Today is my stop on the blog tour for A Magical Moonglow Sleepover by Jocelyn Porter.
The author, Jocelyn Porter, started her writing career when she was asked to write a story for a preschool magazine. That story was the first of many. Jocelyn became the writer/editor of several preschool magazines and continued in that role for 15 years. Writing one new story every month, plus rhymes and activities was a tough gig, but very exhilarating. Time is the big difference between writing for a magazine and writing a book. You see your work on the supermarket shelves within a few weeks of completion. A book takes longer – a lot longer.
Jocelyn has to be patient now – not something she’s good at. Before becoming a writer, Jocelyn worked in higher education as International Students Officer. It was a rewarding and interesting job even though she was on call 24/7. Jocelyn also trained as a counsellor and volunteered at drop-in centres. She never knew who would arrive for counselling and had to be prepared for anything. This work gave her insight into some of the darker corners of life. Motor sport was one of Jocelyn’s early loves, she had the spine-tingling thrill of taking part in a 24-hour national rally as navigator – those were the days when rallies were held on public roads!
Jocelyn worked as an au pair in Paris in her teens. Having visited the city on a school trip, she fell in love with it, and always wanted to return. Jocelyn’s first book published by Full Media is The King Who Didn’t Like Snow, illustrated by Michael S Kane. Finn and Fred’s Arctic Adventure is her second book under Full Media and is illustrated by Leo Brown.
My stop on the tour will take the form of a book review.
Title: A Magical Moonglow Sleepover
Written by: Jocelyn Porter
Illustrated by: Clare Caddy
Published by: Full Media Ltd.
A sweet early reader chapter book about friendship, trust and cooperation.
Katherine Baker and her friends Sophie and Charlotte decide to have a sleep over in her shed, which is a shed in her garden. Katherine tells her friends she has a fairy godmother called Marigold Moonglow but they don’t believe her. To their surprise the fairy godmother arrives on a magical train driven by a blue elephant.
The train takes them to an enchanted carnival at Oak Tree Hollow, a little village in Fairyland, for Sophie’s birthday. However, Sophie vanishes on the carousel. With the help of Dylan the Dragon and Charlie, the boy she dislikes at school, she has to set aside her feelings and find her friend.
Claire Caddy’s black and white pencil outline drawings add a touch of magic to this charming picture book. I liked the little touch of the dragon’s tail at the end of each chapter. Suitable for children 5-7 years old.
You can find out more about Jocelyn Porter and follow her on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/jmpbooks
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To purchase a copy of A Magical Moonglow Sleepover follow the link: https://full-media.co.uk/product/a-magical-moonglow-sleepover-jocelyn-porter/
I would like to thank Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in this tour. Thank you Rachel.