Friday, March 27, 2015

The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey (Horse Valley Adventure #1)

"The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey" is a tale (based on the "Three Little Pigs"), about three little horse brothers who suddenly lose their house that is destroyed by a fire. The young horses are totally alone and thrust into the reality of having to depend on themselves and each other against a bully donkey, who wanders the forest wrecking homes and bullying the other animals. 

This warm-hearted tale promotes strong values and has a fun premise.

 Written and humorously illustrated in vivid color throughout by Liana-Melissa Allen, the story is a proven winner for reading aloud to children.

Paperback, 34 pages

Published May 3rd 2012 by Createspace 
copy provided as part of book tour
I read this book to my 4 1/2 year old grandson and he loved it.  Having never read the Three Little Pigs this was an original story for him.  The illustrations were colorful and bright, perfectly matching the story.

This book opens the door to discussions on fire safety with the little ones as well as talking about what is important and what isn't

There are more lessons to be taken from this book aside from fire safety, there is also forgiveness, family sticking together and if you got a job to do, do it right in the first place.  All this is done in a fun story that will grab any child's attention.

Be sure to come back on Monday when I review the next book in this series.

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Liana-Melissa Allen is a young author and illustrator of children's books and books for youth. She has written, illustrated and published six books. Her most recent one is the colorfully illustrated children's book "Donkey's Kite", the second book of "A Horse Valley Adventure" series. The first was "The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey". The lovable cartoon characters, Max, Lax, Jack and Donkey makes them a favorite of first and second grade students. She is now working on her third book of "A Horse Valley Adventure".

The magical world of fantasy has inspired Liana's imagination since as long as she can remember. Part of this was fueled by her dad reading aloud to her every day when she was younger. As a result, reading is her primary passion along with music. These two passions feed her imagination into stories and drawings, which she joyously sketches out into storyboards for a potential book.

Liana-Melissa is also a dedicated classical/jazz pianist, and mostly enjoys older music, especially from the big band era and the 1940's, 50's and 60's. While playing the piano, her imagination often leads to a great amount of improvising. Frequently, Liana will improvise a theme for one of the stories she is writing. Capturing this improvised music became a priority, which ultimately resulted in theme music for "A Horse Valley Adventure". The "Horse Valley" theme will be used for a short animated video featuring her Horse Valley characters.

Liana-Melissa loves to hear from her young readers. Please visit her website at for more information, and to contact her by email. Visit her on Facebook too.

Where to buy the books:
On Author's Website
Barnes & Noble

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this nice review on my book "The Three Little Horses and the Big Bully Donkey". :) I love to write and illustrate books for children, and share the worlds and characters that I imagined as a child, to hopefully inspire them to become readers.

    Thank you again for you nice review of my book!

    Liana-Melissa Allen