Book review : “Stinky and the Night Mare”

As the year comes to a close I realize I am nearing my one year anniversary here at the lovely WordPress homestead. I am so very thankful for those wonderful writers I have met and the books and words of the many I have read. I have several reviews to tend to and time is always so hard to come by but today I am doing my first book review on this blog.
Not having any children, but having the mind of whimsy that thoroughly seeks words of magic and joy I was giddy with happiness when in my mailbox appeared a lovely shiny childs book gifted to me by the wonderful L. Stewart Marsden. The dark colors and large eyes of the girl on the cover led me to believe that there would be some spookiness within the pages and as I opened to the beginning was given the gift of a lovely poem that I reread three times before beginning the tale of Stinky.
“what would you do, if you would, if you could?” Well I stopped right there and asked myself that very question. The possibilities were endless. To read this to a child and to spark within their minds the possibilities, well I must say that is a wonderful thing.
As children we are taught to dream beautiful magical things, and as we grow older we tend to forget about the simple things like believing and dreaming and make-believe. This beginning poem re-opened the possibilities and I was so thankful for that reminder.
So next delving into the story itself, and going in blind I might add, I expected the story to be about nightmares. Well, having an adult mind for the most part that is what most would think, right? Well, not exactly. This is a wonderful story about a child, “stinky” who could be belligerent and want her own way when it was time to go to bed. In the most magical way, the master story creator weaves a tale of this girl and the magic that can happen with the help of a diamond-shaped nightlight with a star on it. If you read my blog you know that any mention of stars just leaves me tickled pink and to see this in the story made me love it even more.
I don’t want to be a spoiler so I won’t tell you the whole story but let’s just say it involves a beautiful horse, a mare who comes at night. Hence the night mare.
My niece loved the book but would not let me take her picture reading it as she was having a bad hair moment as any proper seven-year old girl will tell you, no photos please….my hair just isn’t up to it. I guess she was being a little “stinky” over it but that’s ok.
The illustrations are vibrant and bring this story to life. Jessie Luo is the artist and does magnificent work.
If you have a child and are looking for a beautiful gift to give, I highly recommend this book, and even if you don’t have any kiddies, well I find it will be a great book for an adult who still believes in magic, stars and beautiful horses that visit at bedtime.
Thank you Skip for your beautiful book that I will cherish. Please visit his blog and read the tales of Stinky and hop on over and buy a copy for the holidays or a special occasion gift for a child…or magical adult. is where you will find more of his wonderful words for children and adults.

The tones of a muse

Listen to the sounds
Whispered breezes move the music maker
Sweetest sounds on air
The call of a muse sent
From a heart so far.
Hear the tubular bells
Singing softly
Sounds of peace fill the air
Light cheer maker
The notes of the universe
In harmony.
Can you hear the loveliness
Of the sound of friends
Merriment of chimes
Soothing the soul
A gift from a muse.
She moves back her scarf
Listening for the sound
Far away an answering call
I am here
Filled with thanks
For this gift of music
For the beauty of a symphony
Carried to the sea.
Reminders of the siren song
Held in my hand gently,
Loved with sincerity
Embraced in words
That follow the tune
Softly on a summer wind
And reverberating through the world.

I am truly blessed by the beauty of a gift. A perfect symbol in tune with the flow of wind, a silent request to the universe for a home by the sea filled with the music of chimes carrying ocean breezes, lightly creating a song of love and life and friendship.
Today in my mailbox an exquisite gift of wind chimes from a friend so far away, and the tune it plays so lovely leaving my heart so light and happy. I cannot express in words just how perfect this is and how thankful I am. Peace, love and blessings dear friend.

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