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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Hip-Hop Lollipop Blog Tour (review)



Hip-Hop Lollipop 
By Susan McElroy Montanari 
Illustrated by Brian Pinkney 
October 2, 2018 
Schwartz & Wade Books 
Source: pub 

In this lyrical read-aloud filled with rhythm and rhyme and illustrated by Caldecott Honor winner Brian Pinkney, follow a little girl as she dances her way to bedtime.  

Mama says, "Lollipop, stop! Stop! 
Jumping snapping nonstop." 
Arms and shoulders pop 'n' lock. 
Lollie's dancing hip-hop. 

Watch as Lollipop grooves her way through her bedtime routine, brushing her teeth to the beat and shimmying into pjs. She sways along with her sister, her parents, and even some enthusiastic pets until, finally, Lollie closes her eyes and dances through her dreams. Susan Montanari and Caldecott Honor winner Brian Pinkney offer a playful bedtime read-aloud that perfectly captures the joy of music, movement, and family. 



In Susan Montanari’s delightful and irresistible picture book Hip-Hop Lollipop little readers join Lollipop has she hip-hop dances throughout her house towards bedtime and sweet dreams. 

Through a magical and masterful use of rhymes, Montanari crafts a spectacularly kinetic and pitch-perfect story. The lyrical and rhythmic flow of each line and each thoughtfully chosen delicious word will ring pleasingly in little ears. Brian Pinkney’s illustrations are simply sublime! With an explosion of bold, bright colors and dreamy, swirly brushstrokes, Pinkney expertly creates and captures motion and movement...I almost expected Lollipop to shimmy and sway right of the pages!   

Together Montanari and Pinkney have created a joyous and beautiful celebration of hip-hop, dancing, and family. Little readers (and parents!) will have so much fun reading Hip-Hop Lollipop and walk away with the biggest smiles! 

MY RATING
5/5 Cupcakes



Susan McElroy Montanari spent the majority of her life on the beach and tidal creeks surrounding Savannah, Georgia. 
  
Susan was a finalist in two categories for the 2010 Tassy Walden Award for New Voices in Children’s Literature in Connecticut: one for her picture book, My Dog’s A Chicken, and the other for her middle grade novel, The Day Sasquatch Ate My JournalMy Dog’s A Chicken, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf and published by Schwartz & Wade at Penguin Random House, will be available Fall 2015. Schwartz & Wade is also publishing Susan’s following titles: Who’s The Grossest of Them All, and Hip-Hop Lollipop 
  
Susan’s hobbies include gardening, scuba diving, natural science, legend tripping, and cryptozoology. She has three daughters and one son-in-law. After several productive years in Norwalk, Connecticut she returned home to Savannah, Georgia, where she resides with her husband, Dan, and a cat named Tybee.  

Acclaimed artist Brian Pinkney is the illustrator of several highly-praised picture books including The Faithful Friend, In the Time of the Drums, and Duke Ellington . He is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and holds a master's degree in illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Andrea, with whom he often collaborates, and his two children. 

Brian has won numerous awards including two Caldecott Honors, four Coretta Scott King Honors and a Coretta Scott King Award, and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. He has been exhibited at The Art Institute of Chicago, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, The Detroit Institute of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The School of Visual Arts, and The Society of Illustrators. 

He has been published by Greenwillow Books, Hyperion Books for Young Readers, Little, Brown and Company, Feiwel & Friends, Harcourt Children's Books, Simon & Schuster, and Random House. His work has also appeared in New York Times Magazine, Women's Day, Business Tokyo, Ebony Man, and Instructor.




Monday, November 26, 2018

Giveaway: Doggy Claus / Perro Noel, a Christmas picture book by Derek Taylor Kent

Today, I'm excited to be giving away, Doggy Claus / Perro Noel,  a super cute Christmas picture book by 
Derek Taylor Kent...



Doggy Claus / Perro Noel 
A Bilingual Holiday Tale 
By Derek Taylor Kent 
Illustrated by Lynx Animation Studios 
November 13, 2018 
Whimsical World 
Source: from author 

A new bilingual (English/Spanish) holiday tale about Santa's dog named Jingle. When Jingle discovers that Santa only delivers presents to boys and girls and not dogs, he takes off on Santa's sleigh, intent to deliver presents to all the dogs, especially ones in shelters with no family. By the end, he learns that there's something dogs want even more than presents on Christmas.  

 Un nuevo cuento navideño bilingüe (inglés / españolsobre el perro de Santa llamado Jingle. Cuando Jingle descubre que Santa solo entrega regalos a niños y niñas y no a perros, se quita el trineo de Papá Noel, con la intención de entregar regalos a todos los perrosespecialmente a los que están en refugios sin familia. Al final, descubre que hay algo que los perros quieren incluso más que regalos en Navidad. 


(my review was originally posted here)


With Doggy Claus / Perro Noel, author Derek Taylor Kent offers a bilingual picture book full of Christmas cheer, adorable puppers, and a sweet message. Kent uses simple, kid friendly text to tell the exciting and surprising story of Jingle the dog who has some big time Christmas fun. Little readers will be charmed by the cute animal characters, love joining Jingle on his adventures, and have fun pointing out all the familiar Christmas settings, characters, and items. The illustrations from Lynx Animation Studios create an engaging and whimsically animated movie/tv show vibe. 

A great read-aloud book for the holiday season! 



Derek Taylor Kent is an author, screenwriter, performer and director based in Los Angeles. Best known for his children's books, his best-selling, award-winning books are treasured in hundreds of thousands of homes across the world. He and his wife, author Sheri Fink (pictured to the left), are the founders of Whimsical World, an empowering children’s brand that publishes books and produces whimsical merchandise, inspiring entertainment, and magical experiences for children of all ages.


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Derek has generously offered one copy for one winner.
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-ends 12/2/18
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