​​​Atlantic Books Today Review:

Excerpt: 
    "This sweet and simple tale is a heartfelt celebration of the bond between a father and his young son. Patrick's boundless enthusiasm and his seemingly endless litany of things 
that he loves about this day are an apt depiction of a typical little boy's energy, but it is his father's whispered words of love that make this book one that will touch the hearts of adults."






CM Magazine Review:


Excerpt: 

​    "A Picnic at the Lighthouse will pull on your heartstrings. While the author tells a tale of a young boy who is enjoying a beautiful summer’s day with his father, the story covers themes bigger than this. The unconditional love Patrick’s father has for his son becomes apparent. There are many children’s books that clearly define maternal love, but paternal love is not discussed as often. The message of a father’s love in children’s literature is one that should become a bigger part of the discourse. 

     Keating’s work is not to be overlooked. Her images give this book a deeper substance and transport readers to scenic views in Newfoundland and Labrador. She is very detailed in her work. For example, every feature can be seen on the seagull, and, when displaying parts of the community, she paints saltbox houses trimmed in vivid colours. 

     Though local in scope, A Picnic at the Lighthouse can be enjoyed by children regardless of location. This book will contribute greatly to story times in the library, classroom or at home. 

Highly Recommended."






The Miramichi Reader Review:


"...A Picnic at the Lighthouse (2016, Creative Book Publishing) is a touching story..."


"The illustrations are large and cheerful..."













Atlantic Books Today Review:


Excerpt: 
    "Rebecca North’s charming tale of childhood longing is earnest and authentic in its depiction of Elliot’s grand aspirations and his heartfelt desire to accompany his father in pursuit of his lofty goal. The subsequent dream sequence in which the animals offer their advice adds just the right amount of whimsy to the story, with the ending providing an element of surprise and wonder for young readers."




CM Magazine Review:


Excerpt: 


    "The sweet ending is humorous and most satisfying. 

     Softly coloured, comic illustrations, full of energy and fun, add to the playfulness of the rollicking text of Elliot and the Impossible Fish."






REVIEWS OF ELLIOT AND THE IMPOSSIBLE   FISH: 

REVIEWS OF A PICNIC AT THE LIGHTHOUSE: 

CHILDREN'S AUTHOR