Monday, June 26, 2017

Hitchin' Post ~ ~ ~ Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway!


HITCHIN’ POST
by
Julie Barker

  Genre: Children's Picture Book / Rhyming / K-3
Publisher: LifeRich Publishing
Date of Publication: July 14, 2016
Number of Pages: 46

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Hard work and the cowboy life on the 6Bs Ranch is nothing new to old jackrabbit Hitchin’ Post.  Hitchin’ Post is a picture book written in rhyme describing old Hitch’s life on the 6Bs Ranch and his journey in finding what it truly means to be thankful.  His beloved ranch goes through a terrible drought, but Hitch decides that despite challenges, there is always something to be thankful for. He discovers that it is relationships with his friends and his beloved ranch that makes him feel rich. 



PRAISE FOR HITCHIN' POST:
**2017 North Texas Book Festival Honorable Mention award*
Wonderfully told with beautiful, rustic illustrations. -- Emily-Jane Hills Orford, Readers' Favorite 

I can't wait to share this book with my granddaughters! –- Amy, Goodreads Review

Hitchin' Post is the most adorable story with the best illustrations! We love, love, love it!!! Cory, Amazon Verified Customer

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Check out this preview of the book!


HALL WAYS REVIEW:  
"God must be a cowboy too!"

Through the eyes of a jackrabbit named Hitchin’ Post, author Julie Barker shares the full year cycle of the ranching and cowboy life. From showing the effects of a drought to the pump jacks that dot the 6Bs ranch’s landscape, the story covers a lot of territory with good ol’ Hitch narrating it all.

The common thread in every aspect of Hitchin’ Post is that the real riches in life are not monetary. Barker uses a loose rhyming format that has a nice cadence to it when read aloud, but I did have to re-read some of the lines to get the right rhythm, as it varied from page to page. Hitch’s gratitude for the life he lives shows not only in the words spoken, but in the perspectives of the delightful illustrations by Carolyn Altman (who is the author’s mother). Rich colors and textures are found on every page, which will keep children engaged and studying the pictures as much as they will hang on the words.

The writing is lovely and the book is cleanly edited (though the covers have an error or two that could use fixin’). And speaking of fixin’ -- the words Barker uses really help readers to hear Hitch’s voice and are perfect for a cowboy and the cowboy life.  I like that everything in this cowboy story turns out well and that bigger, scarier things that can happen on ranches aren’t addressed.

Kids will love this peek into the cowboy and ranching life, and they will love the thoughtful jackrabbit cowboy, Hitchin’ Post. Happily, the next book is already in the works so readers won’t have to wait long for more of old Hitch.

Thank you to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and the author for providing me a beautiful print copy in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give.

 
Julie Barker was born and raised in west Texas, and currently resides in Quanah, Texas, with her husband and three children.  She maintained her west Texas roots into college when she attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, receiving a degree in social work.  Julie has grown up surrounded by the ranching heritage, and felt drawn to share this way of life through the adventures of the little cowboy jackrabbit, Hitchin’ Post.  Hitchin’ Post marks Julie’s debut into the world of children’s literature.  She was fortunate to have her mother, artist Carolyn Altman, provide the cute, whimsical illustrations of old Hitch and the 6Bs, making this project extra special.


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GIVEAWAY!  GIVEAWAY!  GIVEAWAY!
Grand Prize:
1st Place Winner receives an eBook AND a Signed Print Copy
4 Runners-Up each have a choice of eBook OR Signed Print Copy
June 26-July 6, 2017
(U.S. Only)


CHECK OUT THE OTHER GREAT BLOGS ON THE TOUR:
6/26
Review
6/27
Sneak Peek
6/28
Excerpt
6/29
Review
6/30
Character Interview
7/1
Scrapbook Page
7/2
Promo
7/3
Review
7/4
Cover Reveal
7/5
Review
   



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