Ask me about my book. No, really…

8 Sep

Hey look! I wrote a book!

T&P1BLOGTOURBANNERI am happy to announce that I just published a book I have been working on for three years and I am kicking off a blog tour for it right here!

The Adventures of Tomato and Pea Book 1: A Bad Idea is a 72 page chapter book meant for kids ages 5-10.


Here is what it is about – 

“For years the evil villain Wintergreen had tried to destroy super crime-stopper, Tomato and his sidekick, Pea, and take over planet Oarg. In a plan gone wrong, Wintergreen traps himself along with his arch-nemesis in a runaway rocket ship that crashes on a strange planet called “EAR-TH”. Now these perennial enemies must learn to work together to survive the dangers on this strange world. Hungry birds, enormous snakes and the giant inhabitants of EAR-TH stand between this brawling bunch of aliens and finding a way home.”

The reviews have been pouring in:

“This is the best book I have ever read.” Erik’s dad.

“Erik is such a good writer and he’s so handsome too.” Erik’s grandmother.

“Erik, get out of my room. I am not writing a review.” Erik’s sister, Josie.

Please stop by these AWESOME blogs for reviews, interviews and give-aways as part of the tour.

September 9th Michelle Isenhoff’s blog – Book review

September 10 KidLit Reviews  – Book review

September 11th Mother Daughter Book Reviews – Book review

The Story Readig Ape  – Guest post by me (Erik)

September 12th Catherine Johnson’s Blog  – Book review

September 13th Julie Grasso’s Blog – Book review

By Word of Beth– Book review and giveaway

September 14th Diane Tulloch’s blog – Book review

September 15th Vivian Kirkfield’s Picture Books Help Kids Soar– Book review

September 16th Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog – Interview and Q&A with commenters and giveaway

September 17th Reading with Rhythm  – Book Review

September 18th Julie Rowan-Zoch’s blog – Interview

September 19th Dr. Nana Plum of On the Plum Tree blog (AKA Dr. Niamh Clune) – Book review in rhyme!

September 20th S.W. Lothian’s blog – Book review

My book is available at:


Amazon US

Amazon UK

Amazon Canada

If you read my book, just remember, if it seems like it was written by an eleven-year-old… it was!

88 Responses to “Ask me about my book. No, really…”

  1. rnewman504 September 8, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    Congratulations, Erik!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 8, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Newman!


      • rnewman504 September 9, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

        I just ordered a copy of your book. Looking forward to reading it to my son. (I think he’ll think it’s super cool that an 11 year old wrote it.)


      • thiskidreviewsbooks September 10, 2013 at 7:14 am #

        Thank you Ms. Newman! I hope your son likes it. 🙂


  2. Genevieve Petrillo September 8, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    Congratulations, Erik! I LOVE all of your reviews. They are very inspired and hilarious. And of course – honest.


  3. F.T. Bradley September 8, 2013 at 9:21 am #

    Congrats! Sounds like a cool book…


  4. Stanley & Katrina (@StanleyNKatrina) September 8, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    YAY! And HERE is the blog tour. 🙂 Best of luck with the tour. It is fun book and a great read. Nice work.
    ~Cool Mom/Christine M.


  5. Stanley & Katrina (@StanleyNKatrina) September 8, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    It is *a* fun book. 😉


  6. Tony Russo September 8, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    Congratulations! I’ll be reading the reviews with baited breath — and probably order one for my nephews.Tony Russo [aka — ZAK CORBIN]


  7. viviankirkfield September 8, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    HIP HIP HOORAY! Congratulations, Erik! I’m excited to be part of your blog book tour so I can tell people how much I love THE ADVENTURES OF TOMATO AND PEA: A BAD IDEA!


  8. K.L. Pickett September 8, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    Wow! This is awesome! Can’t wait to read it!


  9. Paul R. Hewlett September 8, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    That is so wonderful! Great job Erik, I’m so proud of you. I can’t wait to read it. You’ve been so helpful to me and so many other authors that I will certainly follow the tour and purchase your book. Best of luck!

    Paul R. Hewlett


  10. Angela Brown September 8, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    I think I remember this as a pitch at Susanna Hill’s blog. I remember thinking it the most wonderful sounding alien adventure. I’m so glad to see you’ve turned your hard work into a dream come true.



    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 8, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

      Thanks Ms. Brown! I did submit it to WWYRI, and got a lot of feedback – in fact, I used that feedback to win the Pitch Pick, and then I updated it and that is now my summary that you see at the top of the post! 😀


  11. Susanna Leonard Hill September 8, 2013 at 11:17 am #

    Congratulations on your book release, Erik! You are so funny – I love your reviews 🙂 Looking forward to following your tour and hopefully having stop #10 organized and ready on time 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 8, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

      Thank You Ms. Hill! I accidentally made the mistake of putting my toe on Josie’s bedroom floor… I got the reply… Well, she didn’t even read the book… 😉


  12. cookiejarprincess September 8, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Congratulations, Erik! I’m so proud of you! I know you’ve been working on Tomato & Pea for a long time now and I can’t wait to read it myself and recommend it to all of my friends who have kids 5-10!


