Looking for a great summer read? Check out Baby Doll by Hollie Overton (giveaway ends 7/31/16)



When I think of summer a lot of things come to mind – the beach, hanging out by the pool, vacation, barbecues, picnics and reading.

The summer is a great time to catch up on all of those books you have been meaning to read but never had the time to. It’s also a great time to grab a good book and find a shady spot to read and let your mind go on an adventure.

Recently we were at the beach and I saw A LOT of people reading.

If you are someone who enjoys reading during the summer months (or year round), I have a book suggestion for you – Baby Doll by Hollie Overton.

Escape was just the beginning.

Held captive for eight years, Lily has grown from a teenager to an adult in a small basement prison. Her daughter Sky has been a captive her whole life. But one day their captor leaves the deadbolt unlocked.

This is what happens next… to Lily, to her twin sister, to her mother, to her daughter—and to her captor.

For fans of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, Baby Doll is the most tense thriller you will read this year.

“What a compulsive read! A brilliant first novel that kept me transfixed and entertained until the very last page.” – Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Die Again.

Photo Credit: Heather Overton

Photo Credit: Heather Overton

About the author;

A tense, unique psychological thriller, Baby Doll is a remarkable first novel from TV writer Hollie Overton, who has worked Cold Case, The Client List, and the new Shadowhunters on ABC Family.

Debut author Hollie Overton was raised by her single mother, and Hollie—an identical twin herself—draws on her unique childhood experiences for her first novel, Baby Doll. Overton’s father was a member of the notorious Overton gang in Austin, Texas, and spent several years in prison for manslaughter. Hollie is a television writer and resides in Los Angeles.

I have a copy of the book. I have been trying to read a few pages here and there when I could. I didn’t bring it to the beach with me (I rather be in the water than on the beach reading). So far, from what I read, it’s a very interesting read. It’s a real page turner. It’s the kind of book you don’t want to put down – you want to continue reading the next page because you want to know what happens.

I really enjoyed Gone Girl and I heard good things about Girl on a Train. I can see why Baby Doll compares to those popular titles.

I am looking forward to reading more of Baby Doll.

If you are interested in learning more about the book, or purchasing it, please check out these site where the book is currently sold.

If you would like to learn more please visit Hollie Overton’s official website. You can also follow Hollie Overton on Twitter or “like” her on Facebook.

The official hashtag is #BabyDollBook.


I have an awesome giveaway for a lucky reader, compliments of Redhook.

*Redhook sent me this title, and is also providing the prize pack for the lucky winner.

The “Spectacular Days” prize package consists of;

  • Copy of the book Baby Doll
  • $100 SpaFinder.com Gift Card

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 31, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package?

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*Prizing and samples provided by Redhook. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 


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Add these HarperCollins Children’s Books to your backpack for back to school season!


Back to School

I know what you are thinking – WHY am I writing a post about back to school when school just ended. Sadly, back to school shopping will be here before you know it (about a month from now). It’s never to soon to think about school supplies and things to get kids ready for the new school year.

HarperCollins Children’s Books has many wonderful books that are either available now, or will be soon, to help your child/grandchild prepare for the new school year.


Lola Knows a Lot written by Jenna McCarthy

Lola Knows a Lot written by Jenna McCarthy and illustrated by Sara Palacios

9780062250179– $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 

Meet Lola! Lola knows a lot. She can cartwheel. She can tie her shoes. She can make her sister crazy. The only thing Lola DOESN’T know… Is if she’s really ready to go to school.

Otter Goes to School written and illustrated by Sam Garton

Otter Goes to School written and illustrated by Sam Garton

9780062352255– $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 

Hi! I am Otter. This is about the time I started my own school for Teddy, Giraffe, and the rest of my friends. We had a great teacher and did lots of fun things together . . . until Teddy said he didn’t like school anymore. Luckily, Otter Keeper came to the rescue and taught us the best lesson of all!

Frank and Lucky Get Schooled written and illustrated by Lynne Rae Perkins

Frank and Lucky Get Schooled written and illustrated by Lynne Rae Perkins

9780062373458– $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 

On a rainy day, Frank’s parents take him to the shelter to get a new dog. That’s how Frank finds Lucky, and from that moment on they’re inseparable. Not only do they have a lot to teach each other—as they explore the world around them they discover they both have a lot to learn.

