Saturday, December 20, 2014

BOOK TOUR, REVIEW, & GIVEAWAY: The Boy Who Couldn't Cry Wolf by Caldric Blackwell

Book Genre: Picture book.
Publisher: Icasm Press.
Release Date: November 20, 2014.
Buy Link(s): Amazon

Book Blurb:

Six-year-old Byron Woodward is a werewolf who can’t howl. Determined not to embarrass himself after being chosen to lead a full-moon ceremony, he embarks on a mission to learn how to howl. He learns a lot about howling during his journey, but more importantly, he learns a valuable lesson about believing in himself.

My Review:

The Boy Who Couldn’t Cry Wolf by Caldric Blackwell is a really cute story that teaches children a great lesson. The story is basically about a six year old werewolf, Byron Woodward, who is unable to howl at the mood, because he is so worried about what others think of him. He tries to get advice from other werewolves, but nothing works for him, because he is afraid and nervous that he will mess up. He finally is put on the spot, and through a crazy set of events he learns his lesson.

I think this story really teaches children a great lesson about being proud of who you are, and not worrying so much about what others think of you. It teaches them to be themselves and not to hide who they are just because who they are might be different from the “pack”, as it was in this case. So many children, especially now, are afraid to be themselves, and to let others see their faults. It’s so important that they are taught at a young age to accept who they are, and to realize that everyone has faults, and the perfect person does not exist!

I thought the illustrations were really cute, too. They were kid friendly, and the werewolves were not scary at all, definitely perfect for children. I would say this book is appropriate for children ages 4-8. I give this children’s book a FIVE out of FIVE stars. 

My main review post for this book is at my NEW blog (a children's literature blog), My Twins Hid My Book...Again. I plan to cross-post my review posts from that blog to this blog for a little while, since it is so new and has so little followers. Once I have some more people following my new blog, I will go back to posting pretty much only historical fiction reviews, guest posts, spotlights, giveaways, blog tours, etc. Since this IS a blog dedicated to historical fiction, I don't like throwing all kinds of different genres into the mix, but I figure that it's my blog, and mixing it up a little bit once in awhile won't hurt anyone!

Author Bio:

Caldric Blackwell realized he loved reading when he read about a bunch of people (with single-syllable names) and their pets (also with single-syllable names) in kindergarten.

Exposure to a host of great authors while studying at the University of California, Santa Barbara inspired him to begin writing fiction. Although he began writing short stories for adults, he eventually migrated to writing children's books. His debut work is an early chapter book titled The Enchanted River Race. His second release is a picture book titled The Boy Who Couldn't Cry Wolf.

Outside of writing, Caldric enjoys hiking and playing the mandolin, banjo, and guitar. Caldric currently resides in California.

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TOUR December 14 - 20

December 14 - Tour Kickoff at VBT Café Blog
December 15 - Spotlight at Deal Sharing Aunt
December 16 -Spotlight at Tea and A Book
December 17 - Reviewed at Platypire Reviews
December 18 - Reviewed at Debbie Jean Blog
December 19 - Spotlight at Readsalot
Deceimber 19 - Spotlight at Mythical Books
December 20 - Reviewed at My Twins Hid My Book...Again

December 20 - Reviewed at I Feel The Need...The Need To Read

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