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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

EQ Explorers Tour (review and giveaway)


I'm excited to have the EQ Explorers Tour stopping by today! This tour is sponsored by EQ Explorers and hosted by The Children's Book Review...



Written by Kim Linette 
Illustrated by James Loram 

The secret to happiness? It’s written on a whale’s tail. At least that’s what Koa hears, and so he sets out in search of Wally Whale and the valuable knowledge that he hopes Wally will share. 

Wally Whale’s Mighty Tail, one of the first books in the EQ Explorers series, teaches the powerful EQ principle: Happiness is a Choice. It’s a lesson of emotional intelligence that is essential for any child—including Koa, who learns as he journeys through the Pacific with Wally Whale. 

Ages 4-12 | Publisher: Kapalua Cove, LLC | August 1, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1950062003

Available Here: https://amzn.to/3deRJ4O 


Written by Kim Linette 
Illustrated by James Loram 

The last thing Danny expects to come across during his hike in the forest is a very insecure bear. And yet, Compare Bear is precisely that—a bear who struggles to see his own strengths, and instead constantly compares himself to other animals, with astonishing results. 

In Compare Bear’s Double Dare, one of the first books in the EQ Explorers series, Danny helps his unique new friend take to heart the powerful EQ principle: Be Yourself. Don’t Compare. It’s a lesson of emotional intelligence that is essential for any young reader. 

Ages 4-12 | Publisher: Kapalua Cove, LLC | August 1, 2019 | ISBN-13: 978-1950062010 

Available Here: https://amzn.to/2UUXdeS 


Written by Kim Linette 
Illustrated by James Loram 
Jojo Giraffe’s Big Laugh, the third book in the EQ Explorers series, takes children on a journey through the African Savannah, learning what it means to be wonderfully unique along the way—just like the spots on each and every giraffe. 

The story centers around the powerful EQ principle: Don’t Take Things Personally. It’s a lesson of emotional intelligence that is essential for any child—including Kali, who learns through a series of fun adventures with Jojo Giraffe. 

Ages 4-12 | Publisher: Kapalua Cove, LLC | April 21, 2020 | ISBN-13: 978-1950062096 

Available Here: https://amzn.to/3fufdV2 




Kim Linette is the mother of six wonderful children and the founder of Kapalua Cove Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering children to create healthy relationships and joy-filled lives. In ancient Hawaiian, “Kapalua” means “arms embracing the sea.” Passionate about helping children throughout the world, Kim has written her EQ Explorers books to inspire all children and their caretakers to live big, happy lives! Raised in Southern California, Kim now splits her time between Alpine, Utah and Lahaina, Maui.

For more information, visit www.eqexplorers.comFacebook, and Instagram. 



Kim Linette’s EQ Explorers series aims to encourage and inspire readers with tales that explore and teach emotional intelligence (EQ)...and 100% of profits are donated to help children around the world! 

Through charming, clever storytelling; relatable situations; and carefully crafted, pitch-perfect delivery of ideas, each book in this series gently and thoroughly explores an important aspect of emotional intelligence and offers readers valuable life lessons. Linette’s charismatic animal characters and diverse, smart kid characters prove to be entertaining and engaging. James Loram captures the heart and humor of each tale through bright, lush nature scenes full of beautiful details. 

With fun tales, great illustrations, and important lessons, the EQ Explorers series will delight, educate, and captivate young readers. 



Enter for a chance to win an EQ Explorers prize pack! 
One (1) grand prize winner receives: 
  • A copy of Jo Jo Giraffe’s Big Laugh autographed by Kim Linette. 
  • A copy of Compare Bear’s Double Dare autographed by Kim Linette. 
  • A copy of Wally Whale’s Mighty Tail autographed by Kim Linette. 
  • A play fort perfect for reading and imagination play. 

Two (2) winners receive: 
  • A copy of Jo Jo Giraffe’s Big Laugh 
  • A copy of Compare Bear’s Double Dare 
  • A copy of Wally Whale’s Mighty Tail 

Giveaway begins July 6, 2020, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends August 6, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. MT. 
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Friday, July 3, 2020

Kat and Juju Tour (review & giveaway)




Kat and Juju 
By Kataneh Vahdani 
July 1, 2020 
Two Lions 

An unlikely duo star in a charming story about being different, finding courage, and the importance of friendship in the first book in a new series from an award-winning animation director. 

Kat likes doing things her very own way, but sometimes she doubts herself. So when a bird named Juju arrives, Kat hopes he’ll be the best friend she’s always wanted. He’s outgoing and silly and doesn’t worry about what others think—the opposite of who she is. Bit by bit, with Juju’s help, Kat discovers her strength, and how to have a friend and be one—while still being true to herself. 



“This debut gently encourages personal growth while reinforcing the value of being different.” —Kirkus Reviews 



Kataneh Vahdni’s Kat and Juju is a deliciously sweet new picture book about one little girl, her big new friend, and the power of friendship, bravery, being genuine, and kindness! 

Little readers will be delighted and inspired by the charming story and its gentle message, as they joyously join the darling Kat, with her faithful Juju, as she grows in courage, heart, and spirit. Vahdani’s precious illustrations, with their cool aesthetic sprinkled with fun splashes of color and their whimsically dreamy scenes, bring Kat and Juju to life beautifully. 

Kat and Juju is an adorable and heartwarming story with a lovely message. 






Kataneh Vahdani is a children’s book author and illustrator. Kat and Juju is her first picture book series. She is currently directing her original feature animation movie. Kataneh has been a professor for over seventeen years and she also saves fallen baby birds and rescues them. Together with her students, they have raised over 13 fallen injured baby birds and set them free once they were ready to fly away. Sometimes in her classes, birds fly from the head of one student to the other. 
Visit Kataneh on Instagram: @KatandJuju. 


Win a copy of Kat and Juju!
Two Lions has generously offered one new copy for one winner.
-US only
-ends 7/10/20
-winner will be emailed and must claim prize within 48 hours
-Word Spelunking is not responsible for lost, damaged, stolen prizes

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*Disclaimer: I received a copy of the title above from Two Lions for review/feature purposes. All thoughts, opinions, and reviews are my own.