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Review: Furever Home Friends

Title: Princess Allee & Smile, Chewie

Author: Savy Leiser

Date of Publication: August 11th, 2017

 

Princes Allee

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Goodreads Summary for Princess Allee:

While living at the shelter, Allee, a black lab puppy, dreams of being a princess. When a stylish young woman comes to adopt her, Allee thinks her dream is about to come true! But Allee soon learns that her new suburban life doesn’t include castles or crowns. It includes two dog brothers that she has to learn to get along with! Can Allee learn to feel like royalty even when living the average life?

My Review:

I loved loved the artwork in this book! If you have kids or love reading picture books, then check this one out! This book is a great learning tool for kids or adults that want a pet. Maybe you should think about getting one from a shelter because there are so many pets there that deserve to be in a home rather than a cage.

This book isn’t just seriousness though, it’s cute and has playful scenes and can help kids to think about things. It also shows that when you adopt a dog, it takes them a little bit to get used to their new home. Definitely a win for a picture book!

 

Smile, Chewie

CHEWIE COVER REVEAL

Goodreads Summary for Smile, Chewie:

Despite Chewie’s friendly personality, he’s too shy to let the shelter volunteers take his picture! See, Chewie is stuck with scars on his face after the abuse he suffered as a puppy, from a man who was prejudiced against pit bulls. Can Chewie find the confidence to stand up to these awful pit bull stereotypes, and smile for the camera?

My Review:

Smile, Chewie I feel like is an excellent book for kids because it shows real life aspects done in a way that they can understand. When you adopt an animal from a shelter, they need to realize not all the animals come from the best of places. This does not mean that they are a bad animal, it means that this is a second chance for them to get a good home.

There are some sad parts, but there are some happy parts, too. This is a book about second chances, and the pictures inside are amazing and match perfectly with the sentences. A perfect read for kids that love dogs!

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Cover Reveals: Princess Allee & Smile, Chewie

ALLEE COVER REVEAL

While living at the shelter, Allee, a black lab puppy, dreams of being a princess. When a stylish young woman comes to adopt her, Allee thinks her dream is about to come true! But Allee soon learns that her new suburban life doesn’t include castles or crowns. It includes two dog brothers that she has to learn to get along with! Can Allee learn to feel like royalty even when living the average life?

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CHEWIE COVER REVEAL

Despite Chewie’s friendly personality, he’s too shy to let the shelter volunteers take his picture! See, Chewie is stuck with scars on his face after the abuse he suffered as a puppy, from a man who was prejudiced against pit bulls. Can Chewie find the confidence to stand up to these awful pit bull stereotypes, and smile for the camera?

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Kickstarter: Princess Allee and Smile, Chewie by: Savy Leiser

About The Furever Home Friends:

The Furever Home Friends are all dogs who have lived in a shelter at some point in their lives, and have either found, or are still looking, for their forever home.

Through this collection of books and toys, our mission is to raise awareness about the importance of adopting animals from shelters, and to share the stories of animals who have gone through the shelter system. Our books teach children about a variety of social issues–including adoption, animal abuse, body image, disabilities, racism, sexism, and much more–through a dog’s perspective. Our stuffed animals are here to create lifelong friends for dog-loving kids everywhere.

The Books and Stuffed Animals:

Each book is an 8×8 full-color picture book. At the end of each book is a set of questions for kids, their parents, and even their dogs to discuss together, all about the book’s themes and messages. Each book also includes a page at the end about the real dog the story is based on.

Princess Allee

While living at the shelter, Allee dreams of being a princess. When a stylish young woman comes to adopt her, Allee thinks her dream is about to come true! But Allee soon learns that her new suburban life doesn’t include castles or crowns. It includes two dog brothers that she has to learn to get along with! Can Allee learn to feel like royalty even while living the average life?

Allee’s stuffed animal comes with her signature sparkly pink collar.

Smile, Chewie!

