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Shirley Moulton, M.S., Discusses Magic Moon, A Younger Boy’s Journey (Vol. 1)

Shirley Moulton, M.S., Discusses Magic Moon, A Younger Boy’s Journey (Vol. 1)

The Youngsters’s Guide Evaluation Interview in partnership with Shirley Moulton, M.S., writer of Magic Moon, A Younger Boy’s Journey (Vol. 1)

Shirley Moulton, M.S., has spent her whole profession of 35 years working with kids who’ve disabilities. She has additionally labored with non-disabled and gifted kids. She has a Grasp of Science diploma in Particular Training and two Bachelor’s levels, one in Psychology and one in Particular Training. She believes each youngster, whether or not categorized with a incapacity or not, has many skills and items. She additionally loves being a mom and a grandmother!

On this interview, Shirley discusses Magic Moon, A Younger Boy’s Journey (Vol. 1).

What 5 phrases finest describe your story Magic Moon, A Younger Boy’s Journey?

Shirley Moulton, M.S.: Unselfishness, Bravery, Enjoyable, Magic Moon, Household.  (Can I depend Magic Moon as one phrase?  He IS one being…who’s magic.)

Magic Moon is a “cool,” quirky, gigantic, considerably terrifying, alien “moon-like” being who likes puns and jokes when he’s not unintentionally inflicting small earthquakes! Which age group do you are feeling will admire this e book probably the most?

For Magic Moon: A Younger Boy’s Journey (Vol. 1) ages 4-9, youthful kids (ages 4-age 6) like to have this e book learn to them.  (The story could also be simply paraphrased or damaged up into elements if wanted.)  If kids have a paperback or hardcover version in addition to the audiobook, they might take a look at the complete web page of colourful illustrations whereas listening to the audiobook.

Older kids (ages 7-9) could learn the e book on their very own.

I’ve been advised youthful kids in addition to older kids on this age vary (4-9) love this e book!

Hopefully, older kids and adults can even take pleasure in Magic Moon books as they learn them to youthful kids.  (Some reviewers have advised me this can be a e book for adults, in addition to kids.)

Magic Moon welcomes all kids of any age!  He would like to be mates with them.  He could even be mates with their caregivers!

Magic Moon could grant two needs for teenagers courageous sufficient to face him—one request have to be to discover a misplaced treasure, and the opposite have to be for one thing good that may not harm anybody else.  The place did you get this enjoyable thought for such a e book and character?

Magic Moon: A Younger Boy’s Journey (Vol. 1) is definitely a narrative I advised (made up) to my younger grandchildren one night time.  I used to be utilizing a big flashlight, shining it on the ceiling.  Two rings glowed across the central gentle, so I made this “Magic Moon.”  I added to their bedtime story with “Magic Moon” having the facility to grant two requests, however solely when his two shiny rings are proven round him.  “Magic Moon” was born!

My then 3-year-old granddaughter needed one request to be how one can discover one thing misplaced. That is my granddaughter’s precise “Dolly” within the story.  She misplaced her previous, soiled, battered dolly as soon as and couldn’t discover it after in search of a number of weeks.  (Her mom ordered her a brand new substitute dolly.  My granddaughter discovered her previous, soiled, battered dolly by the point the substitute arrived and didn’t need the brand new dolly!  A number of years later, my granddaughter nonetheless cherishes “Dolly.”

We subsequent determined the second request have to be for one thing good which might not harm anybody else.  Magic Moon may be very specific about requests.  He could or could not grant them…

My then 3-year-old granddaughter and her then 6-year-old brother, my grandson, had been sort and useful to one another; I primarily based this story on their relationship!  (They nonetheless are “cool” a number of years later.)

The story is about how a younger boy asks Magic Moon to assist his sister discover her dolly as a substitute of asking for one thing for himself, primarily based on my grandchildren.  This story was simple to put in writing, it simply “flowed.”

After the e book was written, I believed “This may make an excellent kids’s e book to share with different kids!”  I made a decision to place it on sale later since this feature was out there! 

First, I requested my youngest sister, Marilyn Whitchurch, an artist, to do the illustrations!  She produced many full-page, stunning, colourful illustrations!

