Jennifer Douglas is a literary publicist who believes in the right of equality for all authors. With a vision of a world where positivity is the norm and negativity is long forgotten Jennifer works alongside authors creating a marketing and publicity plan that meets the needs of the individual.

With years of experience in publicity, public relations and the marketing industry, which includes working with Allen and Unwin and Palmer Higgs Publishing, Jennifer has become a well sort after reviewer. To work with Jennifer is to know you are working with someone who will not hold back on being open and honest about your book and its marketing possibilities.

Having undertaken many courses in writing and poetry over the years Jennifer has a vast knowledge in the field of writing and reviewing, being able to provide an efficient, effective and professional service. As a qualified Early Childhood Educator and a home educating mum with over 16 years experience, she has a passion for quality children's books and educational resources.

Having spent 6 years as the founder and managing editor of two magazines, Good Gabble and Rattling Reviews, Jennifer has an eye for marketing and sales, knowing what the consumer is looking for and how to reach them. She works individually with each client meeting their needs and the needs of their product. She has many years experience in critiquing websites, placing herself in the shoes of the consumer who is browsing. Many clients return time and time again knowing they will be receiving an honest, open and non judgmental review or critique. Jennifer prides herself on providing a friendly, non threatening and personal service. Her clients are able to contact her personally throughout the whole review process.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Monster by Lynette Duffy

In Monster Lynette Duffy has yet again produced a wonderful storybook that shows her deep understanding of childhood emotions. She has embrace this understanding providing a blend of fiction and reality that helps sooth and heal.

'Ben lived in the country and did School of the Air until one day his parents decide it would be better if he attended school in the city. This meant Ben would attend boarding school as it was too far for him to travel back and forth. Settling into boarding school was harder than Ben thought. The other kids laughed at him because he looked different in his farm clothes and his teachers yelled at him because he could not understand the work. By the end of the day tho other boys were calling him Monster.

That night Ben phoned his parents and told them how unhappy he was and that he did not fit in. His parents told him he had yet to settle in, but as the first week passed things didn't get any better. Ben decides that if everyone was going to call him Monster then that is what he would be. This starts a journey of setting school pranks and causing upheavel. Ben soon finds himself in the office of the school principal with his parents being asked to attend the school.'

Monster takes the reader on a journey of feeling different, bullying, right and wrong, change and friendship. This is not only a book for the child but holds important messages for all adults - that of listening to our children, talking of emotions and looking for reasons behind behaviour that may not always evident at first glance. Transition to school, no matter the age or reason, is a difficult time for most children. A time when acceptance and fitting in is important. A time of discovering your place in a new environment and amongst new friends. In Monster Lynette Duffy provides a tool that opens discussion, talking of fears and coping techniques. Used in a school group situation Monster allows the teacher to provide a fictional story that gives a safe place for children to open up to their emotions. Monster is also a great resource for the parent. Read before the school transition it allows for discussion of feelings and coping, then read with the school term it lends itself as a resource that can be used time and time again, providing a non threatening sharing tool that will help assess the possibility of problems and reinforce the child's coping skills.

Lynette Duffy has again teamed with Ann Marie Finn who provides illustrations that compliment the story and add a little humour to soften the seriousness of the topic. Monster is a resource that should be on all educators and parents bookshelves. Presented on high glossy paper Monster stimulates your touch, vision and emotion.

ISBN: 978-0-646-56004-5

Lynette Duffy can be seen at the Sunset Markets in Ipswich Qld each Friday night. She can be contacted for book orders on 0401781086

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