Mama’s Purse Blog Tour Book Review


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What does it take to write a book for children that keeps them engaged? Well, bright, colorful illustrations help. Goofiness is always a plus around here. Silly rhyming words and lots of giggles. Well, Mama’s Purse has them all!

This sweet little book written by A.J. Irving and illustrated by Rick Thomson is just right for your preschoolers or early readers. It takes the reader into the Great Dark Hole of Mama’s Purse, to explore what’s in there. And you’ll be surprised by what you find– everything from the tooth fairy to curvy-wurvy, swervy, sliver stairs!

Sean’s favorite parts were the caboose made of juice and the moose drinking the caboose. Sean (6) gave Mama’s Purse a thumbs up, for sure. I don’t think it will be too long before he’s reading it himself. Or has it memorized. Either way… he likes it.

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Mama’s Purse Blog Tour Book Review


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I am super excited to share this children’s book with you. Mama’s Purse by AJ Irving is very cute, very imaginative and for the twist, has a lot of rhyming.

This story is about what is in mama’s purse. Mama’s purse has everything but the kitchen sink in it. Each page is full of silly rhyming and the illustrations match each rhyme perfectly and colorfully. We were excited to turn each page as we wanted to know what silly adventure we would see next.

Book blurb:

What’s in my mama’s purse? Much more than bandages and bananas! You won’t believe your eyes because so much fun hides in my mama’s purse. From a yellow moose and a caboose made of juice to a trout and numbers to count, Mama’s purse is full of super silly surprises. You’ll never guess what zooms out next!

About the Author:

AJ Irving is mama who has EVERYTHING in her purse, everything except the kitchen sink. (I think I can relate to this as I have just about everything in my purse as well. I call my purse the never ending black hole, as one could also lose things in my purse, such as keys.)

AJ Irving has received a B.A. in Journalism and Women’s Studies from the University of Oregon. She lives with her husband and children in Boise, Idaho.

Our Thoughts:

My daughter and I really enjoyed this book. The first thing out of my daughters mouth when we finished was can we read it again. I loved how she giggled through the book. Rick Thomson did a wonderful job illustrating the surprises found in Mama’s Purse. I loved the rhyming in the story. It’s something I can go back to and touch on after reading the story a few times. I thought the illustrations were colorful and truly fit the story.

I want to mention our favorite part of the story was seeing mama and daughter ice skate with a lip syncing mink. I think it is our favorite because that is something we have been wanting to do this past winter but didn’t. It kind felt like you were right in the scene of things in this story.

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Mama’s Purse Blog Tour Book Review


100_4317Mama’s Purse, written by AJ Irving and illustrated by Rick Thomson is a charming little book that will be sure to delight young readers. Written in rhyme, each page reveals a silly combination of things that you can find in a mama’s purse, from a caboose made of juice to a goat with an orange goatee. So cute!

We love books at our house. For our younger kids we especially love ones that foster creativity, make us giggle and get asked to be read again and again. Mama’s Purse is such a book. My 6 year old son really liked this book and wanted to read it over and over again. With the exception of a few longer words, he was also able to read much of it alone once he had heard it a few times. Bonus! The bright, colorful and imaginative illustrations capture younger children’s interest are just plain fun to look at. I would encourage you to pick up a copy to share with the children in your life!

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The Mama’s Purse Blog Tour Kicks Off Today!


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What’s in Mama’s Purse? Mama has a very exciting purse loaded with amazing things. Things you might expect like a book, a hair brush even a band-aid. But wait what else is in Mama’s Purse? Oh my, a baboon! How about a butterfly leaving her cocoon. How did a bear get in there? Now what is that I smell? You have got to be kidding, it’s a trout in Mama’s Purse!

The author asks,”What is in your Mama’s Purse?”

This is a fun rhyming book with nonsensical items you would normally not find in a purse. It was very much a surprise to me. I have a purse full of amazing things but I don’t have a purse like this one. The author must be very aware of the fact that small children love the element of surprise and the items in this purse will definitely surprise anyone. The illustration were very colorful with bright purples, pinks and more, which also depicts the story stirring the child’s imagination with an abundance fun artwork.

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Mama’s Purse Blog Tour Book Review and Giveaway!


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WHAT’S IN MY MAMA’S PURSE? Much more than bandages and bananas! You won’t believe your eyes because so much fun hides in my mama’s purse. From a yellow moose and a caboose made of juice to a trout and numbers to count, Mama’s purse is full of super silly surprises. You’ll never guess what zooms out next!

