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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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See reviews of Ms. Cole's books at

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Her website is www.penelopeannecole.com

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"There’s a Lion in the House" by Mary Esparza-Vela, Illustrated by Jack Foster



There’s a Lion in the House, by Mary Esparza-Vela, and illustrated by Jack Foster, is another sweet book for young children. Young Robby Rabbit has a bad habit of tricking and teasing his brothers. Of course, they don’t like it one bit. Just like the story of the boy who cried wolf, Robby plays his tricks once too often and when he really needs help, no one comes to his rescue.  He’s left to face the dangerous sound of a lion’s roar all on his own.  He’s brave and hurries to save his parents, only to get a big surprise – and it’s not a lion in the house!

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Jack Foster’s illustrations are in his usual cartoony style. The rabbits are soft and fluffy; the action and emotions are well-portrayed.  It’s easy for youngsters who don’t read yet to follow the story and be happily entertained. More information about Jack Foster is at http://jacktoon.blogspot.com/.


Ms. Esparza-Vela’s stories are straightforward, but each one has a message that teachers and parents will appreciate. In There’s a Lion in the House, the message is if you tease and play tricks on your family, they may not believe you. It’s better to be truthful and be a family member who can be trusted. 
aboutIn Lucky’s Lick, the message is you can do what must be done if you have the love and support of your family and friends. 

In You Can’t Take the Dinosaur Home, the message is we can’t always do what we want to, but we can look out for our family and listen to our parents. 
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aboutIn The Odd Chick, the message is to appreciate and accept our differences. 

In The Turtle Who Imagined, the message is to accept yourself and your gifts. 
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aboutIn The Smiling Burro, the message is to value your pets and care for them. 

In Bearly Learning about Water the message again is to take care of and look after your family.

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Most of Ms. Esparza-Vela's books are translated into Spanish. More information about Mary Esparza-Vela and for signed copies (and dolls) go to: www.marysdollsandbooks.com/.


There’s a Lion in the House and many of Ms. Esparza-Vela's books are published by www.guardianangelpublishing.com/, and also available from www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com
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Tags:  Mary Esparza-Vela, Jack Foster, children's books, lion, rabbits, turtle, chicks, bears, burro, puppy, love, helping, playing, learning, family, brothers, sisters, Guardian Angel Publishing

10 comments:

  1. The illos for this book are SO appealing. I added your review to my Book Reviews (kids to YA (on Pinterest )

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    1. Hi Margot, Yes,, always count on Jack's illos to be "kid friendly," fun, and appealing. Mary's message is right on target, as in her other books. Thanks for commenting and supporting us.

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    1. Hi Jan, thanks for your kind words! I appreciate your unfailing support.

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  3. Thanks for sharing, Penny. Well done, Mary and Jack.

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    1. Hi Barbara, thanks for your comments! Wishing Mary and Jack much success with this sweet story.

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  4. Sounds like a fun read. I love the cover. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Janet, thanks for visiting and commenting! It's a cute, sweet story.

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  5. It's wonderful that Mary has another fun book with an important message for kids, and Jack's illustrations are adorable, as always! Thanks for the great review, Penny!

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    1. Hi Connie, thanks for your support. I do like Mary's themes -- important messages for kids to hear. Wishing her much success.

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