The Cods of Cape Cod

by Jennifer


I love to take vacations with (and without) my children. We can buy souvenirs and take pictures, but in the end it’s the memories that we hold most dear. Not only is remembering an important part of our vacations, but the anticipation is part of the fun as well.

When we moved here to Connecticut five years ago, we knew that we wanted to visit Cape Cod. We’ve been there twice and still hold on to memories of playing in the sand (while trying to keep warm!), whale watching, and the special kind of fun that a beach vacation brings.

codsofcapecodI was so excited to share The Cods of Cape Cod Love Their Summer Vacation with my five-year-old son Kyle. We both loved it. The first afternoon I read it to him, he asked me to read it again before he went to bed. That’s a sure fine sign of approval, is it not?

Whether you’ve been to Cape Cod or not (or are planning to go), if you have a beach vacation in your past or your future, The Cods of Cape Cod is a great way to introduce or relive those special beachy activities. The rhyming verse is catchy (not corny as is so often the case in these types of books), and the artwork is absolutely beautiful.

Watch the quick video below to get a taste of what I mean:

Check out illustrator Dave O’Neill’s blog. You can also follow them on Facebook and learn more about them at their website Shankman and O’

If you like this book, there’s more. Click through to our reviews of The Boston Balloonies and I Met a Moose in Maine One Day on 5 Minutes for Mom and 5 Minutes for Giveaways where you can enter to win signed copies of each of those books as well.

And if you’d like to win a signed copy of The Cods of Cape Cod just leave a comment here (Only one comment per person please!). We’ll announce the winner on November 7.

Jennifer Donovan blogs at Snapshot about her too-infrequent trips and adventures, but mostly covers the daily life in Connecticut of her Kindergarten son and tween daughter, all of whom love books too!

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Jennifer lives in Houston with her family. In addition to reading, she enjoys travel, Bible study, food, and fun. She blogs about some of these things -- when her nose isn't in a book -- at Snapshot.

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1 Krista October 19, 2009 at 1:26 am

Sounds like a good one to me! :)

2 Mama Zen October 19, 2009 at 9:17 am

This one sounds like fun!

3 Stephanie October 19, 2009 at 10:17 am

What a great book. It looks like it would be so much fun to read.

4 Mary in Baltimore October 19, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Oh this sounds delightful! I would LOVE this for my parents Cape Cod cottage which is often rented by families with small children. The kids AND we adults would love it! My nieces and nephews who have fallen in love with the Cape at a young age would surely enjoy it.

5 Melissa October 19, 2009 at 8:57 pm

I can’t say it enough. I love books. There is just something so wonderful about them. : )

6 Lisa B. October 19, 2009 at 9:16 pm

This looks like a really fun book!

7 Jen October 19, 2009 at 10:11 pm

This looks adorable! Count me in.

8 Cindy B. in in Oklahoma October 19, 2009 at 10:13 pm

This and the other books look so fun, love the adorable liiustrations!

9 Marj M. October 19, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Thank you for the chance to win this charming book. All 3 of them are adorable.

10 Benita G. October 19, 2009 at 11:00 pm

It sounds delightful. Thanks for the opportunity.


11 GAhome2mom October 20, 2009 at 8:00 am

What fun books!


12 stampedwithgrace October 20, 2009 at 9:32 am

this looks like a fun book :)
I can’t believe my library doesn’t carry it!

13 Michele Jones October 20, 2009 at 11:56 am

That was such a cute video. I would love to get this book for my children. They would love it!

14 Carol M October 20, 2009 at 11:58 am

I’d love to win this for my grandsons!
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15 judy brittle October 20, 2009 at 1:21 pm

This would be a really great book for my grandson. Thank you!

16 Noreen October 21, 2009 at 12:36 am

I have not been to the cape since college, my girls would love the book

17 T with Honey October 21, 2009 at 9:23 am

I’ve been meaning to get to the Cape but the thought of the traffic scares us away. Maybe the book would be the perfect little tease for a surprise family getaway.

18 Beth October 21, 2009 at 9:27 pm

What a great book this sounds like! Thanks.

19 Jen October 22, 2009 at 11:29 pm

Cute, book! Never been to Cape Cod, but would love to visit!

20 Carolyn October 24, 2009 at 8:12 pm

I’d love to win! I love the Cape.

21 Susan October 25, 2009 at 12:18 am

My husband is from near Cape Cod. We love to go there when we visit family.

This past summer we took the grandkids and stayed for a couple of days. Everyone had a blast!

22 Laureen October 25, 2009 at 12:32 am

My kids love the beach (no surprise there!), but we’ve never been to Cape Cod despite living in the Northeast. I would love to go. Thanks for the chance to win this book!

23 Linda M. October 25, 2009 at 2:50 pm

I’m so happy that you told me about this wonderful author. I’m very excited to add all of their books to my storytime collection for my Grandchildren

24 LT October 26, 2009 at 10:44 am

This looks so cute! Thanks for the chance to win!

