Janoose And The Fall Feather Fair


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by J.D. Holiday and Luke Brandon Winski

The Fox returns to Free Range Farm and he has a score to settle with Janoose. How will the fox get his revenge?

 Janoose finds her job at the feather factory in trouble! Bags of feathers are disappearing, and Janoose is puzzled over how this is happening.  But with help from her true friends at Free Range Farm, she will solve this mystery!




I’m painting the pictures for my next children’s picture book: Janoose and The Fall Feather Fair. This book is a sequel for my children’s book, Janoose The Goose. The Fox returns to Free Range Farm and again, he wants something from Janoose! What is it THiS Time!






Janoose and the Fall Feather Fair:

by J.D. Holiday and Luke Brandon Winski


Something has gone terribly wrong for Janoose. Someone has been stealing two bags of feathers from her delivery truck and that is making her boss Mr. Rooster wonder why and it might mean she will lose her job. Now, anyone that knows Janoose knows she is diligent, careful and always has the right total of bags she is to deliver at all times but somehow things have been going down hill and for some reason she loads ten bags on the truck at Free Range Farm and when it is delivered there are only 8! Why? How?


This is serious and she just might need the advice of someone else to help her solve this problem before the Fall Feather Fair. What is they do not have enough feathers? Who could be stealing her feathers and who wants to discredit poor Janoose? Enlisting the help of the Mallard and Margie as both were perplexed, Margie shook her head and Mallard asked how the Fall Feather Fair’s parade float is coming but Janoose was sad and although they were trying to cheer her up by saying how excited they were about the fair and what they would have it did not change things for her. Austin the Horse, Gertie the Hen and of course Dee Dee Duck would be on the float but what about the feathers?

Janoose is observant and as she looks at the Feather Wear Truck she sees something that is supposed to be a painter but just who is it ? So, taking a picture with her camera and realizing that the factory did not need to be painted she had a photo of the painter? But, just who was it and oh my! It’s the fox who just got out of jail for stealing feathers and is supposed to be in a reform program. But, is he reformed? Deciding to collect more bags she drove back to the farm to get more feathers. There were many barnyard friends working in the barnyard on the float for the parade. However, Poor Janoose was out of feathers and once again stated that she was out 2 bags of feathers. But, Gertie is smart and realized that this is serious as does Austin. Well, fox is out of jail and she thinks the painter looks like him but she could be wrong.

Someone wants her job and someone is hoping to get her fired. Someone as Austin stated is stealing her bags of feathers and wants her job or is it someone that was fired and is trying to take what they lost from poor Janoose? This might take a touch of detective work as Gertie uses her head and tells her that they can mark the bottom of each bag with a J for Janoose and if someone steals her bags she can prove it with this special mark. So, instead of brooding and pouting she and her friends collected more feathers, marked the bottom of all the bags and loaded them on the feather factory’s truck and she drove back to the factory.

However, someone got there first and when Mr. Rooster wanted to know if she all the bags this time she said yes but wait until you see what happens to poor Janoose again. How could two bags be missing this time when they were right there? Why is he disappointed in her and what will be her fate? Will he let her go back for more feathers and she tells her friends what happened that the two bags were gone. But, her friends were out on a nature walk for a science project and maybe just maybe that might have captured the thief in one of their pictures. You won’t believe what they saw and who it was but seeing them getting into their old truck just where do you think they were going? You got it to the feather factory but first they stole some of the wheels from her truck so she could not get there before the them.

Poor Janoose was stunned when she saw Mr. Rooster paying someone else for her feathers and he refused to listen to what she had to say and fired her on the spot. Not listening to her will her  friends come to her aid? Will they show him the proof and the pictures of the thieves? Sometimes people jump to the wrong conclusions as authors J.D. Holiday and Luke Brandon Winski bring to light this story of trust, loyalty, understanding and friendship. Confidence in someone you never had to doubt is something that Mr. Rooster might have to learn. Will he look at the photos that her friends took? Will the Fall Feather Fair be a success? Check out the amazing life like illustrations by author J.D. Holiday making the story come to life for readers of all ages. So, will there be enough pillows for the fair? Will Janoose ever forgive Mr. Rooster and will he realize he was wrong or does she have to get a new job? The only way you are going to find out is to read this outstanding book that teaches so many things: Honesty, being truthful, owning up to your possible mistakes, asking for help when needed and hoping that the end result will be positive. Teachers, parents, discussion groups and peer readers can really enjoy talking about the many issues presented in this FIVE GOLDEN FEATHERS BOOK.

REVIEW by Fran Lewis: MJ magazine 


This is a preview of the first page .

Second page.


Janoose & The Fall Feather Fair is a project I’m still doing sketches for and  is a sequel for my children’s book, Janoose The Goose.

The Fox returns to Free Range Farm and he has a score to settle with Janoose! How will the fox get his revenge?

This book I co-wrote with my seven year old grandson.


