Sue's Blog

  • Allie and the ZooKeeper

    THE ZOOKEEPER - A brand new Manimal Tale where your child and the Manimal crew plan a heist to get Dandylion out of the Zoo and away from the clutches of the horrid Zookeeper. Coming soon - read the whole story!
  • Six lessons from The Grumpopotamus

    The Grupopotamus follows the story of a Hooman child (your child!) and Anonymouse, as they try their best to un-grump the Grumpopotamus - a truly terribly grumpy fellow whose presence makes the rest of the Manimals grumpy and mean as well. The Grumpopotamus teaches children (and adults!) about so many different aspects of the human condition. It’s a personalized book with a lot of heart, and has great lessons for kids. Here are six (of the many!) lessons that The Grumpopotamus teaches us.

  • Seven Child Heroes We Respect (Don’t Forget to Check out #7!)

    We started the #DearOrangeyTan hashtag when we heard from a few mothers who’d read our books. They had stories of kids rising above the hatred that followed people of color in America under Orangey-Tan. Although it broke our hearts to see the world we had made for our kids, we realized that there’s no better way to criticize this abomination than through the innocence of a child. Honestly, they’re way better leaders than we could ever hope to be. That got us thinking about our favorite child heroes and here’s what we came up with!
  • The Best Trump Parody Books: Understanding Trumpiness Through The Eyes of Children’s Books

    I started writing this blog before the recently attempted ‘coup’, in which Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building, disrupted the election certification process and ripped a gaping hole in th...
  • The 5 Things Kids Can Learn By Reading the Orangey-Tan

    The Orangey-Tan as a story that I would use to explain the past four years to my own child – but do so in a way that talks about the underlying values and why they are important. s a result, the Orangey-Tan has lots of lessons you can share with your kids (aside from the sheer satisfaction of reading along as the Manimals oust their own reality-distorting, preening, orange ape and his hateful ideology from their kingdom!). And since it’s personalized, your child becomes the hero of the story and can really “live” the lessons!
  • 5 of the Most Popular Personalized Children’s Books

    We read some of the most popular personalized children’s books out there, so you don’t have to! Here’s a list of 5 books that are perfect for giving your little one some extra confidence, teaching them to be kinder, and encouraging them to let their imagination run wild. 
  • Kids read 'The Grumpopotamus' by Sue Donhym

    Meet the dreaded Grumpo’. Who will un-grump this fellow? Sign your child up for this venture, They'll set off on a great adventure! Listen as kids read out loud 'The Grumpopotamus' by Sue Donhym.
  • Should Kids Be Exposed To Politics?

    In this day and age, it’s almost impossible not to talk about politics with your kids. The Orangey-Tan has made the environment so toxic, and so much about himself, that whether you want to or not, you may well have to talk about politics, if only to draw a contrast between the values you believe in, and those that he tramples upon every day.