Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Book Review with a Giveaway: Rascal's Trip by Kathy J. Perry


About the Book


Book: Bandana Acres: Rascal’s Trip

Author: Kathy J. Perry

Genre: Early Reader Chapter Book

Release date: May 1, 2018

Oh, no! Why didnt I wait?

Rascal the raccoon is sorry he ignored the warning signs. He’s surprised by a whirlwind and he’s taken for the ride of his life. Now it’s up to the Bandana Buddies to help him learn the importance of thinking ahead. Can he stay out of trouble long enough to get back home?

Former teacher Kathy J. Perry has developed this series is for kids to enjoy as they bridge the gap between picture and chapter books. Or, read aloud to the younger. With an easy-to-read font, original illustrations, the series also packs additional educational helps: a glossary and a “What If” page to help readers think about what they’ve read. 

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

Rascal's Trip is a cute story about a friendly, distractable little raccoon whose curiosity gets him into trouble.  But he wants to do what is right, and be safe, so fortunately his new friends help him to learn more about his environment.  He was willing to learn from his mistakes.  I appreciated the wholesome environment that was presented in this book.

The illustrations were cute, but I especially liked the cover design.  On the back, all five books of the series are pictured, and it's a beautiful arrangement.  As an Easy Reader, it included an extensive glossary, plus questions for readers to think about.

I also found myself referring to the map in the front of the book several times.  

I recommend this book to beginning readers. First and second grade independent readers will do well with this one.  Because the characters are animals, most children will like not only Rascals's Trip, but the other books in the series, as well.  

I received an ARC of this book from the author, through Celebrate lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

After the passing of my parents, 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. I would do my best to affect our youth through wonderful stories full of timeless character struggles.


More from Kathy

Even with short attention spans, kids learn to think ahead through consequences. As they mature, they understand that their decisions have a direct bearing on the results. 

Rascal, a young raccoon, knows it’s about time to go home, but he stretches his exploring time just a few minutes longer. Too long. Suddenly, a storm pops up and a whirlwind whisks him away to the top of a tall pine tree. Now lost, he gets in even more trouble as he tries to find his way home. Through several mishaps, he eventually learns that he must think ahead BEFORE he decides and earns a green bandana to wear as a reminder.

 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. Red 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. Rascal’s Trip 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.

Blog Stops

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, September 2
Cats in the Cradle Blog, September 2
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, September 3
Texas Book-aholic, September 4
Inklings and notions, September 5
Blogging With Carol, September 5
For Him and My Family, September 6
deb’s Book Review, September 7
Locks, Hooks and Books, September 8
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, September 8
Older & Smarter?, September 9
Library Lady’s Kid Lit, September 10
Mary Hake, September 10
Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, September 11
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, September 12
Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, September 13
Vicky Sluiter, September 13
A Modern Day Fairy Tale, September 14
Little Homeschool on the Prairie, September 15


To celebrate her tour, Kathy is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card, a softcover copy of the book, digital artwork with motivational phrases, and a custom Hoo-Rag (better bandana), 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.