A Brand New Day: A Banana Split Story by A. S. Chung and Illustrated by Paula Bossio

A Brand New Day, children’s picture book about divorce receives a beautiful review from The Picture Book Review!

The Picture Book Review

A Brand New Day is an uplifting and beautifully illustrated story about a little girl’s life with her parents after the divorce.  It does a marvelous job of reminding us all that a parent’s marital status has nothing to do with how much they love their children.

Title: A Brand New Day:  A Banana Split Story

Author:  A. S. Chung

Illustrator:  Paula Bossio

Pigeonhole Books, July 2014, Fiction. ISBN: 978-0992538200

Suitable For Ages: 3 – 8+

Themes/Topics:

Family, Divorce, Parents

Opening:   

“I love Mondays and Tuesdays when I get to stay with my Dad.  I get to help make dinner with recipes from his notepad.”

Brief Synopsis:

A little girl tells us, in verse, about what her life is like on the alternating days that she spends with her mother and father.

From A Brand New Day. Images Courtesy of A.S. Chung.

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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.

A Brand New Day Review: by Joss Rodillo

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 Review by Lost in a Good Book

A Brand New Day is reviewed by book blog, Lost in a Good Book. Founder of the blog Amy had this to say: “I love to read and I love to write, and I have a wonderful and terribly addictive habit of book collecting. My book reviews vary from the funny and jovial, to the straightforward and serious. It certainly depends on how I have enjoyed the book and how much emotion I can get out.” Thank you Amy for this lovely review!

Lost in a Good Book

Published: 1st July 2014Goodreads badge
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Pigeonhole Books
Pages: 32
Format: ebook
Genre: Childrens Picture Book
★   ★   ★   ★  – 4 Stars

Mondays and Tuesdays are fun, going on cooking adventures with Dad. We look forward to Wednesdays and Thursday too when we get to be a green thumb with Mum. Don’t forget the holidays! Spring breaks with Mum and hot summer camping with Dad. Each day is a truly special day!

A Banana Split Story is a series within the Pigeonhole Books collection that features stories about children from separated and divorced families.

Note: I was provided with a copy of this book from the author for review.

This is a sweet story about one child’s experience with divorce, making it into a fun adventure and showing that having two houses, two families, and being apart doesn’t have to be a terrible experience.

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A Brand New Day Review: My Little Book Blog

A Brand New Day, children’s picture book about divorce is reviewed by My Little Book Blog! Thank you Lizzy for the wonderful review!

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Hellllllo readers, another day another book to bring you; I have honestly read some wonderful books recently. I’ve been adding them to Goodreads and Amazon and although I don’t personally do stars you have to on such websites and so many of them are four or five stars. I’m starting to feel a little like a broken record with all the praise however bringing you excellent books is all part of my job. Today a delightful children’s book, that looks at the silver lining of parents separating.

Mondays and Tuesdays are fun, going on cooking adventures with Dad. We look forward to Wednesdays and Thursday too when we get to be a green thumb with Mum. Don’t forget the holidays! Spring breaks with Mum and hot summer camping with Dad. Each day is a truly special day! A Banana Split Story is a series within the Pigeonhole Books collection that…

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A Brand New Day Review: By Bookideas.com

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.”

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.”

Book Review Requests: Checklist Of What You Will Need

A.S. ChungPosted by A.S. Chung.
Award-wining author of children’s picture books A Brand New Day: about divorce and Wishful Wedding: about LGBT equality and same gender families. Creator of Pigeonhole Books and blogs about self-publishing, writing, online book marketing, peer bloggers and illustrators.

BOOK REVIEW REQUESTS: CHECKLIST OF WHAT YOU WILL NEED
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Good Reviews = Sales.

So how do we go about getting them? In my short experience so far, I can attest to the fact that it’s very hard work and requires some back bone in soliciting them. I am not great at this process and I still continuously trawl through the internet requesting for them. This is not to say that I haven’t received any and am proud to say the reviews have been flattering. I have also learnt a thing or two about requesting for reviews and wished I had a simple checklist of what I would need to get me started.

When requesting for a review, you will come across reviewers of all shapes and sizes. They all have different requirements and it is much easier to have everything ready prior to starting the process. Typically, these are some of the recurring requirements I have encountered so far.

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BOOK INFORMATION
Title of the book
Name of the series (if applicable)
ISBN
ASIN
Number of pages
Word count
Synopsis of the book

AUTHOR INFORMATION
Author bio – have a short and long version. Some have character restrictions
Illustrator bio – have a short and long version

WEBSITES
Author/book website/blog address
Website links of where to purchase your book – have at least 3 of the main players
Social media links

ATTACHMENTS
Book in PDF, ePub and mobi formats
Image of the book cover
Images of a couple of pieces of artwork from the book if it’s a picture book
Images of some extracts from the book if it’s a picture book
Sample chapter or extracts
Professional image of yourself

TEMPLATES
Cover letter to accompany print edition reviews
Cover email for all online requests
Create a follow up email template.
Create a thank you email template should you receive a review

I cannot stress enough the importance of ensuring you read all submission guidelines properly. Every reviewer has different requirements, down to the heading of the email you are sending. If you must, print the requirements and check each one off one by one. All it takes is one small deviation and you end up in the trash folder. These reviewers literally get hundreds or thousands of requests. This is their way of filtering through the slush pile and deciding what they wish to read. They don’t have the time to be chasing for the information they need from you.

And my last piece of advice is, don’t underestimate how much time and effort this will take. Be organised and pay attention! Good luck!

Press: SDE Magazine

SDE MagazineSkin Deep Exposures 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. Dedicated to equipping our readers and each other to develop healthy, natural and productive lifestyles through self acceptance and love of others, our goal is to promote the significance of each individual journey and the recognition of the beauty of the scars that accompany our unique testimonies. We offer a safe and judgement free environment in which to connect and encourage one another to recognize and embrace the extraordinary God- given beauty we each possess from the inside, out. Click here for the feature on A Brand New Day.

 

Wishful Wedding Review: by Reader’s Favorite

Readers' Favorite Five StarsWishful 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.”