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Book Review : Lobo’s Howliday by C. L. Murphy!

Hey guys!

Today I am reviewing Holiday – themed Children’s picture book titled, Lobo’s Howliday by C.L. Murphy. More info on the author:

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While new to the children’s book writing and illustrating scene, C.L. Murphy (Cathy) has been doodling her way through life since she won a school wide poster contest in the third grade. She’s had the pleasure of working as an artist in residence, creating cartoons and painting murals with the children at local elementary schools. She adores the wonder and curiosity of young children.

She feels that creating picture books is something that she was destined to do, after years of filing away so many ideas, while raising her two sons. She is a member of SCBWI.

She lives amongst the wildlife in an enchanted forest in the beautiful Oregon wilderness with her husband and menagerie. She has always appreciated nature and animals have always played a major role in her life. The inspiration for the Lovable Lobo character came from a wolf that she raised for over 14 years.

Book Summary

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It’s almost Christmas and Santa finds himself in quite the predicament due to unintended consequences as a result of trying something new. Lobo, and his raven sidekick, Roxy, travel to the North Pole to help the jolly ole’ one and are guided by the Arctic animals. The colors of the season delight along the way and make for a howling good holiday. Can you howl Ho Ho Ho?.

My Review

The book cover is very Christmassy, though I think there is too much going on, on it. The designer could have kept it simple and pleasing to the eye.  Lobo is a little wolf pup. Roxy the Raven is his friend. One day Lobo receives a special delivery from the North Pole from Santa. He needed Lobo’s help and in the letter, he sounded urgent. Here is a sneak peek:

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So, Lobo rushes with Roxy, to Santa Village. He didn’t know directions but there were several animals on the way to help him like the Arctic mouse who accompanied the letter, the Arctic fox who gives them food and a place to stay and many more. Once, he reaches the village, Santa tells him his problem and Lobo helps to the maximum, thus saving Christmas!.

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I am not going to reveal what exactly he was asked to do. No spoilers here!. What I love the most in this book is that the illustrations are gorgeous and somehow has more quality to it than other picture books I’ve read recently. Also, there is a nice, positive and festive feeling to it.

I give this book 4 out of 5, which by Goodreads standards mean I ‘really liked it’.

Links to the book

Amazon ~ Goodreads

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Source: I was provided a complimentary ebook copy for review purpose. All opinions are 100% my own.

How to survive the holiday season!!

Hii guys!!

I am super excited coz the holiday season is upon us and I can feel the holiday spirit every where I go :).

Alright, now lets discuss how you can survive this season 😀

1) Plan ahead : New year is just 10 days away (not to mention Christmas!.. 4 days only) and you have got to decide what to gift your friends and family. But the main thing is ‘how much’ to spend on them each!. Plan everything and list it out, so you don’t stray away from it. Don’t wait till you are just 2 days away from those special days.

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2) Coupons & discount vouchers: When you are in a rush to buy things, you might even forget that you have vouchers that you could possibly use. Keep the vouchers handy and don’t later on forget that you have them in your wallet. This has happened to me. Hilarious!

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3) Don’t spend more : Trying to save, don’t spend more!.. Doesn’t make sense??. Here is an example : You see a watch worth AED900 on sale for AED450. You mind suddenly goes on alert mode!.. 50% discount!!!… But what you don’t see in this situation is that you were not planning on spending that AED450 in the first place!.. So buy things that you NEED not WANT. Differentiate between those two words and you will get most of the things sorted out this season!

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4) Shopping online : Sometimes shopping online has it’s benefits. I love group buying sites like Groupon, Cobone, Joyoffer etc. I am not talking about cheap products. They have amazing deals on quality products. I love it!. Great value and at the same time, you can sit at home and shop!

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5) Making the credit cards work for you: If you have a credit card which gives you cash back, use it :).

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6) Use loyalty cards: I love loyalty cards and rewarding programmes. If you buy from an outlet quite often find out whether they have a loyalty programme. Sign up for it. It will definitely reward you. However, please don’t keep buying simply so that you will get a reward.

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7) Gift cards : If you don’t know what to buy a person, the best thing is to get a gift card for them. That way, the receiver can buy whatever they wish to!. I think it’s an awesome gift.

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8) Stay awesome – Drink lots of water, look your best, be friendly, try a hand at DIY and give personalized touch to your gifts even if you are buying them. Then put of a big smile!. Be happy <3

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I hope you guys have an amazing Christmas and New year!. May God bless you and your family. Stay safe!

Love,

Naznin 🙂