Monday, January 4, 2010

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Giveaway & Review: Norman PhartEphant Storybook [CLOSED]

Last year, I had the pleasure of introducing Norman PhartEphant to my children and to my readers. Norman is an endearing elephant who seems to constantly have the problem of passing gas involuntarily. Even though gas is not a normal topic on my blog, my children thought Norman was the coolest thing. Go here to read my review about the plush Norman PhartEphant.

I have to say that this book review of Norman PhartEphant, Volume 1 by Angela Larson (the woman behind Fun Fierce Toys) could not have come at a more perfect time. My son, who just began kindergarten last fall, has been obsessed with the topic of passing gas. Every other sentence he utters seems to contain the word "fart" in it. I guess listening to that just comes with the territory of being a mother to a 6yr old boy.


In light of my son's new obsession, he very much enjoyed this book, which discusses the topic of passing gas openly. He made sure to have our Norman PhartEphant sitting on his lap while we read the book. I suggested that he make our Norman toot every time the Norman in the book did. My son thought that was a brilliant idea, plus it made him pay attention to the story very closely.

As a parent, I think this book is very entertaining for children because of its unique subject matter. The storyline is very easy to follow so it can be read to a child as young as 3 or 4, but can also be read alone by a child up to 8 years old or so. Larson even succeeded in sneaking in some fun facts about elephants and tigers into this storybook. The end of the book suggests that Volume 2 will be a continuation featuring another interesting animal from the zoo.

I think this book combined with a plush Norman PhartEphant would make a fun gift for any child who finds humor in passing gas. Visit PhartEphant.com for more information about this book, the plush, the Norman PhartEphant coloring book, and even Norman PhartEphant t-shirts. All these items can be ordered online. Check the list of local stores to see who carries Norman PhartEphant products near you. You can also find Norman PhartEphant on Facebook.

Thank you to Fun Fierce Toys for sending us a copy of this book to base our review upon and for providing a prize for our contest.


What you can win:
One lucky reader will receive a softcover copy of Norman PhartEphant, Volume 1.


Limitations:
This giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only. You do not need to be a blogger to enter, but you must have a valid email address and be age 18 years or older. If you enter anonymously and do not include a valid email address in your comment entries, I will not be able to notify you should you win this random drawing.


How to Gain Entries:
Leave a comment telling me who is the gassiest person (or animal) you know. You MUST do this to be eligible to win this contest.

Extra Entries:

1) For 5 extra entries, leave a relevant comment on one of my non-giveaway posts. Then leave FIVE separate comments with the name of the post on which you commented. You will earn 5 extra entries for each different non-contest post you comment on.

2) For 5 extra entries, enter one of my other contests. Leave FIVE separate comments here telling me which contest you entered. You will earn 5 extra entries for each contest you enter.

3) For 10 extra entries, blog about this contest linking back to this post AND PhartEphant.com . Then come back here and leave TEN separate comments with the link to your blog post.

4) Friend me on Facebook. Then leave a separate comment with the link to your Facebook profile.

5) For 2 extra entries, share the link to this contest post on Facebook. Then leave TWO separate comments with the link to your Facebook profile.

6) Follow me on Twitter. Then leave a separate comment with the link to your Twitter profile.

7) Tweet about this giveaway linking back to this post. Then come back here and leave the link to your tweet in a separate comment. You may do this once per day until the end of the contest.

8) Subscribe to this blog's feed. Or you can follow me through Blogger or subscribe via email (widget is on sidebar). Then leave a separate comment telling me you did so.

9) Add my button or blog link to your blog's sidebar. Then leave a separate comment with the link to your blog.


(All entries will be verified prior to awarding this prize.)


Random Drawing:
This contest will be closed on Thursday, January 14th, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. A random number drawing will be held shortly after. The winner will be announced here and will be contact via email or through their blog. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new number will be drawn.

Good luck in the drawing!