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Giveaway and Review: "Mini Myths" Board Books!

 Today, I'll be reviewing the two newest books in the Mini Myths board book series by Joan Holub! Joan has generously offered a sets of autographed Mini Myths books to two lucky readers of In the Hammock!


"Mini Myths: Make a Wish, Midas!"
by Joan Holub, Illus. by Leslie Patricelli
Publisher: Abrams Appleseed
Release Date: Mar 31, 2015
Source: sent by author


My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Summary from goodreads.com:

Midas wants everything to be his favorite color—yellow! He chooses yellow clothes, eats yellow foods, and uses only the yellow paint at his easel. But when he impulsively paints his beloved green Dinoboo, Midas discovers that too much of a good thing is a big mess! Joan Holub’s carefully crafted text is brought to life by Leslie Patricelli’s famously humorous illustrations. Includes a summary of the original Midas’s Wish myth at the end.
My Review:

"Make a Wish, Midas" is my favorite in the Mini Myths series! It is just too sweet! Like the other board books in the series, this installment is based on a Greek Myth, retold in a way that toddlers can relate to. Here, Midas wishes that everything he touches would become yellow. But he soon learns that maybe that things are better left unchanged in a very heartwarming way.

The illustrations are so colorful and I think little ones will just love them along with the story. It's a fun tale, and a great introduction to classic myths!


"Mini Myths: Brush Your Hair, Medusa!"
by Joan Holub, Illus. by Leslie Patricelli
Publisher: Abrams Appleseed
Release Date: Mar 31, 2015
Source: sent by author


My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Summary from goodreads.com:

The Mini Myths board book series puts a modern spin on ancient Greek mythology for preschoolers.
* MEDUSA refuses to care for her hair, her long locks getting knottier and wilder with each passing page. Her hair rebellion elicits frozen expressions of shock from her family, but nothing will convince Medusa to brush. Only her hairdresser approaches Medusa with bravery and a blade, successfully solving the problem . . . with a short haircut! All are pleased with this drastic yet adorable solution.
* Leslie Patricelli’s depictions of this physical comedy bring a lively visual narrative to Joan Holub’s expertly focused text.
* Includes a short summary of the original Medusa myth at the end.
My Review:

"Brush your Hair, Medusa" is another adorable book in the Mini Myths series! This board book follows Medusa and her unruly, snake-like hair on their way to being brushed. She is a sneaky character, and she will do anything to get out of getting her hair brushed. But just like Perseus, her family uses deflection to make her hair presentable.

The story is a perfect fit with the bright illustrations, and I think little ones will enjoy their first introduction to a classic character like Medusa. 

Joan Holub has very generously provided TWO AUTOGRAPHED sets of the Mini Myths books!!! Two winners will receive the entire set of four Mini Myths books, autographed by the author!! The books include "Make a Wish, Midas!" "Brush Your Hair, Medusa!" "Be Patient, Pandora!" and "Play Nice, Hercules!" Thanks, Joan!





GIVEAWAY RULES
The author has generously provided an AUTOGRAPHED prize pack of books for TWO lucky readers of my blog (FOUR books each for two winners). The winners will each receive an autographed copy of all four books in this series!
All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below.
  • US only
  • Prizes will be mailed out by the author
  • Must be 18 or over 
  • Ends June 30
Thanks to everyone for entering! Good luck!

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Giveaway and Review: "Mini Myths: Play Nice, Hercules!"

"Mini Myths: Play Nice, Hercules!"
by Joan Holub, Illus. by Leslie Patricelli

Publisher: Abrams Appleseed
Release Date: Sep 16, 2014
Source: sent by author


My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Summary from goodreads.com:

Hercules is not as interested in “playing nice” as he is in playing strong! But when one feat of strength destroys his little sister’s 12-piece tower, he must use his powers for good to restore the tower and seek her forgiveness. She forgives him indeed, and then shows her own strength by gleefully knocking down the stacked blocks herself! Joan Holub’s expertly focused text pairs perfectly with Leslie Patricelli’s famously humorous illustrations. Includes a summary of the original Hercules’s Twelve Labors myth at the end.
My Review:

I recently reviewed the first book in this new board book series for little ones, "Be Patient, Pandora!", and like the first book, this story is based on a Greek myth, retold for toddlers of today. In this installment, little Hercules isn't playing nice. He's being rough with his toys, and even knocks over his little sister's castle of blocks! He's kind of bad, really! But never fear, because Hercules realizes he wasn't playing nice, and helps to fix his mistakes. I think that I may have enjoyed Pandora's story a little bit more, but I think little ones will have fun reading (listening to) this one.

