BLOG TOUR~ NIGHT BUDDIES GO SKY HIGH~ SANDS HETHERINGTON… with #Review

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Author: Sands Hetherington
Publisher: Dune Buggy Press
Pages: 144
Genre: Children’s Book
Format: Paperback

Young John Degraffenreidt and his red crocodile buddy, Crosley, show up at the Pineapple Cheesecake Factory and find Big Foot Mae lying on the floor, staring up at her Great Star Puzzle on the ceiling. Crosley only wants a new supply of pineapple cheesecakes, but what Mae points to on her ceiling will start the Night Buddies on a totally new fantasy adventure. A suspicious white dot has passed through the Corkscrew Constellation and is now moving underneath the Hound Dog Stars. Across the Borough, Crosley s brother Crenwinkle sees the same curious speck in the sky. It looks to be a long night for sleepyhead John, but thanks to the time spreader dingus with its sleep retardant setting, he gets right into their next escapade. Join the Night Buddies as they embark on another Program, this time taking them all the way into the stratosphere in their racing blimp.

For More Information

  • Night Buddies Go Sky High is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

 

Meet the author….

Sands Hetherington

Sands Hetherington, creator of the Night Buddies series of chapter books, credits his son John for being his principal motivator. Sands and young John developed the Crosley crocodile character in the series during months of bedtime story give-and-take. They collaborated many nights on escapades starring John and Crosley, until eventually it occurred to Sands why it was that Crosley was bright red. That was when the first book came together.

Sands raised his son as a single parent from the time John was six. He read to him every night during those formative years: all of the classic children’s stories from Aesop through the Grimms, Lewis Carroll, Frank Baum, Tolkien and Dahl, with a lot of Dickens and Hugo thrown in. When school was out they got in the car and toured Alaska, Canada and most of the contiguous states. John still gets around. So far he has lived in Germany, Scotland, Russia, England and Spain.

Dogs have always been a part of the author’s life, beginning with Whiskers, a cocker spaniel. When his wonderful boxer Hube died, he despaired of finding a boxer who could match him, and instead got a Saint Bernard. He ended up breeding Saints for a number of years and at this point has had twelve as house pets. Sands says dogs can do you a power of good, and if you lose one, go out and get another the next day and you will be surprised at how fast your grief goes away.

Sands is also a Civil War buff. He would like to spend a month of evenings with common soldiers from both sides to see how they felt about the business. And eccentric generals like Jackson, Sherman and Forrest, and most of all Lincoln. Because Lincoln never gets to smile in his pictures.

The author was born in New York City but was transplanted a year later to Greensboro, North Carolina, where his maternal grandmother lived. He never really left the area and has a lot of the South in him. His grandmother was a prominent educator and became a great friend and mentor.

Sands majored in history at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and has an M.F.A. in creative writing and an M.A. in English from UNC-Greensboro. He lives in Greensboro now, and hangs out with his longtime friend Ann and their Saint Bernards Dudley and Maggie. He likes visiting ancient Mediterranean sites in Turkey and Italy, and most of all Greece.

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 Partial tour schedule: For full schedule visit:

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May 27

Guest blogging at Fiction to Fruition

June 1

Book featured at From Paperback to Leatherbound

June 2

Guest blogging at Blogher

June 3

Book reviewed at All About Children’s Books

June 4

Book reviewed at My Book Addiction and More

June 5

Book featured at She Writes

June 8

Interviewed at Niume

June 10

Book reviewed at Genuine Jenn

June 11

Book featured at Bent Over Bookwords

June 12

Book reviewed at I’m Shelf-ish

June 15

Guest blogging at The Dark Phantom

June 17

Book featured at The Revolving Bookshelf

 

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

Night Buddies Go Sky High
A true treasure~ Young Readers are sure to delight in this fantastical Adventure!
 
NIGHT BUDDIES GO SKY HIGH by Sand Hetherington is an adventurous Juvenile Fiction/Chapter Books. Third Book in the “Night Buddies Chapter Book” series, but can be read as a stand alone. A bit of Fantasy, lots of adventure, a red crocodile named, Crosley and so much, Young Readers are sure to enjoy, yet, another grand adventure.
Once again, Crosley and his friends embark on a hair-raising adventure. Mr. Hetherington has an impressive way with words, his whimsical inventions are sure to impress any and all Young Readers, the wicked foes in his story surely prove loyalty is better, and his way with food, well, we’ll leave that one alone. No, I can’t, while, some are disgusting, others seem delicious. Laugh out loud moments, as you follow Crosley and his buddies on a sky high adventure. A must for any library. A true treasure. I have enjoyed each and every one of the “Night Buddies Chapter Books” and look forward to many more to come. A definite keeper!

*Received for an honest review from the publisher*

**Cross-posted on My Book Addiction Reviews dot com**

Rating: 5
Heat rating: N/A
Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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NALAH GOES TO MAD CITY~ ANNE SAWYER-AITCH~ with #Review

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Anne Sawyer-Aitch on tour…

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About the book…

 

Nalah Goes to Mad Mouse City 3Title: Nalah Goes to Mad Mouse City
Author: Anne Sawyer-Aitch
Publisher: Magic Lantern Press
Pages: 44
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Format: Paperback

The adventures of Nalah continue! One day Nalah finds herself bored and lonesome because all of her imaginary friends have gone away on vacation. But wait – not all. Mad Tooth, the little mouse who lives in her sock drawer, is still busy munching away on her knee-highs. When she finds out why Nalah is sad, she offers to take her down through the sock drawer into a mouse metropolis. The result is a tale of wild dancing, cousins and mice, taffy and a sock monster.

