Saturday, December 6, 2014

The Night Before Series - Signed Children's Holiday Books Giveaway

Review by Marlene Engel

With the holidays fast approaching, I thought, what better way to celebrate than with some fun holiday themed books for children?  After all, I am Book Mama. 

While at the store, my daughter came across “The Night Before” book series by Natasha Wing and became an instant fan.  The series follows the theme of the classic poem, Twas The Night Before Christmas, but with a modern twist.  The author has written The Night Before books for just about every imaginable occasion.  From Christmas, to the first day of school, to her newest book, The Night Before Hanukkah.  There are a lot of fun books in this series and all are so fun and cleverly written. 

Today, we are spotlighting The Night Before Hanukkah.  The book starts off with … Twas the night before the eight days of Hanukkah … and goes on to bring you a fun story full of holiday traditions that’s sure to please everyone, young and old. 

It’s not often that I host children’s books at my blog, but when I come across books like these, I must make an exception.  This series is so fun, cleverly written and very enjoyable!  Since buying our first book from this author, we have since purchased many more.  It won’t be long before we have the whole series.  Yes, these books are that good and so fun to read!

Today we are giving away two copies of Natasha’s books.  We have signed copies of The Night Before Hanukkah and The Night Before the Night Before Christmas.  To enter, leave a comment saying which book you’re hoping to win and what you most look forward to at the holidays.  If there are more than one thing you are looking forward to, leave each in a separate comment so that each can be counted as an entry into the giveaway.  Winner will be announced on Monday.

About the Author:
When I was a young girl, I wanted to be a teacher.  I’d line up my stuffed animals – Billy Bear, Boing Boing, Easter Bunny – in front of a board with magnetic letters and numbers and teach them the alphabet and how to count. In high school I wanted to be a tennis player.  I was on the tennis team and played at our neighborhood tennis club in the summers – and even competed in tournaments. Then in college I thought digging dinosaur bones would be a cool job. Or working at a big time advertising agency. It wasn’t until after college, when I was working at my own small public relations agency, that I decided I really wanted to write children’s books. I was so inspired by the magic that happens when reading a book that I wanted to see if my active imagination could create magical moments for kids all over the world. So I started writing. Luckily, I sold my first manuscript,Hippity Hop, Frog on Top, in 1992.  I’ve been writing ever since.

I love the freedom of being my own boss, of coming up with ideas on my own, and writing that first draft to see if my idea has any spark. I’m not so crazy about the revising process although there are thrilling moments when I figure out a better way to say something, nail dialog, or work through a complicated plot line. The most exciting moment is when an editor says they want to publish my story.  Then I know all my hard work has paid off, and that soon, children will enter my imaginative world through a book.

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