Melvin Fastidious the Sailor
Follow Melvin as he carries out his daily life perfectly!
'Melvin Fastidious the Sailor' was inspired by my father, a veteran of the Canadian navy who had undeniable OCD. Dad was particular about how his dungarees were ironed, how his shoes were polished, how his bed was made, etc. I can remember as a child watching as he got down on his hands and knees, a roll of masking tape in hand, to pick up the bingles off the shag carpet. We have laughed at these things over the years and it touched my heart to hear that Dad chuckled as he read the book dedicated to him. I want to thank Bryan Werts for the fabulous job he did with the illustrations which really helped bring this story to life.
In late 2017, I decided to take the plunge and try once again to get my books published. It was then that I discovered Pen It! Publications (https://www.penitpublications.com/shop) and a whirlwind year of having children's picture books published or republished began. Pen It! Publications believed in my stories and now they are available in print for all to enjoy. Seeing so many of my books in print is truly a childhood dream come true. From winning local newspaper Christmas story contests as a child to penning my first novel, 'The Miracle Chimp', when I was 13 years old, I always dreamed of one day being a published author. Nothing excites me more than to be able to share my stories. The inspiration for my stories comes from my own experiences, the people I meet, the amazing children I have the pleasure to work with, and the many feline friends I hold dear in my heart. I hope you enjoy reading my stories as much as I have enjoyed writing them.
On September 2, 2019, I was interviewed by Jed Doherty for the Reading With Your Kids Podcast. Not quite as nervous this time round. The show will be officially published on October 18, 2019. Please take a listen, let me know what you think,and help spread the word about my books :-)
"Sound is such an important part of the human experience!" ~ Dawn Doig
On April 19, 2018, I was interviewed for a podcast on iTeachOverseas. This was a very new experience for me. The interview focused on my former career as an audiologist, my current career as an English as an additional language teacher, and my journey to becoming a published author. Please click on the button below to listen and enjoy :-)
Review Rating: 5 Stars - Congratulations on your 5-star review! 'Go Away, Shawn!'
Shawn was mischievous and he always played pranks on his brother and sister. They couldn't wait for him to leave the house. He would change the channel when they watched TV, yank the remote out of their hands, and scare and threaten them. He was smart and always wore the designer kind of ripped jeans with pride. He flipped through the channels as if he was the king of the T.V. Kingdom with his feet on top of the coffee table. They yelled, 'Go away, Shawn!' all the time. Things changed when he actually did go away. Shawn had an accident and it has been four years since he has even spoken a word. His family never actually wished for him to go away like this. Written from the perspective of Shawn's sister, the story gives readers glimpses of how exactly Shawn was and how he ended up being silent.
Go Away, Shawn! by Dawn Doig is the heartrending story of Shawn who has been in a vegetative state after an accident and, instead of always wishing him to go away like before, his sister keeps wishing for him to come back. The illustrations capture the mood of the story and characters and give glimpses of Shawn's bullying behavior. The story also brings out his gentle and kind side in many places. It's a beautiful story of love and forgiveness and will bring tears to the eyes of readers. The story connects with all readers who are grieving and who have experienced the loss of a loved one.
Review Rating: 5 Stars - Congratulations on your 5-star review! 'E El gi Piddr'
Anand went down the stairs, dragging his backpack. He wiped his eyes and let out a groggy yawn as he made his way to the kitchen for his breakfast. He was grumpy as he climbed onto the chair for breakfast and his mother reminded him that the sun was out and it was a new day. After having his breakfast, Anand took his bag, opened the door, and walked down the sidewalk. He got onto the bus and took a seat in the front. It was just like any other day. He waited for the other kids to get down before he stepped down. Anand could not understand a thing that was taught in class. His favorite period was PE. When he got home he told his mother that he was the only student who did not speak English. Will Anand be able to learn the language and speak English like the other kids in the class?
E El Gi Pidr: It Will Get Better by Dawn Doig is a heartwarming story that will connect with many young readers, especially the ones who move to new places and new schools where they are attending English-speaking schools for the first time. The illustrations are lively and colorful and they make the story palpable to young readers and help them connect better with Anand's feelings while being in an English-speaking school. Anand's experience is scary at first and, as the story progresses, readers see how he gradually starts to learn the language with the help of teachers. It is a good book for storytelling sessions at homes and in classrooms where there are children who are not comfortable speaking English. Anand's story will encourage them and give them the confidence that they will be able to learn the language with the help of teachers in their school.
Review Rating: 5 Stars - Congratulations on your 5-star review! 'Petra Pencil Pines for Pizza'
Petra Pencil dreamed of drawing and she was jealous of watching the other pencils go off for the day. Petra Pencil imagined the wonderful things she could draw if given a chance. She wanted to draw a pizza that was perfectly round, beautiful, and awesome. Prudence was always the first one to be picked up and Peter was next. Petra wondered why she was always the one left behind. She was brand new and her tip was always sharp and ready to go. She thought the tiny splinter she had on her side was the biggest problem. She tried to get rid of it many times but all her attempts were useless. One Monday she landed on the floor and got a chance to make contact with the paper. She drew her favorite pizza and by the time she finished she had become plump. She did not know what to do but then a new student, Jordan, joined the class and things changed for Petra Pencil.
Petra Pencil Pines for Pizza by Dawn Doig is an adorable and simple story that tells young readers there is a place for everyone, irrespective of their size, shape, and color. The special bond between Jordan and Petra Pencil is palpable to readers through the story and the illustrations. The illustrations are bright and colorful and breathe life into the characters and the story. It is fun to see the pencils having a name and a personality of their own. The story is also for children who have a problem when it comes to holding a pencil and writing neatly. Children will love the book and both parents and tutors can use it for read-aloud and storytelling sessions at home and in classrooms and school libraries to help youngsters address challenges with a positive outlook.
Amazon 5-star Review Nice book. April 5, 2019
'Go Away, Shawn!'
Vivid illustration colors, drawings were obviously from a talented artist. good content and storyline.
A cause dear to my heart....
Imagine if you woke up one day and you could no longer speak or write. You were basically bedridden, unable to move your limbs to walk. You were aware of what was going on around you, but you could not tell anyone. Now imagine that there were assistive communication devices that could help you to communicate. That you could use your eyes to communicate with your family - your parents, your children. BUT now you are faced with the reality that that device is expensive and something neither you nor your family can afford so you must now spend the rest of your life in silence. Imagine that there are organizations that could help you get a device, but you are not considered a priority because they only have a few devices and there are other people that the organizations believe will benefit much more from the device than you will. So they are not even willing to try. That is the reality for Shawn. So he lies in silence. We hang onto the belief that there is kindness in this world and there are people with the means to help who will reach out. Many already have and we appreciate their support. Kindness is spreading. Eventually it will reach Shawn and he will have the chance to try to communicate again. With his children. With his family.
If you are looking for a new book to share with that special little someone in your life, please consider purchasing one of my picture books. All proceeds go towards the purchase of the communication device for Shawn. Spread some kindness today and help brighten someone's world.
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One of my passions is baking. I love to bake and share the sweets I create with others. It gives me a tremendous amount of joy to see others enjoying what I have made. When we lived in Saudi Arabia, I baked regularly for the Hash House Harriers. It was through baking for them that I discovered the joy of making unique creations with gingerbread.