A Brand New Day: Review by Kirstin Lenane

Author and illustrator Kirstin Lenane has review A Brand New Day.  Kirstin has a BA in English from Vassar College and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University where she is also an academic and personal counselor. She has 2 illustrated stories, Cookies, a Tale of Friendship and The Scare, A Halloween Story. Thank you Kirstin for your lovely review of the book!

“This is a very sweet story about all the good things that can happen when days are split up between Mum’s house and Dad’s house. Dad likes to cook, Mum likes to garden. The young narrator in this story gets to do both! Follow her through the seasons as she enjoys times with both of her parents, even though they are apart. This is a joyful story, filled with lovely, whimsical illustrations. It’s a story that will help children to see that good things can happen even when your parents are no longer together.”


A Brand New Day: Review & Giveaway by DadsDivorce.com

DadsDivorce.com was founded by Joseph E. Cordell, of Cordell & Cordell, for the purpose of informing fathers about their rights during divorce litigation, while providing them with concrete, practical resources to achieve the best results in the courtroom. It is tailored for the needs of fathers as they know that the divorce process can be hard, especially for men.

Dads.Divorce.com has kindly reviewed A Brand New Day and is also giving away a copy of our book!

“When sharing custody of your son or daughter, it can be challenging for the child to maintain a sense of family while shuffling back and forth between parents during the week.

In “A Brand New Day – A Banana Split Story,” children’s author A.S. Chung shows that it’s possible to maintain a loving relationship with both parents even though they are divorced. With illustrations from Paula Bossio, Chung follows a young girl whose parents are divorced throughout a typical week. On one page, she’s gleefully planting flowers with her mother. On the next, she’s joyfully camping with her father.

The book is perfect for a young child trying to comprehend how they will hold a happy relationship with both parents even though they are split. It explains that the child’s relationship with his/her parents doesn’t have to be of the either/or variety.”

NOTE: DadsDivorce will hold a book giveaway for one copy of Chung’s “A Brand New Day ­­– A Banana Split Story.” To enter in the giveaway, either like, share or re-Tweet this post (NOT at Pigeonhole Books) on social media or email info@dadsdivorce.com by Friday, Nov. 21, at 12 p.m. Central Standard Time. The winner will be chosen randomly and announced the following day.

A Brand New Day: Review by Mariana Llanos

Children’s book author, mother, blogger, wife and teacher, Mariana Llanos has kindly reviewed A Brand New Day. Mariana, who still believes in Peter Pan, is the author of the Tristan Wolf Series, The Wanting Monster and the Staircase on Pine Street. Thank you Mariana for your lovely insight into our book and highly recommending it!

“A great story for any child, but especially for kids who get to have two homes due to their parents’ divorce. Told in first person (which makes it more relatable) this is a little girl who spends her weekdays and holidays between her mom and dad’s new homes. Cheerful and charming, this little book is a must in the library of any family who is going through a separation. The illustrations are insanely adorable and make this book even more enjoyable. I highly recommend it!”

A Brand New Day: Review by Magdalena Zuljevic

Illustrator Magdalena Zuljevic was born and raised in Croatia. She studied at The Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, earning a BFA in Art education. She has collaborated with authors Suzana Tulac and Emer Martin to create Why is the Moon Following Me?. For all parents wishing to educate their children about early astronomy, get this beautifully illustrated collection of short poems!

Magi has kindly reviewed A Brand New Day.

“The book’s written and illustrated in such a cheerful way, it takes out all the ugliness of divorce and puts a positive spin on it, turning it into an sweet, innocent children’s book. Very lovely.”

A Brand New Day: Review by Shawnie Clark

Shawnie Clark, author of numerous children’s picture books including Crocky Dile and Lila and The Leaves, has given A Brand New Day an honest and lovely review. Thank you Shawnie!

“A wonderful book about a little girl who has to divide her time between her mom’s house and her dad’s house.It is well written and has a very positive outlook! The rhyming flows nicely and the illustrations are fabulous! Loved it!

A Brand New Day: Review by Aviva Gittle

Aviva Gittle, author of Kitten & Butterfly and creator of the Aviva Gittle Publishing blog, has generously reviewed A Brand New Day! Thank you for taking the time to read the book and we are thrilled you enjoyed it!

“A Brand New Day by A.S. Chung offers a child a positive way to view his/her parents’ divorce. We all know it’s bad and we all know it’s hard, but the circumstances cannot be changed. What can change is how the child feels about moving back and forth between two families. A Brand New Day, through sweet and simple rhyme, shifts the focus to all the wonderful things the little girl in the story gets to do with the people in her life whom she loves.

The illustrations by Paula Bossio drive the story. The sheer joy conveyed in every picture is infectious. Truly, it makes me very happy to just look at them. They would make fabulous greeting cards (hint, hint…) This is a child having a great time cooking and camping with Dad, gardening with Mom, and playing outside with her stepbrother.

