Happy Book Birthday: IS IT OVER? Plus Special Giveaway

Not too tired from celebrating over the 4th of July weekend I hope because we definitely need to be cheering for this brand new picture book from the awesome Sandy Brehl. And Sandy, being the awesome person that she is, put together a super special giveaway – a copy of this beautiful new book AND a stuffed animal! Make sure you leave a comment, share the post of social media, and follow Sandy’s blogs.

Written by Sandy Brehl – Illustrated by Rebecca S. Hirsch – Published by Pen It! Publications
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ROCHELLE MELANDER and AILEEN WEINTRAUB: Will Write for Cookies Plus Giveaways


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Perfect Picture Book Friday: LITTLE MEDUSA’S HAIR DO-LEMMA Plus PB CRITIQUE Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends! Today’s featured book is special for me for several reasons…I can really identify with the main character whose hair is often a do-lemma, especially when her mom insists she wear her python in it. Of course, I didn’t have a python, but I did have unruly hair – ultra-curly and frizzy – and I lived in New York City where it’s humid EVERY season of the year. Also, I’m a huge fan of talented author Jenny Buchet. And guess what? Jenny is offering a PB CRITIQUE to the lucky winner of the giveaway. Make sure you leave a comment below – maybe you can tell us how you felt about your hair when you were a kid.


Written by Jennifer Buchet

Illustrated by Cassie Chancy

Published by Clear Fork – May 11, 2021

Ages: 5-8

Themes: Family traditions, mythology, stay true to yourself

Synopsis: From Amazon:

Little Medusa comes from a long line of snake-loving, serpentine-wearing Gorgons. When she receives her very first snake, Little Medusa discovers that having a snake slither and slide through her hair isn’t so great after all. And to make matters more difficult, she begins questioning if she really wants to scare her friends to stone with her new forever friend. Using her imagination and heart, Little Medusa tries her best to please her family, her best-pet snake, and herself.

Based on Greek Mythology, Little Medusa features Common Core Connections and explores the universal themes of following family tradition and staying true to oneself.

Why I love this book:

  1. Such a great message – finding a way to respect family traditions while staying true to oneself – and I love that there is a bit of mythology that young kids will be exposed to.
  2. Excellent text helps us connect with the main character and cheer her on.
  3. Vibrant illustrations will keep young readers engaged.


Make a Medusa Head Covering

Photo courtesy: https://www.littlepassports.com/craft-diy/how-to-make-a-greek-mythology-medusa-mask/

WOW…this is amazing! Check out the link for details on how to make this and other amazing crafts: https://www.littlepassports.com/craft-diy/how-to-make-a-greek-mythology-medusa-mask/

For more information about purchasing and/or reviewing MEDUSA’S HAIR DO-LEMMA:
Publisher :https://www.clearforkpublishing.com/product-page/little-medusa-s-hair-do-lemma
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Little-Medusas-Do-lemma-Jennifer-Buchet/dp/1950169472/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=little+medusa&qid=1617917190&sr=8-1

Please remember that the best way to tell an author that you love her book is to buy it if you can, review it, tell friends about it, and ask your local library to purchase copies for their collection.

And for more wonderful picture book reviews and activities, please hop over to Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday.

Don’t forget that today is the last day for kids to send in their #50PreciousWordsforKids stories via email to me: viviankirkfield@gmail.com And don’t forget to leave a comment below and tell us if you had any issues with your hair-do when you were growing up…maybe attach a photo, if you have one, of what you looked like when you were a kid. And please SHARE this post on social media to spread the word about this wonderful new book!

Come back tomorrow for a fantastic Will Write for Cookies with Brian Gehrlein – and of course, on Sunday, I’ll be posting all of the kids’ stories in a special Mother’s Day blog.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend – and a Happy Mother’s Day to all who fill the role of mother in a child’s life.