A Brand New Day receives a 5 STAR review from author C.J. Anaya of The Healer Series. She began writing short stories for family and friends when she was thirteen years old. This soon morphed into an extensive project every year during Christmas as a way to create a fun and inexpensive Christmas gift. Her passion for reading and writing led her to following her own dreams of becoming a published author.
C.J. also contributes her book reviews every fortnight for the Skin Deep Exposures online magazine. SDE Magazine is a quarterly publication committed to meeting women where they are and then inspiring and uplifting them as they discover where they are meant to be. Please find the original posting here.
Here is her most generous review:
Hello to all of you voracious readers. Today I’ve highlighted a story that takes on a difficult aspect of life and helps to search out the positives for children and parents alike. A Brand New Day introduces the issue of divorce and addresses the outcome in a way that helps children transition into their new and sometimes overwhelming circumstances.
I adored this children’s book. From the delightful illustrations to the sweet, poignant message, I think the author has provided families with a special treasure we should all add to our children’s book collection. Divorce is a difficult matter to take on, and finding the positives in this situation is a refreshing approach. I think the poetic lines of the poem break down the different moments spent with separate parents in a happy, feel good way, and the message of this book encourages little ones going through such a difficult experience to remember that separate doesn’t equal unloved. It simply means they are being loved in two different homes with two different families.
I’ve never experienced a divorce myself, but other parents going through it have mentioned to me their worries and concerns about their children and the negative emotional consequences they must suffer. It’s for this reason that I decided to highlight this book on my blog and SDE magazine in the hopes that it will help those of you who are going through a divorce to find a comforting resource within the pages of this book.
The author used a beautiful poem that is easily understood by children while being intricate enough for adults to appreciate the innate beauty in the words themselves. This story is meant to help parents in their quest to ease their children into that transition from one household to two. I highly recommend this children’s book to all families everywhere.
A Brand New Day receives a 5 STAR review from book review blogger, Joss Radillo of Chapter 5. Thank you Joss for your wonderful and insightful review!
Here is what she had to say:
“Aww this is such a cute bedtime or day time reading for little kids and for some oldies like me. I feel really touched with this short story. Love how this little girl embraced the fact that their parents were separated and instead of let that take over her. She enjoyed her time with her daddy, her mum and her little step brother and all the activities they do together. She feels so loved and cherished from both of them. I think this kind of stories are able to help kids during their parents split and make them embrace this situations and have fun with it.
My mom and dad were separate when I was little and really had a hard time dealing with it, more when my step dad came to my lives but at some point I felt blessed because now I have 2 Daddies. So I totally can relate to this book and feel a bond with it, which is excited and amazing totally a gain.
Overall, I’ll highly recommend A brand new day by A.S Chung and I’ll definitely will keep an eye on her. From the cover design, the catchy title ,the fast paced story and the beautiful illustrations in this book make it a must have on your kids shelf.”
A Brand New Day has been reviewed by BookIdeas.com. BookIdeas.com is one of the Internet’s most popular destinations for book lovers everywhere it finds strength in its diversity of viewpoints and cultural affiliations. All are bound by one common thread–the love of good books and the creativity, ideas, thoughts, debates, and intellect found within them.
The book was reviewed by senior editor John L. Hoh who has written over a dozen books and numerous articles for newspapers and magazine. He gave A Brand New Day 4.5 stars and we thank him for taking the time to write such an honest review. This is what he had to say:
“This book is published by a rather new Australian author and publishing firm. The author was going through a divorce and wanted some comfort and security for her children. Finding no books on the market that speak positively to kids, she wrote her own.
The narrator in the story relates the days of the week as she (?) bounces between mom and dad. The narrator relates the activities enjoyed with each parent. In the narrative, it should be mentioned, the parents are both active with the child. The book pretty much follows a shared placement arrangement. In fact it echoes my own arrangement with my son and his mother with the exception we alternate weekends rather than divide up the days in the weekend. But the narrator, like my son Matthew, spends Mondays and Tuesdays with dad and Wednesdays and Thursdays with mom.
I found this book very refreshing and helpful. The illustrations are of the classic style, line art in black/gray with red highlights.
Pigeonhole Books publishes primarily books for children of separated or divorced parents. I cannot wait to see what titles come out next.”
Tony Jerris is an accomplished playwright, author, and screenwriter. His off-Broadway play TELL VERONICA! ran in New York City before premiering in Los Angeles. As an author, Tony created a trilogy of children’s books. The first in the series, The Littlest Spruce, was featured on Good Morning America. The third book, The Littlest Witch, he adapted into a musical that is being licensed by Steele Spring Licensing. His book, “Marilyn Monroe: My Little Secret,” has been featured on Extra-TV and The Reelz Channel. His current ventures include several film projects, including a new stop-motion feature called The Potters with JenKev Productions. Tony currently lives in Los Angeles and is excited to be working with up-and-coming artist, Oliver Batin.
Taking the time out of his hectic career, Tony has kindly reviewed A Brand New Day:
“A Brand New Day – A Banana Split Story, is a charming read, written in rhyme, that doesn’t get preachy about children of divorce (or separation). The author, A.S. Chung, doesn’t focus on the negatives of a child whose parents are divorced, rather, she conveys a positive message of how a child can continue to spend time with “both” parents (not to mention a step brother). Along with Paula Bossio’s delightful illustrations, A Brand New Day – A Banana Split Story is simple enough for young readers, yet entertaining enough for adults. Ultimately, this would be a great book for parents who are divorced to read along with their children. I look forward to reading more from this author.”