“Gorgeously illustrated with a process I’ve only seen before in Anne Sawyer-Aitch’s 1st book, Nalah and the Pink Tiger. My 4-year-old particularly enjoyed the x-ray view of the stilting guard of Mad Mouse City, and was inspired to make several of her own versions of the illustration. Another fun story with a relatable young girl as protagonist and vivid fantastic characters she encounters.” – E. Bestrom, Good Reads reader

For More Information

  • Nalah Goes to Mad Mouse City is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

 

Meet the author…

Anne Sawyer-AitchAnne Sawyer-Aitch (pronounced like the letter “H”) is a puppeteer and stilt-walker. When she decided to create her first book, Nalah and the Pink Tiger, she began experimenting with different styles of illustration, and finally discovered a technique that uses her skills as a maker of color shadow puppets. She calls it “Illuminated Illustration”, and it involves cut-away designs, layering, and backlighting. In her capacity as a puppeteer, Anne creates puppet pieces of all kinds: parade floats, giant stilt puppets, and intricate color shadow shows. She is a MN State Arts Board Roster Artist, teaching puppetry all over the state, and has been touring around with her first book & her Nalah and the Pink Tiger show for the last two years. Nalah Goes to Mad Mouse City is her second book. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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 Tour schedule…

 

 

Monday May 4

Interview at Examiner

Tuesday, May 5

Book Review at The Blended Blog

Wednesday, May 6

Book Review at K&A’s Children’s Book Reviews

Thursday, May 7

Book Review at Books Reviews, ETC.

Friday, May 8

Book Review at Sincerely Stacie

Monday, May 11

Book Review at Maureen’s Musings

Tuesday, May 12

Book Review at Bound 4 Escape

Wednesday, May 13

Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book

Thursday, May 14

Interview at The Writer’s Life

Monday, May 18

Book Review at Create with Joy

Book Review at Confessions of a Reader

Tuesday, May 19

Interview at PUYB Virtual Book Club

Wednesday, May 20

Book Review at My Book Addiction and More

Thursday, May 21

Interview at As the Page Turns

Friday, May 22

Character Interview at Pimp That Character

Monday, May 25

Interview at Mayra’s Secret Bookcase

Tuesday, May 26

Book Reveiw at Authors and Readers Book Corner

Wednesday, May 27

Book Review at Reading Rory’s List

Thursday, May 28

Book Review at Deal Sharing Aunt

Friday, May 29

Book Review at What Is That Book About

Book Review at The Literary Nook

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MY THOUGHTS:

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This is a wonderful Children’s Books. My granddaughter, Baby Girl, loved it. She wants to read more from this series. I must agree with her assessment as well. Well written, with vivid illustrations. The characters are charming, very educational as well.

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I thought this book was great because it is very imaginative and teaches children that it is okay to have an imagination. I really like the part when Mad Mouse and Nalah went to Mad Mouse City. Overall, it is a great book and one I would recommend for age group 6+. Well written with vivid pictures, easy to follow and educational.

* Received for an honest review from the publisher*

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Rating : 5
Heat rating : N/A
Reviewed by : Baby Girl, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

 

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TODAY’S GUEST~ LILY LEE~ ADDY THE BAT AND A VISIT TO CAT…

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ADDYKINDLETitle: Addy the Bat and a Visit to Cat
Author: Lily Lee
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Length: 34 pages
Release Date: May 15, 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1508661900

SYNOPSIS: This is the first in a series about Addy the Bat and her friends. In this adventure, Addy goes to visit Cat with her friend Josie and what an amazing time they have!

With whimsical painted cut-out created pictures, this book is sure to delight children of all ages and bring imagination to life!

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Lily Lee’s first children’s book is to be published this year. She is a well-socialized introvert who, when she isn’t playing with paint or bits of paper or children, is pondering two of life’s most important questions: “Who made that a rule?” and “How can we turn this into a game?”. It wasn’t easy, but she was recently persuaded to give her attention to a few other questions:

Q: Favorite cookie?

A: Anything freshly baked by someone who loves me.

Q: Three things you’d need on a desert island?

A: A good knife, a piece of string and a computer with unlimited high-speed internet access. Oh. And lip balm. Maybe a frying pan. Books! I forgot books! No, books will be on the computer…are a computer and internet access two things or one thing? Wait! I could make string out of coconut fibers! And if there are coconuts, I could make lip balm too! So, now can I take matches, and maybe books? Is a lighter better than matches? … I’m sorry, what was the question?

Q: Are there books that have changed your life?

A:Books are always changing my life, or at least changing my mind, which might be the same thing. Ravenswood is publishing “Addy the Fruit Bat and a Visit to Cat” this year- it’ll be the first of my stories to be set on a page. Does that count as life changing, or is it just really, really exciting?

Q: What children’s books do you most admire?

A: I love simple, good-humored stories that give grown-ups and children lots of fun things to talk about. There are books by Dr. Seuss, Mercer Mayer, Maurice Sendak and Stephen Kellogg that probably haunt my adult children’s dreams . It’s not just the classics I love though- in fact, if you haven’t read, or read to a child, books by David Somar and Jacky Davis, Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, Mo Willems, or Laura Nuemeroff, read them as soon as you can. No, don’t. If you do that, you will have no reason at all to read any book of mine. And I would really like you to read my book.

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ADDY THE BAT AND A VISIT TO CAT

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MY THOUGHTS:

ADDYKINDLEADDY THE BAT AND A VISIT TO CAT by Lily Lee is an fascinating Children’s Book. What a whimsical and fun tale of Addy, the Bat and her friends. First in a new and exciting Children’s series. A must read for readers of all age, young and old.

Brilliantly written, with vivid illustrations and magical adventures! I loved this fun, inspiring tale of creatures large and small. Highly recommended for Librarians, Educators, parents, and grandparents. A whimsical and cute story of young readers!

