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Jolene: Adventures of a Junk Food Queen Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

Are you trying to convince your little one that healthy eating is not only the right thing to do but it can be fun too? An entertaining story like Jolene: Adventures of a Junk Food Queen may help you out. Enter to win a signed copy!

My Review:

Jolene: Adventures of a Junk Food Queen is a whimsical and educational picture book following a little girl's tremendous transformation from a Junk Food Queen to a Health Food Queen. Jolene is drawn to junk food so deeply that she eats it exclusively day and night, and wears it from head to toe. So does her only friend at school Sugar Sam. Jolene has no intention of changing until she drifts off to dreamland one night and starts a wacky and magical adventure there.

Jolene's story abounds in amusing and memorable characters, some representing her favorite junk food, and others embodying smarter food choices. Interestingly, it is the junk food characters who help Jolene realize the harms they could do to her teeth and her overall health. The colorful and energetic fruit and veggie characters, on the other hand, help debunk the myth that healthy food must be bland and boring. The creative, cartoon-like artwork adds great vitality and hilarity to the characters.

Although in reality, building a healthy, lifelong habit takes time and effort, Jolene's fun-filled adventure may get young readers interested in taking the initiative, while recognizing the helpful role of family and friends in making a positive change. It warns about the danger of excessive indulgence in junk food and suggests eating in moderation instead of complete abstinence, which might be less feasible for young children. More importantly, it offers a good number of healthy, nutritious alternatives that are visually appealing, delicious, and easy to prepare. The fun recipes in the back of the book, for instance, would be a sweet start!

The length of the book is closer to an illustrated chapter book than a typical picture book. But the story is easy to follow and to be divided into sections. Both beginner and more advanced readers can enjoy the book at their own pace.

About the Book:

Created by Alexa Palmer and Catharine Kaufman
Illustrated by John Martinez and Hayden Mills

Ages 4-10 | 60 Pages
Publisher: Palmer and Kaufman | ISBN-13: 978-0-615136301

Jolene loves junk food. She loves it so much she wears red licorice in her hair–and pink taffy underwear! The Munch Bunch calls her “The Junk Food Queen.” Then, one night in her dreams, she meets a bunch of cool characters who take her on an incredible, edible journey into a world of juicy fruits, super salads, and yummy smoothies.

Purchase Links: Amazon | Bookshop | Barnes & Noble | Walmart

About the Authors:

Alexa Palmer resides in Rancho Mirage, California, where she has raised three daughters- Alexandra, Stephanie and Christina. A preschool teacher who has been passionate about writing since the age of 8, Alexa also has a background in performing arts from the University of London and Oxford University. She is a published songwriter formerly studying under the tutelage of the late Buddy Kaye and is excited about launching the musical version she created for Jolene.

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Catharine Kaufman is a nationally syndicated food columnist, blogger, author, magazine writer and TV chef. She credits her growing expertise in good nutrition for her survival and recovery from breast cancer and shares that expertise to help keep her family, friends and fans in good health. Writing her columns under the moniker “The Kitchen Shrink,” Catharine dispenses advice on topics that include smart grocery shopping, food facts and folklore, unforgettable dinners on a shoestring, solving cooking disasters and putting the skids on colds, flu and other ailments with healing ‘food chemistry.’

Showing off her humorous culinary savvy, Catharine was featured in a “Kitchen Shrink” mini series produced by Time-Warner, which included such segments as Kitchen Play Date with Kids, and Pantry Preparedness. She also did a stint as radio host and sidekick of restaurant reviewer and food guru Merrill Shindler on KLSX, Los Angeles. As a founder and partner of, the healthy gourmet cooking and food safety blog, Catharine has been garnering kudos from foodies around the world for her featured columns on that long-established site.

Through its offbeat humor, Catharine’s well-received children’s book with collaborator Alexa Palmer, “Jolene – Adventures of a Junk Food Queen,” motivated her two daughters and other children to participate in her cooking classes, as well as to acquire healthier eating habits than many of their peers. “Jolene…” has also been endorsed by the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and is being sold on Amazon and other outlets. Ever since discovering her inner foodie, Catharine has been in her element, focusing her energy and passion on weaning as many people—but especially children and young adults—off toxic foods and guiding them on a fun journey to healthy living.

Two lucky readers will each win a signed copy of Jolene: Adventures of a Junk Food Queen!

Giveaway ends 10/19. Open to US only. Please enter below. Good luck!

Jolene Adventures of a Junk Food Queen Book Giveaway

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Alexa Palmer. All views and opinions expressed are my own. icefairy's Treasure Chest is not responsible for winner selection or prize fulfillment.

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