Wednesday, March 6, 2013

March First Books: When A Dragon Moves In by Jodi Moore

Every Wednesday in March, I’ll be blogging about first books to help celebrate the release of Bridget Zinn’s novel, Poison, which releases March 12. Since my book isn’t out yet, I’ll be talking about first books by other authors. I’ll also be giving away books! Tune in each Wednesday to learn about a great book and possibly win your own copy.

The giveaway has ended. The winner is Rena!

The first book I want to tell you about is the picture book, When A Dragon Moves In, by Jodi Moore (Illustrated by Howard McWilliam):


When A Dragon Moves In is a story about a boy who builds the perfect sandcastle for a dragon to live in. Just his luck, a dragon decides to move in, and that’s where the fun starts! This is a great story about friendship, imagination, and families. The text is wonderful and the art is gorgeous, plus it’s the perfect antidote to snowy winter weather! You can curl up with this book and imagine that you’re at the beach, building your own perfect sandcastle that a dragon just might decide to move in to. And that’s where the fun starts …

When A Dragon Moves In is author Jodi Moore’s first book. Her second book, Good News Nelson released last fall. Pick up one or both of her books at your favorite bookstore or library. Then snuggle into a comfy chair or a beach blanket and enjoy! Learn more about the author on her website.

The giveaway has ended. The winner is Rena!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

Today is World Read Aloud Day and a stormy day in some parts of the country. Celebrate by staying inside where it's warm and dry and reading a picture book, like When A Dragon Moves In. Or read an old favorite on your shelves and enter to win a copy of Dragon!

Why am I posting about first books this month? If you're an author or illustrator of books, you know the anticipation of seeing your book in print. You prepare for the day it releases and want to shout about it to the world because you’re so excited! Unfortunately, Bridget Zinn isn’t here to celebrate the release of her first novel, so authors and illustrators are celebrating for her. Learn more about Bridget and her novel Poison on her website. On March 27th, I’ll talk about Bridget’s book and give a copy away to a lucky reader! F
or Bridget's blog tour schedule, click here.

Legal Stuff about the giveaway: Void where prohibited. The book, When A Dragon Moves In, was bought by me for the giveaway.

20 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for helping to spread the DRAGON (and NELSON!) love!!! Sending heart-squishy hugs and love to you!!! <3

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    1. It's my pleasure! Sending hugs and love back to you! :D

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  2. My copy's not signed. I WANT A SIGNED COPY! New follower, and here's my tweet link: https://twitter.com/Mike_Jung/status/309363715784966144

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    1. For your enthusiastic entry, I will put your name in the hat three times! :)

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  3. I gave my hardcover copy away in our school auction and only have a Scholastic softback .... pick me, pick me! LOVE me some Dragon and Nelson and Jodi!!!!!!! (And you .... for promoting them!!!!!)

    Barbara
    The Corner On Character

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    1. You're entered, Barbara! It was nice of you to give your copy to the school. :)

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  4. What an adorable looking book! :)
    renamoodyblue@yahoo.com

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    1. It really is adorable! You're entered, Rena :)

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  5. I just found your blog through Dani Duck. I love When a Dragon Moves In and have read it outloud to many kids, but I always use a library copy, so I must enter for my own signed copy. I've enjoyed looking through your blog, too, and look forward to being introduced to new stories. My most recent favorite picture book is The Blizzard's Robe by Robert Sabuda. Not in his usual pop up style, it's an Arctic legend illustrated with batik prints. Amazing!

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    1. Joy, Thanks for stopping by and telling me about Robert Sabuda's book! I'm not familiar with that one, but am looking forward to reading it and seeing the art. Your name is going into the hat two times. :)

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  6. Hi Stephanie, I'll pass on the giveaway because I'm outside the U.S. Still, I'd like to say ~ What an adorable book!

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    1. Thanks for visiting and commenting! It is an adorable book. Sorry I'm not doing an international giveaway! It's because the postage is usually more expensive than the book :(

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  7. I LOVE this PB and I LOVE Jodi too!!!!

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    1. Me too! <3! Thanks for entering, Kim!

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  8. looks like a wonderful book! can't wait to read it. The art looks fantastic! I'd love to win it, from a first tiem memeber.

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    1. It is a wonderful book, both text and art! You'll be in the hat two times for the drawing! :)

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  9. Hi, Stepahnie...Dragons never lose their spark. Big scary things ae amaing things to conquer in the minds of many children.
    I wonder if we all don't just keep on relating to our former selves a kids.

    Marilyn
    marspad@aol.com

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    1. I think you're right! Or at least I relate to my former kid self. Thanks for entering the giveaway! :)

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  11. The giveaway has ended. Winner announced on my blog tomorrow. :)

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