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Blog Tour and Giveaway for the new series Voyagers! #VoyagersHQ

4 Nov

Today I am blogging about a new interactive multi-platform series from Random House. I was pleasantly surprised to learn this series is set in space and has a sci-fi feel to it. I am a fan of the multi-platform format for kids books because I think it hooks more kids into reading. I also love the idea of different authors carrying on the story from book to book and adding their own personality to the story as it grows. The new series from Random House is called Voyagers.


ABOUT THE SERIES (From the publisher)

The action is on the page, on your device, and out of this world! This multiplatform middle-grade series is fully locked and loaded and ready for launch, blasting off in Fall 2015.

Part sci-fi, part eco-mystery, all action-adventure!


As the young heroes in VOYAGERS journey into outer space to save planet Earth, readers are invited to become part of the story by joining the crew through the multi-platform, VOYAGERS HQ. The HQ extends the adventure beyond the page, unlocking games and activities on their devices.

Each book has clues and codes that lead to world extensions to be explored, played, and shared. Your online profile tracks your progress through the VOYAGERS universe, and gives you rewards, ranking and virtually currency for each product code redeemed.

Readers become part of the VOYAGERS world, which extends beyond the books to a digital interactive experience, and downloadable pay-for-play mobile apps games.

Readers can create their own custom VOYAGERS character, follow the team and experience this space adventure through the eyes of their own virtual droid.



by DJ MacHale

In Stores Now

Synopsis [from the Publisher]:

Earth is in danger! Without a renewable source of clean energy, our planet will be toast in less than a year. There are 6 essential elements that, when properly combined, create a new power source. But the elements are scattered throughout the galaxy. And only a spaceship piloted by children can reach it and return to Earth safely. First the ideal team of four 12-year-olds must be chosen, and then the first element must be retrieved. There is not a mistake to be made, or a moment to lose. The source is out there. Voyagers is blasting off in 3, 2, 1…

What I Thought [from me]- D.J. McHale sets the pace for this series in the first book. This was an engaging story. I really got hooked into the story and the characters were fun to read about. I like how the book has an environmental theme, and found the current Earth in the book (which is at an unspecified time period) a good reminder about where we will end up after a period of time. Not only that, but the fact that space exploration is a very near, very possible event. The book is really well-written, the story is set up nicely and it made this reader very anxious to get his hands on the next boo (fortunately I already have it 😉 – see below ). I read the book in a day, and couldn’t put it down at all. The plot is realistic, and made me think of ways that the characters could get out of the situations.

About the Author [from the Publisher]:


*Credit: Gayle Goodrich*

D.J. MacHale is the author of the bestselling book series Pendragon, Morpheus Road, the SYLO Chronicles. He has written, directed and produced numerous award-winning television series and movies for young people including Are You Afraid of the Dark?; Flight 29 Down and Tower of Terror. D.J. lives with his family in Southern California.

Want to know more? Visit djmachalebooks.com or track him down on Twitter at @DJMacHale

VoyagersGameofFlamesBOOK 2: GAME OF FLAMES

by Robin Wasserman

In Stores Now

Synopsis [from the Publisher]:

The Alpha team has been chosen and they’ve already snagged the first element on planet J-16. The second is hidden on Meta-Prime, a planet filled with metal mazes, catapults of fire, and warring alien robots. But what our Voyagers don’t know is that there is another ship, the Omega team, following hot on their trail…

What I Thought [from me]: WOW! I liked the second book even more than the first. I don’t know if it’s just the fact that the world is an amazing steampunk fantasy, or if it’s because its characters are developed further. Maybe it’s both. In this book, the characters learn several lessons of being on a team, but also about each other. It’s interesting to see how they are adapting to their tasks. Ms. Wasserman’s writing style is fun, yet still serious – it’s a good mix. I would continue reading the series in a heartbeat – it’s that good! Not so patiently waiting for the next book by PATRICK CARMAN (one of my favorite authors find him at @PatrickCarman) due out on January 5, 2015! 

Author Bio [from the Publisher]:


*Credit: Sonya Sones*

Robin Wasserman is the author of several acclaimed books for children and young adults, including The Waking Dark, The Book of Blood and Shadow, Hacking Harvard, the Cold Awakening Trilogy, and the Chasing Yesterday Trilogy. A former children’s book editor, she lives and writes (and frequently procrastinates) in Brooklyn, New York.