Winnie & Waldorf: Disobedience School written and illustrated by Kati Hites

9780062311627– $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 

Waldorf has been misbehaving! Winnie decides it is time he enrolls in Winnie’s school for disobedient dogs. Waldorf learns his lessons quickly-his favorite subject is nap time; naturally he excels at it. But when it is time for gym class, something terrible happens. The neighbor’s dog is in trouble! Will Waldorf know just what to do to save the day?

On The First Day of Kindergarten written by Tish Rabe and illustrated by Laura Hughes

On The First Day of Kindergarten written by Tish Rabe and illustrated by Laura Hughes

9780062348340– $9.99 – Ages 4 to 8 

From making lots of friends to jumping rope in gym, this fun, build-on story counts twelve exciting firsts of big kid school. A sturdy paper-over-board cover makes it a perfect book for even the youngest students-to-be!

Pete the Cat’s Got Class written and illustrated by James Dean

9780062304100– $9.99 – Ages 4 to 8

Pete the Cat loves math. But when he sees that his friend Tom is having trouble adding and subtracting, Pete has an idea to make math fun! Will Pete’s teacher believe it when Tom suddenly knows all the answers?

Rappy Goes to School written by Dan Gutman and illustrated by Tim Bowers

Rappy Goes to School written by Dan Gutman and illustrated by Tim Bowers

9780062291813– $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 

It’s Rappy the Raptor’s first day of school and he’s excited! But when Rappy spots a classmate being made fun of, he speaks up-in rhyme, of course! Parents and kids will snap, tap, and dance first day jitters away with this funny school story with a dino-sized heart.

I Am a Story written and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino

9780062411068 – $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 9/6/2016

From cave drawings to the invention of the printing press, and to our digital age, discover how a story has changed and evolved from the past to today. It’s always been around, making us happy, sad, excited, or scared, and bringing people together. With simple text and delightful illustrations, Dan Yaccarino reminds us of the power of the story.

Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Hat written by Marilyn Sadler and illustrated by Eric Comstock

9780062370563– $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 10/4/2016

Charlie Piechart and Watson are back in their second colorful picture-book mystery for young mathematicians. Instead of a missing slice of pizza, it’s a cone-shaped princess hat for the school play! ”It’s an emergency, Charlie!” Instead of fractions, the focus is geometry–and Marilyn Sadler and Eric Comstock are better than ever.

For more back-to-school picture book reads, check out—

  • Pinkalicious ABC (On Sale 5/24/2016)
  • Pinkalicious 123 (On Sale 5/24/2016)
  • How To Eat an Airplane (On Sale 5/24/2016)
  • Little Wing Learns to Fly (On Sale 6/14/2016)
  • Funny School Stories: Learning to Read Box Set (On Sale 6/21/2016)
  • Ruby Rose: Off to School She Goes (On Sale 6/21/2016)
  • Clark the Shark: Lost and Found (On Sale 7/5/2016)
  • Dirt + Water = Mud (On Sale 7/12/2016)
  • Hello, My Name is Tiger (On Sale 7/12/2016)
  • The Cranky Ballerina (On Sale 8/9/2016)


Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome pb by Robby Novak

Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome pb by Robby Novak

9780062438713 – $12.99 – Ages 8 to 12 

In his Guide to Being Awesome, Kid President pulls together lists of awesome ideas to help the world, awesome interviews with his awesome celebrity friends (he has interviewed Beyoncé!), and a step-by-step guide to make pretty much everything a little bit awesomer.

Fancy Nancy Nancy Clancy Seeks a Fortune written by Jane O’Connor & illustrated by Robin Preiss

Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy Seeks a Fortune written by Jane O’Connor & illustrated by Robin Preiss

9780062269690– $9.99 – Ages 6 to 10 

How great would it be to be wealthy—that’s elegant for rich. Nancy Clancy sure thinks so, and with the help of her best friend Bree, she sets out to make a fortune one way or another. But when things don’t go as planned, Nancy learns something even more valuable-some of the best things in life are free.

 My Weird School Fast Facts Geography by Dan Gutman

My Weird School Fast Facts: Geography by Dan Gutman

9780062306203 – $5.99 – Ages 6 to 10 

New York Times bestselling author Dan Gutman has compiled hundreds of weird-but-true geography facts in this highly illustrated and funny fact book, featuring his beloved characters from the My Weird School series.