Like the previous book, the illustrations are bright and fun to look at! I think it's cute that Hercules' dad looks a little bit hipster, that makes me smile. Little Hercules and his sister have such expressive faces. You can easily see how they are feeling.


Bottom Line: This is another fun and lively installment of the Mini Myths series of board books. It's great to read a retelling of Greek myths for little ones, which will hopefully spark more interest in classics for childrens in the future.





GIVEAWAY RULES
The author has generously provided an AUTOGRAPHED copy of this book for TWO lucky readers of my blog (one book each for two winners).
All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below.
  • US only
  • Prizes will be mailed out by the author
  • Must be 18 or over 
  • Ends Oct 7
Thanks to everyone for entering! Good luck!


a Rafflecopter giveaway


While you're here, check out my giveaway for the first book in this series, "Be Patient, Pandora!"


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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Giveaway and Review: "Mini Myths: Be Patient, Pandora!"

"Mini Myths: Be Patient, Pandora!"
by Joan Holub, Illus. by Leslie Patricelli

Publisher: Abrams Appleseed
Release Date: Sep 16, 2014
Source: sent by author


My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Summary from goodreads.com:
Ages 1-4, board book. First in series.

When Pandora is warned by her mother not to open a box, her spirited curiosity trumps her obedience. Pandora harmlessly touches the box, innocently leans on the box, and eventually, albeit accidentally, bursts the box open! The cupcakes that were hidden inside are ruined, except for one last vestige, which Pandora presents in the hope that her mother still loves her. Leslie Patricelli’s depictions of this physical comedy bring a lively narrative to Joan Holub’s carefully crafted text. Includes a summary of the original Pandora’s Box myth at the end.
My Review:

What an adorable board book for little ones! The story is based on the Greek myth of Pandora, here little Pandora just can't stand not opening a tempting box even though her mother has told her not to. The beginning is so cute, when she tells the reader that she isn't 'opening' the box, she's just leaning or sitting on it. I can just see little readers (listeners) in this age group doing the exact same thing and testing their limits. The moral of the story is great for kids, that parents will love them unconditionally, even if they make a mistake.

The illustrations are so fun and colorful. Little Pandora  is so expressive. The book itself is a great size, not too big, and not too small for little hands to flip through the pages. I love that the story is based on a classic myth, so children can learn about the classics, and hopefully spark more interest in these stories later on.



Bottom Line: This is such a sweet, fun, and colorful book for toddlers. I think they will identify with Pandora and learn from her as well.





GIVEAWAY RULES
The author has generously provided an AUTOGRAPHED copy of this book for TWO lucky readers of my blog (one book each for two winners).
All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below.
  • US only
  • Prizes will be mailed out by the author
  • Must be 18 or over 
  • Ends Oct 7
Thanks to everyone for entering! Good luck!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

While you're here, check out my giveaway for the second book in this series, "Play Nice, Hercules!"



Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Giveaway and Review: "Mighty Dads"

"Mighty Dads"
by Joan Holub, Illustrated by James Dean

Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Source: sent by the author


My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Summary from goodreads.com:
A new constructacular picture book from the New York Times bestselling creator of Pete the Cat, James Dean and bestselling author, Joan Holub.

Mighty dads, strong and tall,
help their children, young and small.

They keep them safe and bolted tight
and show them how to build things right.

Inventively told through James Dean's colorful construction vehicle characters, MIGHTY DADS is an adoring dedication to hardworking fathers and the subtle ways they teach their boys and girls to follow in their tracks. The Dump Trucks learn to get dirty. Crane keeps his little one safe from harm. The busy Cement Mixer gives his daughter a hug. The Forklift cheers his son on.

A surprising and touching view of a father's love for his children, MIGHTY DADS is the perfect way to say: I'm proud of you!
My Review:

This children's picture book is just too adorable. What a fun and sweet story to share with the children in your life. The "I love my dad" quote on the cover instantly warmed my heart, it's just too adorable for words, and so is the rest of the book.

Joan Holub, co-author of the fantastic Goddess Girls series, weaves a story that children are going to love to listen to and read along with. The excellent rhyming with just enough repetitiveness is a match made in heaven for kiddos. I know the little girls in my family will want to be reading this one again and again. I can just hear them giggling at the sound effects.

