Sunday, September 17, 2017

Adventures of Little Yaga and Her Friends Giveaway Tour



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Enter to win an autographed copy of  Adventures of Little Yaga and Her Friends, by L.B. O’Milla, and a $25 Visa gift card.
One (1) grand prize winner receives:
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Giveaway begins September 9, 2017, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends October 9, 2017, at 11:59 P.M. MT.
Giveaway open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older.
Prizes provided by Mila Svetnikov.


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ABOUT THE BOOK

Adventures of Little Yaga and Her Friends

Written by L.B. O’Milla


Publisher's Synopsis: Little Yaga is a teenage forest dweller. She is unhappy because, unlike other foresters, she cannot howl or roar, and both of her legs are human-like. There have been rumors that Scraggard the Immortal, a powerful and ruthless Ruler of The Forest, is not exactly immortal. He is sustained on the energy of humans.

When he lures Ashley, a human teenager, into The Forest, Little Yaga, feeling sorry for this weird creature, helps her escape. Infuriated, Scraggard sends Little Yaga and her best friend Kikimra to the human town to bring Ashley back. The forest girls, stunned by technological “miracles” of humans, believe them to be as powerful as the Immortal himself. Unwillingly, Little Yaga and Kikimra become instrumental in Scraggard’s pursuit to recapture Ashley. Distressed by her disappearance, Ashley’s boyfriend and her brother manage to sneak into The Forest. Combining their efforts with Little Yaga and her forest friends, the teenagers embark on a perilous journey to rescue Ashley and save The Forest from Scraggard’s malevolent reign. As Little Yaga discovers the secrets of her forest home and her own origins, she comes into contact with creatures and settings straight out of Russian fables and mythology.
Available Here: http://amzn.to/2ssAwlt

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

L.B. O’Milla was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and loved to read and write from an early age. When she was 26 years old, she with her husband and daughter fled the country escaping the ethnic and religious persecution. She arrived to America as a refuge.

In the US, O’Milla graduated from NYU and worked as a physical therapist while raising her family, but she never gave up her love of writing. Having grown up in a family that exposed her to the arts, literature, and music, O’Milla enjoyed Russian folklore and its characters.
She studied and mastered English, so that her first book could be written in the language of her new country. O’Milla’s novel, Adventures of Little Yaga and Her Friends, mixes Russian folklore with the American tech that her own children love.

In her spare time, O’Milla enjoys reading, writing, attending Metropolitan Opera performances and off Broadway shows, spending time with friends and family, and participating in outdoor activities. She lives in New Jersey. Now widowed, her biggest supporters are her children and her sister. O’Milla is at work on a sequel containing more adventures of Little Yaga.



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Friday, September 15, 2017

Summer Reading 2017 Masterpiece Mix

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The title page gives us a sense of potential with its tubes of paint lying on blank background. What will they be used for? Then we turn the page to see an artist walking along a city street and we read, "Today I will make a new painting." A-ha, now we know what those paints are for. Our narrator takes us through the steps of prepping a canvas and gathering supplies, but then we are staring at the empty canvas along with her as she asks, "But what should I paint?" As the artist ponders, we are introduced to the various kinds of paintings and art- still life, landscapes, portraits, figure studies - and each spread shows several examples of the form being discussed. The final project takes the city we have seen glimpses of and incorporates each of the inspiration pieces the artist shared with us. She tells us that her father always says, "Do what you really love." It is obvious that she loves her town and the artwork she has studied.

The entire process of making a painting - from stretching your own canvas, to choosing a style and subject is covered in this story. All of the masterpieces shown are age-appropriate and have content young readers can identify (people, animals, fruit, etc.) The final spread of the finished "new painting" can become a look-and-find game as readers try to locate each of the masterpieces that is woven into the finished scene. Especially handy for art teachers and readers curious about the artwork is a key in the back which identifies each piece. The name of the artwork, its creator, the date, and something about the style or school the artist was known for. 

Great for young readers who are drawn to detailed illustrations, aspiring artists, and art teachers.