 My Weird School Fast Facts Sports written by Dan Gutman, illustrated by Jim Paillot

My Weird School Fast Facts: Sports written by Dan Gutman, illustrated by Jim Paillot

9780062306173 —$5.99—Ages 6 to 10

My Weird School author Dan Gutman has created the weirdest series of fact books ever! Whether you’re a kid who wants to learn more about sports or simply someone who wants to know why Major league baseball umpires are required to wear black underwear, this sports facts edition is the book for you.

Ms. Bixby's Last Day

Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson

9780062338174 – $16.99 – Ages 8 to 12 

When Ms. Bixby unexpectedly announces that she won’t be able to finish the school year, three students come up with a risky plan to give Ms. Bixby the last day she deserves. Through the three very different stories they tell, we begin to understand what Ms. Bixby means to each of them—and what the three of them mean to each other.

 The School for Good and Evil The Ever Never Handbook by Soman Chainani

The School for Good and Evil: The Ever Never Handbook by Soman Chainani

9780062423054– $17.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 7/12/2015

Congratulations! It is with great pleasure that I inform you of your admission to the School for Good and Evil. For thousands of years, the greatest of heroes and villains have come through our classrooms before they ventured into the Endless Woods to find their stories-and now you join their ranks. Please use this Handbook as a resource as you navigate your way through your first year at school.

Moo by Sharon Creech

Moo by Sharon Creech

9780062415240 – $16.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 8/30/2016

When twelve-year-old Reena, her little brother Luke, and their parents move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches and blueberries and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents “volunteer ” Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna–and one very ornery cow named Zora. What begins as farm chores turns to fun as she and Luke learn that even the most stubborn and short-tempered of beings can become true friends.

Hamstersaurus Rex by Tom O’Donnell

9780062377548 – $12.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 10/4/2016

After eating a package of DINOBLAST POWERPACKERTM protein powder, a regular hamster transforms into a fiercely adorable, super-hungry, sharp-toothed, spiky-tailed mutant… and promptly goes missing. Sam Gibbs, sixth-grader, social outcast, and amateur cartoonist, is determined to find and protect the weird little guy.

For more back-to-school reads, check out—

  • Big Nate Flips Out (On Sale 5/17/2016) – now in paperback!
  • Big Nate Doodlepalooza (On Sale 5/17/2016) – now in paperback!
  • Big Nate Puzzlemania (On Sale 5/17/2016)
  • Confidentially Yours #4: The Secret Talent (On Sale 9/13/2016)

If you would like to learn more about these other other books by HarperCollins Children’s Books, visit www.HarperCollins.com/Childrens. Be sure to check them out on Facebook and Twitter too (links found on the top right of their website).



*I received a few books in exchange for my participation, and to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Toys”R”Us is celebrating birthdays in a BIG way!


Our daughter's birthday picture.

Our daughter’s birthday picture. She was two years old in this photo.

We all know how excited a child is gearing up towards his/her birthday. Not only are they excited for the birthday party and sweet treats, they are also anxious to see what they get for a birthday present.

I remember when my kids were younger. Our daughter would have a wish list a mile long. Our son’s list was much shorter – he just wanted cars and trucks.

We used to take our kids to Toys “R” Us before their big day to get an idea of what toys and games to get them as a gift. Even though my daughter had a list she would always find something else she wanted from Toys “R” Us. Once we had an idea of what to get her we’d let family and friends know what she wanted, so they could swing by their local Toys “R” Us to pick them up.

My husband and I are ‘Toys “R” Us Kids” for life! We even go to Toys “R” Us on our own to check out the toys (we like to press buttons and see what the toys do – LOL). We’ve been known to buy goodies for ourselves too – most recently a Star Wars game for the television (a “plug and play” toy) for my hubby and I picked up another FUNKO Pop! to add to my collection.

We love that Toys “R” Us has it all – toys, games, crafts, books, outdoor toys, riding toys, baby items and so much more. They even sell cards and wrapping paper, making it a great “one stop shop” for all your birthday needs.

Birthday 2

Our son anxiously waiting to open his birthday presents.

