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Bandana Acres: Hootin Goes Outside Blog Tour: Book Review + Giveaway

** I received a complimentary copy for consideration. All thoughts are my own.  

About the Book


Book: Bandana Acres: Hootin Goes Outside

Author: Kathy J. Perry

Genre: Early Reader Chapter Book

Release date: November 1, 2018

How long will you be gone?


The barn owlets are hungry! Their mom, Hootin, must find a way to get more food. Can she trust her bandana buddies to take care of her babies during the storm?


Click here to get your copy!



About the Author

After My Parents Passed,

I re-evaluated what I was doing with my life and my contribution to others. A former classroom teacher and homeschool mom, I’ve always had a heart for educating kids.

In 2016 my daughter and I attended a local arts and crafts fair where I stumbled upon some cute children’s art and thought, “That’s what I can do! Write children’s books.”

I set my mission and started my own publishing company, Chickadee Words, LLC. I would do my best to affect our youth through wonderful stories full of timeless character struggles.


More from Kathy

Have you every known someone who thinks they’re the only ones that can do the job right? They’re the people who may be very good at what they do, but make poor managers because they don’t delegate or allow others to contribute.


This story is about a barn owl who has two owlets she must care for but her partner is lost for some unknown reason. She burdens herself with care and responsibility until her bandana buddies offer to help and show her she can be flexible.


Here’s one question in the “What If” part at the end of the book:


When you’re at school, are you sometimes afraid or embarrassed to ask a question when you don’t understand something and need help?



Special things about this book (and series) include:

  1. Proven easy-to-read font for early readers (Sassoon Primary)
  2. In full-color with original watercolor artwork.
  3. Leveled by Lexile and Fountas & Pinnell (F&P) for dialing in to your child’s reading level.
  4. Blue words are the character’s inside thoughts (rather than italics, which I thought would be harder to read). Kids enjoy the color. In fact, struggling readers love to read just the colored parts to start – and then want to continue reading! (Each book has its own color for this.)
  5. A glossary of newer words with definitions.
  6. A “What If” section for discussion with five questions about the story, and five questions of how the theme plays out in real life. (Parents and teachers love these books!)
  7. Hootin Goes Outside! is available in hardcover and softcover.


Help your kids learn to read with this fun story and cute watercolor illustrations. This early reader chapter book is perfect for ages 5-8 and can usually be read alone by 2nd or 3rd grades.

My Thoughts

Hootin' Goes Outside is the fourth book in the Bandana Acres series. These books can be read on their own or in any order though, so no worries if your child hasn't read any of the previous books. Chances are, they might just fall in love with this adorable series and want them all though... my daughter certainly has. These books are ideal for the kid who is just starting out reading chapter books--- good for reading on their own or with help from an adult. My daughter is in second grade and a bit more of an advanced reader, but she loves these books anyway--- from an interest standpoint they definitely hit the mark. I definitely wish we had known about them sooner when we looking for easy chapter books that were more appealing to younger kids like herself! The stories are cute for her, but they have great lessons that I like as a parent too--- like this lesson on asking for help. This is certainly a lesson that has come up for my daughter recently, so definitely a good one for kids (and if we're being honest, don't us adults need this reminder sometimes too?). Overall, a really cute chapter book that kids and parents alike can appreciate! 

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 13

Texas Book-aholic, November 14

Blogging with Carol, November 14

Inklings and notions, November 15

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, November 16

For Him and My Family, November 16

deb’s Book Review, November 17

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 18

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 19

Vicky Sluiter, November 19

Older & Smarter?, November 20

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 20

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, November 21

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, November 22

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, November 23

Cats in the Cradle Blog, November 24

Mary Hake, November 24

Lights in a Dark World, November 25

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, November 26


To celebrate her tour, Kathy is giving away the grand prize package of $25 Amazon gift card, a softcover copy of the book, digital artwork with motivational phrase, and a custom Hoo-Rag covered with artwork from the Bandana Acres series!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.



  1. Sounds good, thank you for sharing.

  2. Kathy, Hootin Goes Outside sounds like a great children's book and I like the cover! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks A Modern Day Fairy Tall for sharing your thoughts! Have a spectacular holiday season!

  3. This looks like a wonderful book.

  4. My children would love this book, too!

  5. Kathy, Hootin Goes Outside sounds like a fantastic children's book and I like the cover! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, A Modern Day Fairy Tale! Have a wonderful holiday season!

  6. I nanny several children throughout the year and this would be great to read to them thank you

  7. sounds like a fun one


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