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A boy.
A dog.
A winning combination.
Mayra Calvani’s latest picture book, CRASH, is the delightful story of a boy named Marcelo, whose mom and dad give him a golden retriever puppy for his fifth birthday. Marcelo says “this is the happiest day” of his life. The puppy loves Marcelo as much as Marcelo loves the puppy.


Marcelo bathes his puppy, brushes his puppy, and feeds his puppy. They play and go for walks. Marcelo teaches his puppy to obey him. They are best friends. But the puppy needs a name. And not just any name, but the perfect name for this special puppy. Marcelo thinks and thinks. Mom and Dad make suggestions. But none of the names are right. Then one day, when Marcelo and the puppy are playing, Marcelo discovers the name that fits the puppy perfectly.

Oh, no. I’m not saying. You have to read the book to see what it is.

CRASH will capture the attention of young puppy lovers who will read the story of Marcelo and his special puppy over and over, or have their parents read it to them. Watch out, Mom and Dad, because your child will be asking for a puppy just like Marcelo’s. The accompanying artwork adds to the story with priceless expressions on the characters’ faces, setting the mood and tone of the story. Give this book to all your little readers and pick up a copy for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.
• Paperback: 24 pages
• Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (March 25, 2008)
• Language: English
• ISBN-10: 1933090545
• ISBN-13: 978-1933090542

Mayra is giving away a $20 gift certificate from Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Santuary gift shop: http://www.almostheaven-golden-retriever-rescue.org/giftstore.html on this tour. Crash! also has its own blog http://www.crashthepuppy.blogspot.com, with reviews, dog coloring pages, games and activities for kids. Also be sure to check her tour page at http://virtualbooktoursforauthors.blogspot.com/2008/05/crash-virtual-book-tour-08.html for more information.

Also, Mayra will be donating 50% of her royalties to Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary, Inc., a non-profit organization:

Mayra and Friend

Multi-genre author, reviewer, dog lover and animal advocate Mayra Calvani hails from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She's a regular contributor to Blogcritics Magazine and American Chronicle. When she is not writing, she enjoys reading, playing the violin, interviewing other authors for her blogs and newsletters, watching reruns of Gilmore Girls, and walking her golden retriever, Amigo. She’s the author of the picture book, The Magic Violin, also published by Guardian Angel Publishing.

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( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 5th, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC)
thank you!
Dear Beverly,

Thank you so much for your wonderful review of my book! You made my day--actually, my entire week! :-)

And thanks for hosting me--yet again--for another virtual book tour!

Jun. 5th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
Re: thank you!
I enjoyed reviewing your book, Mayra. My grandkids may be getting a copy soon. They don't have a dog, but after reading this story ... who knows? :)

Have a great week.
Jun. 5th, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
Looks adorable. Love puppy PB's. Thanks for the review! Arf Arf!
Jun. 5th, 2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
Bow Wow! :) Thanks. What's sweeter than a little boy (or girl) and their dog?
Jun. 5th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
Great review
I enjoyed reading Crash and reading your review just brought back the reasons why I loved this book.

Lea Schizas
Jun. 5th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Great review
I know what you mean, Lea. It's one of the neatest pb I've read lately.
Jun. 5th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
Great review
I loved reading this book. The artwork is wonderful and the story heartwarming.

Best of luck Mayra!

Jun. 5th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Great review
I totally agree, Cheryl. Thanks.
Jun. 5th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
It makes me so happy to hear you say that, Beverly and Lea. I almost didn't submit this to a publisher. I kept hearing 'nobody wants another puppy book'. I know there are SO MANY dog books out there, but I figured, if the kids and I never get tired of dog books, so must other people who love dogs as well.

And I just think Anna's illustrations are so cute. What you say it's true, Beverly. The expressions of the puppy and the little boy are just darling, and I'm not saying this because it's my book. I love what Anna did with the artwork. She capture the cuteness of the story.
Jun. 5th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
I think we all have to go with our feelings. And to me, there's always room for one more dog, or cat, or mouse book, if it's a good one. I'm glad you submitted it, Mayra.
Jun. 5th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Congrats to Mayra on another great review!
And hats-off to Beverly for such a lovely site.

All the best,

Jun. 5th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Cindy. :)
Jun. 5th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
Crash! review
Hi Bev...wonderful review. You definitely give the incentive to buy the book. Mayra, congratulations on a job well done!

Jun. 6th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)
Re: Crash! review
Thank you, Donna. :)
Jun. 10th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
Book review

Great review! Congratulations. Your book sounds like a real winner.

Jun. 11th, 2008 07:27 pm (UTC)
This book just sounds adorable! I'm gonna get a copy for my niece. Great review!
Jun. 12th, 2008 12:30 am (UTC)
Re: Crash
It is a fun read, and I think your niece will like it. Thanks, speaking for Mayra, in case she doesn't see this. :)
Jun. 11th, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
Review of Mayra Calvani's "Crash"
Easily seen that Mayra's heart was in this book - big WOOF!! And her donation is cool and appropriate. As a dog lover(of three), I know only too well how big licks and waggy tails can put strings on your emotions, and tug like mad.

Delightful review by Beverly Stowe McClure.

Margot Finke
With fond memories of "doggy days" past!
Jun. 12th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC)
Re: Review of Mayra Calvani's "Crash"
Thank you, Margot. It was a great book to review.
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