Aaron Blabey Holiday Prize Pack Give Away!

This month, I am giving you all a chance to win a children’s book prize pack from Scholastic Press! The prize pack includes the two most recent picture books from Aaron Blabey, “Pig the Elf” and “Thelma the Unicorn,” a unicorn and a tree shaped cookie cutters, and a Pig the Elf Christmas ornament.

Scholastic sent me the prize pack to give away to one lucky reader within the United States.

Pig the Elf is the latest offering in Blabey’s Pig the Pug series. Pig is an ill-tempered, rude, greedy pug who is expecting a lot from Santa for Christmas. Trevor, the sweet dachshund, is just thankful that Santa is coming. When nighttime arrives, Trevor goes to bed like a good dog, but Pig decides to stay up late to catch the jolly old elf in action. Santa comes down the chimney and leaves presents for both pups. Pig is not satisfied with the amount he is given and decides to take matters into his own paws.

Parents and teachers will be able to expand upon this humor-filled story to include lessons about being greedy. The expressive and colorful illustrations contribute greatly to the story. The book is told in a wonderful sing-song rhyme that never feels forced or off meter. I think kids will like the book even if Pig continues to be a… pig.

I absolutely loved “,” the second book being given away. Thelma is a little pony who wants to be a unicorn. Her donkey friend Otis thinks she is fine as who she is, but Thelma is not satisfied. She finds a carrot and puts it on her head, to pretend she is a unicorn. But then a roadside incident leaves Thelma covered in pink paint and glitter. People mistake her for a unicorn, and it brings her instant fame. Her fans follow her everywhere and everybody knows who Thelma is. Yet she starts to realize that being well-known is not always the best thing, especially when they don’t really know who you are.

This book is such a sweet little story. It has a message of being who you are and how being famous isn’t always the best thing. The story is again told in rhyme, and is an excellent example of poetry. The illustrations are bright, and the cartoon look is perfect for the story. The reader gets a great feel for the story and kids will definitely enjoy reading about the pony who wants to be a unicorn.

I am offering these two picture books and the rest of the prize pack to one winner who comments on the blog post from December 1st to December 19th. The winner will be announced on December 20th. To enter, comment at the bottom of this post!

Best of Luck and Glad Tidings and Happy Holidays to you all!

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10 replies

  1. We love Thelma! Picked up the book at a Scholastic book fair and it’s a spunky and fun story centered around a female animal which we definitely need more of in children’s literature!

  2. I saw your article in the Upper Bucks Free Press and just wanted to let you know I thought it was great! I have two little ones and I love reading to them and hearing my oldest read. I appreciate that you take the time to review books and encourage other children/parents to read while also giving them the chance to hear about authors they might not have heard of. I can’t wait to read what else you’ve reviewed. Also I don’t know if you just review young children’s books but if you ever get a chance to check out a series the Pendragon books by D.J. MacHale is fantastic!

  3. I think the Thelma book is wonderful and I’ve yet to read any of the Pig the Pug books, but I’ve heard good things and your preview piques my interest.

  4. We love Aaron Blabey!

  5. I’m an elementary school librarian and my students LOVE Aaron Blabey books. They like Thelma, Bad Guys books, and Pig the Pug books – kids ask for books about pugs all the time and there are very few, so these are genius!

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