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Friday, April 5, 2024

AWARENESS TOUR: Roar-Choo! by Charlotte Cheng, Illustrated by Dan Santat - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

Time for another AWARENESS TOUR to help shine the book spotlight on a title that might have flown under your radar!  Today, we're joining The Children's Book Review for not only a tale of friendship and caring, but a cultural experience.  Ready or not, here comes today's blog tour guest and ebook of choice...

Charlotte Cheng
Illustrated by
Dan Santat
Ages 4+ | 40 Pages
Rocky Pond Books

About the book...
Patient, peaceful Phoenix tries to take care of rambunctious and cold-ridden Dragon, which leads to hilarious and sweet results (with vibrant illustrations by the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of Beekle).

Everyone knows that dragons are fierce, capable of taking on the world!

But this dragon can’t stop sneezing long enough to get a roar out. Even with friendly Phoenix insisting that Dragon get some rest, this powerful creature refuses to stop for any orange ginger tea or a drop of bone broth soup.

It’s only when Dragon realizes Phoenix has caught the same cold that they are both able to take the break they so badly need. This tale of helping your friends and valuing differences is a sure-thing for story time.


It's a story for the ages...the STRONG, POWERFUL, UNSTOPPABLE dragon is under the weather and too STRONG, POWERFUL, and...STUBBORN to stop and take the rest he really needs to be UNSTOPPABLE again.  Lucky for him, Phoenix has his back, but that's only if he can get him to LISTEN!  Oye...what IS IT about those with strong personalities that make them just as strongly sure that they are the only ones that know best when their body is telling them otherwise?  Tell me you don't know someone JUST LIKE DRAGON...yeah, that's what I thought...but I bet you also know someone JUST LIKE PHOENIX.  Am I right?  Perhaps you're the latter, taking care of others...whether they like it or not; or maybe you're the former and never know when to call it quits.  In either case, EVERYONE needs a break sometimes...friends, caretakers, or otherwise.  There's nothing weak about taking care of yourself, but you can't be strong for others, if you aren't strong enough to care for yourself.  

With colorful illustrations throughout, the tale comes to life in vivid detail...all the moments of Dragon being Dragon (side eye and all), and Phoenix being Phoenix (all smiles and pearls of wisdom).  It's comical the lengths that Phoenix has to go to in order for Dragon to listen, but it's also sweet because Phoenix cares THAT much.  When the time comes for Phoenix to rest, Dragon finally sees the error of his ways, and heeds the advice being gifted to him all along...and hopefully readers will take a little of that lesson away with them as well.  A great combination of story, imagery, and cultural influences, that will leave readers with a smile and a warm heart.


Charlotte Cheng’s writing credits include Night Market Rescue, Explore China: A Mulan Discovery Book and BoBo Loves Dumplings, and she has illustrated the picture books Silly McGilly and A Moment in Time. In the field of education, she has written and illustrated K-12 curriculum for a variety of companies such as LeapFrog, Disney, and Wonder Workshop. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.

For more information, visit

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Dan Santat is the National Book Award-winning, Caldecott Medal–winning and New York Times–bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend and the middle grade graphic memoir A First Time for Everything. His artwork is also featured in numerous picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade novels, including Dav Pilkey’s Ricky Ricotta series. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and many, many pets.


~~~   GIVEAWAY   ~~~~

Enter the giveaway for the chance to win a copy of Charlotte Cheng’s captivating book, Night Market Rescue, a $100 visa gift card, and a free 30 minute children’s book writing consultation.


Special thanks to Bianca at The Children's Book Review for the chance to bring this tour to you and for the ecopy 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. This post is sponsored by Charlotte Cheng. The review and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view.
Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the tour for more bookish fun!


Monday, March 25, 2024
Virtual Book Tour Kick-Off

Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Book Review of Roar-Choo!

Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Book Review of Roar-Choo!

Thursday, March 28, 2024
Book Review of Roar-Choo!

Friday, March 29, 2024
An Interview with Charlotte Cheng

Monday, April 1, 2024
Book Review of Roar-Choo!

Tuesday, April 2, 2024
Book Review of Roar-Choo!

Wednesday, April 3, 2024
Book Review of Roar-Choo!

Thursday, April 4, 2024
Book Review of Roar-Choo!

Friday, April 5, 2024
Book Review of Roar-Choo!

Monday, April 8, 2024
Book Review of Roar-Choo!

Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Book Giveaway of Roar-Choo!

Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Book Review of Roar-Choo!

Thursday, April 11, 2024
Book Review of Roar-Choo!

Monday, April 15, 2024
Book Review of Roar-Choo!

Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Book Review of Roar-Choo!

Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Book Review of Roar-Choo!

Thursday, April 18, 2024
An Interview with Charlotte Cheng

Friday, April 19, 2024
Book Review of Roar-Choo!

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

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