My Review – 5 stars our of 5
Bert the friendly wizard and his assistant Broderick get into a pickle one snowy day when King Mark announces he doesn’t like snow. Bert’s solution doesn’t quite work as planned and he has to come up with another spell. This is a fun story about finding a solution that will make the king happy again and the importance of trying things we think we won’t enjoy. The illustrations by Michael S Kane are delightful and really bring the story to life. My only gripe is that some of the language may be a little difficult for younger children to grasp.
Jocelyn’s writing career began when she was asked to write a story for a preschool magazine. That story was the first of many. Jocelyn became the writer/editor of several preschool magazines and continued in that role for 15 years. Writing one new story every month, plus rhymes and activities was a tough gig, but very exhilarating.
Time is the big difference between writing for a magazine and writing a book. You see your work on the supermarket shelves within a few weeks of completion. A book takes longer – a lot longer. Jocelyn has to be patient now – not something she’s good at.
Before becoming a writer, Jocelyn work in higher education as International Students Officer. It was a rewarding and interesting job even though she was on call 24/7.
Jocelyn also trained as a counsellor and volunteered at drop-in centers. She never knew who would arrive for counselling and had to be prepared for anything. This work gave her insight into some of the darker corners of life.
Motor sport was one of Jocelyn’s early loves, she had spine tingling thrill of taking part in a 24-hour national rally as navigator – those were the days when rallies were held on public roads!
Jocelyn work as an au pair in Paris in her teens. Having visited the city on a school trip, she fell in love with it, and always wanted to return.
NB This post first appeared as part of the Blog Tour for The King Who Didn’t Like Snow, via Rachel at Rachel’s Rare Resources.