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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

What If Everybody Said That? by Ellen Javernick - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining Blue Slip Media for a stop along their current tour featuring a Storybook release that's not simply about telling a good tale, but about TEACHING something along the way.  It takes a lesson that can be hard learned, turns it into something relatable with a dose of fun, and leaves you with a mission to carry forth from the page into real life.  Sound good?  Alrighty then, let's do this!  Ready or not, today's book of choice is on deck...

Ellen Javernick
Illustrated by
Colleen Madden
Two Lions

About the book...
What if everybody chose to be kind?

If you tell someone that they can’t play with you, there’s no harm done, right? But what if everybody said that? What if everybody forgot to be kind…and made fun of other kids’ artwork at school, or told a fib, or refused to share with a person in need? The world wouldn’t be a very nice place to live. But what if everybody thought before they spoke, so the world would be a kinder place?



Right from the start, you can't help but be drawn in.  I mean, the title alone would do it with all the ponderings it brings to mind, but combine that with the cover, you just know something is about to go down, and you want to be a part of it...or perhaps not.  You see, our little leading lady is being anything but angelic.  Now don't get me wrong, people should be free to be themselves, but that goes for EVERYONE, and ridiculing, picking on, or name calling is for the birds...well, okay, not even them, but you know what I mean.  No one likes to be on the receiving end of things in that type of situation, and no one should be.  If only we would all take a moment to think about the other person's feelings, consider how our words might be taken...or pose the question, what if everybody said that?

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It's a real eye opening story, and the illustrations really give it that 1-2 punch.  You can see the feelings on both their faces when comments are made, almost hearing the judgment being passed, the hearts/dreams being broken.  It really reminds us to CHOOSE KINDNESS in all our daily actions and reactions.  Honestly, you never know how those words said in the heat of the moment, or without a passing thought, are going to impact the person they are being said to.  You might stop the next Picasso from becoming the artist they were meant to be, the next scientist in training from discovering the cure to incurable diseases, or even simply put the extra dose of lighter fluid on someone's already "stellar" day that could have used your moment of kindness, encouragement, or even simply...silence.  Hey, I don't know about you, but I was always told "if you don't have something nice to say, don't say it at all"...certainly can't go wrong there, but reaching out that helping hand, or extending that kind word is definitely a step up too.

Recommended read for kiddos of all ages because really...who couldn't use a reminder to think before we speak...especially in today's world? 


About the author...

Ellen Javernick is the author of more than twenty books for children, including the Children’s Choice Book Award finalist The Birthday Pet, illustrated by Kevin O’Malley, and the bestselling picture book What If Everybody Did That?, illustrated by Colleen Madden. She has been an elementary school teacher for more than twenty years and currently teaches second grade. She lives in Loveland, Colorado.

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About the illustrator...

Colleen Madden is the illustrator of numerous children’s books, including the picture book adaptation of All I Want for Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey and the bestselling picture book What If Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick. She lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and two sons. To see more of her work, visit her online



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Special thanks to Barbara and Sarah at Blue Slip Media for the chance to bring this tour to you as well as the copy for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, the illustrator, the publisher, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing.


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Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!


traveler said...

This book is wonderful and very special. I would give it to my young grandsons who would read it, enjoy it and treasure it for the message and the beauty. What a lovely giveaway and great author. Thanks.

Suz said...

Love this book cover! Looks like a great book!

Lisa Maucione said...

What a great message in this book! Sounds like a useful book to have in the classroom.

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