I received a review copy from the publisher for review purposes.

Summer Reading 2017 Just a Lucky So and So


Lesa and James have done it again. This excellent picture book biography of Louis Armstrong is filled with luscious illustrations of scenes from Satchmo's life. It sounds unbelievable to hear that he was born "black and poor and lucky." How could those things all be true at the same time? But the narrative tells us how he grew up surrounded by the rich musical heritage of New Orleans, and how being sent to the Colored Waif's Home for Boys actually turned out to be a good thing for him. Spreads saturated with color show us Louis marching as bandleader, the full moon shining on the riverboat where he played swing music, and crowds dancing in the honky-tonks. The final scene of Louis surrounded by the Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, and marquis signs from famous clubs underscores how far he had come from that "one room with no lights and no running water" in The Battlefield.

The author's note shares the names of some of his hits, details of his jazz recording with Duke Ellington, and his Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. There is also a list of resources for learning more about Armstrong and his music. 

I received a copy from the publisher for review purposes.

Summer Reading 2017 Pizza Mouse

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In a wonderful example of art imitating life, Michael Garland has written Pizza Mouse, the story of a city mouse on the lookout for food. Similar to the Pizza Rat from the viral YouTube video, this brave mouse eventually makes his way home on the subway. Before he can do that, he has to survive dogs, cats, people, cars, and birds, while trying to find dinner for his family. At last he can take the A train back to his mouse hole. 

This is written in an easy style with only one or two sentences per page. Many of the words and phrases repeat, making it easier for beginning readers to recognize them. The humans in the illustrations are from a variety of racial backgrounds and careers. It is just the mix of people one would expect to encounter in a large city. The illustrations show a city with New York neighborhoods and skylines, although the city is not named. 

Young readers will probably cheer for the protagonist as he avoids the teeth or beaks of larger animals, and the broom of an angry shopkeeper. The scene with the mouse carrying off a roll from a fancy restaurant could cause appreciative laughter. And even though life in a big city is tough, the mouse is matter of fact about it. "No one likes mice...I am a mouse. So what?" 

Highly recommended for early readers who love animals and pizza.

I received a copy from the publisher for review purposes.

P.S. If you haven't seen the "Pizza Rat" video, you should check it out.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Giveaway - Scar: A Revolutionary War Tale


I have an ARC in need of a good home. This is perfect for elementary school readers studying the Revolutionary War.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Summer Reading 2017 The Nantucket Sea Monster: A Fake News Story

Update: Out in stores today! Read all about the sea monster that made headlines 80 years ago. 



Darcy Pattison, author of  such nonfiction books as Nefertiti, the Spidernaut and Wisdom, the Midway Albatross, has brought us something entertaining and topical with this latest book. Looking back 80 years to a hoax perpetrated on Nantucket, she tells the story of a sea monster that had folks along the coast afraid to go into the water. The catch? It was all a publicity stunt for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

Using details pulled from newspaper articles of the time, Pattison takes us through the steps of what happened. The first sighting...the additional witnesses...the giant footprints on the beach...the news coverage...and then the revelation that it was all a prank. Complete with a timeline of the events, a list of sources, and a glossary, The Nantucket Sea Monster is the perfect way to introduce fake news to young readers. Back matter discussing the freedom of the press will help guide class discussions.

The topic of sea monsters is appealing on its own, and the illustrations have a Saturday morning cartoon feel to them. This is sure to be a crowd-pleaser among young readers, as well as popular in lessons on being media savvy and smart information consumers.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher for review purposes.

Summer Reading 2017 Kuma-Kuma Chan's Travels

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Those who have read Kuma-Kuma Chan's Home will be familiar with the spare style of the illustrations. There are only one or two sentences on each spread and plenty of white space.  And there are only two characters, the narrator and Kuma-Kuma Chan (the little bear). The same narrator is talking to us in this book; this time he tells us about the travels of his bear friend. It seems that Kuma-Kuma Chan enjoys traveling, or at least thinking of travel. He daydreams of tropical beaches, or watches the birds and thinks of flying. Sometimes he even climbs to the roof of his house and lies back to watch the clouds and the stars. He writes about his travels and his friend the narrator receives the notes, but they are messy and hard to read. 