*Received for an honest review from the publisher*

Rating: 5

Heat rating: N/A

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy Author: Lisa and Michael Cohn

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MBA&M: What was the appeal if writing about pets?
Our book series was prompted by the sudden death of our dog, Lucy, at the age of 6, of cancer. We were so devastated we wanted to somehow keep her alive in our hearts. The character in the book looks like our Lucy.
MBA&M: Why write a story about jealousy?
Michael, age 6, and I Skyped with kids across the globe, via Skype in the Classroom, asking kids for ideas for our next books. Michael really liked the idea of jealousy, and decided it should be the focus. We did a Kickstarter to fund the book, and one of our backers requested that her special needs son, Tristen, be a character in the book. She wanted to inspire him to read (see press release below). Michael decided that Bash should be jealous of Tristen.
MBA&M: How hard is it to wrote a children’s book,  that young readers can understand and relate to in their everyday life?
My co-author is a great help in writing a story that kids his age can relate to. We also share our drafts with many parents and a professional editor. Since we read so many books for kids this age, I can’t say it’s really hard. But getting the language right can be a challenge. Do you write slightly “above” the age group so kids learn new words? That’s a question I struggle with.
MBA&M: How many books will be in this series?
We plan on writing a book and creating an audiobook a year. This is Michael’s plan–and he’s the boss! When he feels like he doesn’t want to do this any more (as a teen?), then maybe we’ll stop. Maybe I’ll continue on my own. Hard to say!


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Boy, 6, & Mom Release Second Book To Keep Memory of Dog Alive

Young Author Does “KidLit Chats” with School Children

Michael Cohn, age 6, and his mother, Lisa Cohn, will keep the memory of their dog alive by continuing a kids’ book series launched in 2013–thanks to some unanticipated Kickstarter supporters who helped fund their just-released book.

 

Dania Doose, Palmdale, Calif., surprised Lisa and Michael by backing a Kickstarter project in May that aimed to fund the duo’s second dog picture book. Doose asked the Cohns to make her autistic son, Tristen, a character in the book, along with his service dog.  She wanted to inspire her son to read.

 

The new book, successfully funded by the Kickstarter, is “Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy.” It follows “Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence,” a Mom’s Choice Silver Award winner and finalist, USA Best Book Awards. The Cohns wrote the first book in 2013 to overcome grief over the sudden death of their golden retriever, Lucy.

 

“This series, illustrated by the talented Heather Nichols, really helps Michael keep the memory of our dog, Lucy, alive in his heart,” said Lisa Cohn. “Michael, who loves helping write these books, rose to the challenge of integrating Tristen and his dog into the new ‘Bash and Lucy.’ He came up with the jealousy theme and created the entire plot line.”

The Cohns visit school children in Portland and via Skype, sharing their story and encouraging children to read and write. They also do “KidLit Chats with Michael,” during which book lover Michael discusses books with young children. Here’s an example: http://youtu.be/_D5PooWyPvc

In addition to Tristen and his service dog, featured in the book is Kickstarter backer Sniff Dog Hotel, which hosted a Dec. 7 book release party and fundraiser for the Oregon Humane Society (OHS). The Cohns raised $350 for OHS at the book release party, about the same amount they raised last year at their first release party.  Another backer was the natural pet products company “I and love and you.”

 

“For us, this project is about giving back—through our OHS fundraisers, to dogs who give so much to us– and the companies and students who have been so enthusiastic about our books,” Lisa added.

In “Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy,” Lucy helps coach Bash’s soccer team by kissing the kids and making them laugh, and even leads the team to the championships.  But Bash is overcome with jealousy when Tristen (who has mild autism and epilepsy), says he wants Lucy to coach his Special Olympics team.

Said Doose, “My child, Tristen, who is intelligently challenged, was inspired to read by this book.”

Said Kirk Mango, National Champion, Hall of Famer, & author of “Becoming a True Champion” in an Amazon review, “In ‘Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy,’ authors Lisa and Michael Cohn take kids on a wonderful ride through a life lesson on jealousy, sharing, and compassion for others.”

Said Jessica Johnson in an Amazon review, “My kids and I love this book. It really shows all of the emotions that a person can go through, in the end it is a great conversation starter. The kids and I, talk about jealousy and what to do when we feel that way. They love that a little boy, younger then them, writes these books. It has really made them see that they can do anything in life that they want to. It is well written and thoughtful.”

 

 

Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy Blog Tour

Lisa and Michael CohnAbout the Authors
Lisa Cohn and Michael Cohn, age 6, are an award-winning mom-son team. They have appeared on the Today Show, on SiriusXM Radio, in Disney’s Babble, in the Oregonian, on AM Northwest, and in many other media. Their first book, Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence, won a Mom’s Choice Silver Award and was named finalist, USA Best Book Awards. Lisa’s articles have appeared in national publications, including the Christian Science Monitor, Mothering, Mamalode, Parenting and Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers. Michael reviews children’s books on the authors’ YouTube channel. His video reviews are filmed in taxis, libraries, ski lodges, bookstores, parks and gyms! Lisa and Michael visit schools in person and via Skype.
Their latest book is the children’s book, Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy.
For More Information
• Visit the authors’ website.
• Connect with the authors on Facebook and Twitter.
• Find out more about the authors at Goodreads.

