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Blog Tour & Giveaway: It’s Not Little Red Riding Hood by Josh Funk Illustrated by Edwardian Taylor

About the Book: Title: It’s Not Little Red Riding Hood Author:  Josh Funk Illustrator: Edwardian Taylor Pub. Date:  October 27, 2020

Beagles & Books is thrilled to be part of the blog tour for It’s Not Little Red Riding Hood.  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.

Review: The amazing duo, Josh Funk and Edwardian Taylor, are back with their third (and hopefully, not last) installment in the It’s Not a Fairytale series featuring Little Red Riding Hood. Red 1 Like Jack, Gretel, and Hansel (#girlpower Gretel), Red does questions some of the narrator’s directions remarking “You’re sending a child carrying a giant basket, into the woods, ALL ALONE? After the narrator answers with a simple yes, Red agrees stating “You’re in charge!”  But I wonder for how long? Well, not long because on the very next page spread, Red is now wearing her little sister’s blue cape to Grandma’s. And on her way to Grandma’s, she meets up with the Big Bad Wolf…wait…I mean..Captain Hook.  It turns out the the wolf is sick which does not make the narrator happy. Red 2 Still trusting, Red continues following the narrator’s directions as she journeys to Grandma’s but Captain Hook is not feeling it.  “I did not agree to people–eatin,” he says. Pirates are all about stealing loot which is why he continually conflicts with the narrator.  When Red finally gets to Grandma’s, you can imagine the antics that ensue especially when Pinocchio fills in for the woodsman to rescue her from the Big Bad Wolf…oops..Captain Hook.  And it’s NOT a Funk & Taylor fairy tale unless a character opens a restaurant serving fairy tale creatures. I am always smiling and laughing after reading Funk and Taylor’s hilarious parody of a classic fairy tale.  One of the highlights was the lively exchanges between Red and the narrator because he always told the truth and while she questioned his directions, she was still willing to follow them. What I also loved about It’s Not Little Red Riding Hood is the decision to have other fairy tale characters stand in the original characters.  Captain Hook acted like himself, not the Wolf which made the story more humorous and a more fun read aloud. Last November, the second grade class I read to for #classroombookaday, had the immense pleasure of hosting Josh Funk for an author visit where we not only got a sneak peek at It’s Not Little Red Riding Hood, but also Josh, the classroom teacher, and me engaged in a reader’s theater of taking on the voices of the narrator, Red, and Captain Hook which was such fun.  I mean, come on…who doesn’t want to talk like a pirate? I am in awe of Funk’s witty and playful writing and Taylor’s bold and engaging illustrations literally leap off the page.  And kids love searching for cameos of other fairy tale characters throughout the book.  Kids always ask which fairy tale will be next in the series as do I.  My fingers (and Bella’s paws) are crossed that there are more It’s Not a Fairytale adventures to come!
JFAbout the Author: Like the characters in his books, Josh Funk doesn’t like being told how stories should go—so he writes his own. He is the author of many popular picture books, including the popular Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series, illustrated by Brendan Kearney, and the It’s Not a Fairytale books, illustrated by Edwardian Taylor. He lives in New England with his family. Learn more about him at www.joshfunkbooks.com, Twitter: @joshfunkbooks Instagram: @joshfunkbooks
About the Illustrator:ETEdwardian Taylor is the illustrator of multiple children’s books, including Race!, written by Sue Fliess; the Toy Academy chapter books, written by Brian Lynch; and the It’s Not a Fairytale books, written by Josh Funk. He lives in Texas with his partner and their four dogs.  Learn more about him at www.edwardiantaylor.com Twitter: @edwardiantaylor, Instagram: edwardiantaylor Tumblr: Edwardian Taylor
unnamed It’s Not a Fairytale Series Giveaway! Two Lions is offering all three books in the It’s Not a Fairytale series–It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk, It’s Not Hansel and Gretel, and It’s Not Little Red Riding Hood  to one lucky winner (U.S. addresses).  Giveaway begins Friday, October 23, 2020 and ends at 10 p.m. Friday, October 30, 2020.  You can enter below or retweet my Twitter post.
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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/19/20

Bella and I are excited to share our latest reads in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR is a community of bloggers who link up to share what they are reading. Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give it a #kidlit focus and encourage everyone who participates to visit at least 3 of the other #kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.link up below, leave a comment, and support other #IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway for Sometimes a Wall… by Diane White Illustrated by Barroux

 

About the Book:
Title: Sometimes a Wall
Author:  Diane White
Illustrator: Barroux
Pub. Date:  October 15, 2020


Beagles and Books is thrilled to be part of the blog tour for Sometimes a Wall…. Special thanks to Owlkids Books and Barbara Fisch of Blue Slip Media for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


My Review:

On the first few page spreads, a wall is used as a source of fun–first, as a place to write and a place to splash as water flows down.  Then more children join to climb the wall and join hands to make a “we wall”  and a “shout wall.”

