Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker

By Cynthia Mackey


Book Blurb

Katie is too young to use the stove so she dreams of making her very own pancakes. Join Katie and her friend Baxter in this fun story as they use a passion for collecting and building to find a way to realize Katie’s pancake dream! This upbeat energetic tale with great potential for reading aloud will appeal to adults and young children alike. The book includes a predictable rhyme that will have children chiming in as the story unfolds. Children will celebrate with Katie and Baxter as their pancake dream becomes reality! Recipe included. (Taken from Goodreads)

My Review

Katie Shaffer loved building things, but more than that she loved eating pancakes. In fact, she dreamed of making “Golden brown, fluffy as a cloud, perfectly round, PANCAKES!” herself, but her parents said she was too young to use the stove. So, Katie went to her collection box where she had saved all sorts of castaways – cardboard, ribbon, buttons, kitchen gadgets, and more. She and her new neighbor Baxter decided to build their own pancake maker so they could make, “Golden brown, fluffy as a cloud, perfectly round, PANCAKES!”  Together they blended the ingredients and then Katie mixed in a magic ingredient. The pancakes were delicious, so they decided to go to the store to get various butters, syrups, and jams to top their “Golden brown, fluffy as a cloud, perfectly round, PANCAKES!”  When they returned they found pancakes on the floor, the ceiling, the bed, everywhere!  They had forgotten to turn off the pancake maker and now had enough pancakes to feed their families, friends, and neighbors.  That is exactly what they did!

This wonderful story shows children that some dreams do come true and you can accomplish a lot through cooperation.  If you want the young children in your life to hear or read stories of hope, the rewards of working toward a goal, and friendship and cooperation, then this book is for you. The book even includes the recipe for Katie’s “Golden brown, fluffy as a cloud, perfectly round, PANCAKES!”  I thoroughly enjoyed reading KATIE SHAEFFER PANCAKE MAKER! Without a doubt, I give this book 5 gold stars!

About the Author

Cynthia Mackey has always loved children’s literature. After years of teaching preschool and kindergarten, she is proud to have written her first children’s book, KATIE SHAEFFER, PANCAKE MAKER.  She lives on the west coast of British Columbia wither her family and her piano where she faithfully continues her Saturday morning pancake tradition.  (Author Bio taken from the back cover of the book)

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Written by Nicolas C. Rossis

Illustrated by Dimitris Fousekis

Musiville My Review

Nicholas Rossis has done it again with his new children’s book Musiville.  The characters in this wonderful story are part animal and part musical instrument with descriptive names like Drumopotamus (drum + hippopotamus) and Pandiano (panda + piano). They all live in a little village called Musiville where they can play whatever they want. However, they soon learn that everyone playing a different tune at the same time results in nothing more than a loud unharmonious ruckus.  This ruckus brings the rats out from underground and the village starts to crumble. Maracerus (maraca + rhinoceros) cannot take the noise any longer and a meeting is called where it is decided they need a conductor.  When the conductor is chosen, it is up to him to choose what music is played, and with everyone playing the same tune, harmony returns to Musiville.

The clever illustrations by Dimitris Fousekis will delight children, as will the names of the animals.  There is an appendix in the back of the book to help with the identification of the animals.

What I really liked about Musiville is the lesson learned when everyone comes together and is considerate of one another.  It is perfect for reading to younger children, as well as for older children.  I give Musiville five stars.

About the AuthorNicholas Rossis

Nicholas Rossis lives to write and does so from his cottage on the edge of a magical forest in Athens, Greece. When not composing epic fantasies or short sci-fi stories, he chats with fans and colleagues, writes blog posts, walks his dog, and enjoys the antics of two silly cats, one of whom claims his lap as home. His first children’s book, Runaway Smile, won the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award, among other distinctions. You can check it out for free on his blog.

You can check out his second children’s book, Musivilleon his blog.

He has also written the epic fantasy series, Pearseus. The final book in the series is currently penned.

Many of his short stories have appeared on various collections and anthologies. He has published two collections; The Power of Six and Infinite Waters, which was voted as one of the best 50 Indie books of 2015.

Nicholas is all around the Internet, but the best place to connect with him would be on his blog, http://nicholasrossis.me/

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