Bella and I are excited to be part of the Kat and Juju blog tour! Releasing on July 1, 2020, this picture book is written and illustrated by Kataneh Vahdani. Special thanks to Amazon/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.
Beagles and Books is excited to be part of the The Refuge blog tour. Written by Sandra le Guen, illustrated by Stéphane Nicolet, and translated by Daniel Hahn. this picture book is published by Amazon Crossing Kids, an imprint for children’s books in translation. It recently published on June 1, 2020. Special thanks to Amazon Crossing Kids and Barbara Fisch of Blue Slip Media for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Beagles and Books is excited to be part of the Our Friend Hedgehog blog tour organized by Rockstar Book Tours.
About the Book:
Title: OUR FRIEND HEDGEHOG
Author/Illustrator: Lauren Castillo
Pub. Date: May 5, 2020
Pubisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, B&N, ibooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org.
Beagles and Books is honored to be part of the Play Like An Animal: Why Critters Splash, Race, Twirl and Chase blog tour! Play Like An Animal is written by Maria Gianferrari and illustrated by Mia Powell and celebrated its book birthday last week on April 7, 2020. Thanks to author Maria Gianferrari and Lerner Publishing for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
And on a personal note, I am so appreciative that Maria personalized my copy to not only me & Bella but also in memory of my sweet Etta.
WHOO’s Maria Gianferrari?
Beagles and Books is excited to be part of the blog tour for This Book is Gray written and illustrated by Lindsay Ward. It recently released in November 2019. Special thanks to Two Lions/Amazon Publishing and Barbara Fisch of Blue Slip Media for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Please sure to read the front endpapers and the title page first, for readers discover that Gray wants to be included in the rainbow, but sadly, gray is not one of the featured colors. Feeling dejected, he decides to write his own book aptly titled, This Book is Gray.
Gray proceeds to write a story about wolf, a kitten, and a hippo and draw all the illustrations in (you guessed it)…gray! Gray is so proud until the Primary colors pay him a visit and are critical of his color scheme. The Secondary colors join the Primary colors interrupting Gray’s storytelling with comments which slowly pushes Gray over the edge. Unable to remain calm, Gray finally tells (well, actually yells to) all the colors his true feelings about being left out and how gray is really a cool color.
After Gray honestly shares how he feels, all the colors show empathy for him. They offer Gray their apologies and best of all, they collaborate together to make the book both gray AND Pcolorful. In the end, Gray gets the last word stating his book is pretty GRAYt! (get it?)
This Book is Gray is a story full of humor and heart. While readers will chuckle at the many puns and the story within the story of the kitten, wolf, and hippo, children also feel empathetic with Gray’s situation. During my read aloud to my #classroombookaday students, a few children remarked that the colors were being mean to Gray and how they felt sad for him. When the colors and Gray worked together to fix and finish the book, students cheered and expressed their happiness that all the colors saw that Gray is indeed a pretty cool color.
Ward’s illustrations and page layout is visually appealing to young readers. The colors are adorably drawn adorned with hats, rosy cheeks, and other fun accessories. The witty dialogue is written in speech bubbles. Be sure to visit the front endpapers again, for Ward has included a glossary for basic color concepts to accompany her color wheel diagram.
Praise for This Book is Gray!
“This book is a fun introduction to color theory that may inspire children to use more gray in their artwork and remind them to include friends who are left out.”
Meet the Author/Illustrator:
One lucky winner will receive a copy of This Book is Gray, courtesy of Two Lions/Amazon (U.S. addresses only). There are now multiple ways to enter the giveaway.
- Follow me @lauramossa on Twitter and retweet my This Book is Gray giveaway tweet.
- If you are not on Twitter, fill out the Google form below.
This giveaway is open from December 6, 2019-December 13, 2019 and ends at 10:00 p.m. EST. Winner will be announced on December 14, 2019.
Beagles and Books is excited to be part of the blog tour for Santa’s Story written and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand. It released in September 2019. Special thanks to Two Lions/Amazon Publishing and Barbara Fisch of Blue Slip Media for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
It’s Black Friday and instead of shopping, I am relaxing and reading by the fire with my book beagles. Since the day after Thanksgiving is typically the official start of the Christmas season, it is the perfect time to share a new Christmas picture book.
It is Christmas Eve and Santa is ready to begin his monumental sleigh ride but he has a problem. None of his reindeer can be found.
