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Hello Readers!

Boy do I have a giveaway for you! I’ve been holding onto to this book, just waiting for the perfect opportunity, and that opportunity has arrived. Thanks to Kathy over at I Am a Reader, Not A Writer and Ashley over at Wholly Books! for hosting the Signed Book Hop, a hop that allows all participating blogs to giveaway some awesome, signed swag.

This hop around I will be giving away:

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A hardcover copy of Shut Out written (and obviously signed) by author Kody Keplinger. As if the signed copy of Shut Out isn’t enough, I’ll even throw in some bookmarks/swag.

Giveaway is open  from April 16th, 2013 (at 12:01 a.m.) until April 22nd, 2013 (at 11:59 p.m.) to all U.S. residents, ages thirteen years and older.

Entering is simple! Leave a comment on THIS POST telling me one author you wish you could meet and why. When commenting please make sure to leave a VALID e-mail address.

One winner will be selected via random number generator, and will be contact via e-mail on April 23rd, 2013. Winner will have two days, until April 25th, 2013 to respond to e-mail, if no response is received a new winner will be selected.

As always THANK YOU so much to the two blogs hosting such a great giveaway hop – I Am A Reader, Not a Writer and Wholly Books! There are many blogs participating, giving away great prizes, so check them all out.

Good Luck and Happy Hopping!

Book of the Week: Wilfred

Book of the Week, Children's

Wilfred by Ryan Higgins



Published: 2013 by Dial

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

I was intrigued by this book at first sight. I didn’t know who, or rather, what Wilfred was! And I couldn’t wait to find out.

The end covers are hysterically funny. I especially love the portrait of Wilfred screaming and running away from a tiny white bunny rabbit.

Wilfred lives in a far away place. From the start I really liked that aspect because it leaves readers to believe that this story can happen anywhere, even right in our very own backyard.

Readers find out quickly that Wilfred is a giant.

This giant wasn’t only large he was also hairy.

The ironic thing about that is that he lived in a town where only bald people lived.

Men, women, and children … all completely hairless.  Wilfred stuck out among them for very obvious reasons.

Most of the bald townspeople who glimpsed Wilfred, ran, scared of the friendly giant. All except for one brave, bald boy.

Wilfred is a good listener. And an even better friend.

Wilfred does everything and anything the boy asks him to do. He sits, stands on one foot, plays golf in a fancy golf get-up, played ukulele, did the bald boys homework (even though 3 + 4 does not equal FISH), and Wilfred reenacted the Battle of Waterloo – rocking horse and everything!

The two have so much fun that they decide to play together every single day.

I love how this book shows that the little boy can see beyond Wilfred’s exterior, and inside to the kind of friend he really is.

The bald townspeople have a sinister idea.  Since they’re bald and he has enough hair to go around, they decide that it’s in their best interest to give him a haircut.

They use his hair to make wigs for themselves.

They don’t think how Wilfred will feel once all his hair is gone.

How does Wilfred feel? Cold. So cold that he can’t bear to leave his cave, even though he really wants to play with his friend.

I love the picture posted on the wall of Wilfred’s cave – it’s of him and his friend with a heart between them.

This book really shows the power of friendship, and how if you only have one friend in the world – one true friend – that you’re rich!

Worried and upset since Wilfred didn’t show up, the little bald boy decides to go out look for him. What he finds, isn’t Wilfred, but a bunch of townspeople wearing Wilfred’s fur as hair.

The little boy decides to make Wilfred a warm pair of mittens. But he gets lost in the blizzard trying to find his new friend.

When the little boy doesn’t come back to the bald village, the townspeople decide to go look for him. What they find is the boy, safe and warm from the treacherous weather, in Wilfred’s arms.

Upon seeing this sight, the townspeople decide to give Wilfred’s hair back.

They sew it together and make a jumpsuit for their new friend and hero Wilfred.

And that’s how Wilfred, the hairy giant, ended up with a zipper. And a best friend.

I loved how sweet and charming this book was.

Children will love this book! Adults will too.

This book shows that friends come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. And that we shouldn’t judge someone by what someone looks like on the outside. We should judge someone by what’s on the inside.

Wilfred loves to smile. Reading the book will make readers smile too.

The illustrations are spectacular! They really bring make the already great writing, pop!

There’s so much to love about this book! So much!