New book, Messy Magic Birthday!

Two years after the success of Lonely Lola Ladybug, my second children’s picture book is finally published! Messy Magic Birthday is a rhyming, romping, birthday fantasy for kids 4-8 years old. I hope all you “Lola” fans will buy a copy of my new book for your library! And write me your review!

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“Mary Jo Beswick creates a magic show, striking in detail and clever in artistic design.  Young readers will be spellbound by this original birthday story, animated with rhythm and rhyme as engaging as the tapping of drumsticks.”  

Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda   Poet Laureate of Virginia (2006 –2008)

Nick’s birthday party looks like one big boring mistake until he wishes for REAL magic help and two birthday fairies appear! In a pink poof of fairy dust, Annabelle and Cleo give Nick’s party just the lift it needs but with an unexpected twist of messy magic. Reminding us . . . be careful what you wish for!



lonely-lola-with-award-high-res -1000 CopyLonely Lola Ladybug,  Bellastoria Press 2015, won the 2016 Vinnie Ream Award from the National League of American Pen Women. CLICK HERE for details. This rhyming adventure story is about Lola, a lonely ladybug, who finds the courage to search for what she wants most in the world…a friend and along the way, discovers something surprising and wonderful about herself.  In the back of the book is a Parent’s Guide with questions to stimulate critical thinking about the book’s themes of courage and friendship.

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