Our first audio book is now available and we are excited!

The Girl, the Gypsy and the Gargyole Audio Book
The Girl, the Gypsy and the Gargyole Audio Book

Narrated by Paula Bodin

Paula Bodin
Paula Bodin, actress and narrator of THE GIRL, THE GYPSY AND THE GARGOYLE.
The narrator, Paula Bodin, created multiple voices for this exciting version of the story.

Paula Bodin is an actress and producer in LA who adores the SciFi/Fantasy genre. She’s voiced multiple characters in shows like Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse, Monster High and Ever After High, brought Lady Door to life in the West Coast Premiere of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, and is in numerous film/tv/web productions, including playing Wendy in The New Adventures of Peter & Wendy.

Paula says, “I hope you enjoy listening to this book as much as I enjoyed reading it!”

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Audible Review

In a genre that seems to be playing out so formulaically in today’s YA media – young girl goes through hardships and realizes she is truly a hero – it is rare that one story can come across as fresh. Darcy Pattison has achieved this in “The Girl, The Gypsy, and The Gargoyle.” Ms. Pattison has served up a self-contained epic that has more twists in it than a corkscrew. Just when you think you have a handle on the characters and where they should be going, you get a curve ball. Realism and fantasy blend to form a lush world, distinctly creepy in its detail. The audio version of the tale brings out another dimension, as Paula Bodin does a fantastic job painting a picture with someone else’s words using her voice as the brush. You will be instantly transported and enraptured by the combined efforts of Ms. Pattison and Ms. Bodin, and after reading will be left questioning what the characters’ motives truly were. A great recommend to any Young Adult reader who has already devoured the Hunger Games, the Maze Runner and the Divergent books.

One parent sent me a fantastic drawing of a bald eagle done by her daughter. Enjoy this drawing as you celebrate Draw a Bird Day. For more information on Draw a Bird Day and free coloring pages, click here.

"Bald Eagle," by Kristen Van Kampen, age 11, 5th grade.
“Bald Eagle,” by Kristen Van Kampen, age 11, 5th grade.

If you have other student drawing, please send and I’ll post them! (darcy at mimshouse dot com).

See our Draw a Bird Day Pinterest Board.
See our Draw a Bird Day Pinterest Board.

Tomorrow, April 8 is the annual Draw a Bird Day. Held in honor of Dorie Cooper, it’s a sad WWII story. Dorie tried to cheer up her uncle, a wounded soldier who had lost a leg in a land mine. She asked him to draw her a bird and the robin drawing hung in her room. Soon entire wards of wounded soldiers joined in drawing Dorie birds.

When she was killed in a car accident at the age of ten, her friends filled her coffin with bird drawings.

Draw a Bird day has simple guidelines:

  1. Draw a bird.
  2. Share it with someone you love.

Get started with Draw a Bird Day

If kids need a start, you can download the following “uncoloring” pages.

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Wildlife artist, Kitty Harvill is offering a series of black and white, printable creative coloring pages for students. As the artist for Wisdom, the Midway Albatross: Surviving the Japanese Tsunami and Other Disasters for over 60 Years, Harvill is well-versed in bird art. The three creative coloring pages include a set-up for students :

Draw a Bird Day Coloring Pages by Kitty Harvill

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  • Add a landscape for a soaring bird
  • Add a bird flying over a tsunami wave
  • Complete a drawing of a bird using a photo reference.
Draw A Bird Day coloring page by Kitty Harvill.

Download the pdf file.

Draw a Bird Day by Kitty Harvill

Download the pdf file.