Since I’ve retired from being a Particular Training instructor, I hope that Magic Moon Youngsters’s Books could also be a distinct approach that I should still be a constructive affect within the lives of youngsters.

I’ve written and printed 4 extra Magic Moon books since then!

There are themes of bravery, happiness, friendship, and household. What do you hope readers will take away out of your story?

Being unselfish and type has its “personal form of magic.”1

I hope readers will take into consideration how the younger boy finds true happiness via unselfishness.  I hope this e book will function a very good instance of being unselfish whereas additionally being attention-grabbing and imaginative.  Magic Moon is a bit mischievous and gives some enjoyable.  He listens to kids’s issues and acknowledges their emotions.  He gives assist.  He’s sensible. (He additionally could give out free recommendation!) 

Have you ever heard from any younger readers who’ve learn your e book? If that’s the case, what have they needed to say?

A gaggle of 18 readers in England rated this e book.  They gave it 5/5 stars!  They thought it was a very good story about serving to others and was thrilling with tons occurring.  They mentioned Magic Moon was a enjoyable character!  In addition they famous that the story was a bit easy for 9-year-olds however was preferred very a lot anyway.  They preferred the illustrations.

I’ve heard from different younger readers in one that have advised me they actually preferred all of the Magic Moon Books!  Typically a caregiver or youngster will inform me {that a} sure Magic Moon Youngsters’s Guide is the kid’s favourite and that this favourite e book has been learn many occasions!

Do you’ve gotten any ideas or recommendation on how caregivers can create a enjoyable story-time expertise along with your e book?

Some buyer reviewers have famous that studying a Magic Moon e book to a baby has opened up conversations with that youngster!

Youngsters might role-play numerous methods of exhibiting kindness to others or use puppets to behave out the story. Youthful kids might take into consideration and draw photos of what they might ask Magic Moon for if they may make a request.  Youngsters could be taught new vocabulary phrases via utilizing the context or by rationalization.   Youngsters could inform or write how they considered another person and did one thing sort and the way they felt afterward!  They could inform or write their very own story of how somebody was unselfish and type to them and the way they felt when that occurred! 

As this e book is listed as quantity one, are you able to share your objectives for the sequence?

I’ve already written 5 books within the sequence.  (Magic Moon has been very busy in his totally different worlds these previous a number of years!) 

My fundamental purpose was to put in writing enjoyable, adventurous kids’s books that promote unselfishness and kindness, with enjoyable characters, and with a little bit of “magic” and fantasy!  I needed to indicate constructive behaviors via my characters’ examples.  I needed to be imaginative and encourage kids to learn extra!  

The primary two books even have full-page, colourful illustrations.  The illustrations are enjoyable and have a distinct type than what you usually see in kids’s books, which can be a pleasant change for readers, as nicely serve for instance for younger artists. I’ve acquired a number of constructive feedback in regards to the illustrations within the first two Magic Moon Youngsters’s books.  (The final 3 Magic Moon books are chapter books with out illustrations.)

What would you say has been your largest spotlight within the writing course of or post-publication of Magic Moon: A Younger Boy’s Journey?

I would like to incorporate Magic Moon on this reply!

Each Magic Moon and I’ve had many highlights!

Magic Moon and I’ve been very excited to see his tales written and printed, particularly as his tales have been transformed into eBooks and pattern movies in addition to paperbacks and only in the near past, a hardcover model.  He was particularly proud when his first two audiobooks went on sale!

Magic Moon and I are fascinated by having his books translated into different languages subsequent!

One other spotlight for me, as Magic Moon’s finest buddy and writer, was once I did a number of “Creator Displays” (earlier than Covid-19) which had been actually enjoyable as I received to work together straight with the kids and provides out free books, which they had been moderately enthusiastic about.  I confirmed them a video with samples of Magic Moon’s books, in addition to exhibiting what an writer goes via to put in writing a e book worthy of being printed.

I did a “Magic Moon Youngsters’s Books” celebration for my granddaughter, which was a blast!

It’s at all times a spotlight in my day when caregivers or a reviewer inform me a baby loves a Magic Moon Youngsters’s e book!

As an “Indie” writer, I’ve been blessed with having an incredible and unselfish, caring household who’ve spent effort and time utilizing their numerous skilled expertise and abilities in all areas of manufacturing for Magic Moon Books! They’ve supported me throughout tough and irritating occasions.  They heat my coronary heart and preserve me going.  They’re my inspiration!

