Karen S. McGowan

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Karen S. McGowan has worked more than 20 years as a teacher and holds a Master of Education degree. She is a children’s book author and leading advocate of education.

She believes in inspiring, strengthening and nurturing students and their families. Readers will discover different ways to make friends and build confidence, develop empathy, strengthen family relationships, deal with bullies and more!

Karen writes the Jolly Time Books series with Dennis E. McGowan—author of the widely acclaimed nonfiction book, The Living D.I.E.T.: Conquer stress in your life now.

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Jolly Time Books: Halloween Moon!
Series: Jolly Time Books: The Jolly Family, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,880. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2013 by Karen S. McGowan. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
Bwahaha! Two evil monsters are after Lizzy! Her heart beats faster! Can Lizzy escape? Ben searches for ghosts and gremlins! Will he escape the witches? The Jolly family is just like yours, hanging on for the ride! Jolly Time Books are full of everyday experiences and written with humor that will spark the imagination of both young and old. C'mon! Join Lizzy and Ben for a Jolly Time!

Series

Jolly Time Books: Storytime
Jolly Time Books tell exciting stories with positive messages the whole family can enjoy.
Jolly Time Books: Playhouse
Jolly Time Books tell exciting stories with positive messages the whole family can enjoy.
Jolly Time Books: Dog Squad
Jolly Time Books tell exciting stories with positive messages the whole family can enjoy.
Jolly Time Books: Kelly Adventure
Jolly Time Books tell exciting stories with positive messages the whole family can enjoy.

Books

Jolly Time Books: Dark Shadows
Series: Jolly Time Books: Storytime. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,610. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Bedtime & Dreams, Fiction » Children’s books » Monsters
This is a must have bedtime book for getting your little one to sleep. Kelly closes her eyes and starts dreaming. But the outside lights are too bright. Kelly tosses and turns, opens her eyes, and sees a shadow on the wall. “Who’s there?” she shouts. It is Yawny, a friendly shadow, who dances until he gets tired and sleepy. Together, Kelly and Yawny learn ways to relax and go to sleep.
Jolly Time Books: What's for Dinner?
Series: Jolly Time Books: Storytime. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,420. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Cooking & Food, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Momma Bird is going to have a baby. Crickle! Crickle! CRACK! POP! Oh, my. Oh, my. Baby Bird is hungry. But Baby Bird turns down Momma Bird’s offer of a worm, and insists on selecting from a menu with healthier food choices. How far will Momma Bird go to keep Baby Bird happy? Jolly Time Books tell exciting stories with positive messages the whole family can enjoy.
Jolly Time Books: Tear Down This Wall
Series: Jolly Time Books: Storytime. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 1,530. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Social Issues, Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Values & Virtues
A new kid moves next door. Leo the Lion doesn’t like him because he has a funny name. Leo decides to build a wall to keep the new kid out. But things change really fast when Kelly sees that the new kid has a swimming pool in his yard. Jolly Time Books tell exciting stories with positive messages the whole family can enjoy.
Jolly Time Books: What I Do Best
Series: Jolly Time Books: Storytime. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,550. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Bedtime & Dreams, Fiction » Children’s books » Nursery Rhymes
This is a must have bedtime book for getting your little one to sleep. Being King of the Jungle all day has made Leo the Lion very tired. He knows he ought to close his eyes and go to sleep. But he wants to know what all his friends do when they get tired. Do they close their eyes real tight and sleep all night? Try the helpful tips in this book to set the right mood.
Jolly Time Books: In My Room
Series: Jolly Time Books: Storytime. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,560. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Values & Virtues, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Peer Pressure
Kelly wants to play with her friends but her room is so messy she can’t find her ball. Poof! Angie and Devon show up. Angie reminds Kelly that she would find her ball if she cleaned her room. Devon tells Kelly not to listen to Angie. Who will Kelly listen to? What will Kelly do? Will she make the right choice? Will Kelly ever find her ball so she can play with her friends?
