Maddie’s Saturday to Remember


Reviews from Writer’s Digest Competitions—Self-Published Book Awards 2021

“This book is exemplary in its structure, organization, and pacing…”

“Author has done a wonderful job of crafting a living, breathing world populated by rounded characters and their warm voices giving us a fine foundation for the story’s flow…”

“Illustrations provide wonderful detail, especially in the facial expressions and postures of characters, and we get a fabulous sense of setting here, thanks to the artist’s vision…”

“The story conveys, in many ways, a sense of belonging to the community and to Maddie’s grandfather. Relationships abound here, and we see that sense of being beyond valued as a primary element of existing in one’s world, with plenty to bring to the people in your orbit…”

“This book is exemplary in character appeal (or interest) and development.”

2020 Story Monsters Approved Winner!

Congratulations to Karen Jonice Bricker! Her latest title, “Maddie’s Saturday to Remember,” was recently reviewed in “Story Monsters Ink.”

 “Community is the warm thread that freely flows through this story. Whether it’s time spent with special loved ones, or the introduction to the colorful activity of her local community, life becomes electrifying for Maddie. Street vendors and musicians, a pizza chef, and a sneak peek into the exciting and creative work that goes into storefront displays all make her Saturday with Grandpa a day to remember!”

– Darleen Wohlfeil, “Story Monsters Ink,” June 2021


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2020 Story Monsters Approved Winner!

Maddie cannot imagine a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon than with her Grandpa.

They meet a colorful cast of locals in her hometown: a street musician, a fruit seller, and a pizza chef are all part of this adorable adventure. When Maddie meets the mysterious Lydia, who allows her a sneak peek into the creative and fun behind-the-scenes world of window dressing, she is truly inspired!

A delightful and surprising Saturday to remember by Karen Jonice Bricker and illustrator Samela St. Pierre.

About the Author

Karen Jonice Bricker is the author of The Magic Straw Hat and Destination Adventure and is an Indie Excellence Award Winner. She is a former early childhood education teacher, and physical therapist. Storytelling was a regular nighttime occurrence when her children were young, and now she is inspired to bring her stories to readers of all ages. Karen makes her home in southeastern Massachusetts with her husband, and to this day, cherishes listening to magical tales and treasured moments that may capture her imagination for the next untold story.
Karen is also an avid supporter of the Reach Out and Read Program at Boston Children’s Primary Care Center. Please check out her website for more books at

Contributor’s Affiliations:

Reach Out; Read Program at Boston Children’s Primary Care Center

About the Illustrator

Samela St. Pierre is an illustrator living and working in San Diego, California. She has worked on a wide array of projects from picture and coloring books to wall murals and sculptures. Her most meaningful work is done at the border city of Tijuana, Mexico teaching kids at the refugee shelters art and yoga.


Additional information

Weight3.84 oz
Dimensions10 × 8 × .08696 in
Age Range:

5 – 7 Years, 7 – 10 Years


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Maddie’s Saturday to Remember