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The Royal Palm: multi award-winning children's book!

Runaway Clothes:multi award-winning children's book!

Good Morning, World!:Multi Award Winner

The Trees Have Hearts:Multi Award Winner

Follow Carlo the Mouse Series!5 books are coming in 2017-2020!

Join The City Kittens and the Old House Cat

The Little Girl Praying on the Hill- Readers' Favorite International GOLD Award Winner

That Is How Things Are - Coming in fall 2017!

Who Will Feed Stacey First? Story 1:Coming 2018!

The Mysterious Life Inside a Closet-A New Children's Book Coming in spring 2018!!

A Beautiful Tribute From My Fans

Monday, October 1, 2018

Carlo the Mouse Series and Coloring Books

It has been some thrilling ride since I introduced Carlo the mouse to the world. Every vegetable has its time. So does the story of Carlo the Mouse. It must find its readers, some of them far away from Florida and some of them next to my or your home. As the author, I faced a real dilemma: what to do with the original book, Carlo the Mouse on Vacation. Since this book includes four stories, which are for slightly older readers, I decided to slightly rewrite them and made these stories a part of the Carlo the Mouse series. As of right now, I have published six books about Carlo the mouse as a baby and a teen. Carlo the Mouse, Book 6 gradually connects new stories to the old stories. Chanoa, the talented illustrator, beautifully illustrated the first six books. Her illustrations are colorful, entertaining, and pleasant to the eye. 

The full series of adventures of Carlo the mouse will easily entertain children and grown-ups. I am planning to publish Carlo the Mouse, books 7, 8, 9 and 10, which will include Carlo the Mouse on Vacation adventures in 2020. As sad as I felt, I retired my first book, Carlo the Mouse on Vacation. I kept a few original books of Carlo the Mouse on Vacation for my loyal fans and me as a great reminder of how the series of Carlo the Mouse fell into my lap. And as my young fan, Sergei, wrote in his story, may the story of Carlo the mouse never end.

I am now working on the next few books about Carlo the mouse in Mrs. D’s kitchen. There will be the war for cheese between Carlo and Mr. D, who is an Italian and who knows a lot about good cheese. Carlo the Mouse on Vacation series will go to the illustration stage in 2019-2020, and should be published in 2020-2022. Carlo’s adventures in New Jersey will be linked to the first original “Carlo the Mouse on Vacation.”

Many of you who read “Carlo the Mouse on Vacation” remember that the story ended with Carlo trapped inside a pizza box, which was handed to a man in black. The next few books after Carlo’s misadventures will take place on the streets of Paris and will be very intriguing. Spies ... betrayal ... and a war between international mice...

I am dying to tell you more, but this is as much as I am allowed to reveal. I am very excited about this project and can’t wait to introduce you to the naughty Carlo as a grown mouse. As for now, please use your creative minds, pencils, crayons and brushes and show me your artistic side. I hope you had fun coloring this book and enjoyed some activities as you set out on adventures with Carlo the mouse. I would be delighted if with the permission of their parents, young artists and readers would send me their coloring pages and stories so I could see their vision too. Please ask your mom or dad or other caregivers to scan the colored pages. Then they can email them to I will gladly post them on my blog at Mrs.D.Books.
Books make the world a little lighter, a little brighter and a whole lot more fun! Read and Color ON!

The first six books are already available in print and as e-books on Amazon and B&N. My little readers are already in love with Chanoa’s art and her mischievous characters. I thought it would be a great idea to create two coloring books, based on the six Carlo the Mouse books. The first coloring book will include the art from Carlo the Mouse, books 1, 2 and 3, and the second coloring book will include Carlo the Mouse, books 4, 5 and 6.

Fun! Fun! And more Fun! Look Inside! 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Dive Into the World of the Brilliant Art

The Royal Palm” joined my growing collection of richly illustrated and highly imaginative stories for children a few years ago. Since then this book has been honored for excellence by the Mom’s Choice Awards, won the 2015 Readers’ Favorite International Award competition and was recommended for home and school libraries, and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

In this magical tale, a beautiful specimen tree has been planted in a special garden, fulfilling her life-long wish to leave behind her small island and move to the mainland. While pondering the circumstances which brought her to that point, the silvery Royal Palm reflects upon the true friends she left behind, who accepted her just as she was in spite of her assumed arrogance toward them. She recalls the hurricane she thought would destroy her, and
remembers how the smaller, more common palm trees rallied round her to protect her from the blowing sand, waves and wind. While she expects to be happy in her new life, she comes to the realization that she will always miss her old friends, regardless of how many new friends she may one day have.