Anyone who has ever dreamed of far-off places or of visiting a time other than their own will recognize a kindred soul in Kuma-Kuma Chan. Even the part where he gets upset and then has to take a nap will sound familiar. This is a wonderful story for talking about the power of imagination and the dreams that we each have for adventure and something out of the ordinary. Young readers will enjoy seeing all the supplies that Kuma-Kuma Chan packs for his travels, although they may want to have some juice in their Thermos rather than coffee.

Perfect for preschool and early elementary children.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Summer Reading 2017 Mighty Jack and the Goblin King (Mighty Jack #2)

On sale September 5th - so get your copy!





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In this second book of Ben Hatke's update on Jack and the Beanstalk,  Jack is off to rescue his sister Maddy, with the help of their neighbor Lilly. It seems that Maddy has been carried off by an ogre. The monster has taken her up the beanstalk that grew from the strange seeds Maddy bought at the flea market. As Jack and Lilly make their way through the strange land at the top of the stalk they meet all kinds of creatures - some helpful and some not (picture the critters in the movie Labyrinth). Between the ogres that want to put Maddy into some strange machine, a goblin king that wants to marry Lilly, and Jack's odd new friends Tig and Jerry, there is plenty of strangeness on the loose. Where exactly is this place beyond the clouds? Why do the area within it seem connected by the bean stalks? How did the seeds get to the flea market? In the very last spread, we get a glimpse of Zita and other Hatke characters. That illustration and Zita's words that they could use Jack and Lilly's help with "saving the world," seem to promise us further adventures to enjoy.


Once again, Hatke has done an amazing job. The characters from a modern suburban setting mix with the ogres and goblins to create a feeling of magical possibilities. There are laughs and gasps of fear. And as usual in one of Ben's books, we are sad to reach the end and see that we have to wait for the next one. A great read for anyone interested in fractured fairy tales or graphic novels, or simply fans of Ben Hatke's work.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

Summer Reading 2017 Superfail

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Fans of stories where the good guys may be just a bit too good to be true will find plenty to enjoy in this tale of kids with defective super powers. Imagine having laser blasts come from your eyes - but you are cross-eyed, so you can't aim properly. Or perhaps you can control animals, but you live in a city so your choices are limited to pigeons, mice, or cockroaches. Maybe you have super speed, but can't turn or stop. Well...you get the idea. Marshall (with the laser blasts) is taunted about his eyes in middle school, and has to see one of his jock tormentors become a member of the greatest superhero team ever. And when Marshall and his friends uncover a plot, no one will believe them. The defective powers of the group will have to be enough to save the day, or it may all be over for Superteam.

If you've ever wondered what it would feel like to have some sort of super ability, yet not qualify to be on the team, this story has your answer. And if you've ever felt like an outsider, or as if your best wasn't good enough, then you can easily sympathize with Marshall and the others with defective powers. But as they learn, "just because you're defective doesn't mean you can't be a hero."

Dustin Mackay (Disney animator and story artist) does a great job of bringing the scenes to life. Images of Marshall's lasers blasting everything but the villains, the elderly Night Owl hobbling to the rescue, or Marshall's little sisters chewing on his favorite video game all add to the humor of the story. 

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

Summer Reading 2017 The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1)

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Lucy, Anthony, and George make an odd group. Anthony Lockwood has recently begun his own agency of operatives to deal with Visitors - things that go bump in the night. It seems that over the past 50 years, the Problem of phantasms, specters, and other ghostly visitations has become very difficult to live with. Only youngsters have the psychic ability to detect and deal with Visitors, so agencies provide supervisors to coordinate missions while the agents are actually school-aged. But this agency is different - there are no adults running things, just Lockwood, his deputy George Cubbins and their new assistant, Lucy Carlyle. 

