#Review: Twinkle and the Little Red Ball, by @PCMarotta

TwinkleTitle: Twinkle and the Little Red Ball
Author: P.C. Marotta
Illustrator: A.L. Houghton

Rating: 4/5 stars

“There once was a little Shih Tzu dog named Twinkle, who loved his little red ball more than anything in the whole wide world. This special little red ball went everywhere with him. But one day, it was gone! Will he ever see his little red ball again? Who will help him find his ball? Will you? Let’s help Twinkle and his friends find his ball then get creative with pages to color at the end of the story!” (description from Goodreads)

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This was a cute children’s book to read and it has a great message in it for children to learn from. I’m confident young readers (or listeners if they can’t read the book just yet) will enjoy the story and want to read it many times over. I wouldn’t be surprised if Twinkle and his other canine friends showed up in future books. They’re cute characters, great for a children’s story.

The only real issue I had was with the layout of the book. The illustrations were well-done, but I felt that they should have been on pages facing the text that corresponded with the image. Instead, the book starts out with text on page one, then on page 2 (the back of page one) the image that goes with the text is found. For a child, and even myself as an adult, I feel that it’d be a better experience to see the image while reading the text. Flipping to the next page for it didn’t work. I remember reading as a child and that the pictures were just as important as the words. But it might be a slight issue for others, that’d be overlooked quick enough.

Again, this would probably be a great addition to a child’s book collection. As an added bonus, there are a few pages at the end of the book with uncolored illustrations for a child to color in his/herself. I found that to be a nice touch.

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If you’d like to grab a copy of this book, you can find it:

Ebook: Amazon
Print: Amazon | B&N

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About the Author:

P.C. Marotta is an independently published author. Her books, Brooklyn Italian: A Memoir of Recipes of Days Gone By and In My Mother’s Kitchen take you back to a simpler time of family traditions, food and remembering.

Her newly published children’s book, Twinkle and The Little Red Ball is beautifully written with a section for children to color in the back. Illustrated by the very talented Amy Houghton from the United Kingdom, this book once again shows the uniqueness of the author. Always with a message, Twinkle and The Little Red Ball is a wonderful story which will entertain children while teaching them that no matter how different we all look, or where we may come from we can all come together as a team for any good cause.

She has appeared on Chicago’s WGN Lunch Break Show, Author’s First Radio Show, The Creative Life with Erin Denk Radio Show, Chicago’s Daily Herald Cook of The Week, The Lake County Journal, Fra Noi Italian Magazine and the UA Journal.

Her books are sold worldwide on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble Nook in paperback and e-book format.

When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her beloved dogs.

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