Wishful Wedding receives a 5 star review from Readers’ Favourite! Readers’ Favorite is owned and operated by authors for authors. Their staff and nearly all of our 500+ reviewers are authors who have come together to provide their fellow authors with a valuable set of resources to help them succeed.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite.
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“Wishful Wedding: A Pocketful of Pride is a children’s picture story written by Amy Chung and illustrated by Paula Bossio. It’s the story of a little girl who is quite excited about her aunt’s wedding. She’s to be the flower girl, and she has a special dress and shoes to wear. Her Dad is getting a little panicky about all the preparations for the wedding, but Papa is more relaxed about the whole affair. After she and her aunt approach the altar, she goes back to sit with her two fathers. They’re happy for the bride and groom, but she can see that they’re also feeling sad inside and wish they could be up there at the altar getting married themselves. She realizes that some people are frightened about her dads getting married, but she can’t figure out why. She just keeps on hoping that, one day, she’ll get to see them make their vows.
Reading Amy Chung’s children’s picture book, Wishful Wedding: A Pocketful of Pride, on the historic day that the Supreme Court made its decision to uphold marriage equality across the United States made a compelling tale even more poignant, I loved how Chung’s story made clear just how much the lives of the children of same-sex couples have been impacted by the fact that their parents can’t get married like other kids’ parents. She contrasts the feelings of joy and fulfillment experienced by couples who were allowed to get married with the feelings of those who were denied that right, and she explains the situation in a way that can be comprehended and, to a point, understood by young children. Paula Bossio’s illustrations are marvelous! Her fanciful line drawings and pastel colors are beautiful accompaniments to the plot, and her style is whimsical and inspired. As I was finishing the story, I began to visualize Papa and Dad finally getting to exchange their vows with their beaming daughter as their flower girl. Wishful Wedding: A Pocketful of Pride is most highly recommended.”
A Brand New Day receives a 5 star review from Readers’ Favourite! Readers’ Favorite is owned and operated by authors for authors. Their staff and nearly all of our 500+ reviewers are authors who have come together to provide their fellow authors with a valuable set of resources to help them succeed.
Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers’ Favorite.
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“A Brand New Day: A Banana Split Story, written by A.S. Chung and illustrated by Paula Bossio, addresses the lives of children of separation and divorce as they spend some days with their mothers and other days with their fathers. The main character of this story is a girl who is loved by her mother and father. She loves her days with each of them as she spends some days with her mum and some with her dad because they have separate homes. The girl shares what she enjoys doing with her parents. With her father, she enjoys cooking and camping, and on days with her mother she enjoys gardening, playing with her step-brother and having tea parties. The girl knows that she is loved by both her mother and father, and she loves them both and enjoys spending time with both.
A.S. Chung shares a story of a girl who has two homes in A Brand New Day: A Banana Split Story. This story is great as it will help children of separation and divorce learn that they are not alone in their family situation and also it can be reassuring for children to know that it is okay to enjoy both homes and not feel as if they have to pick a favorite home and/or parent. This book would be an excellent resource to use in a counseling group for elementary students in similar situations.”
A Brand New Day receives an amazing review from divorce bloggers The Optimistic Divorcees. Created by Cheryce Thompson and Shari Anderson, The Optimistic Divorcees was created as a way to share their experiences surrounding their marriages and divorces in an effort to encourage, support and relate to those who are experiencing separation or divorce. They realize that this transition is not easy and often times one may feel alone or believe no one understands. They do. It is their hope that this blog connects with those who need to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, life goes on and there’s reason to remain optimistic.
Thank you Cheryce and Shari for such a well thought out review of the book. You have articulated the exact intention of the book and we certainly hope it will be of some help to young children going through divorce.
“Times have changed and more resources have become available since I went through my transition from 2 parent, 2 income household to divorced, single parent. Back then I felt like there was no help and that I just had to find my way in the dark, on my own. If there were books, support groups, movies, etc available, I didn’t know anything about them. Today with an overload of information readily available at our fingertips via our ever-present smartphones, tablets, and even smart TVs, I’m more aware and always coming across various helpful blogs, periodicals, podcasts, books, etc that are beneficial to the successful navigation of this major life change.
As a result of a connection we’ve made via this outlet, we were introduced to a children’s book by A.S. Chung called A Brand New Day. This book is written from a child’s viewpoint as she deals with her every day life with her parents after their divorce. In the book the child talks about what she likes on the days she is with her dad and what she likes on the days she is with her mom. She expresses how much she loves her parents and the love that she feels from both her parents, even though they are apart. The book even addresses children dealing with a possible new family, as the character had a little step-brother.
My heart was warmed as I went through this picture book. Though simple, it was so REAL! It was a great depiction of how arrangements can be when a divorced couple share custody of a child. The story was parallel to some of my own experiences as my son went back and forth between us when he was younger. I’m confident that my son felt the love from his father and I, but it would have been great to have a book like this handy! I highly recommend this book if you have children and are divorced/separated and share custody. It could possibly help them to better understand the love that you all have for them and let them know that they are not alone and that other children are having the same experience.”