Thursday, June 2, 2011

Children's Book Review: The Magical Adventures of Clara the Cleaning Lady: Clara Meets Mr. Twiddles by Lynnette A. Murray-Gibson

ISBN 978-1589851239
$ 15.95
Published by Little Five Star, a division of Five Star Publications
Published Summer 2009


Mr. Twiddles the cat can’t think of anything more upsetting than a noisy, fussy stranger poking around his quiet, happy house. Then he finds out that Clara the cleaning lady can talk to him and she hears what he’s saying, too! Can Mr. Twiddles get Clara out of his way and out of his house? Or will Clara’s Very Special Powers help her prove to Mr. Twiddles that she can be this cranky cat’s new friend? Find out where this funny, delightful adventure will end!

My Review:

What a cute story about a protective cat named Mr. Twiddles.  I could relate and was laughing while reading this story, as my 3 dogs think they each own the house, and when guests come to visit, they make it known that this is their house and the guests are not welcome.  Follow along with the cutely illustrated book as Mr. Twiddles meets Clara, the cleaning lady, and how he tries everything in his powers to get rid of her.  But, in the end, a simple gesture of hand vacuuming his favorite chair forms a bond between them and they become friends.

This is a great book to read to your child if they are pet or cat lovers.

About the Author:

Lynnette Murray-Gibson was born in Monrovia, Liberia on September 23, 1952. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Cuttington University College in 1975. Murray-Gibson is a long-time housekeeper and drew on her work for the inspiration for her first published children’s book, Clara and Mr. Twiddles.

She is currently the Chief Executive Officer for 3L Enterprises, LLC; and owner of Natural Clean, LLC, two businesses she started in 2000.

Murray-Gibson received a certificate in Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism at The Living Word Bible Institute, in Brooklyn Park, MN. Ms. Murray Gibson is currently the Vice President for Church Women United, Minnesota Chapter, and serves as Resident Judge for the Mrs. Senior Minnesota Pageant. She is also on the Board of Directors for Sister to Sister Foundation in St. Paul Minnesota, and Chairman of the Board of Directors for Liberian Women’s Initiatives-Minnesota. Lynnette volunteers as a teacher for the Adult Literacy program of the Liberian Women’s Initiatives-Minnesota, and is also a mentor for the youth program of the same organization.

Murray Gibson has been instrumental in obtaining books from Friends of Ely Public Library to ship to Ghana. She worked with Family of Hope, MN, in their fund raising efforts to build a school in Zondo, Liberia. The school is now open and hosts 300 students.

Ms. Murray-Gibson is the founder of the Roynell and Annette Murray Ministries, which she started in September 2007, in honor of her parents. Proceeds from the sales of the books will go into the foundation which will then be used to fund projects in Liberia and here in the United States.

Murray-Gibson has one daughter, Luenne Nyema, and one granddaughter, Lahti Yassmine Isreal.

View her website at

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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