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Monday, September 11, 2023

Amazon Crossing Kids presents... MEMO AND THE UNEXPECTED GIFT by Funda Özlem Şeran and Ezgi Keleş - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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Today, we're teaming up with Amazon Crossing Kids to shine the book spotlight on a new Picture Book  COMING SOON to a bookstore shelf near you that deals with loneliness, family, and doing the right thing, all with a BIG surprise you might not see coming! Ready or not, fair readers, here comes today's book of choice and blog tour guest...

Funda Özlem Şeran & Ezgi Keleş
Illustrated by
Ezgi Keles
Translated by
Amy Marie Spangler
Amazon Crossing Kids

This story was charming!
Little Memo lives with his grandmother, some distance from others, but they have a cozy life. She's takes care of him, and he helps her in all the little things. Problem is the distance from others means he doesn't really have a lot of friends, and as there's a generous age gap between caretaker and protégé, their fun times, active times doing kids love doing is often cut short. That feeling of being separate, being on your own, can work for some for a while, but humans tend to seek out others like themselves to work, play, and grow, and Memo felt alone. At least until he stumbled upon a little kitty in need...

Grant it, the kitty is the UNEXPECTED GIFT in a lot of ways because he gives Memo someone to play with, to take care of, and spend time with... but he also GIVES an unexpected gift later on after all the kindness, care, and love he was shown. Memo learns that taking care of someone, loving someone, means more than simply what they can provide you with, but he also learns just how wonderful family can be... especially when they can see what they're doing!

A great story filled with imagination and heart, Memo deserves a place in your family and on your bookshelf!

About the author/illustrator...

Funda Özlem Şeran is a Turkish author. Born in Istanbul in 1984, Funda received both her BA and MA degrees in political science and international relations from Marmara University. Her published works include horror anthologies, adult urban-fantasy novels, sci-fi novellas, and various children’s books. Her short stories have won several national awards, and she is published in Italian and Dutch anthologies.

Ezgi Keleş is a Turkish author and illustrator. She was born in Istanbul in 1984. Ezgi graduated from the Department of Graphic Design at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University and has worked as an art director at several advertising agencies. Now she writes and illustrates children’s books and magazines. She is a mom to one child and one cat. See more of her art on Instagram @ezgikeles.

About the Translator...

Amy Marie Spangler is cofounder of the AnatoliaLit Agency in Turkey and the commercial and literary translator of numerous books and short stories. From 2007 until 2015, she headed the fiction-translation group of the Cunda International Workshop for Translators of Turkish Literature, and she has taught in the translation-studies departments at Boğaziçi University and Istanbul Okan University.



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 soon,  so mark your calendar (September 19th!) or preorder your copy today!

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

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