Picture Book Saturday: An Armadillo in Paris

20691399A winsome armadillo from Brazil takes a trip to Paris in this delightful new picture book from Julie Kraulis. Arlo is an armadillo who is always up for adventure. His grandfather, Augustin, loved adventure too. When Arlo was born, Augustin wrote travel journals about his favorite places for Arlo to use when he was hold enough to go exploring on his own. When Arlo reads about Paris and the one the French call La Dame de Fer, or Iron Lady, he decides it's time to strike out on his first adventure. He travels to France and, guided by Augustin's journal, discovers the joys of Paris: eating a flakey croissant at a café, visiting the Louvre, walking along the Seine and, of course, meeting the Iron Lady... But who is she? Each spread has a clue about her identity, and kids will see hints of her scattered throughout the book. This book is like a gorgeous stroll through Paris with an adorable new friend--a stroll you'll want to take again and again.



Minute review: The illustrations are superb. They were so detailed and had an airy quality that I loved. The formatting for the Kindle left something to be desired, however. I would not recommend this one as an e-book until the kinks are fixed. The writing is a bit wordy and challenging for younger readers, but it would make a fun read-aloud.Young readers will also learn a lot about Paris, and parents will appreciate the culture kids will be exposed to.



Enter to win a copy on Goodreads until December 1, 2014. 


book tour for Writing Great Books for Young Adults

 Writing Great Books for Young Adults

By Regina L. Brooks
ISBN: 9781402293528 ● Trade Paperback/$14.99
With an 87 percent increase in the number of young adult titles published in the last two years, the young adult market is one of the healthiest segments in the industry. Despite this fact, surprisingly little has been written to help authors hone their craft and truly connect with the young adult audience.
Writing Great Books for Young Adults gives writers all the advice they need to tap into this incredible and innovative market. Literary agent Regina L. Brooks shows writers how listening to young adults will help them create characters their audience can identify with.
Topics covered include meeting your protagonist, engaging your readers,, trying on points of view, and many more.
About the Author: Regina L. Brooks is the founder of Serendipity Literary Agency and has been developing award-winning authors and books for over a decade. She has been highlighted in several national and international magazines and periodicals, including Poets and Writers, Essence, Writer’s Digest, and Sister2Sister, Forbes, Media Bistro, Ebony, and Jet. She lives in New York City.




When I take the time to read nonfiction, I want to feel like I've spent my time wisely. I want to learn something new and be able to apply that information in a practical way. With Writing Great Books for Young Adults I accomplished both tasks! 

I really took my time reading this book because there was SO much valuable information on each page. I teach middle school language arts, so I really did not expect to learn much in this area. Yes, I was full of hubris. I admit it. I spend entire units teaching plot, characterization, conflict, etc. I can truly spit off a wealth of knowledge without hesitation. But I really did learn something from this book! 

I'm very excited about that fact too. I'm giddy with anticipation of new knowledge I can share with my students. The history alone is worth reading. The author really spent some time digging up information to show how concepts have changed over time. (She was speaking to my inner nerd for sure.) 

If you are a writing teacher, this book would make a great teaching resource for you. The depth it goes into would really make some fantastic lessons and talking points with your students. I would also recommend this book to anyone currently writing a book or planning to write. It simplifies the process and helps you gain an understanding of what is needed to be clear and concise when writing to keep a teen reader's attention.  


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