Blog Tour – a new friend for marmalade

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a friend for marmaladeBook Review…

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!

Marmalade Together, Alison and Heath have created a really beautiful picture book that tells a touching story about acceptance. I won’t give the story away, suffice to say that all things work out in the end.

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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:/alrey@msn.com.au/ 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.

Jump the Slush Pile!

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.

Win an assessment

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.

Win a free picture book assessment

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.

Follow Alison’s Blog Tour

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/

28 responses »

  1. Great review. When over-eager people come barrelling in full of noise, no matter how nice they are, even adults take a step back. But three can be a nicer number than two, most of the time. 🙂 CB

  2. This is a tricky playtime dilemma indeed. I’m grateful and glad Marmalade presents a solution so colourful and meaningful in this picture book. It should be read by parents and carers to young children everywhere. CB 🙂

  3. I agree, Jackie. Reading this story is a wonderful way for children to consider many of the things that are challenging about making new friends. I love that it raises the topic without going into lecture mode. The message is within the story, empathising with the frustrations of having someone come along who doesn’t do things the same way, but also showing that sometimes it can be a good thing to have someone around with new ideas and a different perspective on life. (CB NF PB)

  4. I think it’s great how Alison has brought these three children together as so many stories are based on two characters. And of course Marmalade plays a vital role. I imagine there will be another Marmalade story to come as it works so well.

      • Just re read my comment and glad I did, it sounds like I have read your book, which I have not. I was in a huge rush and excited to get your email, and just wrote without thinking. I have just completed my first book and in the process of writing a second, and very interested in learning as much as I can. All of this….getting familiar with writing, following blogs and learning from others is a steep learning curve. So I will endeavour to purchase your book and read it to my most beautiful grandaughter. Thank you. PB

  5. Hi Alison and Jackie, thanks for sharing this wonderful book. I am in eager anticipation to read it. It sounds like so much fun. I love the illustrations and the ‘full of life’ writing. CB PB

  6. Thanks Alison for including my blog in your wonderful blog tour. Thanks too to everyone who visited and left a comment and good luck with your prize draw entries.

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