Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Co-Hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop, A New Kitty, and A Book Review

Thanks for stopping by, human friends.

We are thrilled to be co-hosts of the 46th Kid Lit Blog Hop, this week, in celebration of our latest book release as well as our upcoming Book Tour. The Kid Lit Blog Hop exists to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children's book bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists. Please join in by adding in a post (or two) and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors. We have a couple of things to share before we get to the Blog Hop though.

A New Addition to Neighbor Girl's Family

We want to take a moment to introduce you to Lego. Lego stole the hearts of Neighbor Girl and Cool Mom on a recent trip to the local shelter. It took some time to sell Cool Dad on the idea of a cat, but in the end they were successful and have added Lego to their family. Neighbor Girl plans to have him be a regular part of Wordless Wednesdays. I guess it is okay. He is a nice cat.  Although, a bit too nice for me, he needs to assert his dominance a bit more, if you ask me. Stanley says I'm too hard on the cat. Hmmph! Oh well, having cats outnumber dogs on this blog can't be a bad thing.

Lego walks a bit funny because he is missing a leg. It made me feel bad for him until I saw him run for his food - I think he runs faster than I do. Stanley agrees.

A Book Review

Title: Come Back Dear Sun
Author: Geena Bean
Illustrator: Cheri Webber
Publisher: Independent
Publication Year: 2012
Pages: 36
Recommended Age: 3+
Cool Mom's Review:
I recently won a copy of Come Back Dear Sun from SeeMomClick.com, and it was fortuitous that I found myself reading the book while I was sitting on the beach: with no phone and no computer. Even though it was an overcast day, the two young ladies who joined me on the two-hour drive to the beach were happy to be together enjoying the waves, the sand, and each other's company.

This book is a cute story of the underappreciated sun. The sun has had enough of being ignored and heads for a new solar system in search of one where the population will spend time outdoors. 

Kaylee, our main character, decides she wants the sun back. She reaches out to the moon who fills the role of messenger in the story. While the moon sets out to retrieve the sun, Kaylee and friends tell everyone to get outside. 

The book is written in rhyme and flows well. I only tripped up a couple of times where I felt the need to repeat the line to make the rhyme and flow fit well. The pictures are bold and colorful with text placed well and easy to read, despite many dark illustrations. 

Overall, it is a cute book with a strong message to spend more time outside. 

Learn more about the author, Geena Bean, by visiting her website: www.GeenaBean.com

Happy Hopping everyone and enjoy the Hop!

Yes, now it is time to hop. Please join in or simply hop around and visit other members of the Kid Lit community. Have a paw-riffic time and be sure to say "hello" as you visit our virtual homes. 
Kid Lit Blog Hop

Kid Lit Blog Hop Rules *Please Read*

1. We ask that you kindly follow your hosts. You can follow us any way you choose (Email, GFC, Twitter, Facebook, G+, Pinterest, etc.), but we've added our preferences below. If you could just give us a quick "follow" or "like" that would be much appreciated! Make sure to leave us a message if you are following us (i.e., on Twitter or Facebook or on our websites) and we will be sure to follow you back. Thanks! :-)
2. Link up any Kid Lit related post. This can be a link to a children’s book review, a discussion about children’s literature/literacy, or a post on a recently-read children’s book or one that you love from your childhood.
* Don't link directly to your blog, it must be a specific post.*
* For Authors, we prefer you to link to your blog if you have one. Please link unique posts each time ~ no repeats please. *
* Make sure you include an image relevant to the POST (e.g., book cover), not your blog button or photo of yourself.*
* Feel free to link more than one post.*
3. Please visit AT LEAST the TWO LINKS directly ahead of your own and leave them some love in the form of a comment. We are trying to build a community of bloggers, readers, parents, authors, and others who are as passionate about children’s literature as we are so please CONNECT and follow any or all of the blogs that interest you!
4. If you like, grab the button above and put it somewhere on your blog, preferably the post you're linking up. If you'd prefer, you can just add a text link back to this Hop so that others can find it and check out all these great book links!
5. It would really help us get the word out about the Kid Lit Blog Hop if you would be so kind as to tweet, share, and spread the word about the Hop!
Interested in co-hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop? If you've joined us before, you are welcome to join us again! Please email renee @ motherdaughterbookreviews (dot) com and put Co-Hosting Blog Hop in the subject line.
Thank you for reading and sharing,

Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge (and Stanley)

Happy Hopping!

Who will you HOBNOB with this week? 
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  1. Thanks for being a co-host and your post

    1. Thank you hopetoread. Thrilled to have you stop by and participate in the #KidLitBlogHop. Have a paw-riffic rest of the week!

  2. Come Back Dear Sun is a great book title. the kind that invites me to read a book :)


    1. It really is a lovely book, Catherine. We had seen it around the #kidlit blogging world for ages and are happy we had the chance to read it. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment. Have a paw-tastic rest of the week!

  3. Lego looks so content! :) Thanks for co-hosting the bloghop! Come back dear Sun sounds like a fun book to read :)

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read our post and comment, Resh. It is funny, our normal commenting system isn't on this post but blogger was acting funny a couple of days ago - it must have got caught in there somehow. Oh, sweet Lego is such a love bug. And yes, Come Back Dear Sun is a lovely read. The design is well done. Have a paw-tastic rest of the week!

  4. Yay for the HOP and a BIG YAY for Lego! What an appropriate name for a kitty with 3, right? He looks very sweet for a tigerish-looking fella :) How lucky is he to have such a loving, happy, pet-filled home :D

  5. Yay for the HOP and a BIG YAY for Lego! What an appropriate name for a kitty with 3, right? He looks very sweet for a tigerish-looking fella :) How lucky is he to have such a loving, happy, pet-filled home :D

  6. Thanks, :Donna! He's adorable and came with the perfect name. Two years old and thankfully, a very healthy kitty. Thanks for the kind words!

  7. YAY! I LOVE Lego's name! :D But isn't someone allergic?

    1. She's been better around cats and Lego is two years old (you can't tell with kittens how you'll react to them), so Neighbor Girl visited him a couple of times at the shelter and took a Lego fur-covered shirt home to spend time with - no issues with him - YAY!!

  8. There are a few times when I've said Come Back Dear Sun, well almost those words! That's for sharing on the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

    1. Yes, we have had times where we have also said, "Come Back Dear Sun!" Thanks for hosting the Kid LIt Blog Hop, Cheryl.

  9. We reviewed this one as well - great little book. Thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop and we are thrilled to have you host with us! :-)

    1. It is a great little book, isn't it, Renee? Thanks for including us in the Kid Lit Blog Hop and thanks for hosting and organizing it all!


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