The Spy Game

 THE SPY GAME , a picture book by J.D. Holiday





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Eddie would love to have a puppy to play with.  A puppy would pull on a rope. Catch a ball and lick your face. But his Uncle brings Eddie an older dog named about a famous spy.

What can you do with an old dog? It probably couldn’t learn new tricks, and the only thing this dog did was stare.  It’s what they find to do together that makes them the best of friends!

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You know the contests you see on blogs all the time? Be sure to enter when you have time

(and of course – if you’re a child, ask your parents first!). I won a book by J.D. Holiday called

“The Spy Game.” It’s a lovely story about a little boy who wants a puppy, but instead gets 

an older dog. As he feeds and walks the dog, he gets to know and appreciate the uniqueness of his new friend –

and he gets involved in a mystery, too! I hope you’ll check out “The Spy Game.”

Posted by Donna Shepherd 


The Spy Game by J D Holiday is an illustrated story for children, ages 6 – 11 I would say by Stephanie Dagg

Our hero Eddie is none too pleased at the beginning of the book as he’s just had a dog dumped on him. Uncle Reese turns up with Sidney, a friendly black dog, who used to belong to a famous spy apparently. I can share Eddie’s dismay as his mum and dad expect him to do everything for the dog, taking him for walks and feeding him, and all this before they even know how Sidney is around kids! This struck me as a little over the top but I dare say kids like that kind of parental bad behaviour.

Eddie can’t play with his friends as much because of Sidney but gradually he starts to appreciate him. Sidney barks loudly one night when he and Eddie hear a noise. Eddie is impressed at how brave Sidney is.

Then Dana’s cat is stolen and Eddie and Sidney are called in to help. Eddie is sure that having lived with a spy, Sidney knows how to keep tabs on people and track them down. Dana thinks the local “cat people”, who remain very mysterious, took him but that isn’t the case. Her cat has actually wandered off to have kittens and it’s Sidney that finds her. Dana wants to give him a newborn kitten to say thank you but fortunately, for the tiny helpless baby cat, Eddie declines the offer!

Eddie looks forward to his next adventure with Sidney.

There are lots of detailed pictures in the book in a style that appeals to kids. My eleven year old enjoyed the story.


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Story notes:

 My brother, Ike’s dog, Sheeba had puppies. He ask me to take this one puppy he named, Sidney Reilly after a spy series he and I watched together.  At the time I had a dog and didn’t think my older dog, Snoopy would be happy with a new addition.

My brother felt sure this dog was for me and he kept it with that in mind. When the puppy was 11 months old, my brother, Ike died of a heart attack. AND Sidney came to me.
I was wrong to think that my dog, Snoopy and Sidney would not get along. They did in their own way. 

Though this did not happen in real live, in The Spy Game I have my brother



Wilhemena Brooks’ cousin, Bud Dunphry come to live with her family. Wil, as she likes to be called, finds her pink pencil sharpener is missing after Christmas. Wil knows Bud has it! Who else would have taken it? Bud doesn’t like girls! In fact, Bud doesn’t like anybody. Wil tries to ignore him but he pulls her friend’s hair, takes over games, and when Bud is in trouble he making his “you’re going to get it” face at her. After a snowstorm closes school, Wil and her friends go sled riding. Bud shows up and starts a snowball fight which lands Wil in her room for the rest of the day for fighting. When her pencil sharpener is found, right where she left it, Wil decides she has to try harder to understand her cousin and stay out of trouble. Her mother told her to be nice to Bud and to treat him like she would like to be treated. If Wil treats Bud nicely does that change anything for her?

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Reviewer Wayne S. Walker from HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW calls The Great Snowball Escapade “a heart-warming story about the importance of understanding the problems of others and treating them as we would like to be treated…” http://homeschoolblogger.com/homeschoolbookreview/
From KidsRead, Book reviewer and librarian, Nancy Mossmore“…an entertaining read for emergent readers that includes a lesson about compassion and judging others. Because of that lesson, I would suggest that teachers in first through third grade use this as a read-aloud in class.” AND “…As a librarian, I would add this book to pathfinders about bullying and friendship…”http://kidsreads.wordpress.com/2010/12/07/the-great-snowball-escapade-book-giveaway-interview-with-author-jd-holiday/
From author Terri Forehand: “…This book is a story which includes characters who face a bully, make judgments without facts, and learn to get along together…” AND “…The characters are likeable and the theme is a common one among peers- learning to trust, get along, and compromise. Young readers will enjoy the story and leave with the satisfaction that all is not what it seems. I give the story a thumbs up…”http://terri-forehand.blogspot.com/2010/12/meet-jd-holiday-and-learn-about-her.html
Editor Jason Toupence at One Zillion Books:

“…my daughter and I have been reading a little each night before bed and we have enjoyed it…” …” AND
“…I think this is a very important story to read with your children. Seeing others through a different perspective can really shed some light on what makes them act the way they do. Just because someone has some bad traits, doesn’t make them a bad person…”http://www.onezillionbooks.com/

