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A UNIVERSAL MESSAGE OF LOVE… #SpaceBaby virtual blog tour and giveaway

In partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Kraine Kreative

ABOUT THE BOOK

Space Baby

Written by Jay Dee

Illustrated by Tom McGrath

Ages 3+ | 32 Pages

Publisher: Kraine Kreative | ISBN-13: 9781777426118

Publisher’s Book Summary: When Angelic hears that Daddy spread his love for her around the whole universe, she worries she hasn’t done the same for her baby brother. Only one thing to do! Brother and sister rocket into the night sky to explore the universe in search of the most awesome thing there. “Space Baby Salute!”

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Under multiple pen names, Jay Dee is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author behind chart-topping comics, fiction novels, and business books, including THE NIGHT BEFORE THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS and GROW THROUGH IT, which was written, illustrated, and published during the CV-19 lockdown with proceeds donated to coronavirus relief efforts. PASS THE PIG: LEADERSHIP BY ATTRACTION was his first non-fiction book, and he made his fiction debut with the multimedia sci-fi/fantasy THE PLAGUE and EZEKIAL, followed by RENEGAYD, all of which became bestsellers.

To learn more about Jay Dee and his books, visit www.KraineKreative.com and www.spacebabybook.com/.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

Tom McGrath is based in the North West of England, working as a freelance illustrator since 2012. Despite being repeatedly told that all artists drink too much absinthe, cut their own ears off , and only make money after they’re dead – he has always wanted to be one. In fact, this has only encouraged him. He still has both his ears.

To learn more, visit www.SpikedMcGrath.com.

My Review of This Book:

Space Baby

Written by Jay Dee

Illustrated by Tom McGrath

Angelica is infatuated with outer space. Her father tells her that his love for her fills the universe. One thing bothers her. Angelica has not spread her own message of love for her baby brother, Ollie.

Angelica cannot sleep. She transports her brother and herself on a trip through space visiting the galaxy, sun, planets, and space objects. She leaves a message of love everywhere they go. Soon she becomes sleepy and decides that finishing the task will have to wait.

This is a charming, picture book that teaches young children about family values and the world around us. Its story contains lots of dialogue among the main characters. The illustrations are colorful and endearing to young and old alike. While I would recommend the book especially for children under five, its universal message is one that should be shared with any age reader.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for the chance to win an autographed copy of Space Baby and a $250 donation to The Planetary Society and its mission to increase discoveries in our Solar System, elevate the search for life beyond our planet, and decrease the risk of Earth being hit by an asteroid.

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

A signed copy of Space Baby

A $250 donation made in your name to The Planetary Society and its mission to increase discoveries in our Solar System.

Nine (9) winners receive:

A signed copy of Space Baby

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, January 9, 2023The Children’s Book ReviewA book review of Space Baby
Tuesday, January 10, 2023The Fairview ReviewA book review of Space Baby
Wednesday, January 11, 2023The Momma SpotA book review of Space Baby
Tuesday, January 17, 2023Me Two BooksA book activity to pair with Space Baby
Wednesday, January 18, 2023icefairy’s Treasure ChestA book review of Space Baby
Thursday, January 19, 2023Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersA book review of Space Baby
Friday, January 20, 2023Because I Said SoA book review of Space Baby
Monday, January 23, 2023Twirling Book PrincessA book giveaway of Space Baby
Tuesday, January 24, 2023J.R.s Book ReviewsA book review of Space Baby
Wednesday, 25, 2023Cover Lover Book ReviewA book giveaway of Space Baby
Thursday, January 26, 2023Confessions of a Book AddictA book review of Dog Park
Monday, January 30, 2023My Reading GetawayA book review of Space Baby
Tuesday, January 31, 2023Life Is What It’s CalledA book review of Space Baby
Wednesday, February 1, 2023Barbara Ann Mojica’s BlogA book review of Space Baby

GET MORE DONE IN LESS TIME #PRODUCTIVITY BOOSTERS

Copyright ©2023 by Barbara Ann Mojica

Introduction  

This short little guide is about productivity boosters that will help you get more done in less time. Why is that important? Or let me ask a better question. Why is productivity important?

  • We all have things we need to get done.
  • We need to go to work to make enough money to support ourselves and our families.
  • We need to get groceries, cook dinner, do the laundry, feed the dog, drive the kids to after-school activities, wash the car, mow the lawn, clean the bathroom…
  • And we need to sleep for about eight hours a say on average to recover and regroup.

