Children’s Book – Kid’s View of Parents’ Pet Peeves

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Children’s Book Offers Hilarious Take on a Kid’s View of Parents’ Pet Peeves

In the summer of 2013, Milwaukee resident Tom Ryan walked into his six-year-old son’s bedroom, pointed at the clothes, toys and books on the floor and said, “That is my pet peeve.”

Ryan’s son looked perplexed as he walked around his room, looking for the pet his father was pointing to.

Based on that amusing conversation, Ryan wrote Peeve, My Parents’ Pet. In the humorous exquisitely illustrated color picture book, a young boy is determined to hunt down Peeve, the mysterious and mischievous pet his parents talk about so often.

Kid's View of Parents' Pet Peeves

Although his parents’ pet is apparently quite small, Peeve certainly causes a lot of trouble.

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Peeve leaves chocolate fingerprints on the piano, toys all over the house, water on the bathroom floor, mud on the carpet and crumbs on the couch.

Meet Peeve - Kid's View of Parents' Pet Peeves

Peeve can also be found outside the house, at restaurants, and even the grocery store.

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I sure hope they can get Peeve under control.

The book, featuring Milwaukee, WI illustrator Kenny Durkin’s bright, funny illustrations, is geared toward children ages three through nine.Kid's View of Parents' Pet Peeves 3

Peeve, My Parents Pet

Peeve, My Parents’ Pet

Thomas Patrick Ryan

Illustrated by Kenny Durkin

List $12.99

ISBN 978-1612252445

26 pages soft cover, color illustrations throughout,  8.5 “ by 8.5”

Published by Mirror Publishing

Official date of publication September 2014

Available through Amazon, Barnes & Nobles and bookstores everywhere.

For more information about the book and the author, visit

About the Author and IllustratorAuthor - Kid's View of Parents' Pet Peeves

Tom Ryan grew up near Wausau, Wisconsin and attended UW-Madison, where he studied Journalism and Reverse Psychology.

When he’s not coaching youth sports, attempting to grow giant pumpkins or writing Haiku about his train commute, he works in the communications department at Miller Coors.  Tom lives in the Milwaukee area with his wife, Kim, and two young sons.

Tom is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators.

Illustrator - Kid's View of Parents' Pet PeevesKenny Durkin is an extraordinarily talented cartoonist and illustrator who has worked with numerous musicians and celebrities. He is a member of the National Cartoonist Society. His work can be viewed online at

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Candy Cane Cooler Recipe

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NoMa Social is bringing in the holiday season with a Candy Cane Cooler that just screams Christmas spirit. Not only does this concoction look festive, but it decks the halls of your taste buds as well. Candy Cane Cooler Recipe

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  • 1 tbs crushed soft peppermint candy
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  • ½ fl oz half-and-half
  • Crushed ice
  • Peppermint stick for garnish
  • Mint sprig for garnish



Combine the vodka and crushed peppermint.  Stir to dissolve.  Add the remaining ingredients, stir and garnish.

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Spiced Cranberry Pomegranate Margarita Cocktail Recipe

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Spiced Cranberry Pomegranate Margarita cocktail recipeBare Organic Mixers are a naturally low-calorie, flavorful, organic and light tasting cocktail mixers that are made with fresh organic fruit juices and agave nectar created by Natalie Susi. Bare comes in a variety of mixers such as margarita, lemon drop and pomegranate cranberry cosmo that blend well with nearly any liquor or spirit or can also be enjoyed straight up on the rocks. All of their mixers make great tasting clean cocktails with less than half the caloriesSpiced Cranberry Pomegranate Margarita cocktail recipe 2 without any fillers unlike other brands on the market.



For Margaritas

  • ¼ c Spiced Cranberry Simple Syrup
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  • 3/4 c water
  • 2/3 c agave nectar
  • 2 Tbsp whole allspice
  • 2 Tbsp whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • One 2″ fresh nob of ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 2 c fresh cranberries, rinsed


For Simple Syrup

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For Margaritas

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