Monday, October 26, 2015

Special Christmas Giveaway on November 25, 2015 - Two More Monster Books!

I have already announced a special giveaway of two Monster books (see the info at this link) for my Special Christmas Giveaways and am very happy to announce another monster book giveaway today!

As I said in the other reviews, Sterling Children's Books asked me if I'd like to review four of their new monster books . . . since my grandsons and I love to make up our own monster stories, I knew they would enjoy new monster books and happily said, "Yes!". I asked Sterling if any of the books might also be available for giveaway and they told me all four were . . . so I'm giving them away in "packs" of two books each, because what is more fun than a new monster story??? Two monster stories!!!

Dining with...Monsters!: A Disgusting Way to Count to 10!
Author/Illustrator - Agnese Baruzzi
Publisher - Sterling Children's Books
Ages - 3+

Favorite Features - 
  • Fun counting book . . . will especially appeal to young boys!
  • Colorful illustrations
  • Fun fold-outs make this book more engaging - children will love the fold-outs and discovering the illustrations they "hide"
  • Encourages counting, imagination and fun . . . except for the spider, because they are not "fun" in any way :-)
Sterling Children's Books says; "What do hungry monsters like to eat? One spider swallowed whole, Two leaping frogs, and Three entire whales for the ogre with gigantic claws and scales! And for Mr. One-Eye, four mice are very nice. Children will enjoy this fun feast of a counting book, with 10 colorful creatures and their meals of grasshoppers, scorpions, owls, and prickly porcupines. Foldout pages and simple, humorous rhyming text make this a delight to read aloud."

Counting books are typically fun and a great way to engage even the youngest child in the story! In Dining with...Monsters!: A Disgusting Way to Count to 10! children will have fun counting and talking about the "disgusting" things monsters eat! After reading Dining with...Monsters!: A Disgusting Way to Count to 10!, take time to make your own counting book with your grandchildren/children, by illustrating the things they would include in a counting book about the things they like to eat! My grandsons would like guacamole and chips, ham and of course, cookies!

The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings
Author - Anna Llenas
Publisher - Sterling Children's Books
Ages - 3-7 

Favorite Features -
  • Pop-ups are sure to capture the attention of children - and adults!
  • Simple illustrations . . . children will like these!
  • Text explains emotions in very simple ways even young children will be able to remember and understand.
  • Encourages conversations about how children feel.
Sterling Children's Books says; "We teach toddlers to identify colors, numbers, shapes, and letters—but what about their feelings? By illustrating such common emotions as happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and calm, this sensitive book gently encourages young children to open up with parents, teachers, and daycare providers. And children will LOVE the bright illustrations and amazing 3-D pop-ups on every page!"

Children - of all ages - and even adults, often have a hard time identifying their emotions. In this creative book, emotions are connected with colors and simple explanations, such as: on the page where yellow is featured, "This is happiness. It shines yellow like the sun and twinkles like the stars. When you're happy you laugh, jump, dance and play. You want to share that feeling with everyone!" and on the page where blue is featured, "This is sadness. It's gentle and blue like a rainy day. When you're sad you might want to cry or be alone." I love the pop-ups and the way everything about this book works together to help children understand how they are feeling!

I'm very happy to say, not only did Sterling Children's Books send me The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings and Dining with...Monsters!: A Disgusting Way to Count to 10! in exchange for me writing my opinions about them, but they are making both of them available for me to give away (USA only). If you live in the USA, are over the age of 18 and would like to be included in this giveaway for both books, which will be on November 25, 2015, please comment below to tell me what you would include in a counting book about the foods your grandchildren/children like to eat . . . as I mentioned, I'd have to include  four avocados for guacamole, five hams and ten cookies! Please also let me know how you would describe an emotion and the color you'd put with it . . . I'd describe thankful with orange, because it makes me think of Fall and pumpkins . . . which makes me think of pie and Thanksgiving! 

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  1. This is fun! I would definitely have to add donuts and M&M's (but only the plain ones. lol) And I would give the color blue to peaceful. It reminds me of the ocean on a sunny summer day, which is always peaceful to me. Thanks so much for the chance to win! Blessings, Debbie

  2. Cute! I would have to include Pez, fig bars, pigs in a blanket, candy corn, humas, grapes and collards! ☺

  3. Whoops....color would be yellow for happiness!

  4. apples, cookies, kit kats, and chips.
    Yellow- for happiness