I highly recommend this book. Obviously, for young children of divorced parents. But, also for other children to gain understanding of what children of divorce may be experiencing.”

Where to Purchase A Brand New Day

Slowly but surely, A Brand New Day is being released into the marketplace in hard cover, paperback and eBook format. Eventhough we have been gearing up for this to obviously eventuate, its quite another thing to finally actually see it being available. This big bad world of self-publishing sure is a roller coaster of an adventure but one that I am very happy to be on and can’t ever wait for the next ride!

Here are some of the sites you would be able to obtain a copy from. We shall update this list constantly as the book surfaces across the different websites.


Alibris      Angus & Robertson      bokus.com     Books A Million     Book Depository

Fishpond     InfiBeam     Merritt Books     Rakuten     Tattered Cover


Alibris     Amazon     Barnes & Noble     bokus.com     Books A Million     Book Depository

Bookfari     Booktopia     Book Manager     Fishpond     InfiBeam

Old Firehouse Books     Peregrine Book Company     Powell’s Book     Tattered Cover


Amazon     Barnes & Noble     bokus.com     eBookmall     Feedbooks     Hugendubel     Kobo

A Brand New Day: Review by Marion Lovato

Marion Lovato, author of Sam, the Superkitty has sent through a lovely review of A Brand New Day! Marion is a retired teacher who dreams of writing the ‘Great American Novel’. We are glad that she felt we had handled a difficult topic well.

“A Brand New Day by A.S. Chung is a wonderful book that emphasizes the positive things of being with one parent at a time. This can be a very difficult time for a child, and I love the way the author handled this subject. The rhyming is cute and something that will definitely hold a child’s attention. Job well done!!”

A Brand New Day: Review by Corine Dehghanpisheh

Corine Dehghanpisheh, author at Books by Corine D and blogger at My Art To Inspire has kindly reviewed A Brand New Day. Corine is a Mom’s Choice Awards® Silver Recipient and a Next Generation Indie Author Finalist for her debut children’s book Can We Play Again? She is also an advocate for the creative arts in therapy and education and believes that art helps people to express themselves, communicate, and learn. Thank you Corine! I am so glad you love it!

“I love this book.

In summary a young girl has to split her time between her mom and dad. This story communicates valuable messages through the positive interactions that the girl experiences with her parents separately. Most importantly the young girl knows that she is loved and that they will always be there for her.

A.S. Chung has really developed an engaging story for a difficult topic of divorce or separation through her use of rhyming words. The illustrations are just as charming and they help to emphasize the books messages.

A Brand New Day – A Banana Split Story is a well written and illustrated children’s book, which I would recommend especially to families that are living through divorce or separation.”

Interview with A.S. Chung: by Valerie Harmon

I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Valerie Harmon, author of the WantstoBe series and creator of Children’s Illustrated Picture e-Book Reviews.  The original posting may be found here.

VH: How do you decide what to write about?
ASC: My writing stems from what I staunchly believe in and from personal experiences. I am all about preaching positive messages and the importance of love and family.

VH: How did you find your illustrator?
ASC: An advertisement in the paper, looking for an illustrator! By gosh we found a gem! Not only is she talented, she has an uncanny knack of interpreting my words beautifully.

VH: Did you create your own publishing company, how and why?
ASC: Yes I did! Pigeonhole Books is a project very close to my heart. Dealing with important subjects such as divorce as well as same-sex, blended and multiracial families, I really wanted to have complete control of the book.

As for how, a lot of research and finding the medium that would suit me from a creative and financial point of view. Print on Demand distribution was perfect for me.

VH: What are your favorite books (children’s books and otherwise)?
ASC: I grew up reading Enid Blyton. Despite all the revelations about her writing styles in present day, I saw none of her racism and sexism when I was reading them. She always managed to immerse me into a world of pure imagination. It is no wonder that I then progressed onto Roald Dahl. I love that I am now reading these books to my daughter, allowing me to re-live my childhood!

As an adult, my all-time favourite genre is fantasy. Books that allow me to escape out of the real world as I immerse myself into a makeshift bubble of silence! David Eddings was my first true love, with Raymond E. Feist not very far behind.

I read all the classics too. I have a bookshelf about to burst at the seams filled with books of all kinds of genres. I can sometimes have four books on the go, depending on my mood!

VH: What advice do you have for people who want to write children’s books?
ASC: Just do it! The writing part is easy. If you had the inclination to do in the first place, you have already formulated a manuscript in your head. The hard part is getting it out there, the dos and don’ts and the right and wrong way to go about it. But in the end, just give it a go. If anything, allow it to satisfy your inner desire to put words on paper. It’s incredibly exciting!

VH: What’s your favorite part of being a writer?
ASC: My favourite part is seeing my message being interpreted by readers exactly as I had intended. My book is only 800 words. I had to find a way to express my message succinctly.