 
Bash and LucyAbout the Book:

Title: Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy
Author: Lisa and Michael Cohn
Publisher: Canines and Kids Publishing
Pages: 40
Genre: Children’s/Pets
Format: Paperback
From an award-winning Mom-Son team featured on the Today Show, Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy is a contemporary boy-and-dog book. Bash’s dog, Lucy, helps coach his soccer team, and Lucy leads the team to the championships by kissing the players and making them laugh. But Bash is overcome with jealousy when Lucy enchants a team of Special Olympics kids who say they want her to coach their team. Can Bash overcome his jealousy and learn to share Lucy with kids who say they need her? This is Book Two in the Bash and Lucy series, following Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence, a Mom’s Choice Silver Award winner and finalist, USA Best Book Awards.
For More Information
• Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy is available at Amazon.
• Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
• Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.
Bash and LucyBook Excerpt:
At every game, Bash’s dog, Lucy, trotted around the field in her blue coach’s hat and shirt. She led Bash’s team to victory with her four-legged leadership skills.

She smothered the players with kisses, cheered them with happy yaps, snuggled with them when they made mistakes, and offered a friendly paw to every team they beat.
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CEDAR FORT PUBLISHING & MEDIA PRESENTS…~KATREINA EDEN~ BIBLE BANDS, Rubber Band Jewelry…Spotlight with review

 

Bible Bands: Rubber Band JewelryAbout the book:

Rubber band jewelry is the hottest new craze, and now you can try these designs! Based on scriptures from the Bible, these projects are easy to follow and fun to wear. Show your faith and inspire others with the uplifting jewelry found in “Bible Bands.”

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September 7, 2014
Create fun, fashionable rubber band jewelry while strengthening and sharing your faith. Each design is associated with a Bible verse or story, such asA blue and white pattern to symbolize Christ’s baptism
Circles of color to link families through geneaology
A heart design to remind you of God’s love
Letters that spell CTR to remind you to choose the right
A multi-colored weave to match Joseph’s coat of many colorsFun to make and wear, these bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings are a perfect project for your whole family to enjoy together. Wear them yourself or give them as gifts!

  • Print Length: 169 pages
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (September 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00NF0OY22
    • ISBN-13: 9781462115051
    • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
    • Publication date: 9/9/2014
    • Pages: 64
  • Purchase your copy!

    Amazon

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    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bible-bands-katreina-eden/1119234411?ean=9781462115051

    Also available to order are Bible Band charms.  What a fun craft for kids today!



     

    About the author:

    Katreina Eden grew up in the Midwest, eventually landing in California, where she went to law school and then ran her own law firm for a number of years. She currently works as the Executive Vice President of Cedar Fort, Inc., in Springville, Utah. Katreina also owns and operates Organiwic, LLC, an all-natural candle company, with her sister. She enjoys being out in nature and spending time with family. Aside from being published in various legal journals, this is Katreina’s first trade publication.



     

    “Bible Bands” blog tour schedule:

    September 9: Connywithay • The Magical Slow Cooker • Deal Sharing Aunt
    September 10: June McCary Jacobs • Queen of the Clan • Compass Book Ratings
    September 11: Jen’s Journey • Coffee for the Brain • Read For Your Future
    September 12: Kaisy Daisy’s Corner • My Devotional Thoughts
    September 13: Baby Giveaways • Mormon Light • Live to Read • My Bookshelf
    September 14: Begin to Craft • Misty Dawn Pulsipher
    September 15: Pearls of Great Worth • Simply Sherryl • Mayra’s Secret Bookcase
    September 16: Storyweaver • Library of Clean Reads • LDS Women’s Book Review
    September 17: I Love to Read and Review Books • Shelli Proffitt Howells • Rachelle Writes
    The Things I Love Most
    September 18: Mom Loves 2 Read • Daybreak in Autumn • Inklings and Notions
    September 19: Swinging on Small Hinges • Readalot • Well-Read Reviews
    September 20: Getting Your Read On • Coffee, Books, and Me • The Book Blog Experience
    My Book Addiction and More
    September 21: Laura D. Bastian • Thoughts in Progress • Parsons’ Posts
    September 22: Wishful Endings • Sweetly Made
    September 23: Literary Timeout • Someone in Mind • My Book a Day

     

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    MY THOUGHTS:

    Bible Bands: Rubber Band Jewelry by Katreina Eden is an interesting, fun Children’s book/LDS/Craft book.  A fun, entertaining and educational craft  book for children. How to, especially for children. Did you know…a blue and white pattern symbolizes Christ’s Baptism, you learn that plus so much more. Children and adults alike are sure to delight in this wonderful jewelry making book. While, rubber band jewelry is the hottest thing on the market at this time, children will also learn about scripture. My granddaughter, who is ten, made some awesome jewelry, using ideas from this book. She has enjoyed it tremulously. Easy,concise directions that is fun and entertaining. Very user friendly! I would highly recommend!

    *Received for an honest review from the publisher*

    RATING: 5

    HEAT RATING: N/A

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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    UPDATE, Look who dropped by~~CHILDREN’S PUBLISHER SPOTLIGHT! WIGU PUBLISHING

    WE ARE SO EXCITED TO FEATURE WIGU PUBLISHING….

    {A CHILDREN’S PUBLISHER}

    “STORIES THAT INSPIRE OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE”

    *All information and images from the publisher’s website*

    When I Grow Up I Want To Be...in the U.S.…When I Grow Up I Want To Be...a Teacher!:…When I Grow Up I Want To Be...a…

    Welcome Wigu Publishing!!!

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    MBA&M: Please tell our readers a little about yourself?

     

    WIGU: Wigu Publishing came from a grassroots effort of three creative, talented and risk taking minds that believe in the significance of childhood dreams.  Barron, born and raised in Southern California, is a chronic entrepreneur with a passion for publishing.  Barron believes in creating a brand that he is not only passionate about, but in the end will have a lasting impact in communities around the world.  Mark brings to the table a vast corporate experience in writing and illustrating and grew up emulating great writers and thinkers.  Kim, Wigu’s Director of Communications and Marketing believes strongly in the book series and finds a way to manage her busy schedule of kids, home, work, and marketing for Wigu books.  Kim’s national marketing background and desire to create a positive change makes her the perfect fit to the team.  The Wigu team not only brings a strong background in the publishing, writing and marketing arenas, but ultimately believes in providing content to children that is not currently available and to create an understating of how education can directly relate to a passion, understanding and a career path for kids.

