Friday, July 5, 2013

Children's Book: KeeKee's Big Adventures in Paris, France! Story by Shannon Jones, Illustrations by Casey Uhelski

Hi every one it's Cody and you are going to LOVE the book that I am featuring today! I don't know what it is with me and Paris, France lately, but I am starting to think that I am destined to visit!

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

is one I would find to be pawticularly exciting!

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!

Examples are:

  • 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) 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 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

 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.

Good luck,
 Merci beaucoup, and
 Au revoir, 


  1. Oh this book looks ADORABLE!!! I absolutely love Casey's illustration style. I would love to be included in the giveaway. Thank you so much!
    : ) Glogirly

  2. Oh this looks adorable! Lily would love it! Heck... I'm sure I'd love it! Plus she's always wanting to learn new languages too. Please enter us Cody and thanks for the opportunity!

  3. Sounds like a fun book. We think it would be a great read for little ones. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. Ohhhh. We'll like to be included in the giveaway! We'll like to learn some french. :D
    We need a beret too!

  5. That does look like a really cute book. We would love to be entered in the drawing. It would make a great item to put on the auctions.
    Hope all of you have a super Friday.

  6. PAWsome book cover. Oh mom loves Paris France. Happy Friday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  7. What a fun book! We would like to be entered, too!

  8. The human says she likes boring history, but I don't so I would be very pleased to be entered in the draw as the book looks amazing! :) Also mum used to live in Paris, so it would be cool to see what she saw, if you get my drift!!

    ciao, Austin xxx

  9. The mom went to France and loved it! There is a small town called Bouzouls, near Rodez, that is soo quiet and peaceful. She hopes to take another trip to France someday soon.

    So we would loves to enter the drawing!

    Katie Kitty Too

  10. That was one terrific review Cody and you look oui oui wonderful!

  11. We would love to be included in the draw for this book please.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  12. That looks like such a cute book. I'd like to win it, because I am between 4 and 7 IN SPIRIT. lol.

    Thanks for the terrific review!

  13. KeeKee looks like an adventurous character. You can throw my name in the mix.

  14. What a great book! Mes LOVES books about cats and travelling! mes thinks me must has been a Gypsy cat in one of my previous lives!
    Me is feeling great this evening and mes even played great thundering herd when Mommy and Daddy gots home from the market!

    1. Nellie we soooo agree that we think you were a "gypsy cat" in one of your previous lives! That is for sure!!!
      Sooooo happy to hear that you are feeling better! YAY for "thundering herd!!!"

  15. That sounds like a book that is tres fantastique! We will let someone else win it though as we do not the appropriate age sticky people to enjoy it ;-)

  16. It costs me a long way through the internet, Cody, but finally I've found your bloggie..Phew.. I sign up, so that I don't miss a piece anymore. Pawkiss, Little Binky :)

  17. Binky THANK YOU!!! I really appreciate your persistence!! ((((paw hugs))))) Cody

  18. This book sounds merveilleux since Paris is my favorite city in the world.

  19. Oh! What a captivating book! I happen to love cats and history, so I would be honored if I won a copy of this delightful book! Miaou from the Zee and Zoey gang!

  20. Cody looks so adoooooraaaaable with that hat on!! lol!

    I think it is awesome that this contest is for everyone! Sign me up!! If you need a email or something let me know =)!

    Btw please past by my page because I got suprise for you!

  21. Hi Cody, it's most beautiful Zoe, Kuruk's sistah. I love your blog and you wrote a wonderful book review! Just like Keekee I am a calico too! I was wondering would you like to write a review for my most amazing yoga book? I can have Mama send you a copy so you, your mom, and Dakota can read it and learn to practice pawsome yoga. If so, you can email Mama at
    By the way, I think you are a handsome cat! Me-Om!

  22. What a sweet book! We loved visiting Paris, and would love to be entered to win. :)

  23. Gee Cody you look marvelous.
    We would love a copy. Me and Toby are both 6 and Dad is about 7 mentally (Tim Ducks a slipper thrown by Dad.)
    We Liked this nice little book on FB and Did a Tweet

    Buddy Budd: "Ah wantz a Croaky My Sir"

    That Buddy
    Timmy Tomcat

  24. this looks like a great book, Cody! we like it when you have book reviews - we've added some good ones to our own little library :) We're putting this on our list too.

    Pip, Smidgen, Minnie, Hollie

    1. Cara n Crew I thank you for that incredibly kind comment! I take my book reviews super seriously so your comment really made my day. Thank you!!!!

  25. It sounds like a great book and I would love to be entered in the draw. Paris is one of my favourite places, although none of my kitties have been to visit.

  26. Oh, I"m always looking for recent children's books to keep up with the industry. I've written a picture book and a chapter book but they haven't been "picked up" yet :( Maybe someday.

    I'd love to win this one in the meantime!

  27. Hi Caren and Cody!
    We would like to enter to win the book. It sounds like a fun book to read, and Mom could learn some French.

    We liked KeeKee's Big Adventures page on Facebook, too. :)

    Carmine, Milita, and Jewel

  28. We would love to enter the giveaway, please. We have also liked Keekee on Facebook.

    The Paw Relations

  29. Cody, Cody! Mama started a blogspot blog for me!!! Me-Om! We are working on getting it all put together, but I am sooooo excited that I need to do some extra Pranayama exercises now. We were wondering if you could tell us how to find other kitty bloggers. It's a bit different from Wordpress, so it may take some time to figure everything out. Me-Oms to you!

  30. How cute! Enjoy your reading day, Cody.

  31. Hi Cody and Caren, Hope you all had a nice easy Sunday! XOXO

  32. That looks like a really precious book...we would like to enter please!