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Ginormous Jo's Welcoming Arms by S.C. Cunningham - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway


About The Ginormous Series

Through The Ginormous Series children learn how to communicate their problems and work through their feelings.  Loving, engaging adventures that follow pets discussing their 'life handling' problems and how they solve them together.

In ‘Ginormous Jo’s Silly Bullies’, ‘Ginormous Jo’s Welcoming Arms’, ‘Ginormous Jo’s You Are Special’, ‘Ginormous Joe’s Broken Bark’ and ‘Ginormous Joe’s Annoying Friend’ the animals chat about lots of ‘stuff’. Bullying, recycling, welcoming new members to a family or classroom, feeling alone, listening, learning and caring for others. A great addition to any child’s home or teacher’s read-aloud library. Encouraging thought-provoking conversation between adult and child.

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Ginormous Joe’s Welcoming Arms
Written & Illustrated
by S C Cunningham

Have siblings or school friends been having trouble getting along? Or is there a new member or pet in the family? Join loveable dogs, Ginormous Jo and little Tom, as a new member of the family is adopted, a ginger kitten.

Vinnie is a very mischievous and curious kitten. He gets into everything. Tom, is annoyed and unhappy with the new addition. Vinnie follows him around, making all sorts of big messes. What are they going to do with this new kitten? Faced with having to take charge of Vinnie, the dogs start to help and manage his adventures. Watching out for him, they learn to accept that family means to look after each other and being older comes with responsibility.

This is a great picture book for helping children understand additions to the classroom or family, whether they are pets or a new baby. Children will learn how to be responsible for the new member and that looking out for someone else is not only kind, but a new sort of responsibility, that can be fun. This will make a great addition to any parenting library or in the classroom.

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My Review
Ginormous Jo's Welcoming Arms is the fifth book in the series. This one tackles a new addition to the family. Jo and Tom (a much smaller dog) are joined by Vinnie, a playful little kitten who gets into things. This annoys Tom, but Jo teaches him that with patience, kindness, and understanding, they can guide Vinnie and help him become a more careful, but still adventurous, cat.
I like that this book speaks to kids in a way that helps them understand that a new addition to the family (like a new baby) isn't a bad thing. That being a big brother or sister brings more responsibility, but also makes them so much more special. Being able to watch over the new addition, and help care for them, is something to look forward to and be proud of.
I remember when my little sister was born. I was super upset and didn't want her to come home from the hospital with my mom. But the older we got, the more attached to her I became, and now we're the best of friends.
I definitely think this story will help ease kids into dealing with a new addition to their family. It can be used as a guide, perhaps, for parents to teach their kids that they have nothing to worry about or be annoyed with, and that helping out is one of the best things they can do.
4 stars!




About S C Cunningham


Owned by 3 dogs and a cat, Cunningham normally writes suspense thrillers. As respite from her crime novels, she creates children’s picture books, each with a theme to gently teach our precious young, and help open up conversation. The Ginormous Series is based on Cunningham’s beloved family pets – Joe, Muttley, Dali (Jo), Tom and Vinnie.

She is an ex-model, British born of Irish roots that married a rock musician and has worked in the exciting worlds of music, film, sports celebrity management and as a Crime Investigator and Intelligence Analyst for the Police. She supports causes for: Veterans, MH, Child and Animal Protection.

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Giveaway to win a choice of 1 paperback from the first 6 books of the Ginormous Jo Series (Open Internationally)
Winner can pick from
·         Ginormous Joe’s Broken Bark
·         Ginormous Joe’s Annoying Friend
·         Ginormous Jo’s Secret
·         Ginormous Jo’s Silly Bullies
·         Ginormous Joe’s Welcoming Arms
·         Ginormous Jo’s You Are Special

*Terms and Conditions –Worldwide entries welcome.  Please enter using the Rafflecopter box below.  The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then Rachel’s Random Resources reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Open to all entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed to the giveaway organiser and used only for fulfilment of the prize, after which time Rachel’s Random Resources will delete the data.  I am not responsible for despatch or delivery of the prize.

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