Thursday, June 4, 2015

Kika the Upsidedown Girl by Jessica Tudos/ Give Away and Guest Post

Book Description:

Kika always seems to accomplish things differently than others and tends to get into trouble for it. She reminds us that choosing to be different is more than okay, and finding others to join in her upside down adventures makes her heart feel huge - especially when it involves somersaults, vaults, flips and kips! Join Kika, a girl who loves living upside down in a right side up world, on her unique journey to a fliptastic world! Kika reminds us that choosing to be different is more than okay, and finding others to join in her upside down adventures feels fliptastic - especially when it involves somersaults, vaults, flips and kips in the Gymnastics Emporium! 

Author's Bio:

Olympic gymnast turned author, motivational speaker and experiential educator Jessica Tudos ( is on a mission to empower kids, youth and adults to develop the confidence and resiliency required to lead active, healthy and creative lives. In organizations around the world, Jessica empowers audiences through engaging stories, insights & reflections drawn from her upside down life, including her Olympic gymnastics adventures. Jessica is a sought after speaker, facilitator and professor in experiential education, physical literacy, leadership & elite sports.

Connect with Jessica:   Website   ~    Twitter   ~    Facebook 

My Review:
Five Stars
Copy recieved from iRead Book Tours for an honest review
"Kika the Upside-down girl" by Jessica Tudos was such a sweet read.  I loved the message behind the story as well as the rhyming. The illustrations were very beautifully done and conveyed the sweet message behind Kika and her unique way to view the world around her.  Kika loves to live upside-down.  Others, more notably her parents don't understand why she likes to be upside-down. Kika searches for a group that will understand her.  She finally finds this acceptance in a gymnastics class where others like to be upside-down also. I really liked the search that Kika was on to find herself and others that accepted her.

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Kika’s Legacy by Jessica Tudos
Kika is this adventurous girl who loves to flip, flop and cartwheel her way through life, which is a funny way to think about things – how often do we get to explore the world from a new perspective, and upside-down one? Often I think we are used to living right side up because that is what we expect, that is what we are taught, and that is what “most” people do. But are we really “most” people? I’d venture to say no! I believe we are all a bit upside-down in some way, and it takes a certain confidence and courage to choose another way of being in the worlds as the pressure to conform can be so powerful. I think that’s the biggest takeaway I’d like readers to leave with after reading about Kika’s journey – being different is hard, and it is more than okay, it is something to be celebrated!
At a recent book reading a young girl came up to me and told me she wanted to go to the Olympics too (I competed in the Olympics at age 15). I asked her why and she told me that it was “something to be proud of” and that she wanted her friends to see her on TV. Good reasons! When I asked her what she thought of Kika the Upside-Down Girl, she told me she liked the unusual way Kika did things, and how she never gave up even when she was sad and all alone. She then immediately flipped herself into a handstand telling me that, “the world looks better this way…the other way is so boring.” I had to agree with her there. I also wanted to motivate her to keep exploring the world in her own way, even when the going gets tough, which it will. 
If Kika can empower kids to feel more confident to truly be themselves, as the author, I am thrilled! It makes me think, “How often do we actually put ourselves in a new position to see things differently?” New perspectives can help us solve problems, enhance relationships, become more motivated, take on new adventurous and so much more. I’d love to challenge everyone to try seeing the world in a new way – upside-down ideally – and see how it feels. You can report back to me at and send me photo evidence that I can add to my Global Upside-Down Gallery ( It’s an upside-down world so we might as well join in right? As an author, educator and mom, I know that upside-down living can make life more fliptastic all around!
Jessica Tudos is an Olympian turned educator, motivational speaker, author and creative Toronto-based mother whose mission is to empower upside-down ninjas everywhere to be more confident and resilient so they can lead active, healthy & creative lives.

Tour Schedule:

June 1 -   Did YOU Hear About the Morgans? - review
June 1 -   Sarah Rehmatullah - review
June 1 -   Library of Clean Reads - review / giveaway
June 1 -   Crossroad Reviews - review
June 2 -   Working Mommy Journal - review / giveaway
June 2 -   Rockin' Book Reviews - review / guest post / giveaway
June 2 -   Christy's Cozy Corners - review / guest post / giveaway
June 3 -   fuonlyknew - review / giveaway
June 3 -   View From the Birdhouse - review / author interview / giveaway
June 3 -   A Simple Life, really?! - review 
June 4 -   Booknerd - review / guest post
June 4 -   Bluerose's Heart - review / author interview / giveaway
June 4 -   Hello, my name is Alice - review / guest post
June 5 -   One Frugal Girl - review / giveaway
June 5 -   Just One More Chapter - review / author interview / giveaway
June 5 -   A Mama's Corner of the World - review / giveaway
June 8 -   Create With Joy - review / giveaway
June 8 -   Blooming With Books - review / giveaway
June 8 -   Brooke Blogs - review / guest post / giveaway
June 9 -   Mrs Mommy Booknerd's Book Reviews - review / author interview
June 9 -   The Autistic Gamer - review 
June 9 -   Deal Sharing Aunt - review / author interview / giveaway
June 10 - Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers - review
June 10 - Bound 4 Escape - review / giveaway
June 10 - Seaside Book Nook - review / giveaway
June 11 - Pinky's Favorite Reads for Kids - review / guest post
June 11 - 3 Partners in Shopping Nana, Mommy , + Sissy, Too ! - review / giveaway
June 11 - Experiencing Parenthood - review
June 12 - Jessica Cassidy - review / author interview / giveaway
June 12 - Book Loving Hippo - review / giveaway
June 12 - A Bit Bookish - review / giveaway

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