Perfect Picture Book Friday: FANTASTIC YOU Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, my friends! I’m back from Chicago, just in time to bring you a review of another fantastic book. I met the fantastic author, Danielle Dufayet, in the fantastic debut picture book group, Picture Book Buzz. And thanks to Danielle, we have a fantastic giveaway of a copy of the book.

But before we get to the review, I need to announce the winner of a copy of Nadine Poper’s debut picture book: RANDALL AND RANDALL.

And the winner is:

DAVID MCMULLIN

Congratulations, David. I will be in touch so I can get that fantastic book to you.

Are you getting an inkling of the fantastic theme that is going on here?

fantastic you 2FANTASTIC YOU

Written by Danielle Dufayet

Illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin

Published by Magination Press (2019)

Ages: 5-7

Themes: Self-empowerment, self-realization, compassion

Synopsis: From Amazon:

There’s one special person you get to spend your whole life with: YOU! Which means there’s no one you should take better care of! When you cheer yourself on and cheer yourself up, you make the world a happier place. Life is amazing when you share it with the people you love: family, friends, and always with YOU!

Fantastic You shows readers how to develop and nurture a loving and positive relationship with themselves. Kids will learn that self-care includes positive self-talk and self-compassion for a happy, self-empowered life.

Why I love this book:

  • We need all the books we can get that help empower kids to believe in themselves, accept that somedays are better than others, and learn to love themselves and to express what they are feeling
  • Beautiful illustrations team up with age-appropriate text kids can relate to
  • Perfect book for opening a doorway of conversation about feelings

 

Why Danielle wrote this book:

Here’s how I came to write empowering books for kids: Feeling self-empowered through self-love and knowing we are stronger than our emotions helps kids feel confident and happy. I have always had an inner drive to help people tap into their own power so they can create a wonderful and meaningful life. Fantastic You is a result of my own personal journey of learning how to truly value and love myself. I want everyone to treat themselves as if they were their own best friend!
A little bit about Danielle:
Danielle Dufayet lives in sunny San Jose, CA, where she writes and paints. With a masters in psychology, she is always trying to figure out what makes people tick. She teaches English and Public Speaking/Self-Empowerment classes to middle graders. Her third picture book, Waiting Together, (Albert Whitman) will be out September 3, 2020.
And here are some links to connect with Danielle and find out more about her books:

RELATED ACTIVITIES:

emotions-preschool-activities-KSPhoto courtesy: https://www.kidssoup.com/activity/emotions-and-feelings-preschool-activities-games-and-lessons

Here’s a website with awesome activities to help kids get in touch with their emotions: https://www.kidssoup.com/activity/emotions-and-feelings-preschool-activities-games-and-lessons

 

Looking for ways to support your favorite authors and illustrators?

  • If you can, buy their books
  • Review their books on Goodreads and Amazon and B&N
  • Tell friends about their books – can you share this post on social media?
  • Ask libraries to purchase copies for their collections

Please don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway…and let us know if you were able to share the post on your social media channels like Twitter and Facebook because there’s a book to giveaway and you get extra chances every time you share the post.

I can’t believe October is almost over. Please check out Dawn Prochovnic’s blog on Tuesday…I’ll be visiting! And to read more wonderful picture book reviews, please hop over to Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday post.

47 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: FANTASTIC YOU Plus Giveaway

    • Thank you! It’s important that we learn at a young age to stop battling with ourselves! We do this without even knowing sometimes -kids (and grown ups) need to learn how to watch their thoughts and pick ones that are helpful and uplifting.

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    • Thank you so very much! Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a class that taught people how to have a good relationship with themselves? I suppose that’s what therapy is for later. Ultimately, self-love is the journey everyone is on.

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  1. I love the premise of this book – we get to spend the most time with ourselves! It’s perfectly true. Congratulations, Danielle! Thanks for sharing this book with us, Vivian! I will share your post on Twitter.

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  2. This looks like a fantastic new picture book – I just love the cover and really wish there were a colorful hill near here to roll down! Congratulations, Danielle, and thank you, Vivian, for the terrific review & activity ideas.

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  3. The color palette of this book makes me happy without reading a word. Awesome! And I’m thinking the words would cement that feeling. Thanks for the rec, Vivian! And thank you, Danielle, for writing books that help kids feel good about themselves! Perhaps I’ll meet you at an SCBWI South Bay event! Cheers!

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  4. The cover of the book is so colorful and inviting. I can see my Ss grabbing it off the shelf. The theme is such an important one! Learning to love yourself is the starting point for loving others. LOVE THIS💕

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    • Thank you, Geraldine. If we truly love ourselves and see our worth, everything else sort of falls into place – especially in relationships. So important to start with ourselves – that means being responsible for our feelings too.

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