WOO! IT’S A BACK-TO-SCHOOL BLOG TOUR!!!
This is a first for my blog. I have two really AWESOME giveaways now going on at the same time! I have a giveaway going on for a CARNIVORES prize-pack and now I get to give away TWO AWESOME picture books by super-author Kate Messner! I will have details about the giveaway at the bottom of the post!
By Kate Messner
Illustrated by Andy Rash
40 pages – ages 3 – 5 years
Published by Chronicle Books on July 9, 2013
Sea Monster’s First Day
(Description from the inside jacket)
There’s a new fish in school, and he’s great! Except…
He’s not great at being a friend… yet. Being kind is a big job, but nothing’s too big for a sea monster.
After getting over his first day of school jitters in Sea Monsters First Day (published by Chronicle Books 2011), Ernest the Sea Monster finds out there is going to be a new fish in school. His mother sea monster tells him to be a good friend to the new fish and Ernest does just that… but the new fish is kind of bossy and mean. Ernest hatches a plan for everyone to be friends!
I LOVED both of the Sea Monster books! The anti-bullying message in “Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish” is great. It is told in a way very young kids can understand. The illustrations are very cute, colorful and detailed!
Check out one of the interior pages and you’ll see what I mean.
I like how there is some humor in the book that older kids/adults will get, like the books in the library “If You Give A Trout An Algae Treat,” “Gar in a Car,” and my favorite “Carnivores Digest”. Plus, the Bossy Fish says that at his school they sang songs by the Talking Fish Heads (just as an FYI – I LOVE THE TALKING HEADS!!!). I also like when Ernest (the sea monster) is reading a book out loud (“One Fish, Two fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”) and his audience is 1 fish, 2 fish, a red fish and a blue fish! It just shows how every detail in the book was thought out.
The best part of the book is the message though. It is great how Earnest gets everyone to play together and be friends. All in all, this is one of the best picture books I’ve read this year and I think it would make a great back to school book for young kids.
Chronicle Books also has a “Fish Friend” pledge teachers and parents can pass out to help kids understand what being a good friend is about. You can click on the image to download a copy!
I also read Ms. Messner’s first book from this series - Sea Monster’s First Day and I thought it was also an excellent back to school books. Here is the book’ description taken from the inside jacket;
There are books to read, songs to sing, and field trips to take, but the biggest job is making good friends.
This book has another great message about fitting in and making friends on a kid’s… ER… Sea Monster’s first day of school.
I give both of these books 5 book worms, so, 5+5=10, so I need 10 book worms!
NOW FOR THE SUPER FUN PART – THE GIVEAWAY!
I am giving away to one lucky blog reader a copy of “Sea monster and the Bossy Fish” AND “Sea Monster’s First Day!”
That’s right TWO books! All you have to do is comment to enter and next week on September 4th will announce the winner! YAY!
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!!!
To celebrate this blog tour, from now until September 6th, Chronicle Books if offering you 30% off plus free shipping from ChronicleBooks.com !!! You just need the promotion code SEAMONSTER!
There are two stops left on the tour -
8/28/2013 at Sharpread
8/29/2013 at Kate Messner’s blog (click HERE)!