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Summertime with Snowman Paul by Yossi Lapid and Illustrated by Joanna Pasek

Publisher’s Summary

Can a Snowman have fun in the Summertime?

Sure, Paul is a snowman – but should that preclude him from having fun with his best friend all year long (including the Summer)?

Snowman Paul doesn’t think so, but hot summer days do pose some obvious problems for a snowman.

Snowman Paul is ready to give up when his best friend (Dan) comes up with a brilliant idea that saves the day.

Funny and stunningly illustrated with full-page watercolors, this tale will delight children and parents alike. It is ideal for beginner readers, and it will make bedtime fun for toddlers, preschoolers, and even older kids. It makes a great gift, and it belongs in any children’s books library.

There are fifteen books in the Snowman Paul series, the latest of which is Summertime with Snowman Paul, by Yossi Lapid.

Snowman Paul is a congenial snowman who gets along with everyone and enjoys a variety of experiences. However, he is stymied when it comes to summer. How can a snowman survive the oppressive, stifling heat of summer?

Paul’s issues with summer, as opposed to winter, spring, and fall, are vividly illustrated in the novel. Additionally, there are suggestions that other characters are taunting and harassing Paul for seeking to engage in entertaining and adventurous summertime activities.

The rhymes are original, inventive and endearing in a way that will undoubtedly captivate and charm the youngest of child audiences.

Children and adults will be enchanted and entranced by illustrator Joanna Pasek’s delightful, colorful and fascinating drawings. It will definitely capture the minds of young readers and spark their imaginations.

The plot takes a new and enjoyable turn of events as Paul’s heat aversion is remedied with a skillfully devised technique, a diligent endeavor and an industrious undertaking.

My 2-year-old granddaughter found the narrative to be interesting and followed it with ease. She empathized with Paul’s frustration with the summer’s heat, especially because she too hadn’t been able to play outside because of it. She was upset and also expressed her outrage, claiming that teasing “was not kind!” She loved the story so much that she requested to hear it several times over the course of a few days. Little bit delights in the Snowman Paul stories and this one is her favorite, at least until the next one comes out!

The book is good for beginning readers and recommended for children between the ages of 3 and 7. I feel younger kids would enjoy it too, as evidenced by my granddaughter’s enjoyment.

The children—and perhaps even the adults—will be pleased by the gift that is given at the end of the book.

I received an advance review copy for free from BookSirens, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

About the Author

Yossi Lapid was born in a small town in Romania where toy stores were absent, but stories and snowmen were abundant. In 2016, he launched an award-winning children’s book series titled “Snowman Paul”. In July 2019, he launched a new book series titled “Yara’s Rainforest” which teaches children that all living things on our beautiful planet depend on one another. Lapid holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has three children and lives with his wife Susan and a little dog named Sasha in New Mexico.

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iRead Book Tours Presents: Gingersnap Snatcher by Vicky Weber with Giveaway



Join Us for This Tour:  December 7th to December 17th

Book Details:

Book Title:  Gingersnap Snatcher by Vicky Weber
Category:  Children’s Fiction (ages 3 to 7), 32 pages
Genre:  Children’s 
Publisher:  Trunk Up Books
Release date:   December 2021
Formats Available for Review: print-softback USA, e-book (PDF)
Tour dates: December 7 to December 17
Content Rating:  G.  Suitable for everyone.

Book Description:

Abuela made cookies to eat after school. The gingersnap kind, just the thought made us drool! We rushed home excited. We opened the door…The cookies were missing – just CRUMBS on the floor! Can you help the kids crack the case of the GINGERSNAP SNATCHER?

Buy the Book:

Vicky Weber’s Gingersnap Snatcher was such a fun book for me to read. It was amusing to watch my granddaughter as I read it to her. The cat napping in the tree and the dog snoozing on the couch made her grin and giggle. And it was delightful to watch her excitement when she learned who had taken the cookies!

Gingersnap Snatcher will appeal to youngsters. The pace, rhythm and rhyming characteristics of the tale pique their imagination. The twist near the end, where the children discover the culprit, is perfect as it’s someone no one would suspect!

The illustrator, Svitlana Liuta, has drawn adorable pictures that faithfully follow the narrative. The colors are bright, the three siblings and the animals are endearing, and the adults are not overexaggerated, vapid, vacuous or two-dimensional, as is the case in many preschoolers’ stories.