From The Maggie Project: “…J. D. Holiday delivers just the right amount of suspense to entice children to turn the pages…” AND “…Perfect for six to eight year old readers and loaded with black and white illustrations, the story shows the effect of bullying and the value of understanding
another’s point of view…”http://www.themaggieproject.blogspot.com/

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth at Adolescent Girls Blog…“This is a great book about how to deal with mean siblings and kids. It offers kids great lessons about how to cope with
bullying-types of behaviour and mean kids. These are important lessons for kids to learn. Siblings can have a difficult time getting along. Many kids will be able to relate to the issues in this book. I really enjoyed getting to know J.D. Holiday and her writing life. She’s such an inspiration to me being a writer myself. I hope
you have followed her tour and learned more about her writing process and books…”http://rothsinspiringbooksandproducts.wordpress.com/2010/12/17/meet-author-j-d-holiday/#comments

REVIEWER Fran Lewis says~“…This is definitely a FIVE SNOWMAN BOOK! Let’s hope the author brings Wil and Bud and her friends back in another novel.This book should be in every school library, guidance counselor’s office, public library, police youth groups, public libraries and
of course my own…”

Written by Author and Illustrator Carolyn Watson-Dubisch“…this book the Great Snowball Escapade struck a chord…” AND “…Life is full of changes and so often they are challenging ones. This is the story of Wilhemena Brooks, a little girl who’s life has hit a bit of a rough patch and her
cousin, Bud Dunphry, who’s in more of a tailspin. Together they discover that their new life together can be okay, maybe even good. It’s a simply told story with realistic overtones and is the book to buy for any kid going through a difficult life change. The illustrations are gritty but charming and it’s a truly engaging novel…”




J.D. Holiday

Chapter 1

       Wilhemena Brooks watched her cousin, Bud Dunphry race down the street to the schoolyard gate. Bud stopped and scooped up some snow. “I don’t want to play with you. Who wants to play with a someone named Wilhemena. It‘s a funny name,” he yelled. Then Bud threw the snowball at Wil.

It hit her in the arm, but it did not hurt. Bud ran into the schoolyard.Wil shouted after him, “I don’t want anybody to see me with you anyway. Who wants to be seen with a bully. And what’s wrong with Wilhemena? Wait till I tell Grandma you don’t like her name.”

‘Wil’ was what her father and mother called her. She liked to be called Wil. Bud knew that and was just being mean.

Wil wiped the snow from her arm. Too bad there was not more snow on the ground, she thought. Sledding on Slide Hill after school would be just the thing to help her forget about her cousin. She could try out the blue sled she got for Christmas. Wil walked slowly to the schoolyard. She was not in a hurry to see what trouble Bud would get into. This was the first day back to the Ten Street School after Christmas vacation. Bud was now in her second grade class. Over the holiday, he and his mother came to live with Wil’s family.

Aunt Karen lost her job and was looking for a new one. Wil’s parents did not know how long Aunt Karen and Bud would be staying with them. Bud was a pain. Wil hoped they would not stay with them long. She wondered why Bud could not live with his father and why was this happening to her? She did not like changes. Wil closed her hand. She could feel her new pink eraser inside her mitten. Her initials were on it. W.B. She did not want to lose it, or the pink pencil case that came with it.

They were part of a set but the pink pencil sharpener that came with them was missing. Wil thought Bud took it, though he said he did not have it.

Wil had not seen her sharpener since the day after Christmas when Bud was drawing space monster pictures for his bedroom walls. Rather, her brother, Jason’s, bedroom walls. Jason was twelve. He went to a military school and liked being a cadet. He liked wearing a uniform like their father. If Jason did not have to go back to school there would be no bedroom for Bud to stay in and Wil would not have to put up with him.

Wil sighed. She knew she should be nice to Bud. Her parents say you should be nice to everybody. She liked her Aunt Karen. They were good friends. Bud did not want to be her friend. She wished Jason did not like to march so much. She wished Bud were the one going to a military school. Wil hurried through the schoolyard gate. It was too early for the bell to ring.

All the kids were in the playground. No one was in line yet. Then she saw Bud running toward the boys throwing a ball against the school building. Wil wished her friend Joey Van Stand was not there. Joey was smaller than Bud.

Bud said Joey was a baby. There was going to be trouble.Suzie Kemp and Robert Anders hurried over to Wil. Suzie had on the rose perfume she liked. She pointed to Bud and rubbed her head. “That boy pulled my hair,” she wailed. “Who is he?”

Robert was staring at Bud. “Just what we need. Another mean Drew McFarley,” he said. “Drew shoots rubber bands. I think he can shoot ten rubber bands a minute, and they hurt.”

“It’s not that many,” Suzie told Robert. “It’s about five rubber bands. He shoots rubber bands at everybody. Have you seen he’s big dog? It has huge teeth.”

