Very Lulu: The (Mostly) True Story of a Training School Dropout
A heartwarming and funny tale, based on a true story of a dog named Lulu who learned that the best job is being yourself! Lulu is training to be a police dog. But while the other dogs sniff out clues and follow orders, Lulu likes to run, play, and chew things instead.
She's different from the others―she's just very Lulu!!
“Lulu’s a fun-loving dog who flunks out of police-dog school only to discover that being herself is the greatest achievement of all.
Though Lulu is shunted into police-dog training because of her good sniffing skills, it quickly becomes clear that she is not a good fit for the work, despite well-meaning intervention and persistent effort. The “free spirit” is simply unable to perform the required doggy tasks. Lulu’s true place is in a home with a family—her handler’s, as it turns out. Throughout, the author is careful not to refer to the playful, happy Lulu in the pejorative—and this may seem a small point at first, but it is really the most important part of this joyful story. The one mention of “failure” is handled carefully: When the police-dog trainer exhorts Lulu to “be more like other dogs? You don’t want to fail, do you?” Lulu despairs, as she “had not known a dog could fail at anything.” Children weighed down by the conformist pressures of school, sports, and other activities will see that there are other ways to find one’s place in the world. The artwork is bright and dynamic, with lots of frenetic doggy movement; Lulu’s handler and her family present black; the police-dog trainer presents white.
Children will cheer for Lulu and learn the importance of being themselves. (Picture book. 4-8)”—Kirkus Review
“Very Lulu: The (Mostly) True Story of a Training School Dropout is a hilarious dog that cannot seem to control her energy and passion. Lulu loves her love, and she loves her family. However, she just cannot seem to stay out of trouble. In order to help try to teach Lulu how to obey and be calm, her owner enrolls her into training school at the Police Dog Academy. Lulu struggles start immediately. No matter how hard the officer and her owner try to train her, Lulu just cannot stop being.... Lulu. As Lulu starts to figure out her obedience school instructions, her owner starts to notice that Lulu's happiness and joy seem to be gone. Her heart breaks as she yearns to have her old Lulu back. It doesn't take long for Lulu's handler to know that she made a mistake, and she knows exactly what she needs to do to fix it. Children of all ages will enjoy watching Lulu up to her wild antics. They will celebrate with her joy at the end of this heartwarming tale. Lulu is a figure of all things individuality, and she will shine as she encourages her young readers to always be true to themselves.”—NetGallery
Ready To Fly - January 2020
An inspiring picture book for little ballerinas everywhere!
Ready to Fly is the true story of Sylvia Townsend, an African American girl who falls in love with ballet after seeing Swan Lake on TV.
Although there aren’t many ballet schools that will accept a girl like Sylvia in the 1950s, her local bookmobile provides another possibility. A librarian helps Sylvia find a book about ballet and the determined seven-year-old, with the help of her new books, starts teaching herself the basics of classical ballet.
Soon Sylvia learns how to fly—how to dance—and how to dare to dream.
A little board book I worked on for Usborne publishing
A Night at the Bookstore: A Barnsie & Noble Adventure -Oct 2019
Barnsie loves living alone in the bookstore and quietly reading at night . . . until Noble moves in. Noble makes messes and a LOT of noise. He even sits in Barnsie’s comfy chair! But when the solitary bear tries to find a book to distract the rambunctious pup, Barnsie gets more than he bargains for. They meet dinosaurs, blast into outer space, and even chase food through a fridge. Can Barnsie ever get back his peace and quiet? And will the odd pair find a way to get along?
Cookie & Milk are nothing alike but are their best when together. Follow through this dynamic duo skateboard stunts and tubular-tastic surfs to discover what lies beneath true friendship. Cookie is a genius, Milk a daredevil. Cookie loves math & science. Milk loves adventure & adrenaline. What could two little girls who are nothing alike possibly have in common? You may be surprised at what you find. Michele McAvoy has created a genuine story that breaks stereotypes sure to entertain, excite, and endear young readers and parents alike.
Review: “It can be hard to make friends when your personalities clash.
