Reviews

Another 5 Star Review from Reader’s Favorite!

Marlon and the Wide World just received a 5 star review from Reader’s Favorite!

“This gripping furry feline adventure is about a cat who never gives up, stands up for himself, believes in himself, and learns that he should not be jealous of anyone. I enjoyed it very much as I’m a big fan of cats and raccoons. The story centers around friendship, courage, jealousy, anger, forgiveness, reconciliation, and finding your way. With fabulous illustrations that perfectly complement the story’s sentiment and beautiful adventures, Marlon and the Wide World will appeal to cat and raccoon lovers of all ages.” – Emma Megan for Reader’s Favorite

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We’re a Wishing Shelf Book Awards Finalist!

I’m thrilled to announce that Marlon and the Scary Something” is a Finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is the third award for the book and the fourth for the series! Previously, the book won the BRAG Medallion and was a winner in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards.

The Wishing Shelf Book Awards is based in the UK. Children chosen from six primary and secondary schools, mostly in London, do the initial judging. With the help of their teachers, they assess the books and decide on the finalists.

“Marlon and the Scary Something” is a cozy cat adventure about friendship, courage and landing back on your paws when misfortune knocks you down. It is the second book in the series, Marlon’s Marvelous Adventures.

I’m collaborating again with gifted illustrator Melissa Gardner on the next book in the series, “Marlon and the Wide World,” which will be available late spring 2023.

You can find out more about the series and the books at nicedogbooks.com

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A New Review

We just got a new ★★★★ review on the Crowvus Book Blog

Excerpts: “It is a charming book, and one which deals with issues of anxiety and fear in childhood… Marlon is a charming little guy, and his newfound fear (or friend?!) is written brilliantly too. I’m looking forward to taking this book into school – I can already think of one or two pupils who will really enjoy and benefit from this book.

This is a personal book for the author, who explains in the afterword that he experienced anxiety as a child. This really shows – I would highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to discuss fear and anxiety with their child.”

Thank you Crowvus Book Blog for reviewing Marlon and the Scary Something

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Sweet Story

★★★★★ “This is a well-written, sweet story about a cat named Marlon. The illustrations are lovely as well. Animal lovers will find this book especially appealing.”— Amazon review

Marlon and the Scary Something is a cozy cat adventure about finding courage, conquering fear and getting back on your feet. Perfect for kids 6-9 & cat lovers everywhere! Dog lovers too! Available now —https://www.amazon.com/dp/1953698042/

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“a fantastic job”

★★★★★  Reader’s Favorite Reviews  — “This book does a fantastic job of teaching children about patience, trust, and kindness through this tale while still making it entertaining. The story is well written and easy to follow along with beautifully drawn illustrations by the author.”  A delightful tale about an impossible dream, “Marlon Finds A Way” is available now  https://www.amazon.com/dp/1953698026/

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Marlon Wins Five Stars from Readers’ Favorite Book Reviews

Marlon Finds A Way by Dan Bailes centers around Marlon, a cat who has been dubbed Mad Marlon. Marlon isn’t a fan of this name and wants things to change. His mom tells him to count to ten whenever he gets angry so that he won’t act up and Marlon decides to give it a try. Marlon then sees a pretty little sparrow and wants to befriend it but the sparrow, Silky, is always cautious whenever Marlon is around because sparrows know better than to make friends with a cat. Can Marlon show Silky that there is nothing to fear and can he change his name from Mad Marlon to something not so scary?

Marlon Finds A Way by Dan Bailes is a cute story within a story. The story of Marlon and Silky is told by a mother to her two sons. The boys learn a lot through the tales told about Mad Marlon and his journey to earning Silky’s trust. I think this book does a fantastic job of teaching children about patience, trust, and kindness through this tale while still making it entertaining. The story is well written and easy to follow along with beautifully drawn illustrations by the author. I think this book would do well for young children as it incorporates many lessons, while still being entertaining enough to hold a child’s attention. I would recommend this book for children, especially young readers and pre-teens.Reviewed by Miche Arendse for Readers’ Favorite

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