This has nothing at all to do with books but I am so happy, I just wanted to have everyone -
Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I love onomatopoeia!
Cat Says Meow: And Other Animalopoeia
by Michael Arndt
36 pages – ages 3+
Published by Chronicle Books on March 4, 2014
Opening and Synopsis-
Opening: First page (used with permission from Chronicle Books)
Publisher’s description “Dog says woof . . . pig says oink . . . cow says moo. Animals and the sounds they make are paired up in playfully compelling ways in this eye-catching illustrated gift book featuring bold colors and an engaging use of onomatopoeia. Kids and parents will delight in discovering the ways in which the letters that spell out each animal’s sound are key elements of that animal’s illustration. With so much to see and to sound out, kids will relish this unique visual and educational experience, brimming with color and letters.”
Why I liked this book- I love onomatopoeia and aninalopoeia! This is an awesome book. The whole book is well done. I think it is great for kids learning to read and learning animal sounds. I think that the pictures are extremely unusual and eye-pleasing. I really like how the book is organized, and that the pictures have different fonts for different purposes. It is totally cool. I think that kids and parents will love this book.
Activities and Resources-
Check out this Onomatopoeia video!
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!
Joanna Marple, kid-lit blogger, author of Snow Games (see my Review HERE), and all-around awesome person, recently tagged me to join the Writing Process Blog Tour. Please visit Miss Marple’s blog by clicking HERE to learn more about her.
Following are my responses, and at the bottom you’ll find the
three four wonderful people who’ll post next week!
What am I working on?
Right now I am working on the next book in the Tomato and Pea series. In the first book: The evil villain Wintergreen, while trying to destroy super crime-stopper, Tomato and his sidekick, Pea, and take over planet Oarg, made a huge mistake! In a plan gone wrong, Wintergreen traps himself along with his arch-nemesis in a runaway rocket ship that crashes on a strange planet called “EAR-TH”. Now these perennial enemies must learn to work together to survive the dangers on this strange world. Hungry birds, enormous snakes and the giant inhabitants of EAR-TH stand between this brawling bunch of aliens and finding a way home. In the second book, to give you a hint, Wintergreen (the villain), is up to no good and is loose on EAR-TH (Earth). Tomato and the gang have to ask for help from some locals to get Wintergreen under control.
I am also working on several picture book drafts too. One I wrote while taking Susanna Leonard Hill’s Making Picture Book Magic class (it’s awesome, people!) and a couple of others that I am writing during Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 challenge (this is awesome too! :D ).
I am planning on submitting a poem for Dr. Niamh Clune’s upcoming anthology on the subject of “Mother” (published by Plum Tree Books). FYI they are looking for poetry and art submissions from adults and kids, click HERE for details.
I just signed up to write a short story for the “Lucky Draw” project. Here’s a description -
“Lucky Draw is a shared venture project for authors, coordinated by Sally Odgers of Affordable Manuscript Assessments and Workshops.
The goal is to write an anthology of stories for young readers.
Each member of the project will be given a story title + a character name/bio or a line drawing of a character or a premise.
Members will then write a story to match the title and character assigned.”
Ms. Odgers still has a couple slots open, click HERE to learn more.
I also have several novels I am working on (but I wait for the inspiration to hit me to write those).
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
That’s a good question. Maybe because I am a kid writing for other kids it makes it different. Sometimes I think I write my stories for myself and hopefully other kids will like it too. I also believe my writing style is unique, just like everyone else. ;)
Why do I write what I do?
I write when I have the urge to do it because I like it. It seems like I can write (or type) things down faster when I get inspired to do it. I write because I enjoy it. I love reading stories and I love learning about the writing process. Writing for me, teaches me a lot. I also love to tell stories – any kind of stories. I don’t really limit what I write about or what genre I write in. I just write about what I like or what I have an idea about.
How does my writing process work?
I tend to work better if I put goals or deadlines on myself. If I didn’t do that I would probably just read all the time. :)
I write whenever I get in the mood. I write an average of 2-3 hours a week. I plot certain parts of the books ahead of time, but if while I’m writing it goes in a different direction, that’s okay. I also make a very vague outline of the book to keep me on track (I don’t want to spend 5 chapters describing a minor point! ;) )
I have tons of journals and idea books. I carry one with me at all times (my idea journal) so I am always able to write down what I find that inspires me. When I get an urge to write I look through my journal and see what I might like to write about.