Toys “R” Us knows how very special a child’s birthday is, that is why they created the ultimate Birthday Club – to help celebrate your child’s (or grandchild’s) birthday in a big way.

Toys “R” Us has had a Birthday Club for as long as I an remember. Even my children were members at one time.

Geoffrey’s Birthday Club is a program where parents can register their children’s birthdays to receive special birthday-month offers.

Each year on the Birthday Club member’s birthday they will receive a birthday card and special gift from Geoffrey (up until the age of 10).

To make it even more special, Toys “R” Us now has to option to sign up to have your child receive a special birthday phone call from Geoffrey himself. How fun is that!

As if this isn’t fun enough, Toys “R” Us has taken it one step further with a special in-store birthday celebration. These events take place nationwide at Toys “R” Us locations across the country.

The next event is taking place on Saturday, June 18 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM (the next date is July 16, 2016). During this event and all those following, Geoffrey’s Birthday Club members who are celebrating a birthday on/around the day will have the opportunity to participate in story time with Geoffrey and receive a complimentary “The Legend of Geoffrey” book, crown, balloon and Geoffrey plush, PLUS dance to Geoffrey’s brand-new birthday song in a conga line around the store. Geoffrey’s Birthday Club members will also continue to receive a personalized birthday card, a phone call from Geoffrey and a special gift.

What fun! I wish my kids were younger again. They would have loved something like this. I’m an adult and even I would love to participate. LOL!

The new book, “The Legend of Geoffrey,” would make a great gift in it’s self.

The Legend of Geoffrey - Book Cover Art

For decades Geoffrey the Giraffe has helped kids have awesome birthdays, matching them with their perfect toys. But a long time ago, in a faraway land, Geoffrey was an ordinary giraffe. How did his coat become covered in stars? What sent him across the seas? How did he come to live at Toys“R”Us? And how does he bring toys to life? Discover all this and more in The Legend of Geoffrey!

The book is very sweet, filled with cute and colorful illustrations.

I have a copy of the book. It’s not an easy reader (it’s more for children 6+ as far as reading level). This is a wonderful story that makes for a great bedtime story. Now that I read it I can appreciate the character of Geoffrey more.

I also have the plus Geoffrey that is given to the birthday children during the event. He’s absolutely adorable!

Toys R Us

I think it’s wonderful that Toys “R” Us would offer so many wonderful things to help a child celebrate their birthday. I also appreciate that Toys “R” Us is promoting reading and literacy with story time with Geoffrey and by gifting birthday children a special book.

Now that I know more about Geoffrey’s Birthday Club, I like Toys “R” Us even MORE (I didn’t think that was possible – I already loved the store). I love that they want to make children feel special.

Birthday 3

If you would like to learn more about Geoffrey’s Birthday Club, or to sign up, visit Toysrus.com/Birthday. There you can also browse some wonderful gift ideas, separated by age range, making it easier to find the perfect gift. You can also browse gift ideas based on the birthday child’s interests (Super Heroes, dolls, arts & crafts, animals, games, sports and so forth). I rely on things like this often when buying gifts for friend’ children’s and young relatives. It makes it a lot easier to narrow it down to the ideal gift.

To find a Toys “R” Us location near you, visit ToysRUs.com. You can also check them out on social media – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest.

Don’t forget – the next birthday celebration is happening on June 18th, and the next one is July 16th. Make sure to mark your calendar.

Is your child/grandchild a Geoffrey’s Birthday Club member? If not, will you be signing them up?

Do you plan on attending the Geoffrey’s Birthday Club celebration this month (or next month)?



*I have partnered with Toys “R” Us to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 


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Book Review: The Great Carp Escape


Great Carp Escape

As a blogger I receive a lot of books to review. Thankfully I love to read, so that is not a problem. Only time is an issue. I don’t always have the time to read (even if I truly want to). Most times I’m lucky if I can read a few pages every day.

I tend to read children’s books I am sent to review first and foremost. They usually are a quick and easy read. Plus the adorable, colorful illustrations always make me smile.

Recently I received a children’s book to review called “The Great Carp Escape.” It was written by Irish Beth Maddock and illustrated by Lucent Ouano.

This beautifully illustrated book is not only entertaining, it also teaches children life lessons. This is also a Christian book and refers to God and how he created all living creatures here on Earth.

