Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.
Today, we're welcoming an iRead Book Tours tour starring a Children's Storybook from an author that knows the world as our little lady does...upside-down that is. That's right! It may sound odd, but it's quite clear once the story's end is reached that right-side-up may not be all its cracked up to be. Ladies and gents, get in your favorite positions whether upside-right or downside-left or something in between, it's time to greet today's book of choice and blog tour guest...
About the book...
Kika always seems to accomplish things differently than others and tends to get into trouble for it. She reminds us that choosing to be different is more than okay, and finding others to join in her upside down adventures makes her heart feel huge - especially when it involves somersaults, vaults, flips and kips! Join Kika, a girl who loves living upside down in a right side up world, on her unique journey to a fliptastic world! Kika reminds us that choosing to be different is more than okay, and finding others to join in her upside down adventures feels fliptastic - especially when it involves somersaults, vaults, flips and kips in the Gymnastics Emporium!
I admit it, I wasn't in love with Kika....at first.
Ah ha! Caught you off guard didn't I? Not to worry, you'll recover. Anyway...
At first read, I was a bit confused. Why on earth would a child want to walk around on her hands all day, hand from a tree like a monkey, even do her class assignments UPSIDE-DOWN? I just couldn't fathom it but then again, you're talking to the girl who follows the rules and the norm as closely as possible to avoid the spotlight or turning heads, so there is a bit of a difference. As I kept turning pages though, it became all too clear...Kika just needed to find the RIGHT arena to spotlight her fascinating talents and the perfect group of fellow upside-downers to celebrate them with! A great reminder to be true to ourselves and not let the world make us conform to what's considered the norm. Really, if we WERE all the same, how boring would that be?
Now, a storybook isn't only story but also pictures and that's what also stole my heart here. Kika is adorable, bright, colorful, and bursting forth from each page...except when they are trying to turn her right-side-up, aka not letting her be herself. Her cheerful little face exudes nothing but joy when set free and once she finds where she belongs, her smile doubles in size. It was wonderful to see her in her glory, letting her enthusiasm and delight shape the world as she knew it. Once again, a great way to remember that the world is what we make of it and can only get us down as much as we will let it.
Overall, a wonderful read that's imaginative and creative to boot while staying true to itself. It conveys a message of love and acceptance in short, easy to read passages hidden amid pages of wonderful illustrations that will capture the eye and delight the youngest to the eldest. I can definitely see older readers quirking an eyebrow at first read, but trust me...in the end, it all comes together to make a memorable moment worth sharing.
About the author...
Olympic gymnast turned author, motivational speaker and experiential educator Jessica Tudos (JessicaTudos.com) is on a mission to empower kids, youth and adults to develop the confidence and resiliency required to lead active, healthy and creative lives. In organizations around the world, Jessica empowers audiences through engaging stories, insights & reflections drawn from her upside down life, including her Olympic gymnastics adventures. Jessica is a sought after speaker, facilitator and professor in experiential education, physical literacy, leadership & elite sports.
Special thanks to Laura at iRead Book Tours for the review copy as well as the chance to bring this tour to you. (THANKS!) For more information on THIS TOUR (you know, other viewpoints, guest posts, CONTESTS!), the title, the author, the publisher, or those promotions forthcoming, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now via Dominzelles Publishing, Inc., so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.
Until next time..happy reading!