Traveling Tootsie by Karen and Kathy Honaker Book Tour, Guest Post, & Giveaway! {4/7/23}

Mar 13, 2023 | 5 comments

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Book Details:

Traveling Tootsie by Karen and Kathy Honaker
Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: Nov, 2022
Tour dates: Mar 13 to Mar 31, 2023
Content Rating: G. Suitable for everyone.

Book Description:

Have you ever wished you could go away on your parent’s business trip or hide in their suitcase to explore a new city all on your own? Well, Katie and Steven sure have! They wonder why they always have to stay home when Mommy or Daddy travel for work. Once their favorite yellow teddy, Tootsie, comes up with the idea to stow himself away for Daddy’s trip to Washington, DC, Katie and Steven realize that they’ll be able to travel along, too—but just not in the way they first imagine!
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Review By LAWonder10:

Join in the excursions of “Traveling Tootsie”! This is an outrageous, yet cute, book about a boy and a girl, very busy parents, and a Teddy bear that comes to life.

I feel it is slightly too old for most 3 or 4-year-olds. It is too wordy. However, I do believe it is a very good book for older toddlers and young elementary-age children.

I feel it is a little much to visit so many places on one trip for an older mind, but especially for young children.  I feel it would be more effective to visit fewer palaces with more details about each place.

The places’ names will have very little recognition to the very young mind.

The illustrations were simple and brightly colored, which will attract very young minds to “look at the pretty pictures”. I feel the early elementary students will enjoy the words and “pretty pictures”.

The Hardback book is well made, with quality paper, and seems well bound.

I offer a Four Stars rating for this book.

I was gifted this book with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.


Guest Post:

Who knew a love of children’s books would start by going to the dentist? With a cavity, in what felt like almost every visit to the dentist, it could have been a traumatic place for a child, but, instead, it was a place of excitement!

We moved when we were 1 1/2 to a new town, and our dentist was in our previous Chicago suburb. Going to the dentist meant we got to drive by the house we used to live in when we were born, pass the preschool our older brother attended when he took us for “show and tell,” and sometimes stop at an old friend’s house/a promise of Dunkin’ Donuts on the way home. We always tried to arrive early to our appointment so we could find “The Little House” or “Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel” in the stack of books at Dr. Peterson’s office.

Twice a year we looked so forward to going to the cozy waiting room and finding our favorite books. There were many others as well. We remember a book about a dragon, “Don’t Put Me in the Zoo,” and “The Berenstain Bears.” We imagined how amazing it must have been to live in a tree house! Even the Archie comic books were a joy to read to keep the anxiety down. We would argue about who would have to go back to the dentist’s chair first because the other one got to stay in the waiting room with mom and read another book.

Having a twin sister with so many of the same memories from childhood has been a unique experience. We each remember different details that complete many of the stories of growing up in Illinois. Reliving the memories of having our own Traveling Tootsie as children were such a joy to capture during our writing process.

We hope this book brings happy memories to our readers, and we hope that children and their families can start their own Traveling Tootsie tradition to remember for a lifetime.

We also hope this book and tradition can make it easier for kids when their parents have to travel, whether it’s a short overnight trip or an extended deployment. We’ve bought many copies of our favorite childhood books for baby showers and for our own children, over the years. Our children are teenagers now so we slowly got rid of books as our children outgrew them, but we have kept copies of the ones that are special to us.

Our dream is that “Traveling Tootsie” becomes one of those books to keep for many children and adults in the years to come. We also aspire to have Tootsie visit several other cities. We can’t wait for new adventures!

Sadly, our children’s trips to the dentist when they were you didn’t involve a waiting room full of books to discover. They had Ipads, video games, and a few toys. Things sure have changed so we truly hope “Traveling Tootsie” is a book that kids will want to share over and over again with their parents.

Meet the Author:

Kathy and Karen grew up in the Chicago suburbs and moved to Virginia as teenagers. They enjoyed many family vacations, which began their love of travel. They both reside in Virginia with their families and continue to instill a love of travel with their own children. This is their first children’s book written together, about a favorite childhood memory that they always wanted to share with others to enjoy. They hope to inspire a sense of adventure in you!

cConnect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook   instagram  ~ goodreads

The Tour Schedule :

Mar 13 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Mar 14 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Mar 14 –Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 15 –Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
Mar 15 – Enjoyingbooksagain – book review
Mar 16 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Mar 16 –regallywritten – book review
Mar 17– Liese’s Blog – book spotlight
Mar 17 – Joannasbookshelf – book review
Mar 20 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Mar 21 – Library Lady’s Kid’s Lit – book review / author interview / giveaway
Mar 21 – Kim’s Book Reviews and Writing Aha’s –  book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 22 –Fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 22 –Paws.Read.Repeat – book review / giveaway
Mar 23 –Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Mar 23 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 24 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway
Mar 27 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review / giveaway
Mar 28 –Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 28 –My Reading Getaway – book review / author interview
Mar 29 – Reading is My Passion – book review / giveaway
Mar 29 –RebeccaReviewedIt – book review / giveaway
Mar 30 –Pick A Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Mar 30 –Books With A Chance – book review / author interview / giveaway
Mar 31 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 31 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
TBD – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway

Giveaway Details:

Win signed copy of TRAVELING TOOTSIE by Karen and Kathy Honaker (USA only) (ends Apr 7)


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  1. Margaret Ward

    I always wanted to tag along on my farther’s business trip. If I could go back I would become a yellow bearand explore allof the cities he went too.

  2. Traveling Tootsie

    Thank you for taking the time to review Traveling Tootsie!

  3. Traveling Tootsie

    Thank you for taking the time to review the book, and we are grateful to be a part of your blog community!

  4. anne

    Wonderful, beautiful, special and captivating. A real treasure to enjoy many times with the grandchildren. Thanks for your wonderful feature. I enjoyed this post and agree about books being precious and invaluable instead of technology.

    • Katrina Dehart

      Looks adorable! Thank you for sharing

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