“Road To Reviews,” Iggy Loo, Day 10

iggy-3Who would of thought you could spend an entire day at a shopping mall? Well you can if it has a theme park! Yes! It’s one of the largest malls in the United States. Roller coasters inside the mall! It’s the largest Nickelodeon Theme Park with 28 rides including a Ferris wheel. I explored SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium Moose and Mountain Adventure Golf. So much to do in one spot.

Then I visited with my friend Meredith to share her review on my book Iggy Loo. Stop here to read, http://www.mommyinleggings.com.

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“Road To Reviews,” Iggy Loo, Day 9

iggy-1Yee-haw! I can say that now that I’m in Texas. Here the humidity is high and the people are extra warm. I’m here in the hub of Houston. I spent the morning at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. They Cockrell Butterfly exhibit where they have hundreds of species flying around. Next, I played at the Children’s Museum of Houston. They have a lot of cool hands on exhibits from water play, science and eco-stations. Of course I couldn’t leave without getting some good ol’ Texas BBQ. Boy, I’m stuffed. It’s true, everything’s bigger in Texas!

Finally I stopped in to see my friend William for his review of my holiday book titled Iggy Loo.

William writes: Let me say right off that I really enjoyed the book, as did my boys, Liam (2) and Lucas (4).

The story was entertaining, engaging, and heartfelt. As I read, my children immediately picked up on the enchanting name of the eponymous main character and repeated it to me every time I said it. Lucas even mentioned him after the fact several times.

The illustrations were wonderful. As a designer myself, I enjoyed the consistency of the art and overall page layout. Choi has a nice, delicate design sense and a consistent presentation of vision. Her images matched the story well.

The only issue I had was the font size and weight. It could have been larger and heavier without disrupting the overall design sensibility. Even so, it was not terribly problematic.

The instructions at the end were an inspired idea, by the way!

I’d give Iggy Loo an enthusiastic two thumbs up!
@WHSizemore1

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“Road To Reviews,” Iggy Loo, Day 8

redheadHit the road today and ended up in NOLA. That’s Louisiana. My first stop, The French Quarter where I’m going to dive in for some Cajun and creole food. Then finishing off a plate of Beignets. Then I head to the famous Jackson street where it has the best people watching anywhere. The street performers like human statues to musicians entertain the visitors.  I visited the Old U.S. mint where it is the only building in America that has acted with the United States and Confederate Mint.

One of the biggest holidays in New Orleans is Mardi Gras. First held in 1857. Purple, green and gold were chosen as the colors of Mardi Gras was chosen when a Russian Granmaskstored Duke visited. Purple represents justice. Green represents faith. Gold represents power. Since there are 120 days left until Mardi Gras I should come back and relish in the festivities.

But for now I’m going to enjoy my review with my new friend Lesley, @reviewin_Life, www.thecajunhippiemomma.com on my holiday book, Iggy Loo. 

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“Road To Reviews,” Iggy Loo, Day 7

p15Florida is know for being the home of Walt Disney World, the National Naval Aviation Museum and The Kennedy Space Center. So I thought I’d take you  Gatorland. It opened in 1949 and is considered one of Orlando’s best half-day attraction. When you arrive you enter through the mouth of a gator. Not a real one of course. You can wrestle and alligator, or be a trainer-for-a-day. I preferred to be part of the audience. Here they house the extremely rare”white” alligators.

I had to visit and tour the house of Ernest Hemingway’s. His house is furnished withhemingway_realax_198_325_s_cy_c_c_0_0_100_bor1_c3b8a5 European antiques. There are six-toed cats still lurking about Hemingway’s home. They are to be the decedents of the cat that
was given to him by a merchant sea captain.gatorland-mouth

Finally, I got to sit down with my new friend Amber from www.theovereducatedmother.com,  @overeducatedmom. I can’t wait to hear her review of my new holiday book, Iggy Loo.

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“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
ride!

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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