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Sometimes a book cover grabs your attention. Other times it’s the title. With this book, for me, it was BOTH!
A VERY HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO MAXIMILLIAN VILLAINOUS!!!!
Written by Margaret Chiu Greanias
Illustrated by Lesley Breen Withrow
Published by Running Press Kids (TODAY: August 28, 2019)
Themes: Acceptance, be true to yourself
Synopsis: From Amazon:
“For anyone who loved Leonardo, the Terrible Monster, this is a humorous and important book about learning to follow your heart and proving that kindness can outweigh villainy any day.
Maximillian Villainous is a monster who doesn’t have the heart to be a villain. His famous family pulls pranks on the likes of Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, and Max spends his time undoing them. So when he brings home a bunny to be his sidekick, Max’s disapproving mother hatches a plan. She challenges Max and the bunny to become a devious duo; otherwise . . . the bunny hops. If they want to stay together, Max and the bunny have no choice but to go against their nature. They blunder into villainy with comical effect until Max discovers that embracing his good heart may just be the key to pulling off the most devious deed of all and winning his family’s acceptance.
Delightfully fun and irreverent, Maximillian Villainous is an empowering story about embracing one’s true self and finding acceptance. Up and coming illustrator Lesley Breen Withrow brings the characters to life with bold and colorful illustrations in a style reminiscent of Richard Scarry.”
Dear friends…I know this is a book that kids are going to love. I feel like I already know the author, Margaret Chiu Greanias. From my very first toe-dipping into the water of this kidlit community, I saw her name as an active participant. And when I spoke to her, I found out that she has loved writing for a very long time.
Margaret wrote her first terrifically terrible book in fourth grade. From grade school through college, she suffered through English—she was especially bad at analyzing stories and writing essays. Then, during her very last year of college, she took a creative writing class and discovered she loved writing. Despite this, it wasn’t until her second child was born that she remembered her love of children’s books. She’s been writing ever since. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, three children, and a fluffle of dust bunnies.
To learn more about Margaret and her books, please visit her website: http://margaretgreanias.com/
And guess what? The author has graciously offered a copy as a giveaway! Please leave a comment for a chance to win!
I hope you all have a wonderful week! And whenever you have the time, why not hop over to one of the book review sites like Amazon or Goodreads and leave a review for your favorite picture books!
Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, everyone!
The leaves are already turning color and the evening air has that autumn nip in it. What a perfect time for today’s picture book review!
Tomorrow, the author of this book, Christy Mihaly, will be stopping by to chat and she has graciously agreed to offer a picture book manuscript critique as a giveaway. Please leave a comment to be entered and come back tomorrow for the Q&A and, if you leave a comment there, you will have two chances to win.
HEY, HEY, HAY! A Tale of Bales and the Machines That Make Them
Written by Christy Mihaly
Illustrated by Joe Cepeda
Published by Holiday House (August 2018)
Themes: Farm machinery, farm life, girl power
Synopsis: From Amazon:
“A joyful rhyming story about a girl and her mother and the machines they use on their family farm to make hay.
Mower blades slice through the grass./A new row falls with every pass./Next we spread the grass to dry./The tedder makes those grasses fly!
A girl tells the tale of making hay as Mom uses a mower for mowing grass, then a tedder for aerating the grass, and eventually a baler. Told in rhyme and illustrated with fabulous art by JOE CEPEDA, each part of the process is a celebration of summer, farming, and the mother-daughter relationship. Back matter includes a glossary.”
Why I like this book:
- Growing up in the city, I didn’t know much about farm life…I think it is important for kids who grow up in the city to find out how life is on the farm. Plus, kids who grow up on a farm these days need to see themselves in a book other than Old Macdonald.
- Great palette used by the illustrator with bold drawings.
- LOVE the rhyme…and kids will love it, too.
Photo courtesy: https://iheartcraftythings.com
Who can resist baby farm animals? These crafts are so simple. For detailed instructions: https://iheartcraftythings.com/15-baby-animal-days-farm-crafts-for-kids.html
Please don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a Picture Book Manuscript Critique by author Christy Mihaly. Then, come back tomorrow when she stops by to chat on Picture Books Help Kids Soar. And remember our authors need our help. Spread the word about the books you love and make sure you leave reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and other review sites.
I hope you all have a beautiful weekend. I am waving from Chicago today!