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Friday, September 9, 2022


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Today, we welcome The Children's Book Review as we shine the spotlight on a SPOOKY Graphic Novel perfect for the reading season! It may be geared towards the kiddo set, but it has a healthy dose of creepy, right alongside the messages of family, that will make it a shiny new penny worth investigating by a larger audience as well. Ready or not, here comes today's blog tour guest and ebook of choice...

Written and Illustrated by Meaghan Tosi
Based on a Story by Thomas Tosi
Ages 6-12 | 80 Pages
Dooney Press

About the book...
Aah! Dude! It moved!

Can the mysterious shuddering pumpkin the three kids found in the forest be alive? They’re going to find out when they lift it from its resting place and carry it home. But what happens if someone or something comes looking for it?

This evocative graphic novel is spooky yet ultimately gentle and charming. It presents a tale of unfounded fear of those who are different and the similarities we all share. Told in richly stylized full-color artwork from illustrator Meaghan Tosi whose previous work Kirkus Reviews praised as delightful.


I've been on a bit of a Graphic Novel roll here recently, a format I don't generally indulge in, but I must say, it's been rather enjoyable.  Take this one, for example...

A book like this goes to show you that as much as I am a lover of the WRITTEN WORD, a picture can, in fact, speak volumes.  The words throughout this book amount to a hill of beans versus a mountain, and yet, the tale is conveyed perfectly.  We get the happiness of the little girl before the boys decide to be bullies.  We see the sadness in her eyes, as well as the regret in theirs, when the stolen property gets lodged out of reach.  Upon discovering a mysterious pumpkin (that moves!), the curiosity in their eyes is very real, as is the intent to get their hands on something that doesn't belong to them...something that comes to haunt them later that evening....dun dun DUNNN!  

The point is that without detailed passages, readers are left to study the images before them, and discern the story from the panels given.  Those here do a wonderful job of conveying emotions, and continue the forward motion of the plot as it comes to a rather tedious point.  I must say that the ending was a surprise, considering the mounting tension, but a sweet one at that.  It allowed the story to come down on the scare factor a few notches so that younger readers could easily partake with less chance of retribution from their imaginations at bedtime.  

So go ahead, snuggle in, and get ready to embark on a story perfect for the reading season that will deliver just enough chills to keep your attention, while reminding us about the importance of family...and not touching things that belong to others without permission!



MEAGHAN TOSI, was born and raised in New Hampshire, earned a BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design, and illustrated this book and the middle-grade novel “Six Thousand Doughnuts” alongside author Thomas Tosi. She is also the author/illustrator of “Dweedy: The Imagined Adventures of My Deceased Cat.” She now lives with her partner Daniel and many plants in Portland, Oregon for the art scene, extraordinary hikes, and many neighborhood cats.


~~~   GIVEAWAY   ~~~

Enter for a chance to win an awesome Dooney Press Gift Pack of books and more fun goodies!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

Dooney Press Gift Pack:
ONE hardcover book "Squashed"
ONE paperback book "Six Thousand Doughnuts"
ONE paperback book "Dweedy: The Imagined Adventures of My Deceased Cat"
ONE DVD of the original family-produced short film "Squashed."

Four (4) winners receive:

ONE paperback book "Squashed"


Special thanks to Bianca at The Children's Book Review for the chance to bring this tour to you and as well as the ebook for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the tour for more bookish fun!


Wednesday, September 7, 2022
A book review of Squashed

Thursday, September 8, 2022
A book review of Squashed

Friday, September 9, 2022
A book review of Squashed

Monday, September 12, 2022
An interview with Meaghan and Thomas Tosi

Tuesday, September 13, 2022
A book review of Squashed

Wednesday, September 14, 2022
A book review of Squashed

Thursday, September 15, 2022
An interview with Meaghan and Thomas Tosi

Monday, September 19, 2022
A book review of Squashed

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
A book review of Squashed

Wednesday, September 21, 2022
A book review of Squashed

Thursday, September 22, 2022
A book review of Squashed

Friday, September 23, 2022
A Squashed book activity

Monday, September 26, 2022
A book review of Squashed

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

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