August 26, 2016

National Dog Day Celebration: Maxi's Secrets by Lynn Plourde +GIVEAWAY

Today in celebration of National Dog Day, I'm very excited today to share with you a new book I was introduced to.  It's titled:



I love dogs - I have two! So when I saw this book I was immediately drawn to it.  



About the Book
When a BIG, lovable, does-it-her-way dog wiggles her way into the heart of a loudmouth pipsqueak of a boy, wonderful things happen that help him become a bigger, better person. 
 
Timminy knows that moving to a new town just in time to start middle school when you are perfect bully bait is less than ideal. But he gets a great consolation prize in Maxi—a gentle giant of a dog who the family quickly discovers is deaf. Timminy is determined to do all he can to help Maxi—after all, his parents didn't return him because he was a runt. But when the going gets rough for Timminy, who spends a little too much time getting shoved into lockers at school, Maxi ends up being the one to help him—along with their neighbor, Abby, who doesn’t let her blindness define her and bristles at Timminy’s “poor-me” attitude. It turns out there’s more to everyone than what’s on the surface, whether it comes to Abby, Maxi, or even Timminy himself.





ABOUT THE AUTHOR: The author of more than 30 picture books, MAXI'S SECRETS is Lynn Plourde’s debut middle-grade novel. She writes of her switch: “At sixty years of age, why write my first middle grade novel? To bring my dog Maggie back to life, of course. When my beloved Maggie died three years ago, I got greedy. I wanted more time with her… Maggie gave me permission to sprinkle make-believe on her truth. To add, take away, change whatever I needed to in order to make the best story I could. And so I did. I turned my medium-sized, black, Irish-setter-mix Maggie into a giant, white, Great Pyrenees Maxi.”




I said I have two dogs - Lexi (right) and Griffin (left).  

They are both little dogs around 13 pounds each. Griffin is a poodle/bichon mix.  He's cute, adorable and not to bright! We love him to pieces. Then there is Lexi our 13 lb BEAST! We've only had her since the end of May.  

I have to tell you the story of how we got Lexi. 

I had been bugging my husband about wanting another pet and showing him pictures of dogs at the humane society.  This one little dog - Lexi - showed up one day.  He was smitten with her.  Her description said that she had a health issue and to call for more information.  I called and found our she is blind.  That made us only want to her more.  We planned to go in that night to meet her. But then - she was adopted! We were so sad because we missed her.  My husband and I agreed that if she came back she was ours knowing full well that chance of that was slim at best.  The next night I was scrolling through the animals again and THERE SHE WAS! We freaked! It was already closed, so we had to wait for the next day.  My husband rushed there to be there when it opened as I went to church for my son.  He got her on hold and after church we rushed back and fell more in love with her.  It was scary a bit to bring home a blind dog but now to watch her she does nothing but amaze us.  She runs - literally runs - full out into the world trusting in everyone around her.  She's the fiercest, bravest, most stubborn dog I know! Now hearing that the dog in Maxi's Secret is deaf - I have to read it! 

Giveaway

To celebrate this book and dogs everywhere I have a copy from the publisher as well as a print of the cover art (done by New Yorker artist, Maira Kalman!) to giveaway.

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August 25, 2016

GIVEAWAY! Curse of the Were-Hyena!



The Full Moon of the Were-Hyena Howling Good Giveaway! 

I reviewed this book back a bit.  You can see the review HERE.
Now it's your chance to win a copy! 

About the Book
What do you do when your favorite teacher starts turning into a were-hyena? 

a) Flee in terror? 
b) Try to cure him? 
c) Bring him carrion snacks? 

Mr. Chu, the coolest teacher ever, has developed some very unusual habits, like laughing hysterically for no reason, sniffing people's homework, and chasing chickens. When best friends Carlos and Benny decide to find out what's happening to him, they get caught up in some moonlight madness. And it looks like just the beginning of the weirdness that has arrived in the town of Monterrosa. . . . This first entry in a silly, sassy, and suspenseful new series will leave readers howling with laughter.


Ten winners will receive a copy of Bruce Hale's THE CURSE OF THE WERE-HYENA. 
Four Grand Prize winners will receive THE CURSE OF THE WERE-HYENA plus an advance reading copy of the second book in the series, MUTANT MANTIS LUNCH LADIES! 
And as a bonus, Grand Prize winners will also get a signed photo of Bruce Hale disguised as a were-wolf! 

One entry per person, please. 
Entries are due by September 30, 2016. 
Prizes can only be shipped to U.S. addresses.

ENTER HERE!!



August 20, 2016

Real or Fake? Far-Out Fibs, Fishy Facts, and Phony Photos to Test for the Truth

Title: Real or Fake? Far-Out Fibs, Fishy Facts, and Phony Photos to Test for the Truth
Author: Emily Krieger 
Publisher: National Geographic Kids
Geared Towards: Elementary+ (really anyone!)



Can you tell the truth from a tall tale? Spot a phony photo a mile away? Figure out a fib in five second flat? Then Real or Fake? is the book for you! Put your amateur detective skills to work in this fun and wacky book and see if the truth triumphs as you encounter suspicious stories, fishy facts, lying lists, and more. You'll even play interactive games that will leave you second-guessing everything you've ever read. Complete with awesome photos and hilarious collage art, this is one book that you have to read to believe . . . or disbelieve.



This is a fun little book that kids will enjoy guessing their way through.  It's arranged so that on the front page is the story, picture etc and then the back page tells you whether it's true or not.  Very fun! I know my son who is 9 thought it was fun! The only thing - you have to be careful to not skip a page because it will give away the answer to the next story! I can see this being a book you might have sitting out for kids to look at when they have down time or when they finish work before the rest of the class.  

For kids who: 

Like interactive books
Like nonfiction
Enjoy shows on the National Geographic Channel

July 31, 2016

Who is POTUS? A Timely Book for the Election

Title: When Penny Met POTUS
Author: Rachel Ruiz
Illustrations: Melissa Manwill

Penny has heard the term POTUS over and over but doesn't know what it means and her imagination runs wild! When she spends a day at the office with her mother, she asks a few questions, looks around, and tries to discover just who or what POTUS is.



I'll be honest at first I questioned the premise of the book.  How could a child not know that her mom works for the President of the Unit States.  But then I thought about the term POTUS.  If a parent always used that term, a child might not understand what it means!  After I thought about that I found myself really liking the story.  

Instead of a person Penny thinks POTUS might be a creature of some sort.  She has no clue what to picture so her imagination really does run wild.  And then when she finally gets to the White House (or her mother's place of work as she knows it), she sets out to find this POTUS with each person adding to her imagination and confusion.  

I could see this being used with kindergartners or 1st graders and having them guess what POTUS is!  It would lead to a great learning opportunity about how POTUS stands for President of the United States.