Using alliteration and rich vocabulary, Hillenbrand shows the readers where the reindeer are and what they are up to. A few of the reindeer’s actions matched their names, for Dasher dashed and Prancer pranced, but Vixen vexed, Cupid crooned and Donner dozed. I love how children are exposed to sophisticated words which will enhance their oral vocabulary. Supporting the concise and rich text are warm double page illustrations with a muted color palette. If readers look closely, on some pages, they will see Santa looking for the reindeer with his binoculars. And Santa’s adorable little dog is right by his side, which makes me love the story even more.
Santa attempts to call the reindeer with playing a horn and ringing bells, but has no success. But with the help of Comet and his dog, Santa finally realizes why the reindeer are not responding and shouts the two words, STORY TIME, that will gather his team for their Christmas Eve tradition of reading The Night Before Christmas. After the read aloud, the reindeer are ready to bring a merry Christmas to all!
As a reading specialist, I am always promoting the power of reading aloud and I love that Hillenbrand wrote a holiday story featuring this important family activity. Reading aloud should not just be a tradition on Christmas Eve, but a daily habit. Here’s hoping Santa’s Story may be a vehicle to reminding parents, caregivers, and teachers to set aside time each day to share a good book!
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One lucky winner will receive a copy of Santa’s Story, courtesy of Two Lions/Amazon (U.S. addresses). There are now multiple ways to enter the giveaway.
- Follow me @lauramossa on Twitter and retweet my Santa Story giveaway tweet.
- If you are not on Twitter, fill out the Google form below.
This giveaway is open from November 29, 2019-December 6, 2019 and ends at 10:00 p.m. EST. Winner will be announced on December 7, 2019.
Beagles and Books is excited to be part of the blog tour for Flash, The Little Fire Engine written by Pam Calvert and illustrated by Jen Taylor. Flash celebrated its book birthday this week on November 5, 2019. Special thanks to Two Lions/Amazon Publishing and Barbara Fisch of Blue Slip Media for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
As soon as I saw the cover, I couldn’t wait to read Flash, The Fire Engine. Jen Taylor’s illustration of Flash brings the little fire engine to life. Readers can see the excitement in his face with his adorable smile. When the fire department receives a call, his attitude becomes more serious because Flash is determined to do his job well.
When the fire is too big for little Flash, his face does not hide his disappointment, but Flash remains optimistic that he can help the next time. As each subsequent call comes in, Flash races to the scene ready to save the day, but he discovers that he is too short or too late to help. Once eager, Flash becomes sad wondering if he will ever be needed. Fortunately, Flash gets a call that only he can make realizing that he is the best fit for the job. Beaming with pride, Flash learns a valuable lesson in patience and how the fire trucks collectively work together to help the community.
I have the honor of reading aloud to a second grade classroom daily for #classroombookaday. After I read aloud Flash, The Little Flash Engine to the class, they shared their thinking about what the author Pam Calvert wanted to teach readers. Here are some of their comments which relate to our virtue language.
“It teaches us to have empathy for Flash because every time he went for a fire, the other trucks were telling him he was too little. I felt sad for him. But at the end, I was happy for Flash because he saved the animals at the shelter.
“It teaches us if someone feels left out, we can try to be kind and make them feel included. I like how the firefighters had a party for Flash after he put out his first fire.”
“The fire trucks showed unity because they all put out different fires like the ladder truck put out the fire in the tall building and the airplane put out the forest fire.”
Reinforcing positive values of empathy, unity, kindness, and patience, Flash, the Little Fire Engine is a book that is a great addition to a home or classroom library.
Meet the Author and Illustrator:
Pam Calvert is an award-winning children’s book author. Her books include the Princess Peepers series, illustrated by Tuesday Mourning; more recently, Brianna Bright, Ballerina Knight, illustrated by Liana Hee; and other titles. Formerly a science teacher as well as a writing instructor and coach, she speaks to thousands of children every year. When she’s not speaking or writing, you can find her having fun with her family in Texas. Learn more about her online at http://www.pamcalvert.com or on Twitter: @PammCalvert.
Jen Taylor is an illustrator and arts-and-crafts enthusiast born and raised in New Jersey. She attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she majored in illustration and animation. She is the illustrator of the Brave Little Camper series as well as the picture book Ninja Camp, written by Sue Fliess. She previously worked in animation on such shows as Sid the Science Kid and MAD. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and their corgi, Rocket. Learn more about her online at http://www.jentaylor.net.
“Calvert deftly finds a new way to introduce kids to different kinds of firefighting vehicles…sure to slip in effortlessly with other firetruck books.”
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One lucky winner will receive a copy of Flash, the Little Fire Engine, courtesy of Two Lions/Amazon (U.S. addresses). Enter the giveaway by Friday, November 15, 2019 at 8 p.m.