No Strings Giveaway Hop

Contests, Food For Thought, Random

no strings attached

Hello Readers!

Another hop means another great prize for you!  Like I did last year, I am participating in The No Strings Attached Giveaway Hop hosted by hop extraordinaire Kathy over at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer (Thanks Kathy!)

Before I reveal what the prize is up for grabs, I want to share a little story with you (yes, this story is connected to part of the prize).

Every year a plethora of teen authors get together for one very special reason: The NYC Teen Author Festival. At the end of a week full fun events these said authors gather at Books of Wonder, NYC’s local  children’s bookstore, and hosts one massive author signing. Now, I’ve attended many of the events that happen throughout the week, but the one event I make sure NEVER to miss is the mega signing.

Last year was no exception, armed with (a ton of ) books and a sharpie marker I made my rounds to all the authors I wanted to meet.  And there were many. But while I was getting books signed, I also got a flier signed …. by almost every author I met that day.

You’re wondering what’s up for grabs, aren’t you?

One lucky winner will win this:

A (used) paperback copy of The Cupcake Queen by Heather Hepler, an assortment of bookmarks, and the NYC Teen Author Festival Flier signed by: Gina Damico, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Susane Colasanti, Jeri Smith-Ready, E. C. Myers, Carolyn Mackler, Charlotte Bennardo, Kim Harrington, Kate Ellison, Stephanie Perkins,  John Corey Whaley, Arlaina Tiensky, Melissa De La Cruz, Jon Skovron, Victoria Schwab, and Barry Lyga.


Contest open to U.S. Residents only.

Entering is simple — leave a comment on THIS blog post with your name and a VALID e-mail address. Giveaway Hop is open from January 15th (12:01 a.m.) until January 21st (11:59 p.m.). Winner will be chosen via random number generator, and will be contacted via e-mail on January 22nd.

Like always, there are many, many blogs participating and all are giving away some great prizes. Make sure you stop by each one and check them out!

Good Luck and Happy Hopping!

Book of the Week: This Moose Belongs to Me

Book of the Week, Children's

This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers

Published: 2012 by Philomel

Reasons why I liked this book, and Chose it As Book of the Week:

It’s an Oliver Jeffers book, need I say more.

There’s a moose in this book.

I never realized it, but I really like moose!

The cover of this book looks like it should be on a postcard – it’s so picturesque.

The main character, Wilfred, names his pet moose Marcel. It’s a fitting name.

Wilfred and Marcel do everything together. They listen to music, they go for long walks, and they basically enjoy each other’s company.

Wilfred has many rules that will help Marcel become the best pet moose he could possibly be.

Rule # 4: “Not making too much noise while Wilfred plays his record collection.” Marcel is a pro at keeping quiet. He doesn’t say a word!

Rule # 11: “Providing shelter from the rain.” Marcel makes a great umbrella.

The only rule Marcel has a slight issue following was the one where he shouldn’t stray far from home. To correct that, Wilfred simply used a long piece of string to remember which way is home.

Wilfred is a dreamer with big plans – – he dreams of riding the waves in a barrel with Marcel.

When riding these waves Wilfred wears a bright blue helmet with sparkling stars.

On one of their adventures Wilfred makes a terrible discovery:  Marcel is someone else’s moose.

And his name isn’t Marcel, it’s Rodrigo.

Wilfred tried everything in his powers to convince both Marcel and the old lady who’s moose it really is.

Wilfred’s powers don’t work as well as he hoped they would.

Wilfred wears suspenders and a bow tie – he’s very dashing!

Wilfred, upset at the recent turn of events, runs away, and gets tangled in the string that was supposed to help him find his way home.

Stuck, he lays there, helpless.  Until Marcel, faithful moose and good friend comes and finds him.

While laying there, he thinks of all the animals that would make great pets. A bear, a penguin, a shark — all will not make great pets. Only moose will make a great pets.

And Marcel, upon finding a very tangled up Wilfred, actually followed one very important rule: Rule #73 “rescuing your owner from perilous situations.”

I love how this book shows that friends always prevail.

And that friends forgive and forget.

The writing that fills this book is fun and well written.

The illustrations are exceptional.

There isn’t one thing that I didn’t love about this book.