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And with the turn of a page, that same wall which was inclusive to all becomes a barrier to one.  The wall is no longer inclusive and gives three children the license to be mean.  As the wall becomes a castle, one child feels empowered to bully and claim the fortress as his own.  But here’s the thing–when you build walls all around you and refuse to let anyone in, people move on.  And what are you left with?  A big empty castle where you feel pretty lonely and (hopefully) regretful about your actions.

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By opening the door, there is the hope of mending friendships and making the castle a place for all to enjoy.

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I read a lot of picture books and am always amazed at the use of language to convey meaning.  White uses her words sparingly but meaningfully to show how physical walls can become symbolic walls.   Barroux’s lively illustrations beautifully complement the text and careful eyes will notice how one child changes from friend to enemy to friend.  One detail that struck me was how the child’s yellow construction hat is tossed away for a yellow crown to signify his ownership of the castle.  Sometimes a Wall... is a picture book with so many layers.  It is a story that teaches us about friendship, conflict, empathy, and forgiveness, in a way that kids of all ages can understand.  What I love most about Sometimes a Wall... is the message of hope and how we all have the capacity to change our behaviors and be accepted by others.


Parent and Teacher Resources: 
Check out all the amazing educational resources for Sometimes a Wall:
The “Why” Behind the Book
Discussion Guide
A Lesson In 3 Movements…
• Intro to the Unit (PLEASE READ FIRST!)
• 1st Movement : TOGETHER (I Walk with Vanessa by Kerascoët)
• 2nd Movement: APART (Draw the Line by Kathryn Otoshi)
• 3rd Movement: REGRET. NEW START? (Sometimes a Wall … by Dianne White, illustrated by Barroux)
Coloring Pages For Younger Students

Praise for Sometimes a Wall!

“Rhyme, rhythm, and simple art—all including references to walls—show children expressing different emotions and behaviors… Mending walls for the nursery crowd.”
Kirkus Reviews

About the Author:

A conversation with a friend got author Dianne White thinking about different kinds of walls, both physical and metaphorical. Sometimes a Wall . . . is an exploration of these, and with it, an invitation to take down barriers and find common ground. Dianne’s other books include Green on Green and Who Eats Orange? A long-time elementary school teacher, she lives with her family in Gilbert, Arizona. To learn more, and to download discussion guides and more, visit Dianne’s website at diannewrites.com, Twitter: @diannewrites, and Facebook: Dianne White
About the Illustrator:
Barroux lives in Paris, France, and has studied photography, art, sculpture, and architecture. His work has been published in The New York Times and The Washington Post. He believes that the world needs fewer walls and more trees.

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Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive a copy of Sometimes a Wall… courtesy of Owlkids Books.  This giveaway is open from Friday, October 16, 2020 through Friday, October 23, 2020 ending at 10:00 p.m. EST.   Please note that book may take longer to ship so patience is appreciated.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 10/5/20

Bella and I are excited to share our latest reads in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR is a community of bloggers who link up to share what they are reading. Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give it a #kidlit focus and encourage everyone who participates to visit at least 3 of the other #kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/28/20

Bella and I are excited to share our latest reads in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR is a community of bloggers who link up to share what they are reading. Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give it a #kidlit focus and encourage everyone who participates to visit at least 3 of the other #kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway for Marjory Saves the Everglades: The Story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas by Sandra Neil Wallace Illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon

 

About the Book:
Title: Marjory Saves the Everglades: The Story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Author:  Sandra Neil Wallace
Illustrator: Rebecca Gibbon
Pub. Date:  September 22, 2020


Beagles and Books is thrilled to be part of the blog tour for Marjory Saves the Everglades: The Story of Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Special thanks to Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books  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:
Marjory Stoneman Douglas didn’t intend to write about the Everglades but when she returned to Florida from World War I, she hardly recognized the place that was her home. The Florida that Marjory knew was rapidly disappearing—the rare orchids, magnificent birds, and massive trees disappearing with it.

Marjory couldn’t sit back and watch her home be destroyed—she had to do something. Thanks to Marjory, a part of the Everglades became a national park and the first park not created for sightseeing, but for the benefit of animals and plants. Without Marjory, the part of her home that she loved so much would have been destroyed instead of the protected wildlife reserve it has become today.


Review:

Truth.  Before I read Marjory Save the Everglades, I was not aware of this woman’s remarkable contribution to ecology.  This is why Sandra Neil Wallace’s picture book biography is such a great addition to classroom libraries, school libraries, and public libraries.

Wallace’s lyrical and conversational text begins by telling how a young Marjory first fell in love with Florida after a visit to the sunshine state with her father.  Gibbons’ warm, nostalgic illustrations complement the text well showing Marjory’s curiosity and enthusiasm to keep learning.

