Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Pipsie, Nature Detective - Book Tour!

by Rick DeDonato
illustrated by Tracy Bishop

Pipsie loves everything wild—from dragonflies to oceans to tall, tall trees. She also loves solving mysteries. That’s why she’s a nature detective! When she and her turtle, Alfred, notice that their new friend, Frannie the caterpillar, has vanished, Pipsie is on the case. She grabs her magnifying glass, goes to her tree-house headquarters, and begins to search for clues. It’s time to make this mystery history!

Bursting with personality, this engaging story introduces a spunky new girl detective, a scooter-driving turtle who loves to eat, and a string of simple scientific clues that will keep kids turning the pages until the mystery is solved. Two pages of nature fun facts at the end of the story offer even more information for young nature detectives.

Rick DeDonato started writing and drawing storybooks for his two kids, Alexis and Matt, when they were little. They’re grown now, but Rick is still creating stories! When he’s not dreaming up adventures for Pipsie, he’s an award-winning creative director in advertising. Born in New Jersey, he now lives in Wilmington, Delaware, with Nancy McAleer; their two dogs, Tugger and Nacho; and their turtle, Alfred E. Turtle!

Tracy Bishop won an art contest in kindergarten, and she’s been creating art ever since. A graduate of San Jose State University, she is also the illustrator of Not the Quitting Kind by Sarra J. Roth. She lives in San Jose, California, where she is inspired on a daily basis by her son, husband, and a hairy dog named Harry.

My Thoughts:
This book was the perfect book to share with my nature loving 5 year old. We have been suffering from cabin fever, and everyday she is aching to get outside to have some adventures! Pipsie and my daughter have so many wonderful things in common! They have fantastic imaginations, an itching for adventures, and a thirst for learning!

My daughter and I had so much fun going along with Pipsie and Alfred on their grand adventure to find  their friend, Frannie the caterpillar. Every page was filled with adventure that jumped off the page through fabulous illustrations. It has clues to follow and fun facts to learn. And the pages at the back are filled with all kinds of neat information! You will have to grab this book to find out how they made the mystery history!

Check out PipsieNatureDetective.com for games and coloring, fun facts, more details about Pipsie and her friends, and info about the author and illustrator. There’s also a link to Alfred Z. Turtle’s blog!

And hop on over to Obsessive Mommy tomorrow to follow us along on this book tour!

One lucky winner will receive a copy of PIPSIE, NATURE DETECTIVE (U.S. addresses). Simply comment below telling me why you would love to win a copy of this great book. Be sure to leave an e-mail address.


jakiesmom said...

would love it for my girls who love books

jakiesmom said...


Sue said...

My granddaughter would love this!

Tara Oliver said...

My kids are obsessed with nature right now. They would love it!
tara.the.equestrian at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I would love to win because this looks like a cute story my kids would enjoy reading and they love nature and animals
marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

Julie O'Neill said...

Hi Lara, My 7-year-old daughter is a nature afficiando and recently has become interested in spying and detective. She will love this book! Thanks for the chance to win.