Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Promo Blitz and eBook Giveaway: "The Gorilla Picked Me!" by Michele McAvoy

Children’s Picture Book
Date Published: Spring 2018

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Olive felt ordinary. Always last to be picked for teams at recess and never a Valentine placed on her desk. Olive blended in. Until one day at a daddy-daughter dance, the dancing gorilla picked her from the crowd!

He scooped her up and twirled her around the dance floor. Olive's soul sang! THE GORILLA PICKED ME! is a fun, sentimental story that reminds little girls that they are all worthy of attention. No little girl is ordinary! 

About the Author

Michele McAvoy is an award-winning children's picture book author. Her debut picture book, MY SUPERHERO GRANDPA, received a 2016 Moonbeam Children's Book Award. Michele grew up in a small town in northern New Jersey until she moved to New York City where she attended NYU and law school. Michele enjoyed the crazy, busy, single life of New York for over 15 years until she got married and had her first child.

With a small one-bedroom apartment and a baby that did not sleep, Michele moved back to her small hometown. She settled back to her roots and traded in the noisy city streets of NY and extra dirty martinis at trendy bars for manicured lawns and backyard BBQs. When she's not being a lawyer or a mom, Michele writes uplifting, whimsical stories to help children understand and respect their emotions. You can see more about Michele and her books at www.michelemcavoy.com

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (March 17-23, 2018)

Welcome to this week's Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky and Happy St. Patrick's Day! Are you feeling lucky this week? Then you've come to the right place. Check this page daily all week to see what new giveaways have been added. There are more giveaways on my right sidebar, too! And if you're hosting a giveaway, feel free to add it to the list below. Don't forget to share this page on your social media pages so your friends and followers can enter. Have a great -- and lucky -- week!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Napping Princess: Review and Blu-ray/DVD Giveaway

About "Napping Princess":

From visionary director Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Eden of the East) comes a sci-fi fantasy that effortlessly weaves together the rapidly evolving technology of today’s world with the fantastic imagination of the next generation, which was nominated for Best Animated Feature – Independent, at this year’s Annie Awards.

The year is 2020, three days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics. While she should be studying for her exams, Kokone Morikawa often dozes off, entering a dream-world called Heartland full of fantastic motorized contraptions. But when her father, a talented but mysterious mechanic, is kidnapped for stealing technology from a powerful corporation, it’s up to Kokone and her childhood friend Morio to save him. Together they realize that Kokone’s dream-world holds the answers to the mystery behind the stolen tech, uncovering a trail of clues to her father’s disappearance and ultimately a surprising revelation about Kokone’s family.

With an ambitious mix of multilayered action, whimsical characters and inventive machines, "Napping Princess" is a genre- and universe-blending film that shows that following your dreams is sometimes the best way to discover your past. Suitable for Kids 9+.

Available in a Blu-ray/DVD combo and on EST/VOD.

Bonus Features:
· Interview with Kenji Kamiyama
· Special Interview with Cast
· Intro at Japanese Release
· Okayama Scenery
· Special TV Program
· Trailers and TV Spots

Review of "Napping Princess" by D.T.

"Napping Princess" is a movie that definitely comes from the heart. This little story has two faces: On one side, a normal girl is facing a family disaster that has been years in the making. On the other, there is a fantasy kingdom facing destruction from a monster. Kokone, our main character, is the hero of both, though she doesn't know it. In the real world, Kokone must save her father from a corporate nightmare that she never knew he was involved in. In the Kingdom of Heartland, she must use her unique, technological magic to escape her confinement and save the kingdom despite its stubbornness. What Kokone slowly comes to realize is that the two worlds are connected, in more ways than one. What she does in Heartland, in her dreams, affects what happens in Japan in her real life. Not only that, but Heartland has been shaping her life and answering her questions long before she even knew it.

This may sound like whimsical nonsense, but the story is really just about a girl living her day to day life and getting mixed up in her parents' and grandparents' problems. It takes place in 2020, just before the Olympics are to begin in Japan, and has an interesting anchor in reality. In a way, you almost feel as if you are watching future history. Heartland is only in her dreams, and though it seems ridiculous that her dreams would affect what happens in the real world, it is mostly ignorance and Kokone's hope that magic is guiding her that creates these coincidences. The movie is heartfelt, and you wonder what familial problems may have inspired the renowned writer and director, Kenji Kamiyama, to dream up this dreamland. He deals with the pain and confusion of losing a parent in a very real sense, and how that can have more of an effect on the surviving parent than on the child at times. Although it isn't apparent at first, he also answers every question you have, though he lets you ponder those questions before answering them. Somehow, he also finds time to cover corporate politics and greed, without making it feel as if he's pushing an agenda. Finally, he covers the bonds between family members, and how that can recover even after years of damage. It all comes together to make you think hard about what happened, and leaves you happy with the results.


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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this show to facilitate a review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on sales made through my link.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Disney•Pixar's "Coco" Is Now Available for Home Viewing ~ Plus Read a Review!

Disney•Pixar’s "Coco" -- the story of a 12-year-old aspiring musician’s extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors -- won a 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Motion Picture, topped the domestic box office Thanksgiving holiday weekend, became the highest grossing film of all time in Mexico, broke records in China and earned widespread praise, receiving 96 percent from critics and 97 percent from audiences on Rotten Tomatoes. Now this vibrant tale filled with love and laughter has arrived home Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and on Movies Anywhere, and on 4K Ultra HD,™ Blu-ray,™ DVD and On-Demand.

