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Monday, November 16, 2009

Let the GIVEAWAY begin!


WIN The Zoopendous Surprise by Boots Hensel

When I first read about this children's book I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy and share it with my children. Now, I can't wait to share it with one of you. The author Boots Hensel has graciously offered to giveaway a copy of The Zoopendous Surprise to an It's a woman's world! reader.

I originally reviewed the book on August 27th and you can read that review here. It's based on a true story to give honor to the author's daughter Courtney who died of cancer four years ago. Courtney was a zookeeper for two Asian elephants at the Little Rock Zoo in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Boots would often visit her daughter at the zoo and watch the interaction of the animals as they played together. She noticed the elephants' sensitivity and antics, which compelled her to write about her daughter's "girls."

The Zoopendous Surprise is such a sweet and entertaining story of the elephants, Mary and Ellen, who try to find out what's going on around the zoo. None of their animal friends will tell them what the surprise is and just as they're getting discouraged and about to give up they discover what it is.

What do you think it is? That's what I asked my children when I was almost finished reading the story. Between the voices that can be used for each animal, the colorful and beautiful illustrations (by Andrea Gabriel) and the suspense of trying to figure out what is going to happen, The Zoopendous Surprise is a book that your children will love hearing and reading again and again. Honestly, it's one of my favorites.

How can you win?

There's one simple way to enter: Leave a comment on this post telling me about your child's favorite book. If you don't have a blogger profile that includes your email address, be sure to include that in your comment.

Who is eligible?

This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents.

The winner will be announced Monday, November 30th on this post and a separate announcement post. The winner, who will be chosen by, will receive an email and have four days to respond. If a response is not received in that time then a second place winner will be chosen.


  1. Oh, my 5 yr old has such an appetite for reading (or being read to) that it is hard to pin down a favorite. I am going to go with Pinkalicious, by Victoria Kann. She ask daily for that book to be read. This book, you are offering on the giveaway, looks darling. Thanks!

  2. My daughter's favorite book was "Panda Bear's Paintbox". I got so tired of reading that book! After a while, she would request it just because she knew I was sick to death of it. When she became an adult, I photocopied the covers, used them as the outside walls, and made a miniature scene for her. Her child now has the book; and I hope he never wants me to read it to him. (Because, of course, Grandma WOULD.) He does love books; and I know he would like this one. Sheila

  3. Hi,

    I have two children. Both boys. My oldest is 3 and his favorite book is "Jack and the beanstalk". My youngest, at 1.5 year olds favorite book is "The Big Red Barn". They both love books so much and bring me books all day long to read to them. I am happy to read to them because these are some of my favorite times with my children! Cuddling up with a good book and your child what could be better...

  4. Right now my daughter loves this book on seasame street...I randomly bought it and she loves it

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

  5. Dr. Seuss "The Cat in The Hat Comes Back" is a favorite here, it is always a surprise to see what's around the corner..of the next page! And it inspires lots of giggles, which is heavenly!

  6. One of our favorite books is, "Don't let the pigeon drive the bus" by Mo Willems. The Zoopendous Surprise sounds good...everyone likes surprises.

  7. My kids love the Judy Blume books right now that include the Fudge series; who wouldn't want a double dose of Fudge!
    brownatural at gmail dot com

  8. My kids love having The Cat in the Hat read to them!

    khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  9. My son's favorite frequently changes, but right now he has been enjoying "The Runaway Dinner".

  10. My son loves SO many books! Some of our favorite authors are Laura Numeroff, Rob Scotton, Bob Staake and Sandra Boynton.

    honey2mommy (at) gmail (d0t) com

  11. I'm not sure if my nephew has only a single favourite book, but he loves just about all thing Seuss.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  12. My daughter loves animal books and recently found a book at the library called The Amazing Animal book. She loves it.

  13. My kids have so many favorite books. Right now my daughter has been loving Lily's Purple Plastic Purse. We read it at least three times yesterday!

  14. Right now it is 'Edward the Emu'

  15. I have three toddlers and their favorite book is "The Gruffalo's Child" This book is so imaginative and fun and even I like reading it to them.

  16. Fox in Sox is a favorite around here!

    I do not have a blog. However my email is

    I've enjoyed your blog!

  17. I have 3 kids but my one son's favourite book right now is Aliens Like Underpants :) My other son loves You Are Special by Max Lucado. My daughter is almost 3 and she loves every single book in the world :)

  18. We love BOOKS - plain and simple! One favorite is One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims...

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

    We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings:

  19. My son loves the Little Critter books by Mercer Mayer. But his favorite since he was little (& mine too) is "There's a Nightmare In My Closet.)

  20. We read Goodnight Moon waaaaaay too much here.

  21. Are you my mother is a big favorite of my kids

  22. "Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs" is a favorite :)

  23. I am a librarian, so we read TONS. Right now we are enjoying Christmas books like "Mortimer's Christmas manger".

    honey2mommy (at)gmail (d0t)com

  24. My kids both like the book I Stink.

  25. My daughter loves The cat in the hat and opther dr seuss books

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net


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