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Dragons are Real Blog Tour

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Mami Tales is pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for the charming children’s book written by Valarie Budayr and illustrated by Michael Welply, Dragons are Real, coordinated by BeachBoundBooks. The tour will run from May 9 – May 30, 2016

Dragons are Real Tour

About the Book

Dragons are Real

Title: Dragons are Real | Author: Valarie Budayr | Illustrator: Michael Welply | Publisher: Audrey Press | Publication Date: May 5, 2016 | Genre: Children’s Picture Book | Number of Pages: 32

 Book Description:

What if I told you that all of the fairy tales, myths and legends that have been told about dragons over the years are WRONG? What if I told you that Dragons are indeed REAL and that they are different than you’ve ever imagined? Did you know that Dragons are the master of disguises? Did you know that they love sugar and sweets (at unacceptable levels) and will do anything for treats? Award winning author Valarie Budayr brings us this fairly true story based on her childhood friendship with a REAL live Dragon.amazon2

My Review

Have you ever seen a Dragon? No? Well, that might be because you don’t know Dragons as well as Valarie Budayr!  In this delightful picture book you can learn how these wonderful and magical creatures mange to hide in plain sight, pulling tricks on us. Dragons are not the threatening and scary creatures literature and myths have tried to make us believe, and the best way to find out about their true nature is by using this little Dragon “manual.”  For example, with Dragons you have to be specially careful not  to not lend them your favorite book, because… 

 Avid readers and lovers of stories, they also love the playfulness of words. 
This beautifully illustrated picture book is perfect for preschool-age kids, and its whimsical ideas, bright colors and fun words will catch their attention and transport them to a land of fantasy. I wouldn’t be surprised if they start looking for (and finding!) dragons everywhere.
NOTE: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author: Valarie Budayr


Award Winning and Best-selling author, Valarie Budayr inspires children and adults alike to experience their books through play, discovery, and adventure via engaging extension activities on her popular website, www.jumpintoabook.com.

Valarie is co-founder of Multi-cultural Children’s Book Day, #ReadYourWorld, a celebration of diverse and cultural kid-lit shared with over 98 million people on January 27th. Her foundation puts hundreds of books into the hands of children in rural and intercity areas.

Valarie’s other best-selling and award winning titles are: The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden, The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and A Year in the Secret Garden.

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About the Illustrator: Michael Welply


Michael Welply was born in London in 1948. The family moved to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1950. He studied art in Winnipeg and then in Paris, but his idea of living from the sales of his paintings is somewhat compromised by the lack of buyers. He started his career as an illustrator in 1977 in London. In 1981 he returned to live in France with his American wife and their two children. Since then he has worked for publishers in both Europe and North America. To date he has illustrated over 80 books and more than 100 covers, in a wide range of subjects extending from detailed non-fiction to juvenile and adult fiction in the realms of fantasy, mythology, science fiction and fairy tales.



Blog Tour Giveaway

  • Prize: One winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card or $100 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice
  • Giveaway ends: May 30, 11:59 pm, 2016
  • Open to: Internationally
  • How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Valarie Budayr and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.

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About Erika

Worked in film and TV for several years before having my two wonderful children. Now I try to bring that creative input into my home to raise my kids. Hope you enjoy following this journey!
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  1. Stacie @ BeachBoundBooks

    Great post, Erika! Dragons are Real is a delightful tale and I agree that the illustrations are simply beautiful. So much detail. This story is hard not to fall in love with!

    • Thank you for letting me be part of the Blog Tour!! I love fantasy, and this is a fabulous way to introduce little kids to the world of magic.

  2. THANK YOU for such a lovely review of Dragons, Erika! I love this line; “Whimsical ideas, bright colors and fun words catch kids’ attentions & transport them to a land of fantasy”” YES…#DragonsAreReal! 🙂

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