James Dean, creator of "Pete the Cat", illustrates the story with bold, painterly styled art. I'm sure kids will love seeing what each unique vehicle does on each page, and the vivid colors are perfect.

Of course, the main point of the story is that fathers are always proud of their children, and that message outshines even all the fun rhymes and illustrations.


Bottom Line: I loved this warm-hearted picture book, and I know that children will want to hear this story again and again.


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GIVEAWAY RULES
The author has generously provided a copy of this book for a lucky reader of my blog.
All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below.
  • US only
  • Prizes will be mailed out by the author
  • Must be 18 or over 
  • Ends Sep 8
Thanks to everyone for entering! Good luck!


a Rafflecopter giveaway



Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Review: "Little Red Writing"

"Little Red Writing"
by Joan Holub, Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Publisher: Chronicle Books

Release Date: Sep 24, 2013
Source: sent by publisher

My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Summary from goodreads.com:

Acclaimed writer Joan Holub and Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet team up in this hilarious and exuberant retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, in which a brave, little red pencil finds her way through the many perils of writing a story, faces a ravenous pencil sharpener (the Wolf 3000)... and saves the day.
My Review:

This is such a fun picture book! There is so much to see and read on every page. It doesn't follow the typical picture book format. I think kids will really love reading this, since it is so interactive with all the things to see on each page.

The story is a retelling of Red Riding Hood, from an all new perspective. Red herself is now a number 2 pencil going to school, and the wolf is an evil pencil sharpener that has captured Principal Granny! Red has a basket packed with words. She uses different words to help her along in  her journey.

The story and the illustrations in the book are non-stop fun, while being quite educational about words and sentence structure. And the best part of all, is the overall message of bravery!



Bottom Line: This is such a fun book, it's one that you and the little ones in your life won't want to miss.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

"Katrina and Winter: Partners in Courage" Review

"Katrina and Winter: Partners in Courage"
by Nancy Stewart

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Release Date: Apr 25, 2012
Source: sent by publicist and author

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Guardian Angel:  





All Katrina Simpkins longs to be is a normal girl. Because she must wear prosthesis as a leg, she feels anything but. When she meets
and befriends Winter, the tailless dolphin, at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, everything changes, including Katrina’s whole life.
A true story!
.
My Review:

This is a very special book about a girl named Katrina, who has a 'helper leg', and how her bond with a special dolphin named Winter helped her break out of her shell.  I am a huge fan of Winter, the star of the movie "Dolphin Tale", and I've been to see her in person at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium multiple times. She is so strong and inspiring, and I couldn't wait to read a book based on her and her amazing story and how she helped someone to start living again.

Surprisingly, Winter wasn't in as much of the book as I had thought she would be. But Katrina never forgot about the dolphin who originally inspired her from being a shy girl with no confidence who always hid behind her 'helper leg' and let it define her. Then she met Winter, who didn't let not having a tail hold her back from doing anything. Katrina was inspired to do things most girls her age with two 'normal' legs wouldn't even do. She joined every activity she could dream of. She started holding her head high, and speaking up. The transformation was really about more than just becoming used to her helper leg. It was about her inner confidence coming through. Katrina never stops thanking Winter for how much she helped her, and the story comes full circle when Katrina films a video for the aquarium, and people start looking to Katrina herself as an inspiration.



Bottom Line: If you don't have a chance to meet Winter herself, this story will be inspiring to kids and adults of all ages, and abilities, to overcome obstacles in their own life, just like Winter and Katrina inspire others every day.
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You can purchase this book at Amazon


 

"Zero the Hero" Review

"Zero the Hero"
by Joan Holub and Tom Lichtenheld

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Release Date: Feb 28, 2012
Source: sent by publisher and author

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary from goodreads.com:  




Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. That’s what all the other numbers think of Zero. He doesn’t add anything in addition. He’s of no use in division. And don’t even ask what he does in multiplication. (Hint: Poof!) But Zero knows he’s worth a lot, and when the other numbers get into trouble, he swoops in to prove that his talents are innumerable.

My Review:

This children's picture book is hilarious and still has a heart of gold. This is a book that adults will love reading to their kids just as much as their kids will enjoy reading it. There is a great message about both accepting yourself and accepting others. And as a great bonus, there is a lot of MATH to learn here! It's not everyday you read a great story and you can also teach your kids a little something about basic math principles.

The illustrations are totally adorable and there are some extra jokes and gags hidden within the illustrations and speech bubbles of the characters.


Bottom Line: I loved this book, and I think any child and her/his parents would love to read it too!
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