Coming up: Blog tour for Internet Famous & other things

I have been away on a brief blogging hiatus due to a myriad of factors and life being generally frenetic, and perhaps unsurprisingly am behind on reading and writing reviews. But somehow- mysteriously!-  more books have made their way onto my must-read list! Besides reading comics- which is my go-to comfort reading when things are bumpy- there are a few books I have managed to start in the last week. The first is a graphic novel called Invisible Emmie by Terri Libensen- I’m about halfway through and really enjoying it. Great mix of humour with aches and pains of middle school…This is a perfect read to recommend to any Raina Telgemeier and Victoria Jamieson fans out there! The second is a contemporary YA title by Canadian-based author Jennifer Honeybourn called Wesley James Ruined My Life. Due out in July, this is, so far, a delightful, frothy read, reminiscent of Lindsey Leavitt and Jessica Brody. I haven’t talked much lately about contemporary/romantic YA- it is unfortunately a genre that has fallen a bit off my radar. But having had the chance meet Jennifer at a recent event and getting to hear more about her writing, Wesley James, and her process to publication really cinched it for me as a YA title I wanted to dive into.

Also coming up this week- more YA! The Raincoast Books blog tour for Canadian author Danika Stone‘s young adult novel Internet Famous stops here on Friday, June 16th. You can take a look at the blog tour postcard to see which awesome bloggers/reviewers are participating and when!

Must Read Monday (68): Picture Books from Drew Sheneman, Erica Sirotich, Mike Malbrough & more!

Welcome to another edition of Must Read Monday!

This feature is where I spotlight older, recent, or upcoming releases I am looking forward to. The lists will include all genres I like to read, everything from picture books to comics, children’s lit to adult fiction!

This week is all about picture books! On this list this week I have included new and upcoming titles from some favourite authors and illustrators such as Gemma Merino, Andrea Zuill, and Lizi Boyd, to new entries to fun series from Josh Funk and Brendan Kearney and Amy Young. There are also a number of fantastic looking and sounding picture book debuts from Erica Sirotich, Drew Sheneman and Mike Malbrough, and more great titles in the mix! Let’s take a look:

Nope! by Drew Sheneman
Publication: January 17, 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Liam Takes a Stand by Troy Wilson, illus. Josh Holinaty
Publication: March 14, 2017 by Owlkids Books

The Sheep Who Hatched An Egg by Gemma Merino
Publication: April 1, 2017 by Albert Whitman Company

Dance Is For Everyone by Andrea Zuill
Publication: April 4, 2017 by Sterling Children’s Books

The Case of the Stinky Stench (Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast #2) by Josh Funk, illus. Brendan Kearney
Publication: May 2nd 2017 by Sterling

My Little Half-Moon by Douglas Todd Jennerich, illus. Kate Berube
Publication: May 2, 2017 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Don’t Blink! by Tom Booth
Expected publication: June 6, 2017 by Feiwel & Friends

I Wrote You a Note by Lizi Boyd
Expected publication: June 13, 2017 by Chronicle Books

A New Friend for Sparkle by Amy Young
Expected publication: June 27, 2017 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Found Dogs by Erica Sirotich
Expected publication: July 18, 2017 by Dial

Marigold Bakes a Cake by Mike Malbrough
Expected publication: July 18, 2017 by Philomel Books

Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want to Read A Book!

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic: things that will instantly make us want to read a book!

Ah, this is slightly tricky, I find, because though there are factors that drive me to read a title, I feel like there is a lot of serendipity, feeling and luck in how I find and read books! That being said, I’ve compiled some motivating factors (but perhaps not guaranteed reasons) I pick up a book.

