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Thursday, October 19, 2017

TCBR AWARENESS TOUR with Baby Chomper's and author Jeff Minnich!

Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're joining The Children's Book Review for an AWARENESS TOUR starring a darling series perfect for the younger set with characters that'll warm your heart and bring a smile to your face. A quick look at the latest....

 Jeff Minich
Publisher: Nuggies Inc
 | November 7, 2017
ISBN-13: 978-0999298404

About the book...
Baby Chomper’s Bath Time is a lovable tale about a little puppy who learns to have fun doing his least favorite thing--- taking a bath! One day, baby Chomper escapes from home and gets muddy and stinky beyond belief. He rolls in the mud, takes a dive in the trash, and even gets sprayed by a very stinky skunk. After returning home, he finds that it’s his least favorite time of all: BATH TIME! With nowhere else to go, Chomper realizes that bath time can be one of the most fun times of all! He imagines himself diving into the deep blue sea, being the captain of his own ship, and surfing to a distant shore. Baby Chomper’s Bath Time is a playful story that encourages children to see the bright side of every situation.




1.     What inspired you to become a writer?

When I turned 40, I had this idea to write a book of advice to my younger self. After thinking about it, I realized that early childhood, when I was most impressionable, was the best age to write for. That kind of changed the dynamic behind my writing intention, in that you can’t just write a how-to for kids on living a virtuous life. Kids learn mostly from their experiences and observations of others. So, I thought I could embody some of the virtues I wanted to write about-- things like patience, kindness, whimsy, friendliness, and, from my latest book “Baby Chomper’s Bath Time”, optimism—in the form of cute and relatable little dogs. Dogs are amazing in that are born with and maintain a child-like spirit for their whole lives. My dogs are both 11 years old and they still are nearly as thrilled now with a treat, a walk, or playtime, as they were when they were puppies. I think part of the trick of living a happy life is learning how to protect that part of us that still revels in the simple things. At the end of the day, that’s what the Nuggies book series is about, adopting a positive outlook and making the most of life. That’s why I started writing.

2.     Why this particular genre/target audience?

Kids have few preconceptions about the world or life. For the most part, they live in the moment. In writing for them, I hope to inspire conversations and serve as a reference point for parents in situations that relate back to my stories. In “Baby Chomper’s Bath Time”, baby Chomper is faced with a situation, bath time, that he really doesn’t like. He has two choices, make the most of it or suffer! He chooses to make the most of it. Parents can use this story to help children overcome negative thinking, not only at bath time but in any situation their kids might be temperamental about. In my book “All the Other Nuggies”, the main character Coco feels like she doesn’t fit in. She overcomes this by taking a chance with a new friend, which leads to other positive feelings and events in her life. These are simple concepts, but they can be life changing for the right child. That’s why I love writing for children. Their minds are open and a small spark or inspiration might have a lasting impact for them.

3.     Of the books you've released thus far, which have you had the most fun with and why?

I’ve written six books now and each has a unique story behind it. But if I were just going on the “fun” factor, I would say book 4, “Oui Oui, Gigi!” was the most fun to write. The book is set in Paris and I went there for a week to write the first draft. I scouted locations for scenes in the book by walking the route through central Paris that the characters take as the story unfolds. All the scenes in the book, including the flower shop where Chomper and Coco meet Gigi are actual locations in Paris. Renan Garcia, the illustrator for the Nuggies series, did an incredible job turning these locations into a beautiful pastel watercolor inspired world for the book. I think it’s his most elegant, intricate, and beautiful work of the series. It was also so much fun to do a bilingual story that teaches kids a few words of French!

4.     If you weren't a writer, what you be your second ULTIMATE career choice?

If I had a little more brainpower (and mathematical ability) I would love to be a physicist. I am so fascinated by origins—how did things get to be the way they are-- and physics is the ultimate origin story. The work that has and is being done to understand the origins of our universe and the basic building blocks of reality is astounding. Physics is an incredible intellectual puzzle and one that I would love to get lost in – in another life!

