Alycat and the Sunday Scaries Virtual Book Tour, Author Interview, and Giveaway

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Alycat and the Sunday Scaries
Written by Alysson Foti Bourque
Illustrated by Chiara Civati
Ages 4+ | 32 Pages
Publisher: Pelican Publishing | ISBN-13: 9781455627790

Publisher’s Book Summary: It’s Sunday, the day before the school week begins, and Alycat is nervous. She just knows that Monday is going to be the Mondayest Monday ever! On the playground, Alycat realizes she isn’t the only one suffering from the Sunday Scaries. It’s hard to ride a bike. What if Kit falls? The treehouse is so high. Will Spotty make it safely back down? The kittens band together to overcome their fears, but can they turn the Sunday Scaries into a Sunday Funday? The themes of the books in the Alycat Series all reflect a reliance on friendships, imagination, and creativity toward problem-solving.

Fans of Alycat and her friends will enjoy spotting references to the kittens’ daily adventures within these pages. Tips for a successful lemonade stand are included!

Available to purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble,

Alysson Bourque began her career as a teacher after graduating from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a degree in Elementary Education and went on to earn a law degree from Southern University Law Center in 2007.

After practicing law for nearly eight years, it was time to trade in writing trial briefs for writing children’s books and collaborating with non-profits to support philanthropic initiatives such as Foster the Love with First Lady Donna Edwards, Lafayette Walk to Defeat ALS, The Family Tree, Operation Shower, Wild Cat Foundation, and Hayley’s Bracelet fundraiser to benefit Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Her series has won over 23 awards and has received glowing reviews.

Find Alyson and Alycat online at website, FacebookInstagram, Pinterest, Twitter/X, YouTube.

Life is What It's Called - What will fans of the Alycat series like about this latest book in the series?
Alysson Bourque - Fans will love the Literary Easter Eggs that are hidden throughout the book. The final pages of the book are a culmination of the lessons learned in the other books in the week-based series with spot art of the previous books so that will be fun to see.

Life is What It's Called - What inspired Alycat and the Sunday Scaries?

Alysson Bourque - Writing the last book in the week-based series made me scared that the series would end. I channeled this feeling into the context and lessons of the book, which helped give me tools to fight through the fear.

Life is What It's Called - Why is the message in this book important for kids?
Alysson Bourque - Books are a powerful resource and tool for handling life’s obstacles. In the Alycat and the Sunday Scaries, the characters each face moments where self-doubt creeps in and bravery is hard to find. Alycat’s best friend Spotty has climbed up the treehouse many times, but this time he was scared. He needed help and motivation from those who believed in him. We often forget the tools we need to conquer fear when we are clouded by anxiety, but that’s what friends and family are for. They remind us to keep our heads up, eyes forward, breathe slowly, and take it one step at a time.

Life is What It's Called - What was your favorite page to write in this book?
Alysson Bourque - I love when the kittens count back from 10 as Spotty is coached down the steps of the treehouse. The readers will love counting down on the storyboard and also Kit’s hesitation to “catch” him if he falls.

Life is What It's Called - What do you see next for this series?
Alysson Bourque - I plan to write books outside of the week-based series and actually have a book in the works—Alycat and the Copycat.

Life is What It's Called - Can you share your background in writing?
Alysson Bourque - As a child and teenager, I wrote a lot of poetry. Once I graduated from law school, all I had to time to write was trial briefs. When I finally took a temporary retirement from practicing law, I was able to write children’s books. I have written two children’s travel books and have written 9 Alycat books.

Life is What It's Called - What else should readers know about you?

Alysson Bourque - Books aren’t just meant to be read. They are meant to be shared, experienced, and brought to life. The Alycat Series is not only a book series, it also has videos on YouTube, songs on ITunes, and can be found on Novel Effect and Caribu apps.


Enter the giveaway for a chance to win a signed copy of the book and three adorable Alycat plush toys!

Alycat and the Sunday Scaries: Book Giveaway 

This post is sponsored by Alysson Foti Bourque. The review and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view.

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