Book Review of Molly Goes for a Walk: Based on a True ‘Tail
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Written by Claire Mahoney
Illustrated by Nandina Vines
Ages 4+ | 34 Pages
Publisher: Claire Mahoney (2023) | ISBN-13: 978-0-6457750-1-3
What to Expect: Dogs, car accidents, family, recovery from injury, community.
Molly Goes for a Walk is a powerful story about overcoming adversity through love, support, and positivity.
Molly is a happy, fun-loving puppy who loves chasing about with her two brothers. However, when a terrible car accident damages Molly’s pelvis, she and her family are afraid she might never be able to chase about again. Luckily, Molly’s human mum and dad are able to take her to an excellent vet, who fixes her broken bones and gives her medication to help her feel better.
While she heals, her mum and dad care for her emotional as well as physical needs, taking her for long walks in a pram so that she can enjoy the countryside and time with her family. Thanks to the love and support of her family and farmyard community, Molly is soon on the mend!
Told in simple language from Molly’s doggy point of view, the story is inspirational, inviting readers to look for hope and joy in life’s darkest times. Realistic digital illustrations combine soft pastels with pops of bright color, adding to the uplifting mood. At the end of the story, a post-script tells the story of the real-life Molly and her family, together with photographs taken at the time of the accident and recovery.
Both endearing and fun, Molly Goes for a Walk is a great way to teach young readers about positivity and overcoming life’s challenges.
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Claire Mahoney is married to Bob and lives in country Victoria, Australia. A lover of dogs, Claire has 3 fur babies; they are the inspiration for Claire’s first children’s picture storybook ‘Molly Goes for a Walk.’ Claire is also mum to an adult-aged daughter, Mel, and step-mum to adult-aged children Millie and Joe. Claire has a Diploma in Nursing, though has opted not to practice. She has been known to be called a ‘wordsmith’ and thoroughly enjoyed crafting her first book.
Claire has opted to live a simple life and now works from home full-time. Claire enjoys walking her fur family, listening to music and audiobooks, and enjoying life with her hubby in a slow-paced and calm life.
For more information, visit www.mollygoesforawalk.com.
After completing her degree in Natural History Illustration at the University of Newcastle, Nandina Vines started working as a Graphic Designer. Her passion for drawing and interest in digital design led her to pursue this career path. She found her work as a graphic designer fulfilling and developed a passion for using computer-based creative programs. However, when she was made redundant, she saw it as an opportunity to follow her dreams of becoming a children’s book illustrator.
Now, Nandina mainly focuses on illustrating books for children and designing book covers and page layouts. In her free time, she enjoys creating digital paintings of flora and fauna, designing digital merchandising products, acrylic painting, and writing her own children’s stories. To create stunning illustrations and artwork, she uses a combination of the Adobe Creative Suite, Procreate, an iPad, and an Apple pencil.
For more information, visit www.nandinavinesillustrator.com.
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