Tag: Kids Books

Brunhilda’s Backwards Day

My daughter, Nikki and I were very excited when we got a new book to add to our story time line up called, Brunhilda’s Backwards Day. This book is written and illustrated by Shawna J. C. Tenney.


Brunhilda’s Backwards Day is an adorable children’s book that takes us into Brunhilda’s world which is full of witch trouble. Each morning she wakes up on the wrong side of the bed (yes she purposely does this, after all she is a witch), puts on her ugliest dress, eats spider mush for breakfast, and brushes her teeth with candy. She then looks in the mirror and happily observes, “You are utterly repulsive!” As soon as she leaves the house, she begins her trouble making ways and starts casting spells of chaos.

Then one night, Brunhilda’s cat decides to make trouble instead. The next morning Brunhilda finds herself having a backwards kind of day. It starts with waking up on the right side of the bed, having only a fluffy pink ball gown to wear, oatmeal for breakfast and toothpaste to brush her teeth instead of candy. On top of it all, her spells had the opposite effect and good was happening instead of bad. But with the good spells that she was doing she realized the reward of other people’s happiness was making her feel great. Brunhilda changed her ways for the better but of course she decided to still be her but a good her (minus the pink fluffy ball gown and I don’t blame her for that!).

Nikki and I give this book five witch cackles out of five. The story flows really well and it is an easy read. The illustrations articulate the story beautifully with the colourful pictures and characters. I honestly can’t get over how stunning the illustrations are!

The message that we got from this story is that being kind and nice to people makes you feel better than being mean. This is a great message for children to learn as it shows the effect of playing tricks can have on people and how being nice is the best way to be. This book beautifully portrays this empowering message clearly and it is done in the most artistic way for all to enjoy. It is better to be a nice person than a bully, that’s for sure!

We just adored this book and we think you will too! It is a great book for children ages 3 to 6 but I think even at 10 they would enjoy it too.

Looking forward to any upcoming books from Shawna J. C. Tenney. You can follow her on social media to keep up-to-date on what she has going on (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest).

To purchase this lovely book visit, https://www.amazon.com/Brunhildas-Backwards-Day-Shawna-Tenney/dp/163450691X.

Until next time…..Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga


Betty and the Loaf-of-Bread Sit

This week a new book landed on our list that introduces young readers to a lovable cat’s adventure in a new book called, Betty and the Loaf-of-Bread Sit. This book is written by Marisa Wiens and illustrated by Laura Toews. Betty and the Loaf-of-Bread Sit takes young readers on an adventure with Betty as she finds the perfect sit for her adorable and lumpy self. After many failed attempts at finding the best sit, she finds herself hungry and ends up finding the perfect sit. Betty even decides not to eat after all as the “sit” was just too comfy!

The illustrations are just adorable and they illustrate the story beautifully. My daughter just loved seeing the “kitty” as we turned each page. It was an overall adorable and easy book to read. These are my favourite as they keep my almost two year intrigued from beginning to end.

I had the opportunity to speak with author, Marisa, to find out a little bit more about her and what inspired her.

“I’ve always been a child at heart and I love to get creative. Once I had my son, we were borrowing a lot of books from the library and reading them at bedtime. I was not impressed with a lot of the children’s books that were out there and the idea came to me one day that I should write a children’s book”, said Marisa.


As for her inspiration, it all started with gramma. “My cat Betty (who is named after my deceased gramma and who found me on the eve of my gramma’s passing) is the inspiration for my book. Since my gramma passed before she could ever meet my children, I feel this is a way for them to get to know her and I always feel her chuckling and reading along with us”, stated Marisa. I always find the stories behind the stories so touching and this was one of them!

The neat part in making this book is that Marisa and the illustrator Laura grew up together in North Delta, British Columbia and have been best friends. These two could always be found on the playground, reveling in their own unique world of unicorns and peculiar merriment. So it was only natural to ask her best friend who was a fantastic artist to be her illustrator. Marisa stated, “I thought it would be something really cool for us to do together so it did not take much convincing to recruit her for the illustrations.”

Cat #2

When I asked Marisa what message does she want children to get out of her book, she stated, “I think I mainly want to tap into the playfulness and silliness that is in children. I think the message is that you can be silly and have fun while reading.” I think that message is awesome!

This book is a great read for young children one to five years of age and especially perfect for a young reader with a love of cats.

To purchase this lovely book you can visit, http://bookstore.authorhouse.com/Products/SKU-000980241/Betty-and-the-LoafofBread-Sit.aspx https://www.amazon.com/Betty-Loaf-Bread-Marisa-Wiens-ebook/dp/B01BVMJKG0/182-4031052-4891628?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0

You can also follow them on social media:

Twitter: @BettyatLobs
Instagram: @bearcat_betty_books

Mom & Daughter
Author Marisa and daughter Emeri

Marisa now resides in Victoria, British Columbia, with her husband, Chris; her son and daughter, Carver and Emeri; her two cats, Betty and Luongo; and her dog, Makaveli. She dedicates this book to her cat-loving gramma, Betty, who taught her unconditional love and who is now somewhere over the rainbow in heaven.

We give this book 5 meows out of 5!

Until next time….Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga

A Mermaid Called Marissa

This week a new book landed on our list that introduces young readers to the ocean in a new book called, A Mermaid Called Marissa. This book is written and illustrated by Georgie Cornwell.

A Mermaid Called Marissa engages young readers to explore the sea through a mermaid’s eyes by the name of Marissa. The adventure begins with a game of hide and seek and Marissa ends up wandering away far from home. She ends up lost in a sea tunnel that she was warned about previously by Merrick, a wise old merman. Marissa gets captivated by a glittering starfish and ends up going into the tunnel. By adventuring into the tunnel she meets new friends and learns about the amazing things her new friends do to keep the ocean clean from the garbage that is thrown in it.

The message from this story is a great one as it shows how littering the ocean, in this case, can be damaging to the beautiful creatures that live in it. “The aim of my story is not just to entertain but also to educate children using subtle approaches,” said Cornwell. “My hope is that through this approach children will start asking their own questions about the effects waste has on the environment.” What a great message to send to the future leaders of our world!

The illustrations reflect and capture the beautiful ocean and creatures that live in it. Each page brought the artwork to life and it is beautifully done.

This book is a great read for young children five to nine years of age and especially perfect for a young reader with a love of the ocean and mermaids.


To purchase this lovely book visit, http://www.amazon.com/Mermaid-Called-Marissa-Georgie-Cornwell/dp/1514463768.

– Momma Braga