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1. The Cats on Ben Yehuda Street - Review and Giveaway (US ends 3/30)



The Cats on Ben Yehuda Street
Illustrated by Francesca Carabelli
Publication date: 1 Jan 2013 from Kar-Ben Publishing
ISBN 10/13: 0761381244 | 9780761381242

Category: Picture book
Keywords: Cats, neighbors, friends, compassion
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Source: Finished copy for review


Things are always the same on Ben Yehuda Street--cats, cats, cats everywhere--and boy do they love Mr. Modiano's store, the Tel Aviv Fish Palace! His neighbor, Mrs. Spiegel, loves to knit and spend time with her cat Ketzie. Ketzie shares fish from Mr. Modiano's shop with her friend Gatito. But old Mr. Modiano hates the cats as much as they love his shop. "Lo, lo, lo," he says, always declining Mrs. Spiegel's invitations to tea. All he wants to do is shoo the cats away (who never listen, by the way!) until one day, Ketzie goes missing. Uh oh!

I have to tell you first about how biased I am in reviewing this book. One, I am a cat lover and a knitter like Mrs. Spiegel. I have my own little gray cat (though she has more stripes than Ketzie). Two, I am friends with Ann. I designed her website and I think she is such a fun storyteller! Three, I love fish, of which there is quite a lot in this book. If I were to hold a storytime event for this I would probably serve kippered herring, lox (smoked salmon), and maybe seared garlic tuna, mmmmm! Though all but the most discerning little kids would probably prefer this kind of fish instead:

... not real fish

I loved the story and think it would make a great read-aloud for grandparents and grandkids together. I predict lots of meowing and "Lo, lo, lo"ing! Lots of little clues in the illustrations reveal details about everyday life in Israel, so there's a lot to point out and explain, whether one is familiar with the culture or not. The reader might wonder at Mr. Modiano's mode of transportation, what he's wearing on his head (it took me a couple of reads to figure out it wasn't a beret!), and maybe what Mrs. Spiegel is baking. Most importantly, what could have happened to Ketzie?

Themes like friendship, compassion, and generosity make this a gentle bedtime read. But while I like Carabelli's simple and sweet cat illustrations and painterly backgrounds, there's a certain level of detail I felt was missing. Maybe it's the knitter in me, always trying to spot drawings of yarn and knitted objects, but aside from a couple of balls of yarn, I couldn't really believe Mrs. Spiegel was much of a knitter, and that was a bit disappointing. The colors are also very muted and almost muddy for the most part. But I do like the little fish all over Mr. Modiano's shirt! 

Ann is giving away a copy of The Cats of Ben Yehuda and her picture book from last year, The Wooden Sword! To enter, just comment below and answer:

What is your favorite folktale?

This giveaway is open internationally! 

We hope you'll join us for the rest of the blog tour as well. 

Mon - March 18 - Alyson at Kid Lit Frenzy 

Tue - March 19 - Alethea at Read Now Sleep Later 

Wed - March 20 - Gail at Nightengail Art 

Thu - March 21 - Danielle at There's a Book

Fri - March 22 - Wendy at Noodling with Words 

Sat - March 23 - The Cats on Ben Yehuda Launch Party at Children's Book World, Los Angeles

Mon - March 25 - Julie Rowan-Zoch 

Tue - March 26 - Joanna at Miss Marple's Musings 

Wed - March 27 - Niki at Daydream Reader 

Thu - March 28 - Cynthia at Teaching in Cute Shoes 

Fri - March 29 - Colby at Sharpread

For more about the author, visit www.annstampler.com/pb and follow her on Twitter @annstampler as well as  +Ann Stampler on Google+. 

Thanks to all of our lovely tour hosts for taking the time to read and review The Wooden Sword and The Cats on Ben Yehuda!




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2. Ann Stampler - Picture Book Blog Tour

Hi everyone! If you love picture books as much as I do, you'll want to tune in for the blog tour that I am hosting for Ann Redisch Stampler to celebrate the release of her latest, The Cats on Ben Yehuda!



A few kidlit bloggers and I will be featuring her books over the next couple of weeks. Aside from her newest title, we will also be featuring The Wooden Sword: A Jewish Folktale from Afghanistan, which debuted last year.  

Here's the schedule! Find out what these picture book lovers have to say about Ann's picture books.

