My Big Tree – #monkeybookreview

My Big Tree – #monkeybookreview

My Big Tree, is the new children’s book by author Maria Ashworth.  A few weeks ago I was speaking to Maria on twitter and I was thrilled to be asked to review her book which is currently available on Amazon.

This is her second published book.  It follows Step One, Step Two, Step Three and Four.  She also has a couple of other books on the go, Iggy Loo is due out in November and Tommy James, The Littlest Cowboy In Reckon’ (1st in series).

Premise – My Big Tree

My Big Tree CoverThe book starts with a little blue bird, who has found the perfect place to nest.  The only problem is, that other animals catch onto the perfect tree, and decide to join the bird.

Soon the little bird is feeling a bit fed  up with sharing her space, so decides to move on.  She finds a new tree but something is missing.

In the end the bird decides there is one thing way more valuable than nesting in her favourite tree.

Now something that I have not seen before, is a book trailer!  I was pretty excited to see that My Big Tree had just that.

Check it out:

What I really love about this trailer, is that it gives you a nice feel for the book design.

Twin Thoughts

Bob D: “I like the doggy mummy, can we get a doggy?” (I quickly changed the subject)

Bob L: “ohhh I would like to climb that tree mummy.  Can we read it again?”

My Thoughts

I thought this book was a lovely bedtime read.  The boys loved looking at the pictures and identifying the different animals.

The thing that swung this book for me was the moral message behind it.  I think we all need friends and it important that we remember this in our day-to-day life.

Furthermore, the thing I took away from this book is be careful what you wish for.

I would definitely recommend this book, it is a lovely bedtime read for little ones.

And for something a bit different…

As I mentioned above, I have been lucky enough to speak to the author of this endearing book.

I caught up with Maria the other day and she was kind enough to answer a couple of questions.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself

I volunteers for the Maud Marks Library Friends Board in Katy Texas where I serve as President, as well as a Member-At-Large for the Friends of the Harris County Library. I am a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Some of my picture books and middle grade novels manuscripts have been nominated as finalists in several contests. I have also published a handful of short stories through contests and a women’s anthology.

What inspired you to start writing children’s books?

I always had a love of writing as a kid. During my divorce in 2007, I chronicled the events and was seriously thinking about making it into a book to help inspire others. Then I met a man who had five kids and my daughter loved him but not the boys coming in the house even though she had a brother. I tried finding books on having new step siblings but there was nothing out there. So I tried my hand at a picture book and the manuscript was born. My husband and daughter thought I had talent to be a writer. I went to my first Houston SCBWI conference and was inspired. I’ve never stopped writing.

What is your favourite thing about My Big Tree?

When I sought out the illustrator I didn’t have an idea but knew when I found the right illustrator I’d know. Ms. Beougher had a knack for creating sweet dogs. I was hooked. I’m in love with each one of them. I was going to publish it myself, but I met with Clear Fork Publishing about my other work and showed her my illustrated PDF and they loved it. The rest is history.

What advice to you have for aspiring writers?

Don’t let anyone tell you no. I have 235 rejections.  Keeping every one of them until I landed a publisher. I held onto a few. The rejections gave me the drive to prove myself.

What are you most looking forward to when it comes to your next project?

My text coming to life!!

So there we have it, from a published author: Don’t give up on your dreams!

And that is not all…

Maria has been kind enough to offer some fun teaching tools, for you to use with your little ones:

My Big Tree Unscramble Worksheet

My Big Tree Phonic Shape Puzzle Worksheet

My Big Tree Phonic Answer Sheet

If you want to find out more about Maria, you can visit her here:

Author: Maria Ashworth

Publisher: Spork imprint of Clear Fork Publishing Media

Date of Publication: August 9, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-9974370

Pages: 32

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  1. 2nd September 2016 / 8:49 pm

    We are currently looking for loads of books to read at the moment so this kind of review really helps. I’ve never seen a book trailer before and it’s awesome that it’s been done! Despite the rejections the author kept going and that’s so admirable.

    Jordanne ||

    • Double the Monkey Business
      6th September 2016 / 7:00 pm

      I thought the book trailer was fab, I had never seen one before xx

  2. 2nd September 2016 / 2:20 pm

    Another proof that determination is the way to a success!

    • Double the Monkey Business
      6th September 2016 / 6:59 pm

      Very true xx

  3. 2nd September 2016 / 5:53 am

    She has a lot of determination and passion for what she believes it, which is great to see. It sounds like a lovely book, I think my girls would enjoy it x

    • Double the Monkey Business
      6th September 2016 / 6:59 pm

      She certainly does, thanks for reading 🙂 x

  4. 1st September 2016 / 9:16 pm

    Wow that is a lot of rejections but its always good to never give up on your dreams and in most cases it works.

    • Double the Monkey Business
      6th September 2016 / 6:59 pm

      So true, I need to remember that x

  5. 1st September 2016 / 7:13 pm

    Wow! 235 rejections – that shows you, if you are determined it will happen. I haven’t hear of this book but I will look out for it – thanks for sharing this great post!

    • Double the Monkey Business
      6th September 2016 / 6:58 pm

      I know it is incredible x

  6. 1st September 2016 / 2:31 pm

    I’ve always wanted to be a children’s author too and this has just really inspired me. Thank you! Will look out for her book too. x

    • Double the Monkey Business
      6th September 2016 / 6:58 pm

      Good luck with that hun, you will need to let me know how you get on. Maybe the next author I interview will be you? x

  7. 1st September 2016 / 1:54 pm

    This sounds like such a lovely tree and always interesting to read an author interview.

    • Double the Monkey Business
      6th September 2016 / 6:57 pm

      I was super excited to have the author chat to me 🙂 x

  8. 1st September 2016 / 9:16 am

    Great advice about keeping going. I imagine getting published is a really long and hard process

    • Double the Monkey Business
      6th September 2016 / 6:57 pm

      I had no idea until I spoke to Maria how long and hard it is to get published xx

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