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It's finally here! The day A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK releases!  Here's the buzz:

“Being small doesn’t mean you can’t have big goals! A pebble who feels like a boulder sets out to prove that little ones can accomplish great things in this quirky, suspenseful, pun-filled tale. . . . Rocky landscapes and stony surfaces are depicted with just the right amount of detail. . . . Young readers will root for this less-than-pint-sized hero while he makes the most of his own personal talents. . . . They will learn a bit about rock types and formations (factual information is included in the final notes). Replete with wry, comic references and infused with a sense of adventure, this is a lighthearted tale that readers will certainly not ‘take for granite.’”—Kirkus Reviews

“Miyares paints Rocky on heavily textured paper, adding depth and richness to his spreads; saturated reds and purples contribute drama. It’s tough to cast a rock as a main character, but Shaffer comes up with lots of ways a rock can travel and uses every geological pun she can think of. Rock hounds and teachers doing earth science units are a natural audience.”—Publishers Weekly

“Miyares’ vivid illustrations, painted in watercolor and acrylics, give this story momentum—paneled sequences depict stages of Rocky’s journey—and reflect the grandeur of many of America’s geologic marvels. An afterword on rock types and formations creates a natural segue for discussions on geology or geography, while the encouraging message of dreaming big grounds the playful story.”—Booklist

“Word play is peppered throughout the text. . . . The illustrations . . . depict amusing scenes of Rocky’s perilous journey and some impressive spreads of the majestic rock formations. This title may be a jumping-off point for a group discussion of perseverance in the face of obstacles as well as an introduction to famous rock formations.”—School Library Journal

Daniel Miyares is celebrating with a giveaway that ends tonight. Enter to win a prize pack here: @danielmiyares. Scroll down to enter.

Thanks for celebrating with me!  :thankyou

Jody
#1 - February 20, 2018, 09:20 AM
PRUDENCE, THE PART-TIME COW, A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK, IT'S YOUR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, BUSY BUS!, EMERGENCY KITTENS!
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 :hurrah Wow, those are great reviews, Jody! :stars3 I've added it to your page on my site and on the new reads slideshow.
#2 - February 20, 2018, 10:30 AM
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:congratulations  What great reviews!!!
#3 - February 20, 2018, 10:50 AM
BOUND (Bodach Books, 2018)
TEN EASTER EGGS (Scholastic, 2015)
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Thanks, Vonna and Vijaya! You guys are the best.
#4 - February 20, 2018, 11:10 AM
PRUDENCE, THE PART-TIME COW, A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK, IT'S YOUR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, BUSY BUS!, EMERGENCY KITTENS!
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Congratulations, Jody. The book and reviews look wonderful. Well done, you!
#5 - February 20, 2018, 01:03 PM
I've Got Eyes! - Amicus Ink (August 2018)

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  :yourock CONGRATULATIONS, JODY!
#6 - February 20, 2018, 01:17 PM
Legend of The Beaver's Tail '15
Schnitzel: A Cautionary Tale for Lazy Louts,  '16
Moo La La! Cow Goes Shopping, '17
Piece by Piece, '17

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Congrats, Jody! It's such a wonderfully cute and clever PB!!!
#7 - February 20, 2018, 01:55 PM
DREAM JOBS IN SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY (Rosen 2018)
THE GROSS SCIENCE OF BAD BREATH AND CAVITIES (Rosen 2019)

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Congrats, Jody! So happy for you! Can't wait to see it.  :yourock
#8 - February 20, 2018, 02:02 PM
LIFE WITH FOOD ALLERGIES (Momentum, 2018)
SCIENTISTS USE TOOLS (Rourke, 2018)
COOKING WITH STEAM (Rourke, 2018)
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 :yay Jody!

What incredible reviews, too! I particularly liked the Kirkus review "take for granite."  :lol4

I'd love to add this book to my classroom library.

Happy Book Birthday to you!

Jody
#9 - February 20, 2018, 02:44 PM
MOSTLY THE HONEST TRUTH (HarperCollins 3/12/2019)
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What gneiss reviews! You must be so excited to have your book out in the world. :yay
#10 - February 21, 2018, 05:35 AM
2018:
Start Your Babysitting Business (Capstone)
Deadly Bites (Saddleback)
Hip-Hop Bios: Future (ABDO)
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I see what you did there, Melissa!

You guys are so great! Thanks so much for celebrating with me.

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#11 - February 21, 2018, 05:46 AM
PRUDENCE, THE PART-TIME COW, A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK, IT'S YOUR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, BUSY BUS!, EMERGENCY KITTENS!
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Congrats, Jody!!! What AWESOME reviews!!!  :yourock
#12 - February 21, 2018, 08:14 AM
Vehicle Dreams Series-RPKids '16 -'18
(Fire Truck, Bulldozer, Race Car)
Rainy Day Picnic-Read Your Story '18
The Sparrow and The Trees- Arbordale '15

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Thanks, Sharon!
#13 - February 21, 2018, 12:19 PM
PRUDENCE, THE PART-TIME COW, A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK, IT'S YOUR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, BUSY BUS!, EMERGENCY KITTENS!
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Congrats, Jody!!  :stars3 What fantastic reviews! I'm already a huge fan of your books--your clever humor is perfect for kids, and the adults who read to them love it as well.

Best wishes with this wonderful new release!!
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#14 - February 23, 2018, 06:16 AM
Ten Clever Ninjas (picture book, Clear Fork Publishing, 2019)
Butterfly Girl (middle grade novel, Clear Fork Publishing, 2019)

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WOW! Those reviews are so impressive! Congrats to you!!! :yay
#15 - February 23, 2018, 09:57 AM

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Fantastic, Jody!!   :stars3 You have such creative ideas and this one sounds like another winner! Congratulations on all the terrific reviews. I would loved to have had your book when I used to teach a unit on rocks to my 1st-2nd classes.

Best wishes on wonderful sales!
#16 - February 23, 2018, 11:17 AM

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You guys are so supportive and nice! I'm not surprised, just grateful. Bring it in  :grouphug2
#17 - February 23, 2018, 03:31 PM
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