The Peddler’s Road by Matthew Cody Blog Tour
Hey everyone! Today I’m excited to be featuring a book that I’ve been anticipating ever since I first spotted it: The Peddler’s Road! You know what’s better than a fantasy middle grade? A fantasy middle grade retelling the Pied Piper’s tale full of creepy goodness :D. And looooooook at this cover:
It is said that in the thirteenth century, in a village called Hamelin, a piper lured all of the children away with his magical flute, and none of them were ever seen again.
Today tough, pink-haired Max and her little brother, Carter, are stuck in modern-day Hamelin with their father . . . until they are also led away by the Piper to a place called the Summer Isle. There they meet the original stolen children, who haven’t aged a day and who have formed their own village, vigilantly guarded from the many nightmarish beings that roam the land.
No one knows why the Piper stole them, but Max and Carter’s appearance may be the key to returning the lost children of Hamelin—and to going home themselves. But to discover the secrets of the Piper, Max and Carter will have to set out on a mysterious quest down the dangerous Peddler’s Road.
So to celebrate and keep myself from drooling on my computer looking at the cover, I volunteered to do a manicure inspired by the The Peddler’s Road cover! (I’ve always loved Nite Lite Book Reviews Manicure Mondays, so can we pretend it’s Monday?)
There’s a technique I’ve been wanting to try for a while called dry-marbling where you put drops of wet polish onto your nails and then use a small tool (I used a toothpick because I have nothing else…) to swirl it around and blend with the base coat paint. It took me a few attempts, but I’m delighted at the swirling designs I was able to get since that’s my favorite part about the cover!
And here’s a close up of the nail design with me trying to awkwardly hold my phone ;-).
About the Author
Originally from the Midwest, Matthew Cody now lives in New York City with his wife and son. When not writing books or goofing off with his family, he teaches creative writing to kids of all ages.
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