Wil was not listening. She was trying to forget about her cousin across the playground.

Robert shook his head. “I think I’ve seen him before,” he said.

Then somebody began to shout. Wil knew that voice. It was Bud’s. Looking around she saw him.

Bud grabbed the ball and stopped the game. The other boys gathered around him.

Robert and Suzie were watching Bud, too. Robert said, “I heard about reform schools in the old days. He’s the type of kid that would go there.”

“Yeah. I heard that in reform schools kids eat bread and water and break rocks for exercise,” Suzie said.

Bud was shouting at Joey. Wil looked at the ground. She wished the bell would ring soon.

Then Bud pushed Joey.

Suzie cried out, “Oh, no!”

Wil looked up. Now everybody was staring at Bud and Joey. Joey’s face was red. He looked scared.

“You cannot play, Shrimp,” Bud told Joey. “Go join the babies on the monkey bars.”

His arms at his side Joey kept opening and closing his hands. “I can so play,” he wailed. His eyes were watery.

Wil rushed across the playground. She had to reach Joey. She did not know what Bud might do next. Suzie and Robert followed Wil.

Wil stood next to Joey. “Everybody can play,” she said.

Bud made his mean face. “I’m not talking to you, Wilhemena,” he said.

Joey edged closer to Wil. He whispered, “Yeah, everybody can play.”

“Who said, little BABY,” Bud said to Joey.

Joey’s lips trembled. “The principal, Mrs. Johnson said. She makes the rules,” he said.

“The principal isn’t here, is she?” Bud shouted.

Wil stepped in front of Joey. I have to be nice, she kept telling herself. She grinned and said, “Those are the rules. Why don’t we start up another game?”

Some of the kids started to play again.

“What do you know, Wilhemena?” Bud yelled.

Suzie said, “She doesn’t like to be called Wilhemena.”

“She likes ‘Wil’,” Joey said.

“What’s going on?” a voice said.

It was Mrs. Campbell, the playground monitor. She was coming closer.

“Oh, nothing,” Bud said. He kneeled and pretended to tie his boots.

No one else said a word.

“You’re new here, aren’t you?” Mrs. Campbell asked. “What’s your name?”

Bud looked up. “Bud Dunphry,” he said. His voice was squeaky.

Wil had an idea. “It’s his first day. Bud has to see the principal before school starts,” she told the playground monitor.

Then the bell rang. Mrs. Campbell blew her whistle.

Putting a hand on Bud’s shoulder, she said, “You can come with me. Bud. I’m heading for the office. Everyone else line up! Line up!”

“Okay,” Bud mumbled. He fell into step beside Mrs. Campbell then turned

and make a face at Wil. It was his, you’re-going-to-get-it face.

Robert stared at Bud. Then he looked at Wil. “Hey,” he said. “Isn’t he the kid who was with you and your mother at the store yesterday, Wil?”

Wil frowned. “He’s my cousin.”

Suzie cried, “Oh, no! You’ve got problems.”

End Of Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Everybody stood inside the classroom staring at their desks. The room was hot. It had this funny paper odor. The long neat rows of desks were gone. All the desks were in a large circle. Wil could not tell which desk was hers. The teacher’s desk was at the front of the room near the black board.

Mrs. Ronald, their teacher, came into the room. She was smiling. “Everyone look for his or her seat. I thought we needed a change for this half of the year,” she told the class.

The room became noisy. Looking around, Wil saw Joey. He used to sit in front of her. Now his desk was clear across the room.

Wil closed her eyes a minute. Why did things have to change?

Mark Morse ran by. He stepped on Wil’s foot. “Watch it,” Wil shouted.

Mrs. Ronald clapped her hands. “Quiet down, children.”

Soon all the kids found their desks.

Wil finally found hers. She looked inside her desk. Nothing was missing.

Robert slipped into his seat beside her. “Sitting in a circle,” he said. “This is cool.”

Wil did not say anything. She wondered what happened to Bud.

No one was sitting at the desk on the other side of her. She looked inside the desk. It was empty. Maybe the principal would not let Bud come to school here.

“Reading groups will meet this morning,” Mrs. Ronald said.

Wil put her reading on the corner of the. Maybe Bud would have to go to reform school.

Mrs. Ronald stood in the circle. “But first thing this morning I want to hear about your Christmas vacation. So think about what you will say.”

Wil wondered what there was to think about.

“I got a bike,” someone said.

Jimmy Hopkins held up a hand held electronic game. “See what I got,” he said to Mrs. Ronald. “I won a higher score than anybody else so far!”

“How nice,” Mrs. Ronald said.

Wil moaned. What was she going to say? She knew she should say nothing if she could not say anything nice.

That Bud tied the hair of her new doll up in knots.

That he broke her favorite CD.

That he fed her goldfish pretzels.

That he put gum in her hair.

Wil slumped into her seat. These were not nice things. Bud was not nice unless being nice would keep him out of trouble.

