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Julius and Macy: A Very Brave Night Blog Tour: Review and Prize Pack Giveaway

It is not uncommon for us to feel lonely at times. A friendly gesture, even when it comes from a complete stranger, could make a big difference. Julius and Macy: A Very Brave Night is Annelouise Mahoney's debut children's picture book that came out last week. Learn more about its heartwarming story and enter to win a fabulous prize pack!

About the Book:

Publisher: Two Lions | Apr 1, 2021
Ages 3-7 | 32 pages

Julius and Macy like to play heroes. Julius pretends he’s the defender of the forest, while Macy has a quieter strength. When their snack disappears one night, they decide to track down the only one who could have taken it―the Night Goblin. They both have to be brave in their own ways, and they ultimately discover that the real thief isn’t anything like they imagined.

My Review

Julius and Macy: A Very Brave Night is a simple but sweet story about friendship and kindness. Julius and Macy makes the perfect duo in the forest, both enthusiastic about the game of playing heroes. Julius practices hard every night hoping to capture a possible villain, while Macy loves to offer a helping hand to someone in need. A real challenge comes when their snack gets stolen by an unknown creature. They have to gather all their courage to explore the unfamiliar cave until they finally meets the mysterious thief, who sounds very hungry and looks rather lonely.

The artistic and adorable illustrations in the book plays a significant role in building the lovely characters with personality and filling in the details about the storyline. The soft, dreamy night views of the forest are stunning while the characters are cute, lively, and delightful. The main message of the story is quite unique. Being brave isn't always about being a superhero. It may take courage to be kind and befriending a lonely soul can be considered heroic too. The book encourages young readers to be kind, friendly, willing to share and ready to help. It makes an excellent choice for a read-aloud or a bedtime story.

Order your copy: Amazon

Science 4 You Green Science Kit Giveaway {April Showers Giveaway Hop}

Spring is in full swing! Earth Day is coming up in a couple of weeks. Now is the perfect time to get close to nature and learn more about the planet we live on. The new Science 4 You product line from PlayMonster includes a Green Science Kit, filled with supplies to help children learn through scientific experiments and fun activities related to nature. Check it out and enter to win one for your budding scientist.

Explore eco-science with these fun and Earth-friendly projects reusing materials! Through play, children develop different cognitive skills. With 15+ experiments, the kit combines fun and education to foster curiosity and experimentation, and to deliver a positive learning experience. Players may become an eco-astronaut and launch an incredible recycled rocket, make their own solar oven and bake delicious marshmallows, help the environment with a sustainable culture of plants, and much more!

The Green Science Kit includes: 36-Page Booklet, Card with Graphic Elements, 3 Biodegradable Flower Pots, 60-Piece Green Science Puzzle, Decorative Stickers, 10 Wooden Stirrers, Watercress Seeds, Green Bean Seeds, 4 Craft Wires, Yarn, Soil, 4 Wooden Sticks, 5 Cotton Balls, 4 Paper Straws, 5 Rubber Bands, Clothes Pin, 2 Paper Clips, 2 Marbles.

I Am the Shark Blog Tour: Review and Prize Pack Giveaway

How well do you know sharks? Test your knowledge in I Am the Shark, an upcoming children's picture book by New York Times best-selling author Joan Holub and award-winning illustrator Laurie Keller. Check it out and enter to win a themed prize pack!

My Review

I Am the Shark impresses me as an intriguing and highly informative read. With the word "great" in his name, the Great White Shark is eager to establish himself as the greatest shark in the sea. His claim, however, is constantly challenged by other sharks in the book, including the biggest, the oldest, the fastest, the smartest, the sneakiest and even the smallest. Feeling a bit frustrated, he begins to cast doubt on his ability to live up to his name. Luckily, it doesn't take long for him to figure out what truly makes him the greatest shark of all!

With a balanced combination of the silly stuff and the serious stuff, the book teaches about tons of shark facts in the most fun way possible. By following the Great White Shark's adventure under the sea, young readers are introduced to a wide variety of sharks and learn about what makes each of them special. The colorful and playful illustrations help put a face to the name and make the traits of each character more vivid and memorable. My kids and I have all learned something we didn't know about sharks before reading this book.

