Thursday, October 14, 2010

Blog Tour with Author Connie Arnold and her new book "Animal Sound Mix-up"!

Animal Sound Mix-up Book Review
Author: Connie Arnold
Illustrator: Kit Grady
Print ISBN 13: 978-161633-083-5
eBook ISBN 13: 978-1-61633-084-2
Published by: Guardian Angel Publishing
Recommended for ages 4 to 8
5 stars

Can you imagine what the world would be like if animals each made completely different sounds than expected? That would be such an amazing surprise, and how crazy it would seem if this were to happen! This book explores different animal sounds and why animals make the sounds they do.

We had a few of the SFC Team members read this fun, beautifully illustrated and enjoyable book by author Connie Arnold. Our founder VS Grenier read Animal Sound Mix-up with her five-year-old daughter, who loved the simple easy to follow along rhyme. “What I love most is how the rhyme follows naturally. My daughter has speech problems, but she was able to read this book to me. She loved making the different animal sounds and giggled each time,” stated VS Grenier.

After reading this book, you will even have to admit hearing a donkey say “Bow-wow” would be something quite unusual. Or even hearing some pigs on a farm squawking like an alarm. This is one book sure to please even the most reluctant reader in your family. Not to mention the fun and colorful illustrations by Kit Grady, which adds to the amusing and wacky time you will have with your child. 

We also felt this is a great book not only to help teach preschoolers to kindergarteners about animal sounds, but also as a tool for children to tell you by looking only at the illustrations what they think is happening on each page. This process not only builds creative thinking skills, it also provided opportunities to along the way to talk with your child about the different ways we communicate and how we are each unique. 

Animal Sound Mix-up can be purchased from Guardian Angel Publishing (print, ebook or CD), Amazon or Barnes & Noble

About the Author:
Connie Arnold resides in North Carolina with her husband, has two married children and three young grandsons. She is the author of three inspirational poetry books. These and some of her poems can be seen on her website, Animal Sound Mix-up is her first published children’s book. Her writing appears in several anthologies, magazines and newsletters. Connie is also a musician and a volunteer for Lupus Foundation of America.

What do you enjoy most about writing for children?  Thinking about the fun children will have reading it or having it read to them is the best part. Children have such a spontaneous joy that is delightful to see, and being able to add to that in some small way is a great gift.

What are some of your favorite children's books to read? I always enjoy the ones that rhyme, especially for young children. Those featuring animals are my favorites. I remember reading Winnie the Pooh books to my daughter when she was little, and now I'm reading books to her children. It's interesting to see which books are still enjoyed after all those years and the great variety of new ones available.

If you had to pick an animal to be, which one and why? I'd want to be a cat. I love the way they purr when contented, and I'd like to do that! Also, having a fur coat would be great when it's cold, and I get cold very easily.

Are you available for school visits? If so, how can a teacher, school, or PTA member contact you? Yes, I would be happy to do school visits and can be contacted by email at or through my website,

Join in the fun as Animal Sound Mix-up continues its virtual book tour until October 15, 2010. Below is a list of the blogs hosting and dates. There will be two drawings from those who comment during the tour for a $10 Amazon gift certificate and an Animal Encyclopedia, and a drawing from those who purchase a copy of Animal Sound Mix-up and send confirmation of purchase (sent to for a set of animal ornaments. Extra entries for all drawings by posting about tour on Twitter, Facebook, or your blog (be sure to let the author Connie Arnold know at

Next on the tour:
October 14:  Rosemary's Reading Circle
                    with Rosemary Marotta
October 15: Beth's Book Basket
                   interview by Beth Reinke
October 16: Connie Arnold, Children's Author
                   blog tour conclusion and prize winners announcement


  1. Thank you for sharing about Animal Sound Mix-up! That's a terrific review and great suggestions about building creative thinking skills and talking about how we communicate and are each unique.

  2. Terrific interview of Connie and book review. Connie's book is lovely and definitely gets the conversation of What If going with our young muses. The illustrations is fantastic!



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