“Bailey” – Children’s Book Review + Giveaway

By Shannon Gosney
In Back-to-School
October 19, 2011

My boys love to read and thanks to Scholastic Books, we recently had the opportunity to add BAILEY to our family book collection.  It is such a cute picture book and we loved reading out loud as a family.  My boys even read to each other!  BAILEY was written by New York Times bestselling author Harry Bliss.  You can purchase the book in stores and online, retailing for $16.99.  BAILEY is ideal for kids Ages 4-8, but all ages will love it as well.


Meet Bailey, a dog who surprises and charms his fellow human classmates with his irrepressible antics.

Follow Bailey the dog as he gets ready and goes to school. Should he wear the red or blue collar? Both are so fashionable! Will he be late? That squirrel is a distraction! And what about Bailey’s homework? Would you believe he ate it? That is what dogs do, after all.

In this funny new book from the best selling children’s illustrator Harry Bliss, school proves to be an unexpected place for Bailey to do all sorts of things he loves: reading, fetching, painting, digging, singing — and making friends!

Be sure to check out the book trailer below!




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I received a copy of the book “FAILEY” from Scholastic and Harry Bliss to facilitate my review.  The giveaway was sponsored by Scholastic.  All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

106 Responses to ““Bailey” – Children’s Book Review + Giveaway”

  1. Valerie Mabrey says:

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  14. Pauline M says:

    To get my tweener in the mode, new clothes will do it every time. She loves trying new things and has a fun flair for it. As for my son, he’s just excited to see his friends again so it’s pretty easy with him.

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  31. Gosfam says:

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  70. Katie Kaminski says:

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