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Monday, October 30, 2017

Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk Giveaway Tour

The Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk Giveaway Tour is stopping by today! This tour is sponsored by MM Allen and Deborah Wynn and hosted by The Children's Book Review.

WISHAPICK TICKETY BOO AND THE BLACK TRUNK, an acclaimed Middle Grade Fantasy, awaits its MUSICAL DEBUT.
Enter this giveaway in Celebration of Children’s Musical Theater with MM Allen and Deborah Wynne.
Root for Jack! He enters the land of Wishapick through his father’s trunk, and meets his foe O’Sirus. Jack’s thought; Courage I need some!
Listen to the Song: King O’Sirus and Queen Sanctuary
One (1) winner receives the grand prize:
  • An autographed copy of Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk
  • A CD of the Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk soundtrack
  • An Echo Dot
Value: $73.77
One (1) winner receives:
  • An autographed copy of Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk
  • A CD of the Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk soundtrack
Giveaway open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older.
Prizes provided by M. M. Allen and Deborah Wynne.
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Written by M. M. Allen
Highly praised classic fairy tale Wishapick, Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk written by author M. M. Allen; and a CD of Wishapick Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk soundtrack composed by the talented Deborah Wynne. Moonbeam Gold Medal Award and 5 Star Readers Favorite.
Darkness -utter blackness. Was this why his mother had refused to let Jack unlock his father’s old trunk? It had been two years since his dad had died, and all Jack could think about was examining whatever treasures were stored inside the beloved trunk. But when he finally lifted the lid, he didn’t just fall in-he fell through it into a pit of rattlesnakes!
Trying to recall his mother’s stories about the Breath of All Good Things – anything to help him out of his dangerous predicament – Jack wished he had paid attention rather than mock the tales as childish myths… and that he’d waited to enter the trunk with his sister, Lilly. They could at least face this together.
“… a breathy and fantastical storytelling style, imaginations will flourish and the tale will be enjoyed by kids ages 8-12 who enjoy the genre of fantasy.”—The Children’s Book Review
Wishapick: Tickety Boo and the Black Trunk is available on Amazon.
Ages 8-13 | CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform | 2015 | 978-1508437178

M.M. Allen author of the acclaimed children’s picture book Let’s Play Ball is the mother of two adult children and aunt to twenty-three nieces and nephews, including ten great-nieces and great-nephews. MM is a former teacher. She has also worked extensively in marketing and communications with varied businesses, including Walt Disney’s Buena Vista records, as well as several non-profits. MM lives in a picturesque northern California town where she enjoys writing, tending to her rose garden, and caring for her West Highland terriers, Pip & Peaches.

MM Allen collaborated with composer Deborah Wynne, who created a companion CD of songs to accompany the novel. Wynne’s primary interests lie in choral singing, and song composition. Her musical projects include the 2013 album Strands of Gold and 2007 musical Moment of Truth. For many years, Deborah sang with the well-known a cappella ensemble, Quire of Voices. She also sang with the female quartet, Champagne. She continues as an active singer and composer in Santa Barbara, California, where she lives with her husband and their sheltie Gracie.


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Monday, October 23, 2017

Malala's Magic Pencil Blog Tour (giveaway & review)

by Malala Yousafzai
illustrated by Kerascoët
October 17, 2017
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 48
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Nobel Peace Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author Malala Yousafzai's first picture book, inspired by her own childhood.

Malala's first picture book will inspire young readers everywhere to find the magic all around them.
As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil. She would use it to make everyone happy, to erase the smell of garbage from her city, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. But as she grew older, Malala saw that there were more important things to wish for. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true. 
This beautifully illustrated volume tells Malala's story for a younger audience and shows them the worldview that allowed Malala to hold on to hope even in the most difficult of times.
Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksTBDGoodreads

Brave, smart, and young Malala wishes she had a magic pencil that she could use to make the world a better, safer place for all. When girls in Malala’s hometown in Pakistan are scared away from school by dangerous men, Malala uses her compassionate and courageous voice to speak out against the injustices she and other girls face, and in doing so she becomes a target of those dangerous men who try to silence her...but they don’t succeed! And Malala discovers that she doesn’t need a magic pencil because there is magic in being brave, kind, and resilient.
Malala’s Magic Pencil is a beautiful and profoundly powerful picture book that will inspire, encourage, and awe readers of all ages. Brave, admirable Malala Yousafzai is a modern, very real superheroine, who uses Malala’s Magic Pencil to tell her incredible story in an easily understood and impactful way for younger readers. Malala’s Magic Pencil is gorgeously illustrated by Kerasccoet, who brings Malala’s story and words to life through stunning colors and sweetly rendered characters
Readers will be immersed in young Malala’s world, awed by her journey and experiences, and deeply moved by her ideals, passion, and mission. Malala’s Magic Pencil carries an important and heartfelt message that the world needs to hear now more than ever.
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Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. She is known for human rights advocacy, especially education of women in her native Swat Valley in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, northwest Pakistan, where the local Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. Her advocacy has since grown into an international movement.

