Children’s Book Review – Hyper Polly Sillabick and Updates


A delightful and imaginative story for children ages five and up is “Hyper” Polly Sillabick. I came across this book on a blog by Juan Trevino during my perusing of information on Aspiring Writers.

“Hyper” Polly Sillabick maybe a sweet and fascinating story for children but this adult reader has been hooked into reading each book and chapter as the stories unfold.  Juan puts this book on his blog by Books and Chapters and if you want to start from the beginning of the book  just go to search on his site and put in Book 1 Chapter 1 and it will bring you to it.  No matter where you start reading I am sure you will be as delighted as I am.  This young girl, Polly, reminds me a little of myself at age ten and earlier.  I was very hyper too!  I can sympathize with this character who never runs out of energy or things to get into from relentlessly teasing her little brother who is eight to getting her friends in trouble.  Polly has a diary which she writes in every day to record all her adventures and has her own language called ‘polly speak’.  It is a pure delight to read.  Check out Juan’s blog or go online to purchase his books.   His blog is hyperpollysillabick.  Stay tuned for more stories from Juan on his site.

Now updates on my own writing – I copyrighted my second book, Ricky, the Rambunctious Raccoon, three days ago without too much trouble this time.  The first time was a nightmare as one of my previous blogs related.  I guess things do get easier as you do them again and again.  As soon as I receive notification that both of my children’s books are copyrighted I will have hopefully decided on which publisher to pursue.  If anyone out there has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate hearing from you.

I prefer not to self publish (sp) but prefer to go the traditional publishing route (tp) for my children’s books.   One of the main reasons is I am not as young as I used to be.  I retired over two years ago and now have more time to write but not necessary the ambition or energy to run all over kingdom come with piles of books to sell!  Need I say more?  I don’t mind giving away a book here and there at the local library and schools but with all the books out there mine would be a drop in the old proverbial bucket to some of the book stores such as Barnes & Noble.

I would like to reach children ages 3-8 with my Louey, the Lazy Elephant, and Ricky, the Rambunctious Raccoon.  I read these stories to my grandchildren and they loved them – so I have some fans.  Hurrah!

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The picture of an elephant above I crocheted for my granddaughter.  It reminded me of my Louey book.  I have attached the covers of two of my children’s books below.


My husband has been wonderful about helping me with my books by illustrating the two stories I mentioned above.  They are very cute and child friendly, meaning there is nothing in them that would scare young children. Most children’s books from the fairy tale genre have terrifying images of witches, and evil step mothers, etc. to frighten young children.  My stories relate to children in a quiet and kind way by directing children to a happy ending without any of those frightening images or violence.  We have enough in the news every day; we don’t need more in our children’s daily reading too.  Do you agree?

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I also have a YA (young adult) fantasy that I am still editing for ages 10-15.  I can visualize myself taking my stories to read to children in the local library or in Barnes & Nobles where no one shows up!  Ugh!!  I am after all a nobody to most people since most people out there have never heard of me – yet!  One day I hope to make my mark before I turn 90!  Wish me luck!  At least I am persistent.  This kind of activity has certainly kept my mind whirling and active – good for old people to do.

You can call me a very, very late bloomer!  My goal is to publish my children’s books then my YA fantasy, then my novels.  I am almost through editing another novel, Mariah, a murder mystery which I will self-publish with Smashwords.   As soon as I have Mariah copyrighted I will move to the next phase – publishing and marketing myself online.  It is a lot of work to sell yourself but I am enjoying meeting people in the process who have been kind and helpful.  It is like talking to new friends online.

I have a website, which I will have to update with my book and purchasing info for all you eager buyers out there. HA!  In my old age I still have a sense of humor, I think?

I am always interested in reading other new aspiring writers’ books and writing a review.  I have done reviews for four different writers so far – Richard C. Hale, Mike Wells, Sabine Goldman and now Juan Trevino.  If you would like me to write a review of your book, please contact me on my blog or on Fb or TW or Linkedin.  Two of the writers above mentioned gifted me books and another one I bought myself.  I will be honest but kind and will look for the positive things in your writing.  I would never write a hurtful review for I always treat others as I would want to be treated.

Always remember to read to your children for READING GIVES THEM WINGS TO FLY!

Thought for the day – those who look up all the time will not find the pennies from heaven, tails up or not.

About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 32 books: 16 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 25 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 2 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon 9 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-4 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION — Abby & Holly Book 2 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 5 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 and received a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on a novel and Book 4 of Drystan the Dragon series for young children. An historical novel and a YA fantasy series will be coming in 2021 and beyond along with more children's books and novels for 18+. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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1 Response to Children’s Book Review – Hyper Polly Sillabick and Updates

  1. Hello Janice. I am incredibly thankful for your review for your wonderful words. I see that you write your children’s books the way I do. Give the kids a good story without a scary ending or violence. The story need s an edge but it doesn’t have to be gory or tragic. I hope we both get successful so we can have a cup of coffee. Thanks again. Juan

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