I read a lot of articles and books on writing and I took classes on how to make your writing better. I also ask for help from other people to critique my work. I think it helps to have others cheer you on and give you good advice (not necessarily what you want to hear, but honest, but polite, advice). That helps keep you motivated. It pays to have very good friends to have your back ~ Thanks everyone! :)
WHO’S UP NEXT Week?
I’m a kid so I am tagging my fellow kid-writers (and one kid at heart)!
Felicia Maziarz - Kid-author extraordinaire of “The Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets,” and Neighbor Girl to Stanley and Katrina (click HERE to go to the blog). Felicia and I did the interview with Rick Riordan together for HuffPost Live. It says on the Stanley and Katrina website that-
[Felicia] loves writing, reading, acting, singing, reading, gymnastics, doodling, reading, ice skating, painting, reading, doing computer stuff, oh… did we mention reading? Her latest creative project is organizing the D.I.R.T. Kids. (FYI: DIRT kids is a group of kids who love theater and raise money for charity click HERE to go to their website).
Rena Marthaler – Fourth grade writing whiz who wrote her novel “Magic The Crest” as part of NaNoWriMo. Click HERE to go to her blog. A guest review of Rick Riordan’s book “House Of Hades” by Rena will be featured on my blog this week on Thursday’s Creative Kid post and I will be interviewing her on the 27th about her book and being a writer. Be sure to check back to learn more about this young author!
Daniel Johnston – This 16-year-old aspiring author runs the blog Readers and Writers Paradise (click HERE to go THERE). Daniel recently posted a short story he wrote on my blog (click HERE to read it) and has published more of his writings on his own. Daniel is an avid reader and also reviews books for his site (he’s also a chess champ :) ). Check out some of his writings, you won’t be disappointed!
Dr. Niamh Clune – Dr Clune is the author of several adult and children’s books (check out my review of her Pa Dug and Rosie series HERE). She is also one of my biggest supporters and encouragerers (I know that’s not a real word). She is the founder of Plum Tree Books (click HERE to go to the blog and HERE to go to the official website). Her latest project is the poetry anthology I talked about earlier. You can check out her Amazon author page HERE. In addition to being a great author, Dr. Clune does a lot of good work in the world, working to help people less fortunate. She’s a great lady. :)
SKYPE is AWESOME as is the blogospehre!
Today’s post is an international occasion. It all started when The Story Reading Ape (click HERE to go to his blog) who lives in The United Kingdom emailed me about a FABULOUS fourth grade teacher named Joanna Mojica from Honduras and said that her class would love to talk to This Kid from Pennsylvania USA about my book.
Ms. Mojica contacted me and we set up a virtual visit through SKYPE!
Escuela Bilingue Santa Maria Del Valle is located in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. It is a catholic, bilingual school and their fourth grade classes ROCK! :D
I sent them a copy of my book to read ahead of time so they could ask me questions. I started off by introducing myself, and talking about the importance of reading. I then said a little about how I came to write my book.
After all that was said, each student got to ask me a question. I was a bit nervous because I usually talk to adults, not kids more my age. I soon felt really comfortable. They had great questions! One I really liked was “What would you do if you were president?” I wasn’t prepared for that one. I said I’d increase funding for school and public libraries. Speaking from experience, a lot of schools have no money to buy books or have a librarian on staff.
The SKYPE visit was awesome. It felt like a real conversation.
For the last part of my visit, I talked about how my Uncle Dave gave me the stuffed toys he made (Tomato and Pea) and challenged me to write a story about them.
So, I challenged the fourth graders of Escuela Bilingue Santa Maria Del Valle school to write. Write a story about these fellows:
They could write whatever they wanted – a poem, a play, a novel, a short story, comic, anything! It just had to be about these two fine guys (or girls ;) ) – they can name them whatever they want to also. :)
Plus I offered, if they wanted to, to post whatever the students wrote here on my blog. So be sure to check back!
These little guys are traveling to Honduras right now to be their classroom mascots. :)
Thank you Ms. Mojica and the fourth graders at Escuela Bilingue Santa Maria Del Valle school!
Have a nice weekend folks!
News for you March 2014
Goldilocks on the Lam!
By P. Charming
After breaking into the Bear’s cottage, Goldilocks was last seen running West through the Gingerbread Forest. “[Goldilocks] ate our food and broke our furniture!” Baby Bear sobbed. Continued on A13.
Illness Confounds Doctors
By Red R. Hood
Snow White was rushed to Grimm-View Hospital after fainting at her place of employment. “Her case is baffling,” said Dr. S. Beauty. White’s employers claim she is suffering from food poisoning but Detective B.B. Wolf suspects foul play. “Snow has been cleaning up after seven dwarfs for weeks! They drove her to exhaustion,” Wolf said. Bashful Dwarf refused our interview request.