Christmas vacation? For Wil, it was a Christmas nightmare.

It had been the worst vacation she ever had.

Robert probably has a good story. He always does. Joey went ice skating every day. Franny got three DVD movies. She has watched them fifteen times already.

Just then, Bud came into the classroom. He was not smiling.

Mrs. Johnson, the principal, was behind him. Maybe Mrs. Johnson would not let Bud stay, Wil thought. Mrs.Johnson might say, “You are too mean for our school, Bud Dunphry. The reform school will take you.”

Instead, Mrs. Johnson said, “Mrs. Ronald. Boys and girls, I’d like you to meet your new classmate. Bud Dunphry. Let’s show him he is welcome.”

Everybody said, “Hello, Bud.”

“Bud is Wilhemena’s cousin,” Mrs. Johnson added.

Mrs. Ronald smiled at Bud. “Then Wilhemena can help you settle into the class,” she said. “There is an empty seat right next to Wilhemena you can have.”

Wil looked at the desk next to her. Then she looked at Bud. He stuck his tongue out at her. Mrs. Ronald and Mrs. Johnson were talking. They did not notice. The kids laughed.

Mrs. Ronald looked around. Everyone became quiet.

“I don’t know what’s so funny, but I want you to show good manners to Mrs. Johnson,” she said.

Then Mrs. Johnson said good-bye and left the room.

“Take your seat. Bud,” Mrs. Ronald said.

Bud sat down beside Wil. Carol Lu sat on the other side of him. Bud stuck his arm inside his desk. Thumping sounds came from the desk as he fished around inside it. He was going to get into trouble.

Wil quickly looked at the teacher.

Mrs. Ronald was saying, “Let’s hear about your vacation.”

Mostly everybody raised their hands. Marsha Goldberg waved her hand around and around. “Oo-oo-oo,” she said.

Mrs. Ronald called on Marsha.

Wil looked back at Bud. He pulled something from the desk. It flew out of his hand and landed by Carol Lu’s desk. It’s was a crayon. He mumbled something to Carol.

“No,” Carol whined.

Bud said louder, “Get it for me.”

Wil bit her lip.

Marsha was telling the class she gave a talking bird to her grandmother. Marsha laughed and said the bird only made peeping noises. Everyone started laughing, too.

Bud grabbed Carol’s arm. He mumbled, “Get it.”

But Carol pulled away. She hissed, “No. Get it yourself.”

Mrs. Ronald looked their way. Bud sat still.

Suppose Bud could only make peeping noises. “Shhh,” Wil hissed at him.

“Be quite,” Bud told her.

Robert leaned toward Wil. He said, “Bud the spud.”

Bud heard him. His eyes narrowed to slits as he looked at Robert. Robert swallowed and turned away.

Clark Stanley stood up next. He helped make the Christmas dinner. He showed the class a picture of a pumpkin pie. Mrs. Ronald was smiling at him.

It was Suzie Kemp’s turn. Suzie held up her ice skates and told about going skating with her three older sisters.

A hand shot out in front of Wil. Bud tried to punch Robert. He missed. Wil’s reading book crashed to the floor.

Mrs. Ronald jumped. She was frowning as she looked from Bud to Wil. “Is there a problem?” she asked.

Nobody answered. The whole class became quiet.

Wil’s face felt hot. She looked at the teacher. Mrs. Ronald ‘s eyebrow went up. “Wilhemena, you and Bud should save your talk for after school.”

“Yes. Sorry,” Wil said.

“Yes, Mrs. Ronald,” Bud said.

Wil groaned. Bud was pretending to be an angel! He was good at that. She got up and raced around the desk to scoop up her reading book.

Mrs. Ronald said, “While you’re up, Wilhemena, tell the class about your vacation.”

Wil stared at the teacher. She felt like crying. Bud had spoiled her vacation. Wil could not think of anything to say. Mrs. Ronald was waiting.

Wil gulped and her eyes began to water. She closed them and the tears ran down her cheeks.

Mrs. Ronald patted Wil’s shoulder. “Did you do anything special?” she said softly.

Wil shrugged her shoulders. “Bud came to stay,” she said.

“And we sang songs at the piano,” Bud said. He was smiling.

“See,” Mrs. Ronald said. “That’s something special.” She then called on Franny Larson. Franny told the story of the princess in one of the DVD movies she got.

Wil wiped her eyes with her hands. She did not care about the princess story. She slumped down into her seat.

Bud whispered, “Cry baby.”

End Of Chapter 2



Janoose The Goose

In the story, Janoose the Goose is visiting her cousin, Molly the Duck on the farm. Janoose likes the barnyard very much but she must go home because there are no job openings there. When her flight home arrives, the fox has begun a crime spree, and Janoose is the only one who can stop him.


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made #1 onBestsellers in The Kindle Store

KIDZLIT ONLINE and TWISTING PIXEL CALLED Janoose The Goose one of Amazon.com’s “HotNew Releases in CHILDREN’S Books”  in 2008!