The Royal Palm is a wonderful fantasy, told in the flowery language one might expect from an anthropomorphized tree, the wind, and other elements of a tropical paradise. Intended to facilitate the growth of a child’s imagination, this story also comes complete with a valuable life lesson. As they become a part of the story, young readers will learn to appreciate the other people in their lives. They will learn that it is not always wise to prejudge those around them because a day of reckoning may come when those whom they might think poorly of will become the ones on whom the child must depend for help. Although understated, The Royal Palm shouts loud and clear to young readers: “Don’t judge by appearances. It’s what’s inside that counts.” 

Beautifully created in full color, “The Royal Palm” is an extremely smart, entertaining, and fascinating guide without being too preachy on this touching topic. If possible, please read this multi-award-winning story first. It is targeted for ages six through ten. Younger readers are able to follow the story while it is read aloud through the illustrations, while children aged eight and older will be better suited to independent reading of the text. It addresses many of the difficult issues children face in dealing with their peers.

If you have not read any of my books yet, I recommend you take a leisurely look through my enchanting collection at and see what other book will be the next to read. All my books are lovely reads for families together. They convey stories with good messages about being kind to others. Life is fun, when you share it with others. The amazing illustrations are vibrant and engaging and readers will be drawn into the magical world that comes alive on each page. I hope you had fun coloring this book and enjoyed some activities as you set out on dreamlike adventures. I would be delighted if (with their parents’ permission) young artists and readers would send me their coloring pages and stories so I could see their vision too. You can scan the colored pages and then email them to I will gladly post them on my blog at Mrs.D.Books. Have fun reading, coloring and following Mrs. D’s Books!


This coloring book is based on a beautifully illustrated, award- winning children’s book, “The Royal Palm.”  It is a fun book, full of wonderful art, surprises, and activities, which will entertain and educate children without them realizing it. If a child hasn’t read “The Royal Palm,” the detailed illustrations will tell them the story of the beautiful but very snobby tree. However, the hardcover or paperback book in print will treat your children to a delightful tale brought to life through the magical storyline and colorful artwork of Chanoa, a talented artist. “The Royal Palm” is available in hardcover and softcover form, and as an e-book on Amazon and B&N online stores. The autographed version of “The Royal Palm,” signed with a special message, is available on Etsy. Express your creativity, relax, and have fun!

Our lives are drenched in color! Please step away from the online world and all gadgets and express your artistic side. Look around you and use your inspired mind while having fun coloring the magical, calming and inspired sketches created for you by a wonderful artist named Chanoa. Dive into the world of the brilliant art, which makes our life brighter, richer and more meaningful. See the magic through the eyes of the artist, and do not forget to enjoy the activities which this coloring book has to offer. Color on and stay happy!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Moonshadow Mae: New Release by Rosie Russell

From the Author

Mae is a happy girl and loves many things.

One thing she adores the most is the moon.
She is in awe of the glowing shine and the shadows left behind.
Come along and enjoy this rhyming tale as Mae explores 
the wonders of the atmosphere above.
Enclosed are fun facts, special craft, and a yummy recipe in the back of this book.

From Mrs.D

My grandson, who is a preschooler, has recently become interested in the solar system, specifically the moon, and “Moonshadow Mae” by Rosie Russell is the perfect book to help introduce a young child to lunar facts. The bouncing rhyming story and the colorful artwork will hold young readers’ attention, and the interesting information that this book provides will plunge them into many exciting details about science and the moon, generously provided at the end of the story. The text splits the information well between the pages so that there isn't too much text per page. The author did a fantastic job with simple explanations and other useful material about the moon, describing complicated concepts in terms that are easy to comprehend for a young child.

The illustrations are eye-catching, engaging, and showcase the text well. The story is creative, sweet, and well thought through; there is literally something for everyone at all levels in this book, appropriate for a four-year-old to a ten-year-old. It's easy to understand, visually appealing, and very interesting.

I loved how the author explained the science of the moon with the cool images, which make perfect sense and really get kids to understand the perspective. The drawings are well done, clear, and vivid. There are lots of specifics, which could lead to other lines of study. The wording flows easily and isn't overwhelming or extra lengthy. I recommend this book for every young astronomer in the making. Young readers will be delighted to explore the story part by part along with the colorful artwork! It is highly recommended for hours of fun!


