children's books

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

Describing Marlon and the Scary Something

I wrote a new description of Marlon and the Scary Something for the September Publisher’s Weekly Indie Spotlight. I don’t know if they’ll publish it or not, but I thought I’d share what I wrote. I’ve written and rewritten this description more times than I can remember. But I think this is my best effort. Let me know what you think. dan@nicedogbooks.com.

With over 90% five-star reviews, Marlon and the Scary Something is a cozy cat adventure full of surprises, silly songs and lots of furry fun. Plus, it offers key social skills for building self-reliance and managing anxiety. 

Out for a morning romp, Marlon stumbles onto a strange creature and is caught in a full-on fear freeze. What should he do? Stay and face the unknown? Follow his fear and run?

Marlon scampers home to safety but soon wraps himself in a web of worry. All day he stares out the window and frets about the Scary Something. Can Marlon learn to believe in himself and quiet his anxieties? 

You’ll love this delightful, illustrated chapter book, filled with wit and wisdom about finding courage, conquering fear and getting back on your feet. Perfect for kids 6-9 and cat lovers everywhere. Dog lovers too!

Marlon’s Making Friends

Marlon’s feeling the love.⠀”Marlon and the Scary Something” is full of wit and wisdom about finding courage, conquering fear and getting back on your feet. It’s a cozy cat adventure, perfect for kids 6-9 and cat lovers everywhere! Dog lovers too! Find out more at nicedogbooks.com

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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Marlon’s Fear-Freeze

When Marlon bumped into the creature, he was caught in a full-on fear-freeze. Should he stay safe and skedaddle? Be fierce and fight? Make friends? Marlon and the Scary Something is a cozy cat adventure about finding courage, conquering fear and getting back on your feet

★★★★★“Humorous! Action packed! Adorable!” –Book Sirens review.   Perfect for kids 6-9 & cat lovers everywhere! Dog lovers too!

Available here – 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

“Teaches Children About Feelings”

★★★★★ Sli writes:Marlon and the Scary Something is a great book that teaches children about feelings and how to self-regulate them by equipping them with solutions. My 6-year-old enjoyed the book so much.” A cozy cat adventure about finding courage, conquering fear and getting back on your feet. Perfect for kids 6-9 & cat lovers everywhere! And dog lovers too!  https://www.amazon.com/dp/1953698042/

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Delightful Story

★★★★★  Sara S.  “Delightful Story About Facing Our Fears. The illustrations are very beautiful, and the story teaches methods to deal with fear and anxiety in a simple and appropriate way for children.” Marlon and the Scary Something is full of fun, cat wisdom and a dog too, in a cozy cat adventure about finding courage, conquering fear and getting back on your feet. Purr-fect for kids 6-9 and cat lovers everywhere. Oh, and dog lovers too. Get your copy today!  https://www.amazon.com/dp/1953698042/   

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