JANOOSE spent 3 months straight on Amazon’s Hot New  Releases  list from August to October 2008!

Review by Author and Illustrator, Kavitha Punniyamurthi

Introducing Janoose:

Janoose is an absent-minded, bespectacled goose with a sweet disposition. Her visit to Free Range Farm where her cousin Molly the Duck lives changes her life forever. Janoose loves the quiet farm life and hopes she could stay on. But sadly, there are no jobs at the farm for a honking goose.
When Janoose sees a flight of geese flying overhead, she realizes her vacation is over. It’s time to get back home where she has a job, honking the ships in at the lighthouse.
The final flight leaves tomorrow, so Janoose had better hurry!
[The last time she missed her flight and flew home by herself, it was pure disaster! Her glasses fell off, she lost her way and it took her ages to get back to work.]

Trouble at the barnyard:

Half-heartedly, Janoose starts packing. But all is not well at the barnyard… there’s a wicked fox on the prowl! Contrary to what the farm animals think, the fox is not looking to make Duck Soup. Why is he lurking around, then? What is he after? Read the book to see how Janoose the Goose unravels the mystery and saves the farm. Author and Illustrator J.D Holiday presents a simple tale (with a twist!) that is beautifully narrated. Holiday’s illustrations are bright and colorful and she also introduces clever little details that take the reader right into Free Range Farm… to the view from Janoose’s room up on the loft, to Scarecrow’s changing facial expressions and to the finale by the lake.Janoose the Goose is an ideal bedtime storybook. With her funny dialogues and witty repartees, Janoose will be a definite favorite with children.


Review by  Author Beverly Stowe McClure

A Delightful Story! Janoose’s vacation on the farm is over. It’s time to fly home, but she isn’t even packed when the first flock of geese flies overhead. Molly the duck wants Janoose to stay with her and her duckling, Deedee.
Janoose can’t stay, however, for she has no job on the farm, but she does have a job at the lighthouse. So she packs her backpack to be ready to join the next flight of geese.
When a fox with sharp teeth tries to catch Deedee, and Janoose saves the baby duck, everything changes. Why does the fox attack the farm animals? What does he want? Will he return? As it turns out, the fox has a good reason for chasing the farm animals, and it’s not what you think. I’m not telling, but the fox’s motives add a nice surprise to the story.
A goose that wears glasses, a fox up to no good, and a barnyard of farm animals make for a story that will delight young readers. Parents, be prepared to read it over and over to your children. Ms. Holiday’s whimsical artwork and the expressions on the animals’ faces, even to the smiling scarecrow, add a nice touch to the story.


Review by Reviewer and Multi-genre author, Mayra Calvani
In the farm, all is well until the Naughty fox decides to stop for a little visit… well, a little visit that translates into bullying and terrorizing the little innocent ducklings. Luckily, Janoose the Goose is there to defend the duckling and chase the fox away. I impressed by the goose’s bravery, the other farm animals decide it would be great if  Janoose could stay at the farm and keep order, but Janoose is supposed to fly away soon, and besides, there are no jobs available for her at the farm.But if Janoose leaves, who will defend the other animals against the fox? Will Janoose be able to stay, after all?
Janoose the Goose  is a cute, engaging story that will be enjoyed by young children ages 3 to 8. My daughter, though she’s old for the book, read it with Interest and loved the illustrations. The artwork, done also by the author, fits the story well. The illustrations, though simple, are colorful and attractive and have a traditional style that I’ve always enjoyed in children’s books. Janoose the Goose is a worthy addition to a any kid’s or classroom shelf.
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Janoose the Goose is an excellent children’s book for anyone with young children. I bought this book for my friend’s child and they both absolutely LOVE IT! It’s a great story, with great pictures and reminds you that if you are a good person, who does good things, in the end good things will happen to you.  b
y  S. Hagopian


Janoose the Goose is Great. My almost 3 year old loves Janoose, Molly and Deedee. He loves saying Janoose the Goose over and over and over again. The story is cute and easy to follow, but not so childish that parents can’t stand to read it repeatedly. The illustrations are bright and colorful and help you and your child to picture yourselves on the farm!  by  J. Winski


Entertaining Childrens Book. Janoose the Goose is an excellent book for children of all ages…I highly recommend it for anyone looking to purchase an entertaining and clever book…guaranteed your children, nieces, nephews, and friends will all love it! by C. MONAGHAN


I enjoyed reading this with my great grand children. The pictures are awesome and add so much to the story. This could be the beginning of the Janoose the Goose detective stories – sort of like the Hercule Poirot sleuth of the barnyard. by Jean S. Eisele  


~I must have my share in the conversation~ from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

 FROM PICTURES TO PAGES: Is there a picture book designer in you ~ by J.D. Holiday, July of 2008

