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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

"Bash and Lucy Fetch Team Vera and the Dream Beasts" by Lisa and Michael Cohn


EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
Bash and Lucy Fetch Team Vera and the Dream Beasts
(Bash and Lucy Book 3)
by Lisa and Michael Cohn

Bash and Lucy Fetch Team Vera and the Dream Beasts (Bash and Lucy Book 3) by Lisa and Michael Cohn

Bash and Lucy Fetch Team Vera and the Dream Beasts is the third book in the Bash and Lucy series written by Lisa Cohn and her son Michael, when he was nine. This book is suitable for children ages 7 to 10. Also available: Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence (read my blog post) and Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy (read my blog post).

Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence by Lisa and Michael CohnBash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy by Lisa and Michael Cohn


This book blast and giveaway is organized by BeachBoundBooks.


Description
Sensitive Bash gets grumpy and disruptive when his life is too bright, too loud, too smelly, or too busy. He counts on his dog, Lucy, to help keep him calm. But Paula, Bash’s girl-power cousin, is causing all sorts of trouble. Paula says her soccer team has the right to take Lucy away from Bash because girls deserve the very best canine coaches. And superstar Lucy is the most successful coach around! How can Bash show he respects the girls’ rights while keeping dear Lucy by his side?

Book Video
Check out this video featuring Michael Cohn explaining sensory sensitivities.


Excerpt
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Praise for the Book
Bash and Lucy Fetch Team Vera and the Dream Beasts teaches an important message candy wrapped with humor. Bash learns that under the Title IX law, girls have equal rights as boys when it comes to the best coaches and education. This is an early chapter book with expressive illustrations.” ~ Tina Morley
“This book is great fun to read, but I also couldn't help but think about the way immigrants are maligned these days and how nice it was to see one championed in a Bash and Lucy book. Keep them coming please, son and daughter team, Michael and Lisa Cohn! Great read! You scored once again!” ~ Elisa Wood
“It’s great fun to read a book based on the characters you know in real life. I am familiar with some, if not all, dogs and humans in this book. I think kids and their parents should read this book because I like the message and the universal appeal of this story and its characters.” ~ T

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.


By Lynda Dickson
When Bash is anxious he feels “hungry, grumpy, disruptive, or prone to tantrums”, and he conjures up the dream beasts, the monsters that chase people who didn’t like dogs. But with his dog and best friend Lucy by his side, Bash feels “full, happy, cooperative, and calm.” He loves playing soccer and Lucy is his team’s coach. The finals are approaching, but Bash’s cousin Paula wants to take Lucy away to coach her team. And it appears that Title IX gives them that right! Bash’s resulting anxiety brings the dream beasts out in full force. What will Bash do?
The lovely watercolor illustrations by Heather Nichols bring Bash and Lucy to life. Bash speaks in cute dog riddles, which must be interpreted by his friend Adam. This book does a good job of describing Bash’s sensory sensitivities, but I don’t recall them being mentioned in the previous books. The author also conveys some of the emotional benefits of having a dog. I liked how Bash solves the problem of the dream beasts. However, the dream beasts should be described as chasing those who need - or would benefit from having - a dog, not those who don’t like dogs. In addition, while it’s great to empower women and make Bash’s sister Ally the town mayor, librarian, and founder of the dance troupe, it’s unrealistic that she appears to be everywhere at once. I also don’t follow the logic of Title IX giving Paula the right to take Lucy away from Bash to coach her team. “Title IX is a law that requires that men and women have equal opportunities in sports, including equal access to the best coaches.” Surely, then, the boys are just as entitled to retain Lucy as their coach, if not more so, since Bash is Lucy’s rightful owner. This book takes “girl power” too far and makes the girls into bullies.
There are a few mixed messages here. The book would probably work better if it focused well on just one idea, instead of struggling with four.

Note from Author Lisa Cohn
A sensory-sensitive boy (Bash), his girl-power cousin, some canine soccer coaches, and a handful of “dream beasts” are all featured in our third book, Bash and Lucy Fetch Team Vera and the Dream Beasts.
Our aim with this book is to teach kids about Title IX and the importance of ensuring girls and women have equal access to the same opportunities as boys and men. In addition, we wanted to provide some strong female role models: Ally, Vera, and Paula.
What's more, we hope to educate people about sensory issues and sensory processing disorder in children. The main character, Bash, is sensory sensitive, and relies on his dog, Lucy, to help keep him calm.
As always, our canine companions play a critical role in our books. This book, which introduces two new dogs - Hudson and Glory - is no exception.
Michael, age 9, played a critical role in shaping Bash and Lucy Fetch Team Vera and the Dream Beasts. The dream beasts, which chase humans who don't like dogs, were invented and designed by Michael.
Michael also insisted on a long title, “the kind of title you see in Captain Underpants books.” Along with inventing the dream beasts and writing the title, he created numerous “girl-power” characters - based on his sister, Ally; grandma, Vera; and cousin, Paula.
Michael was not the only child who contributed to this book. During our Skype in the classroom visits, we always ask students to give us ideas for our next book. Their responses informed some of our decisions.
We love visiting with school children, either via Skype or in person. As guest speakers with Skype in the classroom, we have “travelled” 540,000 miles to meet with students in 15 countries around the world. We are proud that we are certified Microsoft Innovative Educators as a result of our Skype in the classroom visits. We're also proud that we've received two Mom's Choice Silver awards for our first two books, Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence and Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy.
We welcome comments and feedback!


