Have You Seen My Tail Book Blast and Giveaway

Have You Seen My Tail? by Kathryn Harper

About the Book

Title: Have You Seen My Tail? (Katie-Jane, Book #2) | Author & Illustrator: Kathryn Harper | Publication Date: July, 2014 | Publisher: Green Cup Publishing | Pages: 36 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8

Summary: Anyone who has ever struggled to accept – or longed to experience – change of any kind will be able to relate to Katie-Jane’s second story, “Have You Seen My Tail?” Using rhyming verse, and laugh-out-loud moments, Katie-Jane begins this story feeling bored. She is surprised and shocked as she meets a butterfly, a frog and a snake; who are all struggling to accept the recent big changes in their lives. Different perspectives help all four characters to accept their own situations, and embrace change in the way life offers it to them. “Have You Seen My Tail?” is the second book in the six-part Katie-Jane series, designed to encourage the reader to ‘be the very best version of you.’

 

Sneak Peek

Have You Seen My Tail? by Kathrn Harper - Inside Page
 

Purchase

Amazon | Book Website

You can also purchase the first book in the Katie-Jane Series, “Am I a Chameleon?” by clicking the book cover below:
Am I a Chameleon by Kathryn Harper
 

Early Buzz About the Book

“Author Kathryn Harper offers insightful questions and answers at the end of the book explaining how she feels about change. I love how these insightful thoughts give the reader a chance to verbalize their own feelings. Like her other books, the illustrations are beautiful and vivid. Each of the animals has a wonderfully rich texture, color, and personality. The Katie-Jane books continue to not disappoint, I look forward to seeing the next books in the series.” ~ 5 Star Review, Katherine R., Amazon

“Katie-Jane is a very sweet character in “Have You Seen My Tail?” She helps to explain change in a gentle and unsuspecting way. This is the second book in the series for Author, Kathryn Harper. She writes a relatable story that children all over the world can grasp and understand. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Mary Jo P., Amazon

 

About the Author: Kathryn Harper

Kathryn HarperI have always loved to write, draw and create, but my books are inspired by more than my love for their medium.
As a child I was selective mute. Both my struggles and my breakthroughs are a source of inspiration toward creating Katie-Jane and her stories.
I grew up in the UK, after living in Johannesburg between the ages of two and five. Today I live in Wanaka, New Zealand, with my two gorgeous children and partner, Simon. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to call this place home, where an adventure can begin every time we step outside.

Website | Facebook | Goodreads

 

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Las Cruces

Welcome back to Flashback Friday. Today I’m going to go back to March 2010 and write a little about the first stop on the boys’ first long trip- Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Connor was 3 and JT was nine months and we were going on a trip for my mom’s graduation. Her graduation was in Phoenix and the first place we drove to was Las Cruces. Las Cruces is about an eight hour drive from here.

It was St. Patrick's Day, this was his outfit.

It was St. Patrick’s Day, this was his outfit.

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We brought stuff to make sandwiches for lunch and this is where we stopped.

We brought stuff to make sandwiches for lunch and this is where we stopped.

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When we arrived in Las Cruces we checked in at our hotel. It was the Ramada Palms; I picked it because a saw it on the back of the Las Cruces Travel Guide and it looked nice. Connor was very excited to be at the hotel. I mostly have a bunch of blurry pictures though but here are the best three.

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The first place we visited in Las Cruces was the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.

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Historic Green Bridge

Historic Green Bridge

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Milking demonstrations in the Skaggs Dairy Barn

Milking demonstrations in the Skaggs Dairy Barn

The Organ Mountains

The Organ Mountains

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After we left we also went to the Las Cruces Railroad Museum of which I only have one picture.

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We also went to the Las Cruces Museum of Natural History which is now called the Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science. It was in the mall though and very small when we went.

Chuck E. Cheese was also in the mall and we went there too.

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The next day we continued on to Phoenix and I will write about that next Friday.

