9B407105-1DFD-4774-83F4-D555988CC8DFBefore you think I have gone totally mad stay with me…..I know this is a children’s book….but is it really.  Let me explain.  A new friend of mine, Brett Firdman, a major Media Influencer, knowing I love books, and she is no longer reviewing them, has referred nenasnotes to publishers, authors and publicists. This was the first I received. I immediately loved our heroine’s name (I collect vintage paisley and was planning a post on it…it will appear later this week) so I thought why not!  When I received the book, before I opened it, I was totally enchanted by the exquisite cover illustration. I have been enamored with books from birth.  Both my parents constantly read to me and when I started to read, well you know the rest…I haven’t stopped. I don’t have children but have always read to my friends children and grandchildren and their presents are always books. This one would be bought in bulk it is glorious in its prose and art…I want to live in Paisley’s treehouse.

The premise of the book is a lone girl rabbit, Paisley, is up against Jimmy Squirrel whose father owns the biggest construction company in the city. Jimmy challenges a close group of friends to a treehouse contest. Paisley has no building skills and no one to help her enters the contest. The story is motivational for all ages in seeing the so-called underdog take charge, get a team together and defying all odds create something magical while proving anything can happen with grit, nerve and a can do attitude. The result is extraordinary in so many ways.    Not only will children read this over and over, so will I.


From the amazing insightful author, Steve Richardson when asked how he came up with the idea, “The book was inspired by watching my sister, Margaret Chambers who is an interior designer,  work on awe-inspiring and epic multi-million dollar houses.”


Then he was asked what he thought was the most important message of the book, “The importance of not jumping into a project but taking it slow, doing research, thinking creatively and big.  Looking for ways to bring creative people together with all kinds of talents to work as a team.  Finally, it’s not just about winning but producing something that will help others when done.”

The artist, Chris Dunn, is only in his 20’s and this is his first children’s book.  His illustrations are glorious, I can’t wait to see what he does next. You can find him at


Paisley writing thank you notes in her library.

My thanks to Smith Publicity for getting me this advanced copy, Impossible Dreams Publishing Co. releases the book on March 1, 2018.  My recommendation get it for every child in your life and be sure to get one for yourself it is a total delight.  Just you wait until you see the finished house, I want to find property and hire Paisley and her team to build my dream house!



  1. Dianne Erpenbach February 27, 2018 / 11:12 am

    Love the illustrations—so endearing from such a young artist!

    • nenasnotes February 27, 2018 / 1:21 pm

      It is an extraordinary book in all ways.

  2. Karen February 27, 2018 / 11:35 am

    Nena – This is one of my favorite posts! I can’t wait to read this book to my grandchildren…what a great story.

    • nenasnotes February 27, 2018 / 1:21 pm

      Thanks Karen…the book is pure joy from the writing to the glorious illustrations. Enjoy it!!!!

  3. Sally February 27, 2018 / 2:17 pm

    I want to read this and see the pictures, looks enchanting!

    • nenasnotes February 27, 2018 / 2:29 pm

      The illustrations are magical…the story is so spot on and for a man to write such a sensitive female story is extraordinary. I think you will enjoy it.

  4. Marcia February 27, 2018 / 2:37 pm

    Loved the illustrations. A definite buy for grandkids. Thank you for a preview!

    • nenasnotes February 27, 2018 / 2:47 pm

      It is extraordinary. I know you and your grandkids will be fascinated. A great story and amazing art!

  5. candacejordan February 27, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    Utterly charming! As a collector of rare children’s books, this one will go on my list for sure! The illustrations alone are worth buying the book! As always, love your posts Nena!

    • nenasnotes February 27, 2018 / 3:05 pm

      Thanks so much Candace…it is exquisite and the books message is spot on. Love the author, the artist and highly recommend it.

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