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As an adult, Marjory has an opportunity to return to Florida and work as a reporter for the Miami Herald, her father’s newspaper.  As the only woman reporter, she writes about issues that were important to her.

MARJORY SAVES THE EVERGLADES interior3_© 2020 Rebecca Gibbon During World War I, her passion to help remained strong first enlisting in the navy and joining the Red Cross.  When she returned to Florida, developers and speculators had taken control of the Everglades, which did not sit well with Marjory; she knew the area must be preserved but how can she convince others?

After a trip through the Everglades on a houseboat, Marjory was able to witness its true glory.  Flying in a giant balloon, among many birds, high above the Everglades finally convinced park officials that the area was worth saving.  The Everglades became a national park.  In later years, Margory discovered that the Everglades wasn’t a swamp, but a river of grass which changed people’s perception about the land which so many plants and animals called home.

Before she died at the age of 108, Marjory created Friends of the Everglades and due to her advocacy,  she not only stopped a jetport from being built in the middle of the land but convinced the government to restore the Everglades which was the largest restoration project in history.

After reading this picture book biography, I was astounded that I had never heard of Marjory Stoneman Douglas before.  Marjory Saves the Everglades is an inspirational story reminding us all that we have the power to make a difference. Her curiosity and willingness to ask questions and seek information was vital to her success.  Persistence was also important because one of Marjory’s quotes was  “Be a nuisance. Never give up.”  As I read this biography, I especially enjoyed the actual quotes from Marjory that were shared every few pages.  These quotes conveyed her determination and passion for her cause.

What I loved most about reading is even after the Everglades became a national park, Marjory still continued to fight for its protection at 80 years ago battling sight and hearing issues. The  back matter includes an author’s note, a visual glossary of animals and plants living in the Everglades, tips for protecting the environment, additional resources about Marjory, a timeline of her life and additional sources.


Get a sneak peek by watching the book trailer:

Praise for Marjory Saves the Everglades!

Marjory Saves the Everglades will inspire children of today and tomorrow to be persistent and follow their dreams to create a better world. Sandra Neil Wallace captures Marjory’s passionate commitment to justice for our natural world and all of its inhabitants.”
— Friends of the Everglades

About the Author:

Sandra Neil Wallace hopes that her stories inspire readers as much as they inspire her. Her book The Teachers March! How Selma’s Teachers Changed History was written with her husband, Rich Wallace, and has received three starred reviews to date. Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went From the Football Field to the Art Gallery received the Orbis Pictus Book Award, was an ALA Notable Book and a Booklist Top 10 Biography for Youth. Formerly, Sandra was an ESPN reporter and was the first woman to host an NHL broadcast. She continues to break barriers as co-founder of DailyGoodNH.org and lives with her family in New Hampshire. To learn more and to download free activity kits and other resources, visit SandraNeilWallace.com or check out her social media accounts below.

Facebook: Sandra Neil Wallace
Twitter: @SandraNWallace
On Instagram: @sandraneilwallace


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Giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive a copy of Marjory Saves the Everglades, courtesy of Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (U.S. addresses only).  This giveaway is open from Friday, September 25, 2020 through Friday, October 2, 2020 ending at 10:00 p.m. EST.   Please note that book may take longer to ship so patience is appreciated.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/21/20

Bella and I are excited to share our latest reads in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR is a community of bloggers who link up to share what they are reading. Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give it a #kidlit focus and encourage everyone who participates to visit at least 3 of the other #kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/7/20

Bella and I are excited to share our latest reads in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR is a community of bloggers who link up to share what they are reading. Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give it a #kidlit focus and encourage everyone who participates to visit at least 3 of the other #kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.link up below, leave a comment, and support other IMWAYR bloggers by visiting and commenting on at least three of the other linked blogs.

Tomorrow is The First Day of School!

Tomorrow, my district begins virtual teaching and it will be a first day like no other.  Reading interventions do not typically begin until the second week of in-person learning so typically on the first day, I am helping students line up outside, comforting nervous students, lending an extra hand in primary classrooms, visiting classes to read aloud, and getting prepared to assess new students.  Almost all these tasks require us to be in the building so as I plan my first day of school, I keep thinking how will I spend my day? 

Reading to kids. 

Regardless of whether school is virtual or in person, the most important thing is continuing to share my love of literacy with students and teachers.  I worry about students have access to physical texts and want to explore ways to get real books into kids’ hands but for now, my job is to keep sharing the power of books.  

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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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Happy Book Birthday & Blog Tour to Lady Pancake and French Toast: Short & Sweet by Josh Funk Illustrated by Brendan Kearney

 

About the Book:
Title: SHORT & SWEET (Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast Volume 4)
Author: Josh Funk
Illustrator: Brendan Kearney
Pub. Date:  September 1, 2020

Happy Book Birthday to SHORT & SWEET!  Bella and I are so excited to be a part of the SHORT & SWEET Long & Savory virtual tour sharing our review of the latest Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast adventure!

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