Monday, May 15, 2017

LuLaRoe Leggings Giveaway! Meet LuLaRoe ~ Tari and Jaime!!


Have you heard of the awesomeness called LuLaRoe?  They’re a direct sales clothing company that’s becoming more and more popular because of their unique clothing prints and buttery soft leggings.  As soon as you try ANY of their clothing items, you become addicted! We sure did!

But you can ONLY find their unique clothing line through a LuLaRoe Independent Fashion consultant.  Items CANNOT be purchased through a website, or through a catalog.  All items are sold directly from a consultant.


LuLaRoe clothing items are so amazing because they flatter all body types, shapes and sizes.  Women look and feel beautiful in LuLaRoe clothing.  Plus, the clothes are ultra-comfortable!  You feel like you’re wearing pajamas and feel like you can comfortably take a nap in clothing that makes you look your best! How awesome is that?  Check them out!  They are amazing!

Jaime(Left) & Tari (Right) with Lee Brice
About Us, LuLaRoe Tari and Jaime

We're a mother and daughter independent Fashion Consultant Team we just joined LuLaRoe in March and onboarded 3 weeks ago!
I (Jaime) have been a part of the bookish world in different capacities for 7 years! As a blogger, blog tour company owner, and publicist and I recently became a LuLaRoe Independent Fashion consultant because I see so many similarities between the two.
Tari is a school teacher. She teaches 4th and 5th graders at an elementary school in Sacramento and she loves her job! She also love sharing her love of LuLaRoe with her fellow teachers and students parents!
One of our most favorite things about our blogging and work communities is meeting so many amazing women with similar interests.  Guess what? We're thrilled to say that we’ve been able to connect with so many more women through LuLaRoeand in an amzingly short time!  We're not only connecting with ladies who long for clothes that make them feel good, but we're connecting with the awesome consultants within LuLaRoe!  And let us tell you, we have never been so excited to work for a company as this one!
The owners of LuLaRoe are determined to provide a quality product, maintain an extremely positive and uplifting work and consulting environment . . . and they are all about serving others.  It’s amazing!

How to find Tari and Jaime, LuLaRoe Independent Fashion Consultants:





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1 winner will receive a pair of LuLaRoe Leggings (One Size or Tall & Curvy)
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Friday, May 12, 2017

Skyscape Publishing ARC Review: The Hundredth Queen (Emily King)

The Hundredth Queen
Author: Emily King
Publication Date: June 1st 2017
Publisher: Skyscape

As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.
But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.
Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.
In Emily R. King’s thrilling fantasy debut, an orphan girl blossoms into a warrior, summoning courage and confidence in her fearless quest to upend tradition, overthrow an empire, and reclaim her life as her own.







Emily R. King is a reader of everything and a writer of fantasy. Born in Canada and raised in the USA, she has perfected the use of “eh” and “y’all” and uses both interchangeably. Shark advocate, consumer of gummy bears, and islander at heart, Emily’s greatest interests are her four children. She’s a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and an active participant in her local writers’ community. She lives in Northern Utah with her family and their cantankerous cat.







The Hundredth Queen is by far one of my favorite books of 2017. I received an ARC of this incredible book before it even had a cover and I was completely obsessed after just reading one chapter. I am one of those readers who is usually drawn to a book because of the cover so when I received this book I read it just because the synopsis sounded intriguing.....and WOW am I happy that I gave this book a chance! The Hundredth Queen blew me away.....I literally could not put the book down and finished it in one weekend. 

The Hundredth Queen was full of magic, suspense, fantasy, action, betrayal, and swoon-worthy romance. Emily's writing is beautiful, captivating, and full of emotion. Each character is unique and fascinating in their own way but the main character, Kalinda, is the heart of the story. Kalinda is a strong female heroine who beats the odds to become one of the Rajah's queens.....most importantly his Hundredth Queen.

Kali is torn from her peaceful and serene life at the Sisterhood's temple and brought to the Rajah's palace where she will fight for her life in a tournament against his other ninety-nine queens and also his courtesans. 

