“Road To Reviews,” Iggy Loo, Day 5

p6This morning I headed out to Atlanta, Georgia. Even though Georgia is known as the “peach state” it’s the not the largest producer of peaches. Georgia is know for its largest production of peanuts and  pecans.

Georgia has seven official natural wonders: Amicalola Falls, the Okefenokee Swamp, Providence Canyon, Radium Springs, Stone Mountain, Tallulah Gorge and Warm Springs.

I took in a movie in the world’s largest drive-in called The Varsity. On a busy day they can have over 300,000 people visit. A dose of Happy Feet never gets old.

Afterwards I visited the zoo. Took in a hay ride, ran through a corn maze and picked a pumpkin at Southern Bell Farm.  At The Rock Ranch I took a locomotive train ride, zip lined and walked through a miniature kid town. Perfect for penguins my size.

I ended my time here is Atlanta with listening to my review of Iggy Loo from Amber, www.chinupmom.com@ChinUpMom

Next stop, Savannah, Georgia.

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“Road To Review,” Iggy loo, Day 4

p19I made my way to North Carolina home to Nascar’s Hall of Fame. It’s everything you wanted to know about racing. Then I cooled off in Looking Glass Falls. The name “Looking Glass” comes from Looking Glass Rock, where water freezes on its sides in the winter and then glistens in the sunlight like a mirror or looking glass. Then I visited the USS North Carolina Battleship Museum. I even got to steer the ship, start its engines and even fired the guns.

Sad to say my next mommy was not able to review. Stomach bug at their house. I hope their tummies feel better. I thought it was best to finish visiting the sites and not stop at their house. I have too much traveling to do. Come with me on my next stop tomorrow in Georgia to meet my next book reviewer.

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“Road To Reviews,” Iggy Loo, Day 3

pg-34I made it to Virginia. They say it’s the state for lovers. Maybe I’ll meet my girlfriend here. You know I had to make my first stop at the Virginia Aquarium. They have hands on exhibits, a nature path and marshlands. I had to have a little fun and ride the Anaconda coaster at Kings Dominion. Whew, what a

Did you know Virginia has produced more U.S. presidents than any other sate in the United States. The first peanuts grown in the United States were grown in Virginia. And the first Thanksgiving in North America was held in Virginia in 1619.

Before going for a nap I checked in with my next reviewer Jody, @jodycalkins. Check out what she had to say on my new book, Iggy Loo.

Jody writes: Iggy Loo by Maria Ashworth is a heartwarming holiday tale of a little snow globe penguin longing to experience the wonders of life on the other side of the glass. This children’s picture book is wonderfully written and illustrated to capture the heart and longing of this sweet penguin. Children will fall in love with Iggy Loo as they join him on his new journey. Iggy Loo is sure to be a holiday favorite for young children everywhere.

Jody Calkins
Freelance Writer & Editor
Emery Road Writing Services, LLC

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“Road To Reviews,” Iggy Loo, Day 2

pg-34A good 4 hours to get from NY to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I got to see our symbol for Independence, the Liberty Bell. Did you know the bell cracked on its first test ring! I went to the Please Touch Museum and it was amazing. I flipped everything! You can get messy. There’s fun science experiments. They have a gallery of things they collected like old toys and games. I stopped at the Philadelphia Zoo. Did you know it was the first true zoo in the United States?

Before I leave the state of Independence we get to meet out next reviewer from Emneris from Phildelphia, www.thephillymomdiaries.blogspot.com@phillymomdiary. She’s going to share her thoughts on my new holiday book, Iggy Loo.

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“Road To Reviews,” Iggy Loo, Day 1

p6Welcome to the first day of my reviews. We’re here in the Big Apple state. There’s so much to do here. I have already eaten a steamed hot dog. They like to call it frankfurter here. This morning I had a fresh bagel and the bakery person told me eating a New York bagel is equivalent to eating one-quarter to one-half a loaf of bread. Who cares I’m not dieting. My favorite of course was the chocolate Italian ice.

I spent my day in Times Square where the lights never go out. This is where the ball drops every New Years Eve. Boy was it busy. I rode the ferry to see the Stature of Liberty.Then I went all the way to the top of the Empire State building. Did you know it has its own zip code?
And Joseph C. Gayetty invented the toilet paper here in 1857.

After a full day I stopped in Grand Island where Erin, @librarianerin_ graciously gave me a review of my new holiday book, Iggy Loo. Check it out at www.thelikeablelibrarian.com. Enjoy!

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Interview With Iggy Loo


Me: Good afternoon, Iggy. How are you doing?

Iggy: It’s a little warm in here but it’ll do.

ME: Well let’s get right to business. I read your story and I fell in love.

[penguin blushes] Thank you

Me: The illustrations by Sunny Choi were warm and beautiful.

Iggy: She really captured the feeling of the story with her illustrations. She really brought out my eyes.   

Me: You’re name is quite original. How did you get the name Iggy Loo?

Iggy: When the redhead learned to talk she could only say a few words. She had a tough time pronouncing Igloo so every time she tried it would come out Iggy Loo. Every year I thought she was interested in my Igloo but she’d point to me and call me Iggy Loo. The name stuck. I couldn’t see being called anything else.

Me: You and the little girl come from two different worlds.  You live in a glass dome. How did both of you form such a solid relationship while living in two different worlds?

Iggy: In the beginning she would talk through the glass. I couldn’t understand much. Then when she started getting older she would tell me things about her doll, she hated broccoli and she doesn’t like going to bed. Then one day it happened. She said, I wuv you, Iggy Loo.” That was when I felt my heart ache. I knew what love was at that moment.

Me: Why did you want so much to be outside your snow globe?

Iggy: I thought my life would be better outside my globe. Thinking I was missing something. I wanted to find something greater. I thought “things” would make me happy. But nothing compared to being loved by the little redhead.

Me: I read now you found another special friend?

Iggy: Yes. [Iggy smiles] He reminds me so much of the days with the little redhead. Now when he calls my name I fall in love all over again.

Me: I heard you’re going on tour. Can you tell me about it?

Iggy: It’s called “Road To Reviews.” I’m going to be visiting 15 states. One state a day starting November 1st when my book debuts all over the world. I’ll cross the entire United States in two weeks. I’ll stop in each state and tell the reader something special about my visit. During my stop a mom, dad, librarian or blogger will review my book, Iggy Loo. It’s going to be magnificent.

Me: That sounds like fun! Where will your first visit be?

Iggy: My first stop, the Big Apple!

Me: I look forward to reading more about you and the reviews starting tomorrow. Thank you for stopping by and doing the interview.

Iggy: Did you really think I’d “flake” on you. Ha! Get it?