Want to learn more? Visit robinwasserman.com or track her down on Twitter @RobinWasserman


BOOK 1: PROJECT ALPHA BY D.J. MacHale [out now]
BOOK 2: GAME OF FLAMES BY Robin Wasserman [out now]
BOOK 3: OMEGA RISING BY Patrick Carman [01/05/16]
BOOK 4: INFINITY RIDERS BY Kekla Magoon [03/01/16]
BOOK 5: ESCAPE THE VORTEX BY Jeanne DuPrau [03/01/16]
BOOK 6: THE SEVENTH ELEMENT BY Wendy Mass [05/03/16]


The other cool thing is that this book also has an interactive, online game (called Voyagers HQ) as a part of the multi-platform program of the series. At the online portion of the series, you can make your own profile, unlock bonus content by cracking codes, and I especially like how you can investigate the planets in the series. You can design your own ZRK Commander robot (I like how the robot in the series is calles STEAM – a common acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). It looks like they will be adding more features as the series continues. I am curios to see how that develops. Check it out HERE!


Giveaway open to US addresses only.

Prizing and samples provided by Random House Children’s Books.


Get the full Voyagers experience! One winner in the US receives:

  • The first two books in the series;
  • Branded iPhone6 case and home GadgetGrip button to deck out your device while experiencing the Voyagers app.
  • TO WIN JUST COMMENT BELOW AND YOU WILL BE ENTERED! I will pick a winner randomly from all eligible entries on November 10th and announce the winner on November 11.

Learn more at Voyagers HQ!

The Story of #DivaandFlea – Review, Giveaway, Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi!

7 Oct

I am very excited to tell you about this book! In case you are wondering about the title to this post, I am not giving away Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi BUT I am giving away a cool prize pack to celebrate this collaboration of these two titans of children’s literature (read to the bottom to see how to win a prize pack provided by Disney Publishing)!

DivaandFleaCoverThe Story of Diva and Flea
Written by Mo Willems
Illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi
80 pages – ages 6+
Published by Disney-Hyperion on October 13, 2015

About the Book: (from the publisher)

Diva, a small yet brave dog, and Flea, a curious streetwise cat, develop an unexpected friendship in this unforgettable tale of discovery.

For as long as she could remember, Diva lived at 11 avenue Le Play in Paris, France. For as long as he could remember, Flea also lived in Paris, France–but at no fixed address. When Flea flâneurs past Diva’s courtyard one day, their lives are forever changed. Together, Diva and Flea explore and share their very different worlds, as only true friends can do.

What I thought: This was an amazing book! I thought it was really cool how Mr. Willems partnered with Tony DiTerlizzi because he was searching for the perfect illustrations for his story. It is a great transition book for kids moving up from picture books or early readers. There is a nice contrast of words and pictures that make the 80 pages go by in a breeze. There is a lot of humor in the book, like Flea telling Diva to say “Meow”, and Flea’s pronunciation of words. I was also happy to see one Pigeon book reference, on a poster at the subway scene. That made me smile while I was reading it. I think that as a whole, Mr. Willems and Mr. DiTerlizzi make a fantastic team. I would be thrilled to see more of their collaborations! I really enjoyed reading this great story of friendship! I found it pretty neat that Diva and Flea are real animals in France.

About the Author


Mo Willems (www.pigeonpresents.com), a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, has been awarded a Caldecott Honor on three occasions (for Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity). Dont Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! was also an inaugural inductee into the Indies Choice Picture Book Hall of Fame. The celebrated Elephant & Piggie early-reader series has been awarded the Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal on two occasions (for There Is a Bird on Your Head! and Are You Ready to Play Outside?) as well as garnering four Honors (for We Are in a Book!, I Broke My Trunk!, Let’s Go for a Drive! and A Big Guy Took My Ball!).


About the Illustrator


Tony DiTerlizzi (www.diterlizzi.com), a number-one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, created the middle-grade series The Spiderwick Chronicles with Holly Black, which has sold millions of copies, been translated into more than 30 languages and made into a feature film. He won a Caldecott Honor for illustrating The Spider & The Fly, and in 2014 he teamed up with Lucasfilm to retell the original Star Wars trilogy in a picture book featuring artwork by Academy award-winning concept artist, Ralph McQuarrie. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife, daughter and dog, Mimi.

