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THE CHOCOLATE MONSTERS by Traci Sanders – my review no.49

So relatable for parents and preschool educators


This is a new children’s book for Traci Sanders, whose adult books I have already read. The Chocolate Monsters is a fun and funny children’s book in rhyme which shows just what hillarious adventures kids can come up with if you only turn your back for a second. Mind you, no accidents or injuries here! Just some tiny property damage, all reparable with some cleaning and time.

The author’s use of rhyme in the story is commendable, because, with proper educational approach, rhyme helps children remember a story, makes it more pleasurable for them to read it by themselves, strengthens confidence in children who normally may have problems reading, especially out loud, and even helps their pronunciation and intonation. The illustrations are interesting and do not adhere to the general fad that everything has to look beautiful, but resemble more to children’s drawings, although not reducing the quality and care of the artist.

The children in the story make use of a chocolate syrup bottle as art equipment, the second the mum is otherwise engaged, but they learn their lesson and admit their blame honestly. There is a tiny underlying message to the parents as well, because the entire mess happens while mum is on the phone.

Every parent and educator can relate to this little ‘mishap’ story, and what is lovely is that the author doesn’t preach, but simply relates a personal experience, slightly adapted for dramatic effect, being a child care provider herself. This is also a good conversation starter about hygiene, tidying up and not playing with food, but now I am preaching. Just enjoy the story and admit it – wouldn’t it be fun to be a kid and use chocolate as paint?

This book on Amazon

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Great review for The Threshold

It is always gratifying to get a review from a reader – I believe if readers knew how much their opinions matter to us, they would review all the time;). It is especially satisfying to have your average hero recognized. Villains are easy, but being good is not. Thank you for this review!

Review of “The Threshold” by Anita Kovacevic –

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Mistakes, errors, typos?

Started reading a children’s book, being always on the lookout for a good book, both as a teacher and a mother.

Three pages in and already three huge grammar mistakes (Saxon Genitive, posessive pronoun, singular noun with plural verb), pretty noticeable formatting errors (which I do overlook, seeing as different readers do have different layouts), plus paragraph organisation which kind of makes it difficult to follow who does what. The use of the so-called lazy ly-adverbs is in overdrive, but then again, so is mine in my beginner texts.

Is this just my over-thinking inner editor (people have told me to do editing as a career), my teacher’s correcting frenzy (aaah, the itchy red pen), or the fact that, being an author myself, I have started paying more attention to how I can improve my own writing, so I can’t switch it off?

Hmmmm… maybe I just read too much, so I’m becoming too picky.


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Celebrate with me?

Finished my novel today. Yep, I did.

First draft. Eager to dig in and edit, but still… kind of feel like doing this for a while, you know? Not that I can right now, so I’ll just have to daydream it. But still – the novel IS called Average Daydreamer! If you feel like celebrating with me, daydream away!





Currently writing ch.17 of my light romantic chick-lit novel which is planned to be about 21 chapters long. Reaching this point feels surreal. And wonderful! I am writing by hand, so I have no idea of the word count, and am writing completely burden-free, no overthinking, no editing-while-writing, just putting it all out on paper. Might end up a flop, but it’s fun to write. My own little peace of haven.


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Thank you, JK Rowling!

Just in case you haven’t seen this, here is yet another proof that one must never give up!
JK Rowling’s rejection letters

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Night (re)cap

Spent one part of night waiting for my son to stop coughing. Then couldn’t sleep and started getting new ideas for my novel in progress. Forbade myself to start writing and forced myself to sleep.

Dreamed of what I should have been writing. Woke up to husband’s snore. Made myself sleep again.

My daughter had a nightmare. Got up to calm her down. Lay sleepless. Got an idea for a child’s theatre play to do with my students. Lay awake. Gave in and wrote the idea down.

Off to make coffee. Going to work soon anyway. Have a great day! Nights are obviously overrated;)


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Active vs. Passive – review

Absolutely humbled by this amazing author taking the time to read and review my story in Twisted Tales.

TWISTED TALES: 15 Literary Lies & Epic Yarns: Active vs. Passive – Anita Kovacevic –

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World Poetry Day is every day


#home on #WorldPoetryDay
#family #joy

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Mind over Matter

Author Sunshine Sommerville is organizing a wonderful book event with a charitable cause. I hope you can join us there!
Book prizes, chit chat and kindness!


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