Children’s Book: Chihuahuas Like Cheese by Janice Kingsbury, Illustrated by:Rachael Mahaffey

Back in April I had the pleasure of reviewing the adorable book: Lexi Goes On Vacation to the Outer Banks by Janice  Kingsbury, and today it is once again a pleasure to be featuring (and giving away!) another book by Janice.  Today, I proudly present to you:

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What I LOVE about Janice’s  books:

1) They ALWAYS convey multiple lessons

2) They promote Pet Adoption!

3) Her books show us just how special rescue dogs are!

Janice Kingsbury is a life-long Sheltie lover, (and while Shelties are not the “stars” of this book as they were in Lexi’s book, there are some adorable illustrations of them, and other GORGEOUS illustrations, all done by the talented Rachael Mahaffey.)

Bogie is a REAL Dog!!

Bogie lives with his family part-time in Mt.Laurel, NJ and part time in Duck, NC. He was rescued from a high-kill shelter in South Carolina by Burlington County Animal Alliance. The other dogs in the family, Beau, Lexi, Beemer, Jack and Hanna are also rescue dogs.  (Chihuahuas Like Cheese is dedicated to the memory of Beau, who was rescued from a puppy mill and who became the “most loyal friend Janice had ever known.”).

About The Author:

Janice is a former teacher and school psychologist with a passion for providing enjoyable fiction for kids

She received her undergraduate degree in education from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton. She received graduate degrees from Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, in Counseling, School Psychology, and administration/supervision. 

Janice also rescues and fosters dogs. Janice has lived in New Jersey most of her life, but has vacationed in the Outer Banks for the past 10 years. She and her husband fell in love the friendly seashore town of Duck. They loved the wildlife and the leash-free beaches.


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Many people vacationing on the beaches of the Outer Banks unknowingly encouraged Janice to write her first book. Their friendliness, questions, and interest in her rescue dogs often prompted her to tell stories, much like the one in her first book. Often her walks on the beach spans into hours as people approach the family to chat and play with the dogs. The friendly environment reminds Janice of younger years when families knew each other and played together.

Looking for a great bedtime, school story-time or ANYTIME read that will encourage discussion? This is YOUR book!  Chihuahuas Like Cheese would also be a great “beach-read” on a lazy afternoon! Grab the kids, cuddle on a blanket, grab a piece of cheese, (of course!), and fall in love with brave little Bogie!!

 The kids will learn valuable lessons such as:

Size doesn’t make you a big cheese

There is ALWAYS more cheese

There is always SOMEONE who WANTS your cheese

Give some cheese back to others

Do what you do best and the rest will work out


Dakota and I give Chihuahuas Like Cheese 4-PAWS UP!!


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  • Paperback: 54 pages
  • Publisher: outerbooks Publishing LLC; 1 edition (April 23, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 069237891X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692378915


Janice has generously offered to give FOUR OF OUR READERS (who reside in the U.S., my apologies to our International readers),  a copy  of Chihuahuas Like Cheese.  (A $12.99 value).

Entering is easy! Just please leave a comment that CLEARLY STATES THAT YOU ARE ENTERING TO WIN A COPY OF THE BOOK.

The give-away is open NOW and will end at 5pm on Thursday, August 13th. The lucky winners will be announced on or around Friday, August 14th.

A Children’s Book with a Powerful Message:How Meg Changed Her Mind by Ethel K.Coffey

“Change is inevitable”, but how we cope with change has a powerful influence on how our life will be.

Bringing a new pet into the home?

Expecting a new child?

Have a little one in your home who will be affected by an impending,

life-altering change to their daily routine?

You will want to read How Meg Changed Her Mind by Ethel K. Coffey.

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From the Publisher:

“Set in the beautiful Sonoran Desert in Arizona, How Meg Changed Her Mind is a vibrant telling of the difficulties of navigating change and emotions. Following a fun cast of pets and desert animals, the book encourages children to accept change and turn negative thoughts into positive ones.”

Based on a TRUE STORY “Meg, feeling sad and lonely, believes her life is ruined! She is sure it is all Baylee’s fault. 

Her friend, Sabera the quail, helps her to look at things in a new way.

