Thursday, October 13, 2016

Book Review/Giveaway: KeeKee's Big Adventures in Amsterdam, Netherlands

From the publisher: KeeKee is the adventurous calico kitty traveling the world in her hot air balloon. Hoera! In this charmingly illustrated picture book, she lands in Amsterdam, Netherlands. KeeKee explores the city with Jasper the Lion. Together they speak Dutch, cruise the canals, and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of this beautiful, colorful and historic city. Entertaining and educational, KeeKee's adventures will spark curiosity and inspire appreciation for our great big wonderful world!

In KeeKee's fourth big adventure she flies her hot air balloon to Amsterdam where she befriends a lion named Jasper who offers to give her a tour of his beautiful city while making a flower delivery. She's in awe of Amsterdam's canals and tulip fields, she visits a windmill and watches wooden shoes being made, she's exposed to a new language while experiencing their culture and cuisine.

In my opinion a great children's book inspires kids to want to learn more about the world around them...and the best ones teach an adult something new too! That was the case for me when I read KeeKee's Big Adventures in Amsterdam, Netherlands and found out about De Poezenboot: The Cat Boat, a houseboat that serves as a cat sanctuary! It's been in existence since the 1960s and is a huge tourist attraction, yet I'd never heard about it before KeeKee's book.

KeeKee's adventures belong on the bookshelves of children of all ages. Featuring illustrated city maps and pronunciation guides to key words, they are sure to whet a child's appetite for knowledge!

About the Author: Shannon Jones

For Shannon, her love of travel began at a young age. It opened her eyes and ears to the world. As a grownup, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with her husband Paul and kitty KeeKee, the idea for KeeKee’s Big Adventures was born. After twenty years in the marketing field, Shannon is launched on her new adventures, following her passion for writing and excited to be helping kids in their quest for learning and discovery. She now lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with Paul, KeeKee, and little sister kitty Luna.

About the Illustrator: Casey Uhelski
Casey graduated with honors from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration. As a little girl, she loved books, doodling, and daydreaming. She’s never outgrown these early enthusiasms, and has happily gone on to pursue a career as a children’s book illustrator. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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  1. Oh, I LOVE this! My niece is OBSESSED with cats and these are the perfect way to teach her something, meanwhile indulging (and encouraging!!!) her love of felines.

  2. That book -- well all of the books sound really good. Thanks for the review. I'm going to see if the library has them!!

  3. Oh, this book looks too cute! With a fun story, such lovely and lively illustrations, and an adorable calico, this sounds so purrfect. Thank you for sharing this with us, Mudpie and Melissa! I will certainly be checking it out. Purrs!

  4. This sounds like such a cute series! I would love to see the Amsterdam book especially as a reminder of my brief trip to that city several years ago. Purrs!

  5. This is such a cute book! I love the illustrations and the way it teaches culture. Kids will definitely learn a lot about the Netherlands from this. Keekee is quite the cute kitty!
    -Purrs from your friends at

  6. I am sooooooooooooooooooooo behind! Was supposed to post mine earlier in the week..........glad you posted today because I will move my give-away to next week probably

  7. These books would be wonderful for my great niece.

  8. These look like great books! Very cute!

  9. On behalf of the KeeKee team, thank you so much for all your kind words! We are super proud of the book, and especially Casey our illustrator! - Paul (from KeeKee's Big Adventures)