Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Bobos Babes Adventures: The Missing Egg by Karen Bobos - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

Join us for this tour from Jun 1 to Jun 22, 2021!

Book Details:

Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  28 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
Publisher:  Playpen Publishing
Release date:   March, 2021
Format available for review:  print-hardback (USA), pdf
Tour dates: Jun 1 to Jun 22, 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

In the magical land of Harmony, the Bobos Babes love adventure and helping friends in need. When they find out that the swan family has lost a soon-to-hatch swan egg, they are quick to help ... before it’s too late! Young readers and their families will enjoy the return of the Bobos Babes and their animal friends in this second title in the fanciful read-aloud picture book series. The Bobos Babes Adventures collection brings families stories of exciting exploits, magical missions, and caring friendships, showcasing that kindness, generosity, and thoughtfulness always win.

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My Review
Bobos Babes Adventures: The Missing Egg is a cute children's book about an angel, a fairy, and a princess who help a daddy swan find his missing egg before Mommy Swan returns to the nest. 
The "Babes" in this story are based on the author's kiddos, which I thought was sweet. The story also showcases how working together and using teamwork can be a good thing. It's a fun little story with a delightful friendship between Daddy Swan and his "boys" (aka a rabbit, a turtle, and an armadillo), and a heartwarming sisterly bond. Also, chocolate cake. 
I thought this was a quick, easy read. The story is engaging, and young readers will enjoy helping Bobos Babes uncover the mystery of the missing egg.
The illustrations are bright and colorful, and they draw the eye. The story pops thanks to the lovely illustrations. 
And while this may seem like it's aimed more for young female readers, I think it's a story that all readers can enjoy--young and old, boy or girl, etc.
5 stars!

Guest Post

Keeping Our Loved Ones Alive for My Children

When I started writing the Bobos Babes Adventures book series, initially, I was trying to entertain my children during the pandemic. We left our downtown condo in Chicago and escaped to my mother’s home in Northwest Indiana. I transformed a portion of my mother’s unfinished basement into “Bobos Babes World” with fluffy pink carpet, a reading area, a doll area, and an area to play store and restaurant. They would play in “Bobos Babes World” when life seemed to be put on hold. While they played, I would write. At night, I would read them stories that I wrote starring these three magical sisters called The Bobos Babes. The stories had them looking forward to bedtime, and I promised them a new story every Friday.

What’s unique about the Bobos Babes Adventures is that they are comprised of characters who represent real people in our life, including many family members. When I was just writing for their entertainment, it was fun to add grandma, grandpa, cousins, and other family and close friends as the characters. They would get so excited seeing who was going to be in the next story.

Right away, I added my parents as main characters: Leonard the Lion and Barbara the Butterfly. My father passed away in 2016, and it was fun to bring parts of his personality into his character. One of my illustrators, Brittany Roberson, has a talent for turning my family members into animals. You can really see the resemblance of these people who we love so much in their characters.

The books have been somewhat therapeutic to me --- keeping my father’s spirit alive and having my daughters connect with him although he is no longer with us. The Missing Egg’s main characters, Russell and Diana, are named after a couple that have treated me like their daughter since I was in my twenties. They have always taken me “under their wings,” so-to-speak. They have been together since they have been in their twenties, however, married later in life. Having them be swans, a species that mates for life, seemed more than fitting.

My hope is to have the Bobos Babes Adventure series keep the people that I love and dear so much alive forever. It would be a dream come true to have these characters become cherished figures in others’ hearts, spreading joy to more people that I could ever imagine, all the while, keeping my loved ones alive forever for my children, and their children, and their children… and yours.

Meet the Author:

Bobos began writing poetry and stories at the early age of ten. She is a life-long Chicagoan who now raises her family in the downtown area. During the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic, Chicago also became a city of unrest. Trying to keep her three young daughters in a world of magic during such scary times, the Bobos Babes Adventures were born. Her goal was to create a world of Harmony for her family and hopefully for others to escape, even if only for a moment. The first book of the series, The Case of the Giggles, was published in December 2020. The Missing Egg launched in March 2021. Thus far, she has written ten Bobos Babes Adventures and two chapter books. Two additional books, The Lion's Secret and The Bobcat Birthday Party, are coming in 2021.

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Tour Schedule:

June 1 - Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
June 2 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 3 – Laura's Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 4 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
June 7 – Books Lattes & Tiaras - book spotlight
June 8 – Cheryl's Book Nook – book review / giveaway
June 9 – Icefairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
June 9 - Pick a Good Book - book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
June 10 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
June 11 – Lisa's Reading – book review / giveaway
June 14 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 15 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
June 16 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 17 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
June 18 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 21 – Stephanie Jane - book spotlight / giveaway
June 22 - Kam's Place – book review

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