Tuesday, July 25, 2017

ReFoReMo Reviews- Maria Gianferrari, plus Giveaway!


Maria Gianferrari is really on a roll. Since July 2015, she has released four picture books, with today marking the release of her fourth. She's expecting multiple book babies from Little Bee, Boyds Mills Press, and Roaring Brook Press in 2018 and beyond. In the picture book world, that's a ton of success in a very small amount of time! 

Can I get a standing ovation, please?
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Maria is doing something very right, which makes her a great mentor to study. I recommend that you take some time to look back on the perspectives that Maria has shared with us during her journey. Explore the themes running through Officer Katz and Houndini and Penny & Jelly: The Sleepover, discover the research that went into Coyote Moon, and get inside her ReFoReMo 2016 thoughts about crossing genres.  Dissect her books to research how great craft is applied.


In celebration of her newest book and appreciation of her service to us, 
it's my honor to review Hello Goodbye Dog:  



As seen through the eyes of Moose, a dog who can't bear to be separated from his girl Zara, hellos are the best of all. Especially when Zara's hello is a loving pat on the head and story time. But when goodbye is a closing door, a lonely backyard, and no scratch-time with Zara, Moose has a tough time being home without her. He knows his special place is with Zara and he always finds a way to break free and return to her side. Zara shares his sentiment and puts a plan in motion that might keep them together all through the school day. Maria Gianferrari relays an endearing story of the unconditional love that dogs offer humans and an author's note about the importance of therapy dogs. Patrice Barton's illustrations compliment this special bond with soft colors and strokes that relay acceptance and understanding from all who witness the special bond between Moose and Zara. 

As you look at Maria's entire collection, it's pretty evident that she loves dogs. Just as dogs make great companions, they also make amazing characters. Maria has explored the anthropomorphic side with a magician dog (Houndini), a pet/best friend (Jelly), a wild dog (Coyote), and a therapy dog/pet (Moose). And she has more on the way; dogs, hawks, bobcats and more, some fiction and some nonfiction. When it comes to animals, there's not just one road to explore. Which road will you explore with your writing?

What are your favorite animal characters and what roles do they play?

Roaring Brook Press is sponsoring a giveaway of Hello Goodbye Dog for U.S. residents!
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More about Maria...
Maria Gianferrari is the author of the Penny & Jelly books, Officer Katz and Houdini, Coyote Moon, an ALA Notable Book, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and most recently, Hello Goodbye Dog. For Maria, hello is sunshine after a snowstorm, the scent of cinnamon, and happy greetings from her beloved mutt, Becca. Maria lives in northern Virginia with her dog, Becca, her scientist husband and her artist daughter. She has additional titles forthcoming from Roaring Brook Press, Boyds Mills Press, GP Putnam’s Sons and Little Bee. To learn more about Maria, visit her website: mariagianferrari.com, on Facebook and Instagram.










HELLO GOODBYE DOG BLOG TOUR!
GIVEAWAYS EVERY DAY!!

*Monday, July 24th:                           Pragmatic Mom + THREE book giveaway!
*Two for Tuesday, July 25th:          Librarian’s Quest
                                                                     Reading for Research + giveaway

*Wednesday, July 26th:                   Homemade City
*Thursday, July 27th:                        Kid Lit Frenzy
*Friday, July 28th:                              Mrs. Knott’s Book Nook
*Monday, July 31st:                            Picture Books Help Kids Soar
*Tuesday, August 1st:                        Bildebok
*Wednesday, August 2nd:                 The Loud Library Lady
*Thursday, August 3rd:                     DEBtastic Reads!
*Friday, August 4th:                           Mamabelly’s Lunches with Love
*Monday, August 7th:                        Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)


EXTRA: August 25th:                         Kidlit411—Interview with Patrice Barton





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  1. As someone who has trained a puppy to be an assistant service dog, I can't wait to read about moose! Congratulations on such success!

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    1. Very cool, Julie--that's wonderful! Dogs have healing (and heeling) power :)

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  2. Moose is on the loose. Happy Book Birthday, Maria. I can't wait to read this one!