When I finished painting watercolor pictures for one of my children’s picture books I had the intent of designing the book myself. It was the goal that made me willing to conquer the challenge of learning the page layout software Indesign Creative Suite 3 or CS 3 by Adobe. I was comfortable using Adobe’s Photo Shop having made examples of pages for a previous picture book project. In fact, I designed most of the pages, which led to the realization that I could design my books if I had the right tool. Listening to other authors and self publishers, they seem to fall into two groups. Those that hired someone to do the designing and those who do it themselves. Indesign CS 3 cost about $750 US and came with a video workshop and once I registered the product I took the free offer for a one month trial to http://www.lynda.com/ to access Adobe’s library. I also bought Adobe Indesign CS 3 ClassRoom in a Book, with lesson files on CD that take you through the layout exercises. The internet was where I got most answers to my questions by researching on Google and elsewhere. Also, there are websites by Indesign professionals and internet groups that have a wealth of information. To get answers to hard to find questions I went to the http://www.adobe.com/. These are all key to understanding the Indesign CS 3 software. Once I got the hang of it, and knew where things were, including what tools to use and how to use them, I could not believe how cool this software program was. For instance, to make a page in the book, I made a frame on a first layer, using File, Place, I added a picture, chose the text layer, made another frame and added the text. You can resize an object or picture right on the page, apply drop shadows, and ghost background images, and add gradients which is a gradual blending between colors. And there is another way to get pictures placed in a document and that is to open Adobe Bridge which is a separate tool that comes with Indesign. In Bridge you can look for files anywhere on your hard drive by opening Bridge right inside the Indesign workspace and view contents you need to bring into your document and then, just drag and drop the picture. If you have basic knowledge of art software such as Photo Shop or Corel Painter, like to learn, and don’t mind doing research you might be able to design your children’s picture books yourself. While you consider this as your option you should start by reading a few books on book design, especially picture book design. I found that looking at other children’s books got my imagination going. Before you start the design process you will need to decide where the book will be printed so you can get information from the printer on what their needs are. You will need to know the template sizes for the interior and book cover. There are margins, bleeds and gutter sizes to know and what settings should be on or off just to name a few. If this all sounds like it’s too much then don’t do it. Go another route to get your book designed and in print. There are plenty of good publishing services that have designing as part of their packages or you can hire a professional book designer.



Here’s the story, it’s sad but true. After years of doing what all writers do with their work, submitting manuscripts to the big publishers and waiting for the rejection letter, I had enough. Don’t misunderstand, I wasn’t through with writing, which I love, but with the writing game. Too many hoops to jump through to attract publishers, editors and agents to your work. I’m convinced you either have to be part of the Unknown Secret Society (wink wink-nod nod), know someone who knows someone, or be lucky enough that the RIGHT person picks up your manuscript and likes it.

Yes, I’ve had editors interested in my stories, I’ve had some short stories published, some in a Chapbook, and I even had an agent, but in the end, no books published. Then, finally, along comes POD publishing. Print On Demand was just starting to make it possible to afford getting books into print and I was hooked. If only I could get my stories printed, I thought, I could easily sell them. I had joined an organization called, SPAN, Small Publishers Association Of North America. THIS would be one of the things that helped save my sanity. Through, SPAN, I was beginning to get an idea that I was maybe doing some things wrong though I couldn’t nail the facts down yet.So we paid the money and signed the contract with a POD service. It was ALMOST a money making deal for them and was a heartache for me. I was told the book would be ready in eight months. We got everything in motion. Flyers to be mailed to newspapers, bookstores, libraries, and letters to accompany the review copies of the book were all ready to go. Then the galleys arrived! I thought they would look great and ready to sell. But they weren’t. They was a MESS!

Among the things wrong were that the pages where the pictures should be covering the entire page, with the text embedded in the pictures, were on half the page with lots of white space around them. The text ran through the picture all right, but also out of the pictures into the trim off area! There was no way this was a finished book!

Okay, so I cried and when I was done, I got to work.I knew enough about Photo Shop to show this company how each page should look. I sent the galley back with my examples.Weeks later, coming to my book release date, the galley was back. They failed to correct almost everything. Not even the few spelling mistakes were corrected. A release form accompanied the galley. It said this was it, according to this company, the book was ready to be published! They expected me to sign the release with nothing more to be done to correct the problems in it. My rep was unavailable. I kept calling but no one there would talk to me. I had no contact. For three weeks I called every day trying to find someone to tell me what was going on. I got a recording every time to leave a message, which no one returned.Then one morning a short email arrives from the Philippines. A woman named, Sugar. The email said, my rep was fired, the company had moved overseas and I was to speech only to her. She was my new rep and she said to be patient they’re working on my book. She would get back to me in two weeks.I had no patience left. I emailed back telling her that I needed to speak to someone in charge. The reply from Sugar was, “We’ll get back to you.” Being a quick study, I saw that there was a phone number on the email and I called it. A woman answered the phone with a thick accent. Sure enough, she used that company’s name and she knew Sugar. Sugar got on the line and spoke slow English. I moved ahead with my question. “Can I speak to someone in charge about my book.”