25 Carol October 26, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Looks like fun.

26 Rebecca October 26, 2009 at 4:50 pm

what a great book! I grew up going to the Cape every summer and this book would be so fun to share with my kids! great giveaway!!

27 kristen October 27, 2009 at 5:29 am

Oh, I love that picture of the whale, and the sunset at the end…

28 Anita October 27, 2009 at 10:58 am

I love the title of this one! How cute!
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29 mandy October 27, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Looks like a cute book, we’d love a chance to win!

30 Tracey October 27, 2009 at 3:11 pm

This looks like a great book!

31 Cheryl Lund October 27, 2009 at 4:23 pm

This would be just a perfect addition to my kids library.

32 Francine Anchondo October 27, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Sounds like a book my daughter would enjoy.

33 Shannon October 28, 2009 at 8:59 am

So cute! Thanks!

34 Julie L October 28, 2009 at 11:51 am

Love to win thanks

35 Andrea O. October 28, 2009 at 10:27 pm

These books look cute! Thanks for the chance to win.

36 Wendy October 30, 2009 at 2:05 pm

This looks like a wonderful book for my son. Thanks for the chance to win.

37 Ann F October 31, 2009 at 4:24 pm

I’d like to win this for my daughter. Please enter me in the giveaway.

38 john rasmussen November 1, 2009 at 12:48 am

my daughtr would really enjoy this

39 angie November 1, 2009 at 3:24 am

This looks like an adorable book.

40 Roxanne Ellis Raymond November 1, 2009 at 10:19 am

I live on the Cape and would love to have this for my grandkids in Florida – cute story!

41 corrie November 1, 2009 at 10:52 am

i bet thats a good read

42 Michele Anne November 1, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Sign me up…sounds like a good read

43 Diane Westerbeek November 2, 2009 at 8:21 am

Always looking for new books

44 Amanda November 2, 2009 at 11:17 am

I must agree the artwork is gorgeous from what I have seen so far. :)

45 Linda Kish November 2, 2009 at 1:06 pm

These book look super cute. I’d love to win one. Thanks.

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46 Hailey November 2, 2009 at 9:42 pm

I bet Caroline would love this book! We LOVE the beach! Maybe I’ll win!!

47 Tara Braun November 2, 2009 at 10:34 pm

It looks great.

48 Connie Faulkner November 3, 2009 at 1:59 am

What a really cute idea for a book

49 Sharon Jones November 3, 2009 at 6:29 am

As a native New Englander..who adores ‘The Cape’ I would LOVE to win this book for my wonderful niece

50 Carol G November 3, 2009 at 10:16 am

I think this would be a fun one to read to and with my grandson.

51 Shannon November 3, 2009 at 10:52 am

I’ve been going to Cape Cod every year since I was a baby and now I bring my four girls there. We’d love to win this! Thanks for the giveaway!

52 Nancy November 3, 2009 at 1:11 pm

Sounds great, sign me up!

53 alejandro aguilar November 3, 2009 at 4:40 pm

i want to win this great

54 Sharon A November 4, 2009 at 9:59 am

I would like to read this to the grandchildren.

55 Darcie Kayes November 4, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Sounds like a great book!

56 Renee G November 5, 2009 at 12:36 am

My boys would love this.

57 Erma November 5, 2009 at 7:38 am

This sounds fun.

58 Halle November 5, 2009 at 10:48 am

Would love this for my daughter, thanks for the opportunity!

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60 Andria November 5, 2009 at 1:27 pm

I would love a chance to win. Thank you.

61 shawna November 5, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Would love to read this to my daughter.

62 Lance Pearson November 5, 2009 at 4:30 pm

i used to live in the area, would be interesting

63 ElV November 5, 2009 at 5:15 pm

my kids would love this since the cape is where grammy lives during the summer.

64 Ed Nemmers November 5, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Happy Autumn!

65 Daniel Bates November 6, 2009 at 12:41 am

would love to win this, thanks

66 Bridget Michelle Combs November 6, 2009 at 1:11 am

This is the second time I’ve seen this book and it looks super cute!

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68 Bridget Michelle Combs November 6, 2009 at 1:13 am

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69 Chrysa November 6, 2009 at 1:30 am

Looks good!

70 Carol Lawrence November 6, 2009 at 7:09 am

I’d love to win this for my grandkids.

71 Gloria November 6, 2009 at 7:53 am

Sounds like a really cute book!

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74 Candie L November 6, 2009 at 8:13 am

I am always looking for new and interesting children’s books. THank you

75 David Patterson November 6, 2009 at 10:01 am

I love Cape Cod!

76 susan smoaks November 6, 2009 at 10:14 am

i really want to win this, thanks!

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79 Angela Winesburg November 6, 2009 at 3:05 pm

I would love to win this for my daughter, thanks!

80 DanV November 6, 2009 at 4:40 pm

This looks great

81 Marcy Strahan November 6, 2009 at 8:25 pm


I would love to win this for the kids!

82 Lily Kwan November 6, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

83 Gianna November 6, 2009 at 9:44 pm

Please enter me :)

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