Bippity Boppity Boo – We’ll Clean Up for You!
You don’t have to wish upon a star to get rid of all that dust! Spring-cleaning special! Email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Witch vs. Hansel and Gretel
By L. Mermaid
The Witch has filed a lawsuit against Hansel and Gretel. Witch’s lawyer, H. Penny, stated “My client’s home was eaten! Those kids did thousands of dollars in damage.” Gretel spoke with our reporter. “That witch tried to shove me in an oven!” Continued on A19.
A local woman is devastated because she lost her beloved pet sheep. “Wooliam is so sweet,” Ms. Peep said. “I can’t imagine where he wandered off to. I hope he comes home soon because I can’t sleep without [my] sheep.” Please email bopeep@HotTale.com with any information.
Pied Piper Entertainers
Specializing in music, merriment and pest control. We do children’s birthday parties! Dates fill fast. Call 1-800-4NO-RATS today!
Gingerbread Man Wins Marathon
A new record was set in the spring marathon, but not everyone is happy. “He kept taunting us,” one competitor complained. “Run, run as fast as you can! Can’t catch me… “ Complete coverage on page B2.
Dorothy Gale says get ready for some wild weather this spring! Gale forecasts downpours with some mild flooding. Power outages may occur. Tornado watches have been issued for the tri-wooded area until late spring. Stay inside if bad weather hits. Remember, there’s no place like home!
By C. Little
Last year’s popular housing style, giant shoes, was a stinky investment. According to architects at 3LPigs, the best choice in housing this spring is a two-story brick chalet. Brick offers a stylish protection from even the worst neighbors. Continued on B5.
Have I got an awesome post from some totally terrific Creative Kids today!!!
I hope you join in the fun choose your own story that these brothers created!
This post is part of a Choose Your Own Adventure Story written and hosted by T. Isenhoff and M. Isenhoff on their Storyboys blog. T. is in 3rd grade, and M. is in 6th grade. This story was their winter homeschool project. Travel over to their blog to start at the beginning. Have fun!
A Doggy Daycare Day
By L.j. Burns
Illustrated by Andrea Vitali
28 pages – ages 9+
Published by CreateSpace on April 14, 2012
A Doggy Daycare Day is a cute story written from the point of view of Mitzi Jo. Mitzi Jo is a leader in her own family as well as the Doggy Daycare group. She tells all the dogs about the rules when they come to the daycare and then helps her friends follow them. All the dogs at the daycare have different personalities and the reader gets to see what the day is like from their perspective. You get an idea of what happens in a dog’s mind, too. The reader follows Mitzi Jo and her doggy friends as they chase invading squirrels, help dogs calm down, share toys, and much more in this fully illustrated book!
I couldn’t wait to find out more about Mitzi Jo! Mitzi Jo and Momma Jean let me ask them some interview questions.
I love having a purpose in my life. I am a very social dog and enjoy meeting all the new canines that come to play. Being the leader of our family pack of dogs means I have to explain the rules to all the visiting dogs.
While I was greeting a new playmate Momma Jean noticed how well our family of dogs accept new friends. She thought this is no different than human children learning to play together and accepting each other on a playground. She wanted me to share with the human children how much nicer it is to accept each other and use that positive peer pressure to learn to accept each other and our differences. We have a total of 5 books written but only the first one is in print. In one of our books we have a blind dog and a crippled dog and the other dogs don’t make fun of them but instead help them through the yard.
I think you are right! The message in your book, to accept each other, is a great one! Mitzi Jo, have you, or another dog in your immediate family, ever not gotten along with one of the dogs who came for a day? If so, what did you and/or Momma Jean do?
Momma Jean usually starts with me to be the first greeting dog. She says if they don’t like me they won’t like the others. Well, we had a Boston Terrier show up one day and he walked in with his human and went to ATTACK me!! He sat there on the end of his leash staring at me. I wouldn’t even look at him so Momma Jean noticed he was a bully and told his human he couldn’t stay. My human knows to watch my body language to understand what I am feeling.
Thank you Erik for asking me a question too. I had worked with packs of dogs as a studio animal trainer in Hollywood. The dogs were always glad when I came to work because I would get them out in the yard to play and run with each other. They were always more content after a little playtime. When I moved to PA in 2005 I wanted to spend more time with my dogs and offer other families with dogs the chance to let their dogs play too. Dogs can learn from other dogs just like children learn from each other
Mitzi Jo, I read on your blog (click HERE to go to the blog) that Momma Jean is a professional animal trainer and you get to work in commercials! Is that hard to do? What’s the best thing you taught Momma Jean?
