Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Monday, February 24, 2014


Everything about the picture book I'm giving away tomorrow will appeal to both boys and girls: it's got fuzzy handcrafted felt animal characters (which include two brave heroes and a villain), fun props and cozy three-dimensional sets, an adventurous plot, and a happy ending.  It's an imaginative world that's been lovingly created by Molly Coxe, and beautifully photographed by Olivier Toppin.
I fell in love with Molly Coxe's Benjamin and Bumper to the Rescue when my daughter brought it home from the library a few weeks ago (I seriously wanted to climb right into the photographs), and I immediately went on the BraveMouse Books website to contact the author for a blog interview.

Molly happily agreed to do the interview and also graciously offered to give away two copies of Benjamin and Bumper to the Rescue to two of my (lucky!) blog followers.

You'll be able to enter the giveaway for Benjamin and Bumper to the Rescue tomorrow when I post my interview with Molly, and also tell you about her current projects; but today I'd like to introduce you to the book we'll be giving away. Giveaway Over.
As you've probably deduced from the cover, the main characters of this story are a mouse and an elephant:  an unlikely pair of heroes who happen to be best friends.

Tiny Benjamin Middlemouse lives with his mother in a cozy wooden wardrobe in a little boy’s bedroom in an old house.
His mother, Mrs. Middlemouse, is late coming home one day. 
Where could she be? Benjamin asks his friend, a big, brave elephant named Bumper (who also lives in the little boy's bedroom - on the boy's bed), to help find her.
Their quest begins as Benjamin and Bumper pack up their supplies…
...and follow some clues that lead them to the garden and eventually to Sir Pouncelot, a very hungry cat.  
How will Benjamin and Bumper be able to outsmart Sir Pouncelot and save Mrs. Middlemouse?  You'll have to read the book to find out!

Be sure to stop back by my blog tomorrow for my interview with Molly Coxe and for details of how to enter our special GIVEAWAY of two copies of Benjamin and Bumper to the Rescue. Giveaway over.

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