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The Lizard Who Loves a Blizzard is for all snow-loving kids everywhere. Most kids love to have snow days. However, during summertime, snow isn’t what you’d expect. Luckily, Shelly Larkin and Michael John Sullivan bring a blizzard to a little lizard.

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  • Title: The Lizard Who Loves a Blizzard
  • Author: Shelley Larkin & Michael John Sullivan
  • Illustrator: Yanaisy Puentes Cruz
  • Publisher: Magic Everywhere Inc. on September 7, 2021
  • Genre: Children’s Picture Book
  • Pages: 36
  • Formats Available: Paperback & Digital
  • Rating: 4/5

Trigger Warnings: None

Many thanks to Shelley Larkin and Michael John Sullivan for providing me with a digital copy of The Lizard Who Loves a Blizzard with a request for an honest review. Also thanks to iRead Book Tours for having me on this tour and providing the materials to build this post.

About The Lizard Who Loves a Blizzard

Larry the Lizard has always dreamed of snow. The only problem is, he lives in Australia. Find out what happens when a lizard gets a very silly idea… and it finally comes true. Join Larry and his friends as they skid, skate, slide and have an adventure in this wonderful ride. 

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My Review

Larry Lizard lives in Australia, and it doesn’t snow there. But, that doesn’t stop Larry from dreaming and wishing for some snow every day. Larry’s friends laugh at him and tell him to stop being silly, but Larry keeps right on wishing. One day Larry’s wish comes true, but will it be all he’s hoping for?

Characters

Larry has the happiest personality of any little lizard I’ve ever met. He looks adorable with his spots and orange skin. All the poor fella wants is some snow. He knows from legends that snow came before. Larry’s tenacity and patience make him the sweetest lizard in town.

Setting

The illustrations depicting Larry, his friends, and his town bring on an air of excitement. Yanaisy Puentes Cruz brings out sadness and joy in equal measure. Each image tells a different story, but together, it becomes whole. 

Further Thoughts

I have one concern that caused me to remove one star. There is a bit where something special is about to happen, but the story doesn’t explain how the surprise will come. The transition is a bit jarring. I felt as though I had missed a page.

Wrapping Up

I award The Lizard Who Loves a Blizzard 4 out of 5 stars. This little rhyming book full of sweet pictures and a relatable story will be a hit with kids and adults alike.

4 Star Review

About the Author – Shelley Larkin

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Shelley Larkin is the co-creator of The Lizard Who Loves a Blizzard, Nick Knitley, and The SockKids, and is co-developing other animation series with Michael, including the Dr. Neverme and Dinomike projects. Shelley is involved in all aspects of the animation ventures, including marketing and promotions, and merchandising of books, videos, and other products. One of Shelley’s passions is the Destination Imagination (DI) worldwide learning program for kids K-12, where she served as Director in the greater Sacramento area. Focused on creative problem-solving techniques, hundreds of thousands of children are served by the program each year, supported by thousands of volunteers. Shelley was presented with the DI Spirit of Discovery Award in recognition of her outstanding commitment and devotion to the global program. Michael and Shelley’s initial collaboration was co-authoring a children’s short story, “The Sock Kids Stand Up Against Bullying”, a nationally distributed book developed in concert with Destination Imagination. This story creates awareness of an important life lesson for children and shows how The SockKids can deliver these messages through animation and books. 


About the Author – Michael John Sullivan

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Michael John Sullivan is the co-creator of The Lizard Who Loves a Blizzard, Nick Knitley, and The SockKids. He is also co-developing three other animation series, including the Dr. Neverme and Dinomike projects. Sullivan has written several children’s books, including a Digimon series book with HarperCollins Publishing. In addition, Michael has written five novels, receiving awards and best-selling status. His first book, Necessary Heartbreak, was published by Simon & Schuster and was named by the prestigious Library Journal as one of the best books in 2010. Sullivan previously advocated for the homeless, drawing off of his own experience of riding the New York City trains at night for one winter. He has written articles about the plight for CNN.com, The Washington Post website, The Huffington Post, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Patch.com. Before he took up living among his animated characters, Michael worked for ESPN, Rival.com, Scout.com, and The Sporting News, covering high school and college basketball. He is a former board member of the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless. 

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