Saturday, June 28, 2014

"How Andrew Got His Spots" by Louise Lintvelt

How Andrew Got His Spots
by Louise Lintvelt

How Andrew Got His Spots is recommended for children ages 3 to 8. This book tour is brought to you by Mother Daughter Book Promotion Services. The tour stops here today for my review and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

For another book by Louise Lintvelt, check out my blog post on Goodnight, Sleep Tight.

Poor Andrew is feeling very blue, all the other giraffes are very spotty but he is as white as can be. He does not have any spots, you see! He keeps seeing spots wherever he goes…
One spot,
two spots,
three spots,
And many, many, many more.
“Where did you get your spots?” he asks. Join Andrew as he discovers how the ladybug, the leopard and the owl came to have spots and discovers that spots often appear when you are least expecting them!
This is a wonderful rhyming picture book for children of all ages.

Book Reading


My Review
Andrew the giraffe doesn't fit in. Instead of having spots like the rest of the giraffes, he is "as white as white could be." He doesn't have any spots! Andrew goes for a walk and meets the spotted ladybug, the spotted leopard, and the spotted owl. They all got their spots in different ways, but they assure Andrew that he will get his spots one day, too.
This is a lovely rhyming picture book, beautifully illustrated by Julie Sneeden. The story encourages children to be patient and that things will work out in the end. I enjoyed the rhyming text and I especially loved the imaginative ways in which the different animals got their spots. You'll never guess how Andrew finally gets his!
A delight!

From the Author
I am from South Africa and I live in a city called Pretoria. I am a Chemical Engineer by day and a children’s book writer by night. I am married to a wonderful man and we have a beautiful two year old daughter called Allegra. I love writing stories for my daughter, who is a constant inspiration.
I have always loved reading. My childhood was filled with books and you would often find me crouched the corner of my room devouring the pages of my favourite book. I lived for Tuesday mornings as this would bring with it the excitement of a trip to the local library for story hour and the opportunity to take home a new book. I was the local librarian’s worst nightmare. I would arrive a few minutes early to check that she had not mistakenly chosen a book that had already been read in story hour.
I was a very bossy three year old with an insatiable appetite for books! This has not really changed much in the last twenty seven years. Dr. Seuss was my absolute favourite and to say that my copy of One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish was well read would be an understatement.
When it comes to writing, my daughter is my biggest inspiration. I love seeing her face light up with excitement when we sit down to read a book before bedtime. My daughter was fascinated by giraffes after we went on a safari trip in late 2012. This planted the seed for my picture book called How Andrew Got His Spots which is a rhyming adaptation of a story I originally wrote in the third grade. My daughter has since grown into a healthy two year old with a passion for aircraft which was the inspiration for writing Goodnight, Sleep Tight: What a Wonderful Flight.
I am sure that there are many parents in the world (myself included), who are quite decidedly sick and tired of reading the same favourite picture book night after night. I believe that the words of Oscar Wilde best describe how children should feel about picture books when he said, "If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all."
Happy Reading!

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