Here they are, in no particular order:

  1. Review journal recommendations…I have the great luck of getting to read numerous review journals as part of my work as a children’s librarian. I pore over School Library Journal, Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books and find a lot of my picks come from these established journals and their respective reviewers
  2. Author and reviewer feedback…I have particular authors I tend to follow for picks (Vikki VanSickle and Robin Stevens are but two!), as well as bloggers whose perspectives I trust. This is not to say I will not pick up a book without their recommendations, but their positive  feedback hugely increases the chance I will read it! It also helps if an author I adore has blurbed a book I’m on the fence about- that will usually lead me to pick that book right up!
  3. Design/cover art…I feel this to be a stronger pull for children’s titles and YA. I try and keep myself to the ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover rule’, but I have to say that I really appreciate a well-designed, compelling, stand-out cover. From board books to picture books and beyond.
  4. Previous track record…these are is the must-read, go-to authors! The authors I’ve been reading and enjoying for years OR something by a new author I’ve just read and loved usually indicates that whatever they have brewing next will be an instant read.
  5. Genre…Ooh, genre! There are many genres I read, to be sure, but certain genres or angles usually indicate whether I will likely read something. Character-driven YA, contemporary or historical middle grade, British crime novels, suspense, Canadian lit in children’s, teens and adult, etc.
  6. Element of the unusual…I love the out of the norm and/or unexpected and/or oddball FUNNY kinds of read! It’s what drew me to pick up books by authors such as Claire Legrand, Louise Rennison, Don Calame, Susin Nielsen, Teresa Toten, Elinor Lipman, Brenna Yovanoff, Susan Juby, Kate Beaton, Matthew Inman, Julie Halpern…some favourites!
  7. Draws comparisons to bookish loves of my childhood…books that make me think back to Katherine Paterson, Lois Lowry, Louise Fitzhugh, Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton, Judy Blume, Gordan Korman, are on to my must-read, whatever the genre may be.
  8. Compelling protagonist or voice…Promise me a protagonist I can root for and want to follow, or a character whose voice is strong, distinct and unforgettable, and I am there.
  9. Publishers…in the interest of transparency, I have a number of publishers with whom I work regularly, but this did not impact their place here! Some choice picks: Chronicle Books; First Second Books; Scholastic Graphix; Andrews McMeel (for comics!); Crooked Lane Books; House of Anansi/Groundwood Books; Kids Can Press; Tundra Books; Sourcebooks; Penguin Random House Canada; and more! (You’ll notice a lot of Canadian-focused publisher’s here!!)
  10. Hook in the description…There needs to be that certain something in the book description that immediately captures my attention and imagination. It’s an imprecise science, to be sure, but I oftentimes will read a description and whammo!- will know instinctively it’s something I need to read. Be it a twisted murder mystery, sweeping family saga, or contemporary Canadian coming-of-age, something has to stand out.

What’s on your top ten this week?

Giveaway for Loryn Brantz’s Feminist Baby Board Book & Prize Pack!

Welcome to a special post featuring Loryn Brantz’s Feminist Baby board book and a fabulous giveaway, courtesy of Disney-Hyperion!

Read on to find out more about Feminist Baby, my thoughts on the board book, and how you can enter to win a prize pack! Thank you to Disney-Hyperion for sending me a copy and providing a prize pack  for review.

Board Book Details

Feminist Baby by Loryn Brantz
Publication:  April 11, 2017, recommended for ages 0 – 2

Synopsis

LOUD AND PROUD FEMINIST!

Meet the irrepressible Feminist Baby in this refreshing, clever board book about a girl who’s not afraid to do her own thing, and wants to make as much noise as possible along the way!

Feminist Baby likes pink and blue.
Sometimes she’ll throw up on you!
Feminist Baby chooses what to wear
and if you don’t like it she doesn’t care! 

A bright, cheeky, and funny board book with a positive message for all babies, Loryn Brantz’s Feminist Baby is a board book winner. Blurbed by feminist writer and professor Roxane Gay, Feminist Baby broadly takes on feminism and wonderfully turns the concept into an affirmative board book that babies/kids and adults will like. In the last few years, there appears to be an increase in the number of concept board books (concepts beyond ABC and counting, etc.). For example, Ruth Spiro and Irene Chan have collaborated on a Baby Loves series featuring aerospace engineering, quarks, and more, giving STEM a place in early childhood literature. Other board books series such as Cozy Classics and BabyLit have taken on themes or concepts in classic literature and adjusted them to suit babies and toddlers. Loryn Brantz’s Feminist Baby now joins the oeuvre, and it is wonderful to see and read. While concepts- such as feminism- can be complex, and you might wonder, what can a baby get from this?…The answer is: an introduction to vocabulary! It’s all about learning and exploring, and having the pleasure and option to read something as encouraging and aware like Feminist Baby to a wee one is just fantastic.