     

    MBA&M: What inspired you to write Children’s books?

     

    WIGU: The inspiration for Wigu books ultimately spans from Barron’s list of dreams and ideas that he continually creates and brings to fruition.  Barron found that the marketplace was absent from books that spoke to the concept of careers and found his long time friend and colleague, Mark, to be the perfect match for the ultimate vision of Wigu.  Mark’s experience in writing and illustrating, coupled with his five grandchildren, continue to be an inspiration for his characters and story writing.  As the team says, “We hope to give our young children the tools to help them dream longer and to give them a basic understanding of what their childhood dream actually means…and maybe even the opportunity to explore these dreams and make them a reality.”

     

    MBA&M: Why a series on “When I Grow Up…”?

     

    WIGU: The When I Grow Up series was honestly a “no brainer.”  After extensive research on the topic, all three founders realized that the children’s book marketplace was completely bare of serious books relating to careers… something most young children dream about daily. In a day in age when educating our youth is at the forefront, we seem to miss the “big picture” of what children need in order to conceptually understand what they aspire to be when they grow up.  Furthermore, children continue to have misconceptions about careers and Wigu provides a concrete and realistic understanding of a multitude of careers.  Ultimately, the team believes in providing quality content to children that will provide them the inspiration to one day choose a responsible career. The books do not just put every child into one “mold”.  These books provide an opportunity for every child to visualize their early passion in life. 

     

    MBA&M: How many books will be in this series?

    WIGU: We are realistic when it comes to the books we publish.  We will strive to provide realistic and in depth content for children, and recognize the endless opportunities available when it comes to this genre of books for children.  Our goal is to create quality literature and provide as many opportunities possible for children to explore, as well as to promote a solid foundation for goodness and respect for our communities, environment and society as a whole.

     

    MBA&M: Can you tell our readers a few tidbits into your journey to being published?

     

    WIGU: Like many creative start-ups, our journey began from a vision, then a passion, and finally an understanding of what was needed in the children’s educational arena.  In an age where children are in the monotonous routine of attending school each day, reading text books, doing homework and told they will go to college, but ultimately do not understand “what for.” It is just amazing to us how a young child’s dream disappears and how life begins to consume them. Wigu hopes to bridge this gap and help to create an understanding of WHY am I doing this and how do I get there? 

     

    MBA&M: What would you advise aspiring authors to do first and foremost in their writing career?

     

    WIGU: First and foremost, aspiring authors must be passionate about the subject matter and know who their audience (the reader) is.  Readers, whether young or old, will know immediately if the author is following this basic guideline. For Wigu, we are bonded by this quality, and take it to the next required step, by combining the perfect combination of vision and research.  While Barron continues to expound “research, research, research”, Mark believes that “the rule for writing books is that “there is no rule.” This ying and yang combination provides for a perfect opportunity for give and take, and ultimately for success.

     

    MBA&M:  What does writing a book encompass for you telling your story? 

     

    For Wigu, it’s all about understanding where children are at.  What problems do children face? Do they lack confidence in certain areas?  How do they handle diversity at their age?  What fears do they have?  What happens during recess or at the soccer field?  We try to tailor our books to address these issues in a realistic fashion as part of our dialog.  We feel that our books are more than just about careers… there are life lessons in every book we will publish. But ultimately, we view our books as “thank you notes” to others for what they do on our behalf. 

      MBA&M: Who would you say inspired you the most to write Children’s books?  Why?

     

    WIGU: Wigu was, and is, inspired by our own vision. We feel that we need to speak up for people that can’t speak for themselves, namely, our children. 

     Thank you so much for your inspiration, and your willingness to provide and inspire Children with wonderful, creative, and educational material!!

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    About Wigu…..

    Wigu Publishing is a collaboration of talented and creative individuals working together to create informative and fun books for our children.  Our titles serve to introduce children to the people in their communities who serve others through their vocations.  Wigu’s books are unique in that they help our children to visualize the abundant opportunities that exist for them to be successful and to make a difference.  Our goal is to inspire the great leaders and thinkers of tomorrow.

     

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    WIGU Books | When I Grow Up I Want to Be...in the U.S. Army

    WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE…..IN THE U.S. ARMY!:Jake Learns About the U.S. Army.

    When Jake’s teacher assigns a “career” project, Jake decides he wants to be a soldier in the United States Army. Jake and his father visit an Army surplus store to find items he can use to present his project. As they search the store, each item makes the history and proud spirit of the U.S. Army come to life for Jake and readers alike. Through Jake’s discoveries, readers are introduced to the history of the U.S. Army, what soldiers’ duties include,
    and the equipment they use.

    • Age Range: 6 and up
    • Series: When I Grow Up I Want To Be…
    • Paperback: 56 pages
    • Publisher: Wigu Publishing; 1st edition (August 29, 2013)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1939973058
    • ISBN-13: 978-1939973054

    AVAILABLE NOW on

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    Wigu Publishing | www.whenIgrowupbooks.com #childrensbooksWHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE…..A TEACHER!CARLEE LEARNS ABOUT BEING A TEACHER!

    Carlee had always wanted to be a teacher when she grew up, until her mother is hired as a teacher at her school! Some of her friends are even in her mother’s class. Carlee is worried. What will her friends say? Will her mother do something to embarrass her? Carlee vows never to become a teacher like her mother, but as she journeys through the first day of school with her own new teacher, Carlee makes some surprising discoveries.

