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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

In the Nick of Time by Deedee Cummings - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway


Join us for this tour from Oct 12  to Dec 4, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title:  In the Nick of Time by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  28 pages
Genre:  Children/ Holiday
Publisher:  Make a Way Media
Release date:   November 2019
Content Rating:  G: Children's Holiday Book


 

 
Book Description:

A Timely Tale about a Little Brown Boy who Saves Christmas. Nick Saint never really put a lot of thought into his name until one snowy day in December when he accidentally receives a letter meant for Saint Nick. Realizing there is not much time left until Christmas, Nick opens the letter. The unexpected message inside ultimately leads him on a journey of understanding poverty, gratitude, and service to others while discovering the real meaning of the holiday spirit. 

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My Review
In the Nick of Time is a sweet children's book set during Christmas. A little boy named Nick Saint (who comes across as slightly bratty and entitled at first) receives a letter in the mail meant for Saint Nick (aka Santa Claus). He scoffs and calls the letter "stupid" because he didn't receive the video game he's been waiting for, and because the letter isn't meant for him. But when his mom calls out his behavior and language, then tasks him with helping the other boy who wrote the letter (and his family), Nick comes around and realizes the true meaning of the holidays. 
I liked this story, and I thought it had a heartwarming, feel-good message in it. And I feel like younger readers will realize that while Nick may start off as more of a selfish child (seeing as he only cares about his video game), he's actually a caring, understanding, and wonderful child underneath it all. He comes around, and he goes out of his way to help the boy who sent the letter (and his family). It definitely sends a good message. And it shows kids that not everyone has "nice things" like video games and toys to play with. But even helping in some small way, like donating a toy or two, or a new winter coat, can be a life-changing experience. 'Tis the season to give, after all. 
The only thing I had a small issue with was Nick using the word stupid when talking about the mailman and the letter he receives. And while his mom does call him out on it, she also uses the word when explaining that "accidents, not people" are stupid. Other than that, though, I enjoyed the story.
4 stars. 


Meet the Author:

Deirdre “Deedee” Cummings believes literacy is a fundamental human right. She is the founder of Make A Way Media, It Pays to Read & the Louisville Book Festival, as well as, an attorney, therapist, and CEO of Abi Behavioral Health in Louisville, Kentucky. Abi is an intensive therapy agency that works to prevent the placement of children in out of home care, such as foster care, hospitalization, and incarceration. Deedee attended Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, one of only two all-female Historically Black Colleges in the country. After graduating from Bennett, she earned a master’s degree and a law degree from the University of Louisville. All of her writing focuses on sharing inspiring messages that remind us all it is never too late to begin again. Deedee encourages the children she works with to write as a way to process emotions, document their journey, and express themselves more clearly. In addition to presenting on multiple topics around the country, Deedee donates hundreds of books and volunteer hours every year to families, children, churches and the local school system. She is excited to announce the launch of her tenth children’s book, This is the Earth. The inspiration for this book came from overwhelming negative media coverage about race relations in our country and across the world. This is the Earth is a book about peace, respect, and diversity inclusion: a message that must be heard and repeated often. She and her husband Anthony live in Louisville with their three children Kayla (an actress in New York), Anthony (a college student and athlete), and Nick (in elementary school).

 
Tour Schedule:
 
Oct 12 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 13 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 13 - Working Mommy Journal – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 14 – meandmybooks – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Oct 14 - Leels Loves Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Oct 14 - The Pen and Muse Book Reviews  - book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 15 - Splashes of Joy – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post / giveaway
Oct 15 - The Pen and Muse Book Reviews  - book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 16 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Oct 18 - Amy's Booket List – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 20 – Pick A Good Book – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 21 – Splashes of Joy – book review of This is the Earth / author interview / giveaway
Oct 22 – Leels Loves Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Oct 26 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Oct 27 – Rajiv's Reviews – book review of This is the Earth
Oct 28 – My Journey Back – book review of In the Nick of Time / author interview / giveaway
Oct 29 – Rajiv's Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time
Oct 30 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 3 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post / giveaway
Nov 4 – She Just Loves Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 5 – Priya's Lit Blog – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 9 – Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 10 –Priya's Lit Blog – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 11 – Ice Fairy's Treasure Chest – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 11 - Older & Smarter? – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 12 – She Just Loves Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 13 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 16 – Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 17 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 18 – Ice Fairy's Treasure Chest – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 18 - Bound 4 Escape – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 19 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 20 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 20 - Bound 4 Escape – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 20 - Writer with Wanderlust - book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 23 – Amy's Booket List – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 - Nighttime Reading Center – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 - – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 23 - Lisa-Queen of Random - book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 23 - Gina Rae Mitchell  - book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 24 - Gina Rae Mitchell  - book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 24 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 24 - Lisa-Queen of Random - book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 25 – Older & Smarter? – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 27 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Nov 27 - Reading is My Passion – book review of In the Nick of Time
Nov 30 - Cuzinlogic - book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 30 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Nov 30 - Writer with Wanderlust - book review of In the Nick of Time / guest post /giveaway
Dec 1 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 1 - I'd Rather Be At The Beach - book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Dec 1 - Lisa's Reading - book review of In the Nick of Time / giveaway
Dec 2 –  Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 3 – Bigreadersite – book review of In the Nick of Time
Dec 3 - Reading is My Passion – book review of This is the Earth
Dec 3 - Lisa's Reading - book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
Dec 4 - Bigreadersite – book review of This is the Earth
Dec 4 - I'd Rather Be At The Beach - book review of This is the Earth / giveaway
 
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