Cathy Domoney

Inspirational-Speaker & Coach

Customer Reviews.

As a mother of two girls, 8 & 6 I found this book to be in our possession just at the right time! Such a positive message written & illustrated in a way that the girls could easily understand and also relate to. Madeleine, Maddy & Midge has very quickly become the favourite bedtime story in our house:) I especially like the parent section at the back which has given me plenty of new ideas for positive activities with the girls:) 

Cherie Wadkins, mother of 2.

Madeleine is struggling with worry and self doubt brought on by her secret friend Midge and her barrage of negative criticisms. She says she is ugly, not good enough, a real joke and nobody likes her. This makes Madeleine feel horrible, frightened, lonely and useless, and is quickly losing confidence in herself.

Luckily Madeleine has another secret friend that is very positive and encourages her to be the best she can be.

She fills Madeleine with enriching praise that makes her feel brave, special and loved, causing her inner light to shine as brightly as the sun.

Caught in a balancing act between the confusing affirmations of her secret friends, she approaches her mother for guidance.

Madeleine's mother unveils A Magic Spell that will cast away Midge and her negativity once and for all.

This is a wonderful and simplified story for children to see how negative self talk can have a defeating effect on them.  They will learn to dispel such negativity and transform their thoughts into positive affirmations, instilling the internal love and pride that is so important in building a strong self-esteem.

The author has included a section for parents and teachers to initiate conversation that is sure to stimulate thought in children.  She has also suggested some wonderful activities to assist in developing a positive self-esteem.   

Hats off to the Author Cathy Domoney for this exceptional contribution toward developing positive self-esteem in children.

The Illustrator Karen Davis deserves equal credit in portraying the story's message with expressive and colourful pastel illustrations.

Stephen Walton, The Positive Parenting Centre.

Madeline, Maddy & Midge.

We as a family of three young children found this book to be very relative and helpful.

The wording is very good and puts it into a child's perspective. The illustrations are bright and the content is very inspiring.

The added information in the back of the book is a bonus and a great added touch.

We would recommend this book for any family with young children to help explain this issue with them.

Thank you for such an enjoyable book that our children love to read.

Kind Regards

Janet Hobbs Seaford, S.A

“All children deserve to feel good about themselves, and this book helps them feel just that. The story appeals to children of all ages and will become a much-thumbed favourite. Parents and teachers will find it a useful aid for raising self-esteem through assemblies, circle times and bedtimes. What a way to boost their confidence!”

—Jess Caunter, primary headteacher, BEd (Hons), NPQH

“This book offers children a clear and accessible story through which greater confidence and self-esteem can develop, and the suggestions and activities offered at the end of the story will be welcomed and used by many adults who support children in a broad range of settings.”

—Sarah Hebe, art psychotherapist

“I can see this book on every primary education establishment's shelf. It's such a great story and one that children will be able to understand and relate to. The characters are all believable and the language accessible. Your points at the end are all really helpful discussion tools and imaginative ideas. I would say the publishers, schools, psychologists, and parents are all going to love it! You are on to a winner here.”

—Marie Fitzgerald, BEd (Hons)

I have a son whom has had a really hard time at school with bullies and learning difficulties and someone suggested to me for him and I to sit down and read Madeleine, Maddy and Midge.

After reading the book together, my son was able to express himself more and use the skills that are in the story with out even realizing that the book was teaching him anything:

My kids often have me read the book to them because they greatly enjoy the story and I'm
Happy to read it to them as often as I can because although they think they are reading a good story, the book is also teaching them many things with out them realizing.

Highly recommend this book to any parent that has kids.

Cas Smith, Mother of Four.

Confidence and a positive self esteem in a child goes a long way to shaping a successful and happy future. It gives them the courage to try new things, stand up for themselves and accept love and praise. It helps them make good decisions, set goals and look forward to the future. In Madeleine, Maddy and Midge Cathy Domoney provides an environment that helps children feel good about themselves.

Appealing to all ages as a read alone book or one that is shared with an adult, Madeleine, Maddy and Midge is illustrated by Karen Davis who has created characters that compliment the positive and negative aspects of the book.

Madeleine has two secret friends, Maddy and Midge. Maddy’s happy messages makes Madeleine feel tall, strong and full of confidence. Midge however, fills Madeleine with worries, troubles and doubt and makes her feel small, scared and alone. Madeleine has found the magic spell so that Maddy’s voice will be all she will hear and Midge will disappear like the ‘Pop’ of a bubble. Madeleine has a power to decide whether to be happy or sad. The question is, what will she decide?

