Monday, August 28, 2017

*Henry Whiskers* Blog Tour

I am delighted to be sharing with you a new series, perfect for our younger readers!

Henry Whiskers is a new mouse character for kids to go on adventures with. Though we have fallen in love with other small rodents, we have never hung out with one in such a cool setting!

Henry and his family live in Queen Mary's dollhouse in Windsor Castle. Here, take a peek:

This setting reminds me of the Thorne Rooms which exist in Chicago and also in the fictional pages The Sixty-Eight Rooms.

The mouse and the setting will be enough to hook your readers, then pacing of these little adventures and the cast of characters will surely keep them hooked.

It gets better, I have the chance to give away a set of the first two books!
Good luck, and share the love! You sharing this post spreads awareness of this new series. As a 3rd and 4th grade teacher I have always been on the lookout for books that are not only accessible to kids, but exciting and engaging for them to experience.
Good Luck! 
Winner will be chosen randomly on Friday, September 8th.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

*Duck and Hippo Lost and Found* Blog Tour

My thoughts:

What fun I had reading this book aloud to my son! For a three year old the book is amusing and eye catching. For slightly older readers there is room for a bit of wondering and questioning. Such as, Did Hippo make a wise and thoughtful decision to go looking for berries? The right intentions were certainly there, but how did his actions effect his friends? Would it have been a nicer day if he had not gone looking for something to contribute to the picnic? 

The illustrations are delightfully old-timey and silly and fun, I think you'll like them!

Have some fun:

Check out some free downloadable pages at 

And win the books!

Giveaway sponsored by Two Lions: Duck and Hippo Lost and Found and Duck and Hippo in the Rainstorm (U.S. addresses)

Winner will be randomly selected on Friday, September 1st. (Bah, September already?!)

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King Blog Tour!

Jack is back, finally! If you read, and obviously loved, Mighty Jack, then you have probably been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this book!

But let's back up a moment. There is the off chance you missed Mighty Jack, and I don't want to lose anyone...

How awesome is that cover? I remember book talking this to my 4th graders last year, hands shooting in the air for a chance to be the first to read it! We were delighted to find that this fantastic story of action, heart, doubt and triumph, was placed on the 2017-18 Maine Student Book Award list.

Mighty Jack takes good old Jack and the Beanstalk to a whole new level of awesome. Jack unleashes much more than a beanstalk in this new tale. Instead, a dangerous garden, creatures, a link to a different world, is unleashed! It would be a major spoiler if I mentioned how that book ends. So I won't. But I will say that Mighty Jack and the Goblin King open up right where that one leaves off. Hence the opening line to this post.

I recommend this book for grades 4-7, though I will have it in my 3rd grade classroom library later in the year. And since classroom teachers can take heat for the content of the books in their care, I will let you know that there is violence and death, though nothing over the top. And one little swear. So, know your audience. And know that it's ok for kids to think about why an author chooses for a character to use certain words. That's a solid discussion to have.

Ben Hatke's artwork is alive. The coloring is awesome, the action is awesome, and the creatures and characters are awesome. And the storyline? You guessed it: awesome.

I adore the goblins. How they look, how they talk, how they act, I love it all. And those weird little pipe creatures? So cool. 

And the ending?! The ending!! Fans of Hatke's work are going to LOVE the final pages!

Kids are going to eat this up. And we want them to. We want kids to have wild and fantastic adventures. We want kids to meet strong young female characters, and characters that have special needs, and characters that show loyalty and bravery and love.

To know Ben and his work, is to know that whatever he creates, it's going to be worthy of your attention. I'm not saying that you should love books just because they are written by a guy with major heart, humor and adventuring skills. No, you should not love books just because the author can do flips, run on stilts, breathe fire or use a bow and arrows. But if you do find yourself thinking Ben's work is extra appealing because of all those things, well, I'd say that's ok.

Follow First Second's blog tour for Mighty Jack and the Goblin King!

I'd love to give away one copy, since I have 2 shiny new copies, and feel like the love should be shared! Want to enter? I'm making it extra simple this time. Simply leave a comment on this post about...anything! Have you met Ben? Tell about that! Have you read Mighty Jack? What are your thoughts? Looking forward to the sequel? Say so! 

Then, share the Mighty Jack love by spreading this post on twitter, facebook, with your colleagues, whatever and wherever.

Winner will be chosen Friday, August 18th. Sometime before I go to be ;)