Friday, September 25, 2015

Sky Pony Press Books Perfect For Halloween

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This selection of Sky Pony Press books came just in time for the Halloween season. Though our family doesn't get to caught up in the Halloween tradition, we love the Fall season and my kids always look forward to dressing up as their favorite super hero, cute little animal, or in the case of my daughter Eva, a sparkling angel (for three years running) and visiting the neighbors in our development to fill their bags with candy. We try to shy away from the super scary in our house and that goes with books too. Sky Pony Press has two perfect selections this year to fit the Halloween season. Disclosure: I was provided the items pictured above at no cost to facilitate this review.

Ava The Monster Slayer

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  Don’t underestimate Ava just because she’s “cute” and wears “adorable glasses”—she’s really a fierce monster slayer. And when her beloved Piggy is left in the dryer in the basement, Ava knows she’ll have to face the ferocious monsters lurking in the dark if she wants to rescue her favorite stuffed animal. So she puts on her brother’s superhero cape, grips his sword tight, puts on her pink rain boots and sparkly princess crown, and creeps downstairs.

  Not even the roar of the greenest and hairiest monster is going to stop this spunky girl. Even though she’s scared and the monsters smell terrible, Ava is determined to rescue Piggy. Ross Felten’s brisk, sketch-like illustrations help bring energy and humor to this story of bravery and loyalty. Young readers will relate to Ava’s mission and delight in her victory over the monsters. Ava the Monster Slayer is sure to appeal to children worried about monsters in their own homes and kids devoted to their own stuffed animals. - Sky Pony Press

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This is Eva, our very own "monster slayer". This book could not have been a more perfect fit for two cute kids in our family! We of course, have our very own Eva, and though her name is spelled differently than the Ava in the book, she thought it was pretty cool to have a book written about "her". As soon as she found out that the Ava in the story was on a mission to save her favorite bedtime stuffed animal, "Piggie" from the dark depths of the basement, our Eva had to grab her own adored bedtime friend "Brucie" to share the story with. Elijah, our six-year-old son just recently had to get glasses for the first time. He had a little difficulty adjusting to having to wear them constantly and worried for a while that kids would make fun of him. Elijah was excited to hear the story about Ava, not because she was a Monster Slayer, but because she was "A warrior who wears glasses" and since he wears glasses, maybe that meant he could be a warrior too!

 This story was an absolute delight and super fun to read! Though the cover looks a little spooky, they only monsters in this book are the ones in Ava's imagination! We all remember that feeling we had when we were young, of worry and panic at the thought of walking down into the deep, dark basement. Ava gives kids the power to face their fears of the dark and the tools to use their imaginations to no longer be afraid!

 Click HERE to purchase your own hard copy of Ava The Monster Slayer: A Warrior Who Wears Glasses for $16.99 (hardcover).

The Runaway Pumpkin

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  A cute little Halloween pumpkin announces that he is ready for a Halloween adventure. So he prepares to set out on the exploration of a lifetime. However, his ever watchful and caring mother wants to make sure he’s prepared before he takes that first step outside. The little pumpkin will begin his adventure on a witch’s broom, where he will fly through the skies. Next, he’ll dare to venture through the very spookiest haunted house. And to celebrate the night, he’ll dance to the “Monster Mash”! It’s scary out there on Halloween night, but his mother is packing a parachute just in case he falls, a blankie for reassurance, and his favorite monster shoes so he can boogie-woogie all night long. Whatever adventures he has, he is sure to be prepared. Halloween isn’t so scary when you have a mother pumpkin making sure you’re ready for whatever frights might come your way! - Sky Pony Press

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 If you love sweet children's books and remember reading  The Runaway Bunny, you will be delighted by The Runaway Pumpkin, written by the same author, Anne Margaret Lewis. My own little pumpkin, Levi is age three and he was quite taken with this story about a sweet little pumpkin and the love that his mother had for him. Just like in The Runaway Bunny, The Little Pumpkin has all kinds of plans for an adventurous Halloween and his mother quietly reminds him that no matter where he goes a part of her will always be with him in the way that she loves, cares, and provides for her little one. Perfect for Halloween, or any time, The Runaway Pumpkin is a wonderful way to instill the understanding in your own children, that no matter where he goes in life, he will always have the love and care of his mother.

 Click HERE to order your own copy of The Runaway Pumpkin for $15.99 (hard cover)

 If you love adding children's books to your own home library, make sure to visit Sky Pony Press for more wonderful children's books!

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  Sky Pony Halloween Giveaway

One lucky reader will win their own copy of Ava The Monster Slayer: A Warrior Who Wears Glasses & The Runaway Pumpkin!  The giveaway will end October 10, 2015 at 11:59pm. Open to residents of the US only and must be 18 years old to enter. Enter using the Giveaway Tools entry form below.

  Disclosure: I was sent the items listed above at no cost to facilitate this review. Prize fulfillment of all the above giveaways is the responsibility of Skyhorse Publishing, and not Our Southern Style or Thrifty Nifty Mommy. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.


  1. I'd also like to have their book Baby Farm Animals for our home library.

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  2. Id love to add "Bright Coin Moon" to my library for myself :) Sounds like a great read!

  3. I would love to have the book Daniel in the Lions' Den, The Brick Bible for Kids. dwelchert at yahoo dot com

  4. I would love Watch the Cookie! by Nancy Cote for my son.

  5. These are such cute books. I would also like to have the 'Bright Coin Moon.'

  6. I'd love to add 'Watch the Cookie' to my grandson's library.

  7. My daughter is into pirate right now so Meet the McKaws would be a great addition.

  8. We love to add Welcome to Camp Pikachu to our library!

  9. I'd also like the Watch the Cookie book.

  10. I'd like to get the I Want to Eat Your Books, book for my great niece and great nephew :)

  11. I would love to have Daniel in the Lions' Den
    My grandchildren would love this book

  12. I'd like to check out the Baffling and Bizarre Inventions book! Looks pretty neat!

  13. I would like to read Brain Compatible Activates grades K-2.

  14. My New Mediterranean Cookbook looks very interesting!