Let me introduce you to Warren the 13th


Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye written by Tania Del Rio and Illustrated by Will Staehle (Quirk Books, 2015) is a perfectly mystifying middle grade read.  This book is about Warren who is the bell hop, valet, grounds-keeper and basically does everything around the ancient hotel kind of guy.  This isn’t your average hotel either, it is filled with spooky corridors and mysterious clues that Warren needs to sort out before his horrible Aunt Anaconda.


What your kids will love is the clues that need to be solved throughout this story, the secret codes, the puzzles, ghosts, mysterious guests covered in bandages – this is the perfect introduction into mysteries.  What makes this book so special is the two color illustrations featured on every page, oversized hard cover format, two column format that gives this book an old timey feel and of course Warren – who is quite the sleuth.  Here is a link for the book trailer:


What is even more fun is that the lovely folks over at Quirk books sent me a book and some tattoos for one special reader!  The giveaway ends on Friday the 13th at Midnight, be sure to enter for a chance to win this fantastic middle grade read.

friday-the-13th-imageHow to enter, comment on who you would like to share this fabulous book with in the comments here on the blog, our Facebook page or on our Instagram page.  My petites will chose one lucky winner at Midnight.

Also, be sure to check out this awesome Activity Packet Free Download, here from our friends at Quirk books.

Bloggers Note: I was given this book for free from Quirk Books for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.


Tales of Adventure & Reading!

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The Storybook Knight by Helen & Thomas Docherty by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (September, 2016) is a book that I have read almost every single night since it showed up on our front porch a few weeks ago.  This book is all about being brave and bold.  About using your mind to solve problems.  Most importantly it’s about sharing a love of reading!

So let’s just dive right into what makes this book one that your petites will beg to have read over and over.  First the illustrations!  They have a classical, familiar feel, almost like Richard Scarry; but with that said it’s completely unique in their own right.  Leo is part of a lovely family who want the best for him.  They encourage him to be a knight, but he doesn’t want to fight.  He wants to sit and read (sounds like an awesome mouse, right?).

Leo decided he will give being a knight a try, so he packs his brand-new shield and sword, sandwiches and lots of books.  When he sets off on his quest he encounters many new creatures; a griffin, troll and dragon!  (Have you ordered this fantastic book yet?)  In his encounters these creatures are used to ordinary knights who fight, but Leo is quite different, instead of using force to get what he wants, he uses his wit and the books he has packed for his journey.

What we love most about Leo is that although these creatures are much bigger than he is, he is brave!  He is bold!  He’s smart!  Leo is everything we want in a hero.  This book is so much fun to read aloud, with the rhyming and fantastic characters, it is so well written you just have to read it aloud.  We love this book and are certain that this book will be a huge hit with your petites!

Teachers and parents I cannot rave about this book enough, you have to check it out for yourselves.  The lovely folks at Sourcebook Jabberwocky have created two really great guides to help you make the most of this fantastic book.

Activity PackEducator Guide


I also feel compelled to tell you that this is not Helen and Thomas Docherty’s first book, for that you will have to check out The Snatchabook!  Snatchabook is a delightful story (that also can be purchased through your kiddos Scholastic Book account), it is all about the love of books!  One night a darling bunny, Eliza Brown is reading her stories and all of a sudden they disappear!  It is a perfect mystery for petites.  All of the books in Burrow Down and very suspiciously disappearing; Eliza Brown decides she’s had enough and is up for the challenge of figuring out just what is going on.  Eliza sets a magnificent trap for the book thief and patiently waits….until she discovers just who has been stealing all of the books in Burrow Down…the Snatchabook!  This story is so much fun.  It is a fantastic read aloud.

Max at Night & An Amazing Giveaway!

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Ed Vere who is the New York Times bestselling creator of Max the Brave has a new book Max at Night by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2015.  If you loved the first Max book you will be thrilled to see this latest adventure in bedtime preparation.  Like most parents, you realize quickly that the nighttime routine although a very magical time for parent and child bonding can quickly become an advance course in patience.  This book compliments that struggle perfectly.  This book reminds me of Goodnight Moon and If You Give A Mouse a Cookie; in the sense that this book perfectly captures the best parts of both of those amazing stories.

