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Book Review + Giveaway / The Pinkaboos

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I'm very excited to announce that this is my very first book tour! I adore books (obviously) and over the years I've decided that I would like to go into children's book publishing at some point, so the Pinkaboos book tour was a perfect fit! Don't forget to enter the giveaway by commenting!

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Pinkaboos: Bitterly and the Giant Problem
by Laura Gosselin & Jake Gosselin
May 27, 2014 by Zeta Comics
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This is going to be the best year ever for best friends Bitterly, Abyssma and Belladonna as they are starting a new school year at Fright School! As young frights they'll learn how to chase aware the fears of little human girls by entering their dreams and teaching them how to overcome nightmares. 

But when Bitterly, the most promising fright, is faced with a school bully and some nightmares of her own, she finds help from the last place she expected--the little girl whom she has sworn to protect. 

Pinkaboos is an empowering new chapter book series for girls and young readers (6-9) that presents the challenges of childhood through the thrilling and magical world of the Pinkaboos. 

Praise for the Pinkaboos chapter books from the author of Monster High: "Facing fears has never been so much fun. The Pinkaboos are ah-dorable!" -Lisi Harrison, author of The Clique, Alphas, Monster High, Pretenders.

In my opinion, there can never be enough children's books with a positive message and a good vocabulary. One of my biggest pet peeves is beginner chapter books that dumb down the language and simplify the story to boot. Kids are very intelligent, and a book that is a little difficult will challenge them to look up the few words they don't know, or reread those plot-driven sentences that are a little more complex. This first book in the Pinkaboos series has neither issue, I am happy to say!

The plot and characters are simple enough for younger readers to follow but there are plenty of details to keep older readers interested. Each character has defined characteristics that are clearly laid out but also give some depth. The plot focuses on real-life issues of fears and bullying, with positive ideas for how to overcome those issues. And the vocabulary is perfect--while some words may be a little difficult for a six-year-old, the sentence context is usually very clear and they can also "grow into" the book a little bit. I love the little cliffhanger at the end of the story--the Pinkaboos characters will turn into a great series, with tons of options for plots and new ideas.

The little details about how the frights enter dreams, use their magic, and eat insect pie are a delicate mish-mash of Monsters, Inc. and Harry Potter, and it is something that I was happily surprised to find worked really well. Overall, the book is super cute and quirky, which I love!

The main drawback for me was the heavy-handed gendering. It is aimed at young girls, which is clear from the color scheme and characters, and, though I understand that from a marketing perspective, I am always on the lookout for diverse and non-gender-specific stories that boys and girls can learn from together. It isn't to say that boys can't enjoy this story, only that they are much less likely to given society's current highly-gendered norms.

Still, the first Pinkaboos book was a refreshing read that will challenge beginners but reinforce positive lessons and vocabulary for more advanced readers.

★ ★ ★  ☆ Good

Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.

About the Authors

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Laura Gosselin - After receiving her undergraduate degree in English from Cal State University Long Beach in California, Laura Gosselin completed her MFA at Stony Brook Southampton. She has since served as a reporter for a local newspaper in New York, an editor for a national magazine in Vancouver, Canada, as well as senior copywriter for a marketing firm. She currently lives in southern California with her husband and daughter where she works as a creative consultant for Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts.

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Jake Gosselin completed his undergraduate degree in Anthropology at the University of Toronto before heading to New York where he finished his MFA in English and Writing at Stony Brook/Southampton College of Long Island University. He currently lives in Southern California where he works as an author, freelance writer and website producer for

And finally...who doesn't love a giveway?

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One lucky reader will win a Kindle along with a Kindle copy of The Pinkaboos!

For a chance to win the Kindle, share your best anecdote on how your child overcame fear: Simply share in the comments how your little hero conquered their biggest fear or helped someone else conquer fear.

In addition to the Kindle, each blog on tour will be giving away 5 copies of The Pinkaboos: Bitterly and the Giant Problem just for leaving a general comment below!

Don’t forget to leave us a way to contact you if you win :)

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What is currently your favorite children's book? Do you consider it empowering or does it deal with overcoming fear?

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