Book review & Giveaway: Bailey

It's back-to-school time, and in best-selling illustrator Harry Bliss' latest delight, Bailey the dog has joined all the (human) students in heading back to class. Bailey meets the principal, has his own special cubby, and shares some of his favorite things with the class ("slow-moving squirrels" making the list, of course).

Bailey also learns math, gives reports, enjoys art class, and more. Just like every other student come school time.

Well, here, take a look for yourself at Bailey by Harry Bliss (Scholastic, $16.99):

What I loved about this book: The illustrations are truly delightful and fully capture Bailey's personality. The speech (and thought) bubbles above the heads of the human students—and Bailey—throughout the book increase the chuckle factor. Each page is a nice spread with lots to discover with younger readers, perfect for the intended age of 4 to 8 years.

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Scholastic has generously offered THREE copies of Bailey by Harry Bliss for me to give away to readers of Grandma's Briefs. Which means it doesn't take advance math skills to figure out that your odds of winning this charming back-to-school tale are pretty darn good.

To enter, simply comment to this post with the answer to the question:

What was your favorite subject in school?

Entries accepted until midnight MDT Friday, Sept. 9. Winner chosen by and notified by email Saturday, Sept. 10. Be sure to include your email address as winners will be contacted by email for shipping information.

Thank you for entering! Good luck!

Review & giveaway: Shoe-la-la by Karen Beaumont

It's definitely boot season, considering the cold and snow covering most of the country. That is, of course, unless you're Emily, Ashley, Kaitlyn, and Claire, the protagonists of Karen Beaumont's picture book, Shoe-la-la, enchantingly illustrated by LeUyen Pham.

In Shoe-la-la, the fancy foursome searches for the perfect shoes to match their party dresses. They exhaust every single option -- as well as the befuddled "Shoe-la-la" salesman -- before settling on unique and creative selections befitting the unique and creative style of each of the primping partygoers.

Shoe-la-la is a fun and fancy-filled tale shoe-loving gals of all ages will appreciate. Take a look:

GIVEAWAY: Scholastic Press, publisher, provided not only the free copy of Shoe-la-la for me to review, but two free copies for me to give away to readers of Grandma's Briefs. All you have to do to enter the drawing is answer the following question:

When it comes to shoe shopping, do you select shoe because of how comfortable they are or do you select them because of how fashionable they are?

Entries accepted until midnight MST January 13 and the two winners will be announced Friday, January 14.