The list goes on and on. I think I made my point. We all have a lot of stuff to do in any given day. And that day only has 24 hours. We don’t get more, we don’t get less. Time is a finite resource. And that right there is why productivity matters.

We don’t get more time in our day. And much of what is on our to-do list is non-negotiable. It has to get done. The only thing under our control is how fast we move through our task list. And that’s where productivity comes in and why it matters.

If you can make it through that list just a little faster and get things done more efficiently, that leaves you with more time to do the things you want and love to do. With that in mind, let’s move through these three powerful productivity boosters.

Productivity Booster #1 – Focus On The Things That Matter

Before you get to work on anything, look over everything you need to do and figure out what is important. What matters, what doesn’t? By cutting out things like busy work, unnecessary errands, and the likes you can greatly boost your productivity. Focus on the important stuff, on the things that matter and make a difference.

Have you heard of the 80/20 rule? It’s used a lot in business and marketing but applies to the rest of your life just as much. It states that 20% of your efforts give you 80% of the results.

Let’s say you’re working on a home improvement project. 20% of the time you spend working on the project will result in 80% of the progress you’re making. The rest of the time, you may be doing busy work, looking for stuff, or just standing there staring at what you’ve accomplished (or how much there’s left to do).

The key to boosting your productivity is to identify the 20% of the work you do that result in 80% of the results. Then just focus on doing that 20% work. Yes, you can cut your workload quite a bit and end up with more and better results. All you need to do is to do more of the 20% stuff.

The only hard part is identifying what the high productivity tasks are. Set aside a little time and review what you’re doing and what’s giving you the best results. Those are the tasks and activities you want to focus on most of the time to boost your productivity.

Write them down and then make a list of what you need to get done today. Start with the things that will have the biggest impact. This will ensure you stay productive even when your workday is cut short. Give it a try and see if prioritizing and making a list doesn’t help boost your productivity.

Productivity Booster #2 – Put Yourself On A Deadline

The next big profitability booster is to put yourself on a deadline. It only makes sense, doesn’t it? Think back on times when you were on a tight deadline. When your boss asks you to wrap up a report for him in an hour, or when you’re trying to get the house cleaned before the in-laws show up for a visit.

When we have a deadline, we tend to work a lot more efficiently and effectively. We don’t let the little stuff distract us. We put on our blinders and get stuff done.

There’s something called Parkinson’s Law which states that work will expand to fill the time you give it. If you have all day to clean the house, it will take you all day. If you have a 45 minute warning before friends show up, it’ll get done in 45 minutes. Sure, it may not be as much of a deep cleaning as the all-day job, but the 80/20 rule applies here as well and your house will be much cleaner than it was an hour earlier.

Now let’s talk about putting yourself on a deadline on a regular basis. It’s pretty simple. Grab a kitchen timer, or use an app on your phone, and start using the timer to have a deadline for all your tasks.

Challenge yourself to get stuff done much faster than you are right now. It will force you to focus, stop wasting time, and it will boost your productivity. In other words, you’ll get a lot more done in a lot less time if you’re using a time. Try it.

Productivity Booster #3 – Take Advantage Of Flow

Let’s talk about getting in the flow. It’s that almost magical state of mind where work becomes effortless, and you get more done then you ever thought possible. I’m sure you’ve experienced it at some point in the past. You get so involved in a project or task that you forget about everything else around you. You are focused and your brain cells are firing at twice the normal speed. You make decisions with ease and just work through you list of tasks without letting anything or anyone interrupt you. It’s a great feeling and it’s an amazing productivity booster.

Start by taking advantage anytime you get into the flow. Buckle down, work hard, and get ahead whenever you find yourself in the flow state. That along will boost your productivity, but just think how much more you could get done if you could get yourself in the flow on demand.

To make this happen, start paying attention to what it takes to get you into the flow. Identify what exactly brings it on or what’s happening when you get in the flow.

Once you have that information, try to replicate it whenever you have some work that you want to get through quickly. Go through the same routines, recreate the setting that gets you in the flow, and just start practicing.

I’m serious. Like meditating, getting into the flow gets easier with practice. Before you know it, you’ll be able to generate short bursts of flow on demand. Take advantage of that new “super-power” and increase your productivity whenever you need it.