Magic Moon has helped me by being so affected person over time.  He additionally affords me good recommendation.  He makes me snort! He usually “brightens” my day by “simply being him.”  (How “Cool” is that?)

As you’ve spent your whole skilled profession of over 35 years working with kids who’ve disabilities, how do you are feeling your experiences have formed you as a author?

All the kids in my life have impressed me.  I’ve realized loads from every youngster I’ve had experiences with. 

I strongly consider that every youngster has many skills and items, whether or not thought of disabled or not!

(You can find these superb skills for those who search for them.)

I needed to put in writing books to incorporate the broadest spectrum of youngsters’s skills, which confirmed constructive, caring, and unselfish examples of youngsters towards one another.  I additionally needed actually enjoyable, “cool,” relatable characters in a world of  fantasy and “magic.”  

For parting phrases, is there the rest you are feeling we must always find out about Magic Moon, A Younger Boy’s Journey, the sequence, or your self?

As an “Indie” Creator, I’ve had my “highs” in addition to my “lows.”  Since Magic Moon is my BFF, he is aware of all about them.

I’ve had the “highs” of nice critiques!  For instance, I used to be extremely honored by Kirkus Critiques, who reviewed and rated Magic Moon: A Younger Boy’s Journey and listed it of their Prime 10% Critic’s Decide – “Indie Books Price Discovering,” – Sept. 2019.  Magic Moon beamed further brightly for every week after that!

 The few buyer critiques I’ve had have been good, with a mean of 4.5/5 stars on Amazon and Goodreads for Magic Moon: A Younger Boy’s Journey (Vol. 1)

I’ve additionally received awards and had good critiques from different skilled reviewers.  I’ve needed to preserve Magic Moon’s already massive head from getting greater in spite of everything this!

Nonetheless, we “Indie Authors” want your assist (as a buyer) with extra critiques and scores.  The critiques could also be actually quick.  Simply a few phrases with a ranking may be very welcome and far wanted!  Magic Moon and I are very grateful for every ranking and evaluation!  We wish to get Magic Moon Youngsters’s Books out to as many kids as attainable!  I do know I’ll doubtless by no means get again the cash I’ve spent on Magic Moon Books, however I’m glad when the books I write affect kids to be unselfish and caring.  We want extra kindness in our world! 

I’ve given 1000’s of copies of free eBooks and donated tons of of print books over time. 

I proceed to supply totally different Magic Moon eBooks every month or so at no cost on my web site! (So, test it out!)  

Magic Moon would love so that you can come to go to him at https://www.magicmoonchildrensbooks.com.

Magic Moon: A Younger Boy’s Journey (Vol. 1) is accessible in paperback, hardcover, eBook and as an audiobook at many retailers.

Magic Moon can also be on social media:

Co-managed by my 16-year-old and 13-year-old granddaughters!

(The 13-year-old granddaughter is the one who impressed me, together with her now 16-year-old brother, my grandson, to put in writing Magic Moon: A Younger Boy’s Journey a number of years in the past.  She nonetheless has “Dolly,” and he or she and her brother are nonetheless sort and considerate with one another!}

1 Quote from illustrator Marilyn Whitchurch, about her kids.  https://magicmoonchildrensbooks.com/About


Magic Moon: A Younger Boy’s Journey (Vol. 1) ages 4-8- Paperback, Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Magic Moon: Sister’s Flip (Vol. 2) ages 4-8 Paperback, Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Magic Moon: Two Worlds (Vol. 3) ages 8-11 – Paperback, eBook

Magic Moon: A New Starting (Vol. 4) ages 8-11 – Paperback, eBook

Magic Moon: Bears Ears (Vol. 5) ages 8-11 – Paperback, eBook

Magic Moon A Young Boy's Journey: Book Cover

Written by Shirley Moulton, M.S.

Illustrated by Marilyn Whitchurch

Ages 4-9 | Pages 24

Writer: Magic Moon Books, LLC

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This interview—Shirley Moulton, M.S. Discusses Magic Moon, A Younger Boy’s Journey (Vol. 1)—was carried out between Shirley Moulton, M.S., and Bianca Schulze.

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