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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Lone Star Book Bloggers Tour: HITCHIN' POST AND THE TORNADO TWISTIN' 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION by Julie Barker ***BOOK REVIEW & GIVEAWAY***

HITCHIN' POST and the Tornado Twistin' 4th of July Celebration
by
JULIE BARKER
illustrated by Carolyn Altman
  Genre: Children's Picture Book / Western / Fantasy
Publisher: BookBaby
Date of Publication: September 28, 2018
Number of Pages: 50

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Hitchin Post, the cowboy jackrabbit, is back with an all new adventure on the 6Bs' Ranch. 
Hitch’s brothers come to visit for the annual 4th of July rodeo and dance, but they get much more than a long-awaited visit with their brother. When a giant tornado threatens to cut their Independence Day celebration short, Hitchin Post, his brothers, and the rest of the cowboys have to work hard to save the ranch and the celebration. Hitchin’ Post shows that even though he is just a small jackrabbit, he has the courage it takes to bring everyone together to rebuild what the tornado destroyed. Because of old Hitch being a great leader, the 6Bs' 4th of July celebration will go on! 
This is the second book in the Hitchin Post series by Julie Barker, where Julie once again collaborates with her mother, artist Carolyn Altman, who provides the illustrations in this romping, stomping, cowboy adventure!

PRAISE FOR THE BOOK:
Hitchin Post and the Tornado Twistin’ 4th of July Celebration is a brilliantly woven story with a strong plot that will easily entertain anyone. The illustrations by Carolyn Altman are fun and engaging, complementing the story. I love how Barker has written an interesting story that will teach kids how working together as a team makes the hard work a whole lot lighter and much more rewarding. – Readers’ Favorite, 5 STARS

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In Julie Barker's latest book, her lovable cowboy jackrabbit Hitch is back and ready to celebrate the Fourth of July!  Along with his brothers and cowboy friends, Hitch is excited to enjoy the holiday at their big red 6Bs' barn.  But when disaster strikes, Hitch must get everyone's help to save their holiday fun.  

Hitchin' Post and the Tornado Twistin' 4th of July Celebration is a story that teaches many valuable life lessons throughout the book.  It shows the reader to never give up, even when certain situations seem impossible to fix.  In the story, Hitch is devastated by what happens to their barn, but he displays great leadership in getting everyone motivated to rebuild what the tornado destroyed.  Friendship and teamwork is another visible theme of the story that will resonate with young readers.  Everyone comes together to help rebuild the 6Bs' barn, and it portrays what can be achieved by working as a team.

Barker's use of rhyme makes her cowboy themed story a great read aloud for children of all ages and keeps the story lighthearted and easy to follow.  It is also beautifully illustrated by the talented Carolyn Altman with her distinct and original color paintings. Something you don't find in picture books these days! Each page takes the reader inside Hitch's world and delivers a great perspective of a cowboy's country lifestyle and their everyday struggles.  You can see the emotions of the characters as they deal with what is happening in the story and it is something young children will easily relate to.

With a lovable cast of characters, Barker's newest book in her Hitch' Post series is a must read! A heartfelt story from start to finish! You won't want to miss this cowboy jackrabbit's next ride!


Julie Barker is the author of Hitchin' Post, her debut children's storybook. With inspiration from her west Texas roots and being surrounded by the ranching heritage, Julie is fulfilling her dream of becoming a children's author. Along with the encouragement and beautiful illustrations from her mother and artist, Carolyn Altman, the story of Hitchin' Post the cowboy jackrabbit was born and is now officially a series. The second book, Hitchin' Post and the Tornado Twistin' 4th of July Celebration, was released September 2018.
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Carolyn Altman is and artist and illustrator of the Hitchin Post children’s book series, in which she collaborated with her daughter, Julie Barker, author. Carolyn resides in Vernon, Texas, with her husband Stanley. They have two daughters and six grandchildren, all of whom live nearby. “Touch the Heart with Original Art” is Carolyn’s slogan she has used for the past 40 years as she creates lighthearted and inspiring art with subjects such as wildlife, horses, cattle, and cowboys, in hopes of helping to preserve this way of life for many years to come. 
The beginning of her art career consisted of using mostly oil and acrylic mediums, then Carolyn began creating baby memory books in which she incorporates her art into each page.  Each baby memory book is personalized and truly a work of art in itself. Carolyn believes that her experiences throughout her life are what inspires her art. 
She has spent her life in west Texas surrounded by wide open spaces and the beauty of the farming and ranching heritage, and that way of life will always show up in her paintings and illustrations. Her latest creations include a series of angel paintings depicting what she deems most important in her life-her faith. 
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GRAND PRIZE:
Author & Illustrator Signed Copy of Hitchin' Post and the Tornado Twistin 4th of July Celebration + $50 gift certificate to CarolynAltmanArt.com; 

TWO WINNERS:  
Signed Copy of the Book.

May 29-June 7, 2019
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1 comment:

  1. Wonderful and spot-on review. These are unique, beautifully drawn characters with good lessons to teach. Thanks for the post.

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