Lockwood reminds me of a cross between a young Sherlock Holmes and Fox Mulder. He is impatient with the authorities, certain that his team can handle anything it comes across, and even does a bit of skulking about in disguise to gather information. George is more of a stocky researcher who also does field work. He could happily spend days going through records at City Hall or old files in the library, putting together floor plans, photos from the newspaper archives, and restocking equipment. Lucy is new to the team, dealing with the trauma of losing the last team she worked with to a very devious Visitor, and determined to prove herself. When the three of them are commissioned to clear the most haunted house in England, even their combined strengths may not be enough to see them all safely through the night.

A great read for those who enjoy supernatural thrills and chills, detective work, ensemble casts with a variety of personalities, and some sword work, too. In preparation for the release of the latest book in the series, the publisher has made this first volume available for review on NetGalley. Now I am hooked and need to read the rest of the books - quickly!

Summer Reading 2017 The Adventurers Guild

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In the city of Freestone, one of the last surviving cities, youngsters are chosen to become apprentices for the various guilds. Zed hopes to be chosen by the mages and his friend Brock seems destined to be a merchant. But all their plans are upended when they wind up in the Adventurers Guild. It's not as prestigious as the other guilds in terms of power or money, but it is vitally necessary. They are the ones who travel to places outside the city walls and bring back useful items, or help to keep contact with the allied city of Llethanyl. But there are Dangers outside the walls - monsters and creatures that have skills or even magical powers of their own to capture anyone foolish enough to venture out of the city's protective wards. The boys, along with their dwarf friend Jett and a girl named Liza, become apprentices and learn about what it takes to keep the city safe. 

Their story reveals bits of the history of Freestone and the land of Terryn, and also quite a bit about the politics and shady dealing that can go on when those with money and influence feel that the rules don't apply. We also learn a lot about the various young adventurers - how Zed could be a half-elf when the elves all live in Llethanyl, why Brock used to sneak out of his quiet house in the merchant district and play in the streets with Zed and Jett, and why Liza wanted to be an adventurer. We watch as they learn to work as a team, complete their first mission, and face dangers together. And just as we think everything may end on a happy note, more bad news arrives to keep us guessing until the next book is released.

Recommended for fans of fantasy (swords and sorcery), adventure stories with a group of friends at the center, and plenty of action, intrigue, and humor. I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Summer Reading 2017 The Little Red Wolf


A retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood story with a little wolf as the protagonist and humans as the dangerous. This little wolf is off to take a rabbit to his granny, who has no teeth left and cannot hunt for herself. But despite warnings from his mother about sticking to the path, he follows a beetle, a mouse, and a cloud of pollen and winds up off the beaten track. And he also forgets to be cautious of humans, which leads to a very dangerous situation for our poor cub.

The wolf is shown in a vibrant red cape and looks very sweet and innocent. But the young girl has wide eyes and beautiful hair and also seems very charming. This is definitely a case of "appearances can be deceiving." Although the appearances, or illustrations, in this book are gorgeous. At times fanciful colors fill the page with woodland mushrooms, trees, and creatures. In other scenes the tones are more muted and create a grimmer mood.

Highly recommended for those who enjoy retellings of traditional tales, stories with unexpected role reversals, or beautiful illustrations in any genre. I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Summer Reading 2017 In a Dark Land

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Izzy finally gets her wish to return to Faerie, but things just aren't the way she imagined. Her sister, Hen, isn't with her. The beastly Unglers are still on the loose and hunting for Changelings like Izzy and her friends. The others live in the castle that once belonged to Queen Morvanna, but Peter (aka the Pied Piper), doesn't want them running about town. If the queen is truly dead and defeated, what is it that he fears? It turns out that there is a real threat, and it may be one that even Good Peter cannot help them overcome. 

Full of magical creatures, spells, enchanted abilities, and even fireworks and a hot air balloon, this adventure has as much going on as anyone could wish. Trying to decipher prophetic rhymes and also search for answers about Izzy's birth parents, the friends journey out of the city of Ahvalon and toward the Demon's Dome. If their luck holds, they can find what the villain is searching for and keep both Earth and Faerie safe.