Jolly Time Books: I Am Somebody
Series: Jolly Time Books: Storytime. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,610. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Emotions & Feelings, Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Friendship
Ella the Elephant is feeling sad and lonely because she thinks nobody appreciates her. Ella has forgotten how much she means to her friends. Kelly cheers her up by reminding her of the many times she has helped others. It is important to let your friends know how much they mean to you. Jolly Time Books tell exciting stories with positive messages the whole family can enjoy.
Jolly Time Books: The Dancing Queen
Series: Jolly Time Books: Storytime. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,500. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Performing Arts / Dance, Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play
Kelly and Mika learn to have fun by singing and dancing. They like to growl like a bear, fly like a bird, hop on one foot, and squeal like a pig. Dance along with them as you step to the left, step to the right, and shout “Wahoo!” with all your might! You, too, can be The Dancing Queen! Jolly Time Books tell exciting stories with positive messages the whole family can enjoy.
Jolly Time Books: Where's Big Owl?
Series: Jolly Time Books: Storytime. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,480. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Bedtime & Dreams, Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play
This is a must have bedtime book for getting your little one to sleep. Kelly is ready for bed but she can’t find Big Owl. Where could he be? Kelly uses her imagination to search for Big Owl. Could he be on a trip? Where do you think he is? Would you help Kelly search for Big Owl? Try the helpful tips in this book to set the right mood and encourage your child to go to sleep.
Jolly Time Books: Yes We Can
Series: Jolly Time Books: Storytime. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,610. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship, Fiction » Children’s books » Sports & Recreation / Skateboarding
Kelly is having fun riding on her skateboard. She is having a perfect day, until she sees Pooter in his car. Uh oh. Pooter’s car is stuck. He needs help. She promises to help Pooter, but what can she do alone? Can Kelly find others to help her? Can they work together as a team to help Pooter? Jolly Time Books tell exciting stories with positive messages the whole family can enjoy.
Jolly Time Books: Who's Got Talent?
Series: Jolly Time Books: Storytime. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,600. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment, Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play
The talent show is about to begin. Each contestant needs your help. Can you sing and dance along with each one of them? Pay close attention. We need your help to pick the winner. Will you vote for Tommy Toad, Petunia Pig, or do you have another favorite? You be the judge! Jolly Time Books tell exciting stories with positive messages the whole family can enjoy.
Jolly Time Books: It's Mine
Series: Jolly Time Books: Storytime. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,570. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Clothing & Dress, Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Birthdays
Kelly and her friends open a box at a birthday party and discover some neat costumes. Who will be the pirate? The firefighter? The princess? Things get off to a rocky start when no one wants to give up stuff. Will they ever learn to share and have fun? Jolly Time Books tell exciting stories with positive messages the whole family can enjoy.
Jolly Time Books: The Perfect Gift
Series: Jolly Time Books: Storytime. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,550. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Birthdays, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
Psst! Quiet! It’s Mika’s birthday. Let’s surprise her with a cake. Uh oh! Nelly forgot something. Is her big surprise ruined? What will make the perfect birthday gift? Jolly Time Books tell exciting stories with positive messages the whole family can enjoy. Jolly Time Books are full of individually hand-drawn vivid and colorful illustrations that will spark the imagination of any child.
Jolly Time Books: Leo the Lion King
Series: Jolly Time Books: Storytime. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,570. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Friendship, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings
Nelly, Mika, and Kelly come over to play with Leo the Lion King. However, Leo has not learned how to play nice with his friends. Leo tells them he is bigger, stronger, and smarter than they are. Ouch! That hurts their feelings. Will Leo ever learn that you have to be a friend to have friends? Jolly Time Books tell exciting stories with positive messages the whole family can enjoy.
Jolly Time Books: How to Be Cool
Series: Jolly Time Books: Storytime. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,460. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
Freddy Frog sees a new girl. But how can he meet her? Kelly suggests that Freddy just be himself and say hello. Freddy insists on showing off to catch her attention. BOING! BOING! BOING! Will that work? Jolly Time Books tell exciting stories with positive messages the whole family can enjoy.
