Monday, August 29, 2011

Enter At Your Own Risk

Enter At Your Own Risk by Stacy Tornio

About The Book:
When Henry’s homerun ball lands in Creepy Cathy’s yard, he and his buddy Andy go after it, despite their friends’ warnings they might not come out. The boys search through Cathy’s animal garden, discovering that things aren’t always what they seem. Kids love finding the hidden animals throughout this vibrant picture book. An included flower guide and planting zone map give children tools to create their own animal gardens. - Entertaining plot Introduces children to many different kinds of plants. - Included flower guide and planting zone map make it easy for kids to create their own animal gardens. - Animals hidden throughout illustrations keep kids' attention. - Expertise: Author is editor of Birds & Blooms magazine and a certified Master Gardener.

My Thoughts:
I adore this book. It is unique and I've never seen a children's book like it. I like the fear of the kids entering the garden, which adds a bit of suspense, but in the end it's like "ah ha!" and all is well. I love the references for the flowers at the end of the book and the map of where such plants and flowers grow. The illustration is amazing, and really makes the story come alive. My kids enjoyed reading this book with me....over, and over, and over....

About The Author & Illustrator:
Stacy Tornio's love of gardening and the fun of plants named after animals inspired her story Cathy's Animal Garden: Enter at your own risk. Stacy lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband and two children. She is originally from Oklahoma, where she did a lot of vegetable gardening growing up. She and her brother even had a little veggie stand at the local farmer’s market when she was about 10, but they ended up spending most of their profits on other goodies at the market! Stacy now grows lots of flowers and vegetables. Her favorite plants to grow include sunflowers, purple coneflowers, and cucumbers. Stacy is the editor of Birds & Blooms magazine and is also a Master Gardener, one of North America’s most respected and recognized gardening honors.
Samantha Bell enjoys country living in South Carolina with her husband, four children, and lots of animals. She loves being outdoors, but she has to work on her illustrations inside so the animals don’t get in the paint! Samantha has taught art to children for more than fourteen years. In addition to drawing and illustrating, she enjoys writing, especially for children. Her articles, stories, and poems have appeared online and in magazines and devotionals. For inspiration, she turns to her family - there's always a story to tell!

You can purchase this book at Military Family Books.

I recieved a complimentary review copy of this book from Elva Resa PR. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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