Perfect Picture Book Friday: LIZZIE AND LOU SEAL Plus GIVEAWAY

Hold onto your beach hats, dear friends! Wednesday was the first day of summer and today we’ve got the perfect book to celebrate that.

Plus, today’s post is extra-special because author/illustrator Patricia Keeler is giving away a signed copy of LIZZIE and LOU SEAL 



a pair of Lizzie’s favorite flip-flop earrings!

flip flop earrings

Make sure you leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway!


 Written and illustrated by Patricia Keeler

 Publisher: Sky Pony Press (2017)

 Ages: 3 – 6


 Independence, friendship, problem solving


From Amazon:

What will Lizzie do when Lou Seal loses his puff?

Lizzie loves her flip-flops. They go shuffle shuffle across the rug, smack smack on the floor tiles, and thwap thwap down the stairs. Lizzie also loves her blow-up toy, Lou Seal. Lizzie and Lou Seal are off to the beach, but beach fun turns to beach disaster when Lizzie loses her flip-flops and Lou Seal starts losing air! It’s a sink or swim scenario. What will Lizzie do?

This is a beautiful book with mixed media art and a lovely retro feel, for fans of Ladybug Girl at the Beach. Children will relate to Lizzie’s independence and creative problem solving and fall in love with Lou Seal themselves. Filled with lots of fun words and sounds, this is a perfect read aloud book for parents and children alike.

Why I like this book:

  • Charming, retro surroundings frame Lizzie’s seaside life.
  • The text marries perfectly with the illustrations and much of the story is briliiantly told in the illustrations…kids will enjoy discovering the leak in Lou Seal way before Lizzie notices it.
  • This story engages all the senses, while reeling out a picture book that is the perfect beach read as well as a great anytime read-aloud.
  • A great launch pad for a discussion about water safety.


FAUX SNOW GLOBE: On The Beach or In The Ocean?

snow globes

We are so lucky. Author/illustrator Patricia Keeler has created a super fun craft for the kids!

You will need: Firm yellow heavy paper, firm blue paper, Krazy Glue, 2 clear lids from 32 oz Stonyfield Yogurt, sand, glitter & LIZZIE and LOU SEAL icon sheet below.

  1. Print out the LIZZIE and LOU SEAL sheet. Cut out Lou Seal and icons.
  2. Choose which items would most likely be found on land. Choose which items would be found in the ocean.
  3. Draw a circle around the yogurt lid on the yellow and blue sheets.
  4. In the center of the yellow circle, place sand, beach items and Lou Seal. In the circle on the blue paper, place blue glitter, ocean items and Lou Seal.
  5. Put Krazy Glue along the circle line. Stick the lid down and let it dry.​
  6. SHAKE, SHAKE, SHAKE and enjoy!

jpeg of icons

Dear friends…have a safe and wonderful weekend, don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway…

make sure you leave a review for LIZZIE AND LOU SEAL on Amazon and…

…please come back tomorrow–Patricia Keeler is stopping by for our Will Write for Cookies Q&A!

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (Pomegranate Press, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, 2019), FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY WE MOVE (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2019), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my 9-year old grandson.

Posted on June 23, 2017, in Author-illustrator interviews, Craft Activity for Kids, Perfect Pictture Book Friday, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 43 Comments.

  1. Midge Ballou Smith

    I do so love a good beach story, and this looks perfectly exquisite! Can’t wait to read–

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  2. David McMullin

    I enjoyed this one. Well written. Quirky, fun art. And what a fun craft.

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  3. Sounds like an endearing character! And I love that it can be used as a springboard for a lesson on water safety!

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  4. This sounds delightful. I love books that recognise and encourage problem solving, especially for girls. The flip-flop earrings are delightful, and children would have great fun making the faux snow globe.

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  5. What a fun summer book. Love the use of sounds in the book. Really great illustrations! Thanks I know someone who’d enjoy this book!

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  6. Kathy Mazurowski

    Oh my goodness, this book looks and sounds like so much fun. Can’t wait to read it.

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  7. This books sounds adorable–so imaginative and fun! : )

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  8. It seems so many of the books I’ve been checking out at the library lately have had something to do with water. I’m happy to add this imaginative book to my list for today. And as always, your craft idea for the snow globe is a child-pleaser!

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  9. I wasn’t going to enter the giveaway, but I just HAD to say how sweet this book is going to be and how much I ADORE that craft! Thanks, Patricia and Vivian

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    • I’m so glad you left a reply! It’s fun to connect, especially through a picture book. So glad you like the snow globe. In my younger days I made ‘artistic’ snow globes with tiny fans on the bottom blowing twirling paper sculptures and bits of flying paper!

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    • And you are so sweet to stop by, Joanne! Glad you enjoyed the review and craft…hope you’ll be back tomorrow for the Q&A. 😉


  10. I can’t wait to add this to my shelf of mentor books.

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    • I love the idea of L&LS being a mentor book! I’m going to start using that word when I promote Lizzie. She’s been called a wild child, but I think she makes a plan and carries it out, whether that’s taking Lou Seal to the beach or fixing her holes! A good example for even the youngest child!

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    • Yes, you are right, Julie…it will make a super mentor book.

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  11. Love the craft ideas and the cookie recipe. Can’t wait to watch Patricia’s video on her work process!

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    • Thanks! The studio video was my first attempt at You Tube. I have to learn not to say ‘um’ so much! But seeing my own studio, work on the board, and the layout of my tools helped me get an overview of my workspace. I can see where I can improve it!

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    • I think a lot of us will learn so much from Patricia’s video, Mary! And I just visited your blog…where is your adventure taking you?


  12. The artwork alone has me hooked!!!

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  13. Love the onomatopoeia, art, and quirky story 🙂 I can’t wait to read your book, Patricia!

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  14. Great story & I too love beaches.And Vivian, combining beaches and snowglobes! How totally ingenious.
    Since PPBF is hiatus, I am linking up here with my review of PANDORA –—Perfect-Picture-Book-Friday-PPBF

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