Beach Reads in August Giveaway Hop!

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Given the unseasonably warm winter we are experiencing here in Brisbane…warmer than our usual unseasonably warm winters, that is…it would be remiss of us not to join in with the Beach Reads in August Giveaway Hop, hosted by Stuck in Books and running from August 1st to 14th.

My recommendation for a recent release, relaxing beach read (if I enjoyed the beach that is.  I don’t.  Too much sand in odd places.), would be Siobhan Curham’s delightful The Moonlight Dreamers.  You can see what’s so great about it by clicking on this cover image:

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But on to the giveaway!  I am offering one winner their choice of book up to the value of $15 AUD from the Book Depository.  My giveaway is open internationally, provided the BD ships to your country for free.  Other Ts & Cs are in the Rafflecopter.

To enter, just click on the link below!

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This is a hop, so don’t forget to visit the other participating blogs to see what’s up for grabs!  Click the link below to see all the participants:

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Good luck!

Bruce

Books I’m Grateful I Read Giveaway Hop 2015

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Welcome to my stop on the Books I’m Grateful I Read Hop for 2015, hosted by Stuck in Books and running from November 1st to 14th.  The theme of the hop is fairly obvious I should think, so I have come up with a small selection of the gazillions of books that I am grateful to have read. One winner will be able to choose one book from this selection as their prize.  In the event that the winner chooses one of the books that are part of a series, they have the option of choosing the book that they are up to in the series, rather than the series openers that are pictured here.

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My giveaway is open internationally, provided the Book Depository ships to your country for free.  Other Ts & Cs are in the Rafflecopter.  To enter, just click this link:

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Now hop along and visit some of the other participating blogs!

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Until next time,

Bruce

Just Couldn’t Put It Down Giveaway Hop!

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Welcome to my stop on the Just Couldn’t Put It Down Giveaway Hop hosted by Stuck in Books and running from the 5th to the 18th of July.  The theme of the hop is (rather obviously) page-turning reads, so I have chosen to offer one winner the choice of one book from my Top Books of 2015 list so far.

Here are the four titles on my list currently.  Click on the cover to be taken to Goodreads for information about the book.

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The giveaway is open internationally, provided the Book Depository ships to your country for free.  Other Ts & Cs are in the Rafflecopter.  As always, a follow would be appreciated, but is not necessary to participate.  To enter just click on the Rafflecopter link below:

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Good luck! This is a hop, so don’t forget to pop along to the other participants and try your luck!

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Until next time,

Bruce

May I Suggest Giveaway Hop!

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Welcome to my spot on the May I Suggest Giveaway Hop hosted by Stuck in Books and running from May 3rd to May 16th. I have a soft spot for this hop because it runs so close to my birthday, so I can’t resist joining in the fun. The theme of the hop is books that are amazing or fantastic or ones that you would recommend to others.

To that end, I am offering one winner a random book from my Goodreads favourites shelf. The winner can choose the genre/age range that they’d prefer, then I’ll select a book that I think fits and send it on its merry way to be enjoyed by another. The giveaway is open internationally provided the Book Depository ships to your country for free. Other Ts & Cs are in the Rafflecopter form.

I haven’t required a follow for entry this time around, opting for a more giggle-based requirement, but follows and likes across any of our platforms are always welcome!

To enter, click on the rafflecopter link below.

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This is a hop, so don’t forget to scoot around to the other participating blogs and try your hand at bagging some loot!

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Bruce

Walk on the Wild Side: A KidLit “Five Things I’ve Learned Review”…

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Today I have the perfect illustrated tale for those who love a good ramble, hike, bushwalk – whatever you call it in your part of the world – and who like to read stories about animals who share human hobbies.  I received Walk on the Wild Side by Nicholas Oldland from the publisher from Netgalley ages and ages ago and I’m only just getting around to it now.  That’s probably alright though because it was only published on March 1st, so technically I’m still ahead of the game.  Because it IS a competition.  Even if you don’t know it.

Beaver, Moose and Bear are out for a bit of a ramble in the great outdoors when they decide to make their walk a competition – just to make things more fun.  Whoever gets to the top of the mountain first, wins.  Along the way, the leaderboard changes as each animal finds parts of the terrain more suited to their natural abilities, and then….DISASTER!  By the end of the walk, these wily wild creatures may just realise that competition can be fun, but working together has a charm all its own.