Max is a darling black kitten who is extremely tired and up way past his bedtime.  He has completed his steps for bedtime, complete with saying goodnight to his fish, box, spider, moon…but wait…Max cannot see the moon.  This dear readers is where the adventure begins.  Max’s search for the moon begins and leads him through the city on his quest to see the moon and say goodnight.  It is quite the journey for such a small kitten.

What we love the most about this book is that the moon talks to Max, we had an amazing conversations about how fun that would be for the moon to tell us goodnight each night and to sleep well.  We also love that Max never gives up, not even when he is tired, not even when he has to travel very far – never once does he give up.

If you love this book and Max then you will want to be sure to download this activity packet to enrich your reading experience.

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Check out this amazing GIVEAWAY!!  You can enter for a chance to win an original sketch from Ed Vere and a copy of Max at Night!!! a Rafflecopter giveaway

It’s Giveaway Time

I am so excited, I truly love giving books away.  Books are some of the best gifts that you can give to someone and this time I am thrilled to be giving away some of our absolute favorite books.


I have mentioned before that I am madly and forever in love with BabyLit and the amazing designs and creations of Alison Oliver and Jennifer Adams.  There are so many stunning books, I have made it a mission to collect them all (I need to get my hands on four more at the moment to complete my petites set).

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Introducing petites to these primers is wonderful for so many reasons, the books are stunning introductions to the classics we have all grown to love.  With gorgeously illustrated pages, that help petites to learn about counting, colors or animals.  These books are gorgeously designed, they entice pre-readers with the bright colors and fantastic illustrations.  One of my favorite things about these books is that they are fun for parents to read too.  They also look amazing on a shelf.

Okay, let’s talk about the giveaway: the giveaway includes four of our favorite BabyLit books.

Romeo & Juliet: A Counting Primer

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Alice in Wonderland: A Colors Primer

Alice and Wonderland

Alice and Wonderland inner

Moby Dick: An Ocean Primer

Moby Dick

Moby Dick Inner

Pride and Prejudice: A Counting Primer

Pride & Prejudice

Pride & Prejudice Inner

As you can see if you are not familiar with these books, they are a gorgeous homage to the classics, perfect for petites.  A special thank you to Gibbs Smith Publisher for the lovely images.

How to Enter and Rules for Entry

♥ Follow the Petite Stag on Facebook & Share the page with one friend

♥ Follow the Petite Stag on Instagram & Tag one friend in the comments of the giveaway post

♥♥ Make sure to enter following the steps above and  by clicking on a Rafflecopter giveaway, when you have completed the above steps.♥♥

This giveaway is only open to US residents at this time.

Best of Luck!


All About Baby Giveaway

It really is better to give than to receive.  For this giveaway I am partnering with Grace Mabel Baby  to create the perfect bundle for your petite.

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What you could win:

Grace Mabel Cuddle Rub in Delicate Mint this lotion is so silky and luxurious, my petites both cannot get enough of it.  Grace Mabel is so special because: it is hypoallergenic, 100% all-natural, they don’t test on animals or use animal by-products, no harsh chemicals, parabens, dyes, formaldehyde, sulfates, propylene glycol, phthalates or mineral oil.  It is scented with delicate peppermint oil to help promote healthy digestions, sleep, circulation in babies and children.  This lotion is safe for babies with sensitive skin and eczema.

Where is Baby’s Belly Button?

Llama Llama Nighty-Night  

Guess How Much I Love You  

Good Night, Gorilla

This gift bundle is worth $45.  All of these lovely items will ensure that you and your petites can have a relaxing nighttime routine.

How to Enter

How to Enter

Head on over the Grace Mabel Baby on Facebook and Like the page

Like The Petite Stag on Facebook

Follow Grace Mabel Baby on Instagram

Follow The Petite Stag on Instagram

 Next up, share the giveaway with your FB friends

And finally, a Rafflecopter giveaway this is where you add your name to the drawing, make sure to complete this last step for a chance to win.  Winner will be selected on 2/24.

**Giveaway open to US Residents Only**

Illustrator Love: Aaron Becker

Aaron Becker has created two of the most stunning books I have ever seen.  Journey was published in 2013 and Quest was published in 2014.  This is a trilogy so one more amazing book is to come, and I cannot wait to see what Mr. Becker has in store for us.  One thing I am sure about is that it will be stunning!


