Book Reviews

Helps children and adults navigate emotions

Rated 5.0 out of 5

I found this very beneficial with my grandchildren the book helped us to talk about feelings and to understand how to deal with them. As a retired teacher I wish I had this book when I was teaching.

Sincerely.

Donna Hunt B Ed, Retired Teacher

The BEST book for children and adults!

Rated 5.0 out of 5

My daughter was fortunate enough to have received a copy of this adorable little book! It is the cutest little thing that teaches all about feelings and responses in a very amusing way— for children and adults! My daughter LOVES it! I would totally recommend this book to anyone, at any age!

Megan RN, Mother of 3

Activist A positive and encouraging book for children!

Rated 5.0 out of 5

This is a beautifully illustrated book that uses fun adventures and personable characters to help children make decisions and learn how to manage challenges and emotions.

Karen B Kindness

Great story and beautiful illustrations!

Rated 5.0 out of 5

I love the “ordinary and extraordinary” Angie Quinn and her side kicks Shnoogy and Kruddy. I hope the author, Constance Douglas, brings us more uplifting adventures.

Randal Berlin M.D., Faimly Dr

Learn about freedom of choice

Rated 5.0 out of 5

This beautifully illustrated adventure with relatable Angie Quinn and her charismatic friends is delightful!

Learn about freedom of choice, and possible outcomes, as characters listen to their Shnoogy voice ( encouraging, kind, and inspirational), or their Kruddy voice (tempting and self-serving); voices common to all of us.

Fun activities at the end of the book reinforce the important message about the ability to choose your reactions to situations; an idea which is relevant to any age or stage of life!

The unique mood minder chart helps you to pinpoint your current status and offers suggestions that can be immediately utilized to move you to a better place

D. Civitarese, Retired RN, Grandma

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this beautiful book!

Rated 5.0 out of 5

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this beautiful book!

It made my day at this half way mark in my recovery from a surgery.

I will forever treasure it and its positive messages!

Karen Lauritsen

Karen Lauritsen’,s M.A., MBA Fine Arts

I loved this book!

Rated 5.0 out of 5

Hello my name is Mary Hernandez, I am 14 years old, from Guatemala. I loved this book! It helped me a lot and it helped my sister who is 16 and very sick. The words that I read have helped me every day! It is simply beautiful… I wanted to read it all the time. Thank you for those beautiful words Constance. I love your work and I hope have a good day and continue helping children (´▽`ʃ♡ƪ).

Maria Hernandez, My Home

It is such beautiful work.

Rated 5.0 out of 5

Thank you for your book especially for your time and effort creating it!

My children 14-16years loved Choose Your Road to Happiness with Shnoogy and Kruddy!

It is such beautiful work. You have accomplished so much, congratulation’s. We are looking forward to witnessing how Shnoogy and Kruddy can help our children gain resilience in challenging times and to help them recognize their power to create a happy life!

Karlitos H., Father of two

Constance delivers a captivating narrative of her tale

Rated 5.0 out of 5

Constance delivers a captivating narrative of her tale, utilizing impressive attire and puppets to captivate the students’ attention. Her story carries a message emphasizing the importance of gratitude. Shnoogy and Kruddy, as delightful personas, encourage students to contemplate their inner thoughts and make conscious decisions to embrace their inner Shnoogy.

Mme T. Leggat, School Principal, Ecole Agnes Davidson School

What a wonderful day for the grade 3!

Rated 5.0 out of 5

Constance visited Albanian College Tirana in May and worked with the 3rd grade team. She was able to discuss how to be kind and act on those kind thoughts. The grade 3 students were incredibly engaged as she performed her Shnoogy Rap and read her book to the students. They enjoyed being active in a setting that involved dance and movement. 

The cherry on top was the Kindness Cards at the end! These kids walked away with small cards that gave them acts of kindness they needed to follow, and they all did! A few days later they shared their kind actions and how it felt and who it was for…

If followed through on as a program, I see this has huge potential for developing empathy and inclusion amongst children and their classmates. One small girl brought a batch of Shnoogy Doodle Cookies as her act of kindness, they were loved by all!

As an international teacher at an IB school I can see the value in a kindness program that makes students act on kind thoughts. What a wonderful day for the grade 3! Thanks Constance!

Albanian College Tirana

It speaks perfectly to children

Rated 5.0 out of 5

Constance came to visit our school as an author and the children were captivated by the story. It speaks perfectly to children and was a wonderful way to have them consider their feelings and reactions to situations they find themselves in. We have several copies in our library and the students love taking them out!) We put a few copies of your books in our library and the students are really enjoying reading them. Thank you so much!

Valerie Young, School Principal

I really liked ‘The Shnoogy In You!’ book and it’s rhyming

Rated 5.0 out of 5

I really liked ‘The Shnoogy In You!’ book and it’s rhyming,

also learning about my Shnoogy and Kruddy.

It felt good to know that I’m not different from anyone else when they go through things they are worried or sad about, I can choose to make my feelings better by being kind.

