Two-in-One Giveaway (plus a bonus)!

Reluctant reader? Budding artist? Animal lover? These two new middle grade appeal to all of the above–as well as pretty much everyone else!








The lowdown on Elise Gravel’s book:
Olga finds a creature in her garbage can one day, and all it says is “MEH!”
It won’t eat, it won’t sleep, it snores, it stinks, and Olga studies it like
mad. She adores it and eventually names it after herself–an OLGAMUS. Over the next days, she discovers a great deal of information not only about herself, but abouteverything from the scientific method and Jane Goodall  to the ins and outs of friendship and every human’s use for living in a community.

 Gravel is an award-winning author/illustrator from Quebec. She is the
winner of the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Illustration in
French, and is well-known in Quebec for her original, wacky picture books.
She has published a number of books with US publisher Blue Apple as well as
a graphic novel for Roaring Brook Press. She is inspired by social causes and is
likes projects that can handle a good dose of eccentricity. Follow Elise on
<> Instagram.

The inside info on Tom Watson’s book:

In this first adventure in a new series, it’s a big day in the big city for
Stick Cat and his best friend, Edith. There are treasures to hunt, songs to
sing, pigeons to catch, and naps to take. But way up on the 23rd floor,
danger lurks just around the corner. Terrible noises and violent crashes
trap a desperate man in the building across the alley. Stick Cat will need
to navigate his way across the alley—and around Edith’s peculiar ways—to
attempt a rescue.

Watson  is also the author of the Stick Dog series. and the Stick Cat series. Tom does not have a cat. So his ideas for the Stick Cat series come from a whole different place. He’s not sure where that place is exactly, but he knows it’s kind of strange there. While he has your attention, Tom would like to make one thing perfectly clear: There are not going to be any other stick animal books. There won’t be a Stick Monkey, for instance. Or Stick Chicken (even though that’s fun to say) or even Stick Giraffe (even though that would be fun to draw). 

Bonus! Watch these how-to-draw videos from the two artists:

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To enter a drawing to win a copy of each book, as well as art prints from each of the two creators, please leave a comment below. Only U.S. residents are eligible.

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Tricia is the author of many books for middle grade, most recently "Every Single Second" (HarperCollins) and the third book in the Cody series, "Cody and the Rules of Life" (Candlewick Press). A frequent speaker at schools, libraries, and conferences, she lives in Cleveland OH. You can find out more about her and her work at
  1. What fun titles that should be big hits with young readers.

  2. My kids would like these books.

  3. Ooh, we are huge Elise Gravel fans. Now we’ll have to check out Tom Watson!

  4. These books both sound wonderful! We are big fans of both books featuring awesome girls and books about cats! I have two awesome daughters who love reading but unfortunately due to allergies we cannot have a real cat (so we have A LOT of stuffed animal cats and my 3 year old dresses up like a cat pretty much every day).

  5. What a wonderful giveaway. My daughter would love to read these books this summer

  6. My students love Stick Dig and Olga looks fun too!

  7. Stick Dog is a big hit in my library. I’m looking forward to seeing Olga – the girls need a book geared to them.

  8. I’m super excited for Olga. I love Elise Gravel’s illustrations, so inspiring!

  9. I ca be sure that the kids in my library will gravitate towards Stick Cat, after the great popularity of Stick Dog! I am also excited for a story about a a young female scientist!

  10. Thanks for showcasing two new MG books and their authors, illutratators. Looking forward to a proper read of both!

  11. These are both rally cute. No need to enter me as I have them.

  12. How cute!

  13. Both of these books sounds wonderfully fun!

  14. I’m looking forward to the Stick Cat book. Stick Dog is very popular in my library.

  15. Olga sure has her hands full with whatever that is… stinks … snores…. oh my! Stick cat will need to pull him self out of happy land and save the desperate man…. how will he do that?