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    1. Love that phrase--I just might have to steal it, Kathy! Thank you!! <3

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  3. Congrats! Can't wait to read your new book!

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    1. Thanks, Tracy. I hope you will enjoy it :)!

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  4. This book has been on my radar. Can't wait to get a better look. Thanks.

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  5. Maria, yay!!! another pb about a special dog! I cannot wait to read it. Love every book of your so far. Congratulations on your success with them all. Looking forward to more from you. :)

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    1. Yup, Traci--from one dog lover to another! I just can't help myself ;). Thanks for the very kind words, and your support!!

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  6. Congratulations Maria! All the best with your new boook. It looks wonderful.

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  7. I always loved the Berenstein Bears.

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  8. Congratulations! All of your books look fantastic! Can't wait to read them! :)

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  9. My favorite animal picture books are Pug Meets Pig, Won Ton, and Hazel.

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    1. Won Ton, and the follow up, Won Ton & Chopstick are among my very favorites, Danielle :)

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  10. Love Coyote Moon and look forward to reading your other titles, Maria. Congratulations!

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    1. Aww, thanks for the kind words, Charlotte! I really appreciate it! And you just won a copy of this on Vivian's blog :)

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  11. Congratulations Maria! So much to celebrate. This is on my list and I can't wait to get my hands on it. Have so enjoyed your other work. All the best to you!

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth! So funny that we have the Keene connection too :)

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  12. Wow! An amazing flurry of books coming out!

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    1. Thanks, Beth! Love the verb "flurry" since I'm a snow fan ;).

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  14. Coyote Moon is still my favorite picture book by Maria. This week I also love Brayden Bunny in There's No One I Love Like You.

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    1. Thanks for sharing another favorite animal book, Manju! I have not heard of that one!

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    2. Manju--you are too kind--thank you so much!! I haven't heard of that one either. Will look for it. :)

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    3. And what is your creature book about?

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  15. I love dogs and Maria's books. Hope I win one.

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    1. Oh--thanks for saying that, Susan! I really appreciate it :)!!

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  16. A favorite animal book is There's a Bear in My chair by Ross Collins. Love the bear and the mouse!

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    1. I've been meaning to get to that one--thanks for the reminder, Susan!

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  17. I love Coyote Moon, and I'm looking forward to reading Hello Goodbye Dog.

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    1. Thanks so much for saying so, Linda :)!! I hope you'll like Hello Goodbye Dog too.

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  18. Congratulations on your success, Maria! I can't wait to read your newest!

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    1. Many thanks, Cathy!! I hope you'll reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. And the best gift was seeing Patrice's amazing illustrations!

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  19. I look forward to using your work as a mentor. Congrats on your success and happy book birthday!!

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    1. That would be an honor--thanks, Miss McCrary. Is that your teacher name??

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  20. This is the book for my 40 yr old daughter. Ordering it now. I am impressed by her powerful production of such marvelous stories.

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    1. Thanks, Damon!! May I ask why? Is she a dog fan? Of course, as a PB writer, I think PBs are timeless and for everyone!

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  21. Yay for Moose--sounds like a BIG winner...and I also loved Coyote Moon!

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    1. Thanks, fellow creature lover, Nancy <3!!

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  22. Congratulations. This looks like such a great book.

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  23. I am always drawn to books that feature animals (with a soft spot for dogs). Thank you for reviewing Maria's books! I can't wait to read Coyote Moon and Hello Goodbye Dog, as well as Officer Katz and Houndini. Currently, my favorite animal book is Ida, Always by Caron Levis and Charles Santoso.

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    1. I love Ida, Always, too! Thanks for sharing, Laura! Although it is hard to choose Coyote Moon is my favorite of Maria's.

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    2. Ida, Always is so touching an beautiful. I am a fan of dog/and all animal books too (both fiction and nonfiction). Thanks for commenting, Laura!

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  24. Wow! I love Coyote Moon and Penny & Jelly but haven't seen the others. Thanks for sharing this post.

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    1. My all time FAVORITE animal picture book was Harry the Dirty Dog. Recently, the giraffe in SHY has captivated me

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    2. Oooo, Wendy! I will have to look at SHY! Thanks for sharing!

