O Is For MommyKnoOows – Secret Agent Josephine Book Tour, Spy Cookies Craft and Giveaway!

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I know that MommyknOws doesn’t start with O, but I also knOw that I’m super excited to be today’s stop on the Secret Agent Josephine Book Tour.


I’ve been a HUGE fan of Secret Agent Josephine‘s blog for many years, because she’s enormously talented, kind (yep, that’s obvious from her posts) and so, so creative. I love creative and she’s has inspired me more than once. Just this summer I was lucky enough to get to know Brenda IRL, and to share a meal and laughs. She even used her creative genius to fashion a hat just for me out of a paper bag. I’d show you the photos, but then I’d have to go into permanent hiding (YEP, that BAD!).

Brenda has illustrated and written three fantastic children’s books.

Three Great Secret Agent Josephine Books

Secret Agent Josephine’s ABC’s:

The ABCs burst brilliantly on to the page in this alphabet flash card book by blogger Secret Agent Josephine, a.k.a. Brenda Ponnay. Children will delight in the colorful illustrations and simple text.

Secret Agent Josephine’s ABC’s are an ideal introduction to the alphabet — kids will love the pictures and parents will appreciate the thoughtful details and eye-catching illustrations.

Secret Agent Josephine’s Colors:

What’s the best way for kids to learn their colors? With a yellow yak, a brown brachiosaurus, and plenty of other wacky animal friends!
Secret Agent Josephine a.k.a. Brenda Ponnay presents her quirky illustrations paired with hilarious captions, sure to engage older children who may already know the difference between red and blue, but can’t wait to see what the next color will bring.

Secret Agent Josephine’s Numbers:

Secret Agent Josephine is willing to reveal the contents of her stealthy, super expanding spy bag–but are you ready?

In this fresh and funny book, Brenda Ponnay, aka Secret Agent Josephine, gets kids counting spy glasses, micro-cameras and more super-secret spy gear. Little ones will love the bright colors and big numbers, older children (and their parents) will delight in the detailed descriptions of the spy paraphernalia

Georgia absolutely adores the ‘Numbers’ book! Her favourite page –> The number 9! We read it (almost) nightly and always find something new and nifty on each page.


Today’s Crafty Mission: Spy Eye Cookies

Spy Eye Cookies

Georgia and I had a ton of fun baking up today’s mission –> Top Secret Spy Eye Cookies! Secret clue may or may not be in the photo above.

Spy Glasses Cookies

Spy Glasses Cookies

Spy Glasses Cookies

Get the top secret instructions here: SPY-COOKIES-INSTRUCTIONS – Destroy after reading (or share with a friend)!


In honor of her book release, Brenda has generously offered us a letter O print (from her book) to give to you! Please leave a comment below to be entered to win a print. I’ll pick a winner on December 10th and then notify the winner via email.

Thank you Brenda for including MommyKnOws in the book tour; I’m honored!

Now, go buy your copies of these affordable and fun books!

Click here to access Brenda’s Amazon author page with links to all her books in both paper and Kindle versions!

Download from iTunes:

ABCs on iTunes
Colors on iTunes
Numbers on iTunes

Paperback and nook editions of the books at Barnes & Noble

For the next stop on the tour, visit Brenda’s website.


flyingbird · December 5, 2011 at 10:57 am

Yum, those cookies look tasty and super easy.

MommyKnows · December 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm

@flyingbird — thank you! They are both tasty and easy.

kategvt · December 5, 2011 at 1:57 pm

clever!!! luv the idea!

mommyknows · December 5, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Thanks Kate. All cleverness is courtesy of http://secret-agent-josephine.com/blog/

Betty · December 5, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Yummy look good!! & adorable spy girl behind those spy cookies!!

Janet -in Nebraska · December 5, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Creative way to cut out the spy cookies . . . mommyknows must be crafty just like SAJ ~ thanks for sharing!

MommyKnows · December 5, 2011 at 5:50 pm

@Janet in Nebraska! I’m no Secret Agent Josephine, but I try.

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

MommyKnows · December 5, 2011 at 5:51 pm

@Betty – why thank you mummy. I’d have to agree she is a rather adorable wee spy.

Jo · December 5, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I checked out her books on Amazon. What gorgeous illustrations! Very nice books, and sooooooo colorful! I have to admit, I was hoping to catch a glimpse of a few more pages…….haha. Very nice!

MommyKnows · December 5, 2011 at 8:50 pm

@Jo – thanks Jo! They are gorgeous books. They’d make wonderful Christmas gifts. Thanks for stopping by.

Lucy · December 5, 2011 at 8:53 pm

The colorful and attractive covers look fun and make you want to read them! I have to agree that they would make awesome Christmas gifts!

MommyKnows · December 5, 2011 at 8:57 pm

@Lucy – The illustrations are wonderful. Thanks for stopping by. Kim

Ben · December 5, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I think my little Kaylyn would love these! Perfect for a little girl!!! Cookies look good too……..

MommyKnows · December 5, 2011 at 9:05 pm

@Ben – Great for boys and girls! Even my 11 year old son liked checking out the gadgets in the Numbers book. It’s full of spy cameras and decoders and such. Thanks for stopping by.

Ben · December 5, 2011 at 9:12 pm


Joanne · December 5, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I like the creativity of using the “O” in MommyKnoOows!! What a great way to promote a book! Neat idea to help your fellow bloggers! The books look fun and attractive!

MommyKnows · December 5, 2011 at 9:30 pm

@Joanne –> I said it earlier and I’ll say it again … all the creativity is thanks to Brenda. http://secret-agent-josephine.com/blog/

Thanks for stopping by.

Louis · December 5, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Love the illustrations. Very nice books.

MommyKnows · December 5, 2011 at 9:38 pm

@Louis –> They are terrific. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Leslie · December 5, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Love the cartoon characters of you two!!!! Do they sell her books in the US?

MommyKnows · December 5, 2011 at 9:58 pm

@Leslie –> They sure do. Brenda is based out of Southern California :)

Jennifer · December 6, 2011 at 8:25 am

Ha! what a creative way to make the eye shape for the cookies! I can’t wait to make them with my little ones this weekend! :)

Liz R · December 6, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Love the cookie idea, I will keep them secret until the next need for a rainy day project.

janifer · December 10, 2011 at 8:56 am

Good information. Thank you for sharing.

Susan · January 8, 2012 at 9:18 am

Very great idea! I appreciate you shared it!

yorik · February 20, 2012 at 5:28 am

very nice and beautiful. good idea! Admin – respect!!!

Daniel · February 21, 2012 at 12:28 am

thanks for sharing ….

Alex @ Pain in Left Side · February 23, 2012 at 6:31 am

So coooool, but the first thing that popped into my head when I saw so many o’s is Gooooooogle :)

special occasion permit · March 7, 2012 at 7:19 am

Haha, this is too cute!! Love the creativity!!

Chris @ Incredible Paintings · June 3, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Artsy crafts I have to say though they look like nipples. Just wonder how the heck I came here… Greetings.

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