Growing up I remember being told, I think by my mother, that two’s company but three’s a crowd so as soon as I saw Toby hoot scooting towards the sandpit I knew we were in for some trouble. A rambunctious fellow, Toby’s exuberance is, to say the least, rather overwhelming leaving Ella and Maddy a tad annoyed. Each time the girls try to play a new game in gallops Toby with his whirlwind personality inviting only scowls and frowns from the best friends. Marmalade, however is not so quick to judge.
What I love about this book is that it speaks directly to children who are so very often faced with the task of making new friends. It allows the reader (or listener) of the story to be able to explore uncomfortable feelings like, jealousy, anger, frustration, fear and trust.
Heath’s illustrations are stunningly simple. Lots of white space with splashes of colour. Just gorgeous!
Pet contest for all ages! Win a piece of Heath McKenzie’s artwork
Marmalade the cat is full of personality. Do you have a pet with personality? Win a piece of artwork by Heath McKenzie. Send along a photo of your personality-plus pet to www.alisonreynolds.com.au , http:/firstname.lastname@example.org/ or upload to https://www.facebook.com/alison.reynolds.524
Random book giveaways!
Just leave a comment on one of the posts in the blog tour, comment on facebook or even email me that you want to enter the competition to win A New Friend for Marmalade.
Jump the Slush Pile!
Win a free pass to a Children’s editor’s desk. Just comment on this blog post or any other blog during the A New Friend for Marmaladeblog tour and add the initials CB. The more you comment, the more chances you have to win the draw.
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Win a free pass to a Non-fiction commissioning editor’s desk. Just comment on this blog post or any other blog during the A New Friend for Marmalade blog tour and add the initials NF. The more you comment, the more chances you have to win the draw.
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of Chapter One of a chapter book by the fabulous mentor extraordinaire Dee White. http://deescribewriting.wordpress.com/ Just comment on this blog post or any other blog during the A New Friend for Marmalade blog tour and add the initials DW. The more you comment, the more chances you have to win the draw.
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by Alison! Just comment on this blog post or any other blog during the A New Friend for Marmalade blog tour and add the initials PB. The more you comment, the more chances you have to win the draw.
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11th Dee White – review and post http://deescribewriting.wordpress.com/
11th Chris Bell – post http://christinemareebell.wordpress.com/
12th Angela Sunde – interview with Heath http://angelasunde.blogspot.com.au/
12th KBR – book giveaway http://www.kids-bookreview.com/
13th Boomerang Books – Review with Dimity Powell http://blog.boomerangbooks.com.au/author/dpowell
14th KBR Guest post http://www.kids-bookreview.com/
14th KBR Review http://www.kids-bookreview.com/
14th Sally Murphy – Meet my book http://aussiereviews.com/2014/03/meet-my-book-a-new-friend-for-marmalad-by-alison-reynolds/
15th Buzz Words – Interview http://www.buzzwordsmagazine.com/
17th Ask the Bean Counter – Mr X http://www.alisonreynolds.com.au/
17th Pass-it-on Review– Jackie Hosking https://jackiehoskingpio.wordpress.com/
18th Ask the Publisher – Kay Scarlett http://www.alisonreynolds.com.au/