Isabella and Penelope by Maggie Grinnell Children's Book Review

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Isabella and Penelope by Maggie Grinnell Book Review

Isabella and Penelope by Maggie Grinnell is a children’s book about a little girl named Isabella, who lost her father in a plane crash, and Penelope, a pink caterpillar who has feelings. 

Since losing her father, Isabella has stopped speaking, but one day she meets Penelope, whom she befriends and when Penelope transforms into a beautiful butterfly, Isabella herself transforms, and she finds the ability to speak once more.

The author, Maggie Grinnell, does an excellent job tackling a heavy subject in a way that does not overwhelm young children and helps parents start a discussion with their children about the loss of a loved one. 

I love the symbolism of the butterfly to show growth and transformation. I also found the childlike illustrations adorable and perfect for young readers. 

Where Can I Find Isabella and Penelope?

Isabella and Penelope by Maggie Grinnell is available to purchase on Amazon

An Interview With Children's Book Author, Maggie Grinnell

Q. What was the inspiration behind Isabella and Penelope?

My dad passed away awhile back. I stopped writing for 2 years because of his death. This book is dedicated to him. I wrote the story with the mind of a little girl whose dad died. How would she handle her grief?

Q.  How do you select the names of your characters?

I have always loved the name Isabella but Penelope came out of the blue and I wanted the name to start with the letter P.

Q. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I was 13. I wrote little stories because my imagination was going wild. 

Q. When did you write your first book?

I wrote my first book in 2008 and got it published in 2011

Q. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I have written 3 books. My favorite book to write is my pirate book David and Rusty’s pirate adventure. 

Q. About how long does it take you to write a book?

Some books can take 2 years others longer 

Q. What do you think makes a good story?

I think the plot and characters who are realistic.

Q. What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I love to read books like Nancy drew because I love mysteries and also fairy tales. Watch hallmark and Disney 

Q. What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Nancy drew and the lion witch and the wardrobe by CSLewis 

Q. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

I wanted to be a veterinarian because I ❤️ animals 

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