    • Age Range: 6 and up
    • Series: When I Grow Up I Want To Be…
    • Paperback: 60 pages
    • Publisher: Wigu Publishing; 1st edition (December 3, 2013)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1939973082
    • ISBN-13: 978-1939973085

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    Wigu Publishing | www.whenIgrowupbooks.com #childrensbooks #firefighterWHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE…..A FIREFIGHTER! WILL’S AMAZING DAY!

    Will was excited to go on his class field trip, until he learned they would be touring the local firehouse. Now, he is dreading the trip. For as long as he can remember, Will has been afraid of fire and, worse than that, firefighters! Though he knows firefighters are heroes who do dangerous work, to him they are giants in heavy coats and masks. As he journeys with his class through the fire station, Will and readers alike are introduced to the exciting world of firefighting. Can Will overcome his fears and maybe even learn something surprising about himself?

    • Age Range: 6 and up
    • Series: When I Grow Up I Want To Be…
    • Paperback: 60 pages
    • Publisher: Wigu Publishing; 1st edition (February 22, 2014)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1939973112
    • ISBN-13: 978-1939973115

    AVAILABLE NOW

    Wigu Publishing on Amazon | www.WhenIGrowUpBooks.com

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    For all these exciting Children’s title, please stop by the publisher’s website, or visit them on their social networks!

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    For “My Thoughts”,visit:

    WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE….IN THE U.S. ARMY! Jake Learns about the U.S. Army!

    http://mybookaddictionreviews.com/2014/03/10/review-when-i-grow-up-i-want-to-be-in-the-u-s-army-by-wigu-publishing/

    WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO BE….A TEACHER! Carlee learns a Surprising Lesson!

    http://mybookaddictionreviews.com/2014/03/10/review-when-i-grow-up-i-want-to-be-a-teacher-by-wigu-publishing/

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    Thanks everyone!

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    HOW BEES CAME TO MAKE CHILI~ TERRY S. BRADLEY…CHILDREN’S BOOK GIVEAWAY!!

    IT IS OUR PLEASURE TO HAVE WITH US TODAY……

    CHILDREN’S AUTHOR……

    TERRY S. BRADLEY

    ~HOW BEES CAME TO MAKE CHILI~

    How Bees Came To Make Chili

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    **Nubbiebees was founded for The Megan L Bradley Foundation.”**

     

    How Bees Came To Make ChiliSeries: Nubbiebee’s Hive #1

    • Paperback: 26 pages
    • Publisher: KG Books Publishing (June 18, 2013)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0989188213
    • ISBN-13: 978-0989188210

    Book Description(Amazon)

    June 18, 2013
    How Bees Came To Make Chili is a children’s book that you don’t want to miss. It is just so cute that kids, parents and grandparents love it. Lots of life lessons to educate your young reader. It shows children that when life throws them a curve, they can still succeed! Life is ever-changing and the lessons learned can change the way we all see each other. Inspirational message about what we can do with the hope and belief of a better tomorrow. It instills a motto of “Dream Big”.
    Available at:
    Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/How-Bees-Came-Make-Chili/dp/0989188213/ref=tmm_pap_title_0
    Barnes & Nobles: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/how-bees-came-to-make-chili-terry-bradley/1115804810?ean=9780989188210
    And other fine retailers!
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    A bit about the author and Nubbiebee’s…..
    My name is Terry S. Bradley, and I am the Creator and Founder of Nubbiebee’s. I have achieved being a 2012 Award Winning Poet, Author, Inventor, and Entrepreneur, Though I am not charismatic, I am indeed (Cazsmatic) in my ability to overcome by the grace of God;  Also living by a simple motto of ‘Dream Big, Hope and Belief  Equals The Power to Overcome!’ I am neither special nor deserving of the many blessings that I have received. But I can tell you that  ill regardless of your life’s path, you hold the keys in finding your way even if you’re the only one that believes in yourself.
    Your greatest  gift will be in helping others, if only to believe in them!  And so with that thought we at Nubbiebee’s hope to achieve many great things. Our main goal is to start the Megan L Bradley Foundation in the future and that unto itself will be a great accomplishment. We welcome all to give us input on all aspects of this site and look forward to growing and to offer even more products and services in a safe and friendly environment for all who visit or want to be a part of Nubbiebee’s.

     

    To learn more about The Megan L. Bradley Foundation please visit the author’s website!!

    Website: http://www.nubbiebees.com/

    Join me on the following areas

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    ~My Thoughts~
    http://mybookaddictionreviews.com/2013/09/26/review-how-bees-came-to-make-chili-by-terry-s-bradley/
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    ~GIVEAWAY ALERT~
    (Sponsored by the site(MBA&M)
    As a special, we are offering 1 lucky commenter a chance to win a digital copy(gifted from Amazon) of “How Bees Came to Make Chili” by Terry S. Bradley. Giveaway will run from September 29 until October 6,2013.
    Thanks everyone!
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    Please spread the word on this delightful tale of Bees and dreams!!
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    NATIONAL CREAMSICLE DAY! KIMBERLY SENTEK~GIVEAWAY AND GUEST POST, OH BROTHER! A NICO AND TUGGER TALE

    IT IS OUR PLEASURE TO WELCOME TODAY…

    CHILDREN’S BOOKS AUTHOR—

    ~KIMBERLY SENTEK~

    OH BROTHER! A NICO AND TUGGER TALE

    Oh Brother!: A Nico and Tugger Tale.

    August 14th is National Creamsicle Day!

