Champ and Me by the Maple Tree

by Stacey

I feel like my kids are often bombarded with their favorite tv cartoon characters. It’s easy to see how it happens. First tv or movies, then clothes…and dolls…and bedding….and Halloween costumes! It’s never ending!!! But, where I do like to limit our tv/movie cartoon character influence is on the bookshelf!

I love finding an author that my girls enjoy, one that I enjoy reading, and stocking our shelves with those books! It was Sandra Boynton when they were really little and then Dr. Seuss as they got a little older. Lately though some of our favorite books to read together have been coming from the team of Shankman and O’Neill!

We’ve told you about Ed Shankman and Dave O’Neill before when we shared with you how much we loved some of their books — I Met a Moose in Maine One Day, The Cods of Cape Cod, and The Boston Balloonies. Well, it looks like our new favorite author/illustrator team is back at it again with a new addition to their book line-up and you are going to love this one, too!!!

Champ and Me by the Maple Tree is a fun tale about an adventurous little girl who befriends the mythical creature who lurks in Lake Champlain — Champ! Together they explore the Vermont countryside and they learn to not only appreciate the serenity of Vermont but also their friendship!

There are so many things that my kids and I love about the Shankman and O’Neill books, including Champ and Me by the Maple Tree. The writing is so creative and easily flows as you read it. My 4 year old usually has the book memorized after I read it to her just a few times! The illustrations are, of course, absolutely beautiful! But it’s when you put it all together that you get pulled into the story, making you want to read it again and again and making you want so badly to visit that place. I think that’s what I love most about these books — the stories are fun but each book takes place in a real place! Maine, Boston, Cape Cod, and now Vermont!!!

Champ and Me by the Maple Tree, recently awarded the Gold Seal from the Mom’s Choice Awards in Picture books, has quickly become our favorite Fall read (I love seeing the autumn Vermont pictures in the book) and I know it will become your family’s favorite as well! You can read more about the book and other Shankman and O’Neill books on their website, on Facebook, and on Twitter!

Cham and Me by the Maple Tree

We are also so excited to be giving away one signed copy of Champ and Me by the Maple Tree to a lucky 5 Minutes for Mom reader! To enter, visit the Shankman & O’Neill website and tell us which other book looks interesting to you!

This contest closes October 29 and is open to US shipping addresses. Please see our site’s terms and conditions for our complete contest rules.

Shankman and O’Neill generously provided both a review copy and giveaway copy of “Champ and Me by the Maple Tree”!

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Stacey is a chocolate addict! Especially dark chocolate!!! When she's not indulging in chocolate, she tries to parent her two very energetic girls and their even more energetic Boxer. She loves writing, spending time with her husband, watching Jeopardy!, and checking out the latest in tech and gadgets. In the time when she's not doing all of that stuff, she is plotting world domination and trying to convince her husband that they need to move somewhere warmer!

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1 AutumH October 14, 2010 at 1:57 pm

“I Met A Moose In Maine One Day” seems like such a cute book. Something both me and my kids would enjoy.


2 Stacie October 14, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Champ and me and the Maple Tree sounds like it would be a hit in our house!


3 jennifer October 14, 2010 at 4:07 pm

all of your books are great! i am so looking forward to reading this one as well! i will recommend it to all!


4 ed shankman October 14, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Thanks to 5minutesformom for the extraordinary review and to everyone else for their appreciative comments. Dave and I are grateful for your support.



5 Staci A October 14, 2010 at 9:11 pm

I’ve heard such great things about their books and the art looks adorable! We would love to read The Cods of Cape Cod too!


6 Barbara Manatee October 14, 2010 at 9:23 pm

I always love a good kid’s book! Its a bit of an obsession really! ha!

I Met a Moose in Maine sounds fun!


7 Krista October 15, 2010 at 1:25 am

We can always use more books! And we don’t have too many about fall…


8 Krista October 15, 2010 at 1:26 am

Oh sorry, forgot to add, I think I Met a Moose in Maine would be fun!


9 Sarah - PS Mom Reviews October 15, 2010 at 8:43 am

I Met a Moose in Maine looks like a funny book. I’ve seen it before, but I’ve never read it. Love the title and the picture.


10 Vilmarys October 15, 2010 at 9:04 am

I Met a Moose in Maine One Day looks really fun! I think my daughter would love it!


11 Jaimie K October 15, 2010 at 10:12 am

The Cods of Cape Cod looks way cute!


12 Linda Kish October 15, 2010 at 10:49 am

The Boston Balloonies looks cute as well.

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13 Vickie Couturier October 15, 2010 at 11:24 am

My grandsons would like I Met A Moose In Maine


14 mrsshukra October 15, 2010 at 5:02 pm

I like I Met a Moose in Maine One Day!


15 Stephanie October 15, 2010 at 9:24 pm

“I Met a Moose in Maine one Day” looks like a fun one! My 4 year old loves animals, so that would be right down his alley.


16 nan lara October 15, 2010 at 9:56 pm

i like the cods of cape cod
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17 Paula October 16, 2010 at 1:08 am

I Met a Moose in Maine One Day is a great book! My girls would love to win a book!


18 Marj M. October 16, 2010 at 7:51 am

The Boston Balloonies is a book I’d like to gift to my great granddaughter. It looks like such fun to read to her.


19 frugaluser October 16, 2010 at 10:50 am

I also like the sounds of the cods of cape cod – would be a fun book to read when we head there on vacation next year!


20 Ingrid Kozlowski October 16, 2010 at 3:53 pm

The Cods from Cape Cod would be fun to read since we visit the Cape every summer!


21 janelle October 16, 2010 at 10:43 pm

I also like I Met a Moose in Maine One Day.


22 Jessica October 18, 2010 at 5:22 am

I Met A Moose In Main One Day would be absolutly loved in here. ( We have a thing for mooses! )


23 Aleksandra October 18, 2010 at 9:34 am

I also like The Cods of Cape Cod


24 Some Lucky Dog October 18, 2010 at 2:59 pm

We’d also like to read I Met A Mose In Maine One Day. I won the Cape Cod book on this site and the grandsons love it! I’m sure this new one is awesome!

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25 adrienne October 18, 2010 at 10:08 pm

I met a moose in main looks like a winner.


26 Terra Heck October 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm

The Cods of Cape Cod. Thanks.


27 Idaho Jill October 19, 2010 at 7:31 pm

I met a moose in Maine One Day looks adorable! thanks!


28 karen M October 20, 2010 at 7:02 am

the Boston Balloonies looks so cheerful ! All the little ones love balloons!


29 Steph October 20, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Sounds like a great book and has fantastic illustrations.


30 Krystal October 22, 2010 at 12:06 am

The Boston Balloonies looks cute. I love the pictures in these cute books! Thanks for the chance!


31 Nad October 22, 2010 at 7:50 pm

The cods of Cape Cod looks really cute!


32 Wendy M October 26, 2010 at 10:11 pm

I Met A Moose In Maine One Day looks like a fun book.


33 Lisa L October 29, 2010 at 9:29 pm

My son would enjoy The Boston Balloonies


34 trixx October 29, 2010 at 11:19 pm

I’d love to read The Cods of Cape Cod with my little girl!


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