Want to learn more?

Click HERE to be transported over to the Disney Publishing website for Diva and Flea.

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Check out this video where Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi talk about their collaboration!
I personally found the video very cool because it talks about how Mo Willems had a story but he couldn’t draw it correctly so he sought out an illustrator who could draw the story as he envisioned. As it turns out Mr. DiTerlizzi added much more to the story through his illustrations.


One insanely lucky blog commenter will be randomly picked from all people who make a comment on this post to win this prize pack provided by Disney Publishing (US residents only please)!

DivaFriendshipPrizeAll you have to do is comment and tell me why you are excited to experience this book! On October 14th I will announce one winner randomly drawn for all the comments. Good luck and thank you for reading my blog!

Playing With Fire by Bruce Hale and GIVEAWAY!!!

19 Aug

School starts tomorrow! I WANT MORE SUMMER!!! AHHHHHHHHHHH!


Well I guess I can get started on beating the all-time school district record for accelerated reading (set last year by me). Last year I smashed the old school record by getting 1503 points. This year my goal is to beat that! Check the widget on the side bar to see my progress!

On to today’s review!

playingwithfirePlaying With Fire
By Bruce Hale
320 pages – ages 9+
Published by Disney-Hyperion on June 25, 2013

Orphan Max Segredo was wrongly blamed for burning his foster parents’ house. He did NOT do it! But anyway, this little incident earns him the title of “Pyromaniac.” Thus, Max finds himself at the Merry Sunshine Orphanage as a last chance before landing in juvenile hall. Max soon finds out that this isn’t an ordinary orphanage – it teaches special skills – SPY skills!

At the spy school/orphanage, Max learns:

  • to pick locks,
  • break codes,
  • and do martial arts, among other things. Max also learns that
  • his dad is still alive (via coded message)

Soon Max finds himself on a dangerous mission trying to stop smugglers, and an evil group of spies while trying to find his dad!

This is a great book! I love spies (that’s on my list of  what I want to be when I grow up) and this book was AWESOME!!! I REALLY really really want a sequel to this book (and seeing that it’s book 1, I expect a book 2!), and I can’t wait to read book 2 when it comes out!  Max is a great character! I like how Max adapts very well to the situations in the school. I like Mr. Hale’s writing style – he adds just the right amount of humor, action, and sarcasm in this exciting book!

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

And now, the moment most of you have been waiting for… The GIVEAWAY!!! You can get a chance to win “Playing with Fire” by just commenting and saying who your favorite spy is, whether real life or books/movies! My favorite is the spy from the movie “The Spy Next Door” (Jackie Chan). 🙂 The giveaway runs until August 25th (I’ll post the winner on Monday the 26th). Good luck!

Bad Kitty School Daze By Nick Bruel AND A GIVEAWAY!!!

4 Feb

Let’s start off February a little bad…BAD KITTY that is!

The newest Bad Kitty book is out and I can’t wait to tell you about it! Plus, Mr. Bruel gave me a signed copy of Bad Kitty School Daze to giveaway to one lucky reader! Read on to learn more!

badkittyschooldazeBad Kitty School Daze

By Nick Bruel

160 pages – ages 7+

Published by Roaring Brook Press on January 8, 2013

Bad Kitty and Puppy have crossed the line! With Kitty’s grumpiness and Puppy’s drooling problem, (and their constant fighting) it’s no surprise that they are sent to Diabla Von Gloom’s School for Wayward Pets. There, the dueling duo meet Miss Dee, a very kind teacher, Petunia, a very tough bull-dog who HATES!!! cats, and DR. LAGOMORPH, a diabolical mutant supervillian bunny whose arch-enemies are Captain Fantasticat and Power Mouse (A.K.A. Weird Kitty and the little mouse). Kitty and Puppy go through events at school, like Arts & Crafts and Story time. Puppy seems to be trying his best but Kitty is not cooperating (plus she is really scared Petunia will figure out she’s really a cat and not a cow 😉 ). Miss Dee likes Kitty and tries to help her be good, but Kitty is not sure she wants to be friends with the other pets in obedience school.

