Thursday, April 20, 2017

Birthday Month Giveaway on May 17, 2017 - Elly and the Smelly Sneaker

I was recently invited to review a book with a new "take" on the old fairy tale of Cinderella - with a bit of baseball thrown in! Sounded fun, so today I'm happy to share with what I think of Elly and the Smelly Sneaker.

Elly and the Smelly Sneaker
Author - Leslie Gorin
Illustrator - Lesley Vamos
Publisher - Sterling Children's Books
Ages - 4-7

Favorite Features -
  • Excellent illustrations with lots of color
  • New take on a familiar old story
  • Encourages children to try new things and to follow their dreams
Sterling Children's Books says; "Elly has everything a girl could desire: bonbons, pretty clothes, maids to put everything in order, and a family who treats her like a princess. Except, to her, life’s a boring, royal pain. All Elly really wants is to be with other kids—especially when they play baseball. She dreams of opening days, double plays, and joining the team. Then, one day, her fairy godfather arrives to make her wish come true. Will Elly FINALLY succeed in trading her glass slippers for a pair of smelly sneakers? A fun and inspiring twist on Cinderella which is just right for today’s girls."

While I found the idea of having a fairy godfather a little "off", Elly and the Smelly Sneaker is a fun book children will enjoy. I think you could use the book to talk with children about how Elly might have made a wiser choice to "follow her dreams" by talking with her step mom about what she would like to do, rather than sneaking out and playing baseball. 

I'm very happy to say, not only did Sterling Children's Books send me one copy of Elly and the Smelly Sneaker for me to review, they are also making another available for me to give away (USA only). If you are over the age of 18 and would like to enter this drawing - which will be on May 172017, please comment below to tell me a dream you would like to pursue . . . for me it would be to publish children's books!

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