Thursday, October 19, 2017

How to Turn Your Mom into a Monster ~ Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway!

How to Turn Your Mom into a Monster by Aurora Whittet
Category: Children's Fiction, 40 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher: Wise Ink Publishing
Release date: Oct 2, 2017

Book Description:
Do you like smearing your lunch all over yourself? Do you fight with your sister just because she's there? Do you find yourself unable to go to bed because mysterious ninjas keep stealing your pajamas? Then you're a little monster! Guess what: Mom can be a monster too! It's up to you to make your mom's monster come out to play . . .

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HALL WAYS REVIEW: This book! Everything about How to Turn Your Mom into a Monster is FABULOUS. It looks good, it feels good in your hands, the pages have texture and are sturdy enough to handle any little monster’s grubby hands all over them, and the immaculately written story will have kids and adults giggling and bonding.

Talented author/illustrator Aurora Whittet clearly knows what’s going to keep a child interested in a book. Her illustrations are bright and engaging and very much the level of something the kids would see on Cartoon Network. And while there is some uniformity to how the characters are drawn, there is beautiful chaos on the pages with a variety of colors, shapes, font sizes, and arrangements that will keep kids examining each page spread. Though the monsters are bizarre, they are all shown in familiar situations and their expressions make them not-so-scary. Add to that their silly antics, and kids are going to be thoroughly entertained.

The text is terrific, and Whittet uses some big words and complex sentence structures at times to tell the story. (There is no baby talk going on here. Hooray!) As such, I’d recommend this book as a read-aloud or read-along book. Doing so also allows an adult the opportunity to reinforce that How to Turn Your Mom into a Monster is not really a how-to guide. There are lots of little teaching opportunities if an adult wants to use them.  Whittet does rely on good old scatological humor for the guaranteed kid laughs, but it works. If a toot blaming scene leads to a child learning the word "perseverance," I am all for it. Toot away.

Kids will have a great time with How to Turn Your Mom into a Monster and parents can count on it becoming a standard bed time story -- especially given the hilarious page with a fill-in-the-blank “Reason Chart” of why the child can’t go to sleep. For example, “An ogre confiscated my blankie.” Why not? I highly recommend this entertaining book that guarantees a good time reading.

Thank you to iRead Book Tours for providing me a delicious print copy in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give. 

To read more reviews, please visit Aurora Whittet's page on iRead Book Tours.

Meet the Author:

Aurora Whittet started out as a wild red-haired girl in Minnesota dreaming up stories for her friends to read. Today, she has completed Bloodmark, Bloodrealms, and Bloodmoon of the Bloodmark Saga trilogy, Mama's Knight: A Cancer Story of Love, and How to Turn Your Mom into a Monster. She's a national award-winning graphic designer in her day job. Aurora lives with her family in Minnesota.
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Enter the Giveaway!
Win a print copy of How to Turn Your Mom Into a Monster
along with temporary tattoos, stickers, and bookmarks 
(open to USA & Canada only) 
5 winners total
Ends Nov 4, 2017

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