The use of empowering, positive descriptive words in Madeleine, Maddy and Midge gives children the tools they need to not only explain how they are feeling to another but tools that will strengthen their thought processes, helping beat the confusion that is often found in a young mind.

I loved the warm, loving relationship between Madeleine and her mother but did wonder if, to a child who is already feeling negative, this relationship would destroy them a little more if not found within their own family. Here leads further opportunity for teachers and therapists to open the door to discussion about families and the individual dynamics they hold.

Cathy Domoney has done a wonderful job of addressing the reality of the fact that it is not easy to push those negative thoughts and feelings aside.

‘From that day onwards, there were still times when Midge would try to re-appear and make Madeleine feel bad. But Madeleine was clever. She remembered that she had power inside of her to choose, and she would listen to Maddy and tell Midge to “Shush!”

Madeleine, Maddy and Midge is more than just a story book, it is a world full of information,empowerment and self awareness. Cleverly created to meet not only the needs of children but those of parents, teachers and therapist, Madeleine, Maddy and Midge is a resource worthy of sitting on all bookshelves.

Using her experiences and qualifications of not only a primary teacher but that of counsellor and psychotherapist Cathy Domoney has included pages that provide pointers for using this book as a successful resource tool. She has included points to share with children along with suggestedactivities.

The message within Madeleine, Maddy and Midge is written with strength that is clear and precise.In her message at the back of the book Cathy Domoney writes:

“The most important thing to remember is that all children are unique and that there is no “right” or “wrong” way to help them! As long as we begin from a position of love, patience, and respect, we are on the right track.......My hope is that this story and the associated activities will be a foundation for you to generate your own ideas for the child in your care. I hope that it has opened a line of communication for you to further develop and explore the promoting of confidence and self-esteem with your child or children.”

Madeleine, Maddy and Midge Positive Thinking for Children by Cathy Domoney is the ideal gift for any child, and a gift for any adult working in the eduction industry. This book has the ability to change a child’s life experiences without them even realising it. Those working with children will thank you for years to come as their job is made easier and the children they work with leave with a smile on their face.

-Jennifer Douglas, Literary Publicist.

Madeleline has two secret friends, Maddy and Midge. Maddy’s happy messages makes Madeleine feel tall, strong and full of confidence. Midge however, fills Madeleine with worries, troubles and doubt and makes her feel small, scared and alone. Madeleine has found the magic spell so that Maddy’s voice will be all she will hear and Midge will disappear like the ‘Pop’ of a bubble. Madeleine has a power to decide whether to be happy or sad. The question is, what will she decide?

Author Cathy Domoney and illustrator Karen Davis provide the words and the visuals for something that all young children experience – positive and negative thoughts and emotions. Young children often do not have the language skills to express how they are feeling and this is where I always think a quality book comes into play. Books such as ‘Madeleine, Maddy and Midge’ provide children with the words to express themselves and they shine a mirror on situations or emotions that they may be experiencing. Everyone wants to see their life reflected in literature – to know they are not alone, to know that someone else understands.

‘Madeleine, Maddy and Midge’ is a useful book to begin conversations about confidence, how children are feeling, self-esteem and positive and negative thoughts. Madeleines mum is the one who guides her through the story and for some children this mother figure may not be their reality, but this too can open up discussions about the trusted adults in a child’s life.

I particularly liked the use of descriptive words for positive (happy, strong, brave etc) and negative thoughts and emotions – again, giving children the language to use in their own lives. A great follow up activity in the home or classroom would be to add to these words – encouraging children to add words to their own lists of feeling words over time on a noticeboard on in a book. We have some great ‘monster emotion’ labels in Pud’s room which are pictured above.

The idea of a ‘Celebration Poster’ particular appealed to me and I have done similar things in the past when teaching in the classroom. Creating a poster which celebrates the unique strengths, skills and talents and having classmates or family members contribute to this is a great way to allow all children to shine!

There are notes for teachers and parents at the conclusion of the story with ‘Points to Share with Children’ and ‘Suggested Activities’.

- Megan Daley, Children's Book Daily.


With exquisite illustrations the books message simply shines off the pages. The child's inner voices are very real and the message is strong. The book is easily accessible for children and the realisation that they have a choice is extremely empowering, even for quite young children. I would heartily recommend this book, whether your child is struggling or not. Beautiful, powerful and sweet.  - VWBug,

All of my kids, aged between 6 and 12, boys and girls with very different characters, have learned something from this book. It is written in a way kids can understand and it helps them in learning to express their feelings and how to think positive. I as a parent love the 'point to share' and activities at the back of the book which are a great tool for further discussing their feelings. Kate Rennerts, Mother of Four.