Thursday, October 11, 2012

Marlow and the Monster: Review & Giveaway Ends 10/26

I love to read. I really do. I especially love children's books. I LOVE them.

Many of you know that I was a drama teacher as a career (in a previous life before kids). But you probably don't know that my minor was is reading. That's right, reading. When I found out I had to have a minor for my degree, I looked around and discovered that with a reading minor I got to study lots and lots of children's books and tactics to teach them. SCORE!!

So, I have read a lot of children's books in my day. And as I said. I love them! I am always excited to discover new children's books which is why I was SO excited to be contacted by author Sharon Cramer to review (and give away) her new book Marlow and the Monster.

First, let me tell you about the Author and the book, then I will tell you what I thought and tell you how you can enter to win your own copy!!

Who is Sharon Cramer?

Sharon Cramer is the author/illustrator of the award winning children's series called Cougar Cub Tales. She has also written and released a full length novel and is currently working on another YA title, due for release in December! She owns Talking Bird Books, and is an indie published author. Marlow and the Monster is here newest children's book release.
She is also so great to work with! So nice-she signed our copy of the book with inscription to my 5 kiddos! They LOVE that!!
What is Marlow and the Monster about?

Marlow and the Monster is about a boy, Marlow who has a monster pestering him nightly in his room. His parents do not see the monster and (as we all say to our kids) they are always telling him there are no monsters! One night Marlow gets so fed up that he brings the monster into his 4-year-old sister's room. She is scared at first, but ultimately, she helps him figure out what to do with his monster!

What did I think?

And as a mom, I am always glad to find a book that can help a child deal with a problem. We have a lot of monster problems at this house, especially with my oldest son and his VERY active imagination. As a younger child, he had a different monster in his room every night. And to him, his monsters were every bit as real as Marlow's monster is to him. As parents we just told him things like "Well, talk to the monster and try to be his friend then he won't seem so scary." We wanted to give him strategies to deal with his monsters. I love that this book also gives the child (Marlow) a way to deal with his monster. And I especially love that it is his little sister that helps him find a way to deal with the monster. That really made my Kindle (my 4 year old girl) happy! The story is sweet and gives children a way to think about dealing with their monsters that should make them less scared.

Without giving away the whole story, I will say that my only criticism of the book is that I felt there was a transition missing from the second to last page to the last page. I can make the leap in my head, but it just feels like there is a transition missing. The point is made that the problem is solved, but I just felt there was a leap there like I missed something.

One more fantastic thing I want talk about is the illustrations. They are fabulous! Just look at this page where Marlow brings the monster into his sister's room:

Isn't it fantastic?!  To quote the info I was sent, Cramer said that the book is "My first trip onto the wild side!" It is illustrated with quill pen and ink and the only splash of color is the monster because "Only the children can see him."

Where can you get Marlow and the Monster?

You can get the book on the Talking Bird Website here or you can find the Kindle eReader edition and hardback copy on Amazon (just click the links to get to them). (The Kindle eReader edition is only $.99!!!)

Can you win a copy?!

Well, yes! In fact you have a chance to win a copy! One lucky Beckee's Deals reader will win a hardback copy of Marlow and the Monster. For your chance to win, just enter on the rafflecopter form below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Please note that the giveaway will end on 10/27 at 12:01 AM EASTERN time. That means you have until 11:01 PM on 10/26 Central time to get in entries (That is only 9:01PM here in AZ).  Please note that winners will be picked at random by Rafflecopter after the giveaway ends!  Also, Facebook is not affiliated with this giveaway and cannot be held responsible for it in any way.

And by way of disclosure, I was given a hardback copy of this book for this review and a second copy will be provided to my giveaway winner. No other compensation was received and as always all opinions expressed are my own! Good luck!



Andrea said...

I would love to win this book!!

Mum + 1 said...

Lovely looking book :)

Mum + 1 said...

Lovely looking book :)

Laurie Bolduc said...

My favourite book to read to my children is any dr seus book.

Daigle 9 said...

my kids love shel silverstein. they had no idea who he was until i started reading where the sidewalk ends to them!

miss emily said...

My favorite book to read to my kiddies is the Runaway Bunny.

*Brittany C* said...

My daughter enjoys Where The Wild Thing are:) Thanks for the giveaway!

Mom of Two said...

GoodNight moon

Karen said...

She loves the Dr Seuss books we have like "In A People's House" "Because A Little Bug went Ka-Choo!"

Anonymous said...

my son is about to turn one so anything sesame street or elmo he loves for us to read to him
name on rafflecopter is kemberley crosswhite

amweeks said...

I recently read Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree with my niece...and loved it as much as I always have!

Diana said...

My granddaughters love to hear Fancy Nancy

Sarah Yurga said...

We love Where the Wild Things Are

Anonymous said...

Where the Wild Things Are, as well as Harold and the Purple Crayon!

dsickles87 at

Melanie said...

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!

Candie L said...

I love Where The Wild Things ARe. Thank you


Sue Bunting said...

suebunting1977at(gmail)dot(com)favorite children's book to read to my children is Goodnight Moon

Anonymous said...

Where the wild things are!

crimmy2777 at msn dot com

Mandi Mella said...

I would love to win this book!!

Mandi Mella

Ashley Charlebois said...

This would be for my friends boys and they love Where The Wilds Things are :)