And here’s a handy little tip. It will get easier to get into the flow when you know exactly what you’re working on and when you know what you’re doing is important. That goes back to productivity tip #1. And having a deadline helps you get into the flow as well, which is what we talked about in productivity tip #2. Both of those combined will help you get into and stay in the flow on a regular basis, while helping boost your productivity overall.

In other words, all three productivity boosters in this report work together – in synergy – to help you get more done in less time. And that’s a beautiful thing.

Conclusion

Let’s wrap this up and get back to work. All three productivity boosters will help you get more done in less time. And that leaves you more time for the things that are important on a more personal level. It gives you more time to spend with your loved ones (be they family or friends), it gives you more time to pursue your hobbies and passions, and it gives you time for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Isn’t that a goal worth striving towards?

We all have only one life to live and within that there’s a limited number of hours. We may not know exactly how many hours we are given, but we know without a shadow of a doubt that it is not an infinite number. That’s why it’s important to stop wasting time and letting work drag on and on. Instead, give these productivity boosters a try, make them part of your daily routine, and get more done in fewer hours.

It’s well worth it when you take control of your time, and you get to choose how you want to spend it. That’s the real benefit of time management and increased productivity. It isn’t so we can do even more work. It’s so we get to choose how we want to spend our time. Yes, some of it will be spend on work and chores, but the better we get at working on those things quickly, the more we have leftover at the end of the day to spend on things and people we love.

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FINGER PLAYS FOR LITTLE ONES…

Finger Rhymes

Written by Nigel Tetley

Illustrated by Peter David Scott

This rhyming picture book aims to teach toddlers and preschool children how to count from one to five and back. Each one is accompanied by a pastel illustration that has a vintage feel. They feature common situations like cooking in the kitchen, playing at the seashore or frolicking on the playground.

The book is an excellent choice for a circle time in nursery school or a bedtime interactive reading activity. Parents of children with sensory needs or occupational therapists will find it useful in improving a child’s fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

I received a copy of the book from the author and voluntarily decided to read and review it for no compensation.

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MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY 2023 Arletis, Abuelo and the Message in a Bottle #READYOURWORLD

I am honored to participate in the 10th anniversay of an event that I have been involved in since its inception. Here’s to all the readers of the world, big and small, young and old, from all corners of the globe.

DREAMS SHARED IN A BOTTLE

Arletis, Abuelo, and the Message in a Bottle

Written by Lea Aschkenas

Illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu

A beautifully written and illustrated children’s book with an inspiring message. Arletis lives on a tiny street in a Cuban village. When she gazes at her location on a map in school, she dreams of the world that stretches beyond her small world. While Arletis is content living with her parents, sister, and grandmother, a tiny voice inside wants to know what lies beyond it.

One day, her parents take her to the seashore. Arletis finds a bottle washed ashore that contains a message in a foreign language. She writes back in her native language and hopes for a response. Thousands of miles away, an elderly tugboat captain answers her message. The rest of the tale is magical. Maybe dreams in a bottle come true.

The author is masterful in creating beautiful language phrases to convey her message. For example, “In summer, the heat got so heavy and thick it rolled down the street in dizzying waves…” Images portray the spirit and emotions of the characters. They literally jump off the pages drawing in the eyes of the reader. Bonus features include a Cuban recipe, glossary of unfamiliar words, and a list of resources to continue learning more. The book will be available in Spanish and English editions. Based on a true story, this multicultural tale will delight children and adults of all ages.

Don’t miss this release in April 2023.

THANK YOU to our wonderful MCBD participants and supporters including Co-Hosts, Medallion and Author Levels Sponsors, book reviewers, book donators, and readers! 

NOVO TO THE RESCUE…

How to Shrink the Doubt Monsters: Novo the Space Robot Book 1

Written by Charity Froh

Illustrated by Zuzana Svobodova

This book is part of a picture book series that helps young children gain confidence and solve problems.

Novo is a space robot from the planet, Infinata. When a group of self-doubters invade his planet, the happy robots begin to doubt themselves. Soon after, they can no longer enjoy their favorite pursuits because they no longer believe in themeselves. Novo makes a trip to the planet earth but discovers self-doubters are present there as well. However, the children of earth teach him a valuable lesson. Will Novo succeed in teaching that lesson to his robot friends and save their planet?

The vibrant illustrations pop and the alliteration sentences are so much fun to read aloud. This book invites rereading and its lessons open up children’s minds to discussion of problem-solving.

Highly recommend this series to readers ages five through seven and their caretakers.