When Kali is pulled from the temple she is escorted to the Rajah's palace by Deven, a high-ranking palace guard. I loved the immediate connection between Kali and Deven and how easily they became intertwined with each other. Deven's fierce protectiveness toward Kali was beautiful and breath-taking and their romance felt like it was destined to be. 

“His warm smile squeezes me breathless."

Another aspect of the story that I loved was how Emily portrayed the importance of strong female relationships between the characters all throughout the story. 

The Hundredth Queen is a sweeping YA fantasy that is full of incredible world-building, breath-taking romance, and a magical journey that will keep you intrigued until the last page. There were so many fascinating twists and turns throughout the story and each turn of the page seemed to be more suspenseful than the last. Each chapter was so exciting and intriguing and I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. I literally cannot wait to read The Fire Queen to see what lies ahead for Kalinda and her journey to become the One Hundredth Queen. 










The Fire Queen (Emily King)


In the second book in The Hundredth Queen Series, Emily R. King once again follows a young warrior queen’s rise to meet her destiny in a richly imagined world of sorcery and forbidden powers.

Though the tyrant rajah she was forced to marry is dead, Kalinda’s troubles are far from over. A warlord has invaded the imperial city, and now she’s in exile. But she isn’t alone. Kalinda has the allegiance of Captain Deven Naik, her guard and beloved, imprisoned for treason and stripped of command. With the empire at war, their best hope is to find Prince Ashwin, the rajah’s son, who has promised Deven’s freedom on one condition: that Kalinda will fight and defeat three formidable opponents.

But as Kalinda’s tournament strengths are once again challenged, so too is her relationship with Deven. While Deven fears her powers, Ashwin reveres them—as well as the courageous woman who wields them. Kalinda comes to regard Ashwin as the only man who can repair a warring world and finds herself torn between her allegiance to Deven and a newly found respect for the young prince.

With both the responsibility to protect her people and the fate of those she loves weighing heavily upon her, Kalinda is forced again to compete. She must test the limits of her fire powers and her hard-won wisdom. But will that be enough to unite the empire without sacrificing all she holds dear?






**The quotes from this book have been taken from an Advanced Reading Copy and are subject to change when the final book is printed. Please refer to the final, finished copy for exact quotes!**


**I want to say Thank You to Skyscape Publishing for the opportunity to review this book!!**

Saturday, May 6, 2017

G.P. Putnam Books For Young Readers ARC Review: Prince and Pirate (Author-Charlotte Gunnufson & Illustrator-Mike Lowery)


Prince and Pirate
Author: Charlotte Gunnufson
Illustrator: Mike Lowery
Publication Date: May 9th, 2017
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers




When two little fish with big personalities have to share the same tank, there are rough seas ahead!
Prince and Pirate are proud masters of their very own fishbowls, and life goes along swimmingly--until they're scooped up and plopped into shared waters.
Prince is horrified to find this cheeky cod trespassing in his kingdom.
Pirate is sure this scurvy sea slug has come to plunder his treasure.
Thus, a battle of regal sneers, seaworthy stink-eyes, and off-the-hook insults begins.
Prince and Pirate's hilarious duel for territory will elicit gales of giggles, hearty guffaws, and heartfelt smiles. Just when it seems their struggle might end in a silly stalemate, a little surprise convinces them to find a way to get along--swimmingly. 







Charlotte is the author of Prince and Pirate (Penguin/Putnam, May 2017) and Halloween Hustle (Two Lions, September 2013), picture books for kids ages 3-9. Watch the giggle-inducing trailers at booksbycharlotte.com, and get lots of fun, free, kid-friendly stuff: coloring pages, music, mazes, word puzzles, crafts, activity kits for teachers, and more.Charlotte loves making kids laugh and getting them jazzed up about reading. Contact her via her website about scheduling a visit at a school, library or bookstore near you. Events include an interactive reading, guessing game, action rhymes, crafts, music, dancing and more.Charlotte grew up in Minnesota, bossed by an older sister (who once tricked Charlotte into eating a worm) and pestered by a younger brother (who, among other misdemeanors, blew out the candles on Charlotte's birthday cake). Charlotte has since escaped to Iowa, where she write and teaches Zumba Fitness classes. She has one handsome husband, two blue cats, and three remarkable children.
In addition to picture books, Charlotte writes poems which have appeared in Highlights, Highlights High Five and Hello, Cricket, Spider, Ladybug, Babybug, Jack & Jill, Humpty Dumpty, and Turtle magazines.



