Do Your Children Love Raccoons?

Check out my children’s book, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for some fun adventures for your little ones. They will laugh and giggle over Ricky’s antics as he gets into all kinds of trouble when he doesn’t listen to his mother. Parents will love this book too!

The life lesson that children will learn from Ricky is listen to your mother!


Ricky is a rambunctious or very active raccoon who likes to wander around to find something new to eat. One night during his foraging for food Ricky runs into all kinds of trouble. Will Ricky get home safely? Will he learn his lesson to listen to his mother?

I had a lot of fun writing this book with young children in mind. All my books have life lessons that help and encourage children to be kind, caring and sensitive to others’ feelings, listen to your mother, be respectful of parents and others and it’s okay to be different.

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy. I do enjoy writing for MG/PT/YA and 18+ too!

Here is a limerick I wrote for Ricky:



There once was a raccoon named Ricky,

Who foraged without his mother too quickly.

He ran into a skunk

Into a lake he did dunk

Now Ricky’s feeling a little bit sickly!

Here are some reviews from Amazon:

5.0 out of 5 stars By Eric B. Ruark, author of The Little Tree That WouldReviewed in the United States on October 26, 2013Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseChildren and parents alike are going to love this little tale of Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon and his adventure when he steps out on his own for the first time.

Ricky wants to run free and thinks that the dark will hide him. Only there are other critters out there in the dark too, and they teach Ricky that maybe, just maybe, there’s a lot of responsibility to “running free”. Ricky learns that he has a lot to learn before he can run free.

Children will enjoy Ricky’s little adventure. It is written in rhyme. Kids will enjoy its lyric quality and they will get a chuckle out of Ricky’s mistakes and gasp at his near misses. They will also enjoy the art work of Ricky’s adventure. I would highly recommend this book to parents of school-aged children. They will certainly want to read this book over and over again.

Valerie A. Ormond
5.0 out of 5 stars “Read it Again!”Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2014Format: PaperbackVerified PurchaseI think the words of five-year-old J.C. say it best: “Read it again!” Janice Spina’s “Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon” tells a lovely story in rhyme while gently teaching a lesson about rules. The illustrations are perfect with the story, thanks to the other half of the Spina duo, husband John. The Spinas obviously understand what will interest children, how long the story should be, and how to create suspense without scaring young minds. I look forward to sharing more of Janice and John Spina’s children’s books with the little ones and hearing them say “Read it again” each time.

Wynette Mills5.0 out of 5 stars Ricky The Rambunctious Raccoon will have your children asking for more nature stories.Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2014Format: PaperbackVerified PurchaseI really enjoyed this book with my grandson. His eyes followed the pictures as we read the story. He asked questions and was very curious about the raccoon’s mask and the skunk’s terrible smell. This book encourages understanding the importance of listening to our parents and what the consequences could be when they may “wander off”. It is written in a way they can relate to Ricky and the trouble he is in. While doing so it also teaches some facts about wildlife habits. I do believe this is a book that will help children realize not to stray away from their parents or talk to strangers, for example, the skunk. Once again, five stars!

Blessings & Hugs,


About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 37 books: 18 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, one young adult book, written under Janice Spina, and 5 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 28 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 4 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear 11 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-6 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 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 book 1 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. 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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