Children’s Book:Lexi Goes On Vacation to The Outer Banks by Janice Wills Kingsbury:World-Wide Give-Away!

It is quite rare for me to approach an author and ask if I may review their book, (I am contacted directly by the author or publisher for the vast majority of the books that I review), but when I saw the cover of Lexi Goes On Vacation to The Outer Banks in my Netgalley email, I just had to contact Author Janice Wills Kingsbury and ask if I could review her book. Look at the cover and you will see why! 

Lexi Goes On Vacation Cover


Yes, the dog on the cover is a Shetland Sheepdog, which made asking Author Janice Wills Kingsbury if I could review her book a complete no-brainer!

Lexi Goes On Vacation is not only beautifully written, but has colorful illustrations that were designed to capture children’s attention and imaginations.

From Lexi Goes On Vacation to The Outer Banks:

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Lexi Goes On Vacation is more than just an adorable story for children. This precious tale conveys Kingsbury’s love of her rescue dogs (and shows how with love, patience, understanding and training,  they all can make fabulous family pets!), and the challenges they bring. It restores faith that people can be honest, and do the right thing, and the bonds of family and community.

It also highlights the importance of including more than one phone number,  in the event the dog should ever become lost, (Spoiler alert!! As Lexi did in this book!) My stomach churned with Janice’s when sweet Lexi goes missing. Children will be concerned  at the idea of Lexi being alone, hungry and frightened, (as he was before the Kingsbury’s adopted him), but parents can be assured that the story has a most happy ending!

As a former teacher and School Psychologist for 18 years in the public school system, Kingsbury has succeeded in creating a book for children that will appeal to a variety of interests and reading levels. The story  contains a universal theme which most children will be able to relate to. From personal experience, children tend to be drawn to the gentle and most attractive appearance of Shetland Sheepdogs and Collies, (Because the two breeds are similar in appearance, children and adults tend to confuse Shetland Sheepdogs with Collies, and will think of Lassie, but Shetland Sheepdogs and Collies are NOT one and the same. They are two totally different breeds). For anyone who has watched and loved “Lassie Come Home”, when children read, or are read,  Lexi Goes On Vacation, I have a feeling that they will be clapping with glee when Lexi is reunited with his loving family as I know I did with Lassie.

Anyone who has loved a Shetland Sheepdog will tell you they are one of the most sensitive, loving and playful breeds on the planet. As an adult, when I read this book, I immediately thought of my own “Sheltie Boy” and how I would feel if he ever became lost. That being said, you do NOT have to be a Sheltie lover to enjoy this book, you just have to have a heart, and a love of dogs. You know, you already do, or you wouldn’t be reading this review!

I  give this warm, loving and delightful story 4 Sheltie paws up!

To purchase:

ISBN 1500103268

It is available on Amazon and


Janice Wills Kingsbury has generously offered FIVE of my readers who reside ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD a chance to win a copy of Lexi Goes On Vacation to The Outer Banks.

The give-away is open NOW and will end on Thursday, April 23rd at 5pm.

To Enter:just leave a comment telling me you wish to be entered! That’s it! Good luck!










  1. Oh I hope there is a happy end and Lexi found the way back… I hope that will not happen when I go on my furst howl-i-day this year :o)
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  2. Shelties are a very difficult breed to recapture once lost. Please microchip. I would love to read this book.

  3. Aw it looks like a super cute book! Would love to be entered please and thanks!
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  4. Jane Dobson says:

    I would love to have this book to read to my grandsons who will be going to the Outer Banks this July with their family and other set of grandparents. I am glad the story has a happy ending. I will be taking my dachshund to the beach this year for his very first vacation so I could use some safety tips.

  5. Pipo/Minko/MrJackFreckles says:

    What an adorable book!!
    Would love to be entered!
    The cover reminds me of when I lived on the East Coast of Canada, near sandy beaches…though there were a lot of rocky ones, too, BOL!!

  6. Please enter my name Dakota and Mom. Would love to have this story to read. Thank you
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  7. Sounds like the PAWfect book for my two “5 Star Dogwalkers” who live next door. Thanks for the tip. Will have to check it out!

  8. Katie Isabella says:

    I can get in to see you and Cody because tour mom has a feature called “shared publicly” and when I click on that, it takes me to the version of your blogs that I can read and comment on. xox

  9. Sandra Engbarth says:

    I wish to be entered and can’t wait to read this story!

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