Book reviews are a great way for self-publishing authors to gain exposure. After all, how can someone buy your book if he or she doesn’t know it exists? Paired with other elements of your book promotion strategy, requesting reviews is a great way to get people talking about what you’ve written.

When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review, courtesy of the Observations from a simple life blog:

Percy Finds a Girlfriend by Sissy Parker

Percy Finds A Girlfriend (A Frame Named Percy Book 1)

by Sissy Parker

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 9781478764632

Synopsis:

Pamela Jones has established herself as an up and coming artist, critics have praised her work as a chip off the old block. Pamela’s father William Jones has been guiding his daughter’s work for quite some time now. Four years ago Pamela created a frame for the family’s portrait and she gave it a kiss and called him Percy and this is where Percy’s life started. Unbeknownst to Pamela every time she gives her creations a kiss and a name they come to life but nor can they talk to her or any other human under the age of 10. Pamela felt Percy needed a companion so she created a beautiful porcelain statue and again she gave it a kiss and a name but before Percy could bond with the statue it was stolen. Pamela suspects someone in the family but the family thinks someone came in and stole the statue. The Jones family will go to great lengths to find out who stole the porcelain statue. Percy Finds A Girlfriend is another episode in Percy’s adventure; he is still trying to learn how humans and his friends deal with everyday life. Come join him on this ride of love, friendship and betrayal.

Critique:

Percy Finds a Girlfriend by Sissy Parker is a magical story of a picture frame named Percy and how he is able to speak and interact with the other household items as they witness the lives of the Jones family.

The story opens with the house on Mulberry Street with its occupants. Hanan is the wife of William and mother to Pamela, Bernita, Anita, Sandy and Liz. Pamela is an artist who crafts amazing works of art including stained glass and other works. The Jones family is preparing for a wedding. Hanan’s niece is coming and the house is in a fury trying to get everything ready. Pamela has a special reveal for her family and their guests. It is a small porcelain statute she named Jacqueline. Jacqueline was created as a girlfriend for Percy. The family doesn’t believe that Percy is alive and finds it weird that she would make a girlfriend for the picture frame. But unbeknownst to the family, Pamela is able to breathe life into her creation with a simple kiss. Then suddenly, Jacqueline goes missing. Who is the thief? Will Jacqueline be returned safely?

I enjoyed the precise about a magical picture frame and other household items who are the often silent witnesses to the Jones family. I think this story is a great imaginative adventure as told through the eyes of a beautiful picture frame. I recommend this book for readers who enjoy magical stories.

Percy Finds a Girlfriend

is available on Amazon

on the Kindle for $5.00 and in paperback for $9.95

reviewed by Jennifer Lara  ]

Here’s what some other reviewers are saying:

The narration of the book is the primary character in the book, Percy. Pamela Jones, an artist designed Percy,a picture frame.Pamela sets the frame by the family portrait and gives it a kiss. Every time she creates something and kisses it, it almost becomes alive. It becomes smart. These creations can only talk to children under 10 years of age. At least they are the only ones who understand them. Well not quite, a family of mice can also have communication with the kissed objects.Pamela develops a plan to give Percy a girlfriend. She makes a statue, [and names] it Jacqueline. Percy finds love. A theft occurs at a wedding and Percy and Pamela are really upset about it. Jacqueline is gone. Will the thief be discovered? Is it a new character or an existing character? Will things get back to normal? Will Percy find his Love? or is she gone forever? Will the ending be a happy one or sad one? This was a great book for children and adults. Children and adults attach themselves to different things and sometimes believe they’re like human.It’s a fun and exciting read. Great story for children and adults alike.Pick up a copy and read it with or to your child and be introduced to Percy, Jacqueline, Pamela and others. I enjoyed it and I’m going to pass it along to some nieces who I know will enjoy it.

– Amazon Reviewer Gayle Pace

The primary character and the narrator in this book for children is a picture frame named Percy. He was made by artist Pamela Jones and when he was put around the family portrait Pamela kissed him and somehow granted him sentience. Percy is not the only intelligent object in the house, every object that Pamela creates and then kisses develops a consciousness. They can talk to each other but only humans under the age of 10 can understand them. There is a family of mice in the house and they can also communicate with the objects kissed by Pamela.

Pamela creates a porcelain statue that she names Jacqueline and she places her next to Percy with the intention of giving him a lady friend. Her plan works and Percy finds himself in love. There is a human wedding with a large number of attendees at the house and in the aftermath someone steals Jacqueline, an action that devastates Pamela and Percy.

After a bit of moping and engaging in a process of elimination, the culprit is discovered and it turns out to be someone that has been cranky and disagreeable throughout the entire story. All is restored in the Jones household when Jacqueline is returned.

The premise of sentient objects is an interesting one that children will find entertaining, for they naturally develop attachments to objects and consider them to be alive with dynamic personalities capable of having deep emotions. There is a significant amount of family drama and subterfuge as well, even though there is a happy ending and the “bad person” is forced to confess and accept punishment. This is a good story.

– Amazon Reviewer Charles Ashbacher


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