    My grandparents grew up during the Depression. Gram was raised on a farm. There were many days that they ate what she named “Depression Soup,” which consisted of noodles, onions, and baked beans. Food played a big part in their lives, and subsequently ours, until they died. Not a week went by without having at least one family meal at Gram and Gramps’s house. Gram went food shopping three to four times a week. She believed she needed to keep the pantries stocked as if she ran a supermarket. One could actually shop at their house, but my grandparent’s generosity in giving away food was a common practice. 

    So, where do creamsicles come in? As a grandchild, I fondly remember that in their basement stood “The Freezer.” As kids, if we heard we could get something from “the freezer” it was likened to someone winning the lottery. It was always stocked with ice cream (many times by the gallon), sherbet, ice cream sandwiches, every popsicle that you can imagine, fudgesicles, and CREAMSICLES, my favorite. Gram had a sweet tooth (in fact she told us that Gramps “wooed” her with fudgesicles); it is not just coincidence that her grandchildren inherited that sweet tooth.

    Grandparenting, at least in the eyes of us grandchildren, was all about the provision of sweet treats. If you skinned your knee, a popsicle would heal the scrape quicker. If you swallowed water in the pool, you got a fudgesicle when you got out. When it was time to listen to a story about growing up on a farm—you grabbed an ice cream sandwich to eat while you listened. It was Thursday—a perfect day some ice cream? There was no reason not to share treats with us.

    For me, my reward for behaving or a bribe to stop crying was a creamsicle, as both of my grandparents knew creamsicles were my favorite. I was stung by a bee—got a creamsicle. I showed them a great report card from school—celebrated with a creamsicle. I lost my Barbie’s shoe—a creamsicle made it better. I finished my lunch—got a creamsicle. I didn’t finish my lunch—got a creamsicle. I know it may sound crazy, but I felt like they offered me a bit of love every time they made sure they had them on hand for me. They knew what would make me smile, brighten my day, or get me to stop pouting by simply using my favorite treat.

    As an adult, I realize how much they wanted to make us happy and how they knew it was the “little things” that would do so. To this day, I cannot eat a creamsicle without thinking of them and/or sharing the sweet memories of why creamsicles hold a special place in my heart and on my tongue.

    My grandmother died in 1986; my grandfather died in 1995. Not a day goes by without wishing they were still here today, to tell me about life on a farm, how fudgesicles helped convince Gram that Gramps was the one for her, to share some creamsicles with me…

    Celebrate National Creamsicle Day with me!

    Do you have a “creamsicle” story to share?

    Thank you, Kimberly for sharing your amazing story with us! For Creamsicle lovers everywhere,make sure to get yourself a Creamsicle today!!

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    kimbery starakA BIT ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    Kimberly Sentek has spent her entire life telling stories—so much so that her parents swear she was born talking. A lifelong resident of New Jersey, Kimberly received a bachelor’s degree in English Liberal Arts from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey). She has worked in publishing and market research, and now works for local government.

    Kimberly is owned by two cockapoos, Nico and Tugger. Her first book, Oh Brother!: A Nico and Tugger Tale, is the story of how her two “boys” became brothers. She hopes to continue writing a series of books about her two furry children where both main characters tell their sides of the same story.

    You can learn more about her (and Nico and Tugger) at KimberlySentek.com.

     

    Where to connect with Kimberly Sentek:

    www.kimberlysentek.com
    @kimberlysentek on Twitter
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kimberly-Sentek-Author-Page/365737483515252?ref=hl

    BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE AUTHOR’S WEBSITE FOR THE FOLLOWING:

    (On my site I am going to put recipes for creamsicle pie and possibly a creamsicle martini.)

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    Oh Brother!: A Nico and Tugger Tale.OH BROTHER! A NICO AND TUGGER TALE

    KIMBERLY SENTEK

     

    Genre: Children’s Book

     

    • Paperback: 28 pages
    • Publisher: Trafford (October 3, 2012)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1466942878
    • ISBN-13: 978-1466942875

     

    Book Description(Amazon)

     

    October 3, 2012

     

    Two stories in one – double the reading fun! Meet Nico and Tugger, two dogs that became brothers. Their story is an endearing and fun look at sibling rivalry. – from two points of view.


    Buy the book at:
    http://www.amazon.com/Oh-Brother-Nico-Tugger-Tale/dp/1466942878/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_pap?ie=UTF8&qid=1370221425&sr=8-1&keywords=kimberly+sentek

    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/oh-brother-kimberly-sentek/1113130704?ean=9781466942875

    iTunes interactive app of the book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/oh-brother!/id639108492?ls=1&mt=8

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    Oh Brother!: A Nico and Tugger Tale.~GIVEAWAY ALERT~

    (Sponsored by the author)

    Thanks to the author we are offering 2 print copies as well as 2 digital copies of this title. Yes, 4 winners. YOU MUST tell us rather you prefer print or digital in your comment AND answer the following question: Do you have a “creamsicle” story to share?

    Giveaway is open internationally! Giveaway will run from  August 14 until August 21, 2013.

    GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

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    For “My Thoughts” on this title, visit…

    http://mybookaddictionreviews.com/2013/05/28/oh-brother-a-nico-and-tugger-tale-by-kimberly-sentek-review/

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    ~CHILDREN’S BOOK GIVEWAY AND REVIEW~ JUNKET IS NICE by Dorothy Kunhardt….

    JUNKET IS NICE

    DOROTHY KUNHARDT

    Dorothy Kunhardt’s whimsical children’s book Junket is Nice, which is being published in July 2013 by The New York Review Children’s Collection. 

