Penny and Rio Childrens Book Review and Giveaway!


My daughter’s favorite animal is a Dog. Because of that she was super excited when we received Penny and Rio the Mysterious Backyard Meeting by Jennifer Swanson. I am also thrilled to say that one of my lovely readers will have a chance to win a copy of this book! YAY!


Penny and Rio are two fun and friendly dogs. Penny is  full of energy, and curiosity with a side of spunk! Rio is the complete opposite. Rio spends her days taking long naps! Penny and Rio have recently moved to a new house and Penny soon discovers that something is amiss. She does not understand why strange mixes of animals continue to meet in front of her house at night. But have no fear, Penny soon comes up with clever schemes to figure it out!

You will also be excited to hear that this is not the only book in the Penny and Rio series. Jennifer has also published Penny and Rio: The Locked Doghouse Mystery!

My Thoughts

I could really envision Penny and Rio while I was reading this book. I as well have had family pets that are much like Penny and Rio. One full of curiosity and the other a good sleeper! One of my favorite parts of this book was the picture in the front that showed you the real Penny and Rio. Penny and Rio takes us on a great adventure that includes friendship and love. They both have a heart and are willing to help others in need! What a wonderful thing to teach kiddo’s! I would recommend this book to a child of any age. My 4 year old loved to hear me read this book to her as did the rest of my day care kids! I know that we will be reading this book many, many times as she grows older and we will be looking into the rest of the Penny and Rio adventures!

Buy It!
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Win It!


One of my lucky readers will have a chance to win “The Mysterious Backyard Meeting”

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Contest will close on Wednesday April 7th at 11:59 p.m. MST and the winner will be chosen via and notified via e-mail on Thursday April 8th. Giveaway is open to US only No P.O. Boxes please!

Winner will have 48 hours to reply to my e-mail. If I do not hear back from the winner in 48 hours I will pick another winner!

**This was not a paid post and my honest opinion was used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. Thank you to Don McCauley and Mom Relations for leading me to Penny and Rio. Also, thank you to Jennifer Swanson writing and supplying such a wonderful book for the review and giveaway.

**I do not handle the mailing out of giveaway items and I am not responsible for any mishaps that might happen to such items.


  1. I learned her books will now be available in France.

  2. This book would be for my son who is 2. I love having books around that teach him lessons.

  3. I follow on GFC #1

  4. I follow Jennifer on twitter.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    I like that this book is about 2 dogs. My son loves our 2 dogs!

    Melissa Jo

  8. Anonymous says:

    This book would be for my Son

    Melissa Jo

  9. Anonymous says:

    Follow on Google #1
    Melissa Jo

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    Follow on Google #2
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  11. Anonymous says:

    Follow on Google
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  12. Linda Kish says:

    These look like really cute books for kids. The real Penny and Rio were wonderful family members.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  13. my daughter wou ld really like this book! she loves books, and loves animals!!!!!! please pick her!

  14. Penny & Rio are celebrating their second Mom's choice award

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  15. Domestic Diva says:

    The book is based on real family members.

  16. I like the illustrations!

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  17. The Litrenta Family says:

    Penny and Rio were both real rescue dogs.
    hlitrenta at gmail dot com

  18. Misusedinnocence says:

    I think it's cool they have activities and events for teachers and librarians to share with their students.

  19. Misusedinnocence says:

    This book would be for my son. 🙂

  20. maureen73 says:

    I learned that Penny and Rio are a series of books and that the two dogs are opposites which sounds like a hoot.

  21. maureen73 says:

    This book would be for my 2, 3 and 4 year old little ones but my 4 year old is learning to read so wouldn't this be a great surprise for him!

  22. maureen73 says:

    I am a new google follower!

  23. The book is about two real family members.

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  24. This would be for my daughter. She loves books AND dogs! Thanks for the chance to win!

    brandyblurbs at yahoo dot com

  25. Google friend 🙂

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  27. I learned that the author donates a portion of her proceeds to a local Jacksonville pet rescue organization, G.R.E.A.T. Rescue. I love her already!!

  28. This book would be for my neice, or more precisely, her new baby due in the fall. Never too early!

  29. I follow on google friend connect

  30. I love books about or with animals in them
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  31. sntbosch says:

    I like that the books are based on real dogs.

  32. sntbosch says:

    I have 2 boys who would love to read the book!

  33. I like the illustrations.

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  34. Darcie K. says:

    I learned that Jennifer is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers

  35. Darcie K. says:

    This book would be for my daughter!

  36. Darcie K. says:

    I follow you via Google Friend Connect #1

  37. Anonymous says:

    I learned that Penny and Rio were rescued from the Norfolk, VA SPCA and they each lived to be 13 years old and had wonderful and happy lives.

  38. Winning Readings says:

    We love this book! Just a note that we posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings:

  39. Joshlin says:

    I like that the book is about dogs. We just got our first dog and My son is loving our pet!
    savingmomssanity at gmail dot com

  40. lollimom says:

    If you go to the Penny and Rio website, check out the Jr. Detective Page. (I also learned there is a Homeschoolers page.)

  41. lollimom says:

    If I win, this book will be going to Cartegena, Columbia this summer on a mission trip!

  42. Anonymous says:

    I like that there is more than one book about these characters, "The Locked Doghouse Mystery." We read and re-read lots of books at our house and as the primary reader, I enjoy a new story every now and then!

    ebeandebe at gmail dot com

  43. Anonymous says:

    I would give this book to my son.

    ebeandebe at gmail dot com

  44. sibabe64 says:

    Penny & Rio are celebrating their second Mom's choice award

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  45. sibabe64 says:

    google friend 2
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  46. sibabe64 says:

    this book would be for my niece

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  47. sibabe64 says:

    following jen on the twit


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  48. I learned that Curriculum Suggestions for these books to be used by homeschooler is coming soon.

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  49. first I would read the book I love children's books. then pass on to my nieces and nephews.

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  53. I want to read this book to my 6 yr old grandson who lives with me as well as his 8 and 10 yr old brothers.

  54. they have coloring pages

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  55. cstironkat says:

    I like that these dogs are smart and cute. Our whole family likes dogs so this would be fun to read together.

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