Using rhyming text and a great big imagination, AJ Irving shares the possibilities and mainly impossibilities of what could be in Mama’s Purse! The rhyming works well with words like goose, juice, moose and others like bassoon, goon and typhoon. The illustrator Rick Thomson did an excellent job of translating the words into pictures! The pictures definitely added greatly to the book.
The book definitely went out there in the imagination realm! There aren’t too many purses with planes and flying pigs in them.

What out of the way crazy thing can you imagine in Mama’s Purse? Leave me a comment with your answer and I will randomly choose one person to win a copy of this book!

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Mama’s Purse Blog Tour Book Review


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Posted on June 11, 2013 by Elayna Fernandez ~ The Positive MOM

Known worldwide as “The Positive MOM”, Elayna Fernandez – Bare is a bestselling author, international keynote speaker, and award-winning entrepreneurial Success Guide.

Earlier this week, my girls and I had the pleasure to read ”Mama’s Purse” by AJ Irving, a positive mom of two preschoolers in Boise, Idaho. Winner of the Honoring Excellence Mom’s Choice Awards, this unique illustrated children’s book is full of fun and surprises for young and, well not-so-young readers. Us book worms love great books!

“Mama’s Purse“ is very educational, introducing exciting new rhyming words for little ones, engaging them through a fun story, and encouraging them to exercise their imagination. I am a huge supporter of critical thinking, and I think embarking on a journey to mama’s purse is a brilliant tactic to get started…with mama’s permission, of course!

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Book Review: Mama’s Purse by AJ Irving


Here’s a wonderful review of Mama’s Purse.

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In the world of publishing and marketing I do not see much difference in the obstacles of adult books, youth books, or children’s books. The main obstacle I do see is in the buying power. Children do not have money to spend besides what comes from their parents. Ipso Facto the parent has to be convinced the book for their child is worth the money. Also, children’s books are more likely to be destroyed by over-eager page turning, being left under a pile of goo, tossed to and fro, and don’t forget the replacement for a teething toy, or their need to make their own additions to the book.

When a child gets hooked on reading and books even before the teething phase their educational journey statistically is more successful. Children’s picture books are also where either an illustration artist will either shine or flop. In the case of all…

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Mama’s Purse Book Reviews


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Mama’s Purse is a recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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Reviewd by Janice Hildreth

A.J. Irving, a Boise mother of two preschoolers, has released a picture book titled “Mama’s Purse.” The title alone conjures memories our own childhoods and the delights we were sure were hidden in mama’s purse. A.J. touches a familiar chord in every child.

The book is sure to delight your preschooler. The rhymes are creative and fun, and the pictures are fantastic. There is a lot of energy in the book. The brightly colored visuals zooming up, down and across the pages will delight the child with whom you are sharing the book.

As with all good picture books, the illustrations are a huge part of the appeal. Rick Thomson’s talented pictures make the text come to life. A.J. also stirs children’s imaginations by suggesting that if they take a peek in their mama’s purse — but be sure to ask permission first! — they might also find surprises.

This is a creative book you’ll read aloud time and time again — until your toddler memorizes it and begins to read it back to you.

“Smiles from all the big and little ones who read it! Fabulous pictures to go along with the fun story!”
-Sammy Rickelman

“Mama’s Purse is a sweet, colorful book full of fun surprises that will capture the heart of any child. I would highly recommend it as a gift for any child.”
-Laurie Boggs

“Mama’s Purse is such a fun book! My grandson really enjoyed the rhymes and playful illustrations, especially the pod of dolphins swimming free and the goat with the orange goatee. Mama’s Purse is a great book to teach kids new words and practice rhyming.”
-Robert Lee

“Mama’s Purse is a great way to spend reading time with your child. The story inspires the use of the imagination, and invites improvisation of one’s own ideas of what might be in Mama’s Purse. The artwork is done smartly with a combined use of hand drawn images and graphic techniques in coloring. The tone of the imagery is polite and generous in nature. Have some fun reading this book over and over with you little ones, you’ll have a fun adventure.”
-Vickie Sumner

“AJ Irving’s book, “Mama’s Purse,” a story about a young girl’s fantasy as to the contents of her mother’s purse, is a delightful challenge to the young reader’s imagination. The colorful illustrations bring the story to life. A number of the surprises in the purse may be unfamiliar to the younger generation, and should result in broadening the reader’s vocabulary. A book that should grace every child’s library for sure.”
-James Castberg