Jolly Time Books: Good Night Friends
Series: Jolly Time Books: Storytime. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,530. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Bedtime & Dreams, Fiction » Children’s books » Nursery Rhymes
This is a must have bedtime book for getting your little one to sleep. Kelly is gently rocked in a boat down a lazy river as she says good night to her friends. Getting a child ready for bedtime requires patience. It helps to have a cool down period. Try the helpful tips in this book to set the right mood and encourage your child to go to sleep.
Jolly Time Books: On the Road Again
Series: Jolly Time Books: Storytime. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,450. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play, Fiction » Children’s books » Interactive Adventures
Pooter the Skunk invites you to go with him on a trip to the jungle. Will you help him pack everything needed for the trip? Uh oh. Did you forget something? Oops! Jolly Time Books tell exciting stories with positive messages the whole family can enjoy. Jolly Time Books are full of individually hand-drawn vivid and colorful illustrations that will spark the imagination of any child.
Jolly Time Books: King of the Jungle
Series: Jolly Time Books: Storytime. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,470. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Leo the Lion is King of the Jungle. Leo is not afraid of anything. His tent is hidden and he can do anything he wants to. But sometimes he does get lonely. Uh oh. Did you hear that? What was that noise? Jolly Time Books tell exciting stories with positive messages the whole family can enjoy.
Jolly Time Books: Stop Fighting
Series: Jolly Time Books: Storytime. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,470. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Friendship, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
Tommy Toad and Freddy Frog are best friends. That is, until they have an argument over which one of them is better looking. Will Kelly be able to help them? Will Tommy and Freddy ever agree on anything? Jolly Time Books tell exciting stories with positive messages the whole family can enjoy.
Jolly Time Books: Hopscotch Hoopla
Series: Jolly Time Books: Playhouse. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,530. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Homelessness & Poverty, Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Relationships
Is the most exercise you get reaching for the TV remote control? Next time, surprise yourself and reach for the sky! Kelly, the cute dachshund, learns from Officer Katz that playing hopscotch is a fun game where you walk like an elephant, leap like a frog, and fly like an eagle. Join them stretching and twisting. Jolly Time Books tell exciting stories with positive messages.
Jolly Time Books: Stuff Happens
Series: Jolly Time Books: Playhouse. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,650. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Marriage & Divorce, Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Family
Who do you blame when parents argue or get divorced? Chuckles the Clown explains that just because parents argue, it doesn’t mean they will get divorced. And if they do divorce it is never the child’s fault. Sometimes, stuff happens. Jolly Time Books tell exciting stories with positive messages the whole family can enjoy.
Jolly Time Books: Pooter's Big Stink
Series: Jolly Time Books: Playhouse. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,460. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Relationships, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings
Isn’t it difficult for a kid to feel good when a parent is away from home for a long time? Join Kelly and her classmate, Pooter, as they discover valuable ways to connect and stay in touch with an absentee parent. Jolly Time Books tell exciting stories with positive messages the whole family can enjoy.
Jolly Time Books: Searching for Treasure
Series: Jolly Time Books: Playhouse. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,360. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Multigenerational, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Values & Virtues
Is it hard to imagine that your grandparents were once young, like you? Browse through their photo albums. Ask them about their adventures. Don’t be surprised if you find some hidden treasures. Jolly Time Books tell exciting stories with positive messages the whole family can enjoy.
Jolly Time Books: Catch Me if You Can
Series: Jolly Time Books: Playhouse. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,440. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings
Have you often wondered why you didn’t raise your hand and answer the question? Next time don’t wait. Speak up. Discover the freedom of taking a chance based on self-confidence. Jolly Time Books tell exciting stories with positive messages the whole family can enjoy. Jolly Time Books are full of individually hand-drawn vivid and colorful illustrations that will spark the imagination of any child.