Mike Lowery is an illustrator whose work appears in everything from greeting cards to children’s books—and Workman’s Kid’s Awesome Activity Calendar. In Doodle Adventures™ – the first series Mike has written and illustrated – he invites readers to doodle along with him and Carl the Duck. Mike shares more of his work at mikelowery.com and @mikelowerystudio on Instagram.

He lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife and daughter.














"When two little fish with big personalities have to share the same tank,
 there are rough seas ahead!"


Prince and Pirate is fun children's book full of bright, vivid illustrations that will engage the reader and a fun, entertaining story that will keep the reader's attention right up until the last page. 

Prince and Pirate tell the story of two fish who both want to be the "king" of the fish tank and they both work so hard to prove who is the best...until......a new fish arrives. Once DogFish arrives both Prince and Pirate forget all about who is the best and they work together to try to make DogFish feel welcome.

The "pirate" language that both Prince and Pirate use throughout the book is funny and kids will love reading this fun and entertaining story. Both Pirate and Prince are hard-headed, determined characters and neither wants to budge on who "rules" the fish tank. The words they use are supposed to be mean and stern but they really just end up sounding silly and kids will laugh at their attempts to be the ruler of the fish tank. 

The best part about this book is how the story shows kids how important it is to put your differences aside and work together. Life is much more fun with friends instead of being alone and friendship makes everyone happy! 


"With the lively little dogfish, 
Prince and Pirate cavorted from castle to schooner, 
corner to corner to corner to corner.

Happy, by golly,
so thar-she-blows jolly,
and the teensiest bit tuckered out."








**The quotes from this book have been taken from an Advanced Reading Copy and are subject to change when the final book is printed. Please refer to the final, finished copy for exact quotes!**


**I want to say Thank You to G.P. Putnam Books For Younger Readers for the opportunity to review this book!!**

Monday, April 17, 2017

Author Chat with Laurie B Arnold (Hello There, Do You Still Know Me?)

Hello There, Do You Still Know Me?
Author: Laurie B Arnold
Published Date:  March 7th 2017
Publisher: Prospecta Press




In this sequel to the popular kids novel, Hello There, We’ve Been Waiting For You!, it’s summertime and Madison McGee’s best friends, Violet and Noah, join her in Costa Rica, where she’s staying with Rosalie Claire. Their dreams of lazy sunny beach days come to a screeching halt when Madison’s grandmother, Florida Brown, unexpectedly shows up on their doorstep. Dangerously ill with a mysterious ailment, Florida needs help. But the magic in Rosalie Claire’s fanny pack has stopped working. Only one person knows how to revive it - Grandma Daisy. The only problem? She’s been dead for five years.
Enter the MegaPix 6000. Together, Madison and her friends have to figure out a way to turn the magic TV into a time machine so they can visit Grandma Daisy and save Florida. Once the intrepid trio hurtles into the past, a dizzying adventure unfolds, filled with heart-filled, unexpected consequences.









Laurie B. Arnold has two grown sons and lives with her amazing husband and perfect fuzzy dog on a rocky beach on Bainbridge Island in Washington state. When she’s not on Bainbridge Island, she spends a lot of time in her home-away-from-home, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Laurie has worked as a seedling planter in a nursery, an assistant teacher with developmentally disabled children, and a video producer. Laurie has written and designed countless children’s interactive games, a trio of picture books, and scripts for animated kids’ TV shows, including “Dragon Tales.” Her first novel, Hello There, We’ve Been Waiting for You! – the first in the Hello There trilogy – was a finalist in the Foreword Reviews 2013 Book of the Year Awards for Juvenile Fiction and was a New Mexico Battle of the Books pick for 2015-2016.















What gave you the inspiration to write Hello There, Do You Still Know Me?? 