5. There's are a few of YOUR favorite things! Go! Favorite...

... color? Pale Pastel Blue-- I just find it so soothing!

... season? Summer-- I love to get outside!

... food? Enchiladas-- I’m addicted to good enchiladas!

... book? Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki – he was a genius and this book has shaped my entire life and way of thinking. 

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Jeff Minich is the author of the Nuggies illustrated children’s book series. Created in collaboration with illustrator Renan Garcia, the series includes Daddy Forgot My Dinner (Vol. 1); All the Other Nuggies (Vol. 2); A Very Scary Pumpkin (Vol. 3); Oui Oui, Gigi! (Vol. 4); and If I Could Climb Trees (Vol. 5). You can learn more about the Nuggies book series by visiting:


The fun doesn't stop there!


Enter to win an autographed copy of Baby Chomper’s Bath Time, by Jeff Minich—plus a Dyson Supersonic hairdryer!
One (1) grand prize winner receives:
  • A Dyson Supersonic hairdryer
  • A complete autographed set of the Nuggies series
    • A copy of If I Could Climb Trees:Nuggies: Vol. 5, signed by Jeff Minich
    • A copy of Oui Oui Gigi: Nuggies: Vol. 4, signed by Jeff Minich
    • A copy of  A Very Scary Pumpkin: Nuggies: Vol. 3, signed by Jeff Minich
    • A copy of  All the Other Nuggies: Nuggies: Vol. 2, signed by Jeff Minich
    • A copy of  Daddy Forgot My Dinner: Nuggies: Vol. 1, signed by Jeff Minich
    • A copy of Baby Chomper’s Bath Time, signed by Jeff Minich
Value: $518+
Two (2) winners receive:
  • A copy of Baby Chomper’s Bath Time, signed by Jeff Minich
Value: $19.95
Giveaway begins September 26, 2017, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends October 26, 2017, at 11:59 P.M. MT.  Giveaway open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older.  Prizes provided by Jeff Minich


Special thanks to Bianca at The Children's Book Review for the chance to shine the spotlight on this series as well as to  the author for answering our questions. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the series, the author, this promotion or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above.

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

PYR BLOG TOUR: Snappsy the Alligator and His Best Friend Forever (Probably) by Julie Falatko - CHARACTER INTERVIEW!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

You've joined us on a special day indeed because RIGHT NOW, Penguin Young Readers is swinging by with none other than, the one, the AMAZING, the only....SNAPPSY, in his latest adventure, and from the sound of things, he's not any happier about it this time around as he was about the party last time around.  Let's take a peek, shall we?

Julie Falatko
Illustrations by
Tim Miller
Viking Books for Young Readers

About the book...
Now, these two rising picture book stars return with SNAPPSY THE ALLIGATOR AND HIS BEST FRIEND FOREVER (PROBABLY), on sale October 3, 2017, in which Snappsy reprises his role as a disgruntled protagonist. In their latest adventure, Snappsy and his loyal narrator discover the trials and error of friendship. You see, all Snappsy wants is a quiet evening to himself, but this pesky chicken (who insists he’s Snappsy’s best friend) won’t leave him alone. Friendship bracelets? Matching shirts? The sleepover of the century? Snappsy did not ask for any of this, but he might just be surprised at how nice it can be to have a friend.
With humor and sympathy, this giggle-inducing readaloud illuminates a situation we have all faced at some point—how sometimes, when we want a best friend so badly, we can come on too strong and overstep boundaries—as well as how magical it can feel when we get friendship right. Packed with silly, mischievous fun, kids won’t be able to hold back the laughs when reading this hilarious, pitch-perfect sequel to one of the funniest books of 2016.


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Sounds like fun, right?!
Oh trust me, it was...and I'm not even here to really TELL you about my experience through the pages.  Nope.  That's not my purpose here today...though if you REALLY wanted to know, I'd have to say in the grand scheme of things, it rocked.  I mean, how could it not?  It's got our main reptilian dude and his best buddy (maybe) and...okay, hang on, I'm getting ahead of myself and that's not why we're here.  