Flight of the Mite Book Blast and Giveaway

Flight of the Mite
Title: Flight of the Mite | Author: Grayson Smith | Illustrator: Alana Kyle | Publication Date: 2013 | Publisher: Peppermint Toast Publishing: Independent | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8

Information About The Book: A tale of wonder and imagination, Flight of the Mite is a children’s read-aloud picture book, written by Grayson Smith and illustrated by Alana Kyle. As a tiny mite stares in wonder at the nighttime stars, she becomes certain that if she were only able to travel to them, she would meet a world of wondrous creatures. She determines to build a flying contraption, and through persistence, ingenuity, and wise counsel, journeys to the nearest star. There she encounters the Others of her dreams and finds herself on an adventure where she learns that her imagination is her most important tool! This story of imagination, courage, and determination is perfect for the little mite in your life! Flight of the Mite is the first book published by the independent small press, Peppermint Toast Publishing, out of New Westminster, British Columbia. Peppermint Toast Publishing strives to work with emerging authors and artists towards the high-quality and environmentally-friendly publication of children’s picture books and literature, in profit-sharing partnership with local charitable organizations.
 

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Peppermint Toast Publishing is happy to be contributing $3 from the sales for each copy of Flight of the Mite sold, going to help sick kids get better at BC Children’s Hospital. Visit their Online Store to purchase your copy!

Peppermint Toast Publishing | Amazon (Canada)

 

The Buzz About the Book

Mother and Son Review by MDBR: “Flight of the Mite is a delightful, rhyming picture book featuring an adorable little mite who dreams big as the main character; a magical story underscoring the importance of imagination in children’s development; and absolutely gorgeous and whimsical illustrations. I highly recommend this book to children ages 3 to 8 and I think it would be a great choice for reading aloud to children in a classroom or library setting.”

“This is our new favourite story to read and will be a book that we will be keeping to pass down to future member of our family.” ~ Raincity Parent

“This wonderful piece of children’s literature is well crafted and appropriate for children and adults, the message is clear, embrace diversity, ones weakness may actually be strength. The most interesting and entertaining part is that there is a consistent rhythm and rhyme to the story, keeping the powerful message light and playful.” ~ Active Lee Dadding

” I have read the sweetest story!…The combination of these two talents [i.e., the author and illustrator] working together has left us with a sweet rhyming story about a little mites big imagination.” ~ Moments in Mommyland

“I recently received a new children’s book to review called Flight of the Mite. So of course I went to the best critic in the house – my 4 year old son[...]. We sat down to read the story together and discovered a delightful tale about imagination and discovery… The illustrations are delightful and [my son] insisted that we stop to discuss some of them along the way. There was more than one “wow!” over a picture of the mite climbing a dandelion.” ~ Prenatal to Parenting

 

About the Author: Grayson Smith

Grayson SmithGrayson Smith was born in Alberta, but attended a boarding school in Germany for 11 years. After high school, he attended SFU, where he obtained a degree in Criminology and met his beautiful wife, Linda. Throughout university, Grayson wrote stories when he should have been paying attention in class. After completing his degree, he became a police officer, and still enjoys that job thoroughly. As of 2012, Grayson gets to re-envision the world through the eyes of his baby son, Josiah. Writing is a wonderful way for Grayson to express the silliness and vagary that simmers beneath his well-practiced outer layer of respectability and professionalism.
 
 

About the Illustrator: Alana Kyle

Alana Kyle, IllustratorAlana Kyle was born and raised in the Lower Mainland. As a small child, she was sweet, quiet, and frequently lost inside her own head. Ever since she was young, she was motivated by her love of artistic creativity and attention to detail, and remains captivated by storybooks and imagination. Alana attended and graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and also obtained a three-year diploma of Illustration and Design from Capilano University. She works as an illustrator and graphic designer, and lives in Coquitlam.
 

Links to More Information

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Play Nintendo Tour 2014

We went to the Play Nintendo Tour in Grapevine last month. There were six different areas setup for the different games plus a Mario Kart Tournament area. You could also meet a couple of the different characters like Mario or Donkey Kong but we didn’t have much time to spend here so we missed them but they boys still got to play all the games a little bit.

I apologize for some of the pictures being a little blurry.  My camera is broken so all new pictures after mid June are taken with my phone.  Sometimes they're good and other times not so much.

I apologize for some of the pictures being a little blurry. My camera is broken so all new pictures after mid June are taken with my phone. Sometimes they’re good and other times not so much.

