BLOG TOUR (+mini review): Dear Substitute by Liz Garton Scanlon & Audrey Vernick (Illustrated by Chris Raschka)


Hello! I’m with another blog tour for a children’s book, Dear Substitute – it’s so much fun, I didn’t really get to read a lot of children’s books when I was a kid, so I guess I’m making up for it now that I’m an adult, haha! Anywaaaayy, please click on the banner above to see the full blog tour schedule (previous stop is @RhythmicBooktrovert).

And don’t forget to scroll down to enter the giveaway!!

But sometimes you’ve got to mix things up a little. You know?

Synopsis: When a substitute teacher named Miss Pelly comes to class, one student bristles at the change in routine-Miss Pelly doesn’t follow the rules like Mrs. Giordano. But in time, our student learns that even though the substitute may do things a little differently, and she may be a bit silly, mixing things up might not be so bad. Told in a series of epistolary poems, this funny, relatable picturebook is a great fit for classrooms and for any child nervous about new experiences.

Published June 19, 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

Genre: Children’s, Picture Books

Themes: school, poetry, teacher, student, academic

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

40 pages

Amazon* / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository / iBooks

*As an Amazon Associate, I get a mini % of sales price when you purchase an item using my link. Thank you! ^_^


Dear Homework That I Stayed Up Late Doing,

And I say: Dear blog tour post that I stayed up late doing, I signed up for this so no worries, haha!

A few thoughts I have on the book: it’s funny and insightful – I love the clever way the authors chose to write it in the form of letters written by a student to inanimate objects/abstract ideas/pets. As for the illustrations, I’ll say those who love watercolors or impressionistic art will appreciate them. The style is quite different and I wouldn’t say I prefer it, but it does complement the way Dear Substitute is structured.

It amazes me how powerful children’s books can be, but I’m glad that these are the kind of books the children of this generation (and of future generations) have/will have in their hands. One book can make all the difference.

About the Authors:


Liz Garton Scanlon is the author of numerous beloved books for young people, including the highly-acclaimed, Caldecott-honored picture book All the World, illustrated by Marla Frazee, and her debut novel for middle grade readers, The Great Good Summer, as well as The Good-Pie Party; Happy Birthday, Bunny!; Noodle & Lou, and several others. Ms. Scanlon is also a poet, a teacher and a frequent & popular presenter at schools, libraries and conferences. She grew up in Colorado and Wisconsin, and now lives with her husband and two daughters in Austin, Texas.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


Audrey grew up in Whitestone, New York, where she lived with her parents and two sisters and a not very bright small white dog. She has a freaky memory about the names of the kids in her class at P.S. 184Q, and even remembers where most of them stood in size order.

She always loved to read and still rereads Harriet the Spy on a regular basis.  She was not one of those children who always knew she wanted to be a writer; she didn’t love to write until college. She’s been writing ever since.

In addition to writing for children, Audrey has published more than a dozen short stories for adults in magazines and literary journals. She received an mfa from Sarah Lawrence College and has been honored with two fiction fellowships from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts.

Audrey divides her time between writing (which is mostly spent revising) and visiting elementary schools to talk about writing and publishing. (For school visit info, click here.) She also speaks at conferences around the country.

She lives near the ocean in New Jersey with her family and a semi-smart medium-sized dog.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Also, here are some sample pages provided by the publisher on Edelweiss+


3 winners will receive a finished copy of DEAR SUBSTITUTE, US Only.

I hope you enjoyed this post. As always, thanks for stopping by!!

P.S. Next stop is @Beagles and Books

Do you also read picture books as an adult?

Sincerely Peachy (1)










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