Jolly Time Books: My Birthday Party
Series: Jolly Time Books: Playhouse. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,350. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Birthdays, Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play
Have you reached the age where you think your toys are the best in the world? Well, surprise yourself! Share a few of your toys with your friends, and you will feel like a kid again! Thank you. Thank you very much.
Jolly Time Books: T. Rex Shares a Secret
Series: Jolly Time Books: Playhouse. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,240. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals / Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Have you ever had a bad day when nothing goes right? Dream along with Kelly as she meets T. Rex who shares his big secret with her. Will it help her feel better? Jolly Time Books tell exciting stories with positive messages the whole family can enjoy. Jolly Time Books are full of individually hand-drawn vivid and colorful illustrations that will spark the imagination of any child.
Jolly Time Books: Big Bad Bully
Series: Jolly Time Books: Playhouse. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,270. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Bullying, Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Emotions & Feelings
If a bully is bugging you, what can you do about it? Kelly gets some great tips from a friendly Witch Hazel on how to handle the bully. Jolly Time Books tell exciting stories with positive messages the whole family can enjoy. Jolly Time Books are full of individually hand-drawn vivid and colorful illustrations that will spark the imagination of any child.
Jolly Time Books: Big Red Fire Truck
Series: Jolly Time Books: Playhouse. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,160. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Relationships, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings
Isn’t making noise the best part of playing with your favorite fire truck? But Kelly’s mom has asked her to be quiet because Dad is sick. How can you have fun playing if you have to be quiet? What will Kelly do when she talks to a real fire fighter? Will he persuade her to be more helpful?
Jolly Time Books: I Hear You
Series: Jolly Time Books: Playhouse. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,440. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Social Issues, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
If you were going to meet someone for the first time, how would you say hello? What if he or she were deaf? Kelly’s class is afraid to play with a new student because he can’t hear. The teacher tells them it is no big deal because we all have a disability of some kind. How will they communicate? You will have to read this exciting book about being everybody’s friend and having fun.
Jolly Time Books: The Big Score
Series: Jolly Time Books: Playhouse. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,140. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Isn’t it always more fun to play than do homework? We make decisions all day long. Sometimes they are right and sometimes they are wrong. Will Kelly finish her book before playing soccer with friends? Or will she skip the homework and have fun?
Jolly Time Books: Rhyme Time
Series: Jolly Time Books: Playhouse. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,220. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Words
Does your heart skip a beat when your teacher asks you a question? Do you begin worrying when you don’t know the answer to every question? Try this: scratch your head, wiggle around, and don’t get jealous if someone else has the answer. No one can know it all. That is what Kelly learns in this exciting story. Asking for help is a great idea. Just ask Kelly.
Jolly Time Books: My Perfect World
Series: Jolly Time Books: Dog Squad. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,320. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
It had been another beautiful day in the neighborhood. Kelly, the cute dachshund, was at peace with the world—and more importantly, the world was at peace with Kelly. The day had been so perfect that Kelly was in the mood to write. What would she write about? Aha! She would write about her perfect world. How would she describe her perfect world? Does her perfect world match your idea?
Jolly Time Books: Bullies Beware
Series: Jolly Time Books: Dog Squad. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,390. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Bullying, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Kelly, the cute dachshund, was afraid she would miss the deadline for writing an article about bullying. Things were even worse, because she was a bullying victim herself. To reduce her stress, she went on a walk and ran into Professor Hootie, a wise owl. Will Professor Hootie give Kelly ideas on how to deal with bullies? And will Kelly miss the deadline for writing her article on bullying?
Jolly Time Books: What's Up?
Series: Jolly Time Books: Dog Squad. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,540. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Words, Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Siblings
Kelly, the cute dachshund, was having a great day. Was it because Fang, the ornery cat, hadn’t been bugging her? Lizzy and Ben Jolly set out to find the answers. While on their search, they discover a new fun word game so quirky that they forget all about looking for Fang. Do you know what two-letter word has more meanings than any other two-letter word in the English language? What's up?
