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Blog Tour & Giveaway for Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Say Good Night by Lauren H. Kerstein Illustrated by Nate Wragg

About the Book:
Title: Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Say Good Night
Author:  Lauren H. Kerstein
Illustrator: Nate Wragg
Pub. Date:  September 1, 2020


Beagles and Books is excited to be part of the blog tour for Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Say Good Night written by Leslie H. Kerstein and illustrated by Nate Wragg.  Special thanks to Two Lions Publishing and Barbara Fisch of Blue Slip Media for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Publisher’s Summary:
Rosie the dragon’s bedtime routine has been a little bumpy lately. But not to worry! Charlie is prepared with his lists, rules, and fire extinguisher—everything a boy needs to help guide his pet dragon (and best friend) to a peaceful night’s sleep. But with bath-time bubble trouble, fiery-hot pajamas, and stuffed animal search-and-rescues, tucking this dragon into bed is not an easy task. And what happens when thunder strikes? Snuggle up with this adorable duo as they conquer bedtime the best way: together!


Review:
In the follow up to Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Make Waves, Charlie and Rosie are back but instead of swimming, Charlie is helping Rosie conquer bedtime. Even though Rosie is tired, she tries to stall bedtime by adding more minutes to the timer and hiding her stuffed animal horse Vern.  Luckily, Charlie is organized with a list of supplies and a bedtime schedule to keep Rosie on track.  First up is bathtime which can be a little messy for a dragon who enjoys lots of bubbles and toys.  Wragg’s bold and colorful illustrations fill up the entire page spread.  I love the way he drew the bubbles and water, for they look three dimensional and ready to jump off the page!

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I love how prepared Charlie is.  Based on past experiences with Rosie, he has really thought of EVERYTHING!  For example, footie pajamas overheat Rosie so he is ready with a fan and just in case, a fire extinguisher.  And Charlie is raincoat ready when the pair brushes their teeth.  Of course, seeing Charlie read to Rosie fills my heart and glad to see books are part of their bedtime routine.

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Full of humor and heart, Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Say Good Night is not only a great bedtime read aloud but also a story about the genuine love between a boy and his pet.  Charlie is a great role model to kids because he takes pet ownership seriously being both responsible and patient.  I especially like Kerstein’s decision to have Charlie narrate the story (as he did in the first book) and how she includes Charlie’s actual words to Rosie in an italicized font.  His personality truly comes alive through the dialogue making readers or listeners more connected to Charlie.   Kerstein has created a lovable duo that will make you laugh and smile!  Hoping they are more Rosie and Charlie adventures to come!


Get a sneak peek at Rosie and Charlie by viewing the book trailer!


Praise for Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Make Waves!

“This humorous story is a sweet representation of caretaking and patience, with a parallel that can extend to older and younger siblings as well as to parent-child relationships, perhaps making young readers a bit more self-reflective and empathetic. This dramatic bedtime tale…will satisfy many.” —Kirkus Reviews

About the Author and Illustrator:

Lauren H. Kerstein is an author and psychotherapist. She is a Jersey girl at heart who, as a child, loved underwater handstands and slurping cherry Italian ice at the pool. Lauren currently lives in Colorado with her husband, Josh; their dragons…er, daughters, Sarah and Danielle; and Hudson, the dog. Learn more about the author at www.LaurenKerstein.net.  Follow her on Twitter @LaurenKerstein and Instagram  @laurenkerstein


Nate Wragg works as a production designer and illustrator for animation and book projects. His animation projects include Ratatouille, Toy Story 3, and Captain Underpants.  He is the illustrator of a number of popular picture books, including At the Old Haunted House, written by Helen Ketteman. He lives in Southern California with his family. Learn more at natewragg.tumblr.com.


Giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive a copy of both Rosie the Dragon books! Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Make Waves and Rosie the Dragon and Charlie Say Good Night, courtesy of Two Lions (U.S. addresses).

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