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Publisher:  Dog Ear Publishing ISBN-10:  1457517471 Type: 
Pages: 

112

Copyright:  Jan 2, 2013 ISBN-13:  9781457517471
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Millie and Honey are off on another adventure.

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Millie and Honey
Millie and Honey

Millie and Honey are off on another adventure. Join Millie, Honey and “The Gang” as they explore another planet, this time with Mom and Dad. APPLEOPOLIS is a planet of surprises, fun and new experiences. CATATONIA was just the beginning. Now they are learning new things and finding out things about themselves that they never knew.

Come along and enjoy the ride, although it is a short one, it takes you on a journey both externally and internally. Deep into the outer reaches of space and into the depths of your own mind.


Excerpt

“So, we have to learn the language of all the different intelligent life forms of this planet?” asked Salazar. “That will take forever! We are only here for a day.”
Rags laughed his funny laugh that sounded like a growl accompanied with his lopsided grin, bearing his teeth. “Not at all, me dear boy. Have you ever just “KNOWN” what someone was thinking? You did not need language to communicate. There were no words spoken. There were certain feelings associated and maybe even pictures in your head that made it perfectly clear what the other was thinking.”
With that, he promptly reached behind the plaque and pulled out a small wagon, on which sat a bonsai tree and a spray bottle. He motioned to Melissa to water the tree. She lifted the spray bottle and just before she pulled the lever that would release the water, they all felt a strong emotion of being refreshed. Jasmine quivered and shook her hind quarters. Bert opened his mouth and stuck out his tongue as if he were going to take a drink, his eyes closing. Everyone felt the anticipation of the bonsai tree for the water.
Millie’s mom sprayed the tiny tree and everyone felt the tingling around them as if they were refreshed and their thirst quenched. Almost as one, they all sighed a little as the feelings washing over them. “Wow!” yipped Salazar, “that was awesome! Spray it some more please.” Blinky giggled as she wiggled her body. Millie even took her hat off and raised her head up as if waiting to feel the water on her face.
Melissa sprayed the bonsai tree a little longer and everyone could feel the happiness of the little tree. “That is amazing!” said Melissa as she put the spray bottle down. “I am anxious to see what other wonders this beautiful planet has in store for us.”



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Instantaneous Travel to Appleland
"First, you have to open your mind to the possibilities of such an experience and then it will become natural as you learn this communication, and it begins to flow between you and the other life forms of Appleopolis," Rags explains to the travelers in "Millie and Honey - The Incredible Instantaneous Interplanetary Adventure Volume II Appleopolis," a children's book by J.D. Means.

With one hundred and seven pages in this small paperback book, it is targeted to young children who enjoy fun make-believe stories about talking animals and space travel. Illustrator Lipana depicts most of the characters placed around the title on front jacket. Inside there are small, sometimes poorly reprinted drawings among the ten chapters with clear colored ones in the final chapter. There is no profanity or scary scenes but some words are misspelled for emphasis purposes and may confuse a beginner reader. At the end of the book, there is a page about the author along with eight pages of the third volume of the series.

After moving from the United States to Dubai, author Means and his wife had to wait a month for their beloved pets to arrive, causing their loneliness to inspire this cute series. In this story, fourteen year old Millie and her dog with four puppies have returned from their first adventure in the traveling machine and told her parents that she now owns the incredible vehicle that transports instantaneously to another planet. When they wake up the next day, Millie, dogs and parents go on a new vacation, this time to the planet of Appleopolis.

After Millie' father, an aircraft mechanic, asks a myriad of questions to Rose, the computerized lady who assists them in their travels, they insert their penny fee and instantly arrive at the beautiful, lush planet. Greeted by a gruff, pirate-sounding Scottish terrier who says he is the Regent of the Agricultural Garden Society (aka Rags), they are taken to Appleopolis Educational Center to learn that they can telepathically communicate with anything alive. The group goes on adventurous rides such as "Apple Bobbing with a Twist" on Grandfather Apple Tree, "The Apple Press Ride" that juices the apples, "The Maple Forest" where upside down umbrellas accumulate sap and "The Cinnamon Grove" where colorful birds gather cinnamon quills. In the end they raft down the river back to the center to enjoy a feast made from their food collections. The happy family get back in the flying machine, but this time Rags goes home with them.

Even though some of the drawings are poorly reproduced, this is a delightful read that not only young children can enjoy, but parents will happily read as it is innocuous, non-frightening and charming as one considers what trees, grass and birds would say and do if we could communicate with them. With the teaser for the third volume at the end of the book, one looks forward to the next incredible, instantaneous interplanetary adventure


A Delightful Tale Continues and Gets Even Better
Millie & Honey is a delightful series about 14-year old Millie and her beloved Collie-Lab mix, Honey. Honey is the mother of four spunky puppies. The story opens with Millie and her dogs setting out for a day at the lake when they come upon a surprise. In the clearing sets a shiny oval object the size of a minivan.

Upon closer examination, they discover it is an instantaneous interplanetary traveling machine. In charge is a lovely woman wearing a sparkly dress, Rose. Rose invites Millie and the dogs for an adventure. The cost? Only one penny, which is exactly what Millie can afford.

Volume II is a continuation of this story. In this book, Millie's parents accompany her and the dogs on another interplanetary adventure. This time, they go to a planet called Appleopolis. Here they experience thought communication with all the elements of nature, including the apple trees, sun, and grass. They learn how an apple press works and how to pick cinnamon. Again, it's a world that is a cross between heaven and Disneyland.

My favorite thing about the Millie & Honey series is that it is truly G-rated. There are no monsters, villains, or evil enemies. There is nothing to frighten readers, so parents can read chapters as bedtime stories to young ones, if desired.

The illustrations throughout are a wonderful enhancement to the stories and are sure to be loved by young readers.

I love reading the story behind a story, and in the case of Millie & Honey, there's a good one. When author J.D. Means and his wife moved from Ohio to Dubai, U.A.E, they were separated from their beloved pets for a month. This separation was agonizing for Mrs. Means, so to cheer up his wife, J.D. wrote Millie & Honey.


Book Review
The story, Millie and Honey: The Incredible Instantaneous Interplanetary Adventure - Volume II - APPLEOPOLIS, written by Joseph D. Means is an adventure story with a hint of fantasy; which makes it perfect for younger children. The story is a wonderful addition to the first volume written by Joseph Means. After Millie and the pups return from Catatonia, she excitedly tells her parents of their adventure. The story begins the following day, as Millie's mom, Melissa prepares breakfast before they all start off on their next journey into the intergalactic world. Millie, a fourteen year old girl, her pups, and her parents, Mellisa and Wilfred, commence their on the adventure traveling machine where they meet Rose, the caretaker of the traveling machine. Their eagerness soon lands them on the planet of Appleopolis. When they land on the planet complete with Apple Bobbing with a Twist, The Apple Press Ride, The Maple Forest, and The Cinnamon Grove they are greeted by Rags, a gruff Yorkshire Terrier. The company is led to the educational center where they learn and embark on their various adventures for the day. The story concludes with them learning a valuable lesson and returning home with a few produce from Appleopolis and a little friend. The tale is similar to Means' first book, but with an effective and well thought out twist.

Means was faced with the challenge having to make this book different from the first one, but just as enjoyable. He did an incredible job. Similarly in the first volume Means emphasized the unique characterizations of the different pups. I loved how he kept the reader engaged with interesting and colorful story plots. Once again Means authored a fantastic book along with breathtaking illustrations by Romar Lipana.

I think the whole series would be perfect bedtime stories for kids. These stories are definitely a must have in your library at home if you have younger children.


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