Mon - March 18 - Alyson at Kid Lit Frenzy 

Tue - March 19 - Alethea at Read Now Sleep Later 

Wed - March 20 - Gail at Nightengail Art 

Thu - March 21 - Danielle at There's a Book

Fri - March 22 - Wendy at Noodling with Words 

Sat - March 23 - The Cats on Ben Yehuda Launch Party at Children's Book World, Los Angeles

Mon - March 25 - Julie Rowan-Zoch 

Tue - March 26 - Joanna at Miss Marple's Musings 

Wed - March 27 - Niki at Daydream Reader 

Thu - March 28 - Cynthia at Teaching in Cute Shoes 

Fri - March 29 - Colby at Sharpread

For more about the author, visit www.annstampler.com/pb. Thanks to all of our lovely tour hosts for taking the time to read and review The Wooden Sword and The Cats on Ben Yehuda


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3. Where It Began - Giveaway (INTL)

To celebrate the release of my web design client's debut YA novel, one lucky winner will get a hardcover copy of Where It Began by Ann Redisch Stampler. The book debuts on March 6, 2012 from Simon Pulse


From Goodreads

Sometimes the end is just the beginning. 

Gabby lived under the radar until her makeover. Way under. But when she started her senior year as a blonder, better-dressed version of herself, she struck gold: Billy Nash believed she was a the flawless girl she was pretending to be. The next eight months with Billy were bliss...Until the night Gabby woke up on the ground next to the remains of his BMW without a single memory of how she got there. 

And Billy's nowhere to be found. 

All Gabby wants is to make everything perfect again. But getting her life back isn't difficult, it's impossible. Because nothing is the same, and Gabby's beginning to realize she's missed more than a few danger signs along the way. 

It's time for Gabby to face the truth, even if it means everything changes. 

Especially if it means everything changes.

You can read the first few pages of Where It Began on simonandschuster.com.
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4. In My Mailbox (6)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren (inspired by Alea at Pop Culture Junkie) where you can show off the books that you got last week.

I only got 1 book in my mailbox last week, but it's very exciting!


Between You and Me by Marisa Calin
From Goodreads:

Phyre knows there is something life-changing about her new drama teacher, Mia, from the moment they meet. As Phyre rehearses for the school play, she comes to realize that the unrequited feelings she has for Mia go deeper than she’s ever experienced. Especially with a teacher. Or a woman.  
All the while, Phyre’s best friend—addressed throughout the story in the second person, as "you"stands by, ready to help Phyre make sense of her feelings. But just as Mia doesn’t understand what Phyre feels, Phyre can’t fathom the depth of her best friend’s feelings...until it’s almost too late for a happy ending.  
Characters come to life through the innovative screenplay format of this dazzling debut, and unanswered questions—is "you" male or female?—will have readers talking.

The reason I'm so thrilled to get it is because I got it from Marisa herself--I'll be designing an author website for her next month! So, yeah, if you go look for her website, you won't find anything for a couple of weeks XD I haven't started it yet! But you can go to Goodreads and find a short teaser video on her author page, as well as add the book to your shelf. Between You and Me (Bloomsbury USA) releases on August 7.

Thanks to Ann Stampler for introducing us! Speaking of Ann, Where It Began com

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5. Weekend Events - March 11 2012

There are a couple of events going on this weekend that we wanted to let everyone know about. Alethea will definitely be at the Ann Stampler event and Thuy might be able to go to Dark Days. If you see us, please say hi!
Where It Began Book Launch Party
Sun, 03/11/2012 - 3:00pm 
Join us in celebrating the debut of Where It Began by Ann Stampler (out March 6 from Simon Pulse) to be held at Diesel - BrentwoodRSVP on Facebook.
Diesel Bookstore
225 26th Street, Suite 33
Brentwood Country Mart
Los Angeles CA 90049
310-576-9960
Dark Days Tour
with Claudia Gray, Lauren Oliver & Dan Wells 
Sun, 3/11/2012 - 4:00 pm

Vromans Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd 
Pasadena, California 91101
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6. Where It Began - Signed Hardcover Giveaway



Publication date: 6 March 2012 by Simon Pulseicon

ISBN 10/13: 1442423218 | 9781442423213

From Goodreads:

Sometimes the end is just the beginning. 

Gabby lived under the radar until her makeover. Way under. But when she started her senior year as a blonder, better-dressed version of herself, she struck gold: Billy Nash believed she was a the flawless girl she was pretending to be. The next eight months with Billy were bliss...Until the night Gabby woke up on the ground next to the remains of his BMW without a single memory of how she got there. 

And Billy's nowhere to be found. 

3 Comments on Where It Began - Signed Hardcover Giveaway, last added: 4/2/2012
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