About the Book ~ *New Release*
Author: C.L. Murphy
Publication Date: Dec. 1, 2013
Publisher: Independent – Peanut Butter Prose
Number of pages: 32
Recommended age: 3+
It’s almost Christmas and Santa finds himself in quite the predicament due to unintended consequences as a result of trying something new. Lobo, and his raven sidekick, Roxy, travel to the North Pole to help the jolly ole’ one and are guided by the Arctic animals. The colors of the season delight along the way and make for a howling good holiday. Can you howl Ho Ho Ho?
My Thoughts: Oh no! Lovable Lobo is needed at the North Pole. Santa has a new fleet of Smart Sleighs and charging them has caused a power outage in the Northern Hemisphere. The reindeer have been lazing around and are not fit enough to guide the sleighs so it’s up to Lovable Lobo to save Christmas.
Lovable Lobo is back just in time for the holidays with his newest adventure, Lobo’s Howliday and this time he travels to the far north. As always, Lobo is a sweet wolf pup eager to help. I got a real chuckle out of Santa’s predicament as he tried to modernize how he delivers presents. Who knew that trying to be environmentally friendly would cause such a problem?! But, no worries, with Lobo’s help all will be well!
The illustrations in Lobo’s Howliday are so beautiful. I love the depictions of the icy landscape of the Arctic and its furry creatures. The pictures are all bright and kid-friendly. There is one photo of the unfit reindeer with a sign around the neck “Reindeer for Hire (Real Cheap)” that had me laughing out loud. There are many things for children to spy in the images thus I think they will definitely be entertained.
There is also some educational value to this sweet picture book as well. Children are introduced to the splendor of the Arctic and will learn about icebergs, the northern lights, and the various animals that live there including the arctic fox, the arctic mouse, a polar bear, and more. Lobo’s Howliday is a wonderful glimpse into what life is like in the Arctic.
My Bottom Line: Lobo’s Howliday is a wonderfully sweet and funny picture e-book featuring the lovable wolf pup, Lobo. The book features beautiful depictions of the Arctic landscape; an amusing story of an unusual predicament Santa finds himself in; and an underlying theme of friendship as Lobo is helped along the way by some of the Arctic’s residents. I highly recommend this wonderful holiday-themed book to children aged 3+.
The Early Buzz
“The Adventures of Lovable Lobo: Lobo’s Howliday is a children’s book written by C.L. Murphy. Lobo and his friend Roxy, the raven, are surprised when an owl comes to see Lobo with a special delivery. Within the bag is Arty, an Arctic mouse who has an urgent request from Santa. Santa needs Lobo’s help this year, and the three of them set off for the North Pole. Along the way, they meet an Arctic fox, who lets them stay the night in his den and a polar bear who transports them across icy water. An Arctic wolf accompanies them for the rest of the journey to Santa’s Village, where an Arctic hare is waiting for them. Santa has updated his method of delivering gifts on Christmas, but he’s got a problem that Lobo can help him with.
I was spellbound reading The Adventures of Lovable Lobo: Lobo’s Howliday. C.L. Murphy’s artwork is simply amazing. Each page is filled with images you can get lost in: lush green forests, sparkling night skies, snowy expanses, and the animals have personality and incredible appeal. If you’re lacking in Christmas spirit this year, no matter what your age, spending some time with Lobo, Roxy, and Arty will soon change your attitude. Lobo’s Howliday is also a great way to introduce a child to the Northern Lights, the Arctic, and the amazing animals that live there (see if you can find the Orca!). I’ve already recommended The Adventures of Lovable Lobo: Lobo’s Howliday to friends who have children or grandchildren. It’s a very special book. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Jack Magnus, Readers Favorite
LOBO’S HOWLIDAY will be available as a FREE Download on December 18th, 2013, otherwise it is only 99 cents!
About the Author: C.L. Murphy
While new to the children’s book writing and illustrating scene, C.L. has been doodling her way through life since she won a school wide poster contest in the third grade. She’s had the pleasure of working as an artist in residence, creating cartoons and painting murals with the children at local elementary schools. She adores the wonder and curiosity of young children. For years, she filed picture book ideas away, until the reality of the empty nest syndrome sunk in and she decided to bring her favorite one to fruition.
She based the character, Lovable Lobo, on something very dear to her heart, a real wolf that she’s raised for the last 13 years. She’s felt the need to protect him his entire life, primarily due to the preconceived notions that wolves are to be feared.
She lives amongst the wildlife in an enchanted forest in the beautiful Oregon wilderness. She has always appreciated nature and animals have always played a major role in her life. She was that little girl who brought home the strays asking “Can we please keep it?” At an early age she realized her connection with animals by training a wild bluejay to appear on command to take food from her hand.
Check out her book series and discover that you, too, will find Lobo lovable.
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* $100 Book Blast Giveaway *
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