Today, we're here to not simply talk ABOUT Snappsy, but to talk WITH Snappsy!  That's right!  I was granted a very special interview with the green guy himself, and I asked the tough questions.  So, if you're ready, let's meet our scaly friend, shall we?  Put your paws, claws, and hands together with a warm welcome for our cold-blooded friend, SNAPPSY!



Image result for snappsyHey there, Snappsy! What's shaking.... besides you at the idea of a BEST FRIEND FOREVER...what gives?  Why are you opposed to having a best friend?
It’s not that I’m against having a best friend. I just like my quiet mornings. And suddenly there’s this chicken in my house trying to make me porridge.

Let's assume that the chicken is telling the truth and you will in fact be BEST FRIENDS FOREVER.  How do you think you'd celebrate the occasion and will we be invited?
Well, he keeps going on about all the things best friends do. He says we’ll have a dance party. He says we’ll sing karaoke and have a sleepover. Can’t best friends read quietly in different rooms? I think that’s what best friends should do.

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I get it, I get like your alone time.  So, what exactly do you DO with your alone time?  Hobbies, interests...anything?

Lately I’ve been getting into smoothies. They’re pretty great, smoothies. And I’ve been thinking of taking up painting. Quiet, contemplative, painting. In fact, if you’ll excuse me, I’d like to go do that right now.

What's that?  You want to end the interview?  Oh come now, these are your FANS reading this, and we all want to be your BEST FRIEND FOREVER...though I doubt you'd be able to wear that many necklaces or bracelets because you've got quite the following.  How have you been holding up with all the fandoms out there?  Any paparazzi moments you are to share?

I will say this for that chicken: he’s kind of like a bodyguard. Once a whole line of critters almost bonked into me, and he blocked them. He fields most of the press and interviews for me. Uh, except this one.

Image result for snowed inAlright, alright.  One last (lengthy) question, and I'll be out of your hair...or um, scales.  I say say the first thing that comes to mind.  Ready?  Favorite....
...color? A nice muted green.
...sound? The echoing plink plink of playing a xylophone in an empty concert hall.
...season? Winter is nice because if it snows a lot, it’s harder for people to show up at your door unannounced. Pretzels! Though I’m beginning to like pizza more. to go? I do love the Super-Duper Mart! They have everything in that place.
...FRIEND to see? If I have to see a friend, I’ll see the one who is always hanging out in my house anyway. From the kitchen to the living room to the BATHROOM, there he is. I might even be getting used to him.

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About the author...

 Julie Falatko loves friendship bracelets, friendship hats, and friendship pizza. She is always the first person to fall asleep at a sleepover. Julie is an author with a library degree who writes stories about misunderstood animals trying to find their place in the world. Julie lives in Maine with her family. To find out more about her books, please visit her at

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About the illustrator...

Tim Miller loves smoothies, reading by himself, and quiet evenings alone. He studied cartooning at the School of Visual Arts and now writes and illustrates children’s books to pay off his student loans. Tim lives in Queens with his girlfriend and three cats who are his best friends forever. To see a full list of his books, please visit


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Special thanks to Friya at Penguin Young Readers for the copy for review as well as the chance to participate in this amazing tour.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the series, the author, the illustrator, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is newly available this month via Viking Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing. Don't miss the rest of the tour for more great opportunities to see this book in a different light...

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October 3 – Bookish Things & More – Review
October 4 – The Reading Nook Reviews – Review
October 5 – Here’s to Happy Endings - Review
October 6 – HomeSchool4life – Review & Activity
October 10 – Mom-Spot Network – Review
October 11 – YABooksCentral – Review
October 12 – A Rup Life – Review with Craft
October 17 – Teachers who Read – Creative Post Art related reviews
October 18 – All Done Monkey – Review
October 19 – Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers – Character Interview
October 20 – Happily Ever Elephants – Review

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

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