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    3. I love Deborah Freedman's art too. Still have to read her new House book.

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    4. And thank you for the kind words about Coyote Moon + Penny & Jelly too :)

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  25. Excited to see books out about therapy dogs. Can't wait to read it.

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  26. Happy Book Birthday! Dogs are my favorite characters in PB's. Can't wait to read Hello goodbye Dog!

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  27. I love, love, love this cover & can't wait to read Hello Goodbye Dog to my own two pups. My favorite animal characters are Mudge in the Henry & Mudge early reader series, and the rabbit of Velveteen Rabbit fame.

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    1. These are great selections, Patricia! Thanks for sharing!

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    2. Henry & Mudge are classics, Patricia! I adore this cover too. Patrice's art is paw-fect for the book ;)!!

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  28. Beautiful cover hinting at a lovely story - can't wait to check it out.

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    1. Thank you, Angela! That is the work of the lovely Patrice Barton!! Her work is amazing!

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  29. Thanks for the tips on writing and studying Maria's books. Can't wait to check her books out!

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    1. You are welcome, Darlene! Enjoy your research!

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  30. I love the variety in Maria's work. I'm so happy for her success.

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    1. So kind of you to say--thank you, David :)!

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  31. OH, I can hardly wait to read this book! As a woman who uses a wheelchair, with a sweet devoted service dog, I love the theme!

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    1. Dogs are the best! What is your dog's name, Carole? In this book, Moose is a therapy/reading dog :)

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  32. One of my all-time favorites was one I found out about during the Writing with the Stars mentor application process. It's "Ragweed's Farm Dog Handbook" by Anne Kennedy. I cannot tell you how much I LOVE that book!

    I was stunned by Coyote Moon, so I must catch up on reading all of the others. Congrats to Maria for getting the recognition she deserves for all her hard work!

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    1. Jilanne--I LOVE Ragweed! Isn't it hilarious?! The text/voice is so funny, and I just love the vibrant art so much.

      I hope you were stunned by Coyote Moon in a good way ;)!!

      Thanks for the kind words too!

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    2. I haven't read Ragweed's Farm Dog Handbook yet, Jilanne! Thanks for the rec!

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  33. I'm looking forward to reading Hello Goodbye Dog, Maria. Congratulations on its publication! I enjoy the hamsters in Susanna Leonard Hill's Not Yet, Rose. Rose is the impatient sister waiting for her new sibling to be born.

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    1. I haven't read that one yet--will check it out. Thanks for the rec!

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    2. Thanks for sharing an animal recommendation with us!

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  34. Applause for Maria! Hello Goodbye Dog looks wonderful--can't wait to read it!

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  35. My students love Penny and Jelly. Thanks, Maria!

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    1. Oh--that's so wonderful to here, Leah!! Thank you for saying so! Do you know that there are two free crafts on my pennyandjelly website? One is a talent show kit and the other is a constellation craft. Please feel free to use them and thank you again!!

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  36. Congrats, Maria! Can't wait to read it ☺

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  37. So many different takes on dogs. It's interesting to see the threads running through an author's works. Congratulations, Maria.

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    1. Yup--I'm a little bit obsessed with dogs, Anne ;)! Thank you!

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  38. Carrie--thank you so much for welcoming and supporting me, and for featuring Hello Goodbye Dog here with this lovely post. I am so grateful!! <3

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    1. We are honored to feature your awesome work, Maria!

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  39. I'd never have guessed that Maria loves dogs...LOL! This looks like an absolutely delightful book, like all her other books. :)

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    1. I know, Teresa--so hard to believe, right ;)!! <3

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  40. Congratulations, Maria. Wishing you many more book successes!

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  41. My little one loves the Picture Fit Board Books: A Parade of Animals: A Clever Counting Book
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  42. Maria is THE best!!! She wins my daughter's heart every time she reads one of her books! In person, she opened her heart to my daughter and inspired her to keep reading and writing!she can't wait to read your new book! She is going to have to wait till Saturday to do so though ♡

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    1. Is that you, Pilar?? Many hugs to you & Isabella!!!! Looking forward to seeing you & your family again!! :) <3

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