F is for Frederico the Mouse Violinist

A few months ago I reviewed a great new children’s book titled Frederico the Mouse Violinist, by Mayra Calvani.  This continues to be a favorite of mine of Guardian Angel Publishing. This great tale about Frederico learning to play the violin is an inspiration to musicians and those interested in the field of music. I can just see future musicians wrapping themselves up in a blanket and enjoying this wonderful story.

You’ve read my review before of this enchanting book. Here’s what some others had to say:

“Truly a new classic in picture books! “ —  Nancy I Sanders

“Frederico the Mouse Violinist struck a very special chord in my heart” –Nicole Weaver

Visit the links below for more reviews, information and how to purchase this great new book:




Book Review: Frederico the Mouse Violinist by Mayra Calvani

Frederico, the Mouse Violinist

by: Mayra Calvani

Illustrations: K.C. Snider

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-61633-114-6; 1616331143 Paperback

e-book: 13: 978-1-61633-125-2; 1616331259

Frederico the Mouse Violinist is a fascinating picture book about a mouse and a dream. Living in the workshop of the famed violin designer Antonio Stradivari, Frederico watches the talented designer craft spectacular violins. Wanting to learn more, at night he explored and learned to play the instruments. Little did he know, someone was watching and would surprise him with a special gift.

This was a heartwarming picture book to be enjoyed again and again. I like how the educational components tied in with the story, yet didn’t take away from it.

Illustrator K.C. Snider has done it again with colorful, engaging and realistic illustrations.

This is an all around fantastic book.

Click here or on the links above to purchase.

A CRASH! Course on Author Mayra Calvani

The first day of the Bounding for Books Blog Tour is here. Author Mayra Calvani stopped by and shared all on her latest book CRASH!

Be sure to stop by her blog www.crashthepuppy.blogspot.com
and leave a comment. At the end of the tour one lucky winner will receive an autographed copy of the print version of CRASH.

Multi-genre author, reviewer, dog lover and animal advocate Mayra Calvani hails from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She’s a regular contributor to Blogcritics Magazine and Suite101. When she is not writing, she enjoys reading, playing the violin, interviewing other authors for her blogs and newsletters and watching too many reruns of Gilmore Girls and I Dream of Jeannie. She’s the author of the picture book, The Magic Violin, also published by Guardian Angel Publishing. She’s also the Latino Books Examiner for Examiner.com:

Mayra Calvani’s book, CRASH! is a must-read for dog fans. We follow along as Marcelo tries to pick out the “perfect” name for his new, furry friend. The colorful, realistic illustrations done by Anna PylypchuK completes the book. Many reviewers enjoyed the CRASH! as well.

Since I will be hosting such successful authors as Mayra Calvani on this tour, I’m asking each one of them some questions. Check out what Ms. Calvani had to say:

Jennifer Gladen (JG): Tell us more about CRASH!

Mayra Calvani (MC): Crash is a humorous and heart-warming story about a little boy and his
first puppy. The boy learns the responsibilities that comes with owning a dog, and finds out that choosing the perfect name for a puppy
can be a very hard job! Readers can find all about it at
www.crashthepuppy.blogspot.com. The book will be available in Spanish
soon. I’m also donating 50% of my royalties to a golden retriever
rescue and sanctuary.

JG: Where did you get your idea for the story? Did something inspire you?

MC: Yes. Several years ago we had to give away our first golden retriever
puppy because my daughter was allergic and got very sick. His name was
Crash. Writing the book was a healing experience and helped me come to
terms with his leaving. A book is a very powerful thing.

JG: Yes, it’s sad to lose a pet. I’m glad writing the book helped heal you.
What is the best trait about your main character? What is the worst?

MC: The best? I’m loyal. The worst? I’m not as hardworking as I’d like.

JG: Describe the world through your character’s eyes. What do you see,
hear, feel and think?

MC: As Marcelo, the little boy in the story, the only thing I see, hear
and think about is CRASH!

JG: Do you have any upcoming books or projects you are working on?

MC: I have three other children’s picture books coming soon from Guardian
Angel Publishing. I’m also working on various works in progress in the
adult, young adult and children’s categories. In addition, I have
several finished manuscripts doing the publisher roundup. I keep
myself pretty busy!

JG: I’ve started offering tips on my blog to other authors. What is one
can’t-live-without-tip you have for beginning authors.

MC: ‘Leap, and the net will appear.’ You have to believe in yourself and
your dreams; you have to keep trying; you have to ‘just do it’. Don’t
talk about writing the novel or story. Just sit and write it. The only
person who can start the wheel moving is YOU.

JG: Excellent advice, Mayra. Thank you for visiting us! Good luck with all your projects!

Think you might want to buy CRASH? I have great news for you. Mayra Calvani is donating 50% of her author royalties to Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary

Purchase info:

by Mayra Calvani
Illustrated by Anna Pylypchuk
Guardian Angel Publishing
Tel: 314 276 8482
ISBN: 1-933090-54-5
April 2008
Paperback, 32 pages, $10.95
Picture Book, Ages 2-6

The Spanish Version is coming out this summer. Watch for it!

Links where you’ll find Mayra:

*Pets and Their Authors: www.petsandauthors.blogspot.com

*Mayra Calvani is the Latino Books Examiner

*Blog for Crash! www.crashthepuppy.blogspot.com

Crash! isn’t the only place you’ll see Mayra’s love of animals. Check out these articles on dogs:




Bounding for Books Blog Tour

We have an exciting two weeks coming up! The Bounding for Books Blog Tour is underway June 1, 2009. Follow along the tour. You’ll hear from authors Mayra Calvani, Donna Shepherd, Kim Chatel, Margot Finke, Shari Lyle-Soffe and Jennifer Gladen. Learn more about these authors and their books published by Guardian Angel Publishing.

We also have a special guest along with us. Joy Delgado,
publisher and illustrator of Zooprise Party/Fiesta Zoorpresa

The tour includes:

Donna Shepherd, author of Dotty’s Topsy Tale, http://www.topsyturvyland.com/

Jennifer Gladen, author of A Star in the Night, http://www.jgladen.blogspot.com/

Joy Delgado,

Kim Chatel, author of A Talent for Quiet,

Margot Finke, author of Rattlesnake Jam, http://margotfinke.blogspot.com

Mayra Calvani, author of Crash!,

Shari Lyle-Soffe, author of Nothing Stops Noah, http://sharilyle-soffe.com

What to expect:

Visit everyone’s blog from June 1 through 14th! Every author will host another author three times a week during the tour, namely Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please be sure to check everyone’s out. Some blogs are offering prizes:

Donna Shepherd – A copy of Topsy Turvy Land (print copy in the U.S. ; PDF outside the U.S.)

Kim Chatel – A signed copy of A Talent for Quiet

Margot Finke: At the end of each week Margot will give away 3 FREE AUDIO links. Each link has Margot reading one of her stories + illustrations. These will go to the 3 readers who add that week’s most unique comments.

Shari Lyle-Soffe – A Signed copy of Nothing Stops Noah

Article featuring My Light Magazine

Author Mayra Calvani interviewed me about My Light Magazine and my books that are under contract with Guardian Angel Publishing.

In the article, we discuss what My Light contains, our contents and our submission policies. Don’t miss the book descriptions at the end about my upcoming picture books: A Star in the Night, Teresa’s Shadow, and Angel Donor.

Click here to see the article on Suite 101.
You can also visit Mayra’s blog here. Check out her pet blog also. You don’t want to miss out on the fun over there!