First I have to say I am a HUGE fan of Mr. Bruel’s books. I have met Mr. Bruel a couple of times at book signings I went to and he is a very nice person and is always very kind and takes time to talk to me. My favorite Bad Kitty adventure so far is “Bad Kitty Vs. Uncle Murray” and I have to say – this one is my new favorite! I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! I love the humor! Mr Bruel seemed to have packed even more humor into this Bad Kitty adventure. I love the pictures and Uncle Murray’s fun facts (Uncle Murray is the school bus driver)!  I love the awesome characters of Dr. Lagomorph and Petunia, they are hysterical! I think Dr. Lagomorph is the best character in the book (besides Bad Kitty and Puppy), and probably the funniest! Like all the other Bad Kitty books, this one has a nice message in it. Bad Kitty really ends up helping all the other pets in school and is kind to them. I love how Mr. Bruel always has a good message in his books.

I give “Bad Kitty: School Daze” 100 out of 5 bookworms! … ERR… What? my rating only goes to five?  *sigh* Well, it still gets the highest rating! 😀fivebooks

NOW for the giveaway!!! Mr. Nick Bruel has generously sent me a signed copy of this book to giveaway! Along with the signature there is also a hand-drawn illustration of … DR. LAGOMORPH!!!!! (MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA (that felt good! I haven’t used my evil laugh in a while!)) Please comment on this post from now until Sunday the 10th to get an entry! I will announce the winner on Monday the 11! Josie will pick the names from “The Hat”! 🙂 Good luck!

To learn more about Mr. Bruel and his awesome books, please visit his website by clicking HERE.

Of Giants and Ice by Shelby Bach, Author Interview, and GIVE-AWAY!

26 Sep

Of Giants and Ice
By Shelby Bach
352 Pages – Ages 9+
Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers on July 24, 2012

Rory Landon wasn’t sure if she understood the Ever After School (EAS) program. Everything is weird there. Rory didn’t understand why everything there is related to fairy tales. She soon makes friends with Lena (AKA Jacqueline), a girl her age and Lena helps Rory around EAS. Rory is amazed to learn that everyone there is a character from a fairy tale, including herself! Every kids at EAS eventually gets matched up with a “Tale”. When you are matched with a Tale, you have to go and live it out. The Tales can be dangerous,  or really nice. It takes a while, but Rory really starts to enjoy life at EAS. When Lena is matched with her Tale, Jack… err… Jacqueline and the bean stalk (a Tale that can get pretty dangerous), she picks Rory and a boy named Chase to go with her. Rory thinks the Tale may be a GIANT disaster! Will the friends make it through?

This was a really exciting and adventurous book! I loved the uniqueness! The idea of the students all being characters in fairy tales is great! I really enjoyed Ms. Bach’s writing style. She mixes a lot of humor and sarcasm in the story. I think the cover is cool. I like the colors and how it is laid out. Rory was a great main character, she makes a great heroine. I am adding her to The Awesome List of Awesome Heroines! She had a great personality and I think girls will like having an adventure story with a girl hero. Boys will also like her because she’s cool I recommend this book to kids 9+.

I give “Of Giants and Ice” five out of five bookworms!

I interrupt this review to bring you an author interview— Introducing Ms. Shelby Bach!

Thank you for agreeing to do this interview Ms. Bach!

Could you please tell us a little bit about yourself?

I grew up in Charlotte, NC, reading every book I could find and writing stories in battered notebooks. After graduating from college, I worked in publishing for a while, but in 2009, I left New York to follow my dream of becoming a writer. Since then, I’ve lived in Charlotte and Big Sky, MT, and I’ve recently moved to Portland, OR, where I like to explore my new city, discover tasty new restaurants, and take random craft classes (I can now etch my own glass and carve my own rubber stamps!).

 Cool! Making your own stamps must be fun! When did you start writing stories? Did you always think you would write kids books?

I wrote my first book inside my desk during fifth grade. I was ten. I really should have been paying attention to my teacher, but I felt epically sneaky and rebellious (more than one time, that same teacher took away our recess and forced us to march up and down stairs for a half an hour instead).

And kids books are definitely my first love. When I first decided I wanted to be a writer, all the books I was reading were kids books. I just naturally assumed that I would write the same kind of book, and even when I grew older and I was expected to read books for adults, kids books were still my absolute favorite.

I get into trouble for reading in school, so I know what you mean! The idea of the “Ever After” school is really cool. I like how you have references to fairy tales we all know in “Of Giants and Ice” but they are altered a little, like Puss-in-Dress and Sarah Thumb. How did you get the idea for your book?

