Monday, October 17, 2016

Globe-Trotting Cats! Enter to win the Children’s Picture Book: KeeKee's Big Adventures in Amsterdam, Netherlands and the ENTIRE KeeKee's Big Adventures Series!

It is an immense pleasure to share Book Number Four in the KeeKee Adventure Series: KeeKee's Big Adventures in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The KeeKee "Big Adventures" series is a complete delight and I am honored to have reviewed each and every book in the series! Before I share KeeKee's latest book:KeeKee's Big Adventures in Amsterdam, Netherlands, let's take a trip with KeeKee and visit the other fabulous books in the series, shall we? C'mon!!

The first book I reviewed in the KeeKee Adventure Series was:

KeeKee's Big Adventures in Paris, France ,  followed by KeeKee's Big Adventures in Rome, Italy (I had the enormous honor of having one of my quotes on the back cover praising the Paris book!)

KeeKee’s Big Adventures in Paris, France, was a Silver Winner in The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Children’s/Young Adult) category at IBPA’s 2014 Benjamin Franklin Awards. Visit for more information.
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I was super excited for the release of KeeKee's Big Adventures in Athens, Greece  for a number of reasons, an important one is I have always been fascinated by the Greek culture. The food,  music, climate, history, architecture and so much more. I minored in Philosophy in college and majored in Rhetoric, (I intensely studied Greek Rhetorical theory), so I might have been just a tad biased about this book!

There is a formula to each of the books in the KeeKee's Big Adventure series  that makes the series a wonderful learning tool for children and adults alike:

1) KeeKee makes new friends
2) KeeKee learns new words in the language of the places that she is visting--in the back of each book is a handy guide that shows the proper way to pronounce the words that are featured.
3) KeeKee eats YUMMY food
4) KeeKee visits super cool places! There is always a super-cool map of all of the places that were visited in each book

I am now thrilled to present to you the latest book in the KeeKee's Big Adventure Series:

From Author Shannon Jones: This great adventure begain on a KLM Airlines flight in 2006 moving to the wonderful city of Amsterdam with the real-life KeeKee. Amsterdam was our home for four years, and our travels across Europe led us on the path to launching KeeKee's Big Adventures. We dedicate this book to those inspirations.

FROM CAT CHAT WITH CAREN AND CODY: When I was a little one in about first grade, I was COMPLETELY obsessed with drawing windmills and tulips. Why? I have no clue, but a shrink would probably have a field day trying to figure that one out! Imagine my complete delight when opening KeeKee's Big Adventures in Amsterdam, Netherlands when the first things I saw were windmills and tulips! I felt myself returning to my childhood!

Adults will be drawn in to yet another KeeKee charmer, they will learn, along with their children things such as:

"Windmills are factories that turn wind into power" as explained by Jasper, a new friend that KeeKee made in the Netherlands.

Klompen means wooden shoes that are still worn today by gardeners, farmers, and road workers.

Fietsen means "bikes" there are more of them in Amsterdam than people! 

The Bloemenmarkt is the city's famous flower market. The stalls float in the canals!!

You will also learn that Kaas means cheese, thanks to Jasper taking KeeKee to the Kick & Faas Kaas shop.

"Did you know that Amsterdam has more canals than any other city in the world? The buildings along them are houses and shops." 

There is sooo much more that you will learn, but I don't want to ruin your journey by revealing the entire book! You have to see for yourself!

Well KeeKee, I want to thank you for yet another charming and educational journey!!! The illustrations are darling as always, and each book in the series is adorably written. It is a delight to read a book series that is not only entertaining, but is EDUCATIONAL to boot!!!

I can hardly wait to see where your travels take you next!

Author Shannon Jones discovered her passion for travel when she took her first international trip in the fifth grade. It opened her eyes and ears to the world. As a grownup, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with her husband Paul and kitty KeeKee, the idea for KeeKee’s Big Adventures was born. After twenty 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.

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.

Awards Won:

Foreword Review Indiefab Book Of the Year Finalist
Mom's Choice Award-Gold Recipient Medals
IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards-Best First Book Silver Winner


Our generous friend KeeKee is offering:

THREE people will  in the GREAT prize (an autographed copy of the book)

ONE PERSON WILL WIN THE  ARTSY prize… which is a copy of the book + a “poster”

ONE PERSON WILL WIN THE  GRAND prize… which is a copy of all four books AND a poster

Because there will be multiple winners we are NOT using Rafflecopter this time around. If you would like to enter, simply leave a comment saying that you WISH TO BE ENTERED in the give-away. Easy-peasy! The give-away is open to everyone who is 18 and over. The give-away will end Sunday, October 23rd 2016 at 5pm EST. The winners will be chosen by and will be announced on or about October 26th, 2016. GOOD LUCK!!