Sometimes it is hard to know what to do with a wordless book, or what it should look like when you go through the pages with your petite.  I want to assure you that you are not alone if you happen to feel like reading a wordless book is a little out of your comfort zone.

I recently came across this wonderful document written by, none other than, Aaron Becker.  There are so many helpful tips.  Even if you’ve been sharing wordless books with petites for years, you might find this article to be helpful, I know I did.

Your Guide to Reading a Wordless Book by Aaron Becker


I love the idea of asking what clues they see, which makes it so engaging and fun and for all ages.  One of my favorite tips is to take your time when reading a wordless book, since the words are not there to determine how long we spend on the page, I think this tip is so incredibly helpful.

When reading a wordless book there are so many possibilities and when the books are so beautifully drawn the possibilities are endless and you’re really able to follow your petites lead.  Another aspect to these books is the incredible amount of detail it makes each read new and exciting.

Wonderful Wordless Books

I have used wordless books in my English as a Second Language classes many times, because they so naturally promote oral language development.  The same principle applies for our petites who are learning new words, learning how to engage with stories and talk about the books that they are reading.

Why wordless books are wonderful:

  • Readers have more freedom to interpret and therefore a lot less risk when talking about stories (which makes them great for using with students learning English or struggling readers)
  • Great for all age ranges
  • Petites who aren’t yet able to read, can “read” these stories giving them a sense of accomplishment and building confidence
  • Promotes storytelling skills
  • Without having words, readers are able to work on comprehension skills – making self to text connections, predictions about what a character may be feeling, as well as predictions about what will happen next
  • Readers have a greater appreciation of the details in the images and pay closer attention to the illustrations to give them clues about what is happening
  • Promote conversations about the text
  • They help petites learn about sequencing and structures of stories

With so many reasons why wordless books are so valuable to our young readers lets talk about the books.  There are so many incredible books to choose from, some have been around for a while and others are newer.  I try not to rank books that are my favorite, because each one has something special about it or I wouldn’t take the time to share it with you.  However, one of the books was so incredibly stunning that I couldn’t wait for my petite to get home from school to share it with her.

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Draw! by Raul Colon is so incredibly stunning, the illustrations are simply amazing.  A little boy draws images of African animals and becomes part of the adventure.  This book is perfect for all ages, and each age range I suspect will take something different away.

Flashlight by Lizi Boyd.  I was intrigued by this book because it gives such a unique perspective about the dark.  I love this book and think that is has such neat features, little cut outs in the pages and beautiful illustrations.

Journey by Aaron Becker is a stunning book that depicts what happens when a little girl who is bored  draws a door on her bedroom wall and takes off on an incredible adventure.  This is one of my petites favorite books.

Quest by Aaron Becker is the story of two children who are given a map by a king who is then taken away and the kids are on a quest to rescue him.  It is simply gorgeous.

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle is an amazing story with flaps you can lift illustrating a little girl and her flamingo friend who do a very special dance – it is completely charming.  A very relatable story where petites can learn all about friendship.

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle is the next step for our darling protagonist – since she has now mastered her ballet skills she moves onto ice skating with her penguin friend.  This is a story about friends navigating what friendship means.  A lovely story where your petites can sort through the ups and downs of friendship.

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Chalk by Bill Thomson is a really fun story for petites about a group of friends who find a bag of chalk at the park.  As they draw with the chalk their images come alive.  Luckily a rainstorm comes just in time.  More suited for children a little bit older perhaps in the 7 and up range.

Wave by Suzy Lee is an incredibly beautiful story using just two colors of water color.  It is all about a little girl at the beach and her interactions with the waves, a great platform to discuss feelings and predictions.

Flotsam by David Wiesner a young boy goes to the beach ready to examine all of the things that float onto the shore, he is surprised to find a camera and all that it has to show him.

Tuesday by David Wiesner is a whimsical story of a Tuesday when frogs take to the air on their lily pads.  This is a phenominal book that has been in print since 1991 and has sold half a million copies – for good reason it is so much fun to read and discuss.

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka is a fantastic story about a dog who looses her favorite ball to another dog, a highly relatable story for petites who have lost or broken a toy before.

The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney based on Aesop’s fables, two unlikely friends come together and help each other through some difficult situations.  The illustrations are breathtaking.

These books are all wonderful.  With this list, I am sure you will be able to find a perfect story for you and your petites to enjoy.