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Book Review/Giveaway: The Clever Hen. Ends March 21st

The Clever Hen by Saragine Francois and illustrated by Yoko Matsuoka.

About the Book: Have you ever known anyone who thought they were too smart for their own good? In this short story, when one of the farm animals (Ms. Cleever) thinks she is too bright for the other hens in the chicken coop, including the farm animals, she begins to mock them and treat them rude. As the months passed, Ms. Cleever gets the surprise of her life and is singled out. Will her fellow hens, including the farm animals, help her? Find out in this beautifully written children’s book.

My Review: There was a hen in the chicken coop who thought she could never lay eggs. She thought she was the only bright hen because she loves to read. So the other hens named her Ms. Cleever.

And because she though she was the smartest she had no respect for the other hens including the farm animals, she was rude and impolite. She refuses to help look after the other hens’ chick or spend time to play with the other farm animals. Then the unexpected happened a few months after, the hen who thought that she could never lay eggs suddenly, had four chicks and she didn’t know what to do or how to take care of them. She asked for help but the roles have become reversed. No one wanted to help her.

There’s a good lesson in this book:

Learn to be polite.

Treat people with respect.

Learn to give a helping hand.

You will love this book a must read not only for the family but for classroom teaching. The illustrations by Yoko Matsuoka help bring the book to life with its bold and bright colors. I highly recommend this book.


Also check out The White Gorilla and the Three Chimpanzees…a day from the zoo! By the author Saragine Francois and illustrated by Brian Rice.


“The White Gorilla and the Three Chimpanzees…a day from the zoo,” is an adventure picture book about how the ape and his friends visit the “human world” only to find themselves mistaken for other characters. This adventure book will surely keep your child guessing beyond his or her imagination.

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

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March 5, 2012 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , | 17 Comments

Mymcbooks Interview Author Saragine Francois.

Saragine Francois ( graduated with a Master’s Degree in Literacy atDowlingCollege. She discovered her love for writing children’s books atSuffolkCommunity Collegewhere she earned her Associate’s Degree in Arts and her Bachelor’s Degree atSt. Joseph’s College majoring in Child Study.

As an avid children’s reader, she is passionate in engaging young minds in creating children’s books that brings stories and imaginations to life. Her book titled “The White Gorilla and the Three Chimpanzees…a day from the zoo” is her first writing accomplishment. Take a peek at her novelette titled “Sasha and the Magic Pen” book trailer. “Sasha’s Crystal Ball” (coming 2012). She currently wrote fifteen children’s books (coming soon) and working on her upcoming novel titled “Goddesses of the Sea.”

She has a creative mind, and wants to share it with the world through her books. Are you ready?

Interview with Saragine Francois author The Cleven Hen

I want to thank you for being my guest here on Mymcbooks Blog

What is the last book you read?

Ans. Hugo

What were your earliest memories of writing?

Ans. Actually it came later in life when I went back to college in 2003. That’s when my English teacher asked his students to write a children’s book. There, I discovered my talent.

What was your favorite children’s book?

Ans. Disney’s books because it has fun-filled characters that are lively and entertaining.

Were you encouraged to write or was it something that came natural?

Ans. It definitely came naturally! It’s as if a movie is playing in my mind, and all I have to do is write/type away.

Are you working on a new book?

Ans. I am working on several books that I have displayed on my site at One of which is already written is a novel (young adult) titled Goddesses of the Sea. It is filled with Princes/Princesses/Mermaids/Mermen/Fairies and a single tree that stands as time…literally.

What inspired you to write The Clever Hen and The White Gorilla and the Three Chimpanzees and how did you come up with each character?

Ans. Several reasons, but one of which was to give natural voices to fiction characters.

What is the most difficult part of writing?

Ans. Keeping the story to a minimal and still have a storyline for young readers to enjoy.

Do you write full time or do you still have a day job?

Ans. Well, for now, I work as an on-call substitute teacher. As far as “writing full-time,” whenever a story comes to mind, I write until my thoughts have been exausted. If nothing comes to mind, I just read other books or watch animated show with my son. That normally stimulates my imagination and my fingers starts typing/writing again.

How do you react to a bad review and have you ever suffered from writer’s block?

Ans.  Well, I don’t react negatively about someone else’s review. I just take it into consideration. This country is full of ideas, opinions, and reviews. If it were all the same, I definitely believe we would be a boring country. As far as suffering from “writer’s block” I just read more children’s books or watch animated shows. That normally does the trick.

What do you hope that readers will take away from your book?

Ans. Engaging, entertaining and fun to read.

Who are some of your favorite authors you would love to dine with?

Ans. JK Rowling – Harry Potter, Stephenie Meyer – Twilight and Neil Gaiman – Coraline

What author inspires you the most and why?

Ans. See above answer. Why? Because of their ability to make the characters pop-out the pages and keep readers entertain. Their use of imagination allows readers to keep reading.

What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?

Ans. Basically, I don’t impose anything on myself. I work around my work and children and everything else falls into place (schedule, goals, etc.) That’s what works best for me.

What advice would you give parents on selecting the right books for their children to read?

Ans. Some parents may or may not know what level their children can read. Therefore, first, I would ask their teacher at what level he/she is currently reading? Then, I would take them to the library/bookstore and ask the librarian/sales clerk to show them books that they can read independently. This will allow them to choose a variety of books that they are excited about. Not the parent! Ownership is the key!

What advice you would give to new writers?

Ans- Read, Read, and Read! Read books at the genre you write and other books that may spark interests. In my opinion, this in turn will give new writers ideas that they thought never existed.

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

Ans. Love what you do! Put your passion into it, and everyone will see your talent.

Thank you for this interview.





March 5, 2012 Posted by | Meet the Author | , , , | 17 Comments


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