About the Author

Loryn Brantz is a two-time Emmy Award-winning author, illustrator, and design professional. Her picture book Harvey the Child Mime was the recipient of the 2010 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for Best First Picture Book. Loryn lives in New York City, where she is on staff at BuzzFeed writing and illustrating about feminism and body image. Find her online at www.lorynbrantz.com or www.facebook.com/LorynBrantzBooks.

Official Site + Social Media

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Giveaway Information:

One (1) winner receives:

  • copy of Feminist Baby
  • branded tote bag and pin

Giveaway open to Canadian AND US addresses. Prizing provided by Disney-Hyperion.

The giveaway will run from April 17th to April 24th, 2017 and is open to Canadian and US addresses. The winning entry will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter. All entries will be verified. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to me via email at fabbookreviews[at]gmail[dot]com OR DM’ing me via Twitter with their mailing address, or a new entry will be drawn.

To enter, click on the Rafflecopter link below and follow the instructions:

Enter to win the Feminist Baby Prize Pack!

 

A copy of this title and prize pack was sent courtesy of Disney-Hyperion for the purposes of this post and giveaway. Disney-Hyperion is also providing a prize pack for one winner from my site. Review opinions and comments are my own.

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Books I’ve Read…

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I have not been doing a great job with keeping up and participating, but I have been inspired this week’s topic: the most unique books we’ve read!

With the caveat that I have probably/most likely missed a number of unique titles here, I’ve picked ten titles- mostly all children’s titles- that, to me, stand out. Are unusual. Out of the ordinary. Seriously unexpected and seriously unforgettable. Perhaps even peculiar. In no particular order, here are my picks:

 

 

Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis
A picture book written all in imagined bug language (yes, indeed!), with gorgeous artwork…

The Liszts by Kyo Maclear, illus. Júlia Sardà
Kyo Maclear is up there as one of my favourite wordsmiths/storytellers. The Liszts is a newer title: a story about a list-making family that is beyond one’s expectations and imaginings. Sardà’s illustrations are…extraordinary…

Lost & Found by Shaun Tan
I am rather obsessed with Tan’s work. This was one of my first introductions to his work, and I haven’t stopped reading and poring over his incredible work since…

Bera the One-Headed Troll by Eric Orchard
The combination of Orchard’s unusual and beautiful style of artwork with the darker fairy-tale feel- a stand-out graphic novel…

The Sleepwalkers by Viviane Schwarz
Ah, The Sleepwalkers! I read this graphic novel after falling in love with Schwarz’s picture books. A genuinely unusual, offbeat but lovely and hypnotic story about a team of heroes who rescue children from nightmares…

A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston
A feat in storytelling, visuals and typography, this picture books is also a love letter to the power of books and words…

Press Here by Hervé Tullet
One of the first interactive perfect-for-storytime picture books I remember reading and arguably still one of the best…I would argue this was a game-changer and paved the way for more delightful interactive picture books to follow…I can’t imagine storytime with interactive books…

Art & Max by David Wiesner
David Wiesner, as with many authors and artists on this list, is a favourite. While most anything and everything by Wiesner is breathtaking and innovative, I must confess to a particular soft spot for Art & Max: a picture book about art, art styles, and two friends who test and bend art between the pages of this book that cemented Wiesner’s place on my roster of favourites.

Shadow by Suzy Lee
One of the first wordless picture books where I had a serious ‘aha’ moment about the beauty and signficance of the genre…Also: why isn’t everyone just as bananas about her work as I am?!?

