Book Title: The Adventures of Mollie & Ollie: Moving Day by Sally Beale
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: March, 2021
Book available in hardback
Content Rating: G for everyone.
Every child experiences change in their life. Moving can be difficult, but in this Mom’s Choice award-winning book, when eight-year-old Molly Day meets a new friend, a magical owl named Oliver Winston Howell III, her move to a new house in a new town becomes easier than she expected. Be on the lookout for Molly and Ollie’s next adventure!
The Adventures of Molly & Ollie: Moving Day was inspired by Beale’s own experiences as a young child. Her father’s occupation required that her family move across the country every two years. Beale’s childhood was filled with adventures that captured her imagination in each new home. She continued her passion for adventure while raising her two daughters and working as a costume designer for local theaters. Now she is channeling her sense of fun and her youthful spirit into her children’s stories. Beale is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). The Adventures of Molly & Ollie: Moving Day, a Mom’s Choice Award winner, is the first book in the Molly & Ollie series.
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Is writing your full-time career?
Yes and no. Since I am retired, writing is my main career. But keeping up with the adventures of Molly & Ollie does not seem like work. I also work for a small theatre company on a few shows a year. And I love spending time with my granddaughters!
What is the future for the characters? Will there be a sequel?
All the characters in The Adventures of Molly & Ollie: Moving Day are having great adventures every day. And they have so many stories to share. There will definitely be more Molly & Ollie Books! I recently finished the first draft of the second book, in which Ollie helps Molly and her animals find a game they can all play together, so be on the lookout for that!
If you had to describe Molly in three words, what would those three words be?
Warm, Smart, Confident
Which was the easiest character to write? The hardest?
The easiest character to write was Henri, Molly’s big black & white dog. Henri only wants to be with Molly, to have fun, and to eat cookies! And he only has one line!
The hardest character was Ollie. He needed to be adventurous and magical and to help Molly have fun with life. I wanted him to provide guidance and encouragement without lecturing her.
What was your favorite book when you were a kid?
The little golden book 5 Pennies to Spend was my favorite book. It is a marvelous story about a little boy who thinks of others before himself.
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