    This book, which was first published in 1933 and has been out of print for decades, was Kunhardt’s first book published prior to her hugely successful Pat the Bunny.  Called “A rare book of irresistible nonsense” by the New York Times back when it was first published and recently featured again in the New York Times Dining section (6/18/13), this sweet tale of a man with a red beard eating so much Junket that passersby wants to know what he’s thinking about as he eats this sweet dessert will delight readers young and old with its guessing element.   Is he thinking about a kangaroo jumping over a glass of orange juice or a pig taking a cold bath?  The only person who knows the real answer in this silly yet poignant picture book is a little boy on a tricycle.

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    JUNKET IS NICE

    • Age Range: 3 – 7 years
    • Hardcover: 72 pages
    • Publisher: NYR Children’s Collection; Reprint edition (June 25, 2013)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1590176286
    • ISBN-13: 978-1590176283

    Book Description(Amazon)

     

    June 25, 2013 3 – 7 yearsNew York Review Children’s Collection

     

    WHAT IS JUNKET?

    Junket is a delicious custard and a lovely dessert.

    But why is the old man with a red beard and red slippers eating such an enormous bowl of junket, and what could he possibly be thinking about while he feasts?

    That’s a good question! And one that the old man poses to the crowds and crowds of people that gather to watch him. In fact, almost everyone in the whole world wants to know the answer to this riddle.

    And only one little boy has the answer.

    This ingenious book of inspired nonsense was the very first from Dorothy Kunhardt, whose Pat the Bunny has delighted generations of young children.

    And only one little boy has the answer.

    This ingenious book of inspired nonsense was the very first from Dorothy Kunhardt, whose Pat the Bunny has delighted generations of young children.

    Available at:

    Amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/Junket-Nice-Review-Childrens-Collection/dp/1590176286/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1374500999&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=JUNKET+IS+NICE

    Barnes & Nobles:

    http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/junket-is-nice-dorothy-kunhardt/1112690772?ean=9781590176283

    And other fine retailers!

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    MY THOUGHTS:

    JUNKET IS NICE by Dorothy Kunhardt is an entertaining Children’s Book,ages 3-7 years old. What an entertaining story! A great read for both children and adults. *”It is very funny,also teaches you a lesson not to guess because you are going to get the wrong answer. A 9 year old”* A great picture book that is a keeper in your library! A must read for both parents,and grandparents alike,as well as young children. I enjoyed “Junket Is Nice”. Received for an honest review from the publicist.

    RATING: 5

    HEAT RATING: NONE(CHILDREN’S)

    REVEIWED BY: AprilR, and a 9 year old, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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    ~GIVEAWAY ALERT~

     

    (Sponsored by the publisher)*Prize will be mailed directly from the publicist*

     

    We are excited to offer 1 lucky commenter a print copy of “Junket Is Nice” by Dorothy Kunhardt.Sorry, open to US residents only! Giveaway will run from July 22 until July 29,2013.

    GOOD LUCK!

    AND PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ON THIS DELIGHTFUL STORY!!

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    REVIEW AND SPOTLIGHT~ NALAH AND THE PINK TIGER by Anne Sawyer-Aitch….

    IT IS OUR PLEASURE TO SPOTLIGHT…..

    Pump-Up-Your-Book

    ~CHILDREN’S BOOK AUTHOR~

    NALAH AND THE PINK TIGER

    BY

    ANNE SAWYER-AITCH

    Nalah and the Pink Tiger

    ABOUT NALAH AND THE PINK TIGER

     

    Nalah and the Pink Tiger is a picture book by Anne Sawyer-Aitch. She drew inspiration for this story from her lively little niece, who lives so intensely in her imagination that grown-ups around her view her as a troublemaker. Things come to a head when – in addition to all the exotic animals that Nalah has “placed” in the house – a pink tiger “follows” her home from the zoo and creates havoc. The story also celebrates the joyful explosiveness of a child’s imagination. To illustrate the book, Anne developed a style which she calls illuminated iIllustration, featuring multiple layers and backlighting that create vibrant, textured pages.

    Purchase:

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    anne-sawyer-puppets-300ABOUT ANNE SAWYER-AITCH

     

    Anne Sawyer-Aitch (pronounced like the letter “H”) is a puppeteer and stilt-walker. Nalah and the Pink Tiger is her first children’s book. She has worked for years with Minneapolis-based groups In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and the all-women’s stilting troupe Chicks on Sticks. Anne likes to create all kinds of puppets: parade floats, giant stilt puppets, and intricate color shadow shows. Currently, she is performing her Nalah and the Pink Tiger puppet show in English and Spanish around MN. She is a recipient of awards from the Jim Henson Foundation, the Puppeteers of America, the MN State Arts Board, and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. She lives in Minneapolis with her computer genius husband and a pack of imaginary dogs.

     

    You can view her website at http://www.nalahandthepinktiger.com.

     

    Connect with Anne:

     

    FACEBOOK

     

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    Nalah and the Pink Tiger Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

    Pump Up Your Book Presents Nalah and the Pink Tiger Virtual Book Publicity Tour

     

     

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    MY THOUGHTS:

    NALAH AND THE PINK TIGER by Anne Sawyer-Aitch is a cute,whimsical children’s picture book. Nalah has a very delightful and vivid imagination,which makes some call her a “troublemaker”,especially when a “pink” tiger follows her home from the Zoo. You see Nalah loves animals. What a wonderful way to encourage children’s imaginations. A perfect book for 3-4 year olds,with beautiful illustrations. Well written,even us older children can not help but enjoy Nalah’s antics and her imagination. I would highly recommend this title to grandparents,and parents alike to read to their little ones. Received for an honest review from the author.

    RATING: 4.5

    HEAT RATING: NONE(CHILDREN’S BOOKS)

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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    Thanks everyone! We hope you have enjoyed our “Spotlight” on this delightful Children’s Book!

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