Ballerina Monkey Blog Tour Wrap Up

#BallerinaMonkey #BooksOnTour #BlogBop #Day5 We've had such a fun week virtually touring with Nicole Madigan and her gorgeous book, Ballerina Monkey!  We've been lucky enough to groove along to the beat of the drums as Nicole has shared her inspirations and values significant to her story. We were swung into Malik the monkey's world with his first ever interview, and even dipped our toes into some crafts and learning activities. PLUS! Generous bloggers have co-hosted alongside the journey...
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Review: Dinner on the Doorstep by Elizabeth Cummings

Dinner on the Doorstep, Elizabeth Cummings (author), Bronte Goodieson (illustrator), Coogee (publisher), October, 2017 Having a chronically ill parent is an immensely difficult and confusing time for a young child. From deeper issues like the fear of death, to the simple disappointment of not having mum's home-cooked favourite for dinner, children's emotional experiences are complex. Dinner on the Doorstep uses beautiful, simple language to eloquently tell the story of two young chil...
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Ballerina Monkey Craft: Dancing Monkey Puppet

#BallerinaMonkey #BooksOnTour #BlogBop #Day4 How to Make a Dancing Ballerina Monkey Marionette Puppet What kinds of dance do you know? Ballet is one, but there's also jazz, hip hop, and tap, just to name a few. How do you feel when you dance? How do you think Malik the monkey feels when he’s twirling and whirling in the jungle? Make your own adorable dancing monkey puppet to get your Ballerina Monkey pirouetting all over town! Materials: Brown coloured paper White cardboard (such as a...
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Ballerina Monkey Crafts: FREE Downloads

#BallerinaMonkey #BooksOnTour #BlogBop #Day4 Fabulously Fun Activities for Kids! Courtesy and copyright © Joe M Ruiz, Nicole Madigan and BlOOturtle Publishing 2017.        Click to download the Kids_Activities_Malik-102017 PDF. SPECIAL BlOOturtle OFFERS! Ballerina Monkey can be purchased at blOOturtle Publishing. PLUS with every purchase you will go into the draw to WIN an entire catalogue of books! WOW! AND Mention Just Write For Kids when purchasing the Ballerina Monkey a...
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Author Article: Inspiration Lies Within by Nicole Madigan

#BallerinaMonkey #BooksOnTour #BlogBop #Day3 A deep and meaningful read here by Nicole Madigan on finding your truth; how your values will help you realise your strengths. Just inspiring! Thank you x “A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” I read this quote, spoken by the author C.S Lewis, recently and it really struck a chord with me, and it was timely too, given the impending release of my new book Ballerina Monkey, ...
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Character Q and A: Malik from Ballerina Monkey

#BallerinaMonkey #BooksOnTour #BlogBop #Day2 It's an honour to have Malik the monkey swing on by to chat with us about his journey of becoming a dancer in the jungle! 🐒 Nice to meet you, Malik, and thanks for joining us today! Thanks for having me! Where do you think you get your passion for dancing? Why did you not try to dance before setting your eyes on those flamingos? I think I was born with it! I've always felt like I wanted to move and groove but it wasn't until I...
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It’s Show Time! Ballerina Monkey #BookGiveaway

#BallerinaMonkey #BooksOnTour #BlogBop #Day1 It's Show Time!  Malik the monkey is on show, but wait! There's something missing! Help Malik fulfill his dreams by spotting the items missing from picture #2. With your entry here, or on social media, you will go in the draw to WIN a fabulous book pack containing Nicole Madigan's Ballerina Monkey AND Darcy and the Dinosaurs! How cool is that?! Simply name one thing missing in the picture for your chance to score BIG! There are eight (8) to fin...
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Review: Ballerina Monkey by Nicole Madigan

#BallerinaMonkey #BooksOnTour #BlogBop #Day1 We're back again for another spectacular blog tour! This time we'll be 'blog bopping' through the virtual blogosphere with Ballerina Monkey and its author, Nicole Madigan! Thanks for grooving with us! 🌟 🐒 🌟 Ballerina Monkey, Nicole Madigan (author), Joe M Ruiz (illus.), BlOOturtle Publishing, October 2017. Besides his love of bananas, more than anything else that Malik the monkey yearns to do is stretch his legs in t...
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A Little Taste of Magic – Interview with Suzanne Barton

Zimbabwean-born, West Australian-raised, Melbourne-resident, Suzanne Barton , author of the deliciously magical picture book, 'Meeka', has certainly had her own little taste of culture. Besides her love of writing for children, Suzanne is also the editor of the City of Melbourne's 'Melbourne Magazine' and the creator of the radio drama, Neo Radio; inspired by 1940s cabaret. It is a delight to be able to chat with Suzanne Barton about her debut book. You can read my review here. Today I ask her a...
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Ori’s Christmas Craft: How to Make an Underwater Snow Globe

#OrisChristmas #BooksOnTour #BlogBlast #BonusDay How to Make an Underwater Snow Globe Besides Ori the octopus and his friends in Ori's Christmas, what other creatures, plants and marine life can be found under the sea? What kinds of Christmas activities did the sea friends enjoy in the story? How do you like to celebrate being with friends and family on Christmas Day?  Create your own underwater themed snow globe representing some of your favourite creatures, activities and decorations. Wha...
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