Milk Teeth by Julie Morstad
This is a small book/collection of Morstad’s artwork. Surreal, dreamy, so strange and so beautiful…As with Shaun Tan’s work, I could forever be breathing in Morstad’s exquisite work…

Bonus mentions:

Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear, illus. Isabelle Arsenault

They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel

What titles are on your top ten this week?

#PlayTestShare: Spring Break Fun and Giveaway!

Happy (almost) Spring Break!

I am delighted to be hosting a second year of a special Spring Break Fun giveaway, courtesy of the lovely and generous folks at Raincoast Books!

Open to Canadian residents, ages 18 and up, one lucky person will have the chance to win one of the amazing #PlayTestShare items below! I had the chance to play and test out the TouchThinkLearn Fly!
 book as well as the gorgeous Towering Tree Puzzle
, so you will see some photos and get my thoughts on those two items. Read on for even more information about all the #PlayTestShare items on offer and how to enter the giveaway!

TouchThinkLearn Fly!

A deceptively simple and joyful celebration of the natural cycle of life, this book adds the bonus of removable-and movable-characters and scenery to the bestselling TouchThinkLearn format, featuring the hallmark production technique of glued-on pieces dovetailing with die-cut openings. In this first narrative title in the series, the movable pieces invite and involve the reader in a meaningful and multisensory participation in the story.

My kingdom for interactive stories! I am a big fan of interactive board books and picture books. In my work as a children’s librarian and as a mom to a toddler, interactive books are a go-to resource. They engage, surprise, delight and let children (and adults!) have a different kind of fun with books. I already own a number of TouchThinkLearn board books- I just adore Xavier Deneux’s bold, clean and vibrant artwork- so I couldn’t wait to see and play with this movable book. Happily, I can say that this is another big winner! The addition of removable pieces- moving from one side of the board book and fitting to the facing page cut outs- just adds MORE to this life-cycle based story and promises that kids will be extra curious and tickled by the story (and experience). To me, these kinds of books are magical and captivating!

Towering Tree Puzzle

Join adorable critters as they navigate the seasons and make new friends in their towering tree. Imaginative play and puzzle logic intersect as each interlocking branch of this innovative puzzle tells a new story, providing hours of entertainment. Adventure is just a branch away!

With artwork by Teagan White (author-illustrator of the enchanting picture book Adventures with Barefoot Critters and others), the Towering Tree Puzzle is a a beautiful, worthy of a displaying on a wall kind of puzzle. Unique in design and structure, this puzzle will likely delight with how many ways there are to put it together! Unlike more traditional puzzles where pieces only fit exact spots, this tree puzzle allows for a little more freedom and little more creative play as you can fit shaped pieces in multiple spots! You can make up stories about Teagan White’s utterly charming animals, their habitat, or you can just have fun building, rebuilding, and rebuilding with the seventeen double-sided pieces (yes, double-sided!). Such a wonderful and unusual idea for a puzzle- love this one so much!

The rest of the terrific #PlayTestShare items:

The Ultimate Book of Cities

Where does the Express bus take you? How many swans are in the lake at the park? The Ultimate Book of Cities reveals the answers to these questions and much, much more in an oversized fact- and action-packed look at life in the big city! Featuring 59 flaps, pop-ups, pull tabs and movable parts, this all-you-need-to-know guide provides detailed information about what makes a city tick: from the different ways of getting around and what goes on in all the big buildings, to what traffic signs mean and who are all the people who keep the city in tip-top shape!

Birds of the World Nature Sticker Activity Book

Beautifully illustrated by Olivia Cosneau, Birds of the World introduces aspiring ornithologists to these and other fun facts through a range of coloring activities, removable stickers, and a short quiz. In the process, children learn about the rich variety of birds living in our world, including nightingales, swallows, hummingbirds, pelicans, penguins, parrots, toucans, and flamingos, among others.

Quicktionary

Introducing a new, fast-paced casual card game for word lovers and anyone who loves to think on their feet. Simple to learn, with nearly endless possibilities, this free-for-all game is a fun addition to any game night.