McAvoy’s friendship tale features two girls who recount how they learned to be friends and bonded over their personality differences. Cookie is a brown girl who loves science, and Milk is a white girl who loves sports. The girls banter back and forth, recalling how they discovered they have fun playing together—especially when they use their complementary personalities to accomplish something awesome! If Milk wants to skate, then Cookie is in the background helping her reach her fullest potential by building a ramp, for instance. Throughout the book, early readers will love guessing what Milk’s younger brother is trying to communicate (he also slyly breaks the fourth wall) when he introduces fans to exciting new science words such as “engine’s ear!”—er, “engineer.” Caregivers will also find helpful starter questions to ask when exploring differences with their kids. Those questions provide a framework within which young readers may learn to value and accept differences in themselves and others. Even after the story, readers are provided with a list of powerhouse women who were either “smart” or “sporty,” and a glossary of words encourages supportive friendships. Gibson’s simple, cartoon illustrations playfully remind girls that there are universal commonalities in sisterhood.
Smart, sassy, supportive girl power to the max! (Picture book. 3-6)”— Kirkus Review
Welcome To Jazz - October 2019
Welcome to Jazz: A Swing-Along Sound book celebrating America’s Music, Featuring “When the Saints Go Marching In”
You already familiar about the Three Little Pigs. Now see what happens when Baby Pig tags along!
Publisher: Cottage Door Press; Board Book edition
Availible for purchase anywhere. Or get a copy HERE
Review: “A baby pig insists on joining the story of the Three Little Pigs in this entertaining padded board book. “What are you going to build your house out of, baby pig?” asks the accommodating narrator. “Blocks,” replies the pig, dressed in a T-shirt and propeller beanie. Those blocks come in handy: after the wolf is unable to blow the pigs’ brick house down, he settles for building block towers with the baby pig (“Guess what! That ol’ wolf was only in a bad mood because he didn’t have any friends”). Crowe’s solid sense of humor and Gibson’s bright digital cartooning make this lightly irreverent retelling a winner. Up to age 5.” — Publishers Weekly
Bumble B Books Series
Bee wants to be “Super Bee” for Halloween but the homemade costume she makes keeps malfunctioning which makes her feels not so super.
Bee try to helps find her friend, Rosa’s missing cat.
Bee tries to help her friend out at the farmer’s market but her clumsiness keeps getting in the way.
Review: “Three short stories star a spunky, confident girl.
In this series opener, Beatrice Honey “Bumble B.” Flynn, a beekeeper’s daughter, challenges herself to three “missions.” In the first, she trades her usual Halloween costume, a bee, for a self-designed superhero, Super Bee. She works hard on her costume, but her initial enthusiasm’s dampened by cape mishaps and a less-than-kind boy—however, that cape pays off in a sudden rainstorm. In the second story, a science-club activity groups Bumble B. with less-receptive kids instead of her best friends for an outdoor-observation exercise. A clumsy mishap embarrasses Bumble B. only for a moment before she turns it into a chance to kick-start her group’s mission, loosening them up with her unwavering enthusiasm and winning their friendship. In the final story, Bumble B. helps her friend Kalia at Kalia’s grandmother’s garden stand at the farmers market. Despite her good intentions, the easily distracted Bumble B. isn’t the best worker—but eventually she discovers that the best way to help is through her own spin, contributing bee-themed art for the flower buckets. Bumble B.’s genuinely childlike emotions keep her from becoming a Pollyanna. Bumble B. is white; aside from Kalia and her grandmother, who appear to be Asian, diversity is present in Bumble B.’s other best friend, brown-skinned Rosa, and her science groupmate Otto, who has brown skin and glasses.
This child-friendly book buzzes with positivity. (Fiction. 5-7)”— Kirkus Review
My Boston and Me
A children's books series that follows the real life antics of a young girl named Anya and her lovable Boston Terrier named Jemma. Come follow along as Anya and Jemma go to the park! Come follow along as Anya and Jemma go to the park! This book series is geared towards young children ages 2+ and features a fun rhyming story line that parents will love reading aloud to their children.