Book Review: Arabella and the Magic Pencil by Stephanie Ward & Shaney Hyde

This is such a lovely picture book and one which I’m sure all children would love! – The Strawberry Post

And that’s just one line from this thoughtful, insightful and wonderful review on The Strawberry Post! The full review can be found via the link below. I highly recommend following reviewer Cat as she does a fabulous job of sharing her thoughts on culture, lifestyle, writing, wellbeing and more. Enjoy!

Book review: Arabella and the Magic Pencil by Stephanie Ward & Shaney Hyde

Booking Around the World – King’s Library Tower

Kicking off a new photo feature on #BookLoversDay with a classic stack of books at the British Library

The nearly impossible to photograph King’s Library Tower at the British Library

I love to travel and I love writing books which is why the name of this blog is Writer with Wanderlust. Whenever I’m in a new place, I seem to be looking for a bookstore (and a coffeeshop or restaurant, but that’s another blog!). I’ve found some amazing places and bought lots of children’s books in languages I can’t read. So, my new feature, Booking Around the World, will highlight wonderful books, bookshops and bookish images that I have discovered on my travels.

Since I currently live in London, it’s fitting to start with a classic image from the British Library. The King’s Library Tower sits smack in the middle of the British Library. It spans six stories and is covered with glass making for a stunning spectacle from any angle. The books contained inside are actually the collection of King George III and include over 65,000 bound copies.

I’d highly recommend popping in the British Library for a peek of the King’s Library Tower when in London.

British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB

Event: #ukpbchat on Twitter

Don’t miss #ukpbchat at 8pm (BST), Thursday July 4th on Twitter!

July’s #ukpbchat features a number of debut picture book authors talking about their paths to publication including…
*James Nicholson* @JamesNAuthor
*Rashmi Sirdeshpande* @RashmiWriting
*Julie Ballard* @JulieBallard3
*Catherine Emmett* @Emmett_Cath
*Stephanie Ward* @StephMWard <– That’s me!

Hosted by @FatherReading & @CatherineWard0 and moderated by @emilyanndavison.

Looking forward to chatting with you!

Book Blast + Giveaway: Lionel’s Christmas Adventure by Paul R. Hewlett

‘Tis the season for Christmas-themed children’s books, so I’m excited to be part of the latest Mother Daughter Book Reviews Book Blast for the middle grade book, “Lionel’s Christmas Adventure: Lionel Learns the True Meaning of Christmas” based on the lovable character, Lionel Snodgrass, created by Paul Hewlett.

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Title: Lionel’s Christmas Adventure: Lionel learns the true meaning of Christmas | Author: Paul R. Hewlett | Publication Date: November 10, 2012 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 40 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 10

Book Description: Have you ever wanted something you couldn’t have? Meet Lionel, a loveable bully-magnet who desperately wants a new sled and will do anything to get it.This fun Christmas book follows Lionel from Larrystown to the North Pole. His magical Three-Toed-Potbellied Walbaun foot is back and is as unpredictable as ever. Whether Lionel’s sledding, ice skating, or in a life-sized gingerbread village, it takes him on some grand adventures. Filled with great Christmas imagery, this book is perfect for young readers and family story time.

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The Buzz About the Book

I loved reading about Lionel and his adventure. And I love a good Christmas story. I got both in this one amazing book! ” ~ Susan S., Amazon

Lionel’s Christmas Adventure is a classic, reminds me of Charlie Brown in fact it would be super cute as a cartoon for kids during the holidays. Must Read!” ~ Lovely Reader, Amazon

A great story for children with a sprinkling of magic… A book that will encourage children to think about what is really valuable in life. ~ Diane, Amazon

The story is a great read, not just for the holiday, but all year as well.” ~ Mysunshine510, Amazon

Lionel’s character and thoughts are perfect for teaching younger ones the true spirit of the holidays, and ways that we as community members can give back to others and it doesn’t cost us anything but some time and kindness. Join Lionel in spreading some Christmas cheer!” ~ Charlie A., Amazon


About the Author: Paul R. Hewlett

Paul XmasPaul R. Hewlett is the author of the Lionel’s Grand Adventure series. Lionel Goes to Camp is the third book in the series. In addition to writing the Lionel’s Grand Adventure books, Paul does freelance writing and co-authors a children’s/middle grade/young adult blog called Sher A. Hart: Written Art. You can learn more about Paul at


Website * Blog * Facebook

Twitter * Google+ * Goodreads


** Book Blast Giveaway **

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice

Giveaway ends: December 18, 11:59 pm, 2015

Open to: Internationally

How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by Paul Hewlett and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send an email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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