Picture Book Review: Shadows in My Room and What’s That Noise? Bedtime Stories


Shadows in My Room and What’s That Noise? Bedtime Stories by Linda Weaver Clarke

Paperback: 28 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 16, 2013)

Language: English

Genre: Picture book

Source: Author for review

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Two Bedtime Stories: In each of these stories, a mother helps her little
girl understand her fears at night. Shadows In My Room: Kayla sees
shadows in her room that disturb her. Her mother answers all her
questions about each shadow that she points to, and helps her to calm
down and go to sleep. What’s That Noise: Amber hears noises that disturb
her such as the wind and thunder. Her mother teaches Amber to use her
imagination by turning something fearful into something fun.

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About the Author:

I was raised on a farm surrounded by the rolling hills of southern Idaho and have made my home in southern Utah among the beautiful red mountains and desert heat. I have been happily married for 40 years and am the mother of six daughters and have five wonderful grandchildren .

After my family began to leave the nest, I decided it was time to finish what I had started long ago. I decided to go back to college and get a degree. It had been 30 years since I had been to college and it was one of the most frightening things I had ever done. I had to learn how to study and take tests all over again. The first day of college, I was a nervous wreck and wondered if I could do this, but with the support of my husband and children I was able to graduate. I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and Music at Southern Utah University and received the Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Award for the College of Performing Arts in 2002. During the meantime, I cut a CD named “Romantic Love Songs of Sigmund Romberg and Victor Herbert.”

I have enjoyed writing short stories and novels for several years but it took a lot of courage to begin submitting them. After “Melinda and the Wild West” was published, I entered it in the Reader Views Literary Contest and my book was chosen as a Semi-Finalist in the “Reviewers Choice Awards 2007.” It was one of the top ten out of hundreds of other entries. I have written eleven books; five are historical sweet romances and four are mystery adventures. I also have two non-fiction e-books.

I tour all over the United States, teaching people the importance of writing their Family Legacy, encouraging them to turn their family history and autobiography into a variety of interesting stories.

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My Thoughts:

This is a really sweet picture book that contains two stories of little girls overcoming their fears.  In each story, a child is having a difficult time going to sleep because she is afraid of something (like shadows or wind).  Her mother comes in and helps her overcome those fears.

For a self-published book, this one is pretty good.  The stories are something that lots of kids and their parents can easily relate to.  The writing is soft and gentle, and give the feel of comfort.  The illustrations are okay.  Most pages had a striped background which was kind of distracting.

Overall, this is a sweet picture book that would be great to read before bedtime.


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