My granddaughter enjoyed it so much that as soon as I finished reading it the first time, she insisted that I read it again.

At the end of the story, the author has included a fun sing-along. She’s also included a code for getting the gingersnaps recipe. I’m now looking for the best egg substitutes to utilize when making gingersnaps with my granddaughter (who is allergic to eggs). Kid’s books that are interactive or include things like recipes, such as the Gingersnap Snatcher, are among my favorites. I enjoy making and creating things almost as much as my granddaughter. However, she is a LOT more enthusiastic about it than I am.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from iRead Book Tours. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review

Author Interview

When did you first realize you wanted to be an author?

I’ve always wanted to be an author but never thought it was a possibility. I just assumed it would always be a dream. One day, my husband asked me: “If you could do anything, what would it be?” I told him that I wanted to write picture books. His response? “Let’s figure out how to make it happen.” And that’s exactly what we did. I truly couldn’t have done it without his support.

How long did your first book take from when you started writing to release?

I had my ideas written out for a long time before I started learning the publishing industry. From the time I started researching, editing, and producing my first book, about a year had passed. Now, I have seven children’s picture books, two chapter books under a pen name, and several more books releasing before the end of the year.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned going through the self-publishing process?

When I first started out, I had no idea how much of my time would be spent marketing. Lucky for me…I love that part of being self-published! That isn’t the case for many of the authors I work with. In fact, there are a handful of common mistakes that new authors make at the beginning of their career: doing steps out of order (i.e., not getting the book edited before illustrations), assuming they’ll learn as they go, waiting to market until after the book is released, not having a strategy for release, trying to cut corners, and not researching the industry. I’ve seen it happen all the time which is why I try to help people through coaching, courses, and other resources. Knowledge is power!

Are you an illustrator?

Noooo. Nope. I couldn’t draw a decent stick person if my life depended on it. I’m just an author who has the pleasure of working with some highly talented professionals.

What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

I love to go for walks and spend time with my family. I also love to read and help others learn the publishing industry. That’s why I started an author coaching business!


Meet the Author:

Vicky Weber is a musician and an elementary educator with a love for children’s literature. As a Puerto Rican author of Taíno descent, she strives to create picture books that are fun, engaging, and educational. All her current titles are based on her background in music education or her heritage. While she has taught a variety of grade levels, primary level education is where her passion lies. It has long been a dream of hers to teach children through the magic of books and she hopes you love reading her works as much as she loved writing them.

connect with the author:  website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~  goodreads ~instagram

Tour Schedule:

Dec 7 –Rockin Book Reviews– book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 7 –Kam’s Place– book review / author interview
Dec 7 –Cover Lover Book Review– book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 7 –Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting– book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 8 –Splashes of Joy– book review / giveaway
Dec 8 –A Mama’s Corner of the World– book review / giveaway
Dec 8 –@booking.with.janelle– book review / author interview
Dec 8 –The Momma Spot– book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 9 –icefairy’s Treasure Chest– book review / giveaway
Dec 9 –@jayme_reads– book review / author interview
Dec 9 –Locks, Hooks and Books– book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 10 –Hall Ways Blog– book review / giveaway
Dec 10 –@twilight_reader– book review / guest post
Dec 10 –Triquetra Reviews– book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 13 –Writer with Wanderlust– book spotlight / guest post 
Dec 13 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / giveaway
Dec 13 –
Older & Smarter?– book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 13 –Sefina Hawke’s Books– book review
Dec 14 –Gina Rae Mitchell– book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 14 –Jazzy Book Reviews– book review / giveaway
Dec 14 –The Page Ladies– book review / giveaway
Dec 14 –Westveil Publishing– book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 15 –Bound 4 Escape– book review / giveaway
Dec 15– Pause for Tales– book review / giveaway
Dec 15 –Sandra’s Book Club– book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 15 –Lisa’s Reading– book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 16 –Captive Dreams Window– book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 16 –Reading is My Passion– book review / author interview
Dec 16 –She Just Loves Books– book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 17 –Bigreadersite– book review / giveaway
Dec 17 –Chit Chat with Charity– book review / guest post / giveaway
Dec 17 –Books for Books– book review / guest post

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