Thanks! I’m so glad you like it!

I’ve always loved fairy tales. I loved it so much that I actually took a fairy tale class in college, where we read hundreds of stories from Hans Christian Anderson, the Brothers Grimm, and Andrew Lang. Our professor encouraged us to do writing projects to make the fairy tales our own, and I actually wrote a short piece about “Puss-in-Dress” for the class.

Then, one day, years later, I found myself thinking about how when I was a kid, I didn’t want to meet a fairy tale Character – I wanted to be one. I thought about how cool it would be if a bunch of kids were waiting to grow up to be fairy tale characters in the same place, like maybe an after school program, where they could talk about it together, and bam! The idea for Ever After School exploded in my head. It was like all the stories I read in that college fairy tale class were just waiting to get used for the series.

Which character can you relate to the most? Do you base your characters on real people?

The only real person I’ve ever based a character on is myself. Which means that a lot of the Characters in the book have a piece of me in them – I can’t narrow it down to one. So, I relate the most to Rory, Chase, and Lena. Like Rory, I’m sometimes very aware of what other people are feeling, and since I don’t want to hurt anyone or cause trouble, I often don’t know what to say. Of course, when I was in sixth grade, I was just as show-offy and loud as Chase among my friends, and if I was having a hard time, sometimes I acted even more show-offy to hide what I was feeling, just like Chase does. I was also focused on following my dream, like Lena is focused on following hers – the same way she always has an invention in the works, I was always writing a story in one of my notebooks.

What is your favorite fairy tale?

“East of the Sun, West of the Moon!” It’s a Norwegian fairy tale like “Beauty and the Beast,” except when the heroine makes a mistake and loses her prince, she goes on a quest to get him back. In my favorite version, she visits each of the four winds to ask them for directions.

I actually couldn’t resist mentioning this fairy tale in Of Giants and Ice. Rory’s mom says that “East of the Sun, West of the Moon” is her favorite fairy tale on page 126.

I’ll have to read “East of the Sun, West of the Moon”! I read that “Of Giants and Ice” is the first book of the “Ever Afters” series. Are you working on a sequel? If so, can you give us a preview?

I am working on a sequel! The Ever Afters 2: Of Witches and Wind comes out on July 23, 2013. Unfortunately, I don’t think I can give you much of a preview yet.

Let’s just say – it’s spring break of Rory’s seventh grade year (about a year after Of Giants and Ice), and Rory’s excited to spend it at EAS with her best friends Lena and Chase. Then the Snow Queen sets a new plot in motion, endangering the whole Ever After School. Rory and Chase must go on another quest, this time to Atlantis, a Hidden continent filled with cranky magical creatures and other terrors. They’ll have to face witches, trolls, long lost villains, and even the Unseelie Fey Court if they ever want to get home safely.

Thanks Ms. Bach! I really enjoyed learning more about you!

I interrupt this interrupted review to bring you a give-away!—

I have a great deal for YOU, you awesome readers! I am giving away ONE SIGNED COPY of “Of Giants and Ice” to a lucky commenter! All you have to do is comment to enter! The contest ends on October 2nd and I will announce the winner on my Wednesday post (Oct. 3rd)! Good luck!

To learn more about Ms. Bach and her books, please click HERE.

The Winners of The signed ARCs of The Infinity Ring Book 1 “A Mutiny in Time” by James Dashner are…

21 Aug

I just want to thank the wonderful people at Scholastic who sent me the really awesome prizes for this give-away. Last Monday, I reviewed Book 1 in The Infinity Ring Series, “A Mutiny in Time” by James Dashner. See my review HERE. I also was hosting a giveaway of things related to the book (including some signed ARCs)! I put all the entries in a hat and Josie picked out the ten lucky winners!

And the winners of the signed ARCs of “A Mutiny in Time” are…

Darlene Foster!

Katie S.!

Renee C.!

Lynn Davidson!

Jill The O.W.L.!

Maria Riedel!

Cheryl Costella!

S.W. Lothian!

Reneilda de Leon!

Patricia Mamaw!


Congratulations! I will be contacting you to get your mailing addresses so I can send you a book!

You guys get a signed ARC of the first book in The Infinity Ring series by James Dashner, a cool poster, a cool sticker, and a pamphlet from the online game!

I hope you guys like them! Thank you everyone who entered!