Crystal Menagerie Coloring Book

This fresh new coloring book renders foxes, birds, hedgehogs, and more with a prismatic look that makes them as cool to display as they are pleasing to color. With just the right level of detail, these unique designs can easily be completed in one sitting if so desired, but those who want a more involved coloring session can opt for a 3-dimensional look-and make these animals leap off the page.

Space Playing Cards
Launch into your favorite card games while immersing yourself in deep space! Each playing card features extraordinary NASA photography and two Pantone colors on beautifully designed card backs. Includes a complete 52-card playing deck, plus 2 jokers.

Mighty, Mighty Construction Site
From the team behind the beloved international bestseller comes a companion to Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. All of our favorite trucks are back on the construction site-this time with a focus on team-building, friendship, and working together to make a big task seem small! Down in the big construction site, the crew faces their biggest job yet, and will need the help of new construction friends to get it done. The millions of fans of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site are in for a mighty good time!

642 Things About Me: Young Writer’s and Artist’s Edition
A new offering in the wildly popular 642 series, this unique journal encourages young creators to dive deep into the subject they know best-themselves! Packed with quirky, thought-provoking, and imaginative drawing and writing prompts, 642 Things About Me: Young Writer’s & Artist’s Edition is a fun way for kids to document their lives, jump-start their creative talent, and produce a memorable keepsake-or the first draft of their bestselling memoir.

Old MacDonald Had a Truck Bingo

A classic family-friendly game gets revved up with a winning combination of construction vehicles and farm animals, featuring artwork from the picture book Old MacDonald Had a Truck . With six illustrated, double-sided game boards plus a set of colorful bingo calling cards and chips, this easy-to-learn game is sure to be a hit at any playdate or family game night.

Giveaway Info:

The contest is open to Canadian residents only, and entrants must be aged 18 and up. The contest will run from March 9, 2017 until March 16, 2017. One winner will be randomly selected at the end of giveaway via Rafflecopter. The winner will have 48 hours to respond by emailing me at fabbookreviews[at]gmail[dot]com, confirming their name, their mailing address, and their ONE (1) giveaway prize pick.

Enter by clicking on the following link to Rafflecopter and follow the instructions to enter:

Click here to enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter!

Giveaway is now closed!

Congratulations to AMY H.!

The winner has 48 hours to email me with their prize pick and Canadian mailing address, or another winner will be chosen.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated.

 

I received copies of TouchThinkLearn Fly! and Towering Tree Puzzle from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review and for the purposes of this giveaway. Thank you! Opinions and comments regarding the titles are my own. Prizes provided by Raincoast Books.

Coming Up: Blog Tour for The Playbook by Kwame Alexander!

Sometimes, one can feel a little bit like poor Charlie Brown up there getting duped yet again by Lucy and the football! I’m not getting all maudlin or dramatic, I promise, it’s just been yet another bit of a bumpy stretch with health issues and a genuine lack of time for reading or reviewing! Some really awesome bookish bits in the midst of everything, though: new books I’ve bought include Adam Silvera’s History Is All You Left Me and Lisa Lutz’s The Passenger; I received lovely books from Penguin Canada including Lauren Graham’s Someday, Someday, Maybe, Kyo Maclear’s Birds Art Life; and I also received some stunning picture book goodies from Raincoast Books including Tony by Ed Galing and Erin E. Stead (a favourite illustrator).  Mr. Fab and I also finished (the original) Broadchurch series, season 2. Holy smokes, terrifically acted and put together- and intense. I would argue that it was even sharper, even better than the already stellar season one. We’re back to making our way through Psych now as I needed something a bit lighter to watch!

Next week, I am participating in the Raincoast Books organized tour for award-winning author, educator and poet Kwame Alexander‘s latest book The Playbook! Thrilled to be part of the tour as I am a BIG fan of Kwame Alexander’s work! Take a look below to check out the lineup of bloggers; the tour stops here on January 26th. Look forward to that coming up as well as a few new reviews I’ve got cooking!

