Apr 092018

An Inspiring Jane Austen Biography for Children!

Illustrated by: Jen Corace

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

After reading and greatly admiring Lisa Pliscou’s attractive and enchanting biography of Jane Austen’s childhood in Young Jane Austen, I was delighted to learn that she has published a picture book biography for elementary grade students titled, Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel. In this charming and comprehensive book, Ms. Pliscou highlights many of the significant events in Jane Austen’s life: such as her education, writing and publishing efforts, and the men in her life.

Weaved into the story are historical context and expectations for a young woman who lived during Jane Austen’s time. In a subtle yet direct manner Ms. Pliscou shows many examples of how Jane Austen was brave and a bit of a rebel! I greatly appreciated seeing a portrayal of Jane Austen that accentuates her bravery. For she was indeed courageous, independent, and forward-thinking. Through this tale young readers, who are used to our modern rights and freedoms, will be able to grasp how during Jane Austen’s life it was unique and almost unthinkable for a woman to have a profession, write novels, or remain single. While there might be an aspect or two of Jane Austen’s life that young readers may not understand, hopefully this will prompt them to ask questions and engage them in conversations about Jane Austen’s life and times. Continue reading »

Nov 192014

Goodnight Mr. DarcyShare Your Love of Jane Austen with the Next Generation!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Today I have a special guest helping me with this review!!





When I received a copy of Goodnight Mr. Darcy to review, I eagerly showed Mr. Bingley (my husband) and asked if he was interested in reading it and reviewing it with me. He was only too happy to participate! He loves the BabyLit display we found in our local bookstore and has decided we must purchase the whole collection when we one day have our own child. To be honest…he wants to start buying them now, which I think is adorable. 🙂 Continue reading »

Nov 172014

Author Guest Post

Hi readers!  I’m so excited to welcome author Kate Coombs to Austenesque Reviews today!  Kate is here to celebrate her latest release, Goodnight Mr. Darcy, which, if you didn’t already know is a Baby-Lit parody of Goodnight Moon Thank you, Kate for stopping by Austenesque Reviews!

Your favorite book is Pride and Prejudice, your favorite hero is proud (but secretly not so bad) Mr. Darcy and your favorite heroine is proud (but actually quite likable) Elizabeth Bennet. There’s a nice long book about these two—just under 122,000 words—and you love-love-love it!Goodnight Mr. Darcy

Now, can you tell their story in a slightly shorter format? Say, 50,000 words? 5,000 words? What about 130 words?

That was the task I took on a year ago. Oh, and it had to be a bedtime story that sounded very much like Goodnight Moon. Gibbs Smith Associate Publisher Suzanne Taylor called me and said, “How would you like to do a parody of Pride and Prejudice and Goodnight Moon called Goodnight Mr. Darcy?” Continue reading »