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Giveaway: A Reel Cool Summer

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: July 13, 2011

What do you get when you cross a pirate, a princess, a prize and a pig? A Reel Cool Summer. Enter to win one of three signed copies by author Martha Rodriguez and illustrator Joey Rodriguez. Giveaway begins July 13, 2011, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends August 10, 2011, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Reading Level: Ages 5-9

Paperback: 32 pages

Book overview: A Reel Cool Summer has all the ingredients for a great movie adventure: It’s the hottest, most boring day of summer vacation!  It’s so hot and boring, it feels like you’re in a mall that’s made of really, really hot lava!  Confused?  That’s okay.  It will all make sense once you meet Joey, Danny and Jacqui.  Will the three siblings find a way to cool down?  Can they turn this boring day around?  Will aliens take over the world?  Wait. What?

A Reel Cool Summer has all the ingredients for a great movie adventure: a pirate, a princess, a prize and a pig (well, two pigs. well, actually, two guinea pigs)!

About the author: Martha Rodriguez is a wife and mother of three.  Like most moms, she has had many years of experience answering the question, “We’re bored, what can we do?”  One answer to that question brought about the true story behind A Reel Cool Summer, a wacky and colorful book about three kids using their imagination and creativity to turn a boring, hot day into a real, or reel, cool one!

This is Martha’s first children’s picture book.  She created her own publishing company, Read To Me Publishing, LLC and is working on a second book featuring the three siblings.  Her son, Joey, who is the real Joey in the story, created the bright and colorful illustrations for the book.

She has been a volunteer Adult Literacy Tutor with Literacy Volunteers of Leon County (Tallahassee, FL) and served as a member of its Board of Directors from 2008-2011.

Martha was born in Havana, Cuba and emigrated to the United States, with her parents, at the age of three.

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  • Shipping Guidelines: This book giveaway is open to participants with a United States address.
  • Giveaway begins July 13, 2011, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends August 10, 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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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. 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, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

  • Very exciting!!

    July 13, 2011
  • Reely looking forward to reading it!

    July 13, 2011
  • Can’t wait to read!

    July 13, 2011
  • Can’t wait for my sister to read to me!

    July 13, 2011
  • I have such a cool babysitter – I think she’ll read it to us!

    July 13, 2011
  • What a wonderful book!

    July 13, 2011
  • This looks like a very cute book.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

    July 13, 2011
  • I remember seeing that movie you guys made. I cannot believe there is a book now!

    July 13, 2011
  • Hemingway, Poe, Rodriguez, Steinbeck!

    July 14, 2011
  • Can’t wait to reel it in from our mail carrier!

    July 14, 2011
  • Congrats to the Mother/Son Team! How wonderful to do something together like that. All the best!!

    July 14, 2011
  • I know the mother of this mother/son team and am very excited for her! She is a very talented and energetic woman, and a strong advocate for literacy, so I’m not surprised to see that she has now tried her hand at writing a children’s book. I also know that her son is a talented artist and this must be very exciting for him as well. I can’t wait to read the book! Congratulations Martha & Joey!

    July 14, 2011
  • thanks for the chance to win

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

    July 14, 2011
  • It sounds like such a fun, interesting story. I’d love to share it with my son!

    July 15, 2011
  • This book sounds like a fun one to read to my third graders. Would be a great pre-write activity to get the students thinking about how they spent their summer and then to share in writing activity.

    Hi Martha! How exciting for you! Thank you for sharing:-)
    Our girls sure have grown up, haven’t they! Senior year, here we come!!!

    July 20, 2011
  • The topic of your book sounds like a fun one that all children (and parents) can relate to. Congratulations!!!

    July 20, 2011
  • This book sounds like kids would really love it – and parents could probably learn something too!

    July 31, 2011
  • sounds like a great book and lots of boy appeal too..

    August 3, 2011
  • would love a chance 2 read

    August 3, 2011
  • Oh …. this looks so cute!
    And signed too!
    Great giveaway!

    August 3, 2011
  • thanks for a chance to win

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

    August 4, 2011
  • Congratulations to these three lucky winners:

    Skye Salzer: What a wonderful book!

    Staci A: It sounds like such a fun, interesting story. I’d love to share it with my son!

    Liza767: would love a chance 2 read

    Keep an eye out for your winning e-mail notification!

    Alternate winner drawn on August 15:
    apple blossom: thanks for the chance to win

    August 11, 2011
    • sent you info thanks

      August 11, 2011
  • Congratulations Staci, Liza and appleblossom for winning the giveaway! Your books are on their way! Enjoy!


    August 16, 2011

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