Through fresh and fascinating bonus material, adventurers of all ages will tag along with filmmakers as they soak in Día de los Muertos in Mexico; explore the essential role of music in "Coco"; and learn how the cast and crew personally connect with the film’s message. They’ll step behind the scenes to discover the inspiration behind the film’s creative costuming; Miguel’s beautifully complicated family; Dante the loyal Xolo dog; and the stunning worlds of both the dead and the living. Features also include deleted scenes, insightful filmmaker commentary, the music of "Coco" and more.

About the Movie:

In Disney•Pixar’s "Coco," Pixar Animation Studios’ 19th feature film, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt) -- despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Héctor (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history.

Review of "Coco" by D.T.

Family, respect, music and tradition are the four words underlining Pixar's latest adventure, "Coco." First, an introduction. Our protagonist, Miguel, must explore what family really means despite only searching for the musical background his family has forgotten. At the beginning, Miguel is a curious soul, who loves music against his family's wishes. He decides to enter a contest to express his musical talent. This all happens on Dia de Muertos, the Day of the Dead, which is a Mexican holiday dedicated to remembering the family who is no longer with us and everything that they loved. It turns out that the dead, who are all colorful, skeletal versions of themselves, also love Dia de Muertos because they are able to cross back into the real world and spend time with their family and receive gifts, even though the real world family cannot see them. In Miguel's rush to find an instrument for the contest, he commits to a bad choice: stealing from the dead. This has magical consequences, transporting him to the land of the dead, a haven populated by the spirits of family members who have passed away and their assorted guardian spirits. Here, he meets Hector, a man who is desperately searching for a way to visit his own family in the real world. Together, Miguel and Hector search the land of the dead, trying to solve their unique problems, and find out that, despite their differences, they are really meant to be together for this quest.

"Coco" has deep, deep roots in Mexican culture. From an all-Latino cast to traditionally written music and the whole premise of the movie revolving around a Mexican holiday, I have met some who wonder if they could relate to this movie when they know nothing about Mexican culture. The truth of the matter is that this movie brings its lay audience up to speed on Mexican traditions without ever disrespecting those who already understand what the movie is all about. Miguel must slowly realize that respecting his family is something that transcends who they were, what they accomplished, or even who he wanted them to be. His love for music, displayed by an excellent, award-winning soundtrack, is a connection that he shares with many family members and non-family members alike, and it can be used to show excitement, comedy, love, and even regret. Miguel even learns that his family traditions, though he may think they hamper his personal goals, are truly important for preserving that which meant so much to the people who shaped him. And he is not alone in that discovery throughout the movie. In the end, "Coco" is a lesson in humanity and love.

Disclosure: I received a digital copy of this movie and a paint kit as a thank-you for posting about this movie. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on sales made through my link.

Friday, March 09, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (March 10-16, 2018)

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Thursday, March 08, 2018

"Ice Dragon: Legend of the Blue Daisies" Debuts in U.S. Movie Theaters for Two Days Only: March 24 and March 26

About the movie:
Melody, a gifted young dreamer, and her feisty friend Leif must set aside their differences and use the power of magical Blue Daisies and an ancient Song to save their world from an evil Ice Dragon. When the blue flowers that once bloomed all around her village began to disappear, Melody and her eccentric grandfather recognize this as a sign of great danger ... but no one believes them! Racing against time, Melody must convince Leif and the other villagers before it’s too late.

Starring the voice talents of Rheal Rees (Melody), Justin Debé (Leif) and Bill Bray (Nicholai), “Ice Dragon: Legend of the Blue Daisies” features original songs and engaging characters that highlight this inspiring animated adventure for the whole family.

Watch the trailer:

The inspirational, animated feature, "Ice Dragon: Legend of the Blue Daisies," debuts in U.S. movie theaters for a two-day event on Saturday, March 24 at 12:55 p.m. and Monday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. (all local times) in more than 700 select movie theaters across the U.S.!

To learn more about the movie, find a showing near you and purchase tickets, visit: http://bit.ly/2oFBt5P

Enjoy these scenes from the film!

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this opportunity. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a small gift in exchange for this post.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

"Christopher Robin" Arrives in Theatres Everywhere on August 3, 2018!

I have always been a HUGE Winnie-the-Pooh fan. When I had my firstborn, his whole bedroom was decorated in Pooh, from the bedding to the lamp and wallpaper border! My boys had a ton of Winnie-the-Pooh videos and books. We even had a mini-Pooh Christmas tree! So, it probably wouldn't surprise you to hear that I'm thrilled to hear that Pooh and his lovable boy are coming to the big screen in "Christopher Robin," which arrives in theatres everywhere on August 3, 2018!

In the heartwarming live-action adventure, the young boy who embarked on countless adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with his band of spirited and lovable stuffed animals has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin remember the loving and playful boy who is still inside.

Did I mention that it stars the wonderful Ewan McGregor? And I'm so excited that Jim Cummings is still providing the voice of Pooh. Classic!

Watch the trailer:

Hip hip hooray for Winnie-the-Pooh ~ and Christopher Robin, too!

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