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Four on Friday

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The final four birthday cards for this year. Christmas card making has begun!

My Mum’s birthday is in a couple of days, and it looks as though she’s going to be spending it in hospital. The other three cards are all for birthdays at the beginning of December.

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Mums card

Mum’s Card

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Shanices cardGranddaughters Card

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Dreydons cardGrandson’s Card

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Dads cardDad’s Card

 

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

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Five on Friday

Five on Friday

A different Five on Friday this week.
Black & white photographs of my Brian… from before I knew him!

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Normal Service Resumed?

Okay, things didn’t work out as I expected. I have had intermittent internet access, and I have also spent many days helping my daughter and grandkids get their new home straight (they moved two weeks after I did).

My daughter treated us to a day out at the pleasure beach on Sunday. It was warm and sunny, which was just as well, as we all got soaked through on the Valhalla.

As today would usually be Wordless Wednesday here on Rainne’s Ramblings I will leave you with a photo of my Grandson and me on the Log Flume.

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Don’t Drink the Pink by B.C.R. Fegan

Don't Drink the Pink

 
Don’t Drink the Pink by B.C.R. Fegan

Illustrated by Lenny Wen

Published by TaleBlade Press

 
Don't-Drink-the-Pink-CoverMadeline adores her Grandpa Gilderberry – she always has. To everyone else he might seem a bit strange – an eccentric inventor – perhaps even a little mad. Yet Madeline knows that these are his very best qualities.

One of Grandpa Gilderberry’s most secret inventions is his box of potions which he delights in giving to Madeline each year on her birthday. Each potion conveys an unexpected and magical experience for Madeline. Year after year, Madeline selects a new potion with exciting results, however each time she reaches for her enchanted birthday present, her grandfather reminds her of only one rule – ‘don’t drink the pink’.

Exploring the special relationship between a grandfather and his grandchild, the potions in Don’t Drink the Pink provide an apt metaphor for each magical moment. Yet with birthdays comes ageing and this tale doesn’t shy away from what this means for both the young girl and her loveable grandpa.

Don’t Drink the Pink is available in hardcover, paperback, Kindle and ePub through all major online retailers.

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Excerpt:

On my eighth birthday,
I ran and didn’t stop.
Before the sun had risen,
I had come to Grandpa’s shop

Don't Drink the Pink“Happy birthday, Madeline,”
he said with a wink.
“Take a potion, take a brew.
Just don’t drink the pink.”

I reached out for the black one
and drank till I was full.
Then slowly from my head to toes,
I turned invisible!

 

My Review:

Another charming picture book from the author of Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32 and The Day That A Ran Away.

Madeline’s grandpa gives her a magical potion each year on her birthday, and we witness the fantastic results.

The book takes us through the numbers ‘first’ to ‘fifteenth’, and fifteen different colours, as well as the effects of ageing and the relationship between grandfather and granddaughter.

The illustrations by Lenny Wen are delightful and complement the rhyming text perfectly.

(I received a complimentary copy of the book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.)

 
 
About The Author:

BCR-FeganBCR Fegan is a multi-award-winning author who has written a number of fairy tales and fantasies for children and young adults.

Raised on a small hobby farm only minutes from some of Australia’s greatest beaches, Fegan grew up inspired by the power of natures ambience. From the intensity of the frequent summer storms, to the overwhelming serenity of a lonely beach in the early hours of the morning. His ravenous appetite for both reading and writing soon saw him drawing on the transformational influence of the world around him to craft short stories, poems and picture books.

As time wore on, Fegan also found inspiration in the magic and depth of authors and compositors like Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault. He was mesmerised by the potency of small but beautiful phrases that were carefully carved from the minds of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Robert Frost. He grew to appreciate the worlds meticulously created by David Eddings, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis.

Eventually, he began to forge his own complete works. Weaving his own magic, piecing together his own phrases and crafting his own worlds. Agonising over plots that would inspire, characters that would be loved and circumstances that would delight. In time, his efforts saw a number of children’s books and young adult fiction produced. Through the efforts of TaleBlade Press, these works are now being published with that same careful dedication.

