Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Zigzag and the Pet Swap: A Great Children’s Book and a Giveaway!

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” That’s the theme of the delightful children’s book, Zigzag and the Pet Swap, written by nine-year-old Victoria Moser! In the book, a princess -- who has a pet dragon -- and another little girl -- who has a dog and a cat -- decide to swap pets for a week because each other’s pets look like more fun. However, they soon find they’re not very compatible with their borrowed pets. The girl’s mom makes poor Zigzag the dragon sleep outside, and the cat and dog don’t play basketball with the princess like Zigzag did. By week’s end, the princess and the girl are more than happy to get their own pets back again!

As Victoria reminds kids at the end of the book, it’s not a good idea to pine for something that our friends have because we may find that the status quo is much better! Another cliché comes to mind: “Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it!” Zigzag and the Pet Swap will charm kids with its delightful illustrations, teach them a great lesson, and entertain them with a fun story. My boys really enjoyed this book, and it launched us into a terrific discussion about wanting things that others have and not being happy with what we’ve got.

Click here to purchase Zigzag and the Pet Swap from Tate Publishing. This book is also what’s known as an eLIVE book, which means that each printed copy contains a special code redeemable for a free download of the audio version of the book. What a great deal! (You can purchase it separately as an eBook, too.) You can also order the paperback through Amazon at the link below.














GIVEAWAY

Victoria Moser is generously offering one lucky reader a prize package that includes a signed copy of Zigzag and the Pet Swap in paperback (with the audio download, of course), a Zigzag and the Pet Swap coloring book, and a T-shirt (in adult size Large). To enter, leave a comment on this post describing something that you coveted from someone else when you were a child. For me, it was my best friend’s beautiful hair! She had long thick hair all the way to her butt, and I wished mine looked just like it. What did you envy as a child? You must do this first entry to enter the giveaway.

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- Following Susan Heim on Parenting on Twitter (@ParentingAuthor) and tweeting about this giveaway. You may tweet this giveaway twice a day. Leave a separate comment with the URL of each tweet. (It’s easy to tweet this giveaway by using the Bookmark button at the bottom of this post. 1 entry per tweet.)

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- Posting this giveaway on your blog with a link to this page. Leave a comment with a direct link to the post. (3 entries; leave a separate comment for each)

One winner will be randomly selected from the qualified comments received by Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at midnight ET. Please leave an email address on one of your comments if it’s not available on your Blogger profile. Winners must respond within 72 hours or another winner will be drawn. Contest is open only to US residents.

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner, Christina Hammac!





DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate this review. No other compensation was provided.

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  1. Christina Hammac11:21 PM

    I envied my best friends ability of having lots of friends. I was pretty much a loner and she had so many friends. christinahammac@yahoo.com

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  2. Eileen Crescenzo7:29 AM

    I envied one of my friends because she had freckles. I thought she always looked so cute. I eventually discovered that it wasn't her freckles that were cute ~ it was her bubbly and outgoing personality (she just so happened to have freckles:)

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  25. I envied my younger sister whom I have always thought was the prettiest of the two of us. She would have one boyfriend at the front door, one at the back door, and one on the phone. I never even had a boyfriend until the end of my senior year in high school. To this day, she is still as beautiful as ever.

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