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Friday, November 13, 2009

Book Tour: Too Many Visitors for One Little House by Susan Chodakiewitz


The crabby neighbors of El Camino can’t bear all the music, fun and laughter at the house of the new family on the block as aunts, uncles, cousins and grannies arrive for a big noisy reunion. Too Many Visitors for One Little House is a joyful story about the importance of being included..

My Thoughts

This was an adorable children’s book with charming illustrations. The house filled with relatives reminded me of the upcoming holidays and how my own family will be getting together soon. It’s also a good reminder for including others who may be alone or have no plans of their own. Sometimes that nosy neighbor peeking out the window is just lonely!

The story is lighthearted and humorous and enjoyable for adults as well as children. There is a comical variety of family members that provides every reader with someone to identify with. The illustrations are soft and colorful but they also have very clever patterns and textures added in. I had to touch that fuzzy sweater to see if it really was fuzzy or not (it wasn’t but I thought it was!) and the family dog looked so soft. There was so much to look at on every page!

I will happily be sharing this book with the little people in my family. This might be something fun to do together on Thanksgiving Day. I know that I will be happy to read it again!

About the Author

Susan Chodakiewitz is a writer, composer and producer. She is the founder of Booksicals Children’s Books- Encouraging the love of reading through the arts. Through her company Booksicals she has created the Booksicals on Stage literacy program which is currently presenting musical performances of the picture book Too Many Visitors for One Little House at schools, libraries, and special events.

Susan lives in Los Angeles in a lively household filled with music, three sons, a husband, a Dalmatian and lots of visitors. Susan loves picture books and when she wrote a musical based on one of her favorites, she realized it was time to start writing her own picture books. Too Many Visitors for One Little House is Susan’s debut book.

About the Illustrator

With a sense of humor and identification to the characters, Veronica Walsh debuts illustrations in Too Many Visitors for One Little House. Ms Walsh studied art and design at California State University, Long Beach and worked as a graphic designer for many years. She lives in So Cal with her husband and three cats.

Thank you to Pump Up Your Books! for a review copy of the book.

Author’s website

Booksicals website

Pump Up Your Book! website

Tour Schedule:

Monday, Nov 2
Book Review and book giveaway at 4 the Love of Books

Tuesday, Nov. 3
Interview at Pump Up Your Book
Interview at Paperback Writer

Wednesday, Nov. 4
Book Review at Cafe of Dreams

Thursday, Nov. 5
Book Review at The Princess and the Monkey

Friday, Nov. 6
Book Review at Geek Girl Reviews

Monday, Nov. 9
Book Review or Interview/Book Giveaway at Bookin’ with Bingo

Tuesday, Nov. 10
Book Review or Interview/Book Giveaway at Bookin’ with Bingo

Wednesday, Nov. 11
Interview at Examiner

Thursday, Nov. 12
Book Review at Libby’s Library News

Friday, Nov. 13
Book Review at Wrighty’s Reads

Monday, Nov. 16
Book Review at Starting Fresh

Tuesday, Nov. 17
Interview at The Hot Author Report

Wednesday, Nov. 18
Book Review at The Crypto Capers Review

Thursday, Nov. 19
Book Review at One Person’s Journey Through a World of Books

Friday, Nov. 20
Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book

Monday, Nov. 23
Book Review at Merry Weather

Tuesday, Nov. 24
Book Review at Must Read Faster

Wednesday, Nov. 25
Book Review at Pudgy Penguin Perusals

Thursday, Nov. 27
Book Review at Jen’s Bookshelf


  1. Sounds like a book my daughter would enjoy, and a fun way to teach children about caring for others.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  2. Thanks for reviewing Too Many Visitors for One Little House Debbie. I too will soon be re-living the scenes from Too Many Visitors at our Thanksgiving get- together! And since you mentioned reading it at Thanksgiving perhaps it would be fun to add to the book by including one's own family members in the mix! Happy Thanksgiving to all!
    Best regards,


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