Tina Lost in a Crowd by Miriam Hurdle: A Children’s Book.

Book Description:

Tina invited her friend Erica to attend a popular Tchaikovsky’s Spectacular concert on a summer evening with her parents. During the intermission, her dad left the seat to buy some snacks. Tina and Erica followed him wanting to use the restroom. The shoving crowd pushed them away, and they lost sight of him. It would be impossible to fight through the 18,000 people to find him or go back to Tina’s mom. This story tells about what happened to Tina and Erica after they got lost. Children can adapt to the learning from different situations they may observe or encounter. Adults could have discussions with the children about the situations to help them develop problem-solving skills.

My review of this delightful children’s book:

Third grader, Tina Tyler, looks forward to summer. It is the last day of classes, and she has had such a great school year that she hopes the next year will pair her with her teacher, Mrs. Jackson, who stands outside smiling and waving goodbye to her students and reminds Tina that the fourth grade will be a new adventure, a prospect that Tina readily embraces.

Tina is the exuberant sort, and when her mother takes her home to officially begin summer break, the two sit down at the kitchen table and prepare a ten-point list of best case scenario summer activities, and thus the merits of planning are demonstrated to the reader. Tina is excited by the prospects of swimming and asks her mother if she can host a sleepover party for her friends, which her mother encourages because it is important to be appreciative of one’s friends.

In a delightful surprise for Tina, Mrs. Tyler tells her daughter there will be an outdoor concert at the Hollywood Bowl where an orchestra will play Tina’s favorite music: Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. Tina, wanting to include her best friend, asks if she may invite Erica, and when her mother says yes, Tina jumps for joy and claps her hands.

There is much to look forward to at the concert, and Tina’s parents take her and Erica on a two hour train ride to the outdoor event, which will include a picnic and culminate in a fireworks display more resplendent than any Tina has seen prior.

But one has to be prepared for the unexpected, and when in dire circumstances, a child does well to remember the wise counsel of their parents, so when Tina and Erica discover they are lost in a crowd of thousands of people, Erica despairs, until Tina says, “We should stay here. I remember Mom told me a long time ago that if I could not see her, stay where I am, and she would come to find me.”

Miriam Hurdle’s Tina Lost in a Crowd is a joyous, vibrantly illustrated parable designed to depict the safety and security that comes from listening to and trusting one’s parents. In seamless companionship with the gorgeous artwork of Victoria Skakandi, it demonstrates that having a plan to resort to when in the grips of uncertainty will lead to a certain solution where all will be well.

Meet author Miriam Hurdle:

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Miriam Hurdle is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She published four children’s books at twenty-six years old. Her poetry collection received the Solo “Medalist Winner” for the New Apple Summer eBook Award and achieved bestseller status on Amazon.

Miriam writes poetry, short stories, memoir, and children’s books. She earned a Doctor of Education from the University of La Verne in California. After two years of rehabilitation counseling, fifteen years of public-school teaching and ten years in school district administration, she retired and enjoys life with her husband in southern California, and the visits to her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters in Oregon. When not writing, she engages in blogging, gardening, photography, and traveling.

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Writer, Carla the Reader, writes this in her book review of Tina Lost in the Crowd:

“I read this book to my two oldest grandchildren (5 and 7) and we had some wonderful discussions. We read it straight through the first time, but on the second reading, boy did they open up. We talked about school ending and things they like to do in the summer. Fireworks are a favorite summer activity during the first weekend in July and as a family we go and watch them as well as have a BBQ. Swimming is another wonderful activity and then we talked about outdoor concerts. After all that, I brought them around to discussing what to do if they get lost. The oldest had a lot of ideas involving finding someone in a uniform, finding a mommy or daddy with kids to ask for help and find someone with a ph0ne to call their parents. We discussed what Tina and Erica did and decided that would also work well if mommy and daddy knew what direction they were heading. Even if they chose other options when they get lost, it opened up some great learning moments.”

Congratulations to author Miriam Hurdle on the April 15, 2021 release of this wonderful children’s book, which is available on Amazon!


Dreaming in a Time of Dragons by G. Claire

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Congratulations to Author/Artist G. Claire on Dreaming in a Time of Dragons!

Book Description:

-When is a dragon not a dragon?-When is a prince not a prince?-When do you burn evidence of your royalty and run, disguised as a boy? Eva finds her royal birthright has come at a high price, one that could cost her life. In the middle of dark intrigue, she must decide what to do: Trust the words of a mysterious traveler; or stay in the castle, hoping to restore the ruined Kingdom of Dunmoor. She knows one day she must face a danger sprung to life from the most frightening tale she knows . . . or forever be looking over her shoulder. Her choice means everything. For her. For the Kingdom. This story is stitched between the lines of supernatural realism, with medieval fairytale underpinnings.

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Born and raised in Florida, I have loved writing and drawing since I held the first crayon and decorated our living room wall. My parents quickly realized I would need large paper and supervision – and lots of both.

I grew up, married, and moved to Atlanta. There, working as an artist/illustrator, my work was published and bought by private and corporate collectors.

