August 4, 2020

The Monster Twins Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

The Monster Twins
Written by Robert and Karen Hanvik
Illustrated by Ella Ransom

Publisher’s Synopsis:

Bella and Bertie are twins, but they don’t know that, or each other. Separated while babies by bad law, they grew up 6000 miles apart, in Singapore and London. Follow the twins as they discover their shared past and do their best to make a better future for themselves, their families, and others like them.

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The Monster Twins is a fun children's picture book that is full of wonderful illustrations and a fantastic message that readers of all ages will relate to. The story centers around a set of twin monsters that were separated very early in life and finally meet years later. Once they've wrapped their minds around the truth, they begin to piece together the stories of their pasts and how they are going to move forward in life now that they're in each other's lives. There are a lot of emotions and situations in the story that are very relevant in today's world. The twins are easy to connect with - even for smaller kids. 

The illustrations were very bright and colorful and followed the story line perfectly. They are a great visual to go along with the book. I think this is an unique book with a great message and pictures. Highly recommended for children of all ages, especially those who enjoy being read to and those who are learning how to read themselves. 

Enter for a chance to win a copy of The Monster Twins and a Visa gift card!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A physical copy of The Monster Twins

  • A digital flipbook copy of The Monster Twins

  • A $25 Visa gift card to stock up on more books from your favorite bookstore

Five (5) winners receive:

  • A choice of:

    • A physical copy of The Monster Twins

    • A digital flipbook copy of The Monster Twins

Giveaway begins July 20, 2020, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends August 20, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. MT.



July 20

The Children's Book Review

July 21

Life Is What It's Called

July 22


July 23

Word Spelunking

July 24

Over Coffee Conversations

July 27

Fairview Elementary School (Library)

July 28

icefairy's Treasure Chest

July 29

Library Lady's Kid Lit

July 30

Tales of A Wanna-Be SuperHero Mom

July 31

Confessions of a Book Addict

August 3

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

August 4

A Dream Within A Dream

August 5

Barbara Ann Mojica's Blog

This post is in partnership with The Children's Book Review. I received a free copy of The Monster Twins to review. All opinions are my own.

July 23, 2020

The Kids Are Gonna Ask Blog Tour: Excerpt

Author: Gretchen Anthony
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: July 28, 2020 
Publisher: Park Row Books
416 pages

About the Book:

A whip-smart, entertaining novel about twin siblings who become a national phenomenon after launching a podcast to find the biological father they never knew.

The death of Thomas and Savannah McClair’s mother turns their world upside down. Raised to be fiercely curious by their grandmother Maggie, the twins become determined to learn the identity of their biological father. And when their mission goes viral, an eccentric producer offers them a dream platform: a fully sponsored podcast called The Kids Are Gonna Ask. To discover the truth, Thomas and Savannah begin interviewing people from their mother’s past and are shocked when the podcast ignites in popularity. As the attention mounts, they get caught in a national debate they never asked for—but nothing compares to the mayhem that ensues when they find him.