Grabbing all the attention in the room is not difficult for me at all. I love it. I have trained my human to realize that if she wants me to do anything special and on her command then I need to have a dog cookie. Humans work better when they get a paycheck and so do dogs. I told her my dog cookie is my paycheck. Thank you for the opportunity to speak my mind.
Thank you Mitzi Jo and Momma Jean!
You can Like Mitzi Jo’s Facebook page HERE.
Follow the Doggy Daycare blog HERE.
Find the book on Amazon HERE.
Okay, one more cute one -
Wait! One more -
Now one of the whole family:
HAPPY THURSDAY EVERYONE! :D
I wanted to share the article I wrote for the Upper Bucks Free Press (the newspaper I write for) for the March 2014 issue! The online version was just published. To see the online version of the newspaper, click HERE (see page 9).
I hope you like it!
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing one of my favorite authors Matt Phelan! Mr. Phelan is an award-winning local author/illustrator who lives in Ardmore PA.
“Matt Phelan is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including Flora’s Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall, Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Sue Park, and The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, winner of the 2007 Newbery Medal. He is the author/illustrator of the graphic novel The Storm in the Barn, which won the 2010 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. His second graphic novel Around the World received the 2012 Carolyn W. Field Award from the Pennsylvania Library Association and two Eisner Award nominations. His latest graphic novel, Bluffton, is about summertime, vaudeville, and the young Buster Keaton.”
Erik: I love that you can tell so much of a story with using illustrations and few, if any, words. Do you have to re-draw some illustrations a bunch of times to get it to “say” what you want or do you pretty much know what it will look like in your head?
Mr. Phelan: I have the idea of what I want the illustration to convey in my head, but it does take several attempts to get it right. I start small, using very loose rough sketches to work out the general composition, pose, etc. Then I’ll refine the sketch until it starts to resemble the finished art. When I draw the final version, I try to allow for a lot of “free” drawing (as opposed to copying the previous sketches). That hopefully will bring life to the final drawing.
Erik: A couple of your books are, in part, based on things that actually happened (Around the World, Bluffton). Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. How do you decide what to put in your books, whether fact or fiction and mix it into a great story?
Mr. Phelan: I do love history and I find it is a never-ending source of story ideas. Often the facts of the story are as good if not better than what you can make up (all of the pranks in BLUFFTON for instance were actual pranks that Buster pulled). I think of the historic facts and setting as the jumping off point. Hopefully, if you’ve done your research, everything you add to the story will “fit” in with the historical facts.
Erik: Speaking of research, I was lucky to hear you speak about your book Bluffton at the Lititz Kid Lit Festival. I enjoyed hearing about how you did research on Buster Keaton and the artist colony at Bluffton (Muskegon Michigan). What is the coolest thing you ever uncovered while doing research for your books?
Mr. Phelan: At the end of BLUFFTON, there is a photograph of Buster, his father, and a few characters from the book standing in front of Cobwebs & Rafters, the unofficial clubhouse. I spent a week in Muskegon before writing the book, just milling around and getting a sense of the place. On my last day, I came across an estate sale (they were selling the house and everything in it). I asked if they had anything related to the actors’ colony, and the woman there showed me this original photo. Her grandfather’s in the picture, too. She sold me the photo, which is one of my prized possessions.
Erik: That is very cool! The subjects of your books are pretty varied. How do you stumble across great topics? Which topics interest you the most?
Mr. Phelan: I really think the ideas for my books come from people, places, or times that I’ve always been interested in. First comes my own curiosity (without any thought of turning it into a book) and only later (years later in most cases) does it bubble up into my consciousness as a Story Idea. When I first read a biography of Nellie Bly, I did it because she sounded interesting. I had no idea she would become one-third of my book AROUND THE WORLD.
Erik: Your next project has to do with Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Can you tell us a little about it?
Mr. Phelan: I can only tell you that it’s my own retelling of the classic tale and that it is set in New York City in the year 1933. It’s going to be like a black and white movie. I’m sketching it now and having a great time.
Erik: I can’t wait to read it!
To learn more about Mr. Phelan and his books, go to MattPhelan.com.
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Hi everyone! I am enjoying my 2 hour school delay! :D
I did an Adoption Book Report on the Africa to America blog.
I reviewed The Year of the Baby by Andrea Cheng.
Adoption is an important subject to me because Josie and I are adopted. I chose this book to review because I think it shows a good image of an adoptive family. Click HERE to go to my book report!