Jolene: Adventures of a Junk Food Queen Virtual Book Tour, Review, and Giveaway

Thursday, September 29, 2022


Jolene: Adventures of a Junk Food Queen

Created by Alexa Palmer and Catharine Kaufman

Illustrated by John Martinez and Hayden Mills

Ages 4-10 | 60 Pages

Publisher: Palmer and Kaufman | ISBN-13: 978-0-615136301

Publisher’s Book Summary: Jolene loves junk food. She loves it so much she wears red licorice in her hair–and pink taffy underwear! The Munch Bunch calls her “The Junk Food Queen.” Then, one night in her dreams, she meets a bunch of cool characters who take her on an incredible, edible journey into a world of juicy fruits, super salads, and yummy smoothies.

Available for purchase on: AmazonBookshop.orgBarnes and Noble, and Walmart.


Alexa Palmer resides in Rancho Mirage, California, where she has raised three daughters- Alexandra, Stephanie and Christina. A preschool teacher who has been passionate about writing since the age of 8, Alexa also has a background in performing arts from the University of London and Oxford University. She is a published songwriter formerly studying under the tutelage of the late Buddy Kaye and is excited about launching the musical version she created for Jolene.

Catharine Kaufman is a nationally syndicated food columnist, blogger, author, magazine writer and TV
chef. She credits her growing expertise in good nutrition for her survival and recovery from breast cancer and shares that expertise to help keep her family, friends and fans in good health. Writing her columns under the moniker “The Kitchen Shrink,” Catharine dispenses advice on topics that include smart grocery shopping, food facts and folklore, unforgettable dinners on a shoestring, solving cooking disasters and putting the skids on colds, flu and other ailments with healing ‘food chemistry.’

Showing off her humorous culinary savvy, Catharine was featured in a “Kitchen Shrink” mini series produced by Time-Warner, which included such segments as Kitchen Play Date with Kids, and Pantry Preparedness. She also did a stint as radio host and sidekick of restaurant reviewer and food guru Merrill Shindler on KLSX, Los Angeles. As a founder and partner of, the healthy gourmet cooking and food safety blog, Catharine has been garnering kudos from foodies around the world for her featured columns on that long-established site.

Through its offbeat humor, Catharine’s well-received children’s book with collaborator Alexa Palmer, “Jolene – Adventures of a Junk Food Queen,” motivated her two daughters and other children to participate in her cooking classes, as well as to acquire healthier eating habits than many of their peers. “Jolene…” has also been endorsed by the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and is being sold on Amazon and other outlets. Ever since discovering her inner foodie, Catharine has been in her element, focusing her energy and passion on weaning as many people—but especially children and young adults—off toxic foods and guiding them on a fun journey to healthy living.

Jolene: Adventures of a Junk Food Queen shares a story of hard-core junk food queen that turns her life around to be more healthy-conscious. The story remined me of a cross between Candyland and Alice in Wonderland. The story draws in fun characters to teach children why it's important to eat healthy. My 6-year-old daughter was immediately drawn to this book and has reread it over and over again several times within the past few weeks. She liked the characters, the story, and the illustrations and it has quickly become a favorite of hers to read. My daughter wanted to discuss the story and share the lessons she learned. This story is a must for families trying to teach their children the importance of eating healthy balanced diets. The illustrations are fun, eye-catching, lively with a great use of bold colors. The story teaches kids about making healthy choices in a silly way that kids will understand and shares that eating healthy can be more beneficial to their health and can taste great. I liked that the story shared such an important lesson for kids in a way that kids will find relatable. For younger audiences, the story may need to be read in several sittings. For older children, they can read the book in one sitting. This was such a wonderful book with important lessons for children. I can see this book being used in homes, schools, and even in a dietician's office. 


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This post is in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Alexa Palmer. I received a free copy to review, however, I shared my honest opinion. 

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