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Facing fears has never been so much fun! Join best friends Bitterly, Abyssma and Belladonna as they start a new year at Fright School.
As young "Frights", they will learn how to chase away the fears of little human girls by entering their dreams and teaching them how to overcome their nightmares. But Bitterly, the most promising "Fright", must face the school bully and some nightmares of her own. Creators Laura and Jake Gosselin offer an empowering book series for girls and young readers that presents the challenges of childhood through the thrilling and magical world of The Pinkaboos.
About the Author
About the Authors
Jake Gosselin grew up in Canada, where he spent his youth battling frost giants, tricking evil spirits, and talking to wolves. None of this can be proven, but it should be noted that a frost giant hasn’t been seen since 1982.
As a child, Jake had numerous fears, including but not limited to zombies, vampires, ghosts, demons, gelatinous cubes, goblins, large insects, small insects, biting insects, horses, geese, monkeys, grouchy adults, and Brussels sprouts.
Now that Jake is an “adult,” all of his fears are crammed into a deep corner of his mind. Occasionally he lets them out to play and writes down what he sees, which apparently makes him a writer. He lives in California with his wife, Laura; daughter, Molly; bearded dragon, Dezi; cat, Mittens; hamster, Peanut; and dog, Chewbacca.
Laura Gosselin grew up in England and used to stare out her classroom window so much that her teachers called her a daydreamer. Little did they know she was thinking up fun stories she could tell one day. Or perhaps she was sleeping with her eyes open.
When she was little, Laura was afraid of sharks in swimming pools and large bugs with wings. Now that she’s a grown-up, Laura is afraid of laundry, bills, and whiny children. She is also super afraid of spiders. The bigger and hairier they are, the louder she screams.
After going to school in New York, living in Canada, and finally settling in Southern California, Laura has come to realize that only three things in life really matter: 1) happiness; 2) happiness; and finally, after much consideration: 3) happiness.
About the Illustrator
A 1993 graduate of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Billy Kelly has been designing children’s books since before you were born, if you were born after 1993.
In 2004, Billy and his wife, Jacqueline, launched their very own design studio, YAY! Design, in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, and there was much rejoicing.
Since 2009, Billy has been writing and recording songs for kids. National Public Radio has praised Billy’s quirky children’s music for its “endearingly oddball sense of humor.” His songs can be heard on SiriusXM Satellite Radio and on radio stations all across the land, assuming you have the radio turned on and tuned in to the right station at the exact right time.
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Reviewed by Bex Disclosure: This ebook was provided by the author in exchange for an HONEST and not necessarily positive review. Pinkaboos: Butterfly and the Giant Problem is an entertaining read with a fabulous, supportive message. Reading this book to my own six-year-old, was a delight. We were kept entertained, not only by the humour, but by the wonderful illustrations too. The storyline enabled me to open up really useful discussions with my child, that were effortless and pressure free. And by the end of the read, I felt positive the story had created an important impact on my child. Pinkaboos: Butterfly and the Giant Problem is a book I'll happily re-read with my child and has my 'mum' seal of approval.
Dare I say that if you take a bit of Harry Potter and some Monsters Inc and mix them together you get the Pinkaboos? Yes, I will say it! The Pinkaboos are that awesome! Bitterly and the Giant Problem begins in a very thrilling and imaginative way and the rest of the story does not disappoint! It’s a really fun story, but there’s a serious side too. It’s easy care about and emphasize with Bitterly — the issues she deals with are the same issues we have all dealt with at one time or another — bullies, facing your fears, and empowering yourself to change your situation. The story is wonderful and gives the reader much to think about — even after the story ends. And speaking of the story being over, bring on the Pinkaboos #2! I only had a couple of quibbles: (1) I felt that “Holy poop!” [page 13] might not have been the best response from Abyssma. It is suggestive of a curse word, but very obviously, the authors do not go there at all. But still, I felt another phrase might have been better. (2) I found it a bit unsettling that Bitterly, and her fellow classmates, slept in coffins [page 31]. isniffbooks[dot]wordpress[dot]com Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy from Zeta Comics. The opinions are my own.
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite The Pinkaboos, Bitterly and the Giant Problem by Laura Gosselin and Jake Gosselin is a delightful story for children which revolves around two friends, Abyssma and Belladonna, school and bullying. It is a perfect story to discuss with children the fears that bother them while growing up. The story speaks about the challenges that children face during their childhood and growing up years. In the book, the reader gets to see Abyssma and Belladonna overcome their nightmares and their time at Fright School through the whimsical world of Pinkaboos. The Pinkaboos, Bitterly, Belladonna and Abyssma, and the Major Frights, Vex and Miss Viper, will take readers on an entertaining trip while reading this book. The book speaks about a relevant and important topic and is laced with whimsy and magic. It is an attractively presented story that will capture reader attention. The book has some excellent tactics that will help kids overcome their fears. Miss Viper's class scenes are entertaining and the illustrations give life and movement to the story. The story is highly imaginative with delightfully expressed moments to keep kids glued to the pages. True to the title, the color pink dominates the theme and the pictures in the story. I liked the story because it is original and it presents a relevant topic which makes the read very exciting and refreshing. The author's unique portrayal of characters and scenes with a touch of whimsy and a dash of pink makes it a fun read and gives the story the much required punch.