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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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Letter from AJ

I had a fantastic time at Frontier Days in Idaho City. I met a lot of friendly folks, talked about books, and enjoyed fresh squeezed lemonade. It was a very hot day, but that didn’t stop people from dressing up and participating in the festivities.
IMAG4288IMAG4299-1Frontier Days included a lot of fun activities for children such as making butter and watching chicken poop bingo! My son enjoyed the scavenger hunt. He learned fun facts about the historic buildings in Idaho City and seemed especially interested in the local newspaper building. He loved looking at the old cannons and pretending that he was sheriff for the day.
IMAG4306-1My daughter practiced her walking skills and discovered that she likes ice cream…a lot.
IMAG4301IMAG4289My little family had a blast at Frontier Days, but the fun didn’t stop there. We decided to stay in Idaho City to cool off in the creek and camp.

I went to Idaho City when I was a little girl, but I forgot how much fun it was. Being a member of the Idaho Authors’ Community has been a wonderful experience so far. I look forward to traveling more of my home state and connecting even more to my roots.

Read today and every day to come because reading is so much fun!

Best wishes,


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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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581915_10201077028348895_449730690_nCharlie Blue has definitely developed a different relationship with each member of our family. IMAG3867-1-1She is buddy-buddy and gentle with our fourteen-month-old daughter. IMAG3911-1-1She is rowdy and always wants to play with our five-year-old son (he often gets her riled up and doesn’t enjoy the consequences—jumping and nipping). She listens to and respects my husband the most. IMAG3937-1-1-1She is calm and relaxed around Grandad. And she snuggles with me in the evening after she is worn out.IMAG3925-1

Only thing is for certain—she surprises all of us. We thought the angel food cake was far enough back on the counter that Charlie couldn’t reach it. Boy, were we wrong. Poof! Angel food cake gone, just like that. One night, after I finished drying Charlie off from her bath she escaped down the hallway to the bathroom and jumped back in the tub. I took her out and dried…

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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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