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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Wishin' and Hopin' - Giveaway and Review

It's 1964, LBJ and Lady Bird are in the White House, Meet the Beatles is on everyone's turntable, and ten-year-old Felix Funicello (distant cousin to Annette!) is doing his best to navigate fifth grade - easier said than done when scary movies still give you nightmares and you bear a striking resemblance to a certain adorable cartoon character boy.

But there are still several things young Felix can depend on: the birds and the bees are puzzling, television is magical, and this is one Christmas he's never going to forget.

In Wally Lambs Christmas story, Wishin' and Hopin', we get a birds eye view of the life of Felix Funicello who attends a Catholic school, St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School. He personally feels responsible for one of his teachers, Sister Dymphna, melt down, will always be second to Rosalie Twerski who out does him in everything from making cardboard display boards for Literature and English grammar rules as well as her constant souvenirs from her vacation spots that are shared in Science class and remains number one in the class..

This at a time when Russians were believed to be communists, his mother is about to be on national TV for the Pillsbury baking contest finals, and he is trying to fit in with the rest of the boys in the fifth grade.

To read all about Felix's confession, you'll have to check this wonderful book out. I have to warn readers that there is profanity and some strong subject matter when dealing with what 5th grade boys are thinking about during this stage of their life.

I received this book compliments of TLC Book Tours for my honest review and have to say for the most part I loved it. My hubby and I took turns comparing notes from our childhood to Felix's and some of the things he said were very memorable. I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars just for the language and subject matter but otherwise it's a great story.

For more information on this book, the author, check out other blogger reviews, and where to purchase a copy, please click on the link below:

Thanks to the wonderful people at TLC Book Tours, they are offering a copy of the book as a giveaway for one lucky follower of my blog. Here are your guidelines:

1. Be a follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart.

2. Be a resident of the US or Canada and No P.O. Boxes please! You can always have the book shipped to a US resident as well.

3. I need to have a way to contact you via email so please make sure to include it with your comment. You can use the words (at) and (dot) instead of the symbols if you would like.

4. Leave a comment and let me know why you'd like to win a copy of this book. The giveaway will end on December 10th, and I will notify the winner by email after that date.


  1. I'm a follower and live in the US.
    Thanks for the giveaway!


  2. Poor Wally! I can remember 1964 very well as that is the year that I graduated from high school. Would love to read this book. Thank you for this giveaway.


  3. I am a follower and email subscriber. I am in the USA. I would like to win this book because it sounds very interesting.

  4. i'm interested in reading this book...thanks for the opportunity :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  5. i'm a follower and email subscriber :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  6. Thanks for the giveaway and review. I've been wanting to read this since I first saw it.

    I'm a GFC follower and an email subscriber.

    onebookshy at yahoo dot com

  7. Reminds me of A Christmas Story. Please enter me, thanks.
    Email subscriber


  8. This sounds like a really fun holiday read (in spite of the strong language) - I can't wait to read it myself!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour. :)

    (no need to enter me)

  9. OMG! I'm so glad I saw this post! This is the ONE Christmas book I would like to read this year. I've heard so many good things about it and I think it will be a lot of fun. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  10. I'm a subscriber and a follower!

    Thanks for the contest!

    dancealert at aol dot com

  11. I am a follower (jhb) and would love to read this book.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

  12. OK I've laready had 2, 10 yr old boys and I'll have another 1 in 2 yrs....they are so entertaining at that age!


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