Website • Twitter • Goodreads

 

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Don’t Drink the Pink by B.C.R. Fegan

Illustrated by Lenny Wen

Published by TaleBlade Press

 
Don't-Drink-the-Pink-CoverMadeline adores her Grandpa Gilderberry – she always has. To everyone else he might seem a bit strange – an eccentric inventor – perhaps even a little mad. Yet Madeline knows that these are his very best qualities.

One of Grandpa Gilderberry’s most secret inventions is his box of potions which he delights in giving to Madeline each year on her birthday. Each potion conveys an unexpected and magical experience for Madeline. Year after year, Madeline selects a new potion with exciting results, however each time she reaches for her enchanted birthday present, her grandfather reminds her of only one rule – ‘don’t drink the pink’.

Exploring the special relationship between a grandfather and his grandchild, the potions in Don’t Drink the Pink provide an apt metaphor for each magical moment. Yet with birthdays comes ageing and this tale doesn’t shy away from what this means for both the young girl and her loveable grandpa.

Don’t Drink the Pink is available to pre-order in hardcover, paperback, Kindle and ePub through all major online retailers.

AmazonB&NIndieBoundBook DepositoryIndigoMcNally Robinson

 
 
My Review:

Another charming picture book from the author of Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32 and The Day That A Ran Away.

Madeline’s grandpa gives her a magical potion each year on her birthday, and we witness the fantastic results.

The book takes us through the numbers ‘first’ to ‘fifteenth’, and fifteen different colours, as well as the effects of ageing and the relationship between grandfather and granddaughter.

The illustrations by Lenny Wen are delightful and complement the rhyming text perfectly.

 
Don't Drink the Pink

 
What other readers are saying about Don’t Drink the Pink :

“Imaginative, poignant, and humorous—altogether charming.”
– Kirkus Reviews

“Very, very highly recommended, Don’t Drink the Pink excels in both illustrative quality and several underlying messages about life and learning.”
– D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“Don’t Drink the Pink is a lovely picture book full of the warmth that a true friendship between a grandchild and a grandparent can engender.”
– The Bookbag

“Joyful and curious characters enliven this spirited picture book about a grandfather’s magical gifts to his granddaughter.”
– Foreword Clarion Reviews

“Absolutely fun, cute, and entertaining!”
– Literary Titan

“Don’t Drink the Pink is an entertaining read and another excellent offering by Fegan, who has established himself as a consistent author of quality children’s books.”
– BlueInk Review

“The combination of detail in the storytelling and illustrations in Don’t Drink the Pink is really exceptional and the concepts are presented in a sophisticated way.”
– Readers’ Favorite

 

About The Author:

BCR-FeganBCR Fegan is a multi-award-winning author who has written a number of fairy tales and fantasies for children and young adults.

Raised on a small hobby farm only minutes from some of Australia’s greatest beaches, Fegan grew up inspired by the power of natures ambience. From the intensity of the frequent summer storms, to the overwhelming serenity of a lonely beach in the early hours of the morning. His ravenous appetite for both reading and writing soon saw him drawing on the transformational influence of the world around him to craft short stories, poems and picture books.

As time wore on, Fegan also found inspiration in the magic and depth of authors and compositors like Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault. He was mesmerised by the potency of small but beautiful phrases that were carefully carved from the minds of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Robert Frost. He grew to appreciate the worlds meticulously created by David Eddings, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis.

Eventually, he began to forge his own complete works. Weaving his own magic, piecing together his own phrases and crafting his own worlds. Agonising over plots that would inspire, characters that would be loved and circumstances that would delight. In time, his efforts saw a number of children’s books and young adult fiction produced. Through the efforts of TaleBlade Press, these works are now being published with that same careful dedication.

Website • Twitter • Goodreads

 

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Wordless Wednesday

 

Painting by Rainne, Zoe, Shanice & Dreydon