Jolly Time Books: Rescue Me
Series: Jolly Time Books: Dog Squad. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,920. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Activity Books
Sam the Squirrel didn’t have much planned for this afternoon. After being torpedoed by acorns, Kelly lost her cool and began barking at Sam. A curious neighbor looked to see why Kelly was barking—and spotted an osprey that was trapped in its nest, a gazillion miles above the clouds. Why was the osprey trapped in its nest? Did the firefighters arrive in time to rescue the osprey?
Jolly Time Books: Once in a Blue Moon
Series: Jolly Time Books: Dog Squad. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,720. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Activity Books
Kelly, the cute dachshund, was having difficulty going to sleep so she decided to read a book. Even that didn’t help because the moon was so bright. She also knew she wouldn’t be able to sleep because her belly was hungry. Harrumph! She was a girl of action. She got a blanket and some books from her doghouse. Would her creative plan work? AR ROOFF AR ROOFF Maybe—maybe not.
Jolly Time Books: Molly Megaphone
Series: Jolly Time Books: Dog Squad. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,700. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Activity Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Peer Pressure
Ben Jolly and his friends, Donnie and his other brother, Lonnie, were having fun playing in the snow. That is, until they were bombarded by a monster throwing snowballs at them. WHACK! BONK! It was Molly Megaphone—a girl— throwing snowballs. It was too much when she challenged them to grab a sled and race her to the bottom of the hill. Who will get to the bottom of Snowflake Hill first?
Jolly Time Books: Surf's Up
Series: Jolly Time Books: Dog Squad. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,760. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Activity Books
Lizzy Jolly thinks that it is important for everyone to have a goal—even her younger brother, Ben. Kelly, their cute dachshund, decided to sign up for swimming lessons. Kelly is shocked to learn that the only swim instructors are Fang, the ornery cat, or Tommy Turtle, the slow moving green rock. Oh, no! This is horrendous! What will Kelly do? Will she ever learn to swim?
Jolly Time Books: That Stinks
Series: Jolly Time Books: Dog Squad. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,320. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Activity Books
Lizzy Jolly asks her younger brother, Ben, to grab a book and join her outside. Ben says that he would rather stay inside and watch TV. But Lizzy doesn’t give up easily. You will never guess what happens when Kelly falls asleep and begins to snore. What will Kelly have to do to get some peace and quiet? Will Ben ever turn off the TV and go outside? Or will he be a prisoner in his house forever?
Jolly Time Books: I'm So Popular
Series: Jolly Time Books: Dog Squad. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,460. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Have you wondered why some kids appear to be more popular than others? It looks like they get all the attention. Everybody likes them. Can that be possible? Are they really more popular than you? Ben thinks Lizzy and their cute dachshund, Kelly, are more popular than he is. How can that be? They both wonder what makes Kelly so popular. Do they ever learn?
Jolly Time Books: Moon Over Miami
Series: Jolly Time Books: Dog Squad. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,000. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Friendship
Have you ever wondered how all those stars hang up there in the sky? How do the sun and moon work together? How big is a star? How big is space? And what are falling stars? These are just a few of the questions that Lizzy and Ben have about space. Fortunately, their neighbor, Mr. Turnbolt, is an amateur astronomer. Will he help Lizzy and Ben understand everything there is to know about space?
Jolly Time Books: Fang, the Ornery Cat
Series: Jolly Time Books: Dog Squad. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,210. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Have you ever had a good day in the neighborhood—where you ran and played all day? A day where you got so tired, that you looked forward to a good night’s sleep. That happens every night to Kelly, the cute dachshund. Fang, the ornery cat, leaps on top of the fence and uses binoculars to watch Kelly’s every move as she sleeps. That upsets Kelly. What will she do to stop Fang from spying on her?
