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Susan is an author, canine behaviourist, and a storyteller. She lives with her family and dogs, in particular, Rocky the Border collie and Stella, the blind dog. She spends her time blogging, writing and illustrating; training and counselling dogs and being bossed around by the family cat, Speed Bump Charlie and his sidekick, Furball (see Dogs in Space).
Susan travelled around the world twice before she was seven years old. It seemed only fitting that the wonderful events she experienced and the places she visited on these journeys be recorded for history. Thus, her story telling skills began. Firstly, to Rupert Bear, her lifelong companion, and then to a host of imaginary friends and finally to her pet dog once the family finally set down roots in Australia.
Susan is passionate about children's literature and wants to inspire children to be better people and encourage them to follow their dreams. She runs workshops for children teaching them how to form the wonders of their imaginations into stories.
Susan lives in a small country town where there are more kangaroos than people. She shares her country property with four dogs, three cats, three rescue guinea pigs and a very large fish and her patient husband. More about her adventures are reflected in Clarence the Snake from Dunolly.
on May 20, 2015 :
This is a great story, but I had a slight issue that stops me giving it the full five stars... It's the same issue I've had with all the books in this series: the animals are supposed to be your average animals physically, yet they are capable of doing things that would be physically impossible for an animal to do (such as doing things that require thumbs, sitting up with their back legs crossed, etc). I have no problem with humanoid animals (meaning, animals that physically can do anything a human can, but just happen to have animal features and characteristics) but these are supposed to be animals that look like animals do in real life, and should therefore have the physical capabilities of those animals.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on May 02, 2015 :
Astro’s Adventures: The Haunted Circus by Susan Day is an adorable children’s story with great lessons to teach but done so in a fun and entertaining way. The author knows how to relate to kids and her tales are unique and inspiring.
This is an enlightening story that should be empowering for young people. I loved it myself and there are moments I couldn’t stop laughing out loud.
This book teaches us the value of doing for others, whether it's for people or animals. The goodness of giving is the main theme and it comes across loud and clear.
I love that the author has so generously offered to donate a percentage of the sales of this book to her local animal shelter. That is such a beautiful thing to do as there are so many animals that can use the help and the love.
The Haunted Circus is a fun filled adventure that is both imaginative and impactful. I hope teachers will use this book in their classrooms as a good teaching tool. If not, they really should. I highly recommend.
"The two cats made their way through the curtain disappearing into the darkness. Speed Bump Charlie lowered himself down and crawled under the stands. Furball copied him. They crawled along while the audience above them cheered and clapped. One child was so excited he jumped into the air sending soda everywhere. Most of it landed on the Old cat's head."
(reviewed the day of purchase)