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So here’s….

Five Things I’ve Learned From…

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1. Things are always more fun when they are made into a competition. No, wait, I mean a collaboration.

2. Beavers, bears and moose (mooses? meese?) are not the natural enemies I thought they were.

3. When going on a bushwalk, hike, ramble (whatever you call it in your part of the world), always wear sturdy shoes and tell someone where you’re going. Unless you’re an animal. Then just do whatever and hope for the best.

4. Tiny saplings that grow out of dangerous cliffs are not designed to hold the weight of more than one large, hairy mammal at a time.

5.  All natural, sustainable, beaver-carved ladders are almost certainly going to be the next big thing in eco-decorating, for their usefulness and rustic appeal.

From the cover reminiscent of the Beatle’s Abbey Road album, to the map-like trail of the three animal friends, to the straightforward plot narration, this book reminded me fondly of Chris Judge’s Lonely Beast series.  I really enjoyed this little foray into the wilderness with these three intrepid (if mildly competitive) friends and I was surprised to note that this book is actually part of its own series, with other books by Oldland featuring the characters individually.

The story here is pretty simple stuff with an obvious moral – three friends decide to have a race and then realise that, when all’s said and done, sometimes it’s just better to enjoy time spent together instead of setting up winners and losers.  The star in this book is the artwork, with the wry expressions of Beaver complimenting the sometimes pleasantly vacant expressions of Moose and the earnest consideration of Bear.  An observant little pink bird also makes an appearance on each page and younger mini-fleshlings will have fun trying to spot it.  I think the subtle humour contained in the imagery will make this book a favourite with early primary-aged kids, and it is one of those books that deserves a second, third, and fourth reading.

I will certainly put Oldland’s work on my radar, and I wouldn’t mind getting my paws on Up the Creek – I can’t get over Moose’s slightly surprised expression on the cover, so will have to chase down some more of this unlikely trio’s adventures.

Now that you’ve all been enlightened by my insightful learnings, you should probably go take a walk on the wild side to your favourite book-selling emporium to pick this one up. Don’t forget to wear sturdy walking shoes, and tell someone where you’re going.

Until next time,

Bruce

 

 

 

Favourites Giveaway Hop: Winning!

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Allow me to apologise for my mildly lengthy absence from the blogosphere by providing another giveaway! Welcome to my stop on the Favourites Giveaway Hop hosted by Stuck in Books.  The hop runs from February 1st to 14th and is all about books that we luuuuuurve.

This is a hop, so don’t forget to hop around to all the other participating blogs and try your luck at more fantastic prizes.

Now. To my giveaway.

I am offering ONE winner their choice of one of my favourite books.  My giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY provided the Book Depository ships to your country for free.  The winner will be chosen by a random number generator and have 48 hours to respond to a congratulatory email before a new winner is chosen.  And sorry, I am not responsible for prizes lost in the mail (although this has never happened before to any of my past giveaway winners, so you probably don’t have to worry too much about that).

So how do you win?

It’s a guessing game!

All you have to do is correctly guess ONE of the books partly pictured below by title and author. Each of these books holds a special place on my shelf and has one or more elements that has caused me to cherish (and in some cases, re-re-re-read) them.  Some are recent finds and some have lingered on my shelf for years.  Almost all have been featured on this blog, somewhere or other.

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To enter, leave your answer (title AND author) in the comments.  Feel free to guess more than once if you like! The winner will get to choose one of the books pictured as their prize.

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Now don’t forget to visit the other hop-hosts…

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Until next time,

Bruce

MidWinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop…in Summer!

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imageGiven that the temperature hit 35 degrees yesterday, it’s a bit weird to be participating in this hop, but regardless, welcome to my sunny stop on the Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop, hosted by Bookhounds and I Am A Reader. The hop runs from December 21st to 31st and there are more than 150 blogs participating, so don’t forget to hop around after you’ve entered here and do some more holiday winning.

I am offering ONE winner their choice of book from the Book Depository to the value of $15 Australian.  This giveaway is open internationally as long as the BD ships to your country for free. Other Ts & Cs are contained in the rafflecopter. To enter, click the link below – good luck!

