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And they quoted me: “Anxiety is a thief. It steals your joy and plunges you into a sea of worry. Without skills to help you stay afloat, your days can be a constant struggle. I grew up with anxiety and it runs in my family. I hope this book can tell a fun story and offer kids a few strategies to help them cope with scary feelings.”

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?

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!

Storytelling Begins with Listening

I think listening is a big part of storytelling. Listening to yourself and your thoughts, listening to others around you, observing the world as you encounter it and letting one moment inform the next until a story is born.

Last year, I saw a cat and my dog in a standoff, each eyeing the other, neither moving or giving ground, yet each energized, at high alert.

They stood like that for what seemed like a lifetime until, finally, the cat scampered off and, in that moment, a story was born.

I call it Marlon and the Scary Something and it was self-published just a few months ago. So stories await us, if we give ourselves time and a chance to imagine the possibilities.

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

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

Marlon’s Song for Spring

Marlon felt great that spring morning when he strolled outside to start his adventure. It was a lovely day full of sunshine and flowers. That was before he stumbled into the Scary Something. What happened next? You can find “Marlon and the Scary Something” here https://www.amazon.com/dp/1953698042/

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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