Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Here's Angeline

The VBT - Writers on the Move has a monthly Mystery Site Give-Away. Just leave a comment on the hosts' sites (schedule) during the tour, and you may be the lucky winner.

Also, July 10th is our Viewpoint/Hot Topic segment and Crystalee Calderwood will be hosting that segment at her site.

Crystalee is my VBT guest this week, and today I have information about and a review of her book, Angeline Jellybean.

Title: Angeline Jellybean
Author: Crystalee Calderwood
Publisher: 4RV Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9797513-8-7
Purchasing information:
4RV Publishing

Angeline liked to eat jellybeans, especially jellybeans, only jellybeans. The one thing she wanted for a gift or a treat -- jellybeans.

She wouldn't take anyone's advice about what to add to her menu. She knew what she liked, jellybeans.

Crystalee Calderwood wrote a story that delights children, and Stephen Macquignon provided colorful illustrations to bring it all alive.

The lesson found in the book, too much of a good thing is much too much, is one that children can understand yet not feel overwhelmed with moralizing.

I’m sure most people can emphasize with Angeline because most of us have overindulged and suffered the consequences. I remember when I was about ten years old, I went to a school carnival and ate hot dogs, cotton candy, a caramel apple, and a few other things. My mother bought some jars of home canned bread and butter pickles, my favorite, from a stand at the bazaar. When we arrived home, I ate most of a jar of pickles. I suffered the consequences with a tummy ache that made me think I would die. I spent the next day, a Saturday, in bed suffering. Yes, I can relate to Angeline’s experience.

Children and adults alike enjoy Angeline.

We’ll visit Crystalee Calderwood Friday. Please join us.



Crystalee said...

Thanks for hosting me this week, Viv. Yes, Angeline is every child! I hope girls and boys alike will enjoy and learn from her.

Marvin D Wilson said...

Crystalee, that is a WONDERFUL book cover. Where did you find Stephen? Enjoyed the whole post - nice job, Vivian. :)

The Old Silly

ps - Hey - please do me a favor - whatever you can, maybe post an announcement for me on VBT - my former blogs are gone - zapped by the evil Google Nazis - long story that I will not go into for fear of exploding in rage, but - new site is at

I'd post it myself but VBT is glitching on me and I can't post anything or even get into my data to edit anything! AAARGH!!

madcapmaggie said...

Angeline sounds charming, and contains a worthwhile lesson for all of us. I wish I could say that as an adult I've never overindulged but it would be a crass lie.

I try not to keep jellybeans in the house.

Margaret Fieland

Crystalee said...

Thanks, Marvin. The founding of Stephen is all thanks to Viv. :-D Thanks for dropping by Margaret!

Vivian Zabel said...

If one can consider Stephen a find, he's one of my best ones so far, along with a certain red-head.

Nancy Famolari said...

I love the cover for Angelina Jellybean. It can't fail to attract children.

Katie Hines said...

the book sounds like a real charmer. I love the cover!

Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

This book does sounds like so much fun for kids. And, the cover is great!

Marvin, I posted a note on the VBT site about your new url.

Thanks, Vivian, for posting the VBT logo!


Vivian Zabel said...

I'm delighted that each of of stopped by and left a comment. Crys and Angeline are a very lovable pair.

Rena said...

Cute book, but despite Angeline's lesson learned, it still makes me crave jellybeans!

kathy stemke said...

I have already recommended this wonderful book to some teachers. They used it in their classrooms and the kids loved it!

Ransom Noble said...

I actually own two copies of this book now, because my mother realized I don't share well with my 3 month old daughter. (Drool, on MY books? NO WAY!)

We both love the story, though she might just be overly fond of my voice at this point. Good intro, Vivian. Great work to both Crys and Stephen!

Crystalee said...

Wow Kathy, I am so thrilled to hear that teachers are reading my book in school!

Ransom, I'm glad you and the baby are enjoying the book in your own special ways. ;-)

Vivian Zabel said...

I took a break to go see Jacque in the hospital, but I'm back to say goodnight and finish Friday's post.

Hope to see you all and even more visitors July 3rd.

Mayra Calvani said...

I love the cover of Crystalee's book--very cute! Sounds like a book little girls would love.