A Little Goes a Long Way

Children - Concept
44 Pages
Reviewed on 06/02/2015
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Author Biography

Award winning author, Ashley Mills Monaghan, has a BFA in film production and a minor in music from Chapman University. She completed her post graduate degree in Early Childhood Education at Saint Nicholas Montessori College Ireland. Ashley was a preschool teacher in both Ireland and in southern California for several years. "A Little Goes a Long Way" has received 3 awards so far. For more information on the author, the making of the book and for free downloads, visit www.alittlegoesalongwaybook.com!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Cheryl Schopen for Readers' Favorite

In A Little Goes a Long Way, written by Ashley Mills Monaghan and illustrated by Vivian Nguyen, Fin, along with his adorable dog, Sausages, tries his best to help his family out by doing some chores. From giving the dog way too much food to putting way too much laundry detergent in the washer, Fin quickly realizes, with the help of his parents and grandparents, that a little goes a long way.

I have read quite a few children’s books recently, and I have to say that this book is the cutest so far. There was something about it that just had me smiling from ear to ear throughout the whole story. It could be the fact that it is written in a perfectly simplistic way that children will understand and relate to. It could most certainly be the fact that the illustrations were absolutely adorable, unique, and incomparable. It could also be the fact that even though presented in a simple way, this story teaches a valuable lesson of conservation and love. Then again, it could be all of the above. I just absolutely loved this book, and I don’t have one single negative thing to say about it.

I read this book on my computer, but I will definitely be purchasing a paperback copy for my daughter, who needs to learn the lessons taught and who will completely love the illustrations. With a super cute story and fantastic images, A Little Goes a Long Way is a must-read. Ashley Mills Monaghan and Vivian Nguyen make the perfect team, and I hope to see more from them both. I will gladly add this book and any others created by them to my daughter’s growing library.

Cathleen Sibley

I totally agree with your complete book review. It also invites your ears to listen for repeating language for young listeners, which is essential to listening comprehension.

Rick Felty

I love this book! "A Little Goes a Long Way" is the story of Finn and his little dog Sausages. Finn is a little boy who keeps trying to help around the house but hasn't yet learned the lesson of the book which is in fact that a little goes a long way. As he tries to help, he often overdoes it and gets into several entertaining situations. However through kind and supportive help from the adults in the book, Finn learns a valuable lesson and is able to demonstrate his success for everyone in the family.

The story is fun and engaging for kids and their parents. The drawings are equally fun, as well as wonderfully done. Several important lessons are demonstrated for children in this book including helping around the house, taking constructive feedback from grown-ups, learning from your mistakes and perhaps most importantly, saving resources.

This is a great fun book and I recommend it for the toddlers and little children in your life.

- Rick Felty, author of "Tabitha Fink: The Cat With One Eye"