“The Great Carp Escape” is the story of siblings Beth and Paul. They live along the shore. They enjoy spending their time froliking and playing on the beach, as well as doing things in the water like diving.

There is one part of the shore line they won’t go near – the swampy area where the Weeping Willow tree’s leaves and branches dip into the murky, muddy water. They avoid that area because they don’t like what lives there – carp.

If you have ever seen a carp before you know that they are not the prettiest fish. They have spines and mustaches.


One day while walking along the beach with their father, the trio come across a dead fish that had washed up on the shore. The children were put off by the “ugly” dead fish that lay before them. They questioned why God would make something so ugly. Their father replied, “God’s creatures—none are ugly if we look at them through the Creator’s eyes.”

One day a nasty storm bring a flood that present it’s self with a life or death situation. Will the children be able to look past something that they perceive as hideous and ugly to safe a life? To find out you need to pick up a copy of “The Great Carp Escape,” available where most books are sold.

This is a quick read, making it ideal to read at bed time.

The illustrations are wonderful and really bring the story to life.

As for the story, I love the moral of it. I’m not one to go for books with a religious undertone, but this book is worth the read. It’s a beautiful story that conveys a great message – that we are all beautiful and wonderful, and that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Nothing is truly “ugly” because we were all created by God.

“The Great Carp Escape,” is also available as a fundraiser for school, churches, charities and ministries. The book has already helped to raise $1,000 for various causes.

If you would like to learn more about the book, or the author, visit Irish’s website at IrishBethMaddock.com.



*I received a free book to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Audiobooks Giveaway, compliments of Honda Road Readers (ends 6/19/16)



Summer time is finally here! While the official start to summer hasn’t happened yet, people are already in the summer frame of mind.

I work with children through the local school district. We still have 16 days left until the end of school, and many kids are counting the days because they are anxious to start their summer adventures.

Many families like to hit the road and travel during the summer months. It’s sometimes more fun than flying (and less expensive).

If you have ever taken a long road trip with children you know how incredibly board they can get. “Are we there yet?” as got to me the most annoying words to hear when you are traveling. I annoyed my dad so much on a trip to Florida when I was younger that he put me and my sister on a plane back home instead of driving back home with me from Florida to New York (the frequent “potty stops” didn’t help either). LOL!

When my kids were younger I would try and come up with fun things for them to do in the car. We never really traveled too far (an hour to the country fair, and hour to the beach…), but they would get board about 10 minutes into our trip.

Car Travel

I used to keep a large zippered bag in the car filled with on the go games, coloring book, crayons, water and snacks to keep the kids amused when we were in the car. I would have packed books too but it’s not easy for some people to read in the car. Myself and my daughter for example get “car sick” (motion sickness) when we try and read in the car when it’s moving.

One thing we never tried were audiobooks. Audiobooks are real books that are read to you. They used to come on tapes, then CDs. Now you can download them online and listen to them on your devices.

Honda has an app that gives Honda drivers access to five free audiobooks per year, with more than a hundred titles to choose from, simply by entering their vehicle’s VIN number. It’s called Honda Road Readers.

Honda Road Readers provides audiobooks for children and teens that are both educational and entertaining. They are a great alternative to the usual car ride.

With expertly curated reading lists, meaningful questions and creative activities to complement some stories, you can shift your family’s summer car rides into high gear.


I don’t drive a Honda, but I was given access to the FREE app to check it out. I was very impressed by the number of books available. There are many titles I am familiar with (great classics) and some I have never heard of before but look interesting.





You can access the app on your device (smartphone, tablet) and listen to the books you download on the go.

I downloaded Winnie the Pooh on the app.

What I love about the story that I downloaded is that it includes music and sound effects. If you close your eyes you can imagine Winnie the Pooh and friends doing the things the reader is talking about.


A cool feature about this app is that you can set a sleep timer which will allow your child to listen to a book being read to them for the amount of time you wish to set it for (5 minutes, 20 minutes…). I like that idea. Of course, nothing replaces a book being read to a child by their parent/grandparent, but when that option is not available, this would be a great substitute.

You can also bookmark where you left off so you can pick up on the same spot when you are ready to continue listening to the story.

The stories also come with questions you can use to engage with your child/children with.



