Perfect Picture Book Friday: CAN U SAVE THE DAY? Plus Critique Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, my friends. It’s been a couple of weeks – a bit of a summer blog break, plus with the #PBChat Mentorship applications and manuscripts, I knew I’d be a bit buried for a while. I’ve started working with my mentee, the lovely Helen Ishmurzin – and we are both enjoying connecting and finding out more about each other.

Life here is busy as usual – I received a phone call from the publicity department at Little Bee. We chatted about the plan for Making Their Voices Heard: The Inspiring Friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe which launches in less than SIX MONTHS! The F&Gs arrived this week also – and I am loving every page of the book!

Speaking about books…we have two books to giveaway.

The lovely Laura Roettiger is giving away a copy of ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON. And the winner is…


The magnificent Michael Samulak is giving away a copy of A WONDERFUL DAY. And the winner is…


CONGRATULATIONS ELLEN AND RINDA. I’ll reach out to you, Rinda, to get your shipping address…and I believe that Laura and Ellen have already connected.

I’m starting to pack for my Colorado trip – my son and I will be fly-fishing at Eleven Mile Canyon and at the Dream Stream…so I’ve got to bring rods, reels, and all manner of fly-fishing paraphanelia…it’s a good thing Southwest Airlines lets you check two bags for free.

Another good thing is the brand new picture book I am reviewing today!



Written by Shannon Stocker

Illustrated by Tom Disbury

Published by Sleeping Bear Press (2019)

Ages: 5-7

Themes: Getting along, respecting others, alphabet

Synopsis: From Amazon:

“B is an awfully boastful bloke and when he and the rest of the alphabet get together, he can’t help but tease the vowels about their small numbers. So the vowels begin to take off, one by one. The consonants–and the rest of the farm–see just how important vowels really are. With disaster looming and B seeing the error of his ways, can U save the day and set the alphabet right again?”

Why I love this book:

  • Funny – funny – funny…and kids love funny books!
  • So many lessons under the humor…respecting and valuing each other and getting along.
  • Fabulous illustrations!


letter-of-the-week-crafts-for-preschoolers-crystalandcomp-1024x10241Photo courtesy:

Check out all of these cool alphabet crafts – for detailed instructions:

Please don’t forget to leave a comment below to be entered in the giveaway of a Picture Book Manuscript Critique from the lovely Shannon Stocker! Her debut picture book, CAN U SAVE THE DAy, JUST LAUNCHED yesterday…so let’s show our support and add this book to our picture book collection, ask local libraries to purchase it for their shelves, and share this post on social media.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend…I leave on Monday for a week in Colorado with my family…looking forward to those beautiful Rocky Mountains…and a bookstore event at Second Star to the Right in Denver on Friday, Aug 23…I know that Julie Hedlund will be there…and Laura Roettiger and several other Colorado kidlit folk…if you are in the neighborhood, please do stop in to say hello.

photo of store


75 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: CAN U SAVE THE DAY? Plus Critique Giveaway

  1. Thanks again for featuring ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON! I know Ellen received it and she loved it which makes my writing heart so happy. Looking forward to seeing you next week! And as far as this week’s Perfect Picture Book Friday selection – wow! I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at this book and all I can say for those who haven’t bought it yet: what are U waiting for? It’s a lovely story written with a beautiful rhyme and an important message that doesn’t hit you over the head. A critique with author Shannon Stocker would be a most welcome prize for any writer, including me!

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  2. Your trip sounds wonderful, Vivian! Enjoy the fly fishing! I’ve just been looking at a bunch of new books for our state Book Award Committee and Can U Save the Day sounds like one to review. Love the concept. Congratulations, Shannon!

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  3. Congratulations Shannon! I read it yesterday and I agree with Vivian. It has humor, the importance of how we treat each other, and everyone has an important and unique role. Such a great idea!

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    • Oh wonderful! Thanks so much, Ashley. I appreciate the read. If you have a moment and would be willing to leave a review on Goodreads and/or Amazon, I’d really appreciate it. I know the warehouse is having an issue right now and copies are on delayed shipping, but positive feedback is wonderful (and so appreciated) for momentum!

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      • Yes of course. I just happened to find the book is available on Hoopla late last night. I’m not sure how authors feel about Hoopla, but your book was there 🙂. I’m going to put a request for the library as well.

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  4. My 2 year old grand-daughter is just learning her ABC’s and I bet she’d love this book! Thanks for the review. I can’t wait to read it to her. As always, thanks for a great and enlightening blog post, Vivian! Have a fun trip!

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    • Thank you, Tracy! I’m so grateful for all the people who want to read it. Heads up that there’s a bit of a warehouse issue (that’s translating to a shipping delay), but I so appreciate reviews and feedback whenever it does fall into your hands!

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  5. Bravo, Shannon, on the birth of your book! U must be thrilled. I’ll definitely write up a purchase request at our local library and order a copy for myself. Your themes embedded with humor sound the perfect mix for a picture book story. Sending you inspiration and energy for your continued success.
    Heat up the frying pan, Vivian! The Rockies and their rivers will be swollen with water and trout. Lucky you to breathe in that pine mountain air! Your bookstore visit will be an extra treat for your trip. My “Bucket List” has two more wishes: Hug Vivian Kirkfield and Meet Julie Hedlund in person. You both are bright inspirations for Kidlit folk.

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    • What an incredibly sweet and thoughtful comment! And I agree – I’d like to meet both Vivian and Julie in person. Love them both! I don’t know if you’ve read my #InHERview with Vivian, but head over to my website ( if not and check it out. I loved my chat with her so much – she’s inspirational beyond measure. ❤

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    • You are always so kind and thoughtful with your comments, Marsha. I love them! And in order to fulfill your bucket list mentioned above, just hop on a plane and be at Second Star at 10:30am on Friday, August 23…you will get both of your wishes. 🙂 🙂 😉 If only we had a Star Trek transporter and could say: Beam me up, Scottie.


  6. Oh, fun! I love alphabet books! As a former kinder teacher, I lived for any type of fun book highlighting letters. Thanks for sharing! And have fun in Colorado, Vivian! Yay for relaxing on the river (if you enjoy fly fishing that is). 🙂

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  7. I’m looking forward to finally meeting Vivian in person next week! I’m also really anxious to get my hands on a copy of Shannon’s book–sounds like a clever read.

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