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A MAGICAL EXPERIENCE

The Last Fairy Door (Bok 1 of the Titania Series

Written by N. A. Davenport

Amy’s dad is ill and she must temporarily move in with her grandmother. She cannot anticipate the adventure that awaits her when she discovers the fairy land of Titania.

This is the first book of a well-written series. The characters, whether human or fantasy, are carefully detailed and endearing. Language is descriptive and appealing with enough twists and turns to keep the plot lively and interesting.

I would highly recommend the book to its middle-grade target audience, but I must admit adults will find it just as enjoyable.

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BE A BUSY BEAVER #LuluTheBeaver

In partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Bunny Books

ABOUT THE BOOK

Lulu the Beaver

Written by Bethany Gano

Ages 5+ | 48 Pages

Publisher: Bunny Books | ISBN-13: 9781736147269

Publisher’s Book Summary: In a colony full of busy beavers, one bashful beaver is hiding a gigantic secret.

Lulu tries to be a typical beaver, but her dream of being an artist is getting out! Despite her friends’ encouragement, Lulu’s struggle with fear and self-doubt has led her into a pattern of destroying her artwork — until an unexpected encounter changes Lulu, and the forest, for good.

With funny asides, sound effects, and elements of comic-book style, this eye-opening tale urges kids to confront gloomy thinking and gives them the courage to bravely share their gifts.

“The idea of feeling…boxed in by others’ expectations…is a complicated subject to tackle, but Gano handles it deftly. Gano’s evocative text, combined with her dynamic and multihued mixed media illustrations, make for an immersive and atmospheric reading experience.”

BookLife Review, Editor’s Pick

“[Lulu] loves the rhythms of the world and cherishes her forest neighbors — but she also dreams in color and yearns to chew stumps into shapes. Ebullience ferries this inspiring tale forward, and the revelation of Lulu’s beautiful differences is a triumphant moment for all.”

Foreword Reviews (Starred Review)

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon

Author’s Website

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bethany Gano’s first large-scale work of art landed all over her parent’s kitchen floor — despite her witty, four-year-old attempt to give credit for the fine piece to her imaginary friends! She never stopped creating, though, and eventually learned the best places to display her artwork. Bethany has worked in the commercial arts for over twenty years and loves storytelling through art and design. She is extra fond of picture books — a place where art and words can’t survive without each other. Lulu the Beaver is her debut picture book.

Off the clock, you can find Bethany covered in paint, playing board games, swimming, daydreaming at the beach, and attempting to walk her dogs. She, her husband, three kids (and other furry and scaly family members) call Central Florida home.

For more information, visit: bethanygano.com.

https://www.instagram.com/bethanygano/

https://www.facebook.com/bethanyganoarts

https://www.luluthebeaver.com/

My Review of This Book

Lulu the Beaver

Written and illustrated by Bethany Gano

Lulu is a conscientious beaver. She loves the sounds of the forest and appreciates the work of her fellow beaver friends, but Lulu has one big problem. When she dreams, Lulu aspires to become an artist. She feels ridden with guilt because she should be doing a beaver’s work, yet she feels she could also utilize her other talents.

Children learn about the work of beavers, how they cooperate with friendship and hard work to get their necessary chores accomplished but also that there is an opportunity to reach out and follow one’s dreams.

The illustrations are colorful and whimsical. Life-lessons combined with a fanciful picture book tale make this book a worth-while choice for any elementary school-age reader.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win one of three signed copies of Lulu the Beaver or one of two very awesome Lulu the Beaver prize packs: The Illustration Pack or The Blast-Off Pack.

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

THE ILLUSTRATION PACK

A signed, hardcover copy of Lulu the Beaver

A blank sketchbook

A set of four Blackwing Volumes pencils

A pack of metal pencil caps

One custom-painted illustration by Bethany of a name of your choosing (in Lulu’s forest lettering style shown, but the palette can be customized).

