Perfect Picture Book Friday: THE FIELD Plus Giveaway

WOW…I’ve had an awesome week! Thanks to almost 300 incredible writers who shared their stories in the #50PreciousWords Writing Challenge. More about that on Sunday when we announce the winners and honorable mentions and hand out some prizes.

But we’ve got prizes today also. Oh yeah! A couple of weeks ago, author and circus guru Jackie Leigh Davis stopped by to chat and offered a copy of her brand-new book, DIY CIRCUS LAB FOR KIDS…and it is SIGNED! And the winner is:


The next week, author Carol Gordon Ekster visited and generously donated a picture book manuscript critique as a giveaway. And the winner is:


Congratulations! We’ll connect so you can get your prizes. And don’t forget, dear friends, on Sunday, we will hand out FIFTEEN super prizes for the #50PreciousWordChallenge.

And not to disappoint, our post today ALSO has a giveaway…thanks to debut picture book author, Baptiste Paul, who will answer some questions here tomorrow on Will Write for Cookies.

Are you ready for our picture book review? 

The field_cover


Written by Baptiste Paul

Illustrated by Jacqueline Alcantara

Published by NorthSouth Books (March 2018)

Ages: 4-8

Themes: Teamwork, leadership, soccer

Synopsis: From Amazon: 

A soccer story—for boy and girls alike—just in time for the World Cup!

“Vini! Come! The field calls!” cries a girl as she and her younger brother rouse their community—family, friends, and the local fruit vendor—for a pickup soccer (futbol) game. Boys and girls, young and old, players and spectators come running—bearing balls, shoes, goals, and a love of the sport.
“Friends versus friends” teams are formed, the field is cleared of cows, and the game begins! But will a tropical rainstorm threaten their plans?
The world’s most popular and inclusive sport has found its spirited, poetic, and authentic voice in Baptiste Paul’s debut picture book—highlighting the joys of the game along with its universal themes: teamwork, leadership, diversity, and acceptance. Creole words (as spoken in St. Lucia, the author’s birthplace island in the Caribbean) add spice to the story and are a strong reminder of the sport’s world fame. Bright and brilliant illustrations by debut children’s book illustrator Jacqueline Alcántara—winner of the We Need Diverse Books Illustration Mentorship Award—capture the grit and glory of the game and the beauty of the island setting where this particular field was inspired.

Why I like this book:

  • Bold vivid illustrations 
  • Lyrical text that brings us right into the action
  • A wonderful book about family and friends and working and playing together – I love the Friends vs Friends!


soccer ball craftPhoto courtesy:


For detailed instructions:

Thank you so much, dear friends, for spending your precious time here. I hope you will come back tomorrow to visit with author Baptiste Paul who will be chatting with us at Will Write for Cookies. And then on Sunday, we’ll be announcing the results of the #50PreciousWords Writing Challenge…I know you won’t want to miss that.

For more wonderful picture book reviews, head on over to Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday linkup.

Please don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway of a copy of this wonderful new picture book, THE FIELD.

And one last thought, dear lovers of picture books…the best gift we can give our favorite authors is to tell the world how much we love their books on Amazon, Goodreads, and other book review site. Each time you finish reading a book, think about why you enjoyed it and then head over to leave feedback that will help others as they make their reading and book purchasing choices.

Have a safe and happy weekend!


About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2018), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, cooking, playing Monopoly with my 8-year old grandson and fly-fishing with my husband.

Posted on March 9, 2018, in book giveaway, Craft Activity for Kids, Perfect Pictture Book Friday, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. Stephanie Williams

    I’ve always loved the culture of pick-up soccer/futbol games that seem to be so alive in other cultures! This looks like a great book! My daughter will be turning 3 this spring, I wonder what sports and games she will begin to show an interest in 🙂


  2. I can’t wait to read Baptiste Paul’s new book! And the cover art is amazing!


  3. David McMullin

    I just read this book yesterday! Terrific. Having just been in St. Lucia where I actually watched some kids playing soccer (What are the odds?), this book brought me right back there. The spirit of this book is so playful.


  4. Thanks Vivian! This sounds like a wonderful family story.


  5. Jessica Kulekjian

    I can’t wait to read this book. My kids’ first team experience was soccer which created a love of the sport in both of them. Thanks for sharing!


  6. Danielle Hammelef

    I have written 2 nonfiction books on soccer, so this fiction book will be fun to read. The cover illustration shows amazing action and I love the cows. Thanks for letting us know about this book.


  7. Another wonderful book for my littlest grandson (and me, of course 🙂 ) Thanks for sharing, Vivian!


  8. I heard the Kidlit Nation interview with Baptiste. I can tell hiw special this book is to him and the emotions it brings. Can’t wait to read it!


  9. I’m looking forward to reading this book when I can!!


  10. Sounds like a fun book, and the illustrations are so vibrant and inviting! Thanks for spotlighting another must-read, Vivian.


  11. What a perfect spring/summer read. Congratulations to Paul Baptiste for such an inspiring book with lively and inviting illustrations!


  12. Great minds indeed, Vivian. This is one of my favorite books for 2018, so far. I just love action, inclusiveness, and love of soccer that permeates the book. Having visit St. Lucia, it’s fun to see the island as a setting in a picture book! 🙂 Love your review and the soccer photo plate is ingenious. ❤

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  13. Have already ordered my copy – I’ve been waiting for its debut ever since I first learned about it. Look forward to your interview with Baptiste tomorrow!


  14. Always like the review of the book and related craft– I can’t wait to read The Field!


  15. This looks like a fun book! I love that the cows have to move. I really need to play soccer. We have a pasture, if we only watch out for the baby trees…Congratulations!

    And YAY! I can’t wait to read DIY Circus Labs for Kids!!! Thank you!


  16. Sue Heavenrich

    My kids lived for soccer – er, futbol. What a great story – and I love the soccer ball frame. Can’t wait to read Baptiste’s book!


  17. Thank you Vivian for presenting us with another fascinating book!


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