Sawyer, 10 years old grade 5

I loved ‘The Shnoogy In You!’ book

Rated 5.0 out of 5

I loved ‘The Shnoogy In You!’ book, Constance shared with me and my brother. I really, really love that it is a rhyming book, and it helped me with understanding my worried feelings helping my family through hard times. I learned I can activate Shnoogy feelings with kindness.

Greg MacArthur, Professor of Performance Fundamentals, University of Lethbridge Canada

Constance focuses on tools that all of us should be more aware of

Rated 5.0 out of 5

It is great to see a book that helps us to understand that we are not what happens to us, but how we respond. It demonstrates how we can better identify where thoughts and feeling come from and how to navigate them. Constance focuses on tools that all of us should be more aware of.

G Turgeon, Dentist and parent of 4

A wonderful way to teach children

Rated 5.0 out of 5

A wonderful way to teach children (and adults) about emotions and feelings and how to make good choices in real life situations. The children in my school absolutely love the story “Choose Your Road to Happiness with Shnoogy and Kruddy”.  It’s fun, it’s engaging and it provides a great conversation opener to discuss with the children very important subjects such as sharing, perseverance, kindness, among others. I highly recommend this book to all the school librarians out there!

Mariana de Iturbide Librarian, Humanitree IB School, Mexico City

Shnoogy up with your Grandchildren

Rated 5.0 out of 5

Shnoogy up with your Grandchildren and read them the adventures of Angie Quinn.  A clever young girl who has learned how to read the feelings in her body.  Shnoogy is her happy positive  self and Kruggy is her negative bad choice voice.  A Beautifully illustrated story for all to enjoy and learn or relearn how to understand our bodies messages.

Denise Hammon, Private home

Artist Designer

Rated 5.0 out of 5

This beautifully crafted book is a valuable addition to self-help.  The whimsical illustrations showcase expressive characters that educate and empower children to make good choices. It’s a great lesson for children and a gentle reminder for all adults.

Karen L

Zosia - 11 years old

Rated 5.0 out of 5

I would love to read this book to other kids, and show them that helping others and being kind is amazing. I love the rhymes in this book it makes it so fun to read. The messages that are in this book are meaningful examples. Always hold on to hope.

Zosia

 Such a great message

Rated 5.0 out of 5

This book has such a wonderful message for children, to empower them to acknowledge their feelings then make good choices moving forward. Wonderful! Refreshing! Great teaching tool for parents and teachers.

Anonymous

Teaches to be kind and it’s fun to read! A winner for kids

Rated 5.0 out of 5

This book is fantastic. It’s one you can read just one chapter a night (not super long) and then have a discussion with your kids about it. It’s good values, good manners and teaches you to be a kind person. This should be used in all schools! Love it

Anonymous

Further comments and reviews by teachers, and counselors  etc…

Briella 8 years old - grade 3

Review: I loved ‘The Shnoogy In You!’ book, Constance shared with me and my brother. I really, really love that it is a rhyming book, and it helped me with understanding my worried feelings helping my family through hard times. I learned I can activate
Shnoogy feelings with kindness.

Sawyer 10 years old - grade 5

Review: I really liked ‘The Shnoogy In You!’ book and it’s rhyming, also learning about my Shnoogy and Kruddy. It felt good to know that I’m not different from anyone else when they go through things they are worried or sad about.
I can choose to make my feelings better by being kind.

Dianna Burton - Preschool Education

Review: This book opens up opportunities for kids to see their power to change
from within in a funny, interesting look at what’s happening inside them.

I feel the earlier we show our children how and why we can be kind
and change from within to find joy in the present moment,
we will all live in a more peaceful, purposeful place.
Really amazing!
Thank you we all need to recognize our power to be the best we can be! At any age

Christina Lawrence - Clinical Social Worker and Play Therapist - Lethbridge Therapy Centre

Review: There is something magical tucked within these pages
that fills you up and follows you around
long after you close this book.
The endearing protagonist Angie Quinn has an imagination
that brings about adventures that are perfectly inspiring,
with characters who promote thoughtfulness.
Children, parents and teachers will thoroughly enjoy this book,
and be thankful for a rare resource that is fun for kids
while also creating a medium for parents and teachers to start conversations
about some very core and foundational concepts
in the lives of the children they hold close to their hearts.

Kathy Mundell - Counselling coordinator for Lethbridge School District No. 51

Review: The author/illustrator Constance Douglas delivers an imaginative adventure
about a young girl choosing to listen to the positive messages in her psyche
delivered by Shnoogy, and tune out Kruddy’s negative messages.
Angie Quinn learns to choose kindness and hope,
over negativity and selfishness.
Timely and valuable

A. J. Prewitt - Founding Artistic Director, of the Phoenix Theatre’s ‘Cookie Company’

Review: Constance has given to you and your children
a story that is both accessible and imaginative
with stunning illustrations.
What a fun way to open the discussion about the intrinsic
values of empathy, caring and kindness to others…

Richard Amery - LA Beat Editor

Review: In a world where the “Kruddy’s” seem to be taking over,
Lethbridge author and illustrator C.M Douglas reminds us the importance of embracing
love, care, peace and positivity in her new children’s book
Along the way the reader discovers the joys of sharing, compassion and helping
people in an uplifting and beautifully, colorfully illustrated tale.
There is even a recipe for Doodle Cookies at the end, so everybody can share them!