Despite Chewie’s friendly personality, he’s too shy to let the shelter volunteers take his picture! See, Chewie is stuck with scars on his face due to the abuse he suffered as a puppy, from a man who was prejudiced against pit bulls. Can Chewie find the confidence he needs to stand up to these awful pit bull stereotypes, and smile for the camera?

 

Samples of what the illustrations will look like:

Illustrators: Brenda Clemente and Christy Schneyman

Art Sample Allee

Art Sample Chewie

Every stuffed animal is approximately 12″ tall, made from huggable flannel and polyester fluff, and hand-made with love. Each animal comes with a personalized adoption certificate!

Stuffed animals for each book designed by: Lola Leiser

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This Kickstarter campaign will raise the necessary funds to produce and launch the first two books and stuffed animals in the series. As the business grows, we will introduce new dog characters to the collection.

Help Savy get these awesome books out in the world because every kid should have access to these books!

Kickstarter Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2133186958/the-furever-home-friends?ref=user_menu

Savy Leiser sent me both of the manuscripts to read, and I think they are what every child needs. I loved them. They are kid friendly, but they still show the real life aspect of how not every animal’s life starts out perfect.

 

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Review: The Making of a Small-Town Beauty King

Title: The Making of a Small-Town Beauty King

Author: Savy Leiser

Date of Publication: February 18, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

He wants to be the first boy to win the beauty pageant. She wants to destroy the pageant entirely. The world’s most boring town just got a whole lot more interesting. Once a year, the boring small town of Grey Acres perks up for its annual town fair. For champion Mathlete and headstrong feminist Stephanie Simon, this year’s fair means another year of pressure from her mother (an 80s beauty queen turned pumpkin farmer) to enter the fair’s beauty pageant. For college-bound convenience store clerk Jackie Almond, the fair just means the same old rush of customers buying slightly more interesting newspapers. That is, until a fateful meeting with a quirky guidance counselor informs Jackie that most colleges won’t accept him without something to make him stand out. Just as Jackie hatches a plan to become the first-ever male Fair Queen, Steph devises a scheme to destroy the pageant that’s offended her for years. What follows is an all-out war between Steph and Jackie, complete with pumpkin theft, sabotaged first dates, department store shoplifting, and paint-filled water balloon fights, all leading up to one Saturday-night beauty pageant the forgettable town of Grey Acres will always remember.

My Review:

I went into this book not knowing if I would really like it or not because it was out of what I normally read, but I can be biased no more to books because I really liked it!

The book is told in third person point of view which I also normally do not like, but it worked here, and it felt like a movie and could definitely be one that I would want to watch.  The book centers around Jackie who just needs that something extra for his college essay to make him stand out, so what does he do?  He gets the idea to enter a beauty pageant in the small town in which he loathes and to stand out as the first male to enter, but he enters it in secret, so he can not get disqualified.

Our other main character Steph wants absolutely nothing to do with this pageant, and it is all her Mom wishes that she would just give it a chance.  Her love is with numbers and math, and she wants this pageant sabotaged because she feels like it is degrading, but when Jackie and Steph join forces things change.

I must mention the side characters because in this book they were all amazing.  I loved loved Terry and Lizzie!  Can we have a future book on them?  Jackie’s best friend Logan was also one of my favorites, and he also needs his own book.  I loved that he loved to read!

The author was really good at funny lines that didn’t fall flat because for me I am hard person to find things funny, and I was constantly smiling to myself with the things these characters did or said throughout the entire book.  The quirkiness was just on point within all the pages.

Jackie and Steph really grew inside this book, and I felt most of the characters became a lot more open minded to things and the people around them.  For example Steph’s mom was another character that took a step in the right direction because I was not a happy camp with her at first.

This was a quick read for me, and I read it in only one sitting.  I highly recommend it for anyone that wants to laugh or just read something different.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books so Far

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

I had a lot of let downs this year so far, but these ten have been everything!

 

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What are your favorite books this year so far?