About the Authors
Lisa and Michael Cohn
Award-winning mom-son authors Lisa and Michael Cohn have appeared on the Today Show, SiriusXM Radio, AM Northwest, in Disney's Babble, the Oregonian, and other media outlets. They are founders of the Roving Reader Leaders, which features YouTubebook reviews by kids, KidLit author interviews by children, and a kids’ reading club. Michael and Lisa have “travelled” 540,000 miles and visited students in 15 countries around the world via Skype in the classroom to discuss their books.


Giveaway
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Thursday, November 5, 2015

"Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence" by Lisa and Michael Cohn

GIVEAWAY
Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence
(Bash and Lucy Book 1)
by Lisa and Michael Cohn



Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence is the first book in the Bash and Lucy series written by Lisa Cohn and her son Michael, when he was only five. This series is suitable for children ages 3 to 8. Also available: Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy (read my blog post).


This book blast and giveaway is brought to you by Mother Daughter Book Promotion Services.


Description
Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence, whose authors were featured on the Today Show, is a Mom’s Choice Silver Award Winner, and Finalist, 2013 USA Best Book Awards. In this contemporary boy-and-dog tale, talkative Bash has a big problem in soccer. His beloved dog, Lucy, is a pro at nabbing the ball, but sometimes at the wrong moment. Coach wants to ban Lucy from soccer practice and games, separating Bash from a companion who boosts his confidence in sports – and life.
In this picture book for kids age 4-8, Bash and friends help Coach understand that with Lucy by their side, they feel more confident, laugh more often, and are comforted when they make mistakes.
Award-winning author Lisa Cohn and her 5-year-old son (now 7), Michael, wrote the book and started Michael’s Dog Blog to help overcome their grief over the sudden death of their dog, Lucy. Watch them on the Today Show.

Book Video


Praise for the Book
"Bash and Lucy, an endearing story about a boy and his soccer-loving dog, is a book that kids (and the adults who read it to them) will enjoy. Any kid who plays soccer, any parent who’s watched or coached soccer, and anyone who’s loved a dog will find something to love about this book!" ~ Susan Moshofsky, teacher, parent, and former soccer mom
"Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence is a wonderful story that teaches kids and their families about the important relationships we can have with dogs and illustrates beautifully how there can be more than one way to do something ... and that the best way isn’t always the obvious way! It promotes relationships above results and creative thinking above the status quo. A great read for any dog lovers!" ~ Phoebe Spier, Musician and Child/Youth Development Professional
"In this charming and humorous tale about a boy and his dog, the authors cleverly show us, through the eyes of the boy and his dog, the beautiful life lessons learned about friendship, love and sportsmanship. Lucy-dog embodies the spirit of teamwork as she builds confidence in a boys’ soccer team and encourages them to work together without saying a word! Age-old values such as respect, love and non-violence punctuate the pages. Young or old, one cannot help but smile at the antics of Lucy and her teammates. Bravo!" ~ Laura Stipkala, teacher and parent
"Such a cute book ... awesome illustrations, too. I really like the idea of using the dog to help teach the concept of teamwork, the importance of confidence, and how the dog represented to the boys these ideas. I also enjoyed the flow of the book ... It’s a nice story that can teach some great lessons to kids in sports."~ Kirk Mango, National Champion, Hall of Famer & author of Becoming a True Champion
"Bash & Lucy Fetch Confidence is a winning picture book that teaches children about the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship while also revealing the close bond between children and their beloved pets ... a great choice for kids age 4-8." ~ Erin MacLellan, author and parent
"Bash and Lucy drives home a valuable lesson - kids will have the best opportunity to thrive in sports and life if their adult role models provide a comfortable environment that engenders confidence. I highly recommend including this book in your family’s bedtime collection." ~ Jack Malley, youth sports coach and author

About the Authors
Lisa Cohn and her son, Michael, age 7 are co-authors of the Bash and Lucy book and audiobook series. They have appeared on the Today Show, on SiriusXM Radio, in Disney’s Babble, in the Oregonian, and other media. Their audiobooks feature the voices of Michael and friends, age 7-10. Lisa and Michael’s mission is to share their love of books and dogs. They recently launched Roving Reader Leaders which features YouTube book reviews by kids, KidLit author interviews by children, and a kids’ reading club. You can also visit them at their website.

