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Friday, November 26, 2021

Book Review and Giveaway- Popper and Friends Popper Finds a New Home by IL Ritchie

 Book Details:

Book Title:  Popper and Friends: Popper Finds a New Home by IL Ritchie
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Publisher Mascot
Release date:  December 2021
Format available for review:  Print- hardback, ebook (pdf)
Will send print books out:  USA
Tour dates: November 26 to December 17, 2021
Content Rating:  Rated G. Suitable for everyone
Book Description:

Popper is a sweet little woodpecker who is trying to find a new home. Now that he is grown, it’s time for him to leave the nest and find a home of his own. The first book in the Popper and Friends series, follow along as Popper explores different options and gets helpful advice from his friends.
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Author IL Ritchie
Meet the Author:

A California native, IL Ritchie lives in San Francisco, where he is creating new adventures for Popper and his friends.

connect with the author: goodreads

Author Interview 

What inspired you to write Popper Finds a New Home?

Growing up, my dad would talk about a woodpecker in our neighborhood that would peck a metal pole.  He would joke that the woodpecker was giving itself an awful headache.  I used to think that maybe the woodpecker was communicating with its friends by banging its beak into that metal pole.  At some point I thought that the woodpecker was looking for somewhere to burrow because it needed a new home, and that is how I came up with the idea for the story.


What do you hope children will get out of this story?

I believe that it is really important for everyone to have a strong social network between family and friends.  I hope children recognize that it is helpful to ask people they know for advice/help.  We can all learn a lot from those that are closest to us in our lives.


Do you plan to make Popper a series?

Yes, I plan to write more stories about Popper and his friends.  I have some more ideas about stories where Popper is going to seek advice/help from his social network.  Plus, now that Popper has a new home, he needs to host parties for his family and friends!! 


Do you have a favorite character in the story?

The illustration of Filbert (the squirrel) is my favorite.  The illustrator that I worked with, Yulia, did an amazing job!  But,Filbert makes me smile every time I see his chubby cheeks and the acorn tucked under his arm….



My Thoughts 

POPPER & FRIENDSPOPPER FINDS A NEW HOME by IL Ritchie is a cute children’s picture book that is geared toward ages 3-7. I read this with my 8 and 10 year old sons and we enjoyed it. 

Popper is a cute woodpecker who is growing and doesn’t fit in his bed anymore. He has to leave his parents home. He leaves and searches through the surrounding area to see if he could find a suitable home. He checks in with his friends to see if it is something he can use. Popper finds that his friends homes do not work for him. He does find the perfect home.  

We loved the illustrations in this story. It really brought the story to life. The writing flows nicely. This would make a great gift to someone this holiday season. 

I received a copy of this book through IRead book tours. All thoughts are my own. 

Tour Schedule:

Nov 26 –
 Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Nov 26 - Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 29 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 29 - Rockin' Book Tours – book review / guest post / giveaway
Nov 29 - Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Nov 30 - Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Dec 1 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 2 – icefairy's Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Dec 2 - Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 3 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Dec 6 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 7 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / author interview / giveaway
Dec 7 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 8 – Sandra's Book Club – book review
Dec 8 - @twilight_reader – book review
Dec 9 – Captive Dreams Window – book review / giveaway
Dec 10 – Lisa's Reading – book review / giveaway
Dec 13 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Dec 14 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Dec 14 – Kam's Place – book review
Dec 15 – The Page Ladies – book review
Dec 15 - The Phantom Paragrapher – book review
Dec 16 – I'm Into Books – book review / giveaway
Dec 17 - Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
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