BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the children’s picture by Valarie Budayr and Michael Welply, “Dragons are Real”. The tour will run May 9 to 30, 2016.
About the Book
Title: Dragons are Real | Author: Valarie Budayr | Illustrator: Michael Welply | Publisher: Audrey Press | Publication Date: May 5, 2016 | Genre: Children’s Picture Book | Number of Pages: 32
What if I told you that all of the fairy tales, myths and legends that have been told about dragons over the years are WRONG? What if I told you that Dragons are indeed REAL and that they are different than you’ve ever imagined? Did you know that Dragons are the master of disguises? Did you know that they love sugar and sweets (at unacceptable levels) and will do anything for treats? Award winning author Valarie Budayr brings us this fairly true story based on her childhood friendship with a REAL live Dragon.
Take a peek inside the book…
My Thoughts: Psst… do you want to know a secret? Did you know dragons are just like you and me? That is, they love poetry, and dancing, and even love to tell riddles and laugh. For far too long now, dragons have had a bad rap for wreaking havoc across the land destroying villages, devouring humans, and stealing treasure. Valarie Budayr and Michael Welply set the record straight and bring to life the fun-loving, whimsical side of the majestic dragons, in the delightful picture book, Dragons are Real.
In Dragons are Real, the narrator addresses the reader directly challenging young children to open their imagination to the possibility that dragons, typically depicted as terrible beasts, can be friendly and playful. The illustrations are colorful and kid-friendly – sure to easily keep children’s attention. The notion of a dragon having characteristics not fitting the common stereotype, opens up the possibility of a child thinking outside the box and has the potential of eliciting broader conversations about stereotypes. Thus, Dragons are Real would make an excellent read-aloud book in a preschool setting, early elementary classroom, or library reading circle. I recommend this book to children ages 3 to 6.
About the Author: Valarie Budayr
Award Winning and Best-selling author, Valarie Budayr inspires children and adults alike to experience their books through play, discovery, and adventure via engaging extension activities on her popular website, www.jumpintoabook.com.
Valarie is co-founder of Multi-cultural Children’s Book Day , #ReadYourWorld, a celebration of diverse and cultural kid-lit shared with over 98 million people on January 27th. Her foundation puts hundreds of books into the hands of children in rural and intercity areas. www.multiculturalchildrensbookday.com
Valarie’s other best-selling and award winning titles are: The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden, The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and A Year in the Secret Garden.
About the Illustrator: Michael Welply
Michael Welply was born in London in 1948. The family moved to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1950. He studied art in Winnipeg and then in Paris, but his idea of living from the sales of his paintings is somewhat compromised by the lack of buyers. He started his career as an illustrator in 1977 in London. In 1981 he returned to live in France with his American wife and their two children. Since then he has worked for publishers in both Europe and North America. To date he has illustrated over 80 books and more than 100 covers, in a wide range of subjects extending from detailed non-fiction to juvenile and adult fiction in the realms of fantasy, mythology, science fiction and fairy tales.
Book Blast Giveaway
Giveaway ends: May 30, 11:59 pm, 2016
Open to: Internationally
How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Valarie Budayr and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.