 

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Coming up: Blog Tour for The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett!

What a week, folks! The New Year started off brilliantly with a dinner out and a trip to the theatre to see the gorgeous and moving La La Land and then…cue sad trombone music. I’ve been trying to recuperate from a dragging-on illness and then our little one got sick as well. It was a rare week in which I was barely able to read – save for some comic book reading (a good medicine)- and unable to post.

However! Next week on the site there are some good things planned, one of which is stop on the Raincoast Books hosted blog tour for Chelsea Sedoti‘s YA novel The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett!

Below is more information on the when’s and where’s of the tour. I hope you stop by here on the 12th to read my review and find out what I asked the author!

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Year End Giveaway: Children’s/YA Book Bundle & Adult Fiction Book Bundle!

party-invitation-templatesIt’s the most wonderful time of the year…for giveaways! Right?!

Over the course of the year, I have- through a variety of ways- accumulated duplicate copies of some titles. Whether through generous publisher extras, my own purchases, gifts, etc., I have a handful of titles I would like to give readers a chance to win (and read!). These copies are all brand new, finished copies (no ARCs); either once read by me or brand-spanking new, never read; a combination of hardcover and softcover copies.

Open to Canadian residents, ages 18 and up, there will be TWO winners drawn to win TWO book bundles. Yes, there are two bundles up for grabs: one is a Children’s/YA bundle, one is an Adult Fiction bundle!

Here is a look at the bundles:

Children’s/YA Book Bundle includes: We Found a Hat (Hat Trilogy #3) by Jon Klassen; Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo; The Scorpion Rules (Prisoners of Peace #1) by Erin Bow; A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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Adult Fiction Book Bundle includes: Wenjack by Joseph Boyden; We’re All in This Together by Amy Jones; Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty

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Giveaway Information:

CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED

The winners are:

SUNSHINE- wins the children’s/YA book bundle
LISA- adult fiction book bundle

Congratulations!

If there are no responses from the winner’s within 48 hours, new names will be drawn.

 

The contest is open to Canadian residents only, and entrants must be aged 18 and up. The bundles will be sent out as presented, no swapping items or switching items around! The contest will run from December 14, 2016 until December 23, 2016.

  • One winner will receive: Children’s/YA Book Bundle (includes Raymie Nightingale, A Monster Calls, The Scorpion Rules, and We Found a Hat)
  • One winner will receive: Adult Fiction Book Bundle (includes Wenjack, We Are All in This Together, and Truly, Madly, Guilty)

The two winners will be randomly selected at the end of giveaway via Rafflecopter.The winner will have 48 hours to respond by emailing me at fabbookreviews[at]gmail[dot]com OR DM’ing me on Twitter @fabbityfab confirming their name and their mailing address.

Enter by clicking on the following link to Rafflecopter and follow the instruction to enter. Don’t forget that there are 2 bundles up for grabs!

Click here to enter via Rafflecopter!

 

Winter Picture Books Giveaway: Waiting for Snow and Bunny Slopes!

berriesjayIt is giveaway time here, courtesy of the lovely folks at Raincoast Books!

Open to Canadian residents, ages 18 and up, one winner will have a chance to receive the two beautiful, wintery picture books featured in this giveaway- just in time for the season and holidays coming up!

 

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Let’s take a closer look at the two beautiful books, and read on for how to enter the giveaway!

 

waitingforsnow28114524Waiting for Snow by Marsha Diane Arnold, illus. Renata Liwska
Source: Hardcopy courtesy of Raincoast Books. Thank you!
Publication: November 1, 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Book Description:

Badger cannot wait one more minute for it to snow. When his friend Hedgehog explains that everything comes in its time, Badger is as unconvinced and impatient as ever. But Badger’s friends have a few tricks up their sleeve to try to get the snow’s attention and distract their pal in the meantime. In the end, Badger sees there’s no trick-only waiting-until at last, it’s time.

In Marsha Diane Arnold and Renata Liwska‘s Waiting for Snow, readers are taken on an engaging and warmhearted story about friendship and patience featuring a little badger and his animal friends. The story opens with Badger looking up into the sky and telling his friend Hedgehog that he is tired of waiting for snow to come: ‘It’s winter and I haven’t seen one snowflake”! Though Hedgehog tells Badger that ‘it will snow in snow’s time’, and his other sweet friends try and help make the snow fall, Badger still becomes rather impatient. However, it is through spending time with friends, finding fun in company, and learning, slowly but surely to be just a little patient, that Badger finally, finally, gets his snowy wish.

Waiting for Snow is a gorgeously illustrated and quietly told story; any readers who have previously read and adored works by either the author or illustrator might love this read. Arnold’s text is so lovely and unassuming here, making the most of softly repeated phrases and words as well as uncomplicated dialogue and narration. Liwska’s illustrative work here, as with her other works (The Quiet Book, Once Upon A Memory and many more) is so utterly cozy and inviting. There’s something almost wonderfully nostalgic about Liwksa’s style- it takes me back to my own childhood! Readers of all ages who enjoy the stillness and heart of picture books such as If You Want to See a Whale or Bear Has a Story to Tell, might especially love Waiting for Snow.

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bunnyslopes28645651Bunny Slopes by Claudia Rueda
Source: Hardcopy courtesy of Raincoast Books. Thank you!
Publication: October 4, 2016 by Chronicle Books
Book Description:

Time to tackle the bunny slope! Shake to help Bunny make it snow, tilt to help Bunny ski down the slope, and turn to help Bunny escape a cliff in his path. Is there any obstacle Bunny can’t conquer? Bringing grins and guffaws with each turn of the page, readers will find Claudia Rueda’s innovative bookmaking as entertaining as the twists and turns of a ski slope-and as satisfying as a cozy cup of hot cocoa.

Claudia Rueda is a children’s author and illustrator with numerous bestselling titles to her name including Huff & Puff (a toddler storytime favourite!) and Is It Big or Is It Little?. You might also recognize Rueda’s distinctive artwork from the tremendously popular picture books, written by Deborah Underwood, featuring Cat: Here Comes Santa Cat, Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat and more. Now with Bunny Slopes, Rueda has added another wonderfully fun interactive picture book- this one winter-themed-to her roster!

In Bunny Slopes, we are taken on a rather action-packed ski day with a bunny. Bunny is ready to go for a ski adventure, but he needs the readers help to make it snow and to help him move down the hills. Starting off with simple instructions such as shaking and tapping, bunny’s skiing activities get a little more theatrical, asking the reader for little more flourish and fun in their book-maneuvering! As with hugely popular storytime titles like Warning: Do Not Open This Book!, Press Here, or Tap the Magic Tree, Claudia Rueda uses the interactive, conversational aspect of this story to great effect. Perfect for a winter season read aloud, a storytime big or small, (or anytime reading, really!), Bunny Slopes is mightily merry and giggle-inducing, and invites readers young and old to participate- making for a winning read and experience all around.

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Giveaway Info:

Giveaway is now closed!

Thank you all so much for your interest and entering the giveaway.

The winner is….PAM!

Winner has 48 hours to email or DM me with confirmation of address or another name will be drawn.

The contest is open to Canadian residents only, and entrants must be aged 18 and up. The contest will run from November 28, 2016 until December 10, 2016. One winner will receive two books: one copy Waiting for Snow and one copy of Bunny Slopes. The winner will be randomly selected at the end of giveaway via Rafflecopter. The winner will have 48 hours to respond by emailing me at fabbookreviews[at]gmail[dot]com OR DM’ing me on Twitter @fabbityfab confirming their name and their mailing address. Prizes are fulfilled by Raincoast Books.

Enter by clicking on the following link to Rafflecopter and follow the instructions to enter:

Click here to enter on Rafflecopter!

 

I received copies of Waiting for Snow and Bunny Slopes from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review and for the purposes of this giveaway. Opinions and comments regarding the titles are my own. Prizes and fulfillment provided by Raincoast Books. Thank you!