Sunday, July 28, 2013

Book Cover & Blurb: An Ordinary Toad's Extraordinary Night

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New children’s book: An Ordinary Toad’s Extraordinary Night
An Ordinary Toad’s Extraordinary Night is the story of a young toad named Andrew, pondering whether his life would be more interesting had he been hatched a frog. Andrew embarks on his first solo hop to ask his grandpa some questions about what it means to be an amphibian. The story is blended with factual information that compares and contrasts the similarities and differences among toads and frogs. A young reader’s curiosity will be piqued as they consider the unique attributes of the individual creatures that make up a species, perhaps sparking the light of conservation in their hearts and minds.
New Lexington, OH - Advanced praise for An Ordinary Toad’s Extraordinary Night, by author Joanne McGonagle and illustrated by Rachael Mahaffey:
“An Ordinary Toad’s Extraordinary Night is not only an enjoyable read, it’s a great introduction to the natural history of amphibians.”Dr. Kerry Kriger, Save The Frogs, Founder, Executive Director, Ecologist.
"An Ordinary Toad’s Extraordinary Night is beautifully illustrated with richly colored images on every page. Andrew’s story is sure to delight both child and parent as they journey with him to learn what it means to be an extraordinary toad."
"Andrew, a small toad, thinks his life would be more exciting as a frog than an ordinary toad. During his journey to visit his grandfather, Andrew meets a number of woodland creatures. With each encounter, Andrew discovers that he is not an ordinary toad, but an extraordinary animal, with many characteristics that set him apart from the bullfrogs that love to tease him. He learns from his grandfather, a wise toad, that every creature on the Earth is extraordinary in their own way. The story includes facts about amphibians and their way of life. But what the story tells is that everyone is extraordinary in their own special way. It teaches us to find the best in ourselves and to love ourselves for who we are."
"I love frogs and toads and being serenaded by the music they produce. I truly enjoyed reading about Andrew and his adventures. After reading this story, I felt extraordinary. I love that the author tells a story while letting children (and adults) know that being yourself is important and be proud of your special and unique characteristics."
About the book:
An Ordinary Toad’s Extraordinary Night by Joanne McGonagle
ISBN: 978-0-9890088-0-8
Publisher: CreateSpace
Date of publish: June 2013
Pages: 70
S.R.P.: $17
About the author:
Joanne is the author of The Tiniest Tiger children’s book and the award-winning website The Tiniest Tiger’s Conservation Cub Club. Inspired by her cat Gracey, Joanne transitioned from a career in specialty food marketing to writing and studying all cats big and small. She has a Master of Zoology GFP from Miami University and an MBA from Ohio University. She recently spent time in Kenya and Namibia learning about lions and cheetahs. Joanne lives in Ohio with Paul and Gracey.
About the illustrator:
Rachael Mahaffey is an award-winning freelance artist and illustrator located in the historic area of Charleston, South Carolina. She specializes in digital art media, but loves to experiment with new art techniques. Rachael has drawn since early childhood and turned her hobby into her career after graduating from the Art Institute in 2003. She loves to work with authors to make their imaginations come to life.

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