Monday, May 9, 2016


BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the charming children's book written by Valarie Budayr and illustrated by Michael Welply, Dragons are Real. The tour will run from May 9 - May 30, 2016.
What if I told you that all of the fairy tales, myths and legends that have been told about dragons over the years are WRONG? What if I told you that Dragons are indeed REAL and that they are different than you've ever imagined? Did you know that Dragons are the master of disguises? Did you know that they love sugar and sweets (at unacceptable levels) and will do anything for treats? Award winning author Valarie Budayr brings us this fairly true story based on her childhood friendship with a REAL live Dragon.

I was sent a pdf of this book because I will not feature or join tours for books or authors I am not familiar with. I also requested a physical copy to send to my five year old KOOKIES AND MILK reviewer, Kaylee, and let me tell you... it is going to be monumentally difficult to part with this copy because the book is BRILLIANT! The illustrations are STELLAR, as you can see from the images above, and the story is deeply imaginative, heartwarming, and whimsical. I love and adore it! I will have this book sitting on my bookshelves waiting for my someday grandchildren, and it is now on the top of my list for children's book gifts. I think it will be a perfect gift for teen and adult dragon lovers as well.
About the Author: Valarie Budayr
Valarie Budayr is the author of The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes came to our garden and The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and The Chocolate Factory(Audrey Press). She is a regular contributor to the online magazine Rhythm of the Home and The Little Acorn Enrichment Guides. Valarie is the founder of Jump into a Book, a website dedicated to creating fun activities and adventures for children, families, and all who love books from "our" favorite children's books. She is the owner and creative director of Audrey Press, an independent publishing house. Valarie lives at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee with her husband and three children. You can find Valarie writing daily on her award winning blog: A PLACE LIKE THIS.

Michael Welply was born in London in 1948. The family moved to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1950. He studied art in Winnipeg and then in Paris, but his idea of living from the sales of his paintings is somewhat compromised by the lack of buyers. He started his career as an illustrator in 1977 in London. In 1981 he returned to live in France with his American wife and their two children. Since then he has worked for publishers in both Europe and North America. To date he has illustrated over 80 books and more than 100 covers, in a wide range of subjects extending from detailed non-fiction to juvenile and adult fiction in the realms of fantasy, mythology, science fiction and fairytales.

Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card or $100 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice 
Giveaway ends: May 30, 11:59 pm, 2016 
Open to: Internationally 
How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Valarie Budayr and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to

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  1. THANK YOU for participating in the #DragonsAreReal book tour! Love the name of your blog by the way;) Did you know that dragons truly do loved to be tickled???

    1. I always wanted to believe they did and now I know! It is an honor to spotlight this book. I truly adored it.

  2. Thank you so much for the wonderful review. I agree that Dragons are Real will be a hard book to part with. I just adore this story and the illustrations are magical. I also appreciate your kind words about BeachBoundBooks. I am grateful that you help out on so many of my tours and blasts.

    1. This book is truly a gem I am going to review it on my main blog, too! I love helping promote great books. :)

  3. I'm on love with the artwork! Plus it's about dragons, so that's basically an instant must have for me. I'm glad you enjoyed it La La! I'm adding it to my list of books to look into for my future niece...though if I'm being honest it'll probably stay on my shelves. :p

    1. I know; I am always using the "someday grandchildren" excuse to buy books for my shelves. Ha ha!

  4. THANK YOU so much for your wonderful review! You've completely made my day :) Thank you also for supporting the Dragons Blog Tour. Happy Reading!


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