“No. We are sorry,” she answered and repeated it after every phrase she said to me. “I don’t understand(something about) business. We contact you. Thank you. Ok? We call you then.” This is where I put in quickly, “What is happening to my book? And WHEN will they get back to me?”

“In two weeks, Ok?” she stated sweetly. Which she was! She was nervous and had no answer for me other than what they instructed her to say. I felt almost as sorry for Sugar as I felt for myself. She wanted to end my call.

Trying to be optimistic I accepted the two weeks more of being put off.Here you can guess. No call from them after two weeks! I called. Got Sugar on the phone with the English phrase book dog-eared to the page where all sentences start with “We get back to you in two weeks”, Sugar started with it. I explained it WAS two weeks, AND but she stated!!! “In ANOTHER two weeks we will get back to you.”

Through the next two calls, adding four more weeks to my time in never-never land and again in each call hearing, “We get back to you in two weeks. Now totally exasperated, I could barely put two words together that made sense. I spit out, “They have to talk-to-me-the-it”s-you-ahhh!”

Somebody recommended I call the Better Business Bureau. I decided to contact them by email would be wise in my emotional state of mind. I was put half out of my misery in 150 words or less, when in TWO WEEKS I got my money back in full!

My journey continues. I have painted, (yes, I can paint) the pictures for one if my children’s picture books, Janooose the Goose and published the book myself with my own publishing company, Book Garden Publishing and in 2010 published my second book, THE GREAT SNOWBALL ESCAPADE, a chapter book for 6 to 8 year olds. The blow was also softened by the things I’ve learned from what I call, my self-publishing groups. They are a group of publishing professionals in the SPAN online discussion group. There are other good organizations out there but SPAN turned out to be what I needed. What I have learned from this discussion group and its spin out group for children’s authors, the resources SPAN has for its members, the books I’ve read and the internet have began to put my publishing future into focus.What I can’t do well enough myself, I can find the right people to do it for me. Oh, I’ll still do some things wrong, no doubt. But I have the tools to find the solutions to my problems. ~ J.D. Holiday

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“THERE are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.” ~ D. H. Everett

 Douglas H. Everett (Born December 26, 1916; died June 25, 2002,) was a practitioner and teacher of chemical thermodynamics. He published over 200 scientific papers, and wrote textbooks. DH Everett’s is best-known book was his Introduction to Chemical Thermodynamics published in 1959. Everett’s hobbies were building scientific models mostly to illustrate. He was also a musician and talented painter.
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 First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me. ~Martin Niemöller


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Bullies come in all ages & from all types of people; they can be just one person, a whole group and members of a family.

What is the definition of bullying?

Are you an adult bully: bullying your co-workers, employees and neighbors AND teaching it to your children?

A lot of young people and even adults have a good idea of what bullying is because they see it every day! Bullying happens when someone is hurt or scare by another person or group of people on purpose and the person being bullied has a hard time defending himself or herself. Usually, bullying happens over and over.

Why do they do it?

Could it be to make their friends laugh, make themselves feel power of others and show others they are someone to be feared?

For more on bullying go to:

Protecting Against Bullies Throughout the Life Cycle

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by J.D. Holiday and Luke Brandon Winski

A Sequel to Janoose The Goose: The Fox returns to Free Range Farm and he has a score to settle with Janoose. How will the fox get his revenge?

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Review by Christina Giguere
This book of short stories will take you from tears to laughter and back to tears again. J.D. Holiday brings a well-rounded composition of stories with compelling and timely subjects. I personally bought the story after reading an excerpt on the Cereal Authors’ blog. I had no idea what I was getting myself into emotionally as a reader. From her story “The Boy in The Leaves,” which deals with child abuse to “Inside,” that broaches the subject of PTSD. This book had me wanting to kill some characters while wishing to rescue others. This is what reading is all about!

J.D. Holiday manages to take readers on an emotional rollercoaster and manages to do this in short story form all without sacrificing description and character development. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is short on time but wants to get lost in a good story.
My favorite line: “We hold one another close in this, our last moment and kiss. Your goodbye is in our lips, good luck wishes shine in those robin’s egg blue eyes.” Thanks for the roller coaster ride JD Holiday!


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Character Quotes: Janoose And The Fall Feather Fair

janoose-fff-cover-image-jpeg_bakCharacter Quotes: Janoose watched  Mallard  talking  to  the painter in the factory yard. “He reminds me of someone. Humm. Does he look like the fox, Margie?”
“I didn’t get a good look at him. I do know that the fox is out of jail for stealing feathers from the farm and is in a reform program,” Margie said. “If he steals  feathers  again  there  are  other  feather factories who won’t think twice about taking those stolen feathers no matter how they were gathered. Such a shame.”
~ Janoose And The Fall Feather Fair by JD Holiday & Luke Brandon Winski