The Infinity Ring Book 1 – A Mutiny in Time By James Dashner AND Give-Away!

13 Aug

I am so excited to tell you about a new series from Scholastic called “The Infinity Ring” series! It is a dystopian adventure where history is all wrong, and the main characters have to go back in time to fix it.

The Infinity Ring Book 1 – A Mutiny in Time
By James Dashner
192 Pages – Ages 9+
Published by Scholastic Inc. on August 28, 2012
(Advanced Reading Copy read and reviewed)

Dak Smyth and Sera Froste had no idea what would happen to them when Sera fixed Dak’s parent’s invention, the Infinity Ring. The Infinity Ring allows someone to travel back in time with anyone touching them. The Historians (a group of people who try to change the things that went wrong in the past) find out about the Infinity Ring and bring Dak and Sera to their HQ. When the SQ (the evil government controlling the US and maybe other countries) find out, they attack the Historian base. Two of the leaders tells Riq, a juvenile Historian agent, to go with Dak and Sera on their adventures. The kids go to Spain, 1492, where the Amancio brothers were about to set sail to find the quickest route to India but find America instead (according to the history they know). The kids arrive just in time to stop a mutiny aboard the ship. It turns out that the Amancio brothers were trying to overthrow some guy named Columbus (who was kind of a mean guy) and take over his three ships (you can guess what the ships are named 😉 ). Will the kids save history?  

This is an AWESOME first book to the new series! Like The 39 Clues series, each of the books in this series is written by a different author but the new series is very different from The 39 Clues. The Infinity Ring is set in a dystopian world where the main characters (three kids) have to travel in time to fix whatever is wrong with history. I LOVED “A Mutiny in TIme”! Mr. Dashner put a lot of action, adventure, and excitement in he book! I really liked how Mr. Dashner wrote a lot of humor and sarcasm in the dialogue of the characters. The main characters are Riq, Dak and Sera. Riq was just cool. He was fluent in 16 languages (which is cool). Dak is the “history” expert, which I think will come in handy. Sera is pretty scientific. I like scientists. 😉 I like the format of the series (much like The 39 Clues) where a different author writes each book. I think it’s cool to read how each author changes he story a little.  I also like how these stories involve time-travel and history. I recommend this book to kids 9+ and young advanced readers.

I give this very exciting book 5+ out of 5 bookworms!

Check out the website for the series HERE. So far, you can only read an excerpt from book 1, but the website will be functional when the book comes out on August 28th! I can’t wait to check it out! I know you can get cards and do missions. I can’t wait to do those too! 🙂 Here is a video you can watch to learn about the book and online game!

Now folks, don’t stop reading yet! ‘Cause I have a great deal for you! I am giving away several copies of signed ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) of “The Infinity Ring”! THe AWESOME people at Scholastic are sending me some copies to give away.  All you have to do is comment on this post for a chance to win in a random drawing and I will give away as many copies as they send me! It starts today and the last day to comment is on August 20th! I will pick the winners randomly on August 21st! All you have to do is comment to enter! Don’t forget to put your email address in the part where it asks you for it so I can contact you if you win (emails won’t be published).

Perfect Picture Book Friday – That Pup!

23 Dec

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday . It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it’s a nice story with great illustrations.

That Pup!
Written and Illustrated by  Lindsay Barrett George
32 pages – ages 2+
 Published by  HarperCollins Publishers  on August 23, 2011

Theme/Topic – Friendship / Forgiveness

Opening and Synopsis – “What is that pup up to? That pup digs. And digs. And digs some more. What is that pup looking for? And why should this squirrel care?” (from the inside jacket cover).

A young pup decides to play a game and digs up ten acorns. What the little pup didn’t realize is that the acorns were hidden by a little squirrel who was storing them for winter. The little pup hurts the squirrel’s feelings even though she didn’t mean to. The little pup has a great idea to play a new game…HIDE the acorns and she asked the little squirrel to help. Together they put all the acorns back.

Activities and Resources – There are some good questions parents could ask their kids about this book like; Did the pup mean to hurt the squirrels feelings? How do you think the squirrel feel? or What should you do if you hurt someone’s feelings? I think a great activity parents could do with their kids is a scavenger hunt like the pup did in the book (who doesn’t like those?!?). Here’s a cool blog post from Go Explore Nature about a winter scavenger hunt (click HERE) and another about a holiday scavenger hunt (click HERE).