Rosie Russell is the author and illustrator of:
"Beasley's Journey" 
"Maggie, Millie, and Merrie's Magical Adventure," 
"Maggie, Millie, Merrie's Magical Coins" Book #2
"Avi Jackson Best Friends" 
"A Search and Find of Every Kind with Jake and his dog named Cain"
"Beasley and Friends to the Rescue"
"Sherman the Shopping Cart A Search and Find"
"Moonshadow Mae"

Rosie Russell studied Early Childhood Education and taught students in elementary and middle school for fifteen years in the Midwest.

Rosie now writes and illustrates full time and is looking forward to sharing her books with students, encouraging them to write and illustrate their own stories. 

A portion of profits from her books will be donated to different causes, depending on the subject of her books.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Rules Are For a Reason

Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Rules Are For A Reason is the fourth book in the Carlo The Mouse series, written by Mrs. D. and illustrated by Chanoa. Against his parents’ wishes, Carlo the Mouse sneaks through the halls of the hospital where he lives. The head chef of the hospital makes such delicious food that Carlo desperately wants to become his friend, but the head chef only wants to swat Carlo with his spatula. After sneaking into the rooms of various patients in the hospital to steal their scraps, Carlo becomes quite ill. As his parents question his movements, Carlo realizes that the last room he visited had housed a patient with an infectious disease. It finally dawns on Carlo as to why it is so important to follow his parents’ rules.

I loved this beautifully illustrated and unusual story by Mrs. D. about why it is so vitally important for people to follow rules which they are given. Whether in childhood or in everyday life, there is always a consequence for each and every action we decide on. Although stealing food from humans is something mice are quite famous for, it is not until Carlo has snuck into the room of a patient who is carrying an illness which can be transmitted to others that disaster strikes.

 Contagious diseases are never fun and are usually contracted unexpectedly, especially when the illness is transmitted just by breathing the same air or accidentally touching someone. When we are given rules to follow, it is so that the consequences of our actions will not be bad. Children around the world would definitely learn a valuable lesson in reading Rules Are For a Reason, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to be read by (or to) young readers aged 4-12, so that they can see that rules and common sense are vital if you wish to live a long and healthy life.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Build Your Child’s Library Today

Trouble! Where did that ravenous little mouse come from who’s disturbing the peace in the hospital? What’s Going On? is the third in a series of books on the adventures of Carlo the mouse. Carlo knew he was not supposed to go near the manager’s office, but when the kitchen staff were chasing him, he made a choice that started a war. This is only Carlo’s first time out, and already everyone is after him. Imagine what could happen when he learns his way around the hospital! He likes to eat, and is growing like a mushroom after the rain. Will this be the end of our curious little mouse, or will Carlo manage to outsmart the clever manager, angry cook, and sneaky exterminator so he can go home safely? You’ll find out in Mrs. D.’s next book on Carlo the mouse, Rules Are for a Reason. Remember, Hospitalia is a strange place . . .

Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite

What's going on? It's Carlo the mouse in his mischievous adventures in Hospitalia, a strange place. Carlo the Mouse, Book 3: What's Going On? by Mrs. D is a part of the Carlo the Mouse series. This beautifully illustrated children's book will keep your child laughing and entertained as they encounter the cook, the exterminator and the manager along with Carlo on his search for food. When Carlo finds himself hungry, he wanders throughout the hospital rooms, but his first stop is in the kitchen where he orders a burger. He is puzzled as to why the cook is angry that he's there, and now must continue to run for his life as they all work diligently to get rid of him. As he continues to evade their grasp, he is reminded of his parents' warning to follow the rules in order to learn how to survive on his own. Now he wonders ... will this be enough?

This is a beautiful, fun and engaging story and knowing that there is a whole series for children to enjoy makes it a more entertaining picture book experience. Here are some other books in the series from Rules For A Reason, Nothing Is Safe in a Mouse’s Life, It’s My Life and Now We’re Talking, and Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse that I'm sure you will enjoy. It is highly suggested to start with Book 1 to catch up, but regardless of where you start, you and your child are in for a treat. Help start building your child’s library today with any of the books written by Mrs. D.

Coloring book 1: Carlo the Mouse Big Adventure 
Coming soon!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

A Rich Tribute To Both Seasons: Coloring Book

That Is How Things Are: Coloring & Activity Book for Kids

After you finish reading or coloring this lavishly illustrated children’s book, please go outside and explore the sounds, sights, and feelings of the four seasons. It may not be the end of autumn or the beginning of winter, or the first sign of spring or sudden summer heat waves. But if it’s the fall transition, when the sky is gray and the leaves are painted in colors of yellow and red, and all it takes is one gust of the powerful wind to change nature from golden to white, don’t miss this theatrical stage.