Besides all the wonders of Faerie and the various creatures, there are also themes of belonging, identity, the consequences of past mistakes, and the dangers of letting bitterness taint your view of the world. Izzy isn't the only one trying to figure out who she is and where she belongs; her friends do their own coming of age as they face this danger together.

Perfect for fantasy readers who enjoy humor mixed in with the action and peril of facing off against evil foes. I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Summer Reading 2017 Cast No Shadow

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So, combine one boy born without a shadow, one lonely girl who happens to be a ghost, and what do you get? A love story? Yeah, that's part of it. It's not surprising that they would be attracted; they are both outsiders of a sort and they share similar stories of a mother dying young and unexpectedly, a father finding a new companion after his grief, and how difficult it can be to let someone else into a family. But Greg also has his friend Layla, her new boyfriend Jake (that Greg can't stand), and the antics of Jake's father - who became mayor of their town after Greg's mother died. There is a lot of anger and frustration building up inside this boy, and when it breaks loose, the town is in for a wild ride. Can Greg, Eleanor (the ghost), Layla, Jake (the new boyfriend), and the town's soothsayer really figure out a way to put everything right?

Tapalansky and Espinosa have created an amusing story that also manages to touch on grief, change, growing up, and letting go. Not that the story is a downer, far from it. What story containing the world's biggest hairball, the world's biggest collection of souvenir spoons, and a psychic singalong be a downer? Great for readers who like some spookiness and action mixed in with their star-crossed lovers.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher for review purposes.

Summer Reading 2017 Top Dogs: Canines that Made History

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Top Dogs is packed with information for dog lovers and history buffs. Want to know which dog received the most medals during WWI? It's in there. How about the story of the dog that traveled with Lewis and Clark as they searched for the Pacific? Got it covered. In fact, there are eight chapters full of historical facts, images, and sidebars of additional canine information. In the back matter there are a timeline, a list of places to visit, the author's main sources, and suggestions for further reading. Whether you want to learn more about Balto and the dogsled relay to take medicine across Alaska, or about search and rescue dogs at work on 9/11 - this is the book for you!

Chapter list:
Seaman the Newfoundland
Lion Dogs
Combat Canine
Togo and Balto
A Real Buddy
Military Guard Dogs
Sniffer Dog Saves the Day
Search and Rescue Dogs

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Summer Reading 2017 The List

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I've seen several reviews saying that this is a good book to recommend to readers who enjoyed The Giver. They were right. In this vision of the world after "the Melting," only the words on the approved List are allowed to be spoken. The wordsmith and his apprentice curate the other words, carefully filing them away after his trips out into the wilderness to look for remnants of print. Just as Jonas learns from the Giver as memories are shared, Letta learns from Benjamin as he teaches her his craft. Their stories are also similar in the way the younger characters become more frustrated and disillusioned with their society as they come to see its flaws. And, of course, there is the inevitable clash with authority when their sense of what is right impels them to act.

For teachers looking for a book with themes to explore, The List has many to choose from. Ecology and man's impact on the environment, justice, the corruption of power, language and the power of words, humanity, responsibility, coming of age...There really is something for almost everyone.

If you enjoy stories full of complex relationships, characters determined to do the right thing even at personal risk, and books that make you really think about what it means to be human - then you need a copy of The List

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Giveaway: Win a Set of Anne Toole's Books

                                  

              


Win the set of 5 Anne Toole book shown here. Good luck!



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Professor Astro Cat's Solar System: Q&A with His Human Crew

A quick interview with the creators of Professor Astro Cat, I mean, er...his human crew members!

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Let me just go fangirl on you for a moment and say that, as usual, the book is wonderful in both text and illustrations.

I noticed that you mention comets, but not meteors or exoplanets. What was your process in deciding what to include?

BEN: Thanks! Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System acts a stepping stone to
Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers Of Space. As it is for a younger audience, we have stripped things back to keep it simpler and cleaner which means that we could not include everything we wanted.

