As we all know, there are times we simply cannot resist doing something, right? This is one of those times.*** When I see young people doing constructive, valuable, worthwhile things, it elates me—my heart overflows with joy 🙂 Since becoming active on Twitter and following Kidlit-related blogs, happily I discovered “kid” authors! I was immediately smitten—totally hooked! Felicia Maziarz is one such young author and it just so happens she recently released her SECOND book in a series! Pretty impressive, don’t you think? I can tell you I’m VERY impressed (in fact, here’s my review), but I’m certainly not the only one who recognizes the quality of these books.
Her first book The Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets won the Silver Award for the 2014 “Best Book by Youth Author” given by Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards to authors under 18 years of age. Felicia was only 9 years old when she wrote it! Now its sequel The Observations of Obstreperous Animals has received a 5-Star Reader’s Favorite review! OK—wow! These are no small potatoes, folks 😀
I can confidently confide to you that the antics of this “Pack of Pets” are perpetually entertaining and certainly something to celebrate! So, let’s get on with the Book Blast, shall we?
About the Book
Title: The Observations of the Obstreperous Animals
Authors: Stanley & Katrina, Pet Authors
Year published: 2014
Number of pages: 106
Recommended ages: 10+ Independent Readers; 5+ Read-Aloud
Summary (Amazon): Cat and dog. It is a love/hate relationship. Stanley and Katrina are back to share more humorous glimpses into their exciting lives in their second book via short stories. Yes, the pets are at it again but this time compete in a slam poetry contest, visit a pet psychic, and much more.This cat and dog writing team makes you stop and wonder what happens at your house when you’re not there.
“All the animal snippets are very funny. If you like animals and a good laugh, this is the book for you.” Carly K., Age 10
“Hilarious! Instantly became my favorite book!” Stephen E., Age 12
“You did it again! I loved reading about your crazy adventures!” Rachael S., Age 13
“Another one? How do they do this?” Stanley & Katrina’s owners
About the Authors: Stanley & Katrina
Stanley is a three-year-old black Labrador/Rottweiler mix who does his best to ignore Katrina. Stanley enjoys snow, attention and turkey.
Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge is an eight-year-old grey tabby cat who loves her toy mouse.She enjoys treats, naps and bossing the dog around.
Neighbor Girl (Felicia) is the human who knows us (Stanley& Katrina) the best and helps us with everything. She loves writing, reading, acting, singing, reading gymnastics, doodling, reading, ice skating, painting, reading, doing computer stuff, oh… did we mention reading? She is the co-creator and co-host of “The Write Chat.”
You may visit the entire gang online at www.StanleyAndKatrina.com.
* Free Printables For This Book! *
Get the First Book in the Series Free
10/6 & 10/7/2014
The pets are offering their first book for free, via Amazon Kindle, the first two days of the Blog Tour. Click here to download Book 1 in the Stanley & Katrina series now.
Stanley & Katrina’s
Book Blasty Tour Stops(2014)
*Denotes Book Review Stops
* $25 Book Blasty Tour Giveaway *
Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)
Contest runs:October 6 to October 31, 11:59 pm, 2014
How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget above or by clicking here.
Terms and Conditions: A randomly drawn winner will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest or any other entity unless otherwise specified. If you have any additional questions, feel free to send us an email at stanleyandkatrina (at) gmail (dot) com.
* This giveaway is sponsored by the authors, Stanley & Katrina.*
*** Please note: It will be a rare occurrence when I actively promote a book release on my blog, in a committed and formal way because:
1) “Writer Side UP!” is not that type of venue
2) I’m unable to make these type commitments (I won’t even commit to a rigid posting schedule for myself!)
3) I already know I won’t be able to read most books (mainly chapter books and novels) and would never feel comfortable championing a book I haven’t read, especially since many books don’t meet a 100% G-rated standard which I uphold on both blogs. I may, at times, mention or recommend books in posts, but may not link to them for the reasons just stated (I’m doing my best to avoid linking to sites which contain ads).
Also, please note that I’m not a reviewer. I can’t make that work and wouldn’t want to let anyone down, so I thank you for your understanding in this respect.
“Kid” authors are an obvious exception, and I feel very strongly about encouraging and supporting them with such worthwhile, creative activity! The other exception would be if I ask an author or illustrator to do a “Lighter Side Up” interview which, when possible, would be posted on or about a release date since that is what makes sense. This will not be often 😦 since my “Lighter Side Up” Q&As have turned out to be very time-intensive, and will need to keep those posts to a minimum. Of course, most picture books are G-rated which fit into my intentions for both blogs and their decorum, so that will likely be the direction I head in that respect.
Running blogs is very new to me and I still need to get a handle on the scheduling and the inordinate amount of time I’m spending on them. Things WILL balance out 🙂 Thank you!