New Book Helps Kids Conquer Fear of the Dark and Bedtime Monsters

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Author N. J. Vincent shares her ingenious solution to a common childhood problem in: “Maggie May and the Monster Spray”

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“Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark…” English philosopher Sir Francis Bacon once said. Throughout history, as death have snatched men in unexpected times and places, bedtime monsters in the dark have “appeared to children, no matter where they live or what walk of life they come from.” To address this fear in children, first-time author N. J. Vincent publishes her new colorful children’s picture book, titled Maggie May and the Monster Spray.

“When my son was little (20 plus years ago), he would come out of his room several times at night complaining about noises and monsters in his room,” shares Vincent. “One night, I decided to act on it hoping to use a little bit of imagination of my own. I grabbed a can of air freshener and declared to him that it was a monster spray. It worked! Since then, I have used this concept to help all my children and my granddaughter with their bedtime fears.”

Vincent’s tale is a story that shows children how to empower themselves by taking back their fear of bedtime monsters. It gives parents a solution to a common childhood problem. Vincent achieves this through an engaging tale where the main character, Maggie, and her fear of monsters in her room at night is the theme, and where the help of a beloved family member, Maggie’s Grandma, through a simple concoction, is able to conquer that fear.

“I think that something as simple as monster spray whether it is a recipe used in the book, air freshener, or just plain water with a little ceremony performed over it, to appeal to a child’s imagination, will help them with that fear of the dark,” Vincent states. “It is a form of diversion from one form of imagination to a more tolerable one.”

Ever since Vincent was little, she has always dreamed of writing and publishing a children’s book. Hence, ever since her children were little, she already started working on an idea for a children’s book that would entertain, educate and empower both young and adult readers alike. The fruit of that dream and of all that labor of love has finally arrived.

Easy to understand, addressing a very relevant problem among children and parents with a simple yet practically effective solution, Maggie May and the Monster Spray is one book that offers young readers access to an entertaining and empowering tale that appeals to their imaginations while helping them allay their childhood fears and anxieties.

This book will be featured at the 2013 New York State Reading Association Book Exhibit on Oct 15, 2013 - Oct 17, 2013.

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About the Author
N. J. Vincent is a mother of four and has one granddaughter that they have guardianship over. She is a student at Utah State University. She is hoping to graduate with a degree in literature, history and folklore. She enjoys gardening, photography, poetry and of course, writing. She is currently working on another book about Maggie May’s adventures.

Maggie May and the Monster Spray * by N. J. Vincent
Publication Date: February 28, 2013
Picture Book; $21.99; 32 pages; 978-1-4797-9636-6
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4797-9637-3

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