A Children’s Book Giveaway You Don’t Want to Miss – Nugget on the Flight Deck

One of my writing friends, Patricia Newman, who’s a very talented children’s book author and a Co-Regional Advisor for SCBWI in North/Central California, recently had another picture book published…

and she’s giving away a signed copy of it here!

Before I get to the giveaway details, here’s a description of her book:

Calling all future pilots for a crash course in aircraft carrier lingo. Climb aboard the bird with Lt. “Gutts” Guttman and his pal, Nugget, as they catapult off an aircraft carrier they call Mother. Pull a few Gs and test out your flight skills in a practice dogfight or check out the jets in the hangar. The lieutenant keeps the jargon flowing during this tour of duty that will have young readers spooled up to use their new vocabulary. Expertly researched and dynamically illustrated, this patriotic adventure is chock full of information for military buffs and aspiring aviators alike.

*Illustrated by Aaron Zenz.

Here’s what others are saying about it:

“A great introduction to fighter jets and aircraft carriers for young readers.”—Booklist

“Although this book will have special appeal to the children of military families, anyone interested in planes will appreciate the high level of information provided in an attractive, accessible format.”–School Library Journal

“The pictures are action packed. The text is action packed…I loved reading this book.” –Debbie Ashley Nance, readerbuzz blog

And here’s what I say:

I love it!

My son, who is very into gadgets and technical details, says this book is, “Cool.” He liked the authentic military jargon and the fact that there are definitions and pictures explaining it. The book even includes material in the back with facts about aircraft carriers, the different types of jobs on them, and the aviator’s alphabet.

I think this is a really fun picture book, especially for boys.

And here’s something else that’s fun: In July, Patricia signed copies of her book on the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum in San Diego, California, and this month she’ll be signing at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museums in Washington, D.C.—both on the mall and at the Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles airport!

So how do you enter to win a signed copy?

-Simply leave a comment on this post (I’ll keep the giveaway open through 10/15). You don’t have to have a blog to enter. A winner will be chosen with a random number generator, then announced the week of 10/19. This giveaway is open to U.S. and international residents. 

-To get two entries, visit Patricia’s website and watch the book trailer (it’s really neat), then come back here and leave a second comment, sharing something about it.

I’m looking forward to seeing who wins!   :)

**Update: This giveaway is closed to entries as of 10-15. A winner will be announced the week of 10-19. Thanks to all of you who joined in!


  1. With 3 generations of aviators in our extended family (my grandfather flew in the olden days of the Air Corps – leather helmet, Snoopy goggles and all) my son would really get a kick out of this. Count me in please.———————————–My photography is available for purchase – visit Around the Island Photography and bring home something beautiful today!

  2. Watched the trailer. I like the mix of pictures from the book with real live video with fun music playing in the background.

  3. This would be perfect for my sons, especially one who is in Civil Air and plans to join to USAF. I will go watch the trailer.

  4. I just watched the vid. The illustrations are beautiful. My boys would love to memorize that alphabet!

  5. im a sahm who loves teaching her kids anything and everything. right now my kids are all into cars, trucks, airplanes, anything that moves. this would be a wonderful learnig tool for them..

  6. I would love to win a copy of this for my son! The loves anything to do with boats and planes!

  7. this book would be great for my daughter! suelee1998 @ gmail.com

  8. My twin grandchildren's father served with the Navy on the USS Carl Vinson. His three year old nephew recently toured the USS Midway in San Diego. He was very impressed and learned a lot about what his uncle did while on the ship. My other son, has a dog named Nugget, who is the best friend of all the children. I think they would all love this book and learn even more. Please concider us for the give away.

  9. I also watched the video. I thought it was wonderful. Great pictures and vocabulary. The boy reading and recomending the book was a great touch!

  10. What a neat book. With several of our family members currently in the military, I think this would awesome to read with my little ones!

  11. The lieutenants tour of duty sounds inviting. I would love to own this book. Thanksmoma3homeschool(at)gmail(dot)com

  12. The book certainly looks to be chock-full of information including the aviators alphabet.moma3homeschool(at)gmail(dot)com

  13. This would be an interesting book for my boys to read. Thanks.partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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