Jolly Time Books: Lost Spaceship
Series: Jolly Time Books: Dog Squad. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,320. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Siblings, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
We all like to read a book that is full of juicy gossip, don’t we? And don’t you get frustrated when you are up to your paws in dirt—and someone interrupts you? BONK! Yeah, I thought so. Kelly, the cute dachshund, is just like you. Only she doesn’t have anyone to help her. And Lizzy is frustrated with Ben because he is gaga over spaceships.
Jolly Time Books: The Handyman
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,520. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Values & Virtues, Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play
In this humorous poem, the words are set to a familiar tune—“The Candy Man.” The Handyman is a special person because he uses his imagination and talents to create things and help others. Readers learn that it is important to have big dreams and wishes. It doesn’t matter if you are a girl or a boy. You can help others and bring them joy. So go ahead and be ambitious—go ahead and dream big wishes.
Jolly Time Books: The Good Life
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,580. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / New Baby, Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Birthdays
Follow the humorous adventures of a 5-year-old as she reviews her accomplishments in life. You will agree that life can’t get any better than when you are five years old. Jolly Time Books are filled with whimsical and colorful illustrations—and are perfect bedtime stories. They will spark the imagination of any child. C’mon! Check out all the fun at Jolly Time Books.
Jolly Time Books: One-Ring-a-Dingy
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,470. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Social Issues, Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Values & Virtues
We live in a wired-in and plugged-in world. It is difficult, if not impossible, to escape from cell phones. They keep us in touch with family, friends, music, movies, and sports teams. It seems like it is a right of passage to issue a cell phone to children as soon as they are born. But when does too much of a good thing become negative? Are we doomed to text until our thumbs fall off?
Jolly Time Books: 'Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,570. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Holiday » Halloween
Witch Hazel and Winnie the Mouse arrived too late for Halloween. Follow their humorous adventures as they land on a rooftop—and are surprised by Santa Claus delivering gifts on Christmas Eve. Jolly Time Books are filled with whimsical and colorful illustrations—and are perfect bedtime stories. They will spark the imagination of any child. C’mon! Check out all the fun at Jolly Time Books.
Jolly Time Books: I Want a Pet
Series: Jolly Time Books: Playhouse. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,530. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Have you ever wanted a pet so much that your buttons were about to pop? KABOOM! Join Kelly as she learns that caring for an animal goes far beyond giving it food and water. Jolly Time Books tell whimsical stories the whole family can enjoy. Jolly Time Books are full of individually hand-drawn vivid and colorful illustrations that will spark the imagination of any child.
Jolly Time Books: Leo the Lion Politician
Series: Jolly Time Books: Playhouse. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 1,690. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Values & Virtues, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Peer Pressure
Leo the Lion is running for class president. When Leo makes a mistake, his first instinct is to let someone else take the blame. After talking with George Washington, Leo the Lion realizes that everyone, even politicians, should tell the truth. Jolly Time Books are full of individually hand-drawn vivid and colorful illustrations that will spark the imagination of any child.
The Living D.I.E.T.: Conquer stress in your life now
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,200. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Mental health, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Inspirational
Highly praised by medical experts, The Living D.I.E.T. empowers individuals with hope, and provides innovative strategies to conquer stress. Everyone who has experienced a traumatic event is fragile—military veterans, accident or disaster survivors, crime or assault victims, first responders, and others. Don’t let PTSD control your life. Empower yourself with The Living D.I.E.T. It works!
Jolly Time Books: Elvira Tackles Picky Eaters
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,070. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner, Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry
Elvira the teacher gets an ear full as she listens to students read their poems about eating healthy. Some are funny—some weird—but all are a blast. These poems will make any bird—or child—smile. Jolly Time Books are filled with whimsical and colorful illustrations—and are perfect bedtime stories. They will spark the imagination of any child. C’mon! Check out all the fun at Jolly Time Books.
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Smashwords book reviews by Karen S. McGowan

  • Smashwords Style Guide on Nov. 10, 2013

    Awesome update guide, including configuring first line indent styles to trick Kindle, and recognizing the importance of avoiding "directly formatting" your book. Great tips on modifying or creating new styles. Thanks, Mark!