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Thursday, October 19, 2017

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?


by
Julie Falatko
Illustrations by
Tim Miller
9780425288658
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!



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CHARACTER INTERVIEW:
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 it...you 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 FAVORITE...you 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.
...food? Pretzels! Though I’m beginning to like pizza more.
...place 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 www.juliefalatko.com.


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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 timmillerillustration.com.


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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!




Wednesday, October 18, 2017

All things start with good intentions... THE LYONS ORPHANAGE by Charlie King

HI there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're shining the light on a newish Young Adult title from earlier this year starring a work of Urban Fantasy.  It takes us inside the life and times of an orphanage, founded by one of their own but falling slowly into disrepair...for no apparent reason...or is there?  Cue the creepy subplot music because there's definitely SOMETHING amiss here, but just what will keep you guessing.  Don't believe me?  Sam would have, but then again you'd have to have his special talent.  *wink wink*  Ready or not, here comes today's title in the spotlight...

The Lyons Orphanage by [King, Charlie]

by
Charlie King
9781787193030
New Generation Publishing

About the book...
Sam Watkins, an orphaned young teenager, possesses the ability to read the minds of almost everyone he meets.

Howard Lyons, the owner of the orphanage where Sam has lived since he was a baby, has been reluctant to let Sam leave the orphanage.

Unable to read the mind of Mr Lyons, he takes it upon himself to investigate the reasons behind the owner's decisions and learn more about the origin of his ability, his parents and the potential of his power.

However, Sam's investigation and mind-reading abilities reveal a power struggle at the top of a faltering orphanage between Mr. Lyons and his assistant Natalie.

Sam's involvement in this conflict leads him to look for ways to save the orphanage and uncover the true motivations of both the owner and his assistant while trying to learn about his past.



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Wow. That went from omg-where-on-earth-is-this-story-going to i-can't-flick-the-epages-fast-enough-to-see-how-it-unfolds in no time flat...and thank goodness it did! 

Seriously, I was initially worried...I mean the story of Sam the orphan, his friends, and the orphan to business mogul to orphanage founder, Mr Lyons (one of them anyway), was moving and pulled at the heartstrings somewhat...but I was looking for more.  I mean, we had our Annie and life wasn't exactly horrid for the kiddos in his care, just going downhill, so where was the drama, where was the heart, where was the reason to keep turning pages?  All that wondering and finally, when it was delivered, I was hooked. 

You see, Sam isn't your average young man, orphan status aside...but he's not the only one that isn't all he seems and those others just may not have the best of intentions. I mean, think about it in today's terms....those that do all the hacking and such have talent, no doubt, but when used for nefarious purposes, it becomes a curse.  Same rules apply here, and though it may not at first seem like it, there are bigger things at work, god complexes, of a sort, to be explored, and sticky situations to get out of...think you can tell the friends from the foes?  

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Recommended for older Kids Fiction to Young Adult fans and beyond for concepts explored and morals questioned.  The twists and turns the novel takes before getting us to a bittersweet end will have you wondering just how far some are willing to go in their quests for personal gain.




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About the author...


My name is Charlie King. I am a newly self-published author from Croydon having just published my first book, The Lyons Orphanage, and I intend to write more including a sequel.
I have had an interest in English and writing ever since I was young and it has stuck with me throughout my education. I have a BA Hons in Journalism with English Language from the University of Portsmouth. When I finished university, I found that Journalism was no longer for me but I still loved to write so instead I tried to find a non-Journalism related writing job. When that didn’t happen, I went through a stressful job in retail before working where I am now in an administrative role in a law firm.
Being content with my job, I found myself motivated to write a book. It had crossed my mind many times over the years; I even tried to write a book a long time ago around the age of ten/eleven but it was terrible and lucky not seen by any eyes other than my own. The thought of that book put me off from thinking I could write a decent book. However, now I am happy to say that I’m pleased with my debut novel. I was surprised of how the ideas flowed into my mind as I was writing it and it was the same for planning the plot of the sequel.


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Special thanks to author Charlie King for the ebook for review.  (THANKS!)  For more information on this title, the author, or his next WIP, feel free to click through the links provided above.  This title is available now in tree and "e" formats, so snap up your copy today!

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


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