Missy Swiss

missy-swissIllustrated by Brandon Reibeling

Missy Swiss wants to be the Big Cheese in the fridge, just like her hero, Cheese Louise. So when the family goes on vacation, she jumps at the chance to strut her stuff. But the plug gets pulled on her plan in a hurry, and everyone is going to spoil! Will Missy learn the true meaning of hero before it’s too late?

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Amazon review

Slater’s Cheese Louise saved the day in the book of the same name. Here, her successor, Missy Swiss, follows in her cheese-steps to foil a nasty cat’s perfidy. Delicious puns infuse the tale so that kids and adults will both enjoy the exciting tale about what our food is doing while we’re not around. It’s just as cool as the other side of the refrigerator.

Amazon review

This nifty little book is about unlikely heroes. Children’s imaginations will be tickled by a world they are familiar with, a refrigerator filled with food, and yet food with a community of characters who work together for the common good. Clever, punny and funny.


Cheese Louise!

cheese-louise from Whitecap Books, illustrated by Steve Cowden

When Cheese Louise arrives in the refrigerator, she’s sure she’ll never be chosen. Who would choose a cheese full of holes? But when disaster strikes, Louise must put aside her fears to lead a daring mission. Will Cheese Louise save Humphrey Yogurt before he spoils? Can she outsmart the one-eyed cat in the kitchen? This is the story of the brave cheese who came to the rescue and, at the same time, came to believe in herself.


                                                        Amazon indie bound



The Vancouver Sun
Every bit enjoyable as Green Eggs and Ham…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Quill & Quire
Slater’s groceries are full of gum-snapping wit…
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    January Magazine
It’s a charming story intended to entertain and delight… It manages to do both with aplomb.

The Bored Book

From Simply Read Books, llustrated by Doug Keith

Two bored kids. Bored-out-of-their-minds bored. Fighting bored. There’s nothing but dusty old books in Grampa’s house. But when Grandpa opens a secret door in the bookshelves, brother and sister fall into an adventure they never expected, one that will change them forever. That is, if they survive it!
Come along on this wordless adventure and experience for yourself the magic and power that can be found between the covers of a book.
Amazon indie bound


New York Times

This wordless book begins perfectly, with an image of two bored siblings fighting on the sofa in Grandfather’s study while he looks on morosely. Then he opens a secret door leading to a cobwebby attic where a mysterious tome awaits: like characters in a wittier version of the Magic Tree House series, the brother and sister fall through the pages and into perilous adventures involving snow monsters and pirates. We get the message, and so do they.

Hodge-Podge Books

Wordless picture books were a popular trend when I opened shop in 1982. They have continued since on what I would call a lesser degree. However, a new and exciting wordless book is now available. THE BORED BOOK by David Michael Slater, illustrations by Doug Keith (Simply Read Books, 2009, $16.95) opens in a living room scene where an adult and two children are spending an afternoon. The adult is quietly reading as the two children are engaged in physical play. The adult moves a bookcase exposing a set of steps. The children scramble up the stairs to find them selves in a dusty attic filled with bookshelves.  When the children take THE BORED BOOK from the shelf the black and white illustrations turn to color and the adventure begins. When they have experienced a series of harrowing adventures, the children return to the first room with the adult. Now they find the books of the adventures they have experienced. Books like TREASURE ISLAND and THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. The artwork here is spectacular and sweeping in its scope. The dream sequences are one part frightening but more mystical in nature. They compel the reader to turn the page anticipating and questioning, what’s next? A most satisfying read, believe me.