Giveaway: LaRue Across America: Postcards From the Vacation

| March 15, 2011 | 41 Comments

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: March 15, 2011

Blossoming readers’ doggy-favorite, Ike LaRue, is as witty as ever in his latest escapade, LaRue Across America: Postcards From the Vacation. No sympathy is spared for his neighbor when her hospitalization causes LaRue to spend his vacation with two rascally cats. Double page spreads play host to a set of postcards, which tell the comical story, and show-off Mark Teague’s waggish illustrations. While LaRue might not be so happy, we have good news for you: we have two copies to giveaway. Giveaway begins March 15, 2011, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends April 12, 2011, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Reading Level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 40 pages

Book overview: Ike’s plan for a peaceful cruise with Mrs. LaRue are thwarted when their neighbor, Mrs. Hibbins, falls suddenly ill. Mrs. LaRue suggests that she and Ike care for her cats while Mrs. Hibbins is in the hospital, inviting them along on the cruise. But cats aren’t allowed, and Mrs. LaRue decides to take them all on a week’s vacation of road-tripping. Ike is beside himself and quickly takes up his pen to tell us why!

Join award-winner Mark Teague on this romping road trip across America. Readers can follow along on the maps of the U.S. that span the endpapers. Teague drives us to the story’s satisfying conclusion, and we are left with one profound question: Can cats and dogs really be friends?

About the Author: Mark Teague is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator whose books include DEAR MRS. LARUE: LETTERS FROM OBEDIENCE SCHOOL, the 2002 Book Sense Illustrated Book of the Year; DETECTIVE LARUE: LETTERS FROM THE INVESTIGATION; LARUE FOR MAYOR: LETTERS FROM THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL; FUNNY FARM; and PIGSTY. He is also the illustrator of the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling How Do Dinosaurs series by Jane Yolen. Mark lives in Hudson Valley, New York, with his wife and daughters.

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  • Maximum entries: Three (3)

Giveaway Rules:

  • Shipping Guidelines: This book giveaway is open to participants with a United States address.
  • Giveaway begins March 15, 2011, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends April 12, 2011, at 11:59 P.M. PST, when all entries must be received. No purchase necessary. See official rules for details. View our privacy policy.

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Category: Ages 4-8, Giveaways

About the Contributor ()

The Children’s Book Review, named one of the ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) Great Web Sites for Kids, is powered by Bianca Schulze. Bianca is a freelance writer, bookseller, aspiring author, and mother to two daughters. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, her goal is to grow readers by showcasing useful and inspiring books!

Comments (41)

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  1. Anne says:

    Love books in a little different format – postcards sound like a lot of fun!

  2. Karen says:

    I would love to win this for my kids….thanks for the chance!

  3. Staci A says:

    We love the other titles from Mark Teague! We’d love to read this one too!

  4. Linda Kish says:

    This would be good for my great niece and nephew.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  5. Dominque says:

    My one year old and two year old love story time at night this would be a good add! We would love to win this book for our collection!

  6. Christine W says:

    I know that my grandson and I would enjoy reading about LaRue through the postcard format.

    Thank you,

    Christine W

  7. Christine W says:

    I tweeted about this giveaway!/ossmcalc/status/48026211884081152

    Thank you,

    Christine W

  8. Christine W says:

    I tweeted about this giveaway!/ossmcalc/status/48028765296672768

    Thank you,

    Christine W

  9. Amber Beckler says:

    I would love to win this so that I can read it to my grandchildren. The love to read about dogs. LaRue is so cute !

  10. Cherie J says:

    I would love to win this for my kids. This would be a great book for my son to read for his summer reading program. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  11. Line says:

    I would love to win this book! Please enter me in the giveaway!

  12. Tara Lazar says:

    We love LaRue and Mark Teague in our house! He’s even a magnet on our fridge (LaRue, not Mark!) LOL. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  13. Sheyla says:

    Oh how I love Mark Teague books, I would love to win this, so please enter NLBA in the drawing.


  14. Susan Kennedy says:

    I have several other postcard books. Sounds like a great one to add to the stack to encourage young writers.

  15. Marie says:

    My kids would love this — interactive books are always so much fun!

  16. Children in K-5 are very attracted to the Mark Teague books.

  17. Kathy says:

    I would love to win this for my granddaughter. She is crazy about dogs and would love LaRue.

  18. Stephanie M says:

    I would love to win this for my classroom. Thanks for the giveaway.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

  19. Isabelle says:

    Nice book!

  20. mrsshukra says:

    Please count me in!

  21. Betsy says:

    Good looking book.

  22. Kumba says:

    Would love to win this!

  23. Simone says:

    We love Mrs. Larue!!!

  24. Yvonne says:

    I would love to share this with my library pre-readers story groups.

  25. Wehaf says:

    This looks so adorable!

  26. sounds like a cute book please include me thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  27. Thank you for a chance to win!

  28. Marci J says:

    looks great!

  29. Robyn says:

    My Great Pyrenees and I are involved with a Children Reading to Dogs Program and our readers would love LaRue Across America.

  30. Beth Thompson says:

    Mark Teague has found as delightful an animal series as Eileen Cronin’s Farmer Brown’s farm animals. I’m looking forward to being able to reading this book to my 1st and 2nd grade students who are “reading around America” this year as they also learn library skills. What a delight to have a chance to win a copy!

  31. Anagha says:

    I have a little sister who would totally love this!

  32. Would love this for my daughter!

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

  33. Katie says:

    Would love to win this – the La Rue books are great!

  34. amber says:

    I love these books!! I’d love to win this!

  35. Nancye Davis says:

    My daughter is a booklover and would absolutely LOVE this book! She also LOVES anything to do with dogs. Thanks for the chance!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  36. Nancye Davis says:

    I follow you on Twitter

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  37. Nancye Davis says:

    Tweet! Tweet!

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  38. The two winners of the LaRue giveaway are (very lucky):

    Staci A: We love the other titles from Mark Teague! We’d love to read this one too!

    Christine W: I tweeted about this giveaway

  39. Ruth Jozwiak says:

    We’d like LaRue to send us his postcards

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