About the Books

Anna’s Pink and Purple Glasses

Written by Marlene Bryenton and Illustrated by Leanne Bowlan

Anna has trouble seeing the words in her storybook and she is fearful of going for her first eye exam.

The trip to the eye doctor is an exciting adventure. She gets something pink and purple.

Can you guess what that is?

Winner of the 2020 Inspire Award from the Prince Edward Island Public Schools Branch.

Excellence in Children Literature:
Best Illustrations
Best Book Cover
Best Interior

Excellence in Children’s Literature:
Best Illustrations

Jaya’s Magic Wheelchair

Written by Marlene Bryenton and Illustrated by Leanne Bowlan

Jaya is a real little girl. She uses a wheelchair. One day a magical friend comes to live with her family. She helps Jaya explore the world.

Can you guess her name?

Excellence in Children Literature:
Special Needs/Disability Awareness
School Issues
Best Cover Design
Best Illustrations
Best Interior Design

Excellence in Children’s Literature:
Best Illustrations

The Magic Toothbrush

Written by Marlene Bryenton and Illustrated by Leanne Bowlan

Anna and James attend a magic show. They were surprised to see what came out of the magician’s hat. This leads to an adventure at their dentist’s office.

Do you believe in magic?

Excellence in Children Literature:
Best Illustrations
Best Cover Design
Best Interior
Health
Excellence in Children’s Literature:
Best Illustrations
Health and Wellness

Magic Gifts

Written by Marlene Bryenton and Illustrated by Allison Wolvers

Two grandfathers take a journey they never dreamed about. Family and friends surround them throughout their journey. Magic gifts help them along the way. Enjoy your journey through life. Do good things along the way!

About the Author

Marlene Bryenton

Dr. Marlene Bryenton retired from a 36-year career as an Employment and Insurance officer, with Service Canada. In 1998 she received the Order of P.E.I. In 2003, Marlene received an Honourary Doctor of Laws Degree, from the University of Prince Edward Island. Marlene’s previous books included Anna’s Pink and Purple Glasses, Jaya’s Magic Wheelchair, and The Magic Toothbrush. This newest book introduces two exceptional gentlemen and their struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. Marlene had two stories published in Chicken Soup for the Soul. Marlene and her husband, Lloyd, live in Charlottetown and have a son and daughter, and four grandchildren.

About the Illustrator

Leanne Bowlan

Leanne Bowlan works in the optical industry but has always followed her passion for art. Recently she explored the craft of children’s book illustration. She was excited to be asked to illustrate her first book written by Marlene Bryenton back in 2019. Now the pair has completed three books together. The third book, The Magic Toothbrush holds a special place in her heart as one of the characters is her favourite father, Eric Bowlan a.k.a Mr. Magic. “It made illustrating this book a magical experience for me.” Leanne Bowlan, born in PEI, now resides in Stratford where she dreams of her next artistic adventure.

About the Illustrator

Allison Wolvers

Allison Wolvers, a self-taught artist, hails from Prince Edward Island. For as long as she can remember, she had a love for designing. During her many years in the art medium, Allison has studied video-editing, graphic design, modeling, and then found that digital illustration became one of her favourite passions. With Allison’s love for study and the challenging projects that she has been involved in, many different artistic projects have become reality. She then studied Video Game Art and Animation. Courses on figure-drawing continued to instill her love for what she does!

Allison created a Magic Toothbrush animated video using Marlene’s storybook illustrated by Leanne Bowlan and illustrated The Magic Gift.

About the Editor

Judy Parsons

Judy Parsons was born in Nova Scotia, raised in Newfoundland, then chose beautiful Prince Edward Island, as home, in 1997. She is a Chaplain for the past 15 years, so given many writing opportunities, within this career. Judy had taught Primary School for over 20 years. Her engagement with inquisitive minds and insightful questions, of her students, paired well with her delight, at the opportunity to edit this storybook. She has a love for travel, and expanding her horizons, beyond serving on many Boards and Committees, at home. Judy is mother to three grown children, and Grandmother of six. She knows this book will offer a well written glimpse, into an everyday experience, through the eyes of a child. Judy published her own book in 2021, telling her life story.

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