About the Book ~ *Now Available on Amazon*
Title: Lobo’s Howliday (The Adventures of Lovable Lobo) | Author: C.L. Murphy | Original Publication Date: Dec. 1, 2013 | Publisher: Independent – Peanut Butter Prose | Number of pages: 32 | Recommended age: 3 to 7
Summary: 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?
2014 Gold Medal Winner – eLit Awards
Excerpts and Links to Reviews of “Lobo’s Howliday”
Lobo’s Howliday received 40 new reviews on Amazon, 34 new reviews on Goodreads, and 25 bloggers posted reviews on their websites through this Book Review Blitz.
Dorothy G. (Amazon): “Murphy did a marvelous job, and this is a spectacular book for the Holiday season. I rate this book a two thumbs up and recommend for our homeschooling family members and others!”
Reading Authors: “This book was a delightful easy reader book. The book is set for age 3-7 which is just about right. The younger child will enjoy the colorful pictures and repetitive words said by the raven, while the older child will enjoy reading the more advanced sentences.
Naznin Azeez: “What I love the most in this book is that the illustrations are gorgeous and somehow has more quality to it than other picture books I’ve read recently. Also, there is a nice, positive and festive feeling to it.”
Books Direct: “This is an imaginative Christmas story to which today’s children will be able to relate. The message of friendship and selflessness is both timely and timeless. But the true stars of this book are the illustrations, which are perfectly magical. Who would have thought that so much snow could translate so beautifully to the page? A great alternative to the classic Christmas tales.”
Dividing by Zero: “Overall this is a cute Christmas story for kids (with, of course, a happy ending). There’s some silliness, there’s some opportunity for further exploration (the Arctic animals who help the friends, the Northern lights, etc.), and there are some life lessons about helping others/being a good friend too.”
Kay LaLone ~ I Love Books!: “I loved this cute story… Colorful pictures. Cute Christmas story.”
Peggy S. (Amazon): “Great little Christmas read for children up to 7. Great graphics. Teaches them lesson of lending a hand when a person is in need. All around fantastic!”
Stitch Says: “Kids will enjoy the bright pictures and the simple text. They will also love Lobo’s unique way of saving the day!”
Gregory B. (Goodreads): “My 2 year old son absolutely loved the illustrations. He was so enthralled with them, that it took a while to turn each page.”
Catherine J. (Goodreads): “The characters are so fun and cute and children are introduced to the Northern lights and a menagerie of arctic animals. Kids will love this Christmas treat!”
Susanne P. (Amazon): “If you’re looking for a holiday read that’s full of fun, colour and excitement, then look no further. A sweet story set in the Arctic, this storybook has it all – Christmas, Santa, the North Pole, a predicament and a loveable wolf pup to sort things out. The illustrations are alive and seem to literally jump off the page. A perfect Christmas gift.”
K&A’s Children’s Book Reviews: “This is the first time I read the adventures of Lobo. K and I both enjoyed the story especially right now around Christmas time.”
Library Cat (Amazon): “I enjoyed the colorful illustrations and the holiday theme.”
Wild About Reading “Donalisa” (Amazon): “Your children will love to read about all of the other animals and learn about the Northern Lights. My 12 year old and 7 year old both enjoyed the story and stated that we will be adding it to our Christmas reading. My 1 year old enjoyed the pictures.”
Asher J. (Amazon): “I just finished this new tale by CL Murphy and I must say that Lobo seems pretty darn lovable!”
Bound 4 Escape: “This is the second Lobo book I’ve read and I love them! The Lobo books are cute and colorful books for young children… I highly recommend this book for young children.”
Amy B. (Goodreads): “This story has great bright illustrations that will light up a child’s face when they see this. This is a must read for a child during the Christmas time.”
Arlene M. (Amazon): “I read this a couple time to my boys. Every single time lobo would howl, they would howl. All the characters were amazing. The lights making the sky and trees look like rainbows. my boys thought it was so awesome seeing rainbow trees.
Such a great kids book!”
The Book Lovers Lounge: “Yet another fun adventure for Lobo… I loved how not-too-common animals are being included in his stories – and this one is not an exception… Highly recommended book for the holidays!”
Identity Discovery: “My son saw the front cover opened on my laptop and insisted on looking at it. I read him the story. He really enjoyed it, but i will say that he was more excited to hear about Santa. He’s only four so this year he actually understands the idea that Santa is coming. This sucked him in though and I think he enjoyed the story. The slight twist on Santa’s normal delivery methods was an interesting change. We really enjoyed this.”
Eloquent Articulation: “The book has lovely pictures on every page that explain what is going on and a simple story line easy for small children to understand. A good read for this season and all through the year; a perfect bedtime read.