You can browse the books, read synopsis of them, listen to a sample from the book and find out how long the book takes to listen to (for example, The BFG by Roald Dahl has a run time of 4 hours and 25 minutes).

The books are broken up into chapters so you can listen chapter by chapter, or simply let it continue to play. It’s totally up to you.

I LOVE this app and I have been enjoying the books I have downloaded thus far (Peter Pan, Winnie the Pooh and Racing in the Rain).


If you would to learn more, or to register for an account, visit HondaRoadReaders.com online. You’ll have to set up a free account online before downloading the app (Honda Road Readers).

I have some FREE download codes to give to lucky readers, compliments of Honda Road Readers. Fifteen (15) lucky readers will each win a code that will allow for TWO (2) audio book downloads. 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on June 19, 2016 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winners will be contacted via email and will need to reply promptly (no later than June 1st) or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you’d like to win this prize – or – tell me about a road trip you plan on taking this summer.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I received free download codes in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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The Adventures of Camp Nana Papa – A delightful story for children and grandparents


The Adventures of Camp Nana Papa

It’s nearing the end of the school year. In fact, some children are out of school for the summer already.

This time of year many children are looking forward to spending time at summer camp. Some children go to camp locally (where they are home every afternoon), while others go to “sleep away” camps.

I went to town camp growing up. Its wasn’t because I had to. I had a stay at home mom, so I didn’t need anyone to care for me while I was home for the summer. Other children went because their mom and dad had to work.

My own kids went to town camp as well. I was also a stay at home mom. I sent them to camp for something to do and because it was fun.

I don’t know how I feel about sending my kids away for camp. I liked the idea of them being home every day so I could hear about their camp adventures.

Some children will need to go to a sitter’s house during summer vacation from school while mom and dad work. If they are lucky, their sitter might be their grandparents.

I wish my children got to spend more time with their grandparents and great-grandparents. I grew up living next door to my great-grandparents, and I was raise by my grandparents, so I have A LOT of wonderful memories about them. I wish my children were afforded the same opportunity.

Sometimes hanging out with the grandparents can be just as much fun as going to a real camp for the summer. That is what happens in the book The Adventures of Camp Nana Papa.


In the book The Adventures of Camp Nana Papa, siblings Nick and Sarah got to spend time with their grandparents. In fact, they looked forward to their time with them, especially when they got to spend the whole weekend with them.

Nick and Sarah always went on amazing adventures with their grandparents including boating, camping and fishing – much of the same things they would do it they went away to camp.

This is a wonderful book with beautiful, colorful illustrations that add to the charming story of Nick, Sarah and their amazing grandparents.

The Adventures of Camp Nana Papa was written by Donnie Cranfill and illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbler. This is actually the first book in the series.

In the book the children make friends with an adorable firefly named Flash. On the books website there is an option to purchase a plush version of Flash, which makes a great addition to the book. Children can snuggle with it while the book is read to them, or they can take Flash on their own adventures with the grandparents.

As a bonus feature Flash actually lights up like a real firefly! His bottom half lights up. He sort of reminds me of the Glow Worm my kids had when they were little.


The plush toy is a good size and can easily be toted around by any child. He can also double as a way to help children be less afraid of the dark. A simple squeeze lights up the Flash plush, which a child could do if he/she is feeling scared in the dark.

The plush Flash is available in 8″ and 14″ sizes.

Combined (the book and the plush) the set would make a great gift, most especially for a child who spends time with their grandparents or who is going to spend the summer with their grandparents. It not only shows children that being with their Nana and Papa can be a lot of fun, it’s also a way to open up a dialog between children and their parents and grandparents on what fun adventures they would like to go on the next time they visit.

I also think this would be nice to give to a young child who might have an older sibling going away to camp. That way they know they can have fun and adventures too, even if they are too young to go away to camp.

If you would like to learn more about the book and/or the plush toy visit the books website at www.CampNanaPapa.com. There you can also find more fun goodies that grandparents and children can enjoy together including toys and crafts.

You can also check them out on social media. All of their links are found at the top of their website.

I am looking forward to more books in this series.

Do you have any special memories of your grandparents? Did you go on special adventures with them?

Feel free to share your stories. I always love to hear from my readers.



*I received free samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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