Perfect Picture Book Friday: COUNTING ELEPHANTS Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends.

Today’s book is written by one of my favorite kidlit people. I met Dawn Young back in 2015 when she created a super cool video for Angie Karcher’s RhyPiBoMo (a rhyming challenge now called Rhyme Revolution). And now she has several picture books – and here is her newest that launched in March.

COUNTING ELEPHANTS

Written by Dawn Young

Illustrated by Fermin Solis

Published by Running Press Kids

Ages: 4-8

Themes: Counting book,

Synopsis: From Amazon:

Math + Magic = chaos. A zany book about counting elephants before they disappear!

Our poor counter just wants to count her ten elephants, but – POOF! – her magician friend is making it impossible. Ten, nine, eight… each time we get back to counting, one of the elephants has been changed into something unexpected. Puppies, frogs, peanut butter and jelly, and, of course, a rabbit and a hat appear and disappear in this funny, fast-paced story.

Why I love this book:

  1. Filled with humor – kids will love the funny interaction between the kid who is counting elephants and the magician who keeps changing the number of elephants by turning them into something else.
  2. Love the illustrations!
  3. Great STEM element with the math.

RELATED ACTIVITIES

Photo courtesy: https://artsycraftsymom.com/20-enormously-cute-elephant-crafts-for-kids/

Look at all of these awesome elephant craft activities. For details, click on this link: https://artsycraftsymom.com/20-enormously-cute-elephant-crafts-for-kids/

And if you need a smile…and a chance to get up and exercise, here is that super cool video Dawn did:

Don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway of a copy of COUNTING ELEPHANTS. 

And don’t forget that our favorite authors need our support. If you can, purchase a copy. If you read the book, please review it. If you love it, please tell your friends about it and ask your library to purchase copies for their collection.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend…and please stop by tomorrow for Will Write for Cookies when Kirsti Call visits to chat about her writing journey and her newest picture book: MOOTILLA’S BAD MOOD.

Happy Book Birthday: MAXIMILLIAN VILLAINOUS Plus Giveaway

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!!!!

book cover

MAXIMILLIAN VILLAINOUS

Written by Margaret Chiu Greanias

Illustrated by Lesley Breen Withrow

Published by Running Press Kids (TODAY: August 28, 2019)

Ages: 4-8

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!