Three (3) winners will receive a finished copy of
Malala's Magic Pencil!
(US only & this is a tour wide giveaway)
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Tour Schedule

Week One:
10/16/2017- JrsbookreviewsReview
10/17/2017- BookHounds YAReview
10/18/2017- Wandering Bark BooksReview
10/19/2017- Hauntedbybooks13Review
10/20/2017- Texan Girl ReadsReview

Week Two:
10/23/2017- Word Spelunking- Review
10/24/2017- Wonder StruckReview
10/25/2017- Book-KeepingReview
10/26/2017- YA Books CentralExcerpt

10/27/2017- Novel Novice- Review

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Dover Books Holiday Reading Giveaway Tour

The Dover Books Holiday Reading Giveaway Tour is stopping by today! This tour is sponsored by Dover Publications and hosted by The Children's Book Review...

Alice in Wonderland Origami

Lewis Carroll’s timeless tale comes to colorful new life in this beautifully illustrated storybook/craft guide combination. A modern retelling of Alice’s adventures is accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions for folding all the major characters: Alice herself, the White Rabbit, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, The Queen of Hearts, and more. Plus, the book also includes 42 ready-to-fold sheets of origami paper
Available on Dover Publications

After enjoying a modern retelling of the classic fairy tale, boys and girls can create many of the characters and props with the 45 sheets of pre-printed origami paper included. Features full-color and easy-to-follow instructions for folding Bella and her beautiful white horse, the Beast and his castle, the fairy, one of the wolves, a rose, the clock, and a crown.
Available on Dover Publications
About Pasquale D’Auria
Pasquale D’Auria has created over 300 original models, published all over the world. He has been a Guest Star at conventions in Munich (1995), Stockholm (2000), Paris (2001), Santiago de Compostela (2003), and Madrid (2011). He has published several books and is co-author of a collective volume entitled Origami Made in Italy.

Tell Me a Mitzi

“A must!” declared School Library Journal of this ALA Notable Book and National Book Award Finalist, now available in a glorious new hardcover edition. Blending fantasy and reality in a big-city setting, three unforgettable and wonderfully illustrated tales recount the adventures of Mitzi and her little brother as they attempt to visit their grandparents, recuperate from colds, and meet the president. “Thanks to Lore Segal’s antic words, and Harriet Pincus’s antic pictures, children will find Tell Me a Mitzi a hilarious picnic.” — Publishers Weekly
Available on Dover Publications

The Wedding Procession of the Rag Doll and the Broom Handle and Who Was in It

The Rag Doll was blessed with many friends — the Wisk Broom, the Furnace Shovel, and the Coffee Pot among them — but when it came time to marry, she chose the Broom Handle. On the day of their wedding, the bride and groom were attended by a fantastical procession of well-wishers: the Spoon Lickers, the Tin Pan Bangers, the Easy Ticklers, the Musical Soup Eaters, and other whimsical characters, all marching along in a manner befitting their extraordinary names. This tale of wedding pomp and madcap mirth comes from poet Carl Sandburg’s classic book of American fairy tales, The Rootabaga Stories. Marvelous drawings by Harriet Pincus, a noted illustrator of children’s books, enhance the tale. Out of print for years, the book is now available in a new edition that introduces the story and its gloriously antic art to a new generation of parade-lovers, wedding-goers, and everyone who enjoys a fanciful celebration.
Available on Dover Publications

Nine Days to Christmas: A Story of Mexico

Generations of readers have treasured this 1960 Caldecott Medal winner and its tale of a little Mexican girl’s excitement at the approach of Christmas. Ceci eagerly awaits Las Posadas, the traditional nine-day series of yuletide celebrations. This year she’ll lead the candlelight procession that reenacts Mary and Joseph’s trek to Bethlehem. Meanwhile, Mother takes her to the old marketplace to choose her very first piñata. Ceci is dazzled by the colorful array of options, and after making her choice has second thoughts about the fate of her piñata once the posada takes place. Graced by evocative illustrations, this international holiday classic is now available in a lovely hardcover edition.
Available on Dover Publications


Enter to win a storybooks and crafts prize pack! Plus, everyone can use special code WHCP at Dover Publications to receive 25% off until December 31, 2017.

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

A hardcover copy of Alice in Wonderland Origami, 130 pages
A hardcover copy of Beauty and the Beast Origimai, 122 pages
A hardcover copy of Tell Me a Mitzi, 40 pages
A hardcover copy of The Wedding Procession of the Rag Doll and the Broom Handle and Who Was in It, 32 pages
A hardcover copy of Nine Days to Christmas: A Story of Mexico, 48 pages

Value: $98.75

Two (2) winners receive:

A hardcover copy of Alice in Wonderland Origami, 130 pages
A hardcover copy of Beauty and the Beast Origimai, 122 pages

Value: $49.90

Giveaway begins October 11, 2017, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends November 11, 2017, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Giveaway open to residents of Canada and the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older.

Prizes provided by Dover Publications, Inc.

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