A Brand New Day Review: by C.J. Anaya

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.

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A Brand New Day Review: by Tony Jerris

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 – Book Cover Reveal!

Wishful Wedding by A.S. ChungPigeonhole Books is pleased to announce that Wishful Wedding is well on target to being released mid-2015 and we are absolutely delighted to share our book cover for a taste of things to come!

This children’s picture book will be the first story from our next series, A Pocketful of Pride. This series within the Pigeonhole Books collection features stories about children from families with same-sex parents.

Synopsis of Wishful Wedding:
Papa’s sister is getting married today! Daddy helps me with my flower girl bouquet. We witness in delight and giggle with glee but deep down in our hearts, we’re sad you see? When will my fathers be able to wed? I can only hope for change, in the future ahead.

With Ireland becoming the first country to legalise gay marriage by popular vote, it only highlights a social revolution much needed in society today. The United of States of America have yet to pass Federal Law in the Supreme Court whilst in Australia it remains a contentious issue and the only English speaking nation not to follow suit.

This book aims at bringing awareness to children about marriage inequality in a gentle manner. We hope for nothing more than people who love each other to have the legal right to declare their lifelong commitment to each other.

Wishful Wedding – Book Announcement – Mid 2015!!

We are excited to announce that our next book, Wishful Wedding, will be available mid 2015! Working with illustrator Paula Bossio once again, here is a sneak peek of the first draft of book.

Wishful Wedding by A.S. Chung

This children’s picture book will be the first story from our next series, A Pocketful of Pride. This series within the Pigeonhole Books collection features stories about children from families with same-sex parents.

Here is a synopsis of Wishful Wedding:
Papa’s sister is getting married today! Daddy helps me with my flower girl bouquet. We witness in delight and giggle with glee but deep down in our hearts, we’re sad you see? When will my fathers be able to wed? I can only hope for change, in the future ahead.

This book aims at bringing awareness to children about marriage inequality in a gentle manner. We hope for nothing more than people who love each other to have the legal right to declare their lifelong commitment to each other.

A Brand New Day: Review by Optimistic Divorcees

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.”

A Brand New Day: Final Cover

Ladies and Gentlemen, the final front cover is in! What an accomplishment and once again, thanks to Paula Bossio, the wonderful illustrator who has an incredible knack for interpreting my stories with amazing precision!

A Brand New Day by A.S. Chung

 

 

A Brand New Day: Next Stage of the Cover!

Using a water colour technique, the second draft fo the cover is in! It is fascinating to see the progress and I am loving this project!

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A Brand New Day: Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peek of the first draft of the front and back covers for A Brand New Day. Paula Bossio, you are amazing!

A Brand New Day Draft Book Cover and Back