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

THE BLAST-OFF PACK

A signed, hardcover copy of Lulu the Beaver

A copy of Lulu’s Activity Book

One “Dream On” patch

One “Lulu Blast” sticker

One “Lulu Blast” bookmark

Three (3) winners receive:

A signed, hardcover copy of Lulu the Beaver

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TOUR SCHEDULE

December 27The Children’s Book Reviewhttps://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/Book Review
January 4The Fairview Reviewhttps://fveslibrary.blogspot.com/Book Review
January 5The Momma Spothttps://themommaspot.home.blogBook Review
January 6Me Two Bookshttps://www.metwobooks.com/blogBook Activity
January 9Twirling Book Princesshttps://twirlingbookprincess.com/Book Giveaway
January 10icefairy’s Treasure Chesthttp://icefairystreasurechest.blogspot.com/Book Review
January 11Cover Lover Book Reviewhttps://coverloverbookreview.blogspot.comInterview
January 12JRs Book Reviewshttps://jrsbookreviews.com/Book Review
January 13Confessions of a Book Addicthttp://www.confessionsofabookaddict.comBook Giveaway
January 16My Reading Getawayhttps://myreadinggetaway.blogspot.comGuest Post
January 17Life Is What It’s Calledlifeiswhatitscalled.blogspot.comInterview
January 18Barbara Ann Mojica’s Bloghttps://bamauthor.meBook Review
January 19Lisa’s Readinghttps://lisasreading.comBook Review
January 20Satisfaction for Insatiable Readershttps://insatiablereaders.blogspot.comGuest Post
January 23The Review Wirehttps://thereviewwire.com/Book Review

6 Facts About Martin Luther King Jr. you probably did not know

  1. His birth name was not Martin. According to MLK’s birth certificate, filed on April 12, 1934, his given name was Michael King Jr. His switch to a new name had to do with his father, who served as pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church. King Sr. traveled to Germany and upon his return in 1934 chose the name Martin Luther for himself and his son.
  2. He Received a “C” at School for Public Speaking.Although he’s known now for being a prolific public speaker, MLK Jr. wasn’t always appreciated for his eloquence. In fact, while attending Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania, King received a “Pass,” a “C+,” and a “C” in the course during the 1948-49 school year. 
  3. He Was a Three-Time Grammy Nominee. King was not a musician, but the spoken-word recordings of his most famous speeches earned him several Grammy nominations.  His “I Have A Dream” speech was later voted into its Hall of Fame in 2012.
  4. London’s Westminster Abbey Features a Statue of MLK. In 1998, a statue honoring Dr. King was unveiled at Westminster Abbey in London, a city where he spoke in 1964 while visiting Europe to accept his Nobel Peace Prize. The statue was among a group of 10 of the 20th century’s most celebrated Christian martyrs, which were installed above the Great West Door in niches that had stood vacant for 35 years. Queen Elizabeth II presided over the unveiling, 
  5. He Was a Huge Fan of “Star Trek.” Star Trek was the only program King allowed his children to stay up late to watch because of the character Uhura, played by African American actress Nichelle Nichols. King viewed Nichols’ role as one of the few examples of equality on televisio
  6. King and His Wife Spent Their Honeymoon at a Funeral Parlor. After being denied at several whites-only hotels throughout Marion, a town that held many segregationist beliefs, MLK and his wife were invited by a friend to spend their wedding night in the back room of a funeral parlor. It wasn’t until five years later that the couple took a more traditional honeymoon trip to Mexico.

KEEP YOUR HEAD ABOVE THE GROUND

Harley James and the Trouble in Paris

Written by Leah Cupps

Another fun, fast read from the mystery adventure series that features Harley, an almost twelve-year-old cryptologist and official member of The Society for Mysterious Objects. She is the daughter of a famous, archaeologist, Russell James. Harley and her dog, Daisy are accompanying her father on a new job outside of Paris.

An announcement that an object has been stolen from the Louvre sets the plot in motion. Harley joins an educational group of young explorers and meets Veronica, her partner for this adventure. They feel duty-bound to explore the clues and solve the mystery. The setting of underground catacombs provides an eerie background for the middle-grade target audience but this fast-moving adventure will hold the interest of any age reader. Likeable characters, entertaining black and white illustrations, and short chapters appeal to beginning or reluctant readers. Each book of the series stands independently and apart from the rest.

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IT’S HARDER THAN IT LOOKS… #DogParkBook

In partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Kathryn Kazoleas

ABOUT THE BOOK

Dog Park

Written by Kathryn Kazoleas

Ages 6+ | 116 Pages

Publisher: Kathryn Kazoleas | ISBN-13: 9781777426118

Publisher’s Book Summary: Gibson the Labradoodle is about to begin her first day of training to become a dog park ambassador, something she has been dreaming about her entire life. Dog park ambassadors hold a very high honor within the dog park community and have many important roles to make sure the dog park is a fun and safe place to be. She has so many great ideas and cannot wait to get started.

