I was delighted to see so many wonderful reviews of Maddie’s Saturday to Remember from the Writer’s Digest Competitions – Self-Published Book Awards 2021, and wanted to share some of the love with you all. A big thanks to each one of you for sharing the magic of Maddie with me. It means the world.
“This book is exemplary in its structure, organization, and pacing…”
“Author has done a wonderful job of crafting a living, breathing world populated by rounded characters and their warm voices giving us a fine foundation for the story’s flow…”
“Illustrations provide wonderful detail, especially in the facial expressions and postures of characters, and we get a fabulous sense of setting here, thanks to the artist’s vision…”
“The story conveys, in many ways, a sense of belonging to the community and to Maddie’s grandfather. Relationships abound here, and we see that sense of being beyond valued as a primary element of existing in one’s world, with plenty to bring to the people in your orbit…”
“This book is exemplary in character appeal (or interest) and development.”
Imagine a time when you were young, not too long ago, when you were eager to explore the next wonderous find. Both, young and old will be intrigued by alittle girl, named Maddie, as her Saturday afternoon turns into an unexpected discovery with her grandpa.
Maddie is captivated by her spirited neighborhood friends and when she meets a new friend in an unlikely place, she becomes intrigued, and her imagination is piqued. Maddie helps bring about an unexpected surprise, and a creative unique way to celebrate all of her neighborhood friends! A day Maddie will always remember.
When I was a child, my dad would take us on memorable weekend adventures. He would frequently say, “I know a short cut to someplace special!” I was always ready for what could be right around the corner.
In this story, Grandpa takes Maddie on a journey in their urban neighborhood. She meets Joseph, the musician, Georgina, the pizza chef, and Nikos the grocer, and his dog, Nellie. However, when Maddie discovers a new friend, who introduces her to the creative world of design, she is truly inspired!
Karen Jonice Bricker’s whimsical new children’s story highlights family and community connections, around every corner. Maddie meets a street musician, a fruit seller, and helps a mysterious newfriend create something quite surprising, in an unlikely place. She embraces her community of familiar, and is curious who and what she will discover right in her urban hometown. A story that will capture your heart, and bring a twinkle to your eye.
An inspiring story of joy and intrigue, highlighting connections with people from all walks of life… around every corner.
We sometimes forget what simple pleasures can bring to our lives, and the meaning it can carry with us for a lifetime. Through the pages, this story highlights the inspiring connections a little girl, named Maddie, and her grandpa make in their urban neighborhood. The vibrant illustrations will delight readers, as they discover what mysterious new friend Maddie meets in an unlikely place, and how it becomes a Saturday she will always remember.
Maddie’s Saturday to Remember by Karen Jonice Bricker.
I teamed up with a great illustrator, Samela St. Pierre, to bring an inspiring story of a young girl’s eagerness to connect with new friends in this delightful and unlikely adventure.
I can’t believe my new book is finally available! Maddie and her grandpa discover new experiences and joy around every corner, in their urban neighborhood.
I remember when I was a kid growing up, my father was always ready to take the path less traveled. Now, I look back to how the unexpected surprises growing up brought about such meaningful experiences that carry me to this day. Let me know your special childhood moments!
Maddie cannot imagine a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than with her Grandpa. They meet a colorful cast of locals in her hometown: a street musician, a fruit seller, and a pizza chef are all part of this adorable adventure. When Maddie meets the mysterious Lydia, who allows her a sneak peek into the creative and fun behind-the-scenes world of window dressing, she is truly inspired! A delightful and surprising Saturday to remember by Karen Jonice Bricker and illustrator Samela St. Pierre.
I’m very proud and excited to announce that The Magic Straw Hat is a National Indie Excellence Award finalist! Congrats to all of the winners and fellow finalists. What a wonderful community of talented, inspirational authors and illustrators to be a part of.
Share the magic with children this holiday season. Karen Jonice Bricker writes children’s stories highlighting exciting family memories, and magical adventures. Check out her two picture books, The Magic Straw Hat and Destination Adventure. karenbricker.com Amazon.com karenbricker.com
This month, Karen released her second book, Destination Adventure. This charming story is about Karen as a young girl and the exciting, unpredictable circumstances she and her family experience one summer vacation.
In this story, we meet the author’s spontaneous father, easy-going mother and fun-loving older brothers, who are faced with some “rocky” challenges along the coast of Maine.
When it came to most of her family trips, there was never an itinerary, but there was always an unforgettable story to tell afterwards. Destination Adventure is just one of many.
So, pack your bags, hop in your imaginary Chevy, and let’s hit the road! Destination Adventure is waiting for you.