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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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Monday, November 4, 2013

"Captain Courage and the World’s Most Shocking Secret" by Stacey A. Marshall, illustrated by Michelle Morse



Captain Courage and the World’s Most Shocking Secret is the second Captain Courage book by Stacey A. Marshall, illustrated by Michelle Morse. We again see Mr. Magico, Blythe Elementary School’s Principal, in his superhero costume with his “sparkly goggles” and his “rainbow fear-squishing shoes.” We follow him around the school meeting and encouraging students.
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In this story, Mr. Magico shares with his wife, a teacher, and some students, his own personal fear. His fear is so great, it's been giving him crazy nightmares. Katie, a new student whom he helped overcome her own fears last year, is sworn to secrecy when he asks for her help. She agrees, though shocked by his revealing his deepest fear. Mr. Magico also enlists the help of a teacher, Mrs. Berrycastle, and swears her to secrecy, along with two other students. How many can keep this secret?

At the whole school talent show all will be revealed, but not as Mr. Magico might have wished. Mr. Magico and Katie are congratulating themselves backstage when there's a little hiccough with Katie's microphone still being on. Uh oh. Now the big secret is out! Sometimes some secrets just can't be kept. Katie's comments show how all the students feel about their courageous, superhero principal. (Right, still trying to keep the secret from you, too.)
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Michelle Morse’s colorful and energetic illustrations put us squarely in the action. She did that so well – you will love the artwork. Kids will also love the cute turtle that hangs out in this story.

Stacey Marshall's second Captain Courage story is full of fun with many helpful pointers on overcoming such common fears as performance anxiety, stage "jitters, and shyness. It will be a good book for read-alouds and discussions. It also reminds us that our friends can help us if we would just reach out and ask them -- we don't have to go it alone.

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    1. Hi Jan, thanks so much for stopping by and your always supportive comments!

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  2. Thanks for a great review Penny I wish you much success Stacey

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    1. Hi Sue, thanks for your support. Yes, wishing Stacey success. I think this book should be enjoyed in schools.

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  3. Penny always does thoughtful and informative reviews.
    This is a great series, and I have already read and added another review for this on to my Book Reviews (Kids to YA) on Pinterest. Will add this one as well.

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    1. Hi Margot, I really appreciate your support and comments! Thanks for the love!

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  4. This looks terrific, and your post, Penny, is glorious. Love the colors and the text, of course! Nice way to begin a morning.

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    1. Thanks, Nancy, for your lovely comments -- always so supportive. Wishing Stacey much success with her Captain Courage series.

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  5. Many thanks Penny! -Stacey Marshall :)

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    1. Hi Stacey, Wishing you lots of success with this series!

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  6. I saw this on another blog and just LOVE, LOVE the title. Thanks for the inside look, too. :)

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    1. Thanks, Margo, this is a very "active" book that should hold the kids' interest.

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  7. Thanks for sharing the great review, Penny. You write them so well, and make this book sound very inviting!

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