Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers….a great place to start a new week off….bookishly. A quick reminder…there is one contest running right now on the site for a great Young Adult title that’s a perfect fit for your summer reading list, but it all ends at midnight tonight; don’t miss out! Now, let’s kick this week off with a bang, shall we?
Today, we are playing host to a fun-tastic tour courtesy of the great folks at Blue Slip Media. It features a title perfect for the young and the young at heart and is a great way to say you care this Father’s Day. That’s right. Father’s Day is coming up next weekend…have you picked out a special present for the big D in your life? If so, fantastic; if not, allow me to suggest this wonderful title from the folks at Hyperion. Today’s blog tour guest and book of choice is….
Alan Lawrence Sitomer
From the moment you lay eyes on the cover, you can sense the fun that’s in store. Here is a tale that doesn’t dispel a Mother’s or Father’s parenting style as wrong or obsolete but rather embraces the differences in both. While each has their own way of doing things from getting ready in the morning to birthday party etiquette, they share a common bond….love. All the actions taken no matter how fun or funny are out of the goodness of their hearts and though the approaches may be polar opposites, creating enormously hilarious results (syrup on the dog anyone…or how about a bath where the room gets more water on it than you?), at the end of the day…that love is all that matters.
A smile inducing look at the big guy we call Dad. He may not be superman, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but when all is said and done, for most….he is a top notch, grade A, 100% certified lovable guy. So what if his favorite team losing makes him cry or he’s a bit put out when you win at tic-tac-toe…he’s your Dad and though his efforts may be laughable at times, his love for you is never failing. Recommended read for youngsters and beyond. The story will touch the hearts of all ages as will the art….just try not to shoot milk out your nose when you see some of the Dad’s antics in this book; too funny. (Watch for the dog’s expressions too for an extra chuckle!)
Now, this wouldn’t be a proper jump start to the week if we ended things there, now would it? No siree. When offered to chance to participate in this tour, I was also given the opportunity to host a guest post with a topic of my choosing. Given the story at hand and the upcoming holiday, I thought something special was in order, so I asked if the author would be so kind as to share a favorite memory of time spent with his Father. The results, well….see for yourself….
GUEST POST: Author Alan SitomerMy own father passed away when he was still quite young, but the best part of him was, without a doubt, his laugh. When he was relaxed and in a good mood, my dad had the kind of laugh that would fill a room. Loud, resonant, deep, and infectious, my father’s laugh impressed an indelible memory on me and though many, many years have passed since his death, the sound of his laugh still echoes in my ear like the waves of the ocean in a seashell.Going to see a movie with my father was always an extra special treat, because if the film was funny, he was “that guy.” You know, the one who is unselfconsciously roaring in the middle of the theater, entirely unconcerned about the level of his mirthful volume or the length of time that his merriment continues on. I’m quite sure that more than a few paying customers missed multiple lines of cinematic dialogue as a result of my dad’s amused howl over the years. Yet his sense of humor was more contagious than it was overbearing. (At least it seemed that way to me. To others, well . . . I am sure a few stick-in-the-mud types turned their noses up at the boldness of his joviality but hey, life goes on.)Indeed, to recollect my own dad around this time of year is to think about the sound of humor. And I’d bet dollars to doughnuts that part of the reason I value humor and laughter as highly as I do in both my own home as well as in the books I write is because of how I grew up listening to the music of the human spirit made manifest in his joy.No, my dad wasn’t perfect—not by any stretch—but goodness did he have a laugh.And I miss it.
About the author…
Alan Lawrence Sitomer is a nationally renowned speaker and was California’s Teacher of the Year in 2007. He is also the author of multiple works for young readers, including Nerd Girls , the Hoopster trilogy, The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez , Cinder-Smella , and The Alan Sitomer BookJam. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughters. For more information, visit his website: http://www.alanlawrencesitomer.com/
A wonderful heart warming share if I do say so myself, and a gift that will last a lifetime; thank you so much Mr. Sitomer for giving us a glimpse at the man you called Dad. Now, friends and fellow readers….it’s your turn, to share, to care AND to win!
That’s right! Thanks to Blue Slip Media and Hyperion, YOU have the chance win an AUTOGRAPHED copy of this very title. Exciting, right? Here’s the scoop!
(1) AUTOGRAPHED copy of Daddies Do It Different by Alan Lawrence Sitomer
How to enter…
Fill out the Rafflecopter below and BAM….you’re in!
Entries accepted Monday, June 11th, 2012 through Sunday, June 17th, 2012 at midnight CST. Open to residents of the US and Canada; no P.O. Boxes please. Winner will be contacted via email by Tuesday, June 19th, 2012 and have 48 hours to respond with mailing information. If response is not received within the given time frame, a new winner will be drawn.
Special thanks to Barbara and Sarah at Blue Slip Media for the chance to participate in this promotion. (THANKS!) For more information on this as well as their upcoming projects, feel free to visit them online or like them on Facebook. To discover more about author Alan Sitomer’s world, visit his official website, NING page, Facebook page, or Twitter feed. This book was released April 2012 from Hyperion and should be readily available on a bookstore shelf near you.
The next stop on this tour is tomorrow at Susan Heim on Parenting….be sure to stop by and say hello. Also, before we say goodbye, there's one more bit of fun to be had. Disney Hyperion wanted to help you tell your Dad how much he means and so, they've provided a FREE DOWNLOADABLE Father's Day card featuring artwork from this book! Pretty snazzy, right? It's just waiting to be personalized by YOU so click on over to get your copy now!
Until next time….good luck, happy early Father’s Day…and happy reading!