Nicole Says… Read These Books to Your Kids

By Nicole McManus

Margaret, Pirate Queen: by Marsha S. Tennant with Dub Sutton –Illustrated by Amy Chapman Margaret is relaxing on her South Carolina porch, when her ship, The Howling Queen, appears. Time to set sail! Margaret and Mad Maverick lead a group of sea dogs into battle with the crew of The Bulldog Bandit. With victory comes rewards… shrimp for dinner and jewelry shopping at the Charleston market. Time to regroup, before the next adventure begins!

This is an exciting story, fun for children and adults. I could hear various voices in my head, as I read, and I think parents/grandparents will have a blast creating each character’s voice as they read to the kids. The pictures are beautiful and represent several dog breeds.

Margaret and the Diamond Key Mystery: by Marsha S. Tennant with Lyric Bailey –Illustrated by Amy Crane

In the second adventure of The Howling Queen crew, they are on a quest to find a treasure chest. They encounter merpup and suspicious kittens, along the way. When they get to their destination, will they be able to solve the riddle and claim the loot?

Chocked full of pirate lingo, this is the ultimate quest for treasure. I thoroughly loved the uniqueness of the Dalmatian merpup! The bright colored pictures will catch the eye of even the youngest readers. This is a fun, imaginative tale for fans of pirates and puppies!

When reading these stories, I could picture them as the adventures my two Italian Greyhounds dream about, in their sleep! The author donates all proceeds to help local animal shelters. So the whole family will have fun, while helping animals like the ones in the book.


About this writer

  • Nicole McManus

    Nicole McManus loves to read, to the point that she is sure she was born with a book in her hands. She writes book reviews in the hopes of helping others find the magic found through reading. Contact her at

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