Hello There, Do You Still Know Me? is a follow-up to my first MG novel, Hello There, We’ve Been Waiting for You! I hadn’t committed to writing a sequel until my early readers pestered me, wondering what happened next to Madison McGee. It was particularly the kids who struggled to find the “right” book and clicked with Hello There, We’ve Been Waiting for You! that spurred me on. I have a son who was once-upon-a-time a struggling reader, so getting kids to read became one of my big motivations. Plus, I missed hanging out with those characters and wanted to spend more time with them!




Who is your favorite character in the book? 

Ooh, that’s like asking to choose my favorite child. Ask my kids. It can’t be done. If I had to choose, I’d pick two. Madison McGee, the main character, is an indomitable optimist with great resilience and a big heart. In the first book she was dealt a double-whammy with her single mom dying and having to move in with her wacky grandmother who she barely knew. In this second book, Madison travels back in time and meets her mother, Angela, when she’s also a kid. I loved writing Angela because I sometimes imagined what it would be like to meet my own parents when they were children. Would I have liked them? Would they have liked me? Would we have been friends? What would it have felt like to be equal to them? Madison gets to play out my own childhood fantasy with her mother, who is dealing with some hard issues. Eventually Madison helps her kid-mom to see the world with a brand new perspective. I’m always a sucker for a character who transforms enough to see the light. 




And which character gave you the most trouble when writing this story? 

That would have to be “Bad Guy” Walter Brinker, but in the end he was a blast to write. I struggled with how bad to the bone he should be given I was writing a middle grade novel. It was also a delicate balance to create someone who seemed just on the edge of dangerous, but wasn’t so black and white that he still believably had room for redemption. 




 What scene are you most proud of, and why? Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate? 

The scene I’m proudest of was also the most emotionally challenging. It’s when the kid-version of Angela is missing and Madison’s intuition and memory of something her mom told her nearly twenty years in the future, helps her track her down. It’s a pivotal moment when Madison helps her mom see that her life has possibilities beyond the tiny town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. All the while Madison knows she can’t reveal that she knows what lies ahead in her mother’s future, both good and bad. She carefully guides her to embrace a new vision, trying not to spill the beans that in the future Angela will grow up to be Madison’s mother. 




 Why do you think your book would be a great choice for Summer Reading? 

Hello There, Do You Still Know Me? (just like Hello There, We’ve Been Waiting for You!) is an adventure set during the carefree days of summer vacation. They’re the kind of books that appeal to boys and girls, avid readers and those who have a tough time finding the “right” book. Maybe the secret sauce to getting kids to keep turning the pages - and to read them over and over - is the humor, heart, fast-paced adventure, and whopping dollop of new-fangled magic. Not to mention a sprinkling of a few lessons along the way. At least it would have been the perfect summer fare for me when I was young! 




What do you like most about the cover of the book? 

How can I not love a scruffy dog hanging out on the beach under a palm tree wearing shades?




Your Hello There series is written for middle grade readers, how did you decide to write for this age level? Was it a choice, and how did you find it different than writing for other ages?

As a lover of happy endings, I now can’t imagine writing for any other age group. Prior to writing novels for MG, I wrote for preschoolers: picture books, computer games for young children, and animated TV shows, like “Dragon Tales.” While I loved that and it fit my “happy ending” criteria, I longed for something with more breadth, depth, and meat. With middle grade, I now have the freedom to write more complex stories with more fully drawn, complicated characters. Plus it gives me a chance to subtly impart some important lessons along the way.




Thinking back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

Writing is just like playing an instrument. The more you do it, the better you get. I think the most important thing was gaining a better understanding of pacing and to be able wordsmith sentences down to their bare bones. As Polonius famously said in Hamlet, “Brevity is the soul of wit.” 




Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising? 
And will you describe your method for each?

They each have their rewards, although revisions are more challenging. Writing the original draft is a joy because of the Zen experience of total immersion. The times when unexpected surprises tend to pop from my brain. And I love the mental stimulation of figuring out the puzzle of a story. How it all fits together with the goal of not losing any pieces! The revision phase appeals to the detailed, dare I say, nitpicky side of me, but I find it challenging to step back, critically analyze it, and second-guess how other people might see it.

