The Cods of Cape Cod

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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  1. Mary in Baltimore says

    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.

  2. Michele Jones says

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

  3. says

    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.

  4. Susan says

    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!

  5. Laureen says

    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!

  6. Linda M. says

    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

  7. Rebecca says

    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!!

  8. Roxanne Ellis Raymond says

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

  9. says

    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!

  10. Marcy Strahan says


    I would love to win this for the kids!