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In full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review/give-away. I was sent a copy of KeeKee's Big Adventures in Amsterdam, Netherlands in exchange for my always honest review. I am proud to be one of the original reviewers of the KeeKee's series!


  1. We would love to enter, not only would we like Mommy to read US the books, we could share them with little Olivia.

  2. Oh how I love these illustrations and would like to win all four and a Grand Feline European Tour :-)

  3. It is an ADORABLE series with fabulous artwork and WE WISH TO BE ENTERED!!!!! My Mom and Dad have been to Amsterdam and loved it there!

    Love, Sammy

  4. I want to be entered! I can't think of any better way to teach kids (and adults that sometimes act like kids) than a cute kitty.

  5. WISH TO BE ENTERED This book is so cute! It would make a great Christmas gift for some little ones we know.

  6. That book series looks lovely ! What a cute way to let kids discover Europe ! Purrs

  7. Oh gosh, what great looking books and so educational for the younger people and probably us older people too. Great review.

  8. What a fun way to learn about different countries. This is most clever.

    I hope you're feeling better.

    Have a purrfect day. Big hug to you and lost of scritches to Cody. ♥♥♥

  9. Caren, you probably lived in the Netherlands in a previous life! I was obsessed with owls, myself...

  10. Hi Caren! We would like to be entered into the giveaway. If we win, the Mom will send the book to her nephews - they need lots of cat books! ;)

  11. Those are cute books. Nice way to visit Europe.
    We dont want to enter the giveaway because we think that it's better if people with children got those nice books.

    1. They are darling for sure and educational! You know, you could always donate them to a children's ward at a hospital, a school library, a woman's shelter...etc ;)

  12. Those look really cool. And bein this close to Christmas and fur children, we'd like to enter so we could give a gift to mommy's niece and nephews.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

  13. So cute, and so much for little ones to learn! I wish to be entered, I think these would be wonderful for my grandsons!
    I've always been fascinated by Ancient Greece!

  14. Looks like a great book series for kids. I wish I had a grandchild.

  15. Please enter us in the giveaway. We know a couple of little ones that would love this series of books.

  16. The illustrations are wonderful! I love that the stories feature a kitty!

  17. Those books look adorable. My great-niece would love them.

  18. These books are so cute! I would love to enter the giveaway. That's funny about the windmill and tulip drawings as a kid. I also used to like to draw tulips.

  19. Those books look amazing!

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

  20. Oh Cody! Mom said she would love to win for her grandchild James. xoxox

  21. This book series looks like fun ♥ Happy Tuesday, Caren♥

  22. Oh my goodness, this looks like the funnest read! I would have loved to have had a book like this to read as a child. Of course, I'm sure I'll still enjoy it as an adult as well! And the illustrations are gorgeous! (Needless to say, I'd love to be entered to win!)

  23. I haven't blogged for a while but I would love to be entered in the giveaway for these books

  24. My 2 kitties and i WISH TO BE ENTERED to WIN the great giveaway offered.This would be great for my granddaughter and i.

  25. Great series for kids to read! xoxo K

  26. WISH TO BE ENTERED please :) I love that these adorable books teach the kids about different places and cultures!

  27. I WISH TO BE ENTERED to WIN this awesome book. This book would be a perfect gift for my nephew :)

  28. ♪♪Happy Birthday to you,♪♪
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    ♪♪Happy Birthday Dear Caren,♪♪
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  29. I definitely wish to be entered. I had a beautiful tuxedo named Kiki and you know how much I LOVE children's books :)

  30. Please enter me in this adorable giveaway—thanks!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  31. I would love to be entered to learn more about Kiki and her travels

  32. Aww, these sound like such adorable books! We'd love to be entered for a chance to win. :)


  33. Those look like engaging and fun books for young readers.
    But since we don't have little ones around here, we don't want to be in the raffle.

  34. You snooze and then you loose...we are way to late, but none the less we think those books are charmers!

    Petcretary has been in Amsterdam too, and knows the Dutch language too:) No she does not have any wooden shoes, MOL!!