Cathy Tinordi - Grandmother

Review: I was wonderfully surprised by my granddaughter’s reaction and involvement with
this book. We read books together and she sits, quietly listening, while I read.  It is
challenging to get children to open up about their day and talk about their feelings.
Angie Quinn's Amazing Adventures with Shnoogy and Kruddy did just that. She fell in
love with the kind-heartedness of Shnoogy and reacted with empathy and laughter
at the behavior of Kruddy. This is the first and only time I saw my granddaughter
relating to a book.  When we finished reading the story I asked her what she thought
of this book.  She said she liked that this story was about feelings.  C.M. Douglas
created a story that children can connect and relate to and she provided me with an
opportunity to talk with my granddaughter about feelings.  Thank you, Constance,
for giving me this connection with my granddaughter.

Dory Rossiter - Weather Anchor/Community Events Coordinator Bellmedia CTV Television

Review: Children are the future of our world! The work that Constance Douglas
puts into this book and connecting with children, understanding their fears and
challenges and giving them a healthy and productive way to interact with
each other and the world absolutely ensures that they will have the tools to
embrace their futures!

Jeremy Mason - DAD, Director of Operations & Strategy Kidoodle TV

Review: An energetically written and wonderfully illustrated book with a timely message!

Organization: Sherita Hodges

Review: “I love this book! 
I am willing to do whatever we need to get another proof copy from you. My grandson sleeps with that book. He’s Never done this before!!? so now I want one for my granddaughter as well!”

Organization: St. Paul School

Review: The presentation was very much enjoyed by the three classes of Grade 1-2 multi-aged students! They took their kindness homework seriously and had wonderful stories about the kind acts they’d done on the weekend. Constance came twice: on Friday to read the books and set the classes up for their kindness homework. She then returned on Monday to teach the rap song with actions and to debrief with the students about the kind acts they had done. Each student received a sticker and a card to take home. They still talk about Shnoogy and Kruddy a few weeks later!
Thank you a thousand times my Friend!??

Organization: St. Paul School

Review: Constance was very enthusiastic when she presented to our Grade 1-2 students. The students were engaged. They loved the story Constance read and enjoyed the kinesthetic movements of the rap song. Thank you for visiting us at our school!

Organization: Albanian College Tirana

Review: Constance visited Albanian College Tirana in May and worked with the 3rd grade team. She was able to discuss how to be kind and act on those kind thoughts. The grade 3 students were incredibly engaged as she performed her Shnoogy Rap and read her book to the students. They enjoyed being active in a setting that involved dance and movement.

The cherry on top was the Kindness Cards at the end! These kids walked away with small cards that gave them acts of kindness they needed to follow, and they all did! A few days later they shared their kind actions and how it felt and who it was for…
If followed through on as a program, I see this has huge potential for developing empathy and inclusion amongst children and their classmates. One small girl brought a batch of Shnoogy Doodle Cookies as her act of kindness, they were loved by all!
As an international teacher at an IB school I can see the value in a kindness program that makes students act on kind thoughts. What a wonderful day for the grade 3! Thanks Constance!

Organization: Shaw Spotlight

Review: “Kind is Kool” is a program that needs to be in every elementary school nationwide. I recorded a video for Constance and firsthand witnessed the excitement and joy that students experience in this program. Given the extend of bullying and depression that has permeated our current school culture, I could have used this program when I was in elementary school in the 90’s.

Organiztion: Holly Spririt Catholic School

Review: I was able to implement Constance’s Kind Is Kool program in my class in the last few months of the school year. The students really enjoyed choosing a card each week and then performing the kindness on that card. They would then draw a picture of the kindness they did and shared this with their classmates. They became more focused on acting in a kind manner both at school and at home. They also enjoyed performing the Shnoogy Rap!

Organization: Albanian College Tirana

Review: Constance brought her Kindness  is Kool program to our school in Albania May 2019. My grade 3 students LOVED the presentation, the book, the rap, the kindness cards, and the overall message of the program. They loved sharing the kind acts they completed from their Kindness Cards and we continued to use the Rap as a brain break for the remainder of the school year.
I am so happy to know about this fabulous program and will begin next year using the various resources and the message of Shnoogy and Kruddy to build our classroom community.

Alan J. Prewitt, Award-Winning Playwright and Founding Aritistic Director, of the Phoenix Theatre’s ‘Cookie Company’

Review: THIS BOOK IS STUNNING!…
Constance has given to you and your children
a story that is both accessible and imaginative
with stunning illustrations.
What a fun way to open the discussion about the intrinsic
values of empathy, caring and kindness to others…
Personally, I look forward to continued adventures
from Angie Quinn and her wonderful group
of imaginative and helpful friends!

Organization: Private Home

Review: Constance came to our home to present her program to our grandchildren – ages 7 to 9. The children loved the story presentation by Shnoogy and Kruddy. The rap song and dance was wonderful. The children enjoyed the work books and the followup session. Shnoogy and Kruddy will become part of our vocabulary in the future.Thank you!!

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