Tired of the same old nursery rhymes? Well, move over Pied Piper because Paddy’s Old Daddy has arrived!

Welcome to the versed stories of castles, dreams, and nature. Everything that makes our world beautiful in its simplicity. Humorous, lovely prose told with a Scottish flare.

Can you find the music in the life surrounding us?
This book is for children ages 3 to 7. Rated at a Flesch-Kincaid grade level of 1.2, it is ideal for new and aspiring readers.

What’s inside


From Simon Macdonald

Living in an enchanted land, I draw my inspiration from the natural surroundings of sparkling rivers, mysterious lochs, hidden glens, and majestic mountains that bow down to the sea. Round every rock, the pure wind whispers of times long past, telling stories and singing songs of myth and legend from our forebearers. This is a land of turbulent past, but of innocent present. It is a land where time now stands still, watching imagination run as wild as the deer in the hills. It is where land meets ocean in ever challenging roars of waves that taunt and beat on cliffs and shores. Yet, it is also a land where behind ruined ancient castle walls, quiet sheltered patches of delicate pastel-coloured wildflowers nestle amongst fronds of heather, tiny petals waving to each other conveying messages of fairy tales and lore.

This is my land… Scottish highland.

A Charming Blend of Old And New

J.M. Northup

The moment I heard my first poem from this book, I was smitten. It enchanted me with the pleasure of the Scottish grandma reading The Wonky Donkey to her grands while wrapping me in my own memories. Reminiscent of my own childhood nursery rhymes, it brings a modern flare that is a delight for all ages, young and old alike.
I was an honored to work on this project as formatter and publisher. To be able to bring this fun and vibrant book to readers is a blessing because I love the feel-good vibe of it. The joy I feel reading it is something I am thankful to share, especially with my littles.
This title will be a great book to share before bed, sending kids off to sleep with delightful imagery. It will certainly inspired their imaginations as well as their love for literature. It is definitely music to one’s ears!

Epitomises The Nursey Rhymes I loved

Karen J. Mossman

This is Simon MacDonald’s debut book, and what a book to start with. Just as my mother taught me, I taught my children to sing all the nursery rhymes. This one epitomises all that I knew and loved.
The author’s wonderful verses and prose are absolutely charming. Coupled with the delightful illustrations, drawn by his own hand. This is the most perfect of books. I can honestly say there was nothing I didn’t like, and so much I did.
Overall, I can see this becoming a much loved book for any child, or indeed any adult to read and treasure with their family. The stories told within the rhymes are as perfect as they can be. I highly recommend it as a treasured keepsake to read over and over again. It’s gets the full five stars from me.



Belongs in Every Young Person’s Library

A Rhyme in Time by Simon Macdonald is a charming compilation of children’s nursery rhymes. From verses about a sleeping baby, a puppy dog, a garden gnome, a princess, or the sea shore, the author promises a children’s book filled with new fairy tales and fantasy told in rhythmic poetry. The author wants children (and adults) to easily connect with and feel joy in his writing, which is crafted from the viewpoint of a child’s sense of innocence. The poems are written in memorably amusing language with a sprinkling of Scottish style and resonance.

The illustrations will appeal to young children and can be easily associated with the words in the poems. The picture of colorful lollies outside a chocolate cake house with sugar cones and ice cream in the poem Sweet World is meant to help children virtually enjoy its sweetness by seeing the treats and being reminded of their taste. The illustrations also give pictorial clues to help young readers, especially visual learners, to figure out certain words from the simple poems. The rhythmic pattern of the verses is ideal for young minds to help them remember what they read and follow the story well. Fairy tales in poetry style not only tap into the child’s imagination but encourage literacy as well. The simple and sometimes humorous language can also be entertaining. This book is highly recommended as a storybook for bedtime or even as read-aloud material for story time in the classroom or library for beginning or emergent readers.

Reviewed by Carmen Tenorio for Readers’ Favorite