That Is How Things Are” features repetition and resonance to introduce basic language concepts. Chanoa’s expressive artwork illuminates the transformation from colorful autumn to a gloomy pre-winter stage. A rich tribute to both seasons: a fall with blazing colors and the darker symbols of coming winter. Be sure to get young explorers outside into the cold to see the departing autumn with its disappearing leaves.

I hope you had fun coloring this book and enjoyed some activities as you set out on adventures with the powerful wind, the courageous yellow leaf, and the curious young kitten. I would be delighted if (with their parents’ permission) young artists and readers would send me their coloring pages and stories so I could see their vision too. You can scan the colored pages and then email them to I will gladly post them on my blog at Mrs.D.Books. Keep reading and coloring!

Thursday, May 31, 2018


Closing Words 

Memories of my children have always been my golden treasures when I write children’s stories. Every time I dig out some event from my children’s childhood, I discover something new, something I did not see in the past, something I overlooked. Now I can honestly say that over the years, the best lessons I learned were the ones that my children taught me. These lessons helped me to raise my girls into determined and ambitious young women, and I hope they will help other parents too.

Writing “Runaway Clothes,I saw a great opportunity to help families learn how to deal with an issue that drives every parent crazy. Going back in time, I always analyze my behavior and reactions that taught my children and me great lessons. Now, looking back on their mischievous misbehavior and the rules I tried to apply, I see things that I wish I had done differently. Like many parents, I naively thought I would have perfect children, just as I saw on the front page of parenting magazines—happy, smart, and well-behaved. The reality proved me wrong. There is no perfect child or parent. Parents and children learn from each other on a daily basis. Raising my girls, I learned that not every rule is written in stone, and that sometimes, unplanned lessons are the best teachers.

The older I get, the more memories I collect. Some of them vanish with time, but some never leave. Happy or sad, funny or disappointing, they are part of my life and my stories. With age, I grew wiser and looked at things differently. The stuff that once drove me crazy and seemed so important then, appears funny now. As my grandfather would say, learn as you live.
I recommend “Runaway Clothes” to school classrooms, library circles, and parents who wish to read a lovely tale with a moral about taking care of our belongings, to children ages 5 to 10.

COLOR ON and READ A LOT! And of course do not forget to clean your room, kids. Remember, clothes have feelings also!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Tool to Teach the Power and Diversity of Friendship

Judge’s Commentary: 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards 

In The Trees Have Hearts, the author has created a beautiful world where the environment is alive and three trees with a lot of character make friends with a lonely girl. The author did an excellent job of pacing in this story. It's sweet and moves along slowly, but deliberately, as the author creates a story of loneliness, newfound friends, confidence, fear, loss and finally acceptance. The illustrations are beautiful and really make the story come to life.

The author has created her own universe in this book. It's set in reality, but the trees come alive (have hearts), which the reader is willing to accept because you want the little girl to make friends. And the element of fantasy is believable in that context. Even Old Wind, because he's part of the environment, plays an important role and allows the author to help the reader see where otherwise we wouldn't be able to go. 

The book wraps up beautifully with a seed planting as the little girl accepts that she's received what she needed from her tree friends. The author should be proud to have published such a beautiful book!

Look inside!

Thank you~

Friday, April 6, 2018

Baby from the Moon

Review of "Baby from the Moon"

Ukrainian born New Jersey author Olga D’Agostino (who elects to use the moniker Mrs. D. for her books) has published over twenty award-winning children’s books She lives in Smithville, NJ, with her husband, Patrick with their four children and four grandchildren. Her unpredictable calico cat, Nyda, has been the inspiration for many of her stories.

In this charming BABY FROM THE MOON, beautifully illustrated by Julia Gabrielov, Mrs. D. offers a fantasy about Baby G who before his birth searches for a mommy in his dreams. ‘Once upon a time tiny Baby G lived under the Moon. He spent his days jumping from cloud to cloud and playing with little angels, who looked just like him. Laughing, he twirled in the sky and slid on the rainbow or rode through the sky on the winds passing by. At night, Moon rocked Baby G on a soft, fluffy cloud, which cradled him to sleep on its squishy blanket. The cheerful stars twinkled in the night sky, and Baby G cuddled beneath his cover while watching sweet dreams. He sweetly smiled when he saw all sorts of fun creatures that lived in the Moon.’

It is that sort of beautiful fantasy writing that fills this sweet book. Baby G dreams of a beautiful woman whom he wishes were his mommy. He asks the heavenly bodies to help him find his mommy and eventually the storks carry him to see a kind mother and the mother accepts Baby G in her womb until Baby G is born – very welcome on earth!

Baby from the Moon is available in print and as ebook!