  13. Meg Miller September 8, 2013 at 12:25 pm #



  14. Darshana September 8, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    Congratulations! That is awesome.


  15. Catherine Johnson September 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    Hooray for Erik! Congratulations, what a fun post.


  16. Joanna September 8, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    I am so excited about this! Congratulations, Author Erik!


  17. Marcia Strykowski September 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    Congratulations Erik, looks great!


  18. Romelle Broas September 8, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Congratulations, Erik! Loved the reviews. It got me laughing! Love your humor. Looking forward to reading your book and the blog hop book tour.


  19. Donna L. Sadd September 8, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    Congratulations, Erik, much success! I’ll be sure to read, review and promote your new book. Good on You! :0)


  20. Michelle Isenhoff September 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    I’ve waited a long time to say this, Erik…


    (Love the reviews, lol!)


  21. Joy Corcoran September 8, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    You’re certainly an inspiration to all of us. I love the cover and the title and am looking forward to reading the book. I’m lucky to work with kids newly adopted out of the foster system, so showing them your site and what you’ve done will be inspiring to them, too!


  22. Beth Stilborn September 8, 2013 at 4:06 pm #

    I’ll happily join the huge chorus of Congratulations, Erik! I’m delighted to be a part of your blog tour, and I’m looking forward to reading all the other posts. Woohoo for YOU!


  23. Richa Jha September 8, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    This is so cool, Erik! Many many congratulations!


  24. maliaann September 8, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    Way to go, Erik! I hope you sell loads and loads of books! 🙂


  25. Darlene September 8, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    What a great line up you have for your blog hop. I will be checking them out. I love your reviews so far especially the one from your grandmother! Good luck with this book.


  26. Miranda Paul September 8, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    ERIK! Congratulations! This looks awesome! Have a great blog tour, and I already know you’ll have a successful book launch. ~Miranda


  27. Jennifer L. Alvarez (@JenniferDiaries) September 8, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    Your first book!!! Congratulations Erik!!!! You’re amazing and I can’t wait to read it. I’m buying a copy for my 9 year old. Jennifer


  28. Kirsten Larson September 8, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    Oh, Erik. I have someone in your target market. If I have the technology to buy your book, I will. I’m skipping over to Amazon to see if there’s a version I can buy.


  29. Aunt India September 8, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

    Wow Erik you are an amazing kid ! Way to go. I can’t wait to read it : )


  30. Patricia Tilton September 8, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    I am looking forward to the reviews and reading your book! Loved your family’s comments — especially Josie’s comments. I thought she’d look up to you with awe — she just burst your bubble and keeps you humble. 🙂 I wish you much success and will follow your blog tour. Glad Michelle is first.


  31. Joanne Fritz September 8, 2013 at 10:47 pm #

    YAY, ERIK! Congrats!


  32. Stacy S. Jensen September 8, 2013 at 11:55 pm #

    Congratulations Erik! I love your reviews from your family – especially your sisters! 🙂 Good luck with the tour. I’ll be reading along .


  33. Renee C. September 10, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    Congrats Erik! My kids and I loved it! 🙂


  34. KidLitReviews September 11, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

    Weird. I left you a comment earlier but it is no longer here. Well, once more let me say CONGRATULATIONS ERIK!!!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 11, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

      Weird. We checked Spam, but it wasn’t there. Did you not hit “Comment” or something like that and then close the post? Hmm…


  35. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog September 11, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    Holy cow! Congratulations Erik! You must be excited. Can’t believe the blog tour you have set up. Awesome! Best of luck!


  36. ontheplumtree September 12, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    You are so cool, Erik! And I love your reviews up there and am glad your dad and your granny think it’s the best book ever written!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 13, 2013 at 6:33 am #

      I think Josie liked it too, she just wouldn’t say. 😉


      • ontheplumtree September 13, 2013 at 9:24 am #

        That’s sisters for you! I bet she is bursting with pride.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks September 14, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

        If by “bursting with pride” you mean rolling her eyes and ignoring me when I talk about my book, then yes, she is bursting with pride! 😉


  37. laurimeyers September 18, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

    LOL! Erik’s Grandmother! I hope she was pinching your cheeks when she said that.



  38. Myra GB September 30, 2013 at 2:00 am #

    We have got to do the interview soon. Hopefully, I can send you my questions by this weekend. 🙂



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