Cleverly constructed, emotionally perceptive and sharply funny, The Kids Are Gonna Ask is a rollicking coming-of-age story and a moving exploration of all the ways we can go from lost to found.
Excerpted from The Kids Are Gonna Ask by Gretchen Anthony © 2020 by Gretchen Anthony, used with permission by Park Row Books.
The house had become an aquarium—one side tank, the other, fingerprint-smeared glass—with Thomas McClair on the inside looking out. There had been a dozen protests outside their home in less than a week, all for the McClairs to—what, enjoy? Critique? Reject? There was no making sense of it. 
Tonight, Thomas pulled his desk chair up to the window and kicked his feet onto the sill. He’d been too anxious to eat dinner, but his mind apparently hadn’t notified his stomach, which now growled and cramped. He was seventeen. He could swallow a whole pizza and wash it down with a half-gallon of milk, then go back for more, especially being an athlete. But that was before. 
Before the podcast, before the secrets, before the wave of national attention. Now he was just a screwup with a group of strangers swarming the parkway across the street from his house because he’d practically invited them to come. 
He deserved to feel awful. 
The McClairs had been locked in the house for a week, leaving Thomas short of both entertainment and sanity. He had no choice but to watch the show unfolding outside. Stuck in his beige bedroom, with the Foo Fighters at Wembley poster and the Pinewood Derby blue ribbons, overlooking the front lawn and the driveway and the hand-me-down Volvo neither he nor Savannah had driven since last week. There they stood—a crowd of milling strangers, all vying for the McClairs’ attention. All these people with their causes. Some who came to help or ogle. More who came to hate. 
Thomas brought his face almost to the glass and tried to figure out the newly assembling crowd. Earlier that day, out of all the attention seekers, one guy in particular had stood out. He wore black jeans, black boots, a black beanie—a massive amount of clothing for the kind of day where you could see the summer heat curling up from the pavement—and a black T-shirt that screamed WHO’S PAYING YOU? in pink neon. He also held a leash attached to a life-size German shepherd plushy toy. 
Some of the demonstrators had gone home for the night, only to be replaced by a candlelight vigil. And a capella singing. There were only about a dozen people in the group, all women, except for two tall guys in the back lending their baritones to a standard rotation of hymns. “Amazing Grace” first, followed by “Jesus Loves the Little Children.” Now they were into a song Thomas didn’t know, but the longer he listened, he figured hundred-to-one odds that the lyrics consisted of no more than three words, repeated over and over. They hit the last note and raised their candles high above their heads. By daaaaaaaaaaaayyyy. 
“No more,” he begged into the glass. “I can’t take any more.” 
A week. Of this. 
Of protests, rallies and news crews with their vans and satellites and microphones. 
Of his sister, Savannah, locked in her room, refusing to speak to him. 
Of his grandmother Maggie in hers, sick with worry. 
Of finding—then losing—his biodad, the missing piece of his mother’s story. And his own. 
Thomas was left to deal with it all. Because he’d started it. And because he was a finisher. And most of all, because it wasn’t over yet.

GRETCHEN ANTHONY is the author of Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners, which was a Midwestern Connections Pick and a best books pick by Amazon, BookBub, PopSugar, and the New York Post. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, Medium, and The Write Life, among others. She lives in Minneapolis with her family.

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July 17, 2020

EQ Explorers Tour: Review + Giveaway


Wally Whale’s Mighty Tail: Happiness is a Choice!
Written by Kim Linette
Illustrated by James Loram

Release Date: August 1, 2019
Publisher: Kapalua Cove, LLC
Ages: 4-12 
ISBN-13: 978-1950062003  
Publisher’s Synopsis:  
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.

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Compare Bear’s Double Dare: Be Yourself – Don’t Compare!
Written by Kim Linette
Illustrated by James Loram

Release Date: August 1, 2019
Publisher: Kapalua Cove, LLC
Ages: 4-12
ISBN-13: 978-1950062010    
Publisher’s Synopsis:  
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.

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Jojo Giraffe’s Big Laugh: Don’t Take Things Personally!
Written by Kim Linette
Illustrated by James Loram

Release Date: April 21, 2020
Publisher: Kapalua Cove, LLC
Ages: 4-12
ISBN-13: 978-1950062096   
Publisher’s Synopsis:
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.

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The three picture books in this tour are not only adorably illustrated but also teach very important life lessons to kids at a young age. Each of the books tackle a big issue that everyone - regardless of age - will face at some point in their lives. With Wally Whale, we learn that happiness is a choice. With Compare Bear, we learn not to compare ourselves to others and to just be yourself. Finally, Jojo Giraffe teaches us that everybody is unique in their own way and the things that set us apart are something to be celebrated. Each of these books has a really cute and easy to understand story that teaches the lessons in a fun way that kids can relate easily to. The illustrations for all three books are bright, tie into the story, and will definitely draw the attention of everyone who reads or listens to the books. I highly recommend all three of these for children of all ages - especially those who can't read yet themselves and like to be read to and for kids who are learning to read.
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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*Disclosure: I partnered with The Childen's Book Review and EQ Explorers for this tour.