Why I liked this book – Last week I posted a book called The Tree Monkeys by Wynne Marshall (see the post HERE) and it taught a lesson that sometimes actions we do can’t be taken back or in other words somethings can’t be fixed. Well this book shows that some things can be made right if you try to make them right. I thought the book had a good story for little kids and showed them how the pup and squirrel become friends even after the pup digs up all the squirrel’s acorns. The illustrations in the book are great (the pup is adorable)! There are few words on each page so it can be read by kids just starting to read.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog “Just Right Books” HERE!

To learn more about Ms. Barrett George and her books (she has a lot of really good ones!) please visit her website by clicking HERE

**BONUS** (again 😉 )

I met Ms. Barrett George at my school when she visited to talk about writing books. When I emailed her to tell her I was nominating her book as a Perfect Picture Book, she generously offered to donate an illustration from “That Pup!” to one lucky commenter! All you have to do is comment and you’re in! I will pick (actually my sister Josie does the picking) one name from all the comments for this post (the illustration hasn’t come in the mail yet, when it does I will post a picture 🙂 ) and post the winner on December 30th!

The Winner of “Open Wounds” is…..

4 Dec

Thank you to everyone that entered the drawing for a copy of “Open Wounds” by Joseph Lunievicz! You can see the post HERE. Thank you Mr. Lunievicz for giving me a signed book and taking the time to do the interview with me. Thank you Mom for reviewing the book for me… WAIT! This just in! The Winner is… (Where’s the Dramatic Drum Roll >:-( ?)

The Winner is… Oh where did I put that piece of paper? Ah. Here it is.

The Winner is…

Sir Books-A-Lot’s Mom!!!!

Great job, Sir Books’ Mom!

I’ll email you to get your address to send the book out!

For those of you who don’t know who Sir Books-A-Lot is, he is an 11-year-old book reviewer with an awesome website! Check it out HERE.

Win a Signed Patrick Carman Book! – A Ghoulish Give-away just in time for Halloween!

9 Oct


My latest contest is for a perfectly spooky prize -just in time for Halloween!!

The prize is for a signed copy of Patrick Carman’s new series 3:15, Season 1 – Things That Go Bump in the Night! I picked up an extra copy to give away when I saw Mr. Carman at a book signing at the Harleysville Book Store. The short stories in the book are weird, scary or down right creepy! Check out my review of it below! To enter the contest you have to tell me what your favorite monster is in the comment section below and leave a valid email address so I can contact you if you win. If you are under 18, make sure you have your parents permission to enter. ALSO the stories in this book can be rather scary so it is not appropriate for kids that get frightened easily or I’d say for anyone under 10. The contest is open NOW and will end on the 23rd of October. So if you win, you will get the book in time for Halloween!


Things That Go Bump In The Night

By Patrick Carman

148 Pages (plus some extra features) – Ages +10

Published in 2011 by Scholastic Press

3:15 stands for – 1. Listen to an audio file 2. Read the short story 3. Watch the video ending  and you get the whole story in about 15 minutes! Each chapter is a short scary/weird story. The stories are full of hair-raising, spine chilling things like ghosts, cursed objects, evil science teachers and everything else that can go “bump in the night”!

You can read 3:15 in 2 ways! One way is getting the book, listening to audio files, and watching the videos online. You can also buy everything as an app. I really liked how Mr. Carman put videos mixed with reading in his Skeleton Creek series (see my review HERE) and this series I think is really cool. Each story has an audio introduction (and the music is even creepy). The stories are definitely exciting (sometimes even a little too creepy and I didn’t read them in the dark)! I really like the short story format of this series. The video endings were something I looked forward to when reading. I think the stories will keep any kid (or adult) interested in reading! My mom said it reminded her of the Twilight Zone (what ever that is, but she said you adults will know 🙂 ). I would recommend it to kids 10+ only because some of it can be very creepy. It’s not like violent but some of the stories are scary! If you are a fan of scary stories, this book is for you! If not, read Mr. Carman’s book Floors (one of the best books I have read this year) see my Review HERE. To learn more about 3:15 and Mr. Carman’s other books, please visit his website by clicking HERE. You can also see examples of 3:15 stories there.

I give Things that Go Bump in the Night 5 out of 5 frightenly fiendish book worms !

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