Tuesday, April 19, 2016

PIPSIE, NATURE DETECTIVE: THE LUNCHNAPPER Book Blog Stop - Book Review + #Giveaway

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

For the past few weeks we have been watching the life cycle of a butterfly.  We started with two cups of baby caterpillars and then over the course of almost a month we have seen them turn into a chrysalis and then to a beautiful butterfly. The girls have been in awe of the entire process and love showing their butterflies off to friends and family and talking about the metamorphosis through the different stages.  Have I said how much I love to homeschool the girls!  I doubt schools would be able to spend so much time on this subject and do so many fun actities around it, including crafts and reading some great books.  One book we read was Pipsie Nature Detective: The Disappearing Caterpillar.  This was my family's first introduction to the author Rick DeDonato.  And, after reading his book, we were hooked and couldn't wait for his next release.

A couple of weeks ago, right after we finished Rick's first Pipsie Nature Detective book, I was asked to participate in his upcoming book blog tour for his book, Pipsie, Nature Detective: The Lunchnapper.  I jumped at the opportunity as I knew how much my girls loved his previous book, and I knew it would be make teaching about nature this spring during one of our homeschooling lessons that much more fun.

We have had this book for about a week now and I have lost count of how many times the girls have flipped through the pages themselves to admire the playful illustrations, and how many times we have read this book at bedtime.  Here is more about this wonderful new book for kids that will make going on a nature hunt much more fun...

More about this Book:

"A nature hunt…and a missing lunch!

Pipsie and her turtle friend, Alfred, are on the best school trip ever—a nature scavenger hunt! The team who finds “Seven Wonders of Nature” first wins. But that isn’t all Pipsie and Alfred have to find. Someone has stolen their PB&Js!

The search is on for the lunch that left, and soon Pipsie and Alfred are following animal tracks and discovering deer, birds, and even some beavers. Can Pipsie make this mystery history and finish the scavenger hunt? And hopefully before lunchtime, because Alfred is one hungry turtle!"


My girls love Pipsie and I am happy that there are books like this out there that get kids, especially girls excited about nature.  If you are looking for a fun book to share with your child that will have them smiling from beginning to end and asking to go on a nature scavenger hunt of their own, then you will want to pick up a copy of PIPSIE, NATURE DETECTIVE: THE LUNCHNAPPER, available now at Amazon for only $12.33.


If you want to turn this book into a fun educational read, why not consider downloading and printing out this FREE activity kit. Included in the kit are fun worksheets including a maze, a fun nature inspired word search, a caterpillar to butterfly life cycle your child can complete, bookmark and so much more.

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


Thanks to the author and publisher, one lucky reader will receive a copy of PIPSIE, NATURE DETECTIVE: THE LUNCHNAPPER (U.S. addresses only).  To enter this giveaway, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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Here are the rest of the blog stops on this book tour...

Mon, Apr 11
Tues, Apr 12
Wed, Apr 13
Thurs, Apr 14
Fri, Apr 15
Mon, Apr 18
Tues, Apr 19
Wed, Apr 20
Thurs, Apr 21
Fri, Apr 22


About the Author:

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. He is the author of Pipsie, Nature Detective: The Disappearing Caterpillar, illustrated by Tracy Bishop. When he’s not dreaming up new 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.

About the Illustrator:

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 and Pipsie, Nature Detective: The Disappearing Caterpillar by Rick DeDonato. She lives in San Jose, California, where she is inspired on a daily basis by her son, husband, and a hairy dog named Harry.

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.


  1. I would love to read this nice book to my grandson some night for a bedtime story.

  2. I would love to win this one for someone in need.
    heather [email protected]

  3. I'd love to win this book for my kids :)