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By Mark Pichora (local author!)

Recommended for kids 4-8

Available at Chapters Pointe-Claire and online.

Named in Kirkus Reviews “BEST BOOKS OF 2016”

Dear West Islanders!

I hope you’ll check out my new Dr. Seuss-inspired book about the human body, “You’re Amazing! (Starring You)”. I did everything I could to make it educational and fun, and to infuse it with all the rhythm and rhyme of classic Seuss.

It’s available in-store at Chapters Pointe-Claire, and online.

If you like it, please help me grow by sharing your ratings and reviews online!

For more info, as well as a sneak peek at my next little project, please check out http://www.markpichora.com.

I hope you enjoy!


Praise for “You’re Amazing! (Starring You)”

“Louie the Lumin and his two young friends explain some of the human body’s magnificent highlights in this Seussian rhyming book… The wonderful rhymes scan beautifully, making this a delight for reading aloud… the colorful characters and settings accurately capture the whimsy of Dr. Seuss’ work without undermining the biology hidden in the charming rhymes.”

Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) (Best Books of 2016)



I would like to take this moment to thank everyone that donated to our 2nd annual New Toy drive this year for OnRock Community Services. It was a huge success thanks to all of you. We had a huge outpouring of toy donations along with gift cards. I want to also thank our local businesses that offered to be a drop off location for the numerous toys:

Bistro Merlot

Studio BBG

30minute Hit West Island

Kiddo Active Therapy

Mon Gym West Island

We would not be able to have this amazing turnout without these amazing local companies.  Here are some photos of some of deliveries that were made.



Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday!!

Tina W.
Westisland Mommy



West Island Mommies fans – we are calling on you to help out this holiday season!1512785_218069811709654_1497344755_n

We are teaming up with local food bank On Rock to help families in need in the West Island this holiday season. On Rock is a food bank located in Pierrefonds that delivers much needed food to 200 families every week. For Christmas they will be delivering a food basket to each of these families so that they can enjoy a traditional Christmas meal and with the food basket, they also include a box of gifts for the children under 18 in the family.

This year we will be helping to collect new toys/items/gift cards so that each of these families will have something to put under the tree for their kids. This is where you come in! Here is what they are in need of:

  • Ages 1-4
  • Ages 5-7
  • Ages 8-10
  • Ages 11-13
  • Ages 14 and up

While they are in need of gifts for all ages, the older groups are always the hardest to fill, so we want to help them in all age groups. New toys for the younger ages are great, but they are looking for gift cards to give out to the older kids as well. A suggested amount for the gift cards would be about $10 to $15 for some shopping (ie. Fairview) or perhaps to the movies.

All gifts should be dropped off unwrapped, and there are various drop-off points in the West Island.  We have 5 drop off locations this year. For Gift cards please contact me at westislandmommies@gmail.com

Mon Gym West Island

2355-D Transcanadian Hwy, Pointe Claire

Monday to Thursday 9am to 8pm

Friday 10am to 8:30pm

Saturday and Sunday 8am to 7pm

Studio BBG

46 Ste.Anne

Monday- Closed
Tuesday-Friday 10-6pm
Saturday 10-5pm
Sunday Closed

Bistro Merlot

3541 Blvd. St. Charles
Kirkland, QC

Monday Closed

Tuesday 11:30-2:305:00-9:00

Wednesday 11:30-2:305:00-9:00

Thursday 11:30-2:305:00-9:00

Friday 11:30-2:305:00-10:00

Saturday Closed5:00-10:00

Sunday Closed

Kiddo Active Therapy

245 Boul St-Jean Local E


Monday to sunday 8am to 6pm

30 Minute Hit West Island

3660 Saint-Charles

Monday to Friday
8am to 12:30pm and 4pm to 8pm
8am to 12:30pm

These baskets are being delivered to families on Dec. 19th, so the deadline to drop off your gift donation is Dec. 10th.

We know we can count on our great community to help out these families this Christmas season, so thank you in advance to all those that participate in this drive with us! We also want to thank our partners for drop-off points for this campaign – Bistro Merlot, Studio BBG and Mon Gym Pte-Claire, 30 minute Hit West Island, Kiddo Active Therapy.

Attention, attention…The Holiday Book & Toy Fair will be taking place this weekend. This is a must for all book lovers and holiday shoppers alike. There will be something for everyone!

Are you looking for a great book? There will be a wide variety of fiction, non-fiction, classics and children’s books.

Tired of your kids watching TV or playing video games? Come and check out the multitude of educational toys and puzzles.

You will also find a collection of unique notebooks, journals, greeting cards and literary themed gifts. Plus, book signings by Canadian authors and activities for kids.

Don’t miss it! You just might find everything you’re looking for in one place!

The Holiday Book and Toy Fair at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Dorval – 1900 TransCanada Highway – East of Sources.


Friday, November 25th 12 – 8pm

Saturday, November 26th 10am – 8pm

Sunday, November 27th 10am – 5pm



Got lots of candy left over? Don’t know what to do with it? No problem!  Here are some fun ways you can use that candy and have fun doing it!

Create a fun snack

Open those boxes of Smarties and M&M’s and add in some popcorn, pretzels, nuts. Voila your own Trail Mix.


Use it as Learning Tool
Let kids practice counting or do their math homework with all the little candies. Or open a pack of smarties and have them count them out.



Create an Advent Calendar

This year instead of buying an advent calendar, use your candy to create one. The kids will love it! You can use a large variety of candy and Chocolates.



Arts & Crafts

There are so many fun things you can do with your candy and wrappers. Walk around the dollar store and you will be surprised what you can do with the kids. They have some great items that you can use to create your special pieces. Use the wrappers to decorate a frame or a jewelry box. Take the candy out of the wrapper and glue them on using a glue gun with parental guidance of course. You can also buy a laquer and spray the candy so they are nice and shiny. Check out some of these pieces I created.




Going to visit family, bake some cupcakes and throw some candy on top as toppers. There are tons of recipes where you can add in smarties, M&M’s, and any other chocolates. Make it a fun surprise and your guests will love it.



Trade them in

Give your children a choice. For every pound of candy they give you, they can get a new book or toy. You can even give them a max dollar value per pound. The more candy they trade, the more books they can get.

Use a scale to weigh their candy. Then take the leftover candy to the office and share it with your co-workers. Kids will love this idea!




If all else fails… bring it into the office! Happy Halloween!!