DOM: Yes, what to include and not include in our books is always tough to decide. We tend to arrange the information as a hierarchy, start at the bottom and go as far up as we can. In this way we try and make sure everything is as understandable as possible.

Obviously the ship with the large clear dome makes it easy for the Prof and his pals to see the wonders of the solar system. Were there any particular inspirations for the design of the ship and space suits?

BEN: I loved watching Hannah Barbara cartoons as a child so the Jetsons are certainly an influence. The space ship, although very good for touring the solar system, is certainly a nod to them.

Professor Astro Cat and Astro Mouse’s space suits are very much inspired by space suits in the 50s and 60s that were too impractical for use. I found them very funny so used them as a starting point when creating them. As I designed Felicity’s space suit much later, her design is more slim line and much easier to manoeuvre in.

Many schools have been focusing on the solar eclipse (August 21, 2017), and discussing eye safety during viewing. Did you have that in mind when you were working on the pages about the sun, or was it a precaution you would have included anyway?

DOM: I’m really excited about the eclipse, I’m going down to Oregon state to see it and have got my eclipse glasses all ready! I think we would have included this anyway as it is important to make sure we don’t damage our eyes.

Including details about space probes like Messenger and Mariner, or the Hubble Telescope give readers ideas for further investigation. Where do you go to research topics like that?

DOM: The NASA website is a really great source of information so I go there to make sure I’m getting my facts right.

You use labels, bold print, and a glossary to help readers process the information. Teachers love nonfiction text features like those, but have you considered making a teaching guide to go with the Astro Cat titles?

BEN: Not yet but hopefully as we make more books this could become a possibility. We want Professor Astro Cat to be as useful to children, teachers, librarians and parents as possible.

Professor Astro Cat says that finding ice on Mercury is “Pretty cool, huh?” And while standing on Venus, the explorers have an umbrella that is being dissolved by the acid rain. Do you feel that humor helps make a topic interesting and easier to learn? (I do; I’m just blatantly fishing for agreement here.)

BEN: Haha, yes, definitely. That is the fun part of illustrating the book with imaginary characters because we can stretch and play with what is and isn't possible as long as it doesn't interfere with the message or information we are trying to convey.

Did either of you dream of being an astronaut when you were a child? If so, where would you have wanted to explore?

BEN: I don't think I did. I always wanted to draw for a living but I’m sure Dominic would go in a heartbeat.

DOM: Going up into space would be absolutely amazing. Especially when you hear the astronauts from the Apollo missions talk about walking around on the surface of the Moon. Imagine that. Standing on a completely different body in space!! I think I would want to go to whatever planet out there harbours abundant life. That would be mind blowing.

Thank you so much for your time! I love your books and they are incredibly popular with my students. We will be eagerly awaiting whatever topic you decide to tackle next.

BEN: Thank you!
DOM: Thanks!

For readers who haven't discovered Professor Astro Cat yet - he appears in other titles, including Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space and Professor Astro Cat's Atomic Adventure. Stay tuned for more educational adventures from the smartest cat in the universe!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Dewey Fairchild, Parent Problem Solver Awareness Tour 2017



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Enter to win a Dewey Fairchild, Parent Problem Solver themed prize pack!
One (1) winner receives:
  • A copy of Dewey Fairchild, Parent Problem Solver, by Lorri Horn
  • A Dewey Fairchild themed gift pack. Includes items such as cookies, gum, notebooks, pens/pencils, Tootsie Rolls, Monopoly game etc.
Giveaway rules:
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  • Enter between 12:00 AM Mountain Time on August 1, 2017 and 11:59 PM on August 31, 2017.
  • Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older.
  • Winners will be selected at random on or about September 3, 2017.
  • Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

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Dewey Fairchild, Parent Problem Solver


Written by Lorri Horn
Illustrated by Agnieszka Grochalska


Publisher’s Synopsis: Dewey Fairchild isn’t just good with parents, he’s great with them. He’s so good at handling parents that he’s built a thriving business out of it. He even has a secretary, Clara―a great alibi and an even better baker. Dewey settles the most troublesome of cases, from an overprotective mom who won’t let her child go to class on her own, to a dad who can’t stop picking his nose any chance he gets!
Dewey has no problem handling other people’s parents, but when he overhears his parents talking one day, he faces a challenge he never expected. Dewey can solve any problem parents may cause, but what will he do when the parents who are causing problems are his own?


