Prize and sample courtesy of Donna Maguire
The Children’s Book Review | March 31, 2016
Enter to win an autographed copy of The Adventures of Silly Willy Winston as Explorer Snout in a Tale of Two Deserts, written by Donna Maguire; plus the entire 5 book Silly Willy Winston series!
One (1) grand prize winner receives:
- The complete autographed set of Silly Willy Winston Children’s Books including:
- The Wacky World of Silly Willy Winston: An ordinary pet with extraordinary adventures
- Silly Willy Winston in the Adventures of Super Snout: Have NO Fear
- Silly Willy Winston in the Adventures of Inspector Snout: The case of the missing tadpole
- The Adventures of Silly Willy Winston as Explorer Snout in a Tale of Two Deserts
- Silly Willy Winston in the Adventures of Pirate Snout: Mystery in the desert and on the seas (NEW Release)
Nine (9) runner-up winners receive:
- An autographed paperback copy of The Adventures of Silly Willy Winston as Explorer Snout in a Tale of Two Deserts, written by Donna Maguire.
Age Range: 6-8
Paperback: 44 pages
Giveaway begins March 31, 2016, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends April 30, 2016, at 11:59 P.M. PST.
Silly Willy Winston lives in Nevada with his BFF Livi. They spend a lot of time in the pool to stay cool, but what they love to do most is explore. When they set out on a journey Silly Willy Winston readies his nose and his snout. In a jiffy he becomes Explorer Snout. In this book they explore the Mojave and Gobi Deserts. They learn what creatures live there and how they survive. They also discover a rare bear that calls the Gobi its home.
Here’s what one teacher who also blogs about children’s and YA books wrote:
A wonderful combination of fiction and informational text! Explorer Snout takes Livi on an adventure to learn about deserts, especially the Mojava and the Gobi deserts. This book is packed with facts about deserts (rainfall, temperature, animals, safety, etc.) and text features (headings, map, captions, etc.). Although the book is fiction I will positively be sharing it with my second graders as a way to learn about a desert biome. 4 stars
Ages 6-8 | Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform | 2015 | ISBN-13: 978-1517435790
About Donna Maguire
I began writing children’s books in March with the first book in the series published on Amazon in July of 2015. It may seem a bit odd that the series already includes four books. The reason is that I created the books without even thinking of publishing them. After more than 35 years in the advertising and marketing profession, I left a successful marketing consulting business and moved to Nevada. The change was driven by the loss of my nephew, who I had raised more than a son then nephew. You see his brother lived there with his two little babies. He told me that if I came out and helped to care for them it would do wonders for me. I don’t think he knew how right he was.
With a strong belief that reading early and often to children not only makes for good times, it promotes bonding and nurtures the joy of reading so I read to them often. Something amazing happened, my creativity and imagination was re-ignited. It seemed only natural to funnel this new-found energy into a long-term desire to write children’s books. In essence, caring for my grand babies and creating children’s books provided an effective form of therapy.
As the books were initially created for a very select audience, my grand babies, I set several goals for the books, including (1) promoting literacy by helping to nurture the joy of reading through fun, humorous story telling, (2) providing a message of acceptance, love and friendship, not just for others but for the children reading the books themselves, and (3) igniting the young readers’ natural curiosity for the world, the environment and the creatures that inhabit it with us.
My Basset Hound Winston, Silly Willy Winston as I call him, was the perfect muse and unlikely hero for my books. He has the biggest ears ever, a stout frame, huge paws and a super large snout. He trips over his ears and paws often, which makes him a bit of a clown. Rather than bothering him he views people’s laughter as an invitation to make friends. If you ask me, he is the perfect role model for self-acceptance and empowerment. Winston’s traits and the way he embraces them and uses them to his advantage also make him an ideal character to help children understand, face and protect themselves and others against bullying through self-confidence.
Winston’s story can be used to start a conversation regarding bullying with children. After sharing the books with their children or loved ones, parents and caregivers can ask if a child ever feels as if they are different like Silly Willy Winston, what makes them different, how they feel about being different and what special powers or unique gifts they gain from their differences? Whether or not the child or children feel different a parent might want to ask if there is any one they know that is different, why and what unique qualities those children have? Both of these provide the opportunity to discuss how some children may pick on other children fro their differences. From there parents and loved ones are able to do what they do, be the good parents and caregivers they are and prepare children to protect themselves, and others, against bullying through awareness, confidence, calm and respect.
While most people think mainly of the strip when they think of Las Vegas, I have found it to be a treasure of creative, caring and sharing individuals. Several of the new friends I met were self-published authors. For kicks, I shared my books with them and was strongly encouraged to publish them. With an extensive background in marketing, I viewed this challenge enthusiastically. I learned how to format the books for Kindle, iBooks and on-demand printing. And the rest they say is history.
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