The Misadventures of Jennifer Pennifer Review and Giveaway [CLOSED]

Join adorable Jennifer – a precocious five-and-a-half-year-old with curly brown hair and bright blue eyes – on a very eventful Saturday. After her creativity gets Jennifer into a sticky situation, she and her mom teach readers (young and old alike) how to handle life's little misadventures with understanding, patience and love.

In this first book of a series of misadventures for
Jennifer Pennifer, author and Licensed Professional Counselor Leslie Kuerbitz illustrates the importance of appropriate parenting, especially when children explore the world with curiosity and imagination.

Can you imagine a home…

  • Where it’s okay for children to make mistakes?
  • Where it is okay for children to express their thoughts and feelings in a constructive manner?
  • Where parents and children communicate lovingly with one another to provide emotional support and encourage mutual respect?
Welcome to Jennifer's house!

According to Leslie, “All children experience misadventures as they explore the world. They should be taught appropriate behavior through love, discipline, and encouragement.”

Teachers, counselors, parents, grandparents and kids can all benefit from reading and sharing this book.

About The Author: Leslie B. Kuerbitz. MA, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 25 years experience working with young people and their families as a counselor, teacher and volunteer. She is passionate about helping families learn how to communicate effectively and constructively. Her daughter, the real Jennifer Pennifer, has grown up to use these skills as a medical doctor.

A Conversation with Author Leslie B. Kuerbitz

Q: Where did the inspiration for the Jennifer
Pennifer character come from?

A: From my very curious and very imaginative daughter, Jennifer.
Q: What prompted you to write specifically about this topic?
A: I grew up in a dysfunctional family, and counseling helped me overcome my difficulties. I knew in my heart it was my responsibility to be a better parent and to love, encourage, and emotionally support the members of my family. As a counselor, I am determined to help parents and children mutually love and respect one another.
Q: What makes you so uniquely qualified to write a book like Jennifer Pennifer?
A: It may be due to the fact that I have worked with hundreds of people, of various ages, in many life situations for over 25 years. I have learned from each television show produced, each criminal or civil case worked on, and each counseling session in which I participated. I pray every day that I will continue to learn and grow as a counselor and as a human being!
Q: Why is Jennifer Pennifer different from other children’s books?
A: While The Misadventures of Jennifer Pennifer is a cute story, it also illustrates appropriate parenting skills. It demonstrates how to allow children to be creative and teach them to ask for help in difficult situations (without fear of retribution or harsh judgment from a parent). The book offers parenting tips, as well rules of appropriate behavior for children, and provides resources for families.
Q: As a licensed professional counselor, how do you see the book helping families in their day-to-day lives?
A: This book asks parents to allow for the natural creativity and curiosity in their children. It also shows children how to turn to their parents for assistance when needed, without fear.
Q: What is your favorite part of the book?
A: My favorite part of the story is at the end, when Mommy and Jennifer Pennifer are smiling and hugging each other. Jennifer Pennifer still has her curls (if a little shorter), because Mommy has come to the rescue and everyone is happy! My favorite picture in the book is Jennifer Pennifer painting. I remember when my own Jennifer used to finger-paint with her curls flying furiously as she created her “masterpieces.”
Q: How does the illustrated Jennifer compare with the real Jennifer?
A: Actually, very much the same! At age “5 and ½ years old,” the real Jennifer had beautiful curly brown hair, bright blue eyes and long eyelashes. She still has bright blue eyes and long eyelashes, but she prefers to wear her hair straight. She was always creative and loved to paint and to help me in the kitchen, creating salads and making cookies. She also loved to read with me, or Daddy, especially in the evenings before she went to bed.
Q: Has the real Jennifer ever gotten anything else stuck in her hair? What is the real Jennifer doing now?
A: Yes, chewing gum! All the time! We used the peanut butter technique or scissors, if necessary. The real Jennifer is a medical doctor who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she is a third-year resident in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Q: What will be the next adventure (or misadventure) for Jennifer Pennifer?
A: There were so many creative moments in my own Jennifer’s life from which to choose. However, I am considering a “misadventure” that is topical for today’s society and covers important safety issues for both parents and their children.

Check out the Jennifer Pennifer Blog. Where you and your children can share your own misadventures, you can read parenting tips, and see Jennifer Pennifer updates.
Things that are Brag Worthy:
  • It is a wonderful message that all parents should hear, and share.
  • It is a good reminder that kids will be kids and we need to allow them to have misadventures.
  • The illustrations are bright and fun.
  • It is a hard bound book, so it will last.
  • The author Leslie B Kuerbitz is a counselor and has helped many families learn to communicate effectively. She definitely knows what she is talking about.
  • This is a book series that you can pass down to through the generations.

Let's put an end to the violence, Please help us spread the word about Jennifer Pennifer!

Head over to and order your copy now for only $10.95! (regularly $16.95)

The Misadventures of Jennifer Pennifer gets Bragging Rights!

Leslie B. Kuerbitz is generously giving away a personalized autographed copy of The Misadventures Jennifer Pennifer to one of my lucky viewers!

How to enter: Use the entry form below to submit your qualifying entries. Tell me which entry you qualify for in your comment.

1 entry-Go to Jennifer Pennifer and tell me one thing you learned from the website.

1 entry-Become a follower of The Bragging Mommy. (left side-bar)

1 entry- Go to Jennifer Pennifer's Blog and share one or more of your child's misadventures.

5 entries-Purchase The Misadventures of Jennifer Pennifer.

1 entry- Follow Jennifer Pennifer and The Bragging Mommy on Twitter, and tweet about this giveaway. You can tweet once a day for additional entries. Just copy and paste this:

Enter to Win a great book: The Misadventures of Jennifer Pennifer, autographed by the author! @braggingmommy

1 entry- Become a fan of Jennifer Pennifer on Facebook.

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You can enter this giveaway until July 15 @10:00 am. The winner will then be chosen by, verified and announced. If winner has provided an email address I will contact them. If you don't provide your email you will want to check back then and see if you are the winner. The winner will have 48 hours to email me and claim the prize, if prize is not claimed within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen. You must be 18 years or older and live in the US or Canada to enter.

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