Thursday, January 23, 2014

{Virtual Book Tour} Maya & Filippo Make Friends in Auckland

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Pump Up Your Book is pleased to bring you Alinka Rutkowska’s Maya & Filippo Make Friends in Auckland virtual book tour January 6 – 31!  

And I am so glad to be one stop on this amazing book tour!!!
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Maya & Filippo Make Friends in AucklandTitle: Maya & Filippo Make Friends in Auckland
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Author: Alinka Rutkowska
Publisher: Alinka Rutkowska
Pages: 26
Language: English
Format: Paperback & eBook
Embark on a one-of-a-kind, unprecedented, breathtaking adventure with Maya and Filippo as they travel around the globe on board the “Fun Princess” — a cruise ship full of surprises. Discover their fascinating ports of call, find out what the local customs and traditions are, join the kids in activities at sea, and explore the remarkable world they create through the power of their positive outlook.
This time Maya and Filippo discover Auckland and meet different kinds of people depending on…read the book to find out! Spoiler alert: the kids ride a big hop-on, hop-off explorer bus, where strange things happen. They stop at the famous Sky Tower, where they do something very exciting.


Maya and Filippo are best friends. They are also brother and sister. They live with their parents and their cat Otello on a cruise ship called the Fun Princess and spend their days exploring the world — planet Earth and the world inside their minds.

Maya and Filippo woke up excited. Today was their first day in New Zealand! Maya had a thought. Not only was New Zealand new to them — they were new to New Zealand!
I really enjoyed this book and found it to be original and educational.  In schools teachers are asking kids to make connections when reading.  This book is a great book to read, discuss and process with kids.  Maya and Filippo are upset and they quickly learn that their sour moods attract the same negative moods in others.  Thus causing them to have unfavorable interactions.  After they think of happy things and their moods brighten, their interacting become positive and their day turns from bad to good. Lesson and learned and the kids have a great day exploring a new city.  This is a great read to help kids process moods, actions and consequences.  4 stars! 


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Discuss this book in our PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads by clicking HERE.

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Alinka RutkowskaAlinka Rutkowska is a “Reader’s Favorite” Five Star Picture Book Author. She writes the “Maya & Filippo” Book Series for Children – travel books for kids with a positive attitude. She takes inspiration from her own travels while cruising with her husband and daughter around the world. She is positive, appreciative and happy 95% of the time and during the miserable 5% she thinks to herself quickly: “things always work out for me” and they do.
Alinka’s doesn’t really have a “to do” list but she does have a “fun things to do” list. It usually consists of writing, reading, reading her writing, writing in her diary, blogging, reading other blogs, commenting, breathing deeply, meditating, feeling the warmth of the sun on her skin, closing her eyes, breathing some more and thinking what a wonderful world she lives in.
Sometimes she takes a few minutes to pause and instead of doing something from her “fun things to do” list she just daydreams a little. She thinks of all the great things that she wants for her to happen and imagines how wonderful it will feel to be interviewed about them in the future. She’s already preparing the answers to those interview questions in her mind. She especially loves the part, in which she says that she achieved all these things because she spent a considerable amount of time visualizing them first.
Alinka loves to ski while listening to music at the same time, she enjoys an occasional glass (or bottle) of Barolo with dark chocolate, she loves cuddling with her husband and daughter. Alinka really likes tea, especially that last sip which is usually the tastiest.
You can visit Alinka’s website at, where she blogs daily for parents, travelers and authors.


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