Thursday, November 12, 2009

Pretty Please Press, Review and Giveaway

Are you looking for a few books for a child in your life? I was able to review not one but four wonderful books from Pretty Please Press. I will tell a bit about each one, but don’t stop reading because there is a giveaway at the end of this post.

The first book was Kick Block Punch by Jacquie Hann. In this story Sam is a younger child who is taking Karate. He is only a white belt and like any child wants to pass yellow, green, purple, and brown and go straight to a black belt. In the end he does learn that in order to move ahead he must work hard and have patience.
About the author: Jacquie Hann has written and illustrated many children’s books, including the critically acclaimed That Man Is Talking To His Toes, and Up Day Down Day (a Junior Literacy Guild Selection). She teaches children’s book illustration and writing at The New School, holds private workshops, and has lectured extensively throughout the country on the subject of writing and illustrating children’s books. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. Jacquie is a third degree black belt in tae kwon do and teaches karate to children. She has a son, Adam, and a daughter, Maya, and lives in New York City with her husband. Everyone in her family has attained the rank of black belt.

The second book was Pynx by Jeffrey Greene. This is such a cute story. Pynx moves into a neighborhood where no one can understand her. Everyone tells her to take her newly hatched babies and go. But then something horrible happens and who saves the day? Yes it was Pynx.
About the author: Jeffrey Greene is a professional artist who began his training at the age of nine with personal instruction by the painter Harry Litchfield. He continued his fine art studies at S.U.N.Y. Binghamton. His illustrated children’s books include Backyard Bear, written by Jim Murphy (selected as a “Pick of the List” book by Publisher’s Weekly); Shadowplay, by Penny Harter; Just My Dad and Me, by Leah Komiko; Red Ribbon, by Sarah Weeks (selected by the Children’s Book Council for a 1995 award in the field of children’s social studies); and The Rain, by Michael Laser. He has taught children’s book writing and illustrating at Parsons School of Design and in private workshops, and has contributed stories and illustrations to many children’s magazines. He lives in New York City.

The next two books are both written by Laura Aimee Garn.
Bella Basset Ballerina is about a basset who after seeing a ballet dreamed of being a dancer. In dog world where Bella lives, only Borzois can dance. Basset Hounds are supposed to stay in the country and work on the farm. What do you think? Can Bella find a way to realize her dreams? This book is wonderfully written and each page makes you want to continue reading.

The Scritchy Little Twitchell Sisters : From the inside cover; Scritchy sisters Lavinia and Emmeline Twichell squabble constantly, and their parents suffer with a noisy, divided household. When the girls are “discovered” by a creative vaudeville producer, their spectacular fights become entertainment! Stardom seems wonderful –but will growing up spoil their success? This book reminds me of my own childhood and growing up with my older brother. Boy did we squabble!
About the author: Laura Aimee Garn is the founder of Pretty Please Press, Inc., a children’s book company in New York. Aimee’s first job was illustrating a dictionary, and she has worked as a graphic designer, a creative director in the cosmetics and jewelry industries, and as a freelance writer. Her two daughters, Louisa and Emma, inspired “The Scritchy Little Twitchell Sisters.” Aimee and her husband and daughters live in New York.
I am very thankful to Pretty Please Press for allowing me to review all four of these wonderful books. I think my children and I each have a different favorite.

Buy The Books: Go to Pretty Please Press They have a few specials going on right now. 1. is a 20% discount off the list price for books purchased through Pretty Please Press 2. is a buy 3 get 1 free offer. The offer expires December 31, 2009 so hurry and get yours.

Win The Books: One of my readers will receive all 4 books!!
Go to Pretty Please Press and have a look around, then come back and tell me something that you have learned. That is all you have to do. The giveaway will end on November 25th 2009.
Don’t forget you can also sign up for the newsletter at Pretty Please Press

I want to thank Pretty Please Press for giving me the opportunity to review these books and for letting me offer a set to give a way.

I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at The Product Review Place

I was sent the books to review and the books to offer as a giveaway free of charge. No other compensation was offered or accepted. The opinions are my own and I know not everyone will agree.


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  2. I learned that they have a very nice offering of super cute kid-friendly books my children would love. I like that each book centers around good values.

    And I found free vocablulary flash cards to download! Very cool! Thanks for introducing me to this site and for the chance to win!

  3. I learned that Pretty Please Press has some great titles on character building and values. I think its great that this publishing company offers books to open up dialogue between parents and their kids. I'm now following you from

  4. Jacqueline Kachman, book designer, is the principal of Kachman Design, located in Phoenix, Arizona. Jacqueline graduated from The Cooper Union and did graduate studies at the Basel School of Design in Switzerland.
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  5. I learned that their books are meant to be read aloud and then talked about-- it's really a good concept and a great way to get kids and parents talking! Thanks for the great giveaway-- found it through The Product Review Place...come by and enter mine too!

  6. I learned that all of these books have great messages and yet they are also fun for the kids.

  7. I love their tagline: "Teaching character to kids doesn't have to be like making them eat brussels sprouts"! I also learned that the publisher, Vera Venturi, was born in Rome, Italy. Thank you for the giveaway!

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