Giveaway
Enter the blast-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

"Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy" by Lisa and Michael Cohn

REVIEW
Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy
by Lisa and Michael Cohn


Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy is the second book in the Bash and Lucy series written by Lisa Cohn and her son Michael, who is only six. This series is suitable for children ages 3 to 8. Also available: Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence.




Description
From an award-winning Mom-Son team featured on the Today Show, Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy is a contemporary boy-and-dog book. Bash’s dog, Lucy, helps coach his soccer team, and Lucy leads the team to the championships. But Bash is overcome with jealousy when Lucy enchants a team of Special Olympics kids who say they want her to coach their team. Can Bash overcome his jealousy and learn to share Lucy with kids who say they need her?

Book Video for Book 1, Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence


Praise for the Book
"This is a sweet story that teaches young readers not only about dealing with jealousy, but how dogs help kids with special needs. In the book, Bash, the boy who is the main character, learns how to help others, in spite of feeling jealous. Beautiful, expressive illustrations!" ~ Kristi H., 5-star review on Amazon
"Bash and Lucy do it again! This time, they explore jealousy in ways that late preschool and elementary-aged children can easily understand. Reading this great book with a child offers the opportunity to talk about jealousy without making it personal - so important when it's time to talk about those tough emotions." ~ S. M., 5-star review on Amazon
"A well written children's book. A heartwarming story on how children can overcome negative feelings they may have. " ~ Uwe Doose, 5-star review on Amazon
"Continuing the tale of Bash and Lucy, in Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy, authors Lisa and Michael Cohn take kids on a wonderful ride through a life lesson on jealousy, sharing, and compassion for others. Using sports, a soccer-loving dog named Lucy, and his young owner Bash, to help create a healthy learning environment for our youngest generation, is noteworthy. What a great read for parents to share with their children. It’s a must have, along with their first book, Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence, on every parent’s book list for nighttime reading." ~ Kirk Mango, National Champion, Hall of Famer and author of Becoming a True Champion, 5-star review on Amazon


My Review
Bash's golden retriever Lucy is the coach of his soccer team and her special brand of encouragement has led them all the way to the championships. But Bash tends to get jealous of the attention and affection Lucy bestows on his teammates. Then, on the day before their championship game, Tristen asks Lucy to coach his Olympic soccer team of kids with special needs. While Bash is initially jealous, he finally comes up with a solution to help both teams.
The lovely watercolor illustrations by Heather Nichols help bring Bash and Lucy to life. You can tell that Bash loves his dog Lucy and identifies very closely with her. Bash's speech is littered with dog-speak, and he even acts and thinks like a dog when he is looking for Lucy. I like the fact that Bash thinks about the situation and comes up with a solution to his dilemma on his own. Dog lovers, especially boys, will enjoy this entertaining story that also conveys the great message of showing compassion for others.

Guest Post by Lisa Cohn (originally post on the author's website)
The first grader’s innocent question took me by surprise. Did we get the inspiration for our Bash and Lucy book series from our dog who died?
Even though I had answered this question many times, there was something about the student’s earnest expression that brought tears to my eyes.
Yes, Lucy’s bravery and strength inspired me – and Michael – to write our book series.
Nearly two years ago, she died suddenly of cancer at the age of 6. We had no clue she was sick. In fact, she ran with me through the forest trail behind our house every day – up until the day before she died. She never let on that she was suffering.
When she died, I was overwhelmed by her bravery and strength. And of course, I missed her. I wanted to somehow keep her alive. And so did Michael. Just as important, we wanted to share with kids all that we had learned–and continue to learn – about the amazing, inspiring and selfless things dogs do for children and adults.
To show our readers all that dogs do for people, our second book, Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy, features Lucy as a hero, once again. In this book, she actually coaches a soccer team, and leads her team to the championships by kissing the players and making them laugh.


About the Authors
Writer Lisa Cohn and her 6-year-old son, Michael Cohn, have appeared on the Today Show, SiriusXM Radio, AM Northwest, and Disney’s Babble, in addition to the Oregonian and other media. Their first book, Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence, received a Mom’s Choice Silver Award and was a 2013 USA Best Book Award finalist. Book lover Michael reviews children’s books in taxis, gyms, lodges and parks and the Cohns post them on their YouTube channel!
Lisa and Michael's aim is to share with children their love of dogs, books and writing! Learn about their school visits, dog blog and book reviews by Michael and friends by visiting their website.

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