It is a perfect Christmas read and totally deserves all the praise and accolades it has gathered.”
Barbara Ann Mojica: “I just love this addition to the Lovable Lobo series. Children of all ages will enjoy the bright, bold computer images that display fantastic emotion in the facial expressions and beautiful background scenery. The story is modern, clever and innovative.”
100 Pages a Day: “On his journey, Lobo meets many Arctic animals including an Arctic mouse, Arctic fox, a polar bear, Arctic wolf and Arctic hare, a great way to introduce kids to animals in this habitat.”
Melissa M. (Amazon): “Friendship and a willingness to help another are two lessons that pop out immediately. This is a wonderful children’s picture ebook for the holidays!”
1977Books: “A short read, just enough for a child to grasp this festive read. I thoroughly enjoy the arctic animals accompanying a wolf pup name Lobo on his journey to help Santa. Each page delightfully move along and surely will put you in the mood for Christmas.”
PJ LaRue: “I highly recommend this book, as children will want to hear this story over and over during the holiday season and Christmas Eve while they wait for their gifts. The illustrations will appeal to children and compliment the story wonderfully.”
Sassy and Dangerous: “Reading Lobo’s Howliday for the first time, I couldn’t help but giggle. The cover was adorable, and the minute I dove inside the book, it was filled with a cuteness overload! The illustrations in this book were fantastic and it definitely caught my eye. The characters were fun and cute to read about.”
Breath of Fresh Air: “Lobo’s Howlidays is a colorful picture book and is sure to leave a lasting impression on the minds of young readers. I am yet to share this book with my elder one. But, I know for sure, the pictures and the narrative are sure to take his breath away and is will surely stay with him as well for a long, long time.”
Christy M. (Amazon): “This is another cute story in the Lovable Lobo series. Your child will love the bright illustrations and the adventurous story.”
Central Illinois Blogger: “Kids will just absolutely LOVE Lobo!.. Kids will learn all about life in the Arctic, the Northern Lights, all the different animals that live in the Arctic, and about icebergs.”
Rhiannon R. (Amazon): “This is such an adorable story! I love the illustrations. They’re bright and colorful and brought a huge smile on my face. I love the interaction that Lobo has with all the different animals that he meets as he makes his way to the North Pole. Not only is there a cute Christmas story, but I love how the author shows how great it is to help others and to make new friends. I will be recommending this book to young readers I know.”
1:25 am Reviews: “First off, this is like the most adorable story I’ve ever read!! The illustrations, while beautifully memorizing, are vibrant and bold. I imagine that children and adults alike will adore them.”
BeachBoundBooks: “Lobo’s Howliday is such a festive tale. Children will delight in all the arctic animals Lobo meets as he journeys to the North Pole. Merriment will fill their hearts when Lobo’s special talent helps get Santa out of a jam. The illustrations are cheery and vivid and as always Lobo is adorable.”
Pink Watermelons: “The kids were totally delighted and entertained by this book from start to finish. The story is exciting, and the illustrations are breath-taking. Lobo’s Howliday is an all-around great book!”
Beauty Brite: “Lobo’s Howliday is a fun read and a great way to spend time with the little ones in your life during the holiday season. My niece particularly loved the different kinds of animals in the story, the bright colors and she giggled at the out-of-shape reindeer! This would make a wonderful Christmas Eve activity before bedtime, along with a cup of hot chocolate, for small children.”
Jenn G. (Amazon CA): “The story is beautiful illustrated with bright captivating colors. I especially love the pages where the Northern Lights make up the back drop.”
Adalinc to Life: “A Christmas tale about friendship, helping others, and just being yourself that will be a nice addition around the howliday season.”
Brooke B. (Amazon): “This was a really cute story with beautiful, bright illustrations. My three year old really enjoyed seeing all the colors and all the different animals throughout the story. This is one we will read again and again.”
The Blended Blog: “I loved this book. It would be an excellent addition to young ones holiday reading list. Beginner readers would be able to read the book independently. I may have to buy the book to add to my students basket at school. I’m a teacher and always looking for new books to share with my students.”
About the Author: C.L. Murphy
While new to the children’s book writing and illustrating scene, C.L. Murphy (Cathy) 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.
She feels that creating picture books is something that she was destined to do, after years of filing away so many ideas, while raising her two sons. She is a member of SCBWI.
She lives amongst the wildlife in an enchanted forest in the beautiful Oregon wilderness with her husband and menagerie. She has always appreciated nature and animals have always played a major role in her life. The inspiration for the Lovable Lobo character came from a wolf that she raised for over 14 years.
Check out her book series and discover that you, too, will find Lobo lovable.
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