for review: print-hardback (USA), pdf
Tour dates: May 10 to May 21, 2021
Content Rating: G for everyone.
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Read About Author Sally Beale
The Adventures of Molly & Ollie: Moving Day was inspired by Beale’s own experiences as a young child. Her father’s occupation required that her family move across the country every two years. Beale’s childhood was filled with adventures that captured her imagination in each new home.
She continued her passion for adventure while raising her two daughters and working as a costume designer for local theaters. Now she is channeling her sense of fun and her youthful spirit into her children’s stories. Beale is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). The Adventures of Molly & Ollie: Moving Day, a Mom’s Choice Award winner, is the first book in the Molly & Ollie series.
A Guest Post From Sally Beale: Building the World of Molly and Ollie
When I set out to write my first children’s book, I had a story to tell about moving. Moving I knew plenty about, having spent my childhood moving every couple of years, but writing a children’s book was something I didn’t know at all. So, I spent a year reading and studying the genre. That time was well spent on learning before I started writing.
The world of Molly & Ollie unfolded as the story was built. Molly’s house is now defined with Ollie’s house in the backyard tree. Henri, Molly’s big black and white dog, is by her side. All of her toy animal friends have been carefully chosen for their individual characteristics just waiting for their next adventure. Thus, the second book only took a morning of inspiration to write the first draft.
My purpose in writing The Adventures of Molly & Ollie: Moving Day was to give kids a fun book to read over and over that they enjoy. The message about dealing with the challenges of change is one I hope they can take with them throughout their lives. When I received the first review that a child loved the book, that is moment I knew the book was successful and that I was, in fact, a writer.
The second Adventures of Molly & Ollie book has been written, and three more books are in various stages of completion. I have also started writing mini stories for my website. Check out A Sign of Spring for a glimpse of Molly & Ollie’s latest adventure. Happy reading!
My Review of The Adventures of Molly & Ollie: Moving Day
Have you ever moved? I know I have. That’s why I was excited to read The Adventures of Molly & Ollie: Moving Day by Sally Beale. I ended up loving the artwork and the whimsical animals that came to life when adults were not in the room. Plus, I loved Oliver Winston Howell III! A very cute addition to the story. All of the characters were well done though.
I thought that the storyline overall was very simplistic and didn’t go into much detail about actually moving. It was more about learning that nothing really changes when you move, it may be a new house, but you will still have familiar things in your room. Which is definitely true!
The word choice that Sally Beale used were easy to understand (and pronounce) words for younger readers. I think this book is a definite 4 stars and I look forward to reading more books in the series.
*I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest feedback. The thoughts and opinions expressed within are my own.
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