BOOK GIVEAWAY WINNER: Lauri Meyers
Congratulations to Betsy Devany on her gorgeous debut book titled LUCY’S LOVEY. This picture book has everything you want in a picture book. It will make you smile and it will bring a tear to your eye. Parents will love to read this book over and over to their children and the little ones will relate to a story about a spunky girl who loves her stuffie doll.
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Lucy’s favorite lovey, Smelly Baby, is her most loyal companion. They are simply inseparable. Smelly Baby may be pretty rag-tag and, well, smelly, but her smell is very much a part of why Lucy loves her so much. Then disaster strikes as Smelly Baby accidentally flies out the car window and gets LOST! What will Lucy do without Smelly Baby in her life?
While Lucy still has 16 other doll babies at home, none of them are Smelly Baby. And when Lucy’s lovey does return, the doll is . . . different. This lovable cast of 25 characters is already inspiring kids (and adults) to share their special lovey stories. We hope you’ll join in the lovey celebration. #WhosYourLovey
With artwork by the award-winning, New York Times-bestselling illustrator Christopher Denise, this winning picture book debut celebrates the irreplaceable bond between a little girl and her favorite doll.
The Book’s Journey:
Lucy’s story was inspired by my own childhood, from watching a niece line up and call off the names of her beloved stuffies and dollies, and from in-depth, utterly charming conversations I’ve had with kids who visit the toy store with their loveys. But it wasn’t until Thanksgiving 2011, as I was poorly dicing potatoes (I admit to being clueless in the kitchen) that Lucy came to mind, a spunky girl with a large, beloved collection of doll babies, one of which was called Smelly Baby. I still smile at Christopher Denise’s opening illustration, because that image is similar to what I envisioned when Lucy first popped in my head, standing before her dollies, hands on hips. After nearly two years of revising and polishing, and revising again, the manuscript, originally entitled Smelly Baby, quickly found the right home (Henry Holt and Co, Christy Ottaviano Books), the perfect editor (doll-lover Christy Ottaviano), and a dream illustrator (Christopher Denise). I am indebted to all of them for loving Lucy and her baby dolls.
Betsy will soon be featuring lovey stories, shared by authors, illustrators, teachers, kids, editors, etc. If you’d like your lovey’s story included please contact Betsy. Want to Share Your Lovey Story? You can also post a picture of your lovey with the #WhosYourLovey hash tag.
Here is my review on Goodreads:
Lucy’s Lovey is Betsy Devany’s debut book. She has written a wonderful story that will make you smile, laugh, and it will bring a tear to your eye. Lucy is a spunky little girl who loves her Smelly Baby doll. Lucy has seventeen other dolls, but Smelly Baby holds the top spot in her heart. Then one night Smelly Baby is ripped out of the car window and Lucy is heartbroken. Children will love Lucy and her stuffies and enjoy the happy ending. Parents will love reading this book over and over again. The illustrations by Christopher Denise are gorgeous and will rivet the readers every time they open the book. A story for all ages.
Betsy Devany has been writing for all ages of kids for over twenty years. Aside from being a first-time author, she loves reading, photography, birding, acting silly with her grandkids, and working at an old-fashioned toy store in Mystic, where she delights in meeting rag-tag (sometimes smelly) loveys. You can visit Betsy at www.betsydevany.com or follow her on Twitter @BetsyDevany or Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/BetsyDevany/
Thank you Betsy for sharing your journey with us and offering Lucy’s Lovey to one lucky winner.