If I am able to visit, the prospect of taking off in a hot air balloon like my new furiend KeeKee in
|Artwork courtesy of http://www.keekeesbigadventures.com/about-me/|
Mom and I love Twitter because we meet some of the coolest people (and cats) there. It was through twitter that we met Shannon Jones the author of KeeKee's Big Adventures in Paris, France. Mom said I could review Shannon's book because it is geared towards those that are ages 4 to 7 and as luck would have it, I am 6!!
Mom and I would love to visit France one day, but until we can, we thought it was delightful to join KeeKee as she traveled in her hot air balloon, exploring the "sights, sounds and tastes" of this magical city!
I bet you are wondering, just who is KeeKee?
The REAL KeeKee is a calico kitty, (Mom and I like that she prefers to refer to herself as "a colorful cat." )
Her real-life pawrents adopted her from a shelter in Seattle, Washington, but she spent four years in Europe! While living in Europe she traveled in her hot air balloon visiting all sorts of places while her pawrents were at work!
One of them was Paris, France!
Mom and I purred while reading about KeeKee's adventures, because the illustrations done by Casey Uhelski are vibrant, colorful and are just BURSTING with purrsonality! We followed KeeKee and her new furiend Elliot the seagull who acted as KeeKee's tour guide, as she visited the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame Cathedral and we couldn't wait to see the "Meowna Lisa painting" with KeeKee! There are many other Parisian places that KeeKee visited, but we don't want to tell you them all! We want you to read the book so you learn about them yourself! There is even a "charmingly illustrated map of Paris!"
That brings me to another point. Mom said this book isn't just for those who are between ages 4 and 7 because there is history, presented in a FUN, not a BORING way, and the back of the book even has a Pronunciation Guide & Glossary for French words and places that were mentioned in the book!
- Bienvenue (be-awn-vuh-NEW) which means "welcome"
- Croque-monsieur (croak muh-SYUH) which is Grilled ham & cheese
- Miaou (mee-yow) which means....what else? MEOW!
Just to name a few!
So, not only are you and your little ones going to enjoy the story, but you will all learn something at the same time!
Heck, MOM learned some French words that SHE never knew! Me? I'm kinda suave and "Magnifque" so I already knew some of them.
YOU CAN LEARN THESE WORDS TOO and share KeeKee's Big Adventure in Paris, France with her!
ENTER TO WIN: Shannon has offered to send one reader (LOCATED ANYWHERE!!) a signed copy of this precious book (A $17.00 value)....you must be 18 and older to enter.
HOW TO ENTER:leave a comment telling me that you would like to enter and be sure I have a way of contacting you should you be the lucky winner!
EXTRA ENTRY: "like" KeeKee's Big Adventures on Facebook , and or Twitter, tell them Cody from Cat Chat sent you, and leave a comment here telling me that you did that.
THE GIVE-AWAY IS OPEN NOW and will end on TUESDAY, JULY 16TH at 5PM EASTERN. The winner will be chosen by www.random.org and will be announced on WEDNESDAY, JULY 17TH.
If you can't wait: you can purchase the book here
It is published by Calithumpian Press
For more information, book tour info, etc., visit http://www.keekeesbigadventures.com/
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: For Shannon Jones, her love of travel began at a young age. It opened her eyes and ears to the world. As a grown-up, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with her husband Paul and kitty KeeKee, the idea for KeeKee's Big Adventures was born. After 20 years in the marketing field, Shannon is launched on her new adventures, following her passion for writing and excited to be helping kids in their quest for learning and discovery. She now lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with Paul, KeeKee, and little-sister kitty Luna.
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR: Casey Uhelski graduated with honors from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration. As a little girl, she loved books, doodling, and daydreaming. She's never outgrown these early enthusiasms, and has happily gone on to pursue a career as a children's-book illustrator. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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