Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Rice & Rocks by Sandra L. Richards, Illustrator Megan Kayleigh Sullivan

Title: Rice & Rocksl
Author: Sandra L. Richards
Illustrator: Megan Kayleigh Sullivan
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Publication Date: August 23, 2016
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Number of Pages: 32


  Tradition takes flight in Rice & Rocks, a picture book celebrating culture and diversity. Giovanni's friends are coming over for Sunday dinner, and his grandmother is serving rice and beans. Giovanni is embarrassed he does not like 'rice and rocks' and worries his friends will think the traditional Jamaican dish is weird. But his favorite Auntie comes to the rescue. She and Giovanni's pet parrot, Jasper, take him on a magical journey across the globe, visiting places where people eat rice and rocks. This exciting story celebrates the varied traditions of every culture while also highlighting the delicious similarities that bring us all together.

Take a look inside the book...

 We received this book to give an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book and enjoyed reading it to K. We eat rice and beans and never though it was called rocks before so that was really neat. K at first was like why are people eating rocks? So of course as we are reading I am explaining that is what some people call them. Everyone normally eats the same kind of food but they are all called something different and they eat those meals for certain days or traditions. We are introduced to Giovanni and his parrot Jasper. Giovanni's grandmother is making her traditional Sunday dinner but what if his friends think the meal is weird. Well Giovanni, Jasper and his Aunt go on an adventure to see if others eat the same meal as him and his family. 
I thought the illustrations were really lovely in the book. 
K thought the statue of Louis Armstrong was really cool and how he signed his name on papers. I think that this book is a great one to read to children from ages 5 on up. As you are reading you are learning about other cultural traditions which I think that kids should be informed on that kind of thing. 
I hope to see more by this author.

Questions and Answers with K

1. Did you like the book?
"It was cool."

2. Was anything your favorite part?
"How the bird talked just like a human and became super big. Also I liked the man who was a statue and how he signed his papers." (He means the statue of Louis Armstong)

3. If your classmates were learning about traditions do you think this book would be a good one to read to them? 
"Yes I do." 

Sandra L. Richards is the debut picture book author of Rice & Rocks. With Rice & Rocks, Sandra brings a unique contribution to the world of children’s books. An American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, she hopes the book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity.

Learn more about Sandra at www.sandralrichards.com.

About the Illustrator: Megan Kayleigh Sullivan

Megan Kayleigh Sullivan graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2012 with a degree in Illustration. She is currently working as a freelance illustrator and storyboard artist, and aspires towards a career in the film and animation industry as a concept artist, character designer, or visual development artist (or d., all of the above). She enjoys traveling, writing, telling stories, and hula-hooping.

Visit her at www.357meg.com.

Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice Giveaway ends: September 13, 11:59 pm, 2016
Open to: Internationally
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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Sandra L. Richards and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.

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  1. Thank you so much for your great review. I love that you shared K's thoughts as well.