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Length: 54 pages Age Level: 5 - 9 Grade Level: K - 2

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About the Author

Wendy Unsworth was born and raised in Lincolnshire, England; her passions are her family, travel, beautiful gardens and reading and writing stories. Wendy lived in Ndola, Zambia and Nairobi, Kenya throughout the 1980's and early '90's before returning to the U.K. to acclimatise back to the English weather in a Cornish cottage close to Bodmin Moor! The African continent has left a lasting impression; The Palaver Tree, her first novel in the Berriwood series is set in a fictional Central African country and Cornwall. At present Wendy is working on the second Berriwood novel, Beneathwood, re-introducing cameo characters from The Palaver Tree and telling their own individual story. Wendy also enjoys writing for children. Kellie at Come-alive Cottage is a fun, read-aloud story introducing Kellie Culpepper and her very unusual family who include explorers, a very silly aunt and a witch that can't stop turning into a cat! The next in the series, Danger at Come-alive Cottage, will be out soon.

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  • File Size: 15635 KB
  • Print Length: 54 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: October 16, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FYQIVSI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,513,235 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wendy Unsworth was born and raised in Lincolnshire, England; her passions are her family, travel, beautiful gardens and reading and writing stories. Wendy lived in Ndola, Zambia and Nairobi, Kenya throughout the 1980's and early '90's before returning to the U.K. to acclimatise back to the English weather in a Cornish cottage close to Bodmin Moor! The African continent has left a lasting impression; The Palaver Tree, her first novel in the Berriwood series is set in a fictional Central African country and Cornwall. At present Wendy is working on the second Berriwood novel, Beneathwood, re-introducing cameo characters from The Palaver Tree and telling their own individual story.

Wendy also enjoys writing for children. 'Kellie at Come-alive Cottage' is a fun, read-aloud story introducing Kellie Culpepper and her very unusual family who include explorers, a very silly aunt and a witch that can't stop turning into a cat!

The next in the series, 'Danger at Come-alive Cottage', is now available in paperback and for Kindle.

'Catastrophe at Come-alive Cottage' is due for publication in June 2014.

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This book was amazingly clever. My daughter really enjoyed this book. She said it was really good. I look forward to exploring more of your work with her.
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Kellie must stay with her aunt while her parents go to Africa to discover a secret, unknown river. When she goes to Come-Alive Cottage, she discovers a cat who is really a human that can transform into a cat.
Although the book was interesting and cute for little kids, I found the writing to be just okay. There was some telling instead of showing and occasionally, a couple of characters weren't really believable. Other than that, I'd still recommend it to families with kids seven or eight years old.
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This is a wonderful, beautifully illustrated book that pleasantly surprises you page by page.

It is not just the plot that grabs you, although it does grip you tightly, it is also an array of other things. Fabulous drawings appear when you least expect them, unexpected jargon delights you, firstly because it’s cool, and secondly it’s refreshing and humorous. Father’s spindly legs are described as extremely skinny pins, and he was apparently a great harrumpher. Oh and Uncle Algernon’s trunk is very dusty.

Now whether this was intended as a hidden innuendo or not, the book did strike me as a pantomime in that it will be a clear winner with the children it sets out to attract, whilst amusing adults at the same time.

Anyway, on to the plot itself. The Culpeppers are intrepid explorers and their daughter, Kellie, is left behind with her aunt at Come-alive Cottage while they pop off on their latest adventure. Aunt Kittie is a witch, but not a very good witch. Her cottage is full of evidence to that fact. Her wonky spells have left a trail of havoc, and I got to thinking that she must have popped into my house at some stage, because there’s a myriad of faulty stuff in there.

Kellie at Come-alive Cottage is a book to be treasured, and I heartily recommend it, both to children and as a secret pleasure to adults.
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Kellie at Come-alive Cottage by Wendy Unsworth

lol. I waffled at four stars and thought "what could she have done to make it better?" I couldn't think of what so I gave it 5. I think kids will love the adventures at the Come-alive Cottage. I know I did. The first thing I thought when done was that I wanted to do a gone-wrong spell too! Poor Mr. Postman though :/ Well, let's hope that works itself out sooner rather than later. I like how Kellie takes everything in stride no matter how crazy it gets. She has some extremely interesting relatives!

I received this book from the author to enjoy out of the kindness of her heart. So nice of her. I was not required to write a review in exchange. {{{A simple thoughtful gesture}}} Kinda like a nice hug. I had thought those went the way of the dinosaurs :) I challenge anyone who has read this far to share one today. All opinions expressed here are my own and the joy bubbling up :D is a direct result of the story and illustrations. Thank you so much Wendy! My grandkids will love this series!
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I purchased Kellie at Come Alive Cottage to review as a Children’s Reading Specialist who is always scoping out new books that I can recommend to educators and parents.
This is such a delightful short chapter read about the Culpepper family who are most different and full of adventure and magical secrets. Kellie’s family has some real characters and their antics will have any child rolling with laughter and craving more!
Imagine having an aunt called Sillimie who gets everything mixed up which leads her to one disaster after another. Things get even crazier when Kellie’s parents are off to an adventure in Africa and she is left at the mercy of her mysterious Aunt Kitty who she never even knew she had existed! Aunt Kitty tuns out to be full of magic herself and can turn into a cat. Kellie learns to love all the magical events that Aunt Kitty’s cottage has to offer. I can just imagine a class of children just cracking up listening to their teacher read this story! It is truly the best of ‘kid humor’.
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Kellie Culpepper goes to stay with her Aunt Kitty while her parents, who are explorers, head off to Africa to find the source of the Okiepokie river. Kellie has some wonderful and magical adventures of her own. And there are surprises every minute at Aunt Kitty’s house.

This is a richly imaginative book, filled with fabulous writing and the kind of laugh out loud quirky humour that both parents and children will enjoy. Frances Lee West’s charcoal and pencil illustrations complement the story beautifully. If my son was a wee lad again, I can see him giggling away at Kellie’s adventures, and this book remaining on the top of the story time pile for several months at least.

Even though I’m far too old to be reading books like this, I don’t mind admitting I enjoyed it immensely.

A full and well-deserved five stars.

I received a free copy for an honest non-reciprocal review.
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This is such a fun, charming story. Even as an adult, I truly enjoyed it. There’s a great balance of whimsy and non-sense combined with excitement and adventure. It’s hard to imagine that ‘Kellie at Come-Alive Cottage’ would not speak to a boy or girl’s imagination. And the illustrations pair beautifully to the wacky sense of the story.

The only reason for my four star rating is that it was a little slow to pick up at the very beginning, but it wasn’t long before the story blossomed in peculiarity and fun. I would very much recommend this and I will quite likely investigate the next installment of the series for myself.

I wish to thank Ms. Unsworth for kindly offering me a free copy ‘Kellie at Come-Alive Cottage’ in exchange for my honest, non-reciprocal review.
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