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This post is part of a blog tour.  Learn more about Kari van Wakeren here.

You can read more about Bubble Wrap Girl’s blog tour on:

http://tonjadrecker.blogspot.com on May 27

http://www.kidsbookshelf.com on June 1

http://livinginaworldofbookquotes.wordpress.com on June 15

Review by Darcy Bell-Myers

Read more about Darcy at http://bellmyers.com.

Don’t we all just want to wrap our kids up in bubble wrap sometimes? Izzy Magee has a problem. She likes to play soccer, ride her bike and have fun but she DOESN’T like the bumps and bruises that come along with an active life. Her parents want to protect their little girl, so they wind her up in bubble wrap with an adorable bow on top of her head! The only problem is that although Izzy’s now well-cushioned, she can’t get the full fun out of life anymore. It’s hard to dance at a party when you can hardly move, hard to participate in school when you can’t raise your hand and so disappointing to try and ride your bike when your bubble wrap knocks over everything around you. This book has a great lesson for kids about learning to roll with life’s ups and downs. It’s an even better lesson for parents; that although we want to protect our children, in the end we have to learn to let go. A life well-lived may come with some scrapes from falling off that bike, but the journey is what makes life fulfilling. The message is a great one and the story approaches it in a playful way. The delightful illustrations are lively and colorful with beautiful patterns and details. The story flows along smoothly and will entertain even the busiest of kids. It’s good for independent, young readers and bedtime readings alike.

Darcy Bell-Myers has loved to draw and paint since she was a little girl. She is the illustrator of Mary Emma, Walk!Wyatt’s Big DayTreasure’s GiftEmmy and the Rude RoosterGrandma Has WingsHiggledy Piggledy, and the author/illustrator of The Animal Babies Book of BalletPony Paper Dolls and The Animal Babies Book of Princesses. Her illustration and design work has won honors such as the Independent Publisher Book Award, Dr. Toy, San Diego Book and Parent’s Choice Awards. She lives with her husband and three children in Stillwater, Minnesota.

Bubble Wrap Girl — Birthday Blog Tour!

May 3rd, 2019 | Posted by Sara in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Bubble Wrap Girl — Birthday Blog Tour!)

Title: Bubble Wrap Girl

Author: Kari van Wakeren

Birthday Blog Tour:  Celebrating Two Year Publication Anniversary

Publication Date: June 6, 2017

Synopsis: Izzy Magee gets bumps and bruises when she does the things she likes–chasing her brother, dancing in the kitchen, and riding her bike. Getting hurt is a hang-up for Izzy, so one day she decides to cover herself in bubble wrap. Her plan works like a charm… until the bubble wrap gets in the way of doing the things she likes. Eventually, Izzy realizes that getting hurt is part of life–and she isn’t going to let it get in the way of having fun!

Links:  http://www.karivanwakeren.com/

About the Author:

Kari van Wakeren is an avid reader and working mother of two joy-filled kids. She lives in central Minnesota with her family, where together they enjoy music, playing outside, sharing time with friends, and being silly. She works as a pastor and is passionate about helping kids realize their inherent self-worth and inner strength. When she is not reading or writing, Kari can usually be found in her garden, on a walk, or cooking up something delicious. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth and Luther Seminary.

About the Illustrator:

Little CA Nobens, the shortest kid in her kindergarten class, shot up like a weed in first grade. She didn’t know where her head or her knees or her elbows began or ended, until she was the tallest girl in eighth grade. She was always clonking her noggin or stubbing her toe or rapping her wrist or barking some bone on something. She could have used miles and miles of bubble wrap! Not having any, she just tried to stay still and draw pictures a lot.

    Tour Schedule

May 15 — The Picture Book Review — Book Review, Giveaway

May 23 — Sara’s Pop Op blog — Review by Darcy Bell Myers, Giveaway

May 27 — Kidbits — Review, Giveaway

June 1 — Kids Bookshelf — Author interview, Giveaway

June 15 — Living in a World of Book Quotes — Author interview, Giveaway