The boys each got a card with the six different areas on it and after playing a little and answering a trivia question they got that section signed. Once all six areas were completed they got two coins for the crane machine.

They started off in the Pokémon X and Y section. I should probably also mention that the Play Nintendo Tour was featuring the Nintendo 2DS so that’s what all games were played on. At this area the boys were asked if they could name one of the Pokémon. This question was easy enough, I think that anyone could name Pikachu.

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After that we moved on to Kirby Triple Deluxe. The guy here was gone for a while and when he came back he didn’t ask the boys a question, he just signed their card.

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Next they went to the Donkey Kong Country Returns section. This section had banana shaped bean bag chairs to sit on. I noticed that the girl here was asking a lot of questions so since the boys aren’t familiar with Donkey Kong I gave them a brief overview.

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The next section we went to was The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Two World. I’ve never played Zelda before so I don’t really know anything about it but the girl here was helpful and tried to help them figure out the answers.

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After Zelda we moved onto Yoshi’s New Island which is what the boys had been waiting for. In the Yoshi section they had some really cute Yoshi egg chairs. We had checked a couple of times to see if any were available but they weren’t and actually there was one little girl in one that had been there the entire time and even after we left she still hadn’t given up her chair. I think that Connor’s question here was what does Yoshi use to fight with and I believe JT got asked what color Yoshi is or maybe it was what does Yoshi come out of… I’m don’t quite remember.

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This was where Connor had to sit before a Yoshi egg became available.

This was where Connor had to sit before a Yoshi egg became available.

JT had to stand.

JT had to stand.

Super excited to sit in the Yoshi egg chair.

Super excited to sit in the Yoshi egg chair.

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The last section was Super Mario 3D Land. The boys know Mario but they’ve never played it before so I also gave them a little background here. Connor got asked who the bad guy is and I had told him who it was but he forgot. I’m thinking that this is actually where JT got the color question, what color does Mario wear.

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The boys both stood here first.

The boys both stood here first.

Then a block seat became available so JT sat.

Then a block seat became available so JT sat.

After that they went to the crane machine but neither of them got anything. The boys had a fun playing all the games and now Connor of course wants a Nintendo 2DS.

Prince Iggy and The Tower of Decisions Review

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**Disclosure: I received an electronic copy of this book for free in order to write a review. All opinions are my own honest opinions.**

I absolutely loved Prince Iggy and the Tower of Decisions by Aldo Flynn. The book is the second book in the Prince Iggy series but does really well on it’s own if you haven’t yet read the first book. There is enough information in this book that you kind of know a little bit of what happened in the first book but after reading Prince Iggy and the Tower of Decisions I’m sure you’ll be wanting to read the first book and waiting for the third.

The book is about a boy, Iggy, who is the rightful ruler of the Rose Kingdom. The book is split into two parts. Part one is Prince Iggy and the Rose Star and part two is Prince Iggy and the Tower of Decisions. The book pulls you in right from the start and is entertaining all the way through.

Connor really enjoyed this book. He kept saying “another chapter” and said “I really, really, really like this book and don’t want to stop reading”. I also hope that he picked up on a few of the lessons Iggy learned along the way, like not listening to the tiny voice in your head that tells you can’t do something.

I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a fun read. Even JT listened and he doesn’t usually pay attention to chapter books but he listened to this one and he liked all the pictures.

Prince Iggy and Tower of Decisions is a really wonderful, fun book filled with magic and adventure and would make a great read for anyone. We can’t wait to read the third book to find out what happens next.

JT Says:

I liked the dragon in the tower. The Rose Star was mean.

Connor Says:

I liked it, all of it. My least favorite character was the queen because she was mean. I also didn’t like the Rose Star; he wasn’t being good. My favorite part of the book was the tower part, part 2. My favorite level of the tower was the judges and I also liked the old man that was taking throughout the tower. I think that in the next book they think the Queen wins but then Iggy comes back and says that he actually got through the tower first. I don’t know if they will believe him but they might because he’s nice.

Connor's favorite picture in the book- Iggy looking at the Tower of Decisions.

Connor’s favorite picture in the book- Iggy looking at the Tower of Decisions.

Thanks for taking the time to read our review. You can check the books out here.

