Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Kid Lit Blog Hop #38

Welcome back to the Kid Lit Blog Hop #38

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon this very cool picture book, in my Amazon book recommendations.

It was on pre-order but I simply had to have it.  I mean, a Steampunk ABC book, priceless. 

Description from Amazon:

In Professor Whiskerton Presents Steampunk ABC, two mice dressed in Victorian clothing use gadgets and found objects—each starting with a different letter of the alphabet—to build a fantastic steampunk surprise. A is for anvil; M is for monkey wrench; P is for periscope. Steampunk-inspired elements abound on every page as the mice make use of ordinary household items—spoons, a sardine tin, life-size toothbrushes—to create the letters and, ultimately, the book’s surprise at the end. Young readers will delight in the mice characters and their fantastical creations, while parents will enjoy the celebration of steampunk—making old things new again, the retro/futuristic details, and the emphasis on creativity.

When I read this to Gigi, she loved it from the get go. And really who wouldn't with these illustrations....
It is very simplistic in text, but the underlying story along the way is that these two adorable mice are building something. Something Fantastical....
I simply refuse to give it away, as you will have to check it out yourself.
When reading, you can't help but make sounds for each of the letters.  Gigi absolutely loved it for this reason.  The word choices are not typical of your run of the mill ABC book and for that reason, I totally love them.  Any chance to increase a child's vocabulary beyond the mundane is a bonus I say.
And speaking of  bonuses. The author has taken the time to create a truly innovative teaching guide. It explores science, and language and all round colouring fun. Check it Out:
  With an author illustrator like Lisa Falkenstern.
I would not expect anything less.
Now just before you hop off on the hop, I am chuffed to share a little bit of news.
A few months ago I spotlighted Billy Bob Buttons, the author and organiser of the
Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards.
Well, last week I heard....
This is super sweet, because this award was judged solely by kids in 7 schools in the United Kingdom.
Anyway, enough babbling, on, lets Hop folks....

Welcome to the 38th Kid Lit Blog Hop where twice per month (the 1st and 3rd Wednesday) we continue to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children's books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists. So, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors!

Happy Hopping everyone and enjoy the Hop!

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  1. Thanks for sharing Julie Anne. This book looks so interesting, too bad I don't have a little one any more!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Aileen. This book was so cool, we loved it.

  2. What a great concept, and the illustrations look wonderful!

    Congrats on your award, too. That must feel sweet :)

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Rebecca. Yes the illustrations are great, we loved them.

  3. Congrats on your win, Julie. Well deserved recognition of your hard work and dedication.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Steve, your support along the way has been wonderful. Cheers

  4. Congratulations Julie! So thrilled for you :)
    -Reshama @ Stackingbooks

    1. Thanks Reshama, we were pretty chuffed.

  5. 1) Thanks for hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop.
    2) LOVE that book selection. I'm not a big Steampunk fan but that book is going on our to be read list.
    3) CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Well deserved and what higher praise can you receive, really?
    Have a great weekend, Julie!

  6. Glad I didn't miss the boat. Off to check out some of the others now!

  7. Congrats on your award dear and now, I just want to laugh out loud literally. That has got to be the most unique book I have seen in a long time! thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop. LOL Awesome!

  8. Oh my goodness, HOW CUTE. Thanks for sharing some of the illustrations!
    P.S. Congrats on the award!

  9. What a unique concept! The art is amazing. I can imagine the letters framed in a nursery ..

  10. ... and congrats on the award ... so well deserved!

  11. Julie, congrats on the WIN! So deserving! A steampunk alphabet book...What will they think of next? Didn't realize steampunk was moving in the children's books.