by Barboria Bjarne – Published March 2015
What is a big, filling, special cookie doing in Grayson’s tummy?
Crumbling, grumbling and rumbling, that’s what.
‘Grayson and the Crumbly, Grumbly, Rumbly Cookie’ tells the story of a little boy named Grayson who likes to eat cookies and ice cream. One day he eats a cookie, and when he asks for another one, he hears a voice. Every time he asks for another cookie, the voice tells him that there is room for only one big, filling, special cookie in his tummy. Then Grayson remembers that he also likes ice cream. He eats a scoop of the tasty, yummy, cool treat and… there is no more crumbling, grumbling, or rumbling.
Beginning readers and parents of preschoolers will enjoy reading this simple story about two favourite treats for children – a noisy big cookie and a gentle little scoop of ice cream. The cheerful illustrations add to the charm of the crumbly tale.
~ ‘Quanny and Danny’
by Barboria Bjarne – Published February 2014
‘Quanny and Danny’ is a charming children’s story by Barboria Bjarne about a cute little puppy, raised by a goose, and how he inadvertently finds his true voice.
Quanny is a goose who struts around the property as if she were a guard dog. She is looking after Danny, a little grey puppy, who follows Quanny everywhere. He has never heard another dog’s sound, and as a result, Danny has not learned how to bark like a dog; instead, he makes strange “goosey” sounds.
One day Quanny hears Danny making strange excited noises and goes to investigate. She sees that he has found a caterpillar. When Quanny gobbles it up, Danny’s expression of surprise is so funny that Quanny laughs out loud. That goosey laugh sounds close enough to a woof that, when Danny hears it, he stumbles upon his true voice. From then on, he can bark and woof as though he were raised by a dog.
Young children and their parents will enjoy reading this rhyming, light-hearted story about the unlikely pair of Quanny and Danny. It is filled with joy and accompanied by colourful and expressive illustrations.