When I begin the initial writing process, I spend a long time just thinking about the story, without writing much down. Then I write pages of notes about my story and my characters. Before I write a word of the book, I want to know my characters as if they’re real people. Then I create an outline, imagining the story as if it is unfolding like a movie. I use my outline as a guide to write the book and while I’m not 100% faithful to it, I really don’t stray far. And the revision? I read it all the way through. I double-check the flow and make sure something crucial happens in each scene. I read it aloud. And I pass it along to friends I trust to give me good honest feedback. After that I dig in, move things around, make sure I’m not repeating the same words, and reduce, reduce, reduce. 




 What were some of your favorite children’s books or authors when you were growing up? Do you feel they influence your writing in any way?

I was a big fan of Roald Dahl, a series by Noel Streatfield called The Shoes books, anything Nancy Drew, and Harriet the Spy (who in retrospect was more snoop than spy). It’s those indomitable, plucky characters – kids who took on adult-sized problems with aplomb – that spoke to me and influenced me the most. 




Will you share a sneak peek of what’s up next for you? 

I’m working on Madison’s story for the final book of this trilogy, Hello There, I’m Coming Home. I also have a little more work to do on a MG mystery called Superhero & the Comeback Queen, inspired by my childhood love of Harriet the Spy, although my main characters, Albert Einstein Goldstine and Dot Baker, are real spies, rather than snoops like Harriet. ☺ 




Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I always love to share one of my mantras with kids during author visits (which I love to do as much as I love to write). Keep on reading, keep on writing, and when you hear that voice in your head that says, “I can’t do that!” turn it into “I can’t do that YET!” 








Praise for Hello There, Do You Still Know Me?



“A riptide of a magical adventure! Hello There, Do You Still Know Me? pulled me in and took me on a delightfully engaging ride with some well-crafted characters. Kids'll adore this book!”—Alan Katz, award-winning author of Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs, Where Did They Hide My Presents?, and The Day the Mustache Took Over



“A magical book that has so many wonderful elements. I really thought the book was well written, well plotted and so original. There are important lessons in this book that are great for younger readers to learn. Plus, there is magic around us all the time, we just need to take time to notice it.”—Mrs. Mommy Booknerd’s Book Reviews







Thursday, April 13, 2017

Balzer + Bray Children's Book Review: Otter Loves Easter (Sam Garton)

Otter Loves Easter
Author: Sam Garton
Published Date: January 24th 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Otter—the irrepressible picture book character, sure to be adored by fans of Llama Llama—celebrates Easter with a little too much chocolate and a lot of creativity in this paper-over-board book.
This year the Easter Bunny brought Otter lots of chocolate eggs—her favorite! Otter Keeper said she had to share them with her friends, but sharing is very hard . . . and eating chocolate is very easy. Otter didn’t want Teddy, Giraffe, and Pig to be sad, though. Someone had to save Easter—and she knew just the right Otter for the job!
With Otter's winning voice and Sam Garton's classic yet fresh artwork, Otter Loves Easter! is sure to be another holiday favorite.





I’m Sam, I’m 30 and I live in Wokingham! I have a degree in illustration and I spend most of my time drawing Otters whilst generally making a mess and thinking about why I still haven’t bought a kitten. I like putting inappropriate sweets in the freezer (Jelly tots) and my favourite film is Homeward bound. I wish I looked cool wearing headbands but I don’t. Oh and I’m rubbish at looking after house plants.






"The Easter Bunny had brought me lots of chocolate eggs. 
I love the Easter Bunny!"


Otter Loves Easter is a children's book filled with bright, beautiful illustrations and tells the story of Otter and his friends as they celebrate Easter.

The illustrations throughout the book are bright and engaging and children will love the simplicity of the characters such as Otter and Giraffe. Giraffe is probably my most favorite character throughout the story. He is so bright and colorful and is Otter's best bud.

I love how the story incorporates numbers which helps to teach younger children how to count and use numbers. The story also teaches the importance of sharing with others which in turn teaches respect, friendship, and caring for others.

"My friends were so happy to have eggs of their own,
and we all agreed that sharing is very important."

Otter makes a wrong choice in the story and once he learns from his mistake then he realizes that sharing his Easter presents with his friends makes him so much happier than playing with them alone. Otter even has fun helping his friends find all of the hidden Easter eggs! Otter learns that sharing anything is better with friends!