Ages 9-12 | Publisher: Amberjack Publishing | August 8, 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1944995164


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About the Author: Lorri Horn is an educator and an author. She has a degree in English, a teaching credential, has been Nationally Board Certified, and has taught pubic school for over 14 years. She loves cheese (and wants it to be its own food group, which made working on a vegan book a challenge), humor, baking, books, and spending time with her family. Lorri’s background as a career schoolteacher and instructional leader make her especially sympathetic to the needs and perspectives of children, and this sensitivity features in her work as an author. Lorri blogs on her website, lorrihorn.com. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Phi Delta Kappan, The College Board and Mayim’s Vegan Table. Lorri lives in California with her husband, son, and their dog, Wolfie. 
About the Illustrator: Agnieszka Grochalska is an illustrator living and working in Warsaw, Poland. As a child she wanted to be an astronaut or a jet pilot. Eventually she changed her mind and dedicated her keen eye and steady hand to drawing precise and detailed compositions reminiscent of classical storybook illustrations.
She received a MFA in Graphic Arts in 2014, exploring traditional painting, printmaking, and sculpting along the way. Currently she works predominantly in digital medium, striving to make it look as natural as her works drawn traditionally. Her illustrative works were featured in group exhibitions both in Poland and abroad.
Agnieszka enjoys travel and cultural exchange with people from around the world, referencing those experiences in her works alongside the Slavic folklore of her homeland. When she isn’t drawing or traveling, you can find her exploring the worlds of fiction in books and story-driven games.
Agnieszka’s works can be viewed in her online portfolio at agroshka.com.

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The Children's Book Review
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Teacher Dance
8/2
Jrsbookreviews
8/3
Word Spelunking
8/4
To Read, or Not To Read
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Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
8/8
icefairy's Treasure Chest
8/9
Tales of A Wanna-Be SuperHero Mom
8/10
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8/11
LitPick Student Book Reviews
8/14
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8/15


MY REVIEW:
Imagine a cross between Encyclopedia Brown and Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. That's right, a young boy with detective abilities who also happens to be good at "curing" problem parents. Dewey handles issues ranging from germaphobic mothers to fathers that belch (and worse) in public. With the help of his secretary Clara and her dog Wolfgang von Fluff Bucket, young Mr. Fairchild finds cures for overprotective mothers, fathers who won't stop playing pranks, and other dilemmas brought to him by kids from all over town. Sometimes he even enlists the assistance of his friends in gathering information or find the right approach for clients to break their parents of all these bad habits. As he puts it, "Desperate mothers called for desperate measures."

Each situation is handled successfully and readers will be amused by the solutions to the problems. Scenes like the joker dad sucking his thumb in shock over being pranked himself will have readers laughing out loud. But what will really win everyone over is the fact that Dewey has a parent problem of his own and doesn't know how to solve it. It proves that no one is perfect and that we can all use some help from our friends. Seraphina and Colin's attempts at undercover work in the dental office of Dewey's father are hilarious and show how far true friends will go to help each other.

This book is appealing on many levels. There are the funny parent problems and the even funnier things Dewey has the kids do to break those parental habits. Readers who like secret hideouts or clubhouses will love Dewey's office and the way clients enter and exit. For those who enjoy spies and detectives, there are the stakeouts, message drops, and using Wolfie to smuggle tape recorders. And there is plenty of word play and puns. Looking over the file of the burping father, Dewey finds that he also picks his nose in public, and "had to admit, having a public nose picker for a father pretty much nosed ahead of other people's problems." He tells his secretary, "Get it, Clara!? I'm picking her case first!" Go ahead and groan, but it is funny.

Perfect for middle grade readers who enjoy humorous stories involving parents, friends, and lots of cookies.




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