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Penelope Anne Cole enjoys writing children’s stories to be read aloud. “Reading to children is the best way to help them love literature.” Ms. Cole has taught and tutored at every grade level, K to 12, and community college. She also reviews children's books. When not writing or reviewing children’s books, Ms. Cole enjoys dog walking, reading, gardening, church, and choir activities. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a member of the California Writers Club:  Fremont Area Writers, SF Peninsula Writers, and South Bay Writers, and is a Reading Therapist with Read America. Ms. Cole reviews books at


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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Animal Sound Mix-up by Connie Arnold with artwork by Kit Grady

Animal Sound Mix-up by Connie Arnold, with artwork by Kit Grady, is a delightful rhyming book.  This charming book is certain to please many children, who will laugh and giggle at the animals making such funny sounds.  It’s fun to speak the rhymes and make the animals sound silly.  I can even hear them saying, “Oh no, a bird doesn’t say oink.  A monkey doesn’t say moo.  And whoever heard of a barking horse?”  

Kit Grady’s artwork is perfectly suited to the story.  It is fun and whimsical, as much a treat for all eyes as the rhymes are fun for little ears to hear and repeat.  The animals are clearly having a great time and invite young readers to play along with them.

My daughter and I have always loved rhyming books, with many fond memories of reading the rhymes aloud together.  As soon as you finish the book, your child will want you to read it all over again.  Animal Sound Mix-up is surely such a book.  It is bound to quickly become an oft requested favorite, enjoyed many times over.  Thank you Connie Arnold for this lovely book.

Animal Sound Mix-up is available from Guardian Angel Publishing, also Amazon.com.


  1. Lovely review! This was enjoyable to read and in doing so, learn more about you two authors!

    Thank you.

  2. Thank you for sharing the sweet review, Penelope!

    Nancy, thanks for taking time to read and comment. You are doing so well with your books, and I wish you continued success!

  3. Terrific review of Connie's book. I look forward to visiting often.