Giraffe getting gold stars for good behaviour


**The quotes from this book have been taken from an Advanced Reading Copy and are subject to change when the final book is printed. Please refer to the final, finished copy for exact quotes!**


**I want to say Thank You to Balzer + Bray for the opportunity to review this book!!**


Katherine Tegen Books Children's Book Review: How To Be A Bigger Bunny (Wendall & Florence Minor)



How To Be A Bigger Bunny
Authors:Wendall & Florence Minor
Published Date: January 24th 2017 
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

When Tickles the bunny’s family goes on an adventure without her, Tickles reads her book, How to Be a Bigger Bunny, and then winds up on an adventure of her own. When she finds her furry family in trouble, she must become a bigger bunny and save the day.







Wendell Minor is nationally known for the artwork he has created for over fifty award-winning children’s books. His many collaborators include Jean Craighead George, Robert Burleigh, Buzz Aldrin, Tony Johnston, Mary Higgins Clark, and last but not least, his wife Florence. In 2009 Wendell and Florence’s If You Were a Penguin, was chosen by Pennsylvania for their “One Book, Every Young Child” 2009 early literacy program, and they enjoyed the month they spent speaking to children in Pennsylvania’s libraries, schools, Head Start facilities, and Museums.
Wendell is also the cover artist and designer of over two thousand books for authors Pat Conroy, David McCullough, Fannie Flagg, and Nathaniel Philbrick among many others. His portrait of “Truman” for the cover of David McCullough’s book is in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.
Following a productive and fulfilling career as a documentary film editor for ABC News in New York, Florence was happy to find a second, and equally fulfilling career in publishing after she and Wendell moved to Connecticut. Her first project was co-editing a twenty-five year retrospective of Wendell’s book cover art, Wendell Minor: Art for the Written Word while also handling the business aspects of the minorart studio. In keeping with her lifelong love of reading and writing, and her interest in editing, the timing was perfect to begin collaborating with Wendell, to creating books that entertain, teach, and inspire children.
In 2013 Wendell and Florence were given the New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA) President’s Award for lifetime achievement in arts and letters, and in April of 2015 they will be honorees at The Associates of the Boston Public Library’s 27th annual Literary Lights Dinner, which recognizes outstanding writers from the Northeast for their inspiring work.
Among the awards Wendell’s books have garnered are: Cook Prize honoring the best science, technology, engineering and math picture book for children aged eight to ten, Notable Children’s Trade Books in Social Studies, ALA Booklist Children’s Choices, International Reading Association Teacher’s Choices, Parents Choice Foundation “Silver Honor,” Smithsonian’s Notable Books for Children, the John Burroughs List of Nature Books For Young Readers, Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of the Year and Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year.
Wendell’s paintings has been exhibited widely throughout the country in various venues. An exhibition of 25 years of his children’s book art, “Wendell Minor’s America” was on display at the Norman Rockwell Museum from November 2013 through May 2014. The exhibit, which is traveling, will open at Aurora University’s Schingoethe Museum on October 2nd, 2015. A book featuring the art was published in conjunction with the exhibit, and is available through the Norman Rockwell Museum: http://store.nrm.org/browse.cfm/4,4050.htmlIn 1988 Wendell was chosen as one of a six member team commissioned by NASA to document the shuttle Discovery’s return to flight. He has created paintings for Chicago’s Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum and the U.S. Postal Service.
As President of the Society of Illustrators from 1989-1991, Wendell considers one of his most important contributions the organization of an international exhibition, and the subsequent publication of the book of the same name, entitled Art for Survival: The Illustrator and the Environment. He is Trustee Emeritus of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, is a member of the Low Illustration Committee at the New Britain Museum of American Art, and served on the Advisory Council for the Connecticut Center for the Book. Wendell received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Aurora University in Illinois in 2004, and one from the University of Connecticut in 2010.
Wendell lectures at schools and universities across the country, frequently on environmental themes, and his books which have been featured on the PBS-TV program “The Reading Rainbow” are used in classrooms throughout the country.
In addition to illustrating and writing his own picture books for children Wendell continues to create paintings for book covers.







