Magical Matthew

Children - Grade K-3rd
24 Pages
Reviewed on 02/22/2013
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Author Biography

Penelope Anne Cole is a writer and teacher in Santa Clara, California. A special joy is teaching children to read and love literature. Ms. Cole has taught at every grade level before writing children’s books.

After reading books to children for many years, Ms. Cole now writes her own stories. Her first published storybook, "Magical Matthew," was inspired by a friend's son who attained double digits.

Ms. Cole expanded on this milestone by giving Matthew magical powers. He fixes things secretly and faces issues of trust and secrecy. He deals with problems of disappointment and change as he grows.

The Magical series continues with "Magical Mea," Matt's little sister. See how the impish Mea uses her magical powers. Matthew and his friend Lily have their hands full trying to mentor Mea.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite

Matthew had magical powers but he couldn’t understand why. But then he started liking his magic and decided to keep the secret to himself because he didn’t know what people would think. And it was when he was with his friend who was in a wheel chair that he found out he could only fix things, not people. But will Matthew always have his magical powers to fix anything that is broken? Find out in this really cute new book by Penelope Anne Cole.

What a cute story and and what sweet imagination! All kids like to think with their magic mind at one time or another, and Matthew’s story is a reminder of this. And I love the special sweet relationship Matthew has with his friend in the wheel chair, one that is strong enough that he confides in her, and they go through the neighborhood together trying to find things that need to be fixed. But after a while, the time comes for Matthew to realize that his powers are just magical and no longer work. What will happen to Matthew now that he can’t fix things as he wants? I highly recommend this wonderful story about Matthew. Your children will certainly listen to this story in awe of the magic of the pages. And they will also enjoy the awesome illustrations that fit so well with the story, helping to bring the pages to life as they hear the words. You will not be disappointed with this little book!

Susan Hornbach

Thanks for the great review. Congrats Penny, on the first of more to come.