Visit Meg, Baylee, and some of their desert neighbors, to find out how Meg changed her mind.”

While being geared towards children, How Meg Changed Her Mind is a book that ANYONE who has experienced, or WILL be experiencing life-altering change can benefit from reading. We all often fall victim to less-than-healthy thinking that can strongly affect everything in our lives in a negative fashion. How Meg Changed Her Mind teaches all of us that if we CHANGE our thinking to POSITIVE thoughts, POSITIVE results WILL HAPPEN!

Along with being beautifully written, and possessing a powerful message that is important to all of us,  the vibrant desert hued colors used in the illustrations by Betty Schweitzer-Johnson make this book a visual delight.

How Meg Changed Her Mind is available on CD at

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Ethel K. Coffey worked as a reading specialist and special educator for more than 30 years. Coffey was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, and currently lives there with her husband David, their dog Baylee and two cats, Cougar and Benney.


In full disclosure:I was not compensated for this review. I was sent a copy of How Meg Changed Her Mind in exchange for my honest opinion.

Book Review: “JJ the American Street Dog And How He Came To Live In Our House” By Diane Rose-Solomon a Mom’s Choice Award Winner! Enter to win a copy!


Completely charmed, and with a smile on my face, I read JJ the American Street Dog And How He Came To Live In Our House by Diane Rose-Solomon. I have reviewed many books, rarely a children’s book that teaches the importance of pet adoption, and the few I read prior to JJ The American Street Dog that DID reference pet adoption and were geared towards children, paled in comparison. THIS BOOK HAS IT ALL!

Click on the book cover to purchase this marvelous book!

Click on the book cover to purchase this marvelous book!

Written with children ages five to nine in mind, JJ The American Street Dog is the perfect vehicle to teach children not only about the importance of pet adoption, but that adopting a dog (or any other pet) is  a huge responsibility and commitment that should be viewed in terms of “forever.”

Author, Diane Rose-Solomon delivers the above message in terms that children can easily understand, but more importantly, she tells the story of JJ and how he was adopted, in a fun and heart-warming manner.

 JJ the American Street Dog and How He Came to Live in Our House, is the first book in a series, (I cannot wait to read the ensuing books!) for children ages five to nine.  The little ones will easily identify with six-year-old Maya who “has wanted a dog for as long as she can remember.” When her uncle finds a homeless puppy, (JJ), Maya begs to keep him. But her mom isn’t sure.

Does Maya get to keep JJ? I’ll never tell! You have to purchase the book to find out!

Along with being a charming story, this gem teaches kids and adults about animal homelessness, basic animal care, the importance of spaying and neutering your pet (worded appropriately for children), pet adoption and the unconditional love people get from their family pet.

The illustrations by Rachel Cellinese are bright, colorful, and energetic, they  help to make this already fabulous book, even more fabulous!

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With a hard cover and only 31 pages long,  don’t let the fact that this is a quick read, (ideal for parents who read bedtime stories to their children, teachers who are looking for something both fun AND educational, children’s library reading groups and more!) fool you! This is a children’s book that not only educates the little ones about the importance of pet adoption/ownership,  it does so with charm, heart and much love!

Another bonus point? A percentage of book sale profits benefit animal rescue organizations.


About the Author

Diane Rose- Solomon, a Certified Humane Education Specialist, rescued the real JJ 17 years ago. This is her first book, and the first in the “JJ The American Street Dog” series. Ms. Rose- Solomon lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children and two rescued dogs, Gonzo and Ninja.

About the Illustrator

Rachel Cellinese is a graphic designer and illustrator living in Los Angeles. She also uses her artistic talents to help organizations such as 826LA and Big Class New Orleans. This is her first full-length children’s book. One day she hopes to adopt a dog of her own!


SOP3 Publishing: Available online at and Amazon

ENTER TO WIN!!! The author, Diane Rose-Solomon has generously offered ONE of my readers who is 18 years of age or older, and WHO RESIDES IN THE U.S. the chance to win a copy of JJ the American Street Dog And How He Came To Live In Our House  (A $16.99 value)





In full disclosure:I was not compensated for this review/give-away. I was sent a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.