Besides its scientific side, the book offers valuable life lessons through the Great White Shark's search for self-worth. It promotes positive thinking, persistence, kindness, and good sportsmanship. It encourages the reader to feel good about being the way they are as well as to strive to be the very best.

Interestingly, the book ends with the guest appearance of a funny, clueless character that might appear in the author's next book. It also kindly provides safety precautions about a shark encounter, and additional books and resources for really dedicated shark lovers.

About the Book:

Written by Joan Holub
Illustrated by Laurie Keller

Ages 4-8 | 48 Pages
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers | ISBN-13: 978-0525645283

Hi! I am Great White Shark, and if you get this book, you’ll read all about ME–the greatest shark in the sea!

Not so fast! Greenland Shark here, and as the oldest shark in this book, that makes me the greatest.

Did someone say fast? I’m Mako Shark, and I’m the fastest shark in this book! Eat my bubbles!

Wow, I’m Hammerhead Shark. You don’t need my special eyes to see that there are lots of great sharks in this book. Sink your teeth into it now!

New York Times bestselling author Joan Holub makes a splash with bestselling illustrator Laurie Keller to deliver an entertaining undersea story that encourages self-acceptance and self-esteem, and is filled with humor and the greatest shark facts in the ocean!

Order you copy: Amazon | Bookshop

When the Sun Met the Moon Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

Have you ever been about the relationship between the Sun and the Moon, if a connection between the two is believed to exit at all? A rather romantic answer to that question can be found in Simran Mohinani's new book When the Sun Met the Moon. Check out this unique picture book and enter to win a signed copy!

About the Book

Book Title: When the Sun Met the Moon by Simran Mohinani
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: March, 2021
Tour dates: Mar 15 to Apr 2, 2021
Content Rating: G for everyone.

In this enchanting tale of the origins of the Sun and the Moon, the Sun flies across the universe on an adventure to look for someone whose light matches his own. When the Sun Met the Moon is a story filled with so much love, excitement, and equality that you won't want to put down, and can be told for years to come. After centuries of brightening up the sky by himself, the poor Sun is exhausted, lonely, and in need of some help. So, he decides to search the galaxies for someone whose light is as strong and powerful as his to help him shine down on the people of Earth. When the Sun decides to take a holiday to go on this adventure, Earth is left with its first-ever nighttime where the sky goes dark and cold, leaving people afraid to come out of their homes. Will the Sun be able to find somebody whose light is equal to his? Find out in this gorgeous love story how the Sun met his perfect Moon.

My Review:

When the Sun Met the Moon is a short and pleasant read, featuring rhyming text, artful illustration, and heartwarming messages. As a huge fan of the Sun, my little one used to ask me why the Sun has to disappear at night. I explained to him that the Sun would be too tired to work around the clock, so the Moon works the night shift to let the Sun rest and recharge. But the Sun still lends part of its light to the Moon during its sleep. Interestingly, this book seems to confirm my explanation somewhat, while the relationship between the Sun and the Moon is viewed through the lens of love and romance. The Sun has to work non-stop before he meets the Moon. Whenever he goes on vacation, the Earth goes into complete darkness. Things start to change when the Sun finally finds the love of his life.

It was love at first sight
And the rest was history
The Moon was the keeper of his night
And the Sun her golden key.

The illustrations of the book are truly impressive. Using vibrant and contrasting colors, they bring out the beauty of the Universe. My favorite scene is when the Sun and Moon gets married, with all the stars showering down around them. I love that the story shows how the Sun and Moon complements and supports each other through their relationship. This is when one plus one is greater than two. My son loves reading the story, although I doubt if he gets all the underlying messages. But I'm sure they will get through over time. What matters most is that the book is a fun read that provides a loving way to think about how the Universe works.

Buy the Book: Amazon | B&N | BAM | Mascot Books

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