Friday, July 1, 2016

Ah-Choo! I'm Giving One Away!

I don't know about you, but around my house there has been plenty of sneezing lately. Something is in the air, to which apparently, I'm allergic. I'm so thankful for soft tissues!!

So, when I was recently invited to participate in the release and blog tour for a new A, B, C, book for children entitled, Ah-Choo!, I was happy to say I'd participate. When the book arrived, my two-year old grandson was at my house; he opened the package and of course, we had to sit right down and read the book together. He very quickly caught on to the cadence of the book and every time it was time to read "Ah-choo!!!" he was ever so happy to "read" it . . . with gusto! 

So, today I'm delighted to share this cute book with you along with a few Q&A from the authors . . . and let you know about a giveaway as well!

Authors - Lana Wayne Koehler & Gloria G. Adams
Illustrator - Ken Min
Publisher - Sterling Children's Books
Ages - 4-8

Favorite Features -
  • Engaging story with lots of animals, but the best part is the "sneezing" - children will love to "help" read this book!
  • Colorful and fun illustrations!
  • Unique approach to an A, B, C storybook.
Sterling Children's Books says; "When hunting for his new best friend, a boy goes through an alphabetical menagerie of animals. From an antelope, to bobolink birds, to wolves and zebras—and of course, a cat and dog, too—he brings them all home. But each creature just makes his sister go AH-CHOO! Will he ever be able to have the perfect pet?"

As I mentioned, my two-year old grandsons loves to help read this book! He gets a big smile and "sneezes" with lots of enthusiasm! He thinks the book is a lot of fun and I am completely convinced he is as cute as they come!

The authors were kind enough to answer a few questions for me about their book . . . 

How did you choose the animals you chose for this book, other than by alphabetically?
In my research for animals, I discovered there really is a special breed of dog which comes from Kathmandu. Ken Min, our illustrator, did a fabulous job of capturing the shaggy coat! Also, I have a thing for squirrels. I have a lot of trees in my backyard and we have LOTS of squirrels! Sometimes, one of them will regularly visit our backyard deck and entertain us with antics all summer long. Gloria and I tried to mix exotic animals with everyday ones, too. It wasn’t until a little boy came up to us at an event saying he liked our rabbit did we realize Ken Min put a rabbit on our cover. We don’t mention one in our book, but Ken must have thought we needed one anyway. And he was right—a little boy loved our rabbit!
Did you have any pets as a child; if so what were they?
We had a dog when I was young. I was probably allergic to dogs then, but no one thought much about allergies. I knew a boy who had a cat and every time he’d come around the house, I started sneezing with itchy, watery eyes. He thought I was allergic to him! By the time I had a family, I knew I had multiple allergies—including cats, dogs, dust, molds, etc. I always felt bad my children couldn’t have anything but goldfish for pets. We tried a dog for a brief time, but when I developed an allergy to the grass she rolled in, we had to send her away. This was very hard for all of us. Fortunately she went to live with friends and my children could visit occasionally. One day, I was in the waiting room in my allergist’s office and realized there wasn’t a fun book about being allergic to every animal from A to Z . . . so then this book was born.
My two-year old grandson loves to read this book with me - he loves to "help" me "read" all the "Ac-hoos!"; Are there any other ways you might suggest for grandparents/parents to engage the children they love when reading this book?
It would be fun to look up the animals in our book (like the dog from Kathmandu) on the internet to see the real pictures. Also, since the boy in our book goes to the zoo, taking them to a zoo which has some of our animals would be good, too. It would be fun to see how many “Ah-Choo!” animals they might find.
I'm very happy to say, not only did Sterling Children's Books send me a copy of Ah-Choo! to review, but they are making another available for me to give away (USA only)! So, if you live in the USA, are over the age of 18 and want to enter the giveaway for Ah-Choo! which will be on July 15, 2016please comment below to let me know an animal you'd like to see in a book . . . for me it has to be either the Basset Hound or Okapi!

In addition, you will receive additional entries if you have followed on Google+, Google Friend Connect, followed by liking on facebook with the tab at this link (not just liking the post) and/or have followed grandma's cookie jar by email. For each of these which you have done you will receive one entry. In addition, if you "share" this post, you'll receive an additional entry (please let me know if you share). This will help me be able to draw names from among people who would like to win Ah-Choo! and it gives you several ways to enter the give-away!


  1. Mary Beth DawsonJuly 1, 2016 at 7:19 PM

    I would like to see an aardvark. I follow on Facebook and email..

  2. I follow on GFC, Facebook and via email.

  3. Lana Wayne KoehlerJuly 3, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    What fun animal suggestions, Mary Beth and Jennifer! We'll have to keep them in mind for our next book on animals!

  4. I would love to see a Lemur and of course a dachshund.

  5. I follow you on Google +:

  6. I like you on Facebook

  7. I shared on facebook

  8. I would love to see an owl in a book. My two-year-old son would want to see an elephant. I follow on Facebook, email, Google, and I've shared this post. Thanks for the fun give-aways!

  9. I would like to see a sloth in a book. I am an e-mail subscriber, follow on FB, and Google.

  10. I would like to see a Koala bear!
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