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Saturday, November 11, 2017

she is often forced to improvise - Mrs. Parsley and the Cat on the Mantle by Julian Padowicz

"People who'd read Mrs. Parsley Makes a Delivery demanded more stories," author Julian Padowicz explains.


Published: July 2017

"People who'd read Mrs. Parsley Makes a Delivery demanded more stories," author Julian Padowicz explains. 

Mrs. Parsley is a good witch. Only a tiny percentage of witches are actually evil, she says, but they, unfortunately, get most of the publicity.

She, herself, uses her limited magical powers to help Santa, the Tooth Fairy, and the various fairy godmothers, when they get overloaded. 

But, because her magical powers are limited, and she can't fly in and out through closed windows, turn pumpkins into coaches, or work her "smart phone," Mrs. Parsley is often forced to improvise. 

As reviews of the first book will attest, the resulting adventures are of interest and amusement to adults as well as children.

"Julian Padowicz’s collection of children’s stories is cleverly written. They consist of thirteen magical tales with amusing, inventive themes. Mrs. Parsley happens to be a caring, helpful witch whose character role is as important as the Easter Bunny and the other friends she helps. These fast-moving stories are lively with balanced, crisp conclusions that are still suspenseful. "- Michelle, Goodreads

"This is a wonderful book for youngsters. Each story is well thought out and creatively written. A fun book full of adventure!" - Sapphyria, Goodreads
About the author:
Julian Padowicz was seven years old, Jewish, and living in Warsaw, Poland, when WWII began. After 6 months under Soviet occupation in southern Poland, he and his mother made a daring trek over the Carpathian Mountains into neutral Hungary. Arriving in America at the age of 9, Julian spent the next 13 years in boarding school and college, where his undiagnosed ADD and Dyslexia caused him considerable grief.

Graduating from Colgate University in 1954 with a BA in English, he was hired by Twentieth-Century Fox studios as editor of their company magazine, “Action.”

From 1955 to 1959 he served in the Air Force as a navigator and intercept instructor.

Following military service, he entered the documentary film profession, first as a writer and eventually as director, cameraman, editor, and producer, garnering numerous awards.

Upon retirement in 2000, Padowicz began writing a 4-part memoir of his WWII experiences. The first book, Mother and Me: Escape from Warsaw 1939 was published in 2006 by Academy Chicago and named “Book of the Year” by ForeWord Magazine. It was followed by A Ship in the Harbor, Loves of Yulian, and When the Diamonds Were Gone. A “young readers’” version of Mother and Me, published by Scholastic Inc. was a best seller in the school field.

Feeling that much of what was interesting in his life was not publishable as memoir, for fear of hurting people still living, Padowicz created the fictional village of Venice on the Massachusetts coast and peopled it with characters based on people he had known, including himself. Applying humor, which he calls his “weapon of choice,” Padowicz has written several novels in which these fictional characters go through many of the experiences he, himself, has gone through. His hero, Kip, is a retired college professor, married to his creative, but accident prone wife, the lovely Amanda, and trying to lead a “normal” life, in a new community, among whacky neighbors and whackier friends from his past. Padowicz lives in a 100 plus-year-old house in Stamford, Connecticut with his wife, Donna Carter. Their blended family includes 5 children, 9 grandchildren, and 2 great-grands.

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