Later, during my career as an art teacher for middle-grade and high school students, I felt the tug to write. After going to seminars and devouring books on the craft of writing, I took the plunge and joined a writers’ group. Creating new worlds and characters to inhabit them is now my place of bliss.

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Claire currently lives in the metro Atlanta area with her husband, and is working on Dreaming in a Time of Dragons, an epic adventure.

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Reviews: I cannot remember my kids not I bring this enthralled in a book as much as we were this one. Ever. We struggled to stop reading every night and go to bed at a decent time, we couldn’t put it down. My daughter says she’s never envisioned anything in her imagination like she did while listening to me read this aloud. The author isn’t only an artist with images but also with words, invoking such beautiful imagery in the imagination. The good messages learned through this adventure are so beautifully and powerfully interwoven into the story. Learning to trust God, listen to intuition/the voice, bravery and forgiveness…there’s so much I could say but don’t want to spoil it. We are EAGERLY awaiting the next book and will probably reread this one while we wait. My daughter has been telling all her friends about it and how they HAVE to read it.

I loved this book! It was a great escape from all that’s going on in our world today. This book spans generations where pre-teen, teen, and adults alike will all enjoy this book! You can even read it to your children! It’s worth your time! Plus, I love the fact that the author also did the drawings and cover! She is multi-talented! Don’t hesitate to buy and read it!

I loved this book!! It was recommended to me, and now my niece is reading it. The chapters are short and story moves quickly. I liked the mystery and than the discovery of plot line. It was so clever. The drawings in it were also very well done.
I could easily see this been made into a movie…I really look forward to that!

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Malibu California Artists Neel and Virginia Muller!

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I want to introduce you to two beloved artists who live in Malibu, California. Neel and Virginia Muller divide their time between Malibu and Antibes, France, both incredible artists who live a wonderful, creative life!

Artist Neel Muller is the author of Going to the Dogs: Drawings to Help you Get Through the Day

Going to the Dogs: A collection of dog drawings to help you get through the day.
Wonderful Drawings for Dog Lovers with whimsical captions! One reviewer writes: ” The very essence of doggishness! Neel Muller captures the inner dog. The things about dogs that have made them so special to we humans for thousands of years. If you love dogs, you’ll love this book. Study each drawing and you’ll see exactly what I mean. If you have friends who love dogs as much as you do, do them a favour – send them a copy of this book!”

And This Lovely Book!

Drawings of Women: A celebration of women of all shapes and sizes by [Neel Muller]
A Celebration of Women of All Shapes and Sizes!

And for a Daily Dose of Artistic Inspiration : Daily Drawings of Women. One reviewer writes: “Mr. Muller has a delightfully witty, dry and very understated sense of humor. His approach is simple and direct and in this age where most things are over-the-top, makes this collection of thoughts, unique and beautifully refreshing.”

Neel Muller has loved drawing since he was a little boy. Using his drawing skill in the ad business has helped pay the bills, but he eventually decided to draw much more just for the enjoyment of it. So he promised himself he would do a drawing every day, no matter what. As a result, many have had a great time following his daily drawings. This book is on Neel’s favourite subject to draw: Women. He jokes that most of his drawings are from memory and that is mostly true. The important thing is that he celebrates women of all shapes and sizes in a fun, sometimes tender and sometimes dramatic way.

You can see more of Neel Muller’s art here: Check it out at futuretribal.com

Neel Muller’s FutureTribal artwork is now all over clothes, plates, towels, bags and shoes.  Neel was born and raised in South Africa and can’t shake off that African dust. These designs emerge from his colorful, vivid dreams : modern, primitive and graffiti.

More Art by Neel Muller:

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Rue Brûlée Antibes by Neel Muller

Below is artist, clothing designer, and etiquette teacher, Virginia Muller. She is the author of The Unforgettable Woman and Aubergine the Glitter Queen!

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Neel Muller and Virginia Muller collaborated on the book The Unforgettable Woman, a gorgeous, delightful, whimsical series of drawings with pithy captions pertaining to the attributes of an unforgettable woman! A thought-provoking pleasure with stellar drawings to savor; the ultimate gift for artists and women!

One book reviewer writes: “I loved The Unforgettable Woman because she is in a few words or two manifests such a woman and the drawings are such wit in expressing such an unforgettable lady. I hear music and want to dance with each page.”


Virginia released the genre-crossing book that has something for everyone: Aubergine the Glitter Queen! A children’s story that encourages perseverance in the pursuit of one’s dreams!

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The lure of having to know what comes next propels you through this one-of-a-kind story. The elegant illustrations have a touch of feminine whimsy and are poignantly placed as emphasis to highlight one Hollywood hopeful’s dream, who has come all the way from Paris with her little dog. An uplifting, gem of a book for children and adults in equal measure, Aubergine The Glitter Queen has an encouraging message that will appeal to those who appreciate a heart-warming story with illustrations that will knock off your socks!

Aubergine the Glitter Queen by Virginia Muller | Goodreads

Both of Virginia’s Books will delight the artist in all of us!

All books by Neel Muller and Virginia Muller are available on Amazon!