Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 27, 2016

Book Giveaway – Lucy’s Lovey Betsy Devany


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.

All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you did to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Check back on October 12th to discover the winner.


Book Description:

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’s Bio:

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 or follow her on Twitter @BetsyDevany or Facebook.


Thank you Betsy for sharing your journey with us and offering Lucy’s Lovey to one lucky winner.


Talk tomorrow,



  1. Your story and illustrations look delightful. I think of my old teddy bear, Tim. I’m encouraged by your writing journey. I,too, am hoping to break into this writing world as a later-in-life step.


  2. Love this author and the art! Wishing the author and artist the best of success. I had many, many loveys in my life, including a Pebbles Flintstone doll, a pink rabbit named Pinky, and two hippos named Sassafras and Sarsaparilla.


  3. Yeah for Betsy!


  4. Congratulations on what sounds like a very sweet book. Many many children and adults, I’m sure, will be able to relate to your MC’s attachment to her lovey. I know I can!


  5. Congrats, Betsy! I cannot wait to read Lucy’s Lovey.


  6. Betsy devaney’s word and Christopher Denise’s spectacular art… A match made in heaven!


  7. Congrats, Betsy! So looking forward to reading LUCY’S LOVEY!


  8. Hi Betsey: I love the new title! We have a lot in common. I too, love to read, take pictures, and birding! Congrats!


  9. Who doesn’t love a story about a beloved stuffie! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book. I also shared on Twitter and Facebook.


  10. I am so excited for you Betsy! The art brings your words to life in such a phenomenal way! Congratulations!


  11. Thank you, Kathy, for this wonderful post about a story so dear to my heart.


  12. Betsy’s book looks adorable–like Betsy! Congratulations! Thanks for sharing this, Kathy.


  13. Congratulations Betsy and Christopher. I can’t wait to hand sell your book at RJ Julias! 🙂


  14. Gorgeous illustrations! I’m excited to read this.


  15. What a wonderful story and charming illustrations! Can’t wait to read it to my little lovey!


  16. Me and my four siblings all have a special stuffed animal that we’ve never gotten rid of. In fact, we have more stuffed animals than we know what to do with! But all of us keep them close, even if we don’t exactly sleep with them anymore. It’s wonderful seeing a book about that kind of relationship between kid and toy. Looks great!


  17. Aw… this happened to me as a child when I lost my beloved Ted E. Bear. Can’t wait to read this one.


  18. LUCY”S LOVEY is an absolute delight! This is a great post Kathy! BIG Congratulations to Betsy.


  19. Congrats Betsy!
    I was 6 on a trip home from visiting grandparents when I suffered a similar horrible event. I was snuggled in my Raggedy Ann blanket. To bother my sister, I rolled down my window. Unfortunately, the wind pressure on the highway sucked my blanket out the window. I was hysterical. My father became a king that day. He pulled over, ran back like a mile, and sprinted through a field. He caught that blanket and brought it back with only one rip.
    Funny how a good book can pull up a long ago memory:)


    • Lauri,

      Thanks for sharing your real life story. So cute!


      Liked by 1 person

    • Lauri,

      I am going to try again. You won Betsy’s book, but I need you to send me your address – Please!



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