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Dragons are Real Book Blast

Dragons are Real Book Blast


BeachBoundBooks is  pleased to coordinate the Dragons are Real Book Blast for the delightful children’s book written by Valarie Budayr and llustrated by Michael Welply.

The blast will run May  2 – 4, 2016.



Dragons are Real Book Blast

About the Book

Title: Dragons are Real | Author: Valarie Budayr |
Illustrator: Michael Welply | Publisher: Audrey
Press | Publication Date: May 5, 2016 | Genre:
Children’s Picture Book | Number of Pages: 32


Book Description:
What if I told you that all of the fairy tales, myths and
legends that have been told about dragons over
the years are WRONG?


What if I told you  that Dragons are indeed REAL and that
they are different than you’ve ever imagined?


Did you know that Dragons are the master of disguises?
Did you know that they love sugar  and sweets
(at unacceptable levels) and will do
anything for treats?


Award winning author Valarie Budayr brings us this fairly
true story based on her childhood friendship
with a REAL live Dragon.


Take a peek inside the book…


Dragons are Real pages 4 and 5


Dragons are Real pages 12 and 13


Dragons are Real pages 14 and 15


About the Author: Valarie Budayr

Valarie Budayr

Award Winning and Best-selling author, Valarie
Budayr inspires children and adults alike to experience their books through play, discovery, and adventure via engaging extension activities on her popular website, www.jumpintoabook.com.
Valarie is co-founder of Multi-cultural Children’s Book Day ,
#ReadYourWorld, a celebration of diverse and cultural kid-lit shared with over 98 million people on January 27th. Her foundation puts hundreds of books into the hands of children in rural and
intercity areas. www.multiculturalchildrensbookday.com

Valarie’s other best-selling and award winning titles are:
The F ox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden,
The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,
and A Year in the Secret Garden.


About the Illustrator: Michael Welply

Dragons Illustrator

Michael Welply was born in London in 1948. The family moved to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1950. He studied art in Winnipeg and then in Paris, but his idea of living from the sales of his paintings is somewhat compromised by the lack of buyers. He started his
career as an illustrator in 1977 in London. In 1981 he returned
to live in France with his American wife and their two children. Since then he has worked for publishers in both Europe and North America. To date he has illustrated over 80 books and more than 100 covers, in a wide range of subjects extending from detail
ed non-fiction to juvenile and adult fiction in the realms of fantasy, mythology, science fiction and fairy tales.


Book Blast Giveaway

Prize: One winner
will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or
$25 PayPal cash
winner’s choice
Giveaway ends: May 16, 11:59 pm, 2016
Open to: Internationally
How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not
respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new w
inner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is
sponsored by the author, Valarie Budayr and is hosted and mana
ged by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.


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Guest Review by Mrs. D. of The Escape of Princess Madeline by Kirstin Pulioff

The Escape of Princess Madeline

Mrs. D’s guest review of The Escape of Princess Madeline convinced me to buy the book.  Look for my review of its sequel, The Battle for Princess Madeline, coming soon.

It is an exciting, intriguing, and thought-provoking modern fairy tale, which magically transports readers into the fascinating world of a determined young princess who takes her destiny into her own hands.

The Escape of Princess Madeline, written by Kirstin Stein Pulioff, is a beautiful little whimsical story about a young girl who rebels against her father’s wishes and refuses to marry the man of his choice. This story reflects a fascinating era of old-time rulers, when a young woman had no voice or choice and must obey her parents.

Like any sixteen-year-old girl, Princess Madeline had her own dreams, desires, and views on life. Throughout the story, the author portrays her magical world with real promise. Since her childhood, Madeline had always craved new adventures and had never looked for support or protection from anyone.

Surprisingly, in this vibrant story, Princess Madeline appears as a very contemporary character, reminding us of how a runaway girl would act today. Freethinking, strong, and courageous, she tries to change her fate. When Princess Madeline sees the opportunity, she escapes her father’s castle and
finds herself in a strange place.

Outside the castle, she faces a dangerous world, but does not get discouraged or lose hope. Surrounded by dangerous people in the forest, she bravely deals with her troubles and rethinks her relationship with her father. Self-confident, resilient, and fast-thinking, she quickly learns how to take care of herself.

Feeling lonely and facing dangerous situations, she has doubts about the choices she has made. Freedom
came with a price—she lost the family she loves. When she returns home, her father, the heartbroken King Theodore, comes to the realization that he must reconsider his decisions and let his strong-willed daughter make her own decisions and take control of her life.

Searching for her place in life, purpose, and true love, Madeline discovers herself, true love, and the value of family. The author wisely underlines the issue of runaway children, and invites us to look closely at broken relationships with our children.

Vivid feelings, defining our own values, having a sense of self-worth, uncovering the true meaning of family and love, forgiveness and self-discovery are great reminders to all of us. This is a wonderful teaching story, which wisely connects a reader to the present day.

Originally posted July 5, 2013 on www.WordsWithWomen.weebly.com