Magical Mea

Children - Grade K-3rd
24 Pages
Reviewed on 06/08/2013
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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 Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

"Magical Mea" by Penelope Anne Cole is an exciting story about Matthew and his little sister Mea. The story deals with Mea acquiring magical powers when Matthew loses his. Though Matthew wants to teach Mea how to use it, she refuses his help because she wants to do it her own way. The book is a must read for children who are getting into reading for the first time. The story is thrilling. The language is simple. The illustrations are bright and colorful. What more does a child need? Mea's parents, brother Matthew and grandmother Nonie are all sketched so very well that they stay in your mind. The visual part of the book also enhances the story line. Mea is illustrated well. She looks mischievous with her curls and cheeks and naughty expressions. Her vivacity comes through in all the pictures. It is a proof of how the author and the illustrator complement each other very well which attributes to the success of the story.

"Magical Mea" is a book that is apt for read-aloud sessions and story telling time for children. It is important that when children first start reading the books should be bright and radiant in all the aspects. The book meets all those requirements. There is a lot of energy and bounce in the theme and the way the story proceeds which is important in a children's book. While reading the book I kept wondering what pranks trickster Mea was going to come up with next.

Magical Mea

Magical Mea is the second book in The Magical Series, written by Penelope Anne Cole. Mea is Magical Matthew’s sister, but similarities between the two end pretty much there. Mea and her brother have very different ideas about why, when, and how magic should be preformed.

Matthew and his friend Lily go in search of his little sister for fear of what trouble she may get herself into next. Mea is unconcerned about her brother and is intent on causing a little mischief, just for the fun of it. She takes a bus ride, plays in the park, pulls a prank on some boys, and a mom and her baby; all the while, Matthew and Lily are on her trail trying to catch up with her before she does something drastic.

Matthew has always used his magic for good, but Mea has other ideas. She finds delight in stumping others with her trickery. In the end Mea finds the true joy in helping others. She realizes the only reward she needs for her magic is how people are helped by her instinctive talents.

This second book in The Magical Series has life lessons for children. It’s a fun read, empowering for kids, and will without a doubt hold a child’s interest. Kevin Collier has brought the book to life with his vivid and attractive illustrations that are sure to delight any young reader. I give Magical Mea five stars ***** and a lollipop!

This book has been reviewed by Susan Hornbach, author of children’s literature