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Book Details:

Book Title: Alycat and the Monday Blues by Alysson Foti Bourque
Illustrations by: Chiara Civati
Category: Children’s Fiction, 32 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: Sept 12, 2017
Tour dates: Sept 18 to Oct 6, 2017
Content Rating: G (appropriate for all audiences)

Book Description:

Alycat wakes up with the dreaded Monday Blues and is certain that nothing will go right. But when a mishap sends her astray, she discovers that helping a friend will help her discover her own hidden talent—curing her Monday Blues.

To read reviews, please visit Alysson Foti Bourque’s page on iRead Book Tours.

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My Review
5 stars

Alycat is suffering from the Monday Blues. She can’t find her shoes, she doesn’t feel good, and she doesn’t want to go to school. Tomorrow is the talent show and she doesn’t have a talent. When she gets to school things keep taking a turn for the worst. But then she hears Spotty playing his saxophone and things quickly turn around.

This is a wonderful story. Although Alycat was having a bad day, a little music helped to make it better. I loved the illustrations to go with it. Chiara Civati did an amazing job to bring this story to life.

I think anyone from any age will enjoy this book, especially children having a bad day or needing to discover a secret talent. This is a great story and should be one added to anyone’s collection.

I received Alycat and the Monday Blues from iRead Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

Meet the Author:

Alysson Foti Bourque is the author of the Rhyme or ReasonTravel series, and the multi-award winning Alycat series. Alysson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a law degree from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge. She believes that there is an Alycat in all of us, encouraging our imaginations to guide us through new opportunities and adventures.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

My Career Paths and the Profession I Enjoy the Most

by Alysson Foti Bourque

I have had several careers and have really enjoyed them all. I graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Biology. I began my teaching career as a first-grade teacher and loved it. After teaching for a year, I decided that I wanted to keep challenging myself and applied for and was accepted into law school at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, LA. Three years later, I graduated and passed the bar exam and took a job as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Louisiana. This was such an exciting career as I was able to attend the legislative sessions, rewrite the Emergency Handbook at Hurricane Katrina hit, and defend various agencies within the State of Louisiana. It was definitely a challenging, rewarding, and rigorous profession. And never lacked excitement. Two kids and six years later, I decided to put my law career on hold to spend more time at home with the kids. This was the best decision I have ever made. I was able to slow down in life and enjoy the little things. I had more time to write about things that I enjoyed—not just trial briefs and motions.

Becoming a children’s book author has been the most enjoyable career path that I have taken. When I signed with my publisher, I received an email from the CEO of the publishing company stating that he was an attorney before he began writing and publishing books. He assured me that this profession was far more enjoyable than practicing law. He was absolutely right!

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