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Monday, June 6, 2022

Book Review, Author Interview and Giveaway -Sunny and the Cats by Victoria Otto Hosted by IRead Book Reviews


Book Details:

Book Title: Sunny and the Cats by Victoria Otto
Category:  Children's Fictions (ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
Publisher:  self-published
Release date:   June, 2022
Formats Available for Review: print - hardback (USA only), e-book PDF
Tour dates: May 23 to June 6, 2022
Content Rating:  G - General Audiences. There is no violence, no bad language, no religious expletives, no sex scenes, and no drug use or underage drinking. 
Book Description:

Everyone in meow village and woof village lived happily if they followed one very important rule...

​Dogs were not welcomed in meow village and any cat that stepped into woof village would be chased up a tree! But a special puppy named Sunny wants to become friends with the cats, so he breaks that rule to see if the cats might like to play.

What happened when Sunny went to meow village? Pick up this book to find out!
(release date June 10, 2022)

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Author Victoria Otto
Meet the Author:

Victoria Otto is a children's book author, born and raised in Metro-Detroit. She has a passion for children's literature and strives to create picture books that are engaging, educational, and lots of fun for both children and parents to read. Victoria loves to make author visits at schools and organizations. So far, she has been able to read her books to and visit eight hundred children across the United States.

​If you would like Victoria to make an author visit at your school or organization, please email her.

connect with the author: twitter ~ instagram 

 Author Interview 

1. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

I have written three children's picture books, except for my latest book Sunny and the Cats, being on a more professional level than the rest. Still, I would have to say my favorite is the first book I wrote because it holds a sentimental place in my heart and shows how much I've grown.


2. Where do you get your inspiration?

From everyday life and experiences! I was inspired to start writing books in general from experiencing bullying in my early childhood, but the inspiration behind Sunny and the Cats came from watching my dog and cats fight in the house. 


3. Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

On my Amazon Author Page, Goodreads Author Page, and Instagram @victoriaottobooks, I try to post on all these sites as often as possible. But I love to hear from readers and interact with them. 


4. How many plot ideas are just waiting to be written? 

Currently, five plots are waiting to be entirely written. I have decided to continue to write stories with the messages of kindness, inclusivity, and friendship. 


5. If you could cure a disease, what would it be?

Parkinson's Disease. My grandfather lived with this terrible Disease for ten years before he passed away from complications caused by Parkinson's. I saw firsthand how this Disease affected him as I helped my mother with his caregiving and moved in with him during the last two years of his life. 


6. How do you come up with the titles to your books?

For me, titles are the hardest to come up with because they often get emphasized for their importance in a book's success. I stress about and overthink titles all the time. In fact, Sunny and the Cats was originally titled Sunny the Friendly Dog. But I like having the title pop up somewhere in the story. Sunny and the cats was already naturally on page 30. 

My Thoughts

Sunny and the Cats is such a good story about how dogs and cats live in separate towns and think the other does not like them. Sunny is a friendly dog. Sunny does not understand why the cat town does not like dogs. All of the dog friends tell Sunny that is just how it is. Sunny tries to make friends with the cats and is chased away. Right before he gets back to dog town, he realizes there is a kitten that needs help. 

Sunny shows all of us that being the bigger, nicer person goes a long way. He shows everyone that dogs and cats can get along. I read this book with my 9 and 10 year old boys, and then to my almost 2 year old little friend, and everyone enjoyed it. It's got a great lesson and can be enjoyed by all. 

The pictures are colorful and help tie the story in together. The illustrator did a wonderful job. This was a cute well written story. 

Thank you to the author, publisher and IRead book reviews for allowing me to read a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own. 

Tour Schedule:

May 23 –Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 23 -Kam's Place – book review / author interview 
May 25 –A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
May 26 –Mochas, Mysteries and Meows  book review / guest post / giveaway
May 27 –Faith And Books – book review / giveaway
May 27- Library Lady's Kid Lit – book spotlight/ author interview 
May 27 - Library Lady's Kid Lit – book review / giveaway
May 31 She Just Loves Books – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 31 - Fur Everywhere – book review / giveaway
June 1 –Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
June 1 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 3 –Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 6 – Because I said so -- and other adventures in Parenting – book review / author interview / giveaway
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