While Gibson is training alongside lead ambassador and trainer, Meistro the bulldog, things don’t go as planned. Gibson meets challenge after challenge and isn’t allowed to introduce any of her new ideas. Being a dog park ambassador isn’t what she thought it would be, so she starts to question whether the role is really for her. At the end of her very first training shift, and just as she’s about to give up and tell Meistro she isn’t cut out to be a dog park ambassador after all, there’s an emergency at the river. One of the dog park’s new puppies, Clover, has swum too far out and cannot get back to shore.

Gibson’s best friend and greatest supporter, Stretch the dachshund, convinces her she must help. Gibson springs into action, with Stretch at her side and encouraging her the entire time. Gibson saves the day…almost! Having been swept downstream and far away from the dog park, Gibson is forced to lead the trio back to safety. There’s only one way back through a dark forest with strange sounds and smells. The sun is starting to go down and everybody is tired and scared. But Gibson knows she has to get her friends back home, despite what or who gets in her way.

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathryn Kazoleas is a Canadian author. Her furry roommates and copy-editors Keeva the cat, as well as Koa and Freddy the labradoodles, inspire her stories every day. The way they see and experience the world inspires her to dream up and express what she can only describe as fun, chaotic, and innocent adventures. Kathryn has been writing for many, many years, with her most recent work being the middle-grade chapter books “Dog Park” and its sequel “Dog Daycare”. Her short story “Just Be There” can also be found in Chicken Soup for the Soul’s “My Hilarious, Heroic, Human Dog”.

For more information, visit www.kathrynkazoleas.com, https://www.instagram.com/kathrynkazoleas/, and https://twitter.com/kkazoleaswriter.

MY REVIEW OF THIS BOOK

Dog Park. It’s Not All Fun and Games

Written by Kathryn Kazoleas

A fun book that will delight animal lovers. Gibson and her canine friends are protagonists who personify the lovable canine kingdom.

Their adventure starts with Gibson and her human Tyler arriving at the dog park. Today is a special one for Gibson. She will have her first day of training as a dog ambassador whose job is to see that all dogs follow the rules and ensure things run smoothly so that the humans will continue to bring them to the park. Kazoleas playfully describes the dogs and their antics. Things go awry when a pup named Clover gets into trouble. Gibson begins to wonder if she has what it takes to assume the responsibilities of dog ambassador. As night falls before they can find their way back to the park and danger lurks all around them, it seems all hope is lost.

The book teaches children the value of rules, empathy, cooperation, and a sense of devotion to duty and responsibility. This chapter book does not contain illustrations and with a length of more than one hundred pages, it is suitable for experienced chapter book readers. It is the type of book suggested as a transition before moving on to longer middle grade reads.

I recommend it to teachers as a classroom read aloud as well as dog lovers who enjoy a fun adventure.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win an autographed copy of Dog Park and its sequel Dog Daycare!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

A signed copy of Dog Park

A signed copy of Dog Daycare

Two (2) winners receive:

A signed copy of Dog Park

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Thursday, January 5, 2023The Children’s Book ReviewTour Kick-Off
Friday, January 6, 2023The Fairview ReviewA book review of Dog Park
Monday, January 9, 2023Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersA book review of Dog Park
Tuesday, January 10, 2023Because I Said SoA book review of Dog Park
Wednesday, January 11, 2023Barbara Ann Mojica’s BlogA book review of Dog Park
Thursday, January 12, 2023Writer with WanderlustA book review of Dog Park
Friday, January 13, 2023icefairy’s Treasure ChestA book review of Dog Park
Monday, January 16, 2023My Reading GetawayAn interview with Kathryn Kazoleas
Tuesday, January 17, 2023Lisa’s ReadingA book review of Dog Park
Wednesday, January 18, 2023Cover Lover Book ReviewAn interview with Kathryn Kazoleas
Thursday, January 19, 2023Twirling Book PrincessBook Giveaway of Dog Park
Friday, January 20, 2023Me Two BooksA book activity to pair with Dog Park
Monday, January 23, 2023J.R.s Book ReviewsA book review of Dog Park
Tuesday, January 24, 2023The Momma SpotA book review of Dog Park
Wednesday, January 25, 2023Book Zone ReviewsA book review of Dog Park
Thursday, January 26, 2023StorymamasA book review of Dog Park
Friday, January 27, 2023The Review WireAn interview with Kathryn Kazoleas
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