"Beloved author and illustrator team Wendell and Florence Minor show how even the smallest bunny can do BIG things!"

How To Be A Bigger Bunny is an adorable children's book with simple and yet beautiful illustrations that will keep a child interested as you read them the story of Tickles the bunny and how he saves the day! 

Tickles is the smallest bunny in her family and sometimes gets left out.....but Tickles is a smart, sweet bunny and instead of letting it bother her she goes and picks up her favorite book, How To Be A Bigger Bunny, and settles down to read her book.

"How To Be A Bigger Bunny was filled with adventure stories that Tickles loved to read."

Tickles is such a strong, brave little bunny and I love how this book teaches children that no matter your size as long as you never give up and you believe in yourself then you can do anything you want!

How To Be A Bigger Bunny tells the story of Tickles and how her family finally realizes how important she is and gives her the recognition and respect she deserves.











**The quotes from this book have been taken from an Advanced Reading Copy and are subject to change when the final book is printed. Please refer to the final, finished copy for exact quotes!**


**I want to say Thank You to Katherine Tegen Books for the opportunity to review this book!!**

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Disney-Hyperion Children's Book Review: Vampirina At The Beach (Anne Marie Pace)

Vampirina At The Beach
Author: Anne Marie Pace
Illustrator: LeUyen Pham
Publish Date: April 4th, 2017
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion





When the summer moon is full, a beach trip is an epic way to spend the night. With her signature poise, Vampirina and her clan gear up for a festive time at the beach. Keeping her ballet lessons in mind, Vampirina demi-pliĆ©'s on a surfboard, leaps for a volleyball, and finishes each competition with style, even if she doesn't always come out on top. Readers will shout "Brava!" for this third gracefully ghoulish picture book by duo Anne Marie Pace and LeUyen Pham. 







Anne Marie Pace is a picture book author. She is the author of the VAMPIRINA BALLERINA series, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, published by Disney-Hyperion starting in 2012, which is in production as a Disney Junior animated series to debut in 2017; and PIGLOO (Henry Holt, illustrated by Lorna Hussey, October, 2016). Her upcoming books include GROUNDHUG DAY (Disney-Hyperion, illustrated by Christopher Denise, December, 2017), and BIG-EYED BUG (Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster, illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon, 2018), as well as the new VAMPIRINA AT THE BEACH, coming in April 2017. Past books include NEVER EVER TALK TO STRANGERS and A TEACHER FOR BEAR, both published by Scholastic Book Clubs. She lives with her family in Virginia.






LeUyen Pham is the illustrator of many books for children, including God’s Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams, The Princess in Black series and Aunt Mary’s Rose by Douglas Wood. LeUyen Pham lives in California.







Vampirina On The Beach is full of fun, vivid, and colorful illustrations. Vampirina uses her adventures to teach her friends right and wrong. I enjoyed reading how Vampirina and her friends all work together and show each other kindness.

I loved how she takes every opportunity to teach her friends how to do different things safely and the correct way, such as snorkeling, surfing, playing volleyball and even building a sandcastle.





"It doesn't matter if it's Swan Lake on a stage,
or the twist in the sand,
dancing with friends is fun that never stops.
Whether or not you come out on top,
finishing with grace is what makes you a real winner."

Kids will enjoy following the adventures of Vampirina and all her not-so-scary friends as they enjoy a day or "night" on the beach! Vampirina is so fun to be around and makes every experience a truly great adventure! Her and all her friends show kids how to enjoy every moment and how to live life to the fullest! 

Fans of Vampirina and her friends will be so excited to hear that Vampirina is in production as a Disney Junior animated series and will debut in 2017!

I highly recommend this fun and engaging book to anyone who has young kids because not only are the adventures fun and entertaining but they also teach kids life lessons such as how to play safely and how to follow and abide by the rules. Also, kids will enjoy reading the stories and then being able to watch the stories come to life on the new show on Disney Junior. 







**The quotes from this book have been taken from an Advanced Reading Copy and are subject to change when the final book is printed. Please refer to the final, finished copy for exact quotes!**


**I want to say Thank You to Disney-Hyperion for the opportunity to review this book!!**