Jack the Boogey Book Blast & Giveaway

Jack the Boogey is my Name by Davon Washington

About the Book

Title: Jack the Boogey is my Real Name: The Truth about “The Boogeyman” | Authors: Davon Washington & Chase Washington | Illustrator: Ana-Gabriela Stroe | Publication Date: January 1, 2014 | Publisher: Bedford House Books | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8

Summary: Have a child that’s afraid of the dark? Are you a little curious about what happens when the lights go out? This delightful children’s picture book will not only enhance the night time reading experience but bedtime in itself will never be the same. Jack The Boogey encourages kids to push through their fears, persevere and always do the right thing. One of the world’s most feared creatures may have just become the most loved.

 

Sneak Peek

Jack the Boogey - Inside Page - Davon Washington
 

Purchase

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The Buzz

“I highly recommend this adorable tale to children who don’t want to go to sleep at night because they are afraid the Boogeyman will get them! They just might discover that this isn’t true. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Amy G., Amazon

“My little one and I thoroughly enjoyed the story (he made me read it twice as soon as I took it out of the package and I had to distract him with Monsters University to get away to write a review), but the real treat to me was stashed in the cover blurb hidden away in the back of the book. It’s written by Davon Washington and his son, Chase. Davon wanted to help young Chase understand how much work and effort went into providing the nice things he had, so he let Chase make this a project in which they could collaborate and Chase could get an idea of the value of hard work. To me, that’s the best part of the story! ” ~ 5 Star Review, Breeni B., Amazon

“I loved this book! The illustrations were such a big pull for me. It almost felt like watching a tv show in the sense that you are brought into the world of Jack the Boogey instead of trying to imagine the scariest non-monster possible. I do think that this is a great read for Young Readers because of the conflict and resolution. I enjoyed that Jack showed vulnerability (being upset over the children’s misunderstanding that he was actually a helpful GOOD monster) and that it was OK to show emotion. This is a great lesson for all young readers. Sometimes when they see life lessons happening via forms of entertainment (books, movies, tv, et al) vs. just hearing about it from their parents, it sinks in a bit more.” ~ 5 Star Review, LaToya, Amazon

 

About the Authors: Davon & Chase Washington

Davon WashingtonDavon Washington is an entertainment executive who was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Davon has made a career out of helping people bring their artistic dreams to fruition. The same people who more often than not do very little to enhance the tender minds of the culture that supports them. Creative thinking isn’t a skill that you learn as an adult. It starts with that same imagination that we let run wild after we’ve mastered harder tasks like walking, talking and using the bathroom ourselves. It’s Davon’s mission to build a nation of creative thinkers one book at a time.
Davon and his six-year old son, Chase collaborated to bring Jack the Boogey is My Real Name to life. This is their first book.
 

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Abilene CALF 2014- Day 2

The second day of the Abilene Children’s Art and Literacy Festival was on Saturday. We had done most everything on Friday so we didn’t have much to do the second day. We started the day with breakfast at the hotel again and then we headed off to the Abilene Public Library for the first reading.

The reading at the library was The Man in the Moon. When the reading was over the kids all did a simple spaceship craft using a plastic cup.

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After that we had some time left over so we back to Vletas because Connor lost his pin from there so we went to get him another. Then we went to McKay’s Bakery again but this time bought their already decorated cookies. They had Sandman and Jack Frost cookies as well as Toothiana cupcakes. Both boys wanted a Jack Frost cookie. I took a picture of Connor’s cookie but he had already started eating it and it also got messed up from the paper so it doesn’t look as nice as it did when we bought it but you can kind of see how it looked.

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We also tried to find Toothiana again with no luck and then we went over to the last reading we needed at 181 Pine Street which happens to be next to 181 1/2 Pine Street.

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The reading at 181 Pine Street was Santa Calls and the craft was coloring a Santa hat and beard and making a Snowman on a pencil.

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After the reading we tried to look again for Toothiana but still didn’t have any luck finding her so we just went back to the NCCIL because Connor wanted to buy some more books.

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That was the end of the festival for us this year. It was a lot of fun as always and the boys enjoyed all the different activities. Next year’s author will be David Shannon. He wrote the book No David which Connor used to love when he was smaller. He actually said that he still likes the book.