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While I have your undivided attention, perhaps I can interest you in a fun reading challenge for next year? I can? Well that’s wonderful! Just click on the delightful button to find out more and join in.

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Bruce

 

Children’s Bookweek Giveaway Hop: Night of the Perigee Moon!

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Welcome to my stop on the Children’s Bookweek Giveaway Hop! Are you a children’s book or teen literature blogger, an author, a publisher, or a publicist looking to share copies of a fabulous book? Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews are joining forces to provide you with the opportunity to take part in the Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop 2014, featuring links to giveaways for fabulous children/teen’s books, gift cards, cash, or other prizes. What better way to celebrate Children’s Book Week?

The hop runs from May 12 to 18 and is hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews.  Don’t forget to click on the linky at the end of this post to hop around to the other participating blogs.

Here on my stop you will have the opportunity to win one of TWO PRINT COPIES of middle grade magic adventure Night of the Perigee Moon by Juliet Jacka!  I posted a review of this book and a spotlight with the author here, so you can check that out if you’d like more information about the book before entering.

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Here are the details of the giveaway:

* Two winners will each received one print copy of the book

* The giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY – hooray!

* The winners will be chosen by rafflecopter and will have 48 hours to respond to a congratulatory email before a new winner is selected

*Only verified entries will count

* We take no responsibility for packages lost in the mail or otherwise undeliverable. Sorry.

Now click on the rafflecopter link to enter!

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Don’t forget to hop along for more chances to win cool stuff!

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Until next time,

Bruce  

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Two Quirky Picture Books: Read-it-aloud-if….

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Hey there reading buddies! Today I’ve got two picture books for you:  Shark Vs. Train by Chris Barton and Tom Lichtenheld, and The Pet Project: Cute and Cuddly Vicious Verses by Lisa Wheeler and Zachariah Ohora.

shark vs trainThe highly thought-provoking Shark vs Train follows a hypothetical battle betwixt toothy sea creature and iron-clad steam machine. The overarching message at the end of this one is that context is everything!

Read-it-aloud-if:

* you’ve ever idly debated the relative merits of two random objects across a range of wildly unlikely scenarios

* you are a philosophy buff with a particular interest in toy-related dilemmas

* you believe the transition of competition-style reality tv shows to book format is long overdue

* you are a boy, aged 3 to 93 +, or are responsible for providing reading material for a boy, aged 3 to 93+

I really enjoyed this book as it is super relatable for anyone who has ever spent time with children of a certain age.  What tickled me most though, was that I could just imagine the book being played out as a serious conversation between two little fleshlings…and realised that the two little fleshlings could be substituted for two old men and the imagined conversation was altered not one jot.  Now that’s proof of a wide appeal!

pet projectWe’re quite fond of a bit of poetry round the shelf, and The Pet Project, a story about a young girl researching an appropriate choice of pet, was therefore fondly received.

Read-it-aloud-if:

* you believe any major life decision should be approached using fieldwork, careful recording of observations, and an empirically verifiable method

*you firmly believe that your parents would have allowed you to keep those seven cats that followed you home, had you only been able to demonstrate the economic boon that would have resulted from the creation of a cottage industry in your bedroom based on woven cat-hair socks and scarves

* the idea of being wee-ed on by a guinea pig grosses you out….but the idea of someone else being wee-ed on by a guinea pig puts you in a smug kind of good humour

The illustrations in this book are really appealing and perfectly complement the humour in the verses.  This is definitely one to read to any kid who’s been bugging you to get them a pet.

In other news, did I mention the blog is now followable on Bloglovin’? No? Well it is. As demonstrated by this fancy button:

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I wonder what would happen if you clicked it…..

Until next time!

Bruce
 

Vote for MEEEEE!: Australian Best Blog Awards…

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Hello my pretties! You may or may not be aware that I have entered this blog in the Australian Best Blog Awards….the People’s Choice section has just opened, with voting open until Tuesday the 30th of April.  If you are feeling generous and would like to vote for little old me, the button below will take you to the voting page.

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Blogs are listed alphabetically on the voting site, so I imagine thebookshelfgargoyle will be listed on page 5.

Many thanks to those of you who can be bothered to vote!

Bruce