Thursday, September 19, 2013

Bash and The Pirate Pig (Book Review & Giveaway)

The winner is: Susan Borow! Congratulations, Susan! Thanks to everyone who entered!

I have another great kid's book to giveaway! Bash and the Pirate Pig is written for boys ages 8-14, byt my 11-year-old daughter loved it. Since Carrie was my reviewer for this one, I'll let her tell you a little bit about it.

Carrie's opinion:

The Farm of Doom!

Bash and the Pirate Pig is a funny story about two boys on a farm. They are cousins and they are both 11. They are very different. The oldest (by a few months) who is visiting his cousin's farm used to be sitting on his couch reading comic books and watching TV. Now he is tipping cows in the night, riding cows to a drive-through, and taking a cow to the fair with his silly cousin and some friends. To find out more about their adventures, you'll have to read the book yourself!

Mom's opinion:

First, I've gotta tell you that I love the way this book looks, feels, and smells. Seriously. It really is a beautifully bound book.

Second, I love that it made my daughter laugh, sometimes hysterically, while teaching her Biblical truths.

Third, I like the Parent Connection in the back of the book; a list of Bible verses, applications, and things to think about.

Here is more about the book:
About Bash and the Pirate Pig 

Bash and the Pirate Pig, by Burton Cole, is the story of a cranky city kid named Raymond "Beamer" Boxby who must spend summer vacation at his younger cousin, Bash's, farm. 

Beamer prefers air conditioning and video games. He can't see what good can come of this so-called country fun that includes riding cows, river rafting with a pig, or playing with skunks. 

But hang tight, Beamer, because Bash's zany adventures with his "Fishin' and Farmin' book" (The Bible) just might lead to the coolest discovery of all. 

About the Author
Burton Cole is a Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist with thirty years of experience and more than fifty humor writing awards to his credit. He grew up on a farm in northeast Ohio and attended a small-town church with a slew of cousins and buddies. That same boyhood inspires his colorful stories today. 

About the Illustrator 
Tom Bancroft has more than twenty years of experience in the animation and illustration industry and worked with Disney on films including Beauty and the BeastThe Lion King, and Aladdin. Other clients have included DC Comics and Big Idea Productions. 

Bash and the Pirate Pig 
Written by: Burton Cole 
Illustrated by: Tom Bancroft
Publisher: B&H Kids
Hardcover: 224 pages 

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Win a copy!
If you would like to win a copy of this delightful book for your child, grandchild, or any child, comment below this post. For more entries, you can like my Facebook page, share this giveaway, and/or subscribe to my email list. If you do any of these things, be sure to comment below telling me what you did. Comment for every share, like, etc., and you will be entered each time. :)  The contest will end Friday, Sept. 27th, at 8:00 pm.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Exciting News!

My daughter, Carrie, is a bookworm. Her favorite books are the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy mysteries, so she was very happy when I discovered a Kindle freebie that was a mystery, written in a similar style. The book was part of a series and was written by a new author, Paul Moxham. Carrie enjoyed the book immensely. I found more of Mr. Moxham's books and short stories for free or very cheap, and Carrie quickly devoured those, as well. In one of the books Mr. Moxham said that if his readers had any plot ideas, they could send them to him and, if he used their idea, he would name one of the characters in that story after the sender.

Carrie was hooked. She quickly came up with a plot, (a pretty good one, I might add) and sent it off to Paul Moxham. I warned her that she may never hear back from him; we didn't even know if hewas still  accepting ideas. The warning did nothing to dampen her enthusiasm, and she waited impatiently for an answer to her email. When Mr. Moxham replied, she was ecstatic!

Long story short, Paul Moxham, did use Carrie's plot, and created a character based on Carrie's description and interests. When all was said and done and Carrie read the preview Mr. Moxham emailed to us, she was over the moon! She was even more excited when she read that he might even use her character in a future story, as well!

And now, we wait for "her" short story, "The Mystery of the Strange Notebook" to become available on Amazon. In the meantime, you can get the first book in the series, The Mystery of Smuggler's Cove for free (Kindle version) through Sept. 16th! If you download this book, please leave a review on Amazon! Thanks!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Winner of Alone Yet Not Alone

The winner of  Alone Yet Not Alone is: Glenda Summers!

Congratulations, Glenda! Thank you to all who entered. You're the best!

Coming soon: